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LONDON LETTER. I i - a i

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THE WELSH FOOTBALL TEAM.

-FOOTBALL. .——<<———_

RETURN OF THE CHANNEL I SQUADRON.…

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I ATHLETIC NOTES. -4b.--

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I ATHLETIC NOTES. -4b.- By an Old Stager. Great and manifold were the rejoicings in Car- diff on Saturday evening upon the fact becoming known,through themediumoE the special edition of the South Walcs Echo, that Wales had succeeded in making a draw of their encounter with the sturdy northeners at Glasgow. A gentleman who wit- nessed the game has wired me the following parti- culars regarding the play. He says the match was a tight one, waged mostly between the for- wards. The Welshmen were lighter than their opponents, but nevertheless held their own well in the" serums." L. C. Thomas played splendidly and was admirably supported by A. F. Hill and R. Gould. C. Newman won the highest encomiums from all by his grand passing and plucky tackling, whilst his confrere, imme- diately behind the scrimmage, W. K. Gwynn, showed a remarkable improvement over his form at Swansea last week. Taylor again did good service, and at one time nearly secured a victory for the principality. a magnificent drop from him passing just under the bar. The Scotch backs, always dangerous, put forth the most deperate efforts to make tracks, but in the face of the brilliant tackling of the Welshmen were com- pletely out of court. Summing up, my informant says the Welshmen all round were far and away a better team than last week succumbed before the "pick" of England. +- The widely diverse results attending the matches played between Queen's College, Cork, at Cardiff, and Newport may perhaps incline some people to the belief that the Monmouth- shire town still maintains its old-time superiority over the sister port. I don't think it would be wise to jump to any such conclusion, for although Cardiff was able to face the collegians with some- thing approaching its best team, while, on the other hand, Newport had to take the field minus the greater portion of their leading players, it must be remembered that the latter had the ad- vantage of meeting the Irishmen on the day lowing the very gruelling game at Cardiff. ^ctl a contest as that at the Cardiff Arms Park on Fridaj would go a long way in the direction of settling a much stronger lot than our late, visitors. I witnessed this match and must say that I never felt more convinced of the folly of taking the field without the presence of a duly qualified referee. I know that when about two-thirds of the time had elapsed a gentleman was induced to act in this capacity, but by that time matters had got too considerably "mixed" to allow or his decisions being acquiesced in wIth. anything like readiness. If a referee had been appointed at the out- set much unpleasantness would have been avoided. There was but little in the play meriting notice if I accept the good rushing and dribbling of the College forwards and the rattling form displayed by W. F. Evans—an old international man. -1-"? Collegians in the initial half rained plenty 01 friends by their determination and dash, but their subsequent conduct completely upset this short- lived popularity, and probably everybody present would have been delignted to see them soundly thrashed. Their wrangling- and disduting-to use no harsher terms—were most reprehensible. To meet a long-felt want, as the advertisements say, an effort is about being made to float a Harriers' Club at Cardiff. There can be no more delightful pastime than cross country running, and from what I know of the promoters of tho new venture its success should be a dead certainty. That genial old athlete, Mr T. Cook, mine host of the Blue Anchor, Wharton street, in his dav one of the best sprinters in the district, and who has since done such good service in the direction of trotting-out" rising talent, asks me to say that a meeting in con- nection with the proposed club will take place at his hostelry on Thursday evening next, at eight p.m, which all interested are cordially invited to attend. A well-known Sheffield Association club, Lockwood Brothers, narrowly escaped coming to grief in the recent disastrous railway collision at Penistone. They bad purposed travelling into Lancashire by the very train to which the acci- dent occurred, but, luckily for themselves, turned up too late to secure seats. Unpunctuality de- cidedly scored'on this occasion. The following letter speaks for itself Dear Sir,—Allow me to thank you (for one) for your valuable Athletic Notes which appear in your paper from week to week, and especially for those which appeared a few weeks ago anent a- public gymnasium for Cardiff. Surely the metropolis of Wales, with its college and other kindred institutions for tho culture of the should not be without one of these gymnasiums for the development of the muscular powers. Cannot some of our athletic friends take this matter up at once, and call a public meeting such as you suggested, and so set the ball rolling 'in the riVht rlirp.r>tion ? Hooinff this); will be the I case.—I am yours faithfully, W.T.L. 1

SERIOUS OUTBREAK OFI IMEASLES…

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I The French in China. 1

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A WELSH BARQUE LOST AT SEA

THE SUICIDE OF A NEWPORT SOLICITOR.

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