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CHESTERTON AND THE EMPIRE. To the Editor of the LONDON WELSHMAN & KELT Sir,—I have read with great interest Norick's remarks about Empire and Im- perialism. May I suggest that there is another case for Imperialism besides that based on what the English can give to the other peoples united with them-which, in Norick's opinion, appears to be that, at the moment, singularly useless thing the vote." Might it not be urged that the smaller nations can give a good deal to the English. There can be no doubt about what is at this moment the danger for England and her Empire. Norick has put his finger on the spot with admirable precision. It is the artificial party system, buttressed by com- petition, controlling the House of Commons, disregarding the will of the people, respon- sible only to the group of rich men, usurers and financiers, brewers and cocoa manufac- turers, who are its paymaster. Now, Eng- land does not like this system, but she is almost too deep in the rub of it to get out by herself. The presence of other nations within the Empire with fresher political instinct, and more democratic instincts may help to pull us out of the mire. The Irish have often done useful work in checking and breaking up our stupid party game, and the Welsh might do as much or more if they would leave off taking places and judge- ships from the Liberal Government and backing one side in the silly pleutocratic squabble against the other, and would set to work to organize on their own lines and according to their own traditions. Yours faithfully, CECIL CHESTERTON. 11, Warwick Gardens, Kensington, W. July 26, 1910.
THE GOOD OLD COLLEGE DAYS! Jesus College, Oxford, of which Mr. Lloyd George is elected Fellow, has not always (says the Daily Chronicle) been an ideal home for a total abstainer. During the brave days of old, when everybody took his whack in the manner approved by Mr. Chesterton, this Cambrian College, like neighbouring Brasenose, was famous for the strong ale to which the lyric poet alludes :— There was a proud freshman of Jesus, Whose looks were intended to freeze us In his boots he wore nails, And his home was in Wales, And he lived on the strong beer of Jesus. Among the college plate is a huge silver-gilt bowl, which was presented by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn in 1732. According to tradition, this becomes the property of the first undergraduate who can drain it when filled with punch and then himself remove it without assistance. The cup has not been lifted. There is also the tradition of an observant policeman, who was consulted about the drinking habits of the mid-Victorian under- graduates. "Not what it used to be," he t said. When we finds a gentleman laying in the street if he smells o' brandy we takes 'im to the 'Ouse, and if he smells of beer we takes him to Jesus."
The tramp problem is becoming very acute in Wales. On Tuesday, at Wrexham, a tramp named James Macarthy was sent to prison for a month with hard labour for smashing two glass panels, value 35s., in a door of Holm Villa. Mr. J. F. Edisbury, a magistrate, said that the prisoner and another man, both under the influence of drink, were begging on Saturday night. The witness refused to give them anything,. and told them he would report them to the police. They became very abusive, and the prisoner threw his boots through the glass panels of the door.
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Society has performed the following works (besides many miscellaneous numbers):- Elijah, 42nd Psalm, and St. Paul, (Men- delssohn) Messiah (Handel) Gate of Life (Leoni) Blest Pair of Sirens (Parry); Lalla Rookh (Clay); Golden Legend (Sullivan); Hiawatha (Coleridge Taylor), and Redemp- tion (Gounod). The latest appearance of the Society in public competition was at Rhym- ney, Whit Tuesday (1909), when they secured the first prize of JS70. The Society has, however, now abandoned the competi- tive arena in favour of a more artistic career, viz., that of producing choral works at the Society's concerts, of which two are given each season, and when some of the greatest musical artistes of the day are engaged. Fourteen thousand territorials, comprising the Welsh Division, are under canvas at Bow Street and the Rheidiol Valley at Aber- ystwyth. What with the Welsh National Library, its selection for the Welsh Terri- torial camp, and its admitted superiority as the locale for the holding of the Welsh National Agricultural Show, Aberystwyth is becoming very prominent as a Welsh town. Mr. Keir Hardie, M.P., has been attacking the grants accorded to the King and Roya Family. It must be remembered that a large portion of these grants are circulated in the country and helps trade. The Royal palaces provide work for numbers. Sailors are employed on the Royal yachts gar- deners, decorators, and all kinds of trades- men are benefited, whilst a Royal visit to a city or town benefits the local tradesmen and others to a large extent. What is the matter with choral singing in North Wales ? There is not a single North Wales choir entered for the Chief Choral Competition at the Welsh National Eis- teddfod in Colwyn Bay. In fact only one Welsh Choir has entered at all, and that a South Wales one, viz., Rhymney. The two other entrants are North Stafford and Southport. Surely North Wales could have provided a choir ? A new Naval Brigade has been started at Cardiff. Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., is one of the patrons, and the Brigade gives promise of a very successful career. Young men in Newport requiring a thorough knowledge of shorthand, type- writing, &c., should communicate with the Maindee Commercial School, Roslyn Road. On Thursday last, Mr. and Mrs. William Lewis, the well-known Welsh residents of Harlesden, entertained the staff of Messrs.W. Lewis & Co., High Street, at a garden party at their residence, Bryncastell," Donning- ton Road. Tea was served on the terrace, after which a programme of sports was gone through on the grounds, which were illumin- ated at dusk, when an open-air concert was held. At the conclusion, Mrs. Lewis pre- sented the prizes won at the sports.