CHAPTER XXV. [ Makes Plain a Woman's Fear. I '1 Tell me," I said at last, fall of sympathy for bet in her dire nnhappinees. "Tell me, Tibbie, about (hit man Rumbold." For some moments she was silent. Per pale lips trembled. What is there to tell I" she exclaimed, hoarsely. There was nothing; extraordinary in oar meeting. We met at a country honse, as I met a hcndred other men. Together we paased lome idle summer days, and at last discovered that we loved each other." Well ?" I Well-that is all," she answered In a strange, bitter voice. It is all at an end now." 1 never recollect meeting him." I remarked reflectively. No-yon never have," she said, Bat please do not let nil discuss him farther," she urged. The memories of it all are too painful. I was a fool." A fool for loving him?" I asked, for ao platonic were onr xelationa tbat I could speak to her with the same frankness its her own brother. For loving; bim," abe echoed,looking straight TAt me. No—no. I was a fool because I allowed myself to be misled, and bslieved what I was told without demanding proof." Why do yon fear tbe man who foand yon in EHasgow 1" Ah I That is quite another matter," she jxoiaiiced quickfy. I warn you to be careful jf John Parham. A word from me would place aim under arrest bat, alas I dare uot speak. They have successfully Clogal my lips I" Was she referring, I wonaered, to that bonse Kith the fatal stairs ? He is married, 1 suppose ?" »• Yes-and his wife is in utter ignorance of wbo "HId what he is. She lives at Sydenbam, "od believes him to be something in the City. I enow tbe poor woman quite well" It was apon the tip of my tongue to make in. lairy about Misa O'Hara, bat by ho doing 1 saw 1 should admit having acttid the spy. I longed io pat some leading questions to her concerning the dead unknown in Charlton Wood, bat in view of Eric's terrible denunciation howcould I? W here was Eric? I asked bet, but she declaied that she was in ignorance. i. Some time ago," abe said; I heard that be was in Paris. He left England suddenly, I II believe." It Wby 7" U The real reason I don't know. 1 only know 'iom a friend who saw him one day sitting ) oofore a cafe in the Boulevard des Itaiieos." Yoar friend did not apeak to him f" I in laired qaickly. N°" Then it might have been a mistake. Tbe person might, I mean, have merely resemble-i griedomville. Was your informant an inti- mate friend ?" A friend and alao an enemy." Ab I Many of us have friends of that sort I" I remarked, whereat I sighed, recollecting, no doubt, the many friends who had played her false. The wild, irresponsible worldlinesa, the thoughtless vices of the smart woman, the slangy conversation and the loudness of voice that was one of the hall-marks of her go-ahead circle, bad now all given place to a quietness of manner and a thoughtful seriousness that utterly amazed me. In her peiil, whatever it was, the stern realities, of life had risen before her. She no longer looked at men and things through rose-coloured spectacles, she frankly admitted to me, but now saw the griu seriousness of life around her, Dall drab Camberwell had been to her an object lesson, showing her that there were other peoples and other spheres beside that gily world around Grosvenor-sqnare, or bridge parties at country houses. Yet she bad, alas learned the lesson too late. Misfortune had fallen upon her, and now she was crushed, hopeleea, actually 4triounly contemplating nnioide. ifhis latter fact caused me the moat intense anxiety. „ Apparently her interview with Aithur Kum- bold's mother had caused her to decide to take her life. The fact of Parbam having foaud her in Glasgow was, of course, a serious contretemps, but the real reason of her decision to die was the outcome of her meeting with Mrs Rombold. What had passed between the two women ? Was their meeting at Fort William a pre- arranged one, cr was it accidental ? It must have been pre-arranged, or she woald scarcely have fcone in the opposite direction to that of nbich she left word for me. The situation was now growing more serious every moment, As westood together there I asked her to releaao me from my imposture as bar hasbani, but at the mere suggestion she cried- Ah I no Wilfrid I You surely will not desert me now-jast at the moment when I most need your protection 1" Bat in what way can this pretence of our marriaeo assist you ?" It does—it will," aha assured me. You do not knov the truth, or my motive would be quite plain to yon. I have trusted you, and I still trust In yoa that you will not desert or betray me." Betray Von ? Why. Tibbie, what are you saying ?" I a*ked, surprised. Could I betray her? I admire ber, bet I did not love her. How coold I love her when I recolleoted tbe awful charge against her. Do you suspect that I would ptay you false, aa some of yoar friends have done ?" I asked, looking steaaily into her fine eyes. No. no forgive mel Wilfrid," she exclaimed earnestly, returning my gaze. I sometimes don't know what 1 am saying. I only mean that -you will not leave me." And yet yoa asked me to go back to London only a few minutes ago," I said in a voice of re- proach." I think I'm mad she cried. This mystery is so puzzling, so inscrutable, and so fall of borror that it is arivinl,, me insane." Then to you also it is a mystery 1" I cued utterly amazed at her words. "I thought yoa were fully aware of the whole truth." I only wish I knew it. If so, I might per- haps escape my enemies. But they are mach too ingenious. They have laid their plans far too wall." She referred, I supposed, to the way in which those scoundrels had forced money from her by threats. She was sorely not alone in her terrible ibraldom. The profession of the blackmailer in Why do you fear the man who foand yoa in Glasgow," London is perhaps one of the most lucrative of criminal callings, and also one of the safest for the criminal. A demand can cleverlv insinuate without making any absolute threat, and the blackmailer Is generally a perfect past-master of hia art. The general public can conceive no idea of the widespread operations of the thousands of thaee blackguards in all grades of society. When seurets cannot be discovered, cunining traps are set for the unwary, and many an honest man und woman is at this moment at the meroy of unscrupulous villains, compelled to pay in order to hash no some affair of which they are in teality entirely innocent. No one is safe. From ths noor squalid homes of VVbifecbapel to the big mansions of Belgravia, from garish City offices to the snag villadom of Norwood, from j 1!klo PinehJey to weary Wandsworth, the black- i-.iwiler takes his toil, while it is calcolitted that u"nf!y half the suicides reported annually in London are of those who tako their own liven I II., her Shan face exposure. The unsound •Tiitiri verdict in many instances m< -rely covets tile grim fact that the pockets of the victim h.we been drained dry by those: human vampiies who, dressed amnglv and passing as ReutteniPH, tabtboaldero with as in society of, every grade. j I looked at Sybil, and wondered what was t he • itrangp secret which she had bean compelled to insh ap. Those letters I had filched from tbe lead man were all sufficiont proof that she was r I (ictim. But wha.t was the atory ? Would she >ver tell me ? I looked at her sweet beautiful •, :ace, and wondered. We moved o™.again, slowly ikirting the picturesque lake. She would not illow me to release myself from my bond, do- slaring that I mast still pose 9" William Mor- ion, compositor. But everyone knows we are not married," I I laid. Mr-i Rumbold, for i notp nee. 4 Not everyone. There are gomn who believe t, or they would not, hesitate to attack me," was « ler vague and mysterious response. For my own part, Tlbbie,I think we've carried he masquerade on quite long enough. I'm be- ( jinnine to fear that Jscfe. or some of bis friends, ( nay discover us. Your description i3 eirealuited ly the police, remember besides, my prolonged ibsence has already been commented upon by i rour people. Jack and Wydcombe have been to ny rooms half a dozen times, so Bndd says." } No. They will not discover us," ahe ex- > claimed, quite confidently. Bat walking here opacly, and travelling up ind down the country i» really inviting recogni- Bat walking here openly, and travelling up ind down the country iv really inviting recogni- ion," I declared. Your wer- recognised, yon'll c emember, in Carlisle and again in Glasgow. To- I norrow you may be aeen by one of