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No less than 2.25 inches of rain fell at Cray on January 31st last. Ames scored in the first few minutes for Cardiff 11. on Saturday. Every tœm ought j to have "Ame&" in that direction. A Frenchman on the East Side, the other iv, inquired the whereabouts of a "Mr. Pixg. It transpired he meant "Pugh." A Sandefield resident says he doesn't mind the tide washing coping stones away so long as it replenishes hig coalhouse with plenty of fuel! I The new president of Cardiff Chamber of Trade says that Tafisiders ought to have "more pride in their city." No, we decline to comment. According to Mr. Edmund Law, the Neath Town Council have no more oour- age than a mouse." And someone unkindly exclaimed, £ wa ts'" w> «p- Dr. Jones's latest (at the Aberavon County Police Court Monday) You are a hot cross bun maker by profession, I suppose. Work one day in the year. Thio opinion oi some local coal-aner- chants over the replenishment of their cus- tomers' fuel supplies from the beach is in- teresting and quite forcible. The world is very observant, shrewd and just regarding the standard of life lived I by the ordinary Christian man.—(Rev. Akrill Jones, M.A., it the Y.M.C.A.). What with no tire applianoes and the water turned off At nig'h^s, the "Skepy Hollow," otherwise known as Mumbles, will be awakened with a start some day. "1"ao- To judge by the frequency of proceedings in the PC' oe mi' & certain Swansea, district thait bad long emoe lived down its old time reputation is no A' bent upon re- J covea-ing it ag,a,in. From a Cardiff paper —"The scene on the Aberystwyth promennde was a magnificent one. Soa: of the kitchens of the board- i rig-houses were Hooded. "—"Magnificent'' hardly does it justice. "Salt-horse" writes to inform up that the sound of the bell of the new clock at the Swansea Y.M.C.A. resemble& that of tiie Poi-t Talbot. Bell Buoy, with a dash of the Mixer. thrown -n:e." r"w..I. !s. A football reporter, recently describin g the weather conditions at a Vale of Neiitu football match, said "The wind blew the ball 111 all directions." Surely the "four winds'' had here met! Yet another version of the oath was given at the Amma.nford Court on Monday, when a witness said. The evidence I shall be giving shall be the true. the. whole true, and nothing bat the true." > +- Ednoatinm Co- rnffnattee has rooom- rmenided that, the salaty of the Dinector of iidiiication should h3 increased froji-, £.350 to £ 400 a year. The C'ouncl on Wednes- day has to determine the matter. Commenting on Swansea's open-air schools, a Cardiff paper says:—"Ratepayers will watch this experiment with anxious interest, if it mearns ultimately doing away with our school-pa laces and the big sums charged for tht-m." Young married Uplands lady to new Per- vant Take bad-: that bacon to the shop, Mary, and tell the man that Mr. J- does not, "like Carmarthen bacon. He will have Welsh bacon, even if he has to pay £ d. per lb. mere for i? lb. m,?ac for it The Grotesques" at the Empire this week provide some wholesome fan, ncht heartily enjoyed. But since they can sing, why should they mt provide at least one jr, i ] selection before the pleasAit fooling begins. A Pontardawe dame. 98 years of age. has been granted an old age pension by the local Old Age Pension Committee. She was pre- viously in receipt of six shillings weekly out- relitf, but preferred the 5s. a week pension so as to be independent. Although there are still some shops in Swansea's main .streets occupied by trades- men it was into a freak show the man on a hirthdav celebration strayed but he Te- tired hurriedly, a chastened being, promis- ing himself that he would lea d a new life henceforth. He had seen snakes. Those who would fain believe that other than fierce and bitter rivalry prevails be-1 tween the football cedes should be around the docks on Monday morning, when office boys, followers of the respective Rugby and Soccer teams, meet to compare notes on the Saturday's doings of their favourites. There is one public house at Llandovery to every 134 people" I There were only 11 convictions for druhKeiiuess, though the drinking facilities wero three times as great as the average in England and Wales. This rather spoils a favourite temperance argu- ment—less facilities, less drunkenness. -> The titbit of the Cwni-road case at the police court was the change in the attitude of the crowd that came upon the scene