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TIDE TABLE FOR THE NORTH WALES…

THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD.

WEEK BY WEEK.

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WEEK BY WEEK. During repair on an old building near New Quay recently the workmen came across a Bible which bore the,published date of 1753. Asked to name the three greatest men of the clay, a Rhonddla schoolboy placed them as fol- lows: Mr Freddie Welsh, Mr Raffles, and, perhaps, Mr Lloyd George." A number of Welsh, schoolmasters were relat- ing their experiences. Well," said one, the funniest reply to a: question that I ever received was at Rhosfach School. I asked Johnny what I cur,e of sous was, and the cherub's reply was a fishmonger Welsh," says a contemporary, proved that the English straight-from-the-shoulder blow is ¡by,> no means the last word in dleJence and at- tack." Whereupon the Bystander drily re- marks :—" Mr Lloyd George, you know, is very proud of being called Welsh." A sneezing official of the Treasury was ex- plaining to a journalist that he could not pos- sibly see Mr Lloyd George. The Chadsellor," he said, after another sneeze, is id his house id Dowdig-street. He has a code id his head and cad't be seed." And the journalist, who was a good deal likewise, remarked, I'b sorry. He has by sidisere sybpathy." A Welsh tradesman, who, besides being a linen and woollen draper, hatter and clothier, grocer and tea dealer," also vended boots, shoes, leather, &c., oils, paints, ropes, twines, &c. announced the terms upon which he does business to be as follows: -Sixpence in the pound for ready cash; one month credit, four- pence in the pound; two months' credit, two- pence in the pound; three months' credit, none; the fourth month credit, interest, two- pence in the pound, &c. And if not paid in twelve months I shall have nothing to dOl wrth receiving the money." A customer went the other night into a West Wales shop to do a little business. The trades- man, thinking to have a good return (as is the case on Saturday night), lost no time in going to wait upon this customer, and asked him, What will you please to have, Mr A pair of leather laces, please, was the answer. None to be had, says the shop- keeper sharply, only porpoise laces, and they are 4d. per pair." Too dear for me," said the customer. Oh, I'll give you six months to pay, and warrant the laces for twelve months," was the tradesman's reply. » One of the smartest police-oonstables in Wales has four feet. He answers to the name of Wal- lace, and people who did not know him better would mistake him for an ordinary dog. Wal- lace belongs to Police-Constable Albert Savage, of the Glamorgan Constabulary, who has trained him to police duty. He works the backs of houses while his master works the fronts, and vice versa," says the Police Re- view and Parade Gossip." He never misses a man if there is one about, and his warning bark soon makes known to his master the pre- sence of tramps loiteiring or sleeping in the farmyards. Welsh Rabbit is the theme of an interesting disquisition in Walsh's lately-published' "Handy Book of Literary Curiosities." We are there told that one of the most curious and cur;- ojisly successful feats of the amateur etymologist is that which has changed Welsh rabbit, which is right, into Welsh rarebit, which is wrong, and has forced the wrongful change upon the Eng- lish-speaking world. Welsh rabbit is a genuine slang term," as much so as Irish apri- cots or Munsfter plums for potatoes. "Yet in the face of all these analogies the amateur etymologist refuses to accept the common-sense explanation that the name Welsh rabbit is simply a humorous recognition of Taffy's fond- ness for toasted cheese." Apropos of the predominance of Welsh names at Oxford, a correspondent sends to the West- minster Gazette some calculations, taken from Foster's Alumni Oxomienses," bearing on the distribution of the name Jones. It appears that, between 17,15 and 1886, there were 716 Joneses at Oxford, and 299 of them were at Jesus Col- lege. This college has, in fact, educated rather less than one-half and rather more than one- third of the total number of Joneses available. Yet, by a curious irony, it happens that the most illustrious of the Oxford Joneses (Sir Wil- liam Jones) was not at Jesus, but at University, while the most memorable of the Jesus men have not been Joneses at all, but have been called Vaughan (the Silurist "), Nash (the Beau "), John, Richard Green and! Lewis Mor- ris. Only a single Jones out of the 299 has at- tained to the diginity of principal.

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