Neu Wreichien Oddiar yr Eingion By CADRAWD. WELSH DIALECTS. The report uf the dialect section of the Guild of Graduates for the year 1906 has just come to my hand, and I regret very much the shape or my humble contribution to the same has been allowed to appear. The printer's devil has been granted a free hand. I think every care should be taken in the publication of this transaction, under the wing of the Welsh University, to correct the proof sheets, so that not a shadow of a mistake should appear and in such important matters as the district dialect of the different districts of Wales, unless every word should appear cor- rect, the labour is all in vain. A North Waliao, whatever might be his ability, can never correct the Gwentian dialect in its various lights and shades. It appears that the contri- butions of the Reverends. Williams, of St. Clears and Wade Evans have escaped the vengeance better than illY own, but even in the headline of the latter's interesting article, the radical form of Abergwaun is given, and riot the colloquial rendering, which is so cha- racteristic of the Fishguard dialect (Cwmrag Ab'rgwein). The dictionaries we have are not to be trusted in their explanation of certain words. If we turn to the dictionary to know what is meant by the word celfi," we find in the one which is acknowledged to be the best and the most complete in Wales to-day that it means \ools, implements, trifles, farm implements, iairy utensils, &c. In Glamorganshire we use the word celfi, which is the plural of celficyn, for furniture, the house furniture, and the word i4 twls," and offer, for every kind of im- plements. The word" celfi for the furni- ture of the Royal Palace in the ancient Welsh laws is often met with, so we have ample and sufficient authori ty for its use. Mac yn dechra tywyllu o dan y celfi," <s an expression often heard in Glamorgan, jvhen t, e shadows of the night are commenc- ing to fall. In the lolo manuscripts, in the tale Y Gof Wedi cael enw da," we have the words "celfi min" for edged tools, but in Glamorgan Ui-day they call the same twls awch." Iolo Morganwg, in his Glossary in MS. at Llanofer. calls implements of husbandry celfi tir," but dl kinds of implements now are called in Lrwent and Morganwg twls," such as* twls Twaith, twis tir, twls coblera, twls shafo, &c~, fee. The word celncyn is in use in Cardi- ganshire for a piece of furniture, and the liter- ary form of the word is celfiyn," which is met with in Cyfrinach y Beirdd." in the following sentence—" Aco hyny y gelwir celfi- yn at dori tir yn bal." (And from that the implement for cutting the sod was called spade). Again in the Welsh proverbs we have the same form of the singular word for celfi —" Celfiyn ty goreu yn y byd yw gwraig dda." jThe best piece of furniture in a. house is a good wife). The lelo Glossary. (Continued from last week). Cloppwrn-n. masc. a blockhead. Cluppa-pl. clopaod— Taro cloppwTn a dwrn dig." Sils ap Sion. (To strike a blockhead with angry firsts Clych Enid-daffodils. Crun (Devon) for ague, or a trembling the \ame at. the Welsh cryn, and cryndod. Y flwyddyn mil chwe chant ac wyth, Oedd blwyddyn fawr y cryd a'r mwyth A'r flwyddyn hono torws cwnnvl Ag a foddws broniy cwbwl." That is—The year 16C8 was the year of the rreat ague. In that year also a water spont broke, and the whole land was nearly drowned. Crwybr—n. masc. hoarfrost. Gochel niwl a chrwybr y nos, a gwlycbu traed." (Avoid mists and night hoarfrost, and wet feet). Note—In North Wales they call crwybr mwllwg, and honeycomb crwybr the Glamorganshire word for honey comb is M dylife and dylifs* (c). Crwybro—verb Gwent, hoarfrosting. Tn Glamorgan they say" llwydrewi," and hoar frost llwytrew." Cwnu—lit. whence esgyn, esgynnu, dos-gyn. Cwyro—pro. cyweirio, cwyromenyn (making toatter), cwyro dillad (mending clothes). <~Vrjn tan—cynu y tan (imperative verb), fel cyn dan, ni chyn y tan ddim (the fire will not light). CyfreitWys-a hall of justice, town hall, court of law or justice. Gorseddlys—a law court house. Llysbrawf-a trial. Uys farn—a verdict (also barn air, ib. gor- neddfarn, dedfryd, dediryd. Cyfreithbwyll—law reason. Anian bwyllnaturbwyll (natural reason). Awen bwyll—reason of genius. Celfydd bwyll-scientinc reason. Dain-adj. good seldom used now in Gla- morganshire. Darddal—" Yn darddall ar yr un peth o hyd, ac ar yr un chwedl." (To be continually re- peating the same tale). Darllais gwlad—Common report. Deiniadaeth and Deiniedigaeth—indenture. Iolo used to call the North Walians Deud- jieudwyr," because they always said" deud Instead of dweyd. Following is what he styles deudneudian cant —" purfwyn, ara deg, drwg o'i go, wala hai purion." Diannad—immediately. Deongli—to define the angle of a figure. Dwlm—dwlm and dwlmwth—something greater than usual of its kind. Pwmlwth o blentyn. o afal, o ddyn, o er- finen, o garreg, o dorth, o dy, —an excep- tonally large apple, turnip, stone, loaf, or house. Dy ardd—to cultivate. Dywain—to carry, the same as dwyn." Dygwain-is also the sa.me meaning. By yno y baw annardd. Yn dygywain wyn bach hardd." Bedo Brwynllys i'r lleddr a ddygasai ei wyn. Ebach—bar, traethell. Eichiog—boneddig (noble), from the word ach, medd Harri Hir. Egwal—bwth bugail ar fynydd (a shepherd's but on a mountain). Harri Hir. see in Wm. Lley's Poems. Ffunws-Pobl oeddynt odir Llychlyn (Scan- dinavia), a ddaethant i Brydain yn yr amser y bu'r Bruttaniaid yn ymladd gyda gwyr Owas- gwyn (Gascony) yn erbyn gwyr Rhufain set nid oedd nid oedd y pryd hyny a allai gadw gelvnion rhag dyfod i dir gan faint y cadau a aethant i dir Gwasgwyn. A Roman author calls them Fenni, Tacitus calls them Fennos. Ffres, and Ffresg-gwyra. croyw (i..e., that which is in use, says Harri Hir). Glai—" cyn iachad a'r glai;" in other places, they say cyn iached a'r glain." U Glai" is usure, blur sky, azure. The glow worm is railed gleian," which might be a corruption of goleuan." Glai—says Lewis Hopcin of Ystradyfodwg, is the clear azure sky in Glamorgan mountain districts only have I heard the word in that sense quo wh. hence glain. Glaswg—the same as glaswch, or glesni (ver- dancy). Gwyrddlesni—gwyrdd laswg and gwyrdd leswen, the same. Gawl-holy, Caergawl in Newlyn—the holy town. Gawlog—gwr gawlog (a holy man).