According to the evidence, at the firs: they were inclined to side with the plaintiff; but after the other side had had a chance to put in a word, they began to let fiv" at plaintiff's Itouse with every stick and stone that th-ev could lay hands on. One fact the critics who complain of the "Sunday evening parade" at Swansea seem to persistently overlook (writes a corres- pondent), and that is that it commences FORE the services at the places of wor- ship conclude, proving the need of some other form of attraction for the young peo- ple, who obviously, regrettable though it may be, do not care for chapel or church. Pain, even if a deluge, cannot damp the ardour of the Ammanford Rugby enthnsi- asts. Twenty-two motor vehicles conveyed ever 1GO persons (some of them ladies) to see j the Cup match, while o-ver 150 travelled by vrai n. They will never forget theiy journey r the match. The rain was simply torrent- ij. a.nd history has now recorded the "lash-; :d,g of their hopes for this season in tl. cup i The Swansea representatives of the two Cardiff papers in 1914 conclude thirty years' service in that capacity. -i><1>+ The best" Lire of Owen Glyndwr" is written in English. And Owen is the most "live" ngure in a shadowy and remote past. live .1 iigure in a shadov;.y and remot-e p". "Fancy a Swansea, infant being called upon to learn t.he rudiments of two langu- ages at one and th,me time !"—(A badly- riled English parenij. "¡;<t ',). The work of Llew. Morris and Jack Wil- liams on Saturday justified the hope that the building up of a great Swans' eide is proceeding on the Tight lines. Two subjects likely to contribute to a long sitting of Swansea- Council on VV ednes- day are the teachuig of Welsh in the ele- mentary schools and Sunday trading. The chief speaker (Mr. J. L. Griffiths) at the Swansea Chamber of Commerce banquet had a sly dig at the telephone system when he said that London was without one to-day. One man at least was reminded what day it was on Saturday when a friend greeted him with Good morning, 14th of liebru- ary." Then he remembered that his name was Valentine. 4>-4>-<! It 3>- True it is that Cardiff slithered home by a try in the "Park" mud on Saturday. But bad it been a game of Rugby football, the Whites would not have been beaten, let alone Birch'd. f; Upon being asked his opinion of compul- sory Welsh in schools, a docks man put it this way "Do you desire the rising genera- tion to become ba: d.s or men of afiaixs? "$.. Mr. J. L. Griftuhs, the guest of the even- ing at the Chamber of Commerce banquet, declared that, he was strongly of opinion that the Ang!o r axon is not moral oy in- stinct but by legislation." Although to-day' is the fourteenth of February, and supposed to be St. Valentine's Day, not a single Õi,1e of our "copy" boys has received even the semblance of a missive —not even a "snal?^-in-the-grass!" Even the Cardiff papers admit that the "All Whites" were unlucky to Jose on Saturday. The SAW character of the com petition between them and the Swans is emphasised bv the 6—0 win of the latter against Caerphilly. K 4 The western raiders did not come empty handed away from C-trdiff. For if the Blue 1 and Blacks were better wallowers," the all-conquering Swansea Salisbury Club b-roiigh, away the rval ps of the Cardiff Ccn- servative Club player*. • It was a well known Swansea temperance sdvocate who enthusiasticary led the &p- and fiercely demanded an encore of the splendidly rence-ed -olo, Give me punch. swf *t and stronp at "The Pnritan's Daughter" op*>ra last week. f _7- frhç"mln:nt.. of the \3vcrnsea Waters sod Sewei^s Committiee to be submiitod to Wed- nesday's Council meeting .chi-rvas miracles. Not only is Febrhary granted 31 days, but the rainfall between the 12th and the 31st is determined in advance. Moody-Manners Opera Company ended their season at Svvaiise.a in a manner com- pensa/*ing for the disappointing results earlier in the week. Friday evening, the n'atinee and the evening performances on Saturday had crowded houses. ■v ■ The gale gave a false fire-akrra at L;ui- edly at midnight on Sa+v:day. It is said to have dislodged the valve of the hooter at the South Wales tin works and as a conse- quence the alarm went for nearly t.wo hcua-s. LIumdreis of people rushed to the aoene. of leople ru-? "Why not make Landore a garden city? asked Mr. J. T. Duncan (president of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce) at the Swansea Chamber of Commerce