Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent). WHAT? Prime Minister Balfour, speaking at Man- chester, is reported to have said :—" There is not one Nonconformist grievance in the old Act of 1870, that has not been entirely removed or enormously mitigated." It is evident from this remarkable statement that Mr. Balfour has not studied his own Act. Perhaps, somebody will send him a copy ? A Rising Welsh Pianist. Master Percy Hughes, a native of Aberaman, is a remarkably clever pianist. He is only 13 years of age nevertheless he has won over 200 prizes at Eisteddfodic competitions, and the other day he secured the John Thomas Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. Had Master Hughes -been a native of Poland, and borne an unpronounceable name, all the London reviews and dailies would undoubtedly have published his portrait, and referred to him as a musical prodigy. It is marvellous how slow the majority of London journals are in discovering the musical talent of their own country. Wales-A Nation. In reading the Anglican Bishop of Peter- borough's sympathetic references to the Welsh Revival, I noticed that he referred to the little nation of Wales." And yet we have Anglican clergymen in Wales who will not admit that Wales is a Nation Ignoring Wales. In a recent issue of THE LONDON WELSHMAN, I referred to the persistent manner in which certain newspapers and individuals ignore Wales in their writings and speeches. Here is an example of what I mean. It appears in the current issue of the Review of Reviews. "ONE EMPIRE, ONE FLAG. Side by side, with England's heroes, Side by side, with Scotland's sons, Side by side, with Erin's bravest Ye have faced a foeman's guns." And so on, and so forth. The verses are signed Kerry O'Byrne." It is evident that "Kerry O'Byrne" has not read the history of Wales. Let me inform Kerry O'Byrne that Welshmen, too, have "faced the foeman's guns." Some of the bravest soldiers at Waterloo, the Crimea, and India were Welshmen. And the defence of Rorke's Drift," in the Zulu War- one of the finest defences that has ever occurred in modern warfare-was undertaken by a Welsh regiment. The next time Kerry O'Byrne" writes poetry on the British Empire let him not ignore Welshmen. Please.
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Intolerable Bigotry. 4 The Rev. R. C. Fillingham, Vicar of Hexton, occasionally preaches in Nonconformist pulpits. In fact he occupied the pulpit at Cardiff Central Congregational Church a few months ago, and his broad-mindedness was appreciated by Non- conformists and the more tolerant portion of Churchmen alike. The Anglican Bishop of St. Albans has, however, just asked the reverend gentleman to abandon "the habit." After con- sulting his friends the vicar replied to the bishop I feel it my duty still to preach from time to time for my Free Church brethren, and I have made several such engagements for this year. I must, of course, take the consequences, if any; but I do not at all believe that there is anything illegal in these proceedings." The Bishop acknowledged the receipt' of the letter with regret." It is marvellous that such intolerable bigotry should exist in the 20th century. Welsh Churchmen. It is pleasant to find such a large number of tolerant Churchmen in Wales, although, if men of the stamp of the Bishop of St. Albans had their way they would prevent Churchmen from fraternising with Nonconformists. The other day, for example, the Vicar of Swansea attended a revival service at a Nonconformist place of worship, occupying a position in the set fawr. At Ystradgynlais, the local clergy have attended services in the local chapels, and local Non- conformists have reciprocated by attending some of the services in the Parish Church. In the Llangeitho and other Cardiganshire districts, the local clergy and Nonconformist ministers have displayed similar fraternisation, and I know one Vicar in West Wales who invariably attends the cwrddau mawr at a Nonconformist chapel. Sir Morteine and Lady Lloyd, although Church people, take deep interest in the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist cause, and an ardent Churchman like Lord Tredegar shows his broad-mindedness by granting gifts of land to Nonconformists for chapel sites at nominal charges. Walter Map. Walter Map is a Welshman, respecting whose life little appears to have been known. He lived in the 12th century. Mr. Jenkyn Thomas, M.A., the headmaster of the Aberdare County School, has, however, thrown much light on the career of Walter Map, and an interested meeting of the Aberdare Literary Society listened with rapt attention to his lecture on this compara- tively unknown Welshman the other night. Ac- cording to Mr. Thomas, Walter Map was at