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WMllaiid I? ami District Council.





CARMARTHEN I WEEK BY WEEK. The Mayor said at the Volunteer dinner that the distribution of prizes for shooting, etc., in the Assembly-rooms used to be looked upon as a red-letter day. As a matter of fact, it could not look anything else-if the volunteers came in their uniforms. The act of robbery on the river committed by the two old hands of the Militia shows up the true state of the strained relations existing between the Quay men and the up- the-hills" garbage. If the captain of the Dorothea"—instead of taking tho trouble to go to Guildhall-square for the police-had called out the Quay men there would have been a battle-royal, and the Shonis would have had a very rough time of it. Of course, with their usual lamb-like innocence, the militiamen would have turned round and told a long story—as they did last year— I about the manner in which they had been unjustly attacked. But the coolness of the captain showed up the utter lawlessness of the gang in all its native hideonsness. Captain Roberts said that lie had been coming for fifteen years to Carmarthen, and had always received the best of treatment from the Carmarthen people. And so he will for other fifty years, if he lives. The Car- marthen working-man knows how to behave himself and the Carmarthen bench knows how to infuse a little respect for law and order into the imported bullies. The clergy of tbo Archdeaconry of Car- marthen had an interesting discussion at the Priory-street National School last week as to the best method in which the Church could keep hold of the young people. This solicitude for tho young people may be-I do not say is—carried a little too far. It might be well at times to excuse the young people from interminable sermons and brow- belltings. It is about time that the middle- aged and the old realised that a certain tale of years does not grant an exemption from the ton commandments. The young people are not just as black as they are painted. It is not the young people who have figured in the most disgraceful sensational trials of the century, or who give the President of the Divorce Court such long- sittings. The sowing of wild oats is a branch of agriculture which scorns to require an apprenticeship of nearly half a century. The Rev D. Pugh Evans, of Lampeter Velfrey-a former vicar of St. Peters—at this meettng urged upon the clergy the desirability of impressing upon their flocks that the keeping of the Ten Commandments was a duty which thoy owed to themselves as well as to God. It w ould be well at times if the Churches gave a little more attention to the Ten Commandments, and a little less to theological bickerings. It would do harm to strive less after purity of doctrine and more after purity of morals-to be less severe on luke-warm supporters of the cause, and more severe upon bad members of Society. Tho burial service of the Church oi England illustrates this principle very well. It is not to be read over the body of an un- baptised child; but it may be read over the bodies of the most abominable scoundrels who over lived. There will be less difficulty in dealing with tho young people-and with the old, too, for that matter—when tho front seats in the synagogues are given to the men and women of the most exemplary lives, and not to those who own the longest purse, or who have tho greatest amount of patronage at their disposal. How is it that with so many cyclists in Carmarthen we never see one out on his mount on a Sunday? It is strange that cycling on Sunday- should be viewed with a certain amount of horror-whilst a drive out in a pony-trap is regarded as quite the correct thing. There is nothing unorthodox in making your coachman work seven days a week; but it is the height of impiety to go out on a machine, which entails no labour on anyone but yourself-just as if you were taking a walk. Before everything else, the Sabbath means a day's rest for the toiler. Then to begin with, people who hold strict Sabbatarian views should give their servants every Sunday off,, and attend to themselves. That being done, it will then be time enough to discuss whether it is a sin to go to a concert, to read a newspaper, or to ride a bicycle. But good folks generally take good care that even the strictest of Sabbatarian views causes discomfort to somebody olso- never to themselves. The gay and festivo burglar in this neighbourhood has developed tastes of a pronouncedly horticultural charreter. A garden, within three minutes walk of the Guildhall, was entered last week, and a con- siderable quantity of the plants therein abstracted. If this sort of thing goes on, C, neither Land Commission nor Tory legisla- tion will be able to grapple with the agricultural depression which will ensue. The Militia band was temporarily deprived of its most skilfully manipulated musical instrument—the big drum—last week. The top succumbed either to old age, or to the fine athletic powers of the drummer. No wonder the Income Tax is so high! If miiitary gymnastics have any tendency to