MR. PICKARD LECTURES ON FRUIT CULTURE, &c. SIR,—I am very pleased to notice that Mr. J. T. Recs, Pengarn has drawn the public's attention through the GAZETTE to the necessity of having the practical lectures delivered by Mr. Pickard at the U.C.W. printed in book or pamphlet form for the convenience of those who are closely connected with gardening, not in this neighbourhood only but also in other parts of the country. A hand- book of this kind—giving practical hints—is very much needed, and 1: am not aware of any kind of such publication in circulation at the present time. There are many books on gardening which tell us when to place the seed in the ground and a few other simple instructions, but nothing so practical useful, and un to date as Mr. Pickard's leture.,¡, and. I may express the hope that you or Mr. Pickard will add one more valuable publication for the information of those who are seeking light and learning in this direction. I believe it is quite possible to have a book of this kind printed both in Welsh and English but I question if it would pay so well as in the English only as the sale would be of necessity less it restricted to the Welsh only. —Yours respectfully, JOHN P. THOMAS. MR. PICKARD'S LECTURES. Sin,-Aniong the many excellent features of your popular journal there is not one, I believe, of greater interest or usefulness than the lectures given at the College on fruit culture, and I among others are grateful that you have wisely extended the course beyond the limits of the College walls. The College has done untold good, directly and indirectly through its various depart- ments, but I am inclined to believe the authorities hardly realize to what a wide circle this new course of lectures on gardening appeals. When the course will have ended I trust Mr. Pickard will favour us with another series on the management of the kitchen garden. Yours truly, COUXTRY CLERGYMAN. P.S.f must also compliment you upon the admirable selection you give us weekly in your Leisure Hour column. Such gems of thought from master minds are far better than a column of egotistic sentiments spiced with half baked home- made poetry. THE ABERYSTWYTH LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY. SIR,-With reference to the proposed resurrec- tion of the Literary and Debating Society at Aberystwyth, I believe the old Society filled a vacant place in our local life and was fraught with good to the social instincts of the Community, and I am sure many besides myself can testify to having derived benefit and instruction from the interesting gatherings that used to be held under its auspices. Though it may not be possible to revive the former institution, it should not be difficult to start another on similar lines, and I think it would be well supported, and acceptable to the more cultured and intelligent circles of local society. One of the advantages of such an institution is that it draws t< ;j-cther the various sections of a Community, and affords common ground for friendly acquaintance and exchange of courtesies and ideas between those who have no other opportunity of intercourse. In fact it fills the same place in the civil life that the hunting field does in the rural economy. Cordially and sincerely I wish you success. Yours truly, Cwm, September 18th. HENRY BONSALL. Sirt,-Allow me a few lines in your paper to approve of your admirable suggestion to revive the above Society. I remember the old Society in a very flourishing condition. The papers, the debates, and the entertainments were of a high standard, and the Society was the means of bringing together into closer union members of the different classes of residents. All the members seemed to look forward every week to the evening of the Literary Society. It is to be hoped that the Mayor, who was a member of the old Society, and who is always ready to assist in the carrying out of any projects for the benefit of his fellow-townsmen, will fall in with your suggestion and convene a meeting by circular or otherwise, of a number of residents who have their inclinations in this "1 T '7 respect, ana i am sure the project will turn out successful. Yours, &c;, T. J. SAMUEL. 17, Queen's Terrace. SIR,-Allow me briefly to bid welcome to the suggestion contained in the last issue of your paper, that the worthy mayor of onr town should take steps for the purpose of forming a Town Debating Society, which would, in its construction as a body be absolutely free of any sect, creed or politics. The suggestion is practical and healthy. That our well known Mayor should be the convener of such a meeting for that purpose is a happy one, and that such a society when formed would be likely to nurse and nourish wholesome town life and just citizenships no one will dispute. Yours faithfully, Aberystwyth, J. VAUGHAN EDWARDS. Sept. 19th.
The revolution in Venezuela is reported to be assuming alarming proportions. The Govern- ment troops have twice been so badly defeated that suggestions are made of conclusion between the Government generals and the insurgents.
