Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) The Welsh Regiment. A friend has sent me a copy of the Men oj Harlech, the regimental organ of the Welsh Regiment in India. It is printed on good paper at Quetta, and is a very interesting publication. Several columns are devoted to the doings of the regiment, and I note with pleasure that there is a "Golofn Gymraeg." In the issue I received, the feature of the Welsh column is Noson gyda Militia Sir Gaer yn amser ein tadau," reproduced, with acknowledgment, from a Welsh periodical known as Papur Pawb. The conductors of Men of Harlech are to be Congratulated upon their loyalty to the Cymraeg. probably, it is the only Welsh column printed in India. Famous Welsh Cornetist. My attention'was drawn lately to an eulogistic report of a concert at Horsham, in which the hero of the evening was Mr. Tom Morgan. The report states that his cornet playing was so Magnificent, that at the conclusion of the pro- gramme, Lord Tumour, who was in the audience, sent specially for Mr. Morgan, and complimented hIm on his ability. I understand that Mr. Morgan, who is a native of Llanelly, has played cornet in the Coldstream Guards' Band, but he lately severed his connection with the'same, in order to take part in a series of first-class concerts, of which the concert already alluded to was one.. The Welsh George Robey. Mr. Tom Owen, a native of Swansea, has been described as the Welsh George Robey." Welshmen who have won fame as comedians on the British music-hall stage are like plums in a pake—few and far between, but Mr. Tom Owen is destined to make a great name for himself in that direction, judging from the great reception he received lately at Mr. Oswald Stoll's well- known Cardiff and Swansea Empire Music -ttalls. He possesses a genuine vein of humour and a capital voice.
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British Industries. We have heard a great deal within the last few years as to the decay of British industries." Our manufacturers are going abroad, we are told, and the decay of British trade has begun in an acute form. In the face of these dire prognostications it is rather strange to hear that the Ogilvie Milling Company of Canada have their eye on the British Isles as a suitable field for the extension of their business, and have decided to build very large mills here. The Cardiff Chamber of Commerce discussed the Company's scheme at their last meeting, and decided to place before the Company the facilities which the great Welsh port can place as a suitable location for the new mills. Swansea's Invincible Team. The Swansea Daily Post did a good thing in starting "a commemorative fund" for the famous Swansea Football Club who went through the last season undefeated. Apart from the great skill displayed by the All Whites in football, those who have seen them play have been struck with their sportsmanship. They play the game as it ought to be played. The Daily Post Fund, I notice, is headed with a substantial subscription from Sir J. T. D. Llewellyn. Doubtless there are many Welshmen in London who are keen admirers of the All Whites," and would like to show their apprecia- tion in a practical manner by contributing to the Daily Post Fund. Bathing Fatalities. This last week will be remembered for the large number of bathing fatalities in South Wales, there being one each at Carmarthen, Aberystwyth, and Cardigan, in addition to drowning cases at Cardiff and Aberaman. It is a true saying that misfortunes do not come singly. The cases at Cardigan and Carmarthen were particularly sad. In the case of the former, the victim was a bright young lad, the son of Mr. Jonathan Evans, the genial postmaster of the town, and, in the latter, a promising young student from the Carmarthen Training College, whose parents reside in New Quay. To all the sorrowing parents and relatives of the victims the sympathy of readers of the LONDON WELSH- MAN will, I am sure, be warmly extended. The French Landing at Fishguard. Now that we hear so much about the entente cordiale, it is interesting to recall the fact that the last attempt of the French to invade this country was at Fishguard, in South Wales. There are many versions as to this invasion, including a doubtful story as to a number of Welshwomen frightening the French with their shawls. The best, and, I should consider, the most accurate description of the invasion appears in the Guide Book to South Wales, edited by Mr. C. S. Ward, M.A., and Mr. M. J. Baddeley, B.A. It will probably interest many readers of the LONDON WELSHMAN who may not have seen it, and it will also enable them to ascertain the part played in the affair by Lord Cawdor, ancestor of the present Lord Cawdor of the British Admiralty:—"On Tuesday, February 21st, 1797, three French frigates made a descent on Ilfracombe, and then sailed awav north-west. They were sighted next forenoon off St. David's Head, and by 2 P.M. had anchored off Pencaer. By the next morning the troops on board (600 regulars, 800 convicts) had all landed at Carreg- gwastad Point, guided thither by an escaped English convict, named Bowen, who had been a labourer at Trehowel Farm, f mile south-west of the landing place. I he general in command was one Tate, an Irish-American in the French service. He made Trehowel his headquarters, and his men at once dispersed over the country- side in search of plunder. The invaders appear to have expected a rising in their favour, but instead of this the whole district flocked together to oppose them. For some reason unknown the frigates sailed away at noon on Thursday, and by the evening of that day Lord Cawdor had; arrived at Fishguard with the militia, &c. The enemy were strongly posted on Carn-Wnda, but late that night sent in a flag of truce, and, on the morrow, the whole force surrendered on Goodwick Sands. In one or two scrimmages, the French loss had been 3 killed and 3 wounded, and that of the Welsh, 2 killed and i wounded. Of the prisoners, 500 were lodged in a building on Golden Hill, Pembroke, where they eked out the Government rations by making toys, &c. Two of them fell in love with two Pembroke women, whose duty it was to attend on them, and with their con- nivance an underground exit was made, and, eventually, the lovers and 23 other prisoners effected their escape in a yacht of Lord Cawdor's. Of the French frigates, one was afterwards captured and renamed the 'Fishguard,' a name which figured for many years in the Navy List. That Lord Cawdor afterwards visited some of the prisoners in Porchester Castle, Hants, when his horse was eaten by the half-starved men, is said but not proven." I remember seeing several relics of the French invasion at Aberystwyth College Museum. Famous Welsh Missionary. The Rev. W. Hopkin Rees, who has just returned to this country from China, where he has been carrying on very important missionary work, is a native of Cwmavon, Glamorganshire. He recently spoke at a missionary gathering at the London City Temple. There are few British missionaries better known than the Rev. W. Hopkin Rees. Welsh National Eisteddfod. Not the least interesting features of this year's National Eisteddfod at Mountain Ash will be the Art Section. The South Wales Art Society have decided to give the Eisteddfod their patronage, and it is expected that there will be something like 400 pictures shown by Welsh Wales' artists. Art has been too much neglected in Wales in the past, and one notes with much satisfaction, the present decision to accord Art a more conspicuous position in our National gathering. Royal Academy of Art. By the way, writing about Art reminds me of the interesting fact that Miss Annie Madge, who has had a picture hung at the Royal Academy for the third year, is a native of Swansea, although residing at Liverpool at present. The picture shown by the lady-whom we can fairly describe as a 'Welsh artist--at this year's exhibition is a miniature of Mr. George Clark. Music HATH CHARMS.—Visitors to Cardiff should not omit a visit to Mr. Frank E. Meo's Gramophone and Phonograph Stores at 14, Wharton Street (near the Central Library), in that town. Here they will have an opportunity of hearing some remarkably distinct records, the repertoire including many favourite Welsh songs and selections by leading Welsh vocalists. Mr. Meo stocks everything of the very best, and is an authorised dealer in genuine Thomas Edison Phonographs and Records, Edison Bell Machines and Records, and Columbia Records.