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-------------SWANSEA JOTTINGS.f

Plays at the Theatres.



Press Views Generally Favourable.



- When He Saw the Charges.

----- -------------IN LIGHTER…


Sketch of his Career.







lihe (Gambrian,


I The stated preference of the Candanian Manufacturers' Association for Welsh an. -thracite has already created a fillip in inquir- ies from the Dominion. It is whispered in several quarters that the presence of an exalted personage is being confidently looked forward to in connection with the cutting of the first sod of the new Swansea dock. So mote it. be. Efforts to induce Mr. W. Redmond. M.P., to visit Swansea, are not being as actively pursued as some local Irishmen would desire. As in every other branch of politics, there is a split—small, 'tis true; but, nevertheless, a split. Swansea has been looming large in the shipping papers of late. This kind of adver- tising is bound to do the port good. The ef- fect, in fact. is already seen in the suggestive letters being received at the Harbour Trust regarding accommodation. The condition of the Gower Roads is a matter that is just now seriously affecting cyclists. Last season it was no pleasure to cycle beyond Parkmill, and there is no doubt that the surface of the roads in this part of the country is greatly inferior to that of the rural districts in England. Such opposition as is threatened against the G.W.R.'s new anthracite district line will come solely, it seems, from the neighbouring ports whose share of the trade will be ab- sorbed by Swansea, thanks to the new line's facilities. Swansea influence will be pitted against that of Llanelly and Port Talbot. Sir John Llewelyn, in his capacity as a director of the Great Western Railway, has received a novel compliment. An engine now building at Swindon is to be christened after him. This is not the only inanimate thing to which the Squire of Penllergaer has stood godfather, though the other baptism was of a very different nature. It is difficult to square the verdict and sen- tence in the Pentre murder case with ordinary I logic. Either the girl was the victim of a peculiarly brutal and unprovoked murder, or .her death was self-inflicted. It was a case for a verdict of wilful murder or acquittal. The jury appear to have compromised with their consciences, with the result that the accused has either to suffer too little or too much. The Devonshire footballers who were at St. Helens last week created a very favourable impression on the spectators, and the general opinion is that the Albions deserve more re- cognition from the English Union authorities than they have had this season. Still it is evident that the best Welsh Clubs are more than a match for the best team in Enogland, and although Swansea did not play up to form, they thoroughly deserved to win. The Anthracite Coal Combine movement has progressed a stage, but it would be a If i¡¡- take, nevertheless, that all the difficulties have been overcome. They have not. The crucial test will come when the moment ar- rives for financing the "Trust." Sume at least of the colliery proprietors will not be content with "scrip" in the undertaking !Ot" their property, but insist upon the consider i- tion for transfer being current cash. The reflection provoked by the details of the Pontardulais breach oi promise case is that something is to be said for the French view which holds as ridiculous the principle that money may serve as a suitable solatium for a bruised or broken heart. When elderly folk with children old enough to be parents j submit themselves to the ordeal of an action, the law itself stands in danger of being con- sidered an absurditv. Civil actions from Swansea concerned with the merits of the work done have greatly oc- cupied the judges recently. In the result, the legal profession have reaped abundantly. Would it not have been better for the litigants to call in an arbitrator to adjust the disputes and thus avoid the enormous costs. A tri- bunal for dealing expeditiously and unexpen- sively with commercial suits would be a great blessing for our industries. I The tragic ending of General Hector Mac. donald has produced a popular sorrow, with the poignacy of a personal grief. His rise from the ranks to be Major-general had con- stituted him an idol with the masses. The beclouding of his life, after so much sterling service to his country—whether due to slan- der or to a failure to withstand temptations which so often prove irresistible to men -called unexpeeterly to a position of great power—is the subject of acute regret wher- ever British people foregather. Swansea School Board shows no disposition to recede from the decision in virtue of which the ratepayers are to contribute in the imme- diate future the equivalent of a halipenny rate in order that the exterior of the Hafod Schools may have a slightly better appear- ance. In its virtual irresponsibility as a moribund body, the Boa id does not scruple rto set public opinion at defiance. Indirectly the attitude taken up must operate against the principle of co-option, in so far as the new education authority is concerned. If Swansea is to have a. surface contact system it must be the Dolter. That much was settled at the last meeting of the Council, but the decision merely enables the tion to get at close quarters with the J iftciu- ties. The principal of these is the obje 'in of the Tramways Company to have to pay rental upon and work a system not contem- plated when the agreement to lease the n-v lines was made. On Tuesday next some idea will be obtained of the nature and -eilii-y of the reasons upon which the objection is basri for Mr. Tegidmeyer. the chairman is to meet the seven members appointed to represent the Corporation at the conference proposed. The latter is to be held at Swansea. The fixed price of JB50 which the Parks 'Committee exacts for the us of Victoria Park by such exhibitions as Barnum and Baileys •does not strike one as being excessive. The damage to the "complexion" of the park in one sense is nil; the two great stretches of open land' will never be frequented but by small boy teams, who use their piled-up coats impartially for wickets or goals. On the other hand, the crowds who attend these shows invariably wear away the ground, ■ trample the grass out of existence, strew orange-peel and paper everywhere, and gen. jerallv contrive to render the park, as an open space and not as a park proper, a pain to the eye- Then the watering arrangements of the circuses, etc., invariably result in the exis- tence of patches of mud, and the tout en- semble reminds one of the stretches of waste ground behind Swansea's mean streets, where the inhabitants dry their washing. For all this JB50 is not an exorbitant complication, and the cost of putting the ground into order absorbs a part. at least of the balance which .18 a not inappreciable addition to the funds of the Parks and Open Spaces Com- mittee.