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Not many know that Swansea holds still a sect known as Seventh Day Baptists, or Ad- ventifits. There are 20 of them, and the; met in a private house in Norfolk-street every Saibbath (Saturday) laftenioon. -0- Swansea has a peculiar interest in Trafalgar Day, for it is well known that the late Miss Roteley, daughter of Major Roteley, for a long time had in her possession the vest and other articles Lord Nelson wore on board the Victory during that memorable engagement off Cape Trafalgar — Madame Sbrah Grand must have thrilled the "orthodox" among her audience on Tues- day evening. One of the several allusions calculated to produce this effect was the de- scription of the episode of the Garden of Eden as tin exquisite story; "but un- fortunately they made it a serial- and that spoiled the plot." -0- Kilvey boasts an old gentleman who is nearly a centenarian. He worked for 76 years at the. Copper Works, and now takes his walk- ing-stick or umbrella and runs into town daily. He has all a schoolboy's love of look- ing in at shop windows. Within a short dis- tance of Kilvey Church may be found half a dozen persons whose ages would run to over 500 years. -0- Councillor Morris told a meeting that he has had as many as twenty visits weekly to his house from ratepayers complaining of various things, "and there is no single instance in which I can say I failed to accommodate the person who has come to me." But the councillor did not mention the nature of the accommodation. o How circumstances alter cases. Miss wyn, when she entered tlie Swansea Council greeting not as one of the deputation from the Free Churches, but "as a ratepayer-' was the recipient of many congratulations on her Al- bert Hail speech—from the Liberals. "Ine only thing we want now" she was told, ":s that you should come over to us." Ah. there's the -0- Rev. Penar Griffiths, at the Pentre, on Thursday, was comparing the Hon. Odo Vivian's four years' experience on the Coun- oil with Mr. Miles' position as a new aspirant lor municipal honours, and said, "Old wine is better than new wine, and certainly old wine is better than water." Now, what in the name of the Fates is one to infer from this opinion, from a, minister of the gospel, too. J.. -Or-- "You may be sure there ? a great deal oi good motive power in women, but most 01 it is lost for want of knowledge and means to apply it. Tt works like the sails of a wind- mill not attached to the machinery, which will whirl round and round with incredible veloc- ity, and every evidence of strength, but serve no better purpose than to show which way the wind blows." (Sarah Grand). The humorous proclivities of Mr. Alfred Da vies, M.P., are incorrigible. After a visit to the United States he has worked off upon the public an article on the tinpla.te trade, made up entirely of "chestnuts." With an suggesting that enlightenment is being served out in solid chunks, Mr. Davies gives a series of what a once famous Master of "Balliol described a.s "glimpses of the obvious. -0- Miss Dillwyn. who was untiring in her efforts on the Conservative plaform at the last election, says the "Western Mail," now bobs up erratically in the Albert Hall against the Education But. The burden of her isong is "Those who pay the piper ought too call the tune. That, we should have thought, is exactly why one should support lie Bill- The Church has been paying the piper and other people trying to call the tune all along. -0- One part steadfastly overlooked by public speakers like Mr. George Colwill, when refer- ring to the discredited Triple Scheme, is that whilst the latter provided for the purchase of the tramways as a. going concern at a prepos- terous price, and leasing them to the vendors, the town has only to wait until the Corpova- tion is in a position to exercise its statutory powers to be able to secure the tramways at their constructed value, without any allm\ alEe for vested interests, good will or any- thing else. --0-- There is general agreement to the injustice inflicted upon the ratepayers by the retros- pective effect of the Poor Law Officers Super- annuation Act, which gives substantial pen- sions to officials appointed without any expec, tation of receiving them. and who have con- tributed next to nothing to the fund created to partly bear the burden. Nevertheless. Uuardians-Swansea Guardians especially— who join in condemning the injustice, are being induced to render it greater by exercis- ing in some eases the power given to them of adding to the number of years' service credited to officers, and theretry increase the retiring allowance. This is doubling the wrong, from the standpoint of the public. -0-- One of the suggestions made to the new Chamber of Trade for Swansea is that it should aim at securing for the town a. morn- in- patK'r. More than one Chamber of Trade is^likelv to rise, flourish, and decay before that object is realised. A morning new;- paper watt «*» £ 800 • «,«» » "ek 40 run- the population to be served from Swan- sea is too small to admit of a great cncula- lion, and a« lor advertisement* it i, only n> CMsary to scan the column, ot the papers to realise how mf » P»port,on o their revenue is derived from Swansea, and wit of Swansea, Furthermore the tram service iron, the town does not favour the latter as a distributing centre fl0,il le news- paper standpoint. -0- Writing to a friend from Centred Afnea, ox-County Councillor David rie;;ces Port, g'ves a description dated with a prospectmg party His lettoi August 28th from Nairobi, Masai extract reads Here there are zebras u t sands, all kinds oi antelope but at n is is a little unplea^nt, as we can lions roar. The river teems rami and crocodiles. Two of our 1* went for water one evening, and as one ot them w; .s stooping to fill his bottle a tioc ,lile caught him and carried lnm a wav. the o^v remains recovered being in/the top part of hto -Ml. T visited the, grave of the late -Ml. a LlfntV «( Sk late Mr. J. P-ussel. «t U» Docks, Hurry Port. Mr. William Williams. Maesvgwernen, owns a considerable landed estate in Grays, Essex, including most of the Thames frontage hetwen Grays and Tilbury. He was recently approached bv the District Council of the loi- ler, who desired to obtain for the place a nerniaiK'nt memorial of the Coronation. As Jhe result of the interview. Mr. Williams in- timated liis readiness to give an acre of land on the river Jrontage as a site for public Ivit.hs and wa.sii-houst\s for the inhabitants of n This gp^roUs offer caused much gratification, and w^ duly sequent1 y however, the Council conceived the idea of" making a P^ure garden.and park along the embankment, and acquired from Mr. Williams four acres of laud at a pnoe Tleemed very moderate, a.nd by arrangement the acre previously off eTe. was added to the four in deference to the wishes of the District Council. The latter have thereby been en- nblcd to secure a park and pleasure garden at I comparatively small public outlay.