Aberdare Bankruptcy Court. On Friday, June 13th. Before Mr. Rees Williams (Registrar) and Mr. KIlis Owen (official receiver).
Official Receiver's Observations. The receiving order, on debtor's peti- tion, was made on 22nd April, 1913, and he was adjudged bankrupt on that date. One creditor was suing him. The debtor (aged 47 years) states that he carried on business as a draper at 2-1 High Street, Leominster, from 1889 to 1896; that in 1892, having a capital of £ 2,000, he commenced business as a draper, and also, two years later, as a wholesale and retail fruiterer at Moun- tain Ash; and that at the date of the receiving order he carried on a draper's business at Clarence House, Miskin, Mountain Ash, and fruit shops at the following addresses Base- ment of Clarence House, Miskin; 7, Oxford Street, and 5 Ffrwd Crescent, Mountain Ash. The books of account kept by debtor comprise cash books, ledgers with debtors and creditors, and day books. He says that stock was taken monthly in the fruit shops but not regularly in the drapery business. The last balance sheet prepared by him and appearing in his books is for the year 1905, and this shows an excess of assets over liabilities of £3,566 13s. 2d. The debtor further states that in 1909 or 1910 he joined, with two others, in partnership to alter premises and erect a Skating Rink at Neath, and that the venture has been a failure. He adds that he has spent altogether in connec- tion with this Rink about £300, and that he and his two partners are jointly and severally liable on a note of hand to the Bank for R384 Is. 6d. He also says that, in 1909 or 1910, he, with seven others, purchased the Mountain Ash Pavilion from the old Pavilion Company for about £ 5,300. This money was borrowed from two Banks. One of the Banks hold a mortgage on the Pavilion property for £ 2,000, and there is a balance due to the other Bank of £ 2,714 Os. 5d. secured by a joint and several guarantee. The deb- tor adds that he has already paid in connection with the Pavilion about £ 300.—He is also liable for C20 on a share in the Darran Las Building Club; t20 uncalled capital in tie Mountain Ash Billposting Co., Ltd.; and £ (> un- called capital in the Mountain Ash Plate Glass Company, Limited. In his state- ment of affairs he returns as contingent o' other liabilities :-HiR l-3rd share re Keath Skating Rink, £ 128 0s. 6d. his 1-Sth share re Mountain Ash Pavil- ion, t.339 5s.; his liability in connection with Building Club; etc., as above, £ 46; total. £ 513 5s. 6d. The fully secured creditors are (a) his Bankers, who hold a mortgage on the following properties, viz. 5 Ffrwd Crescent, 57 Oxford St., ft Cottages, Oakland Street, Miskin; stahles, Vidoria Street, Miskin; lease of 7 Oxford Street, all in Mountain Ash two policies of insurance on debtor's life, together with a second charge on Clarence House, Miskin, Mountain Ash, as Security for an over- draft on his current account of £ 2,785 4s. Kd. and (b) the debtor's sister, who holds a first mortgage on Clarence House, Miskin, Mountain Ash, as security for £ oOU money aavancea to the debtor. The debtor explains' that he has paid a considerable sum as guar- antor for the account of a third party; that with regard to his property and speculations he has used practically Hone of the takings from his business; and that he has been obliged to file his Petition owing to his property being tied up and his bankers being indis- posed to advance any further moneys in respect thereof, and owing to his liability in connection with the Skating Hink, Pavilion, etc. He states that on 14th April, 1912, he disposed of the business he had carried on for about o years at 12 Margaret St., Abercynon, obtaining tIO for the stock and fixtures. Most of the household furniture is claimed by the debtor's wife on the ground that it either belonged to her first husband or was purchased by her out of her own moneys. His wife also holds two policies of insurance on the debtor's life for k200 each which were given to her by him at the time of their iiarriaere in April. 