STORIES of WALES, BY W. LLEWELYN WILLIAMS, M.A. Author of Gwr y Dolau," "Gwilym a Benni Bach," &c. The seventh of a series of most interesting STORIES OF WALES, and entitled, "LOVE AND RIVALRY," will appear in the "LONDON WELSHMAN" for I.. I March llth. The stories will be continued week by week, and we venture to predict that it will prove equal to any similar series ever published. Order your copies at once, and then you cannot be disappointed. The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, MOUNTAIN ASH. AUGUST 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th, 1905, £1,500 in PRIZE J. Programmes 7d. post free. Further Particulars apply to G. A. EVANS, ) C D. T. EVANS, Secretaries. EAST END MISSION, BRIDGE STREET, BURDETT ROAD. Cynhelir Cyfarfod AdlODiadol yn y lie uchod Nos Fawrth nesaf, M 7fed, Pryd y rhoddir Te a Danteithion gan wyr y lie. Gwahoddiad cynes i bawb. Yr oil yn rhad ac am ddim. Cyfarfod i ddechreu am Saith o'r Gloch.
Notes of the Week. Parliament.- The only notable event in the history of Parliament since it met has been the Macdonnell debate. Were it not for that busi- ness one would be inclined to think that* the Government is firmer than it was a month ago. According to a leading member of the Opposition its supporters have drawn themselves together a bit, a d have gained considerable more con- fidence. The regular Opposition attack proved rather weak and ineffective, and the Prime Minister proved himself once again very skilful in defence. But the Macdonnell affair has turned out a very ugly piece of business, and has wrought great damage to the credit of the Cabinet. It is quite clear now that Sir Anthony was appointed to his, present post in order to carry out an Irish policy of conciliation, and that the Lord Lieutenant and the Chief Secretary were quite aware of all he did in co-operating with Lord Dunraven. To censure him after- wards was a piece of impertinence on the part of his superiors that cannot be forgotten easily. The Nationalists are naturally jubilant, and the Orangemen almost mad with rage. There have been rumours of resignations, but so far neither Lord Dudley nor Mr. Wyndham nor Sir Anthony have taken that step, and the Prime Minister dare not dismiss one of them. It is a very pretty affair all through. The Finding of the North Sea Commissioners.- It is quite evident that the judgment of the arbitrators on the North Sea incident is based not so much on the facts as presented to them as upon a desire to make things as easy as possible for Russia. It found that there were no torpedo boats anywhere near Dogger's Bank, and also that the Russian Admiral was justified in thinking that there were. The fishermen, among whose fleet such havoc was made, are to receive liberal compensation, and the Russian officers are to escape punishment. Such a finding is an inexplicable paradox to common sense. What we are afraid is that it will not help the case for universal arbitration very much. There is no fear of Great Britain refusing to abide by it; when she agreed to ar- bitrate, she made up her mind to accept the verdict whatever it might be. But our case was so strong, the evidence was so conclusive in our favour, that it passes the wit of man to under- stand the decision given. Perhaps the arbitrators thought that Britain would take a more reason- able view of things than would be possible for the Northern Bear to do in her present temper. And perhaps they were right. Russia's cup of humility is flowing over already. And what of the fleet that caused all the bother? For months now it has been wandering idly over the southern seas, with Togo keeping watch that it does not sail within thousands of miles of the coast of Manchuria. It would have been of just as much use in the Baltic, and much more comfortable. < A Terrible Document.—The report of Mr. J. H. Harries, of the Congo Balolo Mission, to the British Consul at Boma, touching the evidence laid before the Commission inquiring into the Congo atrocities, is terrible reading. The writer enters fully into the matter, and complete details are given of a large number of cases of unspeakable cruelty. The accusations against the authorities were supported by a cloud of witnesses, and for some days the Commissioners were actually taken through a slough of iniquity and a river of blood, until at last they begged to be delivered from any more of it. They agreed to accept the following as a true general state- ment That hundreds of people have been killed in this (Balolo) district alone for rubber, and that it could be proved by multitudes of witnesses." We wonder what the defenders of the Belgian authorities will say now ? It is difficult to convince people who look upon everything through golden spectacles, but one would think that such a document as this, being verbatim report of what was said at an official inquiry, will conquer even the incredulity of European traders who become rich through the sufferings of uncivilised natives. The mission- aries have been pilloried by this class as liars and defamers of characters, but it seems as if their day has now dawned. We hope Great Britain will take active steps at once to make such inhumanity impossible in the future. r Wales again Victorious.—Who said that the glory of Wales had departed so far as choral singing was concerned ? After the defeats of Welsh choirs at several eisteddfodau of late a fit of pessimism had taken possession of some critics, whilst others could hardly conceal their joy. One of the antagonists that managed to overthrow the Welsh on more than one occasion was the Manchester Orpheus Male Voice Choir, and a good number of people were ready to believe that the sons of Gwalia stood no chance whatsoever against that well-disciplined and tried foe. But the great contest in the Albert Hall on Thursday evening last has proved other- wise. The men of Cottonopolis went down before the sturdy colliers of Aberdare. This contest has proved the truth of what was said before, that at those eisteddfodau where the chief prizes had gone to England, the best Welsh choirs did not put in an appearance. At the Albert Hall not only were the Cynonites well ahead, but the men of Eryri also acquitted themselves in a manner worthy of their old fame. Wales can breathe freely once again, and need not be anxious about the laurels that have adorned its brow so long.
