^Ynyshir. The funeral took place on Friday of Mrs. E. Griffiths, widow of the late Isaac Griffiths, Gynor Place, Ynyshir. The deceased, who was very highly respected in the district, died after" a short but painful illness. The funeral was an ex- ceptionally large one. The Rev. William Williams. Pontygwaitli, assisted by the Rev. T. 11. Morgan, Cilfynydd, officiated. Great sorrow is felt for the son and three daughters in their sad bereavement.
TOMBS FoR SNAILS. Bees have a very ingenious and sanitary way of disposing of a mouse or slug that may hap- pen, by accident or design, to find its way into their hive. When the intruder is killed, as killed lie must 'be, the problem arises how to deal with the L,(4dy. If it be impossible to expel or dis- member' it, they will proceed znethodically to enclose it in a veritable sepulchre of wax. In' one of his hives a-beekeeper discovered three such tombs side by side, erected with party walls like the cells of the comb, so that no wax should be wasted. These tombs the prudent "sextons" had raised over the remains of three snails that a child had introduced into the hive. As a rule, when dealing with snails, bees will be content to seal up with wax the opening of the shell. But in this case the shells were more or less cracked and broken, and they had considered it simpler, therefore, to bury the entire snail; and had further contrived, in order that traffic might not be impeded in the entrance-hall of the hive, a number of galleries exactly proportion- ate. not to their own girth, but to that of the male bees, which are almost twice as large as the workers. ♦
CROSS BROTHERS (LIMITED), The Cardiff Ironmongers, SILVERSMITHS, GLASS & CHINA DEALERS, 3 & 4, St. Mary St. 18 & 19, Church St. Travelling Requisites IN GREAT VARIETY. OUR SPECIAL DRESS BASKET, 15/6. We Have Greatly Reduced in Price A -NUMBER OF SECOND-HAND AND-SLIGHTLY STOCK-SOILED w iJnlC>s & OI-ga:&I2.& To Clear Previous to Stocktaking, 1910. 1 PIANOS from .SM. ORGANS „ £ 3. SPECIAL LIST ON' APPLICATION. DALE. FORTY & Co., Ltd. PIANOS AND ORGAN MERCHANTS, High Street and Castle Arcade, CARDIFF.
The Omnibus. „ 9^ the founding of Societies there is no The latest is Ye Pentre Knuts," composed entirely of shop Instants. Social entertainments are rip monthly, whilst valuable papers on a°p Life are rea(j at the fortnightly meeting^ Mr. J. J. Taylor is the King this latest tribe. j 4 Biember of our staff experienced the force of last week's gale whilst j^Urning on board the Devonia'' from ^racombe, The vessel rocked very Srt A -anc^ a runn^eT' °f ladies on board bitterly thinking that the end had One wag who evidently enjoyed experience commenced humming: "Yn y dyfnder Dodd y cyfan, sy' yw' wy'n fai." Mr. Rhys J. Da vies, formerly of Ton- ill .e3 is the joint author of a very xf^inating book on The Working Life iva P Assistants." Mr. who formerly in the employ of the Ton A,'Operative Society as a clerk, is now j.6 secretary of the Manchester Federa- °f Shop Workers and Clerks. He is jjjj/ ^gitator to his finger-tips, and whilst lop l -^kondda took a prominent part in ^Jpl elections, where his fiery eloquence a valuable asset in winning votes. 6tr The drunken state of men in our S is a ttreet disgrace to civil isatioii, said te Rev. Ambrose Williams, Tonypandy, QC a decent Police Oosrt case arising out }j a charge of permitting drunkenness on th premises. This, by the way, is first time to our knowledge that a ^dda minister acted the part of a y uceman in dogging the steps of an i t(>xicated person from one public-house » another. At the conclusion of the «earing) Mr. Williams was warmly com- for his action by the Bench. Nowhere is there more unconscious Umour to be found than in our Police ts. Last Monday, at Ystrad, a wuoeman giving evidence in a case of a th + f^escription, assured the Bench fi&n+ ^'lere Has a number of females pre- .jJ a.nd some grown-up 'people. A wit- giving evidence in a sheep killing e, Wt-q (juestioiied with regard to his "IOWledge of dogs, and replied blandly, was brought up with dogs." is interesting to note that Mr. Percy jOiiri, who appears at the Tonypandy c ppire this week in his now famous f Umcordia, in conjunction with his roJf6r' brought the first company that ^formed in the old Tonypandy Parish cfioolroom 25 years ago, when the vicar the man of the hour, and who had ii be bargained with for any letting of the schoolroom. Mr. Honri's "Concordia" won universal success all over the s 0 +i Uj\try, and is drawing large houses to lJle Empire this week. The Welsh journalist is