1902. Debtor was submitted to a lengthy examination by the Official Receiver. He stated that he had never been m financial difficulties before. Commenting on the account books, the Official Receiver remarked: Mr. i Phillips has kept a wonderful system or books, and he has kept them very care- fully, and I am only sorry that owing to an omission of stock for some years, a default should come in. But I am sure that the work on these books en- tailed an immense amount of labour and care I don't know how he has done it With regard to the investments, deb- tor said he kept these entirely separate from his business transactions, with the exception of £ 50 paid in the Pavilion Co. and £ 12 2s. 6d. to the Darren Las building Club. According to his books, he NN-as-f;3,,566 to the good at the end of 1905. His purchase of stock in 1910 amounted to £ 11,493 l°s- 1m0"ejT banked by debtor, £ 12,918 4s. 3d. l9ll? purchases, £ 10,718 os. Id.; ttioney banked, £ 12,223 lis. 5d. 1912, Purchases, P,7,945 88. lid.; money banked, £ 8,946 5s. 7d. The total pur- chases for the three years were 6d., an average monthly purchase £ 337. The Official Receiver pointed out the decline in purchases, and asked what did that indicate. Debtor replied that he discontinued one wholesale round. There might also be a falling off in the1* prices of goods. The Official Receiver then showed that the total trade losses for three years, including what had been with- drawn for household expenses—was £¡,420 Os. 3d. O.R.: Besides this, jou say you have wiped off £ 770 13s. 3d. as bad debts? Debtor: 1 dare say £ 950 would be more correct, but I cannot remember ail the names. Answering further questions debtor said he had been responsible with two others to alter premises at Neath for a Skating Rink. He had signed a pro- missory note, jointly and severally with two others, for £ 384. Under those terms he was liable for the whole amount. In his statement of affairs he had returned one-third only as his por- tion of liability. Then again with regard to the Moun- tain Ash Pavilion he was responsible, jointly and severally with 7 others, for £ 2,714 0s. 5d. In his statement of affairs he had returned J as his liability, whereas under the terms of the promis- sory note he was liable for the whole amount. His deficiency therefore in- creased, and the total liabilities now would be £4,530 3s. Del., with a defici- ency of £2,759 5s. 7d. On that show- ing it was quite clear that his estate would not pay 10s. in the C. His losses on trading for the "year were £ 439 5s. He had actually lost £ 138 Os. 6d. on the Skating Rink; his losses in connection with the disposal of shares amounted to £ 150; bad debts, up to date, £ 1,052. All these losses put together amounted to £ 5,372 15s. 9d. O.H.: Did you have any idea that you were insolvent until last April?— No. In 1908 you formed a syndicate to buy the Pavilion from the old Pavilion Co.?—Yes, ,i¡th 7 other people. You were a shareholder of the old company?—Yes, and a director. How much did you lose on the old company?— £ 50. r You have already paid tiOO in con- nection with the syndicate?—Yes. When was the writ issued by the Bank in connection with the Pavilion? —A couple of years ago. All these-things have worried you a good deal, and you have not been able to devote the same attention to busi- ness?—That is so. On the application of Mr. Gwilym Jones, the examination was closed.
