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THE WELSH PRESS. [BY GWYLIEDYDD.] The Prospects of the Government. The speech of Mr, John Moriey at Newcastle has revived, the drooping spirits of the con- ductors of the Ra<iicui vermicular papers. It is said that a drowning man clutches at a straw, and the assurance of the Irisn Secretary that both the Weish and Irish Bills will pass the tmrd reading before the end of July has given them much comfort. The statement is received uy some of the papers with a certain degree of doubt, but the "Bauer" hits. no hesitation in enaorsing, not only the words of Mr. Moriey, but in boasting that the Government will be likely to hold office until next year. "We hope, it says, "that they will stiok to office to the end of the session, whatever may be said of the next." It then goes. on to show that the present situation is not different to tint of other Governments that have been in office for three years. The Denbigh oracle is so sanguine as to expect that Mr. Asquith will yieid to the demand of Mr. Lloyd-George rather than risk a defeat. The other papers hope against hope. The "Tyst" questions the wisdom of Mr. Lloyd-George persisting in his amendment at the risk of wrecking the Govern- ment. The "ISeren" sees rocks ahead, and con- siders the result of the recent elections, the sign- of an early dissolution. The "Werin" quotes Mr. Chamberlain, who said:—"Never was there a more rotten and shaky Govern- ment. It has only succeeded in killing time, and its. dav of defeat is at the door. Self-inte- iest is its moving principle, and it is governed by party Interests. By attempting to please th.e Irish, the Welsh, the Scotch, and the teetotallers, it has lost the confidence of Eng- land." Mr. Moriey stated at Newcastle that "it is not the fault of the Government that the business of Parliament is proceeding slowly it is deiayea by the obstructive ta.ctics of the Op- position and the folly of the House of Lords. But, notwithstanding, we shall not despond whilst we have a majority in the House of Commons." The "Tarian" expresses itself as follows:—"We must admit-it would be no advantage to shut one's eyes to the fact—that the present condition of the Government is such as to cause anxiety to its supporters. Its majority at first was comparatively small, but is now much reduced. One reason is that the Parnellites have joined the Tories-one of the most extraordinary actions of the day. Besides, a disloyal spirit has come in, everybody playing for his hobby, without regard to the interests of the party. Take the Welsh members, for example. They show a disposition to rebel -some of them, at least—unless they have their own way. One of the tilings that may upset tiie Government is the amendment of Mr. Lloyd-George. Our duty now is to sup- port the Government. The quarrels of the Welsh members are childish, arid the sooner they abandon them the better." The "Llan" is of opinion that the measures intro- duced by the Government are for the purpose of quelling the clamour of the faddists who support it, and that they are not expected to become law. The "Tyst" asks:—"Is it wise to risk the defeat of the Government by persisting with Mr. Llovd- George's amendment? Mr John Morley said at Newcastle—and we have more faith in him than in anv other member of the House—that the Disestablishment and Irish Land Bills will pass before the end of July. The Liberal party complain that the Government does not put a stop to the disgraceful obstruction that prevails. It is feared that Harcourt is not sound. He is an able leader, but we have more confidence in the honestv of the Prime Minister." The "Genedl" says that the success of Lord Rosebery's horse in the Derby is a favourable augury of the continuance of his Government in office. The "GwvlitcJvdd" is delighted with the statement of Mr. John Morlev. It is a matte'- of astonishment that professedly Puritanic Wales •should allow the racing proclivities of the Premier to pass with- out a word of remonst rance: The Cymru Fydd Fad. Another move of the irresponsible persons who assume to themselves the representation of Welsh political opinion was executed at Chester last week. Their high-handed action at the Aberystwitli Conference was resented by by the South Wales Federation., and by a. section of the Northern oiganisation. That of the South wrote to the secretary of the Northern Federation suggesting the appointment of a joint committee to discuss the present situa- tion. A meeting of the latter was summoned to meet at Chester last week. There were 26 members present—chiefly from Carnarvon- shire and Denbighshire. Mr. Gee was the chairman, and played the role of an autocrat. When Mr. Bryn Roberts proposed that the press, hould be admitted the voting was equal, and An Gee gave his casting vote against it A member of Mie council gives the following account of the proceedings in "Cymro" -"The press was excluded by the vote and action of pressmen! One thing was noticed at the start, viz., that several members who had not attended for several years were present—the supporters of the Cymru Fydd policy had evi- dently left no stoToe unturned to secure the at- tendance of every person who would vote for them. Remarks" were passed during the meet- ing. and afterwards, at the prominent part taken in the proceedings by Mr. Beriah G. Evan's, the organising secretary of the Cymru Fydd movement. This gentleman evidently has a very slight store of the decencies which should regulate the conduct of public men. but voted and spoke as if he were the most independent man on the executive. Several interesting encounters took place between "ihe chairman and other