LOCAL GOSSIP. Now that there is some talk about a pro- posed pageant of Welsh historical eventsJ and the time will soon be ripe for sugges- tions. the antiquarians of the Vale of Gla- morgan should not forget to make it known that the earliest institutions for educational purposes were located at Llancarfan and Llantwit Major. The celebrated seminaries were renowned, and pupils from various parts of England, Scotland, and Ireland met there with others from Gaul. Tradition states that Eurgain. the daughter of Carac- tacus. founded the college at Llantwit, and she had embraced Christianity at Rome. It is interesting to note that Mr. Louis X. Parker, the play-wright who so skilfully planned and arranged the Warwick pageant, adheres to the old Welsh tradition that Caractacus was permitted to return home on certain conditions, and then introduced the Christian faith to which he had been converted by St. Paul. As every Welshman knows, Dunraven was the fortress of Bran, the son of Llyr. and St. Donats was one of the residences of Caractacus. In these days of advanced education, two facts should not be forgotten in connection with any sug- gested pageant: (1) That Christianity was preached and practised in Llanilltyd Fawr and Llancarfan five hundred years before St. Augustine stepped foot in Britain; (2) that the first educational institutions were the College of Eurgain-the Bangor Eurgain- and the College of Dyfrig at Llancarfan. The classical associations of these two historical centres of the Vale of Glamorgan had very important bearings upon the education and faith of the youth of Britain. It would be interesting to know through this column if there are any rag wells and pin wells in the neighbourhood of Bridgend and the Vale generally. I have a large col- lection of noes on this subject, writes "Marie Trevelyan," and would like reliable additions to them. Marcross Well used to have rags left on the thorns near by, and pins were also dropped into it. The spot known as Nancy's Well," in Llantwit Major, for- merly had thorns around it, and on them rags were deposited, while into the waters pins were dropped. At Llancarfan several of the springs were known as rag or pin wells or both. some of these wells had a kind of marl near the brink which was efficacious in erysipelas and other affections of the skin. The old rhyme with reference to Marcross Well credited the place with many virtues. It ran thus "For the itch, the stitch, rheumatic and the gout. If the devil isn't in you, the well will take it out." v Cadrawd writes —Carlyle never paid a visit to John Sterling at Llanblethian. The English essayist was only between 6 and 9 years of age when he lived with his father, Captain Sterling (the first Thunderer" of the" Times"). at the Great House. Mr. Thomas Carlyle visited Mr. Charles Redwood at Llandough in 1843. and again when he was engaged in writing the life of his late frend. John Sterling, he visited Mr. Redwood, who had removed to Boverton, in the summer of the year 18o0, which was two years after Sterling's death. In his letter to Mr. Red- wood before starting on his second visit he commands him to send his man and trap to meet him at Cardiff, and tells him to look out when the Bristol boat arrived at the docks "for an elderly thin man he will know him by his grim looks, sober clothing, grizzled temples, and white hat-the last mark is perhaps the best for his perceptive organs." He also wished that the servant would get for him at Cardiff half a dozen big and well-constructed tobacco pipes, this, he adds, "would be a marked improvement in my outlook." In the Calendar of State Papers the follow- ing interesting paragraph appears:—"17th May, 1663. Warrant for a grant of pardon to Robert Thomas for all felony touching the killing of Edmund Thomas, of Glamorgan- shire, who was slain by Edward Thomas in a duel. The said Robert Thomas went to pre- I vent the duel, but having fled through fear and ignorance, was indicted for the offence. This said. Robert Thomas was an M.D., and the eldest son of Edward Thomas, of Tre- groes, and grandson to the Rev. Robert Thomas, M.A., of Tregroes. 50 years rector of Coychurch. The pardoned Robert Thomas returned from his refuge in Leyden, and lived to the age of 62, being buried at St. John's Church, Cardiff. in 1690, leaving a son to buy back the Tregroes estate sold by the father when he fled the country. Robert Thomas's brother, Edward, was the duellist, who fled to Ireland, changing his name to Rowland. This duel must have been fought under more atrocious circumstances than usual-there may have been a feud between the two Thomas families-for the four bro- thers were involved, and three fled the coun- try. The one who remained was a clerk in holy orders, and was actually brought to trial in the great sessions, but was acquitted. Judge Gwilym Williams used to tell a good story (says the American Cambrian") of an English head gardener he once had. The Judge had a guest who desired to attend a Welsh place of worship on the Sunday, and as a consequence His Honour and his guest attended the village Methodist chapel. To the judge's delight, it turned out that it was a prayer meeting, for his guest would thus be treated to a service more characteristic- ally Welsh than the ordinary preaching ser- vice. He was greatly astonished; and more pleased than astonished, to find that one of the most eloquent in his petition to the Throne of Grace was his uwn head gardener, and in the Welsh language, too. Such in- stances, however, are comparatively common in Wales. Mr. Angus Alexander Mackintosh of Mac- kintosh attained his majority on Monday, and the occasion was celebrated on the exten- sive estates of the Mackintosh of Mackintosh in Inverness-shire with Highland enthusiasm. Elaborate preparations were made at Moy Hall to mark the event. The young chief, who is a lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards, received many congratulations, his well-wishers including Lord and Lady Bal- four of Burleigh and the Duke of Atholl. Deputations of the tenantry of Clan Chattan and other bodies were entertained at Moy Hall, and in the course of the day presented the young chief with addresses and valuable gifts. Mr. Mains made the presentation on behalf of the tenantry and servants. It con- sisted of a case of guns and an illuminated address in a massive frame. The clansmen and clanswomen of the Clan Chattan pre- sented the young chief with a unique album, containing an illuminated address and nearly 600 photograph signatures of members, and septs of the ClanChattan; and the house ser- vants at Cottrell (the Mackintosh's Glamor- gan residence) and Moy gave a beautiful set of silver dessert dishes. The Bonvilstone Cricket Club and many Welsh friends sent ifts handsome gifts.