an ubiquitous £ At a certain seaside resort in rr. West of England recently, a Free | tade Union lecturer was addressing a afp gathering, and in the course of his Qclress declared that the shipping trade jjj Am-orica under Protection had almost g-iAppeared, and that when an American put into Newport some few months th°+ was considered so significant Jlat the local papers devoted a column cavf06 The statement was severely ^tion by a member of the Mience, but the Welsh journalist soon lecturer right with the audience when he declared that he recollected t.Q lncident quite well, and was prepared attest the truth of the statement. -+-+- is not generally known outside the l^ondda that Mabon, M.P., is a Cwmavon y, and that he received his early school dining at this little village near Aber- A+°+ £ ^a^.on often visits his old home. a+ ri opening of the new Council Schools Wmavon on Tuesday, Mr. Henry Lewis rerred to 'Mabon as one of the most j^luant scholars that the old school had Uriied out. Another brilliants scholar Sent out of the same school is Mr. David Thomas, Mus. Bac., the well-known. Welsh Composer. An amusing incident occurred at a local public-house a few weeks ago. Two theatricals-both friends of long standing -0 ne an' American and the other a r^'thy son of the Land of Cakes, met i. er a long separation. Happy to meet is old friend once more, Sandy asked the yi^^ica-n what he would take. Wal," awled the Yankee, I guess I'll take ^artipagne." Then ye can guess again, a ?d guess something nearer tuppence this pie," retorted the Scotchman, with a l5ak to the barmaid. The above reminds us of another °tchman who was standing at a bar ast j6r'- w^en a friend walked in and Ked to have a drink. Nae, re- Sandy, I'll no hae anither, but ye 51 Pay for the last wan I had if ye like." thtwo young Cwmparcians who toured j Killarney Lake district during the st fortnight, and who showed a decided .^txality for getting stout" during i'et11" Cinerary, were asked oil their r, turn if they had kissed the Blarney v,e' ^itht and shure, says one, should we waste our favours on a cold stone when there was an abun- 5o.ce of colleens with ruddy lips to prac- tise on?" bjohn Jones, of Tylacelyn, is learning and has made rapid progress in Ilanguage. Mrs. Jones, however, has a-hiv ?ymPatliy with him in his linguistic J^ition, and when he ventured the (ther day to a gallant compliment thus, .Liza, Ie t'adore," she haughtily re- wied, g^t it yourself." -+-+- t young collier of our acquaintance, a has a sense of humour and who has hking for pulling one's leg," desires J? .to report a rare natural phenomenon j hich he witnessed on Saturday evening 3>st- Standing on a hill near the old CiWA ^chaf Farm (the sky being over- st), there was a sudden rift in the
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I Local Wedding. PvOBEBTS—GRIFFITHS. On Wednesday morning, at Trinity (C.M.) Chapel, Tonypandy, the wedding took place of Mr. Gwilym Roberts (son of the late Mr. Lewis Roberts and Mrs. Roberts, draper, Williamstown) and Miss Rachel Mary (Raddie), daughter of the late Alderman J. Jones-Griffiths and Mrs. Griffiths, Brynheulog, Pimmer, Peny- graig. The Rev W. Ambrose Williams, Tonypandy, assisted by the Rev. Wm. Richards, Briton Ferry, officiated. The bride, who was beautifully attired in ivory silk embroidered robe, trimmed with embroidered chiffon and lace, and a large picture hat of ivory embroidered chiffon, finished with a large ostrich feather, was given away by her uncle, Mr. Edward Griffiths, of Aberystwyth. The bridesmaids were Miss M. A. Roberts (sister of bridegroom) and Miss Aggie Richards. They were respectively dressed in grey cloth dress, braided and trimmed with silk embroidered triiiin-iiiig and a grey picture hat. and a cream -Ninon dress, trimmed with, silk insertion, and a black picture hat. The other members of the wedding party were. Mr. D. Eynon Williams and Mr. D. E. Griffiths. Both bride and bridegroom are well known and very highly respected in the district. The former is the organist at Trinity Chapel, Tonypandy, and the latter treasurer of Nazareth Chapel, Williams- town. After the ceremony, breakfast was held at Brynheulog, to which a large number of guests were invited. The wedding party was also photographed by Mr. Ladd, Tonypandy. In the afternoon, the happy couple left for London and Eastbourne, where the honeymoon will be spent. The presents received were both numer- ous and costly. The bridegroom's present to bride was a handsome pearl necklet, and bride to bridegroom a dressing case.
