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CARMARTHEN i WEEK BY WEEK. The lady who rides through Carmarthen in bloomers during this and last week creates 1 finite a sensation. She ought not to cause any astonishment. Old women in trousers are one of the features of the town. A man who frequents public-houses, gets y drunk every night, and thrashes his wife regularly, may be a degraded character but he is still a man—after a fashion. The old women in trousers, however—hideous hermaphotl rites as they are—do not go in for healthy, honest violence. They meet together and retail everything which they have heard—and things which they never heard. They, of course, are perfection but everyone outside their own-gang is a bad lot. 11 In Every tradesman is a thief; every professional man is a liar and a swindler every woman deserves to go through the Divorce Court— such is the creed of these sexless beings. They alone are everything good "nonc others genuine," as the soap manufacturers say. Now there is a law against this sort of tiling. Some bullies—if you offend them— will waylay you, and break your bones. This is an honest, straighforward way of doing business. J Jut if you do anything which does not meet with the approval" of the females in trousers—and anything honest and manly meets with their strong disapproval —they at once proceed to settle your hash. They will invent stories proving conclusively that you ought at once to be "broken out" of the Church, and sent to Portland for seven years; they will show as clearly as theliontgen rays can reveal anything, that your desire to leave every one alone is only your pride that your honesty is hypocrisy that your geniality is sleekedness and that your indigestion is caused by drink. Your wife, too—well, they don't like to say anything; but, of course, everybody knows what the folks say, etc" etc" etc. X A\ ill the law protects you if you like to put it in action. The bully who breaks your bones gets oil with a fine of 40s and costs. But the people who perpetrate abominable slanders would not get off with a payment of less than :Sl(JO--at the least. The law places more value on reputation tlum it-does on ribs. I should myself never prosecute a man for assault, except in an aggravated case but I should consider 1 was discharging a high public duty by taking action against a slanderer, and then selling up his last stick for the damages. A few examples of this kind would reform that section of Carmarthen Society, which has nothing to do—but to backbite the world at large. The vaccination scare has now passed away, and the spectacle of an athletic citizen with his arm in a sling is becoming somewhat rarer. by will people persist in being vaccinated on the arm Why not OIl tIle tip of the nose ? I am sure some could be vaccinated in that region without anybody being a bit the wiser. THE PARADE.—8.47\ p.m, o it Sunday. •S'r.e H-,13 a damsel young and fair, With eMid-like bland expression, And eyes sky-blue, beyond compaic, Which my old pulse did freshen. Aral on this charming Sabbath night Wi:h manner light and breezy, Amidst the crowds with footsteps light 8he se-iTched—njitl looked uneasy. I. "My maid of simple mind, SeekVfc thou a scapegrace brother," 11 Nay," answered P.ie, "I look to find- A son-in-law for mother *■ The following unpaid letter was delivered Z, to mo by the postman on Monday morning. I consider it well worth the twopence sur- charge :— DEAlt T. T. — I should take it AS a great fever if you wood tell me the best thing to do with sum of my upsetting neighbours. Sirs Williams next door to me h5 suit out her Mary Jane a big girl seven- teen vets of age that ought to be in service this three years if folks knew their place instead of ei.couraging idle huasees to get their head stuffed full of id.es above their station like a leg of pork clock full of chopped uuiuns with a pear of kid boots and a blue silk blowse tiiinmcu with rream silk ribbon that did not cost less than two shillings tl.e yaul. What the world is coming to I am sure I don't know when everybody know that her old husband never get in hi* life more than 20 five shillings a week and my husband Thomas William Suiirkiis always make good money two pound seven every week and overtime and we have been married tius fourteen years coase the next 11 of July if we are spared and have seven children at present which two of them is dead and two is twins P. and it is very heavy on me to get a plain dress in twelve month and a pair of plane shoes from the ready-maid in-teaii of sending out 14zy sluts dreat up in kid huot" arid blew tiilk. For shame that people don't no better but I thould never allow any daughter of mine I hope to do it but no matter as they are all boys fn tar but we can none of us reed 1 lie future and a very good thing too. Just like them to turn up their noses at me and think I don't remember the time well when they was begging the Super for a ticket for the scop kitchen and my own father diiving his pc.ny trap and I woodend never have married a common man like Smirkins but he thrttened to take rat poison and my own father Btnai-lit and 1"aid Is l id in the lb. and got 2s 6d a weak eff the parish or else things would be different. Do put a little bit in your paper theres a good man and i will send you a peace of my plum