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Notes and News. THE snowstorm of last week was the severest experienced in London for over 25 years. TRAFFIC in North and South Wales was greatly inconvenienced during the last ten days. In many places the snow drifts were •so deep on the country roads as to make it impossible to carry on the usual trade. IN North Pembrokeshire during last Friday a severe storm of thunder and lightning accompanied the heavy fall of snow. Several cattle were killed, and damage caused to houses and property. OUR senators have spent a quiet Christ- mas holidays. So far none of them have visited their electors, and four or live of the leaders of the Welsh party have gone to the South of France to recover their lost strength in readiness for the coming session. THE Right Hon. D. Lloyd-Grorge is to address a large gathering in Belfast early in the New Year. By the way, the member for Carnarvon is mentioned as a probable successor to the Irish Chief Secretaryship- a post he would well and worthily fill. INASMUCH as the Education Bill is dead, the Nonconformists are re-organising their forces with a view of carrying on an exten- sive campaign of passive resistance during the present year. In Wales the county -councils will have a severe task imposed upon them. THE Rev. Thomas Stephens, of Camber- well, is about to publish another interesting work dealing with the history of Wales. Wales To-day and To-morrow is the title of the new volume, and it will contain articles on the religion, literature, commerce, education, and politics of the Principality. WHAT would the London milkman of to- day say if he had to sell his milk at the same rate as mentioned by Stow, the old English historian. In his survey of London he remarks Near adjoining the Abbey of St Clare, on the south side thereof, was a farm belonging to the said nunnery, at which farm I myself in my youth have fetched many a half-pennyworth of milk, and never had less than three ale pints for a half- penny in the summer, nor less than one ale quart for a half-penny in the winter, always hot from the kine, as the same was milked and strained." THE Tregaron County School boys per- formed a Welsh drama prior to breaking up for the Christmas holidays. It was founded on local incidents. SOME time ago the boys of the Llanelly County School performed a Welsh drama, based on the landing of the French at Fishguard. THE numerous friends of Mr. J. G. Owen (late of University College) at the Borough and King's Cross chapels will be pleased to hear that he has secured B.Sc. (Hons.) London in Physiology. Mr. Owen has studied at Berlin for this examination. Previous to this he also gained the medical entrance scholarship to King's College Hospital. MR. D. DAVIES, M.P., has bought Owen Glyndwr's old Parliament House at Machyn- lleth, so that there is now a chance of its being preserved as a Welsh National Mem- orial. Mr. Davies is to be congratulated on his action. WE hear a good deal as to the nationalism of Caernarvon. Nevertheless the proposal to devote a portion of the last National Eisteddfod surplus towards a memorial to Prince Llewellyn has practically fallen through In fact only one out of every four members of the committee supported it! MR. W. BRACE has the distinction of having walked more in Parliament during the past session than any of the other Welsh members. He took part in 158 divisions; Mr. J. Herbert Lewis comes next with 154, but, then, he is a Whip. MR. FREDERIC GRIFFITH, the celebrated flautist, is in Japan, and is booked for five concerts in Yokohama alone. One was given in November, the other in December, and the remaining three are spread over January and February. An account of the first concert is to hand, and shows that he was received with rapture by our Japanese allies. The concerts begin at nine p.m., and these particulars are of interest :-Admission, yen one reserved seats, fifty sen extra season- tickets for the five concerts, yen four; reserved season-tickets for the five concerts, yen six. Roughly, a yen is two shillings, and a sen is a hundredth part of a yen. CHRISTMASTIDE.-Christmastide in Wales was celebrated with the customary home reunions, social gatherings, eisteddfodau, and concerts. The tradesmen generally agree that it has been one of the best Christmastides from a financial point of view for many years past. The people spent money freely, which was in contrast to the Christmastide experiences of the previous two or three years. It is, consequently, obvious that the general prosperity of Wales is greater to-day than it has been for several years past. Vast crowds of holiday makers were to be seen in all the big centres of South Wales, and a striking feature was their good humour and the practical absence of drunkenness. The new year is opening with every encouragement, and there are already abundant facts to show that the year 1907 will be very successful com- mercially and commercial success, of course, means the social advancement and happiness of the people generally. AN EXCELLENT ADDRESS.—The chairman of the Carmarthenshire Education Com- mittee delivered an excellent address to the pupils of Llandyssul County School prior to their breaking up for the Christmas vaca- tion. After expressing pleasure at the renaissance in the teaching of the Welsh language in every school the speaker went on to say that they wanted their Cymry Fydd to be instructed in the traditions, of their native Wales, and to have a true and proper conception of her history and literature. The Welsh language was capable of express- ing thought in a literary form almost cen- turies before the father of English poetry was born. They were desirous of teaching their children to respect their language, and not to condemn it as a dialect destined soon to die. They wanted them to know some- thing of their national patriots and heroes of Hywel Dda as one of the best of law- givers, and of the prosperity of the country during his day and generation to regard Owen Glyndwr as something better than a rebel; to take a just estimate of the patriotism of Llywelyn ein Llyw Olaf. To learn the geography, the history and the literature of the land we live in. To be taught to take a pride in the stock we have sprung from. In short, to look upon our language, customs and national character- istics as being worthy of encouragement and development rather than of extinction and repression. The highest, the noblest, and the most genuine loyalty of all is loyalty to the love of country and language. Excellent advice, and worthy of the careful attention of every Welsh patriot.