PENMAENMAWR. ADVERTISEMENTS AND LISTS OF VISITORS may be left with Mr. M. H. Parry, Bookseller, Clarendon Buildings. A COMPETITIVE MEETING will be held at the Oxford Hall on Wednesday evening next in connexion with the Salem Congregational Sundsy School. The President will be the Rev. D. P. Davies, the conductor Mr W. O. Jones, Aber, and the musical adjudicator Mr W. Jones, A.U.C.W., whilst the accompanist will be Mr D. R. Thomas, Penmaenmawr. There are several interesting competitions expected, a large number of entries having been received. A MINSTREL ENTERTAINMENT was given by the Penmaenmawr Tennessee Minstrels at the Oxford Hall on Tuesday evening. "A TRIP TO NORWAY" was the title of a very interesting lecture delivered by Dr John R. Williams to a crowded audience at the Co- operative Hall on Saturday evening. A large number of excellent lantern slides were projected on to the screen by Captain Darbishire, and Dr Williams gave graphic descriptions of the scenes which they represented, and enlivened the pro- ceedings with many an interesting anecdote of his trip to the land of the Fjords last summer. Addi- tional interest and pleasure was gained from some selections on a powerful gramaphone which the lecturer had thoughtfully provided for the occa- sion. The lecture was followed throughout with close attention, and proved one of the most popular yet delivered. On Saturday next, Cap- tain Darbishire will give another of his popular lectures, illustrated with lantern views. OBITUARY.—We regret to announce the death, at the age of 24, of Mr Griffith William Thomas, Nant, Dwygyfylchi. The deceased served his apprenticeship to the drapery business with Mr D. Wynne Roberts, Conway, and was until recently an assistant at Messrs Watts, Compton House, Liverpool. Whilst in Liverpool he was taken ill, and returned home on Saturday week. Though he then felt very unwell, he was stroug enough to walk home from the railway station, and also to walk to the services on Sun- day at Horeb Congregational Chapel, of which he was a member. In addition to this he attended the Monday evening service at the chapel, but on the following day he grew worse, and notwith- standing the careful attention of Dr Herbert Jenkins, death took place on Tuesday, the doctor's task having been hopeless from the first. Much sympathy is felt with the bereaved family, who are highly respected in the neighbourhood. The funeral takes place on Saturday, at half-past two, at the Dwtgyfylchi cemetery. MR R. D. JONES LEAVES FOR NEW ZEALAND.—A number of relatives and friends of Mr R. David Jones, Bryn Arton, Penmaen- mawr, assembled at the railway station on Wed- nesday morning to bid him farewell on the occasion of his departure for London, en route for New Zealand. Mr Jones has for a number of years been engaged at the granite quarries of Messrs Darbishires Limited, and now leaves to take up a similar appointment at Wellington, North Island, New Zealand. He sails from London on the 26th instant in the Turikana, and carries with him the best wishes of a numerous circle of friends for his future happiness. The office staff of Messrs Darbishires marked the occasion of Mr Jones' departure from their midst by presenting him with a gold fountain pen and an address. The text of the address was as follows:—"We, your colleagues at Messrs Dar- bishire's Granite Quarries, take this opportunity of expressing, on the occasion of your departure for New Zealand, our hearty desire for your success and prosperity in the distant land to which you have decided to go. We may say that during our connexion with you, extending through a period of about ten years, we have always found you an honourable, straightforward, and kindly-disposed comrade. While regretting the loss of a friend, we trust the change will be to your material benefit, and we ask you to accept the accompanying present as a tangible token of our hearty good wishes." This expres- sion of regard was signed on behalf of the office staff and heads of departments at the quarries by Messrs James McClement and John Parry. The office staff, whose names were attached to the testimonial, were Messrs W. J. Key, Dd. Roberts, W. O. McClement, Owen Williams, John Parry, Ivor E. Davies, Richard Dolton, and Hugh Jones, of the heads of departments, Messrs James McClement, Robert Davies, Thomas Dowell, John Jones, Robert Jones, Thomas Roberts, Thomas Hughes, Wm. Lewis, Richard Jones, James Cliffe and Edward E. Williams. TANYFOEL.