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JOHN IORLEY CN THE Dangers of War. A great meef-i ig was held last Friday night in St. J dines S Hail, Manchester, to protest against war i the Iransvaal on the issue it present before the country. Mr. John Albeit Blight presided. The chief speakers vv ie Mr. John Morley, M.P,, Mr. Leonard Courtney, M.P., and Mr. F. ;;[,1 a resolution was passed with an overw helming majority—despite the presence of a well-organised body of opponents- If cl!rtn,- that the reform of the franchisee laws f the Transvaal can best be secured by pacific means, and by that strict respect for the existing independence of the South African Kepublic to which Ministers of the Queen have so repeatedly pledged themselves." Mr. Morley, in moving the resolution, admitted the pressing need of a reform of the franchise laws, but urged that interference by force of arms was not the right way to remedy the grievances. In the course IJf a biilliant and an eloquent s;>e- ch, Mr. Morley said:— There is no more fatal error in human affairs than to mistake a fraction of a case for the whole. There is no more fatal error in politics than only to be able to see one thing at once. If you will let me remain in that Olympian region for a pingle moment. I sometime; nrv-elf la these later days whether this refusal to see more than one thing at once, whether this mistake of a part of a case for the whole, is not an error to which democracies a.re very liable. The United States, what was their case two or three years ago ? There they were, like my indulgent friends at the back, cheering in favour of this and that military and naval expedition. Yes they only saw one par- ticular aspect of the case. And what are they doing to-day? They are repenting. You may see it in the papers. They had their yellow pxess. We have a yellow press. They are repenting, and be sure of this, that if you are kind enough to ask me to address a meeting in this hall a year or two years fi cm now I shall find you repenting of the attitude you are taking. I say there is no n.cre fatal source of error than only to see one thing at once. I am not sure that in the case of France at this moment some people are not inclined to see jpnly one thing at once. No doubt in France -something happened last Saturday which shocked and pained every lover of mankind. I Aye, aye but I am not goil g to forget that I there have been in France brave, aye and heroic, men who at risk, as we have seen, tQ —life and limb, have stood up for the "Cause of peace against the cause of militarism. We must not forget that. Well, now, I am going to tell you how this bears —(Question)—I will show my friend in an instant what the question is. A quadruped has interrupted me. Now this, at all events, is certain. We shall all agree upon this that a statesman who is responsible in however small a degree for the government of our complex Empire the last thing he should do is to run in blinkers. If I were called upon, and I hope I shall not he, to define a statesman of our Empire, I should say the first essential is that lie should have as many points oi view an possible, that his outlook should be as wide as possible. And now I will make a remark which I hope will pacify any opponents, 1 am not here to-night to make a party speech, and I will not deny that in my judgment one of the things that makes Lord Salisbury—I do not quarrel for a moment with the expression of admiration of some of you for Lord Salisbury. I have myself before now got into great scrapes with my own party because I have en- deavoured to do justice to Lord Salisbury. And I say now that one of the things that places Lord Salisbury high in the ranks of statesmanship is that he is a man who takes many points of view. Some say that he takes too many, and that it paralyses him for the purpose of action. I don't think so. But my point is that the Government in some of their utterances, the press, and in many ways the country, so far as we can gauge the feeling of the country, have fallen into the fatal error of mist",king a part for the whole, and of not taking a wide and a comprehensive view of the question which they have before them. Why ? I will tell you. They have mistaken, and perhaps you may be mistaking, for aught I know, the Transvaal for the whole of South Africa. -The Transvaal is not the whole of South Africa. The TiMnsvajd is not the whole of the South African problem, Gentlemen, do you know this ? Englishmen inhabit Eng- land and Scotchmen inhabit Scotland. But the Cape Colony, which runs up close to the Transvaal, that is not inhabited—and this is the difficulty of the problem—it is not inhabited altogether by either Englishmen or Scotchmen. It might, be very much better if it were. What is the fact ? It is inhabited by 230,000 Dutchmen- .1 taking the whole raccs-—and about 230,000 men of Dutch descent, and only 146,000 men of British descent. Really, one would suppose, from many of the