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Notes and News.


Notes and News. Welsh Disestablishment is still a live question, and will soon be heard of in Parliament. Mr. Asquith gave a definite promise to Sir Alfred Thomas this week that the new word- ing of the Declaration Oath will not interfere with the Disestablishment Bill, nor imperil its passage through the House of Commons. The Constitutional Conference continues to discuss its points of differences. This mysterious body promises to rival the Welsh Church Commission in its curious method of procedure. A large contingent of Welsh patriots, representing the Gorsedd of the Isle of Britain, left Southampton for Brittany on Thursday evening last. Celtic fêtes, on a large scale, will be held at Nantes during this week-end, and delegates from all the Celtic races are expected to be present. Although the climatic conditions in London during the early part of this week resembled the usual November weather, the residents of West Wales fared considerably better. Reports from Cardigan and Merionethshire record a considerable amount of sunshine and a high temperature. Cardigan folks were greatly disgusted at the circulation of the false report that Dr. Crippen, the alleged murderer, had been arrested at one of its watering places. Evidently the people of Cardiland con- sider their county too pure to be infested with English criminal fugitives. An interesting letter from Mr. Cecil Chesterton—brother to the famous G.K. will be found in another column commenting on Norick's" article in our last issue. Mr. Cecil Chesterton, like his brother, is a regular contributor to the leading English •journals, and his democratic opinions are well known among English men of letters. The Parliamentary season is at an end and members will now be at liberty to enjoy a few weeks' rest. It is admitted that the Session has been an unusually busy one, and members have had to be very constant in their attendance. To have two equally balanced parties in the House is a distinct gain from the spectacular point of view, and it gives a busy, air to everything around Westminster. Unquestionably, the finest public park outside London is Roath Park, Cardiff. CELT readers who have not visited this delightful spot will be astonished at its extent and great beauty. Cardigan town or Lampeter could be easily accommodated in it. There is a fine lake, an aquarium, refresh- ment pavilion, bandstand, boats of all sizes, bathing boxes, rustic bridges, and glass houses. A really happy half-holiday can be spent here. Swansea is going ahead very much of late. A new floating dock is under construction at the yard of Messrs. Swan and Hunter, of Newcastle, at a cost of about £ 10,000. The pontoon is to be used for the repair of dredgers and small steamers, and is to be placed in the South Dock. It is probable that a larger floating dock will follow. The Rev. Peter Price, B.A., Dowlais, who has just accepted a call" to the Welsh Congregational Church at Rhos, has also received a very pressing invitation to make a three month's preaching and lecturing tour in America next year. The latter invitation came from the Welsh Congregational Union of America. If the Tories had their way we should be always talking about Army and Navy. The Empire seems for these people, to exist for the Forces. The old idea, that the Forces constitute that which makes and keeps together a nation, still fills the mind of the average Tory."—(Mr. Edgar Jones, M.P.). Mr. Crawshay Williams, M.P. for Leicester, speaking at Pontneathvaughan Eisteddfod the other day, deplored the fact that he could not speak Welsh. He fully realised that apart from the value of Welsh to study the literature and traditions of Wales, the man who knew two languages was better off than the man who only knew one. In his charge to the grand jury at the Glamorgan Assizes at Swansea, Mr. Justice Scrutton stated that the greater number of the crimes in the calendar was due to the influence of drink on the men who committed them. A terrible indictment! One of the best musical organisations in Wales is the Newport Choral Society, under the conductorship of Mr. Arthur Sims, L.R.A.M. It is interesting to note that the