—A persistent rumour was current at Penmaenmawr some time ago that Tanyfoel, a picturesque mansion by the Conway Old Road, had been purchased for the purposes of a hotel. We now have the best authority for stating that the house has been purchased by Mr Owen Owen, of Liverpool, and Plas Meriandur, Penmaenmawr, as a summer residence. The house and grounds are being prepared for occupation. A large number of trees have been cut down, and passers- by now get a good viow of the house from the roadway. Penmaenmawr Sayings. That the forthcoming eiection is awakening interest. That the retiring members are Mr Kneeshaw and Mr P. H. McClement. » < That an admirer was recently heard to declare that it would require an angel from,Heaven to successfully oppose Mr McClement. That Mr McClement is known to have a large following. n That failure is often a blessing in disguise. That a local resident is attiibuting his physical welUbeinp to having failed to catch a train. 5 That the train was the last train home. Penmaenmawr Occasional Notes. As representing the people, the District Council have plenty of work ready to their hand to ,engross the whole of their attention for some time to come. Naturally, the first question which demands their attention is the Capelulo Postal grievance. In this matter the public owes much to Mr. Allanson Picton, for the strenuous efforts he has already made to bring about an improve- ment. The recent letter of the Postmaster Gen- eral, promising an investigation, gives some grounds for hope; but if no further action is taken, the Council shouJd certainly follow the matter up, and by adopting the suggestion made some time ago by Mr. Picton, bring the matter before the Welsh Members of Parliament. To outsiders, the question may seem a trifling one—the mere question of delivering a handful of letters to a few houses in a remote district hemmed in by the Welsh mountains and the sea. But to those immediately concerned it means much more. To them it represents a knotted red-tapeism causing serious loss and inconveni- ence to a small but important holiday and health resort. The absurdity of the present arrangement is very apparent. Capelulo is, to all intents and purposes, Penmaenmawr it is in the same par- ish and in the same Urban District. People visit- ing friends in the district naturally fail to grasp such fine distinctions as Capelulo Conway and Capelulo Penmaenmawr. Penmaenmawr is the station from which they alighted. when arriving, and wishing to write, after returning home, they naturally address their letters Capelulo Penmaen- mawr. In due course, letters addressed to Capelulo Penmaenmawr, would reach the Penmaenmawr Post Office, within a mile of the address of the person to whom they are directed. But, in order to be delivered, they have to be sent back by the next post to- Conway, five miles off, and then sent with the first delivery by the letter carrier over the Sychnant Pass into Capelulo, three or more miles away. That would be an instance where possibly nothing more than a temporary inconvenience would arise. But, as Mr. Picton clearly Dointed out in his letter to Mr. Austen Chamberlain, it is possible that through this awkward arrangement delays might arise, by which valuable lives might be lost. It is said that in the fell disease of consumption the pro- bability of cure depends very much upon how soon steps are taken to effect it, and it is quite conceivable that a day's delay in securing a patient's admission to a sanatorium might mean the difference between life and death. Now that benficient institution, the Pen- dyffryn Sanatorium, which has been established under the shelter of Penmaenbach, is in the Capelulo delivery area for postal purposes, Pen- maenmawr is the station, and those knowing the situation of the building, and not knowing the precise postal address, would naturally address their communications to Penmaenmawr, and have them delayed by being returned to Conway. So that the issues involve not only inconvenience but delays which may result in needless death.
