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Shop Lifting at Cardiff.



WELSH WHIMS. Smart Notions from the Big Morning Paper. Ben Davies, the Queen's tenor—that is how our Welshman is referred to in the Chieage papers. One of the new books is called Glimpses of Welsh Life and Character." It is by Marie Trevelyan. A man who pronounces "n" like "1" must have spelled Penrhyn to the Yankee reporters. One of them gives the word as "Pelrhyle." A college was organised at Chicago some days ago, and it is significant that a Welshman was placed in charge of the moneybags. About half a century ago an old man at Pembrey wrote in Welsh an essay on "Free Education." He has been spending the last ten years is translating it into English. A benevolent and Christian old Cardigan- shire lady who entertained 30 children to tea and cake was horrified when they after- wards surrounded her and gratefully chorused out" Ta-ra.-rar-boom-de-ay." Who would have imagined that the "Court Circular was edited by a Mr. Jones ? Yet the Welsh ware always born courtiers, so Morien" informs us, and it is, therefore, not surprising to find Mr. Charles Ferdinand Jones at the head of the Court official paper. At the Caff Police-court," says the "British and Colonial Druggist." As the ease in question was tried at the Cardiff Police-court, we should fancy that the mayor and corporation should have something to say about such mutilation as this. One or two of the American papers know better than to grapple with the names of Welsh bards. At the Chicago Eisteddfod there were many candidates for hardships and many were elected. Their every-day names are given, and the Herald then shrewdly adds, } "each candidate was given a name by which he was afterwards to be known in the bardic circle. Queen Elizabeth, never forgetting her Welsh descent, was always fond of Welsh people. Her principal huntsman was James ap Harry, gent., and his cousin Blanche Parry was one of the Maids of Honour to the Queen. They were of the very ancient family of Ap Harry, seated for many generations at Poston, in the Golden Valley (Dyffryn Aur), in the,, Welsh part of Herefordshire. A good story is related of Dr. Owen Thomas and Dr. Parry, Bala, when they were fellow-students at Edinburgh. They were notoriously poor, and lodged together. One morning Owen Thomas suggested thafci the landlady had been helping herself to< their loaf, and persisted in his statement ) despite Parry's admonition not to be over- suspicious. "Here's a. proof," says Owen Thomas, holding the loaf to the fire, look at the butter melting. When did we two have any butter in our possession ?" One of the popular Welsh bards, who has frequently been a winner of eisteddfodic t plums, won his first prize with the following composition: — Y ci Nipper yw y clipper, Pan yn mynd tua. gwaith y gwter, Mae yn flogio own Cwmaman, Pan v bvddo wrtho'i hunan." The prize, we presume, was offered for an impromptu composition to a dog which was present at the eisteddfod. Lady Aberdare feels in some measure re- warded for the pains she took in collecting, Welsh exhibits for the Chicago Exhibition. •• My knitter," says her ladyship "roudly.J is one of the brightest-looking, prettiest-^ mannered Welsh girls conceivable, and glow- ing accounts are sent me of the delighted* groups that gather round her, watching ber( deft movements, as, in full Welsh costume, she turns out article after article from her busy loom." The General Post Office has been moved to issue a special circular in connection with the Welsh Land Commission, directing local postmasters how to deal with letters, &c., addressed to members of the commission. This arrangement is not always a success. Some- body sent Mr. Lleufer Thomas, a brace of partridges on the 11th inst., and they followed him about the country till the 20th, when they overtook him at Carnarvon, where the general secretary of the commission spent some time looking for an enemy to whom he might give the birds, which were then aiming very high. What it is to have habits. A Radical cari-I vasser was giving evidence at the Cardiff Registration Court. What date did this occur?" asked the revising barrister. The i eighth of three," said the canvasser. The, eighth of three?" mused the revising barrister, putting down his pen, leaning back, and gazing inquiringly at the witness. He means, sir," said a solicitor, "that it was on the eighth1* of the third month—March, sir." "Oh, r see," (then to the canvasser), "And when did you get a reply?" "Fifteenth of seven." The revising barrister looked tired. Colonel Sackville West, Lord Penrhyn'■ agent, told the Welsh Land Commission that the farnl rental of the Penrhyn estates was £ 21,000. The greater portion of Lord Jf en- rhyn's income comes," says the Star." not from farms, but from slate quarries. Penrhyn Castle is an old structure of convenient huge- ness, for its owner has fifteen children. Here he lives in great state, save when he is at Mortimer House, Halkin-street, which is one of the few West End houses standing within their own gardens. Not long ago Lord Penrhyn got into sad trouble through advising the Prince of Wales not to go to Bangor Eisteddfod because two years previously the Home Rulers had taken advantage of Mr. Gladstone's presence in Bangor to give him an address. It was said at the time that the Prince's reception of tfce hint did not en- courage future counsel of this nature." Miss Talbot, of Margam Abbey, has been mentioned more than ance in the evidence submitted before the Weitsh Land Commission, and this fact reminds the London Star" that the lady is the daughter of the late father" of the House of Commons, Mr. C. R. M. Talbot. By his will Mr. Talbot left his eldest daughter all his estates, valued at £ 2,000,000 sterling. Mr. Talbot't mother was a daughter of the second Earl of llchester, who was a cousin of Charlec James Fox. The common ancestor of the two families was Sir Stephen Fox. who attended Charles 1. on the scaffold and faithfully adhered to the cause of his sons, ultimately acquiring a large fortune. Misi Talbot is one of the richest landed com- moners in the United Kingdom. Mr. Hugh Harries, of Croydon, writing of recent visit to Stonehenge, of which Morien knows more than he would care to tell, says The old photographer, who has had charge of the stones for the last 30 or 40 years, told me an incident which is not without interest. Some, years ago, while following his vocation at the stones, a lady and two gentlemen drove up im* the manner in which scores of tourists come up from Salisbury. He took no more notioe ot them than any others. After a little white, however, they came to inspect his views, and, at the suggestion of the lady, they were even- tually photographed against one of the stones, one of the gentlemen giving all address in that West End where the photos were to be sent* The party left unrecognised. It subsequcntlJi transpired, to the astonishment of the old man, that this was none other than the Queen. Kei kept the negative until by accident it V.-RS broken, and it has brought him in an annual revenue of £ 50. When Mr. Bryn Roberts was giving evidence at the last meeting of the Land Commission at Carnarvon Mr. Brynmor Jones interposecl with a question which was seemingly quit* irrelevant and incongruous, askin- if tia thought it desirable for county-court judged to possess a knowledge of Welsh. The witc ness admitted that he did, but added, nim.Tsl. laughter, that it was more desirable still fOf' him to have a thorough knowledge of law. The point of all this lies in the fact that botl^ the catechiser and respondei are Welshnieif and lawyers, that Mr. Brynmor Jonss ha4 been a county-court judge in Wales, and thai Mr. Bryn Roberts's aspirations are said t« lie in that direction. Another interesting ino\. in connection with Mr. Bryn Roborts and !})« Land Commission is that it was uru\ •■r^-aiiy expected that he would be appointed a mf m- ber of the commission, and that whtirv the list of members was published, papers like* the "Genedl" were loud in their expressions | of sympathy with Mr. Bryn Roberts: tudeed, J they were suspiciously; pcofuee in their oon. i doleooe.. .„,





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