I YVARFOD LLENYDDOL SALEM, LLWYN- PIA, MA WRTH 23ain, 1881. I TRAKTHAWD AR BAENABAR." Daelli b i i law ac maentyn wir dda. Leiiad arall.Traethawd lied fyr, ond mae yn llithrig a davlleua Iwy iawn; os dim, rhy fyr ydyw. loan Marc."—Traethawd uianwl, ac yn olrhuin Barnabas yn ei wahanol gysylltiadan nid yw yn givdael un gareg heb ei throi, ac mae ei wisg- lenyddol yn Jan iawn-dichon fod yma j t'rycbeuyn neu ddau, megie dweyd "Fod Barnabas yn dychwelyd yn ol," ni chlywsom fod neb yn dychwelyd yn m I aen--feRy, yroedd "dychwelyd," neu yn ol" yn ddigon. "Un yn caitvr testyn yn fwy na'r wobr. Hawdd genym gredu hyny, neu, ni fuasech yn ysgriienu cymaint. Mae'r awdwr hwn amryw raddau ar ol ei gydymgeiswyr fel lienor; nid yw mor ystwyth, a diwall a'r ddau arall-ceir ambell wall orgraffol yma, ac nid yw ei gystrawen bob amser yn gywir, megis "Barnabas a Paul"— Barnabas a Phaul sydd iawn; end er y cwbl mae'n lied feirniadol ac annibynol fel ysgrifenydd. Credwn fod y tri wedi bod yn pyagoia yn yr un llynoedd. Y mwyaf llithrig ac awdurol yw Lefiad Arall. Y mwyaf beirniadol, gonest, a didderbyn wyneb yw Un yn Caru'r testyn, &c.—A'r mwyaf cyflawn, olrheingar, 3 gwahanredol yw loan Marc -au iddo ef y dyfernir y wobr. TSGRIF AR H RUTH." Tair ddaeth i law. Bryaiog laf. Dilyna yr awdwr hwn yr hanes yn lied fanwl, a thyna wersi buddiol oddiwrth y eyfryw,rhy bregethwrol yw'r cyfansoddiad,—os Ysgrif," bydded felly, ac os pregeth, pregeth. Yr ydym yn hoffi naws yr Ysgrif, gresyn fod yr orgraff. mor wallos, ac mae'r llediaith sydd ar y brawddegau yn ei handwyo: myned ddiwygio. a gall dd'od eto i ragori. Ei Edmygydd, (Hedmygydd) Ac.—Mae hwn yn feddyliwr mwy gwreiddiol, ac ysgrifena yn fwy llithrig, er fod yr h yn drech nag yntau yn awr ac yn y man; er hyny, teimlem fod llawer o fyn'd yn yr ysgrif hon. Mae gan hwn etc "gasgliadan" naturiol odaiwrth yr hyn a ddywedwyd." "Brysiog yr Ail."—Ysgrif ddarrenadwy ddigon, a lied ddiwall, y fwyaf diwall o ran orgraff o'r tair-dal yn rhy gaeth at yr hanea y mae, gan roddi rhy fach o'i feddwl ei hun yn yr ysgrif. Yr ydym ni yn ei golli hefyd pan' ddywed mai Boaz yw lsban llyfr y Barnwyr, a'i fod wedi barnu Israel am ddau can mlynedd! Saith mlynedd medd yr hanes y darfu i Isban farnu Israel. Mae gan hwn eto wersi buddiol. Buaaem yn gwobrwyo unrhyw un o'r tair ysgrif. Credwn er hyny mai Ei Hedmygydd ac nid un a'i magodd" yw'r goren, ar gyfrif anibyniaeth ei feddwl, yn nghyd a llithrigrwydd cyfansoddiad. 60 LLINELL I'R DIWEDDAR MR. RKES JONES; Derbyniwyd eiddo Simeon."—Mae llawer p'r gwrthrych yn llinellau Simeou-rby fach o'r Bardd sydd i'w deimlo ynddynt; nid yw ei orgraph yn ddiwall hefyd, ond ceir gwallach nwn yma. Diferion Hiraetb."—Rhy ddiweddar yn d'od i law; ond pe buasai yn brydlon, ni chawsai y wobr. Mae gormod o rwysg a rhodres yn y llinellau i ateb Rees Jones, ac mae'r ffugyrau mewn rhai manau yn chwithig iawn. Nid yw hiraeth yn gwneyd llawer o ddisplay un amser, iaith y galon sydd eisiau, ac mae hono yn ddigon hawdd ei badwaen bob amser -ymdrechweh fod yn fwy ayml y tro nesaf pan yn marwnadu. Ceil yma wallau orgraffol hefyd. Brondyner."—Llinellau da iawn mae naws hyfryd i'w deimlo wrth ddarllen y rhai hyn-eto, credwn y gallcsid rhoi mwy o awen ynddynt. Arthur Jones.LlincHau gwir faiddonol yw y rhai hyn-nid oes llawer o wreiddioldeb yn y penill cyntaf—mae syniad hwnw yn henach mar awdwr hwn. Eto, yn y penill olaf, dywed:- Iddo ddychwel eto'n ol"—dywed hefyd ei fod wedi Cysegru ei ddiwyd oeli I'r hwn a'i prynodd ar y groes," Ac. Tra Jllai ychydig flynyddau y bu gyda chrefydd Gresyn am y camsyniad hwn. Deigryn hira.eth." -Decbreua yr awdwr hwn yn yr hen ffasiwn,—trwy ddwrdio angeu, See. Mae yn lied gydnabyddus ar gwrthrych, ond ychydig, neu ddim barddoniaeth sydd yn ei linellau; er hyny cana yn llithrig, a gweddol ddiwall. loan bach."—Perthyna loan i'r hen ddoabarth hefyd—mae efe fel deigryn hiraeth yn lied gywir o ran iaith a prydr, a darllena ei linellau yn lied ystwyth, ac y maent i laddau yn nodweddiadji o'r gwrthrych. Tebyg mai dau ieuanc yw Deigryn a loan, os felly--ymdreohed y ddau am fwy o farddoniacth o hyn allan. Brondyner ac Arthur Jonea sy'n cario'r blaen—yr ydym yn hoffi llinellau Brondyner, und mae rhagoriaeth a gloewtler barddoniaeth Arthur Jones yn hawlio y flaenoriaeth mewn modd dibetrus. CRIST TN NGARDD GETHSKMANI." Mae'r ymgeiswyr oil wedi dilyn penawd y Ragleri, trwy ysgrifenu Crist yn Ardd Geth- semanef yr hyn sydd wallus. Derbyniwyd eiddo I'awnell Wyn," neu rywbeth tebyg; mae'r llinellau hyn yn gystal a'r ffugenw yn drech na ni-nid oes fawr ofal am hyd y llinellau, odl, nac yn wir fawr synwyr-rhodded i fyny y grefft ar unwaith. Pan%vcelyn.N&e, yr ydych yn fwy tebyg i Jones, Maesyplwm, neu Williams, Bethesda'r Fro-nid oedd Pantycelyn mor ystwyth a chwi, ac nid ydych chwithan mor awenyddol ag yntau- eto, yr ydym yn hoffi eich penillion yn fawr. -1 Pedr Selog.Mae hwn yn debygach i Panty- celyn—ceir ganddo rhai llinellau rhagorol; ond ceir ereill yn tynu yn ol—ac yn hyn y mae yn fwy tebyg i'r porganiedydd na'i flaenorydd. loan Bwh.Mae loan yntau ar ei eithaf yma, ond nid yw yn larddoni nemawr; hawdd gwybod mai newydd yw efe yn y ffydd farddol —er hyny, m ddigaloned. Pedr Selog gawsai y pres oni bae ei benill olaf -chwithig iawn yw«"Nol offrwm gwaed a gweddi dlos." Pa bi-iodoldeb sydd mewn dweyd gweddi dlos ? A'i nid gweddi doer oedd gweddi yr Ardd? Mae genych Bel, ond nid yn ol gwy- bodaeth." Pedr-etu "Waedynaberth pur i'r Nef." Nid ydym ni yn hoffi duwinyddiaeth y llinell-trown ddalen ynte. Hunai'r byd a'r gwir ddyagyblion, Hunai Cedmu yn y glyn:" Eto: Taflai'r groes ei chyagod drosto "-sydd linellau gwir cb. Rhaner y wobr rhwng Pedr Selog a Pantycetyn. BZDDLRGR"Y UK. JOHN JONES, <t,C. loan Bach."—Dim un linell gywir loan—i'r Yagol Farddol heb oedi. Rhys Penrhys.Hir a thoddaid da iawn- gallasai ugain fod i fewn, ac heb un cystal a hwn. Rhodder y wobr yn galonog i Rhys Penihys. Yr eiddoch, &o., CARNBLIAN.
