I& T Notes and News. SCOTLAND is on the wane, but Wales is going ahead. Two Welsh members were promoted in the Cabinet last week two Scotsmen retired, and their places were filled with Saxons. AT the present rate of advancement, Mr. Lloyd-George may yet be Premier before this Parliament is dissolved. No appointment in Mr. Asquith's Cabinet has given such universal satisfaction as that of Mr. Lloyd-George to the Exchequer. THE Government has decided to purchase the several Docks of London. Will they proceed next to buy up all the railways ? It may be Socialism, but the public would welcome it. CANON KNOX LITTLE states that the Licensing Bill is immoral, General Booth says it is political, the brewers state it will not assist Temperance; yet the Noncon- formists are willing to accept it as a small instalment, and chance the results. MRS. BROWN POTTER became famous as the singer of the famous Boer War and other jingo songs. Madame Kate Morgan Llew- elyn has an excellent song on behalf of the Licensing Bill, which she sings with effect among South Wales audiences. We trust that Madame Llewelyn's efforts will produce a saner result than that of the Imperialist songstress. THE Bishop of Bangor is against the Licensing Bill, but his brother of Llandaff is a great supporter of the Measure. Our friend the Bishop of St. David's cannot conscien- tiously bless it, owing to its being the fruit of a Liberal Government. ACCORDING to the Law List recently issued, there are about 10,000 barristers, of whom 260 are King's counsels. As there are only 670 seats in Parliament, we are at a loss to understand how the other nine thousand odd hope to make themselves known to the public. THE bye-election at North-west Manchester promises to be the stiffest contest during the present recess. Although Mr. Winston Churchill is very popular, the Conservative candidate, Mr. Joynson Hicks, has been working in the constituency for some time. The result will be watched with keen interest by politicians throughout the country. A MEMOIR of the late 'Mr. T. Darlington, His Majesty's Inspector of Schools in Wales, is being prepared by Mr. J. L. Paton, of the Manchester Grammar School. Mr. Paton and Mr. Darlington were fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge. WITH the recent re-arrangement of the Cabinet, it may be taken for granted that the Education Bill is dead. A new Bill will be introduced, or possibly that of the Bishop of St. Asaph will be accepted by the Govern- ment and modified so as to make it more just to the Council Schools and Nonconformists generally. EARL CARRINGTON, speaking at Welling- borough, on Saturday last, said that small holdings, under the new Act, were going like wildfire. Applications had already been made for 21,000, and that number would soon be doubled when the Act would be thoroughly known. The applications in Wales are very numerous. EDINBURGH University conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity on the Rev. Ellis Edwards, M.A., principal of the Welsh C.M. College, Bala, on Friday last. The Principal was introduced by Pro- fessor Patrich in an eulogistic speech, which was highly applauded by the audience. This is the third occasion upon which Edinburgh University has conferred this distinction on Welsh ministers, the other two recipients being the Revs. Thomas Charles Edwards and Lewis Edwards. THE forthcoming contest at N.W. Man- chester will be an interesting one on per- sonal grounds. It was here that Mr. Winston Churchill attacked a Tory seat, and now he in turn is being made the object of the opposition onslaught. His opponent, Mr. W. Joynson Hicks, has already made two attempts to enter Parliament. He is a tee- totaller, and lives in Bryantson Square, London. THE South Australian Premier told a good story of Dr. Moorhouse, the late Bishop of Manchester, who was previously bishop in Australia. One season, he said, when the country very much wanted rain, a deputation waited upon Bishop Moorhouse, and asked him to pray for rain. The prelate's reply was, Dam more and pray less." They had acted on that advice ever since, added Mr. Price. WHEN Disraeli entered the House of Com- mons, in 1837, he was 32 years of age, and had thrice previously unsuccessfully con- tested constituencies. He first became a candidate under Radical auspices for High Wycombe, in 1832, when he presented him- self to the electors with recommendations from O'Connell, whom he subsequently, when coming forward as a Tory, in 1835, attacked. O'Connell's rejoinder to Disraeli's onslaught has become historic: "He pos- sesses just the qualities of the impenitent thief who died upon the cross, whose name I verily believe must have been Disraeli." THE Rev. R. J. Campbell paid a high tribute to Mr. Keir Hardie at the meeting of welcome in Albert Hall the other Sunday.. James Keir Hardie," he said, is a great man, and the world is beginning to recog- nise it. He has never tried to raise himself out of his class or to become rich or popular or powerful. He cannot be bribed. His life has been one long labour in the cause of the down-trodden. He has stood alone and like a rock in the face of persecutions and jibes and jeers. He fought like a hero in the front rank of progress, and he is reaping some of his reward to-night in the respect and affection not only of working men but of a large and increasing element in every class of the community. He brought me into the Labour movement, and as long as he remains in it I am going to follow him. Socialism is growing quickly. Capitalism is nearing its Waterloo. We do not want to set class against class we want to over- throw privilege and tyranny." MR. JOHN THOMAS, the King's Harpist, whose eighty-third birthday fell on St. David's Day last, has had an element of romance in his career. He was sent to the Royal Academy of Music by the Countess of Lovelace, who was the daughter of Byron, and the "Ada" of "Childe Harold." LORD NINIAN STUART, the Parliamentary Conservative candidate for Cardiff, has made some particularly silly speeches of late. They amply show that his future lies in the militia, and not in the House of Commons. MR. LLOYD-GEORGE'S statement that the best University of Wales is the Sunday School is a real truth to which every Welsh- man, particularly if he is a Nonconformist, can abundantly testify.