Trinity, Aberdare. Study of the Child. On Sunday the Rev. A. J. Jenkins, Lecturer on Psychology at Belfast College, was the preacher at Trinity. English C.M. Church. On Sunday morning Mr. Jenkins first addressed the children, narrating an old legend 700 years old, which demonstrated God s especial care for boys and girls. Mr. Jenkins' text was Isaiah 11. 6. "And a little child shall lead them. He remarked that God's most powerful agency for restoring harmony into the discordant notes of the world was the child. The cradle of the child was the cradle of all the virtues. Maternal love and tender- ness were the most nrimitive of all the virtues. Here we found the love for self developing into altruism, or love for others. The rudimentary elements of justice were to be seen in the mother's impartiality when dealing with her offsprings. The ele- ments of law and order and co-oper- ation were founded on the governing principles of hearth and home. The little child led the way to the sacred- ness of marriage and the sanctity of the home. A childless marriage or a lone bachelorhood tended to in- dulgence in selfish habits. It would be impossible to estimate I the advantages to the community of the mellowing influences of the child. Nothing appealed to the love and sympathy of a nation like a call for action on behalf of the child. The operation of the Factory Acts and the Prevention of Cruelty Act had been the means of enlisting-much en- thusiasm. sympathy and service for the child life of the nation. Bret Harte in one of his stories narrated how the presence of a little girl in a rough mining Californian camp transformed the character of the miners. and changed the whole tenour of their lives. We were also told how a little child led a hardened woman criminal from a vicious exist- ence into a life of quiet and peace. t. An old Chinese sage said. "The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart." Homer, the great blind poet, could find delight in studying the life of the children. The prophet's picture of the ideal Jeru- salem was a city with boys and girls playing in its streets. Touching upon the part the child played in re- ligious circles Mr. Jenkins said that the centre point of the Christian re- ligion was that man stood in relation to God just as the child did in rela- tion to its father. Ancient Sparta could hold its own against the world because it trained the young into militarism at the earliest possible age. The church also could hold its own against the world, the flesh and the devil if it took care to train the children at a tender age to grapple with principalities and powers. The child would always be the leader in the progress of the ages. On Monday evening Mr. Jenkins gave an address in Trinity on "Child Study." It was a masterpiece from a scientific and oratorical point of view. Mr. Jenkins has made the child his especial study. It is his pet subject, and he speaks with authority on all things pertaining to it. On the proposition of Mr. Howell T. Morgan, seconded by Mr. Evan Davies. Cardiff Street, a cordial vote of thanks was accorded the distin- guished lecturer.- Mr. R. H. Miles, the High Con- stable of Miskin Higher, presided. It is a pity that all Sunday School Superintendents and others interest- ed in Sunday School work were not at the lecture. The interesting and instructive facts and data given were such as would serve to promote the more efficient conduct of our Sunday Schools. and thereby make the gar- den of the church of greater advant age for the growth of future gener- ations.
A Tribute. » To an Aberdare Man in America. "North Dakota Capital," a news- paper published in Jamestown, U.S.A., contains an appreciative paragraph in reference to the Rev. J. Glanant Morgan, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Afanydd Morgan, Aberdare, and brother-in-law to Mr. J. Tarrell Williams. Mr. Morgan was, before he emigrated to the far west. the pastor of Canaan English Cong. Church, Mountain Ash. Ap- pended is the paragraph: "That Hev. Morgan has been re- tained as pastor of the Congrega- tional Church will .be welcome news to all who have heard his sermons. including many of other creeds. Fair. honest, and not afraid to hurl the truth from the pulpit to publican and pharisee alike, his studied thoughts and earnest appeal won him the esteem of all. We may well feel', proud of this young Welshman, for he is not only doing appreciated work at home but winning laurels abroad. At the re- cent convention at Cooperstown he delivered an address so meritoriously that he was elected to preacn tne I sermon at the 1914 conference which < will be at Medina. At the conclusion of his remarks a leading divine said: 'It was worth Mr. Morgan's while coming all the way from Wales if only to deliver this one sermon. Again this conscientious speaker won honors at Jamestown last Saturday when he addressed the S.S. Convention and was elected its vice- president. Of this speech, 'The Problem of the Young,' it was com- monly referred to as one of the fin- est of the speeches delivered before the assemblage. While Mr Morgan's theologicial teachings are given on the literal translation of the Bible it lacks the stinging condemnation to eternal fires such as Dante pictures preaching instead, the omnipotence and abiding love of the Man of Sor- row."
Heavy Losses. Mountain Ash Fruiterer's Unfortunate Speculations. The first debtor examined was Wm. Henry Phillips, draper and green- grocer, Clarence House, Miskin, Moun- tain Ash. He was represented by Mr. Gwilym Jones, Mountain Ash. Debtor's gross liabilities amounted to £ o.246 4s. 6d; expected to rank, £ '1.899 7s. 4d.; assets, £1,820 18s. 2d.; deficiency, £ 78 9s. 2d. His causes of failure were: "Depreci- ation of leasehold property at Moun- tain Ash; loss on retail businesses; losses in connection with the Mountain Ash Pavilion and the Neath Skating Rink; and also being called upon to pay under a guarantee." The following deficiency account for 12 months dating from April 22nd, 1912, was lodged:—Bad debts, R204 Os. od.; household expenses of self, wife, two children, servant and two shop assistants, £ 150; payments made in connection with the Neath Skating Rink ( £ 10), and my present liability therefor < £ 128 Os. 6d.), tl38 Os. 6d.; payments made in connection with Mountain Ash Pavilion Co. (estimated -tIOO), and my present liability there- for (£339 5s.), 1:439 5s.; liability on Building Club Share, and foti uncalled capital in two limited companies, £ 46; depreciation in stock, £ 200; total 1:1, 177 5s. lid.; less assets, £1,098 Kis. 9d.
