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Gathered from Gwalia. HAXY PARAGRAPHS OF THE PRINCIPALITY. A Column of Notes and Kews of persons and Places of Interest and Instruction for Old and Young. Dr. Herber Evans took his seat ail a justice lot the peace at Bangor on Tuesday for the first time mince his appointment. Mr. Richard James has given to the Llanwrst I Parish Council the lease of Crafnant Lake for a term of 999 years, at a nominal rent of a shilling a year. Ellen O'Neil is a very advanced type of the New Woman. On Wednesday she appeared in the dock at Penarth Police-court fully accoutred in male attire. Lord Aberdare, who has been on the Commission of the Peace for about fourteen years, firs. took his seat as a magistrate at the Mountain Ash Petty Sessions on Wednesday. A Webh incumbent who was not a great success in his parish asked the bishop whether he might reside out of the parish. "My dear sir," said the bishop, "it really doesn't matter where you live." There is no originality among the Secularist candidates an Cardiff—except, of course, in the invention of ''facts." Their election 'Jard this year is an exact copy of the Church card of the prenous election. Mr. Graham Vivian. of Clyne Castle, has just posed, under necessity, as a eieigyman. He took the service at Blackpill Chapel of Ease last Sunday, the vicar, the Rev. Secretin Jones, being unexpectedly absent. The generally accepted Welsh word for tri cycle is "olwynfarch," which, literally inter- preted, means a wheel-hcrse." The word conies from North Wales. "Belaid"' is good enough for South Wales folk. Newspaper illustrations undoubtedly fcrai one of the trials of these days. In a Cardiff Radical paper on Wednesday Sir William Thomas Lewis, Wales's latest baronet, looks like a collier who has done two shifts right on. Yesterday's meeting cf the Carmarthen Main Roacfe Committee was unique in that it hap- pened on New Year's Day, and the chairman was enabled to wish his colleagues the usual first day's compliments. It will be very many yearri before the meeting can again fall on New Year's Day. Mr, Llewelyn Williams, the Welsh-Austra- lian. has been showering his golden blessings on Carmarthen, where he has been spending a week. He hsw promised JB50 a year to Car- marthenshire Infirmary, and a hundred guinea. gold cup for the 1897 meeting of the Car- marthenshire Hunt Steeplechases. The new Welsh Church hymn-book, which is 'to be issued shortly, under the editorship of the Bishop of Bangor, contains a Christmas carol from the pen of Mr. J. M. Howell, and it is set to musio composed by Mr. L. J. Roberts. H.M.I., another Aberayroti man. It was sung at St. Mary's Church, Aberystwith, on Sunday evening. Mr. Roberts happened to be present personally, and he expressed him- self highly pleased with the rendering of his work by the choir and congregation. This is how "Cynahw" greeted his friends for Christmas and New Year:- Boed i chwi wvliau llawen iawn, A phob danteithion fore a nawn, A Blwyddyn Newydd lifa'n fras Fendithion Nef a daear las. Dr. Enoch Davies, Brynteify, the anti-tithe £ agitator, has been seriously ill, having had a & bad attack of pleurisy. The crisis M, how- ever, over, and he is slowly progressing. Eisteddfodau were held ait Cefn Mawr and Wrexham on Christinas Day, and it is angular that the respective prize-winners in the tenor and baiss solos and duet competitions were the same persons. This is a very uncommon occur- rence. The adjudicator at the former was Mr. 1). Hopkin Thomas, Mus. Bac., Tredegar, and ■the latter Mr. E. D. Lloyd, R.A.M., Rethesda. Cefn Mawr is about ten miles from Wrexham. According to oral tradition handed down, from the sixth century, Cardigan Bay was a kind of Welsh Flanders, and was known as the Lowland Hundred, defended by dykes and dams. It is eta/ted to have been a fair and fertile region, containing sixteen fortified towns, but all were submerged) owing to the folly of a drunkard. A tourist declares tha* if one puts on his <*petttacles during a boating expedition it is possible yet to see some of the ruin-a! An old Welsh magazine, dated 1802, gives some particulars of the expenditure incurred during the Carmarthenshire election of that year. The candidates were Sir William Picton, of Middleton Hall, who championed the Whig cause, and Sir James Williams, of Edwinsford, who stood as a Tory. The polling took place in a churchyard, and every publtio-house was open during the whole time of the election, which lasted eleven daysi. The expenses of tPioton totalled £ 15,690 4s. 2d. Here are some sof the items which appear in the combined bills:—Breakfasts, £ 11,068; suppers, £ 684; beer, 25,275 gallons, 11,068 bottles of spirits, 8,879 bottles of porter, 460 bottles of sherry, 509 bottles of cider, and J618 18s. worth of punch. The correspondent who sends us the above 18 strongly in favour of repealing the Corrupt Practices Act and of returning to the good old daya. Poetry at quarter sessions is practically an unknown quantity, but weary barristers: patiently waiting for the calling of their case are capable of anything. One was seized by the muse at Cardiff yesterday, and when a j reporter present seized the manuscript this ia what he found:- "THE THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT OF EAST GLAMORGAN DIS- CHARGED PRISONERS' AID SOCIETY. "N. L., aged 23 years, a hawker, who was sentenced to fourteen days' imprisonment for using obscene language, was supplied with oranges to sell. Costs, 2s. "You're going into jail. dear, A stretch of fourteen days. To mix with those who follow The worst of evil ways. But in the depths of chokee. Which some have labelled 'Hell' J Think liberty will follow, And oranges to sell- "Oh. bleisis the kindlv people, Who constitute the 'Aid;' And have for discharged pris'ners A place of refuge made! Theiir deedw of loving kindness No one can fitly tell. They've given to a hawker Some oranges to sell. "And in the coming ages There shall in terms of gold Be blazoned wide the goodness Of those who lived of old; To generations distant, The paean loud shall swell In praise of those who furnished The oranges to sell." Wales is quite wide awake now. The Welsh language has been introduced into the examina- tions of the London University, the University of Wales, and into the Queen Scholarship and the certificate examinations of the Education Department. We are indebted mainly for this to the late Mr.'Dan Isaac Davies, Cardiff. The history and the geography of Wales, too, find a special place in the present Code (Schedule V.. for pupil teachers), thanks to a Conservative Government. In the lasb Christinas Queen Scholarship examination, lust ended, for Eng- land and Wales, the following question appears in geography for men and women, who were previously designated at these examinations "boys and grls:—Q. 7. (b)Mention some object of interest at Carnarvon, Penrhyn, St. David's, Llandudno." We object to this ques- tion on two grounds:—{a) Three places are mentioned in Ncfrth WaJe- and only one in South Wales, (b) Of the three places in North Wales, who knows of a town called Penrhyn ? We all know a.nd admire Lord Penrhyn, and have seen the famous Penrhyn Slate Quarries— the largest in the world—as late as last summer, but where is the town of Penrhyn? Penrhyn is such a "popular name an Carnarvonshire that even the castle in the county town is, by mistake, sometimes called Penrhyn Castle. But where is Penrhyn town? A scholastic correspondent—a North Walian—who is much chagrined over the matter, states :—" It is not on any map; it is not on any railway time- table. I suppose the examiner meant the town of Bethe.sda." After this, we must add that the question must have been penned by a North- man, and that should he live to write the geography questions on Christmas, 1896, he must y.ve a better chance to the Hwntws (South Walians).

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