SIR WILFRID LAWSON'S FAREWELL TO MR. BRYN ROBERTS. The following is a copy of the characteristic letter of farewell addressed by Sir Wilfrid Lawson, M.P., to Mr. Bryn Roberts on the latter's retirement from the House of Commons to take up the duties of County Court Judge for Glamorganshire Farewell, farewell dear friend, with whom I oft have sat in hours of gloom, When snuffling, scuttling Tories ruled And Queen and nation both befooled When Balfour, linked with "Jingo Joe," When that was right and true laid low When gin and gunpowder prevailed With all the horrors they entailed When things had come to such a pass That Parliament seemed but a farce. And now, when day begins to dawn With streaks that mark the coming morn, By nobler thoughts when men are stirred And Freedom's rallying shout is heard, And good "C.-B." leads forth his band To fight for blessings for our land, I grieve to think that you must go, Nor longer battle with the foe- The foe who'll trouble us again, For though he's scotched he is not slain And gin and gunpowder once more Will plague us, as they did before. Well, we shall miss you much, I'm sure Farewell, farewell, dear old Pro-Boer" May health and happiness endure. Brayston. \V. L.
Home News. BRECON. It now appears that there is a considerable division of opinion among Trefecca students con- cerning the proposal to remove the College to Aberystwyth, and that the resolution strongly con- demning the scheme was by no means carried unanimously. Nineteen voted for it and thirteen against, so that it was agreed to by a majority of six. The amendment put forth by the minority was as follows That we as theological students view with apprehension the removal of Trefecca College to Aberystwyth, in view of our receiving preaching engagements, and call upon the committee to either give a guarantee of an adequate number of preach- ing engagements, or a financial grant to cover living expenses." CARDIGAN. The annual lecture of the Aberystwyth College Literary Society was delivered on Wednesday evening last by Mr. Edmund Gosse. In discoursing on The entertainments of literature the lecturer deprecated the habit of making too serious a matter of one's reading and of having always an educa- tional aim in it. Those who loved literature for its own sake would find in it four principal forms ot entertainment-excitement, amusement, recreation, and sympathy. Incidentally Mr. Gosse touched on the proper use of libraries. To depend wholly on libraries, he said, is like living in furnished lodgings all one's life without ever possessing the property. He cast some doubt on the real value of lists of the best books. CARNARVON. The bardic crown to be awarded at the National Eisteddfod at Carnarvon in August next is to be of standard silver and enamel. The crown will be composed of a wreath of oak leaves and acorns, worked in repousse and saw pierced, above a band of solid silver, embossed with an ornamentation of the leek with leaves, flowers, and buds. The central ornament in the front is the seal of Carnarvon in embossed silver, containing an emblazoned shield with the arms enamelled in proper colours. Weather of a milder character has now set in in North Wales, the last few days having been quite summerlike, with an appreciable and much-needed increase in temperature. The cold weather and the absence of rain during April kept back vegeta- tion of all kinds, but in view of the fact that the nights were sharp and frosty this was an advantage to gardeners and agriculturists. During the past week there has been a plentiful rainfall, and with a higher temperature crops are now coming on well. The grass is, however, very light for the time of the year, and there is every indication that the hay harvest will be a late one. DENBIGH. Welsh barristers will learn with interest that the Lord Chancellor has now formally appointed Mr. Samuel Moss, M.P., Deputy County Court Judge for the Chester and North Wales Circuit, in view of the long period of rest which will be necessary for Sir Horatio Lloyd after his severe illness. A curious incident resulting from the illness of Judge Sir Horatio Lfovd is reported from Llanrwst. A special County Court was to have been held there recently, and numerous solicitors and witnesses, several of whom had travelled from distant places, attended together with the Registrar, but no busi- ness could be done owing to the non-arrival of the Deputy Judge. The legal gentlemen, the litigants, and the usual crowd of spectators waited patiently in the court-room until half-past one, when the Registrar formally adjourned the Court. GLAMORGAN. Sir John Llewelyn, Bart., opened at Pontardulais on Saturday a mechanics' institute, which has been erected at a cost of £ 2,000. After a ministry of 48 years, the Rev. J. Beavan is retiring, on account of failing health, from the pastorate of Sardis Congregational Church at Waunarlwydd. In granting a grocer's licence at Merthyr Tydvil Magistrates' Court on Monday, the Stipendiary, Sir Marchant Williams, said the licence was granted because they had no power to refuse it. I should refuse every grocer's licence," added Sir Marchant, "if I had the power. They are a veritable curse. Look at their effect-on women particularly." Mr. F. L. Davis and Mr. Henry Lewis, as repre- senting the coalowners, have issued a circular com- plaining of "the way in which the privileges of the Workmen's Compensation Act are abused in South Wales," and suggest opposition to the payment of compensation from the date of injury as proposed in the Government's Amending Bill and action with the view of minimising the abuses of the present Act. The colliers are returning to work at Cwmaman and Fforchwen, and at the Powell Duffryn pits in he Aberdare Valley the non-Unionist question seems in a fair way towards settlement, but the alleged victimisation and other matters of dispute continue a bar to resumption of work. The sub- committee on the hauliers' agreement again met at Cardiff on Saturday, and after dealing with several points of contention at various collieries adjourned. It was agreed by the workmen's representatives