DEGANWY AND LLANDUDNO JUNCTION. THE DEGANWY LITERARY AND DE- BATING SOCIETY, at its weekly meeting held on Thursday, discussed the question Which brings the greater benefit to the world-tlie voice or the hand? The debate was led in favour of the voice and the hand respectively by Mr David Griffiths and Mr Owen Davies, Plas Berwyn. The arguments were ingenious and interesting, and several speeches followed. Amongst the speakers were Mr C. Davies, Mr R. O. Parry, Mr Wm. Jones, Park Villa, Mr Davies, Plas Gwynant, Mr Thomas Davies, Bronheulog, and the chairman, Mr Henry Jones. The voting resulted in a lie. This (Thursday) evening, papers will be read on "The Castles of North Wales." Mr Owen Jones, Bethel, will read on Carnarvon Castle, MrD. Jones (junior), on Rhiidd- lan Castle Mr John Davies, Langthorn Villa, on Conway Castle Mr John Jones, Post Office, Tywyn, on Beaumaris Castle Mr William Jones, Rock Villa, on Deganwy Castle and Mr Cornelius Davies, Bryn Hyfryd, Towyn, on Crow Castle. A BENEFIT CONCERT was given ?t the National Schools on Wednesday evening to Mr J. W. P. Arrowsmith, organist at the Deganwy Church. Mr C. J. Wallace, M.A., J.P., presided, and there was a good programme of music. The Deganwy Male Voice Choir, conducted by Mr Wm. Davies, gave several selections, and the soloists were Miss Porter, Plasydon, Tywyn Miss Rogers, Llandudno Junction Miss Jones, Messrs H. Lloyd, John Davies and D. E. Ellis. RAILWAY IMPROVEMENTS.—Rapid pro- gress is now being made with the carriage shed which the L. & N. W. Railway Co. is erecting at Llandudno Junciion. The walls of the huge structure have been finished, and the roof is now being built. This shed will accommodate no less than 72 six-wheeled carriages. There are six pairs of rails running into it, and carriages will be left in future at Llandudno Junction when not wanted for the traffic of the district. The shed is being built for the company by Messrs R. Neill & Sons, the well-known Manchester contractors, who built the Manchester Exchange Station. Messrs Neill are also building the new goods warehouse at the Junction, and the horse landing', both of which erections are nearing completion. Other important undertakings which the company have on hand, in the immediate vicinity in connexion with the doubling of the line, include big structural alterations to the Pensarn railway bridge. DEGANWY V. LLANRWST Y.M.C.A.—On Saturday at Deganwy. In the first half the visitors had the advantage of the wind, but failed to make much impression on the home defence. In less than 15 minutes the homesters had scored their first goal with a shot which gave the visitors' goal keeper no chance, two more goals following in quick succession. Half time Deganwy 3, Llanrwst i. Final result, Deganwy 6, Llanrwst 3. Team:-Goal, W. Jones; backs, R. J. Roberts, and E. Jones halves, Tom Evans. E. M. Davies, R. C. Jones; forwards, J. Hite, J. Pusill, R. Prichard, D. Morgan, and Bob Joues.
TALYBONT A LLANBEDR. BORE R BRIODAS.—Dyma oedd hanes y pentref a'r wlad yma boreu dydd Mercher diweddaf. Tuag adeg un-ar-ddeg o'r gloch clywid swn cerbydau yn myn'd i gyfeiriad Cape! Talybont, ac 'roeddwn yn methu yn lati a gwneyd allan beth oedd i gymeryd He. Wedi dyfod 1 lawr i ymyl y ffordd Bostt gwelwn y ceffylau wedi ei gwisgo a gwyn, ac mi ddeallais wrth hyn fod rhywbeth a thipyn o fyn'd ynddo i gymeryd lie heddyw. Erbyn cyrhaedd y capel, gwelwn ddau ieuanc wrth yr allor bricdasol, sefMr Robert Hughes, o Fangor, a Miss Kate Evans, Casteii, Talybont. Gwnaed y cwlwm gan weinidog y briodasferch, sef y Parch H. M. Roberts, Taly- bont, a'r Parch Dr Llugwy Owen. Yr oedd y capel wedi ei harddu yn brydferth dros ben. Ymddiriedwyd y gwaith yma i firm Mr W. R- Edwards, Compton House. Wrth ddyfod o r capel taflwyd rice at y gwr a'r wraig ieuanc fel cenllysg, ac mae adar bychain yr "Allt