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Notes and News. As soon as Mr. Asquith will present his Budget he will vacate the office he now holds. ALTHOUGH the Government has suffered two or three reverses recently it will not affect its policy, nor is there any indication of an early dissolution. THAT the House of Lords will have to be reformed is admitted on all hands, but the country will require a deal of rousing before it will give its verdict against a second chamber. BYE-ELECTIONS were no indications of the country's feelings when the Tories were in power. Now they are the strongest possible proofs. THE Welsh Church Commission is pro- ceeding rapidly with its work, and unless the members grow tired, all the evidence will be taken before midsummer. ACCORDING to the radical press, the cause of the flowing tide at recent elections is the swelling in the rivers of beer that have been turned on. JOHN BURNS assured his electors last week that the present Ministry will remain in office for another three years-beer or no beer AN upholder of the Licensing Bill in Hyde Park last Sunday, orated thus,—" Mr. Lloyd- George has declared, friends, that the Liberal Party mean to sink or swim on this great beer question." An old toper close by, with evident glee at the prospect of being dipped in a sea of beer shouted I vote we'll sink guvnor. THE Cardiganshire chief constable has issued a verbatim report of a speech delivered by Mr. Vaughan Davis, M.P., to a constable near Tanybwlch. It contains nearly as many as of words. The papers state 1 that indicates unparliamentary lang- J uage. But why unparliamentary? We thought that nearly everybody nowadays spoke of the Government as the dashed ] one! ] ] COUNTY DINNERS are becoming increas- ] ingly popular. At Cardiff last week Cardi- 1 ganshire people resident in the city dined together, and there were the usual mutual admiration speeches. THERE is a great revival of the old Welsh custom of singing penillion with the harp. The Undeb y Ddraig Goch have engaged an experienced harpist to conduct a class at Newport-Casnewydd, in which town the growth of the Welsh national spirit has been quite remarkable of late. DESPITE some statements to the contrary there is no doubt that working men in South Wales are doing particularly well just now. It is quite a common experience for colliers, boiler makers, and skilled artisans, to earn between £ 3 and £ 6 a week. In cases where a father and two or three sons from the same house may be at work in the same colliery, the combined weekly income has often reached £10. or over Y-,500 per annum. MR. E. D. JONES, Llangollen secretary of the National Eisteddfod for 1908, has issued details of the musical arrange- ments for the festival, which are now all but complete. On the first evening Miss Williams's Cynhauaf," a Welsh composition, will be performed, Mr. Wilfrid Jones conducting a choir of 280 voices. The second half of the programme will be opened by extracts from Coleridge Taylor's "Nero," the composer having promised personally to conduct. The principals will be Miss Edith Evans, Miss Gwladys Roberts, Mr. Tom Thomas, and Mr. David Hughes. ON Wednesday evening, two Welsh works will be performed, viz., The Maiden's Lake (David Jenkins) and "Dafydd ap Gwilym" (Parry Evans), and in both cases the composers will be the con- ductors. The principals will be Mesdames Amy Evans, Dilys Jones, and Ethel James, and Messrs. Spencer Thomas, David Ellis, Emlyn Davies and David Evans. Thursday evening will be devoted to the performance of Mendelssohn's St. Paul" by the massed choirs from Rhos and Llangollen. The principals will be Miss Edith Evans, Mrs. Dilys Jones, Mr. Ben Davies, and Mr. Emlyn Davies. On Friday evening the performers will include Madame Laura Evans, Eira Gwyn, T. Edwards (Rhos), Ben Davies, Dan Price, Smith Duce, and Eos Dar.