CHESS COLUMN- [EDITED BY SELAH.] All communications for this department s ou be addressed to the Chess Editor. CHESS RESORT. SWANSEA COUNTY CHESS CLUB —Tenby Hotel, Walter-road. Meets on Saturdays from 7.30 to 11 p.m. Visitors are welcomed. "SOLUTION TO PROBLEM (by S. Loyd).-Key -move R-KB3. PROBLEM.—By F. SCHRUFER. BLACK (4 pieces). WHITE—(4 pieces.) White mates in two moves. Solutions are requested, and Problems will receive our best attention, with early publication if found worthy. One of many interesting and instructive fames played in the late Vienna Tournament. Oueen's Gambit declined. WHITE(W.Steinitz.) BLACK (l. K. Tschigorin.) 1 P-Q 4 P-Q 4 2 P-Q B 4 Q Kt-B 3 3 PiP £ xtp 4 Kt—B 3 P—k 4 5 Kt-B 3 B-Q Kt 5 6 P x P Q x Q (ch) 7 K x Q B-Kt 5 8 p-K R 3 Q B x Kt 9 K P x B Castles (ch) 10 K-B 2 Kt x P 11 B-K3 P-QR3 -12 P-B 4 Kt-Q B 3 13 B-B 4 Kt-Q 5 (ch) 14 K-B sq Kt-R 3 15 P-Kt 4 P-Q Kt 4 16 R-Q 1 P-Q B 4 17 B- B 1 K R-K 1 18 B-Kt 2 P-B 4 19 P-Kt 5 Kt-Kt 1 -20 Kt-Q 5 Kt-K 3 .21 P-Q R 4 P x P Position after White's 21st move I BLACK—TSCHIGORIN. J WiliTE-STICINITZ. 22 R*PQxK? .23 Kt x B SP £ o 24 R—R 8 (ch) K-B2 .25 KRxR 27 B x P Kt—K 3 28 B x P Kt x B P 29 B-B 1 P-R 3 30 P-R 4 P x P 31 P x P Kt-Q 4 32 B-B 8 P-Kt 3 33 B-B 4 K Kt-K 2 34 K-Q 2 K-Q 2 35 Q B x Kt Kt x B 36 B-B 7 K-Q3 37 K-K 3 K-B4 38 K-B4 K-Q3 39 P—Kt 3 K-B4 40 BJP Kt X B (ch) 41 K x p resigns. An elegant finish to a well-played game. Mr. Lasker, who arrived in London early last week played at the Ladies' Chess Club several simultaneous games on Saturday last. It is his intention to make a lengthy tour in the provinces for exhibition play, and doubtless he will be much in demand. He is always a great favourite wherever he goes. LONDON INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT OF 1899.-The general committee met on Saturday at the British Chess Club for the purpose of electing a working committee. In many quarters there is much dissatisfaction expressed at the arrangements for this great match, the general impression being that more should be done on such an occasion to encourage brilliant amateur home tallent, which under present arrangements will of necessity be excluded, and we ourselves .are disposed to fall in with this opinion. SWANSEA AND LLANELLY MATCH. This match, which was fully expected to take place on Saturday last at the Tenby Hotel, was unfortunately deferred at the last moment. It -was found that from various causes, illness included, most of the strong Swansea players were unable to be present, it was therefore thought advisable to postpone the match for a week or two. When all the plans are matured the announcement will appear in this column. CHESS LESSONS.—Next week we hope to make a beginning with these, and the Editor would again ask ail those wishful to learn to have their pieces ready.
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PONTARDULAIS. HANDEL'S MESSIAH.On Thursday and Saturday evening last, two grand performances of Handel's oratorio, The Messiah," were given at the Public Hall, Pontardulais by "Hermon" choir, conducted by Mr. Thos. Davies, G.T.S.C., and assisted by the following artistes:—Soprano, Miss May John R.A.M.; contralto, Madame Kate Morgan Dowlais; tenor, Mr. Richard Thomas, Llanelly; and bass. Mr. Evan P. Richards, Pontardulais. The Pontardulais Or- chestral Society.("leader, Mr. James Hall), aug- mented by instrumentalists from Llanelly and Swansea, accompanied and Mr* Jenkin Thomas ably presided at the piano The performances were in every respect excellent, and highly ap- preciated by the crowded audiences. The choir, though not a large one, was exceedingly compact and produced a volume of sound that came as a surprise to many of the audience, and consider- ing the fact that they were all drawn from one congregation, and had to prepare d trying choruses, the precision and finSh of the whole was remarkable, and fullv rwl ;» applause bestowed, notably *5 choruses -"Hallelujah," Worth? A* and Amen." Miss May John was weK £ iH and gave an excellent rendering of R™ • greatly," and "I know that my Redeemer liveth." Madame Kate Morgan, in "He shall £ eed His flock and He was despised" Mr R, Thomas, in Comfort ye," and Every valley and Mr. E. P. Richards, in Why do the nations," and The trumpet shall sound," Why do the nations" being especially effective, and applauded vociferously. Altogether the per- formances may be termed in every respect highly Buccessful.-Col..
