A Word for Father. [BY THE MAN IN THE STREET.] I; s about time someone put in a word for f •;•?! oJrj man," he said, sharply, when I had loio lurn of the early autumn discussions of vvor'ians place in the world, and the heroism of Iwr work in the home. There's been a bit too nvieh cracking up of women lately, and it s time the man got a show. The way were going on we're coming co petticoat government, and that isn't good for a healthy full-grown nation where men have to do most of the work. Women are generally useful, aud some of them are ornamental, but they'd get on badly without the men. They seen; to know it. too, for the most advanced woiran's-righter thinks she has a right to a man for herself first, and she's jolly well dis- appointed if she don't get him. One of the papers had an article the other day on bhould Women Obey ¥' They should, but they don't. They used to, but they grown out of it, and it's all owiug to this pampering of them, this talk of woman's mission, her aims in life, and her claim to a vote and a share in the Government. 'What is home without a mother ?' says the cracker motto. But you never hear anyone singing What is home without a father V Though I'll be bound it's a jolly sight worse off than the home that s got him. I'm putting in a word for father every time. h It makes me tiredfto hear all the talk about woman s cares, her patient labour, her loving toil with the babies, and her long- suffering and endurance. We know all about it, and quite admit it, but it ain't necessary to drum it into our ears every time the clock goes round. I dare say she has to get up early and see the old man's brsakfast. is all right; but he has to gobble it down and rush for town, and go through a day gasping for chances to make a bit, so there may be a home at all. He don't have time to sit round giving afternoon teas, or to take a siesta after lunch. He's too busy preventing some- one else from getting ahead of him in the procession, and looking round for an extra profit to pay for his heroic wife's new hat nnd dress. Man has a soft, easy time, these days, hasn't he, popping into bars, sitting round in clubs, smoking Bolivors, and killing tie till he's due home to dinner ? Oh, yes, it's all Ascot week, and six winners a day with him, isn't it ? And the poor woman has to sit moping at home, eh, with a weight of woe on her chest, and care making furrows on her forehead. That's what you have to believe if you read the Married Misery,' the Should Women Obey V and the "What is Home Without a Mother V controversies. I'm not having any. Oh, yes, I daresay children are trying, and they wear their boots out in a week, and they kick up a row when mother wants to be quiet, and the servant girls are very impudent, and the neighbours aren't always friendly, and there's the butcher and the baker and the grocer and the milkman to be settled with, and so many things to sew and mend, and see to, and I daresay woman does them very well as a rule, and get's tired doing em. But there's no special heroism in all that. It's all very well telling me that the foot that rocks the cradle rules the world, but what about the hand that got the money to buy the cradle she has to rock ? Hasn't that, something to do with it ? And whose hand is it ? Why, the poor, despised old man's, for whom no poet ever writes a verse of praise, and no silly season correspondent ever shouts. Don't think I'm disparaging women I admire most of them, and I love- some of them. But it worries me a bit to think that all this praise should be spilt over woman just for being proud of her home and fond of her children. Too much praise isn't good tor woman, bhes a blessing and acom- often, but it's as well to regard her as a blessing in disguise. Man must have the power. It's with power as with a gun- he may not want to use it for years, but when he does need it, he needs it mighty bad and close handy. Give the home-woman the idea that she's a bigger figure in the world than the old man, and where's his power coming from ? Why, of course. Domestic life is trying, 1,0 doubt, fur the woman. It's jolly hard lines for her to have to spend the hours of the afternoon doing fancy work till she con- tracts a headache through her stern devotion to duty. It wrings your heart to see her trudging round paying calls till she's fit to drop. It brings tears to your eyes to see her tear herself away with a sigh from a gossip with the neighbour over the garden fence to get the old man's supper ready against he comes home fresh and sprightly from his ten hours in the mill. The pathos of it appeals to my feelings as warmly as a mustard plaster. But hasn't a man his home trials a well as his business ones ? Isn't he entitled to a bit of haven of rest 1 And it's the foot that rocks the cradle that stirs him up when he gets there. The voice that sings the lullaby pours into his ears the story of the misdeeds of Mary Jane, and soothes his resting hours with complaints as to the conduct of the little boys next door. While he's turning over in his mind how he shall manage to raise the rent, she turns the after-supper conversation on to the necessity for a larger house, and makes known that she is ashamed to Tave Mrs. Jones, of Blair Lodge, call on her in such a box of a place. When these devices of heroism are exhausted there is the shabbiness of her wardrobe to discuss, and the fact that she hasn't had a new dress for six weeks assumes the magnitude of a grievance, and it becomes a crying shame that she can't take the children to the seaside for a month like other people. No, sir, some votnen can brighten every other home but their own, and they feel it's no good having a man in the house of nights if his brain can't, be made a warehouse for all the domestic worries of the day. He may be wondering who'll go bail for him at the bank to tide over the bills which are just falling due, he may be worrying about the fall in prices and the rise in taxes, he may be wrinkling his brow thinking over the school fees and the clothing accounts, but if little Tommy has been rude to his mother the foot that rocks the cradle stamps it into the old man s brain. It makes you mad, doesn't it, when you go home in a bad temper ana find people there you have to be civil to 1 Pa and ma-in-law, most liuely, till you wish you had married an orphan. You young men think you know everything till you come to be fotty, and then you begin to wonder if the old uijin didn't know some- thing after all. Give me the woman who has your slippers warming in the fireplace, and the easy cushion ready for your head, and your bits o' comfort all prepared, who doesn't talk about the servant question, and smacks little Tommy on her own account, and doesn't want to garnish your evening meal with a sharp sauce of the day's griev- ances. The man with a wife like that goes to the city with a clear head and courage enough to take Port Arthur, and if there were more of them there would be fewer dis- cussions abeut married misery," and Is marriage a failure?" If each helped the other to go easy there would be fewer accidents. It's always better to walk and catch the next train than to run and miss this one. Of course, you'll get me into trouble if you tell them all I've said the women will howl at me, and the men won't support me. But when it comes to heroism in everyday domestic life it's a bit sickening to see the Victoria Cross always awarded to the woman. She deserves it, bless her, I've no doubt, just as much as man does, but generally they ought to wear it turn about. 4 What is home without a mother,' eh ? Well, you know, there must be a father first. Sp-orting Chronicle.
