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CAMBRIAN GOSSIP. Lord and Lady Bute are to celebrate their silver wedding on the 16th April, and there will be big rejoicings at Rothesay. • t The Rev. W. H. Humphreys, of Stockton- on-Tees, is removing to Bala, having been appointed private secretary to Principal T. Charles Edwards, D.D. • ft » The Rev. G. Hartwell Jones, whose name was mentioned in connection with the va- cant bishopric of St. David's, will preach at the Welsh Festival on St. David's eve at St. Paul's Cathedral. • • The Principal and Fellows of Jesus Col- lege, Oxford, have unanimously elected the Rev. Chancellor D. Silvan-Evans, rector of Llanwrin, to a Fellowship in recognition of his services to Welsh literature. »• # • The venerable Rev. W, Williams, of Swan- sea, is the only survivor in South Wales of the Calvinistic Methodist ministers ordained in the '40's, and there are only three left in North Wales. One of; the three is Mr. Thomas Gee, of Denbigh. • » • At a meeting of the Council of the Uni- versity College of Wales (Aberystwyth) held in London, Major Pryce-Jones, M.P., was elected a representative of the Council on the Court of the University of Wales, in the place of the late Mr. Williams, chief in- spector of schools in Wales. • • The Welsh members are well te the front with amendments to to the Voluntary Schools Bill. Already about 150 amend- ments stand to the credit of Mr. J. H. Lewis, Mr. W. Jones, Mr. Lloyd-George, Mr. J. H. Roberts, Mr. Brynmor Jones, Mr. Bryn Ro- berts, Mr. E. J. Griffith, and Mr. Lloyd Mor- gan, and the list has not yet been exhausted. • 9 m The dinner of the London Cymru Fydd Society, to be held on March 1st, promises to be exceedingly interesting. Professor Herkomer and Mr. Ernest Rhys will res- pond to the toast of The literature and art of Wales,' and Mr. William Jeats (the well- known Irish poet), and Mr. William Sharpe (the editor of Lyrica Celtica) will respond for Kindred Celtic nations.' • Major Jones, the ex-member for the Car- marthen Boroughs, has accepted an invita- tion to propose the toast of the Welsh pa- tron saint at the Cardiff banquet on St. David's Day. This year the banquet will be held at the Park Hotel, under the pre- sidency of the Rev. J. Morgan Jones, and the secretary, Mr. J. Austin Jenkins, will soon be flooded with applications for tickets. » • • Now that Gwalchmai is gone the distinc- tion of being the oldest Congregational minister in the Principality belongs, it is said, to the Rev. D. M. Davies, of Talgarth, Brecon, who was ordained to the ministry in the year 1836. The Rev. Dr. David Roberts, Wrexham, comes next. He still holds his pastoral charge, and haa been in the ministry for 58 years, having been ordained in the year 1839. » It seems that the Welsh Colony at Pata- gonia is not the first or the only Welsh colony of the kind. As early as 1616 it is recorded that Captain Whitburn, who was born at Plymouth, was in that year appoin- ted chief over a little colony of Welshmen in Newfoundland, which had been founded by Dr. Wm. Vaughan on the south part of of the island, and named by him Cambria, now called Little Britain. < « St. David's Day in Manchester will be celebrated this year on a larger scale than ever. First of all there will be a national service in the Cathedral, followed by a swell dinner, over which the Lord Mayor will pre- side, a soiree of the Cymru Fydd Society, which Mr. W. Jones, M.P., will attend, a din- ner in connection with the Welsh National Society, a Welsh concert by the Manchester Cambrian Choir, and various private cele- brations. • » Principal Owen is the third Welsh Bishop to be drawn in succesion from the ranks of schoolmasters. It is worth noting, in con- nection with the memorable speech which Mr. Gladstone delivered in the House of Commons some years ago in defence of the Welsh Church, that Canon Owen was clo- seted with Mr. Gladstone for some hours be- fore the debate, and he is credited with having been the Liberal leader's 1 coach in reference to the progress of Church work in Wales. ♦ ♦ Mr. Evan Morgan, late of Melincrythan, Neath, has recently been promoted by the Watch Committee of Birmingham to the rank of superintendent in the police force at that town. Mr. Morgan is a Welshman o waed coch cyfan,' and an intelligent enthu- siast in all things that appertain to the welfare of his country, and, like Mr. Ashton, is of a literary turn of mind and a capable scholar. He figured in a heated controversy on the Disestablishment question some years ago, and is the author of several pam- phlets dealing with that matter. Mr. Mor- gan is an officer highly esteemed by his colleagues for his kindly disposition and sterling character, and respected by his chief for his high ability and zealous dis- charge of duty. In 1890 he was promoted to the rank of inspector, and was made chief clerk, with the rank of chief inspector, in the chief constable's office. Mr. Morgan has not forgotten his mother tongue, and is one of the pioneers of a Welsh Baptist cause at Birmingham. Charles Ashton, in his recently published Hanes Llenycidia^h Gymreig'—a valuable work by the wp,,r, -dismisses the long-dis- puted question whether the Rev. W. Richards, LL.D., ever published a Welsh- English dictionary with an answer in the negative. He seems to imply that the dic- tionary published by Hughes, of Wrexham, in conjunction with the English-Welsh is by Hugh Jones, of Llangollen. I have (says a correspondent) a copy of Richards' first edition English-Welsh, 1798, and on the last page I find an announcement that 'shortly will be put to press' a Welsh land English dictionary by the same author. Price 5s. to subscribers, who are to pay 2s. in advance, and 3s. on the delivery of the book. From this it would appear that Richards had actually prepared a Welsh and English dic- tionary but the question still remains, was it ever published Probably the largest collection of Welsh dictionaries is that at the Swansea Free Library, and it may be the chief librarian there can answer this question. « e Sunday, February 14th, was the centenary of the Battle of St. Vincent, a battle ever dear to Welsh soldiers from the fact that on that occasion 300 men of the 69th Foot served as marines: A detachment of them was on board Lord Nelson's ship, the Cap- tain, when the unparalleled exploit of board- ing and capturing two line of battleships at once was performed. Nelson himself,' says the 69th Regiment's record, led the boar- ders/ The great vessels, the San Nicholas and the San Josef, came up to close quar- ters with the Captain, which had lost her topmast, and was incapable of taking part in the chase. Nelson directed the helm to be put to starboard, and called out to board the San Nicholas. To quote Lord Nelson's words, 'The soldiers of the 69th Regiment, with an alacrity which will ever do them credit, and Lieutenant Pearson ot the same regiment were amongst the foremost on this service. The first man who jumped into the enemy's mizen chains was Captain Barry.' Subsequently the San Josef was boarded, and there,' to again quote Lord Nelson, on the quarter-deck of a Spanish First Rate (extravagant as the story may seem) did I receive the swords of the vanquished Span- iards. I was surrounded by Captain Barry and Lieutenant Pearson (69th Regiment) and several other brave soldiers and seamen. Thus fell their ships The Victory passing, saluted us with three cheers, as did every ship in the' fleet.' Such, in the picturesque words of Lord Nelson, was one of the bravest deeds ever performed by Welshmen for their country's name and fame

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