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It is a strange coincidence that the lion. treasurers of the two political parties in Cardiff hail from Exmouth. A short time kick Major Thornlcy, Penarth, idvfcrtised in the "Western Mail a house for sale, and lie las just received an application Irom a gentleman in South America. A Treorky man standing by the Swansea Guild- lull 011 Thursday pointed to the statue of Mr. John Henry Vivian, and said to a bystander, a'\Yho.-e photo is that by there, boy bach Fifty or thirty years ago (says t-he tendon "Echo") Mr. Tom Ellis would have t)ten impossible as a Whip: but that only shews what slaves to custom were our political Jji -v^e; liters. There is nothing like clothing a hint in delicate tissue paper. A notice III a Swansea, alehouse reads :— "Anyone subscribing towards providing drinks for the singers will be placed m the hands of the police." Ex-Counciilor Proger, of Cardiff, has a dog which so admires Manx eats that he seeks all II" can to encourage the "peeies. This lie does by the simple method of getting hold of an ordinary cat and biting off its tail. 't is said that one of the largest streams dried up during this drought i", Judge Gwilyin Williams's stream of humour. It has probably been recklessly drawn upon of late, and the owner is laving up an adequate supply to meet the inordinate demand. At Gogofau, near Pump-ant, in the county f)f Carmarthen, it is stated there are quartz veins in hard Carodoc grits, which were worked for gold ill the time of the Romans. Several gold ornaments, including a beautifully-wrought goM i ecklace, have been discovered there. Lord Llangattock and Lord Emlyn are in- cii.ded in the Marquess and Marchioness of Londonderry's house party at Wynyard Park, Stockion, to meet the Duke raid Duchess of York on the occasion of their visit to the llcyal Agricultural Show at Darlington next Vtek. -t ffii- remarked at a dinner party in Cardiff the other evening that the possession of a garden leads the owner into IDose notions in respect of strict accuracy. This came on top of p heated discussion between two distinguished Cardiffians a.s to which of them had grown the largest strawberries. A navvy was seen last week at the Iron Bridge, Merthyr, accosting several passers-by with the question. "Is it nere I can learn grammar?'' No one could satisfy him on that head, but the variety of dialects heard and the freedom with which they are expressed at that quarter, accompanied by gory references, lite- rally bangs Bannagher. liie present drought was more than ex- ceeded in 1863, memorable for its long, dry summer. Reservoirs were then taxed to their uttermost. Merthyr had only a. few days' t'L:pp!y when rami fc»et in with August, and a stormy month followed. In 1870 we again had a very dry summer, and ju-t before the rain legan it was reported that only a week's supply remained at Dowlaia. M ater in the KlionuJa has a way of making itself interesting. In fact, it is fairly alive with interest. A bottle of it, on view at 5, 'Aberilechau-road, Wattstown, contains a kind of lizard, four or live inches long, which came vviili the water supplied by the Pontypridd ■Company from its reservoir at Maerdy. This I'izard is not the first of his family to come out cf the tap. t A staunch Conservative who was staying at f; walia House. Llandriudod, hearing on Satur- jl ay morning that Mr. Lloyd-George was fcictng there to a Radical conference, at once J.chered up his family and trunks and hurried io the station, and he was in trouble lest he Should not 112 able to gee away 1dofe the mob arrived, lie clicl not fxphsiu whether the mob v ere i'rienJlie.s or Hostiles to Mil L'loyd- Cecrge. Even a ballistite cartridge won't carry from (Vaarth to Bo/'ogne. This is a mercy, for the iiargcd term of the chief lugging a fowling- pit< e could be seen carecriug round the country irn Thursday as lie went searching for a short cut jto gft at the vounsr Lochinvar who had carried joff one of the prides of thv family. Under the hfi1Jl:'nC'f' and guidance of friends he worked off Jus fe?h'ug< in shooting at clay pigeons and ■/■;>>: bills, and the night was spent in feasting ,1 revelry. thrown had been preaching at Shilolt in a cer- ♦■.•n :>lace in Cardiganshire as a "supply," and, 1'" ting his landlady next morning, and know- in that she was a member of the chapel, asked 1" >• what ?.p thought of his sermon. "I'd rather *> toll you," she replied. "O! do," lie per- *>!• auu .he gave way. "Well." she said, "i will tell you in ycur own style. First, v«!> read your sermon, and I don't like that; m-" <ndly. you read it l»auly, and, thirdly, it v. ■■ v: or bit reading. Brown collapsed, fc '•■!•:• fc '•■!•:• A: -s. I). A. Thomas is more than a match for isj-r ivu--ser half wh.