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LLANIDLOES NOTES. Like the sailor's bird who was greater at thinking than talking, birds of my feather can better criticise singing than 'meloderise' themselves, but it must not be imagined that natural deficiency in the one power, betokens a similar defect in the other. By no means for so familiar am I with sounds that I t have come to regard nine-tenths of the world's commotion, t socially, politically, religiously, everyotherly, as com- ( pressed air escaping, loudly sounding, but harmless, while s the other tenth part I regard as solidity in solution. c Being then fully capable to judge the merits of songs ] and singers, I commence by declaring my conviction that s the best choir about Llanidloes is to be found in the beau- s tiful woods which clothe our mountain-sides. Of course I ( refer to the Wild Bird Praise God Choral Society, who in ( the morning and eventide never fail in the performance of < their divinely inspired chant. Of course they have great ( draw-backs, and this makes it all the more surprising that ] their proficiency is so great. ( They have no 'Leader' to keep them back when their feelings overcome their observance of the proscribed laws of pefrect indifference to the object about whom, and to whom, their song is addressed, they have not that individual and collective self-respect which should suggest to them the propriety of not singing well unless a ClO prize be awarded for doing so, they fail in that duty to themselves which should prompt each one of them to con- sider himself the best vocalist or composer in the company, they have never studied the fine art of offence-taking to perfection, an uneducated and, let us say, a so-forward driw has been known actually to chirp her grace before meals just after a thrush had chanted Te deum laudamus nduct such as we all must concede arose from some- thing worse than gross ignorance, besides which many more artistic shortcomings might be added of the same sort, but the foregoing will suffice. And still in my opinion this choir is the best, and not- withstanding all its faults and failings I never fail to find voice to vibrate in harmony with the blithe and full-mean- ing songs of this famous singing community. Why the undersigned should address his letter to me instead of the hon. gentleman for whom it is intended is uncertain. The writing appears to bear a close resem- blance to what one would imagine an educated spider, with beinked legs could accomplish in the art of calli- graphy. The meaning, however, runs out pretty plainly. Read it MR. TRACY, dear, honorable, and Member of Parliament.— Sir The last'tirae 1 seed you you was not as honorable as now, because you wasna our M.P., ami that is the chief est honor after all. Well we voted straigh. and you and us has the glory, but after the glory comes the reward, and I am the man to show where our Jane caught the reward of a wetting, as has laid her up for a month. You dunna know our William I dare say, he s the eldest. Well he is in the in South, and Jane (that's my wife), her s uncommon fond of that boy. (Not as I don't feel kind of long- ing for him.) Well her went out to get an order for twenty- seven shillings and a sealing wax plaister as some of the neigh- bours had said the Post Office people put on the disease called Public Convenience, when it so happened some two was ahead of her, and she had to wait. But it came on to rain, and there was no shelter, and she being dressed in the muslin sort of stuff dress she looks smart in, she wetted considerable, and caught c >ld, and is bad for several weeks. The grey mare, as the saying is, is out of the stable, but there is more of your voters than me who wants a fitter place for a Post Office than an ould passage. Will you get one for us ? My wife sends her and my kind respects, and humble pardons from DAFYDD GRIFFITH. A cricket match, Builth v. the St. Idloes Club was played here to-day. It was a capital game, hotly contested, and enjoyable, except in its result. The home team were beaten, but they can justly claim a victory, for fancy having a warm" stranger to contend against, besides the usual display of Wye talent. It was hardly fair, and, of course, is a practice never adopted here. Never Ready Money Morterboy is not the name of anything more novel than an obstructive purse-piece of proud con- c iitedmesa. A certain funny man, speaking of a certain Noble Marquis, remarks that the charge of haughty behaviour by him to the inhabitants of a certain town, prior to a great contest, is amply disproved by his eating lunch with a score or so of them after the event. I always felt sure, and now I jeel certain, that logicians were wrong, and that the EFFECT preceded the CAUSE, An august paternal Parent recently spoke in public of his eldest gosling as Really you know he is the best sort of fella I have ever met." A new Cemetery is to be added to the recent great im- provements in our town. I shall henceforth hear less wailings at night from the disturbed dead ones who would fain remain unresurrected by the grave-digger's rude spade. The latest discovery at the Van, of the lower lode, is equal to the most important yet made. The best in- formed persons state that there is no living man who will like to see the decline of its prosperity; which is cheering. The Committee of the Working Men's Institute have decided to have a course of Lectures and Debates fort- nightly during the winter months. The following are the approved subjects for Debates :-Competition or Co- operation, which is most to the advantage of the masses. The Free Press—Its advantages and dangers, which pre- dominate. Convict labour; is it just ^d visable. Free trade versus protection. Is it right that Education should be Compulsory. Reading or Observation, which is the most effectual means of acquiring knowledge. Friendly Societies versus Savings Banks, which are the most bene- fici&l oTORK. The Old Church Tower, 4th July, 1877.