Llanelly Man Oared. Mr. RICHARD JOXES, of 7, Bryn Road, Llanelly, is em- ployed in the tin works. There the constant change of temperature is liable to cause cold upon cold, and Mr Jones found i b affected his kidneys. After a while, he suffered so much that he could not even stoop to put on his boots. In a letter dated February 26th, Mr Jones says "I suffered for four years from these bad pains in my back, and no medicine I tried seemed able to me any good. I knew that it was my kidneys that were troubling me, and that I must have caught a cold on them. I had heard your Dean's Backache Kid- ney Pills so highly spoken of by other people in the town that I got some from Boots, the chemists, just to see if they would help me. I have used the pills now for a week or two, and can truth. fully say they have entirely cured me of the pains in my back." Replying to an enquirer several months later, Mr Jones said I have kept well sinco using Doan's Backache Kidney Pills I have found the good they did me to be lasting." Every 4 Picture tells ?. Storll." I The back always aching; work im- portable; no rest at night; afraid to bond standing erect causes a sharp, stab-like pain that almost takes away your breath, and leaves you weak, nervous and despairing j is this your story ? But you can be cured, and yeur neighbour here tells you how. Urinary disorders, puffy eyes, swollen ankles, dizziness, sallow and pimply complexion, irregular heart out all the kidney poisons; they strengthen the kidneys, and that is 0 why cures are lasting. The Genuine Doan's have no action on the bowels. Of all Chemists and Stores, or direct from the Pro- prietors, FOSTEB-MCCLELI^N Co., 8, Wells Street, Oxford Street, London, W., at 2/9 per box, or 13/9 for six boxes. AFKPP SfllYinlo sent to any address. Send Id. nets OcUIipiU stamp tor postage. Be sure you get the genuine DOAN'S, like your neighbour had. -all these and many other troubles are caused by kidney poisons in the body, and they are the thin edge of the wedge of Bright's disease, dropsy, etc. Doan's Backache Kidney Pills (the Genuine Doan's) help the kidneys to take backache HH
A Minister on Gambling. The Rev D. Wynne Evans, of Chester, a popular Welsh minister in the English pulpit, preached at Carnarvon a remarkable sermon on The Philistinism of the Age." Modern Philistinism, be said, had monopolised all athletic sports and phyeicalexert,isessonecer-saty to the brightening and sharpening of the intellectual powers. This had resulted in their cerruption to such an extent that nc Christian youth could now indulge in them without running the risk of catching the gambling infection now so generally associated with them. Gambling in its various forms was eating lik3 a canker worm into the heart of society and the home. From his experience at Chester, he could say that there was hardly a child in the street who wss not up in racing tips, and wives and mothers were possessed of this spirit to an alarming extent. The preacher also condetnntd the trust f-ystem, which throttled all small trading industries, and also the the liquor traffic, which he said, held Parliament in bondage.