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BRIDGEND POLICE COURT. Saturday.-Before Messrs. R. W. Llewellyn (in the chair), W. Llewellyn, E. F. Lynch Blosse, R. L. Knight. W. J. Griffin, Thos. Rees, and Jacob Edwards. AN EXPENSIVE RIDE. Lewis Powell. 46 Coegnant-road, Nanty- ffyllon, collier, pleaded guilty to riding on a tram in the Caerau Colliery on July 25th. Evidence in support of the charge was given by David Howell, employed at the Col- liery, who added that there had been no pre- vious complaints against the defendant. Defendant, who had nothing to say, was fined £ 2 and 14s. 6d. costs. SLEEPY COLLIER FINED. A charge of sleeping in the Wvndham Col- liery whilst having a lighted safety lamp in his possession, was preferred against Benja- min Walker, 12 Tynewydd-row, Ogmore Vale, a collier. David Leyshon. the manager of the col- liery, spoke to seeing the defendant asleep in the mine, a safety lamp being at his side. Witness aroused defendant, who excused himself by saying that his wife had been very ill and lie had had but little sleep the pre- vious night. Witness added that defend- ant's character generally was satisfactory, there having been no previous complaints re- garding his behaviour in the colliery. A fine of t2 was imposed. EX-PUBLICAN FINED. David Roberts, Coity. formerly landlord of the Albion Inn, Porthcawl, pleaded not guilty to a charge of drunkenness. P.C. Edmunds spoke to seeing defendant very drunk at Porthcawl on the previous Monday. Defendant It is only a grudge against me, I know very well. Sergt. Jenkins corroborated. The Deputy Clerk (to defendant): Have you any witnesses? Defendant Yes. But never mind. Let it take its course. I know what it is very well. but I don't care. I admit I had a few glasses, but I was not drunk. Defendant had to pay 10s. TOOK TOO MUCH. The following were summoned for drunk- enness :—John Cantrell, caerau, coal mer- chant, fined 25s.. including costs, or 10 days; Walter Fardy. Nantyffyllon, labourer, 20s. Evan Jone^ Caerau. haulier, 15s. William John Ford, Caerau, hitcher, 15s. Samuel Daniels, Caerau, labourer, 20s. Thomas Powell, 66 Oxford-street. Pontycymmer. col- lier (drunk and disorderly at Porthcawl on Sunday, July 29th), 20s. Edmund Thomas. 19 Victoria-street. Fontvcymmer, collier (drunk and disorderly at Porthcawl), 20s. William Goodwin, Tynewydd, collier. 15s. Robert Llewellyn. Newton, mason, 25s.; Ed- ward Wilcox, Tynewydd, labourer, 15s. Thomas Williams. 88 John-street. Nanty- moel, labourer (drunk in charge of a horse at Porthcawl). 20s. A "REST" INMATE. William Lewis, 8 Salisbury-street. Cross Keys, collier, and John Andrews, of the same address, haulier, were summoned for falsely representing themselves to be travellers and obtaining beer at Porthcawl on a Sunday. Lewis did not appear. Sergt. T. Jenkins deposed that on the pre- vious Sunday morning he saw the defendants leave the Prince of Wales beerhouse. He re- quested them to return with him to the house and. in their presence, he asked the landlord if they had been supplied. He replied. Yes, I have supplied them with pint of beer each as they told me they li walked from Bridgend this morning." Witness knew that Lewis was an inm. te of the "Rest" Convalescent Home, and he saw An- drews in the place the night before. Andrews said he had walked eight miles that morning-from the Rest to Porthcawl and Newton and back again. (Laughter.) The Deputy Clerk I am afraid that jour- ney will not count. Defendants were mulcted in 10s. each. TRESPASS NEAR MAESTEG. William Charles, Garth Cottages, Maesteg, collier: Llewellyn Emmett, Garth-road, Maesteg, labourer; IJenjamin Mort, 45 Garth road, Maesteg, collier, and Thomas Mort, 75 Garth-road, Maesteg, collier, were summoned for trespassing on the Great Western Rail- way near Llangynwyd, on July 9th. Defen- dants did not appear. Mr. Parsons (Messrs. Vachell and Co.) appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Company. P.C. 260 deposed that he saw the four de- fendants trespass on the line just below Llan- gynwyd Station. They had walked for 50 or 60 yards before they saw witness, and they then took to their heels in the direction of Cwmdu siding. Accompanied by a signal- man, witness ran after them overtaking them before they had gone very far. Howells said he had been there many times before, as he believed there was a path there. The others said nothing. Signalman Hurley corroborated. Inspeator Nickless produced a tracing of the locus in quo. A man was killed near the s-ot on June 3rd. and he had received in- structions from the Company to put a stop to the trespass near Llangynwyd. Defendants had to pay £1 each. MISSING CALICO. John Parker and Thomas Cross, no fixed abode, were brought up in custody charged with stealing 30 yards of calico value 15s., the property of Mr. Richard Jones, draper, Bridgend, on July 17th. Willie Wilson, an errand boy in the em- ploy of the prosecutor, spoke to the calico (produced) being placed near the entrance to the shop. Witness saw the two defendants walking arm in arm near the shop about noon, and some time afterwards it was dis- covered that the calico had been stolen. Annie Phillips, residing at North- street, said Parker offered to sell the calico to her. The other defendant was waiting for Parker some distance away. P.C. Phillips, who arrested the prisoners on the Aberkenfig road. said they were both drunk at the time. He charged them jointly with the theft, and Parker replied, "I bought the calico from a hawker on the Swansea road about twenty minutes before you had me." Cross asserted that he knew nothing of the affair. Parker TIeaded guilty, and declared that Cross was innocent of the crime." He added. I am very sorry to have brought him into this trouble it was my fault altogether. I stole the calico and then met him, and we went together, but he did not know I had the calico at all. I wouldn't have done it but for the drop of drink I had." Cross was given the benefit of the doubt qfcd discharged Parker