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NOTES AND COMMENTS. Many people are familiar with the vivid description given of the distracting perplexities which "David CuppeTlielll" had to face whej he was acquiring the art of ttenogranlw The changes that vere iu-ift apon dot-, which i'l such a position meant such a thing, and t1 such another positirn something else, eitirel) differert, the wonderful vagaries that were Played by circles; the unaccountable conf- luences that resulted from n-iarks like fli.e.- kg?; thp. treme-idous effects of a eLty;(., i" a "Wrong place, not only troubled my waking hours, but reappeared before we in my sleep. I'Vh(Iii I had groped my way, blu-dly, thr igh tile6e difficulties, and had mastered the alpha het, which was an Egyptian Temple in itWi, ttiere then appeared a moi.v.ssio.-i of new horrors, called arbitrary chapters; the m- .1- u^spotic characters 1 have ever known; who insisted, for instance, that a thing like the beginning of a cobweb meant "expectation," and that a pen-and-ink sky-rocket stood for 'disadvantageous." When I had fixed these wretches in my mind, I found that they had 'driven everything else out of it; then, begin- tling again. I forgot them; while I was pickii. £ them up I dropped the other fragments of the system; in short, it was almost heart-break .ing." w < I refer to this because the other day I re ceived from the publishers, Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., a little shilling hand-book by Sir Edward Clarke, giving a system of Easy Shorthand," which requirel no teacher. It is a system invented by Samuel Taylor near the end of the eighteenth century, and has been amplified and simplified by Sir Edward Clarke in the course of his strenuous life. He says he acquired it easily, and found' it most useful. to take down the exact words used by a wit- ness or by an opposing counsel in his speech, Or by the judge in his summing-up or judgment, Or by a speaker to whom I had to reply in the Hous of Commons." I dare not enter into a critical examination of the system; that would require too much space. < Captain Marryatt in one of his inimitable sea novels-" Midshipman Easy," I believe-has an account of a very comical duel which sor..o mischievous midshipman engineered. Three "green horns were persuaded that they ought to fight a ouel, and' the young imps wh J incited th(..n-. on placed their men in a tiiangle. o, 1 shot at No. 2, he at No. 3, and he again at No 1. The funny part of the joka was that none of the three had a t-hot at his "treal or "irnaginary" enemy. I am reminded of this story by what has been happening this week in the Cardiff papers. The "Western Mail," which I may call No. 1, suddenly "potted" the nv. James Phillips, whom we may call No. 2; and he, seating his face towards the "Sour' ^ales Daily News," No 3, fire 1 off his shot :n that direction, apraiently in the hope thifc it might reach No 1. I hope my readers acpie ciat-e the points of resemblance between these two—f?hall I say hi stotj.c ?-tri angular duels. What a fertile source of gossip is closed to Ille because I have to adhere in this plane to What I recognise as a sound rule--thit no Opinion on controversial Fubjeots shall be e,- Iressed. You see, beyond a mil-i joke, I 3m debarred from discussing the chances, pro :t.j con, of the various candidates in the Cc.iiiiy Council tlection. "Sitting on a fence" orne one say? Well, of course, that is a veiy Excellent position from which to view the Saroe, and what is an election contest but a Saiae w w At Milford Havf n k is not yet decide i whether two representatives or one will '.OiH back to the County Council on March 5. If the local Government order is receiv id before February 23 then the district will be divided, and Milfcrd will probably be ideally •■ep:^ "ellted by Dr. Griffith and Colonel Roberts; while should no change be made before that date then it is probable that the doctor will be returned unopposed. Whenever the order came afterwards Dr. Griffith would have his choice fJf the two seats, and the second one would either go to Colonel Roberts or be fought for. I believe that is the correct state of affairs. w ri • Some people about the Docks are always grumbling about the petty thefts 4'rom the trawlers, but always the last to lend a helping hand to the dock police in their attempts to Put a stop to the evil. A case in point has happened within the last few days. A skipper saw, a youngster coming from his vessel with a bag which he searched while the boy ran away. Then up came the boy's father, and after seme threats he produced a knife and slashed the bag in two. The contents fell out and were kicked into the dock, thus removing, as he apparently thought, the whole of the in- criminating evidence. Will i+ be believed that the skipper has been reprimanded by those to whom he was responsible, people who certaifLv Onght to have knov n better than to compound a felony. In the face of such conduct how can the dock police maintain law and order? < • • I am glad to hear that the preparations fo- th,e public performance of "The Messiah" at Haverfordwest next month are well in hand. The rehearsals are in full swing, and are well attended, and the choir of 150 voices is one of which the old town may be proud. Hulley n ifnownfd Swansea Band will form the orchestra. It was intended to apply to the Wiltshire's, but the "slating" they got, in the Pres., when they farmed the band for "Judas Maccabreus" at Pembroke Dock led to a change of programme lJulhVs band i:? an acc^m -plished ore, and will do justice to the fine THE SAXON.

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