o GA N I N G S. BEATING THE RECORD. An official of a leading railway company tells a good story about one of the engine drivers of his line. The engine driver was growing old, and frequent reports were made to the directors that his eyesight was not as good as it should be. This the old man stoutly denied. The test for eyesight on that line was made by a doetor who lived in a house facing Clapham Common. When he wished to test the men's eyes he used to say: "Look over there and say what you can see." This fact had got known to the employes of the railway, and when the old engine driver was going to be examined he arranged with his son that he should take hili bicycle about half a mile across the common and stoop down to oil it. In due time the old man was led to the window, and the doctor said, as usual, What can you see 1" The old man peered out and said Well, I see a young man stooping down beside a bicycle." Do you, replies the doctor I cannot see anything at all." Gammon said the engine driver Can't you see it ? Why, he is oiling it." On this the doctor took up a pair of field glasses on the table, and, looking out behind, quite plainly saw a man stooping down oiling his bicycle. Magnificent sight he said magnifi- cent." And to this day the engine driver is taking his forty shillings a week with striking regularity. CURIOUS MARRIAGE CUSTOMS. The aboriginal Australian adopts a brutally forcible mode of wooing. When he wants a wife he looks about for a likely help-mate, and, find- ing one to his liking, knocks her down with his club and carries her home. In Singapore the bridegroom must secure his bride in a race, and this custom of bride chasing is quite common throughout Southern and eastern Asia. In Singapore a circular course is marked out, half of which is traversed by the maiden-encumbered only with a waistband-ere the word is given for the would-be possessor to go in pursuit in the hope of overtaking her before she has thrice compassed the circle that achieved she has no choice but to take the victor for her lord. The water chase in canoes, another marriage ceremonial of Singapore, is very similar to the foot race, and both are usually of short duration, for the fair quarry is only too willing to be caught. When a Turcoman belle is to be settled in life the whole tribe turns out, and the young lady, being allowed the choice of horses, gallops away from her suitors. She avoids those she dislikes, and seeks to throw herself in the way of the object of her affections. The moment she is caught she becomes the wife of her captor, who, dispensing with further ceremony, takes her to his tent. The bride race is also an established custom among the Kalmucks, and the girls are such excellent horsewomen that, we are told, it would be impossible to catch one against her will. The Kurds have a very curious and somewhat dangerous marriage custom, which one would think would be more honoured in the breach than in the observance. The husband, surrounded by a body guard of twenty or thirty young men, carries his wife home on his back in a scarlet cloth, and is desperately assaulted the whole way by a number of girls. Sticks and stones are hurled at the bridegroom, who, in coming home with the bride, can hardly be considered a very happy man, for the irate Amazons often inflict on him marks which he carries to the grave. It may be that among the lady pursuers are some of the bridegroom's former lfames," who turn the mock into down- right earnest to avenge slighted love. A farce similar to this was customary in Ire- land some couple of hundred years ago, and the modern throwing of the slipper for good luck is nothing more than a survival of some of the very old, very widely-diffused and very foolish customs. SUPERSTITIONS OF BRIDES. One of these is expressed in an old rhyme which is familiar to us all— Change the name and not the letter, You change for the worse and not for the better. Another is that the day must be fine, in accordance with the old-time saw- Happy is the bride the sun shines on. Blessed are the dead that the rain rains on." There is still another superstition poetically rendered that a bride's wardrobe must con- tain- "Something old and something new, Something borrowed, something blue." It is considered very bad fortune for a bride to make her own wedding cake or to have any- thing to do with it and strange as it may seem, it has been observed over and over again in unhappy marriages that the bride has stirred the wedding cake. To lose the wedding ring in the first month of marriage augurs great misfortune. To lose it at any time is supposed to predict a calamity. There is an explanation to this superstition which is of the same theory that time will cure all ills As the wedding ring wears, So wear away life's cares." THE TOAD. We remember some years ago getting up into a mulberry