discussions that. one listens to in the train t -and in the omnibus, and in the newspapers— those repositories of perfect wisdom- (a laugh),—you would suppose that people did not know what a Dutchman was. And even President Kruger is now spoken of in almost exactly the same language as the I Khalifa was spoken of a year ago. A more ? monstrous absurdity, a more discreditable absurdity, could not be committed. You are told that these Dutchmen in the Cape, these Afrikanders, are dour and stubborn and proud. I dont know how that may be. I have never been thore, but 1 do know that it was the stubbornness and dourness and pride of the forefathers of these men, against whom you are now sharpening your sword, and for whom you are getting your "Dumdums" ready, it was the forefathers of these men who by their valiant and stubborn resistance drove oui the Spanish tyrant from the Netherlands, and set up in Holland that Government from which the cause of freedom freedom of life and thought and belief in all Europe and in Eng- land especially, has derived pr iceless blessing. Of course, if you put aside altogether the wishes, the views, the feelings of the Govern- ment of Cape Colony, you may have war with the Government of the South African Republic. But do not forget this, that war means annexation. Yes, if you like—some- "body says war means justice to the Out- landers. Yes; but arfl you, to whom I have the honour of speaking to-night, and who have listened to me so Hindly so far,—are you going to wear your blinkers; are you going to see only a part of the question are you going to mistake the part for the whole; are you going to count the cost of going to war, and tear up the Convention to pieces ? -—(A voice Yes.) Yes, if you like you ;hall go to war, and you will tear the Con- tention to pieces. But I want to put this question to you—I am thinking of who is foing to pick up the pieces of that torn Con- rention (loud cheers). Listen to this—I am ure, like every English audience, in spite of aomentary outbursts of di-approval, you »ant to know the merits of the case. You alk of war. Go to war, if you like; it is p business of mine. I ^m doir.g my best; humble and private individual to pre- ent so monstrous a calamity (loud cheers). j There are great changes, no doubt, in store for South Africa, but those changes which time will bring need time (cheers). New economic forces will gradually work their way; gradually new political forces will slowly make themselves felt; new trade interests will grow. All these will make the influence of England—call it a para- mountcy, call it supremacy if you please, and if you are touched by the facination of an arrogant word-all these things will make for the influence of England. Old suspicions, jealousies, and feuds, which the strange and random fashion of these negotia- tions is quickening into new life, and which perhaps will rot easily be quieted down again—after all this mischief of the last three or four months has been done these will all slowly melt away. That is the only true way for South African consolidation and pacification. It is not a quick way to a definite and permanent settlement, but it is a sure way. High-handedness won't help you political martinets won't help you; the sword won't help you. I ask myself very often in my little doctrinaire's study when I think about these things—think about them, not write about them in the yellow press—I ask myself whether the man with the sword, blundering in and slashing knots that patient statesmen ought too have untied, is responsible for half the worst catastrophs in the political history of Europe (cheers). Yes, you may carry fire and sword into the midst of peace and industry. Such a war, of the strongest Government of the world against this weak little Republic the strongest Government in the world, with untold wealth and inexhaustible resources, will bring you no glory (hear, hear). It will :bl'ing you no profit, but mischief. It will be wrong. You will make thousands of women widows and thousands of children fatherless. It will be wrong (cheers). You may add a new province to your Empire. It will tlll be wrong (loud cheers). You mav give greater buoyancy to the South African stock and share market—(hear, hear) you may create flashing South African booms, you may send the price of Mr. Rhodes's Chartereds up to a point beyond the dreams of avarice; yet even then it will be wrong (loud and prolonged cheers, the audience rising and waving handkerchiefs and hats). Gentlemen, I have no more to say, but to move the resolution which I have already read. The resolution read as follows That this meeting, while recognising the pressing nggd of the reform of the franchise laws of the Transvaal, believes that this reform can best be secured by pacific means and by that strict respect for the. Existing independence of the South African Republic to which the Ministers of the Queen have so repeatedly pledged them- selves (cheers).
THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION. The annual meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science were opened at Dover last week. The time and place of meeting were fixed in relation to the gathering of the coresponding French Association, which is assembling at Boul- ogne, and visits will be exchanged between the two bodies. A suggestion that in con- sequence of the Dreyfus verdict the inter- national courtesies should be abandoned was of course not entertained by the British Associations Authorities, and Sir Michael Foster sent greetings to the President of the French Association by wireless tele- graphy and received a response. At a meeting of the General Committee it was decided to contribute £1,000 from the accumulated funds of the Association to the forthcoming Antarctic Expedition. Sir M. Foster, the President, delivered the opening address to a crowded audience. He dealt with the main lines upon which science has progressed during the century which is drawing to a close. In respect to natural knowledge, he said, a great gulf lay between 1799 and 1899. That gulf, moreover, was a twofold one. Not only had the few driven far back the dark clouds of the unknown which wrapped us all about, but also the many walked in the zone of light thus in- creasingly gained. If it be true that the few to-day were in respect to natural know- ledge far removed from the few of those days, it was also true that nearly all v, hich the few alone knew then and much which they did not know had now become the common knowledge of the many. The difference in respect to natural knowledge, whatever be the case with other|;diflerences between then and now, was undoubt- tedly a difference which meant pro- gress. The span between the science of that time and the science of to-day was beyond all question a great stride onwards. The material good which mankind had gained through the advance of science was so im- posing as to be obvious to everyone, but the intellectual results were of the highest importance. The President spoke upon the peculiar and valuable mental qualities pro- duced by the discipline of scientific inquiry, and claimed that in education scope should be given for Science to show the value they claimed for her as an intellectual training fitted for all sorts and conditions of men. The older studies of literature need not fear her presence in the schools, for if her friends maintained that that teaching was one-sided which dealt with thedoingsofman only and was silent about the works of Nature, they would whichdealt withthedoingsof man only and was silent about the works of Nature, they would be the first to admit tint that teaching was equally wrong which dealt only with the works of Nature and said nothing about the doings of man. The President further referred to the international bonds which science created and cemented, and claimed that it sapped the very foundations of war, and that the touch of science made the whole world kin. He alluded to various forms of international scientific effort, in- cluding Antarctic exploration, and in his concluding remarks referred to the world a Fair at Paris next year, which might, he said" witness the first select Witenagemote of the science of the world." Every friend" not of science only but of humanity trusted that this Exhibition might not be put aside or even injured through any untoward event.
HANDY AND USEFUL. Now that commercial education is finding favour and encouragement in our elementary, secondary, and evening schools the three little handbooks which have just been published by Messrs. Longmans cfc Co., from the pen of Mr. J. Austin Jenkins, B.A., registrar of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, will be found exceedingly useful. They comprise, "First Guide to Office Work," -First Guide to Commercial Correspondence," and a, "First Guide to Elementary Practical Book- keeping." The first two deal with such practical and essential subjects as the writing, the indexing, and the filing of letters, office requisites, common office terms in use, and many useful hints on good composition. The third book deals with "Hook-keeping," and can be recommended to those who desire to acquire a sound and practical knowledge of that profitable art— and book-keeping is an art which no one who wishes to succeed in business can afford to neglect. The first two books have been written by Mr. J. Austin Jenkins B.A., and the third by his chief clerk, Mr. D. J. A. Brown, under the editorship of Mr. Jenkins.
