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NOTES AND COMMENTS! jf — 1 DEATH, THE LEVELLER. 1 :1 ■ Tho glories of our blood and state « i Are shadows, not substantial things; E | There is no armour against fate I Death lays his icy hand on kings: » I Sceptre and Crown t! 1 Must tumble down, | And in the dust be equal made jpj g With the poor crooked scythe and spade. || s Some men with swords may reap the field, i And plant fresh laurels where they kill: jj| i But their strong nerves at last must yield | j They tame but one another still: jf i Early or late fe j They stoop to fate, Bj | And must give up their murmuring breath jj* When they, pale captives, creep to death. | The garlands whither on your brow 1 Then boast no more your mighty deeds | Upon Death's purple altar now a B See where the victor-victim bleeds j| ij Your heads must come N To the cold tomb; g M Only the actions of the just jj 3 Suiell sweet, and blossom in their dust. 1 J. SHIRLEY. | j g In a speech at Is ewry, four days after lierl gdeath, Lord Wantage said that the last! recorded. words of her late Majesty th(-' Queen on her death-bed were, Oh that peace may come." I: 8 At the Northampton Police Court on ■Friday summonses were heard against two Sbrewery firms, and the agent of one of them, for selling beer adulterated with arsenic., The Corporation of Northampton pi-osecuted. The quantity of arsenic was regarded as sol Hserious by the medical officer of the borough! ,I + jujthat all ihe casks of beer on Northampton? ■premises were confiscated. "The Bench iu-| Bflicted fines of £ 10 and costs on each of the| rewers. Tne summons against the Agent was withdrawn. i M Several heavy falls of snow occurred in HNorth Wales on Monday, the weather being bitterly cold. On Sunday night a heavy mgalo sprang up, and a regular blizzard pre- vailed. The snow was whirled about with terrific force and in the country districts it lies several inches deep, and the Snowdon Hand Plynlimon ranges are covered to a con- fflsiderable depth. Last Tuesday, owing to! the snow, much difficulty was experienced in Htaking the mail bags to Devil's Bridge and Bother places in mountainous districts. SMr Austen Chamberlain has addressed toi the Senior Deputy Chancellor of the! University ot Wales a letter in which he| states that the Lords Commissioners of thel Treasury, in view of the estimate of receipt.. and expenditure of the University, feel justified in asking Parliament to vote a grants of £4,000 to the University in the next nancial year, but they trust that the con- binued progress of the University will suable it to dispense with some part of this assistance in future years. I This Thursday evening and to-morrow, an important joint counties conference will be held at the University College, Aberyst- wyth, for the purpose of considering a scheme for giving instruction in the art of dyeing and weaving. Principal Roberts, who has taken great trouble to collect informa- tion at first hand by visiting some of the most famous English centres engaged in the industry, will submit a scheme. This is a movement which will appeal to a large section in South Cardiganshire, where, it is to be hoped, it will win the interest and support it merits. i Last week we had occasion to make a omment on the manner in which Mr Elizabeth James carried on her duties as secretary to certain public bodies in Aber- ystwyth, with especial reference to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Needless to say, the remark made were strictly confined to Mrs James' method of discharging the secretarial duties, nd were not in any way intended as a reflection upon her character and reputa- tion. We have, on several occasions, at the request of members of societies, called on Mrs James, as secretary, for information and announcements respecting those bodies, and she has invariably declined to give such, stating that she recognised no paper but that of Mr. Gibson's." We, therefore, upon this ground, made the comment in good aith, believing it to be a fair comment upon such conduct of public business. I In well-informed quarters there is (says the Manchester Guardian") a steadil owing conviction that an effort is contem- plated, if not already actually being made bo find a peaceful solution to our troubles in South Africa. It is said on good authority that the title of Supreme Lord (German I Oberhorr," or overlord) was suggested by the Kaiser, whose sincere and friendly desire or peace is unquevstionable. That doubt bout Sir Alfred Milner's usefulness in outh Africa are entertained in Birmingha as well as in Montrose and Stirling is alread an open secret. Statesmen who have con- sistently opposed the war are being un officially consulted, and it is at last recognised that if a settlement is to be achieved it must e a settlement by consent. There must be give and take. Of course no one is optimistic, but if there is a genuine desire at the Colonial Office for peace and a readiness elsewhare to orget unfortunate utterances it will perhaps not pass the wit of statesmen to work out the idea of Supreme Lord, or Suzerain, into a scheme that will satisfy the British publi nd the Africander party at the Cape withou being absolutely repugnant to the majority of the Boer population. The announcemeri that Sir Michael Hicks-Beach intends to as for another seventy millions for the comin year on account of the war in South Afri will quicken the general desire for a settle- merit. A good many manufacturers ar beginning to feel uneasy about the possibility of serious changes being introduced into the I tariff in order to meet this extraordinar expenditure I A full report of an eloquent memorials address by the Rev Principal Bebb is given in this week's issue. B Dr Jayne, the Bishop of London, andH formerly Principal of St David's Lampeter, is mentioned with some assurance!! in connection with the vacant see of I London. H | The Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the exceptional sickness and deatli attributable to arsenic in beer, and generallyw in articles of food or drink, held its firs'tg sitting on Tuesday at 8, Delahay-street" Kelvin. The commisssoners Westmister, under the presidency of Loiill what should be their course of procedure i and then adjourned. 