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DRAUGHTS. EDITED BY MANNINGHAM." "In friendly contention the old men Laughed at each lucky hit or unsuccessful manoeuvre Laughed when a man was crowned, or a breach was made in the Kilig row:Loitgfelloti, Evangeline. TO CORRESPONDENTS. All correspondence intended for this column should be forwarded not later than Tuesday evenings, so as to insure insertion in the same week's issue. Secretaries of clubs are cordially invited to send us reports of matches and meetings, or any other matter of interest to players gcnsiHlly, « NOVICE (Swansea).-With 3 Black Kings on 14, IS and 23, and White Kings on 6 and z4, you should, when playing Blacks, force an exchange of Kings. This could be done by going 18 15, and thus compel one of the White Kings to retreat to the double corner. Supposing he goes 24 28, your next best move would then be 23 27, leaving him no choice but that of 6 1, after which you go 14 10, and he would have no alternative but 2$3'2, and you would reply with 27 24. You will now see that if 1 5 is moved by Whites you can force the exchange by occupying square 6. C.H. (Swausea).-Thaiiks for report. Solutions quite correct. H.G.T. (Swansea).—See last week's issue. Solutions to hand. SOLUTION TO PROBLEM 151. Black Men on 6. 7 and 8. „ King 27. White Men on 14, 15, 16 and 28. White to move and win. 16 12 11 18 14 9 27 23 6 2 22 26 24 20 7 11 3 7 10 15 9 6 26 22 2 6 White 12 3 6 10 7 11 23 26 28 24 26 23 wins. SOLUTION TO PROBLEM 152. Black Men on 1, 5, 6, 9. 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 19 White Men on 13, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28 and 32. Black to move, and win. 14 17 19 24 6 15 1 17 15 31 21 14 28 10 13 6 22 13 Black wins. PROBLEM 155.-By the late W. STRICKLAND. BLACK. WHITE. Black Men on 2, 3, 5. 6, 7 and 10. King 26. I White Men on 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22. White to move and win. PROBLEM 156.—By Mr. "W. WICKHAM, London. BLACK. WHITE. Black Men on 11, 16 and 20. White Men on 9, 28 and 32. White to move and win. GAME 79.—" DOUBLE CORNER." Played in a match between Messrs. Ferrie and Wvllie. Ferrie's move. *9 14 12 19 6 9 15 24 8 12 24 27 23 19 24 8 27 23 28 19 19 15 31 24 11 16 4 11 11 15 20 24 10 19 20 27 26 23 23 19 19 16 32 28 17 10 17 13 16 20 5 9 7 11 3 8 19 24 9 14 30 26 22 17 16 7 19 16 22 17 29 25 8 11 9 13 2 11 11 20 13 22 Drawn. I 19 16 25 22 23 19 28 19 26 17 In a recent match between the London Wand- erers and Farrington, the former underwent the rare experience of a, defeat. Farrington got home with a lead of three points. Mr. R. Jordan, the World's champion, has arrived at Melbourne. The recent meeting of the English Draughts Association was a huge success. The President's dissertation on the game, being a rich treat. PENTEKCHWYTH CHESS AND DRAUGHTS CLUB.—A Meeting of the above club was held at the Reading Room on Friday evening. Mr. C. Holcombe presided, when the following gentle- men were elected as officers for the ensuing season :-Captain, Mr. Jno. Hughes Vice- Captain, Mr. D. J. Williams; Secretary, Mr. C. Holcombe, 17, Taplow-terrace, Pentrechwyth, who will be pleased to arrange matches with teams in Swansea and District.
MORRISTON. INQUEST.—An inquest was held on Saturday before the Coroner (Mr. E. Strick) on the body of a married woman named Maria Charles, who died last Wednesday. The doctor who had attended, bad certified as to the cause of death, but apparently at the instance of an insurance company in which deceased had been insured for X500, the police arranged for a coroner's investigation, and the coroner ordered a post- mortem examination. Some of the insurance companies, it would seem, have long been of opinion that insurances have been effected to a large extent in the Morriston district by third parties, and this inquiry was apparently demanded in order that a thorough investigation should be made of the circumstances attending this case. Mr. Glascodine (representing the Star Insurance Company) and Mr. Bisgood (the society's inspector) were in attendance. The first witness John Charles, the husband of the deceased, said he was employed at the Duffryn Steel Works by Mr. W. H. Edwards. Deceased had been pretty well in health till the last four months, but she had been in the hospital off and on for the last seven or eight years. She had also been attended by Drs. Rice Morgan and Darby, who were the works doctors. She last left the hospital about two months ago, and ultimately died unexpectedly. Asked whether wife's life was insured, he said "Yes, but added that he could not say in what office or what led to her beino- insured or who paid the premium, though he knew neither he nor she did in ,reP'y to Mr. Glascodine he said his wife not complain of illness when about two monthe ago an insurance agent named Morecambe uae: Her complaint was internal. IIS It n°t 1Dquire aB to wh3 wh0 »tetUdrTbLi°e e° iS tr premium paid for the Sum™11 n0t 'h6 £ 27. He believed his wife nTver'^ fi -Mr. Glascodine: DoyonTnnJ«e pohcy' wife signed that policy?_She dirl n^'v" Rice Morgan stated that the genaraf'health of deceased was pretty good till April 1897 wWn there were symptoms of heart diseS Dr Davey, his assistant, who saw her on the last two or three occasions, had no hesitation in certifv ing that the cause of death was heart disease and swelling of the different organs. He made a post- mortem examination at the coroner's request and he and his assistant found that the body was so decomposed that they came to the conclusion that if they proceeded with the examination they would not be able to gather any information. In cross-examination by Mr. Glascodine he said he should say it had been a matter of common knowledge to her husband and family that sha was suffering from the heart.—Mrs. Annie Lloyd, a friend of the deceased, who had known her since 1891 said she had worried about money matters and about an insurance policy having fold her that someone wanted to insure her and + £ • di nlpasei her. She said she had signed one 1 ut not the other, but before she died She cried .bout it more than once and said it made her very unhappy Mr Glascodine was proceeding to question the witness about More-ambe, when the <Coioner interposed that he could not allow him to go any f,irther .-Witness went on to say that deceased said she was insured against her will. Mr. Glascodine put a further question as to the name of the person who insured deceased against her will, but the coroner again interposed.—iVlr. Glascodine Very well sir. We know the name, unfortunately. After a few more questions Mr. (rlascodine asked the coroner to say that the poor woman was worried about the matter, and that that accelerated her death.—In summing up, the Coroner said when he was asked in the first place to hold the inquiry and to get a post-mortem examination made it was rather insinuated that something had been administered to the deceased which really had reference to the cause of deceased's death. Now nothing transpired to show that that was the case. It was stated that her life was insured. If it was insured she must have insured it for someone else, but who that was there had not been evidence to show. Neither did it matter to the jury. She did not appear to have paid anything for the insurance herself, so that she did not lose anything by that. Whether she signed the policy or not there was nothing to show and if the insurance company were anxious to prove that point they had Morecambe, who was their agent. If deceased was insured she consented, of course, and someone else found the money. But however that might be there was no doubt she died from natural cauves.-The jury at once returned a verdict of Death from heart disease and natural causes.
