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Welsh Gossip. 1 The net proceeds of the conoert given by the Treorky Male Voice party at the Queen's Hal), London, amounted to JB129 16 6d. The Rev. W. H. Sarohat, Wesleyan minister, conducted his last service id the Neath Circuit on Sunday night, when he preached at the Neath Wesleyan Chapel. In the course, of the twelve months or so that have elapsed since the last election the Mertbyr District Council has lost three of its members by death—Mr Henry Lewis, Major Bell, and Alderman Evan Lewis. Taibacb, which was built during the days of the Crimean War, bears record of that faot in itlt local street names, which include such historical terms as Constantinople, Inkerman, Scutari, Stamboul, and Gallipoli. Caerphilly is getting on—by degrees. The street lamps are now being painted for the first time since they were placed in position 30 years ago. A correspondent anxiously inquires whether the local authorities have negotiated a 30 years' loan to cover the expense ? A unique ceremony was witnessed at the New Town Hall, Pontypridd, last week, when Miss Lily Richards was invested during her pupils' concert with her cap and gown as Licentiate of the Royal Uollege of Music, the ceremony being performed by Dr. Joseph Parry. The Rev. Richard Parry, the well-known Gwalchmai, who was reported last week to be recovering from the effects of the accident which befel him when out for a walk with Hwfa Mon, has had a relapse. His medical attendants enter- tain hopes of his recovery, but the venerable bard is in a very weak state. Laleston, in the Vale of Glamorgan, is said to have been so-called after a Saracen of the name of L<tles, who escaped from a wreck on the Welsh coast. He was engaged by a number of the Normans then in Glamorgan as master builder to their castles. It is said that he was converted to Christianity and built Laleston. The seoond number of the late Ialwyn's sermons was this week issued from the Treherbert Press, and maintains in every respect the excellence of the first issue. The present day rush for Islwyn's works, in prose and poetry, indicates that at last the genius of the seraphic poet-preacher is being appreciated at its true value. The Executive Committee of the Carnarvon NatioMl Eisteddfod of 1894 have decided to write to the secretary of the National Eisteddfod Association protesting against the delay which has taken place in the publication of the prize essays, etc., and several members expressed the opinion that the association, like the House of Lords, ought to be "fmded or mended." It was suggested that an effort should be made to hold the National Eisteddfod of 1900 at Carnarvon, and the proposal was favourably received, though no resolution was passed. Mr Alfred Thomas, M.P., is not alone among his Welsh colleagues in Parliament as a composer of hymn tunes. Mr S. T. Evans, the member for Mid-Glamorgan, has gone one better, for be has composed two hymn tunes, the rendering of both of which he conducted personally at Neath the other day. The new tunes are called 1" Cefry- gwyudwn aud Maesteg." Why not have a Cymaufa Ganu at Westminster for .the Welsh members ? There's material enough, and it would help the promotion of harmony. Thera would, of course, be no lack of leaders among them. Dafydd Ionawr, the celebrated Welsh bard, died 69 years ago to-day. He was born in the parish of Towyn, Merionethshire, January 22, 1751, and was taught the rules of Welsh poetry by Ieuan Brydydd Hir, who was a curate at Towyn in 1766. David Richards, as the bard was then known, subsequently went to Ystrad- meurig School, then kept by its illustrious founder, Edward Richards, and it was there, when only 18 years of age, that ho composed his well-known "CywyddyDorau." He spent most of his life as a schoolmaster. It was at Carmar- then, where be was an assistant master at the Grammar Sohool, that he composed his "Cywydd y Drindod," of which, after immense labour, travelling through the whole of Wa'es, he was able to dispose of an edition of ;300 oopies at 5s a copy. Here is an ower true story of how the Church in Wales—in rural Wales, at all events—labours under difficulties. On a certain cold winter's Sunday morning the vicar on entering the church found his congregation to consist only of the sf-xton. After careful consideration, it was deemed inadvisable to hold a service at all, and the two State officials left the sacred building. But unfortunately at the churchyard gate they were met by a poor parishioner, whose religious instincts had proved superior to considerations of personal comfort. The parson was non-plussed for a moment, but then a bright thought struck bim. Miss Jones," said he to the shivering woman, I am anxious to do my duty by you, and am prepared to hold the usual service for your benefit. But the church is very cold this morning and—which would you prefer, the usual I servioe, or a shilling from me ?" Miss Jones chose the shilling, and vicar aud flock were equally satisfied! Dr. Perowne, Bishop of Worcester, was for 10 years vice-principal of St. David's College, Lampeter, and Mrs Perowne, in the course of an illustrated interview in the Woman at Home for May, loves to linger on the recollections of then happy days in South Wales. I married to go to Lampeter," Mrs Perowne told her interviewer. There my children were all born. It was a delightful time in many ways, and I used to take the greatest interest in the young men. From Lampeter we went to Cambridge, where the Bishop was one of the theological professors. These, too, were delightfully happy years, for, besides many friends, we had all the interests of academic life and the association with many well- known men then, too. our yearly migrations to the Canonry at Llandaff made a pleasant variety; we have all many happy reminiscences of Llan- daff, where we made valued and lifelong friends of the learned Bishop Ollivant, his wife, and daughter." Professor J. Morris Jones intends to publish his articles on the Gorsedd in book form when his attack upon that institution is com- pleted. Two or three more articles may be expected before he abandons the subject. He will then devote himself to seeing through the press; the new edition of Burdd Cwsg which he 'has undertaken to bring out. This work was commenced some time ago, but it was interrupted by the raid," as it has been called, upon the organisation of iihe bards. Messrs Jarvis and Foster, Bangor, hope to publish at an early date a collection of translations from Welsh lyrics, chiefly of the present century. The translator is the Rev. Edmund O. Jones, the vicar of Llan. idloes. Those who have had the privilegeof looking at the proof-sheets consider that Mr Jones has succeeded beyond expectation in the difficult task which he had imposed upon himself. The same firm will, in the near future, publish a collection of Welsh lyrics from the earliest times down to the present day. The editor is Mr W. Lewis Jones, Lecturer in English Literature all the University College of North Wales, Bangor. The book will be modelled upon the well-known Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics," edited by Professor Palgrave and published by Messrs Macmillan and Co. The want of such a collection has long been felt, and it is gratifying to find that at last it is about to be supplied by one who is in every way qualified for the work. A want which is sorely felt by Welsh readers interested in the memory of the Kymric dead is that of a good biography of Robert Owen, the Newtown Socialist. The task has been essayed by more than one writer (remarks the Manchester GuardianJ, but with very indifferent success, aud even those "lives" which have been published are by this time practically unobtainable. Mr T. E. Ellis, M.P., chief Liberal Whip, is a great admirer of the Father of British Socialism," as one of the latest and best writers on co-operation has called him, and in an address delivered before the Students' National Society at Bangor he went so far as to say that this strong, strenuous, fertile. brained Welshman could take his place proudly with Plato and Sir Thomas More among great initiators." In the course of conversation with some literary friends in Wales, Mr Ellis is reported to have once expressed the wish that he could find time to write the biography of his hero but, although he is known to have made a special study of Robert Owen's contributions to the Socialist movement, and to have accumulated some materials for the work, his political duties have so far prevented him from realising his wish. When, however, Mr Balfour manages in the intervals of leading the Tory party to lay the j Foundations of Belief," it is not altogether unreasonable to hope that Mr Ellis will in the I intervals of "whipping" the forces of Liberalism be able to find time to write the life 0': a. great and undeservedly ueglected Wel«htnar>



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