• WELSH LACE-MAKIN6. An exhibition of lace was opened on Monday At the Horticultural Hall, London, by the Duchess of Somerset. The exhibits were all of British make, and included specimens from all the best known centres in the British Isles. There was a Welsh section arranged under the auspices of the Welsh Industries Association, which included samples of what has been the most interesting new departure of recent years initiated by the association. The specimens shown were from North and South Wales, and varieties included were Carrickmacross, Maltese, Point, and Honiton. A number of the samples werp- on loan, and included some from the Countess of Plymouth. Lady Mostyn, Lady Llangattock, Lady Brynmor Jones, Lady Eva Wyndham Quin, Mrs D. H. Evans, &c. The makers of the specimens shown included Mrs R. Wilkie, Miss Jordon, and Miss Evans, Carmarthen; Miss J. M. Jones, Bangor; Miss Heaton, Rhyl; Mrs Peacock, Mrs Mus- grove, Mrs R. J. Wilkie, and Miss Martin, Swansea, Mrs Jenkins. Misses Jenkins, Ruthin Mrs Davies, Old Colwy u Miss M. Morgan. Tenby: Miss Browne, Reynolds- town Mrs Merlin, Carmarthen.
KICKED AND BITTEN. Adam Jones was found in a state of intoxi- cation on the premises of the Dowlais-Cardiff Colliery at Abercynon on Saturday night. He refused to go home and Sergt. Evans took him into custody. On the way to«'the police-station he assaulted the sergeant, kicking him and throwing him twice to the ground. At Merthyr on Monday Jones. who said he remem- bered nothing, was fined. 10& and costs for being drunk and 40s and costs or a month for the assault. P.C. Scott found John Moran in a drunken state at Dowlais on Saturday. On the way to the police-station Moran became violent, biting the constable's hand and damaging his uniform. The Stipendiary fined him 15-s and costs for the drunkenness, and £5 and costs or a month for assaulting the constable.
On Saturday evening Mr W. T. Bowen, late manager of the Castle and Gethin Pits of the Cvfarthfa Colliery Company, was presented by the officials workmen, and several of his friends with aa illuminated address and a purse of sold upon leaving to become manager "f the Pencarrcg Colliery of the Rhymney lron Company at Uargoed. Mrs Bowen was with a silver tea and coffee service.
I I Swansea Trade Progress. I HARBOUR TRUST'S CONFIDENCE. Speech by Sir Griffith Thomas. IMPROVED FISH MARKET. The annual meeting of the Swansea Harbour Trustess was held on Monday, Mr Glynn Price occupying the chair pro tem. Mr Tutton pro- posed the re-election as chairman of Sir Griffith Thomas. Lord Glantawe seconded, and Mr Glynn Price cordially upported. The motion was carried unanimously. Sir Griffith, amid applause, took the chair for the eleventh year. In returning thanks he said the position of the Trust was now a very strong one, trade having increased by leaps and bounds. The increase in trade last year was 425,000 tons, the total trade for the year being close on 51 million tQns. In the previous year there was an increase of 700,000 tons, so the total increase in 1905 and 1906 over the trade of the preceding year of 1904 amounted to 1,200,000 tons. Those figures were very flattering, and only bore out what had been said for many years, that, given the requisite facilities, the geographical position of the port and its mineralogical and metallurgical advan- tages warranted the expenditure now being in- curred on the provision of docks for carrying on a large,important, and increasing trade. During the last few years, Sir Griffith remarked, the trade of this country had been very good, and the port of Swansea had more than had its share. After good times his experience was that there was always a relapse, and, perhaps, a throw-back; but if they turned to the quantities of cargo shipped at Swansea they would always find that although there might be a. throw-back for one or two years, the trade of the port ever increased. The progress of the new King's Dock construction had been very rapid, the contractors carrying on the work to the satisfaction of the joint engineers, and it was more than probable that the new dock would be opened for trade during the summer of next year. (Hear, hear.) The Mid- land Railway Company had recently decided to take accommodation at the new dock, ,which would enable the loading of three vessels at once, and the other companies were taking much greater accommodation. The surplus revenue of the Trust now stood at £151,571, a substantial sum, which materially added to the stability of the Trust. Sir Griffith referred to the varied industries in the district which made for stability in trade. The fish trade amounted to from jE8,000 to £9,000 a year, and now that they were opening the market to everyone and improving the facilities they might expect a great increase. Mr Glynn Price submitted the monthly finan- cial statement, which indicated an increase in the aggregate trade of the port for the month of 71,000 tons, equivalent to 17 per cent. There had been no improvement in the imports, but among the exports coal and coke had increased 6,000 tons and patent fuel 9,000 tons. The financial result of the month's working was a profit of £3,119, compared with one of £1,200 in February last year. Lord Glantawe, in seconding, expressed satis- faction at finding the trade for the early months of this year again so good. From the Board of Trade returns there would appear to have been a little set-back in the trade of the country generally, but after the boom, which had lasted so long, a slight reverse always came. The figures did not in his opinion indicate a set- back of a permanent nature, but the condition of things arose rather from over production. The report was adopted. FISH MARKET DEVELOPMENT. The Executive Committee reported that at the instance of the trawler owners and fish merchants they some time ago approached the Castle Steam Trawling Company with a view to that company surrendering to the Trustees the fish market at the half-tide basin of the South Dock, and had since discussed terms with the company for the surrender of the existing lease of the market and the site of the ice factory held by the company, and the granting to it of a new lease of the ice factory and some additional land now held by Messrs Glasbrook, Sons and Co., Messrs Glasbrook having at the request of the Trustees offered to give it up on being paid by the Trustees com- pensation in respect of the erections placed thereon by them. NEW WET DOCK. The committee further recommended that in order to provide additional accommodation to cope with the increasing fish trade, the Globe Dry Dock be converted into a wet dock with entrance at an estimated cost of £14,000, and that a contract for such enlargement and conversion be entered into with Messrs Topham, Jones and Railton, and the com- mittee recommended that it be authorised to conclude an agreement with the Castle Com- pany for the surrender of their existing lease, the trustees to pay them in respect of the out- lay on the fish market £2,000 and granting them a lease of land referred to at a yearly rentofJE550. NEW DRY DOCK. The Executive Committee further reported that they had been in negotiation with Mr Hereford Lavey as to granting a. lease to him or his nominees of a site for a dry dock on the south-eastern side of the King's Dock. After giving the matter careful consideration the committee recommended that the Trustees enter into an agreement to lease the land in question for a dry dock with the right of making an entrance from the King's Dock, the right to place a gridiron in the wave basin, and an option to acquire land for making an entrance from the sea. In moving the adoption, the Chairman re- ferred to the advantages that must result from the increased facilities for the fish trade, and with regard to the new dry dock said it would be a great boon, for it would be of a size which would enable the docking of the very biggest vessels. The report was adopted.
LECTURE ON "INDIA." Mr E. P. Cotelingham at Cardiff. The Oriental Wonderland (India) was described to a large audience at Cory Hall, Cardiff, on Monday evening, when Mr E. P. Cotelingham lectured under the auspices of tha Y.M.C.A. Mr Cotelingham is a native of India; and is, therefore, able to treat his subject differently from the manner of the ordinary traveller, for he speaks with an intimate knowledge of the people and the social conditions prevailing in Britain's largest dependency. He is a stranger to Cardiff but those who heard his lecture and saw his slides of well-chosen subjects will not forget him. Speaking of the throne of solid gold at Baroda, he said it appeared no doubt paradoxical that such poverty and such splendour should be found in the same country but a great wave of democracy was sweeping across India, and the Indian Princes were awakening to the fact that their wealth was to be used for the betterment of the people, and not to be hoarded for the useless.