was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment. ABERKENFIG COLLIER S NEGLECT. John Bennett, 2 Park-road, Aberkenfig, collier, was summoned by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, for neglecting his two little boys, aged 13 years and two years respectively. Alderman T. J. Hughes, who prosecuted on behalf of the Society, said the defendant earned 26s. a week. He was entirely re- sponsible for the neglect of his children, be- cause, owing to Pis drunken habits and the abusive treatment he had meted out to his wife, she had left the home. Sergt. W. Gill gave evidence as to the neg- lected condition of the children. On pro- ceeding on the night of July 23rd to the house occupied by the Bennetts, witness found the door locked and the place in dark- ness. He was given the key by a next-door neighbour, and on entering the house found the two children. The baby was lying on the bed. clothed only in a shirt. Witness handed the child to a neighbour, by whom it was cared for until the defendant returned home on the following evening. Defendant was of drunken habits, and his wife had run away from him. John Macnamara, a neighbour of the defen- dant, also gave evidence as to defendant's children's condition. Inspector R. Best, of the N.S.P.C.C., said the children were in a most neglected state. The wife was cowed and terrified" owing to the abusive conduct of her husband. Defendant was sent to prison for fourteen days. BETTWS COUPLE SEPARATED. Robert Watts, a Bettws collier, applied for an order of speration from his wife. Jane Watts, on the ground of her habitual drunk- enness. Alderman T. J. Hughes appeared for the applicant, and Mr. Pilgrim Morris for the wife. Alderman Hughes said he had discussed the matter with Mr. Morris and his client, and they agreed that it would be the best thing under present circumstances if a separ- ation order were granted, and no opposition was therefore offered to the husband's appli- cation. Mrs. Watts had unfortunately given way to drink, and the husband felt that it was impossible to live with her any longer unless siie showed considerable im- provement. He was prepared to make pro- per provision tor his wife, allowing her 9s. a week, and was hopeful that when his wife saw her altered surroundings, she would pull herself together and endeavour to throw over the habit to which she had become such a victim. The applicant gave formal evidence, assert- ing that nis wife was an habitual drunkard. Air. Morris said the wife was willing to be separated from the husband, and would mean- while endeavour to give up her drunken habits. She would take the pledge that day. The Chairman said this was a case in which the separation of the husband and wife was fully justified, and in granting the applica- tion, he had only to express the hope that Mrs. Watts would endeavour to keep the pledge she had promised to take. Applicant must contribute 9s. a week towards his wife s support. IN BRIEF. Hi pur <ii ui Williams, a Fon tycy wmer collier, siujiuiuutu lor hgiiLiiig ai x-oiityc^ iumei, iiuu. LO pay i.JS. oci^U liiiuc u.t.po&eu. inal utjion- udin was engaged ill a ngnt witn another man, and a lai^e crowd asseniuied to \t ü- HesS tne contest. Lsing improper language in Castle-street, Alaesieg, was an onence lor whicn lhoiuab union, castle-street, -Viaesteg, collier, nau to pay 2us.—ine JUeputy Llerk (to defend- ant; lou Know you are bound in xo to keep tne peace lor six months. lou had better be carexul in luture.—J? or a similar olfence John U uiien, a caerau labourer, was ÍlUèU ios. i^dward Brintley, a showman, liov at Porthcawl, was lined lUs. tor keeping a dog without a license. He persisted in declar- ing that cue dog, in respect ol which he was summoned, was a stray one.—r.C. avails: It has been in your keeping lor two months to my knowledge.—Defenedaut: It has been running about from Nottage to Newton and all over the shop down Porthcawl way, but, though lve never kept a dog without a license all my life, I admit this chap did hang on to me a bit like. (Laughter.) W llliam Lound, a Bridgend ostler, who was summoned for driving at an excessive speed, admitted the offence, but added that he had no lamps, and was anxious to get to the stable before lighting up time. Defen- dant had to pay 5s. costs. George Elias and William Williams, Ponty- cymmer colliers, had to pay 15s. each for fighting in Oxford-street, Pontycymmer, on July 3Uth. The police evidence was to the effect that a crowd numbering 250 assembled to witness the fight. A MATCH IN THE MINE. The serious charge of taking a match into the Coegnant Colliery, Nantyffyllon, on July 27th, was preferred against Richard Doyle, 4 Bwlch-terrace, Nantytfyllon, a collier. Rees Ace fireman at the colliery, said he examined the clothing of the defendant and found a match in the waistcoat pocket. He spoke to defendant concerning the discovery, and he said he was very sorry, adding I haven't worn the waistcoat underground be- fore, and that's how it happened." Mr. Evan E. Davies said he was requested by the Miners' Federation to say a few words on behalf of the defendant, though, as their worships knew, the Federation did not coun- tenance a breach of the colliery rules under any circumstances. There were special cir- cumstances in this case, however, which the Federation desired should be brought to the notice of the Bench. The defendant was wearing a waistcoat which he had not taken underground before, and before descending he searched his clothing carefully. The match, however, had got into the lining of the waistcoat, and it was there that it was discovered by the fireman. The defendant had neither tobacco nor pipe, so there was not the slightest intention on his part to commit a breach of the rules. He therefore asked that the Bench should deal leniently with the defendant. The Chairman said serious accidents were freuently caused owing to carelessness on the part of those employed in fiery collieries such as the Coegnant, and the taking of a match underground