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DINAS CROSS. Picture P03t Cards of Cwmyreglwys, show- ing the place and sea, also the old church on 0 the shore and cottages the Gwaua Valley; Newport (Pem.) bay, Newport Church, and other local views on sale at the "Eho Offices. Price, 7 Cards for 6J (post free, 7d). Promotion.—The success of Dinas boys at sea is again exemplified. —Capt Griffiths, Capel, left for Antwerp on Thursday last as commander of the fine barque Magwen," belonging to the same company as the Windsor Castle," of which Capt Griffiths took command the last voyage' With him as chief officer is Capt Williams, Garngelly. Records show that for the number of sea- going sons Dinas stands pre-eminent over well-nigh any other place in North Pembroke- shire as having a larger majority of the most successful boys." Mention might be made of Dinasites having command of several of the largest mail steamers afloat. We wish Capt Griffiths still further success. Accident.—Whilst placing with other children on Monday last the four-year-old daughter of Mr Laugharne, grocer, fell and fractured one of her arms. Dr Havard was in attendance and set the limb, and the little sufferer is progressing as well as can be expected. Baptist Unicn.-The South Wales Baptist Union is to be held at Maesteg at the end of the present month. It will be interesting to note that the Rev J W Maurice, the worthy pastor of Tabor, has been nominated one of the candidates for the position of vice-presi- dent of the Union. The delegates from Tabor are Messrs T Owen, Bankjfiynon, and Evan Da vies, Bryngelly. Illness.-Dir)ah Owen, eldest daughter of John and Mrs Owen, has come hone from Swansea suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism which ha3 rendered her a com- plete invalid. Haymaking. Record crops and record weather put the agriculturists of the district in the best of good humour. They may be said to be making hay and plenty of it while the sun shines. No other work is thought of just now. There is oce feature on this occa- sion, there is no necessity to encroach upon the Sabbath, as was the case last year,in order to gather the hay. Horticulture.—Much interest was manifest in the lectures last week by Mr Pickard, lecturer on gardening, etc., to the County Council and Aberystwyth University. By arrangement with Newport, Dinasites were able to hear Mr Pickard for one evening out of the five arranged for this part of the county. Last Friday Mr rickard accompanied the children of the school and rambled on the commons where no less than sixty varieties of plants were gathered and explained by the lecturer in a most interesting manner. He gave it that the inhabitants of Dinas were most fortunate in the variety and richness of wild plants and flowers on their lands. In the evening, before quite a Lumerous company at the garden of Mr D Thomas, Smithfield, the horticulturist gave a description of the pretty, well-kept plot. Here a thorough in- spection was made and several illustrations were given with nine different classes of a vegjtable plants. This fi;Je garden was greatly admired and received most favourab'e comments. At 8 o clock in the Bowd School- room, befo'e a fairly numerous audience which would, no doubt, have be3n ten times the size had it not been haytime, the lecture and illustrations were continued. Dr Havard presided and briefly introduced Mr Pickard, who siid he had heaid much of Mr Thomas' garden and it bad given him the greatest pleasure to visit it. Further, he could say with confidence that it was the best cottage garden he had seen in Carmarthenshire, or Pembrokeshire and this side of Aberayron in Cardiganshire. This was received wit«» welt- merited plaudits. Mr Pickaid then proceeded to deal with the onion and how best to bring it to the highest development. In a humorous description of the emblem of Wales, the leek, he said he had always associated the plant with Wales, but he had never yet scn the leek properly grown in the Principality. Unless grown to the sizi of one's wrist they were not as they should be. Besides, the Welsh did not know how to cook the lek. This opened the eyes of those present, for there is not the least doubt that every house- wife in the land prides herself on poszessinc, thut item of knowledge. Mr Pickard said the leaves ought never to be u:\d, the st tlks and bulbs being the chief part of the vegetable. The thick parts should be chopped into chunks two inches in length, and then stewed in the gravy or sauce and served with the leg of a mountain lamb. Several of the audience were heard to smack their lips in gleeful anticipation. But,' said