VANISHING COAL Prosecution at LlandafF. The erratic movements of large lumps of coal, originally on a truck in the T.V.R. siding at Handaff Station, occupied the attention of the Llandaff magistrates on Monday. Rees Morgan, a signalman, described how, on the evening of March 3rd, he heard thuds, and and on going to the siding found several lumps of coal on the ground. Seeing no one, he re- turned to the box and over the telephone in- formed the stationmaster of what he had seen. Just as he had done this he heard several more thuds, and went to the place again, to find that the coal had mysteriously disappeared over a wall into the back garden of Thomas Griffiths, in whose cellar they were ultimately discovered. Griffiths was fined £1 and costs, or 14 days' imprisonment.
SUNDAY MUSIC FOR RHYL Rhvl Council on Monday debated warmly t,hc question of allowing Sunday concerts. Mr Ellis said it was incomprehensible how intelligent and intellectual members could oppose such concerts. Mr Tilby, Unionist candidate for Flint Boroughs, argued thatSundayobservance was largely a matter of expediency rather than principle. They were not desecrating Sundav more than was already the case by allowing Sunday concerts at Rhyl, (specially when it was proposed not to clash with the hours of Divine service. The chairman and vice-chairman held it would harm the town to so secularise Sunday. Mr Whydwen Jones demanded a poll of rate- payers on the question, but in vain. A large majority decided for Sunday concerts. A pro- posal to connect East and West promenades at an estimated cost of £2,500 was defeated by 11 votes to 6.
MR CARNEGIE AND HIS GIFTS TO MERTHYR. Mr Carnegie, who has given over JE12,000 to Merthyr, was recently asked to increase the grant promised by him for the branch library proposed to be erected at Treharris. At a meeting of the Merthyr Free Libraries Com- mittee held on Monday, Mr D. J. Lewis presid- ing, a letter from Mr Carnegie to Mr Sidney Simons, ex-mayor—through whose efforts the grants from Mr Carnegie were obtained—was read, in which Mr Carnegie intimated that he could not increase the grant for Treharris, nor could he allow the building when erected to be used for other than library purposes. It was reported that the books from the old Dowlaia Library, to the number of 1,556, had been trans- ferred by Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds to the recently opened public library.
/The annual meeting ef the governors of the Williams Charity, Cacrleon, was held on Mon- day under the presidency of the Rev. F. W. G- Whitfield, M.A. (vice-chairman). The Lord Bishop of Llandaff and the chairman were re- elected chairman and vice-chairman respec- tively. The Clerk reported the re-election of the Rev. W. H. Williams, M.A.,asarepresenta- tive governor of the rural deanery,$tnd Sir A. Wr. Maekworth, Bart., was again co-opted. It was decided to hold a special meeting on Mon- day next to discuss the application of the County Education Authority relative to a site for a hostel in connabation with the proposed training college.
Tynesiders' Dinner. CARDIFF RE-UNION. Tynsiders to the number of about 150 as- sembled around the festive board at the Royal Hotel on Saturday night, the occasion being the 28th annual Tyneside dinner. The chair was occupied by Mr Wm. Graham, Barry, and among those present were Alderman W. II. Renwick, Councillor Dr. Smith, Councillor Dr. Cantillon, Messrs R. Scott, J. T. Milburn, M. W. Aisbitt, C. P. Bell, W. Black, J. F. F. Common. T. Campbell. S. Christie. Harold Coxon, J. Dixon, Tom Elliott, J. Flem- ing, A. Harper, J. Heslop, T. Allan Johnson, G/ F. Mason, T. A. Reed, J. Pattison. R. C. Rearley, R. O. Sanderson, A. E. Smithson, J. S. Thrift, and J, C. Watson (Cardiff), J. S. Watchman, E. C. Miller, J. Oates, J. S. Walker, and C. E. Dawson (New- port), John Lowdon, J.P., J. Ayre, and J. H. Brough (Barry). The secretarial duties de- voled upon Mr C. G. Easten and Mr Thomas Thrift. After the loyal toasts, Mr Harold Coxon, in proposing The Forces of the Empire," said that no matter what cranks might say in Parliament they were determined that their Navy should be in first- class condition. As to the Army, well—it was good in parts. Mr R. O. Sanderson, in responding, said that Tynesiders looked to the Navy. and the Navy depended upon Tyneside, but there were three things necessary for efficiency, namely, administrative capacity, constructive power, and the man behind the gun. Armourer-Sergeant Thrift also responded, and said that the Volunteers had served them well for 55 years, but the present Government I thought the time had come for some sort of conscription. They need not be frightened of the Territorial Forces, for the only difference between them and the Volunteers was that the latter had to enrol whilst the former had to en- list, and camping was insisted on every year. (Hear, hear.) The Chairman, in proposing Tyneside," the toast of the evening, said they would be ex- cused for giving expression to a sentiment which animated every man—a love of that place that gave him birth. In the history of England the impress of Tyne- side was written commercially, politically, fend financially. Things were to-day as they were in a measure because Tyneside had been. (Hear, hear.) Were there no other trains than the locomotive, the fame of Tyneside would be established for ever, for George and Robert Stevenson would always occupy proud positions in the world. The patriotism of the Tynesider had never been a minus quantity, and could be noticed in local patriotism in times of peace, in all kinds of sport, when cities and towns and counties tried to outclass each other. The Tyneside had much to be proud of in the past. They could go back to the time of the Venerable Bede and Bishop Ridley, the martyr, of whom they were so proud because he played the man. They had also among other eminent men Earl Grey, Lord Eldon, Lord Collingwood, Nelson's bosom friend, and Armstrong, whose guns and battleships had dominated the seas for years. They could claim men who had struck deep into the history of the country, and to men who had materially added to the welfare, the well being, and the happiness of the community. Commerce, too, had laid a heavy hand upon the Tyne, and the sights and scenes upon the river between Shields and Newcastle, with the myriads of lights and the densely populated towns on its banks, the flares of countless electric lights for workshops and docks, the rumbling of coal and the roaring and clanging of mills, the flares of the blast furnaces, and the shrieks and whistles of syrens, all indicated life and activity. From that environment came the characteristics of the Tynesider. There was not much veneer about him, but he was a hard worker, a hard thinker, a hard eater, and some- times a hard drinker. (Laughter and cheers.) Mr J. T. Milburn proposed The City of Cardiff—its docks and commerce," and in the course of a brief speech he pointed out how for 28 years his old friends from the banks of the Tyne had united annually, and how pleased they had been to welcome Cardiffians amongst them. Mr W. North Lewis, the vice-chairman of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, responded, and in the course of an amusing speech said the city fathers need be under no apprehension that the president of the Chamber of Commerce had any desire to vie with them in influence or dignity, as had been suggested in the South Wales Echo." (Laughter.) The Docks had no desire to monopolise all the passing glories. (Laughter.) Referring to the present depression in trade, Mr North Lewis said he hoped it was but a shallow one, but he looked upon restric- tive legislation in the shape of the. Eight Hours Bill as a small cloud on the horizon which would affect Cardiff in particular. In conclusion he said that no town in the king- dom owed so much to men from other centres as Cardiff did, and the history of the city would show how great her development was due to North Countrymen. (Applause.) The other toasts were Our visitors and guests and" The chairman." During the evening an excellent musical programme was gone through and selections were played by Mr W. A. J. Kelly's band.
