Political and Personal, 4- "WESTMINSTER'S" NOTES OF THE WEEK. The Old and New Czars-Lord Rose- bery and His Ministers—Lancashire Operatives and Eight Hours. The warmth of human affection which finds such touching expression in the manifesto of the new Emperor of Russia is a deeply inte- resting and encouraging revelation of the character of a Prince about whom the world has hitherto known little or nothing, and who will henceforth have so large an influence in shaping its destinies. The sincerity of heart- felt grief breathes in these beautiful words— "We believe there is no place in our vast Empire where warm tears will not be shed over the Emperor so prematureiy called into eternity, away from the land which he loved with all the ardour of his Russian soul, and to whose welfare he devoted all his thoughts, sparing neither health nor life." Here, indeed, is the touch of Nature which makes the whole world kin. Nicholas 11. has begun his reign well. All men are kindly disposed towards him, and fervently hope that lie may be enabled to xultil ms rolemn vow, "to keep always before us, as the object of our life, the peaceful progress, might, and glory of beloved Russia." Peace, unquestionably, was dear to the heart of the late Emperor, but his love of it 'lid not keep him from pursuing a policy of distinct aggression and of vigorous preparation for war by land and sea, and he has left to his successor a very troubled inheritance. Alexander III. was a stubborn and vindic- tive man, and all through his reign his aim was to avenge Russia on England and Ger- many for having thwarted her schemes of conquest in Europe and thrust her back into Asi&. It is a curious reflection that, after all her immense waste of blood and treasure in rescuing Eastern Europe from the Turkish yoke, Russia is further off attaining the great object of her ambition, the con- quest of Constantinople, than she seemed to be fifty or even seventy years ago. The principalities she set free have been converted by European diplomacy into the independent States of Roumania, Servia, and Bulgaria, while the Austrians have occupied the pro- vunaes of Bosnia and Herzegovina, :.o chat what were intended as stepping-stones to help the advance of Russia have become for- midable obstacles in her path. This is the result of the informal understanding con- cluded between Lord Beaconsheld and Prince Bismarck at the Congress of Berlin, and it ma.rks the definite triumph, in Europe at ail events, of that conception of the right foreign policy to be pursued by England which will always be identified with the < name of Lord Palmerston. It mattered nothing to the great German Minister that Russia, thus baulked in Europe, would inevitably seek expansion in Asia; in fact, this diver- sion of her strength, was a grea.t relief to him. Alexander III. became the representa- tive of the Russian party which is always actively hostile to England, and the cowardice and impotence of G-Iadsfconiaa. Governments enabled him to extend and consolidate the Ifcossiaii dominions up to, and even within, the northern frontier of Afghanistan. Having thus gained a, 'vantage ground from which she thinks she can make a spring upon India at the first favourable opportunity, Russrai has enormously increased her Navy in preparation for a maritime war, and within the last two years she has cemented an alliance with France which is deliberately and almost avowedly inimical to British interests. Englishmen should not,•then, be misled by a sentiment of pity for the Emperor's fate into imagining that lie was a. friend to this country. He would probably have gone to war with us ten years ago if he had not, thanks to the weakness of Mr. Gladstone, secured all he wanted at the moment in Central Asia without lighting. The true drift of the late Emperor's policy may be inferred from the anguish-stricken lamentations of the French people over the death of Alexander III. A note of appre- hension may be detected in their seemingly confident predictions that the new Czar will follow in his father's footsteps. They evi- dienitily do not like the accession to the Russian throne of a ruler who will soon become, by marriage, a. cousin of the German Emperor and, as the Queen of England points out in the "Court Circular," "her Majesty's grandson." The Queen goes: on to say that she 3nterta-ins for Nicholas II. "a sincere aiiec- tion and regard," and it must be a galling tiling to Frenchmen to consider that our Queen will soon have two grandsons, the Emperors William and Nicholas, occupying the principal thrones on the Continent. The relationship of Nicholas II., through his mother, with the Prince and Princess of Wales is another guarantee that he vill not lightly turn against England. At the same time, the French are right in thinking tha.t family relationships are of small account when national passions are aroused. Their jour- nalists insist upon the "community of sym- pathies" between France and Russia, It would be more correct to speak of their community of antipathies, which often have more weight than sympathies in deciding the issue of peace or war. One unknown force in calculations of what Russia's future policy wifll be is the character of the Emperor's affianced bride, the Princess Alix of Hesse. There is a. remarkable picture of the Princess in the Gallery of Fair Women in Grafton-street. She is decidedly good- looking, and has a pensive, almost a sad, fexpression. Her features indicate much strength of character, and she will probably ) obtain considerable influence over the Emperor. It is a national misfortune that, at a time when the maintenance of peace is so uncer- tain, this country should be governed by a Prime Minister who is not respected either at home or abroad. Lord Palmerston used to say that no man could Tie written down— except by himself; and Lord Rosebery may fairly be said to have talked himself down. The flippant tone he affects in all his speeches has produced the impression that he is a ma-fa of immature mind and weak judgment; and he bids fair to earn the reputation assigned by Rochester to King Charles II., and to be regarded as a Minister "whose word no man relies on." He himself, I should imagine, must by this time stand aghast at the appalling failure of the long-meditated pro- nouncement against the House of Lords. The Radicals, who do not trust Lord Rosebery, hardly pretend to take this declaration of war seriously: and the Unionists siirilily laush at his idle