TOWYN. RISING.—A Towyn lad is coming to the fore in the printing world in America. This yeir's president of the Columbia Typographical Union is Mr. Edwin C. Jones, a native of Towyn, and son of Mr. Henry Jones, stonemason, Utica. Mr. Jones has qualified as a solicitor, but at present he holds an appointment in the Government Printing Office at Washington. The fiscal year just ended." says an American journal, "was indeed a memorable one in the history of Columbia Typographical Union No. 101. It was during that eventful year that the wages of its members employed in the Government Printing Office were increased about 25 per cent., which was due largely to the splendid engineering of President Jones and his assistants." ATHLETIC SPORTS AND CYCLE CARNIVAL.— The third annual Athletic Sports and Cycle Carnival were held here on Wednesday, the 13th. The day was observed as a general holiday. All the shops and places of business were closed, and work was suspended at 1 o'clock. At 1-30, the sports commenced and the weather being fine, a very large crowd assembled on the field. Almost the whole of Towyn together with numerous visitors turned up in hopes of spending an enjoyable afternoon. They were not disappointed, the sports were in every way a success. Competition was keen, though almost all the competitors were Towynites, and moreover everything was exceed- ingly well arranged for which great credit is due to the committee. The two mile bicycle race and the mile flat race were exceptionally well contested, and most exciting to the spectators. The prizes were well selected and handsome, and were distributed by Mrs. Oxford, Bronffynon. In the evening, about 8 o'clock, the cycle carnival took place. The procession s'arted from Corbett-square and amidst quite a multitude of people, and headed by the band of the "F" Company of the 5th V.B. S.W.B., proceeded along High-street to the prome- nade returning by way of the Avenue, High-street and National-street. Some of the characters were exceedingly well represented, and must have acquired much time and great labour, the Flower Girl," Welsh Market Woman," Lobengula," Red Indian," being especially admired. All the machines and turn-outs were illuminated by Japanese interns, and altogether the carnival was a pretty sight and thoroughly enjoyed by the unusually large assembly. The following is a list of all the proceedings together with the names of the prize winners. Sports:-100 yards flat race: 1 J. F. Edwards; 2 David Lewis. One mile bicycle race (open to children under 16 years of age) 1 George Axe, 2 John Owen. One mile bicycle race handicap (open to all comers): 1 G. LI. Williams, Barmouth; 2 George Williams, Towyn; 3 R. R. James, Towyn. Tug of War: Welsh Visitors team successful over two local teams. One mile flat race handicap, open: 1 Tom Davies 2 David Lewis. Half mile bicycle race, open to ladies 1 Miss Stella Bedford, 2 Miss Mattie Jones. Two mile bicycle race, handicap, open to all comers: 1 G. L. Williams, Barmouth; 2 Geo. Williams, Towyn 3 E. L. Jones, Towyn. Sack race, open 1 Sam Davies, 2 George Davies. Bicycle tilting race 1 David Owen. Donkey race: 1 William Vaughan, 2 W. R. Wynne. One mile pony race, open 1 Meirion Davies, 2 Richard Jones, Cycle Carnival—Best dressed lady cyclist, costume or character and decorated machine 1 Miss Agnes Doig, Ynys Lodge, 2 Miss Phillips. Best dressed gentleman cyclist 1 Mr-. O. W. Hughes, Cader View; 2 Win. Evans, Chiii-ch- street. Most grotesque and comically dressed lady cyclist 1 Miss A. Daniel. Brynhyfryd, 2 Mrs. Vaughan, Brynhyfryd. Most grotesque and comic- cally dressed gentleman cyclist: 1 Mr. Hugh Jones. 2 Mr. Owen Davies. Best or most comical turn out, to include pony carts, donkey carts, and hand carts 1 Mr* Vaughan, 2 George Axe. PRESENTATION.—On Friday night the members and friends of the English Calvinistic Methodist Church at Towyn met together at the chapel to bid farewell to their late pastor. Rev. J. Daniel Evans, who has accepted a call to the Welsh Methodist Church at Garston. Considering that the weather turned out most unfavourable there was a fairly good at'enda- The chair was taken by the Rev. J. IL andalmost all the ministers of the various denominations were present. The programme consisted chiefly of farewell speeches given by the Revs. Hughes, Wesleyan Minister, J. M. Williams, Congregational Minister, Griffiths Baptist Minister; Mr. Hugh Thomas, senior deacon of the chapel, and Mr. J. Maethlon James. All these gentlemen spoke of the high opinion and respect in which Mr. Evans was held in the town during the eight or nine years he had been pastor of the English Church. His loss would be felt not only by the members of his church, amongst whom he had manifested indomitable energy and untiring g I activity and for whom he had always shewn great love, but also by many other good causes in the town and district. Mr. Evans has been chief pro- moter and sustaincr of the Towyn Good Templars Lodge of which body he had been chief templar since its start. Mr. Evans too wasalso the rounder of the Towyn Mutual Improvement Society from which Society he was recipient a week or two ago of several valuable volumes as a token of its sincere appreciation of his as service president. Mr. Maethlon James spoke also of permanent good work Mr. Evans had done as a member of the West Merioneth Monthly Meeting, and also as Secretary of the Sunday Schools in the district. Mrs. Williams, Neptune Villa, then in a few appropriate words made the presentation to Mr. Evans, which consisted of a beautiful illuminated address, recount- ing some of his valuable services to the church during his pastorship, and assuring him of the deep respect