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ATHLETIC NOTES.

SWANSEA POLICE COURT.

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CONTEMPORARY CHAT.

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LOCAL NEWS.

GOWER AND DISTRICT.

IABERAVON AND PORT TALBOT

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LLANDILO.

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VENTILATEDSHORS.

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VENTILATED SHORS. VENTILATED SHOES. The ventilated shoe is the invention of a Canadian, and the ventilation is obtained by an air-pump worked automatically by the action of the feet in walking. There is a collapsible centre sole of pure rubber between the leather lining of the shoe and the sole, and this occupies the place of the ordinary filling, without adding to the size or weight of the shoe. This rubber sole is moulded in the form of transverse grooves and ribs, placed alternately over each other, so that when the leather lining is compressed by the foot the ribs sink into the grooves, stretching the thin central web of rubber so that a kind of spring is formed, which throws j the ribs back into position and expands the sole when the foot is lifted. In the heel of this ventilated shoe is provided a small valve, which admits air when the sole expands and closes when it contracts. The air thus constantly j pumped into the sole and retained there by the action of the valve is distributed round the foot by a number of perforations in the leather lining" and serves to keep the foot at all times cool and dry from perspiration. PERFECT HUMAN PROPORTIONS. A writpr in the July number of Pearson's gives j mltllY interesting particulars about the proportions of the perfect human figure,. illustrated with I explanatory photographs and diagrams. A man's hand. he says, is precisely equal to the length of his face, from the top of the forehead to the chin. The index finger is about half the length J of hand IInd wrist combined, while the two small points of that finger are equal to the length of I, the longest, and are also equal to the length of the nose, which measures about two inches. In the feminine hand the fingers are comparatively longer, the hand narrower, and the wrist bone r-maller than in the case of a man. When the hands are folded before a figure they should just cover the centre of the body. Again, when the arms hang at the sides in man, the finger tip should reach half-way down the thigh. This, however, is seldom found to be the case when a negro or other black man is measured, while it t is interesting to note in this connection, that the | arms of the gorilla reach almost to his feet. To illustrate the fact that the length of a man's hand equals the length of the face, and that the face is a tenth part of the body's length, a diagram is sometimes placed before art studants shewing a figure down the length of which^ ten hands are indicated, the first covering the face. In the olden days the generally accepted theory was that the perfect human body should mea-ure eight heads in height. Thus the Venus de Medici satisfies the law accurately, and also the Venus de Milo and the Achilles of the louvre. In the j two Venuses. de Milo and de Medici, we l ave I the one majestic, tall, and heroic, the other ¡ petite and full of grace. Nowadays, however, only the very tallest women measure eight heads, seven and a half being accepted as the general i average for a well-developed woman.

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SWANSEA COUNTY COURT.

TUESDAY.

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NEATH BOROUGH POLICE COURT.

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