Notes of the Week. The Butler Report.—We had just gone to press last week when the War Office issued the Report of the Committee, over which Sir William Butler presided, appointed by the Army Council to enquire into what had become to be known as the South African War Scandals, viz., the sales and refunds to contractors. It is safe to say that no Government document ever pro- duced such a consternation. The British nation have been robbed of something like six millions of money. Whether the system or rather lack of system be responsible for this enormous loss, or whether it is due to unscrupulous and un- principled officers as the Report implies, it is yet impossible to say. Certain officers are accused by name, but it is only fair to add that their side of the question has not been heard. The com- mittee say that further inquiry is necessary, and of that everybody agrees with them. Such an inquiry must be held without any delay, and no pains must be spared in order to bring the matter home to those responsible. There are two blocking motions on the House of Com- mons notice paper, both put down by the supporters of the Government, but we cannot for a moment believe that the Prime Minister will allow those to stand in the way of dis- Cussing this most serious question as soon as the House assembles. If the slightest attempt be made to shirk discussion the public will be forced to the conclusion that the responsibility rests upon members of the Government itself. For the sake of its own credit, for the sake of the credit of the Army, as well as upon public grounds generally there must be a full, open, and free investigation before a thoroughly independent tribunal. We notice that six con- tractors are impugned, and that several of them bear un-English names. The chief gainer through these infamous transactions is appar- ently a Jew, either German or American. If anything can create an anti-Semitic agitation in England it will be the actions of the Jewish adventurers in South Africa. They were re- sponsible for the war, they brought over the Chinese serfs, and now it is clearly shown that by either taking advantage of the simplicity of English officers or by bribing them, the same people made a fortune out of the sales of war supplies. The sooner all these unscrupulous speculators are banished out of South Africa the better for this country and for the Colony. This is clearly a case for an Alien Exportation Bill. Morocco.—Things are not all pleasant between France and Germany, on account of Morocco. France some time ago obtained some kind of authority there, but now Germany has stepped in to dislodge her, and has Put in some claims which France may refuse to acknowledge. England has put one spoke in the German wheel by declining to acquiesce in the demand for a Conference of the Powers to reconsider and re-arrange the treaties now in existence; but it seems as if the Kaiser were determined to carry his point. The matter fests in the first place with France. How much is she prepared to yield ? It is a well-known fact that Delcasse resigned the post of Foreign Secretary because his colleagues did not want to quarrel with Germany, and because he would not yield to the German demands. But England also will have something to say in the matter. We have a treaty with France which may compel to see that no undue advantage is taken of her; and it would not do for a German fortress
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Am Gymry Llundain. DEDFRYDU'R GOLYGYDD.- Y mae Golygydd y WELSHMAN, fel pob Ymneillduwr cydwybodol, wedi gwrthod talu'r dreth Addysg bresenol, a'r wythnos hon y mae'r Llys wedi ei ddedfrydu i garchar am un diwrnod am beidio cydymffurfio a gofynion y Ddeddf anghyfiawn bresenol. Byddwn yn disgwyl cael adroddiad gan y Golygydd yn y rhifynau dyfodol o'l brofiad yn y carchar. SrARAD ETo.-Ar ol seibiant y Sulgwyn daeth yr Aelodau Seneddol yn ol at eu gwaith ddechreu yr wythnos hon, ac mae argoelion y ceir llawer o siarad am weddill y tymhor. Y LEFARYDD NEWYDD.-Seremoni ddyddorol oedd penodi Llefarydd newydd i'r Ty ddydd Mawrth. ac ar y cyfan mae Mr. Lowther yn debyg o wneyd llefarydd cadarn. GWOBRAU'R SWYDD.- Y chydig wyr y cyhoedd gymaint o arian ac aur a delir yn flvnyddol i bersonau fuont mewn swyddi arbenig o dan y llywodraeth o bryd i'w gilydd. Ar ymddi- swyddiad Mr. Gully, y llefarydd diweddar, gwelir mai pedair mil y flwyddyn fydd ei flwydd-dal tra bydd byw. Gwobr ragorol am wasanaeth mor gyffredin. Y CYMRY,- Y chydig iawn yw nifer y C) mry sydd wedi dringo i gyfrinion y ddawn o sicrhau swyddi breision y Llywodraeth mae teuluoedd mawr ac henafol y Sais yn cipio y rhai hyn bron i gyd. Ond paham nas gall rhai o'n pobl ni gael mynediad i fewn i'r porfeydd gwelltog hyn ? I SWYDDAU CYHOEDDUS.—Ar wahan i ffafrau y llywodraethwyr Seneddol mae'n syndod mor lleied o Gymry sydd wedi myned i fewn i swyddau cyhoeddus y deyrnas. Ers peth amser yn ol credid mai maes arbenig i'r Ysgotyn a'r Gwyddel oedd y Civil Service, ac mae lie priodol y Cymro oedd ymgyrhaedd at fod yn offeiriad gwledig neu'n bregethwr tylawd i fyw ar gardod cybyddion o flaenoriaid diegwyddor. ErsIEu NEWID.