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no idea what this was, its kinda rubbery but crunchy, some type of ball? too small for a cricket ball

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1) Nina - See five or six most virtuous chicks! There's hardly a chick that excels them, They never stray far from their excellent ma, And they do whatever she tells them. Though têtê-á-têtê in a deep debate, They are far from hatching treason, They are plotting to send to "our mutual friend" The Compliments of the Season. At least I opine that such is the line, Of the policy now progressing; If that isn't the case in the chickens' place, I tender my humble blessing.  Frederick Langbridge
2) John P. Millen? Esq. Christmas 1881 - The golden firelight flames and dances; The silver moon climbs facin' the sky; Our dear ones wander 'mid dreamland fancies; For the joyful Christmas-Morn is nigh, When the happy bells shall ring on high. The stockings hang o'er fire-place glowing, That tenderest hands with gifts shall fill, Each token, from the heart bestowing, The love that the Christmas hours instill; On earth Christs Peace. and to man Goodwill. N.C.
3) E. M. Andrews, Ardara, To her brother James Andrews
4) To the dear wee Isle, forever blest, From a land of frost and snow, From the tiny cot in the far far west, The seasons greetings go. May the present to you be always bright, For tis in "the present" we live, The past is gone, the future will come, To the present its light to give. Warm love from all the circle here, A joyful Christmas tide, A cheery, hopeful, glad, New Year, With your loved ones by your side. Christmas 1882
5) "The Song of the Dirt" Respectfully dedicated to Belfast Town Council.  With garments soddened and soiled, With boot-tops covered in grime, With trousers bespattered with foulest mud, Picking one's way through the slime.  Slush-slush-slush! And foul-smelling filth and dirt, That clings like a kind of malodorous pitch - I sing the "Song of Dirt"  Dirt-dirt-dirt! In the January night, And dirt-dirt-dirt! While the weather is muggy though bright.  Smell, and slime, and reek, Reek, and slime, and smell; Till over the kerbstone I fall and slip, And smother myself as well.  O! but for one short hour! A respite; 'twould be so sweet! I'd bless the scavenger's shovel and broom, If he'd clear the mud 'neath my feet. For only one short hour, To feel as I used to feel; The pavement free from grease and slime, In my walk that's now an ordeal. - Funny Folks

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2) James Andrews, Ardara, To his sister E. M. Andrews
3) Xmas 1883 For Darling Nina - with much love from Uncle Willie & Aunt Maggie
4) Wishing you A Merry Christmas Dec. 1882
5) May the new year be happy! H. I. C. 1880

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1) Eileen
2) All joys that Christmas tide can bring be yours
3) Fitting Gift for Christmas Day, For the Rose Means Love, They Say

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1) Laws of Cricket 10th Edition 1918 - Please return to William Andrews, Comber, Co. Down, Ireland
2) Raid on Comber - Midnight Shooting - Tuesday Night's Attack - Residents of Comber were thrown into a state of alarm by some shooting which occurred about midnight on Saturday. It appears that members of the "B" Special Constabulary who were on duty guarding property in the town noticed persons moving about in a suspicious manner on adjacent high ground. The police fired several shots in the direction of the mysterious prowlers, who immediately ran off and disappeared in the darkness.  On Tuesday night there was a further alarm in Comber. It seems that a Special Constable named Watt, who is recognised as a very trustworthy man, saw four or five men in the vicinity of Maxwell Court.  He challenged, and, receiving no response, fired his rifle. The watchman at the mill, hearing the firing, blew the horn, which alarmed all the town. The Special Constabulary quickly mobilised, but nothing further was seen or heard of the midnight marauders.
3) Bells Dyeworks Castlereagh Laundry Carpet, £2-7-6 Maxwell Court, Comber
4) Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground, London, N.W.8 6th November, 1950. - Dear Mr. Andrews, Thank you for your letter of November 2nd. I anticipate that Monday, April 23rd will be the date when members' practice will start at Lord's next year. The Annual General Meeting is always held on the first Wednesday in May. The size of the M.C.C. flag which is flown at Lord's is 10ft x 5½ft. Those used in out matches are 6ft x 2½ft. I am not very happy about the Irish boy coming on the Ground Staff because first of all we could not take him without having first given him a trial at the nets, second he would have to find accommodation in London and this is difficult and expensive and third the wages paid may not be sufficiently attractive for a boy to come all the way from Ireland to earn. I should be glad to know the age of the boy. applications are received in February. Yours sincerely R. Aird Assistant Secretary, M.C.C.  W. Andrews, esq., Ardara, Comber, Co. Down, N. Ireland
5) Important Lord's Cricket Club St. Johns Wood 6th Nov. 1950 Lord's M.C.C. Cricket Flag  W. Andrews, Esq., Ardara, Comber, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
6) Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground, London, N.W.8 12th August, 1954. - Dear Mr. Andrews, Thank you for your letter of 7th August. I am still not quite clear about the  point you make. If you play under Law 15 then the batting side cannot declare later than 1 hour 40 minutes before stumps are drawn. If the Captain of the batting side inadvertently attempts to declare after this time, then it is up to the umpire to point out his mistake. Law 46 Note 4 (i) states "The Umpires are entitled to intervene without appeal in the case of unfair play, but should not otherwise interfere with the progress of the game, except as required to do so by the Laws." You will see that this makes it quite clear that the Umpires should in fact intervene should there be a breach of the Laws. I hope that this may have cleared up any misunderstanding. Kind regards, Yours sincerely J. G. Dunbar, Assistant Secretary, M.C.C.  William Andrew, Esq., Ardara, Comber, Co. Down