I Sports and Races at Pendine. The annual sports and races were held at | Pendine on Tuesday. For many years it had been the custom to hold these events on the sands. This practice however had some dis- advantages; it prevented the committee— who had gone to considerable expense- I collecting any gate money, and it also gave the officials no authority to keep the course clear. These disadvantages were overcome this year, by holding the races in a field over- looking the sea. T..e site was on Great House Farm, and in spite of the most unfavourable weathei- which prevailed, there was good sport seen. It is unfortunate the day of Pendine races is usually wet—or rather soaking. If the visitor however gets sarcastic and asks the natives "Does it always rain here?" he meets with the retort "Yes; always when people like yew come down here." It is no use any mere Celt or Saxon trying to score off the descendants of the Flemings. The wet weather which always prevails on the occasion of the races is capable perhaps of a scientific explanation. The residents believe that the rain frequenly comes at the turn of the tide, and that the heavy rains always come at the periods of spring tide, and yet—strange to say-they arrange their annual sports at the time of the springs—when the tide turns at mid-day or thereabouts—so that according to their own weather lore, they arrange for a heavy rain all the afternoon! It might be seriously worth while holding the sports at the time of the neaps, just to see if it is possible to have a fine day. This idea is all the more valuable as the sports are now en- tirely under new management, and the new management seem inclined to go in for inno- vations. The change would make no differ- ence to the attractions of Pendine, whose beach looks well in all states of the tide, and the neaps have an advantage for sea-side visitors in that if they never come in very far, they never go out very far, so that there is a fair amount of water at all times of the day. Another little change which might be made with advantage would be the holding of the sports at an earlier hour. The brakes which bring the day visitors come down about 12 o'clock, so that—even allowing a decent inter- val for luncheon—the sports might very well begin at one o'clock or so—instead of at two o'clock or later. This would save some time at the end; and if the officials had a little more assistance, it would be possible to be getting the competitors ready for one race while another was being "run off-which method would save the very long delays between the events. The programme was much extended as compared with former years, so that the observance of the old fashioned hours gave visitors the ontion of leaving before the programme was finished or of -finding themselves stranded in Pendine. Pendine is a beautiful place; but it does not look at its best to a visitor when the last brake is gone, and when he knows that get to the railway as he may, the last train is sure to have gone for the night! A rteurn ticket is a most useless possession when there is no available method of returning. If a due re- gard were had to the time of finishing, an effort might be made to attract the thousands of people from Carmarthen and Llanelly to this beautiful resort. Anyhow it would pay the Pendine people better if visitors could have time to eat and drink after the sports, and to return at their ease. The starters were Mr J. E. Varley and Mr H. Davies. Mr J. Jones, a native of Laugh- arne, now resident in London, and Mr D. S. Istance, of the Swan Hotel, St. Clears acted as judges. Mr J. Shankland discharged the secretarial duties, with much ability, and Mr J. Davies acted as treasurer. The various events gave rise to keen compe- tition, and there was good sport seen in almost every instance. In the walking con- test Alfred Morris led the whole way and won easily. There were as usual several acrimonious disputes when the race was finished, allegations of running-instead of sticking to fair heel and toe business-being bandied about on all sides. The blindfolded race was a most amusing event the competi- tors, with the exception of the winner and the second ran all over the field, and the farther then ran, the farther they were from winning. The open high jump was a very popular event and in spite of the slippery state of the grass there were no accidents, although falls were pretty frequent. By far and away, the best wniPmgM i.d°J1,e by a gipsy named AVilloughby, but as he was not entered he was out of tne competition. In the trotting race the first in was Mr A. Morris's "Creeping ku<ishu V? di*l"alified, as the judges npi, s broken into a gallop. There was an excellent programme of music the Rosebush (Maenclochog) Band, led by Mr Jenkins, and a number S bookies kept the field lively with their cries, ?t l \V11 the exception of the depressing natuie of the weather, everything had been done to make the sports as attî-active oM possible. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS. One mile walking contest. Confined to persons resident within five miles of Pendine: 1st, 5s, xilired Morris, Marros; 2, 2s, Willie I nomas, g House. Open blindfold race: 1st, 5s, T. Thomas Pendine; 2nd, 2s 6d, Ben Lewis, Clvnderwen! Pony race for ponies under 12 hands; dis- tance, half-a-mile 1st prize, JE1, Mr J. H. Thomas' "Little Nancy" 2nd, 10s, Mr A. Morris "Snowball"; 3rd, Air J. L. Harris' "Dolly Gray." Open handicap bicycle race distance, half- mile: 1st, 10s, J. S. Nichollas, Begellv • 2 W. Nichollas, Begelly; 3, Sam Thomas. Brook Open high jump: 1st, 4s, J. M. Davies, St. Clears; 2nd, 2s, B. Lewis, Clynderwen. Handicap race for horses not exceeding 14 TIT- Distance about H miles: 1st. £ 2 Mr J- Williams' "Country Girl"; 2nd £ 1 Mr T H. Thomas' "Little Nancy"; 3rd Mr G. Richards' "Trilby." One mile lianuicap foot race: 1st, Ben Lewis, Clynderwen; 2, 7s 6d, C. Edwards Narberth; 3, H. J. Owen, Narberth Scratch bicycle race distance, about two ii°PrU-o0 who llave not M'on before: i I T \'r T\ ias' Clynderwen; 2nd, 7s bd, J M. Davies, St. Clears; 3rd, H. Griffiths, Olynderwen. One mile handicap trotting race, any height: lst, F lOs, F. Phillip s' "Dolly 2, 10s, D. S. Istance's "Doctor." 220 yards foot race for boys under 16. Con- hned to boys within the parishes of Pendine, i^glwyscymyn, and Marros: 1st, os J L Benjamin Pendine; 2nd, 2s Gd, Hugh Mori gan, Pendine. about 2 miles: H.GH«1&, cij^de^I"lgot,yi 2ud' 10s- 120 yards handicap foot race: 1st, 7s 6d, D. Davies, Llanboidy; 2nd, 2s 6d, Ben Lewis, Clynderwen. Open race for horses, any height distance, about H miles: 1st, £ 3, Mr P. Lewis' "Tally W T' TR'rn, J°HN'S "Trv Again" 3id, Mr J. H. Thomas' "Rosebush?'