-n it coines to talkee- ta'ik-e- (says the "Merthyr Express" rather irreverently). Mrs. Thomas is an advocate QJ: wool's right-, >-o t a Dowlais ambulance Sin t'ring the ether ni^ht Mr. D. A. Thomas oalb/d attt.nuon to the fine body of police who mme forward to receive certificates, and in the Sr. of tlisui challenged Mr*. Thomas to say that man was played cut. "Xo," said the lady, v'- -r' turn rail?. "I don't say that man is pi.:red cm;—only that wor.r.ui is playing up. j>i.•>" eiirt:it the fire which •feee-utiv took place at a disused quarry near Cwnitelin. They wt-re not human lives, thouurh. Colonic- of "Jukes and lizards had talc.ii up their quarters in the thick under- growth, and brought, tijJ large families. The fire w«< fatal to them all. and the hisses of agonv the f-onfiagra-licn were raiuful to hear. There i- a legend (says the Swansea that a snake when subjected to fire thru-, our r!ie feet, which, since the Fall, are ♦uc'o-ed it; the >kiu. Cwmfeiin folk have a V.'d Invice of ce-ding its truth. • is the h'tc-t a!,out the ingenuity of the Jt>(1 u i tCtl\ postman in deciphering addresses, unci as it Von-es from Pontypridd we can rely 1:1"')') its absolute authenticity. A London firm sent it letter addressed to Thomas, Hong Kong. Cilfynydd." The London post- nfiioo people imm".liate'v saw that the address e f3 must hnve l.ccn rrallsl1_ed, so they sent the letter ou to Hong A\oug. in dura. The Chinese post b:ik-e officials, seeing that the liame of Thon>as was Welsh, sent the letter back to Wales, and. 360 days after it started from London, it was duly delivered at the Hong Ko::g Shop, Cdfvnyud. Centuries have passed since the extermina- tion of the beaver. In different parts of Walen there are ponds and lakes which have borne the name of beavers' pools from time imme- morial. «uch ais Na,ntfFrancon/ and Llyn-yr- Afanc. The former evistcnce of the creature in the Teivy is .-aid to be amply proved by- the 3aw.s of Hcwel Dda. in which the price of a heaver's skin ss set do a n. Old Burton says, too: -In the River Teivy beavers were for- juerly found: a creature living both by land and water, having the two foUefeet like a dog, wherewith he runs on land, and the two jtinder like a goose, with which he swims; liis broad tail served for a rudder; but none now are found." The beaver and the wolf have left us. but the goat remains. Now that "Coehfarif," councillor and Cymru Tyddite, is a J.P., the Federaiionists are re- minding him that he win. Iiave to keep the peace. There are so many English words in the.follow- ing verse, marked mesur anghyffredin (uncom- man measure) that we need not translate it for the Philistine: — 0 wel! 0 wel! wel clyma hi, Mae "Cochfarf" 'nawr yn full J.P., Ceir justice bellacli all around, And everything ar basis sound- Bydd brwydrau taidlyd "Cymru Fydd" Yn fresh i'r oof am amser hir, Ond ni cheir bellach ddim ond tawelwch, "Bydd rhaid i "Coehfarf" gad-wr heddweh. "TVx'hfarf" suspects that this missive came from. Monmouthshire, and is to be accounted lor because there i.3 no Sunday Cloeing Act in -t.w- It was appropriate that the suggestion that Sir Jolm Jones Jenkins should be made a free- man of the borough of Swansea came from Mr. Freeman. Principal Viriamu Jones says that lightning conductors may become a source of danger in- stead of protection, especially when the con- tiniuty of the conductor ha.s been severed. A great source of danger exist^ in an efficient earth connection. In the arts and industries section the Llanelly National Eisteddfod is likely tc top the record. The prizes are of much greater value than are usually offered at a National Eisteddfod, and the entries are also very heavy. The last day for competitors to send in their work is July 20. The New Woman has not learnt the way to get off a tramcar. One of the persuasion who tried the trick in St. Mary-street last week jumped off with her back to the horse, and measured her length on the street. Fortu- nately, a number of old gentlemen with bald heads rushed to her aid. One rural district council has to look after all these parishes in North Wales :—Llansilin, Llanrhaiadrynmochnant, Llangedwin, Danar- mOl! dytfryn ,:eiriog, Lla.narmonmynyddma.wr, and Llancidwaladr. Fortunately, the authori- ties fixed on the shortest name, and called the council the Llansilin Rural District Council. A man who infers from the weekly orders that the Severn Submarine Miners have too n'any officers wants to know if the surplus gentlemen cannot be got rid of in a more humane way than is suggested in the following phrase, taken from a printed report: —"During the first week (in Plymouth) they will be prac- tised in laying out the mines under their own officers. A iolemr compact wLidi has been made be- tween t'wo respected citizens of Cardiff creates more interest arid excitement than the crash of Governments. The chief and the mayor (Alderman Cirey) nave agreed that one wiil forfeit to the other the sum of £10 if be knews the taste of intoxicants up to the end of July. Each is bent on winning the money, but friends are betting that both will lose. Cardiff guardians are usually a serious body of men. On Saturday Mr. F. J. Bcavan went out of his way to call attention to the small number of Nonconformist indoor paupers compared to those belonging to the Established Church. 