Penygraig. The Rev. T. Deri Joneis, B.A. has ,i accepted the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Whitchurch, Cardiff. He will commence duties in October. He will be greatly missed in the district, not only as minister of the Gospel, but as a poli- tician. He is one of the most prominent members of the local branch of the National League of Young Liberals.
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Mid-Rhondda Chamber of Trade. County and Police Courts. -+- A meeting of the Mid-Rhondda and District Chamber of Trade was held at Wellington Chambers, on Wednesday evening, Mr. D. S. Thomas presiding over a good attendance. VOTES OF CONDOLENCE. .Votes of condolence were passed with Mr. John Williams, painter, Trealaw, upon the loss of his wife, who died in July last; and with Mr. J. Kinstley upon the death of his daughter, the members of the Chamber standing in silence. CORRESPON DENCE, The Secretary (Mr. John Rees) read a letter received on behalf of the Queen- Mother from the Home Office. The fol- lowing is a copy of same:- Home Office. Whitehall. Sir,—I am. directed by the Secretary of State to inform you that the reso- lution of condolence of the members of the Mid-Rhondda and District Chamber of Trade on the death of his late Majesty King Edward VII. has been laid before Queen Alexandra, whose thanks I am to convey to you.—I am, sir, your obedient servant. EDWARD TROUP. The Secretary, # Mid-Rhondda, Chamber of Trade. A letter was also read from the Post- master of Porth, in which it was stated that the application of the Mid-Rhondda Chamber for a later postal dispatch from the Tonypandy Post Office on Sundays had been received, and was having attention. In relation to the parcel delivery by the Taff Vale Railway Company to Clydach Vale, a reply was received from Mr. A. Beasley, the general manager, in which it was stated that they could not see their way clear to abolish the extra charge made for the delivery of parcels beyond the Royal Hotel, which was the boundary of the free delivery, owing to the fact that the state of the roads, &c. made the delivery of parcels to the top of Clydach Vale very costly. In answer to an enquiry as to the widening of the bridge, near the Tony- pandy and Trealaw Station, the Rhondda Urban District Council wrote saying that the matter had been referred to the Roads Committee for consideration. I- In regard to the Chamber's application for a miblic mortuary for Mid-Rhondda, Mr. W. P." Nicholas replied that the question was fully considered in June, 1908, and the District Council were of the opinion that the present arrangements were sufficient to meet the requirements. In reply to an application made to the Council to place a. bridge over the river near St. Andrew's Church, the Clerk wrote stating that the deputation from the Chamber sent to interview the Coun- cil had been informed of the steps already taken by the Council in the matter. PARK FOR MID-RHONDDA? Some time ago, the Chamber anoointed a deputation to try and secure a piece of mountain land near Gilfach Road for the purposes of a recreation ground for the children of Mid-Rhondda. The deputation were successful in obtaining an interview wifli the agent of the Dunraven Estate, the outcome of which is that a portion of the ground has been accepted, and the matter has been taken up by the District Council. The following letter was re- ceived by the Secretary of the Chamber from Mr. W. J. Jones, Surveyor to the Council: Dear Sir,—In reply to yours of the 25th ult., the Council have decided to fence in the ground offered on the Dunraven Estate upon an agreement being entered into between the Estate and the Council, and a plan has been sent by Mr. Nicholas to Mr. Randall," so that the agreement may be pre- pared. M W. J. JONES. The Barry Chamber of lraae wrote stating that some steps-Nyere desirable to approach the Government to prevent a