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(I Some o.f the papers are still announcing that the Rev. Eiphel Lewis won the chair at Car- narvon. Mr. George wood, the well-known actor- vocalist, lost a £ 4-0 diamond ring in Newport ,the other day. A well-known commercial has said that there are more umbrellas sent to Swansea than to any other town he knows. .1.. pike weighing 211b. has been caught at Bala. The story has been told three time, and the weight is the same every time. Mr. Henry Owen, the author of "Gerald the Welshman" and editor of "Owen's Pembroke- shire, is a brotiier of Judge Owen. A.tlerman Tiiomas Rees says he. and his colleagues at the aldermanic-creseent are t-ha "ballast, not the brains," of Cardiff County Council. J Down at Fenyside one young ladv asked another, JWhere are you now?" to which the latter replied, "I am nowhere now, I am married." Carmarthen Baptists are moving with the tunes. Their annual treat is on Tuesday, and they had engaged Studt's merrg-go-round, swings, &c., for the whole day. Can. this be true? The "JNational Observer" says of the naming of the little Prince:- 'David,' as representing 'gallant little Wales,' was resolutely opposed for a considerable period." Amongst the wedding presents of the Hon. W. I1- D, Smith, and his bride were a. pair of silver salt cellars from the Earl and Countess of Jersey, and a silver-mounted blotting-book from Lady Wimborne. Besides Ford in Northumberland, St. Briavels in^ Monmouth, and Grej^stoke in Cumberland- all castles celebrated in the annals of history— Broohel Castle, in the island of R-aasay, near Portree, is also in the market for letting. The "Musical Herald" picks out a line from (Mr. Lewis Morris's eisteddfod ode — The- tiiunderous music of me emulous quires"—and says, in its compressed pioturesqueness, it is quite Tennysciiian. Two Penarth ladies were discussing a recent- divorce case, and one said, "That sort of cases should be heard in camera." Said the other, confidentially, "I can never make out how that is done; by the aid of photography, is it ziot i" A Llanelly marksman has just brought off a double event. He aimed for a "'bull's-eye" on the Stradey range, and hit it. The bullet- in its flight nearly caught a cow's eye as well, passing through the fleshy part of the neck. Mr. Thomas Cordes has taken the old turreted castle of Inglismalclie, Kincardineshire. The fishings and shootings have a high reputation. Close by are the imposing ruins of Edzell Castle. an old seat of the once powerful family of Lindsay, now the property of Lord Panmure. One of the reporters at the Albion Colliery inquest- forcrot to carry his hat with him when the room was cleared to enable the jury to deliberate in private, and he went about for illours hatless and thinking bad words. Two noteworthy weddings have taken place in the Barry district during the past week, a gentleman of 65 being- married to a blushing damsel of 24. The second was ain which the joint ages of the contracting parties did not exceed 32. The little Prince with many names is usually believed to be called David after the Patron Saint of Wales, but now someone comes for- ward with another theory, and declares the fhttle ohap can trace his ancestry right back to Iving David of the Scriptures. The Hon. W. H. Shortt and Mrs. Shortt, of Youngsville, Pennsylvania, have just cele- .,s brated their golden wedding. The lady is of Welsh extraction, and has many friends in Cardiff and other parts of Wales. Her career lias been a happy one, though Shortt! One of the historic cheques that have passed through the Bank of England bore the signa- ture of a Welshman—Mr. Gower. of Glan- ciova-n, in Pembrokeshire, some time chairman of the Great Western Railway Company. Whilst acting in that capacity he once signed a cheque for one million sterling. At the coming Edinburgh meetings of the British Association, jrrincipal Viriamu Jones will read a, paper on the determination of the ohm in absolute measure and in standards of low electrical resistance. Mr. W. H. Preeo-a III re will read papers on electric signalling without wires, &c. Dr. Haldane will speak on the immediate causes and prevention of death by suffocation after colliery explosions. Mr. Ivor Churchill Guest, the heir of Lord Wimborne, of Canford Manor, will celebrate the attainment of his majority in about a fort- night, at Canford Manor, where, doubtless, the tenantry and neighbourhood will have joyful cause to remember the occasion. Mr. Guest, who has been a second-lieutenant in the Dorset Yeomanry since 1891, was born on January 16, 21 years ago, so that the celebration is some- what late in the day. Some laughter was raised in the Probate Court on Thursday during the hearing of a will case- by the great number of persons named Roberts and .Tones that were referred to by some of the witnesses, whose names were ailso Roberts and Jones. The foregoing became so numerous as to cause his lordship, to say he was afraid, without great care was taken, they would lose them- selves amongst the Robertses and the Joneses. An observer of sounds has traced some of the phonetic peculiarities which exist in the Gwentian and Dyfedic dialects in the two pltioe- joames Llan-gatwg and Llangadog. Often where the Gwentian employs the hard the Dyfedic haS the soft dental. Thus, a Shir Gar man or a Cardi invariably says "odw" and "odi" I am, or I have," and "Yes, he