Correspondence. GAMBLING. To the JSditor of the Penarth Chronicle- Dear Sir, I inadvertently omitted to give the name of the person who received the letter quoted last week from Mr W. E. Gladstone in which he so strongly de. nounced the vice of gambling. It was received by Mr Douglas Mackenzie, author of the Ethics of Gam- bling." Yours faithfully, EDWARD SEAGRAVE. Penarth, July 10th, 1895.
--p-- Marine Excursions. II. The Loma Doone hooter has been blown for the last time, the gangway is drawn on board, the paddle- wheels move, we are off. and to-day we find onrselves being carried towards 'Combe. A beautiful breeze is blowing, although the sun is pouring his rays down upon us, almost unmercifully. I look around for a camp chair, for they are more comfortable than the ordinary fixed wooden seats, and they have this ad- vantage. that if one position does not suit you, you can take up your seat and walk, planting it in any other place. I fail for some time to meet with what I want, but at last a young gentleman stands up and goes for a stroll. He leaves his chair behind him, and of course I presume he does not further need it. Like a hawk, I dart forward and seize it, and hence- forth it is mine, that is until I arrive at my destina- tion, for if I am inclined to have a change of position, I pick up my seat, put it under my arm, and so parade the deck. We have not gone far before a "band" which con- sists of three individuals with a piano, a cornet and a violin, strikes up. A popular air is played, and three young ladies' who have taken their stand by my seat, are under its influence and they begin to sing an accompaniment. I try to catch the words, bub all I can make out are 1! no doubt! By and bye a comic singer makes his appearance, and to the delight of a considerable section of the excursionists he sings about "My baby" We have now passed the Holmes, a splendid view of which we have bad in passing. From one of the Bristol Channel "guides" we gather that on the feteep Holme, the mother of King Harold sought refuge and died after the defeat of her son at the battle of Hastings. There also Gildas, the historian, stayed for some time and wrote his history, until compelled by the unfortunate pirates, who frequented the island, to seek seclusion elsewhere. The island is reputed to belong to no parish, and. consequently no rates or taxes are levied over it. In formation it consists of lime- stone rock rising steeply to the height of 400 feet- It is accessible only by two narrow passages, and com- prises 60 acres of barren and unproductive soil in a mile and a half circumference, The Flat Holme is about the same size as its sister isle, but it is more fertile. Its lighthouse was erected in 1737. On this island. "Three forgotten mounds mark the rude graves None knows of whom; but those of men who breathed And bore their part in life and looked to Heaven, 4 As man looks now:— th.?y died and left no name Fancy might think, amid the wilderness Of waves, they sought to hide from human eves All memory of their fortunes." Between the Flat Holme and Lavernock Point is the dangerous reef known as "The Wolves." from the resemblance of the noise which the sea makes in break- ing over the rocks, to the how ling of a pack of hungry wolves' We now pass Sully Island, and then Barry Island. On our port-side we have Bridgewater Bay and Burn- ham- We next notice Breaksea Lightship. Over the Somersetshire coast we have an extensive range of lovely scenery. There are the Quantox Hills and the Duukery Beacon, the latter being the hightest point in Somersetshire. We piss Watchet, Durister, and Minebead, but they are too far off for us to see much of their beauty On the opposite coast is Breaksea Point, and further on Nash Point with its two light- houses. Then turning again to the Somerset coast we have Harlston Point, which, according to the legend connectedjiwith it, was so called from the fact that St. Paul and the Devil stood on this point to hurl stones over Porlock Hill. During the Saxon period, Porlock waz, of far more importance than it is to-day, and as a royal seat was then the scene of stirring historical events. We steam past the craggy coast behind which lies Exmore Forest. We now leave Somerset behind, and approach the rocky Foreland, and get some magnificent views of the North Devon coast which is lemarkable for its crags, chasms, rocky headland?, and recesses. We text enter Lynmouth Bay, a id take a peep at the charming scenery of Lynmouth and 1 Lynton. In a short time, we reach our destination, Ilfracombe, where we disembark, and where we spend from three to four hours. But whilst we hava thus been briefly describing the scenery to the right and lei t of us as we have proceed- ed on our way, we have neglected to note what has been going on on board. Near to where I bad taken my seat, viz close to the paddle-box, a party of young people had planted themselves. It was evident that the weight of the heavy hoof of sorrow had never been felt by them. They were blithesome, light and gay- full of merriment, and were wholly bent on jollity, two or three of them being rather excitable. Close to my side was an elderly lady who was disturbed by the levity of the young people, and she did not hesitate to cast some vinegar glances at them- This was at length noticed by one of the young men, who turned to one of the young ladies, and in rather a loud voice, asked how she would like to be an old maid. The ball having been once started, all helped to keep it rolling, until at length the object of their ridicule could stand it no longer, and she stood up and walked away, remarking as she disappeared -4 I never knew such vulgar things." As I announced before, there was a beautiful breeze blowing when we started, and we wore now getting the full benefit of it. I picked up my seat at length and made for the other end of the boat just- to see what was going on. In the very hindermost prut of the boat there was a young woman who looked 11 poorly bad." Her face was almost as white as a bheet. A young man was by her side—very attentive. Her head rested on his shoulder, and his hand held her forehead. I did not stop to see what happened, but without doubt she was thankful when she could leave 'the boat. Other incidents there were which caught my attention, but space will not allow me to detail them. After spending a few hours on shore, we again, In made for the boat, and our trip home was very en- joyable. We reached Penarth Pier about 4.3\), and as the boat, after calling at Cardiff, w s to make a trip to and from Biistol, and as I had not become tired of the water, and only needed a refresher, I resolved to go on. We had only an hour at Bristol, and the great- er part part of this time we spent at a refreshment house very near the pontoon. The proprietor was a man of from 16 to 18 stone- His shirt sleeves were rolled up, he had no collar on, and his movements— well, they almost made one iil to look at him. He was assisted bya boy of about 12 who was the very cut of his father- You might as well try to move a moun- tain, as try to get them to put on a little steam- "'Jome, Guv'nor, be sharp; we have only a few minutes here," said one customer. "I can't help that," was the cool reply. "Give me a plate of beef." Ali io-ht." With patience exhausted, the customer cried out "Are you ojng to bring my beef' •< VW', was the answer, and and after a short interval, the pi »t-e of meat was put on the table, but ne'er a bit of bread. I fared better, for 1 stood at the coaiiter until 1 was served, and I was glad to get out again in the breeze which was somewhat, sharper than the host. At eigh t o'clock we proceeded on out' return jour- ney, which was pleasantly spent. When we arrived at Cardiff' there was found on board a man who bad no ticket, nor did le appear to have money, he having spent his ah in the cup that inebriates. He did not appear 10 know where he was. When Penarth was reached he was handed over to the care of one of our guardians of the peace, but was afterwards allowed to go. When he WaS on the Pier, be asked to be directed to the police station, but whether he found a night's lodgings in that establish ment I have not heard. The night had now far advanced, and I for (ne, was glad to lay my head on the feathers, and dream over again the pleasures and events of the day.
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