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I WORKMEN'S TOPICS.

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To Meet at Cowes. -------------I

Royal Tour in Cornwall. .

THE AGA KHAN.

THE FRENCH NAVY.

THEFTS FROM WARSHIPS.

LUNATIC'S SAVINGS.! ---I

ATTEMPTED MATRICIDE.

Welsh Monuments.

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Welsh Monuments. CILGERRAN CASTLE. When a writer takes up the pen to say any- thing about a Welsh castle, he is confronted with the difficulty of the absence of details and historic references. The visitor to the noble ruins of other days is compelled to express regret that so little is known concerning the strongholds which excite so much curiosity and interest. The history of Cilgerran Castle in many points resemble very closely that of Llan- stephan. Cilgerran is situated on the extreme north-western fortress of the Pembrokeshire colony. The north-eastern frontier was pro- tected by Llanstephan. The high road from England to Cardigan was the Teivi and Cil- gerran commanded this The Towey, the water- way of Carmarthen, was protected by Llan- stephan. The two castles are specimens of early fortifications, and both positions were stubbornly contested by the rival races. It is an unusual feature in West Wales that each castle was built on the summit of a hill. The similarity ends here, for Llanstephan passes out ol note with the final subjection of Wales by Edward the First-nothing more is heard of it, whilst. Cilgerran did not complete its part on the stage of Wales's struggles until Cromwell ordered the dismantling of Pem- brokeshire Castle in 1648. The building of Cilgerran Castle is put down to Roger de Belesme, the founder of Montgo- mery, and the date is placed at 1113. It was taken from the English colony in 1164 by the Lord Rhys; and the next year the English and the Flemings made a desperate attempt I to recover the castle, but after a long and terrible struggle they were repulsed with much I slaughter. Maelgwn wrested it from his brother Grufudd in 1199, and William Mareschal, the Earl of Pembroke, took it from Maelgwn in the year 1205 The stronghold saw many struggles and vicissitudes, for in 1215 the garri- son surrendered to Llewelyn ap Iorwerth, who gave it to a second Maelgwn. Again in the fol- lowing year William Mareschal returned from Ireland and retook Cilgerran, which after- wards remained Safely in English hands. It was held by the Crown in the reign of Henry VII., Rhys Vaughan being high consta- ble. During the Civil War.which was waged be- tween Charles and his Parliament, Cilgerran played no part, or only a slight one, if indeed it appeared at all, which is a curious circum- stance considering that the town of Cardigan was the scene of many bloody contests. But Cilgerran was in existence, for the train bands marched from the stronghold to Haverfordwest Lo give Lord Carbery a sort of triumph When he had reduced Ten by in 1643. From this time Cilgerran disappears from history's page, and the quarrying of the rock on which it stands has marred much of the beauty of the fortress, which, no doubt, in itself formed a quarry for the vandal. How- ever, its picturesque situation could not be destroyed, for according to one writer, the traveller may seek the world through and he will not find ruins more happily combined with rocks, woods and water, a more pleasing com- sition, or a more captivating landscape," than are to be seen at this spot. According to the Welsh Brut, this was the stronghold of Geraint who could; however, scarcely have been the knight who Crowned a happy life with a fair death, and fell Against the heather of the Northern Sea In battle fighting for the blameless King." t Photo by Valentine.

DEATH OF THE INJURED MAI

WATER COMPANY SUED.

TUMBLE COLLIERY ACCIDENT.

DIED WHILE TALLYING. I-

PENARTH STATION PESTS.

SORRY FOR HIS FOLLY.

OLD-TIME CORPUS CHRISTI.

TIDAL WAVE.

ANOTHER OPERA STAR.

ALLEGED ATTEMPTED FRAUD.

THREATENED SUICIDE.

POCKET-PICKING CHARGE.

FREYSTROP CHILD'S PERIL.

LOOKED MORE SUBSTANTIAL.

FIRE AT THE WARREN MILL

"GRAND OLD MAN OF SALOP."

, NEWPORT VETERAN.

PONTYPOOL LAW CASE.

Oscar Slater's Reprieve. .

Merthyr Hooliganism. .

COMBE MARTIN FATALITY.

MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSIVE. --

TASMANIA'S NEW GOVERNOR.

OLD BRIGAND'S MURDERS.

60 HOURS IN THE AIR.

WRECKED ON HARBOUR BAR.

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

WELSH GLEANINGS. .