Home News. ANGLESEY. The plague of gipsies appears to be prevalent in Anglesey these days. At the Menai Bridge Police Court this week a number of these charac- ters were fined for drunkenness, and for allowing stray horses on the public roadway. BRECON. At a meeting of the Breconshire Standing Joint Committee on Friday last, Captain W. Morgan Thomas, deputy chief constable of Swansea, was elected by twelve votes to seven chief constable of Breconshire, at a salary of £350 per annum. In accordance with the wishes of many that a permanent memorial of Sergeant Hook, V.C. (of Rorke's Drift fame, and who was accorded a military funeral on the 18th ult.), should be placed in the parish church at Churcham, in which he was baptized. The vicar, the Rev. W. J. Selby, acting chaplain of the 2nd V.B.G.R., has intimated his willingness to receive and acknowledge sub- scriptions for the purpose. CARMARTHEN. Mr. Evan Roberts, the revivalist, presented to his church at Loughor the sum of ^350 before commencing his present mission at Liverpool. CARNARVON. Five men employed in the construction of the light railway at Rhyd-ddu were summoned to appear at the Carnarvon Police Court on Satur- day to answer charges of drunkenness. They deputed a fellow-workman to attend on their be- half, with full instructions to plead guilty and pay the fines. This agent told the Bench with a decided Scotch accent that they took a holiday and some drink while their master was away for the week-end. DENBIGH. Ruthin District Council does not believe in sanatoria. At a meeting this week it was agreed not to take any steps in the direction of establish- ing a sanatorium, but the clerk was instructed to inform the county authorities that every means would be utilised to provide healthy surroundings for the people, and to prevent overcrowding. The East Denbighshire Coroner has been in- formed that a quarryman, named John Williams, has been found hanging from a tree in a dingle on the Plas Gwyn Mountain, about five miles from Wrexham. Williams was discovered by a man named Elias Oldfield, but after a glance at him he ran for a policeman, who, on arriving on the spot, quickly cut Williams down. He found that he was quite dead, and had apparently been so for some time. Williams was last seen alive by his t sister on Friday. He had been drinking heavily. He was fifty years of age and unmarried. The Rev. Evan Williams, a young minister from Bangor College, who is about to take over the charge of the Vron Church, officiated at the baptism of seventeen revival converts in the river Dee at Pontcyssyllte, between Llangollen and Ruabon. The morning in the early hours was dull and threatening, but despite this many thousands of spectators from all parts of North Wales reached the spot, and occupied every coign of vantage on the sloping, wooded shores of the Dee, or lined the bridge and the pathways over the aqueduct, whence a distant view of the cere- mony was obtainable. The Rev. Joseph Jenkins, of New Quay, accom- panied by Miss Maude Davies and Miss Florrie Evans, two of the lady revivalists who have been prominently associated with the revival in South Wales, conducted very successful revival services at Wrexham on Friday night. Zion Chapel was packed with a crowded congregation, and an overflow meeting had to be held in the Egerton Street Schoolroom, which was also filled. An open-air service was held before the services and a procession through the town, and a remarkable meeting for young people was held after the services. Considerable feeling has been aroused at Bettws- y-Coed and district owing to the action of the Gwydyr estate in closing the river Llugwy, which is one of the best fishing rivers in North Wales, and which was up to recently open to the public on payment of a small charge. The fishing rights have now been let to the Earl of Denbigh, and the river closed. At a meeting of the Bettws-y- Coed Urban District Council on Friday evening, it was unanimously decided to call a public meeting I to protest against the river being closed. It was stated that as a large number of anglers visited the district annually for the fishing, the closing of the river would mean a serious detriment to Bettws-y-Coed as a visitors' resort. FLINT. Now that Mr. Bradlaugh and Mr. W. S. Caine have passed away the Westminster Gazette" passes on the title of "member for India" to Mr. Sam Smith, the member for Flint. At a recent meeting of the Flintshire County Council, held at Mold, Mr. E. S. Taylor moved and Mr. R. LI. Jones seconded, that the Council's seal be affixed to a contract for the erection of education offices at Mold, adjoining the present county buildings. The cost of the proposed build- ings is over £ 2,000. GLAMORGAN. Among the names suggested for honorary degrees of the Welsh University at Cardiff in June are those of Lord Tredegar, Lord Rendel, and Mr. Gwenogfryn Evans. The list has to be approved by the University Court. Tests which have been carried out at Pontypridd Schools show that 580 children were discovered to have slight defects in their sight, and in 269 instances the vision was declared to be very defective. Lord Justice Vaughan Williams enjoys his journeyings into Wales. He has promised to address the Rhondda Cymmrodorion at Whitsun. A distinguished general, who was prominent in the Boer War, may follow suit in the summer. At a meeting of the Rhondda No. i District of Miners held at Porth on Monday, it