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CARMARTHEN\ WEEK BY WEEK.

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CARMARTHEN WEEK BY WEEK. The first rain after the drought fell on Friday—which, on this occasion, was not an unlucky day. The shower was received by everybody with about the same enthusiasm as a converted teetotaller drinks his first mug of beer. It was, in fact, hailed with delight. Aprojios, how is it that at railway buffets beer is always cheaper than lemonade ? You can have a glass of beer for 2d but the cheapest temperance drink is 3d. It takes pretty strong temperance principles to nold out against this state of affairs. ■» # 1 • by the way, can anyone tell me what is meant by a teetotaller." I know any number of teetotallers" who seem to think that all they are required to do is not to get drunk in public—or in a public-house. Even, however, amongst the stricter class I know very few whose principles are able to with- I v se stand the prospect of champagne for nothing. These sort of people have no spirit in them at all—except the spirit which goes in by their mouths. L .H- Aprujios of this subject, a Carmarthen correspondent—who religiously makes it a point of going somewhere or other on Bank Holiday—asks me how it is that the G.W.R. has a refreshment-room at such an unimport- ant place as Xewcastle-Emlyn; and has no such accommodation at Swansea. I cannot undertake to give an answer to the question. The eccentricities of the G.W.R. constitute yet another of those things which passeth all understanding." All I can do is to advise my correspondent to carry a flask in his pocket. Then he need not care into what outlandish localities he strays. There are over 200 members of the Literary and Scientific Institution entitled to vote at the election of the committee. Last week, however—as in former years—only about 50 actually voted. It just happens-but it is by the merest chance-that a thoroughly good committee lias been elected. However, the fact shows that only about one-fourth of the members of the Institution take the slightest interest in its management. A more striking testimony to the empty- headedness of our youths could not very well be found than the abortive character of the attempt made to conduct classes in connection with the Institution. A splendid opportunity was offered to acquire one or more languages at a nominal cost. But not a dozen names were sent in of people willing to join. Our youngsters are thoroughly satisfied with themselves. They know quite enough—of matters of which they ought to be ignorant. There is no need for foreign languages in Carmarthen, and- to some wooden-headed people—Carmarthen is the world. I remember meeting a self-satisfied school- boy, who thought lie was a great authority on English History. I asked him "Who added India to the British Empire ?" His answer was Oh I never learnt that in school." So when some of our self-satisfied young men go to other towns and are expected to be modern and up-to-date, they will say 0 we never did anything like this in Car- marthen." A fine impression outsiders will then get of the town In this world business is business. People will not inquire whether you are a German or a Turk; what they want to know is what kind of work are you capable of doing better than anybody else Besides there is another aspect of the matter to be considered. It is well to study languages even if you do not intend to go into commerce, just as it is well to study mathematics even if you do not intend to become an engineer. By so doing you evpand your mind—assuming, of course, that vou br.ve a mind to. expand. My attention has been called to the case of a man, who makes a practice of belabouring his le in the early hours of Sunday mining to the great annoyance of the neighbours—and presumably of the wife herself. Sunday is the Lord's Day to Christians, which is the reasou why so many heathens make the devil's day of it. I have never come between husband and wife, and I should be sorry to interfere in the present case but I think as a compromise the neighbours should insist on the wife being 11 zn gagged before the performance begins again. The neighbours will not then be annoyed, and anything which takes place will be entirely in the nature of a family affair. An illiterate character assures me that the Carmarthen public do not like my style of writing. By the Carmarthen public lie means that vile scum which floats to the top—the people who come up at the police courts, and the people who ought to. By the Carmarthen public" I understand the respectable tradesmen, the respectable professional men, and the respectable working men. I happen to know that they thoroughly approve of my methods. It is the foul gangs whose actions will not bear the light of day, who object to plain- speaking—as a certain nameless class objected to the lighting of the streets of London bv gas. v # Assuredly there is a demand for a Recrea- tion Ground. We used to have sports to attract people on a Whit-Monday now our own people leave town to go elsewhere, and scarcely a soul comes into the place. If 5,000 people visited the town on a holiday, and only spent 2s. each whilst here, the local tradesmen would net the handsome sum of £ 500. This is better than mere sentiment. < But the permanent value of their visit to the town would be much greater. A good many people who had never been here before, might—after seeing the place—make up their minds to take up their residence in Carmarthen. A few old fashioned people of course—like the Boers-would like to keep out all Outlanders but the present genera- tion is far too intelligent for that. Carmar- then men—and women-arc now making headway in every town in the kingdom; and if Carmarthen is to be shut up tight against all strangers, the people of other towns would be acting consistently in sending back every St. Peter's boy to the town of his birth. So the young people are # too shrewd to advocate any ideas of the kind. If this town is to keep its position we should strain every nerve to attract as many people to it as possible. The more people there are, the more the money circulates. And the more cosmopolitan a town is, the more successful it is. Every nation under the sun has had a hand in the making of Cardiff. It is not the Cockneys who made London. The most successful men in the metropolis are IVelslimen and Scotsmen. Any town which is not open to the outside world will soon get eaten away by the dry- rot. The National Eisteddfod is coming off in the autumn as usual; but the musical genius of Carmarthen will be unrepresented there. This is not because we have declined music- ally—far from it. We are just too lazy to set about making preparations for the event, and organising a proper choir. It is high time to shake off this wretched lassitude, and to set about doing some practical work. If ths listlessness creeps into every department of life, the outside world will have no idea of the existence of Carmarthen—except they look at the map, ♦ Are we going to have a dog-show this year ? If so, it is not by any means too early to be making preparations. This, at least, has always been such a successful event that there is no excuse for letting it drop. We have heaps of dogs in Carmarthen —some of them sly dogs, and some ofthem funny dogs. The want of a choir in Carmarthen is surely not to be attributed to the fact that I former choirs were not successful in taking a prize at the National Eisteddfod. It is rather a childish thing to throw up the I attempt because you do not win at the first try. How many Volunteers shoot at Bisley I year after year, and never win the Queen's trize 1 Only one can win. But thousands improve their shooting by trying. 'Tis better to nave tried and lost, than never to have tried at all. Whit-Monday is White Monday—Llun- gwyn. And the man who loses a day's work thereby, finds that the next pay-day is Black Saturday. I have been taking legal advice as to the rights and wrongs of the same individual holding different offices. I am advised that no one person can hold more than three offices under the Corporation. Thus Mr John Morgan is Market Inspector, Surveyor, and Inspector of Nuisances. It would be illegal for him to be appointed to another office. With regard to other public bodies they can make pretty much any arrrnge- ment they like. It lies with them to con- sider whether in view of the salary they offer they could get a suitable man to give his whole time to the duties of the post. Thus a very good Sanitary Inspector might be got for;CIO(I.a year who would perform no other duties-but you could not get a good Town Clerk on any such terms. You might get some sort of a Town Clerk but a man who was well able to do the work might easily earn a good deal more than XIOO in some other manner. Wo might appoint Judges at a salary of Y,500 per annum; but we should only get fourth-rate barristers to take the office. We pay our judges 15,000 a year in order to get the best men and yet some of them could actually make more at the Bar. But on the other hand, 1.500 a year would be a very handsome salary for a magistrates' clerk. You must consider the work done before you can say whether a salary is adequate or not. • At the next meeting of the Council it would be well for some members to draw attention to the perfect sham which is made of watering the streets on dusty days. Instead of laying the dust by continually watering the roadway, a few detached drops are scattered—as from a syringe-and there the matter ends. Some of our councillors are very good at raising dust—let them take a turn now at laying the dust. It is all humbug to say that we have not water enough to keep playing on the streets all day in dry weather. There is an un- limited supply of water in the Towy good enough