HELYNT Y FAM WRTH DDIDDYFNU'R BABAN. Pe bawn yn adrodd ar fy sgair, I chwi yr holl helyntion A glywais i cyiperai dair 0 oriau difyr ddigon; Ac os bu helynt ail i hon, I Yn hanes byd yn gyfan, Sef helynt Sian o Fwlch-y-fron, Pan yn diddyfnu'r baban. Bu Rion ei gwr yn wyllt o'i go, Heb eysgu am nosweithiau, BygvMi iai hefyd fyn'd ar ffo, A gadael gwiad ei dadau, A d'wedai wrthi'n ddigon traws, Y mynai Sion amgenach, A "daliai ef ei fara chaws Na chai'r un babi mwyach. Er rhoddi'r plentyn efo Sion, A ffwidd i'r 'stafell arall; Ond nid oedd newid ar y don Yr un oedd hono'n ddiball, Yn sydyn gwaeddai nerth ei geg, 0 tyr'd yn ol yn fuan, Gad iddo sugno nes bo'n ddeg, Neu ddeuddeg mlwydd o oedvac. A rhwng y gwr a'r baban bach Aeth Sian i wylo'r dagrau, Ni theimlai ddydd na nos yn ifWh, Dolurus oedd ei bronau Ac ofnai wel'd y nos yn 1'od, Ac amser myn'd i orphwys, A d'wedai, Gwae oedd ini fod Ein dau tu fewn i'r eglwys. Rhoed pethau chwerwon ar yfron, Er gwneyd i'r plentyn ildio; A llwyddo wnawd yr adeg hon Gael buddugoliaeth arno; Yn mhen pythefnos cyflawn aeth Y storm gynhyrfus heibio, A gwen ar wyneb Sian a ddaeth, A ?i.« >ii a wnaeth anghofio. Dj chwelodd heddweh rhyngddynt hwy Gwasgarodd y cymylau; A uercb y plentyn aeth yn fwy, Bob dydd at ei deganau; Naturiaeth aeth yn drech na dysg Er cymaint fu y twrw! A buan gwelwyd yn eu mysg, Un bach yn canlyn hwnw. M. RKBS, (MSSRPTK.)
CYFARCHIAD PRIODASOL I Mr. J. Jenkins a Miss R. Cosslett, y ddau yn Nghaerffili. Dau anwylyd yn hylon—a welaie Dan wawl eu prydferthion, A naws anwyl llawn awynion Yn troi heb rith trwy eu bron. Josiah yn ngwres ei awydd—fynai'r Feinwen Ion ysgafnrydd; A'i ar ei h61 fel yr hydd I'w gweled yn ddig'wilydd; A Rachel yn ffel, bron ffoli,—yn ewyn Cusanau wnai roddi 0 faws hwyl ar ei gwefus hi,—a'i ddawn Hygar a uniawn wnai'r holl goroni. I fyw allu eu eyfeillach,-y siarad Siriol a'i'n wresocach, Eu dawn wnai'r aerch yn dynach Yn yr hwyl a'u geiriau iach. Dyna nhw yn dan yn awr Yn dill y gwnAnt hyd clawr, I'w gilydd fod o un galon,—er gwell Er gwat-th ac yn ffyddlon; A chadw 'u lie er iach&d lion—bob tro Yn troi i hwylio dan bob treialon. Y ddau anwyl fo' yn ddywenydd-yn parhau Mewn pur hwyl i'w gilydd; Cariad fo'n rhoddi ceryad A'i wir ddawn ar bob rhyw ddydd. Duw anwyl yn mhob daioni-fyddo Yn feddiant i'w codi Yn addas yw fy ngweddi,—uwch pob gwyr, Er Ei ddilyn a'i wir addoli. CENTDD.
PONTYPRIDD. ANNIVKRSAKT AT SrioN. The anniversary serrices, of Seion Congregational chape) were held on Sunday and Monday, when the Rev. D. Morgan, (Philadelphia, Carmarthen), and Rev. J. C. Evans, (Gilfrfch Goch) preached tv la. ge congregations. PÓPIL TEACHERS' EXAMINATION.—On Saturday about 70 pupil teachers and candidates for that position presented themselves at the Mill.gtreet Schools for examination by Mr W. Edwards, her Majesty's inspector, assisted by Mr J. Rees, assis- tant inspector of schools. The examination was of a highly interesting character. THE CRUGLAS BRIDGE.—On Saturday represen- tatives otthe Pontypridd and Bridgend Highway Boards met at Pontyclown, for the purpose ot opening tenders for the conhtrucfcn.n of a new bridge over the Cruglas river. That of Air David Davies, Crymlyn, for £17 17s was accepted. NARROW EecAPE FROM DROWNING.—A child named Mary Ann Steeple, 1. ving with her parents at Nightingale s Bush, Merthyr-road, had a narrow escape from drowning in the blamorganshire caual on Sunday She fell into the water, a little be ow the Chainworks, but her cries attracted the not.ce of Mr T. J Hughes Llantrisant Road, who caught her by the arms, and drew her up to the towing- path. THB VOLUNTEERS AND WHIT-MONDAT —The "Rifle- men of Morgauwg intend having a field day at Pontypridd on Whit-Mon ay. A general battalion drill of the whole of the volunteer corps in the Taff Battalion, from Cardiff to Dowlais, will be held at Pontypridd on Whit-Monday, when all the men who intend attending the kloyti review at Windsor are particularly requested to attend. It is now four years ago since any volunteer demon- stration on a large scale has taken place at Puntypridd, and it is anticipated that a large muster will be brought together on the general holiday. A Njiw REGULATION AS TO POSTAGE AND RECEIPT STAMPS.—The contemplated change in the regulations as to the use of postage and receipt stamps has been finally decided upon, and the following circular has been sent out by the authorities at the General Post Office: Use of Id Adhesive Postage Stamps and Id Adhesive Receipt Stamps for either receipt or postage purposes. In future the oidinary adhesive penny receipt stamp may be used as a penny postage stamp, and the adhesive penny postage stamp may be used as an ordinary penny receipt stamp. It is to be understood that, for purposes of po-tage, the receipt stamps, in common with postage stamps, must have no printing or writing placed on their face by the public." This will be a great convenience to the public. Before purchasing your SUMMER BOOTS or SHOES, call at G. Oliver's Boot Supply Stores, Taff-street, Pontypridd. The largest and most varied assort- ment of New Styles that has ever been shown in the town, of Lace, Button and Spring Sides, in Calf, Kid, Cloth and Cashmere for Gents, Ladies, and Children. Adv.
