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TALK IN THE TRAIN.

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TALK IN THE TRAIN. [BJT TMAACOCCO JUNIOR.] r The'talk is that Pontypridd is becoming somewhat notorious in the criminal world- that Fillmore, the man just reprieved for the murder of a gamekeeper at Pontrefact, escaped the c-ve' of the police for a time, and lodged somewhere on the Graig, Pontypridd; that Mary Ann Phillips, the woman condemned to death at Cardiff, f r the murder of her bus- band, once lived at Pontshonorton and that Jones, one of the Hereford murderers, hung this week, wa.. a speaker at open air meetings in Pontyplidd last summer. # FT The talk is that several people "spotted" the bridal jntrly in the Jewish wedding con- ducted ,t a chapel in Pontypridd on Wednes- day night, and that no farther pioof is needed of the identity pf the Welsh with the lest tribes of Israel than that the "wedding inarch" played on the occasion was the "March of the men of Harlech." The talk in the neighbourhood of Britannia village is that the Tuff Vale Kailway Com- pany ouglu to re-build the Lhvyncelyn bridge, and so rc-siore the public footpath leading to Fair Oak aud Pwllyr-Hafod. The ancient wooden structure was useful in its day, and its desuuction has created a gap—a literal "gap" -in the inter-communication of the villagers. As there is no telephone to carry a slice of gossip, or no telegraph to bring over a drop of milk (or anything else), the matter may be serious some day. "rhey" EkY the Ratepayers' Protection Association will SOíJn take it up— I mean take the question up, and not the bridge, *#* The talk is that the building of the Cottage Hospital at Ystrad is approaching completion, and the only pity is It is so small. On the other hand, the members of the Local Board say the hospital can easily be enlarged if patients crowd it. The ta;K is that Mr E. Evans, an old mrffi. ber of the Ystrad Local Beard, is likely to be returned unopposed by his Treorky constitu- ents. At Ystrad and Pentre, however, a tus- .ale is anticipated between Mr E. H. L-avies, the retiring member, and Mr E. Lewis, of the Bailey's Lsthte Gtfice. The air is full of war and the rumour of war. The modern Cadw- gan will soon issue the warcry of the men of -Glauioro-,t-ii- Whet your battle axe2," and Penrhys elopes will echo with the shouts of Local Board soldiers, and the tramp, tramp of the iron heels of the chargers carrying the canvassers about; while amid the din the loud shoutu of EYerv" Slwni bub ochr" in the Val- ley will be heaid crying out "Let the best man win." :II: The talk is that the letter you published last weelv from "Not a Sham £ ctor" has ere ated coofternatioi* among the "sham actois" of Pontypridd, and that it was high time for someone tu life his voice above the eternal ap- plause with which admiring friends greeted the amateur Irvings, the indifferent Ellen Terrys. and the very little MadamePattis, who have recently been discovered or invented by the "Al in his own opinion" musician and critic who bases his own estimate of his own abii ities upon the cheers given him by a small audience in the Wesleyan Chapel a quarter of a century ago. The talk is that some recent reform,nces have ltd to biekerirgs at; o: y actors, and thr.t the season of the "cantata in charac- ter" shows is over. The pastors and deacons didn't mind the "Fictiri,so long as the money came, flud things worked smoothly, but when the chapel choirs introduced the ''cythraul calin" to the theatrical stage, the "chapel and stagv guild" was felt to be unsafe, lest it should (haw upon the promoters Mr Spur- gem's curse of the "I "owrgrade religion." *#* Tii" is ?hrf the Pontypridd Local Board is hktlv to be hauled over the coals by a meeting of r -.tevaycrs, for the useless litiga- tion ii^vihich it h;< of late involved itself. Solomon said that in the multitude of counsel there is wisdom, bat then he never waj h ir ember of tbe Pontypndd Local Boar: and he never heard the muliitwie of counsel v. tucL ever; one member can give when opportunity occurs. VV'hat was the building of the temple to the work of laying down pavements in High-street ? The t,¡dk is that the workmen of the Ystrad Local Board, when constructing a new road above Ynyshir, a week or two ago, struck the nlvuth of an old level which must have been Work-id generations ago. Mr Jones, the sur- veyor. has kuown the place for 30 years, and he never hetrd of, or saw, auy signs of this disused colliery before. From its position it is thought to be av. old level from which the monks of Penrhys monastery obtained theii coal at a time when the genuine "Friar of orders grey" was lord of the Llhondda Valleys. If this be true, Mr James Thomas may lose his laurels, for the friar who dug the black diamond in the days of the Welsh kings wa,, tLe real founder of Ynyshir. The talk is that to the antiquarian, Penrhys is full uf interest. When the Penrhys road was being made, although it is sume distance from the site of the old monastery, a silver coin was fODld which, on being exposed, crumbled into dust. # The talk is that Mr J. Griffiths, Porth House, ha3 drafted a new ''Reform Bill" of n very comprehensive character, which the Chronicle should deal with soon, so that the desa ls of the measure may have wider publi city than was accorded them on the "first reading" of the bill. The talk is that the Porth Ratepayers Protection Association will have to resort to the "closure" if the discussions are not over before "sto^ tap." *»* The talk is that the distinguished member for the Graig ward is not going to seek re- election to the Pontypridd Local Board that he is willing to be extinguished and that there will be a three-cornered fight -without gloves—guaranteed not to end, like the Sullivan-Mitchell affair, in a "draw,"

I ILIBERAL MEETING AT PONTYPRIDD.

ALLEGED THEFT OF CLOTHES AT…

Pontypridd Police Court.

.RHONDDA JOTTINGS.

ST LA LING- A WATCH AS BAILEE…

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Ratepayers' Protection Association…

EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE AGAINST…

jDR. ROSSVALLY AT PONTYPEIDD.

PONTYPKIDD BOARD OF GUARDIANS-…

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IN COREA.-

j THE LABOUR MARKET.

LITTLE WAIFS.

I AN OFFICIOUS POLICEMAN.

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