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Notes from Wales. j Aberystwith. The College musical society gave a perform- ance of Mr. Jenkins "Psalm of Life" at a concert held here on Friday last. The com- poser was deservedly applauded at the close. Speaking at a representative meeting of the counties of Cardigan, Montgomery, and Merioneth, Principal Roberts said that His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, would visit Cardiff on his return to London from Aberystwyth. Bangor. A great demonstration is to be held here on April 23rd, in connection with the Welsh Church Reform League when Lord Penrhyn is expected to preside. Cardiganshire. Mr. Vaughan Davies the M.P. for this county has been placed on the Committee on Trade on the Light Railways Bill. As this committe is a select one it is considered a great honour to be made a member of it. Mr. Morgan Richardson of Noyadd Wilym, Cardigan, won the second prize of £ 25 for a shorthorn bull at the Agricultural Exhibition recently held at Birmingham. The bull was afterwards sold for 96 guineas. Cow bridge. Wales can proudly boast of several centen- arians living within its borders at present. Dr. Salmon of Penllyn Court, Cowbridge, attained last Monday his 107th birthday. Carnarvon. A member of the Carnarvon Board of Guardians, Mr. Robert Davies, asserts that he is able to trace back his family records for a period of eight hundred years. Carmarthen. Mr. W. J. Buckley who was defeated at the last election by Mr. Lloyd Morgan, has again consented to fight on behalf of the Conserva- tive cause in Carmarthenshire at the next general election. Cardiff. The Phillips' manuscripts recently purchased have now been removed to the Free Library Cardiff from Cheltenham. A handsome donation has been made to the University College here by Col. Page one of the earliest presidents of the Chamber of Commerce. He has transferred £ 1,000 shares in the Cardiff Gas Co., yielding £ 50 annually, free from income tax to be used for providing prizes for the engineering and commercial department. It is pleasing to find that Schoolmasters are sometimes able to act manfully and not accept the petty rules and worries of the faddists on local boards. At Cardiff on Saturday only one applicant came forward for a vacant post under the guardians, and he would only accept the post conditionally. It is decided that the next meeting of the Governors of the University of Wales will be held at Cardiff in April or May. The Colliers in South Wales are determined to make a good stand against the discharge note system. At the meeting held last Satur- day at the Engineers' Institute Cardiff, it was decided through the joint action of the Masters' and Colliers delegates to hold another meeting at an early date in order to discuss the question more fully. Coiwyn Bay. The Rev. Thomas Evans of Victoria Park, London, lectured here last week on Charac- ters which we meet beside the Bonnie Brier Bush." Dowlais. Some disturbances were caused last week by the Dowlais works fitters and smiths, who have now been on strike for 5 months. Denbighshire. The uncollected tithe question in the Ruthin district is still agitating the mind of the Episcopalian clergyman. Judge H. Lloyd explained to a clergyman last week that the officer responsible for the collection of tithes had resigned in consequence of his inability to find men to distrain upon the farmers, and that another officer had been appointed who, he hoped, would act more promptly. Flint. Two candidates were nominated for the vice- chair of the Flintshire County Council. Lord Kenyon and Mr. W. Elwy Williams, of Rhyl. The former received 17 votes, and the later 27. Mr. Williams was therefore declared duly elected. G. W. R. The Great Western Railway Company have decided to try dining cars next May on the South Wales trains. Kidwelly. Some of the workers at the Gwendraeth works, Kidwelly, have agreed to a reduction of 22t per cent on their wages. 