TREFOREST ANNIVERSARY SERVICES.—The anniversary services of the Wesleyan < hapel were held on Sunday when sermons were delivered morning and evening, by the Rev. W. Tucker, Ferndale. In the afternoon singing and reciting by the children. On Monday the Sunday School children were conveyed by brakes to Penarth, where they were regaled With tea and cake.
BRITANNIA. J IwquEST.—On Saturday, Mr E. B. Reees, coroner, held an inquest at the Britannia Inn, into the circumstances connected with the death of David Williams, collier, aged 27, who died on. Thursday, p from injuriea sustained at Cymmer Colliery. The jury, after hearing the evidence returded a verdict of "Accidental Death."
PORra, On Sunday and Mon- /»v.iLv!!i8^meetings were held at the Independent A TOT ln connection with the ordination „v„ Jv • James, of Aberdare, as irinister of this p Jil n n eru?na were Preached by Revs. W. nTf im Chester; R. Williams (Hwfa Mon), Hanerchymedd; Evans, of Pent re; James, of Troedyriuw, Me.thyr; and Edwards, of Aberdare. The charge to the minister was given by Mr James, Troedyrhiw, and that to the cnurta bjr Hiraethog. i
LLWYNPIA. TEA MEETING.—On Monday last the general tea meeting WHS held at Jerusalem chapel. A great loss was experienced th s year in the absence of the Rev. J. R. Jones, « ho is unwell, as reported in lust weeks issue. After tea the green plot in front of the chapel was converted into a play-ground for games of all kinds. PENYGRAIG: WE8LRYAV CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY —The anni- versary Services of Scion Wesleyan Chapel, Peny- graig, we,'c held on Sunday and Monday, when sermons were delivered by the Rev.' Owen Owen, Pontypridd; Rev. J. 31. Owen, Ferndale; and Miss Griffiths, Dowlais. There were good congre- gations, and collections were made towards liquidating the chapel debt. TERMINATION OF THE LAW-SUIT BETWEEN THE PENY- GRAIG COAL COMPANY.—Our readers are doubtless awa-e that for the last couple of years a law-?uit has been carried on regarding certain matters in dispute between Messrs Rowland ai d Morgan and Mr W. Williams, their partner in the ownership of the Penygraig House Coal Collieries, distinct from the Penygraig Naval Steam Coal Collieries e,f which Messrs Rowland and Morgan are the sole proprietors. The items in dispute were of a; intricate a character that arbitrators were ap- pointed to watch the interests of both parties, leaving Mr Moses Rowland the chief control of the works as formerly. Late last year both parties agreed to sell the first-named collieries, and the sale took place at the Royal H6tel, Cardiff, when Mr W lliam Williams and some others became the nominal purchasers, the price, when everything came to be taken into account, amounting to over 220,000. But some questions arose, and on Friday last the case was to have come on in London before one of the superior courts. On Wednesday, however, the litigants, who are near relatives, met at the office of the works, and agreed to cancel the sale made at Cardiff, to forget past differences, and to resume the partnership, as it had existed with great mutual benefit to the oompanv ic the past, as Messrs Rowland, Morgan, and Williams.
TON YP ANDY. PBESENTATION BY WORKMEN.— WrJ. D. Thomas, son of the High Sheriff of Glamoaganshire, a.ud consulting engineer of Messrs Perch and Co.'s oolliery, Tonypntidy, was married on Wednesday, in London, to Miss,PercH, daughter of the colliery proprietor. The workmen at the Colliery presented to the happy pair a handsome testimonial worth about £30.
YSTRÄD. ACCIDENT AT BODRINGALLT COLLIERY. Abdut midday on Saturday John Rowlands, who resides at Heolfach, sustained painful injuries to his head by a stone falling upon him while at work at the Bodringallt Coliery. A DISPUTE AT GELLT COLI.IERY.-The workmen at Messrs Thoirtas and Griffiths' Gelli Steam C al Colliery came dut on strike on Monday in con- sequence of the re-appointment of Mr -Chubb as manager in place of Mr Thomas Williams. It may b« remembered th it Mr Chubb's certificate was suspended after the Dinas explosion. Snbsequent to this he was put in charge of the Gedy Steam, but the workmen stood out, and ultimately Mr Chubb was removed to the house coal. This new movement on the pnrt of the proprietary was viewed with great dissatisfaction by some of the men and a strike was the result. Masters and workmen met at the office of the works during Monday, and the majority of the colliers were fouud to be in favour of Mr Qhubb'a appointment, ■nd the whole matter was amicably arranged. Some old workmen who have known Mr Chubb for many years speak very highly of him.
PENTRE. QUARTERLY MEETINGS AT SHILO, PENTRE.—The quarterly meetings were held at the above place on Sunday and continued on Monday evening. The ministers who officiated were the Rev. M. Jones. Tynewydd, and Rev. W. Rees, D.D., (Hiraethog), Chester. The meetings were very well attended, and the afternoon meeting was crowded. The Dr. appears to retain the power of his eloquence surprisingly. It was a treat to hear the old man of 80 with the la'ge congreg-tion hanging to his lips. On Monday evening, the R> v. R. Willitms, (Hwfa Mon), Llanerch-y-medd, preached. The collections were very good, larger than usual, and are to be devoted to pay off the debt on the chapel.
HEOLFACH. COLLIERS' DELEGATE MEETING. A colliers' delegate meeting convened by the committee of tbe Gelli workmen was held at the Gelligaled Inn, Heolfach, on Tuesday, to consider the unfair bearing of thi awards of the Sliding Scale Com- mittee on the Rhondda House Coal men, but as there was only a small attendance the meeting was adjourned till next Tuesday, when it is to be held at the P-irth Hotel, Porth, for the cons.dera. tion of the subject named and other matters.
CWMPARK. HALF-YEARLY SERVICES AT ZOAR INDEPENDENT CHAPE .-On Sunday the above named church held its ha f-yearly services when the Revs. D. Thomas, <"Vmrapr, homas, Tonypandy, and I. Rees Treherbert, officiated. LECTURE.—On Ihursday evening the Rev. P. rho mas, Touypandy, delivered a lecture at the same place, on William Tyndale the first trans- lator of the Bible from the original languages unto the English language. Tyndale was obliged to leave his own oountry and among much privation in a foreign land translated the Bible. Hie memory will'be ever saored to the lovers of ths Word of God. Both meetings and lecture wora well attended and a substantial sum of money was realized towards liquidating the debt of the chapel.
BLAENCLYDACH. FATAL ACCIDENT TO A LITTLE CHILD.—A child six months old, belonging to a family named Garrett. residing at this place was so frightfully scalded by a teakettle containing boiling water falling over it that it died on Sunday.