pudding next Christmas for a ealenig and alwavs ready to give your wife a hand with the family wash Yours over Belinda Jar:e Saiirkins, Ty-pert-yn-y- eornel. This is a week of epistles. This one came to hand on Saturday morning—and was prepaid T. Twister, Esq. De,%r Sir,T wish you would show np the way Rome of these militia chape treats us poor girls who is so faithful and true to them. When Tom came down from Tanybwlch in tho Ilhondda Valley for the training he told me that we was to be married on Monday after the Militia c;rr:c back lie had been stiddy since last year and be liad saved llk, besides which his mother died last John Brown's fair and he got 10 £ with the club and the funeral did not coated him more nor I I was not so sure ef him he being a man and yea know what men are but I give him a nice present of a 3s 6d pipe and a tobacco pouch with '• Ever of Thou worked in blue silk on the back and two ounces of Franklin inside. Indeed now I was so hard up after it that I have to darn my old stockings for they are gone to as many holes as a pepper box and then I used to have him to Tea and always get something nice like gooseberry jam and picHe salmon so he told me before he come away that ho would get the license from Mr Kowland browue when he came back. And now he paes me by now like he never seen ne before and the sergt tell me he have taken up with a young woman down below with red hair and 4D pound in the Bank. And mind you now poor Dau that I thro wed over for the false deseaver is going to marry a young woman in Cardiff that have been left a tidy little business after her father. He say Tom the militia chap was the best friend he ever have. 1 hope you will give it hot to them fellows i from un the hills what deserves their own true loves which is looking out night and day for them to coine hack from Popton after telling they will buy the ring in Pembroke Dock ecamps as they are. Your in soro Folly Susan Davies. When I was at school I learned interesl iug facts in regard to how tho prosaic grub developed into the butterfly. A much sadder fact, however, is the manner in which the smart militaruan of a few days ago developes into a dirty-faced, slovenly attired lounger, who props up the lamp posts between Dark Gate and Guildhall- square. -:¡. White waistcoats arc beginning to break out in patches at public gatherings just now. I am informed by sonio folks that a good many more-people would wear these and other suitable garments, only that they don't know what folks would say." This is foolish to a degree. If I thought it suited me I should wear a green waistcoat, yellow trousers, and a blood-red frock coat. The public might think what they liked it is no matter to the public what I or anybody else wears. If I walked down thb street without anything at all on, the public might have a right to object-but not otherwise. It is a mistake to mind what" folks" say. Folks "—in this connection—means all the idlo fools and mischievous rascals in the I neighbourhood. Yes, indeed, now," said a female defendant at Monday's police court, I cannot speak English at all-no, indeed, Mr White I have not one word of English." The Mayor, with- out showing the least suspicion of a joke, took her at her word. Some of our roughs are beginning to learn: C, C5 11 a litle law. Inciting a prisoner to resist the police proves rather expensive. It may not generally be known, but it is a fact that if a policeman calls on you to assist him, you arc bound to do so-or you will get a month all to yourself. Policemen arc not to be treated like wild animals. If the public did not co- operate with the officers of the law, it would simply mean that we should require to have about a thousand policemen in a town like Carmarthen, and that they would require to be armed with rifles. That would be rather rough on the ratepayers but it is what unchecked ruffianism would mean. The Local Government Hoard are talking about holding an enquiry into the state of the water-supply of Carmarthen. If the Board will hold an inquest touching the death of our magnificent water-schemes, I shall be very happy to come forward and give evidence. The jury would then have little difficulty in coming to the conclusion that the deceased came to his death by exposure, consequent on being-abandoned by unnatural parents." A howling swell was walking along one of our principal streets on Saturday—exactly as if nis spine consisted of a walking stick. Several small boys had a debate as to whether lie could stoop or not. To test the matter one of them ran round a corner, doubled back, and placed a bright new half-penny in the masher's way. The latter walked along, espied the half-penny, and went down 011 his knees to pick it up. He was observed later on to enter a tobacconist's shop, and to leave it with a cigarette in his mouth. ° 1\' Dr Goodall, the medical superintendent of the Joint Counties' Asylum, has this year again commenced to send batches of patients to the seaside. About. 