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The final instructions issued to the players by the Secretary, Mr. W.E. Rees for the match on Saturday next are as follows:
1) The headquarters will be at the Royal Hotel, Swansea.
A more surprising victory than that of today has never been secured in an International Match. It is true that confidence was felt in many quarters that the Welsh team was capable of holding their own forward and winning by their three-quarters. But no one was prepared for the very fine display given by the Welsh fifteen. It was all dash, fire, and brilliance which marks Welsh football at its best, and England has never been beaten comparable with that of today. The result was: Wales 4G, 2T, 7M; England 0G, 1T, 2M.
Who makes the best wife? Why, the girl who knows how to appreciate a good man, and is prepared to make sacrifices to equip him for life's stern battle. A girl of head and heart, a girl who is equally at home in the kitchen and the drawing room - the girl who, should her "husband-to-be" be afflicted with Indigestion, Wind on the Stomach, Biliousness, Liver Complaints etc., flies at once to the best known remedy in the World, - Page Woodcock's Wind Pills.
Monday, before Alderman H.J. Davies, Alderman A.R. Beard and Mr. D. Goldsworthy: for the irregular attendance of their children at school the following parents were fined five shillings:- Joseph Mullins, Sydney Hunt, Richard Upton, Joseph Richardson, Robert Millington, Thomas Hillier, Catherine Hicks, Anna Belgian and William Cody.
An organ grinder has been so persistent in his visits to the Stow Park district that he has become a nuisance, and there is a danger of getting too much music. The Mayor, who is empowered to grant permission to these "travelling musicians" to play in public thoroughfares, must refuse some of them applications. Even His Worship is a victim to this nuisance, for strangely enough the Italians usually take up a position outside his residence.
William Buckler, the world famous Newport pedestrian is suffering from sciatica, which compels him to defer for a time the attempt to further walking feats.
South Wales Argus. 6th May, 1899
A Newport doctor wishes to draw attention to the danger to health arising from the habit, of tram conductors, paper boys and others, of putting money in their mouths. It goes without saying that coins, as they pass through the innumerable hands and pockets, or lie in dirty tills, or rest in crocks on the mantelpiece, must gather dirt and microbes; and to place coins in the mouth while giving change, is not only dirty, but dangerous to health, as all dirty practices are. Most of us are compelled to carry these filthy counters which represent wealth, but let us encourage the substitution of sixpences for sweets. Upon the sixpence maybe the filth of a score of hands, and infection or contagion enough to give a disease to a family.
A bicycling yarn of an amusing nature has come to my ears. A Newport policeman was cycling, in plain clothes, some miles from the Borough, late at night, when he went over a large stone. The sudden jerk caused his lamp to go out, and in an instant a local constable, who had evidently been on the lookout for "wheelers" who were infringing the bye-laws, rushed from behind a hedge, and pushed the Newportonian off his machine. The local "bobby' was greatly taken aback when he found he had upset a fellow "copper." The matter is, however, not to end there; in fact the case is likely to come before a court.
It is the practice of a certain class of young men in Newport, to spend their Sunday afternoons in discussing the mathematical possibilities of pitch and toss, on the open spaces of our town. After dusk groups of youths can be seen congregating around lamp-posts, and in side streets, gambling. More stringent measures are needed to put a stop to this evil.
W.T. Lawton the pro-Boer lecturer, on remand, appeared at Newport Police Court accused of causing a disturbance in Skinner Street. P.C. Faulkes said he saw defendant standing upon an empty tub. Re was surrounded by a large crowd. He had a newspaper in one hand and a silk hat in the other, and was proclaiming in favour of the Boers. Fearing a riot, he took the defendant to the Police Station; it was a mixed and angry crowd, and they followed Lawton shouting and booing. The crowd had been shouting "throw him in the river" and "burn his whiskers." The crowd numbered about 1500 persons, the street being blocked from top to bottom. An independent witness said he heard the prisoner say that the Boers did not declare war. The crowd became excited at this assertion, and sang "Soldiers of the Queen." The result was that the lecturer dismounted the tub, and was jostled about. Mr. Lawton stated that the charge had not been proved, and that free speech was an Englishman's birthright. The end result was that a fine of five shillings or seven days was imposed.
