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Home News. ANGLESEA. Mr. William J. Gruffydd, B.A., one of the assist- ant masters of the Beaumaris County School, a well-known bard, has been awarded the prize offered by the Westminster Gazette for the best Piece of poetry to complete one of the unfinished Poems of Shelley. BRECON. The Rev. F. Long Price, curate-in-charge of Tlangammarch, Breconshire, has been offered the living of Cusop, Herefordshire, and has accepted it. Mr. Price has been in sole charge of the parish of Llangammarch for two years and a half, and pre- viously he was at St. Paul's, Llanelly, and Llangat- tock—at each place for two years and a half. CARDIGAN. The total amount collected up to Saturday to- wards the fund for securing the location of the Welsh National Library and Museum at Aber- ystwyth is £ 10,300. This is exclusive of the cost of the free site granted at Grogythan by Lord Rendel, which is estimated at £ 2,500. The Musical Society of the University College, Aberystwyth, gave its twenty-first annual concert On Friday last at the Pier Pavilion. This year the Society had taken up Mendelssohn's Elijah," which was capably rendered, under the conductor- ship of Mr. David Jenkins. The principals were Mr. Ivor Foster (bass), Miss S. M. Lewis (soprano), and Mr. Tom Edwards (tenor). The Senior Scholarship offered annually by the committee of the Llanbedr School for Girls has been won this year by Miss Uvrina Rowlands, of Llandewi-brefi. The Junior Scholarship has not, as. yet, been awarded. Miss Ebutt, the head- mistress, went to Dublin on Friday, April 28th, to op present at the commencement of the term of Trinity College, Dublin, and to take the degrees of -"■A. and M.A. of Trinity College. These are ad eundem degrees, offered by Trinity College to Women graduates of Oxford and Cambridge (which do not confer degrees upon women), and Miss £ -Dutt is a graduate in honours of Cambridge, having passed the modern languages tripos in Second class honours in 1890. 6 Last week at the Working Men's Club, Aber- ystwyth, in the presence of many friends of the late r. T. E. Ellis, M.P., Dr. Dawe, president of the Old Students' Association, unveiled a memorial tablet erected to the memory of Mr. Ellis. The tablet was designed specially by Mrs. Watts, wife of the great artist, and was made at his works. The subject chosen is Celtic, and the words Love and Service stand out prominently. A copper Plate bears the inscription—- Tu ^is tablet is placed in memory of the late homas Edward Ellis, Esq., M.P., an old student of the University of Wales. The Old Students' Association of the College provided 10 110 towards the establishment of this institution for the working of Aberystwyth in recognition of the interest Ken by Mr. Ellis in social progress and of the °Se connection which has always existed between e Institute and the College." CARMARTHEN. .Thomas Conniffe, aged 78 years, who served ^r°ugh the Crimean War, passed away in Llanelly to ^^house on Saturday morning. He belonged 22 46th Foot Regiment, and served with it for years and seven months, retiring in 1857 on a nsion of tenpence per day. He had been an workhouse since 1903, and was hale Q hearty until about two months ago. The previous day Thomas Picton, aged 69 years, Ported to be a descendant of General Picton, 0 passed away in Llanelly Workhouse. Q The wedding was solemnised at St. Mary's urch, Burry Port, on Tuesday afternoon, of Mr. W freeman, M.A., LL.B. (late master at the Qia't ^>UP^ Teachers' Centre), son of the head- Tyd ^?west°ft British School, and Miss Sarah Lew- Lewis, the younger daughter of Mr. Joseph thm1S'i^ra^ House, Pwll. The bride is known v0„ ^hout the Principality as an accomplished Conrilst" The service, which was fully choral, was lVmUCted the Rev. Watcyn Davies (curate .of cUr assisted by the Rev. Gwilym Smith, B.A., M01- ? °f Llangyfelach, and Rev. W. Meredith ris5 of Llangynnurch. Mr CARNARVON. T'wllh r" T. Jones was at the annual meeting of the re-el e I Guardians on Wednesday unanimously Unimp chairman. He has held the chair rruptedly for over thirty years. ^Id^at^C^11^6 National Eisteddfod, to be Carnarvon next year have resolved to hand over any surplus that may be available to the National Museum in the event of Carnarvon being chosen. At a reunion of former students of the Bangor Normal College on Saturday, Sir Marchan Williams presiding, it was decided to make an effort to secure a