Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent). Swansea Welsh Librarian. I understand that there are no less than forty-eight applications for the post of Welsh Librarian at Swansea Free Library. This will enable the committee to select a good man, several of the applicants being especially well qualified. Young Wales to the Front. Young Wales continues to do remarkably well at the English Universities. One of the latest notable successes is that of Mr. J. Park Davies, B.A., a student at Manchester College, Oxford, who has been awarded the Hibbert Scholarship of £ 120 a year for three years. Mr. Davies is a native of the Llandyssul district, Cardiganshire. The Wonderful Religious Revival. The fame of Mr. Evan Roberts and his wonderful Revival Meetings has spread to all parts of the world. Recent visitors hail from America, Scotland, Ireland, France, Norway, Germany, and even Armenia. Amongst the American visitors is a Chicago journalist, who says that the Revival scenes have been the most wonderful he has ever witnessed. Mabon in America. Mr. W. Abraham, the popular M.P. for the Rhondda, has been receiving a very cordial reception in America. He has met Welshmen in every place he has visited, especially at Colorado, where he was entertained by the Cymmrodorion Society, whose rendering of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau was particularly enthusiastic. News. The Saturday Review states that the Welsh Religious Revival is a popular protest against the undenominational and philosophical Christ- ianity preached by the ministers whom the Welsh University Colleges have trained." Next, please! Gwna a Ddylit. Sir William Thomas Lewis, Bart., who has just concluded fifty years of service with Bute interests at Cardiff, is a splendid sample of what hard work and determination can accom- plish. It is principally due to his great foresight that the Cardiff Railway Company and Bute Docks have attained to the high position they have. Sir William's motto is: Gwna a ddylit, doed a ddelo." A Link with the Past. Mrs. Thomas, of Llandaff Yard, who died the other day, was the landlady of the "Cow and Snuffers during the period when the late Lord Beaconsfield used to visit it. Dizzy's lady- love lived at Whitchurch-a pretty village hard by, which accounted for his visits. The Cow and Snuffers" was made quite famous through Disraeli's patronage. It is a most old-fashioned inn, and typical of "the days of long ago."
PRELIMINARY. A GRAND MUSICAL EISTEDDFOD will be held on April 24th, 1905 (Easter Mon- day), in connection with ST. MARYS WELSH CHURCH, Camberwell New Road. A SILVER CUP will be offered for a Solo. Full particulars next week. HON. SEC.: D. DAVIES, 31, Dalberg Road, Brixton.
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Interesting Figures. It is worth mentioning that no less than 100,000 parcels were dealt with at Cardiff Post Office during last Christmastide, and between four and five million letters. These facts speak for themselves. Ignoring Wales. I have particularly noticed that certain pro- minent political personages and leading news- papers persistently ignore Wales when referring to the British Empire. Lord Selborne, in a recent speech, continually referred to England, Scotland, and Ireland." And papers like the Times, Standard, etc., invariably adopt a similar procedure. Even Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman often ignores Wales when alluding to the nationalities that constitute the Empire. It will always be well to pull up public speakers who ignore Wales in this manner, and remind them that Wales is quite as important as England, Scotland, or Ireland. Swansea in London. Former residents of Abertawe seem to be getting much in evidence at London lately. Mr. Gwynne, who has been appointed editor of the Standard, is a native of the Welsh town. Mr. Percival Gibbon, of the same paper, and formerly of the Daily Mail, is also an ex- Swanseaite; whilst Mr. Cummings, who succeeds Mr. Welch in the leading part of the Drury Lane pantomime, is another Swansea boy. Misleading Statements. In their references to the great religious Revival in South Wales, writers in some of the London dailies and weeklies state that Welsh Nonconformists "hate" the Church of England, and that such hatred" is responsible for the opposition to the Education Act. Nothing could be more misleading than such statements. Welsh Nonconformists have no hatred towards the Church. Indeed, there are thousands of them who love its beautiful Liturgy, and "the dim religious light." What Welsh Nonconformists "hate "is what the Right Honourable Joseph Chamberlain, M.P., once described as "the incestuous connection of Church and State." Let us have the truth at any rate. Hen Wlad y Menyg Gwynion. At a recent Cardiff Police Court there were no cases for trial-a most unique occurrence for the town, and the Chairman of the Bench was presented with a pair of white gloves. At Newport Police Court on Monday last the magistrates were presented with white gloves, as there was not a single case for trial, being the first time for eighteen years At Swansea Borough Quarter Sessions on Saturday there was only one case for trial, and Judge Bowen Rowlands, K.C., the Recorder, remarked that it was a matter for great congratulation, and reflected the highest credit on the inhabitants of the borough. And what is the secret of all this transformation—THE REVIVAL But whilst critics of the type of the Lancet., Labouchere, etc., are so ready to hold the Revival up to ridicule, they have no space for such remark- able facts as these. General Baden=Powell's Cousin. The Rev. Gilbert Heaton, M.A., vicar of the fine old church of St. Mary's, Cardiff, who was married on Tuesday last, at Llangollen Church, to Miss Mabel Edwards, of Trevor Hall, Llan- gollen, is a cousin of General Baden-Powell, the hero of Mafeking," to whose cheery personality he bears a striking resemblance. The marriage aroused much interest, the reverend gentleman having held curacies at Aberdare, Llangollen, and the vicarship of St. Mark's, Wrexham, prior to his later appointment to St. Mary's, Cardiff. The bride, also, is well known in North Wales, being the fourth daughter of the late Mr. J. C. Edwards, High Sheriff of Denbighshire, and the pioneer of the clay industry in Wales. The Rev- Gilbert Heaton is unquestionably one of the most popular clergymen in South Wales. I remember him when a curate at Aberdare, and was struck with the devotion of all the young; churchmen in that town for him. Never shall I forget the sorrow they felt when his departure was announced. International Football. Keen interest is being taken in South Wales- in to-day's (Saturday) great football match between the flower of England's Rugby talent and that of gallant little Wales. Whilst England has practically the whole of that country to select from, the Welsh team is selected from three counties only, viz., Glamorganshire, Carmarthenshire, and Breconshire, Rugby being almost unknown in North and Mid-Wales, where the Association code holds sway. From 16,000 to 20,000 spectators are expected to witness to- day's contest, as the public interest in football is very great, especially when one part of the empire is pitted against another. The Welsh team are all old Internationals, and there is practical unanimity as to the strength of the side with the exception of the selection of Willie Llewellyn at three-quarters, it being contended by many that W. Trew, of Swansea, is a superior player to him and ought to have been selected. "The Premier Coal Shipping Port of the World." The Coal Merchant and Shipper (London) contained an instructive article last week on Cardiff and its coal trade. The following extract will be read with much special interest by all Welshmen :— Vessels on every sea and sailing under every flag, both warships and merchantmen, are daily burning the magnificent steam coal of Wales, and despite the export tax, despite the competi- tion of foreign countries, and despite the eccen- tricities of Welsh miners, whose wages demands and lapses from duty at times are calculated to drive away trade, the cry is still for more. The demand is maintained, and more than main- tained. The quantity of coal shipped in 1904 at Cardiff, including Penarth and Barry, exceeded 20 millions of tons. This quantity may be illustrated in popular fashion by imagining a train of ten-ton trucks, each fully loaded up. The train would be 7,200 miles long, and would extend from Cardiff to Cape Horn, or, taken east, Cardiff to Japan. The production, handling, and transit of this enormous quantity provides employment for many hundreds of thousands of people, and anything done to injure this industry would be a calamity of which apparently those people who talk of stopping or restricting the export of Welsh coal to foreign countries are oblivious or, perhaps, ignorant."