Oh For a Life in the Open Air. Ob for a life in the open air, Away from the smoke and the din From the rush of feet and the gaslight's glare, From Babylon's folly and sin. From the greed of gold and the lust of fame, From street after street, close and drear, From the dark blacK river of foulest shame With its thousands of victims each year. Oh! for a life in the open air, Where the breezes that blow full and free, Are laden with scent from God'" garden fair, Or sayour'd with salt from the sea. Where the hedges are gay with the hawthorn and rose, And the hillsides are gra&sy and green Where the meadows are vhite with the daisy that blows, And the sunlight illumines each scene. Oh for a life in the open air, V In a wood, where the coolness and calm Seem to quiet at once the canker of care, And our bitterest hates to disarm Where the grief-stricken heart and the overwrought brain A solace and refuge can find Where the soul is inspired to battle again By the trumpet-toned song of the wind. Oh for a life in the open air, By mountain or moorland or sea With one sweet companion my pleasures to share, With one heart that beats but for me. Then the wrongs I have suffer'd, the pains I have borne, The sorrow and trouble and care, Shall vanish like mist at th3 breaking of morn, When I liv, inbe pure open air J. W. NICOl"
Alleged Frauds on a Newport Jeweller. .-j y HUGH FINLAY ON HIS TRIAL. VERDICT AND SENTENCE. At the Quarter Sessions at Usk on Wednesday— before Mr S. Co Bosanquet (Chairman) and a full bench of magistrates-Hugh Finlay (29), decribed as a solicitor, was put on his trial for false pretences. Mr Corner, for the prosecution, laid the facts before the jury I rom the magisterial proceedings recently it will be in the recollection of our readers that on the 19th of August last the prisoner went to Mr Nugent Wells, jeweller, Newport, and representing himself to young Mr Wells as Jimmy Grice, son of the late Mr E. J. Grice, former Major of Newport, and a well known pJblic man, that be had ju. returned from the Continent, and wished to make his mother a present selected a pearl and turquoise bracelet and brooch to match, worth jE8 7s. Afterwards he said he should like to make a present to a governess formerly in Mr Grice's family, and selected a diamond brooch and a diamond cluster ring, valued at XII !Os. The goods were delivered by young Mr Wells at the King's Qead Hotel, where the prisoner was staying, and next morning the prisoner again called and gave a Colonial bank cheque (afterwards dishonoured), and selected additional jewellery and a gold watch. He promised to send him a cheque for the additional goods when he got to his mother's at Reigate. The prisoner, however, never went to Reigate, but was apprehended at Penarth with the whole of the jewellery, excepting the £ 12 diamond pin, in his possession. Prisoner was believed to be Alec or Xidward Dick who formerly went to school with young Grice, and thus acquired the family history. The learned counsel said it was a gross fraud on the part of a well-educated man, who used his education to go about to mislead people. Mr Digby Wells said in the witness box that he parted with the jewellery in the belief that the prisoner was James Elliot Grice but admitted, in crossexamination that the prisoner did not say be was the son of E. J. Grice. He did say that he knew the Grice family. Prisoner addressed the learned Chairman as your lordship, and, as at the Police Court hearing, put him- self as the prisoner. He gave witness a bad time, and seeking to entangle him about his identity with the Grice family, witness replied, I cannot follow you." No," retorted the prisoner, "I did not think you would whereat the Court decorously tittered. Miss Chater, book-keeper at the Kings Head Hotel, said the prisoner came to the hotel, secured a bod and sitting-room, and she saw him write the name James E. Grioe in the visitors' book. Prisoner adhered to the third person style which led Mr Corner to say in reexamining Miss Chater: The accused talks about the prisoner sending a telegram that he could not get home to lunch, is he the man who was at the hotel ? —Witness Yes.—Mr Percy Laybourne, solicitor, said he knew the prisoner as a boy staying during the autumn of 1878 at Mr Grice's at Ffrwd Vale, Maindee. Witness ran races with him, and companioned as a guest of young Grice, they being school fellows together at Roggiett. The prisoner was Edward Dick, who said be was a native of Trinidad. In cross- examination witness said he more fully identified the prisoner than he did at the Police Court, because his beard bad disappeared and there were the same prominent ears.—Prisoner: I bad not a beard seven- teen years ago.