tree, and finding in the fork of the two main branches a large toad almost embedded in the bark of the tree, which had grown over it so much that it was un ible to extricate itself, and would probably in time have been completely covered over with the bark. Indeed, there seemed to be no reason why, as the tree increased seemed to be no reason why, as the tree increased in size, the toad should not in process of time become embedded in it, as was the case with the end of an oak rail that had been inserted into an elm tree, which stood close to a public footpath. This being broken off and grown over, was, upon the tree being felled and sawn in two, found nearly in the centre of it. The two circumstances together may explain the curious fact of toads having been found alive in the middle of trees, by showing that the bark having once covered them, the process of of growth in the tree would annually convey the animal nearer to the centre of it, as happened with the oak rail and also the toads, and pro- bably other amphibia, can exist on the absorp- tion of fluids by the skin alone. This is con firmed by the following fact. A gentleman put a toad into a small flower-pot, and secured it so that no insect could penetrate it, and then buried it in the ground at a sufficient depth to protect it from the influence of frost. At the end of twenty years he took it up, and found the toad increased in size, and apparently healthy. Dr. Townson, in his tracts on the respiration of the amphibia, proves from actual experiment that, while those animals with whose economy we are best acquainted receive their principal supply of liquids by the mouth, the frog and salamander tribes take theirs through the skin alone all the aqueous particles being absorbed by the skin, and all they reject being transpired through it. He found that a frog, when placed on blotting paper well soaked with water, absorbed nearly its own weight of the fluid in the short time of an hour and a half and it is believed that they never discharge it, except when they are dis- turbed or pursued, and then only to lighten their bodies and facilitate their escape. That the moisture thus imbibed is sufficient to enable some of the amphibia to exist without any other food cannot be reasonably doubted and if this is admitted, the circumstance of toads being found alive in the centre of trees is fully accounted for. I STILL UNBURIED. The late King Alfonso uf Spain, who died six years ago, is still unburied and awaiting his final interment, in the tomb that has been prepared for his corpse, clothed only in a thin linen garment. The dead King lies on a slab of rock near a running spring of water in a cavern in the side of a mountain, on the slope of which the Escurial is built. There he will remain until his body has be- come petrified, or attained the peculiar properties uf a mummy, and then it will be placed in its niche in that marvellous jasper vault under the great dome of the Escurial Church, where only the remains of Spanish Kings and the mothers of Kings are allowed to lie. HOW THE CAPTIVES ESCAPED FROM KHARTOUM. Father Ohrwalder and the nuns Catherine Chincariui and Elisa Venturini only succeeded in escaping from Omdurman on the second attempt. Mgr. Sogaro having become acquainted with the Sheikh Ahmed Hassan, struck a bargain with him to attempt a rescue. He agreed to fit out and equip the necessary camels and pay the Sheikh a sum of E100 for each European brought alive into Cairo. Ahmed Hassan disguised him- self as a merchant, and at once set out for Omdurman. At last he succeeded in making his mission known to Father Ohrwalder, and on the 29th November, when the city was convulsed with an attempted revolt, the missionary, accom- panied by the two nuns and a negro servant girl, walked out of Omdurman at eight o'clock in the evening. Mounting the camels they rode a considerable distance, and when they thought they had a sufficient start of any possible pursuers they stopped and rested for the night. The party consisted of seven persons, the Sheikh having enlisted the services of two Arabs belonging to the Abubbeh-Shanatir tribe. Father Ohrwalder rode in front with the black girl behind him, and the two nuns, each accom- panied by an Arab, followed. Ahmed Hassan brought up the rear on the fourth camel. The priest was dressed as a dervish with a large white turban and a white flowing robe, and the nuns as ordinary native women. All three Arabs were armed. After the tirst night's rest the fugitives travelled for three days and nights without stopping. During the whole of this time they had no sleep, and very little food. By day they had to skulk in the less frequented parts of the country by night they travelled on the ordinary roads. On the left bank of the Nile as far as Banga, about two hours' ride from Berber, they lost a day, as they were obliged