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Notes of the Week.


Notes of the Week. 0 na byddai'n Haf" It is not often that one experiences such a sad funeral as was witnessed at Abney Park Cemetery last Saturday, when the mortal remains of poor William Davies, the famous tenor and composer, were laid to rest. It was a cold, dreary, quiet, winter's day, with not a note to relieve the dullness of the mournful occasion. A small party of friends had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to his remains, and a hurried ceremony was held over the grave. The crowds that he had entertained in years past with his clear voice were absent, and his melodious prayer-song, 0 na byddai'n haf o hyd," was utterly out of sympathy with the event. His hopes of a clear sky and glorious summer had vanished long since, and the cold wintry blasts of life had been his lot these last few years. Yet, with all that, he had a pleasant smile, a cheerful greeting, and no one could enter into the spirit of his immortal song as he could. Though an ardent lover of Wales and an enricher of its music, he was buried in a land of strangers, far from his boyhood haunts yet, may the echoes of his many sweet compositions be chanted sympatheti- cally by the wind over his quiet grave as he sleeps the last sleep of all men. Another career cut short. This week brings the news of the death of another prominent young Welshman, that of Mr. Sid Williams, of Carmarthen. For some time he was a prominent member of the male voice choir, conducted by Mr. Madoc Davies, but for the past two or three years has had to seek the benefits of country air and life. Being engaged in one of the public offices. he was transferred to a pro- vincial depot some time since, but his trouble was too rooted to be overcome. During the last few months he has resided at a home in Ventnor, but though every care was exer- cised, he passed away at the early age of 32, to the great sorrow of a host of friends in London and around Carmarthen. His remains were taken to Wales to be buried. A fast Sailer. The British ship Kircudbrightshire, com- manded by Captain D. Roberts, has just reached Millwall Docks from Lebos de Tierra, after a good sea passage of 84 days. Ac- cording to the Shipping Gazette she is a splendid sailing vessel, and has been very successful on her passages during the past two years. Captain Roberts, her chief officer, is a native of Dolgelly, and though only a young man of 36 years, has seen some life in foreign lands since his early boyhood days. Having been away from the old country for two years he is to be congratulated on the splendid position gained by his vessel under his able seamanship on the interesting and profitable voyage. Folklore. It is to be regretted that the interesting lecture on the Folklore of South Wales," which was delivered recently before the Glamorgan Society by Mr. T. H. Thomas, of Cardiff, should have been given before such a small gathering. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff presided, and the subject treated by Mr. Thomas is particularly interesting to Welsh people in general. These gatherings could be made very instructive as well as entertaining to a wider area than to the members of this county society, and had the subject and lecturer been widely advertised and a small charge asked for from non- members, the large hall at the Holborn would be easily filled. Freemasonry. The London Welsh Lodge held its new year's gathering at the Criterion on Friday afternoon last, when a large number of members with friends of the craft congre- gated under the presidency of the W.M., Dr. Dan L. Thomas. Three new members were initiated into the mysteries of the craft during the evening, which makes the total addition of eleven members during the present W.M.'s term of office. This Lodge is becoming numerically strong, and already holds a prominent position among London Lodges generally. The Glamorgan Society, London. The fifth annual dinner will be held on Thursday, February 21st, at the Holborn Restaurant, under the presidency of Sir David Brynmor Jones, K.C., M.P., who will be supported by several distinguished ladies and gentlemen connected with their county. The chief guest will be the Right Hon. R. B. Haldane, M.P. (Secretary of State for War). The artistes are Miss Amy Evans, Miss Tilly Richards, and Mr. Ivor Foster, who are all Glamorganites. A cordial invitation is extended to any Glamorgan ladies or gentlemen who happen to be visit- ing the Metropolis. Applications for tickets should be made as early as possible to the honorary secretary, T. Leason Thomas, 35, Granville Gardens, London, W. The Welsh Club. A club re-union was held on Friday even- ing last week, when Mr. T. E. Morris, Ll.M., attended to welcome the members. It is intended to continue such gatherings every week in future, and no doubt they will be regularly patronised when they become more generally known.