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CARMARTHEN THE SEARCHLIGHT Crme coire, and sit you down yon s'call not budge You shall not o. till I set you up a gla8, Where you may see, the inmost part of you —————— SHAKKSPEABK There is notning at all incongruous in a fair being held in Lammas street. August fair is held on old Lammas day. This is a fact which can be. padded out into a column or two of archteology. »*• The Llanelly people are at it again. They want Home Rule—to be free from the dom- inatioit of our County Education Committee. There is a lot to be said in favour of such separations on both sides. Perhaps, it would be a blessed relief to England, if the Irish had Home Rule. «*» One of the funniest sights at the fair was a country lad riding a horse and us in <r an umbrella for a whip. ° • ft* People never know what to expect with motor cars-,of a kind. A party of Cannar- marthen people drove to Llanstephan on Sunday Ill: a pony trap. On their return, they shunted into a lane to allow a motor oar to pass. After it had passed they emerged on the public road to find that the motor car 'had broken down and was runn- ing back down hill by its own weight. They just got into the hedge in time to escape destruction. Whether the car has managed to get home yet, deponent knoweth not. b ••• A racing motor car passed so quickly on St. Clears road on Sunday afternoon that nobody could read the number on the plate. Tliis fact has prevented the owner being charged with driving at the rate of 90 miles an hour. Another motorist broke the record on Monday. He travelled from the Fusiliers' Monument to Guildhall Square in half an hour—being at the rate of five hours a mile. This is what happens when petroliers go scorching in the midst of horse fairs. • *» Sir Lewis Morris complained that the holding of the meetings at the County Offices prevents the attendance of the public. Many members of the Education Committee would have welcomed such a protection when 400 delegates waited oiL them a few years ago to ask them to adopt the National Policy. If such a thing happened now, the deputation would be asked to send in a couple of spokesmen whilst the rest remained in the street. General Booth, at Water st. Chapel, told a story of a miner in a shipwreck throwing away his bag of gold so that he might rescue a little girl. The moral is that the love of lucre must be sacrificed by those who do noble deeds. The unfortunate thing is that many people can applaud such anecdotes and spend the whole of the next day planning how best to do a smart stroke of business. They applaud as a certain Agnostic Judge prayed at an Assize service—without preju- dice. Mr Patagonia Lewis has proved con- clusively that the bulk of the tramps who get relieved at Carmnrtlien are not Welsh- men. Evidently AVelshmen do not go on tramp—or else they prefer to tramp some- where else than in Wales. • ft* The tramp plague is a great one; but it is only a minute fraction of the cost of pauper- ism. The relief of tramps at Carmarthen only costs £1 a week more or less. On the other hand, there is over £100 a week dis- tributed in the Union amongst residential paupers. »** It is a significant fact that the amount of outdoor relief is increasing, and that the Guardian, for the parish of St. Ishmaels has given notice to take steps to consider its re- duction. It is untrue to say that Wales is a nursery of paupers—if anybody ever made such a sweeping statement. But the Car- marthen Guardians are certainly more generous that they used to be to outdoor paupers. A very interesting discussion at the Far- mers' Club last week showed that cows really can give milk which is below the legal stand- ard. Magistrates usually regard this theory as a fiction which is put up to explain the addition of the milk of the cow with the iron tail—commonly called the pump—with that of the Shorthorn and the Jersey. The moral seems to be that farmers have to see that their cows give proper milk—if they intend selling the milk. A very good bioscopic view might be made of the block of traffic at Pensarn Crossing on a Saturday. The rearing and the backing of the horses, the charging of the cattle, and the stampede of helpless humanity would make an interesting film. Then if a free view could be provided for the directors of the Great Western Railway, we might get some improvement. • ft* General Booth said that he would staive those who could work but who would not work. This may appear to namby paml.y people to be unchristian but n't is thoroughly evangelical. Paul in his second epistle to the ThessaIonians says (III., 10) "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you that if any one would not work neither should he eat." If people would only read their Bibles they would find that Christianity is not the scheme of impossible benevolence which it is sometimes represented to be. iI.. I must really apologise for sayill]; that "Peidiwch tori'r blodau" (Pluck not the tender flower) is too often used a test piece. I am assured that it is most Mutable for a test piece, and that suitable test pieces are very rare. To speak ill of such pieces is taken by musicians as something perilously akin to blasphemy. There are parents able and willing to pay for training their children as pupil teachers, and yet there is every difficulty in their way because the County Council have rigorously decided that only a certain number shall be trained. One could quite understand the teachers themselves being desirous to limit the number of apprentices; but it is astound- ing to find the public authority limiting them —and calling out against the scarcity of teachers! • ft* The ordination of Mr W. J. Williams, the senior student at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen, will take place at Carway, Llangendeirne, in October. Mr Eric Davies will be ordained at Laugharne in September probably. • ft* Carmarthen people are getting something to occupy their minds. A local jeweller is show- ing a "radiometer" which revolves under the action of light, and a chemist is offering a soda water machine as a prize for guessing how many bulbs are in a. glass case. If some publican would only offer something to mix with the soda, the thing would get exciting. ..It There is more traffic nowadays in front of the garage than at the railway station,. Cars stopping to take in petrol in King st. are so numerous as to interfere seriously with. the rest of the traffic. One of the things clone at the Farmers' Club was to criticise the statement of a vet. surgeon who said some time ago that 30 per cent. of the cows supplying milk to a neigh- bouring town are tuberculous? How could he say-so? How indeed? Don't ask too many questions when it comes to tuberculosis or consumption. It is a subject on which one is chartered to mako reckless and sweep- ing assertions. ° •#» There are dangers connected even- with cocoanut shies. A young lady who was acci- dentally struck by a ball at the pleasure fair has been badly cut about the head. Our 33 local Volunteers who had been doing a week at Salisbury Plain returned from camp on Sunday morning. Were it .not that the date was changed at the last moment, the attendance at camp would have been larger. Brigadier John. Pees, one of the chief accountants of the Salvation Army. who accompanies General Booth onms tour, is a nephew of the late Mr Davies, of Penymorfa. and a pupil of the late Mr Alcwyn Evans, Carmarthen. ALEIHEU.

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