Marine Excursions. No. :3.-LYNMOIJTTI AND LYNTON. Some people are ever ready to find fault. The weatber is too hot or too cold; there is either too much rain or not rain enough. There was a time when people complained that the facilities for travel- ling were not adequate to meet the necessities of the public, but now the complaint is that on account of so many excursions by land and sea, people generally j are given over to pleasure. One writer has said 11 so much pleasure is ruining our young men and women, and in years to come, when they know more of the realities of life, when trials and afflictions overtake them, they will become paupers, and the more thrifty will have to keep them." This is a black picture, but the prediction, I feel sure, will never be realised. There can be no doubt that sea trips are health-giving and sufficiently invigorating to ward off attacks of sickness from which many of us, were we not so privileged, may be called upon to suffer. However, I am not goings to discuss the question further, but give a few particulars respecting a trip it was my privilege to take a few days ago. xhe sun had been shining brightly during the early hours of the morning, but as the time drew on for the Scotia to present herself at our Pier, the clouds gatnered, and looked rather threateningly upon us. A few minutes behind time we had embarked, and on 0 looking roune for a chair or stool I thought I might almost as well look for a needle in a hay rick. °At length I sighted one, which had evidently been hid; I drew it forth into the light of day, and the friend who accompamed me was seated. But one seat did not satisfy two persons. Soon after a gentleman who had been seated with his wife, near where I was standing, stood up and walked away. I laid hold of the stool, but his faithful spouse also laid her hand upon it, saying it was engaged. I was not, how- ever, to be refused, so I replied, When the gentle man requires it I will give it up." In a short. time I saw the good man had returned, and was standing by the partner of his joys and sorrows, whilst she was pointing to me and to the seat Yes, I said, "I have it, but I will give it up when you want it." Pie did not ask for it, and I did not relinquish my hold. Possession,' it is said is nine points of the law." I had, then, the nine points, and I cared very little about the other one. Whilst all this had b?en going on. the boat had also been going on, and was facing Barry. My com- panion for the day now pulled out an opera glass. Of course it was a real beauty. By its aid one could see to the bottom of the .sea, had the water been shallow and clear enough. In a previous article I noted the places of interest on the way to Ilfracombe, so that my readers will csuppos that the steamer has come to a stand still" at Lynmouth. There are nearly a hundred passen- gers to disembark. The small boats come one by one alongside, and we get into them. Huge waves toss them about almost as though they were corks. Some of the passengers are alarmed, and one or two become almost as white as sheets- One poor woman vows to her husband that he shall never get her in one of these boats again, and the boatmen appear amused as they pull for the shore. After a few minutes we are once more on terra firma. Our time will be short so we have to make all the hasre we can. We proceed at once to the Lyn- dale Hotel for Luncheon, and trom thence make our way to Glen Lyn. This, until ^recently, was the seat of the lale W. K. Riddell, Esq. 5 and is open to the public daily. The grounds are remarkable for rich foliage, abun- dance of wild flowers, and the fairy-like cascades of the "W est Lyn rivulet. These make up a continuity of charming pictures that alone would justify Gains- borough s description of Lynmouth as "the most delightful place for a landscape painter this country can boast. Romantic nooks and enticing pathways zil y abound, and the "Horse Shoe," "Seven Falls," Faiiy Glen," and Top Waterfall," are spots which will awaken the enthusiasm of the most stolid visitor. We climb to the top of one of the banks thinking to have a quiet rest and read I draw from my pocket a copy of the "South Wales Daily Nevvs." and! glance at a few of the headings of the different pars, but I can do no more. At length I drop the paper and give myself up entirely to viewing the wonderful works of nature with which we are surrounded. No tongue can tell, nor pen describe, nor artist picture the beauties of the place. As I look at those falls, I think of the poem, « The Cataract of Ladore," and I am lost in wonder and admiration And then to make the