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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.





NEATH NOTES. Mr. Hall Hedley and Swansea District. Will he be a Candidate? Observer Interviews Him His Intentions. Gloomy Outlook for the Pay-no- raters. The next Parliamentary struggle'ii Cle Swansea District promises to prove very in 'I teresting. Already the Labour Pai-ty have pinned their faith to Mr. Little joiin and. of course, official Liberalism clings to Mr W Brynmor Jones, K.C.. the sitting member" Perhaps I should not have used the word "clings." for even official Liberalism is dis- satisfied with its inanimate member. And what is more, official Libeialism savs so. This astonishing result is the product of Mr. Jones' apathy and indifference. He has treated Neath very cavalierly indeed, and Neath being inordinately proud of itself, strongly lesents it. But what I nm leading up to is this. Dur- ing the past few months I have heard men occupying responsible party positions in the local Liberal camp openly avow what they would do if a good Liberal' of the independent type came out. Some have even gone so far as to siiy they would support a sound Labour candidate of the stamp of Broadhurst or John Burns in preference to the present member. while others have cast fond glances in the direction of Mr. E. Hall Hedley." who is known to be not only a good Liberal, but an energetic and capable man. This week I made it niv J^usiness to see Mr. Hedlev. and I found that ne views with favour another try fjl* Parliamentary honours. But let him speak ior himself. "There seems to me to be no great hurry in the matter, for the present Government is likely to last a long time yet. I gee the La- bour party have selected Mr. Littlejohn. I should not think they had much chance of success with him as a candidate. Then, of course, there's Mr. Brynmor Jones. He still liYe", I believe." "That is a popular superstition," I rejoined. "Well, from my previous experience, I shouldn't- think that the Labour man would have much chance against him for the Lib- erals will be likely to go solid for Iiiiii." "I don't think they will. There is it good deai of dissatisfaction with him at Neath and Aberavon. He is accused of neglecting the constituency." "Oh. is that so? Well. as far as I am con- cerned. I have not yet given verv serious thought, to the matter, but I can" tell you this: I .should not mind entering the lists again, and dont know but that I shall do so. However, I will let you know directly I have definitely decided." Now, should Mr. E. Hall Hedley decide to fight in the absence of a Conservative candi- date, he would get the solid vote of the con- stitutionalists, a goodly proportion of the Labour vote. for he's a very popuar em- ployer while a number of Liberals who are tired of their invertebrate member, would actively assist him in the campaign. The signs of the times suggest danger ahead for Mr. Brynmor Jones. What, haven't you heard of the celebrated Parker pen? No? Well, perhaps its a good job for you that you haven't, ior a number of Neath people have, with the result they have lost 10s. 6d. about five shillings in stamps, and threepence in pens and ink. And it happened just like this. The Parker Pen Co¡. advertised their wonderiul pen, and offered £1 a week for writing letters extolling its virtues at the rate of ten a day? But, of course, there was a condition precedent. You had to send 10s. 6d. for the pen, and with the article they ptomised to send you a speci- men letter which the purchaser had to copy and send at the rate of ten a day to friends recommending the celebrated Parker pen. For so doing the writei was to receive £ 1 a week. The letter itself was a long epistle, which would take most people twenty minutes to write, which would mean more than three hours' labour a day. Well, a lot of Neath pejple sent their half- guineas to the company, but in return only received the specimen letter with the promise that the order for the pen would be executed as soon as the makers could meet tiie great demand. Meantime the purchaser could write extolling the praises of the Parker pen with a common, ordinary or garden steel weapon if they liked. Several did like. and set about earning the £1 with a will. But as the time rolled on and they saw no signs of the Parker pen they became apprehensive and went to a local solicitor who wrote to the cmpany. He received a reply asking for the correspondent's number, coupled with the statement "Please note the change in our address." A few davs later the company was in the dock and got nine months. () ni the extensive premises of the Company (winch consisted of one room) were lound thousands °f letters bearing the mystic word*: En- closed please find 10s. 6d. ior the celebrated Parker