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CAMBRIAN GOSSIP. Antiquarians and students of history will be interested to know that BronaMfc and the adjoining properties, the home and the pro perty of the late Mr. Gee, of Denbigh, and situated in the centre of that town, is des- cribed in an old deed darted 1638 as being 'situate in the suburbs of the town of D u bigh, and in High Street which leadeth from the High Crosarto Lleweni Green.' In the same deed Ailce Middleton and Jane intitidletori 'spinsters all of Denbigh afore- said,' are described as daughters and co- heirs of William Middleton, late of Denbigh, 'currier.' The price paid for the house at that time was S22 In another deed, re- lating to the same property, one John Salusbury in alluded to as of Denbigh. o o Wales has only narrowly missed becoming the scene of one of the greatest commercial enterprises of the century, and the thing in a more or slesa modified form is still within the range of practical commercial economy. cl Wales depends upon its mineral wealth; the southern half of the Principality upon its rich coal mines, and the northern upon equally rich and far more exclusive wealth ot slate. Deprive either of its one great staple industry and its commercial pros- perity will seriously suffer. Conversely everything that tends to develop coai- mining in the south or slate quarrying in the north tends also to promote the indus- trial and commercial welfare of the Princi- pality as a whole. 000 Mr. D. A. Thomas, M P/s dream of a huge combination of coalmasters to restrict the excessive output of coal in South Wales, may not yet have been realised although, as it is, the South Wales Coalmasters' Asso ci-tion is one of the biggest and most power ful combinations in the United Kingdom. But we have been recently-and possibly may still be—within measurable distance of an equally great, far more compact, and consequently more formidable combination in North Wales; a combination which would completely change the whole complexion of the slate-mining industry in North Wales. 000 The romance of Welsh education has been again demonstrated in the career of Mr. G. M. Jenkins, B.A., of Owens College, Man Chester, a Congregationalist and a native of Pontlottyn. Not very long ago he occupied a post on the Rhymney Railway, but to-day is acknowledged one of the brightest stud- ents of his College. Two years ago he secured his BA., ard immediately after- wards he won a. three years scholarship. Last year be captured the College prize-much coveted by the students—and recently an other S21 prize. He has also been appointed tutor at the College, where he is still study- ing for greater honours. 000 Ail the Welsh Nonconformist denomina- tions have decided to hold their annual as- semblies for this year in Carnarvonshire, and they have been fixed as follows :-Wes- leyan Methodist Provincial Synod, at Con- way, the 12th of June and the following days the General Assembly of the Calvin- istic Methodists at Llanberis, on the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd of June; the Union of the Welsh Congregationalists, at Portmadoc, on the 2nd, 3rd, 4tb. and 5th of July; and the Welsh Baptist Union, at Bangor, on the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th of September. The annual conference of the English churches of the Calvinistic Methodists is also to be held in Carnarvonshire, at Llan- dudno, where also the English Congrega- tional Union of Wales will hold its annual meetings. 000 Responding to the congratulations of the East Glamorgan Monthly Meeting on the honour recently conferred upon him by an American University, the Rev. John Pugh elated a rather interesting incident that occurred during his recent tour through the States. A young Yankee came up to him at the close of a meeting which the Forward Movement Apostle had addressed, saying, (I guess you ought to be made a D.D. before you return.' 'What makes you think so?' inquired Mr, Pugh. Well,' was the singu- lar reply 'you are the most fearless devil driver that has been through these parts ever since I can remember By the way, will not the monthly meeting some day recognise those plodding young men already in the ministry who, through sheer force of talent and application, win their B.A.'s and M.A.'s at our home Universities ? These latter degrees are quite as valuable as those conferred across the Atlantic. 