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Notes and News.


Notes and News. LONDON saved the Empire last Saturday SUCH is the comment of the jingo press on the Progressive defeat in the L.C.C. elections. WE consider that the Conservative wins in West Wales also ought not to be ignored for their service on this occasion to the Empire. CAPTAIN HEMPHILL, who headed the poll at Central Finsbury, recently presided at a meeting in the Welsh Tabernacle, and succeeded in securing a strong band of Welsh canvassers from among the members to assist him during the recent campaign. YSTALYFERA Red Dragon Society has gone in heartily for the Daffodil as the most suitable Welsh national emblem. FOR the first time probably in its history, a Welsh newspaper is printed in Cardiff. This is Y Gadlef, the organ of the Welsh division of the Salvation Army. General Booth has promptly recognised the claims of Wales for special treatment, and recognises the need of a newspaper in the vernacular, as well as a corps of Welsh-speaking officers. THE Swansea Cymdeithas Gymraeg is having a good session. On Tuesday night Mr. John Jenkins, solicitor, read a paper upon Howel Dda a'i Amserau." Howel Dda was one of the worthies of Wales, and a magnificent administrator. His laws were renowned for the commonsense principles upon which they were based. IN an interview that our South Wales correspondent had with Mr. J. Beynon, the president of the Merthyr Cymreigyddion, this week, that enthusiastic Welshman-the husband, by the way, of that beautiful singer, Madam Miles Beynon-said that the Welsh renaissance in the ancient town of Merthyr was most remarkable. "It was a magnificent sight," he went on, to see the hundreds of children singing Welsh airs at the large Welsh Congregational Chapel on St. David's Day. The crowded audience were as if inspired, and the greatest enthu- siasm prevailed." THE most polished speech at the Cardiff Cymmrodorion Society's banquet was ad- mittedly that of the Hon. D. Williams, the U.S. Consul in the City. Mr. Williams's enthusiasm and eloquence seemed to infect the whole assembly, and right heartily was he applauded. The Hon. D. Williams was born in America, his parents having emi- grated thither from Tregaron, in Cardigan- shire. KIMBERLEY Welshmen sent a cake for presentatien to the members of the Cardiff Football team in celebration of the latter's signal victory over the South African Team on New Year's Day. It was a remarkably fine cake," writes our local correspondent, a feature being the Springbok's heads." The cake was formally presented to the members of the Cardiff team at the Cymmro- dorion dinner on Saturday night amidst much enthusiasm. IT is announced that the University of Pennsylvania will confer honorary degrees on two eminent Welshmen next April. The recipients will be Principal Rhys, of Oxford, and Sir William Preece, the well-known electrician, both worthy of any honour that our friends across the pond may confer upon them. IN the county council elections, in North and South Wales, the Conservatives have won many contests. Carnarvonshire and Pembrokeshire have witnessed a great wave of reaction, while in many of the other counties, what were considered to be safe seats for Nonconformists, have been secured by the Church party. The seat held lately by the new Education secretary, Mr. A. T. Davies, was lost on Monday by the Radicals after a very hard fight. ABERYSTWYTH Library Committee is very particular as to the nature of the literature it supplies to the public. Recently a book, written by a well-known author, was con- demned as unfit for general reading, and was consequently withdrawn from circulation. It must have been a fearfully bad book because judging by the language used at the Town Council every week, the populace can tolerate more than the average amount of slang and abuse. THE dispute between the members of the Welsh Church Commission will be considered on Friday by the Lord Chancellor and the Right Hon. D. Lloyd George. Probably the decision will not be made known before Tuesday next, but the general impression amongst politicians is that the Commission is doomed, at least in. its present form. Whether it will be possible to appoint another chair- man, should Lord Justice Vaughan Williams decide to retire, is a matter that will be duly considered by the two gentlemen who are endeavouring to be peace-makers in this unhappy affray.