yoar friends Ie ?ho will wire to Jack. And if we are fouud to- [ether—what then ?" What then ? she echoed. Why, I should 1 18 foncct with the man who la my beat--my only r riend." Bat a scandal would be created. You can't 1 ifford Sso risk that, yoa know." No," she answered slowly, in a low hard ,oice, I suppose yon are right, I can't. Neither j an yoa, for the matter of that. Yes," she ddod with a deep sigh, It would be far better or me, as well us for you, if I were dead." I did nut reply. Wbat could I say ? She eemed filled by a dark foreboding of avil, and ¡ ler thoughts now natarhlly reverted to the action ,\eI which she had perhaps for week? or months leon brooding. It amused me sometimes to see the girl of whose beauty half London bad raved, making a pudding or applying blacklead with a brush. I had endeavoured to assist her for the sake of oar passionate idyllic love of long ago, but all was in vain, I said. I recognised that sooner 0: later she must be discovered, and the blow- the exposure of her terrible crime-must fall. And then ? She had killed the man who had hold her in thriudom. That was an undoubted fact. Eric had fully explained it, and conld testify to the deed, although be would, I knew, never appear as witness against her. The unknown black- guard scorning her del-r-once had goaded her to a frenzy of madness, and she bad taken her revenge npon the cowardly scoundrel. Coald she be blamed ? In taking a life sbe had committed a crime before God and man, most certainly. The crime of murder can never be pardoned, yet in saoh circumstances sorely the reader willbeerwith me for regard- ing her action with some slight degree of leniency-witb what onr French neighbours would call extenuating circumstances. And the more so vtbon I recollected what the dead unknown had written to his accomplice in Manchester, The fellow had laid a plot, bnt be had failed. The woman, alone, unprotected,and desperate, had defended berself, and be had fallen dead by her band. In my innermost hsart I doeided that be de- served the death. Why Ellice Winsloe had recognised the body was plain enough now. The two men were friends—and enemies of Sybil Burnet. I clenched my fingers when 1 thought of ths dangerous man who waa Btill posing as the cham of young Lord Scarcliff,and I vowed that I woald live to avenge the wrong dona to the poor trembling girt at my side. She barst into hot tears again when I de- clared that it would be better for ue to retarn again to the obscurity of Camberwell. Yes," sbe sobbed. Act as you think beat, Wilfrid. I am entirely in your hands. I am youre, indeed, for you saved my lif« on—on that night when I fled from Ryhall." tve turned into the town again through Gallowgate when she had dried hei eyes, and had lanch at a emall eating-house in New Bridge- street, Ebe Rfterwards returning to "her hate) to pack, for we had decided to take the afternoon train ap to King's Cross. She was to meet me at the atation at half- past three, and just before that hoar, while idiing up and down Neville-street awaiting the arrival of her cab. of a sudden I saw the figure of a man in a dark travelling nlster and soft felt hat emerge from the station and oross the road to Grainger-atreet West. He was hurrying along, but in an instant something about his figure and gait struck me as familiar; therefore, walking qaickly after him at an angle before he conld enter Grainger- street. I caught a glimpse of his countenance. It was John Parham. And he was going in the ditection of the Douglas Hotel. He had again tracked her down with an in- tention which I knew, alas I too well, coald only be a distinctly evil one. CHAPTER XXVI. Talfes Me a Step Further. We were batk again in Neate-street, Camber- well. In Neweaatte we had a very narrow escape, As Parham had walked towards the bote), Sybil had fortunately passed him in cloaed cab. On her arrival at the station who was in entire ignorance of the fellow's presence, and as the train was already In waiting we entered and were qaickly on our way to London, wondering by what mean* Parham could possibly have known of her whereaboats. Was she watched ? Was some secret agent, of whom we were in ignorance, keeping constant observation aoon as, and reporting onr move- ments to the enemy ? That theory was Sybil's. Those men are utterly onscrnpnloas," she declared aa we sat together in the little upstairs room in Camberwell. No secret is aafa from them and their spies are far better watchers than the most skilled detectiives of Scotland Yard." At that moment Mrll Williams entered. delighted to see us back again, for when we had left Tibbie had, at my suggestion, paid rent for the rooms for a month in advance, and explained that we were retarning. Two gentlemen came to enquire for you a weak ago, Mr Morton," she exolaimecl, address- ing me. They first saked whether Mrs Mor- ton was at home, and I explained that sbe was away- Then they inquired for you, and appeared to be most inquisitive." Inquisitive ? About what 7 Rated my psendo wife. Oh, all about yoar private affairs, mum. Bat I told them I didn't know anything, of coarae. One of the men waa a foreignerl What did they uk you 7" 1 inqaired, In some alarm. Ob. how long yon'd been with me, where yon worked, how long you'd been married-and all that. Most iinnuadent, I CRII it. Especially as Shay were strangers." How do yon know they were etrangeiB ?" Becanae they took the photograph of my poor brother Harry to be YODrø-30 they conidn't have known you." Impostors, I expect," I remarked, in order to allay the Rood woman's suspicious. 1, No cloabt tbey were trying to get some iiiformation from yon in order to u?e it for their own pur- poses. PeibHps to use my wife's name, or mine as an introduction somewhere." Well, they didn't get pinch change oat of me, I can teli you," she laughed. i told them I didn't know them, and very soon sbowed them « the door. I don't like foreigners. When I sked them to leave their names they looked at f each other andappetredconfntHd. They askod where you were, and I told them von were in i Ireland." j That's right," I said smiling, "If they want ic me thev can come here again and find me." Then, aftpt the landlady bad gone dowDstairs, I I iiskecl Tibbie her opiniou. t Did J "ot tell yon that inquiries would be made to ascertain whether I were married ?" -ha « --id. The woman evidently satisfied them, fr r sbe has nr suspicion of tbe trae state of Jfnirs." Then yoa are safe ?" r Safe only for tbe present. I may be in ?n- ,-eiteed peril to morrow." 1 Aud bow long do you anticipate this danger II :0 last 1" I asked her serioasly, as she sat there 1ÛDg into the meagre fire. < 11 Last ? Until my life's end,' she answered 7ery sadly. Then turning her wonderful eyea 1 a o mine she added I know you cannot sacri- ice yoar life for me in this way much longer, j 8 Wilfrid. Therefore it mast end. Yet life, after t ill, is very aweet. When I am alone I constantly ook back npon my past and recognise how c vasted it hI' been how I discarded the benefits t )f Providen--t. and bow from the first, when I 8 iima out, I "VI\S dazzled by tbe glitter, gaiety, a tnd extravagance of our circle. It has all \1 mded now, and 1 actually believe I am a changed 0 votnan. Bat it is, alas I too late-too late," a These words of beis conealed some extraordi- d 11\ry rom %nee-[-he romance of a broken heart. t 5be admitted as much. Why were these men so C lersisteotlv hunting her down if they were in no fear of her ? It could only be some desperate 0 iondetta perhaps a life for a lire, ,t_ _L- L_8 a "DIU "as linu eaiu -vat correct, mine was now i roost invidious position, for while posing as iVIUiaro Morton I was unable to go to Bolton- itreet. "r even call upon Scarcliff or Wydeombe or fea.r that Winsloe and bit accomplices should earn that I was still alive. Therefre I waf 1 sompelled to return to the Caledonian Hotel in be Adelpbi, where Budd met me in sectet each leaning with my lettsrs and necessaries. Anotber week thus went by. The greater part if tbe day I usually spent with Tibbie in that lull little room in Neate-3treet, and sometimes, | vhen the weather was fine, we went to get a • treath of air in Greenwich Park or to Lewisham It Dalwich, those resorts of the working-class if South London. At night, ostensibly going to vork. I left ber, and spent hoars and hours I awfully watching the movements of Ellice IVinsloe. ] To Liora wyacomna s, in ijarzuu-sireet, l :oi- J lowed htm on several occasions, for he had sad- 1 3enly become very intimate with Wydcombe, it appeared, and while 1 stood on the pavement 1 sutside that house I knew so well, my thoughts j wandered back to those brilliant festivities which Cynthia so often gave One night after Wias'oe [lad dined there, 1 saw the brougham come round, and be and Cynthia drove off to the ibeatcO; followed by Jack and Wydcombe in a I lanaom. On another afternoon I followed Win- I iloe to the Seareliff's in Groavenor-piace, and ater on silwhim laughing with old Lady Scarcliff I it tbe di a wing-room window that overlooked Lfyde Park Corner. tie presented a sleek, well- o-do appearance,essentially that of a gentleman. 