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THE FOOTBALL FEVER.

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THE FOOTBALL FEVER. SOME OF THE EVILS OF THE GAME. I AN INTERVIEW WITH A MODERN I PURITAN. A well-known, well-dressed, and respectable Llanellyite called at our office on Monday, saying that he had some comments to offer in respect of the position occupied by the game of football in the hearts of the young peoole of the town. I have been waiting he observed, for soma time before saying anything, but it is time now to speak out, and speak definitely. The fact that the soispan remained uncrackod up to Saturday last may have bad something to do with me keeping silent. The sospan, however, is now gone and none of us oan offer any valid excuse for refraining to make a protest." The interviewing member of our staff asked the Puritan to proceed with the counts of his indict- ment. In the first place," was the reply, this tremendous interest in watching football matches does nothing at all to promote the cultivation of physical development among the general run of the popalation. If this was the result of the rag- ing football fever, I should not have much to say, perhaps nothing to say. But it is not the result. The great mass of people who go and witness the game Sfttwday after Saturday at Stradey have not kicked a football hi their lives, and never will This, it seems to me, is a complete and effective jeply to the claim made by followers of the game that it is a splendid faofcor in the cultivation of physical development in the country. It would be right enough if the followers played football. This, however, is distinctly what they don't do. I could understand the immense sum of moneyspent from Saturday to Saturday if the people who stumped up, had the privilege of a good healthy ran on the turf and a few hard kicks on the ball. Bat this precious privilege is reserved for the players, who pay :aohing J Let anyone else encroach upon the sacred enclosure and watch the result." What is the next count of the indictment 1" I will say nothing about the unhealthy excite- ment engenered by the game-the game I mean as it is being played so far as Llanelly ia oonoerned just now. Under proper conditions I am perfectly willing to concede that football is a healthy and manly game. It is the improper conditions that I complain of. The next serious count in that of the disorderly behaviour of the average football crowd. Football, per se, probably enough has nothing to do with this, but the extravagant oanditions of the existing vogue undoubtedly have a great deal to do with them. You read the evidence of Mr. Evans, the Llanelly station master, last week dealing with the conduct of a large section who follow the team when they go from home. It is scarcely necessary for me to say a word by way of supplement to that. As it stands, his evidenoe is damaging and conclusive enough." Anything mot-e I "Just this: that infinitely too rauoh money is spent on the game by people who can ill afford it. The average football follower practically stops at nothing in order to witness a match. He will spend his last penny. Hundreds of pounds are spent on the game in Llanelly season after season, and I appeal to the common-sense o2 my fellow townsmen to say that the bulk, of this money is ill- spent—ill-spent because the majority of the people who paid at the turnstiles oould have laid outthair money more profitably in other ways. Then,?.oo ,I there is the ill-health caused by the unhealthy t excitement of the game. I don't allude to the injuries sustained by the various players, but the foundation of consumption laid by scores of young fellows who, with colds, or weak chests, stand in the rajn and on wet turf watching the oontests Saturday after Saturday."

LOCAL FOOTBALL MATCHES: I

THE LOCAL CUP TIES. I

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THE POOR LAW CONFERENCE. I

A LOUGHORJDTVORCE SUIT. 1

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I TIIOSE WHO LABOUR. j —A--

MR. TOM HUGHES AND THE DEPUTY…

ODDFELLOWSHIP IN SOUTH WALES.

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THE TINPLATE TRADE .—————.—————.

THE TOWN GAS BILL.

NOVEL FRACAS AT CARMARTHEN.

ERRORS IN FOOD AND DRINK.

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