Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) The National Eisteddfod. The fact that no competitor for the bardic chair at the National Eisteddfod was deemed worthy of the prize, and the circumstance that there was a deterioration in the second choral singing, has induced some hasty critics to state that the National Eisteddfod is "degenerating." That the critics are hopelessly wrong will be amply shown at next year's gathering in Carnarvon. The Financial Result. If there will be no surplus on this year's National Eisteddfod, it will not be through any fault in the management, which has been ex- cellent. On the opening days the attendance was not what it ought to be, but it was a mistake to hold the gathering on Bank Holiday week, which is the period when large numbers of the Welsh public leave their homes for the seaside and other resorts, Eisteddfod or no Eisteddfod. "Emotional Boilers." Professor Morris Jones, in his comments on the bardic competitions was very sarcastic at times. He remarked that one of the com- petitors, "Gideon," had "magnificent verses," but the ode was written with inexcusable careless- ness." Professor Jones translated one of the lines as follows It is a pity for a strong man to waste his emotional boiler." In a comment on this observation, the Dublin Freeman's facrnal remarks The Saxon has evidently been at it again. Strong man and boiler' are unmistakably Saxon taints." Welsh at Cardigan. Although Welsh is extensively spoken at Cardigan town, the Welsh language does not figure in the curriculum of the local county school. In his recent report, the Inspector remarked It is to be regretted that Welsh finds no place in the curriculum of the school situated in a district so thoroughly Welsh." This is a very surprising fact and unsatisfactory. The Ferndale Band. In my last week's Notes," I stated that the splendid Ferndale Band had already won seven first prizes in various competitions this year. The Ferndale Band also won the first prize at the National Eisteddfod, and three first prizes at Aberystwyth, in the course of the past week, bringing up a total of eleven first prizes during the current year up-to-date. A really good record this. Tea and Cancer. I notice that at a recent conference of sanitary authorities in Colwyn Bay, a medical officer of health stated that immoderate tea drinking was one of the causes of cancer. Cancer, or not, the great bulk of the people will still go on having their cwpaned 0 de two and three times daily. Football Preparations. Already there are preparations going on for the coming football season in South Wales. The London Welsh figure on the Cardiff club's list of fixtures, but not on Swansea's. The report that Mr. Percy Bush, the clever Cardiff half-back, will play for a London club, is premature. Mr. J. C. Jenkins, a well-known Newport forward, is likely to play for the London Welsh, as he is going to the City to undertake the management of the Welsh Club. The New Zealand Team will visit Wales and play at either Swansea or Cardiff. "The Flower Maiden." In reading Harper's I noticed a very pretty Poem by Mr. Ernest Rhys. As, doubtless, ftiany readers of the LONDON WELSHMAN have not seen the same, they will, I am sure, bear reproduction in this column :— They could not find a mortal wife, And made him one of Sowers Her eyes they made of violets, Wet with their morning showers. They took the blossom of the oak, The blossom of the broom, The blossom of the meadow sweet, To be her body's bloom. But they forgot from mother earth To beg the kindling coal They made for him a wife of flowers, But they forgot the soul." Automatic Meals. A London morning journal remarks :—" So great has been the success of automatic restaurants in European cities that the penny-in-the-slot refreshment room is to go into active competition with the ordinary restaurants in London. A catering company is now arranging to open three automatic cafes in the fashionable shopping districts. When these are established, the system will be extended rapidly to other quarters." Of course, one cannot expect the editors, or any members of the staffs of London daily newspapers to admit that Welsh towns are ahead of the Londoners in anything, but it is a fact, nevertheless, that the automatic restaurant has been established in South Wales for several years past. There was a large one established at Swansea long ago, and there has been one in Cardiff for the past year or so. Both at Swansea and Cardiff they have proved very popular. The diner in the automatic restaurant is con- fronted by a long row of machines in which the viands are temptingly displayed behind plate glass. A penny dropped in the first slot will bring about a cup of tea, in others coffee, milk, sandwiches, &c. Who is He? H. W." of Porchester Gardens, W., writing in Saturday's Daily Mirror, states Some few years ago, I was in North Wales, and in the village where I was staying there was an hotel with a public bar, kept by a man who was a fully-ordained clergyman of the Church of England. He had been curate at the parish church of the same village, and had given up the church for the bar.' He used to serve out beer to his old parishioners."
SOUTH WALES BUSINESS NOTES. [In this column it is our intention to bring before the notice of our numerous readers the features of various businesses calculated to prove of use and assistance to them. Proprietors of shops, hotels, &fc., desirous oj cuch publicity should communicate with us.] THE PRINCIPALITY EDUCATIONAL Co.-The establishment of the Principality Educational Company, opened in spacious premises opposite the T.V. Railway Station, Cardiff, some three years ago, has become increasingly popular with the Welsh clergy, ministers, and students generally, as it stocks all the best Welsh literature. Sunday School Teachers are specially catered for. WELSH PRODUCTS.—A most noteworthy fact relative to Welsh products is their popularity. Welsh flannel, Welsh slates, and Welsh coal are recognised standards for quality. Same applies to Welsh medicines. One example out of many may be cited. Kernick's Vegetable Pills were sold under another name in early part of last century. For over fifty years they have been known as Kernick's, and sale shows no diminu- tion. If this is not proof of quality, what is ?