dinner on Saturday night. (It seems superf-umis to state that Mr. Duncan does hail from Car- diff!) I "Yes," said the ..yni?t man in the Sketty car, "I had a most enjoyable week s grand opera, and took my seat each night- happv in the sure and certain knowledge that I would hear not one -note of ragtime and I no humorous references to the talented player who performs at inside left for the Swans." The American Consu G enera l got hcme I Th> A'11crican Consul.GenC-'ral got) heme pJ'etty effectiv.c1y at +J: Chamber of Com- merce banquet At '-?ast InIt the aLdience .?t the clo' of his speech sprang to Lheir f?et ;ntent apparently to demand an," en- core." And the others forbrared o?y be- onse the.v realised it would not be reason- able. The sltiggisili-ies- of private enterprise in providing houses in Swansea—of which about 2,000 are immediately needed—is in- dicated to a painful degree by the fact that rhns for ciilv ti dwelHr.?s were parsfd bv the Highway Commict?e this month. Is I this to be attributed to Corporation com- petition? When next the "superior persons" and "intellectuals" sneer at the supposed predi- lection of Swansea audiences for musical comedy and the lighter forms of entertain- ment we will remember that Dr. Vaughan Thomas produced Elgar's "Apostks." not. lavi-hiv but with the conscientious objective of doing justice to a work by the most emin- ent of British composers, as a loss cf £6\). And now the recognised English impressario brings to Swansea his full company, chorus and orchestra, putting on three operas new to the town, of entirely different schools of music and of absorbing int' Test. The result, popular support eminently satisfactory, but the "superior per?ons" and the "intellect- uals" absented themselves with a cynicism that is incomprehensible.—("Prospero. ") J,. An old-fashioned Rugbyite writes:- Whenever Wales trounces Scotland at Rugger football—which has been a frequent occurrence during the last dozen years—al- most invariably charges or insinuations of fep! play on the part of the Welsh players appear in the newspapers. Truth to tell there is nothing mors foul and unsportsman- like than these persistent efforts to excuse the vanomshed by mean attacks upon the victors. It is noteworthy that Mr. Hamish Stuart. Who himself saw the match, and in his comments gave no hint 01 suggestion that be observed anv evidence of foul tactics, is active in giving publicity to the allegations of unnamed and unknown calumniators of the Walfh team. As a matter of fact, twice as many Welshmen as Scotsmen were in- jured iri the course of a particularly keen and strenuous game. There must be a softening in the stiff Scottish fiibre when every defeat produces moan and a slander. Can't Scotch footballers nowadays take a beating 11 i A I The traffic on the road between Swansea and Llanelly is increasing enormously., The majority of vehicles are motors. At the heaviest stage of tiThe downpettt on Thursday afternoon a man was seen walk- ing through Castle-street wearing a straw hat! The type of (Thristiaiiaty which permits a mother's mortal illness and death to be ig- nored does not commend it.¡-lf to popular favour. The Swansea Women's Suffrage Society state in their annual report that there is hard work to be done in the coming year. Nothing to do with burning houses, thotigh I The Foxhole tenant whom Aid. Merrella advised to pay no rent in a certain contin- gency looked "-very fertile soil. In fact, there would be many exponents of the "no- rent" idea. ?-  -<!> 0 < t -<t> A She Nanny" was a term of abase heard in thet polioe court on Thursday. If it is in- tended to be abusive, why, it is an aspersion on an honourable profession, that's all we can say! loull heai about this again," said A Swansea police officer to an unsavoury char- acter last November. The remark was pro- phetic. Defendant did "hear about it" on Thursday. A gem of Mr. Edmund Law at Thursday nigjht s meeting at Neath, one tha,t de- serves a place hare Once you sell your body and soul like that, then God help you, for it's all up a tr." During the recent inspection of the manual training classes at Swansea, special reference was made to the teachers' train- ing class, conduct.ed by Mr. D. L. Hairis, and it was claimed to be the "best in the country. Those who have not yet had their Christ- mas pudding and mince pies oan still buy them, for there are two shops in a certain Swaasea street that are still exhibiting