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LLANSTEPHAM MOTES The season, which is now in its fullest gaiety, ia one of the most prosperous of recent years. Favoured with glorious holiday weather, outdoor recreations have been carried on uninterruptedly with much suocess and pleasure. For the past fort- night there has been one continuous run of eistedd- fodau, concerts, athletio sports and quoiting matches in their different rendezvous, and the excitement in acclaiming the various conquering heroes has been intense. The shades of evening have also greatly helped to the furthering of the greatest of all sports —Match mating—but pull the blinds over it. More Sunday School and other trippers have visi- ted the place this year than for years past, and every day last wek enormous crowds paraded the main streets, and the beautiful environs, all loudly praising bounteous nature's generosity, and ad- miring the spickly cleanliness of the residences; old friends renewed acquaintances after many years ab- sence, while fresh arrivals vowed their intentions of making an early re-appearance in a more extended visit to fully enjoy the exquisite variety of scenery available for their enjoyment. Among the many schools seen during the past week were—Penygraig, Abernant, Peniel, Llan- arthney, Llangain, Llanddarog, Priory-street Boys' School, etc., the conveyances bearing all these making the roads something akin to the busiest of London thoroughfares. The cockle industry haa never been more thriving, and millions of the "Welsh oyster" have been taken away from their native sand far into the interior of the county to tickle the palates of our annual visitors. The first day of August ushed in the opening of the duck shooting season, and devotees of this sport are early astir with wary steps to pot the bashful quack, whose rapid flight to safe quarters is often the despair of the, keenest sportsman. Messrs. Valentine Rees, Cardiff; T. P. Rees, Glyn-Neath; T. John, M.R.C.V.S., Ammanford; W. and V. Harrett, Glyn-Neath, made an early dawn expedi- tion on the 1st insh, and succeeded in returning with a nice bag of forty-five. No wonder the first Sunday in August is known as "Duck Sunday." The past week has been crowded with functions innumerable, and excitement galore has been raised. The function of electing the "Mayor" was this year unfortunately changed from the old-time date of Ffair Fach, the 8th, to the 7th inst. The country visitors on the 8th were grievously disappointed at missing the spectacular show, but in future years it is hoped that this civic ceremony will be restored to its proper national importance. My correspon- dent writes as follows :— The important function, which takes place every ugust, was this year a great success. Three well-known visitors were nomi- nated, namely, Mr. Gwilym Davies, Mr. Hiram Hughes, and Mr. Jas. Powell. The agents of the three gentlemen put forth their cases very ably indeed, and if all they promised came about, Llan. stepRan would soon bo envied by all the more ,classical watering-places. Mr. Powell would have a gun fixed at Ferryside, then visitors instead of using the ferrv, which is sometimes a bit of a nuisance would simply have to step inside the gun and be shot over. For this very ingenious suggestion Mr. Powell was elected mayor with an overwhelming majority. The returns were:—Gwilym Davies, 5; Hiram Hughes, 10; Jas. Powell, 25,000. A Body- comb, the town clerk, read out the numbers amid great cheering. The Mayor was then robed with great ceremony. Afterwards a great procession was formed, headed by the well-known Black Dyke Brass Band. under the conductorship of Mr. Evans, Merthyr. A halt was made at the Square, where the Mayor in tho course of a great speech thanked the Town Clerk. He also touched upon the com- plaint of many electors that tho Llanstephan ehop- jvcepers were taking advantago of the visiters by overcharging for their goods. He had a remedy for this, and that was a big .grindstone on which the noses of the offending tradesmen would be put, just to remind them that their action in so doing was jolly mean. This statement met with great applause. The procession tben proceeded on its way around the village in a charabanc to the great amusement of all. The proceedings closed with the taking of photographs. The impression left is that the mayor' procession is the best in the history of Llanstephan. The old-established pleasure fair was not this year up to the usual standard. There was a large crowd present, and standings innumerable were plied for the public patronage with a fair measure of success. The absence of any semblance of music at the Fair Field made that corner of the world very disheartening; but perhaps by next year one of our amateur showmen, flushed by his successful venture at tho bazaar, will once more provide a real musical "ceffylau bach" to a community ready to join in the fair's delights when really out for the day. Extremes of lost and found have occurred during the past few days. Great consternation was caused on Wednesday in last week when it was announced in stentorian tones by Town Crier David John, that a boy of twelve was missing. But the morning's post brought the glad news that the lad was found in the neighbourhood of Carmarthen, having fol- lowed some brakes, and lost his way home. Another loss caused many passers-by to hang their heads low, not from any sorrow, bat in the joyful hope of picking upa "canary" which an unlucky lad had dropped in the form of a sovereign. An event which might havo ended tragically took place on the landing stage on Saturday in last week, when Cissy, the seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Castle Hotel, fell into the tide below. Fortunately Mr. David Arthur, one of the Ferrymen, with great oourage and promptitude, jumped into the water and succeeded in safely bringing the