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SPIRIT OF THE WELSH PRESS. c- fBy "GWYLJEDYDD." I MR. CHAMBERLAIN. The bitterness of feeling exhibited by the Welsh press towards Mr. Chamberlain is illustrative of the political condition of Non- conformist Walei. Although Mr. Chamber- lain is a Dissenter of Dissenters and a l'adical of Radicals, be is more thoroughly hated by the Nonconformists than the most uncompro- mising Tory. Mr. Gladstone is their ideal statesman, and the least question of his authority or wisdom is visited with a severer punishment than is meted to him who breaks tbe ten Commandments. The declaration made by Mr. Chamberlain at Birmingham—that be could not again join the Gladstonian party has opened the floodgates of the wrath of the vernacular papers. The denominational organs are the most violent, the Baner, Goleuad, and Tyst vying with each other for the place of honour. The Carnarvon papers are equally pronounce d, but more moderate in their language. The Gensdl thinks that Mr. Chamberlain is a bit of a snob," and attempts a pun on Joseph and his brethren." The Herald quotes a speech made by him six years ago, in which he spoke of the aristocracy as those who neither labour nor spin," and twits him with now hobnobbing with lords and ladies. The Tarian s-I.va that there is no room for a third party, that the Liberal Unionists will have to be merged in one or other of the two great parties in the State, and it has come to the conclusion that Mr. Chamberlain will settle down among the Tories, and probably be made a peer of the realm. THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONSERVA- TIVE UNION. The interest taken in Mr. Chamberlain is so great that the Conservative gathering at Bir- mingham is well-nigh passed over. The refe- rence made to it is merely a reflex of the sentiment* of the London Daily News. The Genedl says that the Tones are looking forward to the death or retirement of Mr. Gladstone as their only chance of sa!- vation, but that their hope is unfounded, for Sir Andrew Clarke has stated that the Grand Old Man's constitution is so strong that he will be able to hold office in the next century. The Genedl is equally confident that the Gladstonian majority at the next general election will be overwhelming, but is dubious about how far the labour question will affect the party, and advises the leaders to keep in touch with the working classes. ffhe Tyst talks of the li rotteii House of Lords," and says that the speech 'I of Lord Salisbury is Ir dIshearten mg. The Tyst is bappy in its description of the two great political parties. If The Tory party," it says, "responds to the cal! of Lord Salisbury, but the rank and file of the Liberal fparly judge for themselves," or, in other words, the Tory party is governed by the head, whilst the i ibei-al is con- trolled by the tail. 'I he Baner contrasts the Birmingham meeting of 1891 with that of 1885, and exclaims, How is the gold be- come dim! How is the most fine gold changed!" The simile or the dog is illus- trated in almost the same words as the other papers, proving the common source whence thoy draw their political inspiration. THK CARMARTHEN BOROUGHS. The denominational papers are much in- terested in the contest for precedence between Mr. Lewis Morris and Major Jones. The Independents favour Major Jonep, but the Baptist organ goes in for Mr. Lewis Morris. The Tyst is a strong partisan of the major, and goes out of its way to attack Mr. llixon Morgan, eldest son of the late Proft-ssor Morgan. The ordinary correspondent of the Celt supports the claims of Major Jones, but D. 8. D." Jeans the other way. and thinks that the upshot will be tha return of a Unioni -t. "Idriswyn" blames the Carmarthen section for the course they have taken, and cannot understand why they should wish to select a candidate simply on the ground that be 'wa3 born among them. The Seven is emphatic in support of Mr. Lewis Morris, and says:— "Mr. Moiris has be< n made the object of attack on tha part of n clique of Philistines, for wlwt reason it is d.ffieult to divine, unless it is on account of his great abilities, his princely indepenuencp, and his tram pare til honesty. This unfortunate business teaches one important lesson, namely, that brilliant lahmts, unquestioned patriotism, and a life of s-if-s.icrificu in beh:ilf of Liberili-m n?e no guarantee of recognition or reward, for it is possible for a hawk 1.0 swoop down from the heights nnd s'hai ell it fiom his graap." The Goleuad defends Mr. Lewis Morris from the accusations made against him in connection with the university conference at Shrewsbury, and says that if the university is to be worthy of Wales it must include divinity and the theological oolleges." THE BISHOP OF 33AKGOR AND THB. METHODISTS. The Bishop of Bangor has put his foot in a bornet's nest, and a terrible noise has fol- lowed. Dr. Lloyd had the courage to state I publicly, what is already well