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WEEK BY WEEK. + LIGHTER SIDE OF CURRENT EVENTS. A lolial paper strongly advocates a silver brass ba.n-d a6 a town attraction. It would certainly a.ttract notice. The old name of Llandrindod was F-fynon- llwyn-y-gog, or, the Well in the Cuckoo's Grove. A net profit of P,51.000-that is the corpora- tion tramway tale in Birmingham for last year. This is the kind of news that makes Cardiff kick itself. A thrilling- rumour is spreading through Swansea that, Mr. Alfred Mond is learning Welsh and that Gomer is helping him to develop a real Welsh accent. Private Bill legislation is an expensive business. A small public body like the Ammanford District Council finds it has to Pay £4,249 in connection with its Walter Bill. Amoerican methods are coming into vogue in the old country. Six spittoons have been presented to a Mcrthyr chapel for use in the pulpit seat. This sounds like a joke, e aps, but it is true, nevertheless. „ ,°^ exhibits in the museum a t Now- u ls, khe drum which was used in the that headed the entry of the British mops into Lr.cknow at the time of the Indian Mutiny. -v.^Anglesey clergyman is .credited with nt 5 WTmeil that he is a descendant of Die Aoerda-ron who died an old hac^o- He was buried at St. AsaWh. BishcD Short being his best patron. Talhaiarn and a few other patriots placed a fine stone on his grave. I' It is not generally known that the eceen- trie American genius, Walt Vfhitnian, had Cymric* blood in his veins. Ilia forbears on hIS in other's side were people of the name ° "illiams, "a line of sailors, one of that great Welsh clan which counted Roger Wil- tivrtT" amon £ £ ret American representa- J^be present season's run of Wye salmon, whica is well above the average, brings to mmd," writes a correspondent, a curious clause which formerly was common in all indentures of Wye-side apprentices. It was to the effect that apprentices should not be compelled to live on salmon more than two days a week." They did some things in a regal ma-nrner in the old days. Mr. Alan Stepney Gulston, who is vice-president of the Ca-i-marth-enshire Antiquarian Society, has just sent to the society's museum a large folio containing the MS. evidence in the. celebrated appeal in "79, when Phillips, of Owmgwilly, was successful, a.t a cost of £ 6D,OCO, in unseating Mr. Magins. There was an extraordinary bird-concert at the wood near the Heath in the early hours of Friday morning. At 12.30 the nightingale commenced its song, and was followed by the thrush, and shortly after by the cuckoo. As all three birds were quite close to one another, the effect, as described by one who heard it, was almost startling. A candidate for an old-age pension has applied to the clergy at the Canton Parish Church for a copy of his.marriage "lines." It is interesting to note that his marriage was the second that took place in the church, in 1859. Both the bride and the bridegroom were unable to write their names, which were written in by the incumbent, the late Rev. E. Fice, and the happy pair" signified in the usual way with a cross. So many people want to take part in the Pageant that it may bo well to explain here how to set about it. They should secure the Pageant Book of Words (whioh they can buy for sixpence at Panrfeant House, or at the booksellers'): then after reading the book they should write to the Master stating which parts they would like to play. If these particular parts have not been alrea.dy allocated their applications will be in time. But it is desirable to write at once. A recent work on Spain by a Welsh gentleman resident in the Peninsula contains q the following curious anachronism:- I would sooner hobnob with the Prince of Wales than with Owen Glendower, whom I suspect of having been a common fellow, speaking with an acccnt. and reeking of stale tobacco. Shades of the Pageant! Owen could hardly "reek" with what wasn't known in these islands for centuries after he had been gathered to his fathers. Moreover, he was a gentleman and & schola.r. "Wolves were formerly so numerous in Radnorshire," writes a correspondent, "that in 1234 a proclamation was issued command- ing them to be destroyed, and calling upon all the King's liege people to assist there- in.' Bleddfa, or Blaiddfa, Forest (the recep- tacle of wolves ') in Radnorshire, was so named from being the resort of these fierce acimals. In two years the actirity and inflaM^.41 cleared the onsnty ot them. A wolf would now be an e:ftinor- dinary spectacle indeed on the sunny slopes of Eadnor Forest." The practice of inserting notes and other material in books, mentioned at the Cardiff Library Committee meeting the other evening, is one that if judiciously performed is of great value to students, and Mr. Ballinger did a great deal of it