or she is"), whereas in Glamorgan or Mon- mouth the words become "otw" and "oti." This is why we have the two forms Llangattwg and Llangadog, the former in Glamorgan and the latter in Carmarthenshire. We have Mcnte-Cristo with us still. In Lord Bute's castle gardens at Cardiff there is now growing a vine which will be a novelty in its way. It grows out of a large pot, and after shooting upwards for some feet it is trained outwards in all directions till it assumes the form of a large umbrella. A table divided in two halves closes on the handle of the umbrella-like vine, giving it the appear- ance of growing through a bole in the centre of the table. Round this table Lord Bute and his friends will sit, and they will reach up for the grapes and cut off just what they want. There is a touch of luxury about this method that is almost deliriously exhilarating, A somewhat unusual event took place recently at Silliwen Baths, Bangor, when two young girls, aged ten and fourteen respec- tively, members of St. Mary's Church, Bangor, were baptised by immersion in the sea. A large crowd lined the shore in the vicinity of the bathing vans, and all points of vantage in the woods and on the. cliffs adjoining were ocoupied hy a large number of people. The proooedings commenced with the s;ng.ing of a hymn, the ohoir of the church being present, after which the first portion of the service was read by the Rev. Edwin Jones, vicar of St. Mary's. The remainder of the service and baptism was carried out by tho curate! By all appearances Priory-street- has been visited by one of the plagues we read of in Biblical history. A fine specimen of the lizard made the acquaintance of Mr. John Thomas through his tap a few clays ago. and was honoured by a presentation to Mr. James Brigstocke, who intends sending it up to the Zoological Gardens. These miniature croco- diles are very fond of visiting the upper Priory-street folk, and many assure the "Welshman" that they could earn a decent living during the great depression if the town council would only offer Id. for every lizard's and tadoole's head caught in this way. In a little over a pint of water one man had no less than fourteen lizards, and now it is said that Mr. Brigstockfi's supply of filters has rua ottS. The Vicar of Swansea (Canon Smith) and Mrs. Smith have left Swansea for a few weeks' change. The "Morning Leader" tries hard to write "Taibach," but "Taiback" is the best our pink contemporary can do. "You ai-a fined twenty-one days or fourteen shillings," remarked an aldermanic justice to a prisoner at Newport Police-court. There are now nearly a hundred navvies There are now nearly a hundred navvies engaged upon the new dock works at Barry, but a large accession will be made in a week or two. A very cleverly written article and a capital port-rait of Councillor Edward Thomas ("Coch- farf") appear in this month's issue of the "Hauwr." Lord and Lady Swansea, with the Hon. Muses Vivian, on Friday arrived at Single- to ■> Abbey, where they will spend the next few months. I Lord and Lady Wimborne and the Hon. Elaine Guest left Arlington-street on Mon- day for Petworth, Sussex, on a. visit to and Lady Leconfield. One of the Japanese ironclads which will figure in the coming war is the Hiyei, built at Pembroke Dock in 1878. Her tonnage < 2,230, her horse- power 2,270, her speed thirteen knots, and she carries nine guns. The Swansea. Parish Church, authorities have now £ 7,000 in the bank towards re- building the structure. When another £1,000 is collected Canon Smith is prepared to advance £ 2,00ti, free of interest, so the re-building scheme may be commenced. M. Barbier's remarks are producing results. Inspired by his advice as to the potentiality of Welsh as a vehicle and instrument of the tender passion, a number of Cardiff ladies who are on the borderland of old maiden- hood have set their n-eads together with a view of learning the language of Eden. People going to Brecon this week should take their tobacco with them. There will be about 300 Calvinistio Methodist. ministers and about the same number of deacons discussing association affairs, and so many will be smoking the. pipe of peace that it is expected by Friday there won't be an ounce of the weed to be had for love or money. Billiards evidently have a charm for the members of the Radical Club at Pontypridd, for the receipts1 from the, two tables- last year, so it was announced at the annual meeting on Friday, were £50 in excess of those of the pre- vious year. This, however, re-presents the balance in hand, and without this increase r would be on the wrong side. If the Penarth Local Board would leave Sun- day golfing and Sunday boating' alone and devote their attention to the work of scavenging, which comes directly under their control, both residents and visitors would be more pleased. The beach, strewn, as it is, at neap tides with paper and all sorts of rubbish, is a. disgrace to any seaside resort. As the Welsh competitors were on the way to Bisley, and while the train -was in an English station, they struck up Land of My Fathers,' when at once a cry was raised of Here are the Welsh The crowd on the platform made a rush for the carriage, and till the train steamed a,way the Welsh marksmen were the sole objects of popular attention. The Great Western Railway Company have issued a small hand-book for tourists who are inclined to North Wales for their