pen." But the ten and sixpences were not there. Now you have only to ask a certain local bank clerk how the Parker pen goes to be immediately surrounded by a. Ceru. lean haze. Meantime the company is domg time and rejoicing in the knowledge that when they come out they 11 have a few Hun- u dreds to go on with. Thus ended the tragedy of the Paiker pen. ODE TO THE PARKER PEN. Of all the pens a man ever pos*ess'd. The Parker pen-() the Parker's the best; It glides o'er the page so smoothly and well. And without exertion the tale will tell. A gay young bank clerk, very tond of self. Loving collars and cuffs, but scorning pell, Sent to town the ten and six. a pen to seek, And wrote hours a day for a pound a w eek. But davs pass'd by. and no pen cameJ.o him, So he curs'd and he swore till steeped in sin. And if you want to "touch" him now and then, Just say: "Well. old chappie, how's the Parker pen?" A clerical error of m8,000 in the half- year's calls sounds very serious. Aind it would have been very serious if it were not bound to be detected. Mr. W. H. Ealden started the hare at Tuesday's meeting of the Guardians, and rated about bringing the official to book. Now the particular official concerned is Mr. James Gandv, who is clerk to the Assessment Committee. I have had an opportunity of seeing the books since the pronouncement was made. and the error oc- curred in the simpest manner possible. The clerk who entered the calls in the book pre- pared for that purpose, transposed the figures in connection with the Parish of Michaelstone Lower, making £13.000 to read £ 51,000. For an obvious reason the mistake could not have gone undetected, and no harm could have been done. However. Mr. Ealden had a flut- ter, and no one will begrudge him a little en- joyment. especially on Lincoln Day. X- "Pay your rates." "You must pay your rates." Thus the opinion of" the overseers and of the vestry. In days gone by too much con- sideration luus been ^Jtnvn to ceituin local ladies and gentlemen who could keep up moderately expensive establishments dress well, live well, and keep a utihtaiian for the house work, but n(,f possibly afford to pav their rates, lime after time tliev were excused, and the poor but honest worker had to pay through the nose to keep up the style of those who caught the ear of certain vestrv men. Many persons actually owning the houses in which they lived, and having other means of maintenance, were able to get out of their obligations. But things have gradu- jilh changed, and those who ride bicycles, diess fashionably, and go to balls and theatres have to pay their rates. Personally I was very glad to hear Councillor Hopkin Morgan, who presided over tlie last vestry meeting at Neath, state that the overseers had deter- mined not to view with favour applicants who owned the houses in which they lived and sought to be excused And the position thus taken up is not only logical but necessary in the general interest. Take for instance a person owning a house worth. *ay. £ 250. Should he or she be excused and allow the succcessor to the property to have the full benefit thereof? Certainly not. Again, j would anyone having £ 250 in money be likely to apply for such relief? No; and the con- ditions are not remote from each other. WAIL OF THE RATE STRICKEN LADY. Those overseers are a cold-hearted lot, Devoid of sympathy are they; Our rates they would not abate one jot, When we applied the other day. So now our bicycles we must sell, And our pretty balldresses too; Else to the police court go pell-mell Which iu our position would never do. | And Fit/william must sell his horse, And Richard his retrievers, too; For the law must be obeyed, of course, And we must all find work to do. But the day will come-let it be soon. When all "this much changed will be When beauty'll enclave, some moaiey'd "spoon," Who from our debts will set us free. Lady Maud Silvia Carnateon D'Raty. The erection of Xeatn's new theatre will be commenced at the end of May or the begin- ning of June. The teachers under the Llantwit Lower School Board are having a very rough time. I hey are suffering from an absence of salary. It appears that the grant due to the Board has lost its way. or more likely the hands of the Board of Education are securely tied with red tape, which is far stronger than the At- lantic cable. Anyhow, the position of the teachers is a very serious one. Elementary tea-oners are not too well paid, and conse- quently many of them are unable to meet their obligations. The Board itself is fear. jullv haid up. for on Wednesday their cheque for rates was dishonoured. What a grievous signt it would be to see them in the police court. I really thought they had exhausted all their claims to notoriety*




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