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»■ For a Labour leader, "Mabon" gets curious Stories told of him. The "Morning Leader" Bays he is less known as a speaker than as a Binger of Welsh songs. Ladv Dunraven, who has been to Limerick for the opening of the "Garryowen" Fancy Fair, returned to Hcrbêrt House, Belgrave-square, London, on Saturday. "He threw stones and other imbeciles at my door," said a Swansea woman, giving evidence in the police-court there last week. She meant missiles, of course. Lord Jersey, Lord Dynevor, and Mrs. Clifford Cory- were at the Countess Percy's garden-party on Saturday. The marquee used is said to have been the largest- ever used in .England. It was made for George III., and is 160ft. long. Walnut Tree is called by the natives Collen Ffrengig—that is French hazel, or nut tree. Higher up the valley, or, rather, in the Valley of the Cynon and the Dare, it would be called oak, for every tree in those parts is called a derwen. Mr. A. H. Collingwood, the town-clerk of Carlisle, and formerly deputy-town-elerk at Cardiff, is one of the selected candidates for the office of clerk of the peace and clerk of the county council of Worcestershire. The salary is £ 1,000 a year. Wales has a finger in every pie nowadays. It now turns out that the Why Not, the fired schooner in the dreadful story in which it was alleged that the captain abandoned t2ie passengers to their fate, is owned by Mr. T. N. Jones, of Bangor. On the 9th of April, 1558, in Queen Mary's reign, "an honest, poor man, named William Nichol, was apprehended by the ohampion of the Pope for speaking certain words against the cruel kingdom of Antichrist," and was burnt at Haverfordwest. The Prince of Wales, the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice, Cardinal Vaughan, and a large number of distinguished guests dined on Friday last (Grand Night) at Gray's Inn. Among the barristers present were Bowen Rowlands and Mr. Roberts-Jones. Colonel Fisher hath a light, joysome, airy wit. He has been telling the Volunteers in camp at Lavernock not to endanger their lives by falling over the cliffs. This is almost like warn- ing a man not to endanger his life by cutting his throat or swallowing an ounce of arsenic. It is stated that at a meeting of the committee of the Ethnographic and Archaeological Survey of Wales it was decided to commence operations with survey of Pembrokeshire. Mr, Henry Owen, F.S.A., and Mr. Edward Laws, of Tenby, have undertaken to supervise the work. A mural tablet will be placed in Woodstock Chapel, Pembrokeshire, to the memory of the Rev. Howell Davits, one of the founders of Galvir-istic Methodism in that county. The oha.pel was built in 1774, and on the occasion of the first administration of the Holv Commu- nion in it the Reov. Howell Davies was assisted ity the Rev. George Whitfield. A pretty little story has been going the rouaife since the recent visit of the celebrated deputation to London to the effect that the spot hallowed by the falling tear ef the re- pentant, but much affected, member should 3B sacredly guarded and preserved for the future veneration of the Cardiff Liberal Fede- ration, its august president, and the over- en thusiastio junior Rads. Hatred, it seems, is the base of the Dis- establishment agitation. So, at any rate, according to the Rev. J. George, Cinderford, who told a Disestablishment meeting at Thornbury the other night that "the Welsh people were a nation of Nonconformists, and the St-ate Church wa.s a thing they hated, and there would be no peace in Wales until this question was settled." Sir John Llewelyn has stepped into the shoes of the late Dr. Harold Browne, Bishop of Win- chester, as sub-visitor of St. David's College, Lampeter. The bishop was at one time vice- principal of the college, and it was while he he 1x1 that office he delivered his famous lectures on the Thirty-nine Articles, subsequently pub- lished in book form, and forms the best body of divinity in the English language- Considering that the Church in Wales is supposed to be doomed, it is remarkable (says the "Globe") how many Dissenters are haoieu- ing to join it. Two ex-Baptist ministers, the Rev. John Russell and the Rev. Mortimer Morris, were formally received into communion with the Church the other day by the Bishop of Li and a ff at a special service in the Palace Chapel, and ordained on Trinity Sunday. One of our men who has been rusticating in Carmarthenshire tells of being startled one even- ing by the sustained chorus of a flock of sheep and lambs who seemed to be in competition as to which should make the moet noise. The din, he says, was something terrible, and upon inquiry he found that the old sheep had just been shorn, with the result that when they were turned loose the lambs did not know their own mothers. One of the recreations in Cardiganshire