6 Elie frock-coat was immaculate, his overcoat of ;be lateut cut, and his silk bat always ironed to c :be highest perfection of glossiness. c Tibbie, d course, knew nothing of my patient tfatcbfulriess. I naver went near my chambers, 8 iberefore Ellice and Parham cettainly believed 8 oe dead, while as to Domville's bidiag in Paris, [ confess I doubted the truth of the statement of 1 ri bbie's ftieud. If tbe poor fellow still lived he f ,Yon]A most certainly have written to me. No. I He was dead-without a doubt. He had faUen a rictim in that Rrim house of doom. 4 Again and again I tried to find the graesome )lace. but in vain. Not a street nor an alley n the neighbourhood of Kegent-rtreet, I left nu- •rplored, yet for the life of me 1 could not agaiu :ecognisr the bonse. Tt-s only plan, I decided, vae to follow Parbam, who would one day go here, without adoubt. I called on Mrs Parham at Sydenham Hill, ind found that her husband was still absent-in tndia: sha believed. Miss O'Hara, however, re- ( nained with ber, Wbnt connection bad the girl 1 with those malefactors, I tried to discern T At til events she knew their cipher, and they also] eared her, an abowr by the actions on that lark night in Dean'a Yard. j My own idea was that Parbam was still a tray j n the country. Or, if he were in London, he lever wenl neat Winsloe. The police were in "I earch of him, as admitted by tbe inspector at | Sydenham, therefore he might at any moment >e arrested. Bat before ho fell into tbe bands if the police I wbb determined to fathom thn ecret of that bonse of mystery wherein I had I 8 o near] v lomt my life. ( For Tibbie's personal silfety 1 w now in 6 lonstant and deep anxiety. They were desperate J >nd would hesitate at nothing in order to secure 1 boir wn ends. The ingenuity of the plot to size her in Dean's Yhrd was sufficient evfdnece I if that. Fortunately, however, Tibbie bad not een my cipher advertisements. I Anotber week passed, and my pretended wife lad quite settled down again Bmid ber humble > lurroundings, It amused me sometimos to see J he girl of whose beauty half London bad raved, with the sleeves other cotton blouse tamed apt naking a padding, or kneeling before the grate 1 tnd applying blacklead with a brash. I, too, helped to do her housework, and more than )ace scrubbed down the table or cleaned the win- iows. Frequently we worked in all seriousness, aut at times we were compelled to laugh at each other's auusuai occupation. And when I looked steadily into those fine wide-open eyes, I wondered wbat great secret ivas bidden tbere. Time after time I tried to learn more of Arthur Rumbold, but she woald tell me nothing. In fear that the fact of her disappearance might find its way into the papers, she wrote mother reassuring letter to her mother, telling tier that she was weU and that one day ere long abe would retarn. This I sent to a friend, a college cham, who was wintering in Cairo, and it was posted from there. Jack natnrally sent out a man to Egypt to try and find her, and in the meantime we allayed all fears that she had met with fool play. Days and weeks went on. In the security of those obscnte apartments in Neate-street, that mean thoroughfare which by day tesonoded with the cries of itinerantcoaterniongers, and at even- ing was the playground of crowds of children, Sybil remained patient, yet anxious. Mrs Williams-whu, by the way, had a habit of speaking of her hasband an hot 11 old man was a kind, motherly soul, who did ber best to keep ber company during my absence, and who performed little services for her without thought of payment or reward. The occupation of com- positor accounted not only for my absence each night during the week, bat on Sunday nights RISO-TO prepare Monday morning's paper, I explained. I told everybody that'I worked in Fleet-street, but never satisfied them as to which office em- ployed me. Thore.were handreds of compositors living in the neighbourhood, and if I made a falsa statement it would at once be detected. With Williams I was friendly, and we often bad a glass together and a pipe. «' If what we suspect la true, air, tbeie's been eome funny goings-on in that bouse," said the Inspector. Oar life in Camberwell was sorely tbe atrangest ever led by man and woman. Before those who knew t!8 1 waa compelled to Oall her Molly," while she addressed me as 11 Willis," just as thpagh I were her husband. A thousand times I asked her the real reason of that masquerade, buS she steadfastly declined to tell me. Yon may be able to save me," was all the information she woald vouchsafe. Darkness fell early, for it was early in Feb- ruary, and each night 1 stole forth from the Caledonian Hotel on my tour of vigilance. The hotel people did not think it strange that 1 was a working man. It was a quiet comfortable place. I paid well, and was friendly with the hall porter. a A- 1- L. With the laitDint tsaaa s assistance—»ur u" was friendly with Winsloe's vales -1 know almost as mncb of the fellow's movements as be did himself. I dogged his footsteps everywhere. Once be went down to Sydenham Hill. called npon Mrs Parbam, and remained there about an boat while I waited ontaide in the quiet Buborban road. When be emerged he carry- ing a square parcel packed in brown paper, and this he conveyed back to Victoria,and afterwards took a cab to his own chambers. He had not been there more than a quarter of an hour, when along Klng-Btieet clI.me a figaro that I at once recognised as that of the man I most wanted to meet-John Parham himself. I drew back and crossed the road, watching him enter Winsloe's chambers, of which he apparently bad a latch key. Then I waited, for I meant, at all hazards, to track the fellow to his hiding-place, and to dis- cover tbe trae identity of tbe boase where I had bean so ingeniously entrapped. At last be emereed carrying the square packet which hit liiead had obtained at Sydenbam, und I behind him alao came Winsloe, Xbey" alked icroBs St. James's-square and up Yoik-vtreet to I lie Trocixdaro wht-.e. after bax ing e, diink to- gether, they parted, Winaioe going along Coven- ry-street, while bis companion, with the packet n hia band, remained on the pavement in Shaftesbury-avenue, apparently undecided which lirection tc. take. I was standing in tbe doorway of the Cafe IXonico opposite, watching bim keenly, a.nd saw hat he was evidently well known at the Troca- I iero, for tbe gold-lased hall-porter aaluted him j ind wished him good evening. A few moments later he got into a cab and 'rove away, -vhile in a few seconds I had entered < .nother cab, and was fo"owing him, We went 3 ip Shaftesbary-avenue, turning into Dean- I treet and thus reaching Oxford-street opposite < vathbone-placo, where be alighted, looked .round as though to satisfy himself than he was j < lot followed, and walked on at a rapid pace up iatbbone-place, afterwards turning into many l mailer thoroughfares, with which I was an- e .cquainted. Once he turned, and I feared that to bad detected me, therefore I crossed tbo road t Ind ascended tbe steps of a house, where I pre- [ ended to ring the door-bell. He glanced back again,and finding that he was i tot being followed increased his pace and tamed he corner. I wae after him in an instant, and till followed him at a respectable distance nntil Iter he had turned several corners and was talking up a quiet, rather ii)-lit street of dark ld-faahioned houses, he glanced up and down nd then suddenly disappeared into one of the loorways. My quIck eyes noted the house and ben, five minutes afterwards, I walked qaickly iast tbe place. .L- .u in a moment J. recuguisea me doorway as iaat if the house with the fatal stairs. Returning, on the opposite side of the road, I aw that the place was in total darkness, yet ont- vardly it was in no way different