Miskin Butcher's Failure. Alfred John Eaton, 13 Bailey Street, Miskin, was represented by Mr. Herbert George. Debtor said he was a butcher. His gross liabilities were £ 188 19s. 9d.; assets, £ 94 14s. 10d,; deficiency, £ 88 5s. lOd. He gave as the reasons of his failure: "Strike of 1912; keen competi- tion, and bad debts." His bad debts amounted to £ 78. The Official Receiver's observations on this case were as follows :— "The debtor (aged 33 years) states tIat he commenced business as a butcher and greengrocer at his present address in May, 1903. with a capital of about £10, and that about three years ago he added thereto the business of a grocer. The books of account consist only of day books and debtors' ledgers. He states that he has not taken stock, or prepared a balance sheet at any time, and that he has no record of his takings, which he estimates would aver- age from CIS to £1$) per week. The amount shown in his deficiency account as net profit from carrying 011 business is estimated. With the exception of £ 1 17s. -2d. for clothing, the liabilities are for trade debts. Three totalling £ 140 7s. 7d. are for sums over CIO. The debtor holds a share in a Mountain Ash Building Club in respect of which he has piid C67 15s. 9d. A house (No. 52 Cilhaul Terrace, Mountain Ash) has been alloted to him, but he does not estimate a surplus therefrom. He also holds an Endowment Mouse Purchase Certificate in an Assurance Company on which lie has paid £ 35 (is., but does not show any value therein in his statement of affairs. The greater portion of the household furniture is claimed by the debtor's wife as her separate property, having been given to. her by her lather at the time of her marriage. The deb- tor admits becoming aware of his in- solvency in April, 191:2. and contracting debts since that time which arc now owing. He states that he expected his trade would improve after the coal strike, and that he could collect his book debts." The examination was closed. "This Woman Did It."
Aberaman Wife's Extravagance Leads to Master Haulier's Bankruptcy. A case in which a debtor attributed his present bankrupt state to the ex- travagance of his wife, was next heard. It was that of John Thomas. 1 Wayne Cottage, Aberaman, master haulier. He was represented by Mr. Edmund R. Evans. ol The Official R eceiver, who had had a certificate of debtor's earnings, said that his average wages were t2 1.f. a week. His gross liabilities were 4;61 4s. 5d., and his deficiency 1:41 14s. 5d. Causes of failure: "Illness oi my wife and children, and my wife going into debt without my knowledge. The Official Receiver's observations were as follows :The receiving order, on debtor's petition, was made on 24th, 1913, and he was adjudged bankrupt Oil that date. Four creditors had obtained judgment against him, two others wero suing him, and several executions had recently been levied on hii- effects. The debtor (aged 37 years) says he is master haulier, that he has never \wen in business, and that he has resided for 12 months at his present address, and previously for two years at Glamorgan Street, Aberaman. and for two years at 14 New Street. Aberaman. He states he was not aware of his insolvency until 14th April, 1913, when he found that a suite of furniture was missing from his house, and on questioning his wife as- certained his position. He subse-. quently discovered that the missing suite had been sold by his wife during the previous week tor to m order to enable her to pay out executions which h was not aware had been levied. Steps were then taken by him to nle his petition, a friend advancing £ 13 lOs. to him for that purpose. The unsecured liabilities comprise: 4 creditors for furniture suppHed. MI 5s. 16 credi- tors for domestic debts. £ 3.) 19s. Gd.; total, £ 61 4s. 5d." Debtor was llW asked the following questions:— O.R. You were dealing ill the t c- operative Stores?—Yes. Were you under the impression that your wife was paying the debts as they became due?—Yes. You gave her sufficient money to do so?—Yes. How did you come to know you were in debt ?—I missed a suite of furniture from the house. Did you miss it as soon as it was taken away?