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DR. W. LLOYD EDWARDS, speaking at a recent educational gathering at Barry, said that he had often remarked how engineers down at the docks always had names be- ginning with Mac—Mactodd, McTavish, or Mac something. Why was this ? Why could not there be a lot of Joneses, Evanses, Davies, Williamses, &c. ? It was because for years past Scotchmen had had great facilities in education, and had made good use of them. He thought this was one of the proper functions of their county schools —to prepare the boys for their life work. A WELSH blind pastor at Welshpool has immersed, without assistance, a convert over six feet high in the chapel baptistry, six feet in length. Since his ordination the Rev. David Griffiths has married several couples, reading the service from Braille type, which he picked out himself at his wife's dictation. AFTER a heated discussion the Cardiff City Council have decided to make Welsh teaching optional in the local schools, thereby rescinding a previous resolution to make it compulsory. The two Irish Catholic members voted for compulsion, and so did all the Welsh nonconformist members, the labour Lord Mayor, the other labour mem- ber, and three Churchmen. The opposition included some half a dozen Churchmen, and leading English Free Church leaders in the city. In fact the bitterest opposition to the language in Cardiff emanates from the English nonconformists. The English nonconformist is no lover of Welsh national ideals. Let Welshmen remember this fact. IN MEMORIAM! REV. JOHN PUGH, D.D. FOUNDER OF THE WELSH FORWARD MOVEMENT. At peace he lies, his toil and labour past. Rest comes at length for him. Sweet rest at last. While here on earth he spent himself to serve The Lord. Not his to falter or to swerve But forward go; and upward-on and on His life work ended ? Nay 'tis but begun. Above he lives, and in a higher sphere, 'Tis ours to carry on the cause so near And dear unto his heart. For could he now Speak to us here as we in sorrow bow. 'Tis Forward he would cry-no pause no rest Till all mankind are brought to lean on Jesus' breast. Ceitho Davies. The funeral of the late Rev. J. Pugh," writes the South Wales KELT correspondent, was one of the largest and most representa- tive I have ever seen. The attendance included several Welsh members of Parlia- ment, leading commercial men, and dozens of ministers from all parts of South Wales. The coffin was covered with beautiful wreaths, including one from Mr. John Cory, the well-known Cardiff philanthropist. The Rev. John Williams, Pengarn, and the Rev. Morris Morgan, Swansea, officiated with much feeling at the graveside in Cardiff Cemetery." MR. BARRY LINDON, who has been singing with so much success at the music halls in South Wales lately, is a native of Ystalyfera. Mr. Lindon has a basso voice of splendid compass, and his rendering of Rocked in the cradle of the deep is particularly fine. THE nineteenth annual concert of the Gaelic Society of London, in aid of its Educational scheme, is being held this year on Saturday, May 11th, at the Queen's Hall, Langham Place, W., in honour of the visit to this country of the Colonial Premiers, many of whom it is expected will be present. The committee appointed to make the arrangements for this very important occasion, have chosen their treasurer, Mr. H. Wyndham Rodda, of 17, South Street, South Kensington, S.W., to act as hon. secretary, and they have already drawn up a very select programme, in which the names of Madame Ada Crossley, Scott Skinner, The Strathspey King," the Stornoway Ladies' Gaelic Choir, and the young favourite Northern Star" Kenneth Mac Rae, who has won such great distinction in Gaelic music, are included. THE Trecynon Operatic Society, Aberdare, gave a performance of "Caradog" to a crowded and enthusiastic audience in that place the other night. It is exceedingly pleasant to find Welsh audiences taking increased interest in operas depicting historic scenes in the history of their Fatherland. INTEREST in Eisteddfodau is as keen as ever in Wales, and there were exceedingly large audiences at the Mountain Ash and Abergavenny Eisteddfodau on Easter Mon- day. These gatherings have now been held annually for many years-the Abergavenny one is over 20 years old-and it may safely be stated that they are continually growing in popularity. At Abergavenny the Cardiff and Newport choirs divided the chief choral prize. The adjudicator said that it was a remarkably fine competition. EMIGRATION to Canada seems to be in- creasing in popularity in Wales, and quite a dozen young Welshmen left Aberystwyth on one day recently for that country. Nobody wishes to dispute the fact that Canada is a fine country, but distance lends enchant- ment to the view," and it is to be feared that large numbers, who have emigrated there, have not found the place quite as good- as the picturesquely written pamphlets have described it.