was re- solved to grant a donation of ^300 towards relieving the distress occasioned by men being thrown out of employment as a result of the Clydach Vale explosion. Mabon" told a Y.M.C.A. audience at Porth on Monday that he had informed a hostess in America that his M.P." stood for several other things besides Member of Parliament," and amongst those things were Mabon, Pentre," and on Sunday Methodist Preacher," but fore- most of all Miners' President." As the result of the winding accident at the Penrhiwceiber Colliery on Saturday, a deputation representing the workmen on Monday waited upon the management, whom they informed of their unwillingness to descend the pit so long as the engine-driver, Daniel P. Thomas, was in charge of the engine. The management replied that they had absolute confidence in the engine-driver, and could not interfere with him. An Aberdare schoolmistress sent to a parent a note of inquiry concerning the absence of a little girl from school. The parents' answer," written in the space provided for it at the toot of the sheet, reads Thank you kindly for your com- pliments. What a friend we have in Jesus. She could not come. She had the toothache very bad. She had a chapter to say in chapel last night, and after she came home she had tooth- ache." Sir Alfred Thomas has consented to receive the deputation from the South Wales Temperance Associations with reference to the acceptance of trade briefs by Welsh Liberal representatives who are members of the Bar. The deputation, which was postponed last Saturday week owing to the indisposition of one of its members, will be received to-day at Bronwydd. Without prejudice to the result of the interview between the deputation and the hon. member, I may be permitted (writes a correspondent) to say that in Welsh Parliamentary quarters, even those which are most closely asso- ciated with temperance affairs, the action of the associations in this matter is viewed with a great amount of misgiving. The feeling that the ques- tion is one that should be discussed and decided not by the party, but by the constituencies con- cerned, is general. MERIONETH. An appeal has just been issued, signed by the Rev. Robert Jones, Wesleyan Methodist minister, president Mr. Meyrick Roberts, chairman of the Executive Committee Mr. Evan Thomas, of Birmingham, treasurer and the Rev. H. Williams (Baptist minister), and Miss Annie Daniel (hon. secretaries), urging all the Sunday Schools of Merionethshire to make a collection during the present month (April) towards a movement for raising a memorial at Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to Mary Jones, the Welsh girl who was the means of inspiring Charles, of Bala, to take steps towards the establishment of the British and Foreign Bible Society. MONMOUTH. His Honour Judge Owen has appointed Mr. Edward Homfray Davies, solicitor, Tredegar, to be the registrar of the Tredegar County Court, in succession to the late Mr. J. A. Shephard, who held the position for sixteen years. The Lord Chancellor has confirmed the appointment. 5* Mr* Davies is the clerk to the justices of the Bedwellty" Petty Sessional Division. MONTGOMERY. The Llanidloes Town Council has decided^to support the claim of Aberystwyth for the Welsh National Library, and that of Carnarvon for the Museum. For neglecting to report four sheep affected with scab, Ellis Roberts, of Llwynbraen Tregynon, was fined £5 and costs, on Monday last. PEMBROKE. The will of the late Bishop of Llandaff^the Right Rev. Dr. Lewis, was proved on Tuesday at the Probate Office, Llandaff. The gross estate was put at £ 112,567, the net personalty being £ 16,854. The bulk of the estate of the late Bishop is situated in Pembrokeshire.
The Children's Column. My DEAR NIECES AND NEPHEWS, I gather from your letters that you had line time last week, walking among the flowers and listening to the sweet music of the birds. If you did not, you would not have been true Welsh boys and girls. Our race has always loved Nature, our poets have sang to the wild flowers and the wild birds. It is difficult to say which they loved most, the brilliant colours or the sweet songs. I shall tell you more about the Celt's love of colour one of these days. The printer made a mistake in one of the lines containing a hidden name of a bird. It was the fourth. He made in' to be ni, thus making the line wrong as it is, and also spoiling the hidden name. But some of you found out what was meant for all that. Here are the answers i. I have cut my finger. Jane has broken the cup. John Jones has failed. Bob was expelled from the Society. The river overflowed its banks. 2. Hidden names of flowers :— Meillion (Trefoil). Lili (Lily). Alaw ( Water-Lily). Rhosyn (Rose). 3. Hidden names of birds :— Dryw ( Wren). Gwenol (Swalloiv). Eos (Nightingale). Llinos (Linnet). Bran (Crow). The prize goes this week to Idwal. This is your next task :— i. Give the Welsh forms of the following proper names :— John, James, Edward, Boadicea, Merlin, Gawain. 2. Square word (every word in Welsh, of course) Naughty. Cold and hard. Attention. Name of a girl. I. 3. Beheaded Welsh words :— I am others behead me and I am good to eat. I am many streams behead me and I am short. I am a limb behead me and lama period of time. I am a wild fruit: behead me and I am valueless. Send your answers by Thursday as usual., addressed to "Wncwl Huw," care of THE LONDON WELSHMAN, 45, St. Martin's Lane W.C.