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BHOHDDA JOTTINGS. (BY RAMBLER.) Convulsive oough is a very bad complaint, but when selt-infliotion is added to it this makes matters still more unpleasant. The following instance will serve as a proof of this :—An officer enquired respecting the irregular attendance of a child at school. In answer to a question the absentee said her mother had gone to a neighbouring plaoe. This cannot be true, as I cam- taat way," replied the officer. The child paused, oa hearing the remonstrance. "I am certain your mother is at home," said the visitor, but in a faint voice a nega- tive answer was given. rhe officer, not being empowered to search the house, had no alternative but to quit ihe plaop. In a short time afterwards it fell to his lot to go on a similar errand to the same place. The officer referred to his previous visit, and with a frown the mother admitted being at "home when her daughter said she was in the place indicated. "I was in the pantry wheu you called I had a very bad oough. I had to put my fist in my mouth, it was so bad. I did this for you not to hear me. I shall never do so ngiin, as I was very severely punished. I wanted to cough very bid; but I had to stop it by force." Not only did this woman bring upon herself a punish- ment of a severe nature by her folly, but set a very bad example before her ohild, namely, by resorting to tell an untruth in her presence. I fear many mothers are very thoughtless in this way. They should remember their children will grow as they are fashioned. Henoe it is incumbent upon them to lead them in the path of virtue, so that their career should be untainted by base actions. I hope this hint will be of service to those addicted to story-telling. The Salvation Army is now holding open-air meetings regularly. I have always expressed myself a friend of the army. However, I may mention that I disagree with them on soma points, but on the whole they have done valuable service. Not long since I attended one of their meetings, and I then came to the conclusion that they were aiming at improving morality. They were neatly attired, and tneir movements appeared inoffensive. Their efforts had unquestionably done good to many. Scores of persons frequent public-houses, and thereby cause much misery to themselves and their families. Had they listened to the "call" of the army they would be much better off in a pecuniary sense, to say nothing of improvement to their morality. I trust the army will have the support and sympathy of all who desire paaoa and eternal joy. ••• I am at all times disgusted to hear our old Welsh hymns used solely to touoh the hearts of tender people, and 1 find that some persons have adopted the low habit of singing pome for soliciting alms. The other day I heard an old man singing, or attempting to sing, the following t "Gad i'w deimlo Awel o Galfaria fryn." He did so for charity. His action hurt my feelings. I would much rather assist him tor discontinuing his practice. I am not willing that our beautiful hymns bhould be used for low purposes. I quite agree that the poor and needy are entitled to our sympathy, but impostors are not; therefore, those individuals who sing hymns on publio roads aie not deserving of aid. Sad news reached the district last week by the death of Dr Frederick Thomas, of Treorky. The deceased gentleman was the son of the late Mr Edmund Thorn is, J.P., Penarth. I knew the young doctor from his boyhood. By dint of application to study he had gained high honours as a medical student. Some months since he was ohosen a medical practitonei in the Treorky district, repre- senting chiefly the workmen of Abergorky Colliery. He also held tie appointment of medical officer to the Poutypridd Board of Guardians. His health gave way aod, in consequence, he resolved to visit Madeira, anticipating that the change would restore health aud vigour. Unfortunately, this was not realised, aud on Sunoay week Dr Thomas passed away, despite all efforts to prolong his valuable life. tie was of pleasant disposition. Great symp 'thy is felt for his young widow and relatives. I understand that Dr Thomas and the Rev Mr Thomas, of Furrow Independent Chapel, London, went to Madeira together, and with the same objeot; but to-day ibey are both buried ia a. place where they thought frea-i vigour and strength would be extended to them. In his aeath many a heart has been sorely aStded.


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