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- LOCAL GOSSIP. --

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LOCAL GOSSIP. The impatient Forth prisoner who com- plained of being cold during the deliberations of the magistrates upon his short-com.ngs had bis prototype in an indivulaul. who per- ambulated the same district a. graierafic.ii ago. He was known a1? Wiil o r Maendy l*' Cavrbridge). His failing wss rabbit pcach- ing. He toM a Liantrisant bench 01 magis- trates) not to keep him long at tire^pohce- eourt, for as a respectable man fie <liu not want- to be se^n more than coulcl bo helped HI the company of the men who then occupies the bench! The Her. David Davies, M.A.. late Rector of Canton, Cardiff, and formerly vicar of Newcastle, Bridgend, lias- issued his report of the parish of St. John's, Canton, for the last year, and with it- is included a table of events connected with the history of the ecclesias- tical district since 1852, and its formation into a separate parish in 18,38. It includes a hst of the incumbents since that year, when the Rev. Edwin Fice was appointed Pe petual Curate." The first rector was the Rev. Vincent Sanies. who succeeded to the living, worth- £ 120, without a house and debts amounting to £ 1,500. In 1902 the debts iamounted1 to £5.049; to-day tney stand at £175. Dcrrng the past six years the moneys collected' throughout the parish total £lO.G3i, and £ 5,000 of this has beetr spent- in the e:1- largement of churches and repairing of schools. In the. Hill districts of Glamorgan in the days of our grandfathers, a sort of hunt and daneE4 used to be held about Christmas time called "Patsy" or "Mahsaint," lasting a week. The public-houses provided feasts of substantial mutton pies- fnot the puny pies of the restaurant), broths, puddings, etc. There was quite a week's orgie. hounds meet- ing at dawn of day, and foILowers retiring after a refreshing run to enjoy the sweet music of the harp and join the lads and lassies in dancing-a real old-fashioned. free end easy carnival. One of the- most- energetic missionary C'r- ganisations of the day is the American Bap- tist Union, and its secretary until his death recently was the Rev. E. E. Chivers, D.D. It may not be generally known that Dr. Olivers was a native of Maesteg, who went to America in 1870. There are members of the family still residing at Maesteg, and there aire happy memories of him in his younger d'ays 'among the Church workers of Yr Hen BIwyf." His father was for many years a deacons of Bethel Baptist Church. Maesteg. A tale- of some iocal interest is ¡. Trinm- phant; the embodiment of an idea." The author is Miss May Evans C' A Welsh Spin- ster"). Miss Evans has lived in Merthyr with her eyes wide open, and depicts care- fuHy many local customs, scenes, events, and personalities. For instance, the "idea" of the title is the recently-opened St. Michael's College at Llantiiaff for the training of Welsh clergymen. The chief character, John. Richards, the architect." is the Fate Mr. Prichard, the arc-hitect who carried out so well the restoration of Llandaff Cathedral, and whose fragment of a beautiful house in LlandafF was utilised for the present St. Michael's College. Aberdaro—the first home of the ceTIege-—i-s called "Aberavon." The heaviest financier of the scheme (Miss Talbot, cf Ma-rgam) stands out as :)liss Meredith," etc. "I don't know, said an ancient farmer to a correspondent the other clay. any C3.:>:> where colli; rs on their way to work, or com- ing from it.. have ever been guilty of a deli- berate theft; but in a spirit of funny mis- J chief they have at times taken, some of my things. As a rule they are law-abiding, and if I miss some chicks, or eggs, it's from tramps. But I remember a case where, chiefly for the fiun of the thing, they tcok my dinner. And it was in this way. Mima, my wife, had stuffed a. nice goose, and ircpt basting it by the time I was coining in to dinner, which was iate, nearly four. being busy with some ditching. Four o'clock was the time the colliers were going from Cwm pit home, and what do you think the rascals did? They could <nnelT the goc.se yards off, a.Ild it was doing to a turn, and me ar.-d my mam -and Mima were jitst sitting down to it wflew there was a great- row near the farm, ami someone called out a fight," and we all rushed out to aee it. The colliers had formed a ring, and were punching one another well, some crying Now Sampson bach,' and others Will ega: ui'J:1 we were tired and went into the farm, but there was no goose. While the Tot were ftshtm-ar one had slipped in at the back and teizad the goose! We had to do with bacon that day, but we heard aftenvard's that they teesed for the goose and Two a- Will Shon and his wifs Hetty had a nice dinner of it. We did aJI begrudge them; for, talk cf pheasant -and that like, there is nothing to touch a goose with pienty of sage and onions," and ats t-he oH boy said this there was a preemptible moisture about his mouth. "It came out afterwards the fight was an arranged plot to get us out of the way."

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