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CAMBRIAN GOSSIP. St. David's Day will be commemorated this year in London by the usual gatherings at St. Paul's Cathedral and the City Tem- ple. 000 Elfed is going to introduce the Eistedd vod to his new charge at Harecourt Chapel, London. It will be in connection with the Literary Society of that church. 000 The Hebrew professor at Bala is making rapid strides in his Welsh studies. It is said that a Welshman makes a good Heb- raist. Will a Hebraist make a good Welsh- man ? 000 Twenty-five years ago the students at Aberystwyth College numbered 26. To day there are 26 professors and lecturers at that institution, and last session the students numbered 406. 000 It is said that the best tribute to Welsh character paid in recent poetry by one who has absolutely no Welsh blood in his veins is to be found in Mr. Watts-Dunton's ba-llad of' David Gwynn.' 000 Welsh eisteddvodwyr will regret to learn of the indisposition of the Rev. Thomas Edwards (Gwynedd), rector of Llanllyfni. The rev. gentleman, who suffers from a cardiac affection, has been recommended to seek complete rest for a time. 000 The committee of the Osborne Morgan Memorial have decided that the memorial shall take the form of scholarships open to scholars at Elementary schools and tenable at Intermediate schools. The movement appears to be a local one confined to the constituency which the late Sir G. O. Mor- gan represented in Parliament. ooo A good story is told of Watcyn Wynn's familiarity with the scriptures. On a sultry summer afternoon a bazzing fly wasannoying both teacher and pupils at the Ammanford School. At last it alighted on the book of a prominent pupil named Peter. Straightway the master commanded, Rise, Peter, kill and eat.' But Peter answered,' Not so, for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.' 000 The Rev. J. Thomas, B.A., minister of Catherine-street Church, Liverpool, has just published a volume of poetry entitled The Gateway of Life, and other Poems and Hymns.' With some two or three excep. tions, the verses contained in the volume were written for the use of the author's daughter, who is working as a lady mission- ary in connection with the Welsh C.M. Mis- sionary Society in India. 000 It is stated inl the diocesan calendar for St. Asaph for 1899 that the cathedral library —a permanent home for which was provided by the late dean, now Bishop of Bangor- contains over 1,900 volumes, mostly of a theological character, of the 17th and 18th centuries, but latterly many useful modern additions have been made. The library con- tains a valuable collection of early Welsh Prayer Books, but no copy of the Prayer Book of 1567. 000 One of the distinguished visitors to the Cardiff National Eisteddvod next July will be Lord Castletown, of Upper Ossory. His Lordship will attend the Welsh festival to convey the fraternal greetings of the Irish Feis Cecil, of which he is president. Lord Castletown is a Celt of the Celts, a member of the old Celtic aristocracy, and is probably the only Irish landlord to day who speaks with his tenants in their native tongue. In this he doubtless affords a good example for many a Welsh Peer. 000 It is announced in the February number of the Antiquary that the first volumes of Mr. Charles Ash con's Welsh Bibliography is about to be printed at the Caxton Press, Oswestry, and that Mr. Ashton would' be greatly obliged if auy book collectors who have copies of rare works kindly send him particulars to Dinas Mawddwy. The Rev. W. Rowlands' well known 1 Cambrian Biblio- graphy,'of which an enlarged reissue was edited in 1869 by Chancellor Silvan Evans, ends with the year 1800, so that there are ample scope and justification for Mr. Ashton's book. 000 The expenses incidental to the holding of a Welsh National Convention would appear to be a good deal more than the £100 men- tioned in a previous issue. That sum represented the total spent out of the Welsh Parliamentary party funds, but to get at the actual costs of the convention there must be added to this the sums spent in Cardiff on the conversazione and the housing of the delegates, so that the aggregate expenditure would fall not very far short of X200. It may be noted by the way that every annual meeting of the National Liberal Federation costs about £ 2,000. 