000 Which is the bravest regiment in the British Army?' The question is admittedly a difficult one, but tested by the number of men in each regiment who have won Victoria Crosses the honour is awarded to the South Wales Borderers of which famous local regi- ment no fewer than 16 members have won the coveted medal 'for valour.' The Rifle Brigade comes next, with a total of 12; the King's Royal Rifles third, with 11; while the Black Watch and the 2nd Cameronians are placed fourth, with 10 crosses each. The Seaforth Highlanders have secured eight- one more than the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherlands. Next in order come the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, and the Royal Fusilier (City of London) Regiment, the three being bracketed equal with half a-dozen trophies in their possession. The South Wales Bor- derers have until recently been stationed at Dublin, but as they form part of the 7th Division, they will, within a week or so, sail for South Africa. 000 One touching little incident in connection j with the late Mr. John Robinson, High Sheriff of Carnarvonshire, which has Dot been made public, deserves to be recorded. Mr. Robinson, who lived among his men, one day fell into conversation with a Noncon- formist minister, pastor of a small flock wor- shipping in one of the NantlJe Vale chapels. It casually turned up in the course of con- versation what the actual amount of the minister's salary was. Good heavens!' said Mr. Robinson, using it may be an even stronger expression, is that all you get ? How do you manage to live on it ? Look here While you remain minister of that chapel you will get £ 20 a year of addition to your salary from me. But this must be a private matter between you and me.' That, and unstinting charity to the poor, was the highly practical form which the unconven- tional Christianity of John Robinson, Tal- sarn, took. 000 The decay of the eisteddvod has become almost a pessimist's proverb, since Cardiff chose to be too liberal in its programme. The reasons for this decay have been made into many an ingenious thesis already. The eis- teddvod is too Welsh; it is not Welsh enough. It is top musical; it is ruined by the Pan-Celt; it has not the high seriousness of the British Association, for example. Meanwhile Ve are informed that never were there so many eisjeddvodau held all the world over during the festive week, and successfully held, as in this mid-winter of 1899 1900. We have just had a last evidence of it in a batch of programmes, from which we single one because it is so characteristic of the Cymry ar Wasgar.' It is that of the Cleveland and Durham Eisteddvod held at Middlesbrough on tlanuary 1. We find Pro- fessor Witton Davies's name as that of the president of the evening's function but the programme, we must say, is not very literary. The second event was intended to comprise a translation into Welsh of the late Mr. Ellis's essay (in Young Wales for July, 1899) upon the' Domestic and Decorative Arts in Wales,'and for this there was no entry To which if we were pessimists too we would say Absit omen. We prefer to be sur- prised, in the threatened decadence of the eisteddvod, that Middlesbrough and such foreign cities can manage to hold one at all. 00,0 The Welsh biography cf the late Mr. Thos. Ellis is being written by Mr. Owen M. Edwards, M.P., and Mr. D. R. Daniel. A quarter of a century ago the three boys were school fellows at the Bala Grammar School, and an intimate friendsbip then begun was continued up to the time of Mr. Ellis's death last year. No definite arrangements, we understand, for the English biography have yet been made. Probably it will be to some extent a translation of the Welsh biography, and the raw material must in any case be much the same. But what will be needed io respect of the English biography is a change of standpoint in the treatment of the matter. To the quarrymen of Festiniog every detail of Mr. Ellis's early days would be of interest, while the work that he did after his transition from the character of a private Welsh tnember to that of a respon- sible British Minister would possibly have a more remote interest. In the case of Mr. Ellis's friends who are not Welsh—and ithe tribute called forth by his death showed i bow numerous they were-the position would be exactly reversed. To write about the same matter for two quite different classes of readers is not easy work, but Mr. Owen Edwards is as likely to overcome the difficulty as anyone we can think of. He may be trusted to do Mr. Ellis's work full justice from the purely Welsh point of view, and his wider experiences of life and litera- ture at Oxford will no doubt help him to a right estimate of Mr. Ellis's later labours. And in point of style Mr. Edwards writes, with almost equal facility, pure, idiomatic Welsh or vigorous, nervous English.

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