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Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) A Bad Commencement. Aberystwyth Town Council has commenced the new year badly, several of the councillors indulging in personalities of a most lively description at a recent meeting. Children! Children Mr. Dan Roberts. It is interesting to note that at the recent West Glamorgan Calvinistic Methodist monthly meeting, Mr. Dan Roberts, brother of the famous Evan Roberts, was accepted as candidate for the ministry. A Good Hit. Mr. Llewellyn Williams made a good hit, when, at a public meeting of the electors in Llanelly the other night, he observed that the Conservatives had brought out a candidate who could not even pronounce the name of Llanelly properly. Roars of laughter greeted this remark. Laughable. The Swansea Public Library Committee at their recent monthly meeting resolved that the Welsh Librarian be permitted to purchase any valuable Welsh book, and expend a sum on the Welsh books to the extent of £5 (five pounds); but not beyond that amount without the per- mission of the Book Purchasing Committee." No comment is necessary on the above. "Dafydd Ab Owilym." Dewi Vychan," one of the LONDON WELSH- MAN'S regular South Wales subscribers, delivered a capital paper on Dafydd Ab Gwilym at a recent meeting of the Cymru Caerdydd. There is a growing desire amongst Welshmen to know more about the Welsh Chaucer. Shakespeare and Wales. I don't know what Shakespeare would have done were it not for Wales. He drew largely upon Wales—as most of the English have done, and do. He borrowed Puck, and the scenery which adorns one. of his most beautiful plays, i.e., Midsummer Night's Dream, from us."— Rev. Sinclar Evans, Swansea. Curious Swansea Incident. There was a curious incident at Swansea last week. A Hindoo applied to the local magis- trates for an order to have the dead body of his brother burned or carried out to sea, in accord- ance with his religion. The Hindoo was greatly dismayed on hearing how much cremation would cost. The magistrates consequently made arrangements to have the body carried out to sea for interment. Petty Spite. Some time ago, an Aberystwyth weekly made some spiteful references to Mr. Llewellyn Williams, and the Tory Llanelly Guardian now reproduces one of them in order to try and damage Mr. Llewellyn Williams in the eyes of the Llanelly electors. The Guardian refers to the print alluded to as "a leading Radical Welsh weekly." This is quite erroneous, how- ever. The correct description would be "the leading Shon Bob Ochr and anti-Welsh weekly." Churchmen and the Election. It is a great mistake to think that every Church- man will vote for a Conservative candidate, as a matter of course. There are hundreds of Liberal Churchmen in South Wales. They do not talk much on politics, for reasons that are obvious, and they know that the ballot is secret. Two of the Liberal candidates, viz., Mr. Frank Edwards (Radnorshire) and Mr. Vaughan Davies (Cardiganshire), are good Churchmen there are at least six Liberal clergymen in South' Wales, whilst one Conservative newspaper, the Aberystwyth Observer, has advocated Disestab- lishment. A Broad View. The following extract from the leading columns of the well-known Church newspaper, the Church Times, is cordially approved of by a considerable section of Welsh Church people :— Churchmen will, of course, be invited in every place to vote for the Conservative candidate, as being the representative of the party which best serves the Church. Or rather, their votes will be reckoned by the party organizers as safe, and the invitation a mere formality. For the Con- servative party has come to believe that, in spite of legislation against the interests of the Church, in spite of all flouts and rebuffs while the party is in power, Churchmen will obediently come to the polling-booth and cast their votes for the Conservatives. They have always done so, and official Conservatism expects that they always will. But, at the coming election, if we mistake not, Churchmen will show a more independent spirit than usual. They will not have forgotten that the Church has gained little and suffered much at the hands of the late Government." A Pathetic Incident. There was a pathetic incident at the recent Christmas dinner to the inmates of Pontypridd Union Workhouse. At the conclusion of the repast one of the elderly inmates got up and read the following lines, which he had composed for the occasion Dydd Nadolig, dydd gwyl yn mhobman Dan Ymherodraeth Brenin Prydain, Ac yn Sefydliad Pontypridd darperir gwledd i'r truan. Am hyny. byddwn lawen, na fydded neb mewn angen. Mae'r byrddau'n llawn o fwyd yn iawn, a'r cwbl oil mewn trefn; Mae'r meistr hwyr a boreu, a'r matron ar eu goreu, Y porter a'r swyddogion oil a weithiant hyd yr eithaf. Wel, bellach, 'rwy'n terfynu, gair arall garwn nodi, Sef diolch i'r boneddwyr oil, ac hefyd i bob lady. Perhaps the lines are not of first-class quality, but the pathos of the incident will be recognised. A Friendly Criticism. A writer in the South Wales Press (Llanelly) makes some friendly criticism in reference to the LONDON WELSHMAN. The writer thinks that it is not a wise policy to devote so much space" to news in English. I beg to differ. The vast majority of the London Welsh people, as well as the South Walians, are bilinguists, and I am convinced that they prefer a bilingual paper. A London newspaper, for instance, bore out this statement when it remarked in a recent issue that the LONDON WELSHMAN had "a con- siderably larger circulation" than the entirely Welsh Celt Llundaiih which it supplanted. The writer in the South Wales Press also thinks that we should not give so much space to foot- ball. In reference to that criticism, it must be remembered that the LONDON WELSHMAN is a reflex of Welsh life in all its phases, and as football plays such a prominent part in our national life we cannot very well ignore the game. Moreover, our football space is limited 11 to a column, so that we do not overdo it.



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