—Witness No; only (t down then —Detective James, replying to the prisoner, said he told him after being committed to the Quarter Sessions that the ring was stolen from him in Cardiff, and that he, went and gave up the rest of the jewellery. Alfred Francis Tasker, assistant to Messrs Wells, corroborated. He reminded Mr Wells on the second visit that he sold his mother a silver watch for a present for himself several years ago, and that it had gone so well that he wanted a gold watch from the same maker. The prisoner called John Lichfield, waiter at the King's Head Hotel, as to the telegram being received explaining that prisoner could not come to lunch. The prisoner's defence was that he never said he wai son of E. J. Grice and that Mr Wells would have deserved credit if he had sent for a detective instead of supplying-the goods to a man who bore no resem- blance to the real young Grice. Prisoner did not attempt to get rid of the, jpwellery or turn it into money. His analysis of the law of evidence was, however, weak, and belied his deliberate statement in the calendar that he was a solicitor. The prisoner was sentenced to 18 months' hard labour,
u.E.T.S. Concert. There was a large audience when Mr Davies, the | Sichool, presided- The opening'pianoforte and'violin duett by Mis Bliss and Miss Kate Dillon was beauti- fully executed. All the performers did very well. | They were Misses Lewis, Harris, Pergrin, Watts, Williams, and Messrs. W. A. Singer and I- White. I The accompaniments were played by Miss Bliss and Miss Lewis. The programme was kindly got up by | Miss Bliss. Mr Norris and Messrs W. A. and Luigi Angove briefly addressed the meeting at the close.
r ■■pin i » .-=== —. and sorrow because of the dear ones they had lost through the drink. If. said the speaker, such a procession were actually to pass before your sight •to-v.icrht there.is not a man who would raise a cheer. Mrs Barney then appealed in. eloquent yet touching 'language to her audience, that they would at once give up the drirk. During the collection. the choir sang "Raise your standard sisters," and then Mr Percy Thomas briefly addressed the audience, givinz incidents which had come uader his own notice in the town of Cardiff. The meeting terminated with the benediction. On Wednesday afternoon, a social gathering was held in the ball. for which about 300 invitations were Issued. The front part of the hall was re-arranged. Small fancy tables with vases of flowers were placed aboi)t, with seats around them. About 200 accepted the invitation. A few members of the Blue Ribbon Choir sat on the platform. Mrs T. Powel presided, and in her opening remarks paid a very high tribute to the president of the Penarth branch of the B.W.T.A., Miss Tregelles. The subject of Mrs Barney's address was "Christ's me.sage to women." The speaker said were I to ask anyof you if yon believe in the Word of God, you would all say, yes, of course we do. On a bit of ribbon in a Bible I once read these words, Dear Lord Jesus, let us read this book together." It struck me as being something very beautiful to read the Bible with the Lord Jesus, but how often when on my bended knees I have thus read it. have 1 had to give up my pre- conceived ideas. Mrs Barney spoke much upon the power of mother's prayers, and related several beau- tiful yet touching incidents, which went home to the hearts and consciences of liar audience, moving many to teflll. She blessed God for his Divine thought for women. Before closing her address she related instances showing the need for the women of the B.W.T.A-, to be thorough—to wear the badge of while ribbon, and not to wear it under a covering so that it could not be seen. To her the ribbon was a message. It ought to mean (1) purity in thought and deed; (2) It ought to mean consecration, not to the temperance cau: e only, but to the Lord Jesus; (3) It ought to mean helpfulness, so that those in trouble or sorrow, seeing the white badge upon us, would know that we were ready to help with loving words. and sympathy and council; (4) it ought to mean loyally. Christ himself has opened the way for women's work and we have nis promise, I the Lord will be thy shield and thy exceeding great reward." Ther, in praver, Mrs Barney pleaded for the women of Penarth, that they might be led to give themselves to Christ, and to devote their interests to the promo- I iion of Temperance work. A piece by the choir, and the meeting was con-j eluded with the benediction- All who chose to remain were invited to partake of tea, an abundant supply of provisions having been provided, On Wednesday evening the hall was again crowded, and even the platform was packed. On this occasion the chair was taken by Mrs Wheatley, who is a fluent and telling speaker, and who has had muoh experience in the various branches of the B. W. T. A. work in London. She was supported by Mrs Barney, Mrs Trow (Secretary), Mrs Inglis (Barry), Mrs Pike, Mrs Pickford, Mrs Loveridge, Mrs Kemp, Mrs Pyne, Miss Evans, the Misses Cruickshank, Miss Allen, Miss Bleby, and Messrs Loveridge, Shepherd, Hitchings, Hancock, Allen, Seagrave. &c. The musical part of the programme, with the object losson, was similar in character to that of the previous evening. Miss Coney and Miss Button beautifully rendered the duet, u Side by side to the better land." Miss Siderfin and