representation of past students on the Committee of the College, and also to make an organised attempt to liquidate the debt on the College. The revival at Pwllheli led to a crusade against football, and nearly stamped it out of existence. The Mayor of Pwllheli received an invitation to kick off at a match between two local clubs, the proceeds being in aid of the Nursing Association. Those prominent with the revival urged him to decline, but he decided to bring the matter before the Town Council. The Town Council refused to express an official opinion, but it was manifest that the majority felt that he should decline the invita- tion, In the result it was understood that the Mayor (Mr. R. 1. Parry) would respect the strong feeling against the proposal, and would decline. DENBIGH. The High Sheriff of Denbighshire (Mr. G. Hunter Robertson, of Plas Newydd, Llangollen) has appointed as his chaplain his son, the Rev. J. Hunter Robertson, chaplain of H.M.S. Cornwall. During the early hours of Sunday morning shocks of earthquake are reported to have been felt near Llangollen. At a military camp near that town the men were disturbed between one and two o'clock, and their experiences, as described by themselves, point unmistakably to a seismic disturbance of a distinct character. It is remarkable, however, that shocks so clearly felt in and around Llangollen should have been entirely unnoticed elsewhere. On Monday an imposing bronze statue of the late Queen Victoria was unveiled at Wrexham. It is a replica of the statue designed to be placed in front of the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, by Mr. Henry Price, of Chelsea, who was born at Wrexham, and who kindly offered the replica to his native town. The Lord Lieutenant of the county presided over the meeting, and the Mayoress of Wrexham performed the ceremony of unveiling. Heroic conduct in risking life to rescue two unfortunate dogs imprisoned in a disused pit near Ruabon was rewarded before the Ruabon magis- trates on Friday, when two young miners named Charles Evans and Bertie Griffiths, of Brandy Cottages, Johnstown, Ruabon, were presented with silver watches from the Dumb Friends' League, silver matchboxes from Lady Margaret Jenkins, of Market Harborough, bravery certificates from the National Canine Defence League, and £10 5s. in donations from Lord Llangattock, of Monmouth, and many other admirers. Much concern is felt by the people of Bangor- on-Dee at the action of one or two riparian owners with regard to fishing in the Dee. For years Bangor has been noted as a fishing resort, and members of the Liverpool and Manchester Anglers' Associations hold their competitions there as a rule. The owners in question have decided to put a stop to the fishing, and it is stated that several anglers are to be prosecuted for trespassing. There seems to be a desire on the part of riparian owners along the Dee to put a stop to public fishing, as similar action has been taken by other owners in the upper reaches of the river. GLAMORGAN. Have you any children ?" asked Judge Gwilym Williams of a woman who appeared at Bridgend County Court in answer to a judgment summons. No, sir," was the reply they are all married." What is known as Vicar Pritchard's House at Llandaff is being pulled down to make room for the new St. Michael's College. The house was substantial, roomy, and was built about 30 years ago. The S.S. Mira, of Liverpool, left Port Talbot on Wednesday afternoon with a cargo of patent fuel. She also carried the mails for Pernambuco and Creddillo, which were made up at Port Talbot. This is the first occasion on which mails for South America have been despatched from Port Talbot. At a meeting of the owners' side of the Coal Con- ciliation Board for South Wales and Monmouth- shire at Cardiff on Monday, it was decided to give notice to apply for a reduction of wages. The masters in February last sought a reduction of 3!t per cent., but the independent chairman, Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, said the case for reduction was not made out. The owners now urge that for February and March the selling prices show a still further decrease, and they assert that they are war- ranted in asking for an even greater reduction than 3 ï per cent. There is something suggestive of comic opera in the experience of a school teacher who lives near Cardiff When the Education Act came into force his salary was reduced to £40. He