TONYREFAIL. ANNIVERSARY.—The anniversary of the Baptist church was hold on Sunday and Monday last, the 29th and 30th, when the following ministers preached: Rev. A. J. Parry, (Swansea), Rov J. Jones, (b frwdamon), Rev. J. W. Lew;s, (Trealaw, lafe of Victoria.) The attendance was exceedingly good and the unction from the Holy One appeared to pervade the assembly. On Sunday afternoon a very practical and useful sermon was delivered there by the minister that supplied for the day at the Methodist chapel. The collections were very good, which were devoted towards liquidating the debt incurred in fencing the grave-yard.'
TREHERBERT. LECTTTHE.—On Wednesday evening last, The venerable Dr. W. Rees, Chester, delivered a very interes ing lecture at the Independent Chapel, to a small but appreciative audience subject Man and Religion. All his friends were glad to find the lectu er hale and strong though in his 80th year. May the Loid spare his life for many years more, that he may serve his people both by tongue and pen.
TOXGWYNLAS. The Marquis of Bute has come on a flying visi of about a week's duration to this neighbourhood! and he and a friend of his are staying at Caatelt Coch, which it will be remembered the noble lord has fittt d up sumptuously as a shooting box. It is stated that so anxious was the marquis to avoid observation, and presumably, company, that instead of alighting at Cardiff station he passed through to the little village of Ely, where he had ordered his carriages to await him.
MARRIAGE OF MISS MORGAN, TY'NYCY-MMER. On Thursday the nuptial knot was t?ed whioh united Miss Morgan, Tynycyminer, so Mr Dunn, h civil eugmeer from the metropolis. Ti e inrties were c.,Yiveved to Llgtitr)eai.t in a it-agnificeut pri,cei,s,oij, ni the whole neighbourhoi d of Cym- mer., and surrounding district joined to to celebrate the happy ever.t in the usual way on similarly important occasion*. t
FAIRPLAY AND THE THEATRE. To the Editor of the Pontypridd Chronicle." SIR, Fairplay waxes furious and vents his wrath upon you and accuses you of partiality in superintending the correspondence. There are a class of combatants who, when they find themselves in sudden and unwelcome proximity to the ground, shout as loud as their wide mouths will permit Conspiracy," accuse the gods of partiality, and heaveu and earth of intrigue. Your correspondent Fairplay is evidently one of these interesting creatures. He runs his head against the Editoria Shield. Have mercy on him sir, or his head will come off the worse for the contact. Fairplay in the first of his last two letters says that I paraded before your readers my profound knowledge of the philosophers of ancient Greec- and Rome. I am sorry that I cannot in any way r Jturn the compliment. His attempt to do so has been a misecble failure. The man, Sir, who calls- Socrates Stoic and the Cynic would for sucL an egregious blunder be sent down to the bottoir of the class in any respectable school, and have sc many lines to write for his folly. Fairplay will bt surprised to learn that Socrates was dead more than a century before the Stoics were heard of oi Zeno had tounded that sect. He will also please to learn that when Antisthenes became the foundei of the Cynics, he found in Socrates, his forraei teacher, one of the keenest critics and rebukers he met with. Having made the startling statement referred to Fairplay goes on hindering ana to blunder. He writes Socrates, the man whom Aristophanes introduced into his celebrateo comedy, The Clouds' as a mischievous specu. lator on matters of religion and as a corruptor ot the youth of Athena.' Does Fairplay take Aristophane's estimate of Socrates as his own r Other historians affirm that Socrates towered far above his contemporaries, that his genius was unmatched, his character irreproachable, his doctrine pure, and that one, of the blots upon the fame of Aristophanes-brilliant but often obscene-is that in his comedy. ihe Clouds he unjustly ridiculed so grdnd a character as Socrates at the instigation of Melitus, a man of the meanest type, who urged on by envy and malice succeeded in compassing the death of the great philosopher, but who at length fell before the angei of the Athenians, who, when too late found that he had duped them Fairplay further describes Socrates—"A man whose one idea was the propagation of science according to the light in which he looked at it ''ana that he would not be lifcely to look with much favour on anything except science." Why only a few lines before as we have seen, Fairplay calls Socrates—" the Cynic." It is somewhat puzzling to deal with statements which cut in two directions after this extraordinary fashion, each of which Cynics could tolerate less than any other was science ? But Socrates never was a Cynic-i.e. according to other authorites than Fairplay. What then ? Fairplay says that Socrates would not be lively to look with much favour on anything except science." Mr George Henry Lewes sayis "unless we conceive Socrates as a profoundly religious man we misconceivo the whole spirit 01 his teaching," but then Fairplay is greater tnan Lewes. It would be well for Fairplay to read the words with which Xenophon has concluded his Memorabila of Socrates. "To me indeed, since Socrates was such a man as I have related, (t(; wit, so religious so just, that he would harm noman .n the slightest thing, but render every assistance to all who sought it of him, so temperate that he never preferred pleasure to goodness, so sagacious that he seldom erred in discrimintaing the better and the worse in fine who excelled in the art of convincing the erring, and inspiring men with vi tue and h, njur;) he has seemed the best and happiest of men. If any think otherwise, let them contrast his morals with those of others, and thus judge." Fairplay further writes, Seneca is the author of a number of tragedies," now Fairpla) must be very ignoi-ant or very unfair as a contro- versialist or be would have withheld such a state- uient, as it is a well Known fact that it is extremely questionable that Seneca ever wrote any of tlit tragedies ascribed to him, the more general opinioi being that they were compt-sitions of one or more, who bore his name, one of the tragedies being as- oiibed to his father. In defence of his cause Fairpaly asserts that in a number of these tragedies there art dramatic flashes worthy of Sophocles or Shake- speare." We meet it is true, w.th detaclieo passages especially, in the choral odes, of exquisite oeauty, the moral effect of which may not be bad. But Occasional effusions of this sort will neil he. counteract nor atone for the influence of worke the general character and tendency of which i licentious. And that such was the case with tht drama in Athens is equally evident from the testi- mony of contemporanious writers and from lht plays themselves which have descended to our owij times. To judge from eooie of the plays ol Aristophanes, or from Eunuchns of Terence or the Asinatia of Plautus, we can form but oue opinion of the auditory which could be pleased with sucli disgusting indecencies, or of the poet who coulu pander to an appetite so abominable. Poets have composed few comedies by which men are madi better is the concession of one who had befon him the whole range of ancient comedy and wa therefore incomparably better fitted to judge 01 its moral spirit than Fairplay can possibly be The same poet while he invites the audience tt applaud the chastity of his comedy of "Tht Cat tives and its freedom from indecent allusiout holds it up as an noceptiori to the general immorality of plays. (See the Prologue and Caten to the Captives of Plautus.) The fragments whicL we possess of ancient plays are sufficient to con- vince us that the concession of Plautus is equally c'indld and true. if we peruse these pieces, WI shall be convinced thtt the sole object of thl- authors was to piease the multitude and that tc obtain this end, they oonsid. red all meaiis at indifferent, and rmployed by turns, parndy, allegory and satire, abounding in images and language the most gross and obscene. The laws, and tl.e m"bt intel igentand virtuous citizens strenuously opposed these evils but in. vain. Successive decrees weie passed (thive at le^st) for the regulation of plays but tl:ese laws were disregarded. 