to its neigh- lours, with the usual Sight of steps leading to he front door, the deep basement, and the high ron railings still bearing before tilo door the old IxcinniJbers used by the link-men in the early lays of last century. I recognised the house by boss extinguishers. The blinds had not been owered, therefore I conjectured that th»p!ace raa unoccupied. The street was, I foand,called Clipstone-street, nd it lav between Cleveland-street and Great Portland-street in quite a different direction ban that in which I bad imagined it to be. After a quarter of an hour Pnibam emerged ithoct bill parcel, closed the door behind him, nd walked on to PortJand-place, where, ftom be stand outside the Langbam, he took a cab. to Jyric Chambers, in Whitcomb-street, opposite jeiceater-square, where I discovered he bad his bode. I,- or My heart beat wiidiy, lor l Knew tnat l was now on the verge of a discovery. I bad gained knowledge that placed the assassins of Eric Domville in my hands. I lost not a moment. At the Tottenham Conrt- road Police Station I was fortunate in finding Inspector Pickering on duty, and be at once recognised me as the her:) of that strange subter- ranean adventure. As soon as I told him I bad discovered the mya- terioas house be was, in an instant, on the alert, and calling two plnic-clotbes men announced his intention of going with me at once to Clipstone- street to make investigations. Better take edme tools with yoa. Edwards, to open the door, and a lantern, each of yon," he laid to them. Then turning to me, he added- If what we suspect is trae, sir, there's been jome funny goings-on in that house. Bat we shall ago." He took a revolver from his desk and placed it in his pocket, and afterwards exchanged hia uni- [orm coat for a dark tweed jacket in order not to J attract attention in the neighbourhood. Then we all four went forth to ascertain the l ;ru,b. I (To be continued), 1 _i
MINERS' PROVIDENT FUND. Late Mr Louis Tylor. A special meeting of the Miners' Permanent Provident Society was held at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, on Saturday, under the presidency of Sir W. T. Lewis, Bart. There were also present Mr LJ. Llewelyn, Dr. T. W. Parry, and Messrs B. Ashton, W. Wells, Jenkin Jones, C. Powell, r. Screen, Thomas Davies, D. Bowen, M. Reynolds, H. Beidoe, John Lewis, Henrv Richards, and Mr M. R. Jones, solicitor, and Mr Evan Owen, genprr.l secretary. The Chairman, in referring to the grsat loss sustained by the society by the death of Mr Donis Tylor, who had been a vice-president and trustee of the society and the chairman of the Finance Committee of the Board of Management iince the formation of the society, said that no man living or dead had done so much fnr the society as Mr Tylor had. He (the speaker) very jften had occasion to differ fiom him until they bad had au opportunity of exchanging views, after which he very rarely did not agree entirely with him. His tendency was always to do more and more for the members, and, indeed, he often aeemed a little too free in this direction. He was always, however, most generoas to people who differed from bim. He was an excellent man in every sense of the word, thoroughly honest and genuine, and his loss to the society was irreparable. TIe (the chairman) therefore proposed, and it was carried unanimously,— That the menses of thie Board of Manage- meet desire to place on i-ecord their sincere appreciation of the valuable and unsoifish services rendered by the Jate Mr Louis Tylor in the capacity of vice-president, trustee of tbe Bociety, and chairman of the Finance Com- mittee since the formation of the society, and tha true devotion and hearty desire be showed for the welfare of the widows and oiphans and injured, infirm, and aged miners for nearly a quarter of a centuiy. The board also desires to place on rscord their deep regret at losing tho services of such a distinguished member, and tenders its deepect sympathy and condolence with the relatives in their sad bereavement. Dr. Pariv said he could only endorse every- thing the chairman had so feelingly said of their late frieud. Mr Tylor, who had devoted so much of his time and tnoney in farthering the interests of the society. He was always a safe guide, and all his euergy was freely and gladly given In fact, he lived for others. A number of other members nlso referred in eulogistic terms to the services rendered to the society by Mr Tylor. It was unanimously resolved that Dr. T. W. Parry be appointed to the chairmanship of the Finance (Jomwlttee, rendered vacant by the death of Mr Tylor. After a number of special cases and other routine business had been dealt with the meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to Sir William for presiding,
-r: IS IT FRAUD P Ring Trick Alleged at Cardiff.. A case vaa recently reported in which it London magistrate held that it was not fraud to endeavour to obtain for o.n article more than what it is worth. On Saturday tbere was a some- what similar case before the Cardiff magistrates. Terence Conway 150) being charged .with attempt- ing to obtain 5s 6d by false pretences from Walter John Connell. Prosecutor, a miller, said prisoner came up to him in Bute-street on Friday evening and asked him to bay a ring, which be said was 18 carat gold, an3 worth 35a. He asked 5a 6d for it, and also stated that he bed pickcd it np, that it had beendropped by some sailors, and that he could not take it to a pawnshop as it would be stopped. Mr pirjdiOD, jeweller, taiti dad that the rinll was gilded metal, worth, perhaps, a. shilling, but it was stamped 18 ct. gold pt." Detective Harris saw the two men in conversa- tion and interfered, afterwards cbargiog prisoner with attempting to obtain money by false pre- tences. Prisoner, who said be never recei wed any money from the prosecutor, was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions, but was allowed the privilege of finding bail in one sirety of JE5. --v.
BLACK-LISTED SOLICITOR. A Birmingham black-lister, Ernest Poncia. (37), a solicitor oat of practice, now living at Rowton House, made a PiteOn; appeal to the Birmingham magistrates on tnday. Iimplore yoa," he said to the clerk, "10 be kind to me. On my knees I beg it of jou, If I could come to yon I would throw ray arml3 ronud your neck and ask you, oh, Mr BarrsdalA. not to take me away from my father. lIe is 75 Tears of age, and perhaps I shall never see him aain," -Mr Bar. radale: The father is » most respectable man, a retired solicitor. The son has been a great trouble to him all his life. -Poilcia If you will forgive me I will go straigb.' to my father and go down on my knees to him and promise him that I will never pat drink to my lips again. If you only knew——.—The Stipendiary (Mr Mor- ton Brown) Ten shilling* ILD d coa to, Poncia I think yoa have been wonderfully kind to me.
FORTY-FIVE GOWER VICTIMS. I Leicester Man's Frauds. George Dixon, an elderly man, of Leicester, was charred at Swansea onSaturday with obtain- ing small sums of money by P'etencei from about 45 different people in Gower, the modus operandi being a representation that he was bringing out a book in which advertisements were to be inserted. Prisoner denied the offence, Baying he was realtv bringing Out book, to be called •« Dixon's Bettor Times, its object being a solution of the unemployed problem. Superin- tendent Menhinniok proved convictions at Belfast, Barmouth, Selkirk, and Barnstaple, one being on a charge precisely similar, when an idontical defence was given. Sentence of three months' hard labour was passed. 'II:
LLANDRINDOD WELLS COMMON. To be Purchased by the Town. A town' meeting was held at Llandrindod Wells on:Friday evening to consider the proposed parchase of tbe beaatfrtl Pnmp Houae common, 30 acres in extent, including the lake, for £ 25,000, tba Council to have the right of selling the fringe for building sites, and the remainder to be kept as an open space. ^J10 °' the Council, Mr J. Lewis, presided, and,said that if they wanted to make LlandnDCj°(* Wells the, finest health resort in Wales the ratepayers must rise to the occasion and purchasa the com- mou. The proposal to purchase was unani. mously carried, I
At abont 12.45 p.m. on Saturday* aa the men were Jea\in^ work at tbe ^ardifi Steam Ooai Company's pits, Llanbradacb, a young man named David Jenkins, living at Plastnrtvvyn- terrace, waa naught by a rope bringing a journey of trams and instantly killed. He leaves a widow and one child.