cessation of work during industrial strifes whereby the community at large were made to suffer. It was decided to adopt the suggestion of the Barry Chamber, and to pass a resolution to the same effect as that out- lined in their letter, and to forward it to the National Federated Chambers of Trade. MONDAY EXCURSION TRAINS. An application from the Abercynon Chamber of Trade to petition the Great, Ohamber of rade to petition the Great, Western Railway Company to run Mon- day excursions to the North and other places in addition to the Friday excur- sions at present run by the Company, was supported by the Chamber a few months ago, and Mr. John Rees wrote to the Great Western Railway Company, drawing their attention to the matter. A reply was received from Mr. J. Morris, superintendent of the line, stating that the matter had received the Company's full consideration, and that it had been found impracticable to carry out the suggestion this year. COUNTY AND POLICE COURTS. C ;o The question of petitioning the autho- rities to provide Mid-Rhondda with County and Police Courts was brought before the notice of the Chamber. The Secretary stated that he did not see why Mid-Rhondda should play second fiddle to Porth or Pentre in the matter. Several members felt that it was highly necessary that such a populous district as Mid-Rhondda should be provided with the Courts, as it often meant a great in- convenience to tradespeople and others! having to attend Porth or Pentre. After a lengthy discussion, a small com- mittee was selected to further proceed with the matter and seek all information, so as to make the necessary application to the proper authorities. BETTER TRAIN SERVICE. A notice of motion To petition the Great Western Railway Company for better passenger train service on the Ely branch was brought before the meeting. Several members complained of the inadequate service of trains running to Porthcawl, and also of the fact that there was no train arriving at Penygraig Station from Llantrisant between the hours of 6.10 p.m. and 10.36 p.m. It was finally decided to appoint a deputation to arrange an interview with Mr. Leaning, of Cardiff, upon the matter. BANQUET. For the purpose of investing the Chair- man (Mr. D. S. Thomas) with the new chain of office, it was decided to hold a banquet on Thursday, September 29th. TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION. Mr. Llewellyn Evans again brought before the Chamber the urgent necessity of having direct telephonic communi- cation to the Tonypandy Police Station. At present, said Mr. Evans, anyone want- ing to telephone to the nolice station, could not do so direct, the message having to go to Pontypridd, and then back to Tonypandy, causing a great delay of time, and might prove a very serious matter in case of fire. After further consideration, it was decided to approach the proper autho- rities upon the subject.
MENUS OF SOVEREIGNS. The ingenious writer of an article entitled What Sovereigns Eat states that the Aus- trian Emperor breaks his fast with coffee and toast and cold meat. At noon he takes soup, meat, and vegetables, with a glass of beer. At five o'clock his Majesty dines, the menu consist- ing of hors d'oeuvre, soup, roast meat or game, cheeee, fruit, and paetry. As to drink at this meal, it consists of a glass of ibeer, Bordeaux wine, and black coffee. The Czar despiaes caviare, but he is very fond of soups and salmon. King Victor Emmanuel patroniees national dishes, polenta, entrees of fowls' livers, calf's head" and artichokes being a favourite. At eleven o'clock the King of Spain takes soup, roast meat, and vegetables. At four o'clock he has a kind of "five o'clock" tea. Seven is the hour for dinner, which comprises two soups, hors dceuvre, entrees, two roast joints, vege- tables, dessert. Another meal, consisting of cold meat and pastry and tea and wine, is taken at nine o'clock.
