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CAMBRIAN GOSblP. ;=::= r un ii-s voyage in the Mediterranean grej' !y liefited in heaiti), The Local Dr:" :> sr.net. Council of Barmouth has de err- e question of accepting Mr. Dav^esV ;,881" nation as chairman. ODO Discussing the respective merits of the t -n-o gentlemen nominated for the Liberal i Mature of the Carmarthen Boroughs tie ondon Celt comes to the 'hat Mr Alfred Davies has the deepest nocket; Mr. Owen Phillips the longest irousers, and Mr. Tom Hughes the readies' tongue 0 o O As evidence of the great feeling roused i:, North Wales by the question of 'Close '■'oramunion,' it is stated that one of the most, important Baptist churches .requested heir minister last Sunday not to exchange pulpits with a Calvimstic Methodist minis er The opposition came from the church itself. 000 Mr. W. H. Preece, the Carnarvon born Velshman, who, as we all know, is the chief engineer and electrician of the Post Office, will, if the ordinary course is pursued, retire from that position on the 15th of next month. Mr. Preece entered the public service in 1870, and has nearly reached the extend- erl age limit of 65 prescribed for retire- ment. 000 In the columns of the Welsh Drych (America) a correspondent has been inquir ing whether ministers who entice into their own folds members of other churches are guilty of 'sheep stealing.' A humorous answer has been supplied by a lady-' No; tor they can steal only the goats the sheep will naturally stray into the best pasture.' 000 In reference to a paragraph which recent ly went round the papers. Herr Emil Strauss, the eminent Bonn publisher, writes to inform a Welsh correspondent that he knows of no new Welsh romance by the Queen of Roumania (Carmen Sylva), nor does he believe that the Queen has written any such work. For some years past, Car- men Sylva has relinquished all literary activity. 000 The Welsh library of the late Rev. Owen Jones, B.A., Llansantffraia, is one of the largest and most valuable collections of Welsh books owned by any private individual in Wales. It contains a large number of first editions of Welsh Bibles and Liturgies, as well as Welshlpoetry, and there are several duplicates of rare editions. Mr. Jones since his retirement from ministerial work, rear- ranged his Welsh books and placed them in a separate part of his house, where they would be safe in case of fire. It is rumoured that the books will go to Bala College. 000 The Sunday before Christmas was Hos- pital Sunday in Liverpool. The total col- lections in the Welsh chapel and churches amounted to 2245 8s. Od. which shows an increase of more than £50 over that of the previous year, and is more than double the amount collected by Welsh congregations five years ago. The total in 1893 was S119 10s. lid. The various Welsh denominations contributed as follows on the last Hospital Sunday:—Calvinistic Methodists, £ 186 8s. 2d.; Congregationalists, X27 13s. 9d.; Wes- leyans, X18 Os. 10d.; Baptists, £9 18s. 6d.; and St. David's (Episcopal) Church, X3 7s. 6d. 000 Bryngwenallt, the seat of the late Mr. John Roberts, for many years M.P. for the Flint Boroughs, and father of Mr. J. Her- bert Roberts, M.P., stands in a romantic and beautiful spot about half a mile above the town of Abergele, in the direction of Llanfair, the birthplace of the celebrated Welsh bard and eisteddfodwr Talhaiarn. At a competitive meeting held not long ago in the neighbourhood, a substantial prize was offered for the best poetical effusion on the subject. Amongst the compositions sent in was the following Talcen Slip,' sent in possibly by an innocent disciple of the late Bardd Cocos:— Tyn dy lygad o dy wallt I edrych ar Fryngwenallt 'Rhwn sydd yn hardd ar yr Allt Tua milltir a hanner o'r mor hallt, I'r de os wyt ti'n dallt. The reading of the stanza faiily brought down the house. 000 The efforts of the Welsh Congregational churches to raise a fund of R25,000 do not appear to be meeting with very much suc- cess. On the other hand the Welsh Wes- leyans, a body infinitely smaller in numbers, have last month in North Wales only, raised a fund of 13,000 guineas with comparative ease, and in view of this the Independents confess themselves ashamed of their own dilatoriness. Says a writer in this week's Celt: Are these facts not enough to .bring the blush of shame to our faces as the Con- gregationalists of Wales What absurdity it is to talk of our generosity and self- sacrifice in this direction! Alas! for Con- gregationalism, and yet it is one of the strongest denominations in Wales. If we do not bestir ourselves and cast off our lazi- ness in the matter of our small fund of E20,000 generations to come will have reason to be ashamed of our lukewarmness and indifference. We believe that lack of gener- osity is not the only reason that as a denom- ination we are so backward in this r9spect, but that there is also lack of organisation- a kind of independent selfishness; we are too independent to ask one to give or to suffer another to do so. Let us arise to our duty in all earnestness. 000 The promoters of the monument to be erected in commemoration of five eminent Welshmen born in the mountainous parish of Llansannan, Denbighshire, expect that the column will be placed in position by Easter next. Mr. Goscombe John, the young sculptor to whom the work was entrusted, has completed his task. The eminent men whom the monument is intended to commemorate are Tudur Aled, the poet, who lived in the time of Queen Elizabeth William Salusbury, translator of the Welsh Testament; the brothers Henry and William Rees (Gwilym Hiraethog), and Iorwerth Glan Aled, another famous bard. It is seldom that one parish can boast of having given birth to so many really great Welshmen. It is interesting to note that each of the five belonged to different religious denominations. Tudor Aled was a Catholic, William Salusbury a Churchman, Henry Rees a Calvinistic Methodist, William Rees an Independent, and Iorwerth a Baptist. Mr. Kearley, M.P. (Devonport), has taken very great interest in the movement, and has contributed handsomely to the expense. He expects to be present at the unveiling ceremony, accompanied by Mr. T. E. Ellis, M.P., and other illustrious Welshmen in political and literary life. A short time ago Mr. J. H. Davies, B;A., Cwrtmawr, was iug at Llansannan as the guest of Mr. John Morris, J.P., and these two gentlemen, w f f) Dr Ellis, rector of the parish (the son of the late Cynddelw), selected a suitable site, the middle of the village, for the erect.on of the column. 000 The eighth annual Welsh gathering in celebration of Gwyl Dewi will be held this year in St. Paul's Cathedral on St. David's Eve Last year's congregation was one of the largest ever known, even at St. Paul's, Sir John Puleston, D.L., and an energetic committee of representative Welshmen have nearly completed the arrangements, which ure necessarily on a large scale. The pulpit will be occupied by the Rev. Canon Davies, vicar of Pwllheli, one of the most popular and best known preachers in the Welsh Church, and the choir will number between 200 and 300 voices, and will be composed of picked Welsh Church singers in London. The Sam us Welsh tenor, Mr. Ben Davies, will sing the solos. The Cathedral authori- ties desire it to be known that tickets of admission ad service books are only obtain- able from the secretaries, the Rev. Morris Roberts, 16, Bramshill gardens, Highgate or Rev. R. A. Lloyd, 110, St. Martin's-lane, Charing Cross.

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