'though tilt chorus and the mask were laid aside from thr alarm and dissatisfaction of the wealthier citizens, who. efused to contribute the means of decorations, and thus a temporary oheck was given to the evils of the stage yet the play went on in itlll downward course till it share the ruin whicbit hadaccelerltteo Such was the effect of Greek comedy, and it s evidfnt, from the most superficial view, that the whole power of tra., dy was concentrated upon those too active and inflammatory elements d our being-the passion! Here in fact lies the secret of its tr mendous danger, its invariable perversion. If we examine all th* tragedies "hich have been written from the age °h Ae8chy]aB present time, we cannot avoid the conclusion that t.,eir object is not instruction, nor reformation, but effect. For this purpose the subjects of ancient tragedy were selected fron t ose who occupied an almost superhuman e'evation, whose downfall therefore, would afford the woar terrible eatastrophe (see Eurip. Fippol, 1456 and Id. Med. 127—130). It was sometimes objeoted, even by ancient critics, th t if tragedy would 8 rve the purpose of instruction its scenes must be laid in the ordinary walks of life, and must exhibit the sufferings, duties and temptations, which are incident to the condition of the majority of mankind. But to this it was replied that these were wanting in the interest and power necessary to tragedy—that they did not appeal with sufficient force to those emotions of terror and p ty, the excitation of which is its object It is plain therefore, that the aim of tragedy is to astonish, to agitate, not to instruct or reform the spectators. Another proof of this is drawn from the charac- ters in which tragedy delights. It is not the firm, consistent, well balanced man of virtue but those whof-e passi ms are stung to madness by suffering or remorse. It is the aspiring, baffled, tortured and crushed Prometheus -ti-a maniac Orestes,— The feroci ns and vindictive Aiedia, bur-dug with a demon's passions and wielding a demon's power of mischief and revenge. In my first etter I i-e-itaiked that "Solon has said If wo appl iud falsehood in our public exhib- itions we sh,,Il Lsoon find it in onr contracts and ngreewenrs." But Fairplay asserts thut this 11 is I no proof that he pondemned t'e theatre. Be & merely condemned the. high -,wloitring in some vt the tragedies." Now what possible high colouring could olon be afraid of being introduced into contracts and agreements and why does he Drake use of the term '-public exhibitions," if he is con- demning merely the plays. Would Fairplaj. call a copy of Shakespeare's works "public exhibit'O's"? With regard t, whflt Tacitns and eneet said about scenic representations, Fairplay siys he r,rers not to theatrical rf-i resentat ions, but gladiat.ry shows in which men fought each other, &c." But I defy him to produce a proof of this assertion. His bare statement therefor*, great and important as he may think him elf, does not weigh the weight of a feather in argument, and only shows the vanity of the man who cbtrudes them as evidence. Sir, it would seetn as if Fairplay in discoursing on the antijnt philosophers cannot open his mouth, (as Mrs. Partington would put it), without putting ds foot into it. He blunders most hopelessly. Before he takes any one to task on sach a question •lgi iu let us trust that he wi'l just mister the rudiments of the History of Ph lo-ojjhy. let me lere lemi d Fairplay that the statem nt remains 1 his f-ta ement tie to the great t'nd goxl be-ng in ftvC ur of the theatre But that in adducing a pr of jf t e veracity of such a st te nent, he hat. miserably failed. Although I have already given Ir FiaserV "-¡ew of the the.-ti-e, yet Fairplay refers me t the words of th Bishop of Alatichester." 1 hllp. L will be q ite sufficient fi r me to answ. r F iirplay s idvit-e by an e('ho, and say "Or oe more I will refei your c. rrespondent to the words of '.he Bishop uj dancheater." In the address delivered by tllf lishop of Manchester in connexion with the t.'hur I- t vival Miss,on, he defends the stage, but the stage w'.ich h.. defends is one purged from ali that is -o rse and degrading, or that has in it the shadow )f im urity" (see Christian Globe f. r Feb. 9th, i.877). I have neither space n. r time to answer all Fairplay's sweeping assertions, nor to criticise Homeo's letter, I shall therefoie hope they will jive as something better next time. I am, years, &0., D.D., BRIDGWATER.
DEFRAUDING THE TAFF VALE RAILWAY COMPANY. On Tuesday, at the Aberdare polioe-court, I homas Richards, described as a waggon fitrer, residing at Quaker's Yard, was summoned foi travelhng on the iaff Va e Railway without a ticket, with intent to defraud the company. Accor- ting to the evidence ot David Parker, a booking- clerk at the Taff Va e Station, Aberdaie, defendant n the 16th iust., bouked himself by the 6.46 trail, to Mountain Ash. From information which the cierk had, he went by the train to Aberdare J auction, were defendant alighted. He and the siation-master, Mr Hiscock, demanded Richards ticket, and he then gave up one for Mountain Ash. defendant said he had altered his mind as to .;ettinn out at Mountain Ash. Replying to Mr fthys, the witness stated that defendant had been .in the platform waiting for the up-train to Quaker's fard, where he resided, for 80m.. ten minutes before his ticket was demanded, and in the course of that time he had gone into the station for another ticket. The bench ordered the defendant to pay the full penalty of 40s., and costs 16s. 6d., or one month's imprisonment.
TRGFOKESr BENEFIT SOCIETf CASE IMPORTANT DECISION. At the Pontypridd police-court on Wednesday, (before Mr Gwilym Williams), David AlieL, Rhydfelen Inn, was charged with refusing t, deliver up various articles of furniture, boots, &c., value t4 as 3d, belonging to the "blower of Tatf LiOUge of Shepherds, which until lately held its meetings in defendant s house. Mr I lews appeared DO support the charge. The nominal proaecutoi was wm. Dutton, who stated that he was the trustee of the lodge. He formerly gave evidence to the effect that ne had applied to the defendant to deliver up to him the property of the lodge, and that he had aeclined to do so. It will be remembered that a few month ago the defendant instituted proceedings against Mr John Davies, secretary of the lodge charging him with various oliences against tne lodge and that after the nhnrgea hau been investigated by the Benclrthty .Yere proved to ue without foundation. A Govern .nent auditor (air Jeniin iloweil, Aueida,-ej NII.d called in to examine the boOKS. After h tali gone tnxougn tue tieeretai-y s booics, he appl.eu vI,) tne detendant, wuo was treasurer of tne lodge, ,o produce his cash book and voucheis tor .nspection. Re, however, declined to produce tueiu. The committee of management then applied to defenuant for settlement of accounts, ae again declined. A meeting was called of the •vuoie lodge, and at this meeting held on May 7th .c was resolved to remove the lodge into tne .rown Inn. The application on Wednesday wab ,o ask tho Bencn to compel the defendant to rmiver up the property of tie society to Mr h. Israel, tue lauuioru ot tne Crown Inn. After a .engtuy hearing, the Bench lined the defendant is and costs, and ordered nim to deliver at once ail properties belonging to the lodge to Mr Israel.
