Editor does not hold himself responsible for the opinions expressed by Correspondents. OUR PUBLIC STREET LAMPS. To the Editor of the Penarth Chronicle Dear Sir,—I should be p, lad if you will grant me a small space in this week's issue of your paper to draw attention to the notices which are ported on our public street lamps. A couple of months ago notices were posted about in many places offering L-5 reward to any persons giving information as would lead to the conviction &c., for damaging public trees, seats and lamps. Now, these notices are posted on one of the four panes of many" of the lamps in the town, with the result that on that side 'no light shows itself, thus destroying, to a very grept extent, the pur- pose for which the lamps are placed in our public thoroughfares. Why should the District Council have the privilege of posting notices on the lamps like this ? If a tradesman was to come along) and ask for one square in each lsmp to be let to him for advertising purposes, i and offer handsome remuneration into the bargain, his offer would be refused, on the plea which I have mentioned above. I hopé the members of the Council will at once see into the matter, and take steps to have every notice thus posted, cleaned off Thanking you, sir, in anticipation for the insertion of the enclosedi I remain, Faithfully yours, PEDESTRIAN.
HOW MANY WAYS HEAVENWARD? To the Editor of the Penarth Chronicle. Siia,-Twas ever thus and ever will be, this re- ligious throat cutting. Lord, how these Christians love one another The Baptists have run amuck at the British and Foreign Bible Society becauae the latter in their foreign translations haven't translated baptize in a way directed by the Baptists, themselves. One would think that baptism were a crucial test of one's heavenly fitness. Ab, Douglas Jerrold wasn't far out when he said, -1 Doginatism was the maturity of puppyism." In Christianising the globe it is necessary to remember that Christ summarised the decalogue into two commandments. Takt, then these two divine dicta and the thousand years reign would be contemporaneous with the end of the 20th century. Each sect has its "private way" to Heaven nowadays, and the due observance of, and implicit belief in, certain dogmas seem to be that particular sect's Alpha and Omega- The aggrieved Baptists have been so outraged that they have set up an oppo- sition show called "The Baptist Bible Translation Society "—for the purpose of circulating the pure word of Göd. Small wonder is it that Penarth's contribution to the other Bible Society should be only £18. What must the heathens think of this much- vaunted Christian England ? I imagine out in parts of heathendom religious partisanship showing itself thus," This way to Heaven by Sprinkling." The only right way to Glory, by Immersion-No connection with the pagans opposite." I think, Sir, that the world then to an end will come in A.D. 18,765,981. I am sure many of Penarth's benighted ones had a time of rare reflection after reading the culling in your last issue from The Freeman. I am, etc., A PERIPATETIC PAGAN.
THE UNBAPTIZED BIBLE. To the Editor of the Penarth Uhroncile- DEAR SIR,-Anotber historical Bible, after the recent difference of the Baptists with the Bible Society, will be added to the list. Ttiere are The Breeches Bible 1579, so called because Gen. Ill, 7, was rendered The eyes of them both were opened, and they sewed figge-tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches. The Vinegar Bible 1717, so called because the heading to Luke xx is given as The parable of the Vinegar," (instead of Vineyard,^ and then comes The Wicked Bible 1632, so. called be cause the word not is omitted in the seventh commandment, making it Thou shalfc commit '¡:(\'1:' adultery." Now there is The Uiibaptized Bible, SO called, not because it hasn't been immersed of sprinkled, but on account of the British ana Foreign Bible Society in translating into Singalese or some other Hindoo tongue, having omitted the word baptize and substituted another one. Whether this were done unwittingly or because such wickedness is rampant abroad amongi the heathens, such as to provoke fc second dtiug*, history, at present, deponeth not. A missionary, retired, once told me that fire-water and sypblis were invariably the accompanists of the introduction of Christianity abroad. We raise untold money for Christianising the heathens, but there's DQ need to go outside Great Britain, St- Paul told us not to do evil that good might come. Charity begins at home, and especially up the Rhondda. That, how- ever, id no reason why it should not go abroad. One could make a good start with the local Nonconformist Ministerial Union. Yours etc., Penarth, March, 5, 1895. ANTI-HUMBUG.