put in an ap- plication to the Education Committee for an in- crease of £ 10, which was refused. Thereupon he accepted a similar appointment in an English town at £ 65. The education authority advertised for a successor at C,55, and the teacher in question, realising that £ 55 at home would be better than £65 away, applied for his old post-and got it. He is thus £5 a year better off than if the education authority had granted his original application. A representative meeting of Churchmen and school managers in the Swansea District was held at Swansea on Monday, when the question of the demands made by the education authority as to the improvement of the voluntary schools before trans- ference was fully considered. A scheme of import- ant alterations and improvements intended to meet all the principal demands of the authority, and embracing the National Higher Grade Schools, the Parochial Schools, Oystermouth Road, York Place Schools, Christchurch (Infants), and St. Thomas' (Infant) Schools, was approved on the motion of Sir John Llewellyn. It is estimated that about £ 10,000 will be required to carry the scheme into effect, and the co-operation of all Churchmen will be confidently asked for. At the instance of the Mayor and Mayoress of Swansea a meeting was held at Swansea Guildhall on Wednesday for the purpose of stimulating interest in the exhibition and sale which the Welsh Industries Association proposed to hold at Swansea next October. The Mayor presided, and in addition to the Mayoress there were present Lady Eva Wyndham-Quin, vice-president of the association Mrs. Richard Helme, Secretary Sir Griffith Thomas, Mr. Aeron Thomas, M.P., and Mrs. Thomas, Lady Llewellyn, Miss G. Llewellyn, Mr. Joseph Hall, the Hon. and Rev. Talbot Rice, and others. Lady Wyndham-Quin and Miss Helme spoke on the work of the association, after which the Hon. and Rev. Talbot Rice proposed that the exhibition be held at Swansea on October 5th, 6th and 7th. Mr. Joseph Hall seconded, and the resolution was carried. A strong executive committee was elected. At a meeting of the Rhondda District Miners' Association at Porth on Monday, Mr. W. Abraham, M.P., president of the South Wales Miners' Federa- tion, said there were conditions of underselling and an effort to force down prices similar to those which induced the state of trade which led to the great strike of 1898, and which caused the stop-day action that had cost the Federation over £ 100,000. The underselling and cut-throat competition must have some effect on the negotiations for the renewal of the conciliation agreement next year. There was, it seemed to him, a spirit in action which aimed to crush the power of the Federation. The men must close their ranks. English miners had raised the minimum wage, and the Scottish miners, with English and Welsh help, prevented their minimum being reduced, and it now appeared the turn of the Welsh miners to resist the attack on wages that was coming. "Y Llan a'r Dywysogaeth," the vernacular organ of the Established Church in Wales, continues to be very caustic upon the Anglicising influences at work within the See of Llandaff. So common is the custom of treading under foot (damsang) every- thing Welsh that it has come to be regarded as among the natural order of things. Acting under some fatal hallucination, the official set firmly believe that the extinction of the Welsh language is essential to the spread of Church principles in Wales. With such a doctrine in favour no wonder that a St. David's Day festival cannot be held in the Cathedral Church of the diocese without great difficulty, there being no Welsh Bible available for the chosen preacher." Commenting upon the ap- pointment of a non-Welsh-speaking secretary to the funds of the bishopric, another writer draws a ludicrous picture of a monoglot Englishman making a collection among the colliers of the Rhondda. Evidently the new bishop will have to face a rising storm when he meets Welsh Churchmen. MONMOUTH. From the 1st of May next the station known hitherto as Tredegar Junction, G.W.R., Mon., will be called Pontllanfraith, G.W.R. This will avoid a lot of confusion. One of the things said at the meetings of the Christian Endeavour Convention at Newport last week is far too good to be lost. After a little boy had been told and re-told the story of the Creation he went home and declared Mother, I believe I'm going to have a wife, for I've an awful pain in my side."