100 patients were sent to the delightful little seaside resort, LJaIl- stephan, during last week—50 females visit- ing the place on Thursday, and 50 males on Saturday, under the charge of an ample staff of attendants. There is no doubt that such visits must have a good effect upon these unfortunate people, and the worthy doctor is to be commended for the interest lie takes in all ways for the welfare of his patients. -I(. I am credibly informed that complaints have been made as to naked bathers in the Towy. I have always objected to bathing in public—but not to the bathers being naked. I don't expect people to bathe in a frock coat and a top-hat. i r- There are some cruel wags m this ancient town." A note appeared last week chronicling the fact that five belles terramjwl down to Llanstephan on Whit-Monday. Last Satur- day morning one of the belles, who is noted for her hauteur, wras completely staggered and almost swooned when sue opened a some- what comically un-English-like envelope con- taining the—the iiote Bells give forth very good notes and belles seldom object to receiving them. But on this occasion it was possibly considered a sharp. ik One of the most excruciating and doleful sights in the police court on Thursday of last week was that of a diminutive man—five feet five in his nailed boots—who had got within close proximity of the rail, and was trying to force an exit through the throng of spectators who were doing their level best to block him in, and were chuckling to their hearts' con- tent, while the little man, who was blue in the face, cursed and growled and puffed until he had almost exhausted his strength. Here could be seen a true exemplification of the advantage which a big, burly, muscular fellow has over a puny specimen of the race. When, however, a big, muscular fellow pops into a crowded railway carriage the boot is on the other leg. An amorous girl asked her "Missus" on Saturday night if she should go out at 9 p.m. provided she finished the rooms then. The lady complied. Will it be believed ? By 9 o'clock she had finished scrubbing the- three rooms. The lady was astounded, but some- body informed her that the Militia had returned. "Ah, ah she said," I see it now That night Mary Ann walked in with a new hat—valued at 15s. I merely record the facts of the case. Those who wish to draw inferences are at perfect liberty to do so. i;. Visitors to the Asylum had better now be careful. Notices have been placed at the several entrances and other portions of the grounds, warning the public that any person found about the grounds without having previously obtained permission will be prosecuted. Why "go to the trouble and cost of a prosecution A couple of hours' solitary confinement in one of the rooms for suicidal patients would be a more effective and rapid punishment. it< Our poet is on the rampage this week. This is the way he relates an accident that befell a lady cyclist She was riding down thro' Lammas-street Upon her bran new bike," For beauty, form, and gracefulness, I am sure she'd take the 11 cike." We gazed upon her skirt so blue, She flew along so free The cap she wore upon her head Became her to a T. But as she round the cornel went, A mishap unforeseen Occurred to her, when she ran in To that potato-chip machine. Although I have been extremely vigilant in endeavouring to discover the person who clandestinely leaves these caustically humorous notes under the offiee door lie has eluded my watch this time again. This is a note which was found there on Tuesday evening — Mister Twistnr-thur was a yung fellar with a big colar with 2 litel points stiking out by a big lump in his throto smokin sheggarres wetting on the cornell ot Kweene Strete on Saturnday nito for is gel to cum out off the shop but she did went of with a other fellar an he turnd wite in the face and walkd horn to is lodgings an he codent tuch is supper wen is missus brot im trippe an udyuriti- the gel got big terrilbys an is fulity—is misses was hextreemly sapparized for e curried for a hour. The behaviour of some of the cattle-dealers' assistants OIl Tuesday night, when they got drunk, was something worse than what we should expect from the Matabele. In fact, they were nearly as disorderly as the pious young ladies and gentlemen of the town when parading the streets after Divine worship on Sunday night. t < A young man in this town, who has been seized with the sudden desire to cultivate his voice, was very much staggered the other morning when the lady next door inquired if lie were commencing to learn the trade of a carpenter, because she thought she heard him sawing boards now regularly every morning He thinks himself it would some- times take a saw to tackle some of the board lie gets in that house. • A good many amiable people stay awake t' at nights trying to think out how certain 0 things get into this column. That does not zn matter a straw the question is Are theso thing so" ? As thev appear in print and are never contradicted, the presumption is that they are so. I know very well that certain kind friends of mine examine the notes under a microscope in order to find mistakes, and are ready to proclaim (from the house-tops) any little defects they may discovor. When they find no errors and no mis-statements of which they take hold, they then take up a dignified position, and say that they never read such trash and that they consider it altogether beneath their notice." That is the best course they can adopt-under the circumstances. A preacher, who is now on a collecting tour through Wales in aid of a certain t3 college, adverting to the universal de- pressions iu trade just