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â ,IHl. â â âââââââ.ââiââ Weekly Notes by Quirkquequip. The Editor does not hold himself responsible for the opinions expressed in these notes. OLD SONGS. Metbinks that our rising local vocalists strain too much after the classic in their songs, and hence, although their pieces may be artistically executed, yet they somewhat pall-fall flat. In such a mixed assemblage as Sunday night's the selection of In Verdure Clad," Gounod's For ever with the Lord," etc., was mal apropos- Now, why not take a hint from Sims Reeves and Madame Patti, and sing some- thing homely ? Although these two eminent singers are equally fine executants in the classic as in the homely, their efforts are more appreciated in the latter style. One never feels a satiety in My Pretty Jane," "Tom Bowling," "Come into the Garden, Yaud," and i, The, White Squall lilvouiites of the formerâand The Last Hose of Summer and Home, sweet Home with the latter. 1 have beard both these and all oor fin de sieale singers in my tinir, and can, therefore, speak with authority. It is not every one who is gifted with a clear enunciation, con- sequently, were something more familiar substituted, the greater would be the charm. With what gusto -would such songs on Sunday night have gone as "The Better Land," Nazareth," "Comfort ye," etc. This, of course, applies to secular occasions- -0-0- BROS. JONESâMUSICIANS. It cannot be gainsaid that the success, financial and Otherwise, was due to Mr Alfred S. Jones and Mr A. E. Jones, organists, respectively, of the Trinity and A rcot-street Wesleyan Chapels- An accompanist, like a poet, is born and not made. The encomium of Mr Proud, the leader of the Cardiff Blue Ribbon Choir,is therefore all the more complimentary. "What do you think of your accompanist, Mr A. E.-Jones? H Tip-top-a treat," replied Mr Proud to a pressman. Praise from Mr Proud is praise, indeed. -0-0- A NIGGER'S SKULL. Dr Fuller has assured us that a negro is God's image cut in ebony." Without being deemed irre- verent, one cannot help remarking Jupon a negro's cranium as being indeed wonderfully and fearfully made. If a pale-face'' bad received a similar blow to that of Johnson's OIl Monday midnight last (q.v.) he would have been removed to a mortuary rpther than to a hospital. Will our medical readers tell us why negroes have, comparatively, such thick skulls? -0-0- POLITICAL RELIGION. I have just been informed. sub rosa, that the local Nonconformist Ministerial Union held a meeting to discuss the advisability of fighting the recent District Council election on religion? grounds-Nonconformist v. ChurcK This idea, however, was abandoned, and politics substituted, with the woeful result of which we aie all filmiliar-some too much so. In common fairness to the misguided leaders of this faux pas, I must say they are heartily sorry for their foolishness, and have promised to look for the future after their own business. In one cha pel in the swell west end" there were only two, so I was told by one who knows, the pastor and one, Mr Even I," who ran the concern. -0-0- ;â PROVING BLACK'S WHITE; A storm in a puddle was last week's Disestablish- ment meeting, whereat a paid London agitator came down to sow dissention, strife, and hatred among the Welsh religious Nonconformists. Out of all our local Liberationists and Church-haters not one could be found to lead the assault; but note the difference at the Church Defence meeting, when one of our fore- most townsmenâMr Llewelen Wood, J.P., volun- tarily vindicated the Church in Wales in a speech which will ever linger in our memories. This Mr London Fisher made a capital ex parte statement. It was only verbal jugglery after all I, myself, can prove black is white, absurd though it is. The original meaning of black was white or wan, preserved in the word bleach. Wan is the same as wane, and means deficient in colour, and this synonym gives the key to the word black as a negative term (Saxcn, blact pale, white; Swedish, IMc, bleached; Danish, bleg, pale and Greek, blax. pale, delicate). Similarly good may be proved to be bad, and hot to be cold, thus Bad-bat, And cold [us] is Latin for hot, our cAlid. If bat-bad, cold-cold. E. D.

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