The Agents for The London Welshman" in North and South Wales are- Messrs. DAWSON & SONS, Ltd., and Messrs. W. H. SMITH & SONS. Copies can be obtained at any railway bookstall if a standing Order is given to the Clerk in charge. WELSH ADVERTISEMENTS. BOOKS Books Splendid Collection. All subjects. Inspection cordially invited.—EGGAR'S, lA, Frederick Street (off Queen Street), Cardiff.
Póbl a Phethau yng Nghymru. SAESNEG oedd iaith gyffredin aelodau Cym- deithas yr Iaith Gymraeg yn Nghaerdydd. DYWEDIR mai'r Diwygiad oedd yn cyfrif am fychander y cynulliadau yn yr Eisteddfod, ond prin y mae hynny yn iawn. Tystiai lleoedd glan y mor mai'r atdyniadau yno oedd y prif achos. CHWILIR am Gofrestrydd i Brifysgol Cymru y dyddiau hyn, a gwneir y penodiad tua dechreu mis Hydref. Bydd y swydd yn werth dros bum cant y flwyddyn. MAE rhestr testynau Eisteddfod Caernarfon ar fin dyfod allan o wasg Cwmni y Cyhoeddwyr Cymreig, Caernarfon. Mae swm y gwobrwyon oil yn £974 17s. Hysbysir mae'r Doctoriaid McNaught, Llundain; Greenish, Hwlffordd; David Evans, Caerdydd; a'r Mri. D. Emlyn Evans, J. Thomas (Pencerdd Gwalia), ac A. Williams, Mus. Bac., fydd y beirniaid cerddorol. HYSBYSIR mai gwerth eiddo y diweddar Barch. Josiah Thomas, M.A., oedd £3,861 is. 5c. Gadawodd Mr. Stephen Davies, partner yn ffirm Mri. Davies and Co., Liverpool, Z25,707 ns. 5c. Mae dyn yn debycach o adael ffortiwn wrth werthu te nac wrth lynu wrth y weinidog- aeth." Meddylia rhai ei fod yn haner pechod i weinidog adael mil neu ddwy i'w weddw a'i blant, ond ei fod yn rhywbeth parchus iawn i flaenor adael haner can mil. MAE'R Seren, cyhoeddiad wythnosol y Bed- yddwyr, i ddisgleirio yn fwy llachar ar ol yr wythnos hon. Argreffir y newyddiadur ar well papur, a rhoddir darluniau yn awr ac eilwaith i harddu'r colofnau. YCHYDIG iawn o frodyr o'r Gogledd fu yn nghyrddau Undeb y Bedyddwyr yn Abercarn, medd y Seren. Hwyrach mai un rheswm am hyn oedd fod y cyrddau bron yn hollol yn cael eu cynnal gan frodyr o'r De. Waeth heb ei wadu mae'r Gogleddwr yn lied awyddus am glywed ei lais ei hun ac os eiddo yr enwad fel cyfangorph yw yr Undeb, ar bob cyfrif arferer mwy o ddoethineb yn y cyfeiriad hwn o hyn allan. MAE galwad eithriadol o brysur am lyfryn diweddaf Beren. Casgliad ydyw o ganeuon ac emynau diwygiadol o waith y bardd ei hun. Y teitl yw Hosana." Gwerthwyd yr argraphiad cyntaf yn llwyr; ac y mae un arall ar fin ym- ddangos. SUT mae gwahaniaethu rhwng "Boys' Choir" a "Male Voice Choir ? Cor bechgyn a chor meibion y gelwir hwy yn gyffredin, ond yn y Sowth dynodir hwy "Cor Crots" a "Chor Bechgyn." COR CROTS Siloh, Aberdar, aeth a'r wobr yn eu hadran hwy, ond bu raid rhanu gwobr Cor y Bechgyn rhwng Resolven a Rhymney. BRYFDIR ac "Eifion Wyn oedd y prif enillwyr barddol o'r Gogledd. Ond gwyr y Sowth aeth a'r prif wobrau bron i gyd,-hyny yw, y rhai a gyfrifid oeddent wedi eu henill yn deilwng. WRTH anerch yr Ysgol Haf Gymraeg yn Nghaerdydd yr wythnos ddiweddaf, dywedodd Mr. J. Glyn Davies, gwr ieuanc sy'n edrych ar ol Llyfrgell Coleg Aberystwyth, fod llawer iawn o'r hen alawon yr ydys yn eu galw yn alawon Cymreig nad ydynt yn Gymreig o gwbl. Benthyg ydynt, ebe fe. Yn mhlith y rhai hyn, mae "Serch Hudol," "Toriad Dydd," Symlen pen bys," "Y Galon Drom," "Tros yr Afon," &c. Toe, ni bydd gan Gymru druan ddim-hyny ydi, bydd Mr. Davies ei hun ganddi—'does neb arall yn debyg o'i hawlio ef, 'does bosibl.