and love in which he held by the members of the church, and a purse containing money where- with to buy for himself a handsome study desk. Mr. William James of Maethlon Chapel of which Mr. Evans was also pastor, then came forward and on behalf of the members of that church presented Mrs. Evans with a silver fish knife and fork, and Mr. Evans with a solid silver inkstand. Mr. Evans in reply said that such a meeting as they had that night was due greatly to themselves and not to him. It would not be possible for him to do what he had done amongst them, had they not co-operated with him in his work. When be first came, there was a debt, on the chapel amounting to £ 135 and a piece of land adjoining the chapel was lying empty. Owing to their own activity in two or three years a hand- some minister's house was built on that land. This increased the debt to £ 650. but the sisters of the church organised a bazaar which together with a subsequent sale-of-work realised Z150. He, Mr. Evans, believed that it was as a reward for their activity in this connection, and also as a reward for his own sacrifice in refusing a call to one of the best English fields in Liverpool by accepting which he would considerably better himself, that a benevolent triend unexpectedly made a present to the church of a cheque of £500. Later they had the chapel cleaned and the spire rebuilt which again occasioned a debt on the chapel of about £ 100, but a jumble sale and subscription cards again lowered this until at present the debt amounted to only about P,40 or £53. Referring to his own personal feelings he said he had never felt so shy and awkward when coming to Towyn as lie did that night, but he still felt he had many true friends in Towyn. The gifts he had been presented with that night were of greater value to him than could be measured inasmuch as they expressed true and sincc-re christian feeling and showed him that their heart pulses were beating towards Mrs. Evans and himself. The address he thought expressed rather what he ought to be than what he really was, But he asked them to think of the best part of him and he would always think of the best part in them. Mr. Evans concluded by saying "May the blesing of God rest upon you as a church and as a denomination and may you ever be diligent in running down all impurity and the great evil of drink. I assure you all that I feel more grateful to you that I can ever express to you. As soon as the meeting came to an end Mr. and Mrs. Evans were surrounded by numerous friends desirous of a last hand-shake and farewell. Great praise is due to the Misses Roberts, Miss Davies, Mrs Doig and Mr. Ellis for contributing to the musical part of the programme. NAUTICAL.—-We are pleased to congratulate Mr John Roberts, of Plevna terrace, Towyn, on his ap- pointment to the post of engineer on the White Star Line steamer Gothic which starts from London this week for New Zealand returning to England by way of Rio. Mr. Roberts was lately seventh eno-ineer on the White Star nasseno-er steamer "fajetic" between New York and Liver- pool. We are pleased to hear of Mr. Roberts' success and hope soon to hear of his further pro- motion. Another Towynite, Mr. Tudor Williams, Neptune Villa, has just returned this week from a six month yachting cruise as engineer to the steam-yacht" Cestria" belonging to Mr. Johnson of Liverpool.
A LONG WALK. The Italian champion pedestrian, Innocenti Aarnado, arrived in Berlin last week on foot. He left Rome two years and eight months ago with the object of visiting the principal European cities on foot. In this time he has covered about 23,000 miles.
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FOOTBALL. Combination. Results up to Saturday, September 16 Goals PJd. Won Lost Drn. For Agst Pts. Wrexham 3 5 0 0 12 2 6 Druids. 3 2 1 0 9 5 4 Chirk. 3 2 1 0 6 2 4 Birkenhead I 1 0 0 3 2 2 Oswestry 3 1 2 0 6 7 2 Newtown 2 1 1 0 2 2 2 Aberystwyth I 0 1 0 I 3 0 Bangor 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 l,landudno 1 0 1 0 2 6 0 Rhyl 2 0 2 0 2 .10 0 DRUIDS v. ABERYSTWYTH. The above teams played what was to Aberyst- wyth the first Combination match of the season on the Vicarage field last Saturday, and a hard game ended in a victory for the Druids by three goals to one. The following were the teams: Druids Goal, S. Jones backs, Thomas and Hughes; half-backs, Williams, Price, and T. Thomas for- wards, Spencer, Vaughan, J. Davies, Jones and Butter Aberystwyth: Goal, W. Davies; backs, W. R. Jones and C. Parry; half-backs, W. Jones. J. H. Edwards, G. Evans; forwards, Jenkins. Barson, Green, J. Evans and Bennett. NOTES BY EDGE-HILL. A defeat is a noxious drug to swallow and also an unpleasant theme to write of. I have had to do it two weeks in succession and I candidly admit that I do not like it, but I suppose it has to be done. I can bear a defeat with equanimity when I know the defeated team are triers, and I believe everv man in the team were triers last Saturday. Whether they came up to expectations is another matter. I believe it is the general verdict that there was a marked improvement in the team