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COUNTY NOTES. -

ON THE SQUARE.

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ON THE SQUARE. From a letter in another column it will be seen that we have laid the sins of "T. M." somewhat unjustly upon the shoulders of the author of the "Baptist Historical Sketches," who has, like all good historians, made little disgressive footnotes indicating the source of his information in each case. We have only to say that Mr. Roberts confuses the term, "Eng- lish name," with "English meaning." For instance, the English "name" of the town in which this paper is printed is Haverfordwest, but the English "meaning" of its Welsh name (Hwlffordd) is quite different. Now we hold that no one would recognise "Treffgarne" in the form of "Cairnton," although the word "Cairnton" may correctly convey the meaning of the Welsh word "Trefgarn." It is also geographically inaccurate to put "Pebyddiog" in the "lower" part of the county, for as a matter of fact it is in the "upper," or north part of the county. The real culprit, however, is "T. M. the author whom Mr. Roberts quotes. Even the central luminary has its "spots," and the volume to which we referred is illuminating apart from such minor inac- curacies. ? t ? The following extract from the "Bristol Times and Mirror," which was taken from the "Bristol Mirror," published January 23rd, 1808, will, we feel sure, be of much interest to our readers:—"Last week Lord Kensington enter- tained a gay and numerous party of fashion- ables at his delightful residence, Westmead, Pembrokeshire, when the proverbial" hospitality of his family was most happily exemplified. His Lordship is a great patron of old British customs and athletic exercises, and among the many feats of strength and agility exhibited by his sportive friends, the one performed by Mr. Phelps deserves to be recorded. Mr. P. carried Lord Kensington, who weighs 17 stone, and ran 50 yards against Mr. W. H. Scourfield, who was to run 100 yards, for a considerable wager, which Mr. P. won with wonderful ease, to the astonishment of the spectators. Mr. P. is above five feet six inches high, and remark- ably slender." t t t Our lady readers will be surprised to hear that Madame Patti is not afraid of mice, as the following story of her adventure in a Phila- delphia hotel will show. Her maid was just arranging the bed for her when out from the sheets jumped half-a-dozen mice. The diva was not frightened. Indeed, she was rather amused, and threw some sweets on the floor so that her visitors might have supper. Then she went to bed and to sleep. In the early morning she was awakened by pain in her left ear, and putting up her hand she disturbed a mouse which had started biting her. For the next few days Patti's mishap, which happily had no serious results, was the talk oi America, and she was bombarded by presents of all kinds of mouse-traps and vermin-killers. 4t "Ap Lino" had just put himself snug in bed one night when he saw that his wife being unusually wakeful, made herself comfortable in a chair under the gas-light to read the "County Guardian." "Ap Lino," being very tired and wishing that the light should be turned out, suddenly raised his head off the pillow and stared at that part of the floor on which his wife's feet rested. She immediately became concerned, and looking intently on the same spot anxiously inquired, "What is the matter?" "Ap Lino," affecting much indif- ference, answered, "Oh, nothing, I merely thought I saw something move." His wife said nothing, but in less than two minutes the light was out and she was tucked in bed. That was "Ap Lino's" dodge of the mouse that wasn't there, which reminds us of a song's refrain, viz.— When a woman is uproarious And her tongue a bit censorious, Try the "wrinkle" of the mouse And have silence in the house. It It *v We read that the Attorney-General's salary is "only" P,7,000 a year. Mr. S. T. Evans, M.P., who has just been appointed the successor of the late Sir J. Lawson Walton, K.C., has our sincerest sympathy. ? f It" The late Attorney-General was examin- ing a dealer in condensed milk, who seemed determined to tell as little as he could about the real facts of the case. "I believe you sell milk," said Sir John quietly. "I do," was the the reply. "Then, of course, you know some- thing about agriculture?" "No," replied the witness. "Oh," chimed in the barrister, "I see; you are one of those dealers who do not get their milk from agricultural sources." The court was convulsed and the unfortunate wit- ness reduced to despair. ? ? Mr. Roch, the young Cardigan solicitor, delivered an excellent speech at the Temper- ance Hall last week on the occasion of the holding of a conference to consider the Gov- ernment's prospective Licensing Bill. He is cultured in manner, his phrases are polished, and he is conciliatory in dealing with his opponents. Indeed, he might with advantage, perhaps, cultivate a little more firmness. On the occasion referred to we thought that in the afternoon's discussion he rather too readily compromised on matters which he himself ad- mitted involved important principles. With his "suaviter in modo," he ought to blend a little more "fortiter in re." But he is a charming speaker, and his style is more typical of the pulpit than of the political platform. Is lw it Mrs. Herbert Lewis, the wife of the well- known M.P., is expected to speak at a meeting of the Girls' Guild to be held in Haverfordwest on February 28th next. Although an English lady she speaks Welsh fluently, and with her husband is a regular attendant at a Welsh Methodist chapel in Charing Cross. Mrs. Lewis, by the way, is a daughter of the late Mr. W. S. (jaine, M.P. At a time of financial panic a minister once ventured to preach thereon. In a powerful discourse he urged economy and retrenchment on his congregation. In view of the hard times there should be no extravagance, no useless expenditure, he said, but every outgo ought to be pared down. His strong sermon had a swift and unexpected effect. The con- gregation held a church meeting, and unani- mously reduced the man's salary from L400 to i2300. ? ? ? A clergyman in the Midlands, well known for his kindness to the genus tramp, had a wooden building placed at the entrance to his grounds for their benefit, with a small loaf and a jug of water on the table inside. Re- cently, on visiting the hut after one of these travellers had left, he found a portion of the loaf had been consumed and a penny left. A scrap of dirty paper placed under the latter set forth that the copper was "for a penn'orth of cheese for the next bloke." A gentleman possesing much knowledge of human nature instructed his large family of daughters in the theory and practice of music. They were all observed to be exceedingly amia- able and happy. Inquiring if there was any secret in his mode of education, he replied, "When anything disturbs their temper I say to them, 'Singl' and if I hear them speak against any person, I call them to sing to me; and so they have sung away all causes of discontent and every disposition to scandal." I v ? 1t There is one lady, at any rate, who has solved the servant problem. She has three of them, and knows how to keep them. The se- cret of her success is to be found in the fact that she plays "bridge" with them every Mon- day, and they owe her money. » ? ? "Will you have an American or an English set?" queried a dentist the other day of a lady who was having her mouth newly furnished. Her reply was, "I'll have an English set, please, as I so detest the American accent." 1t 1t 1t The German Emperor when in England sent Miss Florence Nightingale some flowers as a token of esteem for the lady who "rendered such invaluable services to the cause of hu- manity during the Crimean war, and subse- quently founded a house for the training of nurses in England, which is justly considered to be a model institution of European fame." In thanking the Emperor Miss Nightingale said she recalled with deep gratitude the friendship and sympathy with which his Majesty's august mother, the late Empress, was pleased to honour her.

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