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THE BARBER'S BENCH. I [BY LOUIS LATHERLEY.] 1 Omnibus notion toii sorib as. -HORACE. SIR,-I see that my friend, John Trevor I Williams, Esq., has bid me adieu. Well, the best of friends must part some times, and therefore I must not grumble. But perhaps we may, after all, meet "once again" on another subject. Let us hope so. I understand that a Tory contemporary pre- dicts that a writing competition is about to take place between Mr T. J. Williams and the writer of the "Barber's Bench." The paper in question might have gone further and stated that the competition had been extended. The writer of the paragraph in the Tory paper asked to be admitted to the competition, but Mr.:J T. Williams, from 801 sense of fairness, immediately withdrew, thinking that it would be unbecoming and unmanly in him to compete with such an inferior writer as the third party. However, the third party, thinking himself very "big," began to snub Mr J. T. Williams for ignoring him as a competitor. Why," said the third party man, I am as good as any of you." Are you P" asked Mr Wil- liams then give a specimen of your com- positions." 0, yes,"isaid the Tory, here are i y specimens for you. Some time ago I trans- lated such a sentence as the following from Eng- lish to WTelsh:—' Robert Wilson, the donkey- man, gave evidence,' &c. Ilhoddodd llohrl Wilson, dyn y mill, dystiolaeth&c." If that is your specimen," said Mr J. T. Williams, "I would hate myself if I went so cowardly as to compete with you," and thus the competition collapsed, Where are the Saturday night concerts gone to ? They were promised to be given weekly during the winter months. I have no doubt myself that the idea of holding such concerts was a good one, and well worthy of support; and had the gentleman whose name was asso- ciated with them taken a respectable townsman as a partner in the undertaking, the success of the concerts would have been secured. It was too much work for one man to make all the arrangements connected with the concerts; and had the promoter 01 them agreed with a trust- worthy and energetic man as a partner, there would have been no question as to the issue. Nothing does a man more good than for some of his enemies to envy his success so is it in our line. My master, Mr Shavecut, is one of those who are envied, and there is nothing he values more than this. A newsagent from a populous country place came to this shop one day last week, and after having spoken a few words with him, I asked him how was business with him. Oh, mid- dling," said he. "Youget almost enough for your keeping from the newspapers alone now," I remarked. "I wished I did," said he. Well, you sell great many of them, don't you ? Well, yes; and one of them is sup- plied to me very cheaply too. The publisher' sends me three times the number I want, and the traveller comes round and sells the re- maining two-thirds for a penny a pound. Cheap literature, isn't it ? and a grand way to make a large circulation appear on the bo oks of the publisher. Although there was sufficient ground to sus- tain the charge, it is stated that Bishop Lewis has abandoned his idea of bringing a charge of misrepresentation against the proprietor of the Cheekall Journal.



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