At a Newport Police Court on Friday, George Smith, hawker, of Horton's Lodging House in Canal Parade, was charged with offering and exposing for sale indecent cards in Commercial Street and Clarence Place. P.C. Box arrested the prisoner and found indecent cards upon him. P.C. files said he had received numerous complaints, and he had confronted the prisoner with a boy, who identified the man as having sold him cards. Herbert James Hooper said the prisoner came up to him and offered some cards for sale; he paid sixpence for them but did not know what they were, and when he found out he burnt them as he was ashamed. Prisoner was fined forty shillings or one month.
At the invitation of Mr. Clarence Sounes, the officers and men of the 4th Mountain Mule Battery, R.A., who leave for South Africa in a few days were present on Saturday at a matinee of the farce-comedy "Why Smith Left Home." The house was well filled and the military visitors had a cordial reception. Seats in the pit stalls were reserved for 250. The officers presented Mr. E.H. Grime, the Lyceum Manager, with a silver cigarette case as a slight token of his kindness and courtesy during the time the Battery had been stationed at Newport.
We regret to announce the death of Mr. Francis A. McGinn; which sad event occurred at the residence of his brother Dr. McGinn on Stow Hill. The deceased was well known as a painter of promise, and his exhibits at the National Eisteddfod at Newport, attracted a large amount of attention. Re was a Silver Medallist of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1892, when he had only just entered into manhood. Mr. McGinn was only 21 years of age, and his death has cut short a very promising career.
Before Alderman D.A. Vaughan and Alderman C.H. Bailey, Thomas Tugby aged 15 was charged with stealing oranges in the Provision Market, the property of Mr. Sheppard a fruitier. The father complained that the lad was incorrigible. The Bench made an order that the child should be sent to the Market Weighton Roman Catholic Reformatory, until he attains the age of 19, both Messrs Vaughan and Bailey remarking that the boy was no credit to his father, neither was the father any credit to the son. It was, said the Chairman, owing to the son's bad bringing up that he was in his present, poor, wretched condition.
Colonel Lyne presided at Saturday's Meeting, and prior to the commencement of business, said it had been his privilege for many years to wish the members "A Merry Christmas," but to wish them merriment at such a time as the present would be out of place, (hear hear!!) in view of the sorrowful time through which the Country was passing. He would, however, wish them the compliments of the season.
Christmas Day 1899, from the point of view of the weather, was an agreeable change from what had preceded it. Instead of dull and cloudy skies, the morning broke clear and bright; and though there was a little rain during the day, for the most part there was sunshine and blue skies. Underfoot there was mire in abundance, but with smiling skies and the breath of Christmas in the air, even a "Green Christmas" was not without its appropriate cheerfulness. The day was observed in varying ways by different people. Some places of worship hold no serv1ces; most of those which did, had excellent congregations, and the music and services were appropriate to the season. Without external appearances the day might have been taken for a Sunday, except that the tramcars and buses were running, and the crowds in the streets were rather more boisterous. With most people, the day appeared to be celebrated as a time of family re-union, and it was interesting to note the large number of young Newportonians who have been out in the world, and who had returned to join the home circle for this one day of the year.
As was expected there was a large influx of visitors to Newport on Boxing Day, and the various places of entertainment, as well as the houses of refreshment, had their full share of patronage. The weather was not very pleasant for there was a fall of thin rain, and there was not a bright moment from dawn till sundown, while the mud in the streets was simply appalling, but this did not dampen the ardour of the pleasure seekers who flocked to the performances at the Lyceum and the Empire, while more adventurous spirits, to the number of about 8,000, attended the Newport and Watsonians football match, and were rewarded by brilliant play and a substantial victory for their favourite team.