holidays. The pronunciation of Welsh place-names is given in some instances, thus Dogolley as "Dol- getliley." This is bad: still, it must be admitted 'tis a distinct advance on Abergeel, which is the North Western porters' equivalent for Abergele. Two sermons by eminent Welsh preachers are published simultaneously, one by Arch- deacon Howell on "Prayer as an Aid to the Life of Godliness," the other by the Rev. Hartwell Jones on "Religious Eclipse and National. Deoline." Mr. Jones is very severe on the progress of irreverence in A\ ales, to which he incidentally mentions "the columns of the Welsh press often testify." He warns Welsh Nonconformists of their attitude towards the great problem of religious education. One of those dreadful fellows who want to analyse everything writes thusly:—It is said that in the Welsh lanmiage there is no word for a "kiss," "cusa-n," the expression now in common use, being of comparatively modern origin and a form of the English word. The inference is that kissing was unknown in Wales before the arrival of the English. This is quite possible, for love itself, as now practised, does not date further back than the age of Romance in Europe. There are to be great doings at Canford Manor in a few days in celebration of the coming of age of the Honourable Ivor Guest, Lord Wimborne's eldest son. Mr. Ivor Guest (says the "Morning Leader") really came of age some months ago-Iio was born on January 16, 1873-Dut as he was travelling in India, at that time the festivities were postponed until his return. Lord Wimborne's fortune is entirely founded on the iron trade. It was his father," Sir John Guest, whose energy and fore- sight built- up the great Dowla-is Ironworks in South Wales which produced the moiv;y that has been spent with such a lavish hand on the house and grounds of Canford, in Dorset- shire. St. Stephen's, Caerwent,, is one of the oldest ecclesiastical foundations in Wales, an illus- trated article in "Church Bells" tells us, and forms a species of connecting link between Wales and some worthies of the New Testa- ment-, for Caerwent was the chief city of the Silures when Caract.acus (or Cara.dog) was King, who was afterwards taken to Rome. "It Is said that Caractacus and his family heard St. Paul preaching the Gospel at Rome, and that when they returned home from their cap- tivity they introduced Christianity to their own countrymen at Caerwent. The children of Caraotacus—Linus and Claudia- are supposed to be referred to in 2 Tim. iv. 21. There is a local tradition that the hero was buried about a mile from Caerwent." Another stab in the back for poor Taffy, this time in the "Standard" from one "Gwyllym Saes," Honeywell-road, Wandsworth, who says: —"Anyone conversant with Welsh life knows how stupid it appears in every-day conversation. One has come into, say, a Welsh village, and got to know certain Da/vieses and Lewises, but it is hard to recognise him who is spoken of as Gwyllym Ty-isaf as the Mr. Davies of yester- day, or Evan Llyn-cwm-llwch as the Mr. Lewis one met this morning. Why do not Welshmen take as surnames, legally and for good, the attri- but-al adjectives by which they are known? William Thomas, distinguished by Tynawern (the house in the wood), would always be identi- fied in William Tynawern, and David Morgan as David Poothlapant (Pwll-y-pant, the bridge over the river pool) would ever be correctly distinguished. W, ill 'Young Wales' utilise this suggestion? It might lead much earlier to a nation.' Whilst Daniel Rowland and Howel Harris —-those old Welsh worthies—were communing about holy things their children were busily engaged in the prosecution of much more ¡ worldly matters. The newly-published number of "Wales" contains a letter from young Harris to Miss Rowland, dated IJlan- geitho. November 17, 1768, in which he re- proa.ches her for marked indifference to his suit. Incidentally lie complains that- "at the opening of Lady Huntingdon's Chapel vour vary countenance- even despised tne, denying exchange of words, a very poor return for the mo-it honourable love that ever pos- sessed the heart of man," added to which the young fellow had heard his inamorata was engaged to the "master of the college." It will be interesting to learn from future numbers of "Wales" what success attended the love of "Your most affectionate, humble servant, N. Rowland." A Severn Tunnel hero ha-S just passed away at Liverpool in the person of Mr. G. O. Formby. Eleven years ago he gallantly lie-aded a party which descended the Severn Tunnel shaft to rescue 50 men suddenly imprisoned in the work- ings by the inrush of a. tidal wave during a gale which affected nearly all parts of the country. The water had extinguished the boiler fire of the winding engine on the bank and rendered the cage useless. As soon as the high tide began to recede a boat was lowered and launched in the tunnel by Mr. Formby, then a young engineer, and others. After considerable diffi- culty the workmen were rescued, only one life being lost, that being a man who fell off the shaft ladder under the weight of descending water which he unsuccessfully endeavoured to face. There is little doubt that Mr. Formby's plucky conduct on that occasion sowed the seeds of disease, which, after prolonged suffering, terminated fatally on the 22nd issfc, closing a osreeff of or and great prosaist,

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