'That," retorted Mr. Fred W. Brett, "confirms the general opinion that the Church of England is the I hur;n or the poor." Down came the chairman's hammer, but the remark had been caught and applauded. We are beginning to think that, after all, there is a good deal in a name. Mr. R. Hartley's Welsh terrier, "Morion," is carrying every- thing before him in the dog line just, as his great namesake in the human species is doing in the Druidic and derivatory spheres. "Morien"—the dog, not the archdruid—took a first and a special prize in a Staffordshire show last week—on the very day, in fact, when its owner was judging Welsh terriers at Port Talbot. It is not generally kneftvn that Bangor, which j has been much in evidence of late, is one of the earliest monastic institutions of Britain, and suffered cruelly in the time of the Danes, who slaughtered the monks indiscriminately. The church is dedicated to St. Daniel. Bangor suffered much from the hands of Owen Glyndwr, whose widespread devastations included Cardiff and other dis.triots of South Wales. Owen was one of the few notable personages of Welsh his- tory who, after a warlike life, ended it tran- quilly in obscurity. A Welshman. whose patriotism trickled from his finger-tips sat on top of a Mumbles horse car (so the "South Wales Daily Post' says). "That's a. pretty goat," observed one of the passengers as the national pet a.mbled by. Quoth our friend "They do say the Welsh goats art' the purtiest in the world." Then up spoke a Saxon Philistine: "Do you mean the quadrupeds or hipeds?" Cheerily came the response, "Oh, all sorts I do mean, of course." When the roar had subsided a small, still voice was heard, "What sort. is pipheads, William V Certain Nonconformists of Dowlais have decided that when grocers disagree it is advis- able to appeal to a mason. The other day they were making arrangements for the annual outing of the Sunday school attending the Betha,nia branch schoolroom at. Gellyfaielog. and, there being two grocer members of the school, and both being; well supported, the giving out of the catering order occasioned no end of difficulty. As neither side would give May it was proposed that the catering be entrusted, to Mr. Evan Thomas, a mason, and the resolution was carried after having received the support of both the rival grocers. An old collegian, writing some years ago to the "Academy," gives some interesting accounts of Shelley in Wales, and pictures him in a cottage covered with roses, which, will be soon under the waves of the Birmingham reservoir, near Rhayader. A very old woman remem- bered him as a strange young man, with hit shirt collar always open. "He was constant% out walking, and would be seen sometimes in a boat with along pole, with which housed to keep the boat in the middle of the stream. He made a boat of a £ 5-note once, and put it to saM on the river, and it got lost, but it turned up again and was brought to him. The people thought him odd." Dowlais is always beating some record or another, and, of course, th- people hasten to proclaim the fact from the housetops, or, rather; the titack-tops. This time it is not a musical triumph that lias be-n won, but one in a, warmer sphere The No. 3 BI-st Furnaew in th" Lower Works has succeeded in turning out the unprecedented quantity of 531 tons of pig iron in a single week, and had there not been a stoppage for about ten hours there is every reason that the output would have been 1,000 tons. The highest previous record was 862 tons. Dowlais is willing to bet a full-grown alh sing-er that no other part of South Wales, except Cardiff, can show a bigger output. A number of eminent men are associated with the LlaneRy National Eisteddfod. Mr. George Meredith, the novelist, who claims to be of Welsh descent, has offered a prize for the liest e-ssaiy on Welsh literature, to be com- peted for at the forthcoming National Eistedd- fod at Llaliellv. Herkomer, besides being one of the art adjudicators, also takes a warm interest in the eisteddfod. The great artist (he is the painter of Lord Bute's life-sized portrait now hanging in the Cardiff Council Chamber) is said to have been "discovered" by Mr. Mansel Lewis, the Squire of Strady, Llanelly, who is himself a painter of repute and has thrown himself with characteristic zeal into the work of makinsr the art section of