young one ashore, as has already been recorded in our columns last week under "Ferry- side" news. Tho delighted parents wish us to publicly express their heartfelt; thanks to Mr. Arthur, but for whose brave act. they would have been bereft of their little girl. On Wednesday last, an unexpected but most agreeable visit was paid by the Porityeates S.lver Band. They took a day's outing, and spent the time in discoursing sweet musio to the numerous visitors during the whole of the afternoon. It was a rare treat for everybody privileged to hear them, and the authorities would be wise in their genera- tion to encourage such visits in future seasons. There is no reason why other bands should not take their annual outing here, much to the benefit of the visitors and a slight recompense to their own efforts. The bathers this year have been exceptionally fortunate in tide and weather, and the whole of last week presented a remarkable appearance, hundreds disporting themselves in the briny, enjoying what was very appropriately termed a "lovely hot bath." One fly there is in this picture, -is the ca- dish action of creatures called men. who persistently pursue the annoyaase of ladies in ^their bathing quarters; and when remonstrated with, they the effrontery to say that men do things sometimes which they ought not to do; but one young lady very aptly retorted that "gentlemen never do a thing they ought not to do." Mixed bathing under proper conditions has come to stay, but pure yul- gar curiosity and annoyance ought to be sternly re- pressed among the bareheaded swanks who indulge in these unseemly practices. Some excellent concerts have been held at The Schools during the pai-t few nights. This year, fortunately, the leading part has been enthusiastic- ally undertaken by Mr. R. Bodycombe, of Pontar- dawe, an old favourite, to* whom and; his musical family a great debt of gratitude is due from the visitors and inhabitants, which was so forcibly ex- pressed by the chairman of Sunday nights sacred concert. Mr. David Body:,ombe, fresh from his triumphs at the National Eisteddfod Concerts. and a former National winner, readily rendered his ser- vices at these concerts, and his kindness was sin- cerely appreciated by the vast audiences, inasmuch as it was all marked by the absolute absence of "any side" whatever. Madam Tilly Bodycombo Hughes another of th-s tmlented family, and a well- known contralto, is at present resident in Pit.tsburg, and forwarded a message to say she hoped to visit the old country next summer, when sweet LIan- stephan will be one of the elect spots to be visited, and favoured with a song from one of Cymru's many talented daughters. rr. Davies, Merthyr Tydfil, presided on Sunday night, being supported by the Rev. W. D. Row- lands, Carmarthen, a splendid programme of musio and recitatioiv was prepared, and hundreds enjoyed the rare treat. On Monday evening another con- cert was held, and a silver collection made towards the deficit in the receipts of the National Eis- teddfod. After reading the report of the deficiency at the National Eisteuufod, resulting in the possibility ef calling on the guarantors to make up the deficiency and fearing that the loss would have a detrimental effect upon future nationals, the glorious and ele- vating institution of the Welsh people, the visitors at the little Carmarthenshire watering place of Llanstiephaji. on Manday night, held a concert, at which a silver collection was made to help to re- duce the loss. The visitors, with true patriotism, contributed liberally, and have much pleasure in forwarding JE2. Expressing our sympathy with the committee and secretary, who have worked so hard to make the eisteddfod a success, and hoping that other holiday resorts will follow the lead of Llan- stephan. The following are the names of those who took part in the concert ;-Miss Price; Mrs. Wil- liams, Pentre; Miss Jones, Treorchy; Miss Thomas, ireorohy; Miss Bessie Jones; Messrs. Davies, New- port; A. and D. Bodycombe, Pontardawe; Evan Lewis, Pendarren; T. Thomas, Ebbw Vale; Wil- liams, Pentre; D. Jones, Ferndale; Hugh John Evans (pianoforte solo), and Mr. Jones, Llanstephan (accompanist). In tihe midst of the holiday time, the farmer must attend to his daly round and seasonable occupations as ordered by Nature, and we are glad to notice that a fine field of wheat has been har- vested by Mr. Richards, Tanyreglwys, Llanybri, on the last day of July. The crop is fine in etalk and ear, and Mr. Richards is to be congratulated upon .f season 8 record. *9 well as the past that he is tor a season again secure of his plenty of "bara gwonith" of the purest quality. I Some very xmrious fowl yarns are at present m circulation. One friend bought what he thought waa a bargain at Carmarthen market last Saturday for fifteen pence. On Sunday it. was allowed the usual time to cook, with a little axtra. Asked how he enjoyed his bargain, he very expressively said Jus dinner must have been living in Carmarthen a Jong time before Pacton a Monument was built. The chick ia now out drying. ,/V Wi!fe; c;°nsh,r;tl> complaining of tho emallnem ot a, chick from Carmarthen market, at last asked her husband now he would like to have it stuffed. Being annoyed, he replied with the following sensible rePly-"Hanff it, stuff it with another one.' Human nature its ever ready to sympathise with tnose ion real or imaginary sorrow, and so it was ono recent evening, when a wire was received by one of the Nuts. Fearing that an interesting event, had ended in triplets, and without opening the envelope he deeply sighed and vanished, amid deep sympathy. Early next morning the smile re-ap- peared, the message containing no more serious news than the jubilation of a bosom Nut over the victory of his party at the National Eisteddfod. A drop more water please. (The above Notes were unavoidably held over from last week).