L, PenaTth Nonconformist Churches Relief Fund. Although the supplies of soup have been stopped yet the work of administering relief to very needy cases has been continued, and will be for at least another week. The committee beg to acknowledge the following additional contributions. Amounts previously acknowledged 135 19 1 Penarth Football Club 2 10 0 Collected Rev I 0 Stalberg 2 4 2 Collected Her W Wallace 2 10 2 J P Thompson Esq 2ud instalment 10 0 James Sajuk 0 2 6 144 5 11 T R Wadley basket of Meat. I
Not Enough Liquor. LICENSING OFFENCE AT PENLARTH. At Penarth Police-court on Monday—before Major Thornley, Mr John Cory, and District Councillor Morris—Messrs J. W. A. Stevens, S. A. Brain, R. Wain, and R. A. Bowring, trading as Stevens and Co., wine merchants, Masonic-buildings Penarth, were summoned for selling beer in smaller quantities than allowed by their licence. Mr J. H. Jones appeared for the prosecution, and Mr A. Cousins represented the defendants. Mr Cousins raised a preliminary objection to the effect that no prosecution would be commenced by the Excise authorities before the defendants them* selves had been allowed an opportunity of explaining any action with which they were charged. The advocate strongly submitted also that the offence dis- closed in the summons was not an offence under the Licensing Act, and if so it would have to be couched in vastly different terms to those found in the summons. Both of those objections were overruled. Evidence was given by Acting-Sergeant Salter to the effect that on the 23rd January last be was on duty in Hickman Road, when he saw Isaac John, a carter in the employ of defendants, delivering half-a* dozen half-pint bottles of pale ale at the house of Mr John Dodd for a person named Peach, who waS living with him. In reply to witness, John stated that that was all he was going to deliver at the house, but he supposed that Mr Peach had paid for six dozens and was receiving them in half-dozens. In the cart there were another half-a-dozen bottletof ale, which the carter said were for another party. Witness examined the invoice and found there only half-a-dozen bottles mentioned. When witness satf the manager a little time afterwards the latter ad* mitted that only half-a-dczen bottles were sent, and that he did not deny the facts as he had already stated. Cross-examined by Mr Cousins The manager (Mr Davies) subsequently came to the police-station, and told witness that if he went to Mr Peach he would see an invoice for a larger quantity than balf-a-dozen. Mr Cousins now submitted that it was not proved that defendants had any knowledge of the defence, which was necessary according to the case of the Cardiff Conservative Club Company and the Inland Revenue, and al=o Newman v. Jones, both of which he now quoted- The Bench considered it necessary for Mr Cousins to establish this fact, and the lattet called Mr John Weaver, the managing director of the defendant firm. Mr Davies had been appointed by the firm as manager of the Penarth branch, and at the time produced excellent testimonials in connection with the trade. When they started business at Penarth last year a circular (produced) was issued to the public, which expressly stated that they could not supply customers with less than 4 gallons of ale in the wood or six dozen pint bottles. They e. pected Davies to carry out those instructions, and in consequence of the present complaint he was dis- missed by the directors at their next meeting. Major Thornley said his personal opimon was that ignorance on the part of the defendants or the pro- prietors of a business vyas not a good defence, as h. considered they might ba wilfully ignorant of tha acta of their servants, and therefore he required that evidence should be given that these directors had given such instructions to their manager as would not in sny W". contravene the Licensing Act,
vu well aware of the fact. But she had not been happy with her husband, for the reasons we may now give, and which will serve to explain much that will appear afterwards during this narrative. In the first place, Lucy Raymond believed her husband had deceived h-r. He hsd represented himself as an oiScrr -it tlip army, and thus her girlish vanity had be:H' oajed. But when, upon her arrival at the I (, .r.m which she transport Bailed, and in which ?;i • a. d hfr husband were to proceed to India, she discovered his real non-com- missioned rank, itLO, was very angry, and her indig- nation overcame her alioctions. She had money enough, and was well dressed, so it came to bo understood on board the ship that she had been deceived into marriage, and her conduct also gave some colour to the remarks made by the saloon passengers regarding her. She was easily moved by admiration, nnd though perhaps really attached to her husband and we believe incapable of ,any unfaithful thought, she craved for the zest of < -approval and admiration which in her humble sphere She had always fullyconimandud at home. So when they landed in India Lucy found herself, instead of the honoured and adoiiied wife of an officer, a mere "female'' on the strength of the regiment, her pride took fire and burned fiercely. Her husband was kintl to her; his position was for iris social grade a good one, and he had every prospect of a commission shortly as quartermaster. But Lucy declare*! she had be^n deceived, and many <lisj!nteB atoofc in ttlleir quarters. One iiult, her husl aud had not to find with her, the was not extravagant. She seemed to possess a natural t;¡¡;teÎn dress, which assisted her, and she had, moreover, an object in view while saving money. She did not intend to remain in quarters with her husband all. her life. Lucy had, she argued, been horn .ior bettor tilings, and, therefore, she saved all >e could to enable her to live in some .sanatarium ill. th« hot season as a "lady." Her b.u?baud wa* appointed acting quartermaster, and now she tclt muiv NI.