was one of the most serious offences which could be committed by a col- lier. Having regard to the remarks of Mr. Davies, however, the Bench would not deal so severely with the defendant as they other- wise would have done. He would have to payjEl. A PERFECT LIE." John Edmunds, Cefn Cribbwr, farmer, ap- peared in answer to a charge of being drunk while in charge of a horse on July 21st. Mr J. T. Howell was for the defendant, who pleaded not guilty. P.C. Morgan said he was on his way to de- fendant's farm to serve a notice in regard to the Sheep Dipping Order when he was over- taken by the defendant, who was riding in a trap. He was swaying in the trap and ap- peared to be very drunk. Witness followed him to the farm and entering a stable he asked a man servant where defendant was. Defendant then rushed out and behaved like a mad man, endeavouring to assault witness. He was then confirmed in the belief that the man was drunk. Defendant had asked him on two occasions since to overlook the mat- ter. Fred Markey, Cefn Cribbwr, said he drove with defendant from Laleston to Cefn, and on leaving him near the Old Tavern he ap- peared to be sober. They had had a glass of beer each at Laleston. John Edmunds, the defendant, asserted that the policeman's evidence was a perfect lie. He admitted having four glasses of beer that day. but he was not drunk. He denied that the policeman was on the road at all. Alfred Grevell said defendant was not drunk when he arrived home. SnDt. Davis When would you consider a man drunk? Mr. Howell: He is not an expert. Supt. Davis He gave his opinion against a policeman's. (To the defendant): When is a man drunk? Witness: When he can't stand, sir. (Laughter.) A fine of .£1 was imposed. MOTHER SENT TO PRISON. Charged with neglecting her five children in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering and injury to their health, Mrs. Margaret Griffiths, 20 Dunraven-street, Caerau, stood in the dock nursing a baby and sobbing bitterly. Alderman T. J. Hughes, prosecuting for the N.S.P.C.C., said the case illustrated the methods adopted by the Society, as defend- ant had been under their observation since 1902. She had been warned and advised, but. as she had been going from place to place, it had been found impossible to exer- cise that supervision which the officers of the Society usually did in these cases. The case was of a most serious nature and, having regard to what the officer of the Society dis- covered at the house where the defendant had resided at Caerau, a warrant was issued for her arrest. "The five children must have endured martyrdom," added Alderman Hughes. Inspector R. Best said he visited the house occupied by the defendant at Caerau on the previous day, and a shocking state of things met his gaze. The only furniture in the house consisted of a table and two boxes, the only bedding being two rotten mattresses which were in a "disgustingly filthy state." There was nothing resembling food" in the house save an old crust. The children were in a terrible condition; they were ill-fed, badly clothed and ill shod. one of them being almost naked. Witness had the woman ar- rested. and the children were sent to the Workhouse. He had warned her on many occasions, and had advised her to seek par- ish relief. P.C. Walter Kelland also gave evidence as to the neglected state of the children. De- fendant was a "drunken, idle immoral waster," and her husband had left her owing to her drunken habits. He was formerlv a hard working sober man. Dr. Egbert Williams also gave evidence. The baby was in a terribly emaciated state its weight was only 8; lbs. The conditions under which the children had been living must have interfered with their health, and the eldest son was in rapid consumption. Defendant was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, and the children were or- dered to be kept at the Cottage Homes. Alderman Hughes's application that the costs should be remitted was granted.
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FINE WEATHER: A SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION. The tenth annual cottagers' fruit, vege- table, and flower show in connection with the parishes of St. Bride's Major, Wick, and St. Andrews' Minor was held at Dunraven Park on Bank Holiday, and, of all the holi- day events in tne district, this was perhaps the most delightful. The weather was glori- ous, and hundreds of people visited the show and took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Castle Grounds which were as usual thrown open. The show eclipsed all its pre- decessors in all respects. The attendance was considerably in excess of last year, and the entries constituted a record for the show, being 410. The show sustained its reputa- tion for the quality of the produce and com- petition was most keen in all departments. There was an exceptionally good display in the cottagers' classes, potatoes, beans, onions, leeks, and beet root being the chief features. Flowers attracted a good deal of attention, the wild flower classes for child- ren being well patronised as usual. Sports, open to residents of the three parishes, were organised, and proved a most enjoyable fea- ture. The show was again excellently managed. The secretarial duties were dis- charged by Mr. 1. Wheeler, St. Brides, and Mr. T. Hadden, Dunraven Gardens. The executive committee consisted of Mr. H. 0. Irvine (chairman), Rev. John Jones, Messrs. J. Sim, E. Bryant, and L. Yorath, while Messrs. R. Ace, E. Dixon, and W. Hayden acted as inspection committee. The general committee included Rev. E. Rosser, Messrs. T. Rowe, Edward Morgan, Rees Ace, M. Trotman, T. Powell, C. Curtis, C. Phillips (Wick), E. Home (Wick), G. Kibblewhite, Jenkin Hopkin. W. Rees (Ogmore), Edmund Pearce, T. Miles, R. Jury, E. Powell, R. Powell. J. Osborne. G. Boucher, H. Dixon, E. Hopkins, W. Bevan, W. Hayden, D. Harry, E. Howe, it. Thomas, L. Ace, E. Dixon, W. George, D. Miles, F. Beeson, J. Jury, and G. Curtis. The following were the judges:—Gardens and vegetables, Mr Tebby, Nash .vianor, and Mr. Windsor, St. Donat's Castle; fowls, eggs, honey, knitting, sewing, cakes, etc., Mrs J. M. Randall, Mrs. Irvine, Mrs. Jones. The Rectory, Mrs. Gerald Bruce, Tymawr, Misses Dulcie and Etta Booker; handwriting, Mr. J. G. Jenkins, Bridgend; sports, Messrs. H. O. Irvine and L. Yorath. The president (the Countess of Dunraven) was unable to be present, and Mr. H. O. Irvine distributed the prizes. During the afternoon and evening a capital selection of music was discoursed by the Pencoed Brass Band. The following were the awards:-