SAKLT ASSOCIATIONS. Sotnersby, where h. siont the oitenim; years of his life, is a quiet wooded village, pleasantly situated at the foot of the Soatbwold. Driving irora Horn eastle, the visitor is agreeably impr,o-ed with the soft pastoral aspect of the o»untry. It is not, as some have fancied Lincolnshire, flat and proeaio—a region of vast plains and interminable wattr-oourses, with only a few tree* of the willow kind; it is, on the contrary,a At birthplace for a great minMtrel. "To the north," says one who knows it well, "rises the long peak of the wold, with its steep white road that climbs the bill above Thetf. rd: to the south the land slopes gently to a small deep-channelled brook, which rises not far from Somersby, and flows just btlow the parsonage garden." The scene is pictured in the "O le to Memory," written very early in his life, and first published in 1830- The woods that built the gray hillside. The seven elms and poplars four That stand beside my father's door. The brook that loves to purl o'er matted cress and ribbed sand. Or tumble on the track of rushy ooves. Drawing into his narrow earthen urn, In every elbow and turn. The filtered tribute of the rough woodland. This brook is what will interest travellers to the roene most deeply. It occurs again and again in the author's poems. The writer we have above i n ted says that it appears in The Miller's Daughter and in many other places in his poetry. It rises a little way above Somersby, and after a course of some length through different villages, it enters the sea at a xpot called Gibraltar Point, where it forms Wainfleet Haven. It is," says a native of the dis* trict, "the noisiest and most rippling I ever heard, and full of trout." The house where the poet was bom has been considerably enlarged, and the tiny chuich where his father ministered has been restored. Lincolnshire was closely associated with the Laureate's history, and has been glorified by his f;enius. He haB done for Lincolnshire not much ess than Wordsworth has done for the Lake*. For example, "Mariana," "The Dying Swan," and "The May Queen" are full 01 Lincolnshire, its landscapes and its wild flowers. The oxen's lowfrom the dark fen, the grey-eyed morn, the lonely moated grange, the clustered marish mosses green and still, the lone grey fields, the dry dark wold, and marsh marigold that shines like fire in swamps, the hollows grey,—ali these are familiar in his poetry. The Moated Grange is even yet to be seen in Lincolnshire. One fine old place, formerly inhabited by monks, has the remaina of a chapel yet standing in the garden. Rare flowers gr(,w there. The moat is a very large one, fail of fish. It is covertd with water-lilies, and abounds with water hens. There are three or four moated farmhouses in the same neighbourhood. Bayon's Manor, the seat of Mr. Tennyson's cousin, bas a moat round the place, a gatehouse and a drawbridge. The sea as it appears on the Lincoln coast, with -to salt pools and it- long retreating tides, al,pea'rq oft-,n in his Pnems.Alfred Tennyson: His Li/e and Works. By Walter E. Way
A Swtet Craft. -C,)urtab il: A I&-IY writes If I conM have my way, every smoker should marry a smoker, or live alone for ever." Now, dOl you know, that would bu rather a Dicf Mea-matrimonial 8mok." as it were one pipe with but a -4iligle (,1804, two stems that smoke as one. Smoking girls de.-ir ua of getting married will please mention the particular brand of tobacco they affect., Air correspondent s-aym hok overhetrd the follow- ing ttitt.opae at a n-cmt ball: IIHive you seen Mxdatue G-? asked one lady of &n-ittier. Since the has embraced M. Banting's religion she has diminished at leaOlt one-half." I- Then Ph,, mu-t be chtrmiig." said ]\(dn. X-, with nalv"té. "Not at all,"rejoined the fiivt speaker; "site looks like a cathedral that ha* lost all its saints and pr*served OU tbe oichse from whfoh they Iyer? takgn."
r HOTTSE OF CO.NiMON.S.-Nup.%nAT. The Customs and Inland Revenue H li wa1 paqd through committee wit,i niiiiier(-)iis verbal am..n Inicnta, and Mr. Gladftona intimated his willingness to pre- pare a clause for rem: ttinae the income-tax of occnpi ra ami owners tilling their own lands at a 10114. He also golve up the clatue which propo-ed to make owners re- sponsible for the inhabited house duty. On the order for going into' committee on the Irish Land Bdl a great number of instructions to the committee were ruled out of order.—Sir W. Barttelot spoke to a reso- lution of which lie had given notice, but did not move, declaring that no oi 1 could be satistactory which nor pr.,vi le that the c,-urt might allot oouipen- sation t., the landlord for any lokes I e might Nus- fctin.—The Attorney-General for Ireland !la!d the Govirnment c nid not cot-sent to allow anv court to exerciso the power of itUDIPing taxation to c. mi,etit-ateiiiiaginaryloo-es.-Mr. Gorst considered the bill had one meaning for the Constitutional Whigs and another for the Iri..11 members, and chal- lenged the Prime Mini ter, if there were iirecuncil* ahI.' differf-nC'S b^twetn the I. dian Secretary and t eChnnctllorof the Duchy < f Lancanfer, to throw one or ether of t em oveib >ard.—Mr. Kathbone sup- poited tte bi'l.-Mr. Lewix, who voted for the second rei iii.g because he considered the rations of landlord and tenant co i d not remain as they wt-re, demanded from the Government a statement of their view* a to the structuie of the court.—Mr. Grantham, Mr. Maeitisey, and Mr. 8. Hill followed. —Mr. A. Grey ur-ed that the admission of ,1.e principle of the owners right to com pen- sation w..uld conciliate opponents to the measure. —Mr Gladstone appealed to the linot-e to go at once into committee and sucre-te I that the more nuitahle time to consider the oo npensatton proposal of Sir W. Barttelot was when the clau es came before the oommit-tes.Sir S. > Northc..t« also consideied the time hai come when it would be convenient to go into the consideration of the details of the bill, and he prom act that he and his friends wOilld do all in their p iwer to facilitate prooeedings in committee.—The House soon after went into com- mittee. Progress was immediately reported, and the House adjourned.
HOUSE OF LORDS.-nmAT. In answer to the Duke of St. Albans, Lord Carling. ford declined to pledge the Goyenment to undertake at present a revaluation of land in Ireland, although he admitted that the existing system was not tatis* factoij.—Lord Delaware inquired what steps the Government proposed to take with reference to the French invasion of Tutiia.-Lord Gran. ville declined to go into a matter of so much delicacy at this moment, when thtre was no public object to be gained by a discussion.—Lord Salisbury approved this course, and said he doubted whether there was any ground in the interest of England alone far intervention or remonstrance. The French Government hat given assurances which there was no ground for supposing were otherwise than sincere, and which he thought Ter Majesty's Government were wise in accepting.—The matter then dropped, and the Select Committee on the JLiinh Jury Laws having been nominated by Lord Lansdowne, their lordships ad- journed.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FBIDAT. The House had a morning sitting.—The Budget Bill was brought up and read a third time.—The Hou-e then went into committee on the Irish Land Bill, and Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice moved to postpone clause 1 till after the consideration of clauses 31 to 43. The object of this motion was to postpone the earlier portions of the bill till the constitution of the land court and the commission was settled. —Mr. Gladstone opposed the amendment, pointing <<ut that it was Impossible to constitute the court satis- factorily uutil it had been settled what functions should be thrown upon it.—Sir Stafford Northcote supported the amendment. After two houra' diteus- sion the committee divided, and, by 246 to 163, re- jected the amendment.—Mr. Chaplin next moved to po-tpone the first 18 clauses in order t take first the purchase and emigration clauses. This amendmeut was negatived without a division. At 10 minutes to 7 progiess was reported,—At the evening sitting Mr. Blennerhassett moved an amendment on the motion to go into committee of supply for a select committee to inquire into and report upon the system of Parlia- mentary election ireat calculated to secure the best and most complete representation of the whole electoral body.—Sir W. Harcourt pointed out the difficulty of composing such a committee, and the futility of expecting from it any conclusion of practical advan. tage.—On a division the amendment was rejected by 102 votes against 40.—Lord Randolph Churchill called attention to the subjeot of the development, of Irish fisheries, and the remaining business being dis- posed of, the House adjourned.
