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Correspondence. THE WELSH LANGUAGE. Editor of the LONDON WELSHMAN AND KELT. DEAR SIR,-In the course of an article on the Welsh, Gaelic and Irish languages, a leading London Weekly Publication makes the following remarks concerning the formerIt is difficult to realise that in the United Kingdom, where, according to commonly accepted notions, everyone speaks English, there are whole counties in which nine out of ten people speak a language which you and I do not understand." Another passage by the same writer reads: "One cannot but view with regret their gradual decay and probable extinction, so far as the daily life of the people is concerned, within the next century." The Saxon is rousing himself-there can be no doubt about that-for he is just beginning to realise that the people of Wales actually have a language of their uwn, and, what is more painful to him, speak it in preference to the tongue of their English" superiors." However, he consoles himself with the idea that the ancient and historic language of the Britons (and the oldest living one) will pro- bably cease to exist within the next century After such a confession of alarming ignorance on the part of our Saxon friend, one can hardly expect him to be fully prepared to hear the astonishing news that the Welsh language is being taught in the schools of Wales, and even in London, right under his very nose And yet the glorious and cherished language of the Cymry is soon to die out and be forgotten. The immortal words of Taliesin are "singularly appropriate Their !Jc¡",guag;¡ they shall keep; their Land they shall lose—except wild Wales."—I am, dear Sir, yours faithfully, S. TREVOR JONES.

CYDNABOD CYDYMDEIMLAD.

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