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FIRE BENEATH THE PRINCE'S…

'IDEATH OF PROFESSOR CODMAN.

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'I DEATH OF PROFESSOR CODMAN. SHORT SKETCH OF AN INTEREST- ING CAREER. Men, women and children the wide world over will learn with deep regret of the death of Professor Codman, whc for over haif-a-century had entertained suc- ceeding generations of visitors to Llan- dudno with the old Eingiish punch and judy performance. Perhaps "Old Eng- lish" is scarcely correct, for Mr Codman held strongly that "Punch and Judy" was of Welsh origin, which idea he seems to have taken v from the writings of "Morien," a well-known South Wales journalist, who held that it was a frag- ment of one of the sacred plays of the Druids. The name "Punch," according to "Morien," came from the Welsh word, "Pwn" (Pack) in allusion to the hump arising from between his shoulders. Judy is derived from the word "Siwen" cor- rupted to Joan, Juan, and finally to Judy, Sbven being the Welsh word for mermaid. Be that as it may Professor Codman was regarded as at the head of his profession. Mr Codman enjoyed apparently good health up to a very few days ago, and most people were surprised to hear that he had been taken to the Cottage Hospital to undergo an operation for an internal complaint. The operation was success- fully performed, but at his advanced age he was unable to stand the shock, and gradually sank, until lie passed 'away peacefully on Thursday morning, in the presence of members of the family. He was in his 79ch ear, and leaves a widow three sons, and five daughters to mourn his loss. A man of u priglÜ character and ster- ling honesty Mr Codman had made hosts of friends in all parts of the Kingdom. Great sympathy is felt with his wife, for had he lived until July next they would have celebrated the sixtieth year "of their married life. He was a native of Norwich, but very early in life gravitated to Birmingham. At one. time he was associated with the famous Jem Mace and trained him for some of his fights. It was with Mr Cod- man that Mace as a boy had his first fight. He and Mace toured the country fairs with banjo and fiddle, but eventually Mr Codman mastered the intricacies of "Punch and Judy," and came to Llan- dudno for the summer season, and con- tinued to do so for twenty years until he made his permanent home here thirty years ago. He was full of reminiscences of the past, and could spin a good yarn of the. doings of Llandudno people in the old days. A glance at the many mementoes he possessed shows that he had a remark- able career in his profession. He had given "command" performances before Queen Victoria and Prince Consort, King Edward and Queen Alexandra, and the present Prince of Wales at Sandringham, and the Queen of Roumania at the Marine Hote^ The Duke of Westminster, the Duke of Abercorn, the Marquis of Hadilton, Earl Spencer, Earl Clifden, Lord Mostyn. the Marquis of Anglesea, and many other titled persons had been entertained by him at one time or another, and many Llandudno people have pleasant recollections of meeting him in distant parts of the country, for there was scarcely a town in the Kingdom which he had not visited. He made two journeys across the At|l antic, and his entertainment proved as popular there as in the old country, as press notices prove. The "Boston Daily Globe" on June 7th, 1892. con- tained the following:—"Professor Cod- man, the English Punch and Judy man, furnishes a novej form of entertainment, and he held the audiences without effort by the funny situations introduced by his EtCe manikins; and wonderful dog "Toby." He even made the proverbial Scotch audiences laugh, for six months later the "Evening Citizen" (Glasgow) said "Punch and Judy sent the voung people and their guardians into fits of laughter." Mr Codman was a Churchman and a strong Conservative and a patriot to the backbone. It is well-known that he was eager to go out to the South African war, and would have done so had not his age debarred him. He was a member of the Buffai oes, and he is believed to be the 014 oldest member of that Society. Tele- grams of sympathy have been received from fellow members all over England. The funeral takes place on Monday at Llanrhos at eleven o'clock. CLIMATIC CONDITIONS. The rainfall during the month of November at Llandudno was 1.475 inches. The rsunishine regrlskered amounted to 59.6 hours. SILVER WEDDING.—Congratula- tions will be showered upon Mr and Mrs A. H. Hughes, Rochester House, who this Christmas celebrate their silver wedding. WEiLSH BAPTISTS.—On Monday last. the weekly Sewing Class Tea was given by Miss Jackson, of Nottingham, a lady who is a. very frequent visitor to Llandudno, and takes much interest in the affairs at the Tabernacle. The excel- lent tea was enjoyed by a numerous com- pany.—On the motion of the Rev. D. Davies. a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Miss Jackson. On Thursday evening a special Band of Hope was held, Mr Evan Roberts in the chair, and Mr James Roberts conducting. One of the special features were For the best his- tory of the Missionary Exhibition for those under 13 and from 13 to 18.. Miss B. Owen took the prize in the former, and Miss Lily Thomas, Chapel Street, in the latter. Mrs Evan Roberts kindly presented the prizes, and Messrs. Hughes and Lloyd adjudicated.—On the motion of Mr' T. G. Wynne, a vote of thanks was passed to all those taking part.