members of the executive. Even those who agree with the chairman feel 'o that throughout the proceedings he acted < as a, one-sided partisan. This led to an exciting scene. One mem her got up and said that evi- dently the chairman was resolved only to give fair play to those with whom lie agreed. The editor of "Cymro" writes tlms: -Ve have given the subject our most .serious considera- tion, and are perfectly convinced that this unfortunate gathering will cost the Liberals hundreds, if not thousands, of votes.. and a seat or two into the bargain." The "Baner" sees nothing but sunshine and peace in the future and congratulates its readers on the succes« of the Chester meeting. The Llan- drindod meeting nn Thursday, however, is a sad commentary upon these sanguine hopes. The meeting was held in Whitsuu week, when members of Parliament are at liberty: but what are the fact<? Only four out ot the >51. Radical Welfh members put in an appearance Where were Sir G. O. Morgan and Air. Ellis and the remainder? The "Genertl" is ad so in a. satisfactory mood. "The North Wales it "j" buried." But seven out of the 23 who voted did Dot believe that it is ,d :>,mi the>- re inlluentia-1 n'en'witli a .arcre following. There is a debt of £ 165. and the treasurer will have to go begging for its liquidation. Miscellaneous. The "Baner," "Tarian," and "Gwalia refer to another scandal in connexion with Bansor College. There is a rule, it appears, forbidding any association between the male and female students outside the walls of the college, and two students have broken that rule. The papers condemn the rule, and advise the authorities to annul it, and trust to the honour and common sense of the students. „ „ Several papers express their fears that the Welsh Radical party will suffer reverses at the next general election. The "Baner says that the split in the Radical camp in Car- digansliire is widening, and earnestly counsels peace. The "Celt" is afraid that Cardiff will be lost to the Radicals. "The Liberal party in the town is not too strong at anj time, and, "unless the old member stands, there would be no chance for any other. The "Goleuad" is much exercised over the statistics of the Bishop of St. Asaph, and devotes a long leading article to an attempt to answer his lordship. The bishop is charged with deliberate misrepresentation, and of entertaining the theory of the Jesuits—that the end justifies the means. The Carnarvon correspondent of the "Baner" states that commercial morality is at a low ebb in that county, and advises the monthly meeting of the Welsh Metho- dists to take the matter up. "Bankruptcies are rife," he says, "and their dubious character has greatly wounded public morals. They prevail among deacons and preachers. Is it possible that the worship of the golden image will destroy the religion of Welsh Nonconformity "Gwalia" refers to the great change that has come over the Welsh Methodists, as exemplified at the recent association meet- ing at Treorky. "One speaker called John Elias a rank Torv," it says, "and the associa- tion agreed with him. The old preachers always mentioned the name of John Elias with respect, but the- preachers of the pre- sent day have no respect for anybody who cannot pronounce their political shibboleth." "Cvmro" is re-printing "Hiraethog's" "Life of an Old Tailor," written fiftv years ago. As the knight of the thimble was proceed- ing one fine morning in May to work at a farmhouse, the author puts the following beautiful verses in his mouth: — "Mae'r adar fry ar goed v fron Yn canu'n lion i'w Lluniwr, Mae'n naws eu llais o fynwes llwyn Hudoliaeth fwyn i deiliwr Ei alw wnant i eilia 'n iawn Gan hylawn i'w Gynhaliwr. "Dyrchafaf gyda'r adar man Bereiddiaf gan o'm genau, Am fwyd, a dillad, a phob dawn, 0 rwyddiawn drugareddau, Am edau dda a nodwydd ddur, Ac awel bur y borau." The "Celt" announces, with pride, that the only three bards who have won chairs and crowns at the Eisteddfod—representing the awdl and pryddest-are "Hwfa Mon," "Watcy* Wyn," and "Elfed," three Inde- pendent ministers, and that "Ben Davies will soon be added to the list." The "Baner" is not over particular in the weapons it uses to damage the Church. For instance:—"The friends of the Church can scarcely put their fingers on ten persons who have joined it from conviction during the last ten years The additions are due to gifts of money, coal, flannel, a day's work smiles, and frowns." (< A notice appears in the "Genedl," signed Beriah Gwynfe Evans," to the effect that he is the author of the articles that have appeared in that paper under the title of 'Helyntion Dafydd Dafis." The "Tarian" has the following:—"Shwd idea fydda fa i gal 'Syr Visto' lawr i 'Steddfed Llanelli yn lie y Prins of Wales? Fe fydda yn siwr ° dynu lot idd i weld a. a. fe nela r Comitee docins net. Trw ta Major Jones ywr membar dros Llanelli, dim ond iddo fa weid gair yn nghhist Lord perchan y ceffyl, fe gaiff i fentig a os dim cTowt, a"fe gaiff Wmffra Huws i rido fa rownd i'r orsadd fel joci, a Hwfa Alon' weid pishin o ganu wrtho fa fel Ityn: — "'Visto' anw'l, ma' dy enw Wedi cyrha'dd gwir fawrhad, Erys dy gymeriad gloew Fyth yn uchel gan dy wlad; Er nad wyt ond ceffyl tena\ Ma shwd son am danot ti, Fe alii di wneud mwy o'th goesa' Lawar iawn, na'n pena' ni." A correspondent of the "Goleuad" states that one-half of the time of the Sunday fchool at a Welsh Methodist chapel on a given Sunday was spent in selling and hawk- ing books, and^ that a profit of 12s. was made bv it—and he asks whether playing golf or making shops of the chapels is the worst method of desecrating the Sabbatli.


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