Dymnnir i'n gobebwyr Cymreig gyfeirio en go. bebiaethau, Ilyfran i'w badolygu, &c., fel y Ifano, Cil Hedd, Beithwin-street, Cardiff."
AT Y BEIRDD. f D.S. d i'r Gol.-y dylid liolch am yr newyddoldeb"yn J r nodiad ar Goreu Awon Gwirionedd yr wyth- ios ddiweddaf. Wrth reswm, newydd-deb; tedd ar y copi. Diolch i Genech am etto gofio'r Golofn; a ihroesawir y can aral! a addawa. pan ddelo i law. Liongyferchir William Rees Williams nr fwy lag un ergyd hapns yn ei englynion, er fod y yniadaeth, o herwydd diffyg meistrolaeth lwyr or gystrawen a chynghannedd, yn rhy dywyll a hryblus. Mao'n arnlwg mat ienange yw'rawdmr, ,'i fod "yn ei chanol bi" yn ymornestn &'r :ynghannedd am fuddugoliaeth alni. Nertta i'w raich, a gwroldeb di-ildio i'w galont
barddoniaeth", DEIGRYN. Pyferyn edifeirwcb,-iraidd J'W- Arwydd ing a thristwch; A channad ter tynerweh Tawel, er lies teala'r llwch, Tstradgynlais. William Reea Williams. vi
v YFORY. t Adwy i fyd y dyfodol,—a'i Câr, 1 Yw Yfory hudol; < Hyder i 'hed ar ei ol I Ilwyno Y preesnol. Awr hndol y bvvriadu,- hardd Eden t Breuddwydiwr yw 'fory. j O Dduw hwn erya i ddod, v Anwybod, pwy a'i 'naba. c Ystradgynlais. WilliiLm Rees Williama, t ■" r
CRAIG YR OESOEDD. Enaid engur- nod anzaa, --myfyrfi% km fawredd y bora a Daw gvvys lor i d' agoshaa I diroodd neholderan- Borau rhyfedd y bwrir— yr beuliad Arawelon; gwelir Tan fel ar oraedd tic. Y ddaear henaidd ddernir. Cri didwyll v credadyn-yw noddfa 0 wyddfod y dychryn I wydd y Graig" sy'n ddigryn Yo wastad mae'n ymeatyn. 0 anialwuh y niwloedd,-o gyrhaedd Y garwaf dymhestloedd, Er dig y non, rbedeg wnaf I orsaf Craig yr Oesoedd. Adeilad fy mooolaeth — anfarwol, At foroedd o alaeth; Chwilia hon i ochel aeth j Oer awelon marwolaotb. Gelynion ar ei Illanan-Di weliti Na olion pechodau; ] Hwyl a bedd yn amlbau, < A n)Oljant ;*w hyinvian. Ystradgynlais. William Rees William r'4 r'T"1" TT.T.T T>
UUflfijU A WHIN, UNVINIViNrj- (Parbad o'" rhifyn diweddaf.) A.t awen gwirionedd, awenan y ceinion j A. ddaw mewn aandalau a gwerthfawr anrhegion, < Ac awen pob awen yw hi yn ei harddas, A. rheyrnged eu bywyd yw bywyd ei theyrnas. • Barddoniaeth a loda ei hysgeifn adenydd Yn loyw gan wlith proffwydoliaeth v cyfddydd. s A. chana brydfertbweb digymar gwirionedd j Yn ngorchest y tlotyn a threigliad y bonedd. | I afiaeth a galar, i biraeth a chariad, I ['r bywyd milweddau y mae yn ddatguddiaa. I Mae'n canu am anian a'i byd o gyfrinedd, A'r Celt a frenddwydia o dan ei chyfaredd—■ Y gornant &'j chalon mor ysgafn a hawddfyd, A.'r fam sydd a'i .iwyfron yn obaith a thrÏØtiyd. A.c yspryd ei gencdl--dybenon ei gwerin, Ei pberaidd alawon achwynfan ei tbelYD. A.m iaith aiff i golluA'r Ii ben ddiwygiadan,- A-tn "Fethlem" y teulu, a chrefydd y tadau, Y saroh at wirionedd By'n byw mewn bazddoo- iaeth, Wna galon y Cymro yn iraidd gan obaith, I Daw c&n o r dyffrynoedd mae hano'n hadoinel, Mae'n gloywi y llygad with grynu y wefas. Mae'n dyfod ar aden rhy w emyn pruddglwyfos, j Al miwaig o galon rhyw enaid biraethus. j ilae'n disgyn ar dannau sy'n mynwes dynoliaetb, 'I' Y tannau mae'n cywair ya cyflwrdda biraeth. Yr UI1 ydyw nodau peroriaeth gwirionedd Yn mynweB y llinor r- phencerdcl. cyngbanedd. Yo gain gwna arlmraeth ddelneddu ei lliain, A. tboddi ei lliwiau mown gwawrddydd yn ffrain. Rhydd nwyfiant gorfoledd ar friglwyd gtmylau, A gwlitd yr addewid ar glaerwyn beJydrau. j [Jerfiadaeth sy'n syllu yn nwysder myfyrdod t wyneb ysgythiog y graig: mae'n ei chysgod j D dan ei barnthredd, gwirionedd ei delfryd gy'n llosgi'i bedmvgedd yn gariad a bywyd. Mae'n gweled yr arwr sydd yoo yn huno, A llewyrch athrylitb y cerfiwr waM/i ddeff t' A Cbromwel gaiff sefyll yn oghanol y ddinaa Am oesan i gyhoeddi gwirionedd a'i harddas. Pa fan ga diwyeiwr i sefyll yu beinyfj J I yfed ysprydiaeth a noethi ei gleddyf, Ond yma yn nghyagod anniflan ei Gromwel, A llw o adduced i amcan mor uchel ? Nid digon yw Cromwel, a Lather, a Pheari 'I I sefyll ar Iwyfan gwirionedd digryna: Mae Rhyddid, Dyrchaiiad, Dcethineb, a Rhin- wedd, Yn fflamio ar faner Diwygiwr Gvfirionedd) Gwirionedd saif dros freioiftu dyn II Mae'n farwor tanllyd ar ei fin. Ei yspiyd gwresog, beiddgar, cryf, Sy'u hollti creigiau rhwystrau'n hyL Gall oddef gwawd llygredig fyd, Ac erlidigaeth boera.'i Did Gall fyned trwy waradwydd llys, A'i brofi n ddrwg,—gall fyn'd yn in. 0 dan ddigofaint orchyll don, A gwel'd y cyfaill glwyfa'i fron I Gall uffern droi cymylau sen Yo gawod danllyd ar ei bent Nid digon hyn.