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1) 17th February, 1953  Dear Aird, At a meeting of the N.C.U. Official Umpires I was asked the undernoted question, and as it beats me I have to refer it to you but much regret having to trouble you in the matter.  The batsman plays the ball in the direction of the other wicket:- (a) the striker, after starting for a run decides that he cannot make it and in returning to his crease kicks the ball against his wicket while he is still out of his ground. Can he be given out and if so how?  (b) in running a sharp run the non-striker's foot or leg collides with the ball and it hits one of the wickets while he is out of his ground. Can he be given out and if so how?  You will note that in neither case did an opponent touch the ball and therefore I cannot see that either batsman could be given "Run Out" although he is out of his crease with the wicket is broken by the ball.  Yours truly, William Andrews
2) 7th August 1954. Dear Dunbar, I am much obliged for your letter of the 2nd inst. reference MISC/BPH and hope Griffith is having an enjoyable holiday but you can tell him I trust this will not prevent him coming to Dublin with the M.C.C. side. I regret, however, that I will not be able to meet your team there this year as I will be leaving on the 26th inst. for America and afterwards Australia where I hope to see the last two days of the Test Match at Melbourne.  I fear I have not made my point clear in my letter of the 30th ult. as you have certainly misunderstood it. The position is that in Northern Ireland we play under the "Laws of Cricket" - not the minor counties experiment rule - and therefore it is not permitted under Law 15 to declare on the first day of a two-day match within an hour of the time of drawing stumps.  My question is if - as occurred - the Captain does declare within such time is it the duty of the umpires to call immediately the two captains attention to the fact that the declaration was illegal. I think that whether they should do so or not is governed by Law 46, note 4 (1) "The umpires should not otherwise (without appeal) interfere with the progress of the game, except as required to do so by the Laws.!  You see from the first part of this Note they should not draw the captains attention to the fact that by declaring the batting captain was breaking the laws of the game, on the other hand by the latter portion of the Note it would appear that the umpire should do so. which interpretation is correct please? Yours sincerely W. A.
3) M.C.C. Laws of Cricket St. Johns Wood 3 Aug 1954 to William Andrews, Esq., Ardara, Comber, Co. Down, N. Ireland
4) Laws of Cricket St. Johns Wood 15 May 1956 W. Andrews, Esq. Ardara, Comber, Co. Down
5) Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground, London, N.W.8 20th February 1953. - Dear Mr. Andrews, Thank you for your letter addressed to Mr. Aird and for the cricket queries you raise. The answer to (a) would appear to be found in Note 1 to Law 34. This Note reads "The striker, after playing the ball, is out "Bowled" if he then kicks or hits it on to his wicket before the completion of his stroke". In the case you raise, the batsman has, of course, fully completed his stroke. (b) The only possible way the batsman could be out is "Bowled" but under Law 34 and the Notes thereon it is clear that he is not out "Bowled". Note 1 to this Law would seem to be the only reference in the Laws concerning your particular query.  Hoping that these answers will be of some help to you. Yours sincerely S. Chi???? Assistant Secretary N.C.C. W. Andrews, Esq., Ardara, Comber, Co. Down, N. Ireland
6) 23rd February, 1953. Dear Mr. Finlay, I enclose copy of the letter, which, at the Annual Meeting of the N.C.U. Umpires I was asked to write to the M.C.C.  I also enclose copy of the reply which shows that perhaps none of us were so bad that evening when we did not know the answers for I do not think the M.C.C. reply puts us much further, as it is really negative, as it only states how the batsman can not be out and does not state any authority under which he can be given out. Yours sincerely, W. M. Finlay, Esq., Chairman, N.C.U. Official Umpires.
7) 30th July 1954. Dear Griffith, I am very sorry to bother you again but in the trial two day match for selecting the Irish XI against Scotland one of the Captains declared on the first day within a hour of the time for drawing stumps. This of course is illegal under Law 15, although I remember the Hon. l. H. Tennyson doing it in a Test Match at Leeds and that consequently Australia refused to bat. My question, however, is whether it was the duty of the umpires to immediately call the two Captains attention to the fact that they were breaking the laws of the game, as under law 46 note 4 which says the umpires ... should not otherwise interfere with the progress of the game except as required to do so by the Laws as declaring was breaking a law I think they should have done so. Am I correct? Yours sincerely, W. A.  S. C. Griffith, Esq., Assistant Secretary, Marylebone Cricket Club, Lords Cricket Ground, St. Johns Wood, Road, London
8) 14th August, 1954. Dear Mr. Dunbar, Many thanks for your letter of the 12th inst., Ref. LOC/MISC/MQJ, which makes it quite clear that, if a captain breaks Law 15 by declaring within 1 hour 40 minutes of the hour arranged for drawing stumps in a two day match, then it is the duty of the umpires to intervene under Law 46, Note 4(1).  Sorry to have had to trouble you on the matter but I must say I am very pleased - as you could see by my letter of the 30th July - that my view is correct. Yours sincerely W. A. J. G. Dunbar, Esq., Assistant Secretary, M.C.C., Lord's Cricket Pavilion, St. John's Wood, London, N.W. 8