THE MIGHTY AMAZOK. On the map of South America there is a vast territory covered with dense tropical forest through which flows the Amazon and its tribu- taries, that mighty river which begins its course in the Far West amongst the highest of the Peruvian Andes, and sends unceasingly its enor- mous volume of fresh water into the Atlantic Ocean. The river is navigable for about 2,600 miles, and with its tributaries furnishes a splen- did means of communication with the interior. The tributaries of the Amazon are very nume- rous. They flow from the Andes, the Brazilian mountains, and the mountains of Guiana. ♦
A DEADLY LIQUID. Nitroglycerine wa.s discovered by an Italian chemist in 1845. It is a compound of ordinary glycerine and nitric acid, and is the ingredient which gives to dynamite its explosive strength Nitroglycerine alone is extremely dangerous to handle, and for. this reason and for the sake of convenience is made into "giant" powder, the deadly liquid being worked into a. putty like mass of rottenstone, sawdust earth, plaster of paris, or black powder. Dynamite proper is pre- pared by kneading with the bare hands 25 per cent. of infusorial earth and 75 per cent. of nitroglycerine. Nitroglycerine is made of nitric acid one part and sulphuric acid two parte, to which is added ordinary glycerine, the mixture being well washed with pure water. Theinfu- sion is composed of microscopic silicious shells which have lost their living creaturee, The cel- lular parte receive the nitroglycerine and hold it by capillary attraction. Nitroglycerine, has a sweet, aromatic, pungent taste, and the peculiar property of causing a violent headache if a. small quantity I-. placed on the tongue or wrist. «
Ax ELIZABETHAN SAFE. Now carefully preserved at Greenwich Hos- pital is the famous Chatham chest. It is a great box curiously wrought, its iron body being crossed and recrossed by strengthening bands of steel, and bearing locks big enough for a peni- tentiary. It was the nearest approach the arti- ficers of Elizabeth's age ever made to the modern iron safe, and was worked with special care, since it was the repository of the funds of the great naval charity. In 1688 it was felt that something should be done for England's dis- abled sailors who had so nobly upheld her pres- tige on the sea against practically the whole world. So the Chatham chest was instituted. -0
LANDLOEDS AND WINDMILLS. Windmills were first introduced, so we are told, into this country by the Crusaders, who had observed them in use among the Saracens. In some districts the Church and landlords claimed a tax for the use of the wind. In Zea- land (Holland) a certain abbot built a mill to grind his corn, in spite of the violent opposition of his landlord, who said that he was the owner of the wind on his property, and no one else had the right to make use of it. The Bishop of Utrecht was appointed arbitrator, and he, when told of the matter, flew into a rage, declaring that what wind there was in his diocese be- longed to himself and his Church, and he pro- ceeded to prove his contention by at once grant- ing the abbot full power to build a windmill when and where he chose. — -■ v
PLUCKING OSTRICHES. Six iiie-n on an ostrich farm will pluck 150 birds a day. When the plucking-time ccmes round it is necessary to collar the troop of ostriches. This is done by sending about, half a dozen men into the enclosure on foot, and a couple on horseback, to 'bring the stragglers in. The birds are driven into a small kraal, about forty yards square, and in this kraal the plucking boxes stand. The birds are then caught, and, as quickly as^ possible, smaJ. linen bags are slipped over there heads a_ p*ocess which immediately conquers the bird, for,^find- in0" himself in darkness, he will stand trembline, and ready to be pushed in any direction. With the. bags over their heads, the turds are D-ushed into the plucking-boxes. A man fitanding outride the box at each side gets hold of the wing, and clips the feathers from it; then, walk- ing round to the tail, clips the t^rl-feathers also, until the whole troop has passed through the pi #
CHINESE BANKNOTES. Banknotes appear in much the same form thrcughout the world, and have always done so except in China, where the earliest note was made of canvas, some six centuries before the Christian era. It wa6 more like a tabic cloth thin a banknote, its length being about two meties or 6ft. 6in. This form of note was not very convenient when large sums cerned, so later the note was printed on parch- meat, and all other forms of money were sup- pressed. One Emperor issued representing more than three milliards, or 3,000,000 000. But the money was never popular, and gradu- ally the notes were retired, and to-day they are not in use. »■
