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THE ONE THING NEEDFUL.

TInJ "llED DHAGONõ".

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TInJ "llED DHAGONõ". The December number of the National Magazine has a "braw" contents' list on the title-page, there being no less than fifteen distinct, articles. Miss Diilwyn leads off, as on more than one occa- sion previously, with an instalment of her power- fully-written serial Nant-Olchfa," in the course of Which the unspeakable barbarian Leah Wil- liams is tnttde to murder her own husband in furtherance of the ambitious schemes of her foster son, Reginald. The Poet's Crown." hy Mr. John J. Beresford, M.A., of Golden Grove, Carmarthen- shire, which follows, is a sweetly expressed alle- gorical fancy in rhyme. The editor comes next with a "TriRd of Personal Narratives" of Welsh superstitions, furnished him by correspondents hailing respectively from Aberystwyth, Lyss (Hampshire), and Llanelly. They are certainly remarkable experiences, vividly related, and possessing an air of almost, irresistible reality. The subjects are A Phantom Funeral," The Corpse Candle," and some extraordinary noises and voices heard in an old country house in (may we suggest?) Pembrokeshire. The occurences ought to, and doubtless will, attract the attention of the Society for Psychical Research. Miss Helen Prothero Lewis's verses to The Vale of Llan- gollen" are a highly creditable piece of descriptive work, in a metre which not everybody is capable of managing with such ease. In Twice Saved," by Mr. (or is it Miss?) Denwar Lloyd, Penarth, W8 have an exciting short story, descriptive of the perilous adventures, happily ending in the marriage for money as well as for love, of a bankrupt South Wales ooalowner's son. An old and accomplished con- tributor," J, H. D. succeeds with someodmirable verses to The Dying Year," of which we meant to quote one, only we really couldn't tell which when we came to make our selection, and we had no room for all. "Lord Herbert of Cherbury," is the litlo of a masterly paper by Mr. W. Arthur (Cambridge), who describes his subject as "one of the most brilliant Welshmen of the first half of the seventeenth century" — he might well have said of any century. As the "Autobiography "of this wonderful man there is not such another work in the English or any language. The Baroness Swift's translation of "Sampagnitns" from the Spanish of Alejandro Paterno contains some very pretty lines. These are followed by the twelfth of Brython's able "Readingt in Rhys's 'Celtic Britain' and these again by a very fine sketch in versa entitled A Windy Night," by Mr. John Walker, of Bury. The Reviews include the North Wales University College Calendar, and '•The Influence of Christopher Marlowe on I Shakspeare's Earlier Style." the latter being the Cambridge University's Harness Prize for the year. won, we are glad to be informed, by Mr. A Wilson Verity, B.A., who (we are quoting the editor), u under a itom de plume, lias long been a valued contributor to the Red J)ragon." Mr. J. E. Ollivant's In Memoriam verses to the late Mr. John Prichard, diocesan architect, of Llandaff, are a graceful tribute to the abilities and character of a man who, but for his retiring disposition, would have had a World-wide fame. The Literary and Art Notes, Nores And Queries, and Draconi- genae are copious and interesting as usual. In the Notes and Queries section we observe Lleut.-General Sir J. Hills-Johnes, K.C.B., of Dolaucothy, critici- sing very forcibly a previous contribution to this section by a well-known Carmarthenshire genealo- gist, W. G. S. T. with respect, to the pedigree of the Johnes family. As an indication of the extra- ordinary interest taken in this department of the magazine, we may remark that there are close upon fifty contributions in the fchape of Notes, Queries, and Replies this month.

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