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SLIPS FOR SYMONS.

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SLIPS FOR SYMONS. Mr. Symons has already given a public intimation that his views in reference to the utility of a knowledge of the Welsh language have undergone a change of no incon- siderable magnitude. The language whose annihilation he so ardently desired a few months ago, he now Endea- vours to acquire, with all the warmth of an enthusiast. This fact is suggestive of lessons, the most important and instructive, and to which by your permission, Mr. Editor, I may call the attention of your readers in an early number of your paper. Mr. Symons' conversion was not effected without instrumentality, and as means have already proved successful, to a really wonderful extent, we have a strong encouragement to persevere in our efforts to rectify his views, and perhaps in due season we shall be rewarded by a second edition of his report with apologetic notes and con- siderable emendations. As his present researches are prin- cipally concerned with Wales, it can do him no manner of harm to be occasionally presented with a few facts in reference to the morality of his own country. It will at least assist him rightly to estimate comparative merits. s- In a meeting h'icl_\ hi Id, Sir E. Buxton referred to a report in which the following statement appears relative to a place called. Phinitree-coiirt, upon Holborn hill:- On the occupation of this district by the mission, the mission- ary appointed to it ascertained, that although in Piumtree-court there were but thirty houses, these -contained 153 families, three or four families living frequently in a single room of a house. D- rittiketiness, swearing, and vice of almost every description were luxuriant and unchecked. Few of the adults could even read, and of the 175 children under 14 years of age, not more than -thirty attended any school, until the missionary recently esta- Ibiished a ragged school." The Church permitted this vice to grow up and fester under Its very nostrils, whilst its wealth was appropriated to swell the worldly pomps and pleasures of its dignitaries. In the aristocratic localities of Grosvenor and Manchester- squares, there are two courts, Orchard's-place and Gray's- buildings, the condition of which Is thus described:- They contain forty-nine houses, which by a recent investiga- tion of a missionary were found to be inhabited by about 600 families, consisting of no fewer than 1,757 persons. The dis- gusting scenes witnessed on exploring these forty-nine houses cannot be told. Of the 1,757 persons remaining in them, 1,274 were adu!ts, of whom 484 could not read, only 14 attended Protestant worship, and but every few possessed the Scriptures. Their ignorance was extreme. One woman, for instance, when asked whether Ueacen or Hell was the better place, replied, She supposed Hell.' These fact are deplorable in the extreme, and they cannot but mdve and grieve every man who feels for the welfare of his race they are cited not as a matter of exultation, but simply to keep the calumniators of our country, morals, and religion within bounds, when next they shall feelinclincd to exercise their fancy in caricaturing the state of other people. 'With undisturbed consciousness of superiority, we &ay, physician heal thyself." D.

MURDERING BY LAW. |

THE NORMAL COLLEGE FOR WALES.

THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS.

THE STATE TRIALS.