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Oxford Notes.


Oxford Notes. WHEN our Societies have held their first meetings, we consider ourselves for the term in fairly goqd working order. The Edward Llwyd held its first meeting on Monday last, when Mr. T. W. Langman, of Jesus College, read a paper, the subject of which was connected with the Foundation and History of his College. The subject was opportune in the fact that Jesus College was founded specially to provide a centre for the education of those Welshmen who sought to complete their training at the English University. THERE is a common idea that this College has grown into a Welsh one, that the Welsh naturally congregated together, and placed themselves under the same jurisdiction. Of course this is true, when we compare the per- centage of Welshmen at Jesus to the number elsewhere. But the fact is that the College is to-day becoming more of an English one. Many scholarships and exhibitions awarded here are closed to Englishmen. But it is not very difficult for a man of any alien race to come under the appellation "Welsh" in regard to these awards. Men born in Wales, or educated there, or whose parents are Welsh, are of course as much entitled to be classified thus as a person who can speak the language. The ten- dency of the College to throw off its exclusively Welsh tone is illustrated by the rumour current to the effect that a good proportion of these closed scholarships are about to be thrown open to all candidates whatsoever. Some Welshmen may think this course not a very patriotic one, but they are those who let patriotism blind their eyes. AMONG the papers to be read before the Davydd ap Gwilym Society during the term, are the following Ficer Pritchard," by Mr. A. W. Davies; "Esgob Morgan," by Mr.J. T. Davies, while two members have nor yet sent in their subj ects. Dr. Rhys is to entertain the Society in the Bursary at Jesus College, on the last Saturday of term. DR. and Mrs. Rhys have just returned from their trip to Jamaica, and the Principal was at the head of the Fellow's table in Jesus Hall, soon after his arrival, looking very well after his voyage. We hear that the outing has also proved of great benefit to Mrs. Rhys, who has had failing health for some time past. MR. J. O. GRIFFITHS read his paper, entitled, Hen Gymeriad Cymreig," to the Davydd ap Gwilym Society, on Saturday last. This proved to be an artistic pourtrayal of a well-known character in the neighbourhood of Llanrwst. Sion Catrin was the name he was best known by, though on the pirish register he was John Hughes. No one however dared address him with the latter title without incurring the wrath of Sion. Such a man as this one was, is not a rare character in Wales. Of no fixed abode, and no permanent occupation, bion depended upon his gossip for his livelihood, while his chief characteristic was a delight in attending the funerals of whomsoever that died in the neigh- bourhood. He was what might be called an Old School Historian, that is, his whole knowledge of history consisted in the dates of the births and deaths of noted persons. Sion knew the exact number of persons who had died, and their respective dates in the Conway Vale around Llanrwst, and he had attended the funerals of all whom he could. Mr. Griffiths' peroration was a glowing and prospective account of what the reader thought Sion Catrin was doing, now we had attended his last funeral. OF the younger generation of Welshmen up at Oxford, Mr. J. O. Griffiths is the most distin- guished. His University career has been as brilliant as his modesty is charming, and it is hard to say which attribute surpasses the other Mr. Griffiths entered Balliol from Llandovery as a scholar. He immediately carried off the highest juniors prize in mathematics awarded by the University. In the fulness of time the Senior Mathematical Scholarship fell to his share, while to-day the Davydd ap Gwilym has the honour of having a Fellow of St. John's as one of its most active members. Mr. Griffiths, too, is one of the pillars of the Edward Llwyd." IN the lines of the London Welsh Rugby team who played the University last week in the Parks, figured Messrs. A. W. Davies, J. T. Davies, of Jesus College, and Mr. H. Morris, of University. All three have played for the University in their turn, and had not Mr. J. T. Davies, who is an old Lampeter man, been unfortunate with his knee, it is confidently asserted he would have had his Blue this year. With regard to Mr. Morris, of University College, who is now only in his first year, it is certain he will obtain that coveted distinction. WE noticed with pleasure that Mr. 0. M. Edwards paid a visit to the l arks during the game, and was keenly interested in the fortunes of the London Welsh, with whom we rather think his sympathies lay.


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