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NOTES AND JOTTTINGS.

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NOTES AND JOTTTINGS. Zxetllsit Fare. it is not often that a Shakespearean I recital is held in Rhos. Some years ago, a famous reciter used to give us selections from the great Bard of Avon, in the pub- lic Hall, but of late years, owing, it is said, to financial losses in connection with the ventures, the recitals were dropped. We are glad, however, to know that in the Rev E. Rogers, Wrexham, we have within easy ca!l, a reciter of considerable talent and ability. Mr Rogers gave us an excellent recital in the Rhos junior school, on Monday evening, of the princi- pal parts of Julius Ceasar." Trie aud- ience was not a very large one, but those present heartily agreed that the recital was a rich treat. Bye.goas Recollections. It is rather a difficult task to trace the history and developement of entertain- ments and recreations in Rhos. A cen- tury ago, so it is said, the chief form of recreation was quoit-pitching. One old blacksmith, who lived somewhere in the Gerddi, made quite a respectable little pile out of quoit-making. The games were, of course, played in the open air, and some remarkable contests used to take place. So proficient in the art of quoit pitching did several of the old Rhosites become, that their fame extended for many miles beyond their native heath. On one great occasion, four Rhos quoit- ers were invited to meet four Chester champions in a great contest. The com- petition took place at Chester, which at the time was a recognised quoiting cen- tre. Hundreds of enthusiasts assembled to witness the game, including a large number of Rhos supporters, who had travelled to Chester the previous day, most of them on foot. The contest duly i took place,, and the honours of victory were with the Rhosites Several of the supporters had taken pigeons with them, ,a'1d as soon as the result was declared, they sent the birds home with the mes- sage of victory to the anxiously awaiting ones at home. Clil In the old, old, days, the early Rhos- ites, so an authority says. used to take great pride in their feats of strength. There was no Sandow system in those days, but nevertheles, some wonderful instances of strength are told of some o! the forefathers of Rhos. One yreat test of strength was the plunging of a strong sharp knife into the hardest kind of wood they could find. A huge block of thi> hard wood be set down in the open, and a sort of copper kettle would be offered as a prize to the strongest man. One af- ter the other the competitors would grasp the knife, and raising it high above his head, plunge it afar as he could into the hard block of wood. One man, who in those days was called Twrnmi'r Tarrwr. was the recognised champion at this test. For six sn succession he succeeded in triaii championship, for no one endd p'tii)t-e the knife as far into the w.)d he could. Indeed it is. said tf);tT, with "Vit:" d o I i- e he used to bury th-s knife t, the hilt it) the block. But one ifov, so sto; v c s, Twmmi'r Tarfwr iost the championship. An am- bitieus young >7.1,;<i. spurred by the prem- ise cf a of five pounds if he could x- I e!. the ch.'»m?i0uship from Twmmi, be- gan to p'actise rind train for the contest. The story goes on to say that a certain young lassie whom the young man was interested in, h^d offered a further incent- ive for success by promising her buxom self if he defeated the redoubtable Twm. In addition to the test of plunging the knife into the block, a list of other feats to be performed were drawn up by a com- mittee, and the man who succeeded in ex. j ecuting them best, was to be proclaimed the winner Amongst the many feats to be accomplished, was the uprooting of several posts .driven deep into the ground. There were no reporters in Rhos in those days to chronicle the event, but the end of it all was that Twmmi was defeated, and the young man proclaimed champion. Sarly Rhos Ctesiusss. Raking in the ashes of the past, some- one has unearthed some interesting facts abouf the lives of the people who lived in the hamlet of Rhos about a hundred years Even in those days the place abounded with talent and genius of a most versatile order. Not cnlv were there famous quoiters and strong men, but there were men who were gifted with the art of healing men with won- derfui voices and men possessed of other remarkable powers. One man in particular won for himself a reputation as a th ought reader. It is said that he used to give exhibitions of his power by asking someone to hide a certain article. The person who hid the article was then asked to fix his thought on the spot where he. h-)d secreted it. and by some strange div-' Nation, the thought reader would at once discover the article, however ingeniously hidden. The art of healing was practised by more than one man in those days, and wonderful are the cures attributed to them. Strange potions and subtle con- coctions were made by these wizards, who collected their own herbs, and mixed their own medicines and ointments. There were no clubs to declare on then, and it behoved a sick or injured man to get well as soon as he could. Hence it was that the services of these medicine men were in constant demand. At that time it must be remembered that there were no recognised doctors in the place. Of the many excellent singers in Rhos in those days, no one held such a high re- putation as a man named Robin Jones. He was a bit of a fitter and carpenter by trade, and was the regular Sims Reeves of his day. At night time he used to sing snatches of folk-songs in his house, ac- companying himself with a home-made instrument fashioned like a harp. The whole village sometimes gathered around his abode to hear him sing, and the col- lections made for him included all kinds of articles, from lumps of home-made cakes, to hand-knitted cuffs, adorned with white beads. Eventually Robin left the village, and was heard of no more.

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