during his librarianship at Cardiff. Any scrap of useful information relating to a. book or its author are collected and placed in the volume, pre. ferably at the end. In like manner when magazines are bound for a lib,ary it 13 customary now to bind in at the end a 1 the covers, advertisements, &c. This thickens the volume, but is often of interest and may even be of great value at times. A new story about the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been found. When he started as a solicitor at Criccieth he used to go on Saturdays to Feetiniog. where on Sundays he attended Calfaria Chapel, where the Rev. J. H. Hughes was pastor. Mr. George read the lesson at the commencement of the service, and then the pastor called upon one of the deacoiK to pray. Next day the minister called on an aged woman-member, and she asked: Who was that young man who read before you last night?" "A young attorney from Criccieth," said the minister. "Oh, an attorney!" she exclaimed; "no wonder you had to call on old Owen Jones to pray!" Mr J. S, Pughe, one of the most popular artists on the staff of the American Puck," who died "last month, was a native of Dolgelly, in Merionethshire, where he was born in 1870. His parents emigrated to America in 1872, and young Pughe started his career as a clerk. Developing a decided gift of line-drawing, he began to con- tribute to the New York Recorder." After- wards his humorous drawings in the New York World drew attention, and he joined the staff of Puck." A promising career was cut short by an illness tha,t culminated in the artist's death on April 19. It is note- worthy that as a youth Mr. Pughe won a prize for a pen and-ink drawing at the Utica Eisteddfod. One of the newly-elected Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London is Dr. Llewellyn Phillips, of Cairo, son of the late Dr. Phillips, of Cardigan. It was only in 1903 that Dr. Llewellyn Phillips took his M.R.C.P., so t.hat he has been elected to the fellowship in the short time of six Besides being an M.D. of Cambridge University, he is also a Fellow of t.he Royal College of Surgeons of England, there being comparative^ few men who are Fellows of both the Royal College of Surg-eons and the Royal College of Physi- cians. Dr. Phillips has been in Cairo for the last eight years, and holds the posts of pro- fessor of clinical medicine in the Egyptian Government Medical School and physician to the Kasr-el-Ainy (Government) Hospital. Cairo. There was an old preacher in Montgomery known far and wide v" Sam Brerse. Once every year he was invited to preach in Row- land Hill's chapel. Sam's English was very scarce, but he made up for its fiearcity by his hwyl. On one of these annual visits a young minister preached before Sam, and it .was clear that the former was much influ- enced by the wealth and respectability of the congregation. On turning to the second part of his text-" Whosoever does not believe is lost "-he apologised for referring to such a. j subject befoTe so respectable and fashionable a congregation. When Sam Brecse got up to follow he took the same text. My young friend here," he said, can preach in Eng- lish; I can't. He has got much more educa- tion than me. He is much more refined than me. You are all very respectable, and much richer than mo, but I have come here to say this to you: Whoever believes in Jesus Christ phall be saved, and whoever does not believe &hall be damned—and I ask no pardons!" First sermons have an interest all their own, The Rev. J. D. Jones. M.A.. B.D.. chair- man otf the Congregational Union, has vivid recollections of the preaching of his first sermon, and has himself given a graphic description of the circumstances under which it was delivered. In a little village about a. couple of miles from his home there was no church or chapel of any kind, but the mill- owner of the place pet apa-rt a large room in his mill for the purposes of worship. Mr. Jones, then quite a latl. but known as an earnest Sunday school teacher, was asked to take one of these services, and great was his nervousness when, on arriving at the mill, he found the congregation had abandoned it for the open air. The breeze played havoc with his carefully-prepared sermon notes, but the young preacher spoke out of his heart a siinplo me-saite to the people as they sat under the shade of the great trees, and looking back on this maiden effort he says, It was all pathetically crude, but it was full of entreaty and Gospel urgency, and I have sometime." asked myself whether the wider knowledge, the finer culture, the increased literary and homiletic skill which the years bring are any com- pensation if we in any degree lose t.he earnestness and urgency of our earlier days. Preachers might do worse than turn up the faded MSS. of their first sermons."