to hide until, under cover of the night, they could cross the river. When, however, they reached the river the ordinary boatman refused to carry them, and for a moment they made certain that they would be discovered. Fortunately, when the boatman had gone home they prevailed upon two boys to row them across. They then traversed the desert to Abu Hamed. On the way they met a detachment of the Mahdi's soldiery, who took the Arab Sheikh for a slave merchant, and proposed to ransom his slaves. It was not until Ahmed Hassan spoke menacingly and exhibited a Remington that they ceased their importunities. A more serious adventure occurred near Meshera-el-Dehesh, where they were recognised as escaped prisoners by a camel driver. After long negotiations the driver agreed to preserve silence in consideration of a sum of money equal to about £5 sterling. This was their last anxious moment. SUICIDES. The different methods of suicides are always curious. In 1889, according to the Registrar- General, 148 males and 75 females in Scotland ended their own existence, andthisis howtheydid it :-10 males shot themselves, 27 males and 14 females so cut or stabbed themselves that death resulted, 13 males and 9 females took poison, 43 males and 36 females drowned themselves, 42 males and 13 females hanged themselves, and 13 males and 3 females had recourse to some other method than the above. In the suicidal poison- ings, laudanum was taken by 9 males and 3 females, chloroform by 1 male, chloral hydrate by 1 female, carbolic acid by 1 female, arsenic by 1 female, nitric acid by 1 male and 1 female, and oxalic acid by 1 female. SALT EATING. The question whether or no to eat salt is be- coming a vexed one. For many years we have been taught by doctors that we must eat salt or die, or something very much to that effect. It was carefully impressed upon young minds that if they did not eat salt they would be ill, and never grow up strong. Horrible tales of suffer- ings in prison from deprivation of salt were recorded to shuddering listeners, and manifold were the disasters we were told would befal us if we did but spill any of the precious and life- preserving commodity. Now all this is changed. A new race of doctors has arisen, who tells us that salt is bad for us taken in addition to food, and that all the salt necessary to our animal economy is to be found in brown bread, green vegetables, and fruits. We are told that salt over-stimulates the appetite, and induces us to eat too much from over-feeding comes repletion, and from repletion, indigestion and general derangement. It also irritates the stomach and thickens the blood, causing thirst it delays digestion, and fro.n its habitual use many diseases must arise. This is the new verdict on salt eating. THEY HELD THEIR PEACE. Too often the working man looks upon the clergyman as a well-fed, under-worked, over-paid individual. The Dean of Worcestor tells of a curate who, passing through a group of men standing on a street corner, overheard one of them say, There goes a chap with nothing to do and gets hundreds for doing it." The curate stopped and made answer My wages are 23 a week. I have been at work all the morning in my Master's service, in church, in school, in my study, and now I am going to see more sickness and distress in one afternoon than you have seen in all your life." And they held their peace. TWO COMMON SAYINGS. The origin of the saying He's gone to Jericho," originated with Henry VIII. He was in the habit of staying at an estate situate at Blackmore, in Essex. The manor house of Blackmore was called Jericho, so when King Henry VIII. was there the phrase among his courtiers was He was gone to Jericho." Hence the proverb or saying. It is said that the term "to send one to Coventry" is taken from the army, where the custom has been in use for so long a time that there is no record of its beginning. It is the method adopted by soldiers for making a disgraced comrade feel his punishment more severely. One authority gives the derivation of the custom and phrase as follows The citizens of Coventry had at one time so great a dislike to soldiers that a woman seen speaking to one was regarded as outside the pale of respect- able society ever after. No intercourse was ever allowed between the garrison and the town hence, when a man was sent to Coventry he was cut off from all social enjoyments." Another authority finds the origin in the fact that during the Civil Wars the Parliamentary party used Coventry as a stronghold, and that all trouble- some and refractory Royalists were sent there for safe custody. Dr Brewer says that the former of these is the more likely to be correct, as it meets the case better than the other.