PSEUDO CARDIFF STUIENT. SENTENCED FOR THIEVING. A t Tredegar Police Court on Monday a strange story was told of several mean thefts perpe- trated by Hubert Hartland Holder (21), de- scribed as a student. He was charged with stealing £3 16s 9d, a bank deposit receipt, and other things, the property of Henry Saul, Hollybush, near Tredegar and he was further charged with stealing 2s 6d, a fur coat, an In- dian gold albert, and a lady's necklace, value £3. the property of Joseph Rees, Abertillery. Prisoner, an intelligent-looking young man, admitted the first offence. Henry Saul said prisoner came to the house where1 he was lodging on the 19th February, wearing a col- lege cap, and said he was a student at Cardiff University. Prisoner lodged at the house for two nights, and when prosecutor returned home on the 21st the money was misssing from his pocket and box, prisoner having taken the key of the box from his pocket. The prisoner had disappeared, and information was given to the police. The landlady of the house said pri- soner had not paid for his lodgings. He was received in custody from the Kingston police by P.C. Jones, and made no reply to the charge. Prisoner did the same thing at Aber- tillery, going off with a fellow-lodger's money and the articles, including the jewellery. A circular was handed in by the police which was found in prisoner's possession, announcing that Hubert Hartland Holder, B.A., F.S.I., S.S.W., will deliver an address to the R.G. Society, CardiffJ on March 20th, 1908, in answer to Dr. Simmons, Doctor of Science, R. H. Pallen berg, Esq., M.A.. and others, on the Universal Mistake on the Geology Question. Chairman—C. H. Havelock, Esq., M.A." The circular he produced when seeking lodg- ings in various places. Prisoner made some rambling remarks to the Bench, alleging that he bad JMO on mortgage and another JE100 com- ing to him. He also alleged that the son of a prominent barrister was a personal friend of his. The Bench committed prisoner for six months on the first charge and three months on the second, the terms to run consecutively.
KNOCKED ON TO TtyE LINE. __F At Aberavon On Monday Thomas H. Arnold, coal trimmer, Swansea, was charged with assaulting Daniel Davies, shunter, employed at the Port Talbot Station of the Great Western Railway on Saturday night, the 15th ult. Complainant said that about 11.15 p.m. defendant and three others came to the station and asked about the next train to Swansea. One of the men was very drunk, and the fore- man, Clements, told the men that this one was too drunk to travel. Immediately afterwards witness heard a crash, and saw that the win- dow of the station-master's office was broken. Clements went for the police, and when he was gone defendant struck witness, hitting him down over the platform on to the line. De- fendant then jumped on to the line, and was about to strike him again when another shunter, named Warlow, prevented him. War- low assisted witness on to the platform, just in time before a goods train passed. Defendant was Sned £5 or one month, the Bench remarking that the assault was most aggravated.
BURIAL OF MR R. D. BURNIE. Mr R. D. Burnie, ex-M.P. for Swansea, was. laid to rest on Monday, the interment being at Cockett Church. The coffin plate bore the inscription, Robert J. Dickson Burnie. Born 8th April, 1842. Died 6th March, 1908." The chief mourners were Messrs Dickson, David, Ronald, and Beynon Bumie (sons) ,and Messrs J. F. Harvey, Charles, George, and Stanley Harvey, William Roberts, and Trevor GregoA By request there were no flowers. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. W. Stewart, of Cockett. A number of friends had gathered at the graveside, including Sir John D. Llewelyn, who on one occasion contested the Swansea seat against the late Mr Burnie.
GLYN VIVIAN ART GALLERY. Miss Dillwyn and friends have got up a petition against the proposal of the Swansea Town Council to accept and maintain the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery. They demand a poll of the town, and the petition has been deposited in the town clerk s office. It is understood that Miss Dillwyn's ground of opposition is that the ratepayers ought not to be compelled to pay for luxuries their consent shoura first of all be obtained.
As Mr Samuel Davies. of Coedpark, was re- turning home from Lampeter on Saturday evening about 7 p.m., he found lying on the side of the road near Tanfforest, about a mile from Lampeter, the dead body of Mr John Marsden T>rn.^es (30). son of Captain Daniel Davies, Roseland, Bridge-street, coal merchant The deceased had been paying a visit to his graudfathcr, Mr John G. Marsden, Dyffryn, and was returning hom.e when it appears that he was seized with an epileptic fit It" which he was subject) and died without anyone to ren- dec him a^sist^nce.
I MR McKENNA'S BILL. i The Bishop of St. David's Interviewed. PROPOSALS CRITICISED. Reselute and Sustained Opposition," In an interview which the Bishop of St. David's granted to our Carmarthen reprcsen- tative on Saturday in regard to the Education Bill, his Lordship sAid that Mr McKenna's measure might be broadly summed up as a Bill for closing forthwith all Church schools in country districts and for starving them out at an early date in towns. Mr McKenna's proposal to hand over Church school buildings to local authorities without any payment was, said his Lordship, only equalled in its coolness by the plea that it carried out the trustdeeds of the schools. The fact that he found it necessary to take special powers in his Bill for forcible seizure of the buildings showed that he (Mr McKenna) was by no means sure that, apart from his Bill, the ,courts of law, if it were left to them, might not condemn his peculiar inter- pretation of trust deeds as a piece of sharp practice. His proposals in regard to Voluntary schools in towns were (his Lordship said) as reactionary as they were unjust. By pro- posing to repeal Section 97 of the Act of 1870 Mr McKenna provided that nothing would be settled in the Bill about the amount of grants, excepting that they must not exceed 47s per child. Within this limit the Minister of Education would be free to give Voluntary schools as low an amount in grants from time to time as he pleased. Under the Bill," proceeded the Bishop, no provision is made beyond the first year for teachers in Voluntary schools to partake of the benefits of this Superannuation Act, nor for children in these schools in the future to partake of county scholarships and other benefits now open to children of all public ele- mentary schools alike. It is preposterous to Expect the friends of Voluntary schools to consider proposals like these, and I am confident," his Lordship con- tended, that the sense of justice and the desire for educational progress in the country is far too strong to allow them to become law. It is idle to say that this unjust Bill is the only alternative to secular education, and the Bill in its present form deserves and will re- ceive prompt, resolute, and sustained opposi- tion." •
POACHER'S LIVE RABBITS. At Newport on Saturday Wm. Parnicott, tin- worker, of Pontymister, was charged with night poaching on the Tredegar estate on the previous night. Mr T. B. R. Wilson prosecuted, and said about 5.10 that morning a keeper saw prisoner and after a chase of quarter of a mile he was caught. In his pockets were a number of pheasants and his clothing was covered with rabbit fur. An examination of the ground prisoner had just left disclosed two nets and three bags, two of which were filled with 19 rabbits. The other bag was empty. He was of opinion there was to be coursing somewhere that day, and this was' a plan to obtain the re- quired live rabbits. KeeperChapel and another keeper corroborated.Prisoner was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment with hard labour and ordered to find sureties for his future good be- haviour, himself in JE10 and two of £5 each or serve a further month's imprisonment without hard labour.