2 Llandovery. The agents of the Earl Cawdor estates in this district have allowed the tenants 10 per cent of their rents, and tithes. Llanelly. The tin plate workers in several firms at Llanelly have refused a reduction of 22t per 2 cent. They have decided not to concede a larger reduction than 15 per cent. Llanfairfechan. Efforts are now being made to get subscrip- tions to build at Llanfairfechan two houses wherein clergymen of limited means can be comfortably accomodated for a moderate fee. Lampeter. It is reported that the patrons and officials of St. David's College petitioned her Majesty for a supplementary charter to grant the degree of M.A. It is to be trusted that they will succeed in their worthy endeavour. Montgomery Boroughs. Mr. Owen Phillips the younger brother of Mr. Wynford Phillips is to be asked to become the Liberal candidate for this division at the next general election. Mountain Ash. A new Board School was opened at Naviga- tion on Monday afternoon by Lord Aberdare who is a member of the Mountain Ash Board. The new building will accomodate 604 children and cost £ 3,900. An interesting speech was delivered by Lord Aberdare at a luncheon which was subsequently held. Merthyr. One of the Crawshay family whose enormous works around here were the means of making the iron industry of Wales famous, died recently at Sussex. Newport. In the March number of the Victoria Road Church Magazine, which is edited by the Rev. H. Elwyn Thomas the pastor; there is an interesting account of the first anniversary services recently held at that chapel. London friends will be glad to hear that Mr. Thomas' first year has been strikingly successful at Newport. Neath, A meeting of the executive council of the National Union of Teachers was held at Neath last Saturday. The president was Mr. Walters Merthyr. It was agreed that the annual meeting should be held in April at Llanelly. Pontypridd. On Monday last a new service of passenger trains was opened between this place and Barry amid general rejoicing. Pontardawe. A movement is now on foot to start a volunteer corps at Pontardawe. Penarth. A meeting was held at Penarth' last Friday, in order to dicuss the best methods, whereby the sum of C20,000 can be collected by sub- scriptions towards the University College, Cardiff, so as to obtain the grants promised by the Treasury and the Drapers Company. Pembrokeshire. Lord Emlyn's eldest son will be probably appointed a Conservative candidate for Pembrokeshire at the next general election. Rhuddlan. A grand Eisteddfod is to be held in Rhudd- lan Castle next August, when some interesting competitions are expected. The musical ad- judicator is the well-known London Kelter, Peter Edwards, Mus. Bac., who is a native of that district. Mr. Edwards' arrangement of Morfa Rhuddlan has also been selected as one of the musical pieces for competition. Swansea. The gatherings at Swansea today, to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Asquith are expected to be enormous. One of the features of the great demonstration will be the presentation of a cheque to Mr. Randall, M.P., towards the expenses of his recent election. Complaints are very prevalent here as to the conduct of the members of the Town Council many of whom it is alleged use their official position as an excuse for not paying the local rates. Last Saturday evening a very successful Temperance meeting was held at the Temper- ance Hall Swansea. The Rev. J. Tertius Phillips of the Western Temperance League and the Rev. A. A. Harmer of York Place Chapel, gave able addresses. The managers of several clubs in Swansea have been summoned for selling wines and spirits without a license. Skewen. Last Saturday a child (3 years old) was drowned in a canal near the Neath Abbey Railway Station. He was the son of Albert Crewe, labourer of Old Road, Skewen. St. Asaph. The Bishop of St. Asaph, last Sunday morn- ing at Oxford, observed that the chief faults of the church existed in the rural parishes. He mentioned that the best clergymen generally drifted into the towns. Yseeifiog, Miss Watts, a granddaughter of Mr. Joseph Jones, Bronfadog, Ysceifiog, has been success- ful in winning a ES o scholarship at the Swanley Horticultural College. Haverfordwest. A great fair was held at Haverfordwest on Tuesday. The supply of horses and sheep was rather small. There was however a good consignment of cattle, and prices were firm. Llandilo. At Llandyfan, near Llandilo, a well of pure water has been found, and it is capable of supplying over 100,000 gallons per day. Those anxious about the water supply of the town should not be alarmed any longer. Llanddeusant. Mr. J. Lewis, J.P., Nantgwynne, Carmar- thenshire, died last Thursday. He leaves two daughters to mourn his loss, viz., Miss Lewis Nantgwynne, the Chairman of the Llanddeu- sant Parish Council and Mrs. Aeron Thomas, Swansea. Menai Bridge. Mr. John Thomas, a builder of Menai Bridge has just invented a powerful engine that will cause a great change in the slate districts. The inventor guarantees that his machine will be able to perform the work of 400 men.