Wylit wedi cael eu gweddill a'u gwala o fwyd am ddyddiau lawer oherwydd caredigrwydd y rice yma. Mr Golygydd, pa buaswn yn fardd, mi wnawn geisio cyfansoddi can. Bore'r Briodas yn y Wlad fuasai'r testyn. Dyma gyfle ddychymyg byw. Ychydig, os dim o waith a wnawd y bore hwn o'r Castell i'r Porth-llwyd, ac yr oedd clywed sylwadau ambell i ddynes ynglyn a phriodi a phriodas yn profi nad yw goleuni y dyddiau diweddaf hyn ddim yn llewyrchu ar feddwl pawb. Paham mae yn rhaid i ddynes fod yn fwy ofergoelus ynglyn a thipyn o briodas na JJ Dywedal un ddynes mai lwc yw priodi os bydd y gwynt o'r North, barn un arall oedd, y gwyddai hi drwy brofiad nad oedd Iwc o'r priodi yma os na fyddai r gwynt o'r South, ac ar hyn dyma oracl y cylch yn siarad, "mae Iwc bob amser dim ond .1 r gwynt beidio chwythu o'r dwyrain," meddai hi.—Hen lanciau'r wlad yma oedd yn crynu gan ofn y boreu hwn. Gyda thoriad gwawr broti gwelwyd hwynr yn gwneyd eu ffordd tua eu dinas noddfa—sef yr hen efail. Dyma lie yr oeddynt yn ymguddio yn llechwraidd, ac yr oedd ambell un o honynt yn fwy nervous na'u gilydd, nes yr oedd yn rhaid iddo gael rhyw- beth cryfach na dwfr i gadw ei nerves yn eu Ile priodol rhag iddo syrthio .yn y broLdigaetb. "Gwytiwchthag eich myned mewn temtasiwn oedd y gorchymyn gynt, ond Gwlychwch rhag eich myned mewn temtasiwn oedd yr arferiad yma bore'r briodas. Mae y pir ieuanc yma 'rwan i ffwrdd yn treulio eu mis me!, a phan ddaw hwnw i ben, byddant yn myned fyw i ddinas
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North Wales News. THE ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS TO MARCH THROUGH NORTH WALES. With the object of stimulating recruiting in North Wales, it has been decided that a body of about 300 men belonging to the 1St Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers shall make a march throngh a portion of the district as soon as the spring is sufficiently far advanced to permit of their camping out. A similar march was made some ten years ago, but contrary to the procedure then adopted it is proposed in the present instance to avoid the large towns, and to pay greater attention to the agricultural districts. The battalion is now stationed at Lichfield. SIR HORATIO LLOYD'S EXPERIENCE. On Wednesday, at the Wrexham County Court, during the hearing of a compensation case, it was stated for the applicant that as a result of the accident one leg was half an inch shorter than the other. His Honour Judge Sir Horatio Lloyd said when he was 18 years old he sprained his ankle, and the result was that it stopped the growth of that leg. Fortunately, at that time, he had about done growing, but the effect was that his leg bad ever since been a quarter of an inch shorter than the other. But, added the judge, with a merry twinkle in his eye, that leg is the best of the two. UNION IRONWORKS, CARNARVON. Messrs W. Dew & Sons offered for sale by auction at the Sportsman Hotel, Carnarvon, on Wednes- day, the Union Ironworks in that town as a going concern. Mr Dew at the outset stated that it would be an appalling calamity to the town if these works, which for so many years had afforded employment to something like 200 men, were broken up and dismantled. There had been an idea in the town of running a big company, and it was well-known that there were several public men ready to put money in the new company. There was an unexpired lease of 17 or 18 years, and he believed the ground landlord, who was most anxious that the works should not be dis- mantled, would be prepared to extend the lease. If the sale that day was not successful the firm would in the course of a few days sell it in lots. The machinery was modern and of a superior quality, and had been valued in 1896 at something like ,C, 12,0o0. The firm had also recently received some excellent orders for machinery from the Oakley and other