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- Notes and News.


Notes and News. PEMBROKESHIRE election promises to be a keen contest. The Radicals have an excel- lent candidate in Mr. W. F. Roch, a young solicitor from Cardigan. MUNICIPAL trading in Cardiff is not a success; both the electric lighting and the tramways. show a considerable loss on last years' work. THE three brothers Philipps in the House of Commons are exceptionally tall men. Their united length totals some 19 feet 2 inches. Such men are bound to be seen always, and no wonder that Mr. Wynford Philipps secured the favoured eye of the person who arranges the Honours List. MANY of Mabon's friends were sorely dis- appointed when they saw that the veteran Labour leader was not included in the list of birthday honours last Friday. One Rhondda friend explained the inclusion of Mr. Wyn- ford Philipps, and the absence of Mabon by saying that it was length and not breadth that this Government required. JESUS COLLEGE, Oxford, now possesses the finest science Laboratory in Great Britain. It is named after Sir Leoline Jenkins, a great Welsh scholar, and a principal of the college in Stuart times. The Laboratory was formally opened last Saturday in the presence of many distinguished science scholars. ACCORDING to society gossip, the announce- ment will be made shortly of the engage- ment of Princess Patricia of Connaught and the Marquis of Anglesea. It is said that the Princess refused both the King of Spain and the Count of Turin in order that she might marry a Britisher. THE well-known musician, Dr. F. H. Cowen, was married last week to Miss Fred erica Gwendolyn Richardson, of Clarence Gate Gardens. At a reception that was held after the ceremony, several of the bride's relatives from Swansea were present. AT the closing ceremony of the college session at Bangor, last week, the students became very unruly, and persistently "ragged" the principal while he was delivering his annual review of college work. The students, it appears, have a grievance against the principal in consequence of what is alleged to have been a vigorous enforce- ment of certain college rules. THE Chancellor of the Exchequer gave an official dinner on Friday last, in honour of the King's birthday, and the gathering included many notables of the political world. Among the Welshmen present were Sir Alfred Thomas, M.P., and the Bishop of St. Asaph. It was owing to this official function that Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd-George were unable to be present at the Cymmro- dorion conversazione. SIR MARCHANT WILLIAMS, addressing the outgoing students of the Swansea Training College for Women Teachers, last Friday, advised them to vary their interests and work, so as to avoid the danger of getting into one grove. Alluding to his own varied work, he was, he said, a china collector, picture buyer, writer of verse, and critic of other peoples verses; he attended Eistedd- fodau and national conferences, and used up his spare time as a stipendiary magistrate, MR. R. 0. WYNNE ROBERTS, the well-known consulting engineer, of Westminster, has been appointed by the Aberystwyth Town Council, to report on the water supply of that town. Mr. Roberts would do well to recommend a special cold bath at the Town Council offices in which some of the unruly councillors might be immersed when over- heated by debate. LIKE many other successful novelists, the late Allen Raine did not succeed to secure a publisher for her works without some trouble. Her first novel, A Welsh Singer," was re- fused by six leading publishing houses before Mr. Hutchinson took it up. Once she secured the applause of the public, her subsequent works were easily placed on the market. THE late Allen Raine was not a fluent Welsh conversationalist. In early life, Miss Evans—as she was then known-was brought up in English schools, and under a parental roof that considered it was not respectable for a girl to speak Welsh with the village children. Such snobbery was very prevalent some 40 years ago, but things are very much altered now. IT was at the National Eisteddfod of 1884, held at Carnarvon, that "Allen Raine" secured a prize for her first story. The prize was divided between her and Ellis o'r Nant. The two tales were considered of equal merit, and both were published in Y Genedl in serial form. THE Hon. Ivor Guest, M.P., is evidently determined to do great things in the political world. He is now assisting to organise a Women's Anti-Suffrage League, and is simple enough to believe that it will work miracles. If Mr. Ivor Guest is a fair specimen of a man with a vote, the sooner the better we admit woman to the same privilege. SPEAKING at a Territorial Force dinner at Newton, the other evening, Mr. Ellis Parker made some very opportune remarks. He was patriotic, and would induce Welshmen to join the Territorial Forces, but this Govern-