ANCIENT FORMS OF DICE. Dice, in various shapes, have been used in forms of worship and religious ceremonies since the dawn of history. Their earlier use was for the forecasting of events and obtaining of divine guidance; their adaptation to a game of chance was, comparatively, quite recent. There is a surprising number of varieties of dice, but they may be divided into two general classes. The most familiar form is the cube. With two exceptions—the Korean and Etruscan —cubical dice have the spots so arranged that the eix and one, five and two, and three and four are opposite, making the sum of the oppo- site side invariably seven—a figure which all ages has been regarded as having much mystic import. The dice are not only proper to modern Europe and America, but to classical Greece and and Rome, ancient Syria, Persia, India, China, Japan, and Siam. The other form is the long, square priem sometimes found amid prehistoric ruins in Europe and existing to-day in India. A most interesting form is the top or spinning-dice, with four or six sides, which was twirled with the thumb and second finger, of which a specimen was discovered in the remains of Naucratis a Greek colony of 600 B.C. Two specimens of dice have been discovered at Babylon.
rHE SUNDAY CORNER. There was once an aged hermit in the Egyp- tian desert who thought it would be well with aim if he had an olive-tree near his cave. So ne planted a little tree, and, thinking it might want water, he prayed to God for rain, so rain came and watered his olive-tree. Then he thought that some warm sun to swell its buds would be advisable, so he prayed, and the sun shone out. Now the nursling looked feeble, and the old man deemed it would be well for the tree if frost were to come and brace it. He prayed for the frost, and hoar- frost settled that night on bar and beam. Next he believed a hot southerly wind would suit his tree, and after prayer the south wind blew upon his olive-tree, and-it died. Some little while after the hermit visited a brother hermit, and lo by his cell door stood a flour- ishing olive-tree. How came that goodly plant there, brother? asked the unsuccess- ful hermit. "I planted it, and God blessed it, and it grew." "Ah, brother, I, too. planted an olive, and when I thought it wanted water I asked God to give it rain, and the rain came; and when I thought it wanted sun I asked, and the sun shone and when I deemed it needed strengthening, I prayed and the frost came—God gave me all I demanded for my tree as I saw fit, and yet it is dead." And I, brother," replied the other hermit, I left my tree in God's hands, for He knew what it wanted better than I." < « Don't nurse opportunity too long. Take it into active partnership with you at once, lest it leave you for other company. It is hard work to control the workings of inclination, and turn the bent of Nature, but that it may be done, I know from experience, wrote Charlotte Bronte. God has given us, in a measure, the power to make our own fate and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get—when our will strains after a path we may not follow—we need neither starve from inanition, nor stand still in despair we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden food it longed to taste — and per- haps purer; and to hew out for the adventur- ous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it. You can have no better legacy left you than the peace the Lord Jesus bequeathed. He is a good time-server that finds out the fittest opportunity for every action. God hath made a time for everything under the sun," save only for that which we do at all times- to wit, sin. If we mean to stand before the throne in heaven we must kneel before it on earth. -x- Should all the weight of life Be laid across our shoulders, and the future, rife With woe and struggle, meet us face to face At just one place, We could not onward go Our feet would stop and so God lavs a little on us every day. And never, I believe, on all the way Will burdens bear so deep Or pathways lie so steep But we can forward go, if by God's power We only bear the burden of the hour. Bow your knees to God, but put your shoul- der to the wheel. Oh, how hard it is to be a, Christian I To die to make men free is the anguish of an hour; to live to make them holy, the conse- cration of life. The essence of heroism is its persistence. Anybody can be good at a sprint. But to keep on being good-that is what troubles us. To be good to bad people, kind to the cruel, gracious to the unthankful and evil, to keep a smiling, radiant face and a warm, loving' heart, to hold one's faith in man undimmed and trust in God unquenched -this is to join hands with the Christs of all ages, to die with the Lord Christ on Calvary, and by His open grave to live again. < If you think twice before you speak once you will speak twice the better for it. Prayer is a habit, or it is nothing. It is a boy's or girl's business to form the habit as early and as steadily as possible. The mere saying of a prayer night and morning is not a habit of prayer, however. Prayer is a com- ing of the soul unto God's presence, with reverence and loyalty, to ask for blessing and to offer praise. It is the religion you wear as a cloak that is e, soon worn out and threadbare. Sanctity does not come simply by way of restraint and repression. You cannot become a saint by mortification alone. That is a poor sort of puritv which consists simply in wash- ing off the dark blots and the deep stains, or by cutting out the bad parts. You cannot get your life full of fine free health simply by way of the surgeon's knife or the drug store. Sanctity is not a thin-blooded purity of that sort. We do not become saints only by be- coming less than men. Purity and holiness come through the cleansing flame of noble desire. It is like the tree at the spring of the year, which cleanses itself of all past deadness by the inflow, the inflush, the uprush through \runk and branch and twig and leaf-tip of a new spring-life.
