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NOTES OF THE WEEK. Mr. H. O. Long Price saw several swallows on Friday last, 4th inst., while walking along rhe banks of the Towy. Probably these were the first of this season. A ■ of ^spondent also reports the earliest notes of the chiff-chaff on March 30tn. Re. cords of any earlier observations will be interestiiiz. About the best criticism of some of the suffragette extravagances passed at the time when certain of them were taking to chaining themselves up to rail- ings was the remark of the late Sir W. S. Gilbert. "Ah," said he, "we shall soon have respectable old gentlemen chaining themselves to the railings of Queen Charlotte's Lying-in Hospital and shouting, "Babes for men"? One of the regular patrons of His Majesty's hostel at Carmarthen came out very early one morning, and after h.is big appetite had been obsessed by bread and butter and coffee, he was obliged to listen to some wholesome advice. So to cut it short he said he wanted to take the pledge. Asked by his bene- factress for how long he would take it. He answered, "Oh, for life of course. I always take it on these occasions for life." Some of our readers may have noticed how Christian Science has lately been tacked on to re- hival procedimgs. Seeing one of the audienoe, commonly called "Twm Dwl," sitting with his head very low and propped up by his hand, one of the helpers accosted him, and was somewhat taken aback when he found that toothache was the trouble However, he had his prescription ready aid he: "Toll the toothache. Get thee behind me.' Twm Dwl answered, "And then it will Oe- come lumbago which will be worse." In Lady Dorothy Nevill, whose death recently took place, the Conservative party has lost one of its shrewdest supporters. Her sharp but friendly criticism of the Unionist party, contained in her book, "My Own Times," published only last year, is most interesting at t.he present moment. In a summary she gave Mr. H. M. Hyndman, in the early Eighties of the last century, speaking as a Conservative she said: "We have had an excellent innings, I don't deny that for a moment; an excel. lent innings; and the turn of the people will come some day. I see tfnat quite as clearly as yow do. But not yet, not yet. You will educate some of the working class; that is all you can hope to do for tihem. And when you have educated them we shall buy them: or if we don't, the Liberals will, and that will be just the same for you." As the sequence of events has turned out, it is the Liberals who hare made the purchase in question and acquired complete control of the country. As might have been expected, the "National Review" is extremely interesting this month on the subject of the notorious Marconi Enquiry. Mr. L. J. Maxse, the editor of that publication, is one of those whom the public have to thank for learning anything about this scandal (it is nothing less), and in the last issue of his review he prints euoh a search- ing and trenchant analysis of the position as re- vealed at the Enquiry as shows what a very nausea- ting business are the Marconi transactionb of Mr. Lloyd George and the other three Ministers of the Crown. The issue between these gentlemen and Parliament was clearly put by Mr. Massingham, editor of the Radical "Nation," in an article he contributed to a Radical London paper, when he called upon the Editor of the "National Review" to state that on such and such a day such and such a Minister had bought so many Marconi shares for so much and sold them at such a price. He added tnat if one such transaction could be brought home to them the Government would be ruined. This is a very serious but perfectly accurate and fair view to take of the position of the three Ministers as they stood before the Select Committee, and of t'ne Government to which they belonged, and it is de- fined not by a political opponent but by a Radical friend of the three Ministers and a Radical of weight and influence. Of course, Mr. Massingham, when he wrote this challenge, did so in the full belief that Sir Rufus Isaac and his two fellow "in- vestors" would be able to show a clean sheet. Lady Dorothy Nevill goes on to compare the methods of each party in its treatment of young men and the truth of what she says is slowly being realised among Conservatives. After de- scribing the treatment by Unionists of a candidate who has spent his time and money in fighting a hopeless seat she goes on: "How different is this