— ♦ I Doctor Says "SHE MUST HAVE PURE FOOD." Indulgence in improper or poorly cooked foods without doubt, often aggravates ills which nutritious well cooked food will to a great extent, alleviate. This is entirely reasonable when we con- sider that every tissue, bone and muscle in the oody is made from and must have food, and good food, to ensure health. Grape-iMits fully cooked breakfast food meets these requirements to the fullest ex- tent as is proven by thousands of letters from people who are using it daily. A woman living in Hollywood, Co. Down, tells what great benetn her sister secured through the use of this scientific food;- "My sister has been in a bad state of health for the last two years, the result of improper food; the body not being properly nourished one of her lungs became affected with phthisis She went to a hospital for consumptives where she remained, getting neither better nor worse suffering from indigestion, having to resort to medicine to open her bowels. Atter three months in the hospital she came home and continued the treatment. At last her digestion became so bad she took to vomit- rng. That was the worst of all. Medicine aid not do her any good, as a last resource, I got her a packet of Grape-Nuts Almost from the nrst it began to act, and she began to take Xnore interest in life. She can now eat any sort of food. She has put on weight, which \is a great thing in her case, and does some work besides The doctor says there is every hope of her recovery, if she eats plenty, which I am glad to say she can do." Name given by Grape-Nuts Co., Ltd., 66, j Shoe Lane, E.C.
NEWCHURCH. WEDDING.- A very interesting wedding. was celebrated at Ss. Michael's, Newcburch, on Satur- day, August 27tb. The contracting parties were Mr John El tans. Blaer.egi, and Miss Jenkins, Tyr- Eglwys. In the absence of the Vicar of the parish, the Rector of Merihyr officiated. The chancel of the churck was tastefully decorated by Mrs D. E. Stephens, Trawsmawr NewydJ, and her daughter, Mits Doris Stephens, acted t>s bridesmaid. Tte bride was given away by Mr D Bowca, school- master. A largo coitpany of relatives and friend* witne?6ed the ceremony. All the usual rural mani- festations of joy were present, and the customary reward was cheerfully gifen. The weudi.sg break- fast was partaken of at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs Catherine Tonkins, and although the corn haivest was in full swing many of the neigh- bouring farmers sacrificed the afternoon to swell W marriage regoicingi,
Llanfynydd Notes. On Friday tha annual summer treat to the aboTe Parish Church Sunday school and friends was given by the Vicar, tho Rev. J. S. Williams. Tea was held in the schoolroom, after which races, tug-of- war, and all kinds of gsai9s were indulged in to the evident enjoyment of all. In our last week's remarks about the lecture in the Amor Chapel we forgot ,,0 say that Dr. Simson. Nantgaredig, made a most acceptable chairm in. During the last fortnight the pack of fox hounds owned and huntei by Capt. Spence-Jones. Pantgla-, have had three successful trial runs after cubs in the direction of Llanarthney, Brechfa, and Pengarn. They are fast coming into first-class condition for the more serious work later on, and the neighbours begin to take a lively interest in their doings. Llanfynydd is usually a quiet place, but the last three days' events have rather upset our nerves. First a shoemaker ha-i come to live here. Now Abergorlech and Llandilo must quake. Hia first morning of opening saw children running from all directions with plenty of work for him. Second, the Attendance Officer came to take the census of the children, even down to some not a month old, and as yet unregistered. Same people are amused, and some are not. Thirdly, tho keeper is responsible for the report that all persOI13 having stuffed dogs in their possession must get a license to keep them: consequently, some kind of fancy ornaments in this village are to be had for the trouble of picking up.
U- Calvinistic Methodism. MINISTERIAL CANDIDATES' EXAMINA- TION. The following were successful candidates at the above examination on August 16th :-John liichard Evans, Ynyahir James Davics. Cefn Rhys T. Prydderch, Talgarth John. M. Jones, Bryn- amman; David Jones, Blaenauenh D. Jones, Pontypridd John Radcliffe, Bryntirion E. J. Roberts, Lotighor J. 0. Jones, Ferndale E. Evans, Abermeurig D. Glyn Jones, Pontypridd W. Levi, Pontjberem; G. Huxley Thomas, Ammanford.