—No, not for a few days. The room had been locked and my wife said she had lost the key. At last I burst open the door. Have you been able to trace that suiter-Yes. You ascertained that it had been sold?—She tells me herself now. She got 1:5 for it, to pay some creditors. A County Court summons had been served, and I did not know anything about it. Has she destroyed a lot of bills?— She swears to me now that she has given the full list of debts. Were you surprised when you came to know that you owed so much?—Yes. What steps did you take? I con- sulted a solicitor and thought of apply- ing for an administration order, but I found I owed too much. I then filed my petition. Can you explain how your wife got into debt?—There has been some illness of herself and children, and a lot of neglect, I dare say. If it was illness there would be no need of concealing?-No. I gave her sufficient money. It must be extrava- gance. Has she been helping other people?— She bought some goods from the shop for other people. It was on April 14th you first knew you were in debt?—Yes, and I filed my petition on April 24th. Did you know you owed Gold stone for furniture (-11 was under the im- pression that it was paid for. I never took any interest in the house at all. You have changed now?—Yes, and and I'm looking after the money my- self. now. Is Philpin any relative of yours?— No. Is there any reason why Philpin should buy your suite of furniture?— No. Did you have a sideboard worth 10 guineas in your house?—Yes. And did you miss that?—Yes, she told me it was gone for repairs. She sold that to a man named Hin- ton?—Yes. Which of you bought a gold chain in December last?—My wife. I never saw it. On Dec. 12th was a chain bought for £ 3 19s. on the instalment system, and on Dec. 17th, only 5 days later, was it pawned?—Yes, and she says she either destroyed or lost the ticket. Any reason why she should buy a ring on the 12th for t3 19s., and pawn it on the 17th for tl 5s.?—No reason at all. And there is £1 13s. 6d. now owing on that ring?—I suppose so. What did she do with the money from the, pawnshopr-Pay bills. The examination was closed, and the Official Receiver remarked that he was sorry for debtor. The man was work- ing regularly, and earned good wages. It was a great pity for him. He only hoped that debtor would be careful of his money in future.
Patent Pick Point Protector. Step to Reduce Mine Accidents. At the quarterly district meeting of the South Wales and Mon. Colliery Examiners' Association held at the County Hall, Pontypridd, on Satur- day, 14th June, when a good number of delegates from all the lodges in the Aberdare, Merthyr, Rhondda, and Rhymney Valleys were present, Messrs. Samuel Griffiths and Edward Thomas, members of the Treharris Lodge, and firemen at Treharris Colliery, gave an interesting demon- stration on the use of the Patent Pick Point Protector, an important invention which stands to their credit. The invention is a very simple one, but its possibilities are so far-reach- ing that it deserves the attention of all miners and all others who are in- terested in the safety of those en- gaged in the mining industry. The demonstrators explained many phases of accidents which occurred through the careless handling, carry- ing and using of the miners' pick, when men lost their limbs and even their lives sometimes as v a result, whereas the adoption of this appli- ance would save such risks. After a very careful examination of the patent the following resolution was passed :— "That this meeting of Colliery Ex- aminers, after witnessing a demon- stration by Messrs. S. Griffiths and E. Thomas of their Patent Pick Point Protector, is of the opinion that the device is an excellent one, well thought out and destined to be of great service to the mining com- munity. Its adoption will be the means of reducing mine accidents. and it was made clear that even mine explosions may possibly be averted by its use. It is the earnest desire of this meeting that the patent be demonstrated upon throughout the various coalfields so that its utility may be made known and that measures may be adopted to secure its compulsory use in the interest of safety in mines."