VEGETABLES. Kidney Potatoes: 1, Evan Howe, Heoly- mynydd; 2, Robert Jury, Ogmore; 3, Thos. Aghby, Wick; 4, William Bevan, St. Brides. Round Potatoes: 1, Evan Howe; 2, Robert Jury; 3, William Hayden, St. Brides; 4, James Osborne, Cwm Mawr. Broad Beans: 1, Alfred Benjamin, St. Brides; 2, James Osborne; 3, E. Grimshare, Heolymynydd. Scarlet Runners: 1, James Osborne; 2, Rees Ace, fet. Brides; 3. Evan Howe. Dwarf Kidneys: 1, David Llewellyn, St. Brides; 2, Rees Ace; 3. Alfred Benjamin. Carrots 1, Jas. Osborne 2, Jas. Jury, Og- more 3, Robert Jury. Parsnips 1, Evan Howe 2, Jas. Osborne 3, Thomas Hopkin, St. Brides. Winter Onions: 1, David Llewellyn; 2, Harry Dixon, St. Brides; 3, Thomas Miles, St. Brides. Spring Onions: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Harry Dixon; 3. Evan Howe. Shalots: 1. Thomas Rees, Heolymynydd; 2, E. Grimshare; 3, Ernest Dixon, St. Brides. Leeks: 1. Evan Howe; 2, Jas. Osborne; 3, Robert Jury. Turnips: 1. James Osborne; 2, Thomas Hopkin; 3, William Bevan. Beetroot: 1, James Osborne; 2, Evan Howe; 3, Thomas Miles. Red Celery: 1, James Osborne; 2, Evan Howe; 3, Robert Jury. White Celery: 1. James Osborne; 2, Evan Howe; 3, Robert Jury. Rhubarb: 1, Edward Williams, St. Brides; 2, James Osborne; 3, Jas. Jury. Cabbages (two for table): 1, Evan Howe; 2, Robert Jury; 3, Evan Williams, St. Brides. Red Cabbages: 1, Isaac Thomas, St. Brides; 2, Jas. Osborne; 3, George Curtis, St. Brides. Cauliflower: 1, Evan Howe; 2, George Curtis; 3, Cornelius Hood, Cleminstone. Cabbage Lettuce: 1. Jas. Osborne; 2, Alfied Benjamin 3, Thomas Ashby. Cos Lettuce: 1, John Howe, Heoly- mynydd; 2, Robert Jury; 3, Jas. Osborne. Marrows: 1, Jas, Osborne; 2, Thomas Hopkin; 3, Richard John. Peas: 1, James Osborne; 2, Robert Jury; 3, Evan Howe. Collection of Vegetables: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Evan Howe; 3, Robert Jury. Boiled Round Pbtatoes: 1, Mrs. Curtis, St. Brides; 2, Mrs. R. Jury; 3, Mrs. Boucher, Pantygroes. Boiled Kidney Potatoes: 1. Mrs. R. Jury; 2, Mrs. William Hayden; 3, Mrs. George Curtis. Cucumbers: 1, Evan Howe; 2, William Hayden; 3, Edward Hopkin, St. Brides. Ridge Cucumbers: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, R. Jury; 3, Thos. Hopkin. Tomatoes: 1, Jas. Osborne. Savoys: 2, Evan Howe; o, Jas. Osborne. Four sorts of Potatoes: 1, Alfred Benja- min; 2, Thos. Hopkin; 3, Jas. Osborne. Best Nine Potatoes (any sort): 1, Evan Howe 2, David Llewellyn. (Prizes given by Mr. Jenkin Hopkin.) Pot of Parsley: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Harry Dixon; 3, Thomas Hopkin. '(First prize given by Mr. W. Hopkins, Merthyrmawr.) FRUIT. Dessert Apples: 1, Mrs. Dan Crowley, St. Brides; 2, W. E. Powell, St. Brides; 3, H. Dixon. Cooking Apples: 1, Thos. Miles; 2, Harry Dixon; 3, Evan Williams. Pears: 3, Mrs. Lorenzo Bevan, St. Brides. Gooseberries: 1, Robert Jury; 2, Thomas Ropkin 3, Jas. Osborne. Red Currants: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Mrs. Hood; 3, Mrs. Benjamin. Black Currants: 1, Jas. Jury; 2, Thomas Hopkin 3, George Boucher. Raspberries: 1, Richard Thomas, St. Brides. Jam (any kind): 1, Mrs. Osborne; 2, Mrs. Harry Dixon 3, Mrs. Thos. Miles. FLOWERS. Bouquet of Garden Flowers: 1, Harriet Os- borne; 2, Jas. Osborne; 3, George Curtis. Bouquet Wild Flowers: 1, Alfred Osborne; 2, Harriett Osborne; 3, Wm. Hayden. Three Window Plants: 1, Mrs. Morgan Hardee, Black Hall; 2, Rees Ace; 3, Harry Dixon. Specimen Plant: 1, Edward Williams; 2, Charles Curtis; 3, Thomas Hopkin. Nosegay of Wild Flowers (open to children between 8 and 12 years of age): 1, Alfred Jury, Ogmore; 2, William Sparrat, St. Bndes; 3, J^ranu. Hayden. Nosegay of Garden Flowers (children be- tween 12 and 15 years of age): 1, Alfred Os- borne 2, Frank Hayden; 3, Bessie Hardee. Basket of Cut Flowers: 1. Evan Howe; 2, Jas. Usborne; 3, Harry Dixon. Cut Blooms: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, William Hayden. Buttonhole Bouquets: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Evan Howe; 3, Wm. Hayden. Sweet Peas: 1, Wm. Hayden; 2, Evan Howe; 3, Wm. Bevan. Window Box: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Wm. Hayden; 3, Mrs. Wm. Bevan. MISCELLANEOUS. Pair Fowls dressed for market (open): 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Mrs. C. Hood; 3, Mrs. Charles Bevan, St. Brides. Brown Jbjggs: 1, Gwen Miles, St. Brides; 2, Evan Williams; 3, Annie Rees, Heoly- mynydd. White Eggs: 1, Chas. Curtis, Pantygroes; 2, Rees Ace. Run Honey: 1, George Atyeo, St. Brides; 2, Cornelius Hood; 3, Alfred Benjamin. Honey in any form: 1, Cornelius Hood; 2, James Osborne; 3, Edward Williams. Best kept and cropped garden in the par- ishes of St. Bride's Major, Wick, and St. An- drews' Minor: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Evan Howe; 3, Robert Jury; 4, Thos. Miles. "Best kept and cropped garden in any of the three parishes named (open to those who had not won the prize for two years): 1, James Osborne. The prize, a silver medal, was given by Messrs. Beha and Co., Bridgend. Plain knitting (for children attending ele- mentary schools): 1, Cecil Jury, Ogmore; 2, Maud Harry, Ogmore; 3. Annie McDonald, Norton. Fancy Knitting (children): 1. Mary Mc- Donald, Norton 2, Jennie Hardee. Ribbed Knitting (open): 1, Harriett Os- borne 2, Mrs. Lorenzo Bevan. Plain Needlework: 1, Mrs. Cox, Panty- groes; 2. Mrs. David Miles, St. Brides; 3, Mrs. L. Bevan. Plain Needlework (children): 1. Felicia