Mr. Lloyd George Returns to London. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COMING ;STRUGGLfi A London Welsh correspondent writes :—Mr. LIord George, after only a fortnight's stay at St. Petersburg, 1 as returned to London, and hopes before the edd of the week to go to his home at Criocieth to enjoy a need rest. The strain and labonrs of the past session have seriously affected his strength, and in view of the tarduous campaign arranged for the coming winter, it is of supreme importance that he should secure complete and abgoluto rest. To this end he is strongly advised not to speak in public or to accept any public engagements at least until the end of September. To this course he is compelled to make [two excep- tions. For years he has been one of the most regular attendants at the Nationol Eisteddfod, where he usually presides on the chair day. He is to occupy this position this year again at Rhyl, where he and Sir Watcyn Wya (who also has a prescriptive right to -w share of the chair day) are to preside next Thursday. Later in the month he is to attend a meeting of the committee of the National Council of the Free Churches of England and Wales, convened specially to consult as to the best means of securing the assistance of the great Nonconformist organisations of England for the Welsh Free Churches in the great struggle on which they have emborked. Some months ago Mr Lloyd George took steps to ascertaian from the English Nonconformist leaders the extent of the support which might be expected from England in the event of a drastic policy being carried out in regard to the working of the Education Act in Wales. I understand ithat the response which he then received is of the most encouraging character. At the committee meeting which will be held before the end of September, a formal decision will be taken on the subject.
Go by the Book It is folly to boil y^cir wash. That question was settled several years ago. You know it shrinks woollens; we know it shrinks cottons and linens, and injures fibre and texture of everything. Rubbing is worse. Fels-Naptha saves half the rubbing. Fels-Naptha 30 Wilson street London E C
The Income Tax Committee. To the Editor of the Carmarthen Weekly Reporter. Sitt,-The Chancellor of the Exchequer is entitled to all credit for having appointed a committee to inquire into certain matters affecting the interest of the Income Tax payers. Two of his predecessors promised a committee, but it was left to Mr Auten Chamberlain to give effect to their promise. But he appointed a committee when he was Postmaster-General to inquire into certain matters affccting the interests of servants of the Post Office, and we all know now that the recommendations of that committee are not in the least likely to be given affect to. A similar result may unfortunately follow the recommendations of the Income Tax Committee when their report is issued. Such is the influence of the permanent officials of the Government departments. They are bound up in red tape. Fortunately, however, for those who bear the weight of the Income Tax, although they cannot themselves remedy all the grievances they so justly complain of, they 'have it in their power to redress one at least of the more flagrant injustices they suffer, namely, the arbitrary and grossly unfair manner in which some local Commissioners treat them when appealing against excessive aseessmente. The blue notices of charge are now being delivered and if the amount is found to be excessive the best course is to appeal to the Commissioners for Special Purposes at Somerset House, when a fair hearing and impartial treatment can be relied upon. Many persons fail to obtain relief because they do not furnish accounts in accordance with the requirements of the Inland Revenue Authorities. This is a very simple matter if a proper Cash Account is kept, which is quite easy if The Taxpayers' Cash Book" is used. October 5th next is the last day for giving notice to set off a loss in business against income from any other source. There are thousands of jersons whose incomes do not exceed X700 pel annum who are entitled to make claims for repayment of tax overcharged for the last three years, more particularly those whose incomes are derived from rents, dividends and interest, even when the dividends are said to te paid free of income tax." We shall be glad to hear from any of your readers who are in doubt as to their being entitled to claim repayment. Full particulars of the income from all sources must be enclosed together with a stamped envelope for a reply.—Yours faithfully, THE INCOME-TAX ADJUSTMENT AGENCY, LTD., W. J. ANDREWS, Secretary, Poultry, London, E.C., September 1st, 1904.
Two Brothers Drowoed near Tregaron. On Sunday a sad bathing fatality tock place in the River Tivy, about a mile and a half below Tregaron. Two boys, Dan and Evan Jones, aged sixteen and eleven years respectively, the children of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Pantcefn Farm, but who were residing at the time with their grandmother, Mrs. Jenkins, Trecefel, went to bathe in the river after dinner, promising to return in time attend a Sunday School held in the neighbourhood, See- ing they were not present in school, and finding that they had not been heard of by the time she retuirntd horn from school, Misa Jenkins, Trecefel, servant men in search of them. Their clothes were sec-n on the bank of the river, and their dead bodies found in a deep pool close by.
L A AIPETE It. A GARDENER FATALLY SHOT.—Edward Leane, a gardiner nt the Black. Lion Hotel, Lampeter. was on Tuesday afternoon, about five o'clock, found lying in tho tool-house attached to the Hotel garden. When Dr Griffiths arrived he pronounced life extinct, and on examination found a wound puncturing tho left lung. There was a gun by the side of the deceased. Leane was a man about 60 years of ege, and had been employed at the hotel for several years. It is not known how the accident occurred.
LLANDOVE KY. WILL or MH. J. REES.—Mr James Rees, of Talgarth, Llanfairarybryn, West Cnrmatthen, and of Grove House, Llandovery, who died cn 7th July last, left estate valued at X2,473 Os. jd. gross, with net personalty sworn at E255 lis. 4d., and probate of his will has been granted to Mr Rees Rees, of Manor Farm, Padbury, Buck! and Mr John Rees, of Muvwell Wood Farm, (diddle Clayden, Wins- low, farmers,
A Modern Miracle. An extraordinary instance of faith healing is reported as having taken place on Thursday in Paris. Mdle. Marie Glaser, aged 19 years, the daughter of a prominent tradesman, had been suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and heart affection for three years, and for the last six months had lain prostrate, her condition being judged incurable by three Paris doctors. A pilgrimage to Lourdes had no effect, and her parents, in desperation, had her conveyed to the church of Notre Dames des Victories last night, and during benediction she sprang up, went towards the altar, and began sing- ing a hymn. The congregation in great excite- ment gathered round, and sang the "Magni- ficat" in thanksgiving. A crowd of people assembled round the church doors to catch a glimpse of her as she left after her miraculous recovery. An inquiry is being made. To-day Mile. Glaser eats and drinks well, has no Sever, and is quite gay.—"Daily Chronicle."
