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The Man About Town.


The Man About Town. Cardiff has spread itself over Canton and Cathays a local Poet has sung of a Greater Cardiff every good citizen is anxious to see developed a fitting and creditable capital of Wales but what am I to say of a Cardiff beyond the seas 7 Yet this is what is to happen if my infor- mation be correct. Cardiff has already overflown to Penarth, to Barry, to Dinas Powis, to Porthcawl, to Llanishen-we can spare a few for Western Australia, where it is proposed to form a colony, to be named Cardiff," and to consist chiefly of people who have gone out from South Wales, and others who will follow. A local organisation will be formed in a few days for the purpose of securing lands, which will be placed in trust, and to erect cottages and a school- house. The proposed constitution of the Colony I am not provided with at present, but if it is to be a Co-operative or Socialistic Colony, I have not much faith in its ultimate success. As a rule these adventures are too ideal, and mankind is too imperfect, too selfish and individualistic for themto succeed-at all events, in the pre- sent age. Should this proposed colony from Cardiff be founded, I wish it better success than that attained by the social philosopher, Robert Owen, a product of Wales, but who gained all his experience and his learning beyond the Border. Robert Owen was the founder of social ideas among the English people, and he made the first practical experiment to realise the Socialistic ideal. He is rightly regarded as the founder of Socialism in England. It was at New Lanark that he endeavoured, in the beginning of the present century, to realise in active life the social ideals which had been dreamed by mankind for centuries—by Plato, Sir Thomas More, Bacon, and Cam- panella, down to our modern Bellamy. But Owen'r, experiments, though they attracted the attention of philanthropists and the crowned heads of Europe, failed. Not satisfied with his experiences in Scotland, he sailed to Indiana, U.S.A., and again attempted to form a colony at New Harmony, which collapsed and left him a poor man. These facts were called to my mind on hearing of the attempt which is to be made to form a Cardiff beyond the seas. The founders have valuable experience for their guidance in the mistakes of others. Success to the Newer Cardiff I Here are some interesting reminiscences of an old Cardiffian, J.P. who writes The late Archdruid Clwydfardd was one of those who attended the celebrated Eisteddfod initiated by the late Marquis of Bute in Cardiff Castle, in August, 1834. Of the survivors of that long ago period who were guests of his lordship, I know of none living now but four, who have all attained pre-eminence in their lives in literary and patriotic efforts :-Larly Llanover, Lady Charlotte Schreiber (then Lady Charlotte Guest), Lord Aberdare, and Mr G. T. Clark. The resulting profits of that Eistedd. fod (EMO) formed the nucleus of the fund to start and sustain the present splendid Cardiff Infirmary. The noble marquis suggested the purpose to which the money might be devoted, backing his suggestion by a donation of £1.000 and providing a piece of land on which to erect the necessary building. Clwydfardd, in 1883, when attending the National Eisteddfod at Cardiff, was proud to refer to the fact that he had travelled all the way from North Wales (a formidable task in those days) to be present at the Marquis of Bute's Eis- teddfod. An interesting memento of the event also exists in the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, in the shape of the large chair which was made by the late Mr Bassett Jones (celebrated as a first-class Welsh triple-harp maker). The chair was also used in the pavilion built to hold the 1879 Eisteddfod, held in Cathays Park, when it was occupied by Mr J. N. Stradling Came (St. Donat's Castle), Sir En J, Reed, M.P., and Dean Vaughan, The Cardiff Orchestral Society give their first Concert of the present and fourteenth season to-morrow night in the Park Hall. I have been favoured with an early pro- gramme of the concert, which promises to be an advance upon the best performances of last season. The. Society enter upon their season's work with increased patronage, for up to the present time there has been a greater number of bookings than in any previous year. With Miss Ella Russell and Mr Herbert Grover as vocalists and Mr George Risely as organist, great things are looked for. It is Miss Russell's first visit to Cardiff since she attained her present high position in the musical world. She will have full opportunity to give the audience an example of her powers, for she is down in the programme to sing the Scena and Prayer from Weber's 44 Der Freizchutz," with orchestra