000 The Hollands of Wales-a patronymic very common in the 16th and 17th centuries -bad a tradition that they were descended from a Lord Holland, who, having commit- ted high treason, fled to Wales, and whilst here married a peasant girl, the daughter of a pedlar. A descendant of this Holland was Henry Holland, alias Harri ap Harri Hol- land, of Caegwigan, Llanllechid, near Ban gor, and was also a kin of Holland of Ter- nain and other Hollands of gentle birth. The male heirs of Terdain having become extinct, the estates were divided between the daughters of the last Holland, who mar- ried York of Erddig and Wynne of Coed- coch, in Denbighshire. < 000 The following example of colloquial Welsh was overheard in the course of conversation between two miners at the close of the afternoon service at a cwrdd mawr' recent- ly, where two preachers had as usual on such occasions been engaged :Wel 'na bregethwr odd y cynta. 'na ond efa V said one of of the men. 'Weddol,' replied the other; 'dicyn yn wyn tog o'n n i yn i ffindo fa.' Well gen i'r ail, odd a'n fwy dwfwn.' la,' was the retort, ond beth odd yn y gwilod ? Dim ond mowtal; ma'n llawar well cal wiffad o wynt na moci mwn mwd.' Falla hyny wir ond doi foi'n iawn on nw ta beth,' was all the other man could say. 000 Another Welshman who is making his mark in the English pulpit is the Rev R. Cynon Lewi?, who has just left Luton, Beds, for Lavender Hill, Clapham. Mr. Lewis is a native of Aberdare. He commenced preaching at Ebenezer Congregational chapel, and after four years' training at Brecon was ordained in 1881 at Morriston, whence he removed to Stockwell. He ac- cepted an invitation to Luton in 1890, and was eminently successful there, and on leav- ingwas presented by the church with a handsomely bound set of the Encyclopaedia :• Britannica in a revolving book case' Lavender Hill, his new charge, has a mem- bership of over 300 and one of the largest Sunday schools in the Metropolis, the num- ber of teachers and scholars being close upon 1,000. 000 Last week Mr. Beriah Gwynfe Evans visited Trevecca for the purpose of inspect- ing manuscripts dealing with the history of Nonconformity in Wales. Mr. Evans prev- ious to visiting Trevecca spent several days in the British Museum, and he has also visited several parts of the country for the purpose of inspecting manuscripts in priv- ate collections as well as in public libraries dealing with the history of Protestant Non- conformity in Wales. He has found half a dozen diaries kept by Mrs. Edwards, of Nan- horon, the lady who did so much for Non- conformity in Carnarvonshire, and has also made other interesting discoveries which throw much light upon the history of the great religious revival of the last century. Mr. Evans is arranging to publish the result of his researches. 000 A volume long-looked for and touching on Welsh place names, inter alia, is the import- ant forthcoming work by Professor Rhys and Mr. Brynmor Jones, M.P., which, we are finally informed, will be published soon after Easter. On the 23rd inst. Mr. Brynmor Jones will read a paper before the Cym- mrodorion Society on 'Early Social Life in Wales,' which is, we take it a liberal excerpt of the promised book and a sign that it is practically finished. To judge from the inklings we have had of the work-its original contributions to the history of the Welsh people, its revival of the great Aryan puzzle, and its argument in general-it promises to afford much subject matter for the critical students of Cymru Fu.' Mr. Fisher Unwin will publish it. 000 Dean Howell protested vigorously, by the way, in a characteristic digression during his London lecture upon Welsh hymns against the use of thenámeSnowdon in place of Y Wyddfa. We should be curious to know when the former term was first employed. Some of the early Elizabethan English chroniclers used it in their descrip- tions of the Welsh campaigns of Edward I, but it may have existed as a colloquial equivalent among English-speaking resid ents in the district long before that time. The mistaking and Anglicising of Welsh place names did not begin, of course, with the ingenious labours in that direction of the Ordnance Survey. A reasonable restora- tion of the original forms of some of the more foolish names invented after a fashion by such innovators, is greatly needed.

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