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j NEATH NOTES AND NEWS. "Observer" Interviewed by A Spooks. I Who Refuted Statements Regarding the Candidates. "You don't believe in Spooks? No of course you don't. SO one ever does till he is brought fact to face with some semi tan- gible results ot their work. Like vou. 1 j would have laughed at the suggestion that 1, the very material "Observer," could be- come a believer in these supposed products of the imaginations of others. But I am a him believer in the existence of these ethereal visitants. And why Because they have deigned to \isit me. j ou are surprised'' No doubt, but not nearly so much as I am. I am painfully conscious that at times I have been a source of annoyance to those mundane cieatuies who pace this world on two legs ,e when nature should have given them four. But the spirits!—What had I done to them? I will relate to you, and then you will be belter able to judge. I arrived home late one evening this week I is m, e c,, z not my habit I can assure vou-and sat oown to supper. While feastint; on Caer- itn(i tile, usual tiirnmings. I heard a flutter. It was not my heart. That has ceased to flutter since I v.*ell, no matter. I looked up like a good Scotchman, but could sec nothing. then I looked down, and, would you believe, it, array out in front of me were a number oi flimsy documents. es, there tie,, were. A Message from Spookland. 1 gingerly picked one up. and, to my in- tense surprise, the first one bore the fo'llow- ing in bold, handwriting (you would have expected a, thin, effeminate style for a Spook, iie wouldn't you?)—"The King of the Welsh Spooks gives you greeting. 0 'Observer. ( How grateful J was that it hadn't come from tile nueen, for I suppose there must be Queens, or in the course of time Spooks would cease to exist. Ah. but perhaps they ar > different from us poor mortals). Well, the message went on:—ou have been guilty of gross indiscretions, and I and niv subjects have ordered to put. you right. Look beneath, and puolish what you see there, or tll" Spook-blight shall fall upon you and 'The Cambrian' Now, its all very well to say you are not nervous. Under ordinary circumstances I am not. but a. midnight communion with spirits of ttiis kind is not calculated to make .you comfortable. See. you have nothing to strike at. You can't use a revolver and be effective. Why, even Mr. Law could not shoot a Spook. So I agitatingiy obeyed. In other words. I looked beneath. i And what greeted my \hv. a d..c- ument signed by a Spook who called himself 44 Niknuh, It bepan thux: '"Observer," thou hast' perverted the truth. 1 never met you at Melyn, and you never met me. I never wore a white butcher s smock; I always dress in black in the evenings. I am not a wealthy man, and I have spent a good deal more on other people than on myself. Thou hast portrayed me as an extremely self-opiniated man, nav. even a bumptious man. thou hast indicated that I wished to jib at the Housing of the Working Classes question. Now all these things are wrong. Shall 1 tell you who and what I, Harry "Niknuh," am I will. I am a straight man; one who speaks his mind, and is not afraid to face the consequences. I own a little pro- perty. but I treat my tenants well Ask them. I am a teetotaler, but not a bigot. I am always wiiiing to help the needy, but woe to him who seeks by imposition to ex- tort money or sausages from me. Thou may'.st. smile. I am proud of my sausages. TlJere are no better in the town. X 0, not even my brother Tom's. I do all the good I can, but recognise that man's tirst duty is to Uod. to his family, and himself. With re- gard to the housing of the working classes. 1 am in sympathy with the movement. Show me how 'the existing conditions can be im- proved I want the Melyn people not only to buv my meat, but to read, for good liter- ature is better than my genuine bull beef. To that end have I placed on my addres a- line in favour of a public reading-room for the .Melyn. Read it I And the paper fluttered upwards and van- ished. I looked beneath, and the next document bore the signature— 41 Senoj." "Do not seek. 0 'Observer, it began, "to ridicule Labour. Especially thou, who hast never laboured. Thou may'.st have brains, but have I not switches. Thou may'st be in principle Conservative, and cannot grasp the glorious truths which form the funda- mental bases of Labour. Thou hast put into mv mouth bywords But no words are big eiiougli to express the acute and predomin- ant disabilities under which Labour exists. Speak simply? Why should I speak simply? Was Carlyle not a great man? And didn't he use great and meaning words. I want to educate the masses, and I have not read Socialistic pamphlets for nothing. Whether the, description of the complaint which I am supposed to have accused the Town Coun- cil of suffering from be correct or not—Latin's one of the few accomplishments I am not master of-yet thou must admit that a little Socialistic leaven is wanted to make the dough assume a concrete and effective form. I am that leaven." And the paper flutt-ered upwards. The Spook signature beneath was a fearful tei-ri and terrible thing. Look at it.


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