Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) National Library and Museum. In allocating the National Library to Aberys- twyth and the National Museum to Cardiff, there is no doubt that the gentlemen entrusted with the work of selection have done the very best thing. In deciding a question of this kind it is impossible to give satisfaction to everybody, but the present decision is, at any rate, in COnsonance with the views of the majority of the real Welsh people. The Clever Japs. In reading the reports of the Free Libraries in places like Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, and practically every other British town where there is a free library, one is struck at the great popularity of fiction, the greater portion being of the sentimental type. He would be considered .a bold man who would dare say that the Japanese literary tastes are infinitely superior to those of the people of Wales, as well as those of the other parts of the United Kingdom, but the recent report of the librarian of the Imperial Library at Tokio shows such to be the case. For fiction there was no demand. But there was a demand for 166,277 volumes, or 21-6 per cent., on mathematics, science, and, medicine. Works on literature and language to the number of IS2)711—that is 20 per cent.-were asked for, while 18 per cent. of the applications were for books on history and geography. No wonder the Japanese are making progress. Devil's Bridge. Since the railway from Aberystwyth to the Devil's Bridge was opened a few years ago, this beautiful district has become more popular than ever. As a famous chronicler described it: Description cannot suggest the full magnificence of the prospect which spread before us, on our arrival at the grand fall of the Mynach; for, though it may paint the grandeur of the elegance of outline, yet it cannot equal the archetypes of Nature, or draw the minute features that reward the actual observer at every new choice of his Position reviewing this thundering cataract, in the leisure of recollection, these nervous lines of Thomson seem to describe much of the scene Smooth to the shelving brink a copious flood Rolls fair and placid, where collected all In one impetuous torrent, down the steep It thundering shoots, and shakes the country round. ^lant Mat, the Robbers. .1 have read all the local guide books, but ailed to find a reference in one of them to the spt of robbers who inhabited a dark cavern ^tuated near the basin of the first fall from the evil's Bridge. According to a book published ^°° years ago, these robbers consisted of two Toothers and a sister, called Plant Mat or Plant at, signifying Matthew's children. Tradition Ports that they committed various depredations
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in the neighbourhood, and lived concealed in this specus horrendum for many years, from the keen research of day's garish eye." The entrance of the cavern just admitted sufficient light to make "darkness visible." Caerphilly Eisteddfod. This annual eisteddfod seems to be growing in popularity and is now deservedly ranked as one of the best Eisteddfodau held in Wales. On Whit-Monday there was a record created both in entries and attendance, and it looks as if the future success of the eisteddfod will be greater than ever. Apart from the attractions of the eisteddfodic programme, Caerphilly is an ideal spot in which to spend a day's holiday. Its ancient castle is an attraction in itself. As the bard sang :— Pwy ystyr drwch dy gadarn fur, Frawychai c'yd warchaeol wyr Na chofia 'r mawredd wawdiai ddur, O'th ganol hen Gaerffili ? Pwy dremia ar ddadfeiliol dwr, Na chofia gyda 'r arfog wr, Am wleddau gynt wnaent rwysgfawr stwr Rhwng muriau hen Gaermli ? Caerphilly Castle is undoubtedly the best pre- served ruin in Wales with the exception of that of Carnarvon. Justice Phillimore's Unfairness. I have heard a great deal of comment in reference to Justice Phillimore's unfair treatment of a Welsh witness at the recent North Wales Assizes. It is difficult to understand how this Justice, who'is credited with being most urbane, could have acted so disgracefully unfair. As the Manchester Guardian well,, expressed the situation:—"The fact that seems to have escaped his lordship was that in so serious a matter as an examination in a court of justice every person desires to give his evidence in the language most familiar to him. Very few Englishmen, however well they know French, would care to be cross-examined in that language. With regard to Wales, however, many judges apply an altogether different principle. They seem to imagine that if a Welshman knows enough English to be able to give his evidence in that language he ought to be compelled to do so. If such a rule were applied to Englishmen in foreign countries, English judges would not be slow to condemn it. Welshmen only ask the justice that in such a case Englishmen would claim for themselves." It is to be hoped that Justice Phillimore's unfairness will be brought before the notice of Parliament. The Welsh Harp. It is a great pity that harp-playing is now almost a lost art in Wales. Attempts have been made within recent years to revive interest in the national instrument, but the results have been indifferent. There is an almost forgotten sonnet from an old book about 100 years old:— To THE WELSH HARP. Loved instrument again repeat those sounds, Those pliintive airs, that through my senses steal With melancholy sweet. Their pow'r I feel Soothing my sadness, healing sorrow's wounds. Gently thou lull'st my suit rings to repose, Inclin'st my heart to ev'ry virtuous deed Removing from my mind each dark'ning shade That clouds my days, increasing all my woes. Now swelling with the breeze, along the vales, Romantic Cambria the strain I hear, Then dying soft away, comes o'er my ear In whispers soft, still wafted by thy gales Loved instrument again repeat those sounds, Soothing my sadness, healing sorrow's wounds. Absence of Crime in Wales. Mr. Justice Channell's recent remarks in his charge to the grand jury at Radnorshire Assizes redound greatly to the credit of the Welsh people. His lordship said "There was in the smaller Welsh counties a complete absence of all crime, because the cases tried were almost entirely very simple, and he thought most of the cases were committed by strangers, and in some cases by actual foreigners. He had never had an interpreter on the circuit, and this showed that among the Welsh-speaking portion of the community there was very little crime. He dared say some people would think, and with truth, that the Revival among the Welsh people had something to do with it." Justice Channell added, however, that he would find things different when he got to Glamorgan. Yes, and he will find that in that county fully 90 per cent. of the prisoners are foreigners, and not the genuine inhabitants of the county. But, even Glamorgan-" Black Glamorgan," as it has been described, is improving. North and South Wales Temperaments. It was freely opined that when Mr. Evan Roberts went to North Wales he would find the North Walian less emotional than the South Walian. In short, the North Walian was freely described as a more phlegmatic individual altogether and difficult to arouse. But Mr. Evan Roberts' experiences in Anglesey and other parts of North Wales prove that such is not the case. In short, the North Walian is the equal of the South Walian for earnestness and enthusiasm.