now, expressed himself in the following words My wife ZD keeps a small farm, but now I keep her and the fal'm 1 "Cliarity always begins at home. Preaching—after all is a surer and more reliable means of gaining a livelihood than farming. Mr G. J. Hodges, the storekeeper of the Joint Counties' Asylum, has not been long in Joint Counties' Asylum, has not been long in making his good qualities known to the Car- marthen District of Rechabites. In three years he has attained the highest honours which the Rechabites can bestow-as on Saturday last, at Velindre, near Henllan, he was elected Chief Ruler. I congratulate Mr Hodges, but as I occasionally take a drop for the sake of my cold," I am sorry I cannot come under his t?nt. Bloomers shock old-fashioned folk but nothing at all where they ought to be, is much more shocking. A Carmarthen woman was Oil the spree last week and to prevent her going out in the morning for more drink, her C, husband after she had gone to bed — concealed the clothes she generally wore in the day-time. On arising in the morning, and feeling thirsty, she determined to have a daink at any price. She, therefore, put on her shoes and stockiugs, and donned her husband's coat-only this, and nothing more. In this eccentric garb she marched out and had her pint. One person who saw ner nearly had a fit of apoplexy the dress is said to have looked exactly like Highland costume—without the kilt. Our poet was struck by the Muse on Wednesday morning, and the following verses are the result She is sprues, short, pale, and fair, With beautiful gold-tinted hair Her bcati-R youthful s jvain—sedate, When at her side seems quite elate. The amorous pair we seldom eeo Except upon a Sunday But- on Llanstephan road they were The two-on last Whit-Monday. He had his bike "-—her sunshade she, Llanstephan he'd been down to Bee, lie stopped his bike "—and then said she Oh do come back one milo with me." A killing glance he gave to her, Aud then they marched right on, While her companion with a grin His bike did bring along. It is doubtful if in any court of justice in the kingdom such scenes would have been permitted as were to be witnessed in the Borough Police Court-last week. Hooting, yelling, groaning, and hissing, were allowed to an extent which converted the court of Justice into a representation of the tap- room of a very badly conducted public-house. The mob were quietly told that the court would be cleared if it happened again—and they laughed at the oft-repeated magisterial joke. When this had gone on for a couple of hours the Bench cleared—about one- third of the public out. All the dirty-faced blackguards in town had decided the case before tho magistrates had heard a word of evidence. Without going into the merits of the case, it is perfectly evident that the most cool-headed individual could not be expected to keep his wits disentangled when undergoing cross-examination by an extremely acute solicitor, and after being yelled at by the scum of the town for a good part of the day. 'to The fact of the matter appears to be that wo too often in Carmarthen allow the fellows who never wash their faces and never change their shirts to tramplo the whole place under their feet. The respectable people of the town stick to their counters, their anvils, their wheel-barrows, their benches, their desks, and their pulpits, and find it quite enough to do to mind their own business. But the filthy rabble—which never by any chance does a day's work-has been deluded into the belief that it is the 11 Carmarthen public." If ever I should come out for the Town Council—which Heaven forfend !-it will be as an Anti-Rabble nominee. I shall offend these fellows—as I intend to do but I shall have the support of the genuine Carmarthen public. The good folks resident in Richmond- terrace and neighbourhood consider that they have a grievance because during the seven weeks of drought the watering cart has not come near them, and they have consequently been buried in the dust. The cart cannot go everywhere! Dear me But it can go up and down Guildhall- square and similar places a dozen times a day. There is no via media in Carmarthen. We have only two estates of any influence -those who live in the Terrace and those who make the streets a terror to passers- by. The bulk of the ratepayers are a mere nothing. To merit consideration you must either be a person of fame or a person of ill-fame. It used to be an article of faith in Car- marthen that the German bands always brought rain. We had a baud of unem- ployed from Swansea on Monday and it brought down the rain after an eight weeks drought. I am glad to find that the home product is beating the foreign article out of the market. The eisteddfod motto ought to be changed to Y Seindorf Gymraeg yn erbyny byd." These notes are becoming very annoying to some folks. Various schemes are being considered every method of stopping them from libel actions to personal violence is canvassed. Well, I am ready. These notes are passed by a Queen's Counsel before they are printed, and the writer is the heavy-weight pugilist of his native county. Anybody is quite welcome, therefore, to do his best to stop them. TOBIAS TWISTER.

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CENNEN TOWER.

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