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CAMBRIAN GOSSIP. Sir George Osborne Morgan is back again, after a short confinement, to the House, and looked strong and vigorous on Thursday night sitting next to Sir W. Harcourt on the Front Opposition bench. Sir George has promised to take the chair at the annual dinner of the London Cymru Fydd Society on St. David's Day. • » Mr. T. E. Ellis, M.P., the chief Liberal Whip, spent the Sunday with Mr. Cecil Rhodes,. Mr. Ellis's acquaintance with whom dates from the time he went to the Cape in search of health. He has been Mr. Rhodes' guest at the great country house which was recently burnt down, and his recollections of Mr. Rhode*' personal charm and kindness have never been effaced, it is said. » « A Welshman, Mr. John Davies, has just been appointed general manager of the West Australian Government Railways. Mr. Davies was formerly in the service of the Cambrian Railways Company, and sub- sequently general manager of the Central Wales Railway. In 1891 he was appointed for five years general traffic manager of the Government Railways in Western Astralia. The salary attached to the office to which Mr. Davies has cow been promoted, the West Australian believes to be 21,000 a year. m # » The most curious remains of the old bards are the tribanau, or triplets. Each triban consists of three short rhyming lines, their peculiarity being that there is very little or no connection between these lines. The first line contains some trivial remark upon some phenomena of nature the second savours more of reflection, while the third line con- tains some moral precept, and is in reality the pith of the triban. Here is an example, with its translation :— Eiry mynvdd-gwangeils lAr Gochwiban gwynt ar dalar- Yn yr ing, gorau yw'r Car. Snow of the mountain the bird is ravenous for food, Keen whistles the blast on the headland. In distress, the friend is most valuable. #• « It is curious that Penrhyn Quarry Choir, a small but excellent contingent of which is now singing in London to augment the re- lief fund for the workmen, partly owes its existence to Lord Penrhyn, at whose cost the whole choir, representing some 300 voices, were sent to the Chicago Exhibition to compete in the chief choral competition. The late Lord Penrhyn, as is well known, like his successor in the title, was proud of his workmen and of their devotion to the quarry. He loved to tell of a visit paid by a party of the quarrymen to London, whence they returned disgusted and disappointed because they had found tiles used so exten- sively instead of slates. « A very pleasant story is told by the Welsh correspondent of the Record of the late Bishop of St. David's: Like his great pre- decessor (Dr. Thirlwall) his charitable gifts were most lavish, generally with the request that the donor's name was not to be men- tioned. The following may serve to exem- plify this When the anti-tithers in North Pembrokeshire and the lower part of Car- diganshire refused to pay the tithes, many of the clergy were reduced to the greatest straits. The Archdeacon received a cheque for XP,00 for distribution among the most needy incumbents,the name of the donor not to be mentioned. It is believed that only two persons knew from whom the cheque came, and perhaps not more know to this day that the Bishop himself was the giver of it. • • The Rev. J. Gwynoro Davies, J.P., of Barmouth, who had Professor Mabaffy as a fellow-traveller on board the steam yacht, Midnight Sun, one afternoon, on the voyage from Naples to Athens, had a chat with Pro- fessor Mahaffy with regard to the allegations against Welshmen and the Welsh language made in his article in the Nineteenth Century. Mr. Davies says that the Irish professor has evidently been misled by the eminent Welshmen' whom he consulted, and has swallowed in perfect confidence all that he was told. One of the charming fairy tales related to the guileless professor was that a secret agreement exists among Welshmen to prevent anyone except Welshmen from obtaining any office or appointment in the Principality. Mr. Davies intends to publish the substance of the conversation. ftew The following lines (says the Daily Cliro, niele) were picked up in the House of Com- mons Lobby on Thursday night:— When Howorth raves on Dynamite, And Lowther joins in showing fight, Who helps the Tories on that night ? Our Harcourt. When Vincent talks of Marks of Trade, Condemning all things German made, Who is it comes to Ritchie's aid ? Our Harcourt. When Bromley shouts for Lord Penrhyn, And blames the Board of Trade for sin, Who rises up and rubs it in Our Harcourt, And when Maclean comes down on Joe,' And Rhodes's virtue tries to show, Who shields good Joseph from the blow ? Our Harcourt. Who keeps the Tories thus afloat, With helping speech and friendly vote, Till the right time to strike the note ? V' <2 Our Harcourt. The late Edith Wynne created a great sensation at the Carnarvon Eisteddvod, held in 1862. A rumour had been in circulation for some time that she had 'verted and joined the Church of Rome. At the eisteddvod she silenced all her traducers by singing the following touching words that had been specially written for the occasion by that prince of Welsh Lyricists Ceiriog. The words have additional interest at present by the death of the eminent soprano 0 mor barod ydyw dynion I drywanu at y byw 0 mor gyndyn ydynt wedy'n, I roi eli ar y briw. Dodwch gareg ar fy meddrod I Fel y mynoch bo'r coffad; Dyna'r pryd i dd'wedyd hyny, I mi golli'm serch at Gymru* I mi golli iaith fy ngwlad Mr. Joseph Bennett, of the Daily Telearaph, adds a graceful tribute to the late "Edith Wynne. 'As a ballad singer she had no superior, and her rendering of Schubert's 'Young Nun' will never fade from my memory. For chastened intensity of expres- sion, for purity of enunciation, and vocal skill within the {limits to which she kept herself, the Welsh artist was truly remark- able.' » Mr. William Jones, M.P., who scored so signally in the Penrhyn debate, is, by reason of his past history, one of the most notable of the younger generation in the House of Commons. Young as he looks—and he is really older, for he is 35-his career (says the Morning Leader) has been one of unen- ding toil. He began life as a pupil teacher, and in the natural course of things became a schoolmaster in a Welsh country parish. But that did not content him. He secured what many country schoolmasters are wont to regard as the height of ambition-an ap- pointment under the London Board. That, however, did not bring his development to a close. By intense application he has made himself not merely a fluent conversationa- list in four languages — English, Welsh, French, and German-but an accomplished musician, and an acknowledged authority on all questions of ancient history. He is no longer a Board School assistant teacher, he is a coach at Oxford for Honor Greats,' though he has never taken a degree himself. But with all his strenuousness and learning he is a man of very winning personality.



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