the eisteddfod a success. It. is almost deserving of a national effort (writes a correspondent) to put the famous Devil's Bridge into repair. At all events, I would suggest that at the Queen's, Belle Vue, Cogerddan, and other hotels in Aberystwith, as well as at the hotel near the historic bridge, subscription boxes should be placed for the holi- day season, and I have no uoubt sufficient funds will he gained before it ends for carrying out a perfect restoration. During the season Man- chester, Liverpool, and Birmingham, with South Wales, are much in evidence at the bridge- It M one of the famous sights that tourists frequent from Aberystwith, and means not only a, scenic treat when you get there, but an enjoyable drive, sweethearting for the young, pleasant songs, and musio en route, and an interchange of anecdotes amongst the old fogrums, who often strike up long friendships. Mammon is still fairly omnipotent in Wales. This is from the "Cardiganshire and Tivyside Advertiser" :At Newcastle-Emlyn a. Wes- leyan chapel has been turned into a cabinet- maker's shop. At Tenby a. Wesleyan Chapel is now used as a butcher's shop, and a Baptist place of worship as the Drill-hall. At Llan- dilo a Calvinistic Methodist Chapel is now a public entertainment hall; another is sold to the literary institute committee; a, Unitarian chapel the same; another Unitarian chapel is dilapidated and forsaken;. and a Quaker meet- ing house is now a, dweiling-liouset At Nar- berth a. Calvinistio Methodist Chapel is an ironmonger's store, and an Independent Chapel the Grammar School. At Neath three Baptist chapels, one Unitarian, one Wesleyan, and one Congregational Chapel have all been con- verted into other uses, one Baptist place of worship having been taken over by the Church of England and one by the Salvation Army, while the third Baptist cha-pel is now a china warehouse and auction mart; the Wesleyan. chapel is now used for Homan Catholic pur- poses, and the Congregational Chapel as) a brewer's stores. So far as ascertained up to the present time, there have been no less than 60 Dissenting" places of worship in Wales turned into places of business, or deyoted to other ttots than originally intended. It was at a choir practice down the line. Instructor: "On that note I want you to swell and then die away. What did I say 1" Small boy: "Please, sir, we was to die and then swell away! Mr. Henry Woolcott Thompson, 9, Park- place, Cardiff, is one of the gentlemen speci- fically mentioned in the Royal Charter just, granted to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Where does the "Manchester Guardian" get- its Welsh statistics from? The other day it said that the population of Cardiff is only 80,000 (it is 150,000), and yesterday it stated that the Radical majority in Merthyr at the last general election was 21,400. The majority was immense, it is true, but it wasn't half the size of that mountain. Another insult to Wales! In the unavoid- able absence of Mr. Justice Collins, Mr. Mar- shall, Q.C., presided as Commissioner in the Crown Court. Why were Mr. Bowen Row- lands, Q.C., and other eminent Welshmen passed over? Mr. Lloyd-George and Mr. D. A. Thomas must heckle what remains of the, Government over this Welsh grievance. If one of the present champions of Welsh Christendom were to be expelled from the House of Commons, we should be able to realise the astonishment which fell en Aberyst- with and other parts of Wales when Lewis Plyse, the squire of Gog-erddan, was subjected to that indignity. This was in 1715. Mr. Plyse had been elected during his absence from the country, and. when he returned lie was troubled with gout, and failed to put in an appearance. The House bore with him for some time, but, as he answered commands with letters and excuses, they finally expelled him. The squire did not appear to take it much to heart, especially as at the last he positively refused to attend, and the reader is left to the conclusion that after all was over he proceeded to make more gout. John Elias was one of tlw most remarkable preachers in the unique hiatory of Welsh preachitiir. As the result of a sermon preached by him at Pwllheli 2.500 members were added to the Churches of the neighbourhood. One striking story is told of him. On the day of a certain great horse race this extraordinary man prayed earnestly and passionately that a stop should be put to it. The sky became dark shortly after, and the lights had to be lit in the shops of the town. At eleven o'clock the rain began to pour in torrents, and continued until five o'clock in the afternoon of th? next day. The people on the racecourse dispersed in half a.n hour, a.nd the races Ml throuoh for that year. What was, most remarkable was that the heavy rainfall was afterwards ascertained to have been strictly local.