Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) An Excellent Suggestion. Mr. R. S Rowlands made an excellent pro- position at the meeting of the Tregaron Board of Guardians, viz., that all tenders invited for flannel, linen, and blankets required by the Union should, in future, be ordered from local weavers. Mr. Rowlands very properly pointed out that it was the duty of Welsh people to support their own native industries, and further pointed out that -by doing so they would be stimulating local trade. I am glad to note that Mr. Rowlands' proposition was carried unanimously. A Rising Welsh Pianist. Master Percy Hughes, of the Royal Academy of Music, made his first London public appear- ance as a pianist at the R.A.M. orchestral concert, at Queen's Hall, last week. I am told by one who attended the concert, that Master Hughes' playing of Weber's Concerto was positively brilliant, and there is every indication that he is destined to have a successful future. Master Hughes, who is only about 14 years of age, has won scores of prizes at the leading Eisteddfodau in Wales. He is a native of Aberaman, a colliery town in the Aberdare Valley which has produced many geniuses, notably the late James Michael, the world's greatest cyclist, and the late Arthur Linton, another world- famed cyclist. It was here, also, that the author of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau spent a great part of his life. Who are the Best Singers ? In reading Mr. Alexander's article in the Sunday Strand as to who are the,best singers, I notice that he completely ignores Welshmen. Here are Mr. Alexander's opinions:—"Aus- tralian audiences fuse and melt together in enthusiasm, very much like the audiences in the southern part of the United States. The Scotch people enjoy the Psalms the Irish are very much like Americans, and have beautiful voices but it takes the English audiences to sing the stately old hymns with proper verve and spirit. In an audience of ten thousand people in England, nearly everyone will, at least, be singing the air." Mr. Alexander and Dr. Torrey conducted a mission at Cardiff last year, it will be remembered, but it was a comparative failure. The Welsh Revival. The Revival spirit is as strong as ever in Wales, and some very remarkable meetings were held lately in the Rhondda and Aberdare Valleys, as well as at Pontypool, Cardiff, and Bridgend, by Messrs. Dan Roberts (brother of the famous Evan), Sidney Evans, and Sam Jenkins. The latter has been described as "the Welsh Moody." His singing of "I t, achub hen rebel fel fi" is worth going a long way to hear. By the way, the recent examina- tion of Mr. Evan Roberts by four eminent Liverpool specialists, who have certified that he Is mentally and physically sound, silences the unkind assertions of a certain class of critics. Whatever may be his faults, it is a fact that Evan Roberts is one of the most magnetic Personalities of the day. Welsh Educational War. It is very evident that the Welsh Educational Authorities are not in the least perturbed at Lord Londonderry's "threats." In Merioneth-
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M.P. TALKING IN HIS SLEEP. An amusing incident occurred lately in the House of Commons, about 7 o'clock, when one of the many divisions of an all-night sitting took place. The House was almost cleared for the division, when it was found that one of the Irish members who had ensconsed himself 'in a comfortable corner seat, was in blissful ignorance of what was happening. The Chief Government Whip tried to wake the Irish representative, but he was in too sound a sleep to be influenced by gentle nudging. Persistent attempts to bring him to a sense of his responsi- bilities only had the effect of disturbing his repose sufficiently to induce him to talk in his sleep. This he proceeded to do in such loud tones that Mr. Jeffreys (the Chairman), not de- tecting whence came this interruption, sternly cried "Order." By this time the slumbering Irishman's dreams had reached some very defi- nite form, for he awoke in the act of showing fight to some imaginary adversary. What added to the amusement was that when the hon. member did attempt to rise to his feet he found he was suffering from cramp in his legs, but a vigorous rubbing speedily put him in a condition to pass the Division Lobby.
