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LOCAL <aO*>6lP. One of the outstanding characteristics of the Brodgden family, on their advent to South Wales, was their custom of moving among their workmen. When the elder brother, Mr. Alexander Brogden, was elected M.P. for Wednesbury during Mr. Gladstone's :first Premiership, he was the first real live" M.P. that was in a, approachable in Glamoganshire, although the county was re- presented by two nominal Radicals, the late Lord Swansea and Mr. C. R. M. Talbot, of Marga-m Abbey. The Broadens were beloved by all classes, and Li., member for Wednes- bury in particular. He was a clear speaker, and was well versed in the English classics, which he frequently que ted in his speeches. James Brogden was more than iron master or ooal owner. H.:í was a member of several learned societies, notably "ne Geographical, the Linnean, and the Geological. At New- ton Nottage he had the close association of one of the principals of the Linnean Society, who lived there several years. In geology, Mr. Bragden was more than a collector of fossils. I recollect on one occasion, writes a correspondent, showing him a tine specimen jf sigillaria in sanustuno grit, another in ironstone, and f) +- h; rd in ordinary shale, and literally put him through his facings to explain the reason why the same kind of tree fern should exhibit such transformations. His reasons-too technical for public interest -were given with a queer simplicity and ab- sence of pedantry which I have never forgot- ten. Houses, like families, tend to degenerate in course of time. There axe ever so many "Stately halls' in Wales which have for generations become farm-houses. One such is Beau pro, in the Vale of Glamorgan. In Breconshire most of the farm-houses seem at one time to have been gentlemen's seats. A similar phenomenon is met with in Mon- mouthshire. It is supposed that the old Welsh custom of sub-dividing the land be- tween children was the chief cause of the decay of ancient houses. » In reply to a query as to whether Glamor- ganshire could still boast of a distinct breed of sheep, Mr. Edmund D. Lewis, of St. Mary Hill Court, who is among the oldest and most experienced farmers in the county, and an acknowledged authority on agricultural mat- ters, writes as follows:—" I would say there is no breed of sheep indigenous to the county of Glamorgan, though its mountain sheep may be said to be a distinct breed, as there are no other Welsh sheep of quite a similar type. The sheep of the Vale to-day are simply descended from the leading English breeds, i.e., the aiiropshire, Oxford, and Hampshire Downs, and there are excellent flockii of those breeds all over the Vale. But they are of comparatively recent introduc- tion, as up to thirty or so years ago the Vale .was filled with maguinoent liocks of long- wooted sheep, native 01 the district, but im- proved by the crossing with the best Cost- TTOW blood. When the Royal Agricultural Society held its meeting av Carditt in 1872, prizes were offered lor the best managed farms in South vY ales and Monmouthshire, and the judges for tne bame--se.eral of Eng- land's then leading larmers—expressed them- selves in terms or cue iugnest praise of the Vale liocks ol sneep. -but, as the delicate ironworker and collier became the consuming community, and were unable to eat good fat mutton, the farmers abandoned the old liocks and went for the most lean cutting-down breeds. I still have a small Hock of the old breed pure, and personally deplore the change, as I think that much of our local 4 bovine glory departed with the decay of the longwools. Is there any county in the country so extensively exploited Dy competitive rail- way systems as Glamorgan? A magazine writer mentions eleven different compan- ies:—The Great Western, Midland, London and North Western, Talf Vale, Rhymney, Barry, Brecon and Mert-hyr, Neath and Brecon, Rhondda and Swansea Bay, Cardiff, and Vale of but there are four more—Port Talbot, south. Wales Mineral, Alexandra and Newport, and Mumbles— making fifteen in all. is there any other county accommodating hi tee 11 railway sys- tems., Two ot these railways carry no pas- sengers—Cardilf and South W ales Mineral; and one—the Mumoles-—is a curiousity in being a sort of cross between a railway and


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