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Notes and News. DISESTABLISHMENT is an unknown quantity at present. WE shall have to Passive Resist for an- other year at least. Mr. MeKenna's measure has been postponed. MR. D. A. Thomas, M.P., has been shut up for the remainder of the Session. Mr. Lloyd-George has given him some real good work to do. There's hope.for "D.A." yet. AGAIN the prophets mention Mr. S. T. Evans as a favourite for the "Judgeship Stakes." We hope the event will come off this time. ———— MR. CHAMBERLAIN'S health is completely shattered. He will never again be able to take his seat in Parliament. It is a sad end to so interesting a personality. OUR correspondent is very worried in his mind. He does not know whether to buy a straw hat or an overcoat. "NEW potatos" is the printed notice to be seen in a Cardiff shop-window. MR. ALBERT DE RUTZEN, the London magistrate, is now 76 years of age. He is a Welshman, his father being the late Baron de Rutzen, of Pembrokeshire. THE possibility of the large Welsh Rugby Football teams becoming profes- sionals, and joining the ranks of the Northern Union, is generally scouted." So writes our South Wales correspondent. TOM COCKLES," one of Aberayron's quaint characters, is dead. There are scores of London Welshmen who well re- member Tom and his familiar cart. MERIONETHSHIRE, Cardiganshire, and Car- marthenshire are almost crimeless, and the business at the recent assizes in those counties was exceedingly small. PRESENT indications go to show that the Ysgol Haf," to be held at Aberystwyth this year, will beat all previous records in regard to attendance and educational results. THE attempt of the seamen at Cardiff to secure higher wages is seemingly meeting with success, and the full 14 10s. per month was secured lately in several cases. PASSIVE Resistance is still in existence. A Cardiff Nonconformist minister has had his goods distrained upon, and a lively sale by auction is about to take place in the Welsh city. THE South Wales colliers are to have a substantial rise in wages. This will mean more money for the lodging house keepers of Builth, Aberporth, Aberayron, New Quay, Llanwrtyd, and Cardigan this summer. Shoni is very liberal with his money when he gets it. THERE is a general idea outside Wales," writes the same correspondent, that practi- cally all the finest scenery is to be seen in North Wales. But I am certain that the Vale of Glamorgan, the garden of Wales,' is not to be rivalled for picturesqueness. Just now it is a most charming picture THE Rev. William Prytherch, the Modera- tor of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist denomination, is a brother of the Rev. S. Prytherch, Falmouth Road Church, London. Prytherch y Goppa," as he is familiarly known, is a very attractive preacher. SHOULD Mr. Birrell resign the office of Chief Secretary for Ireland, it is generally thought that the post will be offered to Mr. Lloyd-George. As he understands the Celtic character so well, he would make an excellent Secretary for Ireland. IT was the question of principle and con- science, says the Tyst, that caused Mr. S. T. Evans, to give up his seat on the Church Commission. Had the writer been in pos- session of the true facts of the case he would, no doubt, have written principal and con- venience." It was his professional engage- ments entirely that were responsible for this unfortunate step. ACCORDING to the Rev. T. Mardy Rees, the original inventor of the Sol-fa system was a Welshman, and he was buried in Buckley chapel, close to the heating stove," according to the evidence that Mr. Rees gave before the Church Commission. It would be very interesting to know whether that particular burial spot was chosen as a reward or punishment for his inventive powers." PROFESSOR HUGH WILLIAMS, of Bala, is recognised as one of the best authorities on Church- History, and it is gratifying to know that he has a work in the press dealing with the history of the British Church, which no doubt will be widely read when it appears. Is Mr. David Davies, M.P., becoming less of an Imperialist ? This year the celebration of Empire Day was not the joyous event in Montgomery that it was last year, when the young Llandinam squire paid the expenses. Possibly he found out that to create a false Imperialistic feeling among the Montgomery lads was an expensive as well as a useless fad. THE cuckoo has been very tardy with his song this year, but the inhabitants of Cow- bridge have been compensated by the visit of a couple of nightingales to their neighbour- hood. The Vale of Glamorgan is in all the glory of its early summer vendure just now, and as the nightingales have deigned to sing in the daytime on a few occasions, residents of Cardiff and contingent towns can do worse than go a Maying through Bro Morganwg to enjoy perfect rural scenery and listen to nature's songsters trilling their notes in the neighbouring woodlands. MR. KEIR HARDIE, M.P., though much improved in general health, is still unable to resume his Parliamentary duties. The internal complaint from which he is suffer- ing is proving more obstinate than the doctors had anticipated. It has therefore been decided to prolong his stay at the Wemyss Bay Hydro, where he is under- going a special course of treatment under the supervision of Dr. Philips, the resident physician. THE Rev. David Adams, B.A. (Hawen), Liverpool, will deliver the annual address to the studends of the Brecon Memorial College in connection with the extraordinary general meeting next month. WALES is represented on the General Council of the Secular Education League by Col. Ivor Herbert, M.P., Mr. J. Lloyd Morgan, M.P., Mr. J. Allanson Picton, M.A. (Penmaenmawr), Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., and Mr. W. Llewelyn Williams, M.P. The first manifesto of the League, which has just been issued, states that every attempt made to settle the education question in England and Wales has conspicuously failed. The reason for the failure is that partial and partisan lines have been followed. The Act of 1902 erred in one direction. Everyone sees that a further attempt, to be successful, must proceed upon fresh lines altogether and it is with a view to this new departure that the Secular Education League has come into being."