Ù,ieù, but the old feeling 1 11 that «ie had bevii a vic-tim still remained supreme. He was ordered to anothol station, and then Mrs. Layton tame out in quite a different vharaeter. She did not care io accompany hiin. She had a little house of her own, and, by somf female strategy, managed to court attention without giving rise to ecandal. New arrivals, who were not particular, pronounced her a "jolly little W01JJI1,D," and in the deadly want of occupation at times Mrs. Layton managed to secure a flirtation with the subalterns. So tilings went on until her industrious and per- severing partner was put on the sl.vff, transferred to a distant station, and then she came out in her true colours. As an otliccr'a wife, a* "he said, she could rullie it with the best, and obtain loans from the bank when she got' into debt. Those deLts were secured upim her hU¡').,¿tl,d' pay. lie h;id to insure his life in consequence for the benefit of the bank. But Lucy did not care. She determined to be a lady, and so she carried on all sail, regardless of the lee sh re to which she was dri! ting. 'I hus it came to pass that she found herself at Mussuri at the beginning of the hot season—and quite ready to flirt in moderation—though quite ,capable of inspiring a grande passim in some of the idlers who came up on sick leave to the station in tho lulls. CHAPTER VI. AN EXPLOSION. THE Mall at Mu-suri is or was, at the date of my etory, the great meeting place for the society of the station. It was the drive before-mentioned which is not free from danger to quick riders, for it is only a few feet wide and not more than half a mile long in the level. It is not given to everyone to gallop along such a road with a mountain on one side and a precipice on the other. Between five and six o'clock in the afternoon the Mall is crowded. We have ladies in janpans and ladies on horseback, with plenty of men in curious costumes to carry the former, and some on hoiseback to escort the littr t. Tiffin ha" passed, and. everyone is at liberty to ndc in the Mall. Some amble, some canter, a few gallop, and nearly all are flirting, for what else can you do in Mussuri ? The ev.^mourtd subaltern who had despised the Major's ad rice before tififn, was now in full flirtation with Mrs. Lavi.cn. Sh» had taken him with her that morning to the milliner's, aud he has assisted her to make a choice of a ]\ bee net, and had even given her to undeistand that need net mind the expense, for 110 lonudered it a present to her. And now she if (,;it o Jiiai in a manner which, if flirtation were, not so common, and furious love- making n'her » f%nieie of the station, would have been pronomc<;d 'l':c;de,IJ "marked." Major Dean-, who was up on short sick leave, pending the hsnc. of the threatening rumours that were living in all rtirsc'.ion# coEcerning the native regiments, wa'.cW the pair, and being indirectly related to tin f00rh young mar., determined to put a stop to his folly bctore a duel and scandal ensued. But the grass widow, who perceived that her admirer had a long puise. had made ur her mind to dip into it, -and encouraged the roullg man 80 openly that older "hands," though jorh&p? not a whit less intrigante, turned up their eye* and vonder how she could. Mrs. Layton would doubtless not have carried on such a flirtation had he been aware of the probable iconsequence?, for duelling had by no means gone out of fashion in Mussuri. Many a quarrel at the club had ended in a meeting, and Major Deane deter- mined to save his young friend's character, and •protect the foolish woman, who was running her head into a noose, for her husband's sake at any rate. And thus some weeks passed. He spoke seriously to Frank Soutar, and made such a point of being attentive to Mrs. Layton that she became quite llattered. The Major saw only one way out of the trouble, and took it. He called on the young grass widow," who gave no quarter to her enemies, and was graciously received. I have heard of you, Major Deane," said the beauty, "from Mr. Soutar. I feel quite as if you were an old friend." I" regret I can scarcely count myself a friend," replied the Major, gallantly. "I wish I could; but you see-" Well, Major pray proceed." I scarcely k: ow whether I ought. You see, Mrs. Layton, 1 a a peculiar in my views, and wish tny friends to oe really friends. Now you are so young, pardon me- so handsome, that I cannot dare to I beg your pardon, I'm sure—I didn't memi Hore tho Major, who was scarcely forty, sighed, And continued the conversation in a melancholy tone. I must save i'lank, he thought; this woman would jSwalJ-ow me a,te, whle.: di4 Jonah;, but he only -i j ,1 continued—