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1) Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground, London, N.W.8 2nd February 1954. - Dear Andrews, Billy Griffith is at present away on holiday and will not be returning until the end of the month, so I am replying to your letter of the 30th July in his stead. Under the Laws of Cricket in a two-day match it is necessary for the batting side to leave at least 1½ hours batting should the captain wish to declare. The Minor Counties Cricket Association however play under an experimental rule whereby the batting side can declare at any time on the first day. It is, therefore, necessary for the captains to agree beforehand under what rule they play. The umpires should, of course, be notified accordingly. With kind regards, Yours sincerely, J. Dunbar, Assistant Secretary, M.C.C.  William Andrews, Esq., Ardara, Comber, Co. Down
2) Lord's Cricket Ground, London, N.W.  Sept. 12th 1913  Dear Mr. Andrews, In reply to your letter of 10th Inst: I much regret to inform you that I have no professional entered in my books, at the present moment, whom I can recommend; but I will, with pleasure, let you know if I hear of one likely to suit. The answer to your question is that the run should be entered as a "WIDE" (see Laws 16 & 17). Please accept the pamphlet I am enclosing. Yours faithfully, F. E. Lacey? Sec. M.C.C.  W. Andrews, Esq., North Down C.C., Comber, Co. Down
3) Important Lord's Cricket Ground. 2 May ?? W. Andrews, Esq., Ardara, Comber, Belfast
4) Lord's Cricket Ground, London, N.W. 8 2nd May 1928. Dear Mr. Andrews, Thank you for your letter of the 30th ultimo. I have much pleasure in sending you one of the Umpires' Report Forms which I hope may be useful, also the Laws of Cricket, which except for the slip attached is the same edition that you have already had. We will with pleasure enter your name in the Match Book as desiring to play in the M.C.C. Channel Islands Tour, but I would suggest your writing direct to Mr. Swan, Staveley Mead, Eastbourne. We have not received any official application for a tour in Ireland this year. I understood the Irish Cricket Union would approach Mr. McIver but I have heard nothing. With kindest regards, Yours sincerely, W. Findlay, Sec., M.C.C.  W. Andrews, Esq., Ardara, Comber, Belfast
5) 1928 14th Edition Laws of Cricket

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