quarries, and among the clients of the Union Works could be mentioned some of the best quarry companies in North Wales. Bidding commenced at £ 2,000, and went up to ^3,950, at which price the property was withdrawn. It will be offered again in lots. WELSH FREE CHURCHMEN AND THE EDUCATION ACT. At a meeting of the Edeyrnion Free Church Council at Corvven on Wednesday, a discussion took place as to the manner in which the Educa- tion Act is to be administered in Merionethshire and the condition of the elementary schools. On the motion of the Rev J. Felix, seconded by the Rev J. Williams, it was unanimously decided- That this Council pledges itself to give every support within its power to the County Council Committee in its investigations into the present state of the denominational schools in the county." —The Rev J. Feiix moved, the Rev J. Pritchard seconded, and it was also carried-" That this Committee desires to dra w the attention of Non- conformists to the importance of electing on those Councils and Committees which will have a part in administering the present Act such persons as are in perfect sympathy with religious equality and undenominational education." ANGLESEA FOR LONG LIFE. Mr. J. E. Jones, Board School, Llanbedrgoch, writes as follows to the Liverpool Courier Sirg-In the c Courier of the 12th inst., I read that there are in St. Helens 719 persons over 70 years of age out of a population of 85,000. This amounts to i in 118. However, the number of persons whose ages range from 75 to 80 is not given. After making every due allowance for this ommission the total over 70 cannot much exceed 1 per cent. Allow me to say that there xxn 1(1 ^'ankedrgoch, a parish bordering on Red Wharf Bay, 24 persons (all of whom I personally know) over 70 years of age out of a total popula- tion of 294. This is 8 per cent. We are naturally delighted to find that our parish, with its bracing sea air, even beats St. Helens." THE WIRELESS KISS. George, dear, how could I send a kiss across the ocean by the wireless telegraph ? A kiss, my love? That's something of a puzzle. No doubt it could be launched all right, but would it get there, and get there intact ? Of course if it flew too high the four winds of heaven would be apt to snatch it up and whirl it anywhere save in the right direction. And then again, if it dipped too low, it would catch a briny flavour from the ocean that would ruin it for all commer- cial purposes. I'm afraid, my dear, that science can grapple with this problem just yet. Of course it wouldn't do to give your kiss to Sig. Mar- coni and ask him to forward it. The young lady who is about to entrust her happiness in his keep- ing might object to this. You must either wait, my ove, or send your kisses by mail prepaid, and a stamp enclosed for return." lan you, dear. I was sure you would know all about it." MR. ROBERT FOWLER'S PICTURE, CONWAY CASTLE." The writer of the charming Notes by the Way, m the iverpool Courier idealises city life in Liveipoo and says :—" Come we now to the painter, who like the musician, sels us in high places. He has the child's heart in his breast and sees all new. Mr Fowler's studio in South Castle- gtree is a ga e y which you enter the world of romance. Looking jnto the hear(. of th; he briiills us avision that comes with the glory of spring; a clim m'stic twilight, a pearly morning. ands ows lem o us as we ought to see them had we sue 1 e> es to see. Whatm igic sleeps in the crifolding peate of "Conway Castle," that supreme inspiration of the idealist NATIONAL FREE CHURCH COUNCIL. ThV an™a>mf,tinf wiU be held at Brighton in March. Mr D. Lloyd George, M.P., is expected to speak on the question of education, and the ReV T. J. Wtieldoii, Bangor, Moderator of the Welsh Calvinist.c Methodist Association, will move a resolution on the disestablishment ques- tion.