for the purpose. What "men" some of our youths are I have been told of a young ''man" of 22 who was a candidate for a situation the othor day, and who seut his mother t3 make application for him. I have no doubt he can swagger like a trooper in the street. on These fellows always do. V The Carmarthen Borough Bench gave an exemplification of the peculiarity of English law this week. A man who knocked down another and kicked him, was only called upon to pay a fine of £ 2 and costs. Another fellow who got hold of a watch not his own, when drunk, was sent to gaol for a month. Property is always more sacred than the person. < The practice of canvassing is not confined to the political arena. St. Peter's Sunday School had first of all arranged to go to Aberystwith but before the next meeting the young ladies who favoured Tenby had canvassed so well that the former resolution was rescinded in their favour. Another victory for lively woman Several Nonconformists in Carmarthen have signed petitions against the Education Bill. This is very proper. But how do they reconcile this with sending their children to Church schools If they are so dead against the voluntary system, they ought to send their children to Board Schools. If they believe, on the other hand, in voluntary schools, they should not sign the petition. This is the latest atrocity perpetrated on the premises:— We've a man in town—perforce Who has hair both rough and coarse And a voice both harsh and hoarse— He's a beggar for a bike without a light But the deuce of it all, When he gets on the ball," He can't see at all- Of course, then, I mean that he'd tight. He was staggering down thro' King-street, Twas late on Saturday night, The cigar he held he could not smoke, Indeed, he was so tight." He staggered, growled, and swore, and stopped, He looked like one insane Good night said he to a pal close by, And-reeled down Jackson's-lane. What a shame I" thought It as I watched him go, And a man of such pretensions To see him out this time of night Puffed out to such dimensions A note was found under the Office door one evening last week, upon which were written in a round hand the following strange words 0 11 Mister Eliter,-deer sir, thurs a man in Car- marthen who did asked for a lend of twenty pounds from his relation and then aftur a cupel of weeks the begar smasht and did never paid a penny back -thuro a blagard for you Mister editer. Yes indeed now I" Among those who tramped down to Llan- stephan on Whit-Monday were five charmingly-attired young damsels who said that it was much better to walk down and spend the money on lemonade and hop- bitters than to invest it in tho booking-office of the G.W.R. They were accompanied by two lads encumbered with sandwiches in brown paper-to save the humble brown.. A young lady in St. Peter-street on Satur- C) night said she never read those horrid 0 novelettes now What a pity that half our young ladies do not follow suit! Here's an incident which occurred in a school near Carmarthen a few days ago MISTRESS—Now girli. I want you to tell me what you must have before you can thoroughly enjoy sausages ? PUPIL-Confidence! MISTRESS-Go to the top of the class A wrestling contest took place last Sunday afternoon on one of the Sticle Bach fields. The combatants wero about 20 years of age. The referees sat on the ground and gazed admiringly upon the two fellows who puffed and growled and staggered about pulling each other with the ferocity of wolves. This is some folks' idea of Recreation As an instance of the despicable meanness of a young man, the following fact is good. A party of cyclists left Carmarthen not very long ago for a town not a few hundred miles away. They missed the gentleman who had to pay their "exs," and consequently had to fall upon their own resources. One of them came from home minus a cent, and his friend only possessed 14s. The two agreed to go shares." At their destination the following confab took place between them :— Borrower How much money did you have leaving home this morning ? Lender Us. Borrower How much have you now ? Lender 4s. Borrower Lend me 2s till we get home, then I'll give you what T owe you, viz., 7a. The young man was good-natured enough to deprive himself of what lie needed in order to oblige the other fellow who stood treat to his chums," as if he were a millionaire. I Although they both live in town, he has never paid a fraction of the money. They say that doctors and lawyers have consciences that will stretch but never break—this young man has no conscience to break, except it be of the pneumatic tyre variety. The shop was closed, and she was off To the middle of Guildhall-square, Because," she said, 11 her dear J Would surely meet her there." I Hallo said J-, with ecstatic smile, As he marched up to her side Great Scott! there's mi quoth la bslle Jillc, Do, Jack, me ir.m her hides There now, she's gone, we'll go," said øh", Wherever