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clouds, and lie saw a fleeting glimpse of old King Sol, watery and sickly pale of countenance, as he once more plunged into obscurity behind a huge floating mass of cumulus. -+--+- A pathetic plaint was publicly made by a deacon in one. of the chapels on Sun- day last in reference to the epidemic of stone throwing, resulting in window breaking, which has dominated Cwmparc during the last month. Whether the errant pigeon incurs the small boy's disastrous markmanship, or he has a musical ear for the noise of smashing glass, his ravages have caused much dismay, and several buildings are adopt- ing netted wire-work for protection. We are not aware that Cwmparc has a resi- dent glazier, so it is with confidence we appeal to all parents to impress upon their offspring the reckless destruction of panes may incur certain panes" and penalties. The pavement near the Stag Square, Treorchy, was on Saturday night ob- structed by a crowd who had gathered to watch a brawl, A gentleman wishing to pass, and finding it impossible to do so, remarked to a policeman who had just sauntered up, Do you play draughts? "Yes. Why do you askp" replied the officer. "Because it's your move now." "That's so," said the constable; "when I move I take a man." -+- A teacher in one of our schools, having failed to elicit from his scholars the mean- ing of "poor in spirit," asked for a defi- nition of its opposite, proud in spirit." A little girl at once held up her hand and answered, I know. Them as swanks."
There is 110 resurrection for a lost oppor- tuuitv. < It was a saying of Voltaire that if God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him." That was the Voltairean way of put- ing the truth that the proof of God's exist- ence lies in the fact that we cannot do with- out Him. His existence is necessary to the soul's existence. The whole upper part of our nature draws directly from Him. It is a flower that opens only to the sun. We never taste the pure exquisite flavour of life till we know what Frater Laurence called the practice of the presence of God." The heart is best fitted for public duty that is filled with true piety, for they have most power over men who have power with God. The more we love, the better we are; and the greater our friendships are, the dearer we are to God. Let them be as dear, and let them be as perfect, and let them be as many as you can. A good man is the best friend, and, therefore, soonest to be chosen, longer to be retained, and, indeed, never to be parted with unless he cease to be that for which he was chosen. For a good man is a profitable, useful person, and that is the bond of an effective friendship. God will give neither wealth without indus. try, nor knowledge without etudy, nor power t without conflict. There are obvious vices which blast domes- tic felicity of whose existence we are well aware, and against which we anxiously guard but we are not equally alive to insinu- ating faults hardly less fatal. We often talk anxiously about the wolf at the door, when the mosquito inside is a far greater curse. Take, for example, impatience. It is aston- ishing the difference that a little forbearance makes in a house. If parents trust a little to time, they will see many of the faults of their children vanish; if brothers and sisters would only exercise a slight tolerance and waiting with each other, all would come right. As George Macdonald wisely counsels, H Never be discouraged because good things get on so slowly; enter into the sublime patience of the Lord,"