threats. Lord Rosebery cannot, like Mr. Gladstone, kindle the moral enthusiasm of the people in favour of any cause he espouses and the comnlete collapse of the agitation against the Lords is the signal that his Ministry is doomed. You will have observed that Sir William Harcourt still observes an ominous silence, and that the onlv members of the Government who have spoken in support of their chief are those well- known and obedient hacks. Lord Tweedmouth, Mr. Arnold Morlev, and Mr. T. E. Ellis. I hear on good authority that the relations between the Prime Minister and his Chan- cellor of the Exchequer are strained almost to the point of breaking. They hate one another as bitterly as Lords Grey and Pal- merston used to do when they were members of Lord Melbourne's Government; and they have no one over them to compose their quarrels. The belief is growing, therefore, that tin Ministry will fall to pieces < ven before the re-assembling of Parliament. The Cabinet must feel that to formulate a legislative pro- gramme for next session is, in present circum- stances, nothing but a farce; and it is hinted that several members of the Government would not be at all sorry to resign oft ice at once. The evidence supplied' by the municipal elec- tions. of a reaction in favour of the Unionist party must strengthen this inclination. Lord Rosebery is thought as little of by Continental nations as by his own countrymen. Even in France some of the newspapers condemn his attack on the House of Lords as unjust and foredoomed to failure: and his xnoladroitness in bragging about Agincourt at Sheffield has given great offence to our susceptible neigh- bours. With true French esprit, General Mercier, in unveiling a statue of Marshal Bosnuet, delicately rebuked our Prime Minister for his Jingoism by remarking that at Inkerman the marshal extricated the English Army, "as" brave but not so fortunate as at Agincourt," from a very awkward predica- ment. Lord Rnsehery's pretensions to be a strong Foreign Minister must be offensive and intolerable to the sincere Radicals who helped to put the present Government in office. He sneers at "Little England" as dead; yet he counts among his colleagues men who delibe- rately voted three years ago, when they were in Opposition, for refusing the supplies required to maintain the English garrison In Egypt. He has borrowed his foreign policv. wherever it has been successful, from Lord Salislyurv, and has relied for upholding it on the patriotic forbearance of the Conser- vative party. For my part, I think our leaders have been far too magnanimous in such matters, and that they ought to seize any opportunity that may present itself for turning the Government out of office. The results of an important experiment which has just been tried in Lancashire, to ascertain the real feeling of the factory opera- tives on the questions of a legal eight hours day and of direct representation of labour, should be carefully studied bv working men in all parts of the country. The Lancashire Trades Union leaders always set their faces against an Eight Hours Bill up to two years ago. just before the general election, when they suddenly changed their minds, under the impression apparently that they would lose their places if they did not do so, owing to the general acceptance by the factory operatives of the doctrines of the New Union- ism. They have since seen reason, how- ever, to believe that they made a mistake in not sticking to their old opinion, and a short time ago they determined to take a ballot in order to find out what the spinners and weavers really wish. Much to their credit, the representative council of the Trades Unions had the courage to point out, in the circular they issued before the ballot was taken, that "the reduction of working time would be about 15 per cent., and that wages would, to begin with, fall in the same ratio." They also refrained from attempting to in- fluence a single vote. The result of the ballot showed a very small aggregate majority of the whole body of operatives in favour of an Eight Hours Bill, the numbers being 38,804 votes foi and 38,364 against. But, on analysing and dis- tributing the votes, I find that the spinners and ca-rdroom workers voted by a considerable majority in favour of the change, while the weavers \oted by almost as large a majority against it. This difference of opinion com- plicates matters considerably. It means that in Oldham, for instance, which is the headquarters of the cotton-spinning indus- try, the workers would like a day of eigiit hours, while in Blackburn, where the weavers predominate, such a, restriction would be objected to. The feeling on either side is, however, by no means enthusiastic, and it is obvious that, in present circum- stances, Parliament could not be asked to pass an Eight Hours Act for the cotton trade. This verdict is all the more valuable because the Lancashire operatives have no prejudice against legislative interference with in the hours of labour of adults. Their indus- try has been subjected to strict regulations for the last fifty years, so that they know thoroughly by experience both the advan- tages and disadvantages of reduced hours of work. Of course, they would rather work eight hours than nine if their wages remained at the same level, but they are intelligent enough to see that this could not be. It is contended bv the eight hours men that excessive production keeps down prices, and that, consequently, if production were curtailed, prices would rise and wages would also increase. But here comes in the element of foreign competition. If pro- duction were checked in this country, the only result would be an increase of produc- tion in foreign countries. The cotton industry of Lancashire is already on the down-grade. Statistics recently published show that the number of spindles and looms has only increased by 5 per cent, in England during the last ten years, while on the Con- tinent and in the United States the increase has been 20 per cent., and in India 70 per I cent. China and Japan have also now become formidable competitors. So unpro- ductive is the capital now invested in cotton- spinning in Lancashire that forty concerns which ha,ve published their balance-sheets for the last quarter show an aggregate net loss cf £ 70,000, hardly any of them having been worked at a profit. This is not the time, then, when fresh restrictions OIl labour, which mean increased cost of production, can be thought reasonable. With regard to the representation of labour, the ballot shewed a larger majority in favour of it, and probably the voting would have been nearly unanimous if Parliament had sanctioned the principle of payment of members. The main difficulty with regard to labour representation is that the leaders of the working men are so jealous of one another. Look at the brotherly love, for instarce, existing between Mr. John Burns and Mr. Iveir Hardie, or between "Mabon," M.P., and the men who wish to supplant him. I see that you have been directing atten- tion to the. increasing competition of foreign coal with the coal shipped from Cardiff. Japan, our latest rival, promises also to be the most formidable, although, of course, the present war may check for a time the development of her export trade. At Hong Kong Japanese coal has been selling at from 2jdol. to 5dol. a ton, and not only English, but Australian, stands no chnncs against it, as it is of very good quality. A contract for the landing of 240,000 tons of coai at San Francisco was recently placed in Japan, and the same coal is now largely imported into Bombay. The "Times states that "a consignment has even been heard of for the London market." The report of the Director of Indian Railways for 1893-4 shows that the annual output had increased to 2,029,000 tons, as compared with 1,316,000 tons in 1892-3. Of this quantity the Indian railways consumed 2Ca,uuO tons, as against only 178,000 tons of English coal. The faddists are, after all, not to be allowed: to have everything their own way in this country. A Sporting League has been formed, under the patronage of well-known men, to collect funds for offering an organised opposition to the efforts of the Anti- gambling and other associations which aim at putting down all social amusements of which they disapprove. England is cer- tainly a very curious country. No other nation in the world would bear so patiently as we do the interference with our freedom of action and enjoyment which all sorts of "cranks" a.re never weary of practising it our expense. Could there be a worse example of a tyrannical abuse of the rirfits of property than the decision of a wealthy landowner to close a pubiic-house on his estate which has. perhaps, for a century or two been the only place of rest and refresh- ment for wearv travellers? Yet this is applauded by the total abstinence zealots as a, most righteous proceeding, and public opinion, not being properly organised, is too timid to make an effectual protest against it. The Sporting League will, I hope, do something to rescue us from the yoke of .people who imagine that they can save their own souls in the other world by making things as uncomfortable as possible for their fellow-creatures in this world. ["Westminster's" notes make their appear- ance a dav late owinsr to delay in trans- mission.—Ed. -111:8]
WELSH M.P'S. Furthar Press Opinions of Mr. Marchant Williams's Book. The following are sornc, further opinions which have, been published in the Welsh press in regard to Mr. T. Marchant Williams's new book, "Welsh Members of Parliament :— The "South Wales Post" says:—"From the standpoint of workmanship, the book marks the highest point yet reached by the printing art in the Principality. Nothing approaching it in the artistic sense has ever before been sent out by a Welsh firm. A perfect trillllph on the part of the printers. No man who aspires to understand the politics of Wales can afford to be without this book.. Unconsciously the author—whose heart seems to have exercised a restraining influence on his frankness throughout-has given a picture of Welsh political life almost terrible in its lack of sincerity, in its prostitution of the noblest and 1,lost exalted of principles to personal ag- grandisement. A grim impeachment of the domi- nating power in the politics of the Princi- pality." The "Brython" says :—"This is a beautiful volume, just issued. It is exceedingly good throughout. The writer—Mr. Marchant Wil- liams—has done his task excellently. He describes the different members, one after the other, in sentences full of wit and full of mean- ing. There was no need to name any of them to those who knew them, the portraiture is so characteristic. A master's hand only could do this. and where could Marchant's equal be found ? The artist also succeeded in 'catch- in?' each member in the most natural 'pose.' They are all in their 'Sunday best,' the appear- ance of a few being almost foppish. No print- ing firm in Wales, or, indeed, the kingdom, have turned out better work. It is a credit to the firm of Messrs. Daniel Owen and Co.. to Cardiff, and to Wales, and a thoroughly suit- able volume nlace on the table of the most fa-hionable drawing-room. Order it imme- diately. because every copy will be sold in no time." Th" "Cambrian News" says:—"A credit to the firm as regards printing and general get- up. The artist. Mr. Will Morgan, has suc- ceeded in presenting excellent likenesses the W-"lsh members. We have no doubt the volume bo worth more when it is old than now while it is new. Messrs. Daniel (hvPTl mid Co. have hit upon a work which will -P --1 hp re-i^'iied from. time to ^im?." The "Nor+h Wales Chronicle," in the course of a review covering two columns and a half, The sumptuous and substantial volume which has just issued from the press of Messrs. Daniel Owen and Co., of Cardiff, and which is entitled 'Welsh Members of Parliament' is excellent in every way. and. is creditable to everybody concerned in its production. Hand- somely hound. it is exquisitely jirinted on a beautifully finished friction glazed paper. The artist has been peculiarly fortunate in matching the characteristic features and poses of his sub- jects, and with one or two exceptions the like- nesses are life-like. Neither are the ilh:stra- tions mere conventional re-produd,ions of photo- graphs. Thev are almost speaking copies of the Welsh M.P."s as they are to be, seen in the lobby of the House of Commons, on the street, and on the rostrum. Thp biographical notices -if such they may be called—from the pen of Mr. T. Marchant Will'ams. are in every respect fit counterparts of Will Morgan's pic- tures. In the latter you have the outward appearance of the man. in the former you have his character, his conduct, and his life (1Ïsdosed. The writing is at once flippant, candid, pun- gent, and in the main. true. In:1 volume whieih is so full of frankness we marvel to find so little that is bitter."
A Welsh Scandal Case. BRYNTEG MINISTER'S ACTION FOR LIBEL. He Makes a Claim for £ 500 Damages from a Congregational Minister at Pontypridd. Mr, Abel Thomas, Q.C., M.P., sat at Shrews bury again on Monday hearing evidence in a case referred to him from Liverpool Assizes, in which the Rev. G. J. Williams, Congregational minister, of Brynteg, near Wrexham, sought to recover Y-500 damages from the Rev. W. I. Morris, also a Congregational minister, of Pontypridd, for an alleged slander. Mr. J. P. Cartwright, of Chester, was for the plaintiff, and Mr. S. T. Evanj, M.P. (instructed by Mr. W. R. Davies, Pontypridd), for defendant. The case for the plaintiff was that he had been a Baptist minister, but left that church and joined the Congregational. In February last he applied for the appointment of minister of the Congre- gational Church at Brynteg, and Mr. N. Edwards, a deacon of that church, wrote, with the knowledge and consent of the plaintiff, to the defendant asking if he knew the plaintiff, and what were his opinions as to his fitness for the appointment. In reply defendant wrote that he well knew the person inquired about, who was not recognised as a minister in the church to which he belonged. He had applied for admission into the English Association of East Glamorgan and had been refused. He was in business as a grocer after that, and sold beer in small casks. but at last failed in business. The writer said he could not on any account recom- mend Mr. Williams as pastor, and he hoped the church would riot fall into the temptation which had been laid for it. On the re-opening of the proceedings, Mr. J. P. Cartwright said he had an application to make to amend the statement of claim by adding certain statements contained in the statement of claim in the action against Ellis Roberts. After hearing Mr. S. T. Evans, the arbitrator declined to amend. THE PLAINTIFF RE-CALLED. The Rer. G. J. Williams, the plaintiff, being re-called, said he received a postcard which he understood to announce his recognition to the Church, and there were anniversary services to be held, but they were entirely distinct from any recognition meetings. There, were no special services fixed until after the recognition meet- ing. Mr. Evana And now about your leaving Ton- gwynlais. You said upon the last occasion that you did not remember whether you had ever applied to that Church for a transfer, and that you were not aware that the transfer had been refused. You also said that you could not swear whether you instructed Messrs. Morgan and Mayo to apply for the transfer and to take pro- ceedings ? The Plaintiff: Yes. Have you since refreshed your memory, and do you wish to say anything more?—I have no thing to add. My memory is exactly what it was then. Do you remember whether you ever threatened the officers of Tongwynlais Church, through Messrs. Morgan and Mayo, with proceedings if they did not give you the letter of transfer ?—I do not remember. Do you still say that the reason of your leav- ing there was ill-health 2- Yes. there was no disturbance when I left. Nothing more than what I have already stated. Did you ask the church or any official of it recently to give you a certificate explaining the cause of your leaving?—Yes, I did. Did Messrs. Morgan and Mayo write at your request demanding the transfer?—They wrote I did not instruct them to threaten proceed- ings. Mr. Evans put in a letter from Messrs. Morgan and Mavo to Mr. George Stephen, secretary of the Church at Tongsvynlais, in which they stated that they had been requested by Mr. Williams to write for this transfer. The plaintiff I know that I had a conversa- tion with them on the subject, but I never instructed them to write in the way they did. If you did not instruct them this statement in their letter must be untrue ?—I do not say that it is entirely- Mr. Evans read a second letter, in which Messrs. Morgan and Mayo said Mr. Williams had called again, and was much surprised that Mr. Stephen had not forwarded to him the letters of dismissal, and unless they were for- warded at once or a satisfactory answer given proceedings were to be commenced but it was sincerely to be hoped that Mr. Stephen would not compel them to take that course. Did you tell Messrs. Morgan and Mayo that the transfer had not been sent to vou 2-I never instructed them to threaten the proceedings. I did not see the letters they wrote nor any of the replies. Mr. Evans said notice had been given to pro- duce the replies. Mr. Cartwright said they would be in the hands of the solicitors, and not of the plaintiff. Mr. Evans Did you yourself before you in- structed your solicitors write to Mr. Stephen demanding your letters of transfer ?—I do not remember. Is that all you can say ?—Yes. Mr. Stephen did not write to me declining in the name of the Church to give me a transfer. I am positive of this. The letter produced is in my hand- writing. It is a letter from me dated June 24, 1892, and addressed to Mr. George Stephen. It is in Welsh.—Translation read, asfollows:- Arvan House, Hafod, June 24, 1892. Dear Brother,—Yours to hand. I am sur. prised at the unbrotherly tone of its contents, especially when yon say you are writing in the name and on behalf of the Church at Ainon. If you were writing on behalf of yourself I should not be so much surprised, though I never ve you any cause to do so, but doing such on behalf of the Church, a number of people professing to be the loving disciples of Jesus Christ, I must say that I am really surprised. You know perfectly well that Mrs. W. and myself brought our letters of dis- missal from Havod, and that I, in the usual way as minister of the Church at the time being, read the same to the Church, and that you entered our names down in the account of the Ainon Church for the following association. The letters are now in my possession, and the Church at Bethesda, Havod, can prove their authenticity. Were you as a Church so short of common sense as to receive me as your leader in the House of God, and at the same time not be a member amongst you? Do you dare to say that my dear wife is not a m -mber for the simple reason that it was not convenient for her to communicate at Ainon for six months ? I have not the least desire for any unpleasantness with either yourself or the Church, and that was my chief reason for keeping away from there as I did. I suppose, to escape the consequence of certain actions > of yours towards me, you are trying to get my moral character under your feet, and are of the conscience to use your influence as a secretary of Christ's to reach your aim. Mrs. W. and my- self shall be very sorry to be compelled to use any further means to obtain the letters, and to prevent such a course I give you until Tuesday, July 5, 1892, to send the same.—With brotherly re- membrance, yours, &c., G. J. WILLIAMS. Mr. Geo. Stephen, secretary, Ainon Baptist Church, Tongwyniais. The plaintiff, replying to Mr. Evans, said he had not remembered that letter, Mr. Evans It is extremely strange that all is important correspondence should be going th on and that you should have forgotten all about it. You say in this letter that you should be very sorry to use further means, but that- you would give him until July 5. Can you connect that in any way with the fact that between the 5th and the 8th of July you instructed Messrs. Morgan and Mayo to write to Mr. Stephen?— I know that there was some correspondence. Replying as to the paying off of some of the debts in bankruptcy, the plaintiff said he be- lieved his wife had since paid off some, but he did not know which. The bankruptcy was in respect of transactions of himself and his wife, and he made himself responsible for them all. Mrs. Williams made the payments out of her separate estate- Plaintiff, replying to Mr. Cartwright, said I left Pontypridd in April this year. The Rev. Yyrnwy Morgan left in June, 1393. There has be&n no permanent pastor since Nir. V. Morgan left. The beer business was an agency of my wife's, and the licence was not renewed after it expired. I believe I first entered into correspondence about Brynteg in December, 1C93. I commenced my duties there on April 22. I was a member of the East Glamorgan Association of Baptists for fourteen years. The reason I wanted to join the Congregational Association was that I might be put upon the same footing that I held in the Baptist Church. THE REV. VYRNWY MORGANS EVIDENCE. The Rev. Vyrnwy J. Morgan said he was pastor oi a. church in Lambeth, and was for- merly at Pontypridd. He took duty at the hitter place in .April, 1892, and was in charge of the ohurch in January, 1893. He made the acquaintance af Mp\ VV iiilianis afcteir April, 1884 and discussed with linn the question of his (plaintiff's) joining the Congregational Church. itness mentioned it to Mr. Davies, the secretary of the church, and others, and the result was that the planntitf was received into the Church. With the consent of the deacons, lie was nominated at one Church meet- ing as a member, and icceived at the next, and recommended to the Church at the ordi- ,nance on the following Sunday. Witness an- nounced Mr. Williams's wish at the nomina- tion meeting, and expressed the hope that lie would have a speedy and prosperous settle- ment among the Congregationalists, by which he meant that he hoped Mr. Williams would soon succeed in getting a Church. After that he assisted Mr. Williams in getting to preach v/here a minister was needed. lie received applications for Mr. Williams to preach, and handed them over to him. Witntss quite believed that what took place entitled Mr. Williams to prench in Congregatiol al Churches. He had then resigned from the Baptists. To the Arbitrator Without anything more being done, I understood that he would be recognised as a preacher of the Church. I arnouuced the fact, and there was no protest. He was recognised as a preacher by me and by others in the Church. I cannot see how he could be received as a member without being received as a preacher also. Mr. Wil- liams was introduced by me as the Rev. G. T. Williams, who is looking out for a settle- ment amongst us." He could not be received in the Congregational Church until he resigned from the Baptists. Mr. Williams expressed to him a wish to join the East Glamorgan Con- gregational Association, his object being to become associated with other Congrega- tic,rialists. To Mr. Evans: I proposed Mr. Williams as a member of the Church. In my view he would have the right to preach. He had been a preacher, and was act a novice. He was received in the capacity of a man who had been ordained in another denomination, and aiot as atii ordinary member only. He did not remember having authorised Mr. Williams to use the note-paper of the Church. I gave plaintiff a general authority to use my name, but I have said I was afraid lie had exceeded the authority given. The letters sent by the plaintiff among tlie Churches did not exactly correspond with a letter which I had given to him. I did r.ot authorise plaintiff gtme- rally to write a letter in the form produced, purporting to come from me. I authorised plaintiff to send out a circular, but not the one produced. Plaintiff may have got th* letter paper produced at my house, but he did not have it from me. Mrs. Morgan may have given it to him, possibly. I am not aware of any other "undue liberties" that plaintiff had taken with my name. I proposed Mr. Williams as member of the East Glamorgan Congregational Association, but I did not attend the meeting. I saw Mr. Williams afterwards, and lie seemed hurt that he had been excluded. I saw the result in the newspapers, and Mr. Williams subsequently had a. letter stating the fact. from the secretary of the association. The question as to whether Mr. Williams was to be recognised as a minister of the Congre- gational Church was not put to the meeting, but he called him "the iev. and if anyone disagreed I should have expected them to have got up and said so. To Mr. Cartwright: He nominated Mr. Williams as a minister as well as a member, and did what lie, could to fet him "supplies." It was usual to get a. transfer from one ohurch to another: it was not strictly observed, how- ever. There was value in the transfer. DR. PAN JONES IN THE WITNESS-BOX. Dr. Pan Jones said the admission of the Rev. Mr. Williams into the Congregational Church ag a member and a, minister was regular and formal. He had himself been a minister of the Church for 26 years, but was now at Mostyn. It was the usual 'way to recognise a minister if there wa,s no charge against him. If a man had ceased to be a member of a Church for twelve months he would not be recognised as a member until he joined afresh. He bad re- ceived many members from the Baptist Church without letters of transfer. *If a man had ceased to be a member of the Church for twelve months and letters of transfer positively refused he would only be received as an outsider. There was no definite rule as to a man's bank- ruptcy each Church acted for it-self in that matter.' When a member of the Church washed to become a preacher and to be recognised as such, the Church discussed the matter, and in- vited" him to preach on probation. Then there was a further discussion as to whether he was a fit and proper person, and if the Church decided that he was he went to college. ni I Witness did* not recognise ordination at ail- he was a Liberal in that respect. He did not know an instance where a man had been recog- nised as a preaoher without his being asked to take part in the services of the Church. All was done that was necessar^ by the Church at Ponfvpr.ldd to recoarnise Mr. Williams as a preacher. He would not go throusrh the same form with one who had been a minister as with a mere novitiate. A minister of the one Church has qualified as a minister of -he nther aftpr being recognised. The proceedings were then adjourned till to-day.
At Merthvr Police-court on Monday David John Simmons and George Griffiths, repairers, the latter of whom was said to have absconded, 1, were summoned for a. breaeh of the 260th Social "Ride in force of t<he Dnwlais Company's N0., 1 Bedlinog' Pit. by sleeping in the mine. Sum- mons was fined 5s. and Costs, and Griffiths 10s. and costs. "ADVICE TO MOTHERS. "Are you broken in your res- by a sick child suffering with the pain by cutting t£eth? Go at occe to a chemist and get a. bottle of Mrs. Window's Soothing Symp. It will relieve the poor sufferer immediately. It is plea- sant to taste; it produces natural, quiet sleep by relieving the child from pain, and the little cherub awakes as bripbt as a button. Of all chemists, h lid. per bottle. tfE
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LOCAL AMUSEMENTS. "A Gaiety Girl" at Cardiff Theatre Royal. Once more this merry, tuneful, and entertain- ing musical comedy is staged at the Royal, and, judging- from Monday night's reception, a repetition of its former success aCOarclilf in May last is assured. Although the sdmrm of novelty has worn off, and many members of the large and representative audience that flocked to see A Gaiety Girl" on Monday night have already seen the piece several times, the frequent encores and lusty applause were sufficiently in- dicative of unquestionable enthusiasm. Many ohanges in the cast have been made since the last visit, and if some of these changes are not for the best, at least it cannot be said that they are for the worst. Miss Marie Studholme con- tinues to impersonate Alma Somerset," but she is absolutely wasted in the part- Neither a song nor a dance falls to her lot—only excep- tional beauty saves her from oblivion. Mr. Albert Christian is the present Charles Gold- field," and his rich baritone voice is admirably used in his Tommy Atkins and Come, my lady fair," songs. A new "Lady Virginia" is rendered by Miss Ada Jenoure, who infuses unlimited grace and coquetry into her pleasing pei formance. Both Mr. George Mudie and Mr. Charles Wilson are new in the respective charac- ters of Sir Lewis Gray and "Dr. Brierley," and exquisite delineations are given by both. A French lady—Miss Andree Corday—plays Mina" with immense success; Mr. W. J. Manning's "Major" is the same delightful, peppery, and impetuous performance as before, and a vigorous Bobbie liivers is contributed by Mr. C. R. Stuart, a young man with a future. The dainty dancing of Miss Maud Wilmot was warmly applauded, and the terpsi- chcrcan evolutions of Miss Madge Russell did rot fail to win appreciation. GRAND THEATRE, CARDIFF, I here was an excellent audience at the Grand Theatre on Monday night, and during the ensuing nighte lovers of melodrama will have plenty of good fare to occupy their attention. On Monday evening the celebrated play "The. Tioket-of-Leave Man" was produced, amd the piece was received as well as ever. The com- pany acted admirably, and all the scenes in the unravelment of the plot were very cleverly- worked out. The scenery was excellent, and the stage remarkably well set. On Tuesday and Saturday "The Ticket-of-Leave Man" will be repeated, on Wednesday and Thursday v "Moths" will be staged, and on Friday "The Lady of Lyons." an old favourite with Cardiff playgoers, will be, the attraction. THE EMPIRES. CARDIFF. The performance this week at the Cardiff Empire fairly bristles with good items. All the "turns" are of the best, and the business very up-to-date. Miss Katie Lawrence, an old favourite in the Welsh metropolis, but vho has not been in these parts for a considerable time, repeated her old successes in each of her songs. "Oh, My Bonnet," and "They Are the Best, After All." were the brightest, and were heartily cheered. The two M'Naughtons gave an irresistibly funny turn. The patter was smart and new, creating roars of JalH;1iter, and the boxing act especially absurd. The Lydia Crofton Company in the sketch "After the Ball" made a very big hit. The, scenes after the introduction of the rival are very well worked Lip. Bob Vokes, another old favourite, also scores with several funny songs, in which his facial expressions form a prominent part, and also obtains milch applause for "The Han- som Cabby." Herr Wingard, the whimsical wizard, works a smart sleight of-hand show, the while keeping the audience ivell supplied with funny patter The Sisters Desmond, a vivacious pair, sing catchy songs and dance. iemarkably well. Miss Florence Penley, a smart serio, sings, in addition to other songs, a very pretty "plantation" baliad, the dance following being very well ivxecufod. The over- ture, "Zanetta," by the excellent orchestra, under Mr. Burgess, is a treat- NEWPORT. Heading the bill here this week is the name of the celebrated comedian Dan Leno, who comes to the town with his blushing honours thick upon him. Great merriment was caused by the twin Brothers Clayton and the Misses Wood and Willis. The brothers are as much alike as two peas, and the difficulties which they get in are very funny. Lizzie Ramsden is a smart trans- formation dancer, and the way. in which she changed her costumes was most clever. Walton and Lester. the world's worst wizards," were irresistible, and Miss May Clarke, contralto, was a big success. Trillo. ventriloquist, and the Sisters Westfield, duettists, provided enjoyable turns." SWANSEA. The Empire, Swansea, was crowded on Mon- j day evening at each performance, the attraction being a remarkably strong company, both in
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EISTEDDFOD AT RHYMNEY. The sixth annual eisteddfod was held at the Victoria-hall, Rhymney, The Rev. George Griffiths acted as conductor, and also adjudi- ca.ted upon the recitations and literary competi- tions; music, Mr. Tom Price, G. and L., Mer- tbyr accompanist, Mr. Harry Evans, A.R.C.O., Dowlais. The numerous competitions were keenly contested.
I That Pass in a Day. "Yes, indeed," remarked one of the guests at the netx table, "'that- is certainly a new man sitting by the Agreeable Girl." The Agree- able Girl bent over the book which she always read at meal times, while every one wondered, as usual, that one so young, so handsome, and so stylishly gowned should seem to care for reading. The New Man noted her absorption in her bock, bm seeing that, despite this, pink xoses nodded upon her hat and she wore neither short hair nor spectacles, he summoned courage to ask in a mild tone of voice: "Would you be good enough to pas me the olives, please?" Witthornt raising her eyes the Agreeable airl answered: "The waiter is here for that." After which he apologised with such distant politeness, not only for troubling her, but for the accident which had thrown him next her, that the Agreeable Girl looked at him and sa^d "When you have been here as long as I have, you will have learned that no attention at all to a New Man is better than too much attention." Then she added* abruptly, "Why have you come here?" The New Mao was interestingly pale, and skin, hair, and eyes- harmonised in delicacy of hue, accentuating the refinement of his expres- sion and features. The Disagreeable Girls told each other that he was like the tenor in "The Heavenly Twins," but the Agreeable Girl told herself tohart he looked like a. tallow candle with the light gone out, and she had such a curiosity to see what he would be like with a, soft flame m his dull eyes that unconsciously she set to work to kindle it there. She had never seen a, quiet, steady candle, with it's pure, serene light- at Peter's Inn before. Electricity and gas flashed with their glaring, garish ^brilliancy there always, and so a softer ray she found was very restful. Peter's Inn was a famous health resort in the mount a ■■us of the east where hundreds of poor, weary souls went yearly for a. necessary course of dinners, lunches",and balls thefe was, by the way, a fine mcdicinal water there, and this, the N-sw Man said, was the reason he had come to Pater's Inn. the Agrwable Girl saw- tha-t he did not weat duck trousers, neither did he smoke cigarettes, nor a short-stemmed pipe, and learning, moreover, that he did not go in for gulf mud pol», atatl was not a baseball fiend- she ipoked at hina \aaderin £ ly and her grey eyes softened as she asked him: ( May I call you a Crank?" After that there wa.s between them that unexplaiiiable nothing, which has been called "something." and whieih explains every summer bond of sympathy. Yet another marked peculiarity of die New Alan was that he was never seen dwelling upon the porticoes with the Caretakers, The Caretakers are a distinctive olass at the modern summer resort, tlockilJg thither for the future prospects of their young and innocent charges. Truly, the Caretakers are long-suffer- ing, and much commended by the masculine inembars of the smart set. They see to it that their charges commit no such social im- I I proprieties as flirting, late suppers, and long drives by generously monopolising these pastimes, thereby nobly removing such dangers from the path of young g(;ris. Moreover, there is safety for young men with the Caxe- takers, for where is the subtle danger of a breach of promise suit to assail them should they, in a moment of forgetfulness, chance to l'o'l pluck a daisy and murmur idiotically, "She loves me. She loves me not." As tlTe days went by, the Agreeable Girl and the New Man were together more and more. Although there was a. sound of riches in the rustle of silk as the Agreeable Girl walked, the New Man never guessed that she lived in a brownstone mansion, nor did she question his life apart from their long walks and rambles along the mountain streams. There was, if any, a vague impression in her mind that the New Man was literary, or artistic, or something in that line, but this was because of the tallow- candle look about him, the trade mark, as it were. of those following such callings. The A.greeable Girl was always true to the spirit of her sobriquet. She would say to him quite fiercely: "Why are you so stupid and roma.nt.ic? DOIl't you know that practicality makes the wheels of this life go round?" Or she would admonish him "to get a. move" on him. If dream he must, let his soliloquy be "To hustle, or not to hustle," and then to fall I to—hustling" Her Crank thOlwht she was harsh and disagreeable when she spoke so, but it was for his good. though she knew it not. It is human to think that wha-t is bad to us is I not good for us. One day came when the Agreeable Girl went to the table with a book in her hand ag usual. She .fcauid tij,e_seat nest to lier's empty. She suddenly became aware that this empti- neili extended to everything at Peter's Inn. Life itself was empty since the New Man had left. She ordered her dinner, but forgot to eat it, so absorbed was she in her thoughts as she gazed intently in the book which she held, but never read. She hastened to her room, the lonely sense of emptiness having now extended to body as well as brain and heart. She sat down and penned the following letter "My own Crank, my big one! my great chum; your place is empty at the table, so is my heart, so am I, for I cannot eat. You have gone, gone! and I am woebegone-why did you come, since coming meant that you must I also go? I did not know that you were here i until you were not- here that you had crept I into my heart, until you had crept out of my | sight. Oh. my- Crank! my big one! I did not » mean to love you, I never meant to love any- thing but the books wliioh I carry around but never read. never read. "You reminded me of a tallow candle and rested me in all this glare. I only meant to see how you would look when lighted with a soft glow in your eyes. f applied the torch to my own heart. All the light burns within, while there is darkness around about me. because the real light of my Life, my tallow candle, has gone out. You will go back to your high and noble life, your life of dreams and actions, such as great Cranks know, and when your spark of hidden genius strikes the flint of opportunity you will no longer be a tallov.- candle, but a beacon light to the world. As for me, the gods pity me! But perhaps, as I languish iin my dungeon, wrestling with the shackle? of conventionality a ray of your light will pearce some crevice and refresh, me with -the memory of these days of sweet free- dom from society's servitude." Here the Agreeable Girl stopped and sat in deep thought. She was doubtful about the spelling of the word "servitude." Was it ",3erve," "serva." or "servitude ?" She he- came more and more puzzled to know. She suddenly tore the letter to fragments and let ,it flutter away in the wind. As for the New Man. his two little weeks and his too little 032h were both out. He left, stealing away like a thief in the night, though he stole nothing else like a thief, not even the Agreeable Girl's heart, for Crank that he was he ddd not know- that fee had picked her body of that. Pie hid returned to his her body of that. He hid returned to his high life: his exalted position upon a stool in a dark and crowded office. He had gone back to keeping- books in a second-rate business; house, but sometimes a little glow would come to his face with a sudden memory, .d then the columns of figures would jiot seem so locog or the office so clark. The Agreeable Girl had once seen the same flush in his cheeks, and she had said: "Ah! you are a pink wax candle now, and not a pale, tal- low one." But this was all over and the New Man never knew that, the Agreeable Girl lived in a city palace, or that she had ever written him a letter: for courtships that pass in a summer's day never know the goal of a to-morrow.
CURTAIN V. SHUTTER. It happened once upon a time A certain Mrs. C— Had chanced to call upon a friend- We'll call her Mrs B-, Now Mrs. B- was not at home, And so the caller's name Was left with SariLh Ann, the girl, Who thought she knew the same. In due time Mrs. B- returned, When Sarah Ann thus said: "A Mrs. Shutter has been here," The lady shook her head, And said she knew none by that name, Nor could she think of one Who bore a name resembling it; She tried, but thought of none Well, sometime after this event, These ladies both had met; 'Twas then made known who called that day; The joke is standing yet. When Mrs. B— to Sarah Ann Remarked "That lady's name Was Mrs. Curtain, who had called"; She knew then 'twas the same. Then added: "Yes, I did forget, But then one, thing I knew. g 'Twas something, 'bout a windy, So thought that Shutter'd do."
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DID HER BEST. This is the message the telegraph messenger handed to him: "Come clown as soon as you can-. I am dying. KATE." Eight hours later he arrived at the summer hotel, to be met on the piazza, by Kate herself. "Why—what did you mean by sending me such a message ?" he asked. "Oh," she gurgled, "I wanted to say that I was dying to see you, but my ten words ran out and I had to stop."
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LOVE. Deep in the moving depths Of yellow wine I sworb I'd drown your face, 0, love of mine; All clad iu a yellow blue, So fair to see, I You crouched within my cup And laughed at me. I Twice o'er a learned page I turned and tossed; For I could not forget The love I lost- All stern and robed in gloom You read it, too; Icouldnotseethewords, Saw only you. Within the hungry chase I thought to kill You, love, who haunted thus Without my will. But. in the gentle gaze Of fawn and deer Your eyes disarmed my hand Aiid took my spear. Beneath a maid's dark lash I swore you'd drown. Sink ui the laughing blue- Give in, go down But no while bathing there Right joyously Out from her liquid eyes You laughed at me. eoammi&imvanratt'sasmcc&maHsaacHnKnai
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point of numbers and talent. The Sisters Tilley —pretty, accomplished, and clever artistes— scored a big success with their smart songs and dances. Mr. Harry Champion, a comedian of th'3 highest order, gave several very funny songs, and the Sisters Lena, who bring with them a big reputation, gained several encores by their smart business, their dancing being particularly good. The Kaino Troupe, in "Hilarity," caused fun fast and furious to reign supreme whilst they were on the stage, and Miss Louie Chapman, a serio, sang several smart songs. Princess Paulina, the smallest woman living, created a big sensation, and caused considerable attention. PANOPTICON, CARDIFF. There were large audiences at the Panop- ticon on Monday evening, and deservedly so, for the performance was one of the best ever produced at this popular amusement resort. Mi: Laura Ieavitt gave a, wonder- ful imitation of various song birds, so clever, in faot, that one. could imagine the birds themselves were producing the volume of melody which issued from her throat. Miss Leavitt comes of an old whistling family, and is a daughter of Sloman. who is known in music-hall circles as "The Man Bird." Unlike other whistlers, she whistles from her throat and not with her lips. An exceedingly amusing sketch is that of Miss Ida Williams and Miss Bertha Carnihan, who are described as the largest and. smallest ladies living. The dwarf, who is scarcely a yard in height, ably impersonated an old maid, to whose charge was confided the care of her sister's child. The infant was some 20st. in weight, c and the contrast presented was extremely ludicrous. The Sisters Lailah gave a clever performance on the wire and executed a number of tricks seldom attempted by other artistes. The concluding item on a strong stage programme was Happy Ashby, a juggler, whose powers excited much admiration. The Epping Forest Gipsies are still largely patronised and the other attractions continue to be as popular as ever.