SEQUEL TO CLUB RAID. Mr Justice Ridley at Liverpool Assizes on Monday imposed fines amounting to JE500 in respect of a betting club carried on near Canada Dock, Liverpool. There was a membership of over 800, and when the club was raided nearly 50 men were arrested. While the alleged prin- cipals were out on bail another police raid took place, 50 more men being arrested. A banking account belonging to one of the accused showed he had about £4,000. Charles Hancock, a butcher, who was an assistant, and a pugilist, James Lloyd, who was the care- taker, were discharged. Arthur and John Clark, hairdressers, were fined JE100 each Myers, an accountant, who acted as secretary, £50; and James Clark, hairdresser, JE50. The Judge said if betting were a necessity to foot- ball it would be better to stop football.
IT WON'T COME OFF. There comes from the Canary Isles a story of a cruel carnival joke—for such it apparently must be regarded—the victims of which are truly to be pitied. On Shrove Tuesday twenty young men of LaB PaJmas decided to array themaelves as Indians, and instructed a trades- man to prepare them, a coat of paint which should give them the regtilar redskin hue. The tradesman smeared their faces with a magnificent copper coating, on which he painted all sorts of insects. This disguise ob- tained such a brilliant success that on Ash Wednesday 80 other inhabitants flocked to his shop, asking him to metamorphose them simi- larly. When the carnival fun was over the people started to remove their paint, but to their horror they could make no impression on it. They will remain all their lives disfigured.
"NO INSURABLE INTEREST." Strong remarks were made by County Court Judge Hans Hamilton in the Blackburn County Court on Monday concerning some life policies. The Society put in the defence that the plaintiff had no insurable interest in her brother's life. Judge Hamilton said the society's agent had been guilty of fraud, and for that the society were responsible. He found that the society, by themselves and their agent, were guilty of reckless conduct in issuing the policy and obtaining premiums from an innocent person. He would not allow the society to obtain benefits from such conduct. The traffic in gambling policies demanded the immediate attention of those in authority. The plaintiff was awarded the full amount claimed, with costs.
ROOT OF BLINDNESS, Lord Robert Cecil, who presided at the second annual meeting of the Borough of Marylebone Health Society ^>n Monday, stated that, important as the question of dealing with consumption was, he doubted if it was more important than the question of infant mortality. The other day he was told by a gentleman in that constituency that one-third of the whole number of cases of blindness ex- isting was due to what was called" ophthal- mia of the newly born." This was simply due to the fact that these poor children in the first few hours of their birth did not receive that treatment which was necessary to subdue it.
PLAYING WITH A LOADED GUN. SISTER SHOTAT PENARTH. About 1 a.m. on Saturday a young man named Stanley Parsons, a carpenter's son, living in Wood-street, Penarth, playfully took aim at his sister with a breach-loading gun. which was filled with shot. Unfortunately he acci- dentally touched the trigger, and the contents of the gun were discharged through the kitchen window, and one of the shots struck the sister above the eye. Drs. Grant and Aitken were called in. The injury, fortunately, is not very serious.
STRANGE PROHIBITION. Great consternation has been caused amongst Volunteers at Chatham by the receipt of an order through the County Association that no men employed in the dockyard shall belong Uj the Territorial Army Force. The present 4th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment will be reduced in consequence of the order 35 per cent. The order is felt to be imperative, but the question will be raised as to whether the order applies both to established men and hired men, it being pointed out that hired men are subject to a week's notice of discharge. -_c:
BISHOP AND RICH LADY. The Lord Mayor, attended by his sheriffs, and a large congregation of representative City men, listened to a notable sermon by the Bishop of London on Monday at St. Michael's Church, Comhill. That morning he had, he said, knelt beside one of the richest women in England, who was face to face with the ordeal of an operation which would mean either life or death to her. I gave her," declared the bishop, the same encouragement and conso- lation as I would have given any poor woman in Whitechapel or Bethnal Green, but it was worth more to her at that moment than all her millions."
VICARAGE LOOTED. A daring burglary has been effected at the vicarage at Sutton. It is a large house standing in its own grounds, and occupied by the Rev. Courtnay Dale, the vicar, and his family. The burglars removed a large quantity of silver, in- cluding a valuable presentation bowl and sqlne rare old watches. An entrance seems to have been made by removing a pane of glass in the hall window and slipping up the catch. The greater part of the silver was locked up in a safe, which was forced open.
LORDS' DOORKEEPER. An interesting, if little known, personality is about to disappear from the staff of officials at the House of Lords by the retirement of Mr William Chandler. For many rears lie has hold the position of Principal Doorkeeper. Mr Chandler has seen no fewer than half a dozen Lord Chancellors—Lord Hatherlev. Earl Cairns, Lord Selborne, Lord Halsbury, Lord Herachell, and Lord Loxebum.
Right of Way. LLWYNDYRYS DISPUTE SETTLED. The Llwyndyrys right of way dispute has at /last been settled, and the parishioners, especially Mr George Baileyand Mr Evans, Fern Villa, and the Cardigan Rural District Council, on the one hand, and Major Griffiths, Llwyndyrys Mansion, on the other, arc to be congratulated on the settlement. The dispute had lasted for nearly twelve months, the parishioners claiming right to a pathway through Cefn Sinai property. The terms of settlement embody Major Griffiths' permis- sion for a footbridge to be erected over the River Tivy to connect Cardiganshire with Abercych, the footpath leading to the same to go through hi" meadow to a spot where the ferryboat used to be Major Griffiths to be allowed to divert the present footpath over Cefn Sinai (the path in dispute) so as to skirt the wood instead of going through it, but the path at the point of entrance and departure being as before. These terms have been accepted by the parishioners, and the agree- ment was ratified at a meeting of the Cardigan Rural District Council on Saturday last. The Llandilo Dispute. At Saturday's meeting of the Llandilo Rural District Council Mr Thomas Davies, Talley, referring to the action of the Council at its last meeting, asked with regard to the Llandvfeisant-road if the matter was not deemed important enough to be placed on the agenda at the last meeting, so that members might have known it was com- ing ort. The Clerk I don't remember what was on the agenda. Mr Davies Nothing but ordinary." The Clerk The agenda was sent out before the committee met Mr Davies Why not have postponed the matter for a fort- night ? The Clerk That was for the Council. I could not postpone it. Mr Davies said he did not blame the clerk at all. But was it fair and square to be settled before it was on the agenda ? Is it not a rule that everything of importance is to be properly set out on the agenda that members may be here if they can attend ? The Chairman It was on the agenda. of a committee appointed to go into it, and the committee met and brought in a report. Mr T. Davies Yes, but why should it be settled ? Why not postpone it for a fortnight for the Guardians to know of it ? The Chairman The Council could have done it, if the members saw fit. Mr Davies I doubt it very much.
