Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) Japanese Wrestling. It is interesting to note that the Monmouth- shire Joint Committee at its last meeting, decided to open a class to teach Japanese wrestling to the members of the local police force. A Good Humoured Election. Taken on the whole, the Welsh Parliamentary -elections were contested in very good spirit, and the instances of ill-feeling and rowdyism were very few. Cats and Children Barred. The following advertisement appeared in a recent issue of a South Wales evening journal Lodgings wanted at Cardiff by single gentle- man. Bed and sitting rooms. Cats and children barred. Apply, &c. Hen lane, mi fentra. A "Classy Game." It is said that numbers of Welsh girls at the intermediate schools play hockey, not because of any liking for the game itself, but because they think it is so classy, you know." As Mrs. Jones was heard.;to tell Mrs. Lewis over a cwpaned o de the other afternoon Ma' Sarah Ann ni yn medryd chwareu 'ockey, 'r un fath a merched mawr Lloeger, welwch chwi." Liberals and Welsh Nationality. In looking over last week's LONDON WELSH- MAN, I noticed the Editor's reply to a corres- pondent stating that it was not the Conservatives alone who were opposed to Welsh national aspirations, there were so-called Liberals as well. With this reply I thoroughly agree. A Few Facts. We all remember, the late Lord Salisbury's ignorant sneer at "the Celtic fringe," and we also know how the Tory party, with a few ,exceptions, have done their utmost to kill the national aspirations of Wales. But it is also a fact that many prominent Liberals have not been much better. For instance, the most bigoted opponent of Welsh teaching in Cardiff elementary schools was one of the chief Liberal leaders," whilst its greatest champion was the Conservative Lord Mayor, Mr. Robert Hughes. And Again. The most patriotic English paper published in Wales is the Conservative Western Mail, whose courageous and able defence of the Welsh language and other national interests has earned for that journal the thanks of all patriotic Welshmen. On the other hand, there are Liberal papers published in Wales who either ignore the national aspirations of the Principality altogether, or allude to them in a sneering vein. Mr. Llewelyn Williams, M.P. Amongst the many congratulations received by Mr. Llewelyn Williams, M.P., after the
SOUTH WALES BUSINESS NOTES. [In this column it is our intention to bring before the notice of our numerous readers the features of various businesses calculated to prove of use and assistance to them. Proprietors of shops, hotels, &*c., desirous of such publicity should communicate with us. ] AN UPTO-DATE PHARMACY.-Messrs. D. