Simpson of Bussora. I I have a profound distrust of all travellers. Not because they are prone to tell rue untruths about their expe- riences, for that in a great measure be- clines a dangerous experiment; wherever they may have been other people have now also been, and it is easy, if I may rse a professional expression, to correct their proofs." No, my distrust arises from the ideas in my own mind of the experiences that they do not tell me. When they get a way from the regions of civilisation, and out of the influence of public opinion, think I to myself, what is it these people do not do? For the very fact of a man's being a traveller is, between ourselves, by no means a good sign. Why does he not «top at home in the bosom of his family, or, if he has no family, acquire one? It is his duty as a citizen. One of the quietest and best fellows I ever knew-and I have known him all my life-was Simpson of Bussora. I was at school with him five and forty years ago, and, though his house of business is at the distant spot just mentioned, I had met him from time to time during his periodical visits to this country, and always found hii* unchanged—gentle, un- assuming, modest, and orthodox in his opinions. Our house does a little business with him in shawls and carpets, but our acquaintance is mainly social. My wife and daughters are very partial to him and delight in his Persian tales, which are picturesque and full of local colour He wings them little bottles of scent which perfume the whole neighbourhood, and now and then a scarf that is the envv of their friends. I never, however, entertained any idea of Simpson as a son-in-law until my wife put it into my head. He lived too far away for me to picture him in such a ^relation, and, though x knew he had made money, I did not think he had made •^enough to return home and settle. His income was a very handsome one; but living at Bussora, he had given me to understand, was dear, and did not admit of much saving. Above all, Simpson Struck me as by no means a marrying man. Whenever the subject of matrimony was mooted he always smiled in that dry, cvnical way which proclaims the con- firmed bachelor. Household matters did mot interest him; he did not take much ;to children; he would smoke until the "Small hours of the morning, and raise his eyebrows when one said it was late and perhaps one's wife might be sitting up. He would say Really!" as though such itn idea as one's wife sitting up for one was preposterous, but could never concern him. I need not "J into the cause which led to my convers>i with Simpson on the subject of matrimony. Suffice it to say tha.t I did not do so of my own free will. I had received instructions from my wife to sound" Simpson on the matter, with relation to some ideas" that she had got into her head with respect to our second daughter, Jane, and to hear was to obey," as they say at Bussora. "My dear Simpson," said I, as we were cracking our walnuts together after a little dinner under my roof, I often wonder why a man like you, with a large income and a fine house, as you describe ,your home to be at Bussora, has never married. It must be rather wretched living out there alone." Well, it would lJe, no doabt," said Simpson, in his quiet way. But, Lord bless you I've been married these twenty years. You might have knocked me down with a leather. '"Married these twenty years! You astound me. Why, how was it you never tspoke about it?" "Oh, I don't know; I thought it '.wouldn't interest you. She was a Per- sian. you know. If she had been a ^European, then I should have told you." j "A Persian wife! Dear me," said I, "how funny it seems!" I said "funny," ] but at the same time ail the suspicions f that I entertained (and now entertain more than ever) respecting travellers and persons who abjure civilisation crowded into my mind. "Now, what colour, my dear Simpson, if I may put the question without impertinence, are your children?' Well, we've got Uf. children," said Simpson, in his usual imperturbable tone. "We never had any." I don't know why, but somehow or other 11 thought this creditable to Simpson. It was vMy wrong in him to have married a Persian, perhaps a fire-worshipper, or at least a Mahomedan, but it s a comfort to think that the evil had, so to speak, stopped there. To think of Simpson with a heap of parti-coloured children, profess- ing, perhaps theii mother's outlandish faith they grew up. would have been pumfv< me, in connection with the fact that Simpson was at that moment under my roof, the same roof with my wife and daughters, and that I was the church- warden of our district church. I forsook at once the particular subject of Simpson's wife to discuss the general subject of polygamy. Tue Persians have more wives than one, have they not?" I inquired. Those who can afford it have," said he, but u is not so usual as you may imagine." •• T need not as* how so profligate a sysc-e"! must needs work," said I. It is a domestic failure, of course?" lou need not ask the question, as you sav." replied Simpson, cracking a walnut. i:t if you do ask, I am bound to say it s so far like marriage in this country— it is sometimes a domestic failure and sometimes not. Perhaps it requires more judgment in selection; you have not only to please others, you know, but to please your other wives.' Goodness gracious said I, bow ooodv you talk about it! I hope no European who happens to be resident in this strange community ever gives in to the custom?" Some do and some don't," was the reoiv of Simpson. "I lived in Persia with one wife for fifteen years before I %ave in." "What I You married a second wife, four first wife being alive!" "Just so," was the unabashed rejoinder. Simpson swept the walnut shells into a corner of his plate, and helped himself to sherry. I have now four wives." Bless my soul and body!" said I. "Four wives?" "Yes. The story of my little menage may seem in your ears rather curious. If it will not bore you, I'll tell you about it." I had no words to decline the offer, even if I wished it. My breath was fairly taken away by Simpson's four wives. The traveller who once told me that he liked his food uncooked (human flesh) had given me rather a turn, but that was nothing to this revelation of my present companion— a man we had always considered of the highest respectability, and who my wife had thought would have suited our Jane. "Well, it was at a pic-nie party on the plains near Bussora that the thing first same about. My wife and I were both present at it; and, my European notions preventing my believing there could be the least misunderstanding about it since I was already married, I made myself very agreeable to a certain Persian lady. She was neither young nor pretty—just like what my wife herself, indeed, had grown to be by that time-and I had no more though of making her my No. 2 than dear me!—of embracing Mahomedanism. My attentions, however, were mis- construed, and her brother, being a violent man in the Shah's cavalry., and knowing I had a fairish income, insisted on my becoming his brother-in-law. I believe many marriages are often brought about in the same way, so there was nothing in that; the peculiarity of the ease lay in my having a wife already, and one who was very resolute indeed to prevent my having another. I spare you the troubles that ensued. Between my wife No. 1, on the one hand, and her sharp tongue and the officer of Spahis, on the other, with his sharp sword, I was ptoced in a very unpleasant position, I promise you; but in the end I mazned Ehaladt. -I am sorry to say thatwo ladies cot I on extremely iH said a great English wit that TOW one^B wife gets to be forty one ought to be allowed to change her for two twenties, like a jorty-pound note, and I daresay that would be very nice; but, unhappily, I had now two wives, each forty, if they were a day, wnd tfaeoe was no prospect of getting them (ehanged or parting from them in any way. Pirouze and Khaleda led me a most unhappy life. They quarrelled from morn- ing to night, and, so far from being able to playon one against the other as I had •secretly hoped, I was treated with great onkindiness by both of them. They were a matter of very ^considerable expense, of ftTld tie satisfaciMB. position, in fact, became intolerable; and, as I Muld please neither of them, I resolved to piease myself by marrying No.3." A twenty, I suppose," said I, inte- rested in spite of myself in this remarkable narration. Well, yes; that is, she would have been twenty in England, but in Persia young ladies. marry a good deal earlier. -She was a charming creature, and cost me "What! Did you buy her?" cried I, in astonishment and horror. Well, no, not exactly; her father, however, insisted upon something hand- some, and there were heavyish fees to be pa.id to her mother and sisters, and to the Governor of Bussora. The custom of the country is curious in that respect. After one's second wife a considerable tax is levied by the Government upon marry- ing men. However, Badoura was worth all the money; she sang, she played divinely; that is, she would have done so if she had not been always crying. Pirouze and Khaleda made her life utterly mise- rable. Hitherto they had been at daggers drawn with one another, but now they united together to persecute the unhappy Badoura. Her very life was scarcely safe with them. Wretched as my former lot had been, it was now unendurable, for one can bear one's own misery better than those we love." Here Simpson took out his handkerchief, of a beautiful Persian pattern, and pressed it to his eyes. "Yes, my dear friend, they led my Badoura a dog's life—did these two women. I felt myself powerless to protect her, for I was never physically strong; and, though I did not understand one-half of the epithets they showered upon her, I could see by the effect they had upon her that they were most injurious—what I have no doubt in this country would be considered actionable. For her, however, there was no remedy, and I think she would have sunk under their persecution had I not married Zobeide." No. 4 cried I, aghast. What on earth did you do that for?" I married Zobeide solely and wholly for Badoura's sake. I chose her, not for her beauty, nor her virtues, nor her accomplishments, but entirely for her thews a.nd sinews. I said to her, Zobeide, you are a strong and powerful young woman; if I make you my wife will you protect my lamb?' and she said, 'I will.' It was the most satisfactory investment— I mean, the happiest choice--I ever made. My home is now the abode of peace. In one wing of the house abide Pirouze and Khaleda, in the other Zobeide and Badoura —two on the east side and two on the west Each respects the other; for, although Pirouze and Khaleda are strong females, and each could wring the neck of my dear Badoura, Zobeide i.s stronger than both of them put together, and pro- tects her. Thus the opposing elements are, as it were, neutralised; the com- batants respect one anotiter, and I am the head of the united house I got letters from all of my four wives this morning, each of them most characteristic; Badoura forgot to pay the postage—she has a soul above pecuniary details—and her letter was the dearest of all." "Don't cry, Simpson," said I; "don't cry, old fellow. The steamer goes on Tuesday, and then you will see your wives again. They will welcome you with outstretched arms—eight outstretched arms—like the octopus." I confess I was affected by my friend's artless narration at that time, though, since I have reflected upon the matter, my moral sense has re-asserted itself, and is outraged. I state the matter as fairly as I can. I have been to pic-nics myself, as a married man, and made myself agree- able to the ladies. Well, in Persia. this might have cost me my life, or the expense of a second establishment. So far, there is every excuse for Simpson. But, on the other hand, the astounding fact remain, that there are four Mrs. Simpsons at Bussora. Whenever I look at his quiet, businesslike face or hear him talking to my wife and the girls about Persian scenery, this revelation of his strikes me anew with wonder. Of course, I have not told them about his domestic relations it would be too great a shock on their respective systems; yet the possession of such a secret all to myseJf is too hard to bear, and I have, therefore, laid it before the public. The whole thing resolves itself into a rule-of-three sum. If even a quiet, re- spectable fellow like Simpson, residing at Bussora, has four wives, how many wives —well, I don't mean exactly that: but how much queerer things must people do who are not so quiet and respectable as Simpson, and who live still further off?— "Short Storhs."
AGRICULTURAL CROPS IN GLAMORGAN. Mr. Daniel Owen, J.P., Reports for the Agricultural Gazette." Comparisons with Past Years. TO THE EDITOB.1 SIR,—I have been asked by the editor of the Agricultural Gazette to give a, report on the agricultural crops, Ac., in this district. Having complied with his request this day, I thought it would be as well to write a few lines to the Western Mail on the same subject, in the hope that others from different districts would follow suit. Hay is the lightest crop we have had for many years. Clover and rye grass were tolerably good, bat meadow hay and sainfoin are very scanty. In fact, they are the thinnest crops I have ever seen, and in many places they are a complete failure. Wheat is looking well in most places. Barley is good, with some exceptions. Oats are very good. In consequence of having from the 1st of July tojthis day a rainfall of 5'06, roots are doing well. Swedes are flourishing, and so are mangolds. The potato crop is look- ing well. I can remember when the blight on this crop appeared first, in 1846. Im the following year the great famine, in consequence of the blight, took place in Ireland. The inhabitants of that island at that time de- pended almost entirely for their subsistence on potatoes, and in consequence of the failure of that crop many thousands died from starvation in 1847. In that year a day was set apart for prayers. I attended several of those meetings. Unfortunately, the prayers did not prevent the blight, which has continued more or less every year since. Only last Saturday I was talking to some friends about the magnificent crop we have this year, and that there is no sign of the Wight, but I found out yesterday that there is a slight tinge of it in a few places in this district. This decidedly is the best year for potatoes since the date named—1846. Hay will be dear, but horsekeepers can economise by using boiled potatoes and bran instead of hay for feeding their horses. I knew of a firm many years ago who gave nothing but potatoes and bran to their horses, and they were always in excellent oondi- tior Talking of this crop reminds me cf a tale told me by Mr. David Spencer, Flemingston Farm, near Cowbridge, some years ago. One day they were threshing on his farm, and, 88 -they were some distance from the farm- house, Mary, the servant girl, had to take the men's dinner to the place where they were threshing, and as she entered the rickyard she met her lover there, whose name was John. He said, Mary, I cannot marry you this year." "Why not, John?" she asked, and John re- plied, "Potatoes are so dear." ""Oh, never mind," ehesaid, "wheaHs cheap." "Yes," he said, but it is potatoes I do like."—I am, &c., Ash Hall, Aug. 7. DANIEL OWEN.
A quarterly meeting of the Tenby Town Council was held on Tuesday. Bills were passed, and a disoussion ensued upon the large overdraftst the bank. This was stated to be about 96,000, but the Town-clerk explained that a very large proportion of this amount had been obtained for public improvements, and would be re-paid by loans through the Local Government Board. A FAIE, BJEAUTIFUL SKIN.—Sulpholine Soap gives the natural tint and peach-tike bloom of a perfect complexion makes the skin smooth, supple, healthy, comfortable.—6d Tablets Everywhere CABDEFF HORTICTJIi"'TTRAIi SOCIETY'S AMNRII SHOW. — EAMW TNM 8th,—H, >QUlett, fianrrtiirji
WOMAN'S WORLD. [By "GWF.N."] What a change has come over Cardiff even during the last ten years in the matter of names. Apparently the "rose" must be called a rose," and by no other name will smell so sweet. About our streets to-day, often ragged and dirty, hatless and barefoot, run "Reginalds" and "Algernons," "Herrniones" and "Alexandrine," and the good old-fashioned "Davids" and" Wi1- liams," "Marys" &nd "Janes," are either entirely ignored or left to that class of people who continue them in the hope of retaining some slight distinction from those who have usurped from their off-spring such names as have been hitherto their right. Around the front of one of our smaller churches the other evening some half-dozen mothers of the lower working class gathered, with their babies in their arms. We listened with keen interest to the appellation under which each scrap of humanity became a Christian. Dorothea Alicia Barbara" was one. When she becomes a little maid-of-all-work by-and-bye it is hardly likely she will be known by these fine names, I fear. A little boy was christened "Ivan Stanley Nigel" Perhaps the mother would not have felt so proud of it had she known that "Ivan" is Russian for the good old name of John. It is an age in which we strive and strain, and in the end, probably, attain something with which we are only pleased because we do not comprehend its meaning or are unable to estimate its real worth. When some- thing we have to say sounds harsh or ugly we convert it from English into some neatly-turned French phrase; and, though, perhaps, it thus passes muster to English ears, does it sound one whit the better to the French? Changes, indeed, everywhere prevail. Miss Braddon has entered an emphatic protest against the critics of the day, whose impatience has put down as dull, heavy, unreadable the full descriptions of character, furniture, and general surroundings which mark the writings of many of our most in- teresting novelists." Referring to the matter of woman's brain once more. the Queen" re- marks :—"We, who hold a watching brief for women, always feel a shade of unpleasant anxiety when the natural endow- ments of the sex are discussed by a man of science. If the man of science gives judg- ment against the sex we dare not hint it is because he is a misogynist, for, although many men of science have been misogy- nists, it is understood that scientific judg- ments are never tinged by personal senti- ment. If a man of science were to say all women were imbeciles we might surmise that women had found him a dull fellow; but to think that the scientific gentleman's verdict was anything but abstractly scien- tific would be to commit the gravest con- tempt of court. Only a second professor can assist us to appeal from the judgment of the first. It was, then, with some misgiving of that we observed upon the contents of the New Review' the title, 'The Brain of Women,' and set against it the name of Professor Ludwig Buchner. English sages have handled the feminine brain with such severity upon recent occa- sions that we entertained tne gravest appre- hensions for the fate of the poor little whitey-grey apparatus at the hands of a German Gelehrte,' for the Germans are understood to entertain a specially mean opinion of half their race. And Professor Buchner continues to keep us in trepidation for several pages. He quotes a professor who found that the surface measurement of the female skull was short by several thousand millimetres of the size of the male skull. Then Professor f Buchner looks at the cubic contents, and, behold! he finds himself short of a coffee I cupful to make up to the man's average allowance. Brains in coffee cups sound so unattractive that we are almost inclined to think the fewer cupfuls the better; but this, of course, is neither science or logic. Then a French savant takes up the- tale. He finds the feminine brain unduly light and deficient in convolutions. And Professor Huschke, feeling sure that weight, size, surface, and convolutions are desirable, because men have them, settles the matter pleasantly by saying, Woman is a constantly growing child, and in the brain, as in so many other parts Of her body, she conforms to her childish type." Tiiis pill requires a good deal of jam to swallow. Professor Buchner kindly offers it by observing that woman's brain is prettier than that cf man, and that it is even larger than man's in proportion to her (woman's) size This leaves the Ger- man and French savants hopelessly wring- ing their hands. But. alas! a few lines later, and Professor Buchner deprives us of half our satisfaction, for there is another point still undiscussed: —Whereabouts in her skull does woman house her brain—in front or in the crown? Unfortunately, it is in the crown, whereas it is the brain in the forehead that is the think- ing" brain. However, all is well in the end, for Professor Buchner holds that the brain develops with exercise, and in every way," he says, it would be a bene- fit to society were the many powers of woman, which now lie fallow, permitted to be cultivated, and to bring forth their proper frnits." A very curious story reaches me," writes "Rumer" in "Vanity Fair," "which seems to lie so well authenticated as to be entitled to notice in this place. Appari- tions at the time of death are no new thing, as many who have first heard of such an appearance as the projection of the astral body may suppose, and it seems that there is now one more very striking instance of such an apparition to be added to the list. I am told that at Lady Tryon's party, given on the evening of the fatal collision between the Victoria and the Ca-mpeidown, a well-known lady saw the figure of Sir George Tryon on the stairs, and watched it pass down into the refrsshment-room. Lady ———— was sur- prised, and, coming across a friend, told her what she had seen, adding, 'I must go and tell Lady Tryon what a pleasant surprise she has given us all, and I must find Sir George to speak to him.' Upon this the second lady, who is also well known in society. said, 'Do not say any- thing to Lady Tryon. I saw Sir George, too, and I spoke to her, and she seemed annoyed. She says that Sir George is not here He is with his ship.' It will be good news to most women to hear that ribbon will be profusely used this autumn for trimming. Princess May has undoubtedly encouraged .this sensible fashion. Many hundreds of yards of Coventiy ribbon were used on her trousseau gowns, and the fashion-mongers assure us that bonnets, hats, gowns, and mantles will be liberally ornamented with rosettes, flots, and lops. Ribbon smartens up the plainest and dowdiest garments; it is becoming alike to old and young, and it is not expensive. Amongst the countless presents given to the Duchess of York is a dainty petticoat made of the finest hand-wove Welsh flannel, beautifully embroidered with white silk, in a charming design representing the white rose of York entwined with the leek of Wales. On the waistband, which is of soft white silk, there is an embroidery of white May blossom, surmounted by a crown. This skirt was presented to the Duchess of York by the workpeople of Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones, Newtown, North Wales. It was enclosed in a very handsome casket, lined with white satin, and covered outside with dark red and blue Genoa velvet, with the Royal arms in silver in the centre. Lady Volunteers are, I hear, to be the novelty of the future, and who can say that at the next Royal wedding we shall not see a company of the Middlesex Yeomanry forming pa.rt of the guard of honour?
BOATING ACCIDENT AT WEYMOUTH. William Everafield and John Blake, police- constables, of London; Alfred Walker, postman, of London; and Barach. Board, parcels post carrier, oFWeymonth, were saitinff in Weymouth Bay on Tuesday evening, when, the boat- capsized and the four men were thrown into ffie sea. Blake, Walker, and Board i were drowned, but Eversfield was saved. The boat had been oat for several hours when the wind freshened, and when near the pier the craft was struck by a squall and capsized, the accident: being witnessed by the people on the shore. Board leaves a wife and family. The other two- men drowned were single.
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The Terrible Boating Disaster at Aberavon. RECOVERY OF 22 BODIES. TWO MORE SUPPOSED TO BE MISSING. Removal of the Remains to the Rhondda Valley. HEARTRENDING SCENES. Interviews With Survivors and Eye-Witnesses. OPENING OF THE INQUEST. [BY OUR OWN REPORTER.1 The death-roll of the terrible boating fatality which occurred at Aberavon on Bank Holiday has reached a total of 22 certain. and the bodies of each of the victims have been recovered and identified. All through Tuesday an air of gloom hung over the little seaside borough of Aberavon. Small knots of people stood about in the principal streets of the town discussing the result of the catastrophe, and some sad scenes were enacted in the Victoria Hotel, where the bodies lay awaiting inspection by the coroner's jury. The early morning trains from the Bliondda Valley brought num- bers of the relatives and friends of those whose bodies had been recovered, and there were loud lamentations and weep- ng as a father recognised the corpse of his son, a mother that of her daughter' or a friend that of a dear companion or acquain- tance. Two more bodies were recovered during Tuesday morning, one at about 7.30 and the other at about a quarter past nine. They were those of Ada Knight, of Ystrad, fifteen years of age, and a lad named Charles Lewis, of Ponty- pridd. Both corpses, it appears, were washed up by the tide, in the sight of a large number of spectators, who had congregated on the beach, and the remains were removed by means of a trap to the lodge-room of the Victoria Hotel. The father of the girl Knight entered the impro- vised mortuary shortly before ten o'clock, and upon seeing the remains of his unfortunate daughter burst into a storm of tears. Every- body present was moved by the sad scene. One of the women drowned was Jane Dudlyke, of Ystrad-terrace, Ystrad, who was formerly bar- maid at the Y strad Hotel. THE BJiEAKvVAl'EB, PIER. THE CROSS SHOWS THE SPOT WxLtiliti THE BOAT CAPSIZED. The accompanying rough sketch of the Break- water Pier at Aberavon will enable the reader to obtain some idea as to the spot at which the sad catastrophe took place. It appears that the over-laden boat was in charge of the owner, William Bath (a married mau with two children), his brother, James Bath, and a tin-plate worker named John Cramp, and it was upon the boat with its living freight getting into a line with the extreme point of the pier, about the position 'shown by the cross in the sketch, that it was struck broadside on by the large wave with such lamentable results. A SUBJECT FOR INQUIRY. It will be a subject for inquiry as to whether those who were in charge of the boat were not, to say the least of it, very careless and indis- creet in allowing the boat to be so overcrowded. The boat is not licensed as a pleasure boat,and the water just at this point is not at all suitable for boating even on the calmest day. There is always a heavy surf just off the Breakwater Pier, and as the fresh water of the River Avon joins the salt water a short distance outside the pier a treacherous current is created. A sketch of the boat is given as part of this report. SKETCH OF THE BOAT. SOME SAD INCIDENTS. It is rumoured that one of the women who went out in the ill-fated boat had an infant with her, but up to the present no child's body has been recovered. Mr. Evan Llewel- lyn, the rate collector under the Ystrad Local Board, has lost a. niece and a cousin by the sad catastrophe. In a conversa- tion with our reporter in the afternoon Mr. Llewellyn, who exhibited great grief, stated that his neice was Cecilia Hopkins, a namesake of the woman who was saved. She was seventeen years of age, and a daughter of Mr. Hopkins, the well-known huntsman of Ystradyfodwg. His cousin was Miss Gwen Llewellyn, aged eighteen, of Ystrad Rhondda. He (Mr. Llewel- lyn) had accompanied the excursionists to Abor- avon on Monday, and had gone up to the railway station to place the luggage in readiness for the return journey when the catastrophe occurred. He had heard of the awful occurrence whilst pro- ceeding from the village to the beach, and1 his feel- ings upon hearing the sad tidings can be. better imagined than described. The mothers of the two victims were prevailed upon to return to Ystrad by the evening train, and they did so almost demented with grief. On Taes- day. morningtthef others- came down to Aberavon by the first train, and when they saw the I. dead bodies of their offspring lying stark and motionless in the lodge-room of the Victoria Hotel their grief knew no bounds. Mr. andi Mrs. David Brimble, Tyntyla-road, Ystrad, lost their two little daughters, one 15 and the other 8 years of age, and, sad to say, the nearly heart- broken parents saw their two little ones strugg- ling in the surf and were powerless- to render -them any aid. A nephew of Mr. andrMra. Brimbl&wsas saved. GRAPHIC NARRATIVE OF ONE OF THE RESCUED BOATMEN. William Bath, the owner of the ill-fated boa £ which is ordinarily used for pilot purposes, Wa.;1 married man, and has two children. His father Us dead, bid; his widowed mother resides at the.i iSandfields. Bath, who Uvea at the wharf, seems 'to feel his position acutely, and appears to have become so stupefied by the occurrence that he cannot give a very intelligible descrip- tion of what occurred. Our representative, how- ever, managed to hunt up John Cramp, of 64, Water-street,. Aberavon,, and found, him ready. dent ocourred. Cramp, together with William Bath and his brother John Bath, was in charge of the boat which capsized. He (Cramp) is a. tin worker at the Glanwallia Tin-plate Works, and on Monday was spending a holiday on the beach. William Bath and his brother had been taking excursionists out in the boat during the morning. When the boat started on its ill- fated journey Cramp took an oar to relieve John Bath, who felt tired after previous exertions. We started from the sands," said John Cramp, in reply to our representative, and the young men and women scrambled in until the boat was full. I could not tell you how many were in the boat, neither do I remember whether William Bath raised any objection to so many getting into the boat." "Did Bath make a charge of each excursionist who took his or her seat in the boat," queried our reporter. No, I don't think he did. His practice was to let them give whatever they felt inclined to." Was there very much surf breaking at the time when you put off ?" Well, no, not inside the Breakwater Pier." The tide was full up ?" Not quite full up. In fact, it was beginning to ebb." Well P" We rowed out until we came in line with the extreme point of the Breakwater Pier. Then we found the surf rather strong and we pro- ceeded to turn the boat in order to return. Just when we were doing so a heavy swell came towards us, and those who were sitting on the side of the boat nearest the wave (and they were nearly all men) attempted to avoid getting wet by leaning over towards the other side. A big wave caught the boat broad- side, and, there being so much weight on the side nearest to the shore, she immediately capsized. We were all thrown into the water, and com- menced struggling. I sunk; but being able to swim, managed to come to the surface again. Then I did my best to keep afloat until help arrived, but it was a hard battle, and I frequently gave myself, up for lost. Seeing a boat put out to our aid, however, I renewed all my energy to keep on the surface, and after being in the water from ten minutes to a quarter of an hour I was picked up by the boat in charge of Thomas Jones and Wm. Durham in an exhausted condi- tion. Owing to the roughness of the water I was unable to see many of the others who were struggling to keep afloat, but I noticed one or two clingjng to the oars in a frantic attempt to save themselves. William Bath, I understand, was under the boat in the water, but succeeded in extricating himself and olambering up the side. Then he threw himself once more into the water and swftm towards the rescuing boats, of which there were two-the one I have mentioned and the pilot boat, in which were Mr. Hare and Mr. Snook. William Bath was also picked up in an exhausted state, and John Bath, who was fonnd clinging to the boat, was also rescued. The bulk of those who wore thrown out of the boat must have sunk almost immediately. It was a terrible experience, and I hope I may never go through such a time again. Neither William Bath, John Bath nor myself are skilled in the management of boats, but we have had occasional practice in rowing. I don't think the accident would have happened if those in the boat had only kept their seats." INTERVIEWS WITH RESCUED PAS- SENGERS. The following interviews with several of those who were rescued will be read with interest Enoch J. Brimble, a lad, said :—" I sat half way in the boat. The girls sat in the front, and the boys in the stern. After passing the pier the sea was very choppy, and on the boat turn- ing it was struck by a big wave, and the girls got frightened and rushed all to one side, which made the boat capsize. I tried, while in the water, to grasp the boat, but failed. I next saw an oar, and I put my hands over it. The girl Lilian Hopkins caught my jacket, and I bhen seized her skirt, and v/e both managed to keep afloat until the boat came with Mr. Snook in it." The little boy, David Brimble, an exceedingly sharp lad. who sat in his father's lap, answered the questions put to him in a, very clear manner. He said, Myself and the girl Brimble were standing in the boat when a, sea struck the boat and upset it. I climbed to the top of the boat, and a girl caught my leg and I helped her up on the boat." The girl Louisa James was next seen, but she remembered nothing whatever of the occur- rence. The little girl C. Hopkins said: "I was in the boat at the time. The boat went over sud- denly. There was no rushing to the side or screaming at all. The boat went over before we could rush to the side. I floated close to the boat, and caught hold of the upturned bottom. A man caught hold of me, and helped me to get in another boat. A little boy who caught hold of my dress was also pulled into the other boat. NARRATIVES BY EYE-WITNESSES. One of our reporters on Tuesday paid a visit to a few of the visitors to Aberavon on Mon- day, and calling at the house of Mr. Brimble, at 86, Tyntyla-road, Ystrad, hi met the son, T. R. Brimble, a young lad of about seventeen years of age, who sa.ld I went with the three schools to Aberavon yesterday, and was on the beach with a number of friends. I heard a shout from the shore that the boat was sinking, and I looked towards the sea. I saw the boat cap- sizing, as it were, and its bow disappearing under the waves. The occupants were screaming and only their heads were in sight above the water. My brother was in the boat. He was the smallest in it, but somehow or other he caught hold of the bottom of the boat and was saved. When the rescuers arrived at the spot he was quite overcome and was vomiting sea water. He is a courageous young lad and stuck to the boat like grim death. If you go to my uncle, Mr. Benjamin Williams, he will give you fuller information, for he was among those saved." Our reporter then proceeded to the house of Mr. Benjamin Williams, who resides next door to the Heolfach Post-office, but he, with others, had gone to Aberavon to see about the removal of the body. His sister, Miss Elvira Williams, was, however, at home, and volunteered to give information. She said she had never been in a boat, and never would go. Moreover, she added, Four young ladies invited me to go with them. I refused. Then they left the shore, and as 1 was anxious about my two little cousins I called after them. They took no heed of my cries, but called back and said I was a baby for not going. I watched the boat for a while, and then turned to amuse myself with the others. Presently I heard a scream, and naturally turned seawards, where I saw the occupants of the boat struggling in the waves. My brother was in the boat and so were three cousins-the Brimbles. Another cousin, who had only been here with us for a short while—and she came from Gloucester-was lost, and her bodyhas not yet been found." Miss Jenkins, Heolfach, said: "I was in the boat that picked some of the saved up. Our boat was about fifteen yards away. They were going out, and we had just turned back to come in. They were singing and saying, 'We are going to America.' A big wave came over them and nearly filled the boat, and then another wave came and upset the boat. Those in the water were screaming and holding up their hands. The boatman in our boat wanted to go back at once to them, but he had first to put some of his passengers on the shore. sThen we went back to the place where the others were in the water. One of the men threw a chain towards the struggling people, and one .caught hold of-it, and was pulled into our boat. There were then fourteen altogether in our boat" There were then fourteen altogether in our boat" LIST Off BODIES RECOVERED AND IDENTIFIED. The following is a list of bodies recovered and identified up to Tuesday evening:- Gwen Llewellyn (18), 17, William-street, Ystrad. Mary Powell <17), Tyntyla-road, Ystrad. Jane Dudlyke (22), 4, Ystrad-terrace, Ystrad. Harriet Brimble (8), 6, Tyntyla-road, Ystrad- Elizabeth Ann Brimble (15), 6, Tyntyla-road, Ystrad. Ti& ■* ..7.at: William Rees (16), William-street, Ystrad. Daniel Evans (28), Gelli-crossing, Ystrad. David Lloyd (17), Gelligaled-terrace, Ystrad. Charlotte Ceazar (17), Gelli-crossing, Ystrad. Janet A. Meyrick (17),23, Shady-road, Ystrad. Thomas Jones, William-street, Ystrad. Margaret Harris (12), Bute-street, Treherbert. Gwilym Thomas (16), Riverside, Ystrad. Joseph Atkinson (13), William-street, Ystrad. Richard James Lewis (15), Blaenwlaw-street, Treherbert. Ada Knight (16), Heolfach, Ystrad. David H. Thomas (16), 7, Baglan-street, Tre- herbert. David James Thomas (16), 16, Gwendoline- street, Treherbert. Charles Lewis (17), woollen improver, Ponty- pridd. William Whiting (20), Glendower-street, Tre- herbert. The following is a list of those saved:- Robert John Williams (15), 77, William-street, Ystrad. Enoch John Brimble (15), 61, Gelligaled- terrace, Ystrad. } W-road, Louisa James (17), 10, Ystrad.terrace, Ystrad. David W. Brimble (6), Ystrad. E. W. Evans, 7, Campbell-terrace, Llwynypia. Henry Grsle (17), Gelligaled-terrace, Ystrad. James and William Bath, Aberavon. John Cramp, Aberavon. REPORTED TO BE MISSING. The following are reported to be missing :— Thomas Jones (18), Williams-street, Ystrad. John Thomas Pritchard (9), Treherbert. REMOVAL OF THE BODIES. Orders for coffins were given to Messrs. J. and S. Rees, contractors and builders, of Aberavon, and a number of them were ready early in the afternoon in time to allow of the removal of bodies to the homes of the victims in the Rhondda Valley during the evening. ARRIVAL OF THE BODIES AT YSTRAD. Later in the afternoon the postmaster at Heolfach received the following telegram, which he exhibited in the window of the post-office :— Cecilia Hopkins, Mark Powell, E. A. Brimble, H. Brimble, G. Llewellyn, A. Meyrick, Gwilym Thomas, D. W. Lloyd, Gwilym Rees, Atkinson, and Williams, will be up by 6.20 train from here. Two others with 8.30 from here. Make this known.—CAS. Consequently a large crowd of people congre- gated at the Ystrad Station when the train conveying the bodies arrived at 7.30 p.m., and considerable sensation was caused when two carts containing a number of biers arrived. When the train containing the bodies and a. number of the relatives and friends steamed into the station the vast multitude showed every sign of sympathy, and as the eleven coffins were carried to the homes of the deceased victims crowds of spectators thronged the streets, and the scene which ensued was of a most harrowing description. 1 i OPENING OF THE INQUEST. Mr. Howel Cuthbertson, county coroner, of Neath, on Tuesday afternoon opened an inquest in the magistrates' room at Aberavon Police- station on the body of Gwenllian Llewellyn and the other victims of the catastrophe. Major Jones was elected foreman of the jury, and the general public were admitted during the pro- ceedings. Having sworn the jurymen, the Coroner said he was very sorry that he had come down there on such a sad occasion as that. It was a ter- rible thing that 21 persons who had left their homes for a day's recreation should meet with their death in such an awful manner. He was afraid from what he had heard that there might be two or three more bodies not yet recovered. It was a very sad calamity, and for his part he sympathised wih the relatives of the deceased, and he was sure the jury sym- pathised also. All he intended to do that day was to take evidence of identification, and issue his warrant, so that the bodies could be taken away to their homes, and he trusted to appoint a suitable day for the holding of the inquest, when they would take evidence as to how the catastrophe happened, and whether there was anybody to blame or not. Mr. Evan Llewellyn, rate collector under the Ystrad Local Board, was the first witness called. He had seen the body of Gwen Llewellyn. She was eighteen years of age, and lived at home with her parents, her father, Evan Llewellyn, being a quarryman. Witness also knew Har- riet Lina Brimble, whose father's name was David Brimble. Elizabeth Aim Brimble was fifteen years of age. Gwilym John Rees was aged sixteen, and followed the vocation of a tailor. Charlotte Ceazer was between seventeen and eighteen years of age, and resided with her parents, her father, John Ceazer being a collier. Mary Powell was seventeen years of age last birthday, and lived at home with her parents. Her father's name was William Powell, and he was an insurance agent. Witness also knew DanielEvans, who was a colliery fireman, aged 28 years. Cecilia Hopkins lived at home with her parents, her father being a collier. Janet Ann Meyrick was seventeen years of age, and lived at home with her step-father and her mother. Her father, W. Meyrick, had been a quarry- man, Joseph Atkinson was a door-boy under- ground, and thirteen years of age. Stephen Whiting, Treherbert, was next called, and stated that his son, William Whiting, was 24 years of age, and was a collier. He was a single man. Mr. Evan Llewellyn then identified the bodies of Jane Dudlyke and Ada Knight, the latter being sixteen years of age and the adopted child of Enoch Brimble. William Thomas, con- tinued witness, was sixteen years of age and the son of William Thomas, checkweigher. John Lloyd, Ystrad Rhondda, identified the body of his son, D. W. Lloyd,who was a collier, and sixteen years of age. The body of Margaret Harris was identified by Edward Davies, Treorky, her uncle. She was twelve years of age, and her father was a colliery overman. Louisa Bonnor, married, gave evidence of identification with regard to the remains of Richard James Lewis, her brother, who was a collier, and fourteen years of age. David Thomas, Treherbert, said David Henry Thomas was his son. He was seventeen years of age, and a collier. Rees James, Treherbert, identified the corpse of David John Thomas, his nephew, a collier, aged sixteen years. Thomas Lewis, Pontypridd, said his son Chas. Lewis, was seventeen years of age, and an improver in a woollen factory. The inquest was adjourned until 10.30 o'clock on Tuesday morning next. RECOVERY OF ANOTHER BODY. At half-past nine o'clock on Tuesday evening the body of Tom Jones, eighteen years of age, was brought to the Victoria Hotel, Aberavon, by conveyance, the body having been recovered near Briton Ferry, by some workmen. The news arrived that the body had been recovered prior to the departure of the 8.30 p.m. train, Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway, by which a. brother of the deceased was going to Ystrad. On hearing the news the brother abandoned his i'ourney, and proceeded at once, in a trap, to Jriton Ferry. SYMPATHY FROM MR. W. WILLIAMS, M.P. Mr. William Williams the member of Parlia- ment for the Swansea. District, has wired the Mayor of Aberavon expressing his deepest regret at the lamentable disaster, and offers his sincerest sympathy with the relatives of the lost ones in their bereavement. THE NEED OF REGISTRATION. TO THE EDITOR OF THE "WESTERN MAIL." SIR,-How long will the authorities allow such accidents to take place without doing any- thing to prevent them ? I have seen boats leave this beach with from eighteen to twenty excur- sionists in them, when half the number would be more than ought to be carried. I would suggest that all boats be registered to carry a certain number, and a maximum charge fixed for that number per hour.—I am, &c., A RESIDENT. Mumbles Beach, August 8.
HEARTRENDING SCENES AT YSTRAD. YSTRAD RHONDDA, TUESDAY NIGHT. "Morion" writes :-ThiR place has just wit- nessed one of the most heartbreaking scenes ever seen in the locality. It had been wired from Aberavon that most of the dead bodies would reach the Rhondda Valley via the Swansea Bay Railway between seven and eight o'clock to-night. The 7.5 train, arriving at Treherbert from Aberavon, brought five dead bodies to Treherbert. Many thousands of people, most of whom were in tears, assembled on the road leading from Treherbert Station into the town. The coffins were conveyed on biers, the relatives of each walking behind each coffin. As can be well imagined, the most distressing scones were witnessed en route to the late homes of the young people, who left them yester- day morning so joyously to go with the excursion to Aberavon and the seaside. The half-past seven o'clock train brought twelve additional dead bodies to Ystrad Railway Station. The roads leading to the station were thronged with thousands of people — indeed, the entire popula- tion of the populous districts of Heolfach Pentre, Ton, and Gelli seemed to be assembled on the roads. As the twelve coffins containing the dead bodies of young girls and lads were brought out of the station to the highway the thousands assembled wept most bitterly. Then the coffins were carried on biers towards the respective former homes, the weeping relatives of each walking behind the respective coffins. The distressing scenes witnessed were enough to melt hearts of stone. By the same train the remains of Rees of I'i-i parents. His father is Mr. Thoma," Lewis, Wilson's Factory, Pontypridd. The lad left home on Monday morning to visit a. cousin at Treherbert, and they went together with the excursion and both lost their lives. Two more dead bodies were brought to Ystrad by the train reaching that station at a quarter to ten o'clock to-night Nearly every one of the lost ones were members of local Sunday schools. Daniel Evans, Gelli, Calvinistic Methodist Sunday school teacher at Ystrad-terrace, perished. He had taken all his class (all young girls) with him to Aberavon, paying their expenses himself. Fortunately, he did not take the children on board with him, and they returned home last night. Daniel Evans was a native of Ystrad Meirig, and was very much respected in the neighbourhood of his new home at Gelli Ystrad. His remains will be conveyed to-morrow (Wednesday) to Ystrad Meirig. It will be seen by the above bhat twenty dead bodies-in fact, all but one of dose that perished in the disaster-were brought to their late homes to-night, making a total oc 21. It can be literally said that the cries of woe and bitterness of soul are heard to-night in the stricken localities of the popu- lous Rhondda. There is something in expressibly pitiful in finding ten tender maidens thus perishing together at the moment they were in the midst of enjoyment No wonder the many thousands wept as their mortal remains were carried this evening to bheir stricken old homes, which yesterday morning they left so merrily. The re- spectable character of those homes is seen in the fact that almost all, if not every- one who perished were members of Sunday Schools. It is reported that a young orphan afirl, named Elizabeth May Davies (13), is still missing. She lived at Ystrad-terrace. The Swansea. Bay and Taff Vale Railway Companies bring the bodies from Aberavon free of charge.
THE TITHE WAR IN WEST WALES. Suspension of Hostilities. --The Pending Appeal. Affairs in connection wiuh the tithe war in West Wales are in a state of suspension, and Doth sides are awaiting with a good deal of ,nterest the result of the appeal entered in the High Court by the Sonth Wales Liberal Federa- tion. The appeal rai es a very important point, tround which much controversy has centred before and since the passing of the new Tithe ict. Briefly put, the question is this Whether jhe tithe bailiff has a right to effect an entrance nto premises where he is authorised to evy distraints by climbing over fences. rbat much importance is attached to the appeal is shown by the fact that the Treasury has taken ip the matter on the side of the county-court. the appeal was put down for the 27th uit., and is daily expected to be reached. Two farmers from the parish of Penbryn were summoned to appear before Judge Bishop, at Newcastle-Emlyn County-court, on Tuesday, to mswer a charge of assaulting Mr. Robert Lewis ivhile he was engaged in executing bhe orders of the court as far back as the 3rd of May last. Their names were Thomas Owen, farmer and blacksmith,of Siloah, md Thomas Davies, farmer, of Glascoed. It was evident that a knowledge of an intention not to proceed with the case had gone abroad, Mid the empty benches presented a. rather striking contrast with their crowded state on former occasions. The advocates on the respec- fcive sides did not appear, only the plaintiff being present.—On the case being called on the Regis- trar (Mr. J. H. Evans) explained to his Honour bow matters now stood, and thought it expedient that the cases should be adjourned pending the appeal.—His Honour concurred, and adjourned the case to the October court.
LOCAL NEWS ITEMS. The fortnightly meeting of the Neath Board of Guardians was held on Tuesday. A meeting of the Cardiff Pilotage Board was held in the board-room at the pilotage offices on Tuesday afternoon. In our report of the Hibernian demonstration and sports at Cadoxton, on Monday, the name of the band engaged should have been the Cogan Military Band. At a meeting of the Porthcawl Local Board on Monday evening, a deputation of ladies visiting at Porthcawl waited upon the chairman re regu- lations as to bathing on the beach. The man George Davies, apprehended on Monday on a charge of stealing jewellery from the shop of Mr. Lewis Freedman under circum- stances already reported, was brought before the Tredegar magistrates on Monday. Prisoner was handed over to vhe Merthyr constabulary. Eighty-three vessels paid dues at Llanelly during the month of July, a& compared with 62 in Jane. The imports amounted to 10,591 tons, or an increase of 6,323 tons over the previous month. The exports, however, exhibited a de- crease of 267 tons when compared with the figures for June. The annual movable committee of the Philan- thropic Institution continued its sitting at Mer- thyr on Tuesday, Bro. Thomas (Aberavon) pre- siding. It was decided to hold the 1894 A.M.C. at Swansea. Bro. John Bowen, D.G.M., was duly installed as G.M. Arthur Turner, of 49, Queen-street, Barry, was engaged in shunting operations at Barry Dock when he fell, and the flange of an empty wagon passed over his right arm and crushed it severely. He was taken to the Cardiff Infirmary and was detained. Monday was observed as a close holiday at Newoastle-Emlyn, and celebrated by the fifth annual athletic sports and bicycle races, which attraoted an immense number of people to the ground, which was laid out at the back of the Emlyn Arms Hotel. At the quarterly meeting of the Brecon Town Council, held in the Guild-hall on Tuesday morning, it was announced that Lord.Wrc,,de,-Br had consented to preside over a local eisteddfod to be held on the first Monday in June, 1894. It was resolved to present a congratulatory address to Miss Llewela. Davies, the recipient of this year's highest honour at the Royal Academy. The Newport Post-office Band will play th: following programme this (Wednesday) evening, weather permitting :—Grand march, Pun- jaub," C. Payne overture," Eclipse," Warwick Williams (bandmaster of the London County Council military bands) waltz (German love song), Weit von D ir," O. Seydel; grand selection," Patience," Sir A. Sullivan quadrille from the opera of Maritana," Wallace band- master F. J. Richardson. The band, being engaged for the N.C.A.F.and T.C. trip to Ilfra- combe on Thursday next, will not play on that evening. On Tuesday evening a general meeting of the Roath Branch Library Committee was held in the board-room, Clifton-street, Cardiff. Coun- cillor Trounce presiding. The hon. secretary reported that, in accordance with a resolution passed at a previous meeting, he had seen Mr. Lascelles Carr, and that gentleman had kindly offered to repeat his lecture on Yankee Land," the proceeds to be devoted to the liquidation of the debt on the Roath Branch Library. The announcement was received with applause, and a committee was appointed to carry out the necessary details. The hon. secretary was also requested to see Mr. Lascelles Carr, and to arrange the date of his lecture. ———mrpwmmm——
A RADNORSHIRE WILL CASE. In the Probate Division of the High Court of Justice on Tuesday Sir Francis Jenne li d before him the case of Ammonds and another v. Farr and others. It had reference to the testi- mentary dispositions of the late Mr. Jabez Barr, formerly of Glasbury, in the county of Radnor, who died on the 30th of October of last year. The plaintiffs propounded, as executors, the will dated the 27th of October last. The defendants set up an earlier will of the 15th of October, but terms had been arranged under which the last will would be admitted to probnte. -Mr. Edmund Lee, solicitor, practising at Hay, in the county of Brecknock, gave evidence as to the due execution of the last will, and his Lordship pronounced. for it. and made an order as to the costs coming out of the estate in terms of the arrangement come to between the parties. —Upon application the tenns were deposited in court.
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POLICE AND MILITIA AT ( CARDIFF. Alleged Fracas at Maindy. STAVES VERSUS BELTS. TMO Militiamen Seriously injured. Reticence of the Cardiff Police Authorities. What is described as a severe encounter took jlace between certain members of the county md borough police and a number of Militia- men at Maindy, near Cardiff, on Saturday night rhe authorities of both the police forces are singularly reticent over the matter, and it is with some difficulty that the particulars have been obtained. There is the usual conflict of statements as to who were the aggressors. The Cardiff borough police allege that they were called to North-road in oonsequence of the statement* of a siviliaai, who came into town and complained that he had been assaulted by Militiamen; that when they went there they found a number of the Militia acting in a disorderly fashion; and that, with the assistance of members of the county police,they dispersed them, arresting one man who assaulted a constable, and who was dealt with by the magistrates on Monday. On the other hand, it is stated that the police were the aggressors — that certain members of the force followed Militiamen on the North-road, and that one of them, after using language more forcible than polite towards one of the Militia, sailed in and commenced the row. It is admitted that a row occurred, in which the Militiamen used their belts and the police their staves. One Militiaman was hit over the ear and laid out, and on one of the pickets who were patrolling the road going to his assistance, the policeman made a pass at him. The picket shoved the constable back- wards, and then received a heavy blow on the head, and the subsequent proceedings in- terested him no more. It was nearly two o'clock on Sunday morning before the excitement quieted down. The Militiaman first referred referred to remained, we are informed, uncon- cious a couple of hours, and only got out of hospital yesterday (Tuesday), while the picket is still in hospital. It is stated that the affair is to be investigated by the Cardiff Watch Committee, but the Cardiff police deny all knowledge of this, and prefer to regard the matter as one entirely for the county police authorities. It may be taken for certain that the military authorities will hold an inquiry into the matter.