further develop the biceps, it would be well for the authorities at the Horse Guards to either grant an exemption to drummers, or else to increase the Army Estimates. A Carmarthen man who at times takes excursions into the country has a fine story to tell of a country dog, which lias as great an animosity against the force" as the veriest Carmarthen l.jafe:\ A couple of officers of the law were called the other day from an adjacent country station to pursuo a thief—just as they were sitting to a roast leg of mutton. Whon they returned to their abode in an hour or so, thev found tlio now historic dog finishing up the joint. When last socii the senior officer of the force was searching Stone," in order to find under what head the dog can be indicted Captain Buckley Roderick referred at the Volunteer dinner to the fact that some time ago no epithet was too strong for the Car- marthen press to apply to the Corporation. Now that that had come to an end, he took it that things had improved. Nothing of the kind. But the fact is that since the new blood has had a try the old article looks comparatively well beside it. Besides it is useless to kick against the goad when it is recognised that a case is hopeless criticism always ceases. The Corporation patient has been "given up" by the journalistic doctor. Militiameu do not appreciate long sermons. The fighting Bishop of St. Asaph" does not always possess the military virtue of brevity. After the service on Sunday morning one militiaman called the attention of his Ii butty to the medals, which some of the volunteers displayed on their manly bosoms. What is that on their jackets," he asked. Long service medals," answered the butty. Long service medal! exclaimed the irate warrior, it is the Bishop of St. Asaph who ought to have the long-service medal." Mr W. Morgan Griffiths remarked at the Hall" on Monday that tho I'unch wcro determined to put down the practice which the cattle-dealers had acquired of striking and bvating animals when they wsre view- ing. If the Borough Bench compels the scum of tho fairs to observe any law, it will create a revolution. At tho present moment the liangors-on connected with the cattle trade show a lofty contempt for all law— both human aud divine. A girl, eleven years of ago, informed the justices on Monday that one of the parties threw a jug of water over me and hit me j r, a good smack." The smack was evidently caught in a squall on this occasion. But it would be iiiterestin-, to ascertain what—in the opinion of an eleven-year-old girl con- I stitutes a good smack." Smacks-as they are administered at that age— are scarcely likely to be described by the rcoipi'nts as good." In later years of course the smack assumes aii, her character—especially in the Spring mou: lis in Carmarthen when the dainty crafts are all tSiken in tow by men-of-war. .ft A butcher's labourer has boon lined Is for getting drunk on a Sunday. If even this small sum were paid fur every breach of the Sunday Closing Act which takes place 1\ in Carmarthen, wo should soon have money enough to pay for the fire-engine, tho steam roller, and the new Municipal Buildings, I without bothering tho Local Government 0 Board about a loan. St. Peter's new organ is a thing of beauty —and, consequently, a joy for ever. It is somewhat of a startler to thoso unacquainted with such matters to be told that it contains 1,500 pipes. It is a much more agreeable sight than the old box of tricks and the volume of sound is much larger—although Z3 n there is littlo perceptible improvement iu the tone. Not oven the most rabid Libera- tionists will be able to lay their fingers on any organic defects in the Church of England, if many instruments like this are to bo found. The idea which was mooted of having the organ blown by hydraulic pressure has been abandoned owing to the great difficulty which would probably be experienced in getting a proper supply of water. It would be a nice state of matters on a Sunday morning to lind 1 hat there was no water; and to have to hunt up the Borough Surveyor iu order to got it turned on. High- and-dry-draulic pressure would be the ofteuest available. At the same timo the amount of physical exertion now entailed upon the blower is apt to knock all the sentiment out of the music. The members of the Carmarthen United Choir are again turning their attention to the re-formation of the choir—although under whoso leadership this time is a iiiii-ti or of conjecture. With such men in towa as Mr Conwil Evans, Mr Dunn Williams, G.T.S.C., the choir need not have any fear of the rosult and it would be well it they at once set to work practising. I understand that at the forthcoming eisteddfod to be held in August at Newcastle Emlyn, there are two test pieces to be competed for which, with a good training, the choir ought to n ZD io have no difficulty in carrying off the prizes. A rumour has been persistently spread to the effect that tho Militia are to be trained at Ferryside some people have also evolved out of their inner consciousness the intelli- gence that the training will take place at