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NOTES. SOME WELSH SUPERSTITIONS.—Moit of the old Welah superstitions are gradually dying out, but there are a great many which are still tOm- I moo. A strange belief is that which ascribes ill- luck to a person who, after having commenced a journey, turns back. There is a counter super- stition to this though, for if the person who turns back enters the house backwards, and sits down before starting again, making, as it were a fresh start, no ill luck will happen. It is considered unlucky to start on a journey or to commence any new work on a Friday. Welsh servant?, when entering upon their duties in a new place, will not, as a first duty, do anything which requires them to put their hands in water; if they did they would not be in that place long. Neither will they ever let the water in which they mean to wash dishes arrive at the; boiling point, being afraid of the disastrous calamity of not gaining one new sweetheart in the year. They are also superstitious as to the day on which they go to & new situation. Tuesday is generally considered to be the luckiest day To ensure luck in the ensuing year, the first person seen by any ono on a New Year's morning should be one of the opposite sex. A superstition regarding bees ascribes no luck to a hive that is bought; the bees must come of their accord or be given. This is not, however, strictly kept; no money is exchanged, it is true, but the general way is for the buyer to give the value of the bees in other goods. It is considered very unlucky to see a new moon through a window or the branches of a tree; to spill the salt at table, or to cross knives. A quarrel may be expected from the last circumstance. If a cock crows at the house door, if the soap falls, or the black coal in a fire overhangs the bars of the grate, visitors are said to be near. When dogs bark very loudly in the night whispers are rife that a death in the imme- diate neighbourhood may be expected soon. The hawthorn blossom and the pretty snowdrop are said to bring ill-luck with them when brought into a house. Kittens born in the month of May aro thought to encourage snakes to a house. Two candles burning in a room at the same time are said to indicate a wedding, as also does the cross- ing of hands at parting among a group of people Welsh mothers will not put their babies before a mirror till they are three years old. Neither will many of them think of taking the wedding ring off their fingers till twelve years have passed from the blissful day on which it was put on they believe that if they did so they would sacrifice all chances of happiness in their married life. Tontardydais. MORWYN MORGANWG. SUFFERINGS OF WELSH CLERGY. (ante Oct. 25, Nov. 15,29,1890). I continue my extracts from Walker's Sujftr-ings ef the Clergy Gelliqaer-Rer. R. Covey.—The revenues of this living were seized in the beginning of the Rebellion. In the year 1645 the parishioners chose one David Davies, an Aoabaptist, to be their tetcher, who was to take care of what the people might give him, but he was not to intermeddle with the tithes. Be preached down tithes for throe years, but finding Sir Voluntary less liberal than Sir Tythe, Davies became mutinous, and let to preach the Divine right cf the minister to the tithes, and a tumult was the result, and the said David Davies was dismissed with P.100 quit money. The godly people of this parish sold tho old bells of the parish church-the millennium dispensing with bells. There is a tradition in the parish that the bells were stolen in the night by people from Bsdwellty, and that theywerecarriod away in a wagon across Gelligaer Mountain towards Bargoed. The wagon got fast in a bog, and could not be extricated before daylight, and rather than they should be detected in their posses- sion they threw them into the bog, and the place has been called ever since pwll clychau." Hengoediana says that the above David Davies was a native of Neath, and that his elder brother, Richard Davies, Esqr., Penmaen, was High Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1659, and another brother under- sheriff, and the third a recorder or remembrancer of the county, and the fourth, Rev. William Davies, M.A., was chaplain to the judge at Cardiff. David Davies when at Gelligaer was enlightened as to the neceesity of being baptised, and he requested a Mr. John Miles, of Ilsoonl. and a Mr. Proud to come to Gall gacr to baptise him and when the parishioners turned him out of Gilligaer Church, he went to the neighbourhood of Swansea. He was then appointed, through the recommendation ef Mr. Myles and Proud, to be minister of the B-ptist congregation at llston, and as he was an able speaker, the congregation atllfton sent him out to preach the Gospel to the world, and dedicating him through their prayers to the grace of God. We find him next a minister at Lianharran. In 1651, when the Baptist Asso- ciation met at Carmarttwn, tlMy settled that wbeu brother David Davies was in the Gelli (Welsh Hay) that some brother from that church should be suet to Gelligaer or Lfatdiarran, so that the cause at Llanharran should not be interrupted during the absence of David Davies. In 1653 he took pait in a debate on Ca'vinisin and Artnenianism, against Mr. Wiliiam Erbury, of St. Mary5*, Cardiff, in Llantrissafct Cliurc),. Iu the Baptist Association at Abervan, March 1st, 1654, he was named amongst others to write a paper on the duty of officers and members in the Church, which lie reid in the following meeting of the association. In the same meeting, The Brethren from Aberga- venny requested the Church at L!an!ri-saut to send as often as they could, the brother D. Davies to the neighbourhood of Lacgybi.' Da.vid Dtivies was at Llaotricsant four yeor. and was dismissed from that Church for speaking harshly to some of tho Brethren of the Churchy" (To be continued.) Gelligaer. Ltwis EVANS.

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