AN IMPORTANT POINT. to those who suffer from Indigestion, Headaches and Liver Complaints is that any remedv to be effective should, when taken, be'easily and quickly absorbed by the juices of the Stomach. The marked superiority of KESNICK'S VEGETABLE PILLS in this way has been proved. They are practically tasteless, are very small, and vet so readily dissolve that their cur- ative effects are quickly experienced- clearing the Head, bracing the Nerves, ahd removing all excess of bile. Try them. You cannot do better. Sold by all Chemists and Stores in 71d. and 13Jd. boxes, with directions how to restore Health. "Was Jimmie Ruff bouse at the mas- querade?" %es. He had the most perfect disguise I ever saw. Nobody recognised him." "What did lie go as?" "A gentleman."
A man can usually patch up his repu- diation by mending his ways.
Penarth, Porthcawl, Southerndown. Mishtor Iditor,—This week Oi think we will go to Penarth. Its a mosht pleasant walk from the City of Cardiff; an' by trane it takes about twelve minutes, that is if the T.V.R. Com- pany are in a good humour, an' they have the water boiling in the engine. Its a very fast line to travel on, is- pecially from Cardiff to Cadoxton. Sometoimes, yer honur, ye have toime to git out an' pick flowers, but viry often it is quicker to walk. Well, sor, say that ye are in the trane, an' she has got to Penarth puffin' an' blowin' an' ar- riving at the station as cheeky as ever, more often than not twenty minutes or half an hour late on a broiling daye an' feeling in the besht of humours, what do ye foind thire? Its a splen- did little place. Years ago it was simply known as a viry small village, but to-day it has grown into a very large an' swate town. Penarth to-day is what Kingstown has been to the City of Dublin for many years. Of course, sor, thire is a history connected wid Penarth, an' Oi balave one of the mosht important events in that history hap- pened long before Spud Murphy bought his shovel, an' whin by matrimony the ancistors of the prisint Earl of Ply- mouth (better known as Lord Windsor) were made its ground landlord. To the prisint Earl an' his mother the people of Penarth owe a debt of gratitude for the position it holds to-day. The view from Windsor Gardens are a trate. Thin thire is the walk along the Cliffs roight out if ye lcike to Sully, an' its grand, an' on a moonlight night it is beautiful. Not viry far away are the Flat an' Steep Holmes. Thire used to be years ago a fort on the Steep Holme, but that is now done away wid. On the Flat Holme there is a rock which very clearly represents a castle. Begorra, man, an' Penarth is the place to live. Viry rarely any people die thire, an' the undertakers are always in the dumps. An' do ye know, sor, they git thire water to drink from the Breckon Beacons. Its a q-ate place for Reading Rooms, Yachting, Cricket, Lawn Ten- ,nis, Golf. an' lasht but not least the Swimming Club. The swimming club cost £ 8,000 to build, that's all. Thin if ye arc tired. of Penarth, take a stroll to Bridgend or go by trane (G.W.R.). Thire ye will foind some splindid fish- ing in the River Ogmore an' its tribu- tary called the Ewenny. Rimimber its in the Vale'of Glamorgan ye are now; some people call it the "Garden of Wales." Southerdown is only 4! miles from Bridgend. an' a splendid road to travel on. From Southerdown ye git a splendid view of the Atlantic an' the coast of Devon. Shure, man. an' they say that nowhere on coastline is the air purer or bathing safer than at Souther- down. What about the air in our own lake district up at Abercwmboi? Oh, begorra, an' here is the place for Golfers. Oi musht saye at once Oi ore- fer a game of cat an' dog or rounders. Those who are interested in churches an' castles will foind any amount with- in easy reach an' very interesting. Space will not allow mesilf to go into detail. But Oi musht rimimber the Priory of Ewenny, it was founded in 1146 for a community of Benedictine Monks from Gloucester. It is still viry perfect, an' something of special inter- est is the tomb of the founder, an in- eient font, a double piscina, an' the re- mains of a Celtic cross. After ye have seen all ye wat to see an' know at Southerdown, take a walk to Porth- cawl, it is only seven miles. If ye don't loike to walk, take train from Bridgend, an' thire ye are at Porth- cawl. It used to be known as a small port of very little importance, but now it is a rather fashionable watering place, an' thire is the Convalesant Home, more commonly known as Porthcawl Rest, which has been a boon to hundreds if not thousands in an' about our colliery districts. Close to Porthcawl Rest is Ty Mawr. at New- ton Nottage. once a residence of Anne Boleyn. An' wh,iu ye are at Porthcawl ye should not miss the opportunity of visiting the romantic graveyard at Briton Ferry, the beautiful new church at Baglau, Port Talbot, Dunraven, an' Ogmore Castles, an' shure ye musht see the oak covered Mvnydd Margam at the foot of which nestles the viry interest- ing remains of the once cilibrated Cis- tercian Abbey of St. Mary, founded in the middle of the twelfth cintury by Robert the Karl of Gloucester. Oi t musht now sthop. Bridget calling afther mesilf.—Oi am, sor, your obad- iant servant, PATRICK RAFFERTY. Next Week: Swansea.
