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MERTHYR TYDFIL SCHOOL BOARD.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH, 1896.

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I)ots a Welshman, when he crosses Offa's Dyke and pitches his tent in England, of necessity cease to be a elsh patriot Somebody has said some- thing of that sort, it appears, and the TIev. Hart well Jones smites him hip and thigh with great slaughter through a whole column of the Wet em Mail. Mr. Jones is a man of culture and erudition. Ho was formerly professor of Latin at Cardiff College, and now he is a south of England rector. He generally knows what he is about, but in the present instance we fear he is pursuing a vain shadow. By whom, whetc, when was it said that Welsh- men in England arc not patriotic. We do not suppose they are all patriots. There is a fool iu every crowd, and our Welsh friends over the border, we may safely hold, are pretty much like the pink-eyed potatoes of Cwmtwrch some good, some bad, some indifferent. Speaking generally, however, we may, with confidence, lay down this doctrine: some of the best Welsh I)ati-iots are, firstly, the Englishmen who live in Wales, and. secondly, the Welshmen who live ill England. Concerning the former, we say nothing further at present. As for the latter, the malady they suffer from, as a rnle. is not lack of patriotism, but excess. They love their country well, if not always wisely. They are patriots with a vengeance. What they are weak in is not patriotism, but a sense of pre- portion and a sense of humour. Not content with serving their country, they want to patronise and control. They are inebriated with the exuberance of their patriotism. The London Welshmen are terrible sinners in this respect. For years they controlcd Aberystwyth College. For years they have wanted to boss the Natknal Eiste Idfod. The Manchester and Liverpool Welshmen are not much better. Was it not they who, in their eagerness to regenerate their native eouiituy, set on foot the Cymru Fydd movementj We mention these things not in any carping j spirit, but to show that the H elsh in England are fairl\ bubbling over with patriotic enthusiasm. The London Cymrodorion are occasionally given to high falnt-in, as when they went in for that medal business, or when they sought to capture the eisteddfod. Still they have rendered priceless services to Wales, and done much to foster literary progress. The charge of non-patriotiain cannot for a moment be brought against them. Nor can it be brought, with any measure of comprehensive- uess, against the Welshmen of England generally. What 5lr. Hart well Jones said is quite true, but it scarcely needed saying.

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IMUSICAL GOSSIP.

M EET OF THE LLANWONNO HOUNDS.

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