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CAMBRIAN GOSSIP. Miss James, the authoress of 'The Fish- guard Invasion/ lives at Greenhill Cottage, IT enby, and is one of the Poor Law Guard- ians for that fashionable town. 9 • • The Snowdon Railway Company propose (if they can obtain a license) to build a first class hotel near the summit, containing 20 rooms, and an observatory with powerful telescopes, at a cost of about £ 10,009. Sir John Puleston, who read the lessons at St. Paul's Cathedral when the Welsh I (?) Service was held, used on the occasion a, copy of the Scriptures vresented him last year by the Welsh poor of London. St. Paul's can boast of many possessions, but a Welsh Bible is not of their number. 9 » 9 Principal Owen is not to be allowed to leave Lampeter College for the Bishopric of St David's without receiving some token of the esteem and offecfcion in whichheisheldby the students. A movemert with this object in view has been started, and it is the wish of the students that the testimonial should be the joint contribution of 'the professors, graduates, and undergraduates of St. David's College, Lampeter,' and should reach such proportions as to make it a fitting acknow- ledgement of his work at St. David's Col- lege. It looks awkward for a witness when he kisses the book' before the conclusion of the oath that is being pronounced for his acceptance, and especially when he takes the book in his left hand when told to hold it in his right, but it looked more awkward for the Merthyr Court on Monday when it turned out that an apparently confused wit- ness had not really heard a word that was said to him because—because he was deaf! The magistrates clerk made the discovery, and also made amends. Then once more the deaf man swore. • » • The committee of the Festiniog National Eisteddvod, 1898, in the selection of subjects for competition, has made a new departure by taking into its confidence a number of leading men throughout the principality who possess any claim to give advice. A cir- cular has been sent round inviting those who have suggestions to make as to the choice of subjects for competitions, to for- ward them at once to the proper quarter. It is to be hoped that there will be a ready response to this appeal, for it marks at least one step towards a reform which all wise lovers of the Eisteddvod have long desired. • « We have known Mr. Alun Upward as a barrister, a journalist, a novelist, a play- wright, and a Labour candidate for Parlia- mentary honours. But the versatility of the man is not yet exhausted. Said he to the Hyde Park demonstration on Sunday, 'I am shortly going out to Crete myself, and if there is to be any fighting I mean to shoulder a gun for the cause of Liberty.' And the fierce look which accompanied that threat sent a thrill of horror through the vast assemblage. The very contemplation of the carnage which that gun will surely be responsible for might well unnerve the stout- est heart. u • Ii It is satisfactary to learn, on high autho- rity, that Mabon, M.P., has not violated the i, laws of Calvinistic Methodism by preaching I' without undergoing the customary examina- tions. Mr. R. Lloyd, of Llandegai, who is known as the 'Archdeacon of Carnarvon- shire,' acquits him of any irregularity, citing as conclusive the dictum delivered by the late Rev. John Hughes, the Calvinistic his- torian, at the Bangor Sassiwn' of 1846, that all deacons have the right to preach ex-officio. Mabon is a deacon, and need, therefere, pasc; no examinations, unless he decides to relinquish his office of miners' agent for a ministerial pastorate. « • • Among the many surprises found in the MSS. just catalogued by J. Gwenogfryn EVans, of Oxford, is an account by a Welsh soldier, written in the reign of Queen Eliza- beth, of the taking of Calais, a description by an eye witness of the proceedings of the Star Chamber, and a narrative of the events which led to the suppression of the Catholic insurrection in the counties against Eliza- beth's rule. These are all in Welsh, and as their existence has never before been sus- pected, they will be a valuable addition to the material which bears upon the his- tory of the Tudor times. The mass and value of the Welsh MSS. at the British Museum exceed the most sanguine expecta- tions. » » Sir G. Osborne Morgan tells a story which recalls some incidents in Sir Walter Scott's 'Antiquary.' Sir George, when in Wales, lives close to Offa's Dyke, and a distin- guished archaeologist, who was staying with him, suggested that an examination of the Dyke might produce some evidences of its origin. Sir George at once agreed, and sup- plied his friend with a workman. After considerable digging the pickaxe struck a metalic substance, and the party eagerly gathered round in the expectation of an- im- portant 'find.' Unfortunately for archaeolo- gy the weapon that was unearthed bore upon its blade in unmistakable characters the in- scription Rodgers, Sheffield,' and the ex- cavations were abandoned in disgust. Mr. Ellis Jones Griffith, the able young member for Anglesey, is described by the Leeds Mercury as one. of the smartest young men this Parliament has produced. 'His maiden speech,' continues our contemporary, 'delivered one night last session about 12 o'clock in a crowded and spirited House, was a revelation even to those who knew him best. Never before, I should say, had a Parlia- mentary novice made his bow to the Legis- lature with so much freedom and assurance. It was a rollicking effort, full of lively illus- tration and audacious repartee, and the general comment was that some of the other smart young Welshmen would have to look to their laurels. But Mr. Griffith is wise in his day and generation. His humorous au- dacity made him known to the House of Commons, but it is a gift to be used spar- j. ingly, and since that night Mr, Griffith's appearances in Parliamentary debate have been few, brief, and serions/ Lynon Davies,' writing in the Celt, sup- ports the contention made about a fortnight ago that to apply to the Welsh service at St. Paul's the term National' is absurd and misleading. Eynon goes further, and declares it to be dishonest,' laugh- able,' untruthful,' and the festivaljfit- self to be a scheme of Dr. Edwards, of St. Asaph, and his friends to give the Church in Wales a lift.' As Sir John Puleston and his little clique.' he adds, 'close the doors of this national' festival against the large number of the religious leaders of Wales, is it not high time that we should organise another festival ? We have enough Welsh Nonconformists in London to fill Spurgeon's chapel to the roof.' Eynon is so taken up with the idea of having such a Welsh festi- val representing all the various denomina- tions that he asks his readers not to be surprised' if this idea is put into practice next year.

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