the Yorkshire hor- ticulturist, leeks and cawl go together here.' —Just so, and it he ha I added that a few tatws' and a chunk of mochin were very close companions with the leeks he would not have been far off the mark. Ua.wl,' to the majority of the Welsh, is what oatmeal and herrings are to the Scots. Proceeding, he dealt with the parsnip, remarking that Mr Thomas had the advantage of the parings from horses' hoofs to manure the root. Hoo: parings were as gool as phosphates. Iu planting parsnips a hole two aud a half feet deep should be made with a crowbar, the holes 18 inches apart should then be filled up with rich manure, and three seedi placed on the top. Afterwards two of the three should be weeded out, leaving the stronge:t whish would develope into the finest root. A hint on pea growing was timely. Before a show pull off the finest pods, and afterwards dip them in alum water which assisted Nature to preserve the pod's silvery shade and also pre- serve the bloom at the end so essential to success. Cabbage was dealt with at length together with other vegetables, each bein-j illustrated on the blackboard in the most in; terestiog manner. At the close the Rev J W Maurice, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr Pickard and Dr Havard, pointed out tht Dlllastes were evidently supposed to be much more intelligent than Newportians inasmuch as they were expected to learn as much at one lecture as their neighbours were at four lectures. He was sure all had been greatly entertained and much enlightened by the lecture and illustrations.—Mr Dewi Harries seconded the vote in appropriate terms Replying, Mr Pickard said the lectures had been intended for Newport, but the good people of the latter place had kindly spared him for one visit to Dinas.—Dr Havard also suitably replied and the meeting terminated. Bats in Badroom.—Iu the words of the poet "Pallas, take away thy bat And let us have a lark instead." At some of the houses in the breezy city, bed- room windows are left open during the warm eveniugs. Burglsrs may not take this, the only intimation for indulging their peculiar craft; and trampus may also blink as he reads these lines. It is just posible for him to ob- tain a glimpse of this paragraph on his round of visitation.—But to our muttons—again the poet breathes. It was a sultry night and I mine host and hostess had retired for the night, with the consciousness of a day well spent and repose well-earned. Morpheus I had locked the twain in slumbsr but a little while, when repose was disturbed by the bmz, bang and flutter of a bat, which awoke the gentle parter, while the master dozed on. However unwilling he might have been to be n ZD aroused, there was n') other way out of the difficulty. John John appealed the wife, Ugh." groaned her ioid. -1 There's a bat in the bedroom," she responded With a mur- mur of bother the bats," he rubbed his eyes and slowly proceeded to rise from his downy couch. After due wakefulness he armed himself with a bafh towel, and proceeded, clothed in pyjamas of a very loud pattern, "to end the bat's existence. For fifteen minutes the struggle continued with all the vigour of sturdy manhood, the bat flopping against the furniture and ornaments as bats in their natural blindness do. The interloper dodged the swipes of the towel as if accustomed to mid- night attacks of the kind, but presently the chocolate and green striped arm of the fencer commenced a regular fusilade of blows, like the arms of a wind mill in a gale, and smote the bat down behind the diessing table. Hon- our and vengeance being satisfied,and the sol- itary spectator of the un;q-io assault acd bat- tery having eujoyed the merry "turn'' 0; gymnasts to the brim, lights were lowered and the twain again were hushed to p:'ace. Not for long however, for in the space of halt au hour the bat revived and commenced again its buzzing round of the room. actually coming into contact with its assailant's nasal organ, as the sonorous owner lay i.i sleep's serene oblivion. Alarmed at the resuscitation the good wife was again forced to arouse her spouse to renew the attack. Another quaiter of au hour's performance with the arm and the bath towel succeeded in giving the bat its quietus, and it lay until morning behind the washstand. Such is life with the open bed- room window.