FOOTBALL NOTES AND NEWS. Blackheath at West Ham. LONDON WELSH 6 points BJ \t KHEATH 5 points The London Welsh, on Saturday last, felt that they had at last reached the pinnacle of fame in the Rugby world, by entertaining the Black- heath XV on their own ground, at West Ham. The clubs had met twice previously at Blackb.eath, and on each occasion the men of Gwalia had been returned victors-in 1906 by 13 points to 7, and March, 1907, by 15 points to 4. The game of last Saturday had long been looked forward to by the home supporters as idne of the Tit Bits" of the season, but three things mitigated against their hopes being realised: 1st, the heavy rain of Friday night and Saturday morning, which made the turf frightfully heavy and quite against the Welsh style of play 2nd, the hurricane which blew all through the afternoon; and 3rd, the refereeing of Mr. Andrews was of the most biassed description that it has been my lot to witness for many a long day. He continually penalised the Welsh forwards, either for feet up in scrum or off-side play, when there was no shadow of irregularity on their part, and on one occasion he blew his whistle when a try for the Welsh was certain but for what reason, it was beyond me to fathom while the try given to Blackheath was quite out of order, as Maddocks had already touched the ball down for a minor before Chambers fell on it. Really, it is a great pity that gentlemen appointed to referee these big games in London cannot go on to the field to do their duty for both sides without in the least being antagonistic to one side or the other. This is not the first game this season that the Welsh have suffered from biassed refereeing, and it has already cost them one victory. Instead of a crowd of about 5,000, about 500 turned up to see the game, which, from the first, became a forward game. Black- heath had slightly the better of it in the tight, but the Welsh were too good for them in the open, and some splendid dribbles were put in by Dobson, Harding and Jenkins, while J. F. Williams played a very fine game, his fast following up in the first half being responsible for the first try, scored by Maddocks. Near the end of the first half, the Club" forwards came away with a good burst, and took the ball over the line, but although Maddocks touched it down, the referee awarded a try to them, Chambers being the scorer Hill converted. During the second half the Welsh kept pegging away in the Blackheath half of the field, and after many fruitless attempts on their part to score, Harding made a great dribble, and when near the 25, kicked hard to the left, with the result that sprinter Neagle had no difficulty in scoring the win- ning try for the Welsh, amidst tremendous cheering from the crowd present. Black- heath made a brave attempt near the end to score again, but the Welsh defence was very sound, and they kept their line intact during the second half. The final score was:- London Welsh, 2 tries Blackheath, 1 goal. ? Evans, Maddocks, Gabe, Jones and Saunders, of the Welsh backs, did excellent work, while all the forwards did grandly. Chambers, Cooper, Portus, Hill, Cave and Newbold appeared to be- the best of the heathens," who struggled hard for victory. Next Saturday, Richmond will be the guests of the Welsh at West Ham. Kick- oN 2.30 sharp. WELSH FORWARD.
IOLO MORGANWG AS A SOCIALIST. lolo's biographer, Mr. Elijah Waring, says—" Had the bard exercised that con- venient policy which influences the conduct of most men, he might have attained both eminence and wealth but he was too honest for the great conventional world." This was the true desire, and it was the constant prayer of the old bard—' Give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food con- venient for me.' No man could repeat, with a more perfect application, the following stanzas, from an- other bard, who had gone before him- Some have too much, yet still they crave, I little have, yet seek no more They are but poor, though much they have. And I am rich with little store They poor, I rich they beg, I give; They lack, I lend they pine, I live." The old bard was forsaken by his early friends, and some rich patrons, on account of his political bias in favour of the French Revolution. He was kindled with the most generous zeal in the cause of democracy, and warmly espoused the party that favoured it in our own country. He composed an ode on the Rights of Man," but dared not at the time put his name to it, or he would have been imprisoned, but gave the fictitious name, Sion Chwareu Teg" (Johnny Fair Play). The song does not point out any particular country, or denounce anybody personal, but it condemns tyrants, and unprincipled despots of every land. He sings on the tune of our National Anthem, which in the following verses he plays- God save our native land, Vouchsafe Thy fostering hand, God save our land From bread-tax, Tolls, bastilles, Barracks and cat o' nine tails, Game laws, excise, and jails, God save our land. From ignorance and pride, The sons of labour guide, Save, ere we fall; Save us from sordid lies, From traitors, bigots, spies, And actious tools and ties, That us enthrall." Wales, at the time of the revolution 1789- 93, was blessed, not with the liberty which the sword gave to other lands, but with the liberty of the Gospel. At this period the Rev. Daniel Rowlands was at Llangeitho preaching to the thousands. The stated number of communicants at the monthly sacraments in his own church was seldom less than two thousand, and sometimes more than four thousand. lolo does not seem to have been fired with the Welsh revival, for he contemplated writing a book early in the nineteenth century with the following title-" Ymweliad y diawl ag eglwysi Cymru" (The devil's visit to the Welsh churches).-(Catirawti Cardiff Times.")