—ei yanryd ef Sy'n arfog a boll nerthoedd net. Fe genfydd rinwedd pan dan draed, A diniweidrwydd yn ei gwaed. Mae'n canfod byd yn troi mewn trais, A'r diamddiffyn dan ei glais A deddfau'r wlad yn gedwyn dat Am draed ei genecil yn y tir; Fe wel lafnrwr yn y gwaith- Fe wel fyth mwy -ei ruddian llaith, A gorthrwm du yn sagno'i nerth, A chnawd dynoliaeth mor ddiwerth I Dyrcbafa. luis fel ndgorn cad Cyhoedda'r gwir nee siglo gwiad I A'r neges ddwvfol ar ei fin- Alai cysaegredig bywyd Dyn; Cyneua'r yspryd pur yn fflaoj I iosgi twyll-i ddial sam; Yo oRbanol myrda ei hyglyw let Ddynoatha fyd yn enw'r nef. I neaadd wledd y brenin daw, A cherfia'r gwir a. darn o law. 0 loriau'r hen gynghorau caetb, Drwy olen rhydd y fflamiau, daeth. a dowrder dawn, rbyw Luther led Derfynaa dysg crefvddaa Cted. Ddiwygiwr mawrl dros wir erioed Fo blyg cyfandir dan ei droed, Fe welodd ef wrth erchwyn iaith Ryw nowydd fyd mewn geni ffaith, '08e cynydd beddyw'n nghof y byd Na fu efe yn siglo'i gryd- Na fa yn griddfan a dybeu Tra yn y tryblith hwnw'n cretl-r Na fu ei yspryd lawer awr Yn ymwregysa yn y wawr, J gario'r gwir, with gario'r gcoes I letbran Reirwon frynian'i oes ? Nid digon iddo greau'n bar; Rhaid iddo hefyd fyw y gwir. Ac os yn ferthyr, marw'n gryf, A phlygu'i beu o dan chwyrn lif Rbyferthwy tanllyd dydd o wae, fleb golli'r gwir, pan oedd yn caa Amrantau'r byd ar olou banl- Heb siglo'r byn oedd dan ei sail. Mae n aros ailorau ar ffyrdi dmygiadau; Pob bywyd dyrchafol wel fwg yr aberthaa. Y bywyd sy'n llosgi a gedwir mown puredd; Cyfoetbog yr enaid sy'n offrwm gwirionedd. Pob aberth o'r galon, dyheuad pob meddwl, Sy'n belydr o oleu yo saetbu jrwy'r cwmwl. Pob esgyn, sy'n esgyn yn nOR i wirionedd Pob bywyd sy'n agor dan wenan ei iinwedd, 0 feddwl i feddwl y ceir ain hesgyniad, Ac yna'i sylweddu o deimlad i deimlad. Pob ffaith o wirionedd ddynoetha ei ddwyfron Sy'n gymhorth i'r nefoedd wneyd daear yn dirion. Wehelytb gwirionedd 1-ceifyddyd sy ddwyfoll Hshelgais yaprydion y bywyd gorcbestoll Y bywyd sy'n tyfn wrth dd wedyd ei nell". A'r hwn sy'n proffwydo dyfodol ei banes. Mae oreo y ddaear yn hofiB'i gynteddan- Mae goreu y ddaear a'i fawl yn eu genatu Gwna'r yspryd llnddedig i fwtw'i ofidiau, A'r galon ofidus anghofio'i griddfanan. Eigionau y moroedd sy'n sanctaidd i'w eDw, A pbegwn y ddacar-clodforus wna. hwnw I Pob dyn sydd yn fienin sy'n byw yn ei olaa, A dyn v w pob breni n!iy'n gwneathurei ddeddfau, Pob aelwyd gysaegra a'i dilu yno'n llosgi, A tbeml yw'r llecyn wna'i arddel a'i ddysgo. Pa fawl digon peraidd i gyffwrdd a'r tafod, I uradas gwirionedd, pa aberth sy'n ormod ? Aberaman, Aberdar. Ap Gwalia. I
AOOLYGIAD. "Eeboniad ar Matthew xiv.-xxviii. Gan Chat. Davies, Caerdydd; a D. Powell, Lerpwl. Cyfrol II, Tonypandy, Evans a Short, 1905. Pris Is. 6eh." Cyhoeddwydy gyfrol gyntaf o'r esponiad bylaw a hynod rad hwnn y llynedd; a gwaith yr Efeng- -viydd -wyn o'r Tabernttel. Caerdydd, oedd honno i yd: ond, fel y dywed Mr Davies yn ei ragair j'f darllenydd yn yr ail gyfrol, "daliwyd ef pan ar ganol narotoi gau waith gogoneddua y Diwyg- iad," a llwyddodd i gael gan y diwinydd a'r athronydd o Everton Village, Lerpwl, i ddod "yn gyd-gyfranog ag of yc nygiad allan y Ryfrol hon. Ei eiddo ef yw yr esponiad ar y aailhpenod olaf." Rhyfedd gymaint rhatach yw llyfrau Cymraeg newyddion ua thai Saesneg newydd- ion I Dyma ddwv gyfrol o esponiad oyflawn ar yr oil o Efengyl Matthew an ddeuddyn o safle a gwybodaeth; yn rhifo dros bedwar cant o dudalenuau, mewn llythyren fin, eglar, or bapyr da, ac mewn llian hardd, am 28.90, I Meais ami i hen wracbiaidd chwedl o'r blaen am Gymru, Cymro, a Cbymraeg, o enenuu anwybodusion Seisnig y "gwybod pobpeth," oyfeiliornad ca- darn yw d weyd fod llyfrau Cymrai g newyddion yn ddruiach na thai Saesneg. Mae'n wir fod ad- argrafi&adnu>had y Seison yn thatach na llyfrau Cvmraeg; ond, a chymbaru llyfra llyfr, o ran uiaier, llythyren, papyr, a rhwymiad, i'r gwrth- wyneb y unao. Am yr esponiad dan bylw, nid oea end y gymer-idwyaoth oreu: o'i fatb, 100 i'w ddiben, nid oes ei well.
FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. A Tale of the Sea. If" '1.. & By WILLIAM KUtSINSUN. There is a village away down in Devonshire I which nestles in such a peaceful and quiet valley that the world seems to have forgotten f til abjut it. No railway spoils the beauty of ¡he scene, and the villagers care little about tfhat is passing in the world outside, for news- æ papers do not often find their way down to B Wyston, which is the name of the ullage. A ] imall white cottage stands on the steep road t ,bat slopes down to the sea, and here lived Mrs i Licock and her three children. Ten years ago vhen Mary, the eirl, was only a baby, they bad t :ome to live at Wyston, for Mrs Aloock's t lasband had gone on a voyage in the ship h6 t commanded, and had never been heard of aerain. t) For a year Mrø Alcock waited and hoped f igainat hope, and then retired to the peace and ¡ (J est of the little VilliLge. i f, May, May I" shouted Phil and Jack, the t 0 wo boys, in chorus, one lovely day in June, g lagerly scanning the cliffs foe: a Bight of their j u ister. In a few minutes a small figure in a j r, >lue pinafore appeared. V ti ii.j .u- i I wujiu^ iui a tuw c cBueu ooye. 41 Of coarae I am," »iplied thoic sister, and in | i few seconds abe w<s ranning along the path ■ hat zig-zagged down tho cliffs to tbe sea. Old j liui Thompson, the fisherman, had given the ibiidfeo permission to use his boat. May took charge of tho tudder, and the two JOYS with lusty strokes OO!1 made the boat • feim tbrough the water away from the shore, II ind as they rose and fell on the swell May I aughed with joy, for she loved the eea. i We'll go out to vhe old wreck," said Phil, I and then we'll anchor and fish. If we bate j uck we'll be able to bring mother back a fine Ilck we'll be able to bring mother back a fine lasket of fish." Then ho I for the wieck," shoated Jack, and day tntned the bout in the direction of a and bank that lay about a mile oat to sea. Phe ma3ta of a large ship atill showed above vater at low tide. although the wreck had hap- tened years and years ago. They anchoied the II lost as near the sand bank as they could safely :et. And now to work," said Phil, as he )aited the lines, and in a few minutes they were 11 busy fishing. The time went slowly at first, lot suddenly May shouted, I've got the first me," and pulled into the boat a lovely mackerel, >11 abiding and silvery as the anD played on it. You always bring ui luok." said Jack to his ister. Don't you remember that day last ammer when we caught ao many that nearly the vbcle village had some ?" Of course I do," answered May, and I bon I d love to bring everybody some to-day." Well, here's another," shoated Phil. And L've got one, too," said Jack. There oust be qaite a shoal of them round here." For the next hoar the three children were kept taay palling in fish, and when at last they took n their lines, a tine basket of mackerel lay at the tottom of the boat. What do you say to rowing ronnd to Sandy 3o?e and bringing old Mrs Tupp some fish for ler supper ?" said Phil. u» »» <i tut*. — wuuiu uu luvuiv) auawtJLeu IUKJ, WIIU t was a great favourite with the old lady. So the ] two boys pulled with their oats, and after half an j boars revving they rounded the headline that I divided Wyston and Sandy Cove, and ran the boat safely on the beach. Then they all walked up to Mra Tupp's cottage, which stood a few j hundred yards away in its neat little garden full of 30autty tio-ses a. Mrs Tapp was delighted, and she insisted that i the ch ildieu should not go until they had bad tea with ber. When the clock struck six the' children said good-bye to Mrs Tapp, and ran down to the beach. Bat they soon saw that while they bad been in the cottage a change bad come < over the weather. Dark clouds were hurrying tip from the west, and a wind had already began to disturb tbe sea that had been so calm before. ( May was for leaving the boat and returning j home on foot, but they boys laughed, and helping 1 their sister on board jumped ia after and palled oat to sea. j 11 We mast keep well away from tbe cliffs," j said Jack, who knew nearly as much about the. I coast as tbe fishermen. I How do you like it, May ?" be added. Splendid," she answered, as the boat rose on a wave rather bigger than the rest. But is is getting terribly dark." And May was right, for the sky was now full of dark clouds and the rain was already falling in big drops, while heavy waves every now and thon struck the boat, and sent their spiay flying over them. The two boys palled with a will at their oars, but they soon saw they were making little pro- gress. The wind seemed to increase in force every minute, and Phil already felt that it would be impossible to get lountl the headland that separated them from their home. Phil," said May, are we going to be drowned ?" I hope not, be answered, as happily as he could, still pullinfc at the oars, but you mast be brave, May, and hope for the best." Phil wrapped hia coat round the little girl's Cotton dress, for the waves were continually breaking over the boat, and the rain seemed to grow worse every moment. Half an hoar passed and the wind and current had driven the boat well out to sea, when Jack suddenly cried, Look I Ii ship 1" If they will only see as shout Phil, shout 1" II cried May. And shout Phil did, be and Jack together, bat the wind and roar ot waves would have prevented the people on the steamer bear- ing it even if they had been ten times as near. Suddenly the steamer changed her coarse, and marie towards them. A figure on board waved a flag, and to Phil's delight he saw that they j were lowering a. boat. "Cheer up, May,' he F-honted. "They are sending a boat to us. Look I They are starting." Hurrah I" ctied May, forgetting all her fears, and watching with delight the rescue party from the steamer gradually coming nearer. In a few minaies the two boats were alongside one another, and although thorough sea made it difficult and dangerous work, the three children were safely transferred into the boat of their rescuers. "I would be proud of you if you were my children," said the captain, as he harried them off to get their clothes dried, for they were all wet through. An hour later they were aitting in his snng cabin, and although they were over- joyed at finding themselves on such a lovely steamer, the fact that their mother wonld be in a terrible fright at their disappearing made them very muoq concerned. I suppose we can't let mother know we are all safe ?" said May, looking an into the captain's kind face. "lam afraid not," he answered with a laugh, not just at the moment. You see Shis steamer is on its way to India, but luckily we will call in at Plymouth to-morrow, and then by the even- ing you will be able to tell your mother your. self that you are safe. I suppoBe your father is not alive," he added, looking sadly at the three children. We always hope he is," said Pbil, although we fear mother hardly thinks so now. He was a captain like you, sir, but his ship was never beard of and Wbat I" cried the captain eagerly, U is yont name Alcock, children, and is this my little May ? I'm Captain John Alcock, your father, and I've found you after all these years." Father I" oried tbe children in chorus, as they looked into the kind tanned face, how lovely A telegram to Mrs Alcock advised her of the splendid news, and all they all sat to- gether while the captain related his-wanderings during the years they bad been separated, it was difficult to say who waa the happiest. It Appeared that when Captain Aieock a ship went down in a beavy storm, he managed, after boars of suffering and toil to reach a small unin- habited island, and here lived for nearly a year, only being rescued by a ship that chanced to be driven to take shelter owing to an accident, The ship took him to Australia, and although be wrote many times to their old home, none of them reached Mrs Alcock, as she had by this time deapaiced of ever seeing the captain again, and had gone to live at Wyston. But it is better late than never," said the captain, as he finished his tale, and what is more this shall be the last voyage I take." His sons have grown up and are captains themselves now, and he and his wife still live in the little cottage that stands on the cliff at Wyston.
CURATE SENT FOR TRIAL. At Windsor on Satnrday the Rev. Francis Thomas ScriveD, formerly curate at Ascot, was committed for trial on a charge of misconducting himself with several lads. Application was made for bail, but coansel for the Treasury strongly opposed the application, pointing out the difficulty already experienced in finding ptisoner, and that if he I escaped to the Continent there was no power to lureat him as Ibe offence was not extraditable. Bail, consequently, was refused. I
STONE-THROWING DANGER. Aooident at Penarth. On Satnrday afternoon at Penarth, whilst the n driver of one of the Taif Vale Comupny'.s lug- gage trolleys ntuned Albert Russell, of 9, Harriet-street, Cogan, was lifting goods lioun the veb:cle, a young ILtd threw a toDe, which struck the borau, causing it to bolt. The dtiver was knocked down and the wheel passed over hia leg, causing a severe fraoture. Dr. Rees attended to the injured m-n.