in these days is to try and reconcile the sayings- of Mr. Tobifc Evans, J.P., the member of police com- mittee, with the doings of AIT, Tobit Ev.mis, J.P.. the owner of Parkydwr Estate. As a member of the joint standing committee, Mr. Tobit Evans objects to the expenditure cf money in providing the tithe bailiff with a police escort, and as the owner of Parkydwr he withholds liis tithes. It was the wail of a Welshman from Carmar- theusihire who got into a, street fight with a pro- feseaonal boxer in Swansea the other evening. The countryman himself was considered in- vincible with his fists in his native village, and !he "took on" the modern boxer with a light heart. After being knocked about all over the place for ten minutes and never getting in a blow he cried out despairingly, "O! ble mae fy hen ergyd?" (''Where is my old stroke?") Writing to "Dear Mr. Morien on Mr. Thomas George's recent discovery, Mrs. Stanley says Mr. Stanley is so perfectly indifferent to what may be written about him that he refuses to notice or contradict anything said. Some day Mr. Stanley will give his auto- biography; in ths meanwhile, Mr. George or anyone else may bring out so-called biographies of Mr. Stanley. They will elicit no comment of approval or disapproval, ratification or con- tradiction." R-hys Goch Eryri was a bard who lived in the fourteenth century, and was a contempo- rary of Dafvdd ap Gwilym. Rhys wrote such Welsh that he could not understand it him- self. The following is a specimen of his poetry — Pwl afanc nadeigranc pawl neddgrys—presfwng, Pridd penfhvg praidd paunflys Piliwr adarwr dyrys, Par dengl sengl siop chwerwdopchwys. It is difficult to determine what the subject is, whether a toad, a watch, or a horse. Amoner the many true and smart sayings in Mr. Marohaut Williams's book on the "Welsh Members of Parliament" the follow- ing quotation from the sketch on Sir Edward Reed is worth giving at this juncture.-—"A few of Sir Edward's followers at Cardiff have not yet forgiven him for his outspokenness on the Home Rule question; but what cares he? Without him his party at Cardiff are an un- disciplineel rabble. He can do without them they cannot do without him. This they know. and they now hold their peace." Dr. Gurnos Jones, bard and preacher, objects to Cynddylan's declaration that. "Islwyn" is the greatest post-preacher Wales ever produced. "Why compare poet-preachers of eminence?" he demands. "Why not con- trast them? Vale of Clwyd and Snowdon (Eryri) cannot be compared, although both are grand, even sublime. More peace would be in the world if there would be less com- paring and more contrasting. The work of God is full of variety, so that tameness may not tare our senses—variety of sound, of noene, &c. Thus plenty of room for all things- and beings. If Cynddyia.n said it as a joke he now cannot but say to himself: — 'Y fath hwb swbwb a swn A wnaeth cico nyth cacwn. A duly-q avlificd lady physician-the only one probably in the Principality—has just settled down in Charles-street, Cardiff. Correspondents of the "Bauer' and "Genedl" complain of the neglect of the Metho- dists of South Wales in leaving the grave of Edward Matthews without a memorial stone over it. Professor Hugh Walker, of Lampeter Col- lege, has written a criticism on "The Greater Victoria i Poets," and the work is being brought out in book form by Messrs. Swan Sonni?n- scl ein. Centuries ago there was a noted bard known as "Yr Ynad Coeh." Now that "Cochfarf is a J.P., may we suggest the propriety of his being re-christened, if the latter word eloes not grate too much on his ears as a Baptist ? There is an ounce or two of pathos in the weekly .notice sent out by the master of the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Otter Hounds. It is written in reel ink, and reads: —"These hounds will not meet till rain falls." The contention about the birthplace of Mr. H. M. Stanley is being piosecuted with vigour. The "Baier" is as firm as ever that Denbigh is the place of honour, but the "Tarian is inclined to favour the claims of Newcastle Emlyn. Morality walks on its head at Whitchurch. A twelve-year-old boy, who said lie went to Whitchurch Board School, was asked at Llandaff Fo'ice-court yesterday if he knew it was wrong to tell a lie, and, without a, moment's hesitation, answered "No." There seems to be less "cythraul" in education than in music. Principal Reic-hel, of Bangor generously says tlnt the chief credit for starting the system of training for elementary teachers in vogue in th" Welsh colleges is due to Prin- cipal Jones, of Cardiff. Another Unionist candidate is starting his campaign. Mr. W. Buckley, the popular Master of the Carmarthenshire Hounds, has arranged to hold meetings at. Mydrim, Llan- boidy, and Trclech this week. His political meets for next week are not yet out. Admirers of "Blfedi" will 