A Modern Sorceress. RESTORING THE DEAD TO LIFE. AN AMAZING STORY. A remarkable story comes from Versailles, which, by its creepiness and horror, might well have come from the pages of Edgar Allan Poe. On Tuesday, M. Collard, the examining magistrate, was informed of the disappear- ance of a married woman, named Henriette Barbaut, 24 years of age, the daughter of a Mme. Fleury. An inquiry was opened, and established the fact that Mme. Barbaut, who was ill, was conveyed to the house of a masseuse, Mme. Sophie Christmann, in the Avenue de St. Cloud. Mme. Christmann, who is 62 years of age, pretended to have cured her mother of an incurable malady, and for a long time had been suspected of practi- sing medicine illegally. Acting on instructions, M. Demonlmont, a police commissary, visited the house on Wed- nesday evening for the purpose of question- ing the woman Christmann and Mme. Fleury. When lie and his secretary entered they fell back, almost suffocated by a frightful odour. "Where is your daughter?" demanded the police commisary of Mme. Fleury. "I will take you to her," replied the masseuse. The official and his secretary entered a small room. "Here is Mme. Barbaut," said Christmann, indicating a black unshapely mass lying on a mattress, surrounded with flowers. The police commissary approached, and found a dead body in a state of putrefaction. It was that of Mme. barbaut. "She has lain there for six weeks," said the masseuse. "You believe she is dead? Not so. She has only the appearance of death. Mme. Barbaut is in a state of renovation. Every day I am trying to heal her by calling on the spirits. She will soon be in excellent health." The police commissary sent one of the police guarding the door to the Palais de Justice, and M. Mestrecci, the substitute of the Procureur of the Republic, M. Villa, examin- ing magistrate, and Dr Yot appeared on the sjcene. The latter examined the body of Mme Barbaut, and declared that death had taken place about three weeks ago.
SPIRIldAL MAGNETISM. When undertakers came to remove the half- mummified body to the Morgue the two women burst into tears. "They are going to prevent my poor daugh- ter from being healed," groaned Mme. Fleury "No, no. Leave her alone. We must save her. When question both women stoutly de- clared that Mme. Barbaut was not dead. "In order that you may understand us, gentlemen," said the maseusse, "you must, like ourselves, become initiated in the science of spiritual magnetism. If you subject the unfortunate woman to a post-mortem exa- mination, you will kill her. You will com- mit an abominable crime." 1 have the greatest confidence in Mme. Christmann," cried Mme. Fleury. "And it was because of this confidence that I confided my daughter to her. I possess no better friend." The walls of the chamber of death, as well as those of several other rooms, were covered with inscriptions and cabalistic signs. Mme. Chnstmann, pointing to a table cloth also sovered with mysterious signs, explained that it represented the different phases of the malady of M. Waldeck-Rousseau. She added, "The cards have spoken. Before 1906 the chateau Of Versailles will become the prey of the flames. The Montbauron quarter will soon be annihilated by an earthquake." Mme. Fleury, who resides in the Avenue de Saint Cloud, not far from Mme. Christmann, said that during the last few weeks she had frequently visited her friend of an evening, and that she passed the night in a room ad- joining that in which her daughter lay. The two women washed the body in iced water. The dead woman was married to M. Barbant, chief cook in a house in the Avenue de Clicliy, at Paris. At the present moment he is at Falaise, where he is finishing his period of military instruction in the ooth Line Regiment. He knew that his wife was in treatment at Versailles, and had already lain near her dead body. Like the masseuse and his mother-in-law, he firmly believed in his wife's resurrection.