Carmarthen. The only training which will take place at Carmarthen will bo the conveyance of the men by special train on Monday to Fort Popton. I i Capt. Turner says that the ladies are inclined to think the Army somewhat of a nuisance; and that they are willing to > sacrifico auybodj's son but their own and anybody's brother but their own. As a matter of fact, the ladies arc often more unpatriotic still. Many of them would have a decided objection to the sacrifice of even other people's brothers. # A tremendous amount of excitement was aroused in Lammas-street on Monday after- noon and an immense concourse of people gathered to the spot to find out what was the matter. The matter was—a dog-fight. Business was suspended for nearly haif-an- hour over this epoch-making event, before which the complications in the Transvaal and the siege of Buiuwayo sink into insignificance. Whilst we have such excite- ments at our very doors it is idle to ask whether life is worth living in Carmarthen or not. Both trout and salmon fishing appoar to be In a very bad way. The coraclo men declare that their industry has gone to the dogs whilst all that the anglers can take in a day would not make a meal for a healthy cat. Last week there was not enough water now there is plenty of water; bat it is said to be too cold. Let tho cau.c.e be what it i-nay, the quantity of fish in the river appears to bo g. tting small by degrees and beautifully less. < The Fishery Board lias under considera- tion the advisability of stocking the river with young trout. People seem slew to recognise the fact; but it is undoubtedly tho case that the cultivation of trout and salmon can bo reduced to theory quite as much as horse-breeding and the growing of orchids. It is no good for the Fishery Board to sit down with its hands iu its empty pockets and to wonder what is becoming of the river. It is a farce for the Board to spend so much in "protecting" a barren river. Neither the poachers-nor anybody else— can take fish out of tho river if there are none there. I always thought that with the advent of School Board education, our maidens would become wiser in their generation. But in love matters the same old order of things prevaileth. T have heard of a few young ladies who at the mystic hour of midnight burn dragon's blood and love powder," and repeat a long rliymo ot wishes tor their lovers' return. In some instances I know they have done so; but whether it was through the burning of the above composition or of their own free will, I know not. But would it not have been better for these damsels to keep their lovers when they had J inan and not tritle with their affections. I here's as good fish in the sea as has ever been caught" is an old and true saying. It would not be bad if they were to take this advice to heart. It would be a loss to the chemist, but a gain to them—both as regards their night's rest and their pockets. What could have been the matter with those two cyclists who started from here Sunday afternoon for a spin" down towards Pembrokeshire. On the return journey they had passed through a village not five miles off and were approaching a farm when suddenly they met two damsels of colossal proportions. Would you like a ride ? demanded they in a cheery tone. Would'nt mind," responded the damsels. WTiether the Carmarthen boys were suddenly stricken by the effects of alcohol or a strong amorous propensity, I know not but no sooner were those words uttered than they put down their machines and gave chase; but after a run of 200 yards they were out- paced by the farm ladies." This occurred at 8.45 in the evening. These young men do not now entertain particularly high opinions of tho value of "sprinting" as a j feminine accomplishment. i Whatever the terrible results of small P051 are, there is one which is certainly I)eieficicl- The other evening, at a local "pub, a,I)0^i| closing time too, a strange gentlf man entered and called for a drink. Of course, a conversation ensued, and it was immediately discovered that he came from Gloucester- There was no need to call out Time, gentSi please," that night The Carmarthen Football Team had their photographs taken on Thursday week by Mr Henry Howell. The photograph is about the best part of the for its record during the past season—of matches won and lost-" had better not be stated. It is very one- sided altogether. *$.< 01 A meeting of the Cycling Club will be held at headquarters, the "Old Plough," this (Friday) evening, at 8.30 o'clock. .¡(- The cold spoil has caught some of us very badly and men uf other v. iso robust constitu- tion now testify by their suitfiing an Imskhiess that they are sufl-aing frort combinations of intluenza, pneumonia, an glandei's. Quite a large r uaibtr of the most influential men of the day have b :eu droppi'^I off late ly so don't be surprised if a good mauy friends realise their high cst wish and have the pleasure of attending the funeral of tho undersigned. ''evlia; however tliry consider the news too good to be true. :OHJ.\ TWISTED.

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