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Notes from South Wales.


Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) The Broken Reed. Mr. Joseph Chamberlain was supposed to hold the world's record for quick change per- formances, but it looks as if Sir E. J. Reed has broken all previous records, and the member for Cardiff can now be classified as the premier political quick change artiste of modern times. To quote the report of the Cardiff Liberal Associa- tion :—" At the end of November, Sir Edward said, I have been a Liberal all my life; I am a Liberal still. How could I go back upon my whole life?' Yet, on March 8th, 1905, he accepted the invitation of the Conservatives and Unionists to become their candidate, thus coming into the forefront as an antagonist of Cardiff Liberals, fighting against thousands who for many years have been his loyal supporters; and he has even gone so far as, whilst the chosen repre- sentative of Cardiff Liberals, to vote with the apology for the Government. Roman Catholics and Welsh. Whatever criticisms may be levelled at the Roman Catholics they have shown a commend- able attitude towards the Welsh language at any rate. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Minevia (which includes the whole of Wales, barring Glamorganshire) has issued his pastorals in both Welsh and English, and several of the young Breton priests who have been stationed in North Wales within recent years, have mastered Welsh so well that one of them was able to carry on a correspondence in a Welsh vernacular newspaper, with a local critic. And now comes the further news that the Pope himself has Personally expressed satisfaction that Welsh is an obligatory subject for all candidates for the priesthood at the new Roman Catholic College at Holywell." A Magnificent Steamer. During a visit to Cardiff Docks the other day I had the pleasure of seeing Messrs. W. J. Tatem and Company's magnificent new steamer, "Wellington." She is the largest Cardiff owned boat, and, probably, the largest registered at any Welsh port, having a carrying capacity of 9jOoo tons. The "Wellington" has since sailed for Venice, this being her maiden voyage, with a cargo of Welsh coal. The Welsh Capital. I quite agree with Sir John Williams, that the Welsh National Library ought to be located in Aberystwyth, but when Sir John says that "in So far as he could now see, no other place than London could be the capital of Wales, and he believed that Welshmen desired no other capital," he can depend upon it that he does not voice the sentiments of the majority of Welshmen. ^lr John is a Unionist in politics, and one can quite understand why he does not wish Wales to have a capital of her own. But we do certainly Want a capital, and it is pretty generally under- stood that the town which secures the Welsh National Library will be looked upon as the capital of Wales in future. And having secured a capital every true Welshman will subsequently at the establishment of a Welsh National Council, to sit in that capital and settle all questions relating to Wales.

Well Done, Gowerton,



The Children's Column.