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I WALES AND WELSHMEN.

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WALES AND WELSHMEN. Mr Murless of the Wynnstay Hotel, Wrexham, has had a hundred pigs which were suffering from swine fever destroyed by order of the local authority. Dr. Herber Evans is a Nonconformist humorist. "No," he shouted at the Congregational Con- ference, "we don't want to rob the Church; but only to take it off the parish." Coroners' juries sitting at Holywell and New- market passed resolutions in favour of the pay- ment of jurors, and requested the coroner (Mr W. Davies) to convey them to the Flintshire County Council. Sir G. Osborne Morgan, M.P., argues that the re-union of religious denominations must remain impossible so long as the present relations between the State and the Anglican Church are maintained. There were three prisoners for trial at the Carnarvonshire Quarter Sessions, of whom two were sentenced to terms of imprisonment and the third fined. Two persons who had been convicted of assaulting the policc appealed from the magis- terial decision. The conviction was upheld, but lo" the sentence was reduced. The capstone of the magnificent chimney stack erected to serve the Cardiff Electric Lighting Station at Canton Common, was laid by the Mayor, the function being attended by the majority of the members of the lighting com- mittee and the corporation officials. In order to perform the ceremony, the Maycr was hauled to the summit in a bucket attached to a wire rope. At Rhyl a number of licence-holders met and passed a resolution in favour of the formation of a Trade Protection Society for Flintshire. The object of the new society will be to influence members of Parliament in favour of the liquor trade. This, the Chairman claimed, they would be able to do on the ground that members of Parliament could not ignore votes, and that the liquor party was stronger than the temperance party. At Tredegar Police Court, seven inmates of the Bedwellty Union Workhouse, Tredegar, were brought up charged with insubordination. From the evidence of the master of the house, it appears that the men were told off to execute some work, and were each supplied with an ounce of tobacco weekly as long as the work continued. The men, considering the allowance too small, refused to do any more work. The defendants were sent to prison for 14 days' hard labour. Mr Rathbone, M.P., speaking at a bazaar held at Bethesda in aid of the Cefnfaes British School, emphasised the need of supplying Welsh children with the best possible educational equipments, particularly on the practical as distinct from the literary side. Mr Rathbone advised Welsh quarrymen to aim at a standard of efficiency which would, if they had to go abroad, enable them to take a high position i hemselves, and at the same time to relieve to some extent the strain of competition amongst artisans at home. At a meeting of the executive committee of the Radnorshire Liberal Association, it was resolved that the hon. secretary communicate with the various district committees and invite subscrip- tions for a testimonial to Mr Evans-Williams on his leaving the county, for his untiring zeal and energy in the cause of Liberalism. At a meeting held at Rhayader, it was decided to open a subscription list towards a present to Miss Elsie Evans-Williams, Bryntirion, and Mr R. W. Lewis Lloyd, Nantgwyllt, on the occasion of their marriage. The Cardiff police have arrested Esther Christiansen, a widow, aged 42, living at 27, Tyndall-street, on a charge of cutting and wounding with intent to do grevious bodily injury, to Daniel Fitzpatrick, a young man. Prisoner is alleged to have had a grievance against Fitz- patrick, who is said to have given one of the priests information that Ali-s Christiansen is con- c 'rned in illicit beer-selling. Fitzpatrick was found to be suffering from three cuts-one above the eye, one over the temple, and the other down the cheek. At the Wrexham Police Court, a gamekeeper in the employ of Mr Fitz-Hugh, of Plaspower, was charged with assaulting a collier on a public highway. It was alleged that the defendant and three other keepers met the complainant and another collier, and attempted to seize the latter. Complainant went to his friend's assistance, whereupon, so the witnesses stated, the defendant presented a revolver at his head and said, Stop, or I'll blow your brains out." The defence was a complete denial of the facts, and the Bench dis- missed the case. At a meeting of the Llandudno Improvement Commissioners a letter was read from Mr Chamberlain, a local solicitor, asked for the Board's opinion upon a proposal to construct a railway to the summit of the Great Orme. There was a division as to how such a scheme as that suggested would affect the status of Llandudno as a fashionable watering place; but eventually it was agreed without opposition to accept the plans. The Lord President of the Privy Council wrote declining to reconsider the application for a charter of incorporation. At the next meeting of the court of governors of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Mr H. B. Fryer will bring forward the following motion :—" That the court, in view of the f orth- coming establishment of the University of Wales, desire to express their conviction that in the event of any one University College centre being chosen by the University Court as the beat of the University, the central position of Aberystwyth and its accessibility to Northern, Central, and Souther Wales point to it as the natural seat of the University of Wales, and that the court hereby pledge themselves to take steps to provide the necessary accommodation should the Univer- sity be located at Aberystwyth." At the International Eisteddfod, held at the World's Fair, the p esiding bard of Gorsedd, the Rev Rowland Williams (" Hwfa Mon"), of Llan- gollen, Wales, having sheathed the sword, and the assembled multitude having thrice declared peace, as required by usage and rite, it was resolved by acclamation and proclaimed with sound of trumpet That the Welsh people of America, assembled at the International Eistedd- fod, at Chicago, desire to express their gratitude to the Prime Minister, and Government of Great Britain for acceding to tl-ie demand of the Welsh people for a National University, and they also congratulate the people of the Fatherland on the promised fulfilment of their aspirations in con- nection with education." Mr Bryn Roberts, M.P., has addressed a meet- ing of his constituents at Llanllyfni in explana- tion and defence of his action in reference to Welsh disestablishment. He contends that he had not falsified any pledge which he gave at the last election, and adhered to his contention that Welsh disestablishment could only come after Irish Home Rule. In referring to the Gladstone correspondence, he stated that the letter he was asked to sign was never discussed at a meeting of the Welsh Parliamentary party, and argued that the communication to Mr Gladstone ought to have taken the form of a resoluion rather than of a letter. At the close of the address a resolution was passed pledging the meeting to support Mr Roberts at the next election, and urging the Government to fulfil their promises with regard to Welsh disestablishment and other measures. At the World's Fair, Chicago, Mr John Thomas, harpist to the Queen, fulfilled the arduous and responsible post of adj udicator, assisted by other competent men. The male voice contest (first prize 1,000 dollars), was won by the Rhondda Glee Sooiety, South Wales, and the second prize (500 dollars), by the Penrhyn Male Choir, North Wales. For the Female Choir, the first prize (300 dollars), was won by the Welsh Ladies Choir, Cardiff. The chief choral prize of ,21,000 for mixed voices, numbering from 200 to 250 there were four competing choirs. The winners of the first prize were the Hcranton Cboral Union. One of the leading events of the Eisteddfod was the performance of Mr Thomas's Welsh cantata, Llewelyn." It is a work of sustained melody, simple, sweet, and pure. As a further token of the marked success which attended the perfor- mance, the Hon. J. R. Davis, Director-General of the World's Columbian Exposition, has written to Mr Thomas, congratulating him upon the success of his recent performance.

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