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Notes and News. THE Welsh National Dinner in celebration of St. David's Day, will be held on Monday evening, March 2nd, at the Hotel Cecil, London. MR. J. PRICHARD JONES, J.P., of Messrs. Dickens and Jones, Regent Street, was last week elected President of the Draper's Chamber of Trade for the ensuing year. NEXT Thursday evening the Glamorgan Society of London will hold its annual dinner at the Hoi born Restaurant, Sir D. Brynmor Jones, K C., M.P., will preside, and Sir Samuel T. Evans, the Solicitor General, will be one of the principal speakers. IN a letter to the Editor of the Nation for the current week, signed by Ellen Sophie Rendel, the following statement is made :— The Welsh are certainly more ready to read (than the English), more quick to under- stand, and to pass on their acquired know- ledge." The remainder of the letter is every bit as complimentary. THE Hon. T. Price, Premier of South Australia, who, with his wife, is now on the way to this country, is a Welshman from Denbighshire. He is also related by marriage to Mr. A. T. Davies, secretary to the Welsh Education Department. Mrs. Price is Mr. Davies's first cousin. He is very popular in South Australia, and his Premier- ship is broad-based upon the people's good will. IN the new list of King's Counsel, there are names of three barristers who have a connection with Wales. Mr. E. Lewis Thomas, Mr. J. A. Simon, the member for the Walthamstow division of Essex, and a Pembrokeshire Welshman, and Mr. E. G. Hemmerde, the Member for Denbigh boroughs. MR. J. D. REES has put a question to the Home Secretary to know whether they intend making Welsh a compulsory subject in the examination of candidates for the posts of Inspectors of Mines in South Wales. This is the most pertinent question that Mr. Rees has yet put on the Parliamentary papers. THE Senate of the University of Edinburgh has decided to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity upon the Rev. Ellis Edwards, M.A., the principal of the Theo- logical College of the Calvinistic Methodists at Bala. The honour is given in recognition of the services which Mr. Edwards has rendered in connection with ministerial education in the Principality. Principal Ellis Edwards is the son of the late Rev. Roger Edwards, of Mold. A Rev. D. Worthington, in a biography of Rev. Daniel Rowlands, Llangeitho, has been displaying wonderful scientific accuracy. He says that in Rowlands's parish there is no chapel and no public-house. Wonderful! All the chapels of Wales are monuments to the Rev. Daniel Rowlands, and the rector knows it, but has naturally forgotten to mention it. SAYS an Aberystwyth Tory newspaper :— At the opening of its third year of power last week, all it (the Liberal Government) had to offer was a pitiful programme of paltry, pernicious palliatives." The writer is evidently more versed in English allitera- tives than in English politics. CONSIDERABLE comment has been aroused in Wales at the announcement that King Edward attended a Requiem Mass at a London Roman Catholic Church on Satur- day. If Roman Catholic Kings and Queens reciprocated on similar occasions no criticism would probably be offered. But no Roman Catholic King or Queen would think of attending a Requiem service in a Protestant Church. THE young King of Spain, for instance, is a splendid specimen of a Roman Catholic. Some time ago this young man tried to stop a Protestant Church from being built at Barcelona, and he would consider it a terrible sin to enter a Protestant Church. So would the late King Carlos of Portugal. The Protestant Alliance were quite justified in passing their resolution of protest against King Edward's inconsistency. ALL honour to Councillor D. Davies, of Swansea, for his patriotic advocacy of the appointment of Welshmen to vacancies under the local Corporation, so long as the Welsh- man's other qualifications were equal to those of their English and Scotch competi- tors. At present almost all the best posts under the Swansea Corporation are occupied by people from over the border, and the question has been raised lately-and very opportunely, too-as to whether it will be any use for Welshmen to apply for future vacancies under the Swansea Corporation, so strong is the anti-Welsh spirit. IT also looks as if the Welshman is not going to get many of the plums under the Cardiff Educational Authority, judging from recent appointments. It is really time that Welshmen put themselves in fighting trim" with the determination of getting fair play in their own country. Miss MAY JOHN, R.A.M., Cardiff, was one of the principal artistes at the recent very successful concert at Birmingham Town Hall, under the auspices of the Welsh Church at Suffolk Street in that city. In its report of the concert the Birmingham Daily Post remarked: Miss May John's fine soprano voice was heard at its best in Like stars above,' and The Nightingale.' WE extend the KELT'S heartiest congratu- lations to Mr. George Meredith, who attained his 80th birthday on Wednesday. Mr. Meredith, although born in Hampshire, is of Welsh extraction, and is proud of the fact. Meredith, who is quite hale and hearty, despite his years, observed recently People talk about me as if I were an old man. I do not feel old in the least. On the contrary, I do not believe in growing old, and I do not see any reason why we should ever die. I take as keen an interest in the movement of life as ever. I hold more firmly than ever to my faith in the constant advancement of the race." ACCORDING to the Western Mail Direc- tory 250 new houses were built at Cardiff last year. That is to say, a town the size of New Quay or Aberdovey was added to the Welsh Metropolis in the year 1907. This year there will be 500 new houses, at least, erected at Cardiff, plans for that number having already been drawn out on the Heath estate portion of the City. MR. R. A. NAYLOR is dead. He became famous in Welsh circles on account of his campaign against Mr. D. Lloyd-George at the last General Election. In private life he was a genial, good-natured gentleman, and had extensive business in the north of England in the timber import trade. He was to preside at the recent Queen's Hall Eisteddfod, but his serious illness at the time prevented him being present. His many friends will regret to learn of his early death.