Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) A New Welsh Cartoonist. A large number of Conservative papers throughout the British Isles have been publish- ing cartoons issued by the Tariff Reform Association during the last year or so. One of the recent ones was the work of a Cardiganshire man, viz., Mr. Llwyd Roberts. Mr. Roberts, I understand, is an architect, and lives at Borth. I happened to see the cartoon referred to, and I must say that Mr. Roberts has amply demonstrated his claim to be a cartoonist of no mean ability. St. David's Day. A particularly good move was to deliver short instructive addresses on the life of the patron saint of Wales at elementary schools on St. David's Day. This was done in the morning at many schools in South Wales, whilst in the afternoon the scholars were given a half-holiday. This is an excellent method of inculcating patriotic sentiments in the minds of Young Wales. I also noted with pleasure, that at Llanelly-one of the most typical Welsh towns in Wales—a massed choir of school children sang Welsh airs on St. David's Day, and I saw more leeks worn this year than I have ever seen before on a similar occasion. In one large town, I noticed that even the newsboys sported leeks in their caps. Mr. Lloyd=Ueorge at Cardiff. Mr. Lloyd-George is such a democrat, such a man of the people, that it is difficult to write of him as the Right Hon. Lloyd-George," and I daresay that the brilliant young Welshman would much prefer the plain Mr." if the truth were known. He had a capital reception at Cardiff on Saturday. He was accorded a civic welcome, and as the procession proceeded through the main streets of the city, he was heartily cheered by hundreds of his admirers. Mr. Lloyd-George, who rode in the carriage of the Lord Mayor—an enthusiastic Conservative by the way-repeatedly raised his hat in acknowledgment of the plaudits of the spectators. Mr. Lloyd-George struck me as being paler than
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CYMANFA Y CITY TEMPLE. Nos Wyl Dewi eleni, fel yr arferir ers blýù- yddoedd bellach, cynhaliodd Ymneillduwyr Cymreig Llundain eu cymanfa unedig yn y City Temple. Yr oedd yr adeilad, er eanged yw, yn llawn bob congl o hono, a golygfa ï\v chofio oedd gweled cynifer o filoedd o Gymry wedi ymgynnull ynghanol Llundain i addoli Duw eu tadau yn yr iaith Gymraeg. Y pregethwyr gwahoddedig eleni oeddynt y Parchn. T. J. Wheldon, B.A., Bingor, a Dr. Gomer Lewis, Abertawe. Traddododd y cyntaf bregeth gref, feddylgar, ac argyhoedd- iadol ar Ostyngeiddrwydd," ac yr oedd traethiad yr ail ar Un Duw ac Un Cyf- ryngwr" yn gwbl nodweddiadol o Dr Gomer." Gweinyddwyd yn y rhanau defosiynol o'r gwas- anaeth gan y Parchn. D. Young, Ealing; R. O. Williams, Holloway; ac Edward Owen, B.A., Barrett's Grove. Arweinydd y canu yaoedd Mr. Maengwyn Davies, a chwareuid yr organ gan Mr. D. Richards, King's Cross. Yr oedd yr holl drefniadau o dan ofal y Parch. Thomas Jones, City Road, ysgrifenydd y pwyllgor. Diau mai hawdd iawn yw beirniadu cynulliad fel hyn, yn enwedig gan rai na wyddant fawr am yr anhawsderau sydd gan y pwyllgor i ddod drostynt o flwyddyn i flwyddyn. Ond ai tybed fod eisieu yr araeth gasglu yn y gwasanaeth o flwyddyn i flwyddyn. Mae yn sicr o fod yn dileu argraff ddaionus y pregethu i ryw fesur. A phrin y mae y curo amser a ffon o flaen y gynulleidfa yn cyd-daro a'r teimlad defosiynol Cymreig. Mae yn peri i'r gwasanaeth ym- ddangos yn rhy debyg i gystadleuaeth gorawl mewn eisteddfod. Po leiaf o ddim a wneir mewn cyfarfod crefyddol i dynu sylw oddiwrth yr ysbrydol mwyaf effeithiol a bendithiol ydyw. —UN OEDD YNO.
