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Oxford Notes.


Oxford Notes. FOR the greater portion of this term Jesus College will miss the presence of its Principal- Professor John Rhys. The delicate state of Mrs. Rhys' health necessitates a stay in a climate more congenial to invalids than that of foggy and relaxing Oxford. This winter Professor and Mrs. Rhys are visiting the West Indies and more particularly Jamaica-an island which, thanks to the commendable efforts of the Elder Dempster Company, whose leading spirit is that Welsh Welshman, Sir Alfred Jones-seems to be growing in popular favour as a health resort. The necessity of the visit we deeply regret, but sincerely trust that the voyage and stay will be such in its results that all future tours undertaken by Professor and Mrs. Rhys will be solely for pleasure. OF the five W elsh 'Varsity Societies--the Dafydd ap Gwilym, the Old Aberystwythian, the Welsh Church, the Llwyd and the Ystrad Meurig- the Dafydd ap Gwilym and the Old Aberyst- wythian are, so far, the only two which have met. The Dafydd met on Saturday, January 29th, and after disposing of the usual prelimin- aries indulged in a discussion on The Defects in the Welsh Character." An attempt was made to set before us the Welsh character from the stranger's point of view. Whilst some minor defects were readily admitted the alleged greater defects provoked an animated and interesting discussion. THE Old Aberystwythian Society-or, in short, the O.A.S.-met on the previous Friday, January 28th. A paper was read by W. Ward (Merton), on Memories of Aber." It brought back to the members present many pleasant recollections of the happy time spent in Y Coleg ger y Hi' It might be interesting to note that this Society, together with the Dafydd, claims the honour of numbering Mr. O. M. Edwards amongst its founders. LAST Sunday evening we were privileged to hear the Bethesda Male Voice Party, so long famous among the Male Voice Choirs of Wales. They gave two concerts during the day in two Nonconformist places of worship in the city and met with a cordial reception on both occasions. Though our personal feeling was that too much English music was rendered by a choir so characteristically Welsh, they acquitted them- selves very creditably in their singing of Comrades," and it was a rare treat to hear some of the Diwygiad hymns sung so finely by a choir that seemed to enter so fully into the spirit of the words and music. We trust that their visit was a success in every respect and that their future performances will be as creditable to themselves and their cause as at Oxford they undoubtedly proved to be.