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THE "DAILY TELEGRAPH" ON WELSH MANNERS AND CUSTOMS. The Daily Telegraph thus alludes to a recent defence of Welshmen (in the Oswestry Advertizer) from the charges of stupidity and vindictiveness, so freely lavished on them by the Standard and other papers:— Are Welshmen stupid and vindictive ?" is the extraordinary query of a Welsh contemporary, answered in the negative with abundant proof. But why ask the question at all ? Surely we are not steeped in such provincial prejudice as to anathematise these friends of ours who, if they have not as good a right as we possess to the title of 'Englishmen,' have a much better right to the name of 'Britons.' Nor is the Welsh journal injudicious only in its qaestion for its answer goes far to defeat its vindica- tion. We remember that a Scottish periodical once took up quite seriously Sydney Smith's famous saying that it requires a surgical operation to get a joke into a Scotchman's hetd, and re- buked the allegation with an enormous number of instances-ap- parently oblivious of the fact that the seriousness of the reply was the best possible illustration of the truth that lurked be- neath the witticism. And now our Welsh friend labours to prove that his countrymen are nnt I vindictive;' ilvers that Welsh juries are not worse than English; and spitefully quotes an excellent story against a Somersetshire jury, who, hearing a judge call one of the prosecuting counsel-a serjeant-I brother,' at once acquitted the prisoner, thinking that the whole prosecu- tion was a family job 1 We have next a case showing how Welsh stories are seasoned' for the English market:—" A short time since a gentleman wrote to the papers to say that during the last election in Cardiganshire a Bible had been publicly burnt, and that a Welsh minister, whom he named, had superintended the operation. The minister indignantly denied the charge, and demanded an apology. A reply stated that on further inquiry it was discovered that a crowd of people had burnt a Prayer Book. This also the minister denied, and when the matter was pressed to its source it was discovered that a lot of children had made a bonfire, and being short of fuel, the poor, ignorant little wretches had fed the flames with a Standard' newspaper, not knowing what valuable literature they consumed." From the Bible to the Prayer Book, from that down again-if our vener- able, and still vigorous, contemporary will allow us to say so—to the I Standard,' illustrates the way in which calumnies disappear on investigation; and it is even discovered that those who burned the 'Standard' did so ignorantly, "not knowing the valuable literature they consumed." The inference is obvious. Had the little wretches read the paper, they never would have destroyed it; thny would have preserved it, next to the Prayer Book, as a valuable guide. Shall we not then hasten the coming millennium of the Education League, when every little boy will be compelled to read, and thus saved from ignorant incen- diarism?


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