AN EARLY BRITISH RELIC IN THE THAMES. A boatman named Swabey, living at East Molesey, has just found in the bed of the river Thames at Hampton Court what appears to be a relic of early British times, an ancient British canoe, made of the trunk of a tree, the interior having been burned or scooped out. It is about 30 ft. long and 5 ft. in width, and is quite black otherwise it is in good preservation. It has probably lain in the river bed for centuries, and might have remained there still but for the recent dredging operations.
AMMANFORD AMUSEMENTS. I "Jocko" is pleased to record unwonted activity on the part of the Bettws bridge committee since his remarks appeared last week A ulletiug was held thire on Saturday last, when the new mayor attended in his robes of office. He condemned the proceedings of the committee in no measured terms, and declared that he would cause im- mediate proceedings to be taken against those in default. This meeting is said to have been the only one held for a long time. "Jocko" learns that the prospectus of the new newspaper has been withdrawn owing to internal ) dissensions! on the board. Matters have gone too far for the breach to be healed. The details have not leaked out, but Stratton appears to have been jealous of the attentions paid by Abel to thn sleeping beauty, and refused to sit on the board with him. Sides were of course taken and a ¡ great deal of feeling ensued, and as before stated the prospectus was not issued for the present. # # "Jocko" hears a nice little bit of scandal among the teetotallers of Ammanford. A most success- ful Band of Hope, the doings of which have from time to time been duly chronicled in THE JOURNAL, was started some throe years or more ago at Pontamman. Meetings have been con- tinuously held once every fortnight, when speeches, songs, dialogues, and other interesting and amusing pabulum was provided for the young folks. The membership grew and grew, a great deal of the success being due to the utter un- sectarian character of the management. This was not at all to the taste of some of the Christian folks of Ammanford, and the successful little society was looked upon with jealous eyes. • A great number of the children of Baptists, Independents and Methodists, with a few Church folks had benefitted by this useful little society, but it was left to the Independents, the sect of ambition and unrest, to take the lead in the attack on it. "Jocko does not quite know how this was started, or who the leading spirit was. All he knows is that, in spite of a vigorous protest from one of the members, a rival society was started in connection with This Christian Temple." Six weeks was the term of life prophesied for the new Society, and, mirabile dictu, within six weeks the poor little infant, stunted from its birth by sectarian jealousy, was laid to rest. The effect of this wise action which, if it did not digest, would amuse, was that during the short life it enjoyed the society enticed away all or most of the members of the Pontamman Band of Hope who belonged to the Independent Chapel. While at the demise of the short-lived unfortunate the -poor children were ashamed, after deserting it, to again seek the parental roof of the old Band of Hope. Jocko was shocked at the whole story, and could only find breath to exclaim, "See how these Christians love one another." A Local Board for Ammanford is in the air. I have not heard the full proposals, but among them are that the meetings should be held at the new Schoolroom at Tirydail that Ammanford should be supplied with electric light; that a reservoir should be made at Pantyffynon, so that the overflowing of the Amman river should give Ammanford a copious supply of water that the present roads should be let out in parcels to keep pigs on, and new ones made in a sensible and rational way; that all public-houses should be closed. I believe the members are already almost selected by the clique, which rules the roost, the only hitch being whether the Independents shall have an absolute majority of members, or whether their representatives shall be in equal numbers with the rest of the board. Another moot point is whether any seat shall be given to Tory or Churchman. Pourparlers are, I hear, going on, but these points are still, I understand, undecided. The county council election is now drawing near, and soon we shall be in the thick of the canvass. Failing a Conservative running for Bettws (which includes Ammanford) we cannot do better than support our grand young man. Councillor Jones, who, whatever may be his failings elsewhere (and no one can accuse "Jocko" of blinking them), has proved an excellent member. "Jocko" can't see why politics should have anything to do with county councils, and he hopes party spirit will not induce an opposition to Councillor Jones. He will have enough to do to fight opposition from his own camp and his ability and attention to duty on the council certainly deserve the united support of all parties in the