compared with their form on the prievious Saturday. But the worst of it is that whilst our team are improving we are losing points at home. That is the most serious part of it. I am in hopes that this is the beginning of the end. I am candid enough to admit that the best team won. The official verdict says 3-1, but I say 2—1. Mr. Gough is usually a keen referee but why he allowed that third goal passes my comprehension. I will only go so far on that point to say that the veriest novice in refereeing would have immediately blown his whistle on the moment of the offside man touching the ball. Let us compare the two teams and see where our weakness lay. I venture to say not in the goalkeeping, for Jack was as good as his master. Jones is a fine goalkeeper, and so is Davies; at least, he is on Saturday's form, and if he can keep that form up the Committee need not look further at present. The Druids have two fine backs, who used their heads splendidly in clearing their goal. The ight of their exhibition did not dim our two backs, for they plaved a fine game, although I think a little training would not do W. R any barra. I have no hesitation in saying that Charlie Parry was absolute y the best back on the field. He has got rid of;, lot of adipose tissue, and you can take it from r c that there is a lot of play left in Parry yet. There was not much difference in the two sets of halves, for they all played well. If the Druids had a slight pull, it was only in so far as they seemed to feed their forwards with a little more judgment than ours did. The weakest part of our team was the forward rank, and, although there was an improvement from the previous Satur- day, it is no use blinking the fact that they are not up to concert pitch yet. They have not, so far. adapted themselves to that systematic style of play which goes to secure goals. Green is not playing near the game he played last year. He did not seem to have full control of his wings, and did not set them fairly going during the whole course of the game. Arthur would benefit greatly if he were to take a run four times lOUno. the field a couple of nights a week and, as a matter of fact, the whole team had ought to do the same kind of thing, it would be much more beneficial than shooting at goal. Barson was the best forward, but he should have scored a goal, which would have meant two all if justice had been dealt out fairly. What a mighty thing that monosyllable IF is! Bennett was the weakest; he seemed totally helpless against he Druids' right half, but we all expect him to do much better next Saturday. I shall expect the team to go one better against Wrexham. Now, lads, a couple of points next time. Since writing the above I have heard that the accident that happened to W. R. may keep him off the field some time. Wrexham are going strong in the Combination, and so are Manchester City in the League. In Jimmy Ross and Meredith the City have one of the most dangerous wings in the League. What a wonderful man Ross has been. He may have a paragraph all to himself next week. I sauntered down to the field several afternoons last week, and saw Mr. Yearsley practising between the posts. He shapes very well, and with practice should make a good goalkeeper. A correspondent has written me asking me to state in these Notes who was the finest goalkeeper I have ever seen play. This is rather a poser, but I will endeavour to give an answer. There is such a diversity of opinion in football as to who were and who is the best players that if there were a party of say twelve football enthusiasts discussing the merits of a player I venture to say not more than three would hold the same views. So the answer I give must be taken as my opinion. To answer this question one's mind will have to revert back to the period when football first began to take a hold on the masses, which was in the early eighties. We have bad a number of great players since those days which cannot be enumerated here. A few will suffice. Arthur, Blackburn Rovers; Burly Bob Roberts, West Bromwich; Moon, Corinthians; Toone, Notts County; Sutcliffe, Bolton Jinnny Trainer and Mills Roberts—Cymru am bith-aii(i later, Foulkes and Robinson. All of them jems of the first water. It would be a told stroke to pick one out of that grand lot. I have got to do it, and my vote will go for Trainer. There are many in Wales who think Mills Roberts was as good as Trainer but it must he remembered that Roberts had to retire after playing for a few seasons and although he retired in the zenith of his powers we do not know whether they would have lasted. Whereas Trainer kept up his brilliant form for more than ten years. Therefore it is only logical to presume that Trainer was the best. I will give another instance but pardon the degres- sion. Major Poore heads the batting average with 91-23 with 21 matches played. Ranjitsinhji comes second with an average of 63-18 and 58 matches played. By the fact of Major Poore not playing in half the number of matches it is universally con- sidered that Ranjitsinhjis is the best.
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