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(JAMoKlAJM While a Bala shepherd was going his rounds the other day, he accidentally picked up an eagle, which lay dead on the moun- tain side. The bird was well developed, and weighed 11 lbs. ( 000 The remarkable eloquence of John Elias not only drove Sunday football out of exis- tence in Wales in the early days of this century, but, according to a recent paper by Mr. Lleufer Thomas on Welsh Industries,' it also dealt a death blow to the oue-timed celebrated snuff trade' of Llanerchymedd. 000 We feared all along it would come to this. A Welsh bard has just perpetrated an englyn on Sir Campbell-Bannerman, with the following results:- Dyn yw o fil-dyna fo-dyn llwyr, Dyn llawn a chryno; Dyn da ei waith, dyn drwyddo, Bob modd drwodd a thro. ooo Professor Mahaffy, of Dublin University, who occasionally takes special delight in lampooning Welsh literature and We sh nationalism, has just done the same service to his rative Gaelic. In his evidence given before the Viceregal Commission on the re- form of intermediate education in Ireland, he denounced the inclusion of Irish on the intermediate programme, and declared that the ancient Celtic literature was worthless, it being a matter of the greatest difficulty to find an old text that was not either religious or silly, or indecent.' 000 An incident which serves to bring out in bold relief the self-effacing disposition of Dr. T. Charles Edwards, of Bala, is the fact only just come to light that it was he who received the first invitation to the pastorate of the Queen Street Congregational church, Wolverhampton, susequently accepted by the late eloquent Dr. Berry. Not a few of his brethren would have contributed such a bit of intelligence to the secular Press before even sending a reply to t e church, and in case of its rejection would have tur ed round to lecture on the shortcomings of modern journalism. 000 I have never known a publican become a parson (says 'Martin West' in the Church Gazette), but I have known one or two par- sons who have turned publicans. One has a pub in London, and I believe is much res- p cted. Yoa will not find his n tme in Crockford, although he has not resigned his orders. A Welsh curate fell in love with a pretty widow, who kept a snug public, in Pembrokeshire I think it was. He married her, and went to live at the pub. Of course, he lost his curacy, and not get- ting another, he became the licensed-owner, and I believe makes a very good landlord. 000 The interpreter at the Carnarvon Assizes on Thursday week, created much laughter by rendering the question,' Was the old man mentally capable?' into good idiomatic Welsh thus, 'A oedd yr hen greadur yn llawn llathen f This recalls an amusing instance of misconception which occurred at the Carnarvon Assizes many-years ago. An old man who was a witness was asked the, distance between two points, when he replied,' Ergyd careg glas hogyn.' This was rendered, A blue boy's stone throw.' The Court laughed, and the interpreter assumed another hue-scarlet. 000 Mr. Augustine Birrell, M.P., waxed eloquent at the recent Welsh banquet at the Hotel Cecil He said he had never noticed in the Welsh character as it had exhibited itself on the floor of the House of Commons any peculiar indications of having to any large extent adopted Scottish- philo- sophy. If they only did that, he would guarantee that the House during a Welsh debate would be as empty as during a Scotch one. Mr. Lloyd George had spoken of Welshmen consuming large quantities of Scotch whisky. He (Mr Birrell) was sorry to hear that for some reasons, but at the same time he knew of nothing which would more endear them to his constituents. 000 Gipsy Smith, whose mission meetings in Cardiff have proved so phenomenally sue cessful, finds Welsh hymns and Welsh tunes supremely suitable for his' revivalist' meet- ings. He had 'Hyfrydol' sung to the words I will sing the wondrous story ren- dered at every meeting last week, and he has requested the organisers of his mission in other towns to include it in their pro grammes also. Mr. Smith's attachment to Welsh hymnology is no less marked. He learnt' Gwaed y Groes,' perhaps the greatest of Williams Pantycelyn's hymns, some 18 years ago, and has sung it on numerous oc- casions with remarkable effect. 000 A very valuable and interesting manu script recently discovered in Marshlands, Llandudno, has come into the possession of the Rev. D. O'Brien Owen, Carnarvon. It is in the handwriting of the late Rev. Owen Jones, F.S.A. (Meudwy Mon), the well-known Welsh historian, and is of fool- scap size, containing about 500 pages of very beautiful handwriting. Its contents include pedigrees of the well-known Welsh families of Gwynedd and Powis, the descen- dants of the Fifteen Royal Tribes of Wales, and poems in the form of 'awdlau' and I eywyddau,' with notes on some difficult passages in the same by the ancient Welsh bards. 000 Mr. Justice Darling formerly spent a number of years at Dowlais, and we have the authority of the vicar of Carnarvon for the following story, which is said to have influenced the judge's attitude towards Welsh witnesses: Mr. Bruce (then the Merthyr Stipendiary and afterwards Lord Aberdare), had a witness before him who could not understand English, and when Did you see the constable take the prisoner into custody was interpreted to the latter in Welsh thus,' A welsoch chwi yr hedd- geidwad yn cymeryd y carcharor i'r ddalfa,' be failed to understand that also, the Sti- pendiary took him in hand and asked, Gwelsoch chi policeman yn catchio prison-' er f And the man replied amidst roars of laughter. 000 Sir Love Jones-Parry, of Madryn, who wrested Carnarvonshire from the all-power- fal Penrhyn family in the memorable elec- tion of 1868, was once sentenced to death. Soon after succeeding to his estate in the year 1853, be spent a considerable time abroad, and visited Gibraltar. Whilst so- journing there, he was about to cross the frontier to Spain with a companion, when a sentinel demanded his passport. Sir Love was unable to produce one, and the sentinel, who thereupon insulted him, was quickly knocked down by the impulsive Welshman. The latter was arretted, tried by court "tartia!, and sentenced to death. The English Government intervened on his I behalf, and he was set at liberty aDd welcomed home with great rejoicing. 1






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