division. # I find that some people still misunderstand Jocko." They cannot realise an inanimate conglomerate machine worked only by brain power, and set to oppose cant, humbug, bigotry, injustice and incompetence. This, and all this, J Jocko has been, is, and will be. Anyone who has a genuine grievance can always find consolation in "Jocko" (young ladies are, especially requested to mark this), and although he has sometimes to hit hard, he always tries to keep within the bounds of fairness and to avoid the faintest pretence of malice. The Ammanford reading rooms are not as well supported as they should be. Many are the reasons assigned for this, but "Jocko" thinks they can all be condensed into one—namely, that Ammanford folks don't care about reading. It is certainly true that in order to cater for a larger number of people, concessions have from time to time been made by the committee. This appears to have had no effect in increasing the number of members; for a concession in any given direction, while it is intended to conciliate some, frequently not only fails in its intention, but actually alienates other supporters. The question was exhaustively debated before they were admitted, not on the moral ground, but on that of expediency. The result has been the defection of several useful and influential membera and a financial difficulty. At the meeting held on Monday evening it was resolved to carry 011 the rooms for another quarter, so as to see whether they are to be con- tinued or abandoned. "Jocko hopes that the result may be that they will be continued, and that such alterations may be made in the rules that all may feel able and anxious to support so good an object. # "Jocko" has received one or two letters promising further support to the rooms, on con- ditions, and he will have occasion again to refer to the subject. • Since when has Punch become a Liberal paper ? Spofforth will kindly reply. Another work of art has been presented this week. The recipient on this occasion is an eminent amateur musician, and is on the staff of the Dynevor Tin-plate works. This again reflects gteat credit on the artist, the portrayal of the collar being most life-like. To revert for a moment to the subject of the Reading Rooms, "Jocko" has to say that a great deal of praise is due to the secretaries, Messrs D. Phillips and E Fowler, for their efforts to keep the rooms going. It is hard work, very hard work, no one knows how hard until they have tried, spending night after night in these cold and wet winter evenings trudging round collecting subscriptions, more or less grudgingly given. So far Jocko has heard little adverse criticism of the present secretaries, and would like to sug- gest to any who are inclined to criticise—"Try it yourselves." # Pentregwen is thinking of celebrating his year of office as Mayor of Bettws by getting married. When he does so his title is going to be ab- breviated. He will be known as Pentre," the Lady Mayoress taking the remainder of the title and being known as Gwen." io- Mocyn "says whiskey is the best preventive of Influenza, and Mocyn ought to know. :11: # "Jocko was. delighted to see that the popu- lar Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire, who is as j well known in this county as in his own, has | determined to send two of his sons to Aberys- twyth. This step is one which commends itself t" all Welshmen in these àaysof Wales the Welsh." Jocko" waits to see whether this good example will be followed JOCKO-THE-JESTER."
CARDIGAN. FUNERAL OF THE REV. W. JONES.—The funeral of Alderman the Rev. W. Jones, Calvinistic Methodist, took place on Monday, in tke presence of a large concourse of people. There were present the children of the Board School, the deceased having been chairman of the School Board for many years the mayor aud corpora- tion, with tha mace draped in crape the ministers of the Gospel (Church and Noncon- formists) of a large district and the principal II inhabitants of the localities in which the deceased had exercised his ministerial calling. LLANDOVERY. THE WEATHER this week again, although decidedly seasonable, is cold and miserable. The ground is covered with snow to the depth of many inches. To use a familiar, though metaphorical expression, "mother goose has been fleeced" daily at intervals since Thursday week The flakes that came down on Sunday night lead one to hope that ere the morning arrived the snow would be turned into water, but a change in the atmospheric conditions nipped it in its bud. The air to-day (Monday) is a trifle milder. SEASONABLE BENEVOLENCE. — During the past week Mr D. Lloyd Jones, through his repre- sentative, Mr Daniel Williams, Pentre House, entertained the inmates of the Workhouse to an excellent dinner and tea, in addition to supplying them with various delicacies. He has also followed his example at Llandovery by dis- tributing many tons of coal among the deserving poor of Cilycwm. A RISING TRADESMAN. — It is gratifying to note that our respected and enterprising young tradesman, Mr M. Griffiths (successor to Mr J.R. James), draper, Pengawse House, succeeded in obtaining all the tenders for drapery at the quarterly meeting of the Board of Guardians last Friday. This success on Mr Griffith's part, with a public body, speaks well of the future he may have before him as a businessman in our midst. ODDFELLOWS.