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Notes and News.


Notes and News. MR. ASQUITH'S chief commercial traveller, —His Majesty the King DISESTABLISHMENT occupies a prominent position in the King's Speech. THE two chief e-vents of last Tuesday were the opening of Parliament by the King, and the formation of a London Welsh Liberal Association at the National Liberal Club. MR. ELLIS J. GRIFFITH, M.P. was not in Parliament on Tuesday night to congratulate Mr. Asquith on his placing the great Welsh question in so prominent a position in the King's Speech. OUR parliamentary representatives are now wondering whether the Report of the Welsh Church Commission will be issued before the end of the present session THE London Eisteddfod will be held in Ascot week. As that is a great event in Society, it is doubtful whether many of the members of the Royal family will be able to assist Dyfed in the ceremony of the chairing ST. DAVID'S Day celebrations promise to be as numerous as ever this year again. In London, arrangements for concerts, meetings, dinners, etc., cover the first four days of the month of March. At this rate the first week in March should be called St. David's Week. SIR SAMUEL T. EVAKS, the Solicitor-Gen era], will be the principal speaker at the National Dinner, to be held at the Hotel Cecil on the evening of March 1st. This will be the principal event for that day, and it is hoped a large gathering of Welshmen will be pre sen t. THE visit of the Duke of Argyll and Princess Louise to the Rhondda next July, is creating much interest in the district. During their visit they will stay with Mr. Rbys Williams at Miskin Manor. MR. W. BRACE, M.P. made the startling statement the other day that there are 10,000 unemployed in the South Wales coalfield at the present time. THE Mountain Ash Choir, conducted by Mr. Glyndwr Richards, are having a splendid time in America. A leading American journal thus refers to the choir The Welsh singers have the reputation of being the finest vocalists in the world, and the Mountain Ash Choir takes the lead among Welsh singers, having won prize after prize, with other famous singing societies. Mr. D. Cynon Evans, the great first tenor, has 32 first prizes to his personal credit. The conductor is Mr. Glyndwr Richards, and he is a mai vel. His work is done in the most unostentatious manner possible, and yet it is apparent that he has the whole choir under the most perfect control, and that they are ready to respond to his slightest motion or even look. And it is an interesting fact to know that with two or three exceptions, this company of 27, is not composed of professional singers, but of amatexirs in the truest sense of the word. Twenty-two of them are miners in Wales, who have worked in the mines from boyhood, and who expect to return to the mines after finishing this tour. But they are passionately fond of music, and even in their working days they spend every spare moment in singiDg and their great pro- ficiency in this lice is the result of native talent developed in their spare moments after a busy day's work." WELSH dramatic performances are be- coming increasingly popular. A dramatic operetta entitled The French Invasion at Fishguarn in 1797," was performed by the Hirwain Cynon Music Lovers at Hirwain Victoria Hall. The principal characters were "The Bishop of St. Davids;" "Mr. Williams, Treiethin," "Mrs. Williams, his wife;" "Ellen Williams, his daughter;" Gwen, the servant; Philip Dumas, French Officer Lord Cawdor "General Tate;" "Frank and Gaspard, two Frenchmen;" Young men from Cardiganshire;" Mr. and Mrs. Jones, of the Royal Oak, with soldiers, villagers, sentinels, &c.