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The Magazines for September. THE CQST OF RAILWAY PLANT. The art of railway traffic management con- sists in making the fullest possible use of the tracks as is consistent with safety and effi- ciency. A mile of railway is a piece of plant which may have cost anything from E10,000 to £ 500,000, and the upkeep of which costs round about R500 a year. The profitableness of such an investment must, of course, largely depend upon its full and constant employ- ment. Given a good road and well-designed rolling stock, the traffic manager's success or failure is in proportion to the amount of trans portation he can turn out from his plant. If from ignorance of the resources of his art he calls for the construction of widened tracks or relief lines before he has properly filled the existing ones, he inflicts serious loss upon the shareholders from over-capitalisation of the property. If on the other hand, he does not foresee the necessity of enlargement until the urgent need is upon him, a loss to the revenue of the company is equally certain to result.— From an interesting article on "The Ways of our Railways," which appears in the Septem- ber number of the "Windsor Magazine," a fine autumn number containing complete stories by Rudyard Kipling and Anthony Hope, as well as the usual budget of good fiction by other favourite novelists. A vain- able list of articles includes a study of the work on the art of the Hon. John Collier, with no less than sixteen of his best pictures reproduced. THE "STRAND MAGAZINE." A glance at the list of contents in the "Strand Magazine" for September is enough to whet the literary appetie. The contri- butors include Conan Doyle, Sarah Bernhardt, Max Pemberton, E. W. Hornung, Winifred Graham, George R Sims, apd W. W. Jacobs, to say nothing of several others, and some articles with alluring titles but without any authors' names. The Sherlock Holmes story- "The Adven- ture of the Abbey Grange"—once more shows how the great detective lays bare a murder mystery which defies Scotland Yard, and, in addition to discovering the murdeier, acts, with his friend Dr. Watson, as both judge and jury, and acquits the prisoner. Sarah Bernhardt takes up again the thread of her life in London, and her doings at the old Gaiety Theatre in the reign of Hollingshead She met King Edward and Queen Alexandra when Prince and Princess of Wales, as well as Mr Gladstone and a host of other celebrities, and gives us her opinions of them in a style no less frank and engaging. As in the previous chapters of these reminiscences, the photo- graphs and drawings add considerably to the interest of the text. The coming of the motor-car makes one think as very remote the time, not, after all, so very long ago, when the horse was still all- essontial in going a long-distance journey. "Horse Tales," being the reminiscences of a famous London dealer, by George Cox, will interest many readers. Mr Cox's family have carried on the business of horse dealers for over three hundred years in Stamford Street, Waterloo Road, London, so it will be seen that the writer has a considerable ground to work upon he mentions that fifty years ago, within a half mile radius of his yard, over a thousand horses were stabled at livery every morning by people driving in to business from the suburbs How all that has changed! Most of Mr Cox's horse-dealing stories are excellent, and they are all fresh. A comparison of the House of Commons now and twenty-five years ago, by some prominent parliamentarians who knew it then and now, is interesting, and they seem, generally speak- ing, to think that the House has improved very much both in personnel and convenience in that time. "Models for Famous Pictures," by Ronald Graham, is a decided novelty. To know the originals of the characters depicted on the canvases is, as the author says, like getting behind the scenes in picture-land. Amongst the pictures dealt with are Millais's "North- West Passage" "The Golden Stairs," by Sir E. Burne Jones "The Huguenot," by Miilias "Dante's Dream," by D. G. Rossetti; "The Greeting," by Sir L. Alma-Tadema; "A Hundred Years Ago," by Orchardosn "The Black Bmnswicker," "Mercy," 't. Bartho- lomew's Day," and "Caller Herrin' by Miilias. A portion of the huge painting by Lord Leighton in the Royal Exchange com- pletes the list. In addition to reproductions of these famous pictures there are also repro- ductions of portraits ef many well-known men and women who have sat as models. In "Off the Track in London," Mr George R. Sims takes us "Round Hackney Wick," and, as in the previous parts of this capital series, the excellent illustrations are by Mr T. H. Robinson. The other contents include the completion of the all too-short memoir of Madame Antoinete Sterling; "Dialstone Lane," by W. W. Jacobs a children's sory, by Winifred Graham; "Stingaree Tales, l'ty E. W. Hornung; and an illustrated article on "Silhouette Photo- graphy," by G. E. Moysev, illustrated from photographs.
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Llandilo Volunteer Rifle Club. The fourth competition in connection with the Llandilo Volunteer Rifle Shooting Club took place on Dynevor Range on Thursday and Saturday, Aug. 25th and 27th. The following members were the prize winners 1st, Pte J. Morgan, aggregate 81, with 12 added, total, 93 points; prize, "Vernier." 2nd, Pte. -.i.. O. Davies, aggregate 81, with 6 points added, total 87 points prize, Silver spoon. 3rd, Pte. U. O. Jones, aggregate 83, with 3 added, total, 86 points prize, Shooting bag. Non-winners prize, a pipe to the mem- ber who had not previously won a prize, Pte. B. W. Jones, aggregate 59, with 12 added, 71 points. As usual, keen interest was shown in the competition.
