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Iflustard and Cress. Many say that the portrait of the late Gen- eral Symons. the hero of the Transvaal, as de- picted in the "Western Mail" last week bore a striking resemblance to Police Sergeant Rees, Pontypridd. It is rumoured in official circles that the War Office has decided to order the 83rd Dragoon Guards, now stationed at iSenghenydd, and Aber, out to the seat of war. If this is so. we feel certain this crack regiment will render a good account of itself. The following conversation was overheard a few days ago, not many miles from Senghen- ydd —And you attend"—naming a Noncon- formist Chapel—Mrs -?" "Yes." "Dear me! I am sorry to hear it, for your hope is very small indeed." "Oh, well! if my hope is small, my faith is very large," was the reply. Mid-Rhonddaites are wondering as to what has bebccme of their Chamber of Trade. Are they resting on their laurels they ask, or do they think that all the needed reforms have been dealt with. At the formation of this important body the attendance was all that could be desired, and they worked with a will, then suddenly dropped into oblivion, and have remained there since. A young couple who were jjvarried at Pont- ypridd this week spent part of their honeymoon in a tour of inspection of the wonders of the "Free Press" office. We commend the tour to others who may want wedding cards printed. The wonders of the folding machine, the lino- type, and the "lift" were equal to a trip to Paris, and a lot cheaper A nod is as good as a wink etc. "Llew Llwyfü; once on a visit to the Malt- ster's Hotel, Pontypridd was asked what he would have to drink. His poetic reply was a quotation from Ceiriog: "Ti wyddost beth ddy- wed fy nghalon." On obtaining his glass of whiskey, he held it up to the light and joc- ularly quoted the well-Known phrase: "Mae son am danat ti'n mhob man yn codi'r gwan i fyny." "The man from the far West" was the ob- served of all observers at Upper Boat on Sun- day. His fine physique, and the object of his visit, and the questions where he came from and when was he going to return were the topics of the village gossip. Although he did not go yachting or follow the hounds, he spent most of his time between the Fox and the Boat. Morien was given a left-handed compliment in a barber's shop in Cardiff a few days ago. A young Welshman was shaving the Arch- tii-ijidl and in the course of the "small talk" indulged in, Morien spoke a few Welsh words. The barber at once guessed him to be a "Shoni' Hoi" from "the hills," and, after remarking that he was glad to find he was a Welshman, he sagely added "But you speak very good English" (Yr y'ch ch'i'n whilia Sa'snag da iawn."). Well, Morien certainly ought to be able to talk a little English now and again. It is rumoured at Llwynpia that the secret of the opposition of some public men to the Electric Tram is a genuine fear that the Bri- tish Electric Traction Co. will go in for elec- trically lighting the district. But the answer to that plea is that the Company will, if necessary, undertake not to flcod the place I with light. What they want is "power" not li Ot. "More power to their elbow," say the Tandy Square folks. Intense excitement prevailed at Treorky one right this week. Women and children watched a chimney on fire, and crowded the street as tl.ey watched. The occupier of the house (who is an army reserve man) was unconscious of the excitement, and of the cause of it. But, hear- irg the chattering that was going on outside, he fancied the Boers had come because he had ▼clunteered to go against them. He was about tn "shoulder his arm, to show how fields were won," when the excitement died away, and Treorky reverted to its normal calm and philo- sophic state. Hearing that the most popular Government official in Treorky was about to get married, and knowing him to be a seemingly confirmed bach- elor, we were staggered at the rumour, and sent a special reporter to make inquiries. It was then found that gossip was wrong. He is not thinking of anything of the kind, but a friend Q: the genial postmaster is about to enter the bonds of matrimony. Harris' celebrated creamery butter reduced to Is. per lb.-T. Harris, 75, Taff Street. 4704 The Treorky Royal Male Choir on Thursday 7qst gave another of the numerous charity con. ctrts which they have been accustomed to dur- irg the last few years, It is a pleasing feature to notice this commendable readiness on their part at all times to promptly render any assist- ance in their power to causes of absolute need, and their record in this direction can hardly be surpassed. David Morgan, Family Grocer and Provision Merchant, 11, Market street, Pontypridd, for .P First Class Groceries and Provisions at Lowest Prices for Cash. 4909 Miss S. M. Lewis, R.A.M. (silver medallist) the refined soprano from Ebbw Vale is an ac- cor, plished stage artiste. Her modest a,d un- assuming disposition, together with the excep- tional and commanding brilliance of her voice, are combining qualities that must of necessity, merit the highest econiums that are bestowed upon her. She has figured prominently in vartius engagements in the Rhondda, and her appearance at Treorky on Thursday evening last was another signal for an outburst of well- deserved appreciation from a. delighted audi- erce—such expressions of appreciation as which can only be forthcoming from a musical people, as the Rhondda and Welsh audiences are. No- thing but a brilliant future can be predicted for Miss Lewis. "You can see with half an eye" that Frank Thomas ("My Hatter,") sells the best 3/9 Hat. There seems to be no limit to the local Vol- uiteer stories suggested by the war. From Fentre comes a queer tale of a "soldier of the Qreen," who dreamt that he was in the war, and that he made prisoners of a whole regi- ment of Boers, and to his astonishment found that several of them were Irish. In his dream hi* asked one of the "bhoys" why he was fight- ing on the wrong side, when Pat replied, "Be- !arl, just as the pig was Paddy's best friend in Oireland, the Boer (boar) pays best now." "The old firm leads the way." "What, old firm?" "Why, FENNELL'S of course!" Mention of reservists volunteering for Trans- .2"\1 service reminds one that a local barber in the upper part of the Rhondda has volun- teired to go upon military duty, und the wafs ^♦■cJare that he devoutly hopes the offer will tnt be accepted. iii "'IiI..o,w does the Baptist minister get more ages than the Congregationalist here?" asked a Rhondda collicr of another old fogey. "Lw- 'im am weithio yn y dw'r" (Allowance for work- ing in water) was the prompt reply. They enjoy the joke at Treorky. A man went to look for work in that neighbourhood, and on being asked what his name was, answered "John Bower." "No," thundered the astoun- ds1 colliery official, "Jaw, Jaw, we don't want u-v Boers here; you ha1 better clear off, or I w shoot you, man." Ceiriog's daughter, Myfanwy,was married last, week at Penarth. It will be interesting to Gla- unorgaitshire admirers of Ceiriog to leam that Mrs Ceiriog Hughes is living at Newcastle-on- Tyne, and the daughter has taken up her resi- dence in the Premier Welsh county. Ceiriog's name is still "familiar as a household word" in Wales, and rightly so, for he was as humble. minded as he was talented.

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