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COMING LICENSING REFORM.

ON THE SQUARE.

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ON THE SQUARE. "Should the Clergy hunt?" is a question that has just been diseased in a contemporary and namesake of burs. The correspondence has shown a wonderful difference of opinion. A certain rector, for instance, writes that "he wants neither health or sanity at the cost of the unnecessary torture of a fellow-creature," whilst another writer says "There is little doubt that tne abandonment of hunting would involve greater evils than its continuance. The man likes it, the horse likes it, the hounds like it, and the man, whether sportsman or farmer, de- rives great benefit from it. As for the fox, I believe he likes it, too. Hunting- is part of the programme of nature, and I believe merciful Providence has taken care that the hunted shall not suffer much. Long may England resound to the music of the chase!" "it "i" it At the Labour Congress held at Hull last Tuesday, Mr. Will Thorne, in supporting a re- solution for the abolition of the House of Lords did so thus: "I move that they be wiped right off the reel." Here is a member of Parliament, whose evident "Will" it is to be a "Thorne" in the side of the Unper House. 1t 1t Mr. Eustace Miles, the well-known exponent of hygiene and "the simple life," announced at the exhibition of the winter foods "nd drinks at the "Tribune" office on Tuesday that the most precious medicine in this country is the water that vegetables have been boiled in. The best time to take the elixir is when getting into bed at night. At the same time he stated that the best specific for a cold is hot honey and lemon juice, which should also be quaffed at bedtime. » 'i' A "whist drive" is the latest form of enter- tainment adopted by a Church in Haverford- west in aid of its funds. The first gathering proved such a success, that a second is soon to follow. We hear that some of the members of the institute regard the innovation with delight and hope that the introduction of cards into their midst will soon be a thing accomplished. At any rate they expect no opposition from the Church, which has long been loyal to "Kings and Queens," and has "clubs" of one kind or another attached to it, and of which the "(k)nave" is an essential part. We are sorry to say too, that some people occasionally go "nap' there." "Spades." of course, are vised in Churchyards. ? ? When an office boy in early life, Mr. Holmaii Hunt, the great artist, was alone at the desk one day, when a gentleman called and asked for the principal. He left his name; and said his business was important; but on the princi- pal's return poor Hunt was distressed to find that he had forgotten the name. His master naturally showed signs of annoyance, and there is no telling what might have happened had not the boy said: "I can't remember the gentle- man's name, sir, but I can sketch his likeness." And he did, to the astonishment of his chief. » 1t The following useful household hint is given in a favourite weekly: "When boiling eggs do not forget that, however long you boil the water, the eggs will not cook if you forget to put them in the pan." Eggs-actlyl IV v IV The only known instance of a feminine pro- posal made in Leap Year is as follows:—In 1904 it was reported that a beautiful Austrian girl had taken advantage of the privilege. It was at a ball in Vienna, where she became so infatuated with a partner that she then and there invited him to become her partner for life. Her proposal being most ungallantly re- jected, she was so mortified that she went' home and committed suicide. 1t 1t A certain Scottish minister always began the marriage service with these words, "My friends, marriage is a blessing to few, a curse to many, and a great uncertainty to all. Do ye venture?" After a slight pause, he would repeat with great deliberation and emphasis, "Do ye ven- ture?" And if no objection was made to the venture he then said, "Let's proceed." We never had a chance like that. t ? t A certain town council, after a protracted sitting, was desirous of adjourning for lunch- eon. The proposition was opposed by the mayor, who thought that if his fellow council- lors felt the stimulus of hunger the dispatch of business would be much facilitated. At last an illiterate member got up and ..irned, "I ham astonished, I ham surprised, I ham amazed, Mr. Mayor, that you will not let us go to lunch!" "I'm surprised," exclaimed one of his colleagues, "that a gentleman who has got so much 'ham' in his mouth wants any lunch at all!" » » » A doctor was called in haste to an old lady who was suddenly taken very ill. When he ar- rived he asked Her several questions as to how she felt before he ordered her medicine of any kind. Among other things he asked her how she felt when siezed with her complaint. "I had a terrible shivering," said the lady. "Did your teeth all clatter when the chill came on you?" "I do not know, I'm sure, doctor," she replied; "they were lying on the table at the time, and I didn't notice!" 1t IV In a certain school, not a thousand miles from the sea-side suburb of Haverfordwest, the infants were one day learning a new song called "The Lord Mayor's Show." The teacher, wishing to see that the children understood what they were learning, put the question: "Where is the Lord Mayor's Show held?" Sil- ence ensued-a silence which was broken by the answer of a little girl, who said, "In heaven, miss." In the same school, a boy stated that the hollow in our bones is filled with "pumpkins." ik IV it In a certain school, not a thousand miles from the "seaside suburb of Haverfordwest," the infants were one day learning a new song called "The Lord Mayor's Show." The teacher, wishing to see that the children understood t » ? There are limits to the power of every in- dividual and every public body, even a board of county school governors. Even the other governors smiled, at a recent meeting in the county, when a reverend gentleman gravely proposed that the Press report a certain item which he was desirous of seeing in print. The pressmen about thought that they were back in school again. t t It was a mixed party, and when the lights were lowered for the old-fashioned snap-dragon, young Blinks managed to edge closer to the golden-haired maiden, upon whom he had been casting glances of admiration during the even- ing. There was a three-minute scramble, and when the lights went up there arose a howl of disappointment from one of the young lads who happened to be near our friend Blinks. "What's the matter, Willie?" inquired the hos- tess. "Didn't you get any?" "Did—didn't get the clif-chance," bellowed the boy; "soon as it s-started that fellow with the eye-glasses c-col- lared hold of my hand and d-didn't leave off kiss-kissing till the g-gas was on again!" ? 1 t A young and simple servant received an invitation to a Christmas party. Having ob- tained permission to go, from her mistress, she set out. Her mistress, on going into the kitchen an hour later, discovered her sitting disconsolately by the fire. "Why, Mary," she said, "how is it you are back so soon? "Well, ma'am," she replied, "I had only been in the room five minutes, and had nothing to eat but a bun and a glass of lemonade, when a young man came up and asked if my programme was full, and I wasn't going to stand that, so I left!" "1" ? ? The conference held yesterday at the Tem- perance Hall occasionally lapsed into a state of confusion on account of the "omnibus" reso- lution which was submitted. The chairman, however, managed deftly to restore order from momentary chaos. Archdeacon Hilbers is quite a "tower" of strength in this capacity. » » 1t At the same conference there were instances of reckless disregard for the King's English. In this sense a great deal of license was taken. If this kind of license had to be paid for such meetings might become a profitable source of revenue.

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