Comical Cricket at Llandilo. Llandilo on Monday had one of the best exhibitions of tomfoolery, it has ever had. So 1 lasting will the memories of it be, that it will be quite unnecessary that the present genera- tion should have a repetition of it. It was quite evident that there were those in the town who wanted a half-holiday on Monday, and they got it, but the one drawback was that there were so many concerned in the ex- hibition, that are inclined to make of life one holiday That, however, is an aside, but as there are sides in cricket it may be pardoned. And what the half-holiday wanted for? For a comic cricket match. A number of people who attended the cricket field avow that they saw no "match," but plenty of "matches." The so-called match for which the public had paid to see lasted some thirty odd minutes, and after which the players were too tired to continue the play. During the progress of the play the spectators looked in vain for the comic element. The players declare it was there, for did they not use spades,' billhooks, etc., as bats! üias the spectators were too discriminating, and there was no laughter in response, and verily it must have been the lack of appreciation on the part of the spec- tators that made the players tired. Indiffer- ence is more galling to players than hostility. But were not those great drops of perspira- tion that bedewed the brows and sparkled on the faces and every exposed parts of the players bodies evidence of tho exertion they had put forth! Alas no. It was a broiling hot day, and to make their "get ups" com- plete most of them had lavishly begreased themselves, and the drops of perspiration were simply the melting of the grease! Were one to attempt to be serious in describing the affair, it would be out of place, and it is only treatment as I am according them the players will appreciate. They met first at the Drill Hall, and marched to the cricket field, headed by the lown Band, the members of which had been ransacking the town for "top hats" to wear on the occasion, all, this was a real comic element. They were followed by crowds. Did I say they marched! Nay—hurried, as if it had just dawned upon them what simpletons they were making of themselves! On the field when they were scattered amongst the crowd, the scene was at any rate picturesque, v.1- iAvaf e con"c no^ the picturesque the public had come to see. To attempt to describe the various characters the cricketers repre- sented would be futile, so a mere rehearsal must suffice: Dr Rees, Mephistopheles; Coun- cillor J. H. Hughes, a Viking; Mr Humphreys Sultan; Ar Oswald Jones, Farmer Giles; Councillor Hopkins, Farmer Giblets; Mr Dd. Owen Jones, Sousa, and lie well sustained the character; Mr N. L. James, a College don; Mi Jack Richards, a clown; Mr Ronald Lockyer, Captain Kettle; Mr Williams. An«rel cflloVT 7^ K' Y- H-,?lorris> A Jap'; Coun- cillor L A Roberts, a Mongolian; Mr Parry Mr"]? ieS'i Mi D'M- Thomas, Dan LeJ; T/ ATJ O C ards> Welsh Indian Mr Harris 5eV i Q !rgrS; Mr Evans> bIack Pierrot j Air A. k. NYilhams, white pierrot; Mr R Davies, Monkey brand; Mr Harry Fuller Convict 99; Mr Banks, railway porter; Mr L' Jenkins, a jockey; Mr J. Jones, brigand (with dagger); Mr Evans (Bank) and Mr G. Fuller policemen; Mr Jolly, an Elizabethan dandy- Mr Evans (architect), a Scotchman Mr D R Thomas a inlander; Mr Jenkins, New-rd Chin Chin Chinaman; Mr Owen Richards, a military man Mr Trussler, a swell of the first water. In addition, several imps of light and darkness. There they were; truly, a motley group, fully representing Shakespeare's seven I ages of man from toddling youth to decrepit age. -Pine feathers unquestionably made fine birds of them, and that reminds me of the old adage that "Birds of a feather flock together" And so it was on the whole notwthstanding that in the same net as them, a few old birds had been caught, for a good deal depends on the temptation. It is not always that in vain the net is spread in the sight of a bird. After they were photographed it was announced that the prize-one guinea-for the best get up, had been divided by the indues Mrs Homphrey Davies and Mrs Burnett, between the first three in the above list. They were then honoured by more photographing. On returning to the Drill Hall, headed by the band, which had played a capital selection of music on the ground, the players paraded the town much to the amusement of the young if not to wae contempt of the old. Thev finisned up their laborious day with a Cinderella Dance in the Drill Hall.
Bristol Passive Resisters. ABOUT 1,500 SUMMONSES FOR HEARING. Two of the Bristol magistrates sat down to a weary job on Tuesday as the first instal- ment of some 1,500 summonses which were returnable for non-payment of rates. These included about 100 passive resisters in the districts of Redland, the City, Redcliffe, Hor- field, and the Somerset Wards. The "pas- sives were represented by Mr G. T. Cooke, whom the magistrates asked not t detain them longer than he could help. In a few minutes' speech Mr Cooke put the case of his clients, who, he said, were determined not to pay the rates, and would continue to protest, as they felt that their consciences would not permit them to pay rates for a purpose they believed was wrong, and to which they would not be a party. Several passive resisters appeared in person, but had little to say. One old lady vowed that she would never pay, while several Non- conformist ministers made a short protest, and among these was the Rev Geo. Jarman, ex-chairman of the Bristol School Board, and member of the education committee, who said that he held that the civil law should not inter fere with the religion of the citizens, such as was now done. He should never pay. The list also included the Rev Arthur Furner, the Rev D. J. Hiley, and the Rev T. Maddiford, the latter of whom said he could no pay for denominational teaching in the schools of which he did not approve. The usual orders were made. The second batch of summonses will be taken on Tuesday next, and the remainder a week later.
Bulldog Sold for xl,000, Mr E. A. MiHs, of The Limes, Uxbridge, has just Fold his celebrated bulldog, Champion Heath Baionet, to Sir George Gould, the American rail- way millionaire, for £ 1,000. This dog has won considerably over loO first prizes and specials since last Angubt, many times obtaining the special for the best specimen of any breed in the i-how. I- Twenty-five years ago," says the Illustrated Kennel News," 11 was nu outside price. It was particularly the advent of Air e, icRIJ exhibitors that created a toom in seTcral brHdF. The export of pedigree dogs has so euerncoufcly increased that it may now almost bo considered a national industry."