the Court when Beckett was Chancellor, and he enjoyed the confidence of the Royal Master. Walter Map was canonised by the Church of Rome as he was thought to have the power of working miracles. He was Archdeacon of Oxford in 1202. It was Walter Map who com- pletely transformed the character of the Arthurian legends, and gave these legends the great con- ception of Sir Galahad, Sir Lancelot, &c. Mr. Thomas reviewed the growth of the legends up to the 12th century, and he maintained that it was Walter Map who gave these legends the life which they retain in Tennyson's compositions. This fact alone, remarked Mr. Thomas, "was sufficient to rank this obscure Welshman as one of our Worthies." Carmarthen Boroughs. The announcement that Mr. Llewelyn Williams will be the probable official Liberal Candidate for the Carmarthen Boroughs has created much satisfaction amongst patriotic Welshmen generally. Mr. Llewelyn Williams would be a splendid addition to the Welsh Parliamentary Party, being a brilliant public speaker, and, what is supremely important, a thoroughgoing Welsh Nationalist. It is men of his type we want to advocate the claims of our gallant little nation. I am sure that I am re-echoing the thoughts of thousands of patriotic Welsh people in wishing Mr. Llewelyn Williams' election to Parliament. Mr. Lloyd=George in the North. Mr. Lloyd-George, M.P., has been addressing splendid meetings in Scotland and the north of England. The best testimony to the effective- ness of his brilliant speeches is the fact that the Scotsman-the leading Conservative paper in the south of Scotland-has been calling him hard names. In introducing Mr. Lloyd-George to the great meeting at York, Mr. Rowntree, the Chairman-so I read in the Leeds and Yorkshire Mercury-referred to him as "a distinguished guest, a born leader of men, and a leader of settled convictions who was not afraid in the dark days of Jingoism of expressing his views fearlessly and frankly." Death of a Famous Welsh General. General William Henry Powell, of the American Army, who has just died at Belleville, Illinois, was a Welshman. He was born in South Wales, but emigrated when a lad with his parents to the States. He progressed rapidly, and started ironworks at Benwcod, Virginia. During the Civil War he was an officer in the Federal Army, and led the charge at the famous battle of Wytheville. General Powell was a staunch Republican, but twice refused to be nominated for Congress. Mr. Justice Kennedy and Welsh Singing. During Justice Kennedy's recent visit to the Rhondda Valley for the purpose of giving an address in connection with the Rhondda Cymmrodorion Society, he was entertained to Welsh musical selections by a Male Voice Party, and old Welsh hymns by the audience. The distinguished Justice in replying to a vote of thanks said, that he had been amply com- pensated for his visit to the Rhondda Valley in the beautiful singing to which he had been entertained." Welsh Footballers in England. It is interesting to note that a good percentage of players in the crack English Association Football Clubs are Welshmen. For example, Roose, of Everton; Parry, Liverpool: W. L. Jones, Manchester; Davies and Atherton, Middlesborough; G. Morris, Notts Forest; T. D. Jones, ditto; Davies, Bolton Wanderers Morris, Derby County Meredith, Manchester City; Roberts, Everton; and R. Jones, Mill- wall. The Revival. Interest in the Welsh religious revival remains unabated. Mr. Evan Roberts' meetings at Merthyr and Dowlais were marvellous, and some wonderful scenes were witnessed. Quite a sensation was created in the district by an extra- ordinary bitter attack on Mr. Evan Roberts in the columns of a Cardiff daily newspaper by the Rev. Mr. Price, a Congregational Minister at Dowlais. Various other misrepresentations of the missioner still. continue. The Daily Chronicle on Tuesday published the statement that Mr. Evan Roberts had been hypnotised at Merthyr. One might expect such silly nonsense in the columns of the "yellow press," but one might expect something better from a paper like the Daily Chronicle. The World, in its patronising manner, says, In the little land of the leek scenes are taking place which disgust and nauseate their quiet, God-fearing neighbours who know the difference between blasphemy and religion." Was ever such scandalous misrepresentation ? Mr. Labouchere's Truth (?) has been publishing a statement that a Welsh revivalist gave all his wages to the "revival funds," and not a penny to his wife. Of course the story is a pure fabrication. The revival, probably, has some shortcomings, but it is exceedingly cruel for papers, like the ones quoted to publish such falsehoods, whilst at the same time pretending to run them on fair and impartial lines.