Williams. St. Brides: 2, Cecil Jury, Ogmore; 3, divided between Maud Harry and Ada Jury. Best kept and cropped garden patch (boys under 15): 1, Alfred Osborne. Cwm Mawr; 2, John R. Bevan, St. Brides; 3, George Os- borne. (Prizes given by Mrs. J. Id. Randall.) Loaf Currant Cake (girls): 1, Blodwen Hopkin. St. Brides; 2. Eva Ace; 3. Edith Pearce. St. Brides. (Prizes given by Mrs. Randall.) Best cooked workman's dinner 1. Mrs. Harry Dixon; 2. Mrs. Thomas Hopkin; 3, Mrs. Boucher. (Prizes given by Mrs. Ran- dall.) Cottagers' Loaf of Bread: 1. Mrs Osborne; 2, Mrs. Rees Ace; 3, Mrs. Wm. Bevan. Handwriting (boys attending school): 1. Eric Wheeler, St. Brides: 2, Alexander Bevan. St. Brides: 3. Tom Rees. St. Brides. Handwriting (girls): 1. Isabella Bevan, St. Brides; 2. Jennie Hardee: 3. Agnes George. Heolymynydd 4. Olive Hopkin. St. Brides. SPECIAL CLASSES. Collection of Vegetables: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Evan Howe. Collection of Hardy Flowers: 1, Jas. Os- borne. Basket of Cut Flowers: 1, Evan Howe; 2, Jas. Osborne. Lady's Spray and Gent's Buttonhole: 1, Jas. Osborne 2, Evan Howe; 3, Harry Dixon. Basket of Vegetables: 1, Jas. Osborne; 2, Harry Dixon. Basket of Salad 1, Jas. Osborne. THE SPORTS. The chief results were:- 200 Yards Handicap (Men): 1, Edward John Lloyd; 2. Harry Pearce; 3, Robert Lloyd. 100 Yards Handicap (boys): 1. Tom Bevan 2, Tom McDonald 3, Eric Isaiah Wheeler. Donkey Race: 1, Robert Bevan; 2, Tom Hardee. Character Race (girls): 1, Florence Dixon; 2, Jessie Bevan. Character Race (boys): 1, Donald Dixon; 2, George Osborne 3. Willie Jones Bevan. Character Race (men): 1. John Ace; 2, Harry Pearce; 3, Alfred Osborne. Egg and Spoon Race: 1, Alexander Bevan; 2, Russell Bullimore; 3, Kobert Lloyd. 100 Yards Race (girls): 1, Agnes George 2, Felicia Williams; ,3, Cecil Rees. High Jump (men): 1, E. Grimshare; 2, J. Owen; 3, E. Williams. High Jump (boys): 1. Joseph R. Wheeler; 2, Eric 1. Wheeler and Tom Bevan. j. lace Kick: 1, Edward J. Lloyd; 2, E. Grimshare 3, Harry Pearce. The Tug of War, 12 a side, Married v. Single, resulted in a win for the Married, captained by Alfred Benjamin. The Single Team was captained by Edward J. Lloyd. Best Character Dress Alfred Benjamin.
BRIDGEND GROUP OF SCHOOLS. The monthly meeting of the managers of the Bridgend Group of Schools was held on Thursday, last week, the Rev. J. Harold Wil- liams presiding. Also present were Mrs. Powell, Bridgend; Revs. W. A. Edwards, Rector of Llangan; Owen Davies, Llantwit Major; Stephen Jones, Treos Alderman W. Howell, J.P., Feneoed: Mr. Illtyd Williams, J.P., Castleton; Mr. David Williams, Bridg- end with the clerk (Mr. Edward Preece, junr.). PENCOED SCHOOL. The Clerk stated that nothing further had been received from the Education Commit- tee, with reference to the proposed exten- sions of the school at Pencoed. Alderman Howell said he understood that it was proposed to erect the new wing either on a portion of the common or on the play- ground. If the building were to be placed on the common, the Court Leet must first be consulted, and they were taking strong action with regard to erections on the com- mon made without their consent. If the playground was to be interfered with. he would ^oint out that the space was limited enough already. He moved that a commit- tee be appointed to consider the matter. The motion was carried, and Rev S. Jones, Alderman Howell, and Mr. Wm. Evans were appointed to form the committee. MASTER'S HOUSE. Rev. W. A. Edwards stated that the com- mittee appointed to consider the question of providing a house for the headmaster at Coy- church had gone fully into the matter, and having regard to the scarcity of houses in that district, they recommended that a house be erected for the master. The managers decided to urge upon the Education Committee the desirability of erecting a house. ST. ATHAN'S METHODISTS. Mr. Illtyd Williams applied, on behalf of the Calvinistic Methodist Church at St. Athans, for the use of the schoolroom for ten weeks, during the execution of repairs to their chapel. The Chairman moved that the application be granted. Mrs. Powell seconded, and it was carried. VACANCIES. The following teachers wrote tl)At they were resigning their appointments owing to their entering college in September:—John M. Thomas, Cefn Cribbwr; Walter S. Trigg, Llantwit Major; Evan A. i^loyd, Bridgend; and Sarah Evans, Pencoed. The Clerk was directed to write Dr. James requesting him to advertise for successors. The Chairman said the managers had been given power to make appointments of assist- ant teachers, but in many cases only one ap- plication was sent to them, and the appli- cant did not always suit the district. He though some reformation was needed in the system of advertising for and appointing teachers. Frequently appointments were made on reference to one or two managers between the ordinary meetings. The Clerk stated that he believed some al- terations were shortly to be made in regard to appointments. He had received a letter stating that the group managers, in appoint- ing certificated assistants, may select three of the candidates to appear before them." The Chairman We shall make the most of the may." (Laughter.) Mr. D. Williams They are becoming par- ticularly gracious. HEADMASTER S APPLICATION. The clerk to the County Council wrote that the Education Committee had considered the managers' recommendation that the applica- tion of Mr. J. G. Jenkins, headmaster of the Bridgend .Hoys' School, for a private room at the school should be granted. The commit- tee were unable to accede to the request. Alderman Howell: There's an end to it. (Laughter.) READING ROOM. A letter was also read from the clerk to the County Council stating that the Education Committee had decided to grant the use of a class-room at the Kenfig Hill School for the purposes of a public reading-room, free of charge. The use of the class-room was not to interfere in any way with the work of the school, and a committee representing the re- sidents of