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MRS. GRUNDY'S JOTTINGS. The traffic receipts on the Barry Railway, including the Vale of Glamorgan Railway, last week amounted to £12,415, a decrease compared with the corresponding week of last year of I £ 1,387. Aggregate decrease, £ 21,384. The romance of the seas. I am informed by Observer that channel cruises have a tendency to reduce the rate of bachelorship and old- maidship in the Barry district. it It is understood that, in order to devote himself more fully to his ministerial duties, the Rev T. Pandy John will not seek re-election as member of the Barry District Council next year. j The Rev J. S. Longdon, M.A., rector of Cadoxton-Barry, and Mrs Longdon have proceeded on a three weeks' holiday to the Continent. An extra passenger train from Barry to Cardiff is being run every night, leaving Barry at 10.34. Channel cruises are becoming all the rage. Last Saturday evening the Barry passenger steamer Gwalia, which, with her sister-ship the Devonia, are the pride of the Bristol Channel, went for a cruise, having on board 1,400 passengers, the largest number she is allowed to carry. Hundreds were unable to get on board. A young man and young woman went out in a pleasure boat at Penarth last Sunday evening for a cruise in the Channel, and one of the rowlocks falling overboard, they were unable to return, and drifted down Channel, where they were picked up the same night by a Bideford smack in Barry Roads, and transferred to the tugboat Briton, of Cardiff, being landed at Barry early Monday morning. Major-General Lee, J.P., Dinas Powis, has generously promised a donation of J6500 towards the building fund of £20,000 of St. Michael's Theological College, Llandaff. Lord Windsor has also promised £ 1,000, and Colonel the Hon. G, W. H. Windsor Clive £200. The district rate for the parish of St. Andrew's Major (Dinas Powis) for next half-year will be 2s 10d in the P., as against 3s Id in the £ for last half year. It is understood that negotiations are proceeding between representatives of the Progressive and Sectarian parties on the Barry District Council with the view of bringing about a mutual arrangement which will obviate the necessity for holding a public inquiry by the Beard of Education in relation- to the administration of St. Helen's Roman Catholic School by the Education Authority. An extraordinary scene was witnessed last Saturday evening as the train, containing the hundreds of passengers bound for the popular boat trip to Weston entered Barry Station. Heads, shoulders, arms, legs, and in some cases half the bodies, were observed protruding from the carriage windows in the general eagerness to get out to the boat, and presented altogether a curious and amusing sight. # Hello, here comes the cattle train from Cadoxton and Barry Dock I shouted one precocious youth. This was quickly taken up by the waiting throng of passengers, and created no end of amuse- ment. Needless to say there was no room for any more" boarders," and the train proceeded on its journey to the pier, Overheard in Holton-road. Elector (to a friend) There was a time when the Barry District Council could say, We look the whole world in the face, and fear not any man." The other Aye man, but they seem to blush now, when they look at the ratepayers." The members of the John Mandeville" Branch of the United Irish League have passed a resolution congratulating Councillor Dr P. J. O'Donnell on his election by the District Council as one of the managers of St. Helen's Roman Catholic School. The Barry Railway Bill having been passed by the House of Lords, it is now being considered by the House of Commons Committee as an unopposed measure. The hearing of the Barry divorce case will pro- bably be opened to-day (Thursday).

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