THE POISONOUS COBRA. SOME THRILLING SNAKE STORIES. In the Wide World Magazine for November, which is literally full of good things, Mr. A. Sarathkumar Ghosh tells some snake stories. We sometimes hear thrilling accounts, he says, of men being bitten in the jungle far f"om elaborate assistance, and of chopping loff the injured limb with a sword in frantic heroism but one at least of such incidents is authentic within the writer's knowledge. The Eastern Bengal Railway runs due north from Calcutta, and after a couple of junctions reaches Darieeling. One dark and dismal night, when I st the wind was howling and the rain just turning to a drizzle after a terrific tropical downpour, the engine-driver of a train—who, by the way, was an Englishman, as in fact they mostly are on Indian railways-was helping the stoker to shovel some coal from the shed to the tender, when suddenly he felt a sharp pain on his finger. On a light being brought, a huge cobra was revealed coiled up on the top of the coals, with its head erect and hood expanded. Driven to that refuge from the rain, it bad laanched forth at the driver when he had reached for the coal. What was he to do in that howling wilderness ? There was no time to lose a few seconds more and the poison would monnt up beyond his reach. He thought of cutting off the arm—but with what ? He had no instrument. True, he might lay it on the line and ask the stoker to drive the train over it. But what if the arm still dano-led by a line of fiesh, thin, but yet enough to communicate the poison ? And how to stop the subsequent flow of blood ? These thoughts flashed through his mind faster than it takes to write them. Suddenly, clenching his teeth in frantic determination, he jumped on to the engine, flung the furnace open, and thrust his arm into the fire- ,^uere» J'ke a modern Scsevola, he held it till it was burned down to the elbow then he fainted. The stoker took the train to the next station, where the injured man was treated temporarily, and afterwards brought down to Ca cu a, where he finally recovered. „„,T RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI IN BEA LIFE. Happening to be on a visit to a little town in Northern Bengal, the writer asked his host one afternoon to come out for a stioll. After pro- ceeding some four or five miles along the fields, they came upon a dense underwood right round a smalland very dirty pond covered with rotting leaves. It could b&rdly be called a jungle, and they would not have even paused to direct taeir attention to it, when from a little heap of stones, some dozen paces in front, a magnificent black cobra emerged and made straight for the thicket. Of course, "they were in no danger whatever of being attacked by the snake still, the writer was hesitating whether to give it a dose of small shot or not, when there seemed to drop from tbe sky (it must have really leapt from the adjacent thicket) a brownish form right in front of the cobra, and not more than a couple of yards from it. It was Ia mongoose. In an instant the cobra seemed to realise the danger to advance was impossible to turn to retreat was only to bring down its implacable foe on its defenceless head. The situation became dramatic in the extreme. With an angry hiss ithe cobra erected half its body in the air; the forked tongue darted from its hooded head the beady eyes sparkled like diamonds. The whole upward curve began to oscillate from side to side in gentle time, as if the cobra would thus ailure its adversary to advance. But the mongoose remained motionless, its long-drawn body in a straight line behind it, its nose on the ground its reddish eyes, glowing like hot coals, alone indicated that rigidity was but a mask for the suppressed vitality. PRELIMINARY TACTICS. The writer then gives a graphic description of the ensuing. fight, which will recall to every- one Mr. Kipling's fine story in the Jungle Book." In a few minutes, he says, the cobra got tired of holdiug up half its body in the air (for the muscular exertion must have been very great), and seemed desirous of forcing matters to an issue. Intending to take the mongoose by surprise, it changed its oscillations from sideways to lengthways. The long curve now swung backwards and forwards, but the mon- goose moved not only its eyes glistened with greater fire. The t.vo observers got a little tired of this monotonous movement to and fro (prooably it was intended to have a similar effecton the mongoose), when with a sudden dart the cobra hurled itself on the head of the mongoose-but the mongoose was too quick for that. It sprang back on its hind legs clear of those fatal fangs, and the cobra spent its force in the air and lacerated its mouth against the hard ground. Bat in a second the co"bra recov- ered its erect position, and the forked tongue hissed asl before from its hooded head. The mongoose resumed its former attitude; its intention evidently was to tire out the cobra. Perhaps, realising this fact, the cobra made a second dart, but with the same result. It recov- ered, however, with an almost equal swiftness— the whole movement being as instantaneous as the flick of a whip. TOO QUICK FOR THE COBRA. Then suddenfy the mongoose changed its tactics. It came dancing round thej cobra and seemed to invite it to strike, keeping, however, iust beyond the range of its poisonous fangs. For a moment the cobra seemed to be bewildered hv these antics, and remained purely on the Hofpnsive It curved back its bead and faced the mongoose in all its varying attitudes Being, however, still compelled to hold up its body in thp iir at that unnatural angle, it soon gave sitrns 'f loosing patience, by attempting to resmne its former oscillations to and fro, while the mongoose, with equal decision, quieted down inst in front of the cobra. Its tore-paws were planted together, and the whole body arched behind but this time its nose was not on the ground-it remained in a line with its body. The cobra still moved backwards and forwards, tiU jSt?s U tody became perpead.oular, the o cnrtiteu soring as if about to mongoose gave a sad leu p «, Irumediatel seize the cobra J d to fasteu the uplifted curve: darted ^o mQ e_QQ deadly fangs on the, bead of tile mongoose- no n 7 i u ujrxi the cobra, the tanors one HUM, and stood behind tne •- falling on the ground in front. ™ oV* *-v lAftnf on tbe cobia from flash the mongoose lenpton bur;cd its behind, before it could l^covei, sharp teeth on the back of the cobra s The whotl S;„ftSS"CcurIed ™»d and began to bind the mongoose in i coils. The constriction grew Hard er narrower, but the teeth of the mongoose re on the head of the cobra. It became a endurance would the body of the ■. crushed first, or the head of the snake be no open? The whole coil seemed motionless J the tail of the cobra suddenly wriggled with one supreme effort it lashed itself against the side of the mongoose—the dark-brown f°irP quivered under the terrible strain, but its teeth remained on the head of the snake. Suddenly the movement of the tail ceased, the coils slackened, the body of the mongoose arched up, its fore-paws met on either side°of the cobra's head—a momentary pause, the mongoose sbook itself free from those lifeless coiis,D and crept away slowiy into the thicket. The observers rushed forward to examine the cubra-its head was rent in two by ths sharp claws of the mongoose