— The annual meeting of the Llandovery District of Oddfellows (M.U.) was held in the lodge-room of the Loyal Victoria Lodge, in this town, on Friday evening, when the following officers were elected for the ensuing year Prov. G.M. J E Rees, Star House (Loyal Victoria Lodge); Prov. D.G.M. Rees Williams, Central Wales Lodge, Llanwrtyd) and Prov. corres. sec. D S Thomas, Loyal Victoria Lodge. The accounts were passed, and showed in each lodge the number of members had increased. On the proposition of Bro. J E Rees, seconded by Bro. D E Jones, a resolution was passed express- ing sympathy with the widow and family of the late Mr H Mackenzie Thomas, of the Western Mail, Cardiff, and that Bro. J E Rees be authorized to write a vote of condolence to Mrs Thomas. TOWN COUNCIL.—The monthly meeting of this body was held at the Town-hall on Saturday, under the presidency of the Mayor (Mr T. Watkins, brewer). There were also present Councillors W. Jones, Alma House, J. R. Price, T. Rees, Cloth Hall, C. P. Lewis, D. S. Thomas, and D. S. Davies, Granta Cottage. — A few bills that had been before the Council on previous occasions were now passed. — A meeting of the sub-committee appointed to consider the question of repairing the Town-hall was held on the 2nd inst, when the following were present The Mayor (Mr T. Watkins, brewer), ex-Mayor (J. Watkins), T. Jones (Alderman), Councillors C P Lewis and J R Price. The committee resolved to make the following recommendations to the Council, both of which were now adopted. (1) That Mr Daniel Phillips, county surveyor, Car- marthen be employed to examine the state of the Town-hall, and give an estimate of the repairs required (2) That an application be made to the County Court Department of H.M. Board of Works, and also to the Carmarthen Joint Stand- ing Committee to contribute towards the outlay to be incurred. The report was adopted on the motion of Mr T Rees, seconded by Mr D S Thomas. — On the ground, at the time of the meeting, snow lay thick. The Council, in con- sequence, on the motion of Mr T. Rees, resolved that some two or three labourers be employed to assist the scavenger to clear paths to the different places of worship, &c.— Mr Councillor D S Thomas introduceda discussion on the advisability of petitioning the railway companies with regard to one or two things that might prove beneficial to Llandovery. Mr Thomas's first suggestion was to try to get the train that runs from Swansea to Llandilo, on Thursday afternoons, ex- tended to Llandovery. Secondly, to get the local train that runs in the summer months from Llan- drindod to Llanwrtyd run so far as Llandovery. Very many would like to come down here, and would do so if the railway accommodation was extended. He pointed out that those coming down and others anxious to go up could then re- turn in time to reach the Cambrian train which is always missed by the 7.20. In support of his suggestion, Mr Thomas further said that a good many of those who paid visits under these circum- stances would afterwards come as visitors to lodge here. A great many who attended the eisteddfod afterwards did so, and remained about I a fortnight or three weeks. The Mayor thought they were unanimous with regard to the sug- gestion. They were all to improve the trade of the town, and if they could devise any means by which they could draw more people to the town, they certainly ought to do so. Nobody came there without leaving money behind. Mr Thomas then moved his suggestion in the form of a resolution, and Mr 0 P Lewis, with very much pleasure, seconded it, adding also as to market and fair tickets to and from Llandovery. In ac- cordance with notice, Mr T Rees brought forward his motion with regard to the placing of dustbins in two or three places where they were required and the same was agreed to. — Mr C P Lewis asked how long that drain by the new chapel is to be left unfinished, and spoke strongly against the delay. Mr J R Price said it was in a dis- graceful state, and Mr Rees added the gaspipe was exposed at the spot. The Mayor said the surveyor said he would have it done as soon as possible. Mr H Lewis (turn cock) presented his report, in which he enumerated some materials that were required. Consent was given him to order the same, and the report was adopted.