Am Gymry Llundain. CYMRU AM BYTH.Dyna oedd ein bloedd- iadau adeg Gwyl Dewi, a'r unig beth, bron, a gawsom yn yr hen iaith. Y CYMANFAOEDD.-Caed pregethu hwyliog yn y City Temple a'r Eglwys Gadeiriol nos Fawrth, ond doedd fawr o naws y Diwygiad yn y cynulliadau. GWLEDDA.-Caed hwyl fawr yn y ciniawau yn yr Hotel Cecil ac yn yr Holborn Restaurant. Diwygiad neu beidio, nid ydym am. aberthu dim o'n bywydau moethus. WINSTON CHURCHILL.—Cyn diwedd mis Mawrth fe geir clywed y gwr ieuanc hwn yn nghapel Methodus Jewin. Mae Undeb y Cym- deithasau Diwylliadol wedi cael ganddo i roddi araeth yn eu cwrdd terfynol. Wel, mae capel Jewin yn un mawr, ond ai tybed y bydd yn ddigon o faint y noson hon ? GORTHRWM I GYMRU.—Mae'r Weinyddiaeth yn parotoi ei chatrodau er gorfodi Sir Feir- ionydd i fabwysiadu y Ddeddf Addysg yn ol ei chynllun sectol hi, ac os na ddaw rhyw allu i'w rhwystro bydd y sir yn ngafael yr awdurdodau o hyn i maes. MR. LLOYD-GEORGE.—Bu'r aelod tros Gaer narfon yn rhoddi hanes yr helynt Addysg Cymreig i gynulliad yn nghapel Whitfield ddydd Sul diweddaf. Yr oedd y lie yn orlawn ym mhell cyn adeg dechreu, a bu raid i gannoedd gael eu troi adref heb ei glywed. Mae gallu a hyawdledd Mr. George yn cael ei gydnabod o'r diwedd gan y Sais. "GWYR MORGANWG.Bu cinio blynyddol y Gymdeithas hon nos Sadwrn diweddaf, ac yn ystafelloedd gwychion y Criterion Restaurant ei cynhaliwyd. Llywyddwyd y wledd gan Syr E. J. Reed, yr aelod tros Gaerdydd ar hyn o bryd, ac ymysg y siaradwyr ar y gwahanol lwnc- destynau oeddent Syr Aubrey rletcher, A.S., Syr J. Jones Jenkins, Mr. Brynmor Jones, A.S., Syr Griffith Thomas, y Cadben Williams, Mr. S. L. Hughes, a Mr. W. Llewellyn Williams Yr oedd pawb mewn hwyl hapus, ac yn ol yr areithiau gwyr gwlad Forgan oedd y boys goreu ar wyneb daiar." Y DDYLED WLADOL.—Yn ol y papurgu swyddogol gyhoeddwyd yr wythnos ddiweddaf, lleihawyd y ddyled wladol dros wyth miliwn o bunau yn ystod y flwyddyn ddiweddaf. Nid oes yn aros ar hyn o bryd ond Z762,629,776 o ddyled, ac os oes rhywun o'n darllenwyr am glirio y gweddill hwn yn awr yw'r adeg, cyn yr apelia y Llywodraeth at y wlad eto ESGEULUSO'R EMYN.—Cwynai Mr. Maengwyn Davies yn y gwahanol rehearsals a gynhaliodd ynglyn a chor y City Temple nos Fawrth diweddaf fod ) r eglwysi wedi esgeuluso dysgu'r tonau a'r emynau gogyfer a'r wyl eleni. Yr oeddem, meddai, wedi rhedeg ar ol rhyw ddiwygiad unochrog, a chredai fod cymaint o angen meithrin a dadblygu ysbryd mawl yn y cyssegr ag oedd o angen dadblygu'r ysbryd gweddio.