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Echoes from the Welsh Papers.

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Echoes from the Welsh Papers. BY BBYT?0JT. Y Ooleuad in an article an the opening of Par- liament says that some consent has been made upon the absence of the Sovereign from the opening ceremony, not that that makes much difference, but becauge it cofltyares somewhat un- favourably with the ease with which the preceding government won Royal smiles. Whether rightly or wrongly, it adds, the notion has got abroad that the Court does not keep itself so independent of political parties as it used tc, md all its move- ments are watched with a feeling that was quite strange to this country years a.go. One of our Aberdare contemporaries, the Tarian, devotes a very long article on the free- trade question and the coPferente to be held at Cardiff in pursuance of a resolution passed at the last conference. It advises that papers should be read on the subject at the gathering referred to, and advocates the formation of a League for spreading the principles of Free Tnde throughout the world. That league, it points out, might publish tracts in various languages to be distri- buted in different countries, and men could be sent to lecture in foreign lands, as was done years ago in order to abolish slavery. This seems to be the most sensible view of the matter, too. What is wanted now is not to educate the people of this country in free trade-for we know its benefits, practically-but to convince other nations that they and ourselves would be likely to benefit by adopting the same thing. Mr Lewis Williams, of Cardiff, hae always been popular in his own town, and is so genial and useful a member of society that even his political opponents have not a word to say against him, but his evidence:before the Education Commission the other day has raise I him immensely in the eyes of people outside his own district, and his figures on the educational status and ability of Welshmen are pretty freely quoted by the Welsh papers. There is a great deal of work before the present Parliament (says the Tytt), but if the Obstruction- ists are a. little quiet, it will be done. It is out of reasor blame people for not working and at the same time to throw every obstacle in the way of its completion but the Tories are perfidious enough to join any clique if they think by so doing they will be able to upset the measures of the government. The Herald Cymraeg understands that Eos Morlais is busily engaged in preparing the Lon- don Welsh Choir to render Mr D. Emlyn Evans' cantata The Fairies," which is to be brought to the notice of the Londoners. Seven Oymru heartily congratulates the Non- conformists of Cardiff on their recent victory over the united forces of the Church and Roman Catholics in connection with the School Board election, and adds The Nonconformists of the town have reason to rejoice in the victory, which is due to their unity, their co-operation, and their effort. The education question in Cardiff is safe for the next three years." The same paper says, the forgemen of Dafan are still out, and there are no prospects of their commencing work. It appears that the ordinary notice has not been given to the men, but that it is sought to reduce the wages at once, and if that be so the men are quite right in resisting so un- reasonable a. demand, but a strike at this time of the year is a poor outlook, indeed, for the men and their families. Nodiedydd in the Qoltuad gives some curious instances of movements from the sublime to the ridiculous at literary meetings. Papers giving answers to questions upon the Resurrection were, he says. placed on a table with some dolls. In another there was a prize for explaining a verse in the Bible followed by a prize being awarded to the best who would make a chemise for herself. Then, at another, the adjudicator first gave his opinion upon a treatise on the mind and then proceeded to adjudicate upon specimens of oat- meal bread. = I

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