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The Late Dr. Joseph Parry. Mr. David Jenkins, Mus. Bac., of Aberystwyth, writes in the Manchester Guardian:- When the late Dr. Joseph Parry first visited this counry from America, and became a student at the Royal Academy of Music, the interest in himself and music had never before been at such a high pitch in the Principality. Before this he had "swept the board," as they say, by taking away the chief prizes at the Llandudno National Eisteddfod, 1894, :and elsewhere. The whole, country received him with open arms, and benefit concerts were arranged by the late "Gohebydd" and the Rev. T. Levi on his behalf almost in every town and village where the Welsh congre- gate. The same success followed his labours Whilst he was at the Royal Academy. There he carried away every available prize, and at the end of four years he took his degree of Bachelor of Music at Cambridge. Sir Sterndale Bennett, his professor at the Academy, was the examiner. At that time he. appeared as a vocalist of no mean order. His singing and playing of the descriptive songs of his own composition in "The Niagara" and "The Train" created great enthusiasm, and no important concert or eisteddfod was consider- ed complete without his services. After finishing his course at the Academy, he returned to America and started a school of music at Denva, Pennsylvania. Soon after the University College of Wales was established at Aberystwyth the Council of the College invited him to take the Chair of Music, and he returned to this country in time for the second session. Ha attracted a large number of students, mostly for singing, pianoforte, and or- gan, and a few for composition. He pluckily undertook the whole duty of teaching these differ- ent branches, the only assistance he had being given by one of the students in harmony, theory, and counterpoint. In the midst of his heavy duties as a teacher he still kept on composing, and produced some of his best and most popular pieces. These included "Blodweq" (the first Welsh opera), and his oratorio "Emmanuel," which was performed at St. James's Hall, Lon- don, by the London Welsh Choir with great suc- cess. At the end of 'his fourth year at Aberys- twyth he went in for the degree of Doctor of Music at Cambridge, and took one of his stu- dents with him for the. degree of Bachelor of Music. Both were successful. Sir George Mac- farren was the examiner. It may interest your readers to know that both teacher and pupil were working at their respective trades within four years of their obtaining the degree of Bachelor of Music. This fact may be. of some encourage- ment to those who are handicapped with the dis- advantage of not having an early training, though by this; time the elementary and intermediate schools have lessened these disadvantages to a large extent. Dr Parry's genius enriched almost every branch ot musical composition—Psalm tune, song, an- them, male-voice chorus, cantata, opera, and oratorio. His setting of the 23rd Psalm is unsur- passed, and there are several numbers in his large works that will compare favourably with in- dividual numbers of most English musicians. II he had cultivated self-criticism and self-restraini he might indeed have taken a leading position among British musicians. He had in a large measure the divine gift of melody, but he erred in iudgment and was inclined to be diffuse. As it is, several of his productions will live. If a musician was ever inspired, he was when composing the first two portions of his Pilgrims." In spite of his diffusiveness he has created a land- mark in the history of Weljh music, and has numerous imitators among young Welsh com- posers, both here and in America. He was the greatest enthusiast in composition that I ever came in contact with, an interesting personality, boyish in spirit, full of vigour and energy, and a source of inspiration to all who had the pleasure of his company. His capacity for work was immense, and as a reader of music at first sight he was one of the cleverest. The transposition oi a piece of music whilst reading was a common practice with him in his classes, or when accom- panying. He was too erratic to be a good con- ductor, and too impatient to become a good teacher, except in the case of advanced scholars, with whom he got on well. Undoubtedly he had a great talent for orchestration, and in some ol his larger works there are several passages beautifully scored. The last time I saw him he showed me five complete operas in MS and he was busy working on a new oratorio entitled "Jesus of Nazareth." In comparison with Welsh musicians of the past, he is head and shoulders above them all, and as for popularity as a composer not a single living musician in the Principality can compare with him. I am sure they will all readily assent to this statement. He was one of the greatest com- posers Wales ever produced, and he was the meaqs of giving great and lasting impetus to Welsh music, to which he was such a conspicuous ornament.