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SPEAKING' IN PUBLIC. HOW TO MANAGE THE VOICE. In the TcmplclMagazine for November will be found stories by Mr. Robert Barr, Mr. Joseph Hocking, and other popular writers, besides I many bright articles profusely illustrated, in an article entitled How to Speak in PublIc. one or two hints :;¡"'e given on the voice and its management. Charles Dickens, who was an admirable example of an effective speaker (says the writer), gave the following advice to his son Open your mouth well and roundly, speak o the last person visible, and give yourseif time. There is no doubt that if these concise instruc- tions were followed, listeners would have a happier experience. The phrase speak to the last person visible is liable to misconception. Dickens meant his son to observe whether those in his audience who were farthest from the platform could hear distinctly. If the most distant listener can hear, then one assumes that the rest of the audience can also hear without difficulty. But" last person visible might sound ominously in the case of the bore who watches his listeners gradually diminish. One has seen large meetings dwindle in this fashion, one after another in the audience departing silently and sadly under the somnolent influence of a tiresome orator. I THE STOLID SPEAKER." Give yourself time." How necsssary that caution is to young speakers. A well-known lecturer will never forget a remark, meant in all kindliness, addressed to him in early days. The seconder of the vote of thanks said I wish to thank the lecturer for his capital address, or, rather, for as much of it as I heard." It was a needed reproof to one wh), at that time, was in the habit of speaking exceedingly fast. Mr. Asquith, when he first became popular as a public speaker, was very careful in regulating the speed of his enunciation, with the result that the reporters did him full justice. He was comparatively a slow speaker but he had the faculty of impressing people with the importance of every sentence. There is little doubt that the majority in every audience are folks who are "slow in the uptake." Therefore a stolid speaker like the Duke of Devonshire will produce much more effect, and his remarks will be remembered much longer, than is the case with a lively rapid orator, such as Lord Herschell. Audiences are rather suspicious concerning glib and fluent speakers, and attach more weight and respect to what is said sl owly and thoughtfully. A WOitD TO ECCLESIASTICS. John Bright was particular as to speaking in a deliberate and clear manner. As a result, his words influenced men who came to the meeting biassed against him. There is a story of his early experiments in speaking. Bright took a young friend with him to a meeting which he was to address, and made him promise to display a handkerchief in the gallery as long as he heard him speaking clearly. There was no need for the friend to withdraw the handkerchief, for throughout Bright's speech his voice carried to the farthest part of the hall. It is a great pity that clergymen and ministers do not give more attention to clear utterance. In the Prayer I Book there are constant instructions as to a loud voice in which the various prayers are to be read; and yet how seldom does the worship- per hear all that the clergyman says. Of coarse, constant repetition does not tend to increased care, and familiarity with the words perhaps leads to the assumption that others are as well acquainted with them. Too often, also, there is a slovenliness which reminds one of the remark made by an actor to a clergyman :— "You utter realities as if they were imaginations we utter imaginations as if they were realities. A LOUD VOICE NOT ESSE.NTIAL. I do not wish to imply that a ]old voice is a necessary possession for a successful speaker. There are several instances of orators whose voices are v\eak, but who, by careful manage- ment, are heard by gr at audiences wih considerable ease. No one eou;d describe Cardinal Newman's voice as load," yet every- one in St. Mary's, Oxfo d, knew that if he lisiened every wold from the pllpit would be audible. It is a gxjat tv'Aute to a speaker's power if with small vocal power, he compels careful attention. Walter Pater once asked a lady who kad been present at one of his lectures if she had heard him. Well," she said tactful] y ct j overheard you. If your voice is not strono- there is all the more need for master- ing the methods by which it may be heard distiactiy .«yourself time," is a rule which nmst be observed under such circum- stances. pronounce every word clearly do not slur the ends of words, nor link words together in a running thread. Exaggerate, rather than depreciate, the importance of every syllable. A word snch as conscience must not be pronounced conshunse by the speaker who respect his hearers ;• yet that and similar pronunciations are common. The speaker who is wise will not utter all his sentences in a monotone but will vary his tone again and again. praCtical orator this is easy, but a beginner will be surprised at the difficulty of changin„ the note of h:s voice. Yet, for the sake of resting tlie ancl a,so for ttie purpose of holding the at'ention of the audience, i^ is most neces^ry a variety of tones should be employed.
-:=: THE GROUNDWORK OF SCIENCE. What can we know ? The evtrlasting qucs- tion- Men have asked it since the dawn of mind. Thev will go on asking it, may he, until the earth cools down to the thermometric oilat that won't admit of continued sentience. Why should not Dr. St. George lIItvart try his fortune with the rest? He is a competent mn of science, with, convictions of his own, philosophical and theological. He has a pleasant way of writing which contents the ordinary man. Wherefore the reviewer-him self an ex- cessively ordinary man—is happy to recommend The Groundwork of Science," the latest volume of Mr. John Murray s Progressive Science Scries. What is the ground of know ledge, what we think we know, m what sense we may be said to know it, and so on—these are just the nroblems that provoke the moderately intelWnt ^son with a turn for speculation— the man who cannot really think,, but who blunders eniovably round a Piece of thinking— xactly as they have pwrokei ms elders and betters through the ages. Dr. St. Geo. Mivart thinks, and rihtly, that we may as well be furnished with an intelligent comprehension of the objects the methods and the concepts of Science That is s0> but ^c ],c la^or est, fs the pedants say- ^;lld' aa. matter of fact, hnds himself Uke the veneSl' metaphysician of the batch bandying terms and plunging about amongst assumptions £ rom the very out- set- The non-metapby^al ^ler rejoices when he comes to an unequivoal sentence, embodying his own deep-rooted belief, although in reality may be as di.putable/s any othf statement Thus we cannot (once more) get behind the intellect and therefore no ultimate explana- tion of our intellectual power is possible. No intellectual perception can be more than self- evidently true We are compelled to trus^ our intellect, as we are compelled to trust that we L -n.1. are not mad; and tnac WI;; hui aitugeiner mad or deluded is shown us by the fact of our seeing quite clearly that if we were deluded our judgments could not be trustworthy." Dr. St. George Mivart has many virtues, not so common that we can afford to undervalue them. His faculty of exposition is aflmirable his il- lustrations are extremely felicitous. He writes, too, without polemical bias. aPPeahng to the dry light of reason, and to that alone." There- fore, The Groundwork of bcience is an ex- cellent book tor its purpose.
r:- THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION- At the annual meeting of this ^association the secretary (Mr Herbert Taylor announced a balance in hand of £49 14s., which with property in the hands of the club made a totil of 180 to the credit of the association. Col. Morgan was re-elected president, Mr. S. Jone; was made captain, Messrs. II. Stephens anl C. Stroud, vice-captains Mr." H. ^ay^or'T sec:: ? W. J. Morgan, treasurer Mr. J. Long, starter; and Mr. Attewell, handicapper.
FASHION XOTES. lBY MESSRS. BEN EVAXS AND Co., LIMITED SWANSEA.] Waving the hair seems to be going out of fashion," we said yesterday to a well-known hair- dresser. "Yes," be replied, laughing, "it is because the ladies have none left to wave." It is quite true we have each and all nearly ruined our locks by the fatal fashion of waving them with hot tongs. If wave the hair you must and will, use, I pray you, tongs that have been care- fully tested each time after reheating them. But better still use the New curlers, and your hair will be uninjured. There is an attempt to dress the hair low in the neck, but, save for evening wear, it has not gained much popularity. You will see the prevailing mode in vogue in Paris just now illustrated here, and also its manner of accom- plishment. You will notice in Fig. 1 that the hair is brought well forward before it is tied; in Fig. 2 how the buckle is formed, and in Fig. 3 you will see how an india-rubber ring materially helps matters. Fig. 4 is the finished coiffure. In Figs. 5 and 6 you will see the best way in which to wave the hair, and after it is waved, if you push the comb underneath the wrong way of the hair, frizzing only the underneath part of the waved portion, you will find it puffs it nicely and keeps it together. To dress the hair quite low in the neck, divide the hair as in Fig. 5, and take the lower portion, prettily and loosely taken back. pin it on the tied part of the other, and then roll the hair into two glossy coils and knot it up as in Fig 7. Remember that you cannot brush and LA COIFFURE A LA MODE. comb your hair too much, but do not brush the scalp it is a mistake, brush and comb the tair only. Wash your hair in good soap and water, with plentiful rinsings, once a month. A fashion that is quickly gaining ground is that a coat shall be of different material to the skirt and yet be quite visibly a part of the same costume. For the skirt is often made of a dark plaid material, caretully cut and hung (the latest bearing a seam down the front), whilst the coat is of a plain cloth, of a colour that finds a dominant place in the plaid of the skirt. On the jacket some touch of the skirt material will be found either facing the revers or perhaps as an edging. A eo.stume of the latier, made to order, looked exceedingly nice the coat is of green cloth, the skirt and edging being of green, white and blue plaid. The effect of this style of garment is undoubtedly smart, but the coat must be short, and cut by a master hand. We are thankful to be able eo tell you, too, that Dame Fashion is magnanimously about to allow us to wear little cloth jackets that have no pretention to match with our skirts at all. These little coats will obtain in thick, smooth cloths of tan, black, green and brilliant red. They will be cut only some four inches below the waist, and will be trimmed with strappings, buttons, and a contrast perhaps in the way of revers facings. The corners will, invariably, be rounded off, strappings will sometimes simulate double fronts, and sometimes again the coat will be cut into tabs. Of course, we must not wear anything but a plain skirt of tweed or cloth with these coats. Velveteen dresses, too, are permissable, for velveteen is to be one of our Winter idols. Strapped with cloth of a shade lighter it will 'n'n prove charming, especially in brown and tan. The worst of it is. it refuses to be isat upon with impunity, and objects to getting wet, so can hardly find a place in the economical woman's wardrobe. But for house-wear it is charming. and for the luxurious, comfortable garment of our Winter evenings—the tea-gown—we can have no better material. Of the tea-gown we would like to say far more than this column would hold, for it is a garment looked upoa by many as only suitable for the monied cbatoJaine of a big country house, But this is not so at all. For a quiet home evening nothing is more graceful and more comfortable than a pretty tea-gown, and it is far less expen- sive than the wearing of many blouses, skirts and evening dresses. Very pretty is a shade of green Royal velveteen-a lovely art green, rather dark in shade. This should be made quite nlainlv en THE PINK TEA-GOWN. princcsse, the front breadth saved from a seam by a slight rucking at the waist. The neck should be cut slightly low, surrounded by a dainty fichu of fine muslin, edged with lace. knotted in front, or a deep piece of good lace gathered loosely round. The sketch shows vou a tea-gown of pink nuns veiling with a Watteau back and loose, hang- ing fronts, but the sides are tight-fitting. The fichu with stole-hanging ends and the sleeves are of pink areophane as being more serviceable than chiffon. This fichu is edged with a frill, bearing again a tiny little ruche on its hem. The sleeves are also of areophane, and so is the frill at the foot of the gown, edged with a little ruche in the same way as the fichu. This whole gown can be made at home for a small sum, and will always be comfortable, useful and charming, and would be pretty in any colour and almost any material.