to recommend the hauliers at the Great Western and Abercynon Collieries to with- draw their notices. At a meeting of Trinity Welsh Calvinistic Church, Swansea, the pastor, the Rev. W. E. Prydderch, referred to the later phases of the revival. Wales, he said, had received a great downpour of the Spirit during last year's awakening, but his heart bled when he read of what had taken place these last few weeks under the name of religion. He strongly deprecated ministerial countenance being given to such practices, which were now scarcely to be found amongst the lowest civilised nations. He asked his hearers not to countenance such rubbish, but to do all they could to stop what he described as heathenism. Miss Doris Bowen, daughter of Mr. William Bowen, Cwmrhydyceirn, Morriston, died while entering Libanus Congregational Church for the evening service on Sunday. The young lady was in company with her parents and sister, and was at the chapel door when she fell and expired. Dr. Kemp was soon in attendance, and pronounced life extinct. The deceased was a granddaughter of the late Mr. Thomas Bowen, of the Morriston and Midland Tinplate Works, and niece of Mrs. Williams, of Maesygwernen Hall, Morriston. The evening service was abandoned. Great sympathy is felt for the parents in their sudden bereavement. MERIONETH. The annual lecture in connection with the Lewis Edwards Society was given on Friday evening in the College Chapel, Bala. The lecturer was Pro- fessor W. Jenkyn Jones, of Aberystwyth, who chose for his subject, Some philosophical aspects of the doctrine of the Trinity." Vice-Principal Ellis Edwards presided. The attendance, which included the other members of the staff ks well, was very good, and the lecture was much appreciated. A vote of thanks, proposed by Professor Stevenson, seconded by Mr. J. W. Roberts, and supported by Dr. Hugh Williams, was accorded the lecturer. MONMOUTH. An Usk stationer bears grateful testimony to the patience and persistency of the British Post Office. On the 24th of March Messrs. W. H. Smith's manager at Newport posted a copy of the Graphic to Mr. E. K. Jones, of Usk. There are only thirteen miles between the two towns, but the number is an unlucky one, and the Graphic did not reach its destination till forty-two days after it had been posted. In the interval the parcel had covered a good deal of earth and sea, for when delivered it bore a stamp showing it had paid a visit to the U.S.A. Dead Letter Office on April 9. MONTGOMERY. The Rev. W. L. Jones Richards, rector of Pen- strowed, has accepted the living of Llangyniew, Montgomeryshire, vacant by the death of the Rev. S. Reed. The living is in the gift of the Lord Chancellor. Mr. David Davies, M.P., is busily engaged in his arrangements for the entertainment of the school- children of Montgomeryshire on Empire Day, and the festival promises to be a great success. Up- wards of 8,000 children and teachers will be enter- tained to luncheon and tea at six centres in the county, and prizes will be provided for the children. RADNOR. On Wednesday and Thursday meetings were held at the Gwalia Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, in connection with the Congregational Union of Wales. The proceedings included meetings of the Hymnal Committee, the Twentieth Century Fund Committee, and of the committee which has been entrusted with the duty of rearranging the organi- sation of the Union. The last-named committee drafted an important report, which will be presented to the next meeting of the Union. At a meeting of the Radnorshire Education Committee, Alderman Arthur Morgan moved a resolution approving of the provisions of the Edu- cation Bill and of the proposed Council of Education for Wales. Mr. Jeffrey Jones seconded. Mrs. Rogers, Stanage Castle, protested on behalf of mothers, because of the abolition of religious tests, saying that this was a fearful danger to England. The motion was carried by 13 votes to 6. The minority included three co-opted members, while the majority, with one exception, were elected councillors.
Athletic Chat. [BY CEREDIG.] Mr. Gwyn NichoIls.- There is a movement on foot for making a presentation to Mr. Gwyn Nicholls, of Cardiff, the famous Rugby foot- baller, and one of the most brilliant members of the Welsh International team for several seasons past. That Nicbolls deserves such a presenta- tion all lovers of the winter game will agree, but in view of the fact that a similar movement made some time ago in regard to W. J. Bancroft, of Swansea, who did so well for Welsh International teams in past years, was banned by the Welsh Rugby Union, it would be rather inconsistent if that august body were to give their countenance to the Nicholls presenta- tion scheme. London Welsh F.C.—There was general satis- faction manifested at the recent annual general meeting of the London Welsh Football Club at the splendid season just brought to a close. The club has done exceedingly well by defeat- ing several of the crack English teams and beat- ing all the leading London Rugby clubs. The re-election of A. F. Harding as Captain is very generally approved, for Harding is a fine speci- men of a British footballer and has-stood very loyally by the London Welsh in past seasons. By the way, the Cardiff Club have arranged for next season return fixtures with the London Welsh. In past seasons the Cardiffians have only met the London Welsh at Cardiff. Next season, however, the clubs will meet in both Cardiff and London. The late Mr. A. J. Davies.—The late Mr. A. J. Davies, Secretary of the Glamorgan County Football Association, whose death occurred lately, was known to many lovers of football amongst the London Welsh. Mr. Davies, who lived at Cardiff, was a thorough sportsman and a most kindhearted man. His death is deeply regretted and it is generally felt in South Wales football circles that his place will be difficult to fill. He was a splendid organiser. [We regret that we are unavoidably compelled to hold over until next week a report of the London Welsh Football Club Annual Meeting.]
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