BEGGAR'S BIG" BABY," Inspector McCarthy, prosecuting a beggar and he*- husband at Lambeth Police Court on Monday, related a striking story. In the Old Kent-road on Sunday night the woman, who was stopping passers-by and begging,was hold- ing something wrapped up in a shawl in her arms. Have you got a baby there T" he asked. She replied, "Yes." He remarked, "It seems rather a large baby put it down." The baby he found was a boy of four years. Mr Hopkins (to the woman): I want to know about this—making a baby of a boy of four ? The Woman Well, sir, it was cold, and. I picked him up to carry him. Mr Hopkins (to the husband) And you— enjoying yourself at home while your wife is out begging.—The man said he had been in- doors for three weeks with influenza. A remand was ordered for inquiries.
COMEDIAN LIONISED. Mr Harry Lauder parted from the London Tivoli audience Monday night after a series of scenes which, for frantic enthusiasm, are un- exampled in the history of the music-hall. He was making his first appearance in London since his American trip. It is doubtful whether any music-hall performer ever enjoyed such a vogue as Mr Lauder enjoys to-day. The Tivoli went mad over him last night. The success of the night was a new song, which tells the story of McNaJa's Wedding." It has a chorus which will soon be on every piano organ in London. When his turn was over he was presented on the stage by the manager, Mr Joseph Wilson, with an enormous laurel wreath and an almost equally large basket of flowers, tributes from the management and friends, and in his speech of thanks the audience for once heard Mr Lauder being serious.
MARRIED IN JAPAN. An interesting nullity suit affecting the legality of marriages of British subjects in Japan was heard on Monday. The petition was that of Mr Charles Wm. Marshall,a merchant's clerk, employed in Japan, for a declaration that hife marriage with Kate Savile Marshall was null and void on the ground that it did not conform to the law of Japan where it was celebrated. The treaty' entered into between Great Britain and Japan, dated 16th July, 189t, which came into operation in July, 1899, abolished the fiction of extra-territoriality which had hitherto applied to British subjects to be married in Japan according to the rites of their own Church, which marriages were recognised by the Japanese Courts. The fact that the Treaty had come into operation was overlooked by the ecclesiastical authorities, and this particular marriage was not regis- tered as was now required. His Lordship granted the petitioner a decree of nullity.
JUDGES' OVERTIME. From a Home Office White Paper issued Monday it appears that his Majesty's%idges, when on circuit, sit for more hours than it they were sitting in London, and this notwithstand- ing the time spent in travelling. During the period of two years covered by the return, the extra time amounted to 395 hours. Lord AI verstone, in an explanatory letter, points out that it has always been the practice for judges at Assizes to sit both earlier and later in the day, and that their so doing saves con- siderable expense, time, and inconvenience. It is perhaps not generally known that, by im- memorial usage, the judges are entitled to take a day, known as packing day," at the com- mencement and conclusion of each Circuit. But in late years, particularly in Circuits in- volving only short journeys, the practice has been waived.
OBJECTS OF DERISION. Shrewsbury town councillors' gowns. and cocked hats were the subject of an amusing debate at the meeting of the Council Monday. At present aldermen wear red gowns and coun- cillors blue gowns of the Georgian period, and cocked hats. Some of them resented wearing these gowns, because they hold that it makes them objects of derision, and Councillor Southam moved yesterday a, motion of regret that there was not uniformity. Aid. Morris said he thought the Council ought to wear knee breeches and silk stockings. He described the councillors' present gown as a cross between the uniform of a policeman and a night watch- man. The motion was carried-
LOVERS ENCOURAGED. The Leisdon Urban Council, Suffolk, has decided that the stile which for very many years has done duty at one end of its favourite promenade, known as Haylings Promenade, shall be forthwith abolished, while in its place "shall be erected, in the words of the committee, an artistic kissing-gate." Moreover, one of the members offered, if this were done, to de- fray half the cost of the gate. A kissing gate only opens sufficiently wide to permit of one person at a time to pass through the Y. shaped or semi-circular fence in which it swings. The committee's recommendation was immediately adopted a.nd the member's offer accepted.
ACTRESS'S HUSBAND SUED. The Hon. Henry Beresford, of Lauderdale Mansions, W., was sued on a judgment sum- mons at Marylebone County Court on Monday for JE11 17s, by James Gibb, builder, West End- lane, Hampstead. In answer to the Judge, the creditor's representative said he believed the defendant's wife, Miss Kitty Gordon, was ap- pearing in The Sandow Girl," or something like that. She has a motor-car and keeps ser- vants," he added. Judge Selfe But you are suing him. What is he ? Witness I don't think he does anything at all ? The Judge Well, I can't order him to pay anything unless you can prove means. Your evidence goes to show that he is living upon his wife. No order. _0-
SELF-DESCRIBED. At the West London Police Court ou Monday George Morley, a dealer, was charged on re- man with stealing a purse belonging to Mrs Franks, at Dorville-road, Hammersmith, and with assaulting a Ravenscourt/ Park con- stable. Asked by the magistrates if he had anything to say, Morley pleaded guilty, and added, I regret exceedingly that I pushed Mrs Franks. I have always been noted for my courtesy and chivalry and gallantry to ladies, and I should never have done such a thing if I hadn t had beer." Morley, who pleaded guilty to two other charges of theft, was committed for. trial.
GAMBLING AT OSTENB. The future of Ostend is threatened once again. A few years ago, when a new Belgian law put a stop to thtl gambling there, the ma- jority of the flashily-dressed visitors to this musical-comedy Blackpool, stayed away, but the efforts to draw a new clientele to the amazingly attractive front proved success- ful. With the resumption of gambling, how- ever, the old crowds returned to parade gor- geous. dresses ann dazzling jewels on the Digue and in the Kursaal. Now the gambling is threatened, again, and the matter is to be settled in the Courts next week. t
French Victory. u GREAT SLAUGHTER IN MOROCCO. Paris, Monday.—General D'Amade telegraphs from the Camp of Oned Accira, under date March 8th, 9 p.m., that his troops have pene- trated into the heart of the country of the Drakas. The troops, which were formed into two columns, followed the slopes to the north and south of Oned Accira. The enemy heat a retreat on Sidi Accira before the attack of the northern column, and after an energetic pursuit were driven hack into the defiles of Kuarto and Achach, with enormous slaughter. In the meantime the other column was engaging the Zabs, who had come to the help of the Drakas. The Zabs were supported by a mahalla belonging to Mulai Hafid. The camp of the mahalla was crossed by the French troops. In the retreat the enemy abandoned some large canvas tents, chests full of ammunition for artillery and infantry, an artillery limber, and an ammunition waggon. The French losses were rather slight, in spite of an engagement lasting from six o'clock in the morning till seven in the evening, in a very dangerous country. Admiral Philibert telegraphs that all is quiet in the various ports He reports General D'Amade's important victory at Achach over the tribes mentioned.—Reuter.
