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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 1896.

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SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL.

SOCIETYOF SOUTH WALES MUSICIANS.

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MUSICAL GOSSIP.

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MERTHYR GUARDIANS.

THEATRE ROYAL, MERTHYR.

DROWNING FATALITY AT ABEH-DARE…

Correspondence.

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BY THE WAY. There was just the beginning of a breeze at the last meeting of the Merthyr School Board. The members, however, were not haying any this time, and the thing fell flat. That's what it is to have a really strong man in the chair. Very charitable sentiments prevailed at the last meeting of the Merthyr School Hoard. A Church- man proposed, and a Baptist seconded, that an Independent church be granted thu use of one of the schools at a specially low rate. The Merthyr School Board have got their eye on the cleaners," who, they fear, are rather too ready to make extra charges when they are not really entitled to the same. They admit that payment should be made in cases of tea parties, concerts, eisteddfodau, and big gatherings of that sort. But some cleaners are said to make extortionate charges when they have no additional work to perform. Acoording to Stubbi' Weekly Gazette, the number of failures in England and Wales gazetted during the week ending February 15th, was 154. The number in the corresponding week of last year was 179, showing an deoreaae of 25. In the following remarks, which we cull from a most interesting special article on the Plymouth dis- pute in a Cardiff daily, there is a vein of delicate, diplomatic irony of so subtle a nature that everybody is not able to see it:—There is, of course, no ground for supposing either side is subsidised in a Machiavelian policy of resistance. Furthermore, it may be assumed, if not deduced from the recent negotiations, that, although opinions upon some points may differ, the people who are dealing with one another are of flesh and blood, and have a proper respect one towards the other." In the current number of the Traethodydd an article appears on "The Incarnation," by the Rev. John Williams, Princess-road, Liverpool. He gives four theories which are held respecting it, three of which he considers unorthodox. He suggests that the views of Principal Edwards, Bala, Canon Gore, and others are not orthodox. At the Theatre last week two comedians had a heated argument, which ended in the one saying to the other, Well, you are a liar or you must be a commercial traveller." Several commercial men who were present, including our own traveller, thought the cap fitted them, and walked out. We are informed by Mr; John Vaughan that Mr. W. Pritchard Morgan, the Junior Member for the Merthyr Boroughs, will not return from the Antipodes for at least eight weeks. Mr. R. R. Price, the newly-appointed relieving officer for Aberdare, is a good musician, and on Thurs- day he conducted the Aberdare English Baptist Choir when they performed "Ruth." Dr. Leigh, Treharris, was oneof Transvaal Jameson's fellow-students at the London Hospital. At the pantomime last week:- We are glad to hear the news That Merthyr's going to erect a statue To Sir M llliam Thomas Lew(i)s. Mr. Valentine Watson, the Conservative agent, has removed to Mountain Ash to work up that dis- trict on behalf of the Conservatives. Liberals, be up and doing without delay. Where are the Liberal agents ? And where, oh where, is the Liberal Club ? At the pantomime last week Fitzwarren Did you attend the Liberal Federation meeting at New- port the other day?" Cookie: "I did." Fitz- warren But you could not speak." Cookie: Ob, yes." Fitzwarren What did you represent then. Cookie: The Brecon-road Liberal Association." The baptisms in the parish of Merthyr Tydfil in the year 1710 were 7, and the burials 17 in the year 1750, baptisms 27, burials 16. It was then estimated that "in 1813, including the village of Coedycymmer, which is a suburb in consequence of the ironworks, the population may amount to 12,000, being more than double the number of the most populous town or parish in Wales How the times have changed. A caligraphic competition is to come off soon at Merthyr. At present the betting is pretty even on Colonel Lewis, Mr. Charles Wilkins, and Mr. E. Lavvrance,

-METEOROLOGICAL REGISTER.

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