— This was all the business, with the exception of a few trivial matters of no public interest. ST. CLEARS. OLD WOMEN AND WIDOW'S TEA.—This annual event took place on Wednesday of last week in the National Schoolroom. This treat is quite a red letter day in the lives of the poor old ladies. Owing to the very wet and cold weather, the attendance was not quite so large as in past years, but still over 50 guests sat down to a very sumptuous tea which, by their smiling countenances, had evidently been greatly enjoyed. After tea a very interesting programme, consisting of games iuterspersed with songs and recitations was gone through to the great delight of the old people, who could only assist by their applause. Towards the close of the evening a vo e of thanks was proposed and seconded by the Rev J. George and Mr John Davies to the committee, and to Miss S. Morris in particular, who all had worked so hard on behalf of the old people. This proposition was supported by an old lady best known as Pe^gy Llandelin in a short but appropriate speech. On leaving the room each person received a quarter-pound of tea in a small caddy, and a portion of the good things not consumed at tea time. Those who were unable to come were not forgotten, for each one had her share sent to her. SUDDEN DEATH. — On Monday last, a poor woman named "Bet" Lloyd, who lived in a small cottage alone, died very suddenly. In the evening, a neighbour not having seen her for some time, went into the house to look for her. On opening the back door, she stumbled over some- thing in the dark, which proved to be the dead body of the poor woman. Death must have taken place some hours previous as the body was quite jold when found. She had been seen in the forenoon by another neighbour. COAOULINE. —Cement for Broken Article, 6d & Is; postage, 2d. 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EMIGRATION. The January Circulars of the Emigrants' Information Office, 31, Broadway, West- minster, S.W., the Penny and other Handbooks, with maps, and a summary of the last Reports from H.M. Consuls in North and South America, show the present prospects of Emigration. Branch Offices are now organised at Bradford (Yorks), Bury St. Edmunds, Cardiff, Devizes, Glasgow, Hereford, Leamington, Liver- pool, and Reading—mostly in connection with Free Public Libraries, where all the above Publications and other information may also be obtained. The ordinary emigrant without means should not go to Canada during the winter, but should be prepared to arrive in April, when the busy season commences. In New South Wales, Victoria, and to a less extent in South Australia, harvest prospects are favourable, and farm and station hands are in some demand, but mechanics are not wanted, except in a few districts. The Queensland Government have withdrawn their assisted passages, and free, nominated or indented passages can be obtained now only by farm labourers, ploughmen, gardeners, and female servants. A Government Labour Bureau has been lately opened in the Colony. There is no demand for mechanics, and many carpenters, plumbers, and general labourers have been out of work. Western Australia offers free and reduced passages to certain classes of emigrants. Work there has been much brisker than for some time past, and there is still a demand for a limited number of farm labourers, men in the building trades, miners, and labourers on rail- ways and public works. In Tasmania the chief demand is for miners, farm labourers, and a few country blacksmiths the new silver mines at Zeehan on the West Coast have given employ- ment to considerable numbers of miners, railway navvies, and small traders. New Zealand still fails to attract as many emigrants as might be expected from its great agricultural, pastoral and mineral resources, and its excellent climate, and some settlers have lately been leaving the colony. In various districts, however, there is still a demand for farm and station hands, and for miners. Cape Colony and Natal offer reduced passages to mechanics, female servants and others, for whom there is still a limited demand. In all the above-mentioned Colonies there is a demand for small capitalists, farmers, fruit growers, and female servants; and in most of them any competent workman with a little money should obtain work, even in the absence of any special demand. There is no opening at present in Mashonaland for ordinary labourers or artisans, and the journey up country, especially during the present rainy season, is expensive, and not without danger the Port of Beira is unhealthy, and the route by that Port has been notified as at present impracticable. Persons are again most strongly warned not to go to Brazil, where many cases of destitution have lately occurred among British emigrants, and yellow fever has been prevalent. The present conditions of the Argentine Republic also are unfavourable to British settlers