1 There is very little news of late from | South Africa. A Capetown message stat.e.s ] bhe post captured at Modderfontein, in the j Transvaal, numbered over two hundred men, i^and that apart from the officers 28 men werel skilled and wounded. In Cape Colony! ^Kitchener's Fighting Scouts have had an -| pother engagement with a Boer force neail Clinwilliim, and the enemy were followed inS the direction of Van Rhyn's Dorp. I The Nonconformists of Northampton hav<|| decided to take action with regard to Bishop of Peterborough's refusal to allow|| the mayor's chaplain, a Congregational^ minister, to read the lesson at tle U11¡tc(1. igR memorial service at the, parish church on ^Saturday. Councillor Jackson lias given! inotice that at the next meeting of the town! ^council lie will move a resolution on, the^ |subjectand tho continuance of the custom of| ^corporation church parades, seeing that the| ^Nonconformists are in an overwhelming! ^majority in the town and on the |At other places in the county the Bishop! |has sent similar refusals, which in some ease.1! jgcaused united services to be abandoned and | aseparate services arranged. | | The King's addresses to the British people | |to his colonial subjects, and to the Indian| JPnuces and people were entirely, it i>| Hdeelared by those in touch with the Monarch J |the effort of his own mind. Even the! ipliraseology was dictated by him. At fir.xt| |jthe suggestion was that the King should ex-1 Ijpress his indebtedness to his people in one| ^general address. However, he was con-| Ivineed that the devoted sympathy of thcJ '^colonies and the unfailing loyalty of India| Ijwould be better recognised by a personal| Jand direct expression of gratitude and oi| ■confidence. If it be true, as it is also said,| jgfchat the original draft of addresses was| Ipenned by the King himself, then of cour se ■that document will have a considerable liis- fitorical Value. Elsewhere we print the ^King's address to his people in the ^vernacular. | It seems that [the criticisms on the Iehaviour of the Aberystwyth students or:9 'reclamation Day gave rise to much eom-S lotion in College circles. It is to be re-8 retted that the students hastened to explain! lie incident in print in the way they Ve are not aware that any person in own ever entertained the idea of im-| ugning the loyalty of the students. That! self-evident to all who are familar withi retted that the students hastened to explain! r, the incident in print in the way they dirt, We are not aware that any person in the" own ever entertained the idea of im-| ugning the loyalty of the students. That! self-evident to all who are familar withi the College. What the townspeople re-i I sented, and justly so we believe, was thrS i manner in which they behaved at the pro-3 fceedings; and the fact, possibly regrettable! on some grounds, that they were not invited to take part in the procession did not in any. way justify their intrusion and misbehaviour I We felt it our duty to call attention to th I matter in the way we did, as we find tliet-I lis a feeling among a large section of th § | younger people in the town that greate I | privileges are allowed the students than tol Sjthem in the public streets. 1 I The announcement that the title of Princes >f Wales is likely to remain unbestowed fori i considerable period—it may be for a gen-i sration—has created among Welsh folk a| eeling which it would not, says a daily! taper, be any exaggeration to describe asi lismaythat the Duke of Cornwall and York! s not the eldest born son of the King does! a considerable period-it may be for a gen- eration-has created among Welsh folk a eeling which it would not, says a (bily paper, he any exaggeration to describe asi ,-g (iisiiiay that the Duke of Cornwall and York is not the eldest born son of the King does not seem in itself a satisfying explanation. During the late Queen's reign the Prince of Wales's frequent mingling with the Welsh people, his affable ways, his. gracious accept- ance of high positions, have won for him the highest esteem and the most loyal affection.1 We have received several communication on the subject. Some of our eorrepollclentf: I ask whether the title does not carry a pledge of the recognition of certain natiora' sentiments. At a meeting of Carnarvon Town Council on Tuesday it was proposed to include in a resolution congratulating his Majesty the King on his accession to the Throne an expression of hope that the Duke of Corn- wall and York would we graciously per mitted to assume the title of Prince of Wales nd that, in the event of his Majesty con- erring such title, that it would please his Majesty to have the ceremony performed i the historic Castle of Carnarvon. The pro- poser thought that if such an event camel o pass Carnarvon would be able to establish ifce; claim to be the capital- of Wales I The St. James's Gazette says :—" A ood deal of error and confusion appears tol have crept into people's minds on the sub- ject of the title of the Prince of Wales. T begin with, here is no 14 constitutional ques- tion whatever connected with the arivinsrB or not giving of the title. The Crown may create a Prince of Wales, or not, at pleasure, d presumably might create anyone. Pre- cedent certainly does not support the view that a Prince of Wales must be the eldest son of his father, born while his father wa King. There have been nine exceptions tc his rule among the 19 Princes. The uture Richard II. was created Prince of Wales after the death of the Black Prince, though the latter had not been King, Henry V. was created Prince of Wales, though he was born before his father ecame King Edward, the son of Richard III., was created Prince of Wales though he was born before, his father became King. The future Henry VIII. was created Prince of Wales after the death of his eldes brother, Arthur. Henry, the son of James I., was created Prince of Wales, though he was born before his father was King of England. Charles, his. brother, the second son, was created Prince of Wales after tho death of his elder brother. He, too, was born before his father was King of England Charles II., of thefuture, was created Prince of Wales in his ninth year, though an elder brother named Charles had prede- ceased him, only living a few hours. The future George II. was created Prince 0 Wales, though he was born before anvori reamed of his father becoming King of England. The future George III. was created Prince of Wales after the death offl his fathor, Frederick, who of course was never King. All these are obvious facts, the evidence for which is open to anyone yet they seem to be ignored by many people. 1