The Children's Column. My DEAR NIECES AND NEPHEWS, I suppose you are looking forward these days to the breaking up of school and to hot cross buns, and to all sorts of games and sports. So did I at this time of the year when I was young like you, and holidays have still a great charm for me. But I think I know who among you will enjoy the Easter holidays most—those who have been most attentive to their studies since Christmas. If all our days were holidays we should soon tire of them. What are you going to do with yourselves when there is no school ? I wish the weather were warmer and the sun brighter for you, then you would find real pleasure in the parks and gardens. But let us hope this cold spell will soon pass off, before it destroys the blossoms and the flowers. If you can spare as much time I should like you all to write me nice letters- I know they will be nice-saying how you spent the days from Good Friday over Easter Monday. You can write either in Welsh or English, though I should prefer them in Welsh and after you have done that, turn to these questions and puzzles and answer them. 1. iranslate the tollowmg sentences into English :— Tro yn ol; tro dy de mae tro yr afon mi af am dro heddyw; mae John wedi myned i roi tro ar y defaicl; syrthiodd Wil i'r llyn tro. 2. Hidden Welsh names of flowers :— Y llwybr i allu yw ymroddiad. Yn well y gad yd y ddol. Bywyd ac oes go chwerw gafodd hi. Os ewyllysi aur Gogerddan paroto i frwydr. 3. Jumbled Welsh proverbs :— Nallagowlo, nallafowldde. Reuogfra, farsgyd. Peudrath athiwg wy ddeireuche. Here are the correct answers to the last set of questions :— i. loan; Iago; Iorwerth; Buddug; Myrddin; Gwalchmai. 2. Drwg. Rhew. Wele. Gwen. 3. Hwy wy. Ebyr; byr. Coes; oes. Llus; us. Remember to send your letters and answers by Thursday, addressed as usual to Wncwl Huw," care of the LOVDON WELSHMAN, 45, St. Martins Lane, W.C.
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shire the Nonconformists have displayed a remarkable unanimity in reference to their opposition to the Education Act, and the com- pleteness of their methods must have even impressed the dull intellects of Whitehall. Even Mr. Balfour, who "never reads the papers," and whose knowledge of Wales and Welshmen is practically nil, may yet be convinced that Welsh Nonconformists have consciences, and that principles are still valued in Wales, even if they are trampled upon by the "constitutional (?) party" at St. Stephens. That Wales will win on the Education question is a foregone con- clusion. The Walking Craze. I notice that the walking craze has extended to Aberystwyth. Two years ago there was quite an epidemic of walking matches in Glamorganshire, walks being arranged for pub- licans, amateur photographers, bakers, travellers, shop assistants, and even peg-leg men. Great interest was aroused at the time being, but the craze, like many other similar crazes, died out. This latest outbreak at Aberystwyth has, con- sequently, renewed interest in the old con- troversy as to whether these walking matches are justified. Walking is an excellent pastime when carried out regularly and judiciously, but to set a lot of young men to walk against time a distance of twelve, thirteen, or more miles is overdoing matters, and I know of many young men in Glamorganshire who suffer to this very day owing to their indiscretions when the craze was at its height two years ago. It is to be hoped that the Aberystwyth ebullition was only a fleeting event, and that it has now spent its course. Betting. Both the Swansea and Barry Councils have decided to black out all betting news in the newspapers supplied at the local public libraries. They deserve every credit for their action, and it is a pity that the Cardiff and Newport Councillors are not imbued with similar moral courage. Day by day it was customary to see betting folk crowding round the papers at the Swansea and Barry reading rooms to read the betting news, to the great disgust and annoyance of the more respectable frequenters of the insti- tutions, who wanted to read the general and political news, and not the demoralising in- telligence of the horse-racing fraternity. One of the Swansea newspapers-the Cambria Daily Leader--has, to its credit, decided not to insert any more betting and horse-racing news, being the first daily newspaper in Wales to take the step. Betting on horses has ruined hundreds of homes in South Wales, and many a bright young man has had his career blighted through his participation in the immoral business.