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WELSH SETTLERS IN THE ARGENTINE. A Parliamentary paper just issued contains the reports furnished by British naval officers who have visited the Welsh settlement at Chubut, in the Argentine Republic, during the last three years. Commodore GrQome, of her Majesty's ship Flora, who stayed there for a week in June last, reports that the floods which occurred in August, 1899, did great damage, the whole valley being completely flooded to some depth. Almost the entire town of Rawson, many of the buildings in Gaiman, and a large number of the outlying farmhouses were destroyed, and much injury done to the canals. The Government seems to have behaved very generously at the time of the floods, sending pro- visions, clothing, tents, &o, for the houseless, and has since voted about £ 9,000 for the repair of houses and canals. Be- sides this, private subscriptions were received from Wales, Buenos Ayres, and other towns, and also from the Falkland Islands. Com- modore Groome reports that there has been a large and increasing influx of Argentines and Italians in the last few years, and there have been a good many marriages between them and the Welsh. I should think that probably in a generation or so the Welsh part of the commu- nity, as a separate body, will have almost totally disappeared, though the older settlers now there will not allow or cenfess that this will happen. I was talking to children about ten or twelve years of age, and, picking up a Welsh book, asked if they could read it; they said Yes, with difficulty,' but that they could read Spanish very easily." Considering that, with very few exceptions, all the Welsh who had gone out to Chubut were of the poorest description, and brought no capital, had their passage out paid for them by private subscription, and then were assisted by the Government, being given grants of land, &c., Commodore Groome is of opinion that they have done very well for themselves. Many are now in comfortable circumstances, and can afford to go home and visit their country. One working man told me he had lately paid as much as 93 for a telegram to get news during the present war with the Trans- vaal. Nearly all are Nonconformists and a large number are teetotallers; they are hard- working and steady, and it seems a great pity that when they emigrated in 1865 they did not go to one of our own Colonies."

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