Elizabeth's Greeting from Wagner's Tannhaiiser," with orchestra and the song" Angel Faces." Mr Herbert Grover is to sing two new songs and the Prayer from Wagner's Rienzi," with orchestra. Mr George Risely will play an organ solo and Prout's Organ Concerto in E Minor, with orchestra. The Orchestra is down for the giant's share of the programme, and will 10 play Sullivan's Imperial March overture, Le Pre aux Clercs," Herold; overture, "Euryanthe," IVeber gavotte and minuet, Williams Russian Dance, Oanne and Parry's Allegrezza in memoriam of Joseph Haydn Parry. The usual programme and book of words with biographical and descrip- tive notes has been prepared by Mr W. A. Morgan, the secretary, and there is every promise of a charming musical evening. I The second concert is far off yet, though readers interested in music will not object to be told that the vocalists secured are Miss Clara Butt and Mr Plunket Greene, with Miss Rebecca Mander as solo pianist. The orchestral portion of the concert will include Dr. Mackenzie's new overture Britannia," and German's new Gipsy Suite," the latter of which has not yet been played in public. The second concert is announced for January next. Dr. Garrett Horder, whose solicitude for the waifs and strays of Cardiff led to good work being done last winter, writes :— 41 The necessitous poor children of the town were much indebted to you last winter for the able way with which you advocated their claims. Although we were not successful in convincing the School Board of the immediate necessity that existed for the erection of a special school for the children, who are practically without friends. Yet I think we may fairly say that it has been owing to the persistent manner with which you urged the Board to adopt special measures that they have decided to appoint an officer to deal exclusively with the children found roaming about our streets. That is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Having got hold of these 4 waifs and 'strays' one naturally wonders what the Board will do with them. As far as my own observations extend these children happen to be most numerous^in these districts where the schools of the board are most crowded. The Board have already decided that the new Roath Park School will not be large enough for the children in that neighbour- hood. The schools in Crwys-road, Albany- road, Stacey-road, and Portmanmoor-voad are, I am given to understand, over- crowded. On the Canton side the Severn- road School has at the present moment con- siderably more children than it should have, and certainly more than is desirable in the interests of their health. Radnor-road School has been considerably enlarged, and has no vacant places. Under these circum- stances one may fairly ask where the street children are to be placed 3" This is by way of recapitulation, and deals with the past. There is plenty of work to do in the present and the future, and so it is to be resumed at once. For cc our little society will commence its operations to- morrow, and we shall soon be in a position to find out approximately the number of street urchins who are not going to any school. For those of your readers who are not acquainted with our mode of working I may be allowed to add that the police have again undertaken to assist us—1st, in making enquiries as to what really necessitous cases exist 2nd, in obtaining the co-operation of pawnbrokers and second-hand dealers in preventing the improper disposal of cloth- ing, etc. and 3rd, in making observations with the view of making certain that the clothing is actually worn by the children." T Jf- A Gaiety Girl set out for another successful week at the Theatre Royal last night. Judging by its reception, this visit will be more popular than the last. It goes as smartly and as pleasantly as ever, though I noticed several impor- tant changes in the caste. Some of these are a decided improvement, and there is not one to be regretted. The stag- ing has been slightly improved, the dresses are bright, music light and pretty and well performed, good singing, and acting of a first-class order, all go to make up as pleasant an evening's diversion as could be desired. A Gaiety Girl is a happy combination of opera, comedy, and bur- lesque. Mr Sounes is determined by providing excellent companies for his patrons to win for the Grand Theatre its proper place in the amusements of the town. Burlesque has made way for the old-time popular drama of "The Ticket of-Leave Man," which seems to be favoured with many admirers still. It is a good specimen of the old style of drama, and it is well performed at the Grand by a good company. It serves well to keep green the memory of Tom Taylor, and it is in every respect a good play.



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