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Notes and News.


Notes and News. WE understand that the Montgomeryshire Boroughs are looking out for a new candi- date. All Welsh Nationalists will sympathise with them in the attempt, and wish them success. THE Aberystwyth Town Council always supplies the reading public with matter for amusement, or for surprise. The Mayor (Mr. C. M. Williams) is at present threaten- ing his own Corporation with legal pro- ceedings. THE Local Government Board has taken a very decided objection to the low salaries offered by the Tregaron Union to its public servants. This Union appointed Mr. Evan Evans as Sanitary Inspector of an area of 89 square miles, and a population of 8,000 at a salary of £ 40. This is not the way things are done in England-in West Ilam, for instance. NEWS from India reports the death of Mr. Lewis Pugh Pugh, of Abermaide, a former M.P. for Cardiganshire. He was returned as a Liberal in 1880, and held the seat for five years. That election is well remembered even in Cardiganshire, where all elections are carried on at white heat, as one of the keenest in the county's history. THE Welsh Church Commission will resume its sittings on the 21st of this month. We understand that the Brecknockshire County evidence is likely to be taken during that week. IT is not generally observed that South Wales is in the throes of a great revival-a social and political revival. These figures, taken from the I.L.P. annual report, speak volumes In the year 1900 there were in South Wales six branch societies of the Labour party. In 1906 there had been an increase of 57, making a total of 63. During the ten months of the present session, which are over, the number has risen to 110. SOME time ago a number of the prophets of the New Theology paid flying visits to South Wales, and they found the young people very ready to listen to their new gospel. The Free Church Council of the Rhondda District has made detailed arrange- ments for a vigorous anti-campaign. Will the youth of Wales insist on Freedom of thought, is an interesting question. PROFESSOR ANWYL'S report on the work of the students in Welsh and other Celtic studies at Aberystwyth College makes in- teresting and encouraging reading. The following extract speaks for itself— In the case of Mr. Weale, whose work very nearly reached a first-class honours standard, he has learned Welsh as an a quired language like Latin, French, or German, but he has reached a stage of pro- ficiency in Welsh composition much in advance of that reached by most students to whom Welsh is a native tongue." THROWN by some passengers from the Celtic in mid-Atlantic, a bottle, containing a message requesting the finders to write to a New Jersea (U.S.A.) address, has been picked up at Aberystwyth. JUDGING from articles in the Welsh press of America the touring of the United States by Welsh choirs is being overdone, and American Welshmen are getting somewhat tired of them. ALDERMAN ROBERT HUGHES, J.P., ex-Lord Mayor of Cardiff, and chairman of the Cardiff Cymmrodorion Society, informed our South Wales correspondent this week that the prospects of the forthcoming reception by that society to Mr. Lloyd-George were very bright, and a record gathering is assured. A GOOD story is related in the current issue of the Cardiff City Household Almanac, of Mr. George Meredith, the famous Welsh author. Mr. Meredith, it seems, lives very simply. Some time ago he finished building a home for himself, which he described as charming, but somewhat small. While the completion of his little home was going on, a young woman visited the author, and pre- sented a letter of introduction. Meredith, with some pride, took the young woman through the building; but, with an ex- pression of disappointment, she remarked, "In your books you describe huge castles and spacious baronial halls but when you come to build, you put up a little house like this. Why is it"? "Well," replied Meredith, It is because words are cheaper than stones." SPEAKING at the Newtown New Year's Eisteddfod, Canon Williams said that, being bilingual helped the Welsh people to form critical habits of mind that would be of service to them throughout the whole of their lives, and being good Welshmen ought to make them better Englishmen, and he, for one, would counsel them in future not to be ashamed of a Welsh accent. Let them not have the English accent when they spoke Welsh. A man who did not believe in his own people did not believe much in any- thing, so he hoped that the Eisteddfod would foster in their midst a love of their country and music, and all that excelled and gave glory to the people of their country. They had kept their language so far, and it rested with them to a great extent whether that language would be kept in the future or not. AT the termination of the concert in the Tabernacle C.M. Church, Aberayron, on Boxing Day, some one in the audience challenged the singers to sing more than one verse of the Welsh National Anthem. Mr. Trefor Evans promptly took up the challenge and sang three verses of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau amidst much enthusiasm. We congratulate Mr. Trefor Evans. It is only one out of every dozen Welsh singers who can sing three verses of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau from memory. FLINT Boroughs will not lack candidates at the forthcoming General Election. We understand, from a reliable source, that the Radicals of the constituency have already chosen Mr. J. S. Samuel as their representa- tive, and the Conservatives have chosen Mr. H. A. Tilby as their candidate. Mr. A. T. Elias, the young Liverpool barrister, will also represent the Nationalist interests in the constituency. We also hear that at least half-a-dozen of the Welsh constituencies will have the fortune or misfortune of a three- cornered contest. THE dinner, at which Mr. S. T. Evans was the guest of the National Liberal Club, last Monday, seems to have been a very striking affair. Dr. T. J. Macnamara was the Chair- man, and in the audience there was a very strong Celtic element. Mr. Llewelyn Williams, M.P., Mr. J. Prichard Jones, Mr. John Hinds, and Mr. Arthur Griffith were among the Welshmen present. Mr. Evans's speech on the Second Ballot was in his very best form. DR. EVANS, the Medical Officer of Health for Cardiganshire, has been patting his county on the back. He claims for Aber- ystwyth the premier position in the educa- tional life of the Wales of to-day, and in spite of the vehement protests of certain