'be pleased to learn that "Caniadau 'Elfed, published by Mr. Isaac Foulkes, has paased into a second edition, which is being rapidly sold. This is no mean success (says a Welsh writer) for a volume of Welsh poetry in days when prize awdlau languish unread. An exoiting promise-making contest is now carried on by the two Radical candidates tor the representation of Cardiganshire, and the Carmarthen "Journal" says that Mr. Vaughan Davies has, so far, the highest score, but that "the husband of Mrs. Wynford Philipps is following closely on his heels." The temperance demonstration promoted by the Western Temperance Division a.t Pontrilas was- an enormous success for the hotel close to the railway station. Almost everybody seemed to have a. burning thirst to drink success to the temperance cause in "Suthin'- Strengthenin' A well-known Canton resident boasts that he never drinks less than eight pints of beer a day. He has done this regularly for 42 years, with the addition of a few whiskies on Sundays, Taking the beer alone, and that at the minimum esti- mate, it works out that the Canton man has in his time druuk 122,640 pints, at a cost of £ 1,514. • There were great preaching meetings last Sunday at a village some four miles from Swan- sea. One of the preadhers during the perora- tion of his sermon worked himself to such a pitch of enthusiasm tha;t he dislocated his shoulder. The deacons have already received a bill for medical attendance, but they refuse to settle the bill on the plea that lie held forth for over an hour! It is stated that the Bishop of Bangor is in,clined to revive what was once known as nepotism in the Welsh Church. It has been noticed that his lordship has appointed a. native of his own parish to the chancellorship of Bangor. "Llais Gwlaa replies to this charge by saying that if nepotism in Wales had always taken this turn there would be no Disestablishment. Sir Henry James 'tells of a Downend cricket match at which the future Dr. W. G. Grace was a. three-year-old spectator, who, seated on his mo'ther's lap, clapped his hands as the hall rolled by him. We are not told that his mother had to hold him by hands and feet to keep him from going after the baI1" but it is evident that we in South V ales have no right alt all to say we brought him out. Mr. Llewelyn Howells's dog has been as Mr. Llewelyn Howells's dog has been as faithful as his gaoler, says the "Swansea Post," in his attendance at the cell door. Its regard for his master has been apathetic inci- dent in a matter which otherwise is far removed from pathos From the moment when its master disappeared from public ken the animal has never ceased to mutely appeal to all comers to open the door, so that the prisoner and his pet might be rejoined. The Cwmtaff Stone, a memorial of the days of Roman occupation, discovered by "Iôlo Morgauwg," nd afterwards noted by Principal Rhys, and subsequently re-leased from its position in a farm building and obtained by Mr. C. Wilkins, is about to be presented by that gentleman to the Cardiff Museum. The fann is the property of Mrs. Davies, Bryn- hrion, Merthyr, and it is by the kindness of that lady that the memorial was acquired. The neighbourhood of Chepstow is a perfect museum of antiquarian remains. Aoroes the isthmus at. Lancant are the Bulwarks, and a liittle further on is the double view from the summit of the Bangor Cliffs, from which point the Twelve Apostles may be seen. At St. Briavel's, close by, is the castle rum, the original of which was built in Henry the First's time. Inside the gate is the kitchen, where may be seen the dog-wheel of the spit, which in former times was turned by dogs. Among the mtjseum of antiquitiesl Which Mr. Stepney-Gulston. of Derwydd, possesses is an old Welsh hunting-knife, which he in- herited from his grea t-great grandmother, who. with her younger sister, were the last and sole heirs of the family of the Stepneys of Ll-anllys. Their crests of Talbot's hea" forms one of the gules. The blade has evidently been part of a sword of greater antiquity, it having been shortened down for its present uses in Elizabethan times. The destination of the casket. which was to have been presented to Sir Edward Reed has become a burning question in the Liberal ranks, and rumour is rife upon the subject. One sec- tion is of opinion thaft- the tiling should be raffled for, and the proceedis given to the in- firmary, and it is also said that Councillor Iltyd Thomas is prepared to allow Mr. Morgan- Morgan, as his senior, and the only other auo- tioneer in the council, to enjoy the privilege of submitting the precious relic to public compe- tition. The walls of Pembroke* Castle ace 14-ifa. thick, and for a considerable period they re- sisted all the attacks of the Cromwellian forces. The castle is said to have been the birfch-nlaoe of Henry VII. In the