known, that the Methodists monopolise every public institu- tion and pubhc office in North Wales, and that members of other denominations have no chance of a foothold in them. County oouncils, boards of guardians, and school boards are monopolised by the Corph. A wag mentioned the other day that wbeii he entered a council meeting in North Wales he thought he was at a monthly meeting. The Methodist papers are up in arms and threatening severe penalties for the offending bishop. The Batler devotee a leader of nearly three columns length to denounce him. We admit," says the righteous Baner, that Bishop Lloyd does not stand so high in our estimation to-day as he did; and if be goes on as he has begun he will soon reach the level of the Bishop of St. Asaph." The Goleuad wishes to dispel the idea that the Bishop of Bangor is not a fighting bishop, like his brother of St. Asaph. The only dif- ference between them is that he is more eltilful in the use of bis weapons. The Tarian follows in the same track. The Methodists will find in Dr. Lloyd a tough antagonist. THE "WELSH REVIEW." The second number of the Welsh Review is noticed bv several of the vernacular papers, and is favourably received on the whole. The Celt refers to Mr. David Davies' paper only, and calls the author a If son of Dick Shon Dafydd," but does not give its readers the Blightest notion of what the article is like. The Gohuad states that there is nothing new in Mr. W.T. Stead's article, and that if be goes on at the same rate during the next five years as he has done in the past the public will accept Sir Charles Ihlke before him and Mrs. Besant. Mr. David Davies is described as the^ Rev. David Davies,' of whose able article HO idea is given, The number is pronounced good throughout, with the exception that the author of the articles on Welsh periodical literature is not compe- tent to write on the subject. Oymi o says that the Welsh Review is "interesting and read- able." The paragraph is taken up with correcting errors in Mr. Marchant WilKams's 9 paper eti the Listeddfod. Ihe Herald describes Mr. Stead s article on Sir Charles Dilke and the Forest of Dean as truly relishing throughout," and Mr. Marchant Williams's article is described as "fluent and interesting." Mr. David Davies looks upon the Eisteddfod as a drag upon our national progress. He does uot propose to abolish it, but to prevent it standing between our young people and the schools and colleges that are being prepared for them." Mr. Caine's reply to Lord Car- marthen on the drink question is praised, and the article of the Member for Treorky is tbus spoken of:— BUl the best and most amusing nrticle in the number is the views of the member for Tre.irky and the striking likenesses of the members of Par:iinient and editors of newspapers. Among: the best of the portraits are Mr. Alfred Thomas, M.P., as A Man About Town Mr. Lloyd George, M.P., 'Thirsting for Tea'; the Toiy edilor of C-irdiff pouring his withering scorn,' as usual. Singularly funny is the staking portrait of Mr. Sonley Johnstone. The Genedl says :— The place of honour is givrn to Mr. W. T. Stead on Sir Oiiitries Dhke and the Forest of Dean. The uriicle is able and readable. Mr. Marchant Wil- liams follows with an interesting paper on the E^toddfod, but the iVustrations are unworthy of the m-ignzine. The Rov. D-ivid Ditvie-, of Brighton, then gives his opinion of the old and honourable institution. The title of bis article is 'The Eisteddfod as a Drag upon National Ili o,-i-eis,' to which we shall probibly refer agiin." The Welsh Notes" are considered an im- provement upon those of the first number, but objection is taken to notices of the theatres and music-halls of the Metropolis. The articles of Mr. Tudor ]v(1ns on Welsh Periodical l,iteralui-e are specially interest- ing and instructive." Idriswyn says rhe reviewerof the Goleuad d> ubts the fi'nes^ of Mr. Tudor Evans to write on Welsh periodical li lento re. This is an ex mu le of tha malice which istiurst-d by certain people towards a!l who are not of their way of thinking, for the writer knows nothing personally of the venerable littera- teur of C iriiiif. fie may possibly doubt his fitness because he is a Southerner, or because ho is a Con- servative and a Churchman His own fitness for reviewing is open to question, for lie says that the aniclo on the Eisteddfod was wril ten by the H-v.'David Davies, when, in fact, its author is Mr. David Davies, deputy editor of the Western Mail. Other disqualiifcations misfit be named; but this is enough to prove how ineompeteut he is to judge the fitness of 'Gwyliedydd' for work in wlreh lie has been engaged before s ma of these critics were born."

OUR CHESS COLUMN. .0

CARDIFF.

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M CK-T-H Y R.

D0WLAIS.

LLANGYNWYD,

NEATH.

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---PEMBROKE.

---PONTYPOOL.

!TENBY.

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