INVALID POP.T.-Tiie Medical Profession are unanimous in recommending the moderate use of an old matured Port Wine. W. and A. Gilbey have specially selected the finest Wine from Oporto for this purpose, and thus placed their 3,000 agents in a position to supply their Invalid Port at 2s. 6d. per bottle in every town. A HANDSOME PRESENT.-There is on view at Messrs. Davies and Son", jewellers and silver- smiths, 16, New-street, Neath, a handsome pair of silver candelabra, presented by the tenants of Lord Dynevor's Neath Abbey E.tate to the hpn. Walter Fitzuryan Rice, on his marriage with Lady Margaret Childs Vilhers, on October 12th last. SWINE FEVER.-The London Gazette on Tues- day tight states that the order dated April 16th last declaring the following to be a swine fever infected area fer the purposes of the Swine Fever (Infected Areas) Order of 1896, namely, an area comprising the petty sessional divisions of Miskin Higher, Miskin Lower. Caerphilly Higher, and Caerphilly Lower, in the county of Glamorgan, will be revoked on the 11th inst. Sir G. W. Kekewich, the secretary of the Education Department, may be said to control "1- -L- 0. the elementary education ot tne country, con- sequently any opinion he may think fit to express upon the subject is worthy of consideration, and this is what he said last week, when opening a hio-her grade school at Bristol There are those who sav that games in these days are engaging too "much of the affections of the people. For my part I have never bean able to see any harm in the worship of football and cricket, and I have never seen any harm result from those pastimes. I have engaged in these games; I might even say I was somewhat proficient in them, and I always consider I am indebted to athletics for such energy and vigour as I possess, which has enabled me to keep for a good many years what a servant would say a somewhat hard place. I confess I cannot help taking an interest in these games still, and I know your Bristol clubs very well. I have read of the proceedings of your Bristol City, Bristol Sr. George, and others with the greatest possible pleasure;"
CHOICE DULCEMONA TEA I Young. CHOICE DULCEMONA TEA Fresh. CHOICE DULCEMONA TEA | Invigorating Is. 4d. to 3s. per lb., of all Grocer. Is. 4d. to 3s. per lb., of all Grocer. Acceptable alike in cottage and palace.
OPEN SPACES IX SWANSEA. INTERESTING CORRESPONDENCE. We have been asked to publish the following corresponden--e COPY. "Lan, October 12th. 1898. DEAR ALDERMAN SPRING,—I hopo that I am not worrying you in writing an occasional letter on the subject of Open Spaces.' The saying is that Rome was not built in a day, and so it cannot be expected that a sufficient provision of Open Spaces for the people of the Borough of Swansea can be made at once-indeed, it might be said that the movement at present is only in its infancy-but, there is one matter which I am anxious to point out and which, in my humbie opinion, calls for attention. In pursuing the report of the Open Spaces' Committee last week, I find it states that the stones, &-c.. bai been gathered from the surface of Dyfatty field, The boys and people in the neiahbournood were very pleased with what had been done, and that it was already an "Open Spice.' To arrive at such a conclusion is, I believe, a mistake. I well recollect once, asking a woman living on the spot, how the place was used ard appreciated by the people, and her answer was that she did not allow her children to go there to be molested by the 'roughs' of that part of the town, who lorded ov^r it, and took p.«sses-ion of the ground. So I repeat to you wnat I have often called attention before, through the Press and other- wise, that nothing short of its being properly laid out, protected and ma.ie attractive, so as to relieve the the numerous streets converging on that spot, perhaps the mo it congested part of the town, where the children run such daily risk to life and limb, will suffice. And when it is considered that a mere couple of hundred pounds, borrowed by the Corporation at a very low rate of interest, will cover the expense, it is a sin to shelve the matter longer. The other matter,which I beg to call attention to, is the great complaint of the seats being too few in the Parks and the Recreation Grounds, i To place the short or smaller seats in any Park is, in my humble opinion, a mistake they should be all large or long seats, for the accommodation of the crowd of visitors, the expense being about the same. Should any folks desire to be seated more privately, it would be open to them to seek any empty long seat. Why then provide short ones, to the deprivation of the large number With very kind regards, I am, dear Sir, yours very truly, WJI. THOMAS. Mr. Alderman W. H. Spring, Chairman, Open Spaces Committee, Swansea." COPT.] Dyfatty Board School, Swansea, October 17th, 1898. DEAR MR. THOMAS.—I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the loth inst., and I perfectly agree with your letter to Mr. pring. The field at present is in the occupation of a crowd of roughs, I who molest the people who I are passing and who throw stones and damage the property in the neighbourhood. I have this morning nine panes of glass broken by the stones thrown into the school yesterday. The only remedy is to have the field laid out properly. protected and made attractive. A separate entrance could easily be made from Matthew- street. It would then be a boon to the neigh- bourhood. I do not see why this part of the town should be neglected more than any other. This neighbourhood is inhabited by the working classes, who are the bone and sinew of the electorate. On behalf of several people living here I beg to thank you for the very great interest you have taken in the matter, and I hope your efforts will be crowned with success.—With kind regards, I am, dear Mr. Thomas, yours very truly, T. ROWLAND RICHARDS. W. Thomas, Esq Lan, Swansea." Copy of letter inserted in The Cambrian New,paper of 30th May, 1890, to Chairman of Spaces Committee. THE DYFATTY FIELD. DEAR SIR,—I have had a plan prepared with my ideas for laying out this ground of two acres showing a border or belt of trees or shrubs, with park seats placed at intervals along the boundary walls, and utilizing the slopes to the rise of the field for terrace walks and pleasure grounds, and the flat or table land for games and play, also showing a proposed new entrance or roadway from High-street, with an alternative roadway from near the bottom of Matthew-street. The inclosure is to be locked up at night in be same manner as Brynmelyn Park. It is estimated that the outlay would be P,330, which, borrowed at 3 per cent., will require £ 18 per annum to repay capital and interest. Failing to get a road- way entrance through the Board School grounds, and adopt the Matthew-street entrance, it will necessitate the purcha&e of one of the houses at a further cost of say jElOO. This will bring up the amount to X23 per annum to repay capital and interest. The present Park-keeper employed at Brynmelyn Park to keep and take charge of both Brynmelyn and Dyfatty Fields. Total wages £ 49 per annum, the moiety of the same £ 24 10s. to charge this account. The trees and shrubs along the borders being fenced off with an unclimable iron railing, will admit of holding cattle and horse fairs, shows, exhibitions, roundabouts, &-c-, &c., producing a revenue which I think will more than balance the expenditure. This Dyfatty Field improvement cannot be carried out in its entirety until the WilIte but what I want to impress upon the Committee is that it will be self supporting and not a farthing need come out of tLe rates towards the outlay. I therefore consider it a reproach, not to say a sin, to delay this expenditure in converting what is now a white eiephant in the possession of roughs" and boys, without any caretaker in charge, iuto a sort of village green," a place of joy and beauty for the social and physical recreation of 1 the people, and releasing the children from | resorting to play in the dirty and dangerous streets, at the risk of life and limb, in a most populous and congested part of the town. I trust the Committee will do ma the kindness to give this matter their best consideration and attention.