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lVEEK BY WEEK. A visitor to Llanrwst, seeing the extraordin- ary number of telescopes in use, might jump to the conclusion that the whole population had given themselves over to the study of astronomy. This is not the case. The explanation is that, in the wirds of a Councillor, it is impossible to see the time by the Town Hall clock without the aid of a telescope; A Scotch minister recognised one of his female parishioners sitting by the roadside a little fuddled1. "J ust help Jne up with ma bundle, !gude mon," said she. "Fie, fie, Janet," said the pastor, to see the like of you in sic a plight; do you kinew where all drunkards go?" Ay, sure," said Janet, they just go where a drap of gude drink is to be got." The Chancellor of the Exchequer has created quite a record in the number of his private sec- retaries. At the present time Mr Lloyd George has no fewer than seven such Parliamentary and political assistants, and, in addition to this, there is quite an army of per,maneillt adviser 10 the Treasury as well as the special experts who have been called in at various times to advise the (Chancellor on the Finance Bill. The Prime Minister discharges his manifold duties with the assistance of four secretaries; Sir Edward Grey, at the Foreign Office, has three, in addition to a prceis writer Mr Gladstone, Lord Morley, and Mr Churchill have a similar number, and Mr John Burns has two. These assistants are, of course, in addition to. the Parliamentary Under-Secretaries. There ought to be a law (says the "Western Mail ") Ito compel new knights and baronets to use their best known Christian name, in connec- tion with the title. Imagine anybody referring to Sir Marchant Williams as Sir Thomas. Many tried it at the beginning but 'the attempt died, as it ought ito have done. Unfortunately, the gentleman we all knew as Mr Frank Edwards has become Sir Francis, to the bewilderment of not a few; everybody knows Dr. Robertson Nicoll, but we hope we shall not have tOl get used to calling him 'Sir William: Niooll; then there is Mr Vincent Evans, who, will, we hope, discour- age his friends from calling him Sir Evan. It is too often the case that the distinctive middle nmle goes when a title comes along, and we hope the new knights will follow the example: of Siir Marohant Williams, and retain the best of the old name. A .fine old Welshman, the R,ev. Evan Edwards, of Torquay, formerly pastor of tthe Upton Vale Baptist Chapel there, recently preached his 7,908th sermon. From his old pulpit he spoke vigorously for forty minutes without a single nolte Mr Edwards, who: is 94 years of age, was born, at Nantmel, Radnorshire. By addressing cottage congregations in the Welslh hills he be- came known, as the boy preacher." He was appointed pastor at Torquay ini 1868, and has remained there ever since—for seventeen as pas- tor and for 214 years in semi-retireiment. Mr Edwards is stil wonderfully vigorous in mind and body. I attribute my good health," he said in an interview, mainly to total abstin- ence, my quiet life, and the fact that I have always avoided excitement and sensationalism. I do not smoke. I get up at eight O''cloc,k and am. in bed by half-past ten. Breakfast and mid- day dinner are practically my only meals." A writer on the Local Government Board bears high testimony to the services of the late Sir Hugh Owen, who seemed to know more of inspecting than most inspectors, more of law than most lawyers, muchmore) of the principles of administration than the Ministers under whom he served. Bold, we are told, was the President who ventured t0' disagree with him. According to official tradition, 'this happened, only once. Thont tlhe Petrimianenit Secretary, quoting an old statute which no body had heard of, demolished his chief, who significantly wrote Peccavi proceed as proposed by Mr Owen." When po- pular government of the counties, was being es- tablished in ISSS the same official was right- hand man to Mr Ritchie. During the six or eight months that it took to pass1 the measure through Parliament Sir Hugh Owen and a con- siderable number of his subordinates worked, by day and night, sometimes all night. The amend- ments proposed numbered nearly two thousand, and Ritchie woiuld have been, hopelessly swamped if the permanent staff of his depart- ment had not had both the ability and the will to sacrifice themselves utterly for the sake of their chief." A monument to Sir Hugh Owen stands at Carnarvon. On Thursday night Mr Lloyd George was pre- sent at the Savoy Theatre for the express pur- pose of hearing Mr C. H. Workman sing his Budget songs, new verses, to which were intro- duced into The Mountaineers." No one ap- preciates a joke against mmself better than the Chancellor—who has not heard him tell the equality story of the Nonconformist parson and the Bishop of St. Asaph?—and he has gone out of hi way during the past few months to visit different theatres where he has been parodied in, song and verse. At the Coliseum, where a Bud- get. song is ingrleat request, Mr Fragson con- cludes a very witty denunciation amidst tre- mendous applause by declaiming — We can't afford to liive, We can't afford to die Heaven bless Lloyd George! Mr Workman, in The Mountaineers sings as follows: I would put a tax, I think, Upon alcoholic drink- (I have always been teetotal, by the way) And upon tobacco, too, I should like to put the screw— {I am limited, to one cigar a day). Then Fd levy cent, per cent. On all unearned increment- (My own is hardly earned and rather small). ,So< I'd fill the treasure chest With a lot of interest:—■ (Tho' I haven't any principle at all!) A little later he sings the following verses, writ- ten by Mr Arthur Wimperis,:—, There's a clever politician who is busily engaged In making bloated C'arvital disgorge, And though his liberality with labour is alloyed, He's a very clever Minister—by George He's got his party leader in the hollow of his fist, In politics he's playing Box and Cox; For though within the Cabinet "I the goods are Socialist, 1:1 He keeps the Liberal label on the box. No doubt, these ideas will be extensively utilised during thei forthcoming pantomimes.

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