the district would be responsible for any damage and for the maintenance of order. They would have to pay the lighting and cleaning expenses. The Chairman expressed satisfaction that the recommendation of the managers in this instance had been adopted. It was very de- sirable that the schools in places like Kenfig Hill should be lent for such purposes. TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION. Mr Sloman, Bridgend. wrote applying that no charges should be made in respect of holding the meetings of the Mid-Glamorgan Branch of the National Union of Teachers at the Bridgend School. Mr. David Williams moved that the appli- cation be acceded to. Mr. Illtyd Williams seconded, and it was agreed to. BRIDGEND MISTRESS. The Clerk said the Education Committee agreed to pay Miss Annie Morgan zC5 as extra remuneration for the time during which she acted as headmistress of the Bridgend School in the absence of Miss C. A. Morgan. The Chairman That was the figure we re- commended.
I FETES. By LEIGH WESTERDALE. Who invented the fete? Surely a genius who realised that there seems to be nothing the human animal enjoys better than going temporally insane" decently and in big crowds. For a fete, looked up in the broad light of reason, studied by a moment's calm thought, soon shows itself forth to a healthy brain as the very Parnassus point of laugh- able idiocy, and yet, year after year, they are arranged, they are advertised, they come, we go, it is quite proper, it is fashionable, it is to many a holy duty. There is no shame showing red on our necks, there is no gig- gling on our lips; we go, soap-shiny and re- splendent, sober and respectable, as it to Church on Sunday. But supposing a person unacquainted with fetes—an ordinary, common, or garden speci- men of the rank and file from a neighbouring land or planet, who is accustomed to seeing things done in a straightforward, rational manner, and when lie has an object in view to attempt the accomplishment of that object by sensible methods—were to spend a few days at your house, and you were to take him, on a glorious summer's afternoon, along a coun- try road towards one of these open-air bazaars, or glorified fancy Farringdon- streets, what would be that person's impres- sions ? On the way you pass a lunatic asylum, per- haps. These unfortunates are out in the fields in crowds enjoying the sunshine and the air, running about, shouting, singing, and making merry in their own especial way. The person from another neighbour- hood gazes over the wall: "What are these, friend?" Ah Poor things! They are irrespon- sibles. They are devoid of ordinary reason, my friend; this is a lunatic asylum. Very sad!" Very, indeed!" Soon the fete field comes in sight. People moving about, running about, laughing, jok- ing, chatting, playing, but all seemingly without any definite purpose in view, or without doing anything practical. The person from another neighbourhood gazes over the wall in amazement at the ani- mated scene. His brows are knitted for a moment, then the worried look melts away, and he turns to you with a confident eye "More lunatics. Two asylums about here, then. How very sad!" You start, badly shocked, and disillusion him at once, but his thought was a natural one, was it not? You are accustomed to this annual outbreak among your friends he is not. You reach the gate. The gate-keeper is put there because he knows his business. Fete managers are cunning and astute. Sixpense, sir, into the field! Childer truppence!" You put down the money gladly, willingly; you almost throw it into the capacious mouth of the greedy receiver in your unwonted haste to get beyond the gate.. Does it ever strike you that you have entered that field hundreds of times before, by the gate, over the wall, through the hedge, early in the morning hunting illicit mushrooms, in the glare of the noon-day heat along with the hay gatherers, and late in the evening chasing the forbidden but succulent bunny, and have never before paid a damaged halfpenny? Yet now you willingly throw away a hard earned sixpence—a good hour's labour-for the privi- lege of walking through one and a half feet of open gate space into the presence of a gaudy crowd, to the tune of a broad grin or two. And now you are inside with your mysti- fied friend, and have been walking about on the damp rheumaticky grass for forty minutes, hot, perspiring, bashful, uncomfort- able in your new light suit, saying Good afternoon," "Hod d'ye do?" "Fine day for the fete," "Glorious weather, indeed," alter- nately and repeatedly to a hundred more of your acquaintances who are trotting round and round in short circles in the same insane manner as yourself, dressed also, as yourself, in their oest anniversary Sunday hangings and draperies, warm, miserable, stiff and troubled for fear of breaking their heads off by turning too suddenly in their six inch collars, or cumbered with much holding up of skirt for fear of ruining flimsy fal-lals and trimmings by trailing them in the muddy grass. Presently there comes towards you a nice young lady, who looks as if she ought to know better, who, with a silvery laugh that would almost persuade an old maid to give up her pet pug-dog, begs of you to take a one-and- sixpenny raffle ticket for a real, live, genuine pig, which may be seen on view in one corner in an old orange box, grunting, miserable, out-of-place, pathetic, dirty. Perhaps the only place where a young lady shows an in- tense interest in and a fondness for pig is at a country fete. And this young damsel would cut you dead, or just address you with a patronising air if she met you in an ordin- ary way in the street, or coming out of church on Sunday, and you, feeling your feet slipping from underneath you, and your heart beating like a Salvation Army tam- bourine, when she stops and talks to you in such a free and friendly manner, pull out the shilling and sixpence without a murmur, nay, you are glad to do it, to oblige this be- witching maiden in pale green. You