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CAMBRIAN GO I P. s a London paper of the Chester Cil soras Eist",idvod: 'l'bt" iruid of %tale, VIas present, ai d the test piece for 11fe ch■ ef choral contest ,as -it,otie im to de, Poor old Hw'a! o o o Judging the number of t'nres it has been reprinted, tbe most popular Welsh book is Canwyil y Gymry, bj Rhys Pritch- ard, which has been reprinted almost as DOh ny tim6S as the W Ish Bible oo o Welsh antiquaries will note with pleasure that a copy of Churchyard'- Worthies of Wales, black letter, Lo don, 1587, has been secured for the Welsh section of the Cardiff Library It is an extremely rare book 000 Steps are being taken by the Anti Ri- tualistic Society to send a commissioner tnrough Wales early in the new year to collect statistics as to the Ritualistic cere monies and practices in use in the Princi pality. The inquiry will be conducted with as much secrecy as possible. 000 Welshmen will have really to look to their laurels At the Liverpool Christmas Eis teddvod the 'chair was withheld for lack of merit in the three compositions received, and-unkindest cut of all in the chief choral contest the Welsh singers were beat- en by a choir of Lancas rians 000 A wily defendant, charged at the Moun tain Ash Police Court with using bad lan- guage, set up the novel plea that he was not swearing at all-he was only trying to learn Welsh Unhappily f ir him, his swear words were in English, and he was called upon to pay the fine, or take the 4 option' 000 The programme of the concert given at Windsor Castle last February by the Rhon dda Glee Society, of which a copy has been presented to the Cardiff Library by Mr. W. A. Morgan, is a sumptuous piece of local printing, adorned with several illustrations of local scenery, portraits, historic buildings, and industries. The programme has now been bound to secure its preservation. ooo The Catholic Directory for 1899 does not shed much light upon the question whether Roman Catholicism is making any progressor not in Wales. The returns for the Diocese of Menevia (Wales) give the number of priests as 58 (20 secular, 37 regular, including 19 in Jesuit College, and one on sick leave), the number of public churches, chapels, and stations as 37, and other chapels of commu- nities 5. There seems to be no estimate of the number of adherents. 000 A piece of literary information-which will doubtless be welcomed with special gratifi cation in Wales, is that the Queen of Rou mania has completed a poetic romance, the central figure of which is Owen Glyndwr, and its scenes are located entirely in the Principality. The story is said to have a graceful touch of local colour, and to re- veal in a most interesting manner how closely'Carmen Sylva; has studied Welsh characteristics. It is to be dedicated to certain of her friends in the Principality. ooo The Vicar of Portmadoc (says the Goleuad) —and, by the way, the said vicar is the Rev. Llewellyn Hughes, a brother of Pro- fessor Alfred Hughes, late of the Cardiff University College-has been presiding over a literary meeting in a Methodist chapel, and the Church papers create as much fuss over the incident as if the Bishop of St. Asaph had been preaching at a morning service in a Welsh Methodist 'sassiwn.' Why should incidents of this description be so rare among us ? Why should not the newly-elected Moderator of the North Wales Association be invited to the conse- cration service of the Bishop of Bangor, and why should not that bishop in his tura look in at a Methodist Cymmanfa ? Talk of unity and brotherly love! Almost at the begin- ning of the twentieth century in enlightened Wales, the papers announce with astonish- ment that a vicar has ventured into a Methodist chapel, as if he had ventured into a powder magazine during a storm of light- ning. 000 The Prince Llewelyn National Memorial Fund has just been closed. The movement, which has been before the country for over three years, has not met with the support which its promoters anticipated. What form the memorial is to take will be made known when the committee meets, as early as possible in the new year, after the re- turn of the Rev. J. Gwynoro Davies, J.P., of Barmouth, the secretary of the move- ment, from his trip in the east. The gene ral voice of the subscribers will-determine the form of the memorial. Some donors have already expressed a wish that the first effort should be to rear a tombstone over the burial place of the Prince among the ruins of Abbey Cwm-Hir; others as strongly desire a monument to be erected as near as possible to the place were Lle- welyn was killed whilst a third section wishes to see the memory of Ein Llyw Olaf 1 honoured in his native Gwynedd (North Wales). Who says Denbigh, where he beld bis last parliament 1 000 The Cambrian Railways Company, under the %ble management of Mr. C. S. Denniss, are establishing a record among the most go ahead and enterprising concerns in the kingdom. The latest demonstration of this fact is the adoption by the company of the thousand-mile' ticket system which is so popular in the States. Beginning with the New Year, the Cambrian Company pro poses to issue 1,000 and 500 mile tickets at a charge of £5 5s. and £2 17s. 6d. respec- tively. The tickets will be issued in the form of a book of coupons, each coupon re- presenting a mile, and these have to be exchanged at the booking office at the start ing station for a single or return ticket as required by the passenger. The coupons can also be Imade use of in part payment for through tickets to other companies' lines. Bocks of certificates are also to be issued, authorising the use of the coupon book by the purchaser's familv, guests, or employees. The cost of the tickets, which enable the purchaser to travel first-class, are available for one year from date of issue, works out at about lid. per mile. But why all this bother, why not have a flat rate, and put it as low as possible ? o e o Several Welsh newspapers find their way into the Turkish Empire, and the task of scanning them, lest they contain any trea- sonable references to the Sultan, is entrus- ted to a Wrexham Welshman, who acts as a pilot on the Dardanelles. The Cymro relates that on one occasion two master mariners from Carnarvonshire, on their way to the Black Sea, were detained by stress of weather at Constantinople. Going_ ashore they entered a iposque and followed with interest the movements of the chief men -u_uu -u- UU in the neighbourhood of the 'set fawr,'as they described it Suddenly a strapping I Arab stood up and interrupted teir view, when one of the captains broke out im .1 patiently in his native VVelsh-' Be inae'r b.vgan du yma yn StfyJl reit o'n blaen, deydwch ?' (Say, why does this black scare crow stand up in front of u like this?) Judge of their surpri e "hen the 'Arab' tu-ned round suddenly ana retorted in Welsh—' Oes dim cwilidd a,rnochi gymeryd eu'\ Duw'n ofer mewn lie o addoiiad V (Are you not ashamed of taking God's name ill vain in a place of worship ?) Afterwards they found that the Arab was a Welshman from the middle of Montgomeryshire, who bad embraced he religion 'If Mahomet with the zeal of a proselyte. But from that time out the two captains were careful with cheir Welsh in foreign parts.

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