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Merthyr Man Found Drowned.


Merthyr Health Committee.1

Theatre Royat Merthyr.

Appeals at Quarter Sessions.


Merthyr Board of Guardians.




-t. MARY DA FIBS GOES RINKING. Mister Edditer,—Do you rink? If you don't you havn't any idea what plezzur is to be got j out of it, you don't really. Rollin' be a fine pasttime to be shure, even if you do roll on the floor occasionally. I went last Saterday nite with Jim to the Olimpea (if that is not the right way to spell it, tell the printer to alter it). You see, it was this way. I did 'ave a busy an' hard week; we been spring cleaning, an' when Jim came home 0.1 Saterday he says: "Mary anwyl, what do you say if we do go to the skavin' rink to nitc, I will pay?" "All rite," says I, an' so we went. We did 'ave tea about half-past six and then Jim said, "Now, Mary Anwyl, get reddy," so I went to change my dress. When I came down- stairs, Jim was sat smolun'. and when he see me he roared with laffin' "What you be laffin' at," I said, "are you rite in your He laft all the more, an' I sat down an' began to take^inyi^fmigs offi -At first?.! £ l^*$..itr was. ail April -jcka 'he bo tryin" to. play PP-"tne,; buj 1st. At last he did say, your skates at home. Mary, you won't want them." "What be the good of goin' to the skatin' rink without skates," says I. "Well, they don't skate with ice skates on wood floors, Mary," he said. "They roll." Do you kno, I thote they had to take ordinary skates. Well, I left my skates at home an' off we went. When we did get to the rink Jim says, "Mary, 'ave you brotc your purse? I do 'avo left mine at 'ome!" See, I was vext with him, becos he 'ave done that before. Whatevvcr, I did pay, and we went in. It is a fine room, it is, indeed. Everything was in good order. It was well lited, an' there were streemers across the roof an' a band was playin'. There were about two 'undred rollin' as we went in— not rollin' on the floor, at least they were not lying down. They were rollin' on wheels. There, were young fellows alone, some with their sis- ters, with some other feiiows' sisters, there were young boys and middle-aged men, some with gray 'airs, some of the men had leggin's oa, but they were all bare-hedded. You know, it is a rule that all men 'ave to take off their hats an' caps. (So hero is a nice opportunity for those that study craniums). Some of the young men had their 'air well oiled an' hrusht. You kno what that means. When a young fellow pays periocular attention, to his 'air you can set it down he is in love. They were sailin' round the rink merrily, and a man in uniform was direcktin' ope'-ashuns. It was a. fine site to see so many people enjoyin' them- selves, an' I was glad there wa 3 such a plaice for them to go to in the cvenin' insied of walk- in' the streets and perhaps gettin' into miss- cheef. Well, wo got our rollers fixt, an' Jim dH lead me on: He could do t very he had been befour an' I didn't Just s we got inside the barrier a young fellow said, "Clear the way, boys, there's Missis Kelly comin' Ho was soon out of the way, or I shud 'ave gone for 'im; I shud ir-Wi-1. takin' me for Missis Kelly. Jim told mo the first thing to do was to balance myself. You kno' I can sbt"1 a bit on ice. if it very thin, but I newer did rollers on befoul' last Saterday. We kept near the railin' for a time, but as I got. more confidence we went further into the rink, an' Jirn left me to speak to a friend for a moment. Just then a whissel went an' all the skaters went to the endgo. A notice had been put up, "Clear the floor," an' I was in the middle by myself. An' all the people were lookin' at me. A young man called to me. "Go on, Miss, we are all waitin' to see the fun." See, I can't tell you how anoyed I was. I couldn't see Jim anywhere, so I tried to reach the side. but I slipt and sat down, and the people lookin' on roared again. One young fellow with bis 'air parted in the middle called out, "encore." Ho must 'ave thote I was there to make an egg- sibisiiun of myself. The man in uniform come to help me up, but he 'ave to get assistance, and then they conducted me to the side. Then the notice was put up "reverse," an' wo all went skatin' the other way round the rink. We hadn't been going long before a boy fell in front of us, and down I went on top of him, and then two other fellows came down on us. "Here," I said, "this isn't a football match!" No, the boy wasn't hurt. He came up smiling, but when he got up he said he thote the roof had fell on him. I was winded an' had to rest a bit. I sat an' watcht the others. You kno' I wasn't the only one that came down. Some of the men sat down, and they didn't do it as gracefully as I did, but they could get up easier. When a person like me, that weighs fifteen stone, gets down, it isn't so easy to get up with rollers on. You would 'ave laft at one tall man, he sat down an' his feet shot up in the air, I thote he was tryin' to turn a sum- mersalt. Then some of them kisst the Goor, an' it was amusin' to see them scramble on all fours to the edge. The band began to play a waltz, and a young man came to the barrier and said in polite tones, "Would you like a. waliz, miss?" but before I could reply he was off again. Jim had been havin' a run of his own, and he came an' askt me did I want to go on again an' I did. an' this time I managed without a spill, an' I did enjoy it. It was very nice when we were sailin' round an' Jim 'ad his arm round my waste. You know, I believe it will help to ro duce my stoutness. If you 'aven't tried rollin' take my advice an' 'ave a po. Your humble servant, MARY DAVIES. P.S.—I must tell you that the managers an' attendants are to be congratulated in the way the plaice do be conducted. There was not the least bit of trouble while I was in, when anyone did get a spill they did take it in good part.—M.D. P.P.S.—I forgot to tell you that one of the skaters said he thote I would make a. good goal- keeper for the hockey team. If I do get an in- vitation I will let you kno', and' then you can send one of your reporters to see how I do play.—M.D. P.P.P.S.—Some people do say it is only a craze. Well, it may be, but I do think it is better for men to be rolling at the rink than rolling in the streets.—M.D. P.P.P.P.S.—Do you kno' whether Mrs. Jones do skate? If she do perhaps we will go together some nitc. Ask her to let me kno'. Wouldn't it be fun to see the Corporation on rollers— M.D.


Mountain Ash Bill.



In Dolygaer Lake.