thrust the money at her with a silly leer on your red face, and a funny gurgle in your larynx. You receive in exchange a soiled scrap of cardboard two inches square with a number on it. Three hours' labour given readily for a ticket two inches square with the number 13 scribbled on in in blue pencil. When the lady has decided which of her pet admirers is most worthy to receive the pig, she picks his number out of the pile, and declares the lucky person the winner. An hour later when someone says to you Muggins got the pig, now just. Lucky 9 beggar, whateffer!" you remark excitedly, hardly responsible for your words "Wish I had taken two tickets instead of one. Yes!" which is paramount to saying, "I wish I had thrown the money I earned for my six hours' hard labour last Saturday down the sink hole in our scullery." Walk along that sentence slowly, my friend, and ask yourself if your wish when hearing the result of the nig raffle, and most other raffles, comes from a brain in perfect equilibrium and normal condition of health. The next thing that catches your eye is the beckoning finger of a bold lovely bit of femi- ninity at an ice-cream stall. "Come here, Mr. Justcome, and treat your friend to a strawberry ice!" You obey like a lamb led to slaughter. For the ensuing five minutes you allow tasteless pink dabs of frozen cochinealed flour and glu- cose to wander down towards your oesophagus knowing full well the result will be disastrous to your digestion. Sixpence each for these, please. Two more hours' wages gone. After this you purchase a doll's silk under- skirt for four and sixpence, which you have no earthly use for, and shove it into your pocket along with half a pound of little Mabel's first attempt at toffee, 2s. the lb." The two combine later on in your pocket, under the benign influence of Old Sol, and sundry knocks and forgetful sittings down. When you get home the toffee residue goes into the pig wash, and you use what is left of the silk petticoat for cleaning knives with. Ten hours' labour—one whole day—gone into the pig wash and the knife box! But your temporary insanity has not worn off yet. You sit down to tea!—forgive the mark—and while you are endeavouring to masticate a piece of ancient soddened bake- stone, slimed over with a coat of prime picnic orand margarine," your eye catches sight of a piece of greasy paper rammed into a doubtful looking Bible cake with a hair- pin "One cup of tea-6d." "Two pieces of bread and butter-2d." One piece of cake—fancy—3d." "One piece of cake—seed—or plain—Id." I -or Having drunk the dishwater, and gulped your share of bread, margerine and cake, yon proffer another hardly earned florin. Your friend does ditto. "I've no change for this, Mr. Justcome. Ah! Miss Geejaw, can you change this two shilling piece?" Both their bags are full of small coins. "No, dear! I'm so sorry I can^T. but I'm sure, if I know anything about Mr. Justcome, he doesn't want any change. Now, do yon, Mr. Justcome? It's all 'for the good of the cause,' you know." And so two more hours' labour goes. but is your heart not glad? Miss Geejaw is the only daughter of the great Squire over the hill! And she has smiled sweetly upon you and praised your character and told a pretty
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Lord Jienry Nevill, the master of the Eridge (Sussex) Foxhounds, told his sup- porters at the annual puppy walk, that in consequence of the motor evil he expected he would soon have to send out signposts, "Drive with caution; foxhound puppies walk here." Miss Ella, of Matlock House. Accrington, rejoices in the possession of four baby lions, born at Morecambe last week. She keeps the cubs in her drawing-room, in which at meal times they gambol like Newfoundland puppies. At present their diet is condensed milk.
lie, before a whole tea-table of people all "for tije good for the cause." And, my friend, where does it stop? Scooting gallery, cocoanuts, concerts, 3d. for a chair on the lawn, 2s. for a smell at the rcse trees, Id. fine for a cough or a sneeze- before night falls and your fit has worn itself of, a good week's work and wages and a never-regained afternoon and evening have been utterly squandered and wasted. Worse than all, you go home loudly pro- claiming the good time you have had, put *way your anniversary clothes, for ever soiled and ruined, and declare emphatically four intention of going to the very next fete :hat is advertised. If anybody remonstrates with you for your axtravaganee, you reply in a lofty and super- bilious manner with the dear old ecclesias- tically robed falsehood: My dear sir, it's all for the good of the :ause." This seems to cover anything. Insanity for a religious purpose is good and dutiable! Is a fete for the good of any cause? Was it ever? Yes," you reply; "it is for a new organ at the church," or "It is for the Cottage Hos- pital," or "It is for the Y.M.C.A. or "It is for the Society for the Abolition of Potted Offal," or "It is for the Society for the Pre- vention of Cruelty to Blackbeetles," or It is for the Ancient Order of Secret Tipplers," and so on. What a farce What a lie Can any gathering of respectable so-called Christians, organised for the express pur- pose of systematic swindling and extortion on a gigantic itale and in a disgustingly flagrant manner, be for the good of any cause, and especially a religious one? A fete, a bazaar, and every other similar putrid exerescellce on the face of a philan- thropical society is the most irreligious and fantastically false idea that was every pro- moted—" for the good of a cause." It is—in the case of a fete-an annual training ground for youth of both sexes to be initiated and well instructed in all forms of lying, deceit, robbery, idleness, general loose- ness, and often, I have noticed, over-indul- gence in foodstuffs. If money is required for a cause, let people spend five minutes in quiet thought, and give liberally, willingly, and deliberately, and then return and spend the afternoon at their daily work.