Colliery Accidents. LECTURE BY MR HENRY DAVIES. | t 3peech by Mr W. H. Routiedg6 Monmouthshire and the Midlands Compared. jit- IT: cr n» j i _6_1 nf- 1 uiE »» a. uuutiBu^c:, s^uutui muasio Jones and Co.. and member of the Home Off Colliery Examiners Board, presided at a roustiw of the Colliery Examiners Association &t_t Weatgate Hotel, Newport, on Saturday when there waa a large attendance. Mr Hent* Davies, M.E., organiser of technical instriw^0^ for Glamorganshire, gave an. address on liery Accidents their Causes and Prevention- In opening the meeting Mr Routledgesaid tn# last year's death rate from accidents in or aboo mines was 1'24 per 1,000 Dersons employed for the kingdom. In Monmouthshire the dealb rate was 1'52 per 1,000 men employed. The best district in the kingdom was *84 per cent., whic was the Midlands. In other words, the nnmb«r 0 Fatal accidents'in Monmouthshire was double as much as they were in the Fhey also found ;hat in both districts qeite ha he accident* were due to falls of aide and I ;he figaies being -54 for the Midlands anl .90 for Monmouthshire. It was necessary to inauire wW :heie should be more accidents by falls and wW ihere should be such a difference between iwo districts. He waa thoroughly vith both districts, and was in a position to give m opinion. In the Midlands the division o vork in the face was different to what it was In Monmouthshire. The stalls were much widef, tnd the roads for a given area of face wero con* lequently fewer. This reduced the area of roo* iabie to falls npon the workmen. The roofs in he Midlands were on the whole similar to those n Monmouthshire. The next chief differenco vas that the Midland man who bad cbare 0 he stall actually superintended the safety^ he stall and roadway vndthemeneroploiod herein. In the Midlands there was also a systoos If training the boys on other work than at the aces, and they were thus initiated to the dang^ f the roof before they were employed in the aco- It was seldom that any boy under 18 Yes" f age was allowed at the face. The system 01 ixing timber at definite distances and Cbe early absolute withdrawal of tbe dmber tor Baetting also tended to greater safety. Vbile there was such a difference in the systef0 f .nt:tintY aaaI In ftia frirrt ,1f.at.ï,t-a tkarA tsMfcA* ia I bjs opinion, room for considerable improvemePJ in Monmouthshire. This coald be brought aboO. by experienced officials, who would, no matto what arose, enforce the rules. The rules were reaalt of long experience, and were framed not jnly in the interest of the owners, bat of tbo men. (Hear, hear.) It was to the men preset* that they owed the safety of their colIiert. Their position, although the hours were 1°°^ was well worth seeking in a ^ell-regulated co1' liery, the wish of the employers being to ff** the very beat men. Next in importance to ,.mass of accidents waik the explosion. He øll )nB guided by canseand effect, who believed tbol itries discipline from the manager down to The workman was one of the surest means of PreVBP^ ing an explosion. (Applause.) V\ £ jth discipli^J ind good safety lamps, burning oil of high point, and the absolute preventing of men work. ng amidst firedamp, however email the cftP show on the lamp, and the strict observance O. the Explosives Order, .11, so far as haals,2 foresight and expsrience had gone, no donbt h**? the much desired effect of reducing accidents this cause. For bis own part although an advp| eate of scientific knowledge of mines he ooola not agree that either more technical inn true jr the granting of certificates to officials woO*° avercome any carclessnsas or breaches of clJe present laws and special rules and They had rales iu abundance, far from bii"tl harsh, and tbey ocght to be enforced. Mr Efenry Davies, M.E., in the coarse of 00 exhaustive lecture, said tbey wanted the brigbl little lads who ware now leaving school for eolliery to be saved the terrible experiences their fathers and grandfathers. While the noØl" bar of accidents from explosions and fireda mp being gradually reduced, the reduction in en. number of accidents from falls 0 roof was not so satisfactory. WbOl ooaa ttiA rao artn 9 IFT. hftHAi'Ari it sio ireallv the result of the introduction 'of_flB" Ikilled labour and lack of proper !!llpervii!ioa, [t was tbe treacherous safe roof that ffjj* invariably tbe cause of fatal accident. greater the real danger tbe greater, often, appearance of safety. The only effective car0. such cases was a strict adherence to the to» Eramed for systematic timbering. Show ind sprags, sometimes used as a bliad 1 miBlead the vigilant official, had often jeath trap to the workman, and only repea^r inspection and examination could prevent ienta in that direction. How could it be pected, the lecturer proceeded, that a engaged on a 12-hour shift, six days per zould meet all the demands on his time, energr« ind skill? Accidents would continue as at P* sent until the hours and duties of the col (iremen were more in accord with common se ind modern ideas of justice. Mr Davies that he did not wish to tuafc« m»citira*>f foe there were certain accdeots for whi.yi of ths men individually weie Many attempts, be proceeded, had been explain the origin of colliery explo2iont)- i.e., how an explosive mixture of firedamp aD JL. might be ignited. It was now generally re. nised that a smaller percentage than coald bd detected by an ordinary safBty lamp flame ha Avnln'JnH hv (II smirks from a an racked skidding on a steel rail, (2) sparks from fa' Btone freauently foand overlaying coal9da^ (3j exposed flumes of safety lamps when lamps were opened, when the gauze was or absent, or when the lamp waa imprope*» constructed (4) blasting produced a doabl effect-it propagated to a distance any tlsrn8 0 ignited mixtirea, and pnt in motion the tir damp collected in the cavities, and dt0 out the firedamp from goaves into contact \¡t the flame from a blpwn-oat or dangerans (5) possibly, too, matohes taken into the may be the cause of many lives being lost. was fully convinced that on some matches and pipes had been taken into the IDIJJ by pare accident, and sometimes men, instead reporting tbemeelves, had dropped a box on floor or hidden it In the gob. If the wara inatrncted. before lettiner down each baød to ask for pipes or matches, and place them fo box in his cabin, be was snre many of charges we read of conld be It was difficult, the lecturer said, to convio even practical men that it was possible to P* inta a mine a lamp without its gauze, lint soo waa done only a few months back. This served to prove the very great care necessary jt be practised when handling safety lamps. was hardly necessary that be should point op how often accidents arose negligence or recklessness in atio .t-firiiog. One the commonest mistakes was to assume thit si3°e. firing may be carried on without the usual Prj cautions with a high barometer. With atmospheric pressure the gases lodging in ho' and crevices in the roof or in the gob were keØ. back with greater power, "nt this meant *& tbey were more difficult do detect, more pressed, and more elastic. WheD a shot went 0 they tharefore more quickly diffused into air owing to the concussion. That was an tional reason for providing the examiner better fice damp detector and more time foi examination. It bad been demonstrat IJ by axnsriment that the heat tc WblC very finely-divided solid particles be raised by exposure to tbe heated products of detonation of nitro-glyce* t preparations was sufficient to determine ignition of an explosive firedamp mixture, aDd ca was even possible that epark3 sufficiently hot produce that result mav be carried to sotD0, If tance by the blast of heated gases projected ■ a shot, and thus reach vinces at some distaQ from the shot hole. There was therefore 11 of aurrounding the charge to be detonated ^Tc#j water envelope, aB in tbe settle water cartndP or by distributing tbe water throagh a P°rfLl body, such as aponge or moss or soft mateP^ used as tamping. Where two or more shots to be fired tbey kbonld be fired simultaneoo^ otherwise the first fired woald not only pro1d clouds of coaldust, but would sometimes ov j seams from which firedamp escaped to fc* by the succeeding shot.
PRISONER ASSISTS POLICE- Alleged Burglaries near Swansea. At Swansea County PJIice Court on day Charles Henry Beal (25), described a labourer, of Bromyard, Worcestershire, brought up in respect to several charges of0 breaking in the neighbourhood of Sketty. Se* Davies said he found the prisoner on Ft' J morning in the neighbourhood of Sketty Bryo* p as his conduct seemed suspicious be took bUPjjj the police station. On searching bim he in his possession a lady's dress and some pocket handkerchiefs. He s° quently went to Sketty Hall lodge, and that the premises bad been broken into, and property mentioned stolen. Sunt. Min 11 asked for a formal remand on the ground w- the evidence aa to some of the oharges complete. He added that the prisoner had > cl his arrest been of agaistituce in the recovery 3ed some of the propeity. The prisoner, too, a nclJ that he was anxious to help the police as f» as possible, and would be able to give thsrn information. A remand was granted till to nesday, and, to enable assistance to be glge io the police, it was decided to detain IØ the cells instead of removing him to the ga the interval. —M————M
FELL FROM A BEER VAT. Fatality at the Rhymney Brewery. Early on Satnrday David Griffiths, < for Messrs Hadlam's, of Bristol, met ^jl*' serious accident at the Khymney Brewery engaged in clearing away some sand frato oit. top of a large vat which waa undergoing jjji' in some way he lost bis balance, and fe' tance of 21 feet to the stone floor. He diately conveyed to the hospital, when found be had sustained a compound ff' the skull. Be succumbed to his injarl Saturday afternoon.
A five year old bov named Jones, his parents in Maiket-street, Tredegar,aui serious burns on Satnrday. The lad was |,jf» ing neat the fire in tbe kitchen with only on, when tbe garment b«ame ignited, upstairs to his mother, and before the bott>\ garment could ba removed he was badly pjt»» about tbe body. He was removed to the » for treatment. :Ji.;jŒIi\ ..t