— Tours very truly, WM. THOMAS. "P.S.-The plan referred to can be seen at Mr. G. Bell, Borough Surveyor's Office, Guild- ball.—W.T. Mr. Alderman Mason." (O.Py.j Lan, October 24th, 1398. "My DEAR MR. MAYOR.—I hear that Alder- man Spring is getting the walks in the Parks at St. Helen's v;idetied by three feet. Is not this a mistake, when there are countless miles of roads and walks, outside the Parks, for people to walk upon for exercise Does not such curtailment become serious, when smooth grass sward spaces are so limited in extent, in all the Swansea Parks, for games and recreation provision, for which should be the first consideration, while other easements might follow. With a view to better accommodation for walking exercise I should like to see the wertby Chairman of the Open Spaces Committee directing his energies towards tackling ascneme to provide zig-zag walks, with seats placed on the flanks, in ascending the Town and Kilvey Hills, where some fine plateaus could be formed and pavilion erections provided, upon almost worth- les:" ground, but with grand views and plenty of fresh air. This is a matter, in my humble opinion, worth taking in hand, and far more deserving than to allow encroaohments to be made upon the carpets of Heaven in the Parks. Should I be right in my views, I ask could not a stop be put to it without causing friction in any quarter, otherwi-e I must humbly apologise for troubling you with this epistle.—Needing no acknowledgment, I am, dear Mr. Mayor, with very kind regards, yours most respectfullv A\ M. THOMAS J. Aeron Thomas, Esq., Mayor. Swansea!
A GERMAN OPINION OF SWANSEA The German Consul at Swansea in his official report to Berlin, says :-The port of Swansea is rising in favour with smpowners and merchants alike, and it mav be looked upon as a certainty that, after all the extensions and improvement of the new docks are finished the trade of Swansea will -how considerable higher figures than at any p, evious periol."—Sell's Commercial Intelligencer. RECOGNITION OF BRAVERY AT THE POLICE COURT. At the Swansea Police Court on Monday, the Worshipful Mayor (Mr. J. A. Thomas) presented a Swansea man named Henry Barton, on behalf of the Royal Humane Society, with a certificate and medal for saving a man from drowning. It appears that recently a fire- man from one of the vessels in the East Dock jumped into the North Dock wnen it was aark. Barton, who was close bv, jumpeu in, and after great difficulty he brought him safely to land, somewhat against his will. In making the presentation the Mayor said that Ba. ton lorgot or did not think it necessary, to e iqmre the name of the rescued man, and were not for the man writing to the papers, Barton's brave act would never have been discovered. In conclusion his Worship said I find you are not only a brave and courageous man. but a good servant. You have been in the service of your employer, Mr. Balsden for ten years, and you have a wife and four children. You are a good husband, a faithful servant, and an affectionate father. I have, therefore great pleasure in making this presentation. (Applause.) I must also add that this is the fourth lite that Mr. Barton has saved. (Applause.) In returning thanks, the recipient said if ever an opportunity occurred he hoped he would have the health and strength with God's help to do the same again. lApplau-e.)
CHOICE DULCEMONA T^A Young CHOICE DULCEMONA TEA Fresh CHOICE DULCEMONA TEA Invigorating CHOICE DULCEMONA TEA Invigorating Is. 4d. to 3s. per lb., of all Grocers. A. perfeit beverage, retreshing, tragiaiit & rtimu'a, ing
HINTS TO LEARNERS OF J FRENCH. [BY MR. DAVH» ROWLAND.! I fancy that the srrjat reason why people do not as a rule make ray id progress in the study of languages is the dishing style in which so many would-be scholars s.t about the business, devour- ing with Gargantuan oracity six or seven exer cisei a day climbing up tae ladder of knowledge with eyes eagerly fixed on the goal, but careless of missing a rung or two so long as they do not absolutely lose ground. Such a student may be compared to a traveller mounted on a mettlesome steed careering at a hard gallop through a pictur- esque country, and casting rapid glances as he passes at the various points of interest as they appear in succession. He wiil obtain a vague impression of the salient features of the land- scape but one would scarcely ask a traveller of this sort for accurate information as to the population, the products or the commerce of the land traversed. It is the ploddlng- pedestrian, who trudges steadily onward from town to tawn, from village to village, who alone has leisure to observe the details of the journey, every kn_-ilent of which will be ineffaceably stamped on his memory. There i" perhaps, no m,Ire illusory statement than the time-honoured maxim pre- fixed to the various editions, All beginnings are difficult." Anybody of average intellect ca.n master in a day or two at most the short sentences with which all methods commence, and the facility with which he takes the first few steps will often cause him to run his head full tilt against the more involved phrases of the succeed- ing lessons, with the result that he eventually finds himself floundering in a chaotic mediey of irregular verbs and idiomatic riddles. The study of languages ought to be conducted in much the same manner as is employed by a workman constructing a mosaic, each separate section being fitted in bit by bit so as to form one harmonious whole. Old Roger Asc-hain knew the value of this slow and ClJL,s,'ientious system of study when he recommends the classical scholar, after careful analysis of the passage under consideration, to translate the original text into English and afterwards re-translate the English into the o-iginal, a fashion little likely to find favour with the majority of students, but cal -mated to en-ure the attainment of a thorough acquaintance with whatever language the learner wishes to acquire. When once the student has emancipated himself from the leading strings of the method, he will begin to plume his wings for a more extended flight, and in accord- ance with this project he will most likely buy a pocket dictionary. But a pocket dictionary is apt to be a treacherous companion. It is attractive as containing