plum puddings, mince pies, and holly in the windows. Both the county and the borough deputy. coroners, by a i.ingiikr coincidence, were late arrivals at inquests this week through the breakdown of their motor-caTs—Mr. Wilson at Oxwich, a.nd Mr. Glyn Morris at the Hafod. Swansea builderc have been looking up old tinie-sneets, and they declare that it ill appa-ding wnat little a workman puts in nowadays over a job compared with a few Y-s The fact is," said on.e of them, the men nowadays only wait for the clock to go round." # a» ? At Ihursday mgat ■- meeting at Neath, -dr. Edmund Law exciaimed in righteous wrath Why soine of the account? have not been pa-id sinco nineteen-ought-twedve— Id 012. G,icss there 11 be no.gas undertak- ing lor any of us to worry about then, for we shad a]: be "gas. Hotspur. ") ""t f. _:t;Q We eoidd/BOi see the fjot.y, and ee> tai.iTj the man in 'charge could not see the joke, out the Kigh street Station yard an Thura day was flowing with^mik. The horse at;. tached to a mifk-oart had moved, and a wnole cnurn of ii-ilk c"r.1e toppling out. "I will by down my life to you I will dii at your feet. was a phrase head at the pon o court on ihursday It sounds afico- tionate, but as the lady to whom it was ad- dressed summoned tile lady who used tha words for abusive language, doesn't appeal to have struck everybody in that light. < One of the most remarkable sounds to be heard at Mf. \earsiey s stammering class is the hiss as fifteen to twenty people, irom adults to small boys, exhale in the deep breathing portion of the exercises. It sug- gests the bursting of a mighty gas-bag or the sound made by the receding wave on a pebbly beach. A feat of skill wa-s performed in Hikdi- street on Thursday evening. A tram con- Huctor was seen to jump on his car which vas going at a good speed, with a jug-full of tea in his hand. The feat was performed without a drop of the t, a being spilled, and there was loud applause. A member of the Oystermouth District Council wag heard to remark after the fire on Thursday morning. Well, thank heaven, the water s.ippJv was an right this time, at any rate." This reminds one of the man who had one leg cut off and coneoled him- self with the fact that he would only have one boot to clean. Of the dresses of the African natives, Mr. Dugmore, speaking at Swansea, laid it down Ciearly that when men and women were clothed in nothing more than their right mind they were far mpret moral, than others who dressad. I'n fact, morality and clothes went in inverse ratio: the more the clothes the greater thP immoralitv. or rather immorality. The Eat Side wints a new second main road badly. At present the pavement near Quay Parade and the Arches is simply blocked with people, whilst the road is en- cumbered by all kinds of vehicles, from the railway locomotive to the ten-ton steam lorry. Such a new road might be run from the vicinity of the upper end of the North Dock, via the Pottery Bridge, and up the 6houlder of the hill by ivilvey into Dany- graig-road. A clock in a Swansea street much glanced at by men on their way to work vent an hour fast on Saturday morning, and the boy next door tooii half an hour to clean one brass in order to listen to the fun. Therf were assorted ejaculations: "Good IH "Well, I'm "Great Scott!" and some more. And the pace put on afterwards would have broken Y, coumaiis' heart, until they bethought themselves of their own watches. <8»-$: -<>-<»-<» » When a Swansea man (who was up at the police court this week) dies, one fancies that "fish carvers" will be found written on his heart. An auctioneer bought a guinea set for five shillings at a sale. They were "pinched" and sold for 4s. by the man referred to above. Later, hearing that the polioe were on the scent, he sent an in- termediary with 10s. to buy them back. The go-between effected the repurchase for 81> and the net effect is that The auctioneer, be- sides getting 21s. worth of stuff for 5s., gets his stolen property back again; the man who bought them clears 4s. net on the aeai; the go-between pocketed 2s. out of the half- sovereign given him as a species of com- mission and the defendant "drops" 20s. fine. plus costs, pirns 6s. net loss on the half-sovereign he laid out in buying lack the carvers. Three men who were charged with defendant, and discharged, also did themselves good," as they were stood drinks out of the 4s. originally realised by defend- ant) 0& the sa" el the oarvexa.