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Aberystwyth College Items. PRESENTATION.—In one of the glass cases of the Quad on Tuesday was displayed a very beautiful testimonial presented to Prof. Middleton, formerly professor of Agriculture in this College, now of New- castle-on-Tyne. The names of all the students who have subscribed are to be seen written on the bottom of the testimonial. This shows how deeply respected Mr. Middleton was by all his students, and the great regret felt at his departure. CELTIC SOCIETY.-At the last meeting of this Society, held on February 28th., three very interest- ing papers were read by different members on some of the "Social heroes of Wales." Mr. John Hughes read a paper on "Thomas Edward Ellis," Miss Hetti Williams on "Ieuan Gwynedd," and Mr. Edward Jones on "S.R." The three speakers showed an intimate knowledge of the history and personality of their several subjects. They pointed out several traits in their characters which it would be well for the rising generation in Wales to copy and to carry to a higher issue, and, undoubtedly, subjects like these have a tendency to uplift those who are privileged to hear of them, and create in them a new spirit and vigour which shall strive to realise the motto "I godi'r hen wlad yn ei hoi." ST. DAVID'S DAY CELEBRATIONS.—St. David's Day was observed by all the students as a universal holiday in honour of the patron saint of Wales. This day is eagerly looked forward to by all, and the College quad (and the oval-room was the scene of busy preparation for the great soiree to be held in the evening. Evergreens bedecked the erstwhile bare walls, and the Chinese lanterns and other fancy lights gave a festive appearance to the sombre quad. Even the statue, in all its glory, seemed to feel prouder, and to enjoy paying homage to Gwalia's patron saint. Everyone felt happy and had arrayed himself in his best. The lady students had been for days preparing, and had pestered the drapers for something smart and distingue. After the reception, which was over at 7 p.m., a pro- gramme including selections from H. M. S. Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan) was gone through. From 8-30 to 9-30 refreshments were served in the quadrangle, and afterwards followed a miscellaneous concert. All the items in the programme passed off splendidly. The selections from the opera H. M. S. Pinafore too were well appreciated by the audience. The singing was on the whole good, and one or two of the singers did their part creditably, but it must be said that there was but a feeble attempt made at acting by any of them. The singers were aecompanied by a small orchestra under the conductorship of Mr. H. T. Evans, and they are to be congratulated on their per. formance. The miscellaneous items were characterized by no exceptional merit, but the Ladies Choir gave entire satisfaction to all by their rendering of "Clychau Aberdyfi" and" Llwyn Onn." The harp solo also, by Mr. Lloyd Roberts, whose services had been secured for the occasion, was greatly appreciated. Miss Jano Davies was not quite up to her usual mark, although at the same time little fault could anywhere be detected in her recitation. With regard to the comic drama entitled "The Jacobite," there is no doubt but that it was the crowning success of the evening. One or two of the characters were especially well represented, and mention should be made of Mr. D. P. Williams, in the character of John Duck, and Miss Blagg in the character of Patty Pottle. Praise also is due to the rest, who performed their parts very creditably. A very enjoyable evening terminated with the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION. On Friday, Principal Roberts, the president of the Society, in the chair, is was announced that thirteen essays had been received in ,the competi- tion for the Society's medal-six written in Welsh and seven in English-the subjects chosen being Welsh black cattle, Hereford cattle. Shorthorn cattle, the wild white cattle of Chartley, experi- ments on grass land, the improvement of local fairs and markets, and old-fashioned and obsolete customs and practices in connection with agri- culture. The medal was awarded to Mr Daniel Williams, Glanrannell, Llansawel, who wrote on the last m'entioned subject. The paper on the Chartley cattle by Mr John Deaville, Chartley Lodge, Staf- fordshire, and that on Welsh black cattle by Mr J. B. Owen, Hafod, Llanboidy, were also read. In the evening the members dined at the Waterloo Hotel, and spent a pleasant musical evening to- gether. At a business meeting held the previous evening, the following office bearers were elected to act for the ensuing year :—Vice-presidents, Mr. D, D. Williams, U.C.W., Mr John Roberts, Towyn, Mr. M. H. Williams, Llansadwrn, and Mr. G. J. Davies, Lampeter; treasurer, Professor Lewis; general secretary, Mr. J. Alan Murray; local secretaries, Mr. O. W. Price, Breconshire; Mr. Walter Williams, Carmarthenshire; Mr. D. D. Evans, Cardiganshire; Mr. R. N. Jones, Brynmelyn, Merioneth; Mr. D. M. Wigley, Montgomery; Mr. John James, Pembrokeshire; Mr. A. A. Hopwood, Staffordshire. Mr. James Wilson, Fordyce, lecturer on agriculture University of Aberdeen; Mr. T. H. Middleton, professor of agriculture Durham College of Science; Mr. C. Morgan Richardson, of Noyadd Wilym, Cardiganshire, and Miss Varrell, U.C.W., were elected honorary members of the Society, and forty-two n'ew active members were admitted- It was decided to offer for competition next year a cup for the best root crop, a prize for the best yield (quantity and quality) of milk from any one cow in thirty-six weeks; a prize for the most rapidly fattened ox and a prize for the most interesting small exhibit at the annual general meeting. Arrangements were also made to secure a lecturer to give the next annual address.

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