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Notes and News. MR. RICHARD BELL, M.P., the Railway- man's champion, is a native of Merthyr. He can speak Welsh fairly well. IT looks as if there were some sweating going on at Cardiff. Here are the prices adver- tised by a dressmaker in a local journal:— Blouses Is., children's overalls 6d., boy's trousers 9d., men's shirts 8d., boy's shirts 6d." Tom Hood's "Song of the shirt" seems to be specially applicable to the Welsh Metropolis. MADAME PATTI had a magnificent recep- tion at Swansea on the occasion of her recent concert in aid of the funds of the local in- firmary. It is really wonderful how the great Diva manages to keep up her youthful appearance. Scores of ladies would like to get the prescription." IT was with great difficulty that an ardent North Wales Disestablisher was dissuaded from christening his newly born son as John Datgysylltiad Roberts. IT is reported that a big Manchester firm have struck out in a new direction with the object of inviting their customers to visit their shops. They have printed their in- vitations" in Welsh, English, Irish, and Gaelic. THE Rhymney Valley, South Wales, recently lost a most picturesque personality by the removal to Merthyr Workhouse of Edmund Morgan, who was known in the neighbourhood as the "Hermit of the Valley." For 20 years, Morgan, who was better known as "Siencyn," had lived in the caves and huts on the mountains of this picturesque valley. The retreats which he selected from time to time were kept, if not spotlessly clean, at any rate free from any severe breach of sanitary rules, and no excuse could be found for his removal by force to more comfortable quarters. Sien- cyn's" sleeping accommodation was a wooded bench on which he reposed in his clothes which, apparently, he had never cast off for close upon 15 years. Otherwise his personal habits were clean. Recently the hermit complained of illness, and it was found that he was suffering from a weak heart. He gladly left his mountain, home for the workhouse. HARDLY anybody in South Wales," writes the KELT correspondent, believes that there will be a railway strike. It is a pretty general opinion that some compromise will be arrived at, thereby obviating the taking of such an extreme course." THE gold medal for the champion stall at the recent South Wales Grocers Exhibition at Swansea was won by Mr. Evan Rees, of butter fame. It was a particularly smart stall, and represented a house or shop, entrance to which was made through a great Norman arch. The structure consisted almost entirely of butter boxes. A book on the Church, and Welsh culture is on the literary stocks of the Rev. G. Hartwell Jones, rector of Nutfield. Mr. Jones's recent lecture on the Italian influence on Celtic culture embodied some of the material which he has collected. The Dawn of European Civilisation" is another of Mr. Hartwell Jones's rcent efforts. THOSE of our readers who are vegetarians and fruitarians will be interested to learn that the Nature Cafe has been opened at 1, Frederick Street, Cardiff, under the management of Mr. R. A. Burge. The cafe is very nicely arranged, and well worth a visit. As the manager explained to a KELT representative: We exclude meat, but we cultivate purity and hygiene." THE Educational Co. of Cardiff and Merthyr are showing great enterprise, and a visit to their Cardiff establishment, 37, St. Mary Street, which is under the experienced management of Mr. J. H. Dyer, will well repay readers interested in Welsh books and literature generally. A special feature just now are school books.