THE ENGINEERS' DiSPUTE AT CARDIFF. Men Return to Work at the Wallsend Dry Dock. On Tuesday morning Mr. Jenkin Jones, who is acting on behalf of the men in the engineer- ing dispute at Cardiff, received a letter from the manager of the Wallsend Pontoon Company adopting the principle of the 74 hours move- ment, and the men will, therefore, return to work this (Wednesday) morning as usual. The other men on strike held a meeting at the Sandon Hotel on Tuesday to discuss the situation, and they confirmed the resolution passed on Satur. day not to return to work until the question is settled. Mr. Jenkin Jones has been invited to again discuss matters with the employers' sub- committee, and the meeting will take place to- night (Wednesday), when it is expected the dispute will be finally settled. A letter has been received from the engineers a.t Newport sympa- thising with their Cardiff brethren and promis- ing every support possible.
OPENING OF PORTHCAWL REST EXTENSION. (BY OUR LADY CORRESPONDENT.) The opening of the extension buildings of the convalescent home, Porthcawl, took place on Tuesday afternoon in the presence of a large number of visitors from Cardiff and elsewhere. Miss Talbot was greeted with applause as she drove up, accompanied by Miss Fletcher (her niece), Miss Benson, and Miss Holton, to the padlocked entrance of the new wing, where she was received by Lord Swansea, Sir J. Llewelyn, Colonel Tnrbervill, and others. Lord Swansea addressed some highly-complimentary remarks to Miss Talbot, referring to her father's gracious gift of the site for the home, together with a cheque for £ 1,000.—Sir John Llewelyn and Colonel Turbervill also spoke, and Miss Talbot made a graceful and suitable reply. The inmates of the home Rang a few verses of one of Moody and Sankey's hymns, after which Lord Swansea handed to Miss Talbot a little golden key, with which she unlocked the padlock of the new wing, and, the door having been thrown open for her, she passed first into the institution which her charity has done so much to sustain and improve. The company, having passed through the dormitories, assembled in the uining-room, where tef), was served, and proved a very pleasant and wel- come conclusion to the afternoon's proceedings. Miss Talbot was attired in a navy blue moiré Flilk, with balloon sleeves, and a bertbe of pale lace. She wore a butterfly bonnet, en- riched with a jet aigrette and dark summer roses. The Misses Warlow (Colonel Turlervill's daughters) looked well in silk gowrs, with a floral pattern adorning a cream ground. Lady Llewellyn wore a fawn gown with trimmings of shaded lace, relieved with pretty dashes of heliotrope in her bonnet and gloves. Mrs. A. J. Williams wore a Terry velvet costume, with a narrow gold stripe running through a black ground. Some of the principal donors towards the cost of the extension are:—Miss Olive Talbot, £1,000; Mr, John Cory, £ 1,000 Miss Talbot, £ 500: Messrs. Crawshay Brothers, £ 200; Mr. W: Thompson, £ 250; the late Colonel Turbervill, £ 130; Lord Windsor, £100; Lord Llangattock, £ 100; Mr. H. Connop, seloo Mr. Clifford Cory, CSO; Lord Swansea, £25 Mrs. Picton Turbervill, S20 Mrs. Pemberton, £ 20 Dr. W.T. Edwards, £25; &e. The donations already received amount to £4,019, while the actual cost of the extension is £ 5,725. leaving a. -leteit of £ 1,7^, whiofc will, ^o-doajbt, ahotrlr bo olwured.
ANOTHER EISTEDDFOD AT PONTYPRIDD. Choral and Male Voice Compe- titions Arranged. The Recent Winners Excluded from Competing. We understand that, in consequence of tht deficit at the recent National Eisteddfod, movement is on foot to hold on October 2 (Mabon's Day) a great choral eisteddfod in the Pontypridd Pavilion. It is intended that a prize of R,150 should be offered to the choir (exclusive of Rhymney) which shall best perform the three pieces set for the recent National Eisteddfod, and that a prize of £50 should be similarly awarded in the case of male voice parties, exclusive of the Rhondda Glee Society. The adjudicators will be selected by the vote of the choirs themselves, three being elected out of eight suggested names. It may be added that the Cardiff Choral Union, under Mr. Jacob Davies, have decided to compete, and it is hoped that Ponty oymmer Male Voice Party will also be able to put in an appearance. THE RECENT EISTEDDFC^ MINERS' SAFETY-LAMP COM- PETITION. The award of the adjudicators upon the new miners' lamp, for which a prize of £20 had been offered at the National Eisteddfod, was received by the g-eneral secretary, Mr. D. E. Phillips, on Friday night—too late to be announced in that day's proceedings. The adjudicators— jilr. W. Morgan (Pontypridd) and Mr. W. Thomas (Brynawel)-state that eight lamps were re- ceived. That marked "Eisteddfod" was an ordinary Clanny with a perforated shield. The only thing original in it was the leaden ping, which was secured by giving the lamp a twist, so as to bend the plug, and when it was thus bent the lamp could not be opened without cutting the plug. Whether or not this would be an improvement on the leaden plugs now in use experience on a large scale only could deter- mine. Seeing that this was the only bit of originality in connection with the competition, the adjudicators advised that a sum of £ 5 be given to Eisteddfod" for this new departure in the use of leaden bolts. "Eisteddfod" is Mr. William Gay, Maritime-street, Pontypridd.
THE GREAT WESTERN RAIL- WAY DOCK AT LlANELLV. j Ii Need for Increased Accommodation. At the meeting of the Llanelly Harbour Com- mission on Tuesday, Mr. Tom Hughes presid- ing, the Harbour-master reported that the Nor- wegian barque Espeland had tried to enter the Great Western Railway Dock at Llanelly, but got jammed in the gates. She had to be hauled out and berthed at the jetty outside the dock- where she was severely strained by reason of lying dry with a heavy cargo in her.—1MV "WL H. Ludford, the representative of the Great Western Railway on the commission, said that if the Espeland was a vessel of the dimensiona given in the report she could have been safely docked at the Great Western Railway Dock.—Mr.. Joseph Williams said that the explanation given by My Ludford was the correct one. The mistake arose through the Espeland having been registered.. foot less than she really was in width. At the same time it could not be denied that the facili- ties for unloading timber at the dock were inade- quate, and the result was that the timber trade was in the hands of people higher up the Bristol Channel than Llanelly. The Chairman closed the discussion by remarking that the subject d increased dock iaccommodation was one that would require their early and serious considera- tion.
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