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Ilk T Notes and News. MUNSEY'S MAGAZINE says that the Welsh people have raised the moral standard of America. Sir R. Bulkeley, when he feels inclined to shout again, might well read that C3 article. WE heartily congratulate Miss Gwladys Roberts, the well-known Welsh singer, on her recent election to an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music. Miss Roberts has had a most brilliant career, and her country- men expect still greater things from her. MR. J. D. REES, who, according to Whittaker, represents Montgomery Boroughs in Parliament, has written a most eloquent defence of the Indian tiger to the Times. Mr. Rees has always found that animal of evil reputation, most kindhearted and con- siderate. CARDIGANSHIRE, at the present moment, is a very popular county among those Welsh members of Parliament who are troubled by unsafe seats. It is rumoured in very well- informed circles that the Cardiganshire favourite, however, is a very well-known London Welsh solicitor. A WELSHMAN, Mr. John Lodwig, is about to be married to Miss Steyn, the daughter of the ex-President of the Orange Free State. Mr. Lodwig is an Ammanford man, and is at present in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company at Johannesburg. THE Western sea is once more playing the cruel part of "Gwenhidwy" along the shores of North Cardiganshire. Here, it is said, Cantref y Gwaelod lies under the blue waves of the bay, and on a clear quiet summer day the chimes of Oantref can be heard beneath the waves. The beautiful little village of Borth is at present in imme- diate danger of being captured by the sea. THE Western Mailgave way last week to quite an extravagant demonstration of its joy. It discovered that there had been a decrease of 10,000 in the membership of the four chief Welsh denominations during the last year. A REPRESENTATIVE of the KELT called at the rooms of a fairly well-known figure in London Welsh life two or three days ago. He found that gentleman in front of his looking-glass, and in the midst of what was evidently a gesture-rehearsal— What are you doing there," inquired the astounded reporter. Well," answered the hero, I am pretty certain to be elected President of —— next week, and I want to be able to look surprised when it comes off. THE Fabian Society has given its opinion upon the Railway Settlement by Mr. Lloyd- George, and even that advanced body of thinkers pronounces it a very favourable settlement, as it admits the great principle of State interference in industrial questions. Those who are apt to point a finger at Mr. Lloyd-George's conservatism in the Board of Trade should study the Fabian Manifesto on the question. I AM Sir Oracle," &c.-Sliakespeare. The Bishop of St. Asaph has delivered himself of another eloquent speech, in the course of which the Welsh Education Department came in for violent castigation for its in- justice to some Church schools. Just listen It had hitherto been the proud boast of this country that the permanent officials in Governmeat office were conspicuous for their courteous and impartial administration (evidently a good instance of lapsus memorial), It had been the misfortune of Wales and the Welsh Department to be the first to break this golden rule." (" Golden rule is rich). HARVESTING corn on Boxing Day is a unique experience. This, however, is what took place at Cefn Forrest Farm, Llansannan and Mr. Ellis Roberts, the tenant, and his men were kept busy with the corn that had been left unharvested in the fields. Although the corn had been on the ground for several weeks it was, on the whole, in good con- dition. THE new headmaster of Penarth County School, Mr. R. B. John, B.A., was very strongly recommended by Mr. 0. M. Edwards, Chief Inspector for Wales under the Board of Education. Mr. John is an exhibitioner of Lincoln College, Oxford, and obtained 2nd Class Honours in Modern History. Penarth County School is one of the best in Wales. THE recitation, Teulu Die Shon Dafydd," has become increasingly popular at Welsh concerts and similar gatherings. Every patriotic Welshman should encourage such recitations. THE author of the immortal line, Beibl i bawb o bobl y byd," was Robert Williams, y Pandy, who lived in the Bala district in the year 1800. It is interesting to note that this bard's poems (in manuscript) were presented a short time ago to Bala College. THERE were no prisoners for trial at the recent Merionethshire Quarter Sessions, and the Chairman was presented by the Under Sheriff with a pair of white gloves. This is such a common experience in Wales that it does not now elicit the slightest comment in the Press. Verily, Wales is the Gwlad y Menyg Gwynion." THE Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A., C.M. Minister, of Merthyr, speaks a good deal of common sense. At a recent gathering he said: The Nonconformist minister is too often the political agent for the candidate or the member for Parliament. Their religious duty to the members of Parliament was to pray for them, and not to play the part of 'touts. THERE is a rumour current in political circles that Mr. Keir Hardie intends to con- test an English constituency at the next General Election. His place will be taken in Merthyr by a Welsh Labour candidate, who is a well-known figure in educational circles. There is but little doubt that Merthyr is eminently a Labour constituency, but, surely, it should be possible to combine the Labour interests of that constituency with the not less important Nationalist interests. THERE has been a good deal of empty talk lately about the procrastination of State officials. We have had a very good instance of the prompitude of one important State department brought under our notice this last week. A letter was posted from Bristol, bearing the indefinite superscription of W. H. Evans, London. Within 48 hours it had been delivered at the business house of our well-known countryman, Mr. W. H. Evans, of Buckingham Palace Road. THE England of the 20th century owes a good deal to Wales. The drawings of Mr. A. John, exhibited at the Carfax Gallery, have been the talk of the Art world during the last six weeks. Mr. John, we believe, hails from South Wales. One of the most famous of modern English poets is Mr. A. Noyes, who is also a Welshman. Another Welshman, Mr. Edward Thomas, a well known literary critic, published an exceed- ingly well-written review of Mr. Noyes's poems in the Bookman for the last month.