Welsh Eisteddfod in London. The annual Eisteddfod in connection with the Falmouth Road Welsh Chapel was held at the Queen's Hall. London, on Wednesday night. Mr D. H. Evans (Pangbourne), presided. Mr. L. D. Jones (Llew Tegid), Bangor, acted as conductor. Interest centred in the choral competitions. A prize of 650,and a silver cup was offered to male voice choirs for the best rendering of the "De- struction, of Pompeii," the prize composition of the, Merthyr National Eisteddfod. Seven choirs competed in the following order:—Abertillery, Cardiff, Eerndale South London, London Welsh, Ogmore, and Rhymney. The test piece was well calculated to. try the qualities of the choirs, and ,i t, difficulties conquered more than one of them. Dr. M'Naught and Mr. Daniel Price: (Royal Col- lege of Music) awarded the prize to Rhymney, conducted by Mr. Daniel Owen. In the competi- tion for mixed voice choirs appeared choirs from Lewisham, Coventry, Newport, London, and Abertillery. The prize of ;620 was awarded to the Gwent Choral Society (Abertillery), conduct- ed by Mr. Tom Stephens. Coventry was second in the contest. Ihe chair prize was awarded by the Rev. J. T. Job (Carneddi) to Mr. W. Jones (Gwilym Myrddin), Ammanford, and that for the love poem to Mr. R. J. Rowlands, Aber, Bangor. Mr. William Roberts, Abergele, was the success- ful competitor in the essay on John Penry," and Mr. H. Edwards, Rhyl, won the prize for the Welsh short story. Messrs. Llewelyn Williams and Vincent Evans awarded the first prize for a very dramatic rendering of Rie.nzi's Address to the Romans to Miss Amy Watts, Cardiff. For the best English translation the prize was award- ed to Mr. Gwyneddin Davies, Carnarvon and that for the Welsh translation to Mr. G. R. Hughes, Bethel, Bangor.
henafol Bangor. Yr oedd yr anrhegion yn rhy liosog i un ag y mae henaint wedi gwneyd cymaint o argraff arno i'w cofio, ac mae calon gynes yr hen ardal yma yn dymuno bywyd hapus a llwyddianus iddynt. HEN WR UNIG YN YR ANIAL.
THE DUCHESS OF WESTMINSTER. At Combermere Abbey on Wednesday night, Katharine Dutchess of Westminster gave a dance, which was attended by about fifty invited guests from Cheshire and Shropshire. Amongst thise who attended were Lady Mary Grosvenor, Vis- count Crichton, Lord Hugh Grosvenor, Lady Mabel Palmer, Miss Lilah Cavendish, Miss Portal, Captain Buller, Mr C. Fellows, Captain Caven- dish, Mr and Mrs Farquar, Lady Berkley Paget, Lady Lettice Cholmondeley, Major Kerseley, Captain and Mrs Holford, and Mr Reginald and Mrs Corbet. MR. W. JONES, M.P., INDISPOSED. The amendment to the Address in the House of Commons dealing with the Penrhyn strike was not moved on Wednesday night in consequence of the indisposition of Mr William Jones, M.P. THE "BLACK LIST" IN WELSH. Magistrates at Caerphilly, Glamorgan, had some difficulty in explaining to Hugh Roberts that be was rapidly qualifying for the black list." The man seems not to have followed last session's legislation with particularly close atten- tion, and could not be made to understand the English term. Dr. Evans, who was present in Court, solved the difficulty by coining a transla- tion into Welsh, giving it as Rhestri ar y llythyren ddu." A gleam of intelligence then burst over the man's face, and he left the court apparently fully enlightened. A London Welsh- man thinks it might have been put this way Yr wyt ar y llythyren du." But perhaps it doesn't matter, for it is now recorded that Hugh Roberts understood. CLERICAL STIPENDS. In connexion with the public meeting at Colwyn Bay, in reference to the Clergy Sustentation for St. Asaph diocese, it is interesting to read that in the diocese of Llandaff, during the year 1902, the sum of £ 19,307 was raised towards the mainten- ance of assistant clergy; of this amount 16,316 was paid direct by the various parishes to the clergy and £2,9gl to the societies which made grants towards this object, viz., the Llandaff Church Extension Society, the Bishop of Llandaff Fund, the Additional Curates' Society, the Church Pastoral Aid Society, and the Ecclesiastical Com- missioners. The total amount, L27,960, including Lii,644 from grants, provided the stipends of 233 assistant clergy at work in the diocese. A VICAR'S BETROTHAL. A wedding has ben arranged between the Rev. J. Jenkins, Vicar of Beddgelert, and Miss M'Dougall, second daughter of Sir John M'Dougall, Chairman of the. London County Council. Sir John has recently purchased the chalet of the late Sir E. Watkin, at Nant Gwyn- ant, Beddgelert, and often pays a visit to his new seat in Snowdonia.