FOOTBALL. (By ONE OF THE CROWD). Having brought off the opening fixtures with Abergavenny, Ebbw Vale and Pontymoile—compara- tively easy matches—Penarth start next Saturday on a course of five or six engagements that will really try their mettle. It has been easy work hitherto, but in their meetings with Wellington, Coventry, Neath Llanelly and Newport they will have something to go on with. Through some mistake or misunderstanding the match with Pontymoile wa'3 not reported in the Cardiff evening papers, of Saturday, and a good many people thought the match bad not been played, and when they found out that it reaily had been played, they were surprised at the fact that only a try apparently, represented the difference between the two teams. This, however, can be easily explained. The match came off under very abnormal conditions. The heat was intense, and the full time was not played. The hot weather visibly affected both teams, and the men consequently suffered considerably, and did not display that amount of energy they would have done bad the weather been cooler, the Penarth men, especially in the first half, being apparently very indifferent as to the result. In addition to thi, i Pont.yrr.oile showed much better form than Penarth anticipated. It seems they made a very bold fighr and according to Mr Graham, the referee, they are a rapidly improving team—a team thttno other team should be ashamed of being beaten by. Their forwards are a fine stalwart lot, and gave Penarth much trouble. In the initial portion of the game the visiting ups played m anything but their best form, ( and the team, as a whole, were lacking in many respects. Time after time the ball was heeled out on Penarth side, and the Penarth halves could not suc- ceed in getting it. George Shepherd was a bit off in this period of the game, but in the second half he made ample amends, and played as well then as he did badly before. It should be mentioned that once in the D.rsr half lie had very had li"es iu not scoring* t The second half saw a considerable change. Penarth attacked time after time, and visibly improved as time went on, their lasting power standing them good stead. Jones was the scorer, and played a fine game- The score was no indication of the real state of things. Penarth were distinctly unlucky, and should I have scored on more than one occasion.
THE WELLINGTON MATCH. And now for the Wellington match. The Welling* ton club can put a fine team in the field when they choose. It will be remembered that when Newport were at the heigtb of their glory, the Wellingtoniona scraped up a lot of country players—including international?", and almost succeeded in defeating the invincibles. This year they are going pretty strongly too. Last Saturday they drew with Bridgwa. er, r although they took up only a weak team, and Q 0 on Saturday next, they mean to give Penarth a doing—if they can. They are bringing a very strong team, inclnding one of the Haudcocks, and they intend to make things hum. Mermagem is a man that must be watched he is a fine playerj and gave Bridgwater a lot of trouble last week. It is to be hoped that Penarth will arise to the occasion, and show the visitors that the Seasiders have some. thing in them. On the other hand, we may depend upon it, tl)3 YY el!ingtonian« are anxious to emulate the Barnstaple men of last year who inflicted a de- cisive defeat on Penarth.
FINAL SCORE. PENARTH A *4 4 0 ARTILLERYMEN 0 0 4 *One dropped.
I Ghurch of England Tempsrance Society. On Thursday evening, the first of this season's meiingsm connection with the above society, wag held in the National Schoolroom, which was crowded to excess. The chair was taken by Mr J M. Jennings, who gave a brief address. Miss Emma I Webb, who had charge of the programme, provided the audience with "a sumptuous rep's., served up I in A 1 style. At the close, upon the proposition of Mr E. Fargher. a vote of thanks was act orded Miss Webb, the performers, and the Chairman. The programme included a pianoforte duet, by Misses Coney and Evans pianoforte solo, by Master Arthur Poole; recitation, by Miss Emily Peal- and songS I by Miss Gertie "Williams, Miss Nellie Webb, Miss j Coney, Miss Carrie Ellis, Miss Perry, Mr Childs Master Ivor White, and Mr Sam ways.