picture more enchanting, there is to be seen here and there, loving couples, some tripping lightly •Ion* Wo OP three walking steadily with their arms eDCirchng each other, whilst SOtne are occupying the quiet nooks which abound in this glen. W cannot hear the soft love-words uttered, they are doubtless too sacred for the public ear, but we cnn hear the rippling laughter of children as thev play with the rushing torrent, and run along by its side. It all helps to fill one's cup to overflowing, and to ask the question, Who can deny the existence of a loving God. a Supreme Power ?'' But there are other places of interest to be visited. Equally fascinating and enjoyable, they say, is the exploration of the East Lyn, where also A wild stream, with hehdlong shock Comes brawling down its bed of rock, To mingle with the main." 2n But time will not allow us to visit it We make our way to the Rock Railway) which was projected by Mr Geo. Newnes, of Tit-Bits fame. By means of this railway we are taken to Lynton, and again we feast upon sights which draw forth the exclamation How good God is! Our time has gone. In less than another half-hour our boat is due. We descend again by means of the Rock Railway, and at once make for the boats which are to convey us to our steamer. We pass through the old tower which was erected by General Rawdon, and which is supposed to be a copy of the one on the Rhine. Whilst we are standing waiting patiently our turn, we learn from a gentleman present that he has made geology his study, and he has no hesitation in saying that the stones on which we are standing are hard to the feet. We now get in the small boats, and the men pull for dear life. The waves roll high, and I notice that certain lovers have their arms round each other, as though determined, if the worst comes to the worst, to perish together. Again the good woman, who in the morning had bestowed her blessing on her husband for inducing her to risk her life in such a small boat. is frightened almost out of her wits but all's well that ends well. We get safely on board, then the patient husband says, Now we are on land again, I'll get you a cup of tea." This, I suppose, was a kind of peace offering. The gallant Scotia is now riding o'er the waves. We have a very pleasant trip home, and not unmind- ful of the blessings we have enjoyod during the day, we arrive at Penarth. where are crowds of excursion- ists waiting the boat for the channel cruise.
Doctor and his Fiancee. CHARGE OF STEALING RINGS AT PENARTH. EXTRAORDINARY CASE. SMART ARREST AT CARDIFF. Before MajorThornlev and Councillor W. L. Morris at Penarth Police Court on Wednesday, a person of gentlemanly appearance, described on the charge sheet as "Dr. Hugh Findlay, was brought up "in custody charged with stealing two engagement rings, the property of Mr. Charles Wehrley, jeweller, Penarth. At the outset, prisoner desiied an adjournment of the proceedings to enable him tj instruct counsel on his behalf, but it was decided to hear sufficient evidence to justify a remand. Mr. Wehrl-y, who was the first witness called, said prisoner visited his shop on Thursday last and wanted to see some engagement rings. At the time he trld witness that he did net know the size of his young y I lady's finger, and on the following day he again entered the shop with a card indicating the size. He handed witness his card (produced), told him that he bad only recently returned from India, where be had been in the service of the Government, and that he was going to establish a medical practice at Penarth. The address on the card was No 64, Windsor Road. He selected two rings in the shop, and asked witness to deliver them at that address in order that the young lady might have the choice the other ring should be returned that evening. Witness went to 64, Windsor Road, and on being told that Dr.Findlay resided there left the rings. He had not. seen them since. One of them was, however, produced in court, and he now identified that as his property. It was worth £ 7. —Major Thorn'«y Yon trusted him with the rings and you now charge him with stealing them ?—. Witness ? One of the rings was to have been returned that same evei I i rr.- Prisoner said he would like to be privileged to ask witness a question, but Major Thornley advised him not to do so if he intended instructing a solicitor.-Philil) Phillips, jeweller, 24, St. Mary Street, Cardiff, deposed that. prisoner pledged the ring identified by Mr Wehrly, at his shop on the same day as it was alleged that he had received it from the latter fo- the sum of 25s —Inspector Roberts deposed that he received I prisoner into custody from the Cardiff police that (Wednesday) morning, he having been arrested the 11 13 previous night. Mr Wehrley accompanied witness at the time, and prisoner denied that he had ever seen him before. Prisoner made no answer to the formal charge.