—-Ond y mae'n hen bryd i newid y syniad hwn, a dylai bechgyn a merched Cymru o hyn allan geisio am feddu y swyddi goreu sydd yn agored i dalentau dysgleiriaf ein plant. Mae argoelion y bydd raid ad-drefnu llawer ar y swyddfeydd rhagllaw, a diau y bydd cyfleusaerau lawer yn agor i'n graddedigion ieuainc presenol yn ystod y pum mlynedd nesaf. YR YSBEILWYR GWLADGAROL.—Un o'r swydd- feydd fydd raid ei chyfnewid o'r godre i'r top yw y Swyddfa Rhyfel, ac ar ol yr adroddiad rhyfedd a ddaeth i'r goleu yr wythnos ddiw- eddaf bydd yn syn genym os na throir y lie allan yn llwyr. Ni fu erioed y fath haid o ysbeilwyr mewn unrhyw wlad ag a oddefid yn ystod y rhyfel diweddar o dan nawdd y swyddfa hon. Y CYRNOL MORGAN.—Un o'r milwyr y bu holi arno ger bron y Cyngor oedd y Cyrnol Morgan, ac mae ei dystiolaeth yn llawn awgrym- iadau. Hana'r Cyrnol o waedoliaeth Gymreig, ac yn ystod y rhyfel diweddar enwogodd ei hun trwy ei set a'i frwdfrydedd yn ceisio dal y Boeriaid. PLE Y SAFWN ?—Ond yn ol yr adroddiad presenol pie y safwn fel cenedl ? Un o'n cwynion mawr yn erbyn Kruger gynt oedd y pydredd ynglyn a'r swyddau cyhoeddus yn y Transvaal. Honai ein cynrychiolwyr fod llwgr- wobrwyaeth yn beth cyffredin, fod pob swyddog ar ei eithaf yn ceisio twyllo pawb, ac mai'r unig ffordd i buro'r wlad oedd i'n milwyr ni gipio yr awenau. Ac ow'r fath ganlyniadau Dengys yr adroddiad presenol fod mwy o ladrad a llygredd o fewn mis yn hanes ein pobl ni nac a gaed yn holl hanes y Boeriaid i gyd EIN HAELODAU.—Ar ol cael y dadleniadau ofnadwy hyn, a gweled y fath wastraff ar ein
to be built so close to Gibraltar. We must keep the way to the East clear at all costs. But let us hope the matter will be amicably settled. The united diplomacy of England, Italy, and America, ought to be strong enough to keep the peace of Europe undisturbed. At the same time it must be admitted that the situation is very critical, and the danger of a collision by no means remote. The New River Boats.At last the Thames is once more alive, and Londoners are able to use their splendid waterway. For this boon their thanks are due entirely to their County Council. Were it not for the determin- ation of that much abused body the great and stately highway," as it has been very appropri- ately called, would have remained a dreary waste for a long time. The battle has been long and bitter, all the forces of monopoly allied together against the public. But after a tremendous expenditure of time and of hard cash the victory was won. Even Parliament was con- vinced that the scandal could not be allowed to continue any longer; and, on Saturday, the crowning touch was given to the Council's efforts, when the Prince of Wales inaugurated the new service. The fleet of steamers made a bold and magnificent show as it sailed from Westminster Bridge to Greenwich, and the number of passengers that patronised the boats on Sunday must have been enormous. There are thirty of them, fourteen built in London and the rest in South2mpton and on the Clyde, and all named after some eminent personage con- nected with the Metropolis. They will supply a fifteen minutes' service from Hammersmith to Greenwich. The fares are very reasonable and within the means of the poorest. They vary according to distance. The lowest fare is one penny for a journey not exceeding three miles, and highest is fivepence (eightpence return) for the whole length. But workmen are to have the advantage of penny fares from Hammersmith or Greenwich to Old Swan, up to 8 a.m. For their convenience boats will start from Hammer- smith at 5 a.m., and from Greenwich at 5.30 a.m., each week-day, calling at every pier. The ser- vice is to be continued all the year round, and there are commodious cabins in which passengers may take shelter in dirty weather. This is un- doubtedly the greatest boon yet given by the County Council to the inhabitants of London. The RevivaL-Many, if not most critics, had made up their minds that the Welsh Revival would die out as soon as the winter and early spring had passed away. They could not imagine people crowding together to hold solemn religious services once the day had become long, and the opportunity given for out- of-door sports and pleasure. And it must be admitted that the history of previous religious awakenings in Wales gave some ground for such surmises. But in the present case all predic- tions of an early ebb in the religious fervour have been falsified. We get reports from all parts of Wales of meetings as crowded and as fervent as any held in the depth of winter. The wave has only quite recently reached many rural districts, and the effects are as powerful and as strange in those quiet regions as in the busy valleys of Glamorgan. Mr. Evan Roberts is itinerating in Anglesea, and wonderful in every respect are the services which he conducts. Many of them have to be held in the open air, no chapel being large enough to accom- modate a tenth of the crowds that assemble together, and Evan Roberts is quite him- self again. His lengthened period of rest has restored him completely. There are no signs whatsoever of that over-sensitiveness which marred his ministrations in Liverpool, and left in that town a somewhat unpleasant impression. He is now exactly what he was in the autumn of last year, full of healthy buoyancy, and as unaffected as a little child. Let his friends take care that he does not again over-tax himself, for his messages to the people of Anglesea are messages that the whole nation ought to hear.