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A G -odwill Wrangle.

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Railway Arrangements for the…

A Nation's Anxiety.

Rhondda Tramway Employees.

Holmes and the Lion.


Holmes and the Lion. In the course of the evening. Mr. Holmes, followed by a number of the men. temporarily retired from the proceedings to undergo an experience which is the j lot of few men—that of entering the cage of a full-grown African lion at Messrs. Bostock and Wombwell's show. Holmes, who was faultlessly attired, and wearing his service medals, followed the trainer into the den of the beast, and remained inside, coolly smoking a cigarette, for several minutes. An arrangement had been made to photograph him in the cage, but this was found impracticable, and he was taken a few minutes later as he stood outside to receive the gold medal awarded by the proprietors. The large tent was crowded with spectators attracted by this sporting event, and the plucky tramwayman was loudly cheered as he emerged, smiling and bland, from the den of tne tawny brute. Holmes is a well-built fellow standing nearly six feet in height, to whom no adventure comes amiss. An old soldier, lie has seen service in South Africa, Egypt, China, United States of America, Canada, Japan, and France. He took part in the Relief of Ladysmith, was shot during the relief, and fought on Tugela Heights. He also acted as, despatch rider to the late Sir Redvers Buller, He was also present at the taking of Khartoum under General Kitchener. He has four medals and seven clasps, the Soudan medals being handed him by her late Majesty Oueen Victoria, whilst the South African trophies were presented him by His Majesty King Edward. He has also been traffic superintendent of the Shanghai (China) tramways, .and, in short, has crowded sufficient experience into his short life to satiate the craving; of any respectable man. Since his advent to the Rhondda as an employee of the Tramway Company, lie has made himself extremely popular. He it was who organ- ised the recent tramway strike, with results already well known, and in proof of the resource of the man, it may be stated that when it was seen there was little prosnect of settlement without resorting to extreme measures, he imme- diately chartered a luimber of barrel- organs to "grind" out au-poort for those with dependents in case of a prolonged struggle. Bill," in short, is the tram- waymen's hero, and lie carries his honour as befits an Englishman.

6,000 Miles "To See Auntie."