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SMALL TALK. Nadolig 11 aw en i chwi gyd. Not long ago (says the "Lyening Standard") a letter relating to food grievances reached the Minitry of Food, addressed to Lord Rhondda, from three miners of South Wa les. It was evi- dent that the three signatories had been per- plexed as to their mode of address. First they had started their letter with "My Lord," but the "my" had been crossed out and the word "our" substituted. "Our Lord" evidently did not look quite right, and it was, in turn, crossed out. But it must have been a counsel of des- pair that finally substituted "0" for ow." For with "0 Lord" the letter began. Sir W. J. Thomas presents two gold medals annually to mining rtudeTi-s, atid Mr. Sheni J. Davies, of Ogmore Vale, has this year won the medal for mine-surveying, having attained the highest position in the county technical examin- ation. Miss Picton Turbervill, Ewenny ("capable of holding her own with any of the dignitaries of the Church) has another article in the "N ine- teenth Century," in which she advocates that the laity should be entrusted with a great deal more power than is at present the case. «• hi • r Mr. D. C. Watts, F.A.I. (Mesa-s. John David and Watts), a man of "push and go," is hinting it off all right with his fortnightly sales of stock at Bridgend Cattle Market. The first Christmas sale on Wednesday this week of fat and store stock passed off with re- sults hopeful and encouraging. Hanging about cn so cold a day was, ia the language of the Tribunals, rather a "sedentary occupation," though the situation was occasion- ally relieved by incidents that were diverting and exhilarating, as, for example, whfcM a bellicose bull became restive, and stood apon his native dignity. I Cheap athletic sports (ma^hear&ed) afforded exercise and pastime for youths, attached and unattached, and in the streets there was many an exciting chase after more or lesss refractory cattle, or silly sheep, whose only ambition would seem to be to go and get lost, and (if they can help it) never be found again. Other sheep there are (two-legged), who will not hear the shepherd's voice, and as wilfully despise the shepherd's fold. As the grand reeult of the recent pageaiit in the Town Hall, Bridgend, the Rector of Coity and the Vicar of Newcastle have forwarded a cheque for t67 9s. 10d. to the South Wales Fund of the Church of England Waifs' and Strays' Society. Good beys! Everything may now be said to be HU at Lloyds" at the Bridgend Y.M.C.A. Soldiers' Hut. Lloyds Bank having kindly presented the wooden structure—the kind of "snug" in which one finds oneself on entering-let the wind howl ever so mightily, and however cold it may happen to be—the hut is unaffected, and i-a al- ways cosy and warm. It would not be easy to "carry on" without the services of the ladies, who work con amore, and it is only right that they should be protected from discomfort during the long hours of waiting. People who are prone to depreciate Bridgend and the ministrations of its workers, are re- minded that there are only 14 towns in Great Britain that have risen to a hut. Twe of these huts are in Scotland (at Edinburgh and Glas- gow), so that Bridgend according to its popula- tion, stands out well in comparison with many another place more advantaegously situated and with far more favourable conditions. Mr. Jenkin Rees, the famous bass from Maes- teg (one of the soloists at the performance of the oratorio, "Daid and Jonathan," by Christ Church United Choir, at the Town Hall, Bridg- end, on Wednesday night, is a cousin of Mr. Morgan Stradling. The last-named is also not without musical talent, and in his day, as well as being a "sport" and able to "put 'em up" (a pastime he has by no means forgotten), he was much sought after as a comedian, with his "shillelah," his Hiber- nian habilaments, and his "brogue" which was indistinguishable from that of the "bhoy*" of Cork and Connemara. A good story is told of the appearance of Mr. Stradling -w, an "artiste" at a charity concert got up in connection with the Bridegnd Catholic Church one winter long ago. It is still told how at the close the then priest (Father Tunney), not knowing the "Irish comedian," would not I be disillusioned, and told everybody who said otherwise to go to "the Marines." That sweet bhoy," said he, "could never have forgotfce* the musical tongue of hi§ own country." 1. I I Mr. Stradling's only hobby is now public work, and he sets about it with becoming seri- ousness. If Mr. Stradling's colleagues on the Council doubt his abilities, let them ask him one day to give them "a turn." I I • • • • .» • l • I • I It is said that in the multitude of councillors there is wisdom. And really if there is any- thing in numbers, Bridgend Police Court ehou.d be the v^ry fount of justice Every Saturday there are always about a dozen J.P.'s in evidence. Last Saturday there were fourteen, so that the "Bench" was uncom- fortably crowded, and extra chairs had to be brought in. After they had been at it for six hours an l incident happened which showed what an ac- I quisition a truly human, experienced, and tact- ful officer may be in the administration of jus- tice, and al¡,¡o-in saving their Worships' time. In the last case four ladies were at logger- heads. There was, as usual, a summons and a I cross-summons, and every appearance of an in- coming tide of verbal wrangling and of ¡ unctiously pictistic asseverations. I The weary Chairman (Alderman Llewellyn), I appealing to Inspector Rees Davies, asked him if he would kindly step outside with the four liti- | gious ladies, and try to "settle it all out of Court." The Inspector promptly complied, and in the course of a few minutes returned, and said he had effected a reconciliation, and all had consented to be bound over. An officer who can thus mollify four irate women, stay the striie of tongues, and send them on their way rejoic- ing, has much of the missionary in his make- up, and is an acquisition everywhere, above all in the Police Court.