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CAMBRIAN GOSSIP. Mr. Ffrangcon Davies, lit would appear from the American papers to hand, is having a right royal reception in the States, where he is now appearing at a number of con- certs. • A statue of the great Daniel Rowlands, of Llangeitho-an exact duplicate of the me- morial statue which is at Llangeitho-has been presented by a lover of the institution to Bala Theological College. » » • A parent wrote to a Board school teacher the other day as follows :—' Please not to let them het them bocase I cept them home for to fech coak for me, they could not get coak Tuesday morning, this morning they got her.' • • One of the chief Welsh contributors to that stupendous! work the 'Dictionary of National Biography' is the Rev. R. Jenkin Jones, Unitarian minister, Ab.-rdare. An- other Welshman who has written several biographical accounts in it is Mr. Lleufer Thomas, the secretary of the Welsh Land Commission. » • Lord Bute's experiment in wine-growing at Castell Coch continues to please him, and it pays its way. His yield last year, from 13 acres, was 40 hogshead of wine, albeit the autumn rains injured his crops very seriously. Should this realise a fair price, it would allow of something being carried forward to reserve. • • This seems to have reference to Lord Pen- rhyn. It was picked up the other night in the Lobby of the House of Commons :— The absurdity surely is great, And one's almost inclined to feel sorry, That a man's set to manage the State Who's unable to manage a quarry The Royal Welsh Ladies Choir, under the conductorship of Madame Clara Novello Davies, left Cardiff last week for Middles brough, where the choir sang on Wednesday night at the Harrison concert. A fortnight's concert tour in the North will follow, and the towns to be visited include Sunderland, York, Lincoln, Birmingham, Sheffield, Man- chester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Bradford and Nottingham. 9*0 The leek, having long done duty as the Welsh national emblem,is likely to be placed on the retired list. It is too obtrusive Mr. O. M. Edwards, who is great on emblems, has expressed a preference for the daffodil, which has been worn at several Gwyl Dewi gatherings. This charming bulb is in flower about St. David's Day, and as it is called Ceninen Pedr,' or 'St. Peter's Lek' in Welsh, its substitution for the Shakesperian leek would be easy. The Celtic Society of Aberystwyth Col- lege has been fortunate in securing the ser- vices of Professor Herkomer for the evening of 7th April next, when he will deliver a lec- ture under its auspices on Art Culture in Wales.' The same society will hold next term its second annual eisteddvod within 1 the College walls, and it is worthy of note that the College EisteddvSd held at Aber- ystwyth College last year was the first eis- teddvod ever held within the precincts of a college. « » The Most Rev. Dr. Emanuel van den Bosch, O.S.F.C., Archbishop of Agra, has been staying for some days with the Fathers of St. David's Monastery, Pantasaph, near Holywell. His Grace, who for an Archbi- shop is young, being only in his 43rd year, was Bishop of Lahore when he was trans- ferred to the Archiepiacopal See of Agra. Before the Holy See chose him for ecclesias- tical dignity he was a friar of the Order of St. Francis Capuchin. The Archbishop has paid a visit to St. Winifride's Well, which appeared to afford him great interest. < < The late Gwalchmai, it lis said, was the first to call the attention of the Congrega- tional Union of England and Wales to the great need of establishing English churches in Wales, in a paper he read before the meetings of the Union, at Newcastle, in 1854. On attaining his 90th birthday Mr. 1 Parry was entertained at a banquet at Llan- dudno, and presented with an iilluminated address in recognition of his services to Welsh literature. Lord Mostyn, the late Lord Aberdare, Sir George Osborne Morgan, and Sir John Puleston were among the sig- natories. • » In the report of the Welsh Land Commis- sion it was stated that the 'Dravod,' the weekly newspaper published in the Welsh colony on the Chubut river, Patagonia, was dead. It appears that this interesting little paper has been resuscitated, and shows signs of abundant life. One of the most curious features of the Dravod used to be its or- thography—the Welshy becoming in ic v, andff becomingf. Those who disliked this revised' orthography used to aver that-this and other peculiarities in spelling had a great deal to do with its temporary decease. • » The The University College of Wales Maga- zine 5 contains much interesting matter both for past and present students. Aberystwyth is old enough now to possess collegiate tra- ditions of its own, and these will be streng- thened and enriched by the esprit de corps which it is one of the purposes of the magazine to promote. Mr. R. Jenkyn Owen writes a short sketch of the career of Principal Ed- wards, a photograph of whom appears as a frontispiece. From the editor's note it ap- pears that the College authorities desire to place a portrait of Dr. Edwards in the Col- lege library, andgthat as the result of an appeal to past students and others interes- ted i-a the institution more than zC58 has been already received. It is also announced that the Worshipful Company of Drapers have made a grant of R500 to the building of the Women's Hostel, and that a large photograph, signed 'Alexandra, 1896,' has been placed in the Alexandra Hall in com- menoration of the interesting function which took place within the wall of the hostel last I June. • » It is said that the first time the late Edith Wynne appeared in South Wales was at the Merthyr Eisteddvod of the Cymmrodorion Dirwestol' in 1856 Three years afterwards she was engaged for a great 'National' Eis- teddvod in the same town, when the star of the evening concerts was Madame Dolby, then at the zenith ..If her fame. Edith Wynne was then only a mere girl of 18, and when the great Madame found that she was down on the programme for a duet with the humble Welsh maiden, she created a scene, and flatly refused to sin?. The story is told in the Tyst by Mr. Williams, who was the secretary of that particular eisteddvod. 'Miss Wynne was in an adjoining room,' he ,ontinues, 'and when she was informed that j ¡he London star would not sing a duet with 1 ler, her eyes filled with tears, but she soon < braced up and exclaimed, Never mind, Mr. Williams, the time may come when even Madame Dolby will be glad of my services.' And the prediction was verified, for in sub- sequent years the two arcistes often sang together.



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