MATCH WITH ROCKLIFFE. Footballets will be glad to hear that the famous Rockliffe team who drew with Newport last year and defeated Cardiff, are to visit Penarth in the Easter holidays- ) PENARTH A v CARDIFF ARTILLERY. Played at Penarth, the kick-off being delayed till 5 o'clock through the lateness of the visitors. Mr Wi B. Gibbs, Penarth F.C., refereed. The homesters led off spiritedly and quickly invaded the visitors' territory, where a smart bout of passing all the quartette handling, enabled the wing man to get over with a try in the corner the same player failing at the augmentation. The artillerymen made an incursion into the Seasider's territory, but thi third lines erratic passes precluded an equalisation and ouly a minor resulted. Play was now hotly waged in Penarth's quarters, the outcome being another minor. To the attack they returned agaiiij when Clode attempted a drop for goal, a miner, how- ever, being its fate. This was followed by the same player trying the same tactics, with a similar fate. 0. Kirby now changed the venue to midfield, where Knight and Chivers by dexterous manipulation in transfers, worked t) the Artillymen's 25, and Dewar accomplishing the rest of the work. which terminated in a try. Knight from a difficult angle put on the coup de grace by lauding a goal. Within two minutes Charlie Kirby, from a difficult pas by Knight, sprint- ed in from the equatorial with another try, this being also made a fiver of by Knight. HALF-TIME SCORE. G. T. M. Penarth A 2 1 0 Artillerymen 0 0 4 Resuming, the winners kept up the pressure, and another unconverted try was registered by Kirby, who immediately after, from a round of passing initiated by Dewar, finally receited from Chivers, and dropped a neat goal. From a scrum at the centre, Thornley passed out to Chivers, who put in a flying kick, and outdistancing Russell, fell on the ball, which, 11 dap- ping, was finally pounced on and secured by Kirby, For some irregularity the try was disallowed. Penarth still kept ap the attack, and rounds of applause were evoked by the smart handling of the home quartette wherein Kirby and Knight were most brilliant, the the latter grounding another try, which be also converted. Dewar now waltzed in with a try, uncon- verted, and Thornley soon after followedsuit, Penarth winning by 31 points to nil.
umerent to uertruae. xne rapture borne in upon His I soul by the idea told even his inexperience that he loved! Ah, brief delight. For an instant the ripple of the river, sounding- like heavenly music in his ears the trees,- •whose early verdure rustled above his head, seeming to whisper, in the words of the anonymous letter," Patient ;< w) P ope;" the fair girl before him, turning bluslii i, as he bent upon her his ardent and impa-.si:—all spoke to him, in the passionate and seductive language of the heart, and a life of happiness and love. There sprang up before his mind a vision of a pleasant, peaceful home, the haven of rest after the storms and troubles of the world; of little children clustering about his knees, whose cheery voices called him Father !of a faithful councillor and helpmate, hand in hand with whom he walked through life, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse," till death did them part. A blissful vision, brief in proportion to its intensity. For, quick following upon this lovely dream came the assurance that with the girl who stood before him--holding loose and vague opinions upon' the subject which he justly considered of para- mount importance and of a character not lilt ely to change except from thorough conviction-this happy dream could never grow into reality. The shock was as sudden as the lurid flash which reveals to some startled traveller the precipice over whose brink another moment's spurring would urge his quivering steed. It was a hard case, truly He loved, and could not, dared not yield one iota of his principles. If his affection were returned, as he fancied might be &be case, neither could Gertrude swerve from such principles as she held, unless upon full conviction. Herein lay the real knot of the difficulty. The sliffsreace of position aiad of ejrcumsfcaHCss Raymond dM not, stSl in the flusk of-bis.gratites&tion at Tan Flewker's infrequent praise, estimate as obstacles of particular moment. He judged Van Flewker rrore rightly than could his daughter's partial eyes, and believed, I think with reason, that the merchant would prefer a son-in-law of value to his business, able to advance its interests, to the bluest patrician blood that could be bought for money. Being a man of thoroughly sound and healthy mind, used to meet doubts frankly upon the instant, and convert them into certainties of favourable or un- favouable hue. Raymond promptly resolved to face his present difficulty here, and now. These thoughts were conceived, and his resolu- tion taken, during the pauses of a conversation too common-place and ordinary in character to be noted here. Raymond seized the opportunity of the next in- terval in their talk, and put a case. Delicacy to Gertrude, if the result should prove as he believed and hoped—desire to spare himself, in case he had been self-deceived—the necessity of leaving entire freedom of future action to both-all made it imperative that he should mask the actual situation under a fictitious veil. If Gertrude rightly read his heart, she would not fail to penetrate the disguise; if not, then both were saved unnecessary pain. Miss van Flewker," he began, consciousness of the importance of the subject to the happiness of both, lending a tender earnestness to his tone, one who relies upon my judgment, has asked my opinion upon a very delicate matter. I am not much versed in these affairs myself, and should be glad to have the advice of a lady of tact and discretion, upon