MR. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN, after claiming Mr. Lloyd-George as a protectionist the other day, charged the Liberal Government with giving orders to a French firm for the boilers of the Dreadnought. On enquiry it is found out that the orders for the boilers were given during the late government's lifetime!
Y DYFODOL. Boed i Tsgrifenyddion y gwahanol Oymdeithasan anfon ar j'yrder restr o'u cyfarfodydd arbennig i'w gosod yr y Golofn hon. Rhag. 25- Walham Green, nos Nadolig, Cartref oddi cartref. 1908. Ion. 2- Capel Mile End Road. Swper Goffi. Ion. 16- Cyngherdd Blynyddol Jewin Newydd. Ion. 22- Beauchamp Road. Anerchiad gan R. 0 Wynne Roberts, Ysw., "Trip round Africa." Ion. 23- Eisteddfod Fawreddog Battersea, yn Batter- sea (Grand) Town Hall. Ion. 26- Romford Road, Stratford. Cyfarfod pre- gethu blynyddol. Ion. 30- Eisteddfod Eglwys Dewi Sant, Queen's Hall. Chwef. 6— Cyngherdd Cor y Tabernacl Cymreig, King's Cross. Chwef. 13- Cwrdd TA a Chyngherdd Blynyddol y Boro' Chwef. 15- Y Tabernacl Cymreig Eisteddfod Flynyddol. Chwef. 19— Beauchamp Road. Anerchiad gan Ellis Davies, Ysw., A.S., "Cyfreithiau Hywel Dda." Cbwef. 20- Cyfarfod Tê a Chyngerdd Blynyddol Barrett's Grove. Mawrth 5— Eisteddfod City Road yn Shoreditch Town Hall.
LONDON WELSH Rugby Football Club DATE. FIXTURES. GROUND, 1907. Dec. 21 Richmond Home 26 Llanelly Away 28 Cardiff Away 1908. Jan. 4 Cheltenham Away 11 18 Gloucester. Home 25 Northampton Away Feb. 1 Devonport Albion Home 8 Oxford University Away 15 Old Millhillians Home > > 22 Bedford Away 26 Cambridge University Home 29 Cardiff Home Mar. 7 Rosslyn Park Home 14 Blackheath. Away 21 Leicester Away 28 London Irish Home Apr. 4 Catford Bridge Away 11 17 Gloucester. Away 18 Newport Away 20 Bristol Away The 1st XV. HOME matches will be played at Memorial Athletic Grounds, West Ham. Frequent trains from City. Nearest Station West Ham. Fifteen minutes' run on the District Railway, Fenchurch Street, &c. Ground adjoining Station. Also from St. Pancras, Dalston Junction, &c. Admission, 6d. Covered Grand Stand 6d. extra LADIES ADMITTED FREE to all parts of the ground. Hon. Sec.-W. H. TRICK, 108, New Oxford Street W.C. Telephone 3853 Gerrard. Bydd yn hyfrydwch gan y Golygydd dderbyu Gohebiaethau ac erthyglau i'w hystyried, ond nis gellir ymrwymo i ddychwelyd ysgrifau gwrthodedig. A I 'Cell I WELSH pRIHTlHB