I The Reflector. BY "HYPNOS." It seems to me that Sunday weddings are becoming quite fashionable. The better the day the better the deed, I suppose. It is in the fitness of things that the unions made in the land of the eternal Sabbath should be solemnised on the Sabbath day. —— A Trecynon woman toid her husband on his departure for work on Monday that she was going to whitewash the pantry and paper the parlour. It's not done yet. A few of the boys (old ones) were seen betting outside the Treeynon Hall the other evening. It wasn't much—only a half-penny bet. What was B- going to do with that > piece of rail ? A Cwmdare man can plant a garden of trees in one night. Mind you, it was rather a large load to carry at midnight. Don't grieve. Mrs because the bread dropped by carrying it to the bakehouse. Many of us know what it is to weep at the fall of a good friend. Well, anyway, that bit of dirt will add considerably to the peck that we are supposed to eat. He did take up his bed and walk- that Gadlys young man—but after carry- ing it for a few yards he placed it on the ground, and lay on it. One or two knuts have placed a tent on the top of the mountain, and it has proved such a strange sight for Cwm- dare people that they go up in droves to see it. Wait until the Germans come. Whenever Miss —- from Gadlys lJoes for a walk she'll see a few frogs. 1 believe the last frog she saw had the greater fright. You are independent. Miss -V, to be sure. Because the grass was damp your boy placed his big handkerchief 011 the ground for you to sit on. But you gave it him back and placed your own. 4 inch square, on the ground. So you were caught swanking by your girl. D-1-—, 011 the outskirts of Llwvdcoed. That silver-mounted (?) stick evidently did not belong to you. because you couldn't carry it with any grace. But my suspicions were confirmed when your girl asked to see it and found someone else's initials on it. You showed a very poor defence when you said: The other fellow must have taken mine in mistake." It won't wash, D Evidently a Cwmdare knut is not very pally with Mr Lloyd George, as the following lines will prove:- Lloyd George, such an angel in youth, Has failed to still stick to truth; In many untruths he has been spied, Reverse Lloyd George and you'll find George Lloyd (lied). As usual. Phil. they were A.l. An old Aberaman lady (75) will hail the coming of the trams with delight, because "it will be nice, mind you, to go for a. ride as far as the cemetery."
Mr Keir Hardie and "Marconi Mud." "ONLY A MIRACLE CAN SAVE US FROM AN ELECTION." Mr Keir Hardie, M.P., in the H Pioneer" on Friday, says:—" The Government is being smothered in Mar- coni mud, and at the moment of writing it looks a* though nothing short of a mir- acle can save us from an election in the autumn. Should this be the case, then we should be witnessing the greatest political tragedy of modern times, and Ireland would be back in the valley of desolation." Mr Reir Hardie foreshadows a great Marconi campaign by the Opposition, in which Home Rule, Tariff Reform, Conscription, and everything else are to l>c put aside, and a demand for dissolu- tion on the Marconi scandal is to go forth. The Government, he says, may break the force of this by dropping all business save the Finance and the three Bills which the Lords threw out last year, and closing the session about the end of July.
"How easy it is, after all," solilo- quised the tax-collector, "to find people out."
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