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Notes from South Wales.


Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) Royal Residence in Wales. The statement is being made in usually well- informed circles to the effect that Craigynos Castle, the beautiful South Wales residence of Madame Patti, is to be purchased for members of the Royal Family. There is no doubt that Wales will have a Royal residence at no distant date, but there is a stronger possibility of Car- narvon Castle being ultimately fitted up as a residence for the Prince of Wales, than there is of Craigynos becoming a Royal residence. The Library and Museum. The decision to allocate the Welsh National Library to Aberystwyth has been received with great unanimity. In fact, the only discordant notes are the South Wales Daily News, the Mayor of Cardiff, and a few other people in the latter town. The petulance of the South Wales ,Daily News was amusing to say the least. With one or two exceptions the staff of the South Wales Daily News know absolutely nothing about Welsh Wales and her national aspirations. The Right Spirit. One cannot but admire the following extract from an editorial in the Wrexham- Advertiser. The Wrexham Advertiser is under no obligation to Aberystwyth, but it impartially recognises the claims of that town, when it remarks "All who love Welsh education in sincerity must feel a kindly regard towatds Aberystwyth, the home of our first University College. We have no doubt that a suitable building will be provided, and that it will soon become the home of the literary treasures concerning our nation, which can be consulted very suitably by students amid the scholastic and quiet surroundings of this pleasant town." Swansea and the Awards. The inhabitants of Swansea are satisfied that Aberystwyth has secured the National Library, but they think that the National Museum ought to have been awarded to Abertawe. There is a particular soreness felt at the indifference of Sir G. Newnes, the M.P. for Swansea, who took no steps whatsoever towards helping the cause of the town. More than that, the Westminster Gazette, Sir G. Newnes's paper, expressed its cc Pleasure that the National Museum had been secured by Cardiff. beautiful Lines. It seems to me that there are many amateur P°ets who often write prettier verses than the recognised poets." Hence it is, that verses aPpearing in local magazines often impress the rnind more than those appearing in the great Magazines. In reading the Dragon, the magazine the Aberystwyth University College, for May, Pr instance, I noticed the following beautiful nes by « M. and I am sure there are many readers of the LONDON WELSHMAN who will be glad to s°e them reproduced here:— U.C.W.1905. Happy years too quickly passing hile we treasure s are amassing, All the weal h of gold surpassing, By the shore. Life they are, thy gifts, receive them, In the bonds of memory weave them, Boldly cherish and believe them, Ever more. Nature's glories all around us, Sky and sea have surely bound us, To the beauties that surround us By the hore Life, rejoice in Nature's dower. ■ Heaven's expanse, each fragile flower, Rippling waters, sparkling shower, Ever more. ..8 Beauty, love, and service leading, Forward on our journey speeding, We can never stay unheeding By the shore. Life. they come for thy upraising, Filling thee with power amazing, Use them, God the Giver praising Ever more. Is this true? A note writer in the Swansea Cambrian states The Londoner, to whatever class he belongs, generally speaking, looks down on the Welshman, but my impression is that he has yet something to learn from the average Welshman, who, if not polished, is not, at any rate, rude." What are the views of London Welshmen on the subject? Australian Cricket Team v. Wales. The Australian Cricket Team will make one visit to Wales, viz., at the Cardiff Arms Park, in August, when they play the South Wales team. It is understood that the match will not be considered a "first-class one." Why not? Glamorganshil e gave Yorkshire, the crack team of England, a splendid game a short time ago, and the Australians will not find the South Walians such a soft" side as seems to be imagined outside the Principality. "The Divine Sarah." The visit of Sarah Bernhardt the famous French actress to Cardiff and Swansea Theatres last week aroused much interest, and there were packed and enthusiastic audiences. It is understood that Sarah" was very much delighted with her reception, and it is possible that she may pay another visit to South Wales at no distant date. The actress was thoroughly conversant with the fact that the Welsh people bear a resemblance to the people of Brittany, of which part of France Sarah" is a native, and where she owns great estates. After the performances, she expressed the opinion that Welsh audiences were very similar to those of




Notes from South Wales.