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Notes from South Wales.


Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) The Agony Column. Rose.—Same old trysting place to-morrow, Saturday, 7 o'clock.—Bert." So ran a notice in the Agony column of a recent issue of a South Wales evening newspaper. Who said that romance is dead ? No Money! We have heard a great deal lately as to the scarcity of money and the poverty of the working classes. The total receipts at the Wales v. New Zealand and Cardiff v. New Zealand foot- ball matches were close upon £4,5°0! It is evident from these figures that money is not so scarce as is imagined. A Mild Christmas. I have never known such a mild Christmas as the recent one. On Christmas Day, I happened to be in Llanbadarn, North Cardigan- shire, and saw roses and laburnams in bloom. The sky was blue, the fields beautifully green, and the sun shone brilliantly. It was more like a day in April than Christmas Day. A Delusion. Mr. James Wignall, of Swansea, who visited the International Congress in the United States, in his capacity as Labour delegate, stated in a lecture at Barry Dock, the other evening, that it was a great delusion to think that under the system of Protection, universal prosperity pre- vailed in America. Largest Chain Cable. To Wales belongs the honour of manufac- turing the biggest chain cable ever made for the use of a ship. The cable in question, which is being manufactured at the Pontypridd Chain Works, is destined for one of the new Cunard turbine liners. It has links 22 inches in length, made of iron, 3-f inches in diameter at the 'I smallest part. Each link weighs r60 lbs. South Wales and London. The railway facilities between London and South Wales are being continually improved. I notice that the Great Western Railway recently announced a new passenger train from London to South Wales on Saturday nights, leaving Pad- dington at midnight. This ought to prove a very great boon to a large section of the public. Extensive Handshaking. A curious storyette is going the rounds in reference to the reception held at Cardiff Castle a few months ago by the Marchioness of Bute. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people accepted in- vitations to the same, and the Marchioness personally received each guest. But, when nearing the two-thousandth handshake, the




Notes from South Wales.