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A large party of South Wales mining students left Cardiff the other day for a tour of the German state mines in the Saarbrucken coalfield. By the special permission of the Glamorgan County Council, by whom the tour was arranged, students nominated by the Carmarthenshire and Monmouthshire Education Committees were permitted to join the party. The Glamorgan men were students who had regularly attended the mining classes for four years, and had passed the examination with credit. They will be away about sixteen days. Mr. Henry Davies, director of mining instruction, and who is probably known to many CELT readers, has charge of the party. The shepherd on the Welsh hills is often more than a match for the itinerant tourist who thinks he knows everything. A good story is being told in reference to two English tourists who were amusing them- selves at the expense of a shepherd on the Welsh hills. I suppose you can see very far from this hill ? observed one of them. Have you ever seen as far as London ? Yes I have seen farther than London." I bet you five shillings you haven't." Very well, I will bet." Well, how far have you seen ? I saw as far as the moon last night At a recent meeting of the Bristol Guardians it was reported that 5,600 lbs. of jam bad been made from gooseberries and rhubarb grown by the guardians. Com- pared with what was paid for jam, that showed a big saving. Why cannot some of the Welsh Boards of Guardians do a similar thing ? Barry continues to go ahead as a coal- exporting centre. The coal exports from the port for the half-year show an increase of 322,990 tons. Twenty years ago Barry was only a village. To-day it is a town of 25,000 people, with up-to-date public build- ings and shops, and some of the finest docks in Wales. In reply to a letter from the Newport Chamber of Commerce, the secretary of the Great Western Railway Company wrote stating that they could not reintroduce their second-class fares nor reduce their first- class fares. Mr. Harold Lloyd, the Conservative Par- liamentary candidate for the Rhondda Valley, is learning Welsh. He told a Con- servative gathering in Glamorganshire the other day that he was a Welshman born in Cardiff, and educated in England, and had no opportunity of acquiring the Welsh language. But he had placed himself under one of the best Welsh teachers at Cardiff, and he hoped to be able to address a Rhondda audience for one half hour at least in the Welsh language at no distant date. This remark was received with cheers. In a South Wales County Court, the other day, a young man, who was begrimed with coal dust, entered the witness stand and stated that he was the representative of the debtor." What do you mean by that long word?" asked Judge Owen, amidst laughter. "Are you his son?" continued the Judge? "Why didn't you wash your face before you came here ? (laughter). In Risca, a mining town near Newport, there is a cow which suckles twin lambs. The mother of the lambs died when they were born. A Welsh tradesman living at Dolgelley, who became bankrupt in 1893, has just paid his creditors in full. Such honourable conduct is worthy of every praise.