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Njustard and Cress.


Njustard and Cress. Appended is a. copy of a testimonial sent to a Rhondda Police Court last week: "I have al- ways found Ann Williams up rit and strait. (Signed) M— The Rev R. Thomas, of Penrhiweeiber, as secretary of the Welsh Congregational Forward Movement Fund for North Glamorgan Division, read his report at tha quartery meeting held at Deri last week, which showed that the churches and individuals have already promised the hand- some sum of £1,357 5s 6d towards the "Gronfa," There are in all 48 churches in the North Gla- morgan Union, and only 29 have as yet re- sponded to the secretary's appeal. He has every confide-noe that the 19 will in the near future respond generously. The object in view is to raise a fund of at least E20,000 in ordar to aid weak churches in the denomination, and give a helping hand to newly formed churches. While the Fem:lale Band were out on their triumphal march last week, a young fellow ap. proached the bandmaster in a state of great excitement and said "Mr Bailey, I not English- man, but I hope when I die that band will sing 'Dead March' in my bury!" No promises were made. A Jubilee tale has been unfolded at Treorky. It appears that two of the local tradesmen our- neyed up to London to see the procession, and had seats near King's Cross. The intense heat of the morning and the inconvenience of tra- velling through the previous night, made these two gentlemen rather thirsty, so one was sta- tioned on the stand to guard the seats while the other made his way to the nearest public-house to soothe his unquenchable thirst, and vice versa. The end of it was that the landlord was compelled to telephone to the nearest brewery for more llquids, as two Welshmen who had come up to see the procession had "dried" the place up. Sweet Rhondda! Ha had travelled through Sanara, braved the dangers of the Nile; Defeated enraged Mussulmans, and dined on Grocodile Knew everything of politics, religion, and of law, Could box and fence, and row a race, and please his mother-in-law, In short, had all the accomplishments of men both great and wise; But he couldn't* run a business, for he wouldn't advertise. In the "Free Press." One of the happiest men at the Crystal Palace on Saturday was old Matthew Coiney. of Caerphilly, who for some few weeks past has been acting as guide and conductor at the model eoal mine. The old man was simply delighted at meeting so many of his countrymen in what was to him a far-off, foreign land. Cobley is an interesting personality, and enjoys the unique record of having worked 60 years under- ground in Wales. He celebrated his 60th anni- versary as a working miner almost on the very day that her Majesty celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, and His transplantation from a real coal mine to the model coal mine at the Crystal Palace took place some time during the Jubilee week. Londoners are never tired of inspecting the wonders of the model coal mine—which, by the way, is the identical model that did duty at the Cardiff Exhibition-but to them the most attractive feature of the show is old Matthew himself, who spent his 60 years underground. The members of the Hooligan Band, Trealaw, desire to say their membership is now com- plete, the missing link having joined their ranks. They are, therefore, bound to refuse admission to a relative of the biggest stranger to the truth known hereabouts, and the contract for their uniforms will not be placed with that firm. The members also exceedingly regret that by their first performance they disturbed a love- sick lover who was doing "surveying" at that time; but on behalf of the Trealaw ratepayers they thank him for a saving in the rates, inas- much as by an overflow of tears at losing his girl the watering cart was idle that day. Mr Merlin Morgaa, R.C.M., Aberdare, has received the following letter from the secretary ef the London College of Music: "Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, S.W. "Dear Morgan,—You will please attend at Marlborough House. Pall Mall, next Saturday, July 17th, at 10.45 a.m., to receive the Challen Medal from the Prince of Wales. Yours truly, 4 Frank PounaH." What a small world we live in! A gentleman who is better known in Pontypridd than is he in Liverpool, being none other than itr George Warrington, of the Clarence Theatre, over- heard an interesting conversation last week in the Bee Hotel, Liverpool. Representing as he does our local theatre Qn behalf of Mr Jones, he was very much astonished to hear the name of Pontypridd mentioned, and particularly to hear the company speaking of the Royal Clarence Theatre as one of the best