—At this particular horue the family is now arguing whether it is better to suffer the ills that flesh, in stuffy atmosphere, is heir to, or face a sea of trouble with bats and open windows. About three weeks ago we published the It s- of the steamer • La Pcrte of which Capt Raymond, Maesteg Hou?e, Dinas, was second second officer and who expected home next week. It will be remembered that of the two boats which left the ship the sejoud, in com- mand of the Capt of '■ La Porte," and con- taining among others the second officer (Mr Raymond) was some days after the first to go in Inn I. The first bod in command of the chef offi, er reached Port Noiloth and last Sa ur lay the crew of the boat reached South- ampton aboard the I. Saxon." Talking to a pressman the i-eoond engineer (Mr Yorath) described the sinking of the steamer. Soon after they took lo t'e to tz they separated and it was only after se'e;:} dajy; and seven nights on the open sea in the ship's boat that the first batch of the crew got into touch with au Italian vessel outside Port Nclloih, and were t iken on board. One of the dozen men who cau now look back upon this thrill tig experience is the second engineer of La Porte," a-id he arrived at Cardiff on Siturday tv ning from Southampton. Oa Ap ii 19 h, with Cept H G Hill in command, and they were about 50 miles north of Port Nolloth. and a hundred miles eiff the coast, when it was reported that water was coming through the bulk-head of the engine room from No. 3 hold. After this discovery had been reported to the captain the hold was soundest, and teven feet of water was fouud there. Immediately the position of the vessel was realised the captain gave orders for two life- boats to be lowered. There was no time to get out the kit, and 561b of ship's bisc.iic and (ne breaker of water, holding about eight gallons, was put into each boat. All hands go into the boat«, the captain and ten men in one, and twelve in the other. In about an hour the ship foundered, and disappeared completely, stern first. They then sailed in asmtherly direction, the two boats keeping company, and making for the coast, which was sighted ou the morning of June 11 tb, but could not land. They managed to keep company by swinging a lantern each at inter- vals of al)out half an hour. Belt on the second night missed the signal and when dawn came there was no sigu of the second boat to be seen. Then the wind dropped, and rowing commenced. Tuey mauagei to get alongside the Lilian barque Marina "I e at seven o'clock at nii^ht,, and they were taken ashore en a tug next morning. The nights were bitterly cold, and some of the mem were actually frostbitten. They suff-red much from thirst, and on the seventh day drank the soa water. Three biscuits per man per day were served out. TLe water, which was very scarce, was served out in a nc ounce bottle three times per day and was then reduced to twice a day until it gave out. They were without water for 48 hours. The chief officer hai half a pound of tobacco in the boat, and that was a great comfort. The only instruments to steer by were a compass, sextant, and a shilling atlas which belonged to one of the Greeks. There was not much sleep, and when picked up some of the men could not stand. Ail ttse men in the second boat are safe, and they will come home uext week, when it is hoped ihst Capt Raymond will relate bis experiences. St Brynacu's.—Two Sundays ago tho Rev J Jones, missicner of the Diocese, preached eloquently at SL Brynach's Church, and last Sunday the Rev \V. Davies, formeily cuiate of Newport, clliciitcd in hid usually able manner. G.F.S.— As honorary members and ardent supporters of the Fishguard Paiish Church G.F.S., Mrs W. Bennett (Bwlchauwr), and Mrs ill win Bseuneti joined the outing to Newport on Friday last and enjoyed the after- noon very much. Sea Notes.—Capt Davies, Clover Hid, with Mrs Davies, silled from Swansea last week for Malta and o' h --r ports. Bon voy- age. Among the visitors are, Cambria Tearace (Capt Evans), Mrs D J Meyler and daughter, from Swansea. At Jericho (Mrs Jenkins'), the Mioses Norton from Cardiff, Illness.Mrs Thomas Lewis.Cwiiiyj'iJgp.yy^ who has been ill for some years hac) a sadden relapse last week. Her daughter, \iiS T Williams was sent for, and we aic clid to say the patient IS better. Regatta. A meeting of the annual regatta and varidy exhibition committee will be held at the Schoolroom oil Monday next, the chair to be taken at 8 o clock sharp by Mr James '1 Raymond. All interested are earnestly requested to Pttend aud support the popular event which provides a really enjoyable half- day to all ar d Sundry. Omission.—The names of lHrti A Edwards, Rhoshill, cousin to Mrs Capt Jauies, and Mr James Williams, Spring Gardens, for over -0 years chief officer with Capt James were inadvertently omitted from the list of those [I present at the laying of the memorial stone at Cwrnbach. ¡


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