the honesty of whose sentiments he might rely. Shall I be asking too much if I beg you to act as judge in the question ?" Gertrude hesitated. The fine and delicate Instinct of her sex told her in an instant that there was more in the request than appeared upon the surface. The gravity of Raymond's tone and manner further con- vinced her that some special interest of his own was deeply concerned. She had not the most distant suspicion of the real moment to herself of the opinion she was asked to give. It might be con- cerning a friend; it might relate to his sister," she thought. A spice of feminine curiosity mingled with her wish to oblige Raymond, and she determined to consent. "You pay me a high compliment, M. White," she returned, in asking my advice; though I can hardly think the opinion of one so unversed in the ways of world can be of particular value. Still, if it will oblige your friend, and give you pleasure, I shall ■be happy to do my best." He thanked her ardentlv. I know," he continued, that I may place per- fect reliance upon your telling me your real opinion, without disguise. It is precisely-pardon me!- because of that inexperience in worldly wiles to which you allude, that I think your judgment would be so valuable. The matter is this. The gentleman of whom I speak is in the service of a rich merchant in the City. In society he has occasionally met his employer's daughter. Circumstances have thrown him a good deal together with this lady, and he has conceived a strong attachment to her. He is not a coxcomb-I will do him the justice to say that-and yet he imagines it possible that in time the lady might re- ciprocate his affection. Further, he does not apprehend that his employer would be averse to his suit, for he believes that gentleman would look, in choosing a son-in-law, more to capacity to assist in the conduct of his business, which is of a peculiar character, than to rank or money. So far the matter would appear to present no very unfavourable aspect." Clearly not," answered Gertrude, with a laugh. 41 Your friend is apparently a fortunate man, whos" prospects many would envy." Raymond went on. Now comes his difficulty. He has been hi might up to consider religion as the principal object in life. It is not with him, as with many, a mere theory or respectable convenience. It is bound up with his existence. All his hopes in this world and the next are based upon its teachings. He believes in it thoroughly, heartily, and cheerfully. It is his aim and his happiness humbly to endeavour to guide himself by its rules. With the lady for whom he has conceived an attachment the case is altogether different. Her father is an essentially worldly man. He cares nothing for any species of belief, except in ao far as it may tend to advance his interests. Educated under these circumstances, and having lost her mother young, the object of my friend's affection has not enjoyed the advantages of any religious training. He tells me she is gentle, affectionate, kind, and intellectual; he may be partial, of v course, but I am inclined to believe that in these .< respects the lady's character is by no means over- nted. Her only defect, in fact, as far as I can tcaMer- /■i stand, appears to be her want of a fixed and earneljt religious bias. My friend, however, is afraid that his regard may have induced him to take too favourable a view of her character; and this is the principal reason why he has desired advice in the matter." He paused, affected by the struggle it had cost him to subdue his emotion, and relate the story with in- difference and calm. Gertrude's eyes had never left his face while he was speaking. The moon shone full upon his countenance with the radiance of day, and showed each muscle sternly kept in order by an iron will. His eyes met hers as he concluded, and the two looked at each other for some seconds without a word. chap 22 Did the suspicion begin to enter Gertrude's mind that it was her own story he was relating? Did she —ah! did she guess who this mysterious friend might be? Will she not understand, and spare me further pain ? Oh will she never understand ?" Yet, like the Spartan boy when the fox was gnaw- ing at his vitals, Gertrude made no sign, and Ray. mond continued- This, therefore, is his strange and unhappy fate. He loves, he thinks he is beloved, yet dares not ask the object of his love to share his lot. He dares not ask, because he believes that life has higher duties than the mere gratification of passion. He dares not ask, because he thinks it would be a sin, a crime, an outrage upon all the principles and practice of his life, to make one, unstable in what he has been taught to believe holy, the partner of his days, the mother of his children. Say, Gertrude, honestly and frankly, what is your own opinion ? Is he right, or is he wrong ?" She understood him-ah she understood him now. The flimsy veil of fictitious reserve that had inter- pøsGd between them was rent in twain, and their hearts beat quitklr as they stood there face to face. The hour of decision—of that final, ultimate, per- emptory decision, that should make or mar the happi- ness of two noble lives—was'come. It is hard—is very hard!" whispered Gertrude, I faintly; so faintly, that Raymond was forced to bend low to catch her words. I—I can hardly advise. Alas! What shall I do ? What shall I say ?" I Her voice died away into an articulate murmur. Even by that white light Raymond could see that she was deadly pale that the cruel battle waging within her breast between the love that spoke so strongly, and the pride that would not yield, was written upon her face. Truly, it was very hard "The truth, dear Gertrude!" he panted. "The truth—nothing but the truth "lien-your-friend-is-is right! she stammered. next minute she fainted in his arms-