little places of amuse- ment the/ bad evt>V seen. Mr Warrington lja. tened to Afr Jones' praises being sung, but when he heard the remark "Mr George Warrington is with Mr Jones, Pontypridd, now," he could stand it no longer, and fairly bewildered his hearers when he exclaimed, "I am Mr Warring- ton, and I endorse every word said in favour of Mr Jones and the Royal Clarence Theatre." This little incident only goes to prove that Mr Jones' efforts to obtain really good companies are appreciated not only in Pontypridd but in all the large provincial towns. At a meeting of the Pontypridd Guardians on Wednesday, speaking of the desirability of hav- ing a thorough Welsh scholar to insert the pro- per Welsh names upon the ordnance maps, Mr James Richards said that the village next to the home of the chairman was spelt and pronounced wrongly. It was spelt "Pontyclun," whereas it should be "Pontyglun." There was no such name in Welsh as "clun." Up sprang Mr Lewis Williams, Llantwit (a deep Welsh scholar) and said that Mr Richards was wrong. "Clun" was an okl Welsh name for river, whereupon Mr Richards subsided. Next Sunday evening the servioe in connection with Tabernacle Church, Pontypridd, will be held on the Common. The pulpit-we mean the Rockiftgstone—will be bocupded by Lhe Rev J. R. Jones, the poet-pastor. The Town Band, conducted by Mr FoxaIl, i11 render sacred music. Last week, Mrs Walter Morgan. Forest House, opened the annual exhibition in connec- tion with the Market Square Church, Merthyr, and on the same occasion the Misses Morgan captured the first and second prizes for the best decorated bicycles. The floral decorations were charmingly designed, the machines being almost hidden by a lovely arrangement of roses and ferns. The adjudicator's decision -was enthusi- astically received, and by special request the young ladies rode bhe machines through some of the principal streets. As may be imagined, their appearance was watched by thousands of people with eager interest, the pretty decora- tions eliciting expressions of admiration on every hand. Senghenyddites will be surprised to learn that there are a few good cyclists in their midst, who have long ago left l..eir "teens." Should the inhabitants happen to see them coming on their machines they will do themsfelves a favour by avoiding the wheelmen. A Rhondda correspondent writes: "After the row at the Pentre and Porth Cricket match last Saturday the opinion was freely expressed that if Pontypridd had a vacancy for another grumbler in their club one could be spared from the Porth Club." "The Welsh Educationist," the monthly perio- dical of the Ystradyfodwg Pupil Teachers' Centre, is likely to be changed to the happier and more pertinent one of "The Welsh Pupil Teacher." We think the suggested change ad- mirable. The fourth number of the "Welsh Education- ist" has a very good sketch of the Rev W. Mor- ris, F.R.G.S., Vice-chairman of the Ystradv. fodwg School Board. The editor, Mr Chalke, writes in very hearty terms of the subject of his sketch. He says: "Classic lore and the intrL cacies of theological study were more to him than the heaving cf the sled-e or the manipula- tion of the phers. To dive deeply into the philosophy of Plato, the rhetoric of Demosthe- nes, or the scathinc speeches of Cicero, were nearest to his heart, and like many other Welsh divines, he threw down the tools of the me- chanic for a life of study." The workmen of Porth and district will suffer a great loss if their sincere friend, Rev R. Mon Evans, should leave them, We hear that Mr Evans has given up the ministry of the English Congregational Church, Porth, and it is ex- ■iremoly probable that he will accept a call to another town. 's showi the gr(,at POT^'ity as a preacher -which the Rev J. R. jones. pcn' m wit's; <& "Lost train; nose bleeding; come next, if stops!" was the startling telegram which a Pontypridd tradesman received from one of his assistants the other day. When you ccme to think of it, the Ilciis2 of Commons is really an unequalled institution for supplying the nation's wants. Just look at the list of -members. For hungry people there are a Cook, a. Butcher, a Baker, 3. Currie, a Savory, a. Banbury, a Bigham, and a lot of Pease. For the thirsty an Allsopp, a Bass, and a Philpotts. For those fond of fruit, a BaLL win. For smokers, Cavendish. For lovers, a Maden, a Shce, and a Darling; for girls, Fel- lowes. For the religious, two Evans, a Priest- ley, a Monk, and a Chaplin; and for Non- conformists, a Bc-tlicll. For the sick, a Ward; for those who want change of air, a. Beach, a Pierpoint, a Douglas, and a Folkstone. For slum-dwellers, Parkes. For lovers of the country there arc two Fields, three Hills, sev- eral