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SOUTH WALES NOTES. [BY COSMOS.] FOOTBALL IN THE RHONDDA. A« the next tootbail .season is now attracting notice from the votaries of the gamo, the enarcy and confidence shown by the chief "Collier team of South Wales deserve more than ft passing uotice. Last week the first sod was cut of a new ground for the Penygraig Football Club at the Pymsr Field, midway belwaeu Penygraig and Diuas, a most accessible pot, several roads and paths leading to the ground and when completed from the plans of Mr D. Lewis, snrreyor, Ystrad, will be one of the finest grounds, if not the best, in South Wales. The estimated cost is about £5C. The inhabitants, led by Dr E. N. Davies, C.C., and T. M. Rees, Butchers' Arm, are in an enthusiastic mood over the speculation. According to contract, the grounds are to be ready for play in less than two months, and tbe committee intend that the opening match (September 23th) will bo a noted one, as the first match in Penygraig this season is Cardiff v. Peaygraig. As this will be the first visit of the noted Cardiff team to the Rhondda Valley,it will surely be a great attraction. Llanelly follows. Several well-known footballers have lately joined ♦ he Peiiygraig Ciub, and, as all tbe old team are available, the next reason's team will be a very strong one. THE JOHNSTOWN DISASTER. A correspondent of the American Medical News, writing from Johnstown on June 6, says that very few cases of disease resulting from exposnre folic wed the recent catastrophe at Johnstown, and that the hospitals only contained a few cases, mostiy of injuries inflicted during and after the flood. There were very few cases of pneumonia, and one or two of measles, but not a severe out- break of the latter as reported. The danger of malarial poisoning was not to be feared, since thf water in its progress through the valley ba carried away the mud banks, and covered the entire sito of Johnstown with a layer of pure saud and gravel, and the city had bseu entirely cleansed by the flood. Crema- tion of the dead could not be carried out owing to public opposition, so that the worse evils were the tainting of the atmosphere and water with decomposing animal matter. The correspondent further says :—" The mental condition of almost every former resident of Johnstown is one of the gravest character, and the reaction which will Sit in when the reality of the whole affair is folly comprehended can scarcely fail to produce many cases of permanent or temporary insanity. Most of the faces that one meets, both male and female, are those of the most profound melan- cholia, associated with an almost absolute dis- regard of the future. The nervous system shows the strain it has borne by a tramulousness of the hand and of the lip in men as well as in women. This nervous state is further evidenced by a peculiar intonation of words, the persons speaking mechanically, while the voices cf many rough-looking men are changed into such tremulous notes, of so hih a pitch, as to make one imagine that-a child, on the verge of tears, is speaking. Crying is so rare that your correspon- dent saw not a tear on any face in Johngtown; but the women that are left are haggard, with pinched features, and heavy, dark lines under their eyes. Indeed, the evidence of systematic disturbance is so markod in almost every individual -who was present at the time of the catastrophes that it is possible with the eye alone to separate the resideuts from those outside." TBACHERS' HOLIDAYS IN OXPOBD. The authorities have put Wadham College, Oxford, at the disposal of schoolmasters hum 27:h July to 24th August. Thus a holiday is iff-red for the first or second fortnight of this time amid surroundings to which a visit alone is often an education. The men will live in college room. experience the life lived by university men, have the advantage of tutors, libraries,and reading room*, and, if they will, enter into all the pleasures offered by the river, by tennis, and cricket grounds. The totnl expense is about 30s a week. Those who Lava joined these parties in past years express the moat perfect satisfaction with their experience, and their presence is doing something to prepare the way for making the universities playa. large part in national education, by training the teachers of all schools. Mr Samuel A. Barnett.of Toynbee-hall, Whitechapel, will be glad to hear from anyone wishing to join. BALANCa BicyOKK BEAUTY. To save JE8 the corporation has disfigured Canton Bridge; to provide the town with a toy it spends £27 a year. Of "llch is the Cardiff council. My friend Ebenezer was this time on the ripht side, but the Philistines were too many for him. They care neither for light nor art, but solely for the balance of the ledger. Here is ex- posed the folly of sending nobody but business men to represent the ratepayers. When Coun- cillor Brain affirmed that the light afforded by the new lamps was double that given by the old onef, he added a bushel or two to the truths Moreover, the Guernsey burners can be fitted to the old lamps, or else I'm a duffer. But to combine ugliness with obstruction is worse than Vandalism. Genseric certainly destroyed, but I'm uot aware that he ever impeded in the sense that the lights committee has done. But the lamps are to be left until further ex- perience is ained. What does this mean? I suppose the corporation desites the clamour against them to be a little louder. Their wishes shall be attended to. GOOD IS ITS OWN REWARD. THK average newspaper man's standard of morality is not very high. I read in an evening journal last night that the Rev J. R. Jones, of Poutypridd, picked up a bag of old, which he handed to the police. The owner afterwards met the rev. gentleman, and thanked him for his honesty. But the reporter who furnished the account evidently thought that that was not sufficient, for he added, alluding to the owner, who considered that nothing more was required of him than to merely thank the rev gentleman for his honesty I" But, unfortunately, the reporter's views are shared by the generality of mankind. The latter always imagine that honesty should be rewarded by something tangible. No doubt this feeding is due to the universal teaching that good ahall receive recompense, whereas evil shall be punished. However, when the majority of the humau race understand that good requires no reward—in fact, would not deem that it had done good if reward wore offered them-we may expect that euch a paragraph as that from which I have quoted will never be written. Possibly the Rev J. R. Jones expected no pecuniary return for his houesty, but why should the writer be indiguant that some of the sovereigns were not banded over to tbe finder! Is honesty so rare in ministers of the Gospel that they need to be encourged when tuey practice it ? The writer must have thought and I cannot congratulate him on the low opinion be has of his fellow-men. SOME LONDON GUSH. WHAT rot some of those Loudon letter writers grind out! The young man on the Liverpool Mercury, iu referring to the last Wimbleduu, which com- mences to-day, has. the following:—"No more will the bullet of the Queen's prizeman sing across the grassy plateau." There could not well be more mistakes, or rather more mis-descriptions, in a sentence than in the one above. In the first place it is Dot a plateau; in the second place it is not grassy and in the third there is no Queen's prizeman until the bullet has ceased to sing.

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