The annual fixture between Newport and the Edinburgh Watsonians took
place on the Newport Ground on Boxing Day in dull weather, there had been
rain in the morning and the ground was rather slippery. There was an excellent
attendance of spectators. The result was as follows:
The Newport team consisted of: (Back) D.J. Boots. (Threequarters) W. Isaacs; C. Pritchard; A.J. Goss; H.G. Alexander. (Halves), G.L. Lloyd; L.A. Phillips. (Forwards) G. Boots; J. Hodges; L. Thomas; W. Parfitt; J.E.C. Partridge; P.J. Pritchard; W.H. Williams; A. Inns.
(Note: In those days "minors" were included in the score; i.e. the team crossing the opponent's line, but failing to 'touch down', was awarded a "minor" which served to tip the balance if the scores were equal at 'No side'.)
There was an exceptionally strong muster at the Drill Hall, of the Newport Battery of the 1st Mon. Volunteer Brigade of Position Artillery, on Friday night, for the purpose of showing their part in popular enthusiasm, for active service in South Africa. The officers present were Lieutenant Colonel Wallace, commanding the Brigade; Major Clifford Phillips; Lieutenant E.M. Linton; the Rev. W. Monroe, Chaplain; and Lieutenant J.B. Parnall.
Major Clifford Phillips said they were willing to go to the front. He had asked Sgt. Major Smith to prepare a roll of the men who wanted to go, stating their ages, occupations, experience, and circumstances, so that they may know exactly what their position was. Men who were accepted, would have to do drill for a week or so at Woolwich with 15 pounder breech-loading guns, and then they would be sent to the front.
Alfred Harry McBean was charged at Newport on Wednesday with stealing a Gladstone travelling bag from a bench on Newport Station, the property of Mr. Peregrine Rice, a comedian now appearing at the Empire Theatre. P.C. Faulks saw the prisoner at the top of Cross Street, and on making enquiries found that the bag had been left in charge of Miss Buckley, barmaid, at the Hope & Anchor, Dock Street. Miss Buckley gave evidence of the man's visit to the inn. He requested to leave the bag behind the counter for a while, and after she had taken it, he wanted drinks upon it. She however refused. The prisoner, who pleaded not guilty, was committed for trial at Monmouth Quarter Sessions.
Edmund Griffiths and Henry Thomas, railway officials, were summoned for moving a pig from Brecon to Newport without a licence. George Cripps, a guard on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway deposed that on the 9th inst. he came from Brecon by train, which conveyed a store pig in a box. Upon arriving at Newport the animal was handed over to Mr. Thomas's man. Inspector Porter pointed out that a "declaration of trade" obtained from the Brecon police was no authority to move the pig into Monmouthshire. The Bench inflicted a penalty of ten shillings including costs.
Wyndham Frank Habberfield, butcher of Commercial Road, admitted driving a spirited horse in High Street. P.C. Perry stated that defendant almost knocked down several persons. The animal was not under proper control, and was travelling at about twelve miles an hour. The defendant was fined twelve shillings and costs.
Elizabeth Daley of Maindee, was seen to be intoxicated in Wharf Road, having imbibed too freely of spirits. The Court told her it would be her last chance, next time she would be sent to an inebriates' home for three years. Fined twenty one shillings and in default a month.
Daniel Morgan, labourer, was summoned for disobeying an order of the Justices, by not sending his son to school. Defendant stated that the lad had no boots and the Chairman, Alderman D.A. Vaughan, pointed out that boots could be obtained upon application to the Relieving Officer. Defendant was fined five shillings.
An Operetta "The Maid and the Blackbird or Sing a Song of Sixpence," was given at the Tredegar Hall, Newport, on Wednesday evening. The performers were children, and their efforts are to be commended. The dances were arranged by Madame Ada Thomas and Miss Belle Thomas and the musical drills by Mr. Tom White.
In accordance with the usual custom, a Watch-Night Service was held at St. Mark's Church on Sunday night (New Year's Eve). Although the service was a short one, it seemed to be greatly appreciated by the large congregation that filled the sacred edifice.
The Jubilee Year
The Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Leo XIII throughout the world was observed by the Catholics of Newport at the dawning of the New Year. There was Midnight Mass and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary's and St. Michael's Churches, at both of which there were crowded congregations.
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