HOUSE OF LORDS.—MOKDAT. Lord Norton moved that it was desiiable to consoli- date the laws relating to reformatory and industrial education; that punishment for crime should be a treat- ment separate from general edu -stion and that all pub icly aided schools should be under the Education Department.—Lord Houghton and L'rd Abetdare p -ke against Lord Not tott orevolut ions.-D)rdCariiar- von concurred in Lord Norton's views as to separating punishment and education, but doubted the ad- visability of transferring the schoo s from tne Home Office to ths Education Department.— Lord Dalhousie, speaking in the name of the Government, maintained that no ca-e was to be made oat for the a),amionn,ent of the present system, which had workfd welt-The resolutions w. re eventually withdrawn.—lord Dal- hnusie moved for a select oommittee to inquire into the foreign traffic in English girls.-Tiie m« ti"n re- ceived the waim approval of Loid Shaftesbury, and the Bishop of Ptterliorough, and was agreed to affe-r Lord Granville had stated that the committee would extend their inquiries to what was being done in this oountry.-The Custon.s and Inland Revenue Bill was brought from the House of Com- mons and read a first time.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MOKDAT. Mr. Mitchell Henry called attention to a letter rrnblinhed in an Irish paper with the signature of P. Egan, treasuier of the Land League, whi h compared cei tain Iri-b members who voted for the secoud reading of the Land Bill to blacklegs upon a racecourse," and moved that it was a breach of privi- lege.-This was seconded by Mr.McCoan, but optxxwd by Mr. Parneil.—Mr. O'Connor Power said the letter was only a part of the terrorism exercised towards members who dared to differ from the de- crees of the Land League. nwoe who sup- ported any measure introduced by the Govern- ment were denounced as "place-hunters" by paid officers of the Land League, who had repeatedly applied to him to obtain them situations under the Government.—Mr. Gladstone, whilst ex- pressing a hope that the motion would be withdrawn, nproached Mr. Parnell for acknowledging as his friend the writer of a letter so scurrilous and dis- creditable and said no greater misfortune could befall Ireland than to have the cause of her people disgraced by being confided to such hands.—Mr. Mitchell Henry offered to withdraw his motion, but this was objected to by Mr. A. M. Sul- livan.-Sir S. Northoote characterised the letter as an example of unscrupulous terrorism.—Sir W. Harcourt challenged Mr. Parnell to disavow the I letter.—The motion was carried without a divi sion.-In a subsequent conversation, Mr. Parneil said Mr. Egan had written the letter without any con- sultation with him, and he declined to express any opinion upon it.—The Customs and Inland Revenue Bill was read a third time, and the House resumed in committee the consideration of the Irish Land Bill. At a few minutes to midnight progress was reported. Subsequently the House went into committee of supply on the Civil Service estimates, and a vote on account of £ 2,541,300 was agreed to.
Sir Stafford Northcote has addressed a circular to the Conservative members of the House of Commons, reminding them of the important amendments to he proposed in committee on the Land Bill, and pointing out that, in respect of many of these amendments, considerable support may, with good reason, be ex- pected from independent Liberals. As it is impossible to anticipate exactly when the principal division* may be taken Sir Stafford appeals to his friends to be con- stantly in attendance during the sittings of the com- mittee. A meeting of the Conservative Five Hundred of Bribto! was convened for Wednesday, to take into consideration a circular received from the Lcndon Committee for raising a national monument to the late Earl of Beaconstield. Of the 500 summoned only eigiit put in an appearance. The meeting was postponed until next month. An inquest has been held at Tarporley, Cheshire, on the body of a newly-born male child of Mary Vickers, a farm servant, in the employ of lr. Boffey, of Calveley. The prisoner concealed her child after birth. Dr. Seller, of Tarporley, made a post- mortem examination, bnd he stattd that the child 1was born alive, and that it had died from neglect The jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter." and the prisoner was committed for trial. The primmer had given birth to four children previously, and a. died under suspicious cii cumstances. I At a meeting d the diiectors of the Manch- ster Chamber of Commerce the general principles of the new Bankiuptcy Bill were approved, and it was de ided to forward a memorial to Mr. GladMtnne pra)- ing that every facility iiifgiit be given for the jmssage of the bill through PaiJiauient during the present session. It is not likely, says a con»< mporary, that Mr. E Clurke wdl t-eek another opjortunity this esi.-I) of bringing foi ard his zu,,ti.-ii for allo%% ing bills thtt htve been read a second time in 01-0 session to be resumed at thee mmitiee stage the following year. The whole question of the transaction of pub.ic busi- ne s will probably receive the attention of the Government during the rtcess, and it w almost certain 1 that proposals on the subject will 4M made fay ths W»l iBIJOll «■!> »■" ■■■■! ■'
OUR LADIES' COLUMN. TV env Mid the east wind still fight for anprenuley- During the morning hoars the form is victor, and life is rather more than endurable, absolutely pleasant under its genial influence. But when evening falls the en my of bronchial tabes and delicate lu igs i< master of the situation. It is then necessary to sacrifioe vanity to health considerations, and wrap np care- fully, regardiess of appearances. This at the very height of the season, for the gay world is at its meridian, is trying; but happi y the milliner and dressmaker provide all manner of pretty contingencies for delicate Pe.pte to fall back upon. Mt»t of aU is the Park treacherous ground for "ensitive cheats, for there peopl- are tempted to linger, fascinated by the moving pano- rama to he seen there every fine mtinimr aid iftt-r- noo The Pi incesi of WaUshaa rf-appeared, to the del-ght of all herl- yal Mibj AA*. Without her charm- in, tace, IImUng fr.,tn her carriage moat, the R-w irm n't like itse f, and during her Itbence in Rased-* she was more t, tan ever mime i and hoped for. Her pretty dies-es and bonnets, toi- lettes in the perfection of good taste, are not to be seen this year, for to he it,ournirg for the Em- I" ror of Ku "ia has been added a period lor her grand aunt, a royal lady of Denmark. While the i-p-et4tora are as eager as ever to see the Easing bhow, there is a dt<cid«d falling off in the ■ i Iancy of the dri\e. Foimerly three eariiages a1.rea t crept slow y round, leaving lookers-on ample time to gaze and be entranced. Now two linea of vehicles—and the-e n t in the least impeding each ether's progrean—make tne gaiety of Rotten Row; and t he coachmen no longer crawl, but give their mis- tre"- s a pace wh oh is r- ally a constii utional exerci-e. Tilt- m >in ng wlAlk before luncheon is atill a pretty sight, for the I-edestriatis who come to see the eques- tt-ianb are of that pleasantly endowed class who are rich equally in time and money. To nuking has been ascribed ths first decline in tbe btilliancy of the Row; so many ladies find Prince's a pleasanter lounge—more conducive to flirtations than a public drive. Others assert that ladies have taken to pursuits of art and literature; and lawn tennis also comes in for men- tion as one of the counter-attractions to the Row. General commercial depression has pro- bably more to say to the decline in the number of carriages and the apparent economy in liveries. We are having a seven years of dulness, a famine of money that seem likely to eat up those pleasant seven vears of pi osperity that are beginning to be looked back upon as shadows of a dream. The