you may please To tho Parade we'll go," said J- to her, And sit beneath those trees. Forthwith went J and Miss L- too, And sat beneath those bowers, Where they smiled and smacked, and hugged and squeezed, And continued the game for hours. < Mr Evan Morris (Messrs Evan Morris and Co., Old London House, Carmarthen) bas been appointed official judge for Pontypool district by the South Wales Centre of the National Cyclists' Union. Mr H. W. Davies has also been appointed a judge for the Carmarthon district in addition to Mr A. J. Jones. « If there is anything that tends to drive you to the verge of desperation it is that— when you are pensively walking home at night-somebody suddenly rushes out ten yards ahead of you and bangs a huge carpet against the pavement, and before you are aware of it—you are enveloped in a dense cloud of dust. Now this is an abominable and unmitigated nuisance, and quite sufficit-nt to justify a police-court proceeding — which, indeed, would un- doubtedly have the effect of preventing a practice that is frequently perpetrated by some of our reckless slovenly hussies. It was a positive torture to struggle down through Lammas-street last Saturday evening through tlnse eddying clouds of dust, but when a woman ran out at 9 55 p.m., a few yards in front of me, and thumped a heavy mat against the pavement, the words of that popular song forcibly recurred to me, 'E dunno where 'e are This opprassively hot weather has a very detrimental effect upon some people's livers, and when those organs are deranged there is a tendency to hypochondriasm ;-then all is gloom, absolute misery and despair, and the hypochondriac looks upon felo-de-se as a relief from his dismal life of misery. Not only does the featherless biped inherit this tendency, but the plumed biped also, as may be seen from the following incident: One extremely hot day last week when the up-Irish goods was approaching a station next to Carmarthen Junction, a crow that had been hovering about near the line walked on to the rail and deliberately placed iis neck on the rail, and immediately the train passed over it. A second crow was found a few yards lower down with its head severed in the same manner. The higher culture is making its way amongst the lower order of creation. Complaints have frequently been made from the Magistrates' Bench about the manuer in which loafers of both sexes congregate at the corners of our streets and on the pavements. The language used, too, is not of the choicest description, and respectable people are shocked. Last Sunday evening, at the bottom of Lammas- street, when people were pouring out from churches and chapels, stood a horrible specimen of depraved humanity-drunken and ragged, and well-versed in choice Billinsgate—and no one troubled to remove her. Are not those in authority supposed to clear away these pests ? The Carmarthen contingent which has been selected to take part in the forthcoming Cardiff Musical Festival will give a sacred concert at the Town Hall on Sunday evening. The Mayor (Mr H. B. White) will preside. # Some of our local wheelmen had con- siderable difficulty in returning home from Llanstephan on Monday night. One ran over a rabbit which he killed he is now in mortal terror that he will have a summons for poaching. In another place traffic was suspended for the nonce on account of half- a-dozen drunken men who lay stretched across the roadway like a huge foul serpent. There was considerable difficulty experienced in Crossing the Bar" in this instance. But then we must not be too hard on people who like to enjoy themselves on Bank Holiday-in their own peculiar style. < The Carmarthen School Board at its meet- ing on Tuesday had the audacity to discuss the advisability of having the schools scrubbed out every week As might be expected such an audacious proposal was not carried. If it had been, the dirt-and-dogma folk would have got up another hysterical howl against reckless expenditure on the part of the School Board." The town was deserted on Monday. No wonder that such was the case when the only attraction provided for visitors was-a Missionary Meeting Two young men who visited per boat Llanstephan on Monday were advised to clear out of the "pub" in the evening as the tide was running out. It was pointed out that if they drifted out to the Bay it would be a case offelo-de-se. 11 What's the good of a fellow to see ?" exclaimed an 0 erudite youth, it's a fellow to swim you would want then! Yes, indeed ♦ ♦ The end has come. A lady in bloomers rode through the town on a bicycle on Wednesday. She almost required police protection. < I have been unable to pursue my usual investigations on account of the holidays; and some of the little birds who keep me supplied have flown away this week. I intend, however, to let in daylight into a few more corners next week. TOBIAS TWISTER.

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