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PERSONAL AND SOCIAL.

JOTTINGS FROM NA TURE.

! WEEK BY TVEEK.

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WEEK BY TVEEK. ENVY PREVAILS. He's not so much a neighbour as he used to be, but still He'll smile and speak in passing from afar And so you solve the problem âthough it seems a bitter pill- As you realise he's got a motor car. Willie, go and wash your hands. And do it quick, before Lloyd George puts a land tax on them."â" Globe." A rollicking Radical father at Tonypandy found a new son when he got home on Saturday night. He promptly decided to have him christened John Dissolution Jones, and the mother is nearly crazv over it. When Sir Marchant Williams was tutor of the Bangor Normal College he had as one of his pupils Professor Henry Jones, the eminent professor of Philosophy in the University of Glasgow. The two do not always see eye to eye now. It is held that the County intermediate schools in Wales take the lead in the teaching of modern languages and geography. Several of the schools possess laboratories for the teaching of geography, and in the last new buildings opened a mathematical laboratory has been provided. In many of the girls' schools botany is taught instead of chemistry as being a more suitable subject for girls. During the last eight years 675 pupils from 67 schools under the Central Welsh Board have graduated in various universities 72 pupils have taken first-class honours in the University of Wales, and at least 537 scholar- ships have been gained during the last ten years at various universities, including at least 46 at Oxford and Cambridge. During the same period at least 390 former scholars have been appointed to posts in English secondary schools. Its Sunday School work is one of the glones of Wales, and there was never anyone yet found who could sneer at it, save, of co irse, the anonymons author of that egregious libel, the Perfidious Welshman." Up to the pre- sent, however, the Welsh Sunday School has not possessed a magazine exclusively its own, and the Methodists are preparing to take the matter up. If the idea meets with the success it deserves, the first number of the new periodi- cal will see the light with the New Year. < Students of the history of Nonconformity in Wales are under a debt of gratitude to the Rev. Dr. Hugh Jones, of Bangor, for the work he is doing through his History of Welsh Wesleyan Methodism,' upon which he is at present engaged, and which is being pub- lished in parts. Much light is thrown in the portion of the work already published upon the theological controversies in Wales during the first half of the last century between the Wesleyan Methodists and the Calvinistic Methodists, and which attracted so much attention in various parts of the Principality. Welsh has to be bear burdens which are not fairly its own. In his rousing speech at Nottingham, Mr. Littlejohns said that he recently called the Government a mawkish medley of parasitical lugubriousness, and the Daily News called him a penultimate azomptote who ought to be adumbrated with fissaparous apologetics. When Mr. Littlejohns after- wards entered the Nottingham Constitutional Club there were a number of gentlemen dis- cussing the speech. Turning to the orator, one of them said, I have just been telling-my friends about your speech, sir, and about the quotations which you gave us in Welsh." The Welsh phrases are given above. In a book just published, entitled Lanca- shire Life and Character," attention is drawn to the Strong Celtic element still existing after many centuries of struggle in the population of Lancashire, especially in the localities more particularly within the range of the blue hills dividing Lancashire and Yorkshire. There is an unusually large number of words of Celtic origin to be found in the speech of what may be called the Lancashire hinterland. It is to this Celtic race rather than to the Saxon element that one looks for homely humour, and the pre- servation of the folk-lore, as well as for the expression in a racy patois of the thoughts and aspirations of the people. There is a suspicion in not a few minds that the tarred road is prejudicial to health. Tar gives off, it is asserted, especially under the influence of the warm rays of the sun, peculiar empyreumatic substances which irritate the respiratory tract at some point or another. The Lancet is not disposed to accept that any really serious cases based upon this theory have arisen. If they have, the slight mischief can have been only transitory. Our contem- porary concedes that the process of tarring the road gives rise to inconvenience, and here and there it may cause irritation to the nasal passages and throat, but as soon as the sur- face mass of the road has set it is confident that no complaint on grounds of prejudice to health can be fairly levelled against the innovation. < Many years ago,at Salford Quarter Sessions, a man was summoned to the jury box, when he said, S our honour, I claim to be excused. I was brought up in Wales all my life, and I do not understand the English language pro- perly." You seem to speak the language very well," replied the Chairman. Well," retorted the Cymro, but these words are only common words, but in law, you know, there are many words I could not understand at all. "Oh," said the Chairman, I don't think you'll find that to be the case. I think it's worth your while to stay and see how easy it all is." I assure you I shall not under- stand it," declared the Welshman I've heard what passed this morning, but don't understand a word of it." Roars of laughter followed this assertion, yet Jones was sworn, f and (adds a paper of the period) he appeared to make such an excellent juryman that we hope to see him in the same box next session.

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