-Prisoner; Are you aware, officer, under what circumstances I came to be arrested last night ? I Witness: Yes.—Prisoner: What are they ?- Witness That has nothing to do with the present charge.-The Magistrates' clerk Please state them if you know them.- Witness: he went to the station and wanted a lady arrested for stealing a ring from him.-The Clerk: You were not there ?-W"itneiss: No. That was what the police told me this morning. I -Superitite-rident, Giddings said that there were two farther charges against prisoner, viz., of obtaining food and lodging from Mrs Clare Soule, 64, Windsor Road, Penarth, and also of stealing a letter as a bailee the property of a Mra Pratt, The Bench agreed to rem iiid prisoner for a week and in reply to Major Thornley as to whether be could obtain sureties, he cr said that he would first of all be obliged tocomiaaui- cate with his relatives. tJ SMART ARREST BY A CARDIFF DETECTIVE The arrest of Dr. Findlay" was made in an exceed- ingly smart and clever manner, and reflects the g-reatest credit upon Detective Rankin, of the CardifF Police Force, into whose charge the case had been given. The "doctor" called at the Central Police Office, Cardiff, at midnight on Tuesday, and gave the name of James Gnce, son of the late Mr E. Grice, the manager of the Nut and Bolt Works, Newport, and stated that he had been robbed. Detective Rankin at once recognised him as the Dr. Findlay wanted at Penarth for false pretences, and promptly arrested him. On making further inquiries, the detective found that he was also wanted at Bath for obtain* ing goods by false pretences under the name of Ed ward Hugh Dick, a solicitor of Trowbridge, and that he had also been defrauding several hotel keepers in the Z, name of the Hon. If W. Bedford, of the West Indies. He had also obtained a gold lever watch, a clusfcetf diamond ring, diamond brooch, a turquoise and pearl bracelet and brooch to match, and other articles from a firm of jewellers at Newport in the name of Grice. Most of the property has been recovered, some of it being found buried in the back garden of a house itt Mary-Ann Street. A few days ago the man who is now iu custody for obtaining rings at Penarth paid a visit, it is alleged, to Messrs Nugent W ells and Sons, High-street, New- port. He is said to have represented himself to be the son of the late Mr E. J. Grice. who was well- known in the district, and who had filled the mayoral chair. Mr E. J. Grice subsequently removed to Reigate, and his son went abroad to Germany. The visitor claimed acquaintance with Mr Wells, who is an old Newport tradesman, and said that he had just returned home from foreign travel and wished to make presents to his mother and an old family governess, etc. He selected a gold lever watch, a diamond pin stud, it diamond double heart brooch, a diamond ring, and a pearl and turquoise bracelet, the cost of thewholebeing about X54. He wrote out a cheque for this amount on a piece of plain paper, and taking soare of the articles with him, directed that the remainder should be sent to the King's Head Hotel where he said he was staying. The cheque was dishonoured and hearing of the an est of the mtn at Penarth for similar prac» tices, Mi Wells went over and identified him. For- tunately for Mr Wells, the whole of the property ha9 been lecovered. How the man obtained the intimate knowledge of the affairs of Air Grice's family it is imprsible to say, except,possibly,through the medium of former servant. Should the charge against the accused at Penarth b eak down it is probable that the prisoner will be ariested and charged at Newport.
Shooting Competition The first stage for Mr Kellys silver cup, valued £ o, was fired off on Tuesday last, at 5 p.m., under the following oonditioiis:-Eacli competitor fired 7 rounds at 200, 500, and GeG yards, and 2 sighting shots at each distanse. The following are the principal scores:— 200 yards < 50O yards i GOO yards fog UANK AND NAME. -g j o ———-—————— I 1 Õ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 1234 5 6 7 )0 = j Instructor J. Lobbau 4 4 4 4- 4 4 4 28 4 5 5 5 4 5 5 33 4 2 3 2 5 5 3 24 j 85 I j Sergt. J. Vinnicombe 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 27 i 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 24 0 4 4 4 5 3 5 25 76 Corporal C. Percy 3-4 44445 28 13252543 24 0 4 3 5 5 0 0 17 1 69 t i 1