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It is not often that a Welsh-speaking Welshman attains the distinction of a Master to one of the old City companies, but that is the case this year in connection with the Felt Makers Company, whose Master for the time being is Mr. W. L. Davies, of Jerning- ham Road, New Cross, a prominent member of the Welsh Established Church. The charter of the old Felt Makers Company was granted in the time of Charles II, and it has had a distinguished roll of masters for many generations. The annual dinner to install the Master was held this week, when a dis- tinguished company was present, including the Lord Mayor and Aldermen and Sheriffs of the City, and Mr. Davies was well supported by his Welsh friends by the presence of Rev. J. Crowle Ellis, St. Benet; Mr. Abel Simner, and Mr. M. E. Hughes- Hughes. All his friends unite in wishing him a prosperous year to fill the high position which he has attained. The annual meeting of the London Welsh Club will be held at the premises on Mon- day evening next, when a large gathering is anticipated. This institution is now so well established that its success for the future is considered fairly certain, and the member- ship has been greatly on the increase during the past six months. One of the latest additions to the place is a well stocked reading room and library, where a well- selected series of Welsh books and books relating to Wales can be consulted by the members. TO A PORTRAIT. I. Sweet Margaret with the laughing eyes Thou seest not my grief, my sorrow Thou hearest not my many sighs, Sweet Margaret with the laughing eyes. You shut me from your paradise. Sad to-day, no hope to-morrow Sweet Margaret with the laughing eyes Thou seest not my grief, my sorrow. II. When my eyes are locked in sleep I dream of thee, my love, my dear To my heart sweet memories creep When my eyes are locked in sleep. And thy love I fondly keep Till the dawn my fancies scatter, When my eyes are locked in sleep I dream of thee, my love, my dear. III. Sweet Margaret with the laughing eyes, I know thy grief, I share thy sadness A wayward imp in Cupid's guise, Sweet Margaret with the laughing eyes, Deceived thee with his honeyed lies. No, no, I cannot call thee faithless, Sweet Margaret with the laughing eyes, I know thy grief, I share thy sadness. IV. I kiss those silent lips of thine, Farewell, my love, farewell for ever. Thy heart is weary, so is mine, I kiss those silent lips of thine, And then thy love I must resign; Two loving hearts are hard to sever, I kiss those silent lips of thine, Farewell, my love, farewell for ever. CON DOLORE. The Labour party are going to make desperate efforts to capture East Glamorgan at the next election. They are already busily organising themselves. Mr. Edgar Jones, M.P., in addition to being an excellent Parliamentary representative, is also a very good writer. His articles in the Mcrthyr Express have attracted much interest. With the object of drafting a scheme for the improvement of Welsh live stock, the Welsh County Councils have appointed representatives to attend a conference at Llandrindod Wells. This movement is of great importance to Welsh farmers, and we hope it will be accorded the best possible support and encouragement. Maindee Private Commercial School, Ross- lyn Road, Newport, provides excellent tuition in shorthand, typewriting, &c. Mr. B. W. Bathe, Principal, is a Fellow of the Institute of Commercial and Specialist Teachers. Miss Ethel Cooke, Schubert House, God- frey Road, Clytha Park, Newport, gives lessons in pianoforte playing, and prepares pupils for the examinations. Miss Cooke possesses very high credentials. It is generally felt in Wales that the best Welsh National Memorial to the late King Edward would be a sanatorium, to be erected at Cardiff." This is from a Cardiff corres- pondent. We hope the Committee of the Welsh National Eisteddfod at Carmarthen will succeed in getting the Prince of Wales to attend the gathering next year. The Rev. J. T. Roberts, vicar of Mochdre (Mont.), was moved to speak plainly on Sun- day owing to the waywardness of his flock in leaving the church to attend anniversary services at the Methodist chapel close by. Noting the smallness of his own congrega- tion, he declared warmly that English people were more faithful to the Church than the Welsh, as the latter would go even to see a monkey on a stick. The Hon. Charles Rolls, whose death as a victim of the martyr stage of flying on Tuesday last was, unlike the rest of his family, not a politician either of local or Imperial pretentions. In addition to their wider sphere of politics, his father, Lord Llangattock, had been, and his'brother, the Hon. John Maclean Rolls, still is, a member of the Monmouthshire County Council. But the Hon. Charles never seemed to drop into the realm of politics at all seriously. His mother, Lady Llangattock, for whom the utmost sympathy is felt, is probably the best known woman in Monmouthshire. The annual meetings of the Cambrian Archaeological Association will be held in Radnorshire and Breconshire on August 23, 24, 25, and 26, commencing at Llandrindod. Visits will be paid by the members to Llan- badarnfawr Church, Ystradenny, Llanbister, Llanano, Dinboeth Castle, Cwm Hir Abbey, Bleddfa, Monachdy, Evancoed, Old Radnor, Harpton Tumuli, New Radnor Castle mounds, Forest Inn mounds, Llandegteg, Llanyre, Collen Castle, Llanfihangel Bryn- babuan Church, Standing Stone, Llanafan Fawr Church, Hafod yr Aner, Cefnybedd, Cwm Llewelyn, Cae Beris, Llechryd mounds, Cae Maerdy Castle, Llanelwedd, Builth Castle, Aberedw, Llewelyn's Cave, &c.