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Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) The Wearing of the Leek. The South Wales Daily Post commenting on the fact that the shamrock was much more extensively worn in Swansea on St. Patrick's Day- than was the leek in the same town on St. David's Day, explains the incident by re- marking that Welshmen do not feel it necessary to wear the leek so much at home as they would were they resident in another country. .Some Comments Thereon. I beg to differ with the Daily Post view. Why, if what our contemporary says is correct, do Welshmen living in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, and America, for example, sport the leek even less on St. David's Day, than Welshmen living in Wales do ? I have been in London on many a St. David's Day, and I found that the number of Welshmen wearing leeks was exceedingly small And I am told by a South Walian who spent some years in the United States, that leeks are very little in evidence on St. David's Day amongst Welshmen in the land of the stars and stripes. The Reason Why. The real reason, in my opinion, why leeks are so little worn on St. David's Day in Wales, as compared with the shamrock on St. Patrick's Day, is because there are still large numbers of Welshmen, despite the fact that Welsh Nationalism has made so much progress during the last twenty years, who are still loth to declare their nationality to the world. Welsh Nationalism is still a weak bantling as compared with the strong and virile Irish brand. Improving Nevertheless. Nevertheless, the leek is worn more on St. David's Day at present in Wales than was the case twelve or even eight years ago. And there is no doubt that in another twenty years it will be quite as conspicuous ,as the shamrock is to-day. The decision of the South Wales University College governors to make St. David's Day an annual holiday in future, and the decision of the education committees to close the elementary schools for half a day on the same occasion, will do much to encourage the wearing of the leek on future anniversary days. Up=to=Date. American journals are not the only ones with smart advertising ideas. A South Wales weekly paper thus invites tradesmen to advertise in its columns ::— Oh, tradesman, in thine hour of eee, If on this paper you should ccc, Take our advice and now be yyy, Go straight ahead and advertiii You'll find the project of some uuu, Neglect can offer no exqqq Be wise at once, prolong your daaa, A silent business soon dkkkk. Momentous Events. The past week, or so, has witnessed momentous events. Seldom does one find so many of them happening within such a short period of time in South Wales. First, there was the great fire near Abergavenny when a mansion was burnt down, and damage done to the extent of some jQ 12,000. Then followed the burning of Carmarthen Union Workhouse, representing

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Notes from South Wales.