Miss Jenkins marshalled the waifs on to the platform, and Miss Bleby very feelingly spoke of the depriva- tions which these children suffered in consequence of the drinking habits of their parents. Mrs. Whea ley, in introducing Mrs. Barney, said the idea that seemed to prevail among people to-day was that the B. W- T. A. was going to turn the world upside down. That was not exactly their in- tention, but it was to turn it right side up, to turn it toward God's face. When the Veto Bill was thrown out it was thought the temperance party would be discouraged, but it, was not, for they had the same promise that was given to Joshua, Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon that have I given you." She did not agree with all the Veto; Bill intended to do, for it proposed closing the publicJ houses. She would not have them closed, but would turn the drink out, and keep them open, for it was not the intention of the B. W. T. A. at any rate, to take away a single pleasure of the people, but to see that they were wholesome. Mrs. Barney, as she rose to speak, was presented with a choice bouquet by little Miss Florrie Hayter, with-these words, "We give you this with our love." Mrs, Barney said the words of the little one, we give you this with our love," meant a great deal to her, for she was far more familiar with the wails of life than with its brightness and its flowers, and urged upon her listeners the importance of taking care of the children. The subject chosen for the Evening was u From Jerusalem to Jericho," and those Inost familiar with the parable and its teaching could' not have but learnt something new from the wond3r- ful way in which the subject was treated by the ■S] e IkGr, nor could one have left the hall in doubt' after the brilliant exposition and dealing with the question of the rich young ruler, Who is my neighbour ?" by Mrs. Barney. The road from Jerusalem to Jericho was infested with robbers who, not content with robbery, in many cases, beat, stripped, and left wounding and dying their victims. We are all travellers on life's great highway, and the robber institution is the liquor traffic. The people who pass before us, in the parable, are repre- sentative people; they represent the classes of to- day, and as they pass before us, it may be given to some of my audience to see where they stand to- night. The young man was a self-satisfied man, and though there was no accusation in the words of the Master, therejwas something in the Master's presence which made that man want to justify himself. In order to justify himself he asks that question. Who is my neighbour ?" Mrs. Barney described her in- terview, by request, with a lady who wrote her to visit her that she might learn something of the son of the family who for a long time had been lost sight of, and who, it was thought, had been traced to a prison where he was. undergoing a sentence for crime, and of her visit to him 1200 miles from his home, who though much broken by the changed appearance of his mother, for which he held himself responsible, could only say "It was her jewe'led hand that first gave me wine Mrs. Inglife (Barry) briefly addressed the audience, and the meeting terminated with the choir singing God be with you till we meet again," and the benediction. J3,Y ONE tF THE B. T. W. On Tuesday ard Wednesday evenings last, Andrews' hall was tested to its utmost capacity, in order that the large audiences which had gathered to hear Mrs. Barney, the eloquent temperance advocate and philanthropist of America, mightl be accommo- dated with seats. When the large crowd had each evening taken their places, and the Penarth Blue Ribbon Choir bad assembled, the ladies in pale blue blouses, the gentlemen wearing the white ribbon badge of the B. W. T. A., on the platform, which war. environed with choice flowers, beautiful palms aud ferns, it formed, with the prettily decoiated walls, bright with many coloured flags, soft drapings, pictures, and the glad faces of the eager expectant people, a beautiful picture of enthusiasm. Punctually at 7.30 Mrs. Barney ascended the platform. After the effective rendering of some selections of music by the choir, and prayer, the speaker was introduced by the ladies presiding. Mrs. Barney spoke for more than an hour at each meeting, carrying her audiences with her addresses, which for earnestness, pathcs and power, it would be difficult to surpass. As its lights and shadows were noted by the hearers, it was easy to see how deep an impression was made, their frequent and prolonged applause evincing the warm- est interest. Mrs. Barney is a most impressive speaker, has an extensive knowledge of lite's problems, and a heart brim full of intense sympathy for the suffering. Evidently a Divine voice has called her to her work. and to such women we can but wish them God speed, feeling assured by their effoits, faith and prayer, from the wreckage left by the waves of intemper- ance, they will be enabled to pilot thousands of sinking souls into the port of peace.