interest taken in riders as compared to carriage folk in the Park is much like what is felt with regard to vocal and instrumental performers of music. Pianoforte playing has reached a tumble pitch of per- fection. For s.i small a turn of in ney admission can be had to a conceit room whete lone first pianists of the day interpret the classical oompoøitions of all nations that poor amateurs are scarcely tolerated in the drawing-room. These despised people a e like the ladies in the carriages,who excite butalsnguid inttrest compared to ladies on horweback. These latter ate in- deed the vocalists of the Park world, ueir seat, habit, hat, &c, all arousing much sue1 enthusiasm as a ebanning vocalist does who warbles ,n social life. The revolution in riding habits h nearly complete. The long skirt is gone, and the tall hat, the chimnev- pot, is disappearing rapidly. Paris has boldly taken to "pot" hats, and London is gaining courage to follow the example. If the sesthetic craze has done no more for as than free u." from the bondage of uniformity, re- quiring every woman to follow an impersona ity called Fashion, we ought to be (grateful. Japanese art released the interiors of our houses, and astbptici,m has freed ourselves. The new riding habit is style I the genouillferes, having three gores adapted to the position of the equestrienne when in the saodJe. The effect of these g ires in to keep the skirt in position^ the feature that tne shor ened skirt required, as nothing could be more ungracerul than a skirt that Hfted and blew about, revealing feet not always very well shod. The Present skirt is not much to, iong for a drawing-room. By me ely raising it slightly in fro. in the hand, so as to clear the feet, no insonvenienci is exper e )ced. Following closely upon this change is a walking, or travelling, costume, kn. wn as the Pillion dress," which is a revival, with slight modifications, of the dress a lady wore in the last century when she rode behind a gentleman. It is something of the pelisse form, andnss a small circular cape coming down to the waiit, which latter is encircled by a broad belt of the dress material. In autumnal tours where much riding is absolutely neces- sary, the Pillion dress will assume the air of a habit, but without any of its drawbacks. The comfort of a riding hat depending altogether on its firm position upon the head, it may be well to suggest to ladies the satisfaction of having two elastic bands, and not one, to keep the hat securely. Four cord or five cord elastic is not too broad, and a loop sufficiently large to pass over a button is at the end of each band. A flat jet button is sewed inside the hat at each side, above where comes the ear. Clt. by it is sewed the end of each band, so that the left bn t»n- over to right and the right to left side. It is almost unnecessary to remind ladies that the end- of a riding veil must on no account be ob sive, but knotted clomely. The veil is of French with a woven edge and tracery pattern. For the fall I- stid more reduced than it has been the last two years, and on vety small bon not permitted to roach the back, but stops ha. d is pinned upon the bonnet itself, was avoiding the u ly knot behind which is iuevitable in the cade of a riding veil. The gt eat topic of conversation is the coming Fancy Fa) re at the Albert Hall in aid of the women £ hospi- tals, in which we are to return to the c«tumes and wavs of good Queen Bess. In view of such a novel attraction, a b,,za&r on lines which shall leave all past undertak ngs iu the shade, philanthropic ladies are hurraing on their own particular projects to secure as much public patronage as possible before tbe longing for nove ty is utterly satiated at the Albert Hall. It is felt that no other sale of work, following after this grand one, will have the smallest chanoe of success, and hay must be made while the sun of patronage still shines upon hmall bazaars. Latterly it has been felt that needlework, which from its miscellaneous character and undisciplined execution may well be st) led fancy work," does not sell. The modern high art drawing-room declines woollen mats, startling chairbackt, and ill-finished hand-nreens. A cu-bion that would be a di-oord in a scale at harmony no esthetic lady would accept even as a gilt. Useful articles sell, be they what they may, and the newest feature, also the most successful one this year, is a dairy stall. A little advance on market prices an one would object to, and on a late occasion, butter which at the stores could be had for one and eivbtpeiies the pound was bought up eagerly at half-a-ciown. The demand for little pots of cream was far in excess of the supply. Cream- chflle also brought in money, and as to undoubted Cambridge sausatres, the pile disappeared as if by magic. In New Zealand the live stock stall is always a feature. Last year at Kensington House a stall for domestic pets was much pstroni-ed, but we have not yet emulated the oolonial calf or the good fat sheep. Now that such large buildings are available in Lon- don for bazaars, new features requiring space can be added. One is the screening off by a curtain of the refreshment lltall-wbich is aesthetically an improve- ment. The very best of butis mu.t look vulgar, ard the tea and coffee service on a commercial scale is wanting in elegance. Where ground floor can be giv, no a few little tables as centres for afternoon tea parties are seen scattered about Mid turned to account by clever lady patronesses. The custom is to J i,ue invitations to oue's dear friends—as many as the refreshment area will accommodate—for an afternoon tea there on the bazaar day. No one likes to refuse for fear of being supposed to grudge the half-crown ad- mittance at the door, and it is very unwise to offend a friend of an energetic disposition whose aid may be shoitly required in another cause. Ihe victim there- I fore accents, probably going early to get the value of ht-r money out of the afternoon. Whether this is ever ac: ieved or not is doubtful. To go to a bazaar and not buy may be a previous res.j ution, but to act upon it is impossible. The dreadful children whu perambula e the room getting up raffles and selling al tiie ruobi-h off the stalls cannot be got rid of, and it teems che tp to get off for a few shillings. But even this remedy btings other tiouble in its train. Chil.ton tell each other who are the generous and who the niggardiy visitors, and henceforward peace depart- for the unhappy victim. But the afternoon tea costing halt a crown at the door i and half a guinea in raffle-, is cheap compared to the cup which is vended by a peripat tic salesman and saleswoman, who perambulate the room with cuj>> on waiters tempting the tired with what they ] ar* pleased to call refreshment. The number of dresses M jUre.l by the upsetting of theenps, and the accidents I t int have occuned thi- year during the progress of < such moveable feasts, will never be properly computed. One mare terror has been added to bazaars by ad- ijiii,: perambulators with babies and nuraea. The con mitt'-es must be entirely conip sed of mothers with infants at home to permit such an infli tion. Next year, if we survive the p<xil* of ti.is one and are Bot all crippled by hayii g our toes wheeled over, we sha 1 bi' aaked to admit bicyclists, and be expected to con- sent. The number of self-propel!in? that are pro- j rrdsed u» by scientific peoi le w..nciertiil. Every 1 kind of motive power is ively an»ounced j so be the liq.g •• J >- oon. Pneu,ic action is coming frou < .j. >. iu t motion uy a iny ;>ei z-dine 'au»p fro- .<■ at ^ie.mt>m* the treadle, worked by the < c -,i., f the veu^-i is making way. Ladies are at last S ii.j.- jxunitt-d to share io these 1 comforts, and iu mor thun one suburban district tile uigk.t of one of the weaker sex ovkn caii,)e has Ceased to cause a sen- .1.un or excite any unfavourable ooinment.
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