NARBERTH. CHURCH BELLS.—On Sunday afternoon the Lord Bishop of Llandaff dedicated a new peal of bells, which had recently been put up in Narberth Parish Church, by Messrs Taylor, of Loughborough, at a cost of about JE300. Owing to the great depth of snow on the ground the congregation was not large. HOME CURE FOR DEAFNESS.—A book by a noted Aural Surgeon, describing a System of Curing Deafness and Noises in tha Head, by which a self-cure is effected at home. The Rev D. H. W. Harlock, of the Parsonage Miiton-under-Wychwood, writes :—" Try the System by all means, it is first rate, and has been of the utmost service to me." Post free 4d. De Vere & Co., Publishers, 22, Warwick Lane, London, E.C. A? a safe, permanent, and warranted c<ir«- Pimples, Serof ila, 8<u>-vy. Bad L gs, Skin •! Blood Disease*, and Sores of all kin ts, We can witt) confidence recommend CLAKKE'S WORLD-FA MEI> BLOOD MXXTVBS. Sold by chemists everywhere.
WHITLAND. CONCERT.—On Tuesday, the 5th inst., a grand concert was held at the above place, in aid of getting a new harmonium and lamps for Henllan Church. The chair was taken by Mr R. L. Thomas, Parke, who also took an active part in the singing. The schoolroom was most beauti- fully decorated by the Misses Thomas, Parke Mrs Dr. Bowen Jones, Carmarthen; Miss Hughes, Corwen; and Miss Carver, Blaencoes. The programme was aafollows:-Part I. Piano- I forte duett, Misses Hughes and Thomas song, Mr Conwil Evans; song, Mr James Morgan; song, "Dear Heart," Miss G. Thomas; song, "Sweet Mignonette," Miss May Rowlands song, "GwJad y Delyn," Mr Conwil Evans; song, By the Fountain," Llinos Afan; duett, Blodwen," Llinos Afan and Mr Morgan comic song, They've got their eyes on me," Mr E. M. I Rowlands. Part II. Pianoforte Solo, Miss Davies; song, Village Blacksmith (encored), Mr T. Davies; song, "Llwybr yr Wyddfa (encored), Mr G. Thomas song, Cymru Fydd (encored), Rev T. Thomas song, Captain of the Lifeboat (encored), Mr Conwil Evans ;song, "The Better Land" (encored), Llinos Afan; song (encored), Mr James Morgan; duett, Money Matters (encored), Miss Alice Thomas and Mr R. L. Thomas song, Robin yn Swil (encored), Miss Minnie Hughes song, The í Frenchman" (encored), Mr E. M. Rowlands; glee, Sir Knight, Sir Knight," the Misses Thomas and Rowlands, and Messrs Conwil Evans and Moigan. Theaccompanists were Miss Georgina Thomas and Miss Minnie Hughes. The concert terminated with God save the Queen," Llinos Afan singing the solo. This concert was above the average in quality of music. As usual, the singers, strangers, and friends were entertained at Parke, through the kindness of Mrs Thomas. COURT HENRY. A SALE OF WORK was held at the above place on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st. The following ladies provided at the stalls Mrs Saunders, assisted by Miss Edith Griffiths, Mr Rudman, assisted by Mrs Griffiths, and Miss Saunders, assisted by Miss Lloyd, Dryslwyn while Mrs Jones and Mra Roberts took charge of the refreshments. The chief novelty in con- nection with the sale of work this year was the performance given by Mrs Capt. Lloyd's Gipsy Tent," consisting of Mrs Lloyd and Master Audley Lloyd, the Misses Abadam and Mr Morgan Griffiths, who, by their skilful manipulation of the musical instruments and sweet singing, gave entire satisfaction to the several audiences. We must not forget to give our best thanks to those, whose names are not, mentioned, who sent their useful articles and contributed to its success by their valuable assistance, and to the kind friends who kindly patronized it. The proceeds, which are to be devoted to the restoration fund, amounted ta 241. WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT ? "-Messrs Elliman, of olough, give this title unique little publication brought out' for the purpose of advertising ElIi- inan\ Embrocation, but made generally attractive by its really exceptionally good illustrations. Mr John Sturgess has drawn a number of striking pictures of hunting, coaching, polo, &e., and Mr Sturgess, jun., has supplied episodes of athletics, &c., the whole covering a wide range of sport. The illustrations (19 of them) in a larger size are to be obtained separately from the former. They have the advantage that in this form tht>ir present commercial associations disappear, and they stand out as really capital pictures upon their own merits, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?" would be sent free for Twopence in stamps, and 19 Sporting Prints for P. O. 3s 6d or scamps 2s 6d. Sent abroad for 3s 6d. Addresi-Elliman, Sons and Co., Slough. CHLOKO-LINSEED," Cough Lozenges, post free 7d. OfChemiats. KAY'S COMPOUND, for Coughs and Colds, Asthma and Bronchitis are immediately relieved by it. Pirnted and Published by the The Journal" Co., j Limited, at 3. Guildhall-square, in the County of the Borough of Carmarthen,—Friday, Jan. 15,1$92.