usual, and looked as if hi badly needed a rest. It is to be hoped that now that he has entered upon the important duties of a Cabinet Minister he will not suffer a break down in health. A Brilliant Speech. But, if observers thought that Mr. Lloyd- George did look somewhat paler than usual as he rode through the streets of the city, the brilliant speech that he delivered at the Cymmrodorion Society's banquet in the evening showed that his mental vigour was as sharp as ever. He spoke partly in Welsh and partly in English, and with equal fluency. His intense Celtic enthusiasm seemed to infect the whole assembly, and, at the conclusion of the pro- ceedings, Welshmen left the hall prouder than ever of their nationality. Mr. Lloyd-George's patriotism is of the genuine kind, there is no Die Shon Dafyddism whatsoever in him, and no real Welshman cannot but feel intensely proud of their fellow countryman. Treasures of Welsh Literature. The lecture on the above fascinating subject, delivered at Aberystwyth lately by Mr. J. H. Davies, M.A., Registrar of the University College of Wales, has created a most excellent impression. A friend of mine, and a reader of the LONDON WELSHMAN, informs me that Mr. Davies excelled himself, and displayed a knowledge of his subject that was positively unique. The lecture was made additionally interesting by means of photographs of rare Welsh books and ancient Welsh manuscripts, which were shown on a screen. Mr. Davies would be doing the Welsh nation an excellent service if he could deliver this lecture in all the principal towns of Wales. The lecturer observed that up to the period of the Civil War, and the death of Charles I., the Welsh gentry and the upper classes had manifested a deep love for the Welsh language,' and the literature, poetry, and traditions of Wales. At that time, the Welsh were practically all Royalist, and made great sacrifices for the cause of the Church and King. The Welsh gentry subsequently became English in ideas and sympathy, whilst the peasantry developed literary talent. One of the leaders of the latter was Lewis Morris, who lies buried at Llanbadarn Fawr Church. "A Strange World." A correspondent in a South Wales weekly says that this is a strange world, and I agree with him. He remarks that if a starving man goes to a house to beg a crust of bread (and it is known to the minions of the law) he is promptly locked up, and I noticed that at a recent Cardiganshire Police Court, the magis- trate, a Calvinistic Methodist minister, I may add, gave a poor tramp who had committed the terrible crime of begging alms ten days hard labour Not only is the starving man locked up for begging, but he is also similarly treated if he goes soliciting money at a house to enable him to pay his night's lodge, and if he sleeps out, he is locked up for vagrancy. If he attempts to leave the troubles of this life and chance the great beyond by attempting suicide, he is punished again for that by the law (should his attempt be unsuccessful). On the other hand, ladies drive around in their carriages soliciting subscriptions towards a home for stray dogs or cats, where a poor shipwrecked or strayed man dare not show his face. Even children are sent with cards from house to house soliciting subscriptions. The writer is not questioning the legality of the matter, but the simple question, Is it right or wrong ? A Famous Welshman. Although not in close touch with Wales and her national aspirations, Mr. George Meredith is a good Welshman. He was 78 years of age the other day. As a chronicler records it, this is an age which seems impossible in a man who is bravely laughing off the effects of a broken leg, and who cheerily had himself carried the other day two miles to record his vote. Some men, like Herbert Spencer, have invited sym- pathy for their weight of years Mr. Meredith rejoices in the number of his years, and looks with cheerfulness to the days yet to be. His work is done, his leisure earned; in his pretty sylvan retreat he lives to see his fame grow higher and more certain. George Meredith has countless admirers in Cambria. Teaching of Welsh History. I highly appreciated the address given by Captain Vaughan Owen Rhoscomyl, the well- known Welsh novelist, to the members of the Idris Teachers' Association the other day. The speaker, in the course of his remarks, emphasised the importance of the teaching of Welsh history to the children at school. It is most ridiculous that the old Welsh School Boards should have deliberately ignored Welsh history in the manner they have, the result being that the vast majority of Welsh boys and girls have been brought up in entire ignorance of the history of their native land. I can personally testify to this deliberate neglect on the part of the old School Boards. I received my elementary education at a Cardiganshire Board School, and, although the governing body, in other words the School Board, were all Welshmen, we 'were taught absolutely nothing about our native land. In fact, although situated in a typical Welsh district, everything Welsh was tabooed in that Cardiganshire Board School. Perhaps there is an improvement to-day. We were taught a good deal about Kamschatka, Greenland, the Behring Straits, and places of that kind, but the history of Wales was never mentioned. Even the singing lesson which we used to get once a week embraced English airs, and not a single Welsh one. It is to be hoped that from this time on, the Welsh school children will be taught something about Prince Llewellyn, Owen Glyndwr, and the great bards, preachers, and literati of our beloved land, Welsh music should also be sung, and not English airs alone. The history of Wales is wonderfully fascinating, and the more we read of it, the greater is our love and admiration for our ancestors intensified.