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GREA r WESTERN ENGINE-I DRIVER…

THE CURIOUS CASE AT PONTYPftlDD.

THE SHAH AND HIS PREDECESSOIVS…

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I - Men of the Day.

IBOXING.

.South Wales Coal Trade.I

| THE EBBW VALE STRIKE,

SHOCKING ACCIDENT AT NEWPORT.

I MOVEMENTS OF LOCAL VESSELS

I *AFFAIRS IN CRETE.

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I ALEXANDRA (NEWPORT) DOOKS…

r YANKEE YARNS.

IAN EMPIRE ROMANCE.I

PAST EVENTS IN OUR ISLAND…

ITHE AFFRAY ON PEMBREY MOUNTAIN.

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FACTS AND FANCIES.!

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[Rhodesian Rising.

EXASPERATING EXPERIENCES IN…

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EXASPERATING EXPERIENCES IN TRUNK TELEPHONES. The Newport Chamber of Commerce, at its meeting yesterday, considered the latest answer of the Postmaster-General to the request by the Chamber thpt the rental system of trunk tele- phones between Newport and Cardiff should be continued, as against the toll system. Of course the reply was a non possu-mu8. The toll system, with its off-chance of having to pay the call and being cut off at Iialf the conversation, is to be enforced on the district. Sometimes even a demand will be made, as it has already been made in Newport by the Post Office officials, for payment without any conversation beidgi held-you have to pay for the call, that is, for the pleasure of being informed, in frank speech which borders almost on the pro- verbial brutal frankness, that you cannot have your conversation. Since the trunk lines have passed by the lapse of concessions into the hands the friction occasioned has been surprising. If the Post-office could have had the building up of the system it goes almost without saying that the telephone would never-in South Wales,ai)east-have become the useful adjunob it has become to commercial men. One of the speakers of the Chamber of Commerce meeting announced that his tirm were considering the wisdom and necessity of providing private lines altogether independent of the Post-office. This, if it be practicable, seems to be the only solution of the difficulties which, as renters will testify, have been created of late in inter-town telephonic commurticatKgi. This, too, whilst the rental system obtiuiM< To be cut off without a word at the end of t|d bare three minutes, after you have exhausted yourself in the endeavour to get a call, is not only exasperating, it is positively insulting. It tieeds no prophet, nor son of a prophet, to fore- shadow. theofleoline of trunk telephony for com. mercfal purposes from the moment an incurably bad system, worked in an arbitrary and clumsy manner, is introduced into South Wales.

I8PAIN'8 COLONIAL WARS.

THE FATALITY AT HAVERFOROWEST.

I S THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH AT…

A Music Hall on Fire.

I ANCIENT ORDER OF FORESTERS

FAILURE OF GRAIN CROPS IN…

I GREAT FIRE AT TANGIERS,

IALLEGED ROBBERY AT SWANSEA.

I THE EXPLOSION ON H.M.S.…

IELECTRIC EXPERIMENTS ON J…

! CYCLING,

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rHere and There.

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