a vast amount of information in a small compass, and its low price and handy size induce people to buy one when they ought to invest four times the amount in the puroLasa of a more reliable work. No doubt the student will find in the small dictionary aforesaid the translation of most of the words he wants besides a. large proportion uf words he does not want. A dictionary ought to aim at completeness within certain limits, but these small craft, as a rule, attempt to rig themselves out wita an amount of sail which omy ships of larger tonnage can carry with safety, and this overcrowding causes some of these pocket dictionaries to be little better than traps for the unwary. I remember how we laughed some years ago when the landlady of our house, a washerwoman by trade, brought up for our inspection a list of articles committed to her care, written in French by an English lady, one item of which had completely mystified her. The word in question was taloche, which the lady had supposed to be the correct French equivalent for that at one time important a.rticle of dress, a cuff. Now talociie does mean cuff, but in the sense in which the priest in the Taming of the Shrew understood it when he received Petru- chio's backhander. How stupid of the English lady Not at all it is all the fault of the pocket dictionary. Look out cuff in one of the abridged editions, you will probably find some- thing like this "Cuff—Coup de poing, soufiiet taloche, manchette, pavement cfun habit." I daresay the lady, in conning over the above list, may have imagined that manchette meant some sort of short sleeve, and took refuge iu taloche as being possibly nearer the mark. 1 he artless way iu which some people render familiar Eaglisn terms by what they imagine to be the correspond- ing expression in French is constantly giving rise to the most absurd mistakes. A lady once told a shopkeeper that she would bring her husband to look at some trinkets that pleased her fancy. She ought to have said j'amenerai mon mari," but what she said wa" j'apporterai mon mari," I'll carry my husband round, presumably on a stretcher. Another person asked for some more of that etufle" he had last time, meaning a hair-wash which he had found beneficial oblivious of the fact that in French etoffe stuff denotes exclusively a textile fabric. However, the French may laugh at us and welcome. The laugh is not all on their side. The nonsen,e they print in newspapers and else- where is simply side-splitting. What would you say to the beadle giving the picador the key where the bull is; as descriptives of the preliminaries of a bull fight, or to singing rooms advertised as part of a hairdresser's premises, or would you be surprised that Mr. A s house has the honour to inform his numerous clientele that every day and every hour maugling is going on at tablecloth. I do nut suppose nevertheless, that the foregoing dire examples of the happy-go-lucky style of learning willi induce many to sacrifice at the altar of knowledge to the extent of purchasing an expensive dictionary. But if the student is afraid of a too rapid consumption of the purse there is another way open to him, that is, supposing him for instance to be desirous of attaining proficiency in FVencn, to use in conjunctio I with the pocket dictionary, one of the French school explanatory dictionaries, which can be procured at a very moderate cost. The Dictionnaire Gazier," which besides copiously illustrated, is replete with-etymological notes and short encyclopedia articles on various subjects, costs two francs 6C centimes, and there are others of the same class any one of which would serve the purpose. But, I hear some- body say, I do not know enough French to understand the explanations." I beg leave to answer that if you have worked through your method or your grammar with a fair amount of diligence, you are quite enough equipped with French words to enable you to couiprenend with very little trouble the simple terms invariably employed to explain the meaning of a word. Take, for example, the word taloche already referred to, and which is described in Gazier as a "Coup donne sur la 1.te avec la main," or suppose the student is puzzled by the word "faiial," the explanation will be Grosse lanterne de navire/' There is not a word in tae above sentences with which the reader of Ollen- dorff or any other method will not be familiar, and in process oi time lie will become so conver- sant with the retricted vocabulary used in the descriptions that he will be able to dispense altogether with the English-French dictionary. rher 1-3 another point to which sufficient atten- tion is not generally devoted, namely, the too exclusive adoption by the learner of reading as a means of perfecting himself in a foreign language. There is nothing more common than to find a person tolerably well acquainted with the masters of F.encii literature who will, if he attempts a. conversation be unable to pronounce more than a few unconnected phrases. Those who aim at fluency in speaking will do veil to remember Bacon's maxim about writing making an exact man Tne scholar who is equal to the task of composing a French letter will be far less seldom at a loss for a word when conversing than if he had never tried to jot down his ideas in a language not his own.
A SWEET SHOP BCRXT.-On Tuesd.ay mornuirr a tire broke out at 37, Orange-street, Swansea, a sweet shop occupied by Mrs. Headdon. Tne Fire Brigade was soon on the spot, but the premises were gutted. FATAL ACCIDENT TO A PILOT.—Ten days ago Mr. Nicholas Johnson, one of the senior pilots of the port, slipped while getting on "board the tug "Bi-itinnia," and fel: from the ouay into the water between the tug and the quay wall. He sustained several fractured r;bs. and expired from the shock on Monday nio-lit. FASHIONABLE "ELH A IAURIAGE.-Oll Satur- day afternoon, at the fashionable Church of St. Stephen's, Gloucester-road, South Kensington, London, the very pretty wedding took place, in the presence of a large and fashionable assembly, of Mr. Charles Poole Radlev barrister-at-law. of 27, Albert-hall Man-ions, Kensington Gore, and 2. King's Bench Walk, Temp e, E.C., second surviving son of the late Mr. James Radley, of Liverpool, and Miss Gladys Mary Thomas, second daughter of Mr. Abel Thomas, Q.C., J.P.. Pembrokeshire, and M.P. tor East '1' Carmarthenshire, of 85, Cornwall Garde- i^s, London. S.W. VOLUNTEERS OFFICERS DECORATIONS.—The Ijo/tdon Gazette of luesday night cotitains the following:—-The Queen nas- been graciously pleased to confer the Volunteer officers' decoration upon the undermentioned officers of the Volunteer force who have been duly recommended for the same under the terms of the Royal warrant, dated 2oth July. 1892:- North-Western Distr.ct Ria:es :—lst Volunteer Battalion Royal Welsh Futsiliers: Lieut.-Colonel and Hon. Colonel Charles Salisbury Main waring. -lvesteru District Rifles :—2nd Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers: Major and Honorary Lieut.-Colonel James Fothergiil Evans. 1st (Pembrokeshire) Volunteer Battalion Welsh f,egiment Acting-Chaplain the Rev. Daniel Harries Davies. 3rd Glamorgan Volunteer Rifle Corps: Major Thomas William Jones, Severn Volunteer Infantry Brigade: Colonel Henry Bethune Patton, C.B.