Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) Royal Residence in Wales. The statement is being made in usually well- informed circles to the effect that Craigynos Castle, the beautiful South Wales residence of Madame Patti, is to be purchased for members of the Royal Family. There is no doubt that Wales will have a Royal residence at no distant date, but there is a stronger possibility of Car- narvon Castle being ultimately fitted up as a residence for the Prince of Wales, than there is of Craigynos becoming a Royal residence. The Library and Museum. The decision to allocate the Welsh National Library to Aberystwyth has been received with great unanimity. In fact, the only discordant notes are the South Wales Daily News, the Mayor of Cardiff, and a few other people in the latter town. The petulance of the South Wales ,Daily News was amusing to say the least. With one or two exceptions the staff of the South Wales Daily News know absolutely nothing about Welsh Wales and her national aspirations. The Right Spirit. One cannot but admire the following extract from an editorial in the Wrexham- Advertiser. The Wrexham Advertiser is under no obligation to Aberystwyth, but it impartially recognises the claims of that town, when it remarks "All who love Welsh education in sincerity must feel a kindly regard towatds Aberystwyth, the home of our first University College. We have no doubt that a suitable building will be provided, and that it will soon become the home of the literary treasures concerning our nation, which can be consulted very suitably by students amid the scholastic and quiet surroundings of this pleasant town." Swansea and the Awards. The inhabitants of Swansea are satisfied that Aberystwyth has secured the National Library, but they think that the National Museum ought to have been awarded to Abertawe. There is a particular soreness felt at the indifference of Sir G. Newnes, the M.P. for Swansea, who took no steps whatsoever towards helping the cause of the town. More than that, the Westminster Gazette, Sir G. Newnes's paper, expressed its cc Pleasure that the National Museum had been secured by Cardiff. beautiful Lines. It seems to me that there are many amateur P°ets who often write prettier verses than the recognised poets." Hence it is, that verses aPpearing in local magazines often impress the rnind more than those appearing in the great Magazines. In reading the Dragon, the magazine the Aberystwyth University College, for May, Pr instance, I noticed the following beautiful nes by « M. and I am sure there are many readers of the LONDON WELSHMAN who will be glad to s°e them reproduced here:— U.C.W.1905. Happy years too quickly passing hile we treasure s are amassing, All the weal h of gold surpassing, By the shore. Life they are, thy gifts, receive them, In the bonds of memory weave them, Boldly cherish and believe them, Ever more. Nature's glories all around us, Sky and sea have surely bound us, To the beauties that surround us By the hore Life, rejoice in Nature's dower. ■ Heaven's expanse, each fragile flower, Rippling waters, sparkling shower, Ever more. ..8 Beauty, love, and service leading, Forward on our journey speeding, We can never stay unheeding By the shore. Life. they come for thy upraising, Filling thee with power amazing, Use them, God the Giver praising Ever more. Is this true? A note writer in the Swansea Cambrian states The Londoner, to whatever class he belongs, generally speaking, looks down on the Welshman, but my impression is that he has yet something to learn from the average Welshman, who, if not polished, is not, at any rate, rude." What are the views of London Welshmen on the subject? Australian Cricket Team v. Wales. The Australian Cricket Team will make one visit to Wales, viz., at the Cardiff Arms Park, in August, when they play the South Wales team. It is understood that the match will not be considered a "first-class one." Why not? Glamorganshil e gave Yorkshire, the crack team of England, a splendid game a short time ago, and the Australians will not find the South Walians such a soft" side as seems to be imagined outside the Principality. "The Divine Sarah." The visit of Sarah Bernhardt the famous French actress to Cardiff and Swansea Theatres last week aroused much interest, and there were packed and enthusiastic audiences. It is understood that Sarah" was very much delighted with her reception, and it is possible that she may pay another visit to South Wales at no distant date. The actress was thoroughly conversant with the fact that the Welsh people bear a resemblance to the people of Brittany, of which part of France Sarah" is a native, and where she owns great estates. After the performances, she expressed the opinion that Welsh audiences were very similar to those of
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TO PRESERVE WILD WALES. A well-attended meeting was held at Criccieth (Canon Lloyd Jones presiding) to take steps to form a society for the preservation of the natural beauty of Criccieth and its castle, Harlech and its castle, and Snowdonia. The objects of such a society also embrace the protection of build- ings of historical, archaeological, or architec- tural interest, and the securing for the public use and benefit of open spaces, field path?, &c. Mr. f. E. Greaves, Lord Lieutenant, wrote stating that he was in entire sympathy with the move- ment. It appeared to him that what was needed more than anything else was the intro- duction of a better taste in architecture, for throughout North Wales man had done his best to spoil the natural beauty of the country by the erection of hideous and incongruous buildings. He thought more attention to architecture as a. branch of art should be paid by their schools and colleges. Letters of hearty sympathy were also read. from Mr. W. H. More, Crown Lodge, Harlech, the Earl of Winchilsea, and Lord Harlech. Lord Winchilsea wrote that he feared that in many instances the effort would be too late. In Snowdonia, for example, railways and tramlines left little to be added by the most blatant vandal. The speakers included Dr. Jones Morri'v chairman of the Portmadoc Urban Council; Mr. B. Head, agent to Lord Harlech; Mr. Randal Casson, agent to the Portmadoc Estate; Mr. William George, Mr. T. Burnell, Mr. Robert Thomas, Liverpool; Mr. W. Watkin, and Mr. Basil Holmes, secretary of the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association. "hose present included Mr. D. Lloyd-George, M.P. It was unanimously resolved to form a society, and Lord Harlech \yas appointed patron and Mr. J. E. Greaves president.
Brittany, and quite as appreciative. Sarah is one of the few actresses whose performances hundreds of people who are generally opposed to the stage will witness. Welsh Seaside Resorts. It is noticeable that several places in Wales are aspiring to the title of seaside resorts of recent years, in addition to the old established places, such as Aberystwyth, Tenby, L'andudno, Barmouth, and Rhyl. The new aspirants are Swansea, Barry, Porthcawl, Penarth, and Pwll- heli. The Swansea and Barry Chambers of Trade have gone in for considerable advertising in the way of colored posters, &c., displayed in railway stations and other prominent positions. Barry and Penarth are pleasant enough for day excursionists. Of the new aspirants, Swansea, with its fine bay and sands, and the picturesque suburb of Mumbles, is the most attractive, but, even at Swansea, one misses the remarkably bracing breezes, the gorgeous sunsets, and the wonderful combination of mountain and seascape to be found at Aberystwyth and Barmouth. South Wales and London. The means of communication between South Wales and London are continuall v improving. Scores of merchants, and others, now travel from Cardiff and Newport to London each morning, transact business in the City during the afternoons, and return to their homes in the evening in time for supper. The distance from Cardiff to London is done in some 3 hours, and a similar time in returning. It is also possible now to travel from Aberystwyth to London, via Carmarthen and Cardiff, in some nine hours7 time—a great improvement upon past travelling on that route. Not so very long ago it took something like nine hours to get from Aberyst- wyth to Cardiff; now it takes only about 6 hours.