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WALES AND WELSHMEN. The report of the Royal Labour Commission on the employment of women has been issued. The Welsh section contains some interesting facts. Sir Theodore and Lady Martin are staying at Sidmouth, where they have gone for change after serious illness at their residence in the Vale of Llangollen. At the Carmartbenshire Assizes a collier named Henry Owen was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude for committing an outrage upon Eliza- beth Thomas, 17, whilst on her way to chapel. Mr Herbert Roberts, M.P., laid a forcible state- ment of the claims of Wales upon the Government in the matter of Welsh Disestablishment before a meeting of the Liberation Society held last week. At the County Hall, Denbigh, an action was heard in which the County Council claimed from Mr David Jones, of Cerrig-y-Druidion, a sum of £ 260 for damage to the Holyhead road by the use traction engines. Judgment was deferred. The Home Secretary is in communioation with the Penrhyndeudraeth magistrates respecting a fine of Jao and costs imposed upon Ellis Jones, a farm servant, who was receBtly convicted of attempting to catch a hare on land belonging to his employer. It is understood that Dr. Herber Evans intends to relinquish the pastorate of Salem Congrega- tional Church, Carnarvon, at the close of the pre- sent year in order to take up hia residence at Ban- gor as Principal of the North Wales Congrega- tional College. At a meeting in connection with the North Wales Miners' Federation held at Wrexham, it was reported that a sum of .£343 had been received from the treasury of the English Federation, and a resolution was passed protesting against the employment of the military in the district. At Denbigh Mr. Wynne Edwards performed on behalf of the Town Council, the Borough magis- trates, and the Corporation officials the happy ceremony of presenting to the Mayoress of the borough (Mrs Gee) a silver cradle in commemo- ration of the birth of a daughter during her hus- band's mayoralty. A number of Wrexham tradesmen made a com- mendable though not immediately successful at- tempt to bring about a sett ement of the coal strike in North Wales. At a public meeting of miners it was suggested that they should, without pledg- ing themselves in any way. confer with the mas- ters. While welcoming the suggestions and the .9 spirit in which they were made, the men hesitated to bind themselves by resolution in the absence of their leaders, and it was finally agreed to lay the proposals before a meeting of the North Wales Federation. The controversy as to the action of the Bangor College authorities in reference to the Women's Hall of Residence was revived, it is to be hoped for the last time, at Thursday's meeting of the shareholders of the company who own the Hall. The report of the directors reiterated the now familiar story, and the opinions which found expression in it were vigorously protested against by Principal Reichel and several members of his staff. Eventually the report was adopted by 20 votes to seven. It was decided to at once proceed to wind up the affairs of the company. At the Carmarthenshire Assizes Mariah Rees was charged with bigamy, and Evan Da vies with aiding and abetting. The woman declared that she had lived with David Rees for five years. She did not know that she was breaking the law by marrying her fellow-prisoner. Davies said that he married Rees because he really thought she was free. The judge believed the prisoners' story and said both were labouring under a wrong impression. The woman's marriage could be annulled in a proper court, but crime had been committed, and sentence of one day's imprison- ment was passed. Colonel W. Cornwallis West, of Ruthin Castle, is the subject of a sketch under the heading H Celebrities at Home" in the current number of the World. After speaking of the beauties of the Vale of Clwyd, the historic associations of the Castle, and its architectural features, the writer describes the many interesting objects in its interior, and gives some glimpses of the life and habits of its occupants. Mrs Cornwallis West and her daughter, Miss Sbella West, are, we are told, accomplished billiard players. The latter has "strong and individual musical ability and vocal powers of no ordinary kind." Colonel West adds to many other accomplishments that of being an artist of no mean attainments. He is in his North Wales seat "the Lord Lieutenant, the colonel of the local regiment, the most looked-up- to man of the district, the most dignified of pro- vincial m t,nates." At the Manchester Welsh Church Bazaar the Bishop of St. Asaph raised an interesting point as to the number of Welsh residents in Manchester. In the guide-book to the bazaar the estimated Welsh population of Manchester and Salford is placed at about 30,000, but the Bishop quoted from the Census Returns to show that 6,734 only were scheduled as born in Wales and Monmcuth- shire, and the proportion who spoke Welsh he es- timated at 2,000. The statenerit. of the ca- e as given in the Blue book was, however disputed by the Welsh chaplain of Manchester on the grounds that many like himself, though Welsh in race and language, had not described themselves in the census papers, and that the district served I y the Welsh Church of Manchester included outlaying suburbs not included in the Bishop's estimate. Professor Boyd-Dawkins,while admitting the Tech- nical accuracy of the Blue-book, challenged its definition of a Welshman as being to narrow, and as not recognising the fact that Welsh patriotism was kept alive for generations after families had crossed into English territory. The Bishop, how- ever, decided to stick to his guns. Seven young men belonging to Pennal, Machyn- lleth, were summoned to appear at Towyn Sessions to answer to a charge of assaulting P.C. Tbet dore. During the preceding month a party of Churchmen went over from Aberdovey to Pennal for the pur- pose of persuading the rate payers of that village to oppose the School Board of the district taking over the new undenominational school which the Nonconformists of Aberdovey have recently erccted A party of Nonconformists also went over to Pen- nal and succeeded in getting the meeting to pass a proposition in favour of taking over the school. Atter the meeting the Nonconformist party left the village. The Church party, induced the local police officer to accompany them, and when they had gone a short distance they were pelted with rpud. The officer rushed forward and received the full brunt of the discharge, and subsequently sum- moned the defendants. When the case was called on, the officer was not present in court, and it was stated that no message had been received explain- ing his absence. The cases were therefore dis- missed. On the following day it was found that the constable had been taken ill in a wood cn his way to the court, and was obliged to return home.