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LITERARY AND OTHER NOTES.

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AT the Mountain Ash Eisteddfod on Mon- day, the winner of the Bass solo was Mr. Gwilym Thomas, Ynyshir, the hero of the Tynewydd disaster. Mr. Thomas has won many prizes at the National Eisteddfod. IT is said that Sir Thomas Lipton has spent over IC300,000 in his three attempts to win the American Cup. The cup it may be noted is worth about £ 50. A SCHOOLMASTER one day asked the dunce of the school some very simple questions in arithmetic. He was rather surprised to find that he got the right answers, and when he had finished, he said to the boy Correct; sit down. Now," said the schoolmaster, see if you have sense enough to ask me some questions." Please, Sir, what would three yards of calico cost if cotton is two- pence a reel ? I think you take me for a fool," said the schoolmaster. Correct; sit down," said the boy.

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