Greens, a Heath, a Lea, a Flower, and a Bigwood. For sportsmen, a Mount, a Stock, a Hunt, a Fox, and a Hare. For tired people who want a ride, a Seton-Karr. For patrons of the noble art there are two Corbetts, a Round, Knox, and Wyndham. For the man without sixpence to bless himself with there is a Tanner; for the threadbare a Taylor; for the landlord a Tennant; for the soldier, Warr; for the sailor, a Brigg; for the un- couth. Manners; for barbers, a Combe; for those who are out of coals, a Lyttelton; for business men, two Clarks; for short people, a Cubbitt: for anglers, a Lough, a Weir, and a Roche r for those who love boating, two Hoares; for the hard-up, Brassey and Gold; for the weak, Power; for money lenders, a Gull ani a. Bond; and for waiters, Perks. Has it ever occurred to you, gentle reader, that the harmless, necessary cat is not s. very harmless and necessary after all? There are times, it must be admitted, when such wicked thoughts as these find lodgement in the mere masuline mind. Ladies are naturally fond of the furry feline, so that they are not expected to sympathise with fthetee sentiments. There is a member of our staff who for the last few days has been breathing slaughter upon the cat tribe. One day this week, the climax came. He seized a rusty pen, jabbed it into the ink and thus pour forth his soul in anguish. Strikes me very forcibly that it's open to question whether it is an unmixed blessing to have a circus or a menagerie in your back gar- den. I have both in mine. There is a certain lack of variety in the character of the animals displayed, and their performances are very much alike, but that is no reason why they should not be interesting and enjoyable. One rose is very much like another, but who disdains the thouand queens of June because she differs not greatly from her sisters? "So it is with my menagerie. The perform- ing animals are chiefly cats, but there is a perennial loveliness in the feline pet. On my little grass plot the cats of the town foregather; they come from north, south, east and west. By day they give a circus performance, and their double somersaults are only exoelled by their tricks upon the tight rope. (There isn't any rope, but they walk along the railings). "Years ago there used to be a tale in the reading books about the two wise goats (or was it two cows?) who met 6n a narrow bridge over a chasm, and, as it was impossible for either of them to turn round, one knelt down and the other walked over him. Wall, two cats in the midst of one of their tight-rope per- formances, 'met in the middle ot the railings. Their backs went up, their tales became bushy, they swore at each other horribly, but they quietly backed further and further away from each other, and at last with a final war-whoop, delivered at a safe distance, each turned and fled. Which shows that cats have a proper sense of pride: they refuse to be walked over. "At nights, the cats of Pontypridd hold con- ventions. There is a nice warm chimney-pot on a low roof, and the chairman lies on the lea side. Their discussion last night was upon'The best means of suppressing unnecessary noises.' They were really most eloquent upon the sub- ject, and the discussion lasted (according to my specially-tested N.C.U. certificated stop-watch) just 4hrs. 39min. 29 3-5 sees. "A oat from a well-known musical family lifted up his voice in eloquent protest against the unnatural sounda which proceed from violins, violas, 'cellos, and double basses, and dwelt most touchingly upon the insult to the cat kingdom implied ia the use of eat-gut for the strings. 'ur departed brethren,' he said. "even in their most painful hours of internal suffering, never produced such awful sounds as are now brought forth from the spoil of their interiors,' "Resolution.? were passed condemning street organs, church organs, mouth organs, the organs of political parties, and organic diseases; it ,was determined to suppress church choirs, cl,( ral unions, union workhouses, street music- ians, and soprano and tenor soloists: and they were in the middle of a protest against the dis- turbance caused by dogs barking and howling at night when the dog of the house got up from his kennel and shook his chain, whereupon the convention broke up in confusion," I The To*n rings with the news that FRANK THOMAS ("My Hatter,") sells the best 3/9 Hat, 2838 PHOTOGRAPH STANDS.—New patterns just ar- rived. Artistic and inexpensive.-FORUNST AND SONS, Cambrian Studio. 2871 The chief characteristics of G. F. HACKER'S Photo- graphs are Fidelity and Artistic Finish. Samplt-s may be seen at his Studio-12 and 13, The Arcade, Pontypridd. 32get


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