rock beneath the ruin is an enormous natural cavern, called "The Wogarf^" 75ft. loiiv and. 50ft, wide. from which communication between the interior of the castle was carried on by a spiral stone staircase, and wi-h the harbour by a sally-port: within this subterranean apartment the sound of the human voice reverberates in a musical, but most peculiar, manner. Breakfast at Craig-y-Nos Castle is served in I one's room at any hour one may choose. Patti neYfT comes down before high noon. She rises at half-past eiaht, but remains until twelve in her apartments, going through her correspon, dence with her secretary, and practising a little music. At half-past twelve an elaborate dejeuner is served in the glass pavilion. Until that hour a guest is free to follow his own devices. He may go shooting, fishing, riding, walking, or he may sltro11 about the lovely demesne and see what manner of heavenly nook Nature and Patti have made for themselves among the hills of Wales. A very good story of Gibson, the sculptor, is now going round. He was to "sculp" the Queen, and on her appearing for her first sit,ting- her Majesty graciously commenced a. L conversation by remarking:—"Mr. Gibson, you are an Irishman." "Madam, I am not!" said Gibson: which answer, in defiance of etiquette, so took the Queen aback that it is stated she did not speak again for two hours, when the sitting ended. The next day her first words were:—"Mr. Gibson, you are a. Welshman. "Madam. I am." replied the great artist, whereupon the twain talked agreeably, He should have said, is as your Majesty pleases," which is said to be the only way subjects can contradict the Queen. It is stated that a. Breconshire gentleman is willing to advance £ 50 with a view to erect a suitable monument to Mrs. Siddons in the town of her birth. Llani-shen reservoir contains enough water to allow 170 gallons to every man, woman, and child in Cardiff, so that with care and a little whisky the supply may last till the rain comes. Mr. D. 11. Evans, formerly of Lianeliy, now Y, a prosperous draper in Oxford-street, London, has just become the purchaser of the famous Shooter's Hill Estate, Pangbourne-on-Th'>ineiS. Over a million and a quarter people in 4,233 petitions have petitioned Parliament against Welsh Disestablishment. On the against Welsh Disestablishment. On the other hand, nine petitions (473 signatures) have been received in favour. Lady Llangattock formed one of the party of ladies and gentlemen who took part in the annual inspection of the Warspite Training Ship on Wednesday. Admiral Lord Hood of Avalon was the inspecting officer. It is thought necessary by the "Globe" to explain that "Ealadhna Dvthchasach Na-H- Alba." is not a new imprecation or the name of a Welsh railway station. It is merely the Gaelic for "Scottish Homo Industries." Nationalism takes various turnings in the course of history. To-day it appears as Cymru Fyddasm. Some fifty-three years ago it meant Chartism, and a few years before that in West Wales it meant Rebecca Riots. Barry will have to fight for its county-court. When the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce meets on Wednesday Mr. Ingledow will move that the chamber petition the Lord Chancellor against the creation of a separate court for Barry. At the Swansea Hospital fete tihe town councillor to be carried on Blondin's back over the tight rope is announced to be Coun- orllor^Iorga-n Hopkins. They say that meat was never so high before. Perhaps it's the weather ? A collier employed at one of Messrs. Glas- brook's pits near Gorseinon consumes daily two ounces of tobacco. He has been a regular smoker for the last 57 years, and has, therefore, smoked 41,610 ounces of tobacoo, for which he has paid the sum of £ 606 16s. 3d. Some reprobate at Swansea is suggesting in the local prints there that, in addition to the n)a«nes of d/isitino-uished townsmen nominated by the Swansea Trades Council for the office of magistrates, Billy Samuels and Patsy Perkins might be very well in- cluded. Mr. Thomas Terrell, wetll known on the South Wales circuit-, is expected to be in- cluded amongst the new Queen's Counsel. Mr. Terrell is a novelist of some note, and is addi- tionally interesting to local people from the fact that he was articled to a Lianeliy firm of solicitors. Mr. H. Chesterman, Bath, who is described as the champion scientific water finder, was successful in discovering a spring of water on the Na.sh Manor Estate. Mr. J. D. Carne and friends witnessed the experiment. The spring was tested with an oak V stick and four wires, two steel and one each of brass and copper, and it was found that the water was at a depth of 25ft. Mr. Ohesterman gave a lecture upon the subject, and some of the spectators tned their hands at water dinning, the rod being affected when he:d in the handa of one of Mr. Carne's children.