BATTLEFIELD MEMORIALS. On the eighth anniversary of PaardebuT'g two memorials were unveiled on the battlefield in memory of men of the Yorkshire Regiment who were killed in the action. The officers stood in front of the monument, <Tie men resting upon their reversed rifles a few paces away, whilst Colonel Hadow delivered an address, after which three volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded. Colonel Hadow, at the close of a stirring address, said There are scattered about on this battlefield the graves of equally brave men, who also were- fighting for their country. Those men who this day eight years ago were engaged in mortal strife are now sleeping their last sleep, and I therefore most solemnly and earnestly ask—yea, beg—that this monument may ever be treated with due reverence and respect, and that the bones of the dead may be allowed to, remain undisturbed in their graves until the last solemn and awful reveille shall sound, summoning alike the living and the dead. In the name of God Almighty I dedicate this monument as a memorial of the dead. Comrades, rest in peace."
MEDICAL SLANDER. A case of special interest to medical men was heard before Mr Justice Walton and a special jury at Sussex Assizes yesterday. Mr Cecil Edward Reynolds, anaesthetist to the County Hospital, sought to recover damages from Mr Arthur Herbert Buck, of Brighton, one of the assistant surgeons, for alleged slander. Dr. Benham, of Hove, said he was in a motor-car with Mr Buck on March 8th, 1907, and recollected him saying, "Those —— physi. cians have foisted an anaesthetist upon us he is quite incompetent, and has come down to learn his work upon our patients." Dr. Littlejohn, of Worthing, said he had en- gaged Mr Buck to perform an operation, but when the latter heard that Mr Reynolds was to be the anaesthetist he remarked, 1 object to Mr Reynolds, as he is incompetent and untrustworthy, and I would not let him give an anaesthetic to a patient of mine for £ 500." The jury awarded Mr Reynolds JE100 damages.
A MENTAL MARVEL A wonderful calculating girl, Mile. Diamandi, has just been presented to the Society of Anthropology in Paris. In the presence of many eminent mathematicians she performed several remarkable feats, such as working out almost instantly, and by mental process only, the square of 25 figures, substractions of sums of 12 figures, the square root of from eight to 12 figures, and the cubic root of from six to 10 figures. Another feat of mental arithmetic she performed in less than a minute was to give the number of seconds within a period of 25 years. Mile. Diamandi, who is only 20, and of Greek origin, says that every figure presents itself to her mind's eye in a different colour. Thus, number one is always black, number two yellow, number three pink, and so on. This colour vision is constant, and is entirely inde- pendent of her own volition.
COLLIER LAD'S DISTINCTION. Josb^W-- 'Thongs, the Abwty aaw ^collier lad for Mining, was on Monday night presented with an illuminated address, a puree of gold, several books, and a writing case. The presentation was made at the Congregational Church, Aber- tysswg, and Mr Aggar, the chairman, said Joshua Thomas was a noble example to the lads of the day he was a steady, plodding, hard worker. The pastor of the church also warmly commended the energy and persever- ance exhibited by the recipient.
STORY OF A FLAG. In St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, on Mon day, a memorial was unveiled to the Royal Scots Fusiliers who fell in the South African war. The flag used to veil the memorial was one which flew at Pretoria at the first Boer war. At the evacuation it was buried with the word Resurgam on the tombstone, and it was recovered by General Gildea. Mrs Gildea pre- sented the flag to the regiment on condition that it was again raised in South Africa, and this was done after the capture of Pretoria, during the last war.
LORD CHARLES VINDICATED. The Admiraty's Beresford-Scott memoran- dum is ordered to be read by the captains of his Majesty's ships to all officers. The memoran- dum states that their Lordships have fully and completely considered the incident and that they hold Lord Charles Beresford justified in every step he took. It concludes with a state- ment that Admiral Percy Scott's action in making the famous paint work signal fully merited the description bestowed upon it by Lord Charles Beresford in his general signal, Contemptuous in tone and insubordinate in character."
KILLED BY PRINCE'S MOTOR. A terrible motor accident, involving the death of a girl of 17, occurred at La Bocca, near Cannes. Prince Leon RadziweU, accom- panied by the Due de Guiche, was proceeding to the polo-ground in his motor when the girl, Mile- Marie Marauour, stepped out into the road from behind a passing carriage, was struck by the car, and killed on the spot. The prince took the body of the girl in the motor- car to the police station.
WOMAN'S TENACITY. Although her flat in the Rue de Buci, Paris, was to be demolished, Mme. Bertin refused to leave it. She remained for a fortnight while the neighbouring walls were being knocked down, and even the removal of her staircase left her unperturbed. It was not until her ceiling fell in that she lowered herself from the fourth storey in a clothes basket.
DISTRESSING CASE. At Chester Assizes on Monday, before Mr Justice Bray, a respectably-dressed young woman, Catherine Bunter, aged 27, factory operative, residing at Stockport,, pleaded guilty to a charge of bigamy. Mr Trevor Moyd, addressing the judge for prisoner, said she had been more sinned against than sinning. When prisoner's husband went to Scotland he supplied her with money at irregular periods, so much so that she found herself in very low circumstances, and wrote for money to him. The.answer back was that she must break up the home, and go and live with his stepmother. This the prisoner did, and paid the stepmother 10s 6d a week for herself and child. In April, 1904, prisoner learned that her husband had been keeping company with a girl in Scotland, and the latter had given birth to a child, of which prisoner's husband was the father. The latter wrote to his wife and told her of this, and she did what 99 out of every 100 women would not have done—she sent the young woman some clothes for the baby. In September, 1904, prisoner actually brought the girl from Scotland to Stockport, and in- troduced her to his wife as the wife of another soldier. Naturally prisoner was very much upset when she heard of the true .state of things. Eventually prisoner's husband re- turned to Scotland and the girl followed later. On the 2nd May, 1905, prisoner re- ceived a letter from her husband saying she would not hear from him again, and it was under these circumstances that risoner mar- ried a young man named David Dalziel. The soldier, not content with his former conduct, actually came to Stockport with the young woman from Scotland, and gave information to the police with reference to the bigamy charge, which caused prisoner's arrest. Prisoner was described by the police aa a hardworking, decent woman. The Judge said he did not think bigamy was excusable, but if ever there was a case perhaps this was the one. Under the circum- stances, he would only sentence prisoner to one day's imprisonment, which meant that she could walk out of the dock. The sentence was received with general approval in court,
Mr Morgan Lewis, .1.P., presided at a meeting of the Ahersychan District Council on. Monday. Dr. J. VV. Mulligan, medical officer, reported that 23 cases of scarlet fever and .two of typhoid were notified last month. Mr A. Gay was appointed overseer in the place of Mr Will cox. resigned.
T FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. How Reynold Became a Prince. By ALBERT AINSWORTH. Romance is truer to fact than lustory, and whatever school books may say. there are many who believe firmly that the facts now to be set forth give the real account of how a poor- born cottage lad rose to be prince in a north- ern kingdom. It is a story of long ago of valour, wit, and ambition and of kingly grati- tude. Reynold Christie was lost. Try as he would he could not find the path which led away over the mountain to his Highland home, situated in a village many miles away—how many he would have quite failed to guess just now. To be lost in the country, and at that time (the good old long ago'" we have heard it called) with night fast coming on was no small matter for anybody. But for a young lad, whose strength was already spent, it was indeed a serious matter. Manfully endeavouring to keep up his spirits, Reynold strode bravely forward, wondering the while whether he was on the right or wrong track. He had not to wonder long. It was quite dark by this time, and the boy could scarcely see a yard in front of him. One step he took his foot did not touch earth, and down, down he went into what seemed a bottomless pit. That it was not bot- tomless, however, our poor hero soon found when his body came into contact with the bottom of the pit, with a thud a little too severe to be comfortable. Bruised and wounded, Reynold lay helpless, but he was by no means at the end of his trouble. In fact he had barely recovered his senses and began to think what a plight he was in when something happened which solved the question as to what the pit was. For, listen Surely somebody was speaking We are in luck's way, my dear," said a voice. A good supper for us without any searching." Horror of horrors It was the voice of a wolf, which were fairly numerous in the coun- try at that time. The pit was the den of a wolf! Mr Wolf was evidently talking to his wife, for a softer, sweeter voice replied You greedy old man. Why, we have only just had our supper. Let us make haste and see who this unfortunate person is, who has fallen into'our home." No sooner said than done. In less time than it takes to tell, Reynold saw a huge wolf, lantern in hand (or paw I should say), and his wife sniffing him over from head to foot. The former seemed bent on tasting what kind of meat he was made of, but there was a pinch ot sympathy in the wife's sniff as she noticed Reynold's wounded condition. Meantime the child's heart was going pit-a-pat. Poor boy," said Mrs Wolf, and so young, too!" Hullo," growled her husband. Sym- pathy again, eh ? All right in its way, I sup- pose, but a poor thing to get fat on." In the end, however, the wolf showed more gallantry than I have sometimes noticed in boys (young and old). He let the lady have her way, and Reynold was carried more or less tenderly into the wolves' private sitting room, which was so cosily arranged that he could not withhold a look Of surprise. Once inside Mr Wolf preached a little sermon which under less exciting circumstances would have struck Reynold as funny. As you are so badly hurt, and we are not very hungry, we have decided not to cat you just, now." (This in such an obliging tone that Reynold could not forbear a smile, though in pain and fear.) In a stern voice the Wolf continued We are afraid that if we let you go free you would betray our hiding-place, so we have decided that you shall become one of us. Besides which, some day we may be rather hard up for food, when we shall be glad we kept you. If you attempt to escape-well, you see that lire," with a gesture that spoke volumes. Reynold. a»w f yd ttot having any keen desire tSo bRnolrt Tumsw with pepper and salt a.t the dinner table, agreed. Tie gradually recovered from his bruises under Mrs Wolf's care, and was duly established as a general servant, cook, and housemaid, all in one, to the Wolf family. He was also dressed in furs, and learnt to go about on all fours, roaming the forests in company with his foster-parents, who kept too keen a look-out to allow him any chance of escape. He became an expert at catching rabbits, and the knowledge that if he failed to find some tempting morsel for Mr Wolfs supper he might be himself roasted, served to keep alive his enthusiasm for the work. One day Mr and Mrs Wolf got an awful fright. They were miles and miles away from their home when they heard the noise made by the King and his hunters approaching from such a direction that the way of escape to their home was cut off. Nearer and nearet came the hunters, and Reynold's terror of being shot for a wolf increased as they came. All he could do, therefore, was to hide with his gardians and hope for the best. Just as the riders galloped into view, Mrs Wolf ventured her head out of the hiding-place and Was shot dead on the instant. This de cided Reynold. While all was bustle and excitement over the kill, he sprang to the feet of the king's horse, and cried out: Oh good King, I am no wolf, but a pool boy who lost his way in the woods. Plea-st don't shoot me The King was almost staggered to hear a woM talking. A boy in wolf's clothing Huntsman, lay hold of this boy—if boy he is—and take him to the palace. But see he has no chance to do any harm." To the palace Reynold was accordingly led. When the King returned from the hunt-he listened attentively to the boy's story, and being much interested in him on account of it, allowed him-to live at the palace. Now the old wolf was in a dread ful rage at losing his good dame. He thought the boy had betrayed them, and he vowed vengeance on the lad, the King, and the people. And what a vengeance it was Night after night for a couple of weeks, some farmyard was the poorer for the loss of a duck or a turkey, and some- times even a sheep. Then the wolf lay low for a time, until the people ceased to be careful, when. be would again venture forth and begin afresh his game of plunder. At different times a family here or there would lose a child mysteriously, until at length the whole coun- try was in a panic. No one was safe with sucb a terror at large. Feeling himself in a way responsible, the boy Reynold made many unsuccessful attempts to take the wolf unawares, but more often came near being taken himself. Years passed and still the wolf was at large, pursuing at regular intervals his system of revenge. Meantime Reynold was growing into a manly youth, and for his kindness and courage at'all times came to be much admired in the palace. Year in and year out the King renewed hif. offer of a reward to anyone who would briny the skin of the wolf to his palace. His daugh- ter's hand in marriage was the reward, and as she was very good and beautiful, the at- tempts to win the prize were many. One day Reynold came in contact with th4', wolf most unexpectedly. He was in the forest at the time, and until he heard himself ad- dressed in a gruff voice, he was scarcely awaft of the animal's presence. At last! I vowed to revenge myself on you, and the time has now come." Taken by surprise, Reynold was in the wolf's grip before he could form any plan of defence. But despair lent him wits. I will get you a sheep from the King's fold every day if you will let me go," he said, vainly struggling to release himself. Ha ha mocked the wolf. Not for & dozen sheep a day." You shall have anything you ask from th« royal pantry if you will spare me," Reynold tried again. I want nothing but your blood," was th& grim reply. What was the youth to do. Given a fait chance Reynold would have fought the wolf< but now he was in his grip, trickery was the only way to attempt an escape. Suddenly ha looked round and yelled The huntsmen," at the top of his voice. Scared at the suggestion, the wolf loosed his grip of Reynold's arms. Therein lay the lad 'a chance. In a twinkling he was on the wolfs back, and had his hands over the animate eyes. He pressed his feet into the wolfs side as if he were using spurs to a horse and think- ing he was pursued by hunters the animal plunged madly on. Keeping his hands in position Reynold the wolf in the direction of the paJacc. Once within the palace gates the animal was soon laid hold of and slain, and the King &né the people acclaimed Reynold the hero of the hour with ODe accord. Reynold claimed his reward. The skin ov the wolf was presented to him and his bride by the King at the wedding breakfast, when our hero could call the beautiful princess his own. When the King rose to propose the toast of the day, he asked them to drink the health 11 "our noble prince." And thus the lad r/. humble birth gained royal rank aud dignity.
The contractors have commenced operations in connection with the Pontardulais seweragr scheme. Relative to the question of wat<-» supply- pipes for the supply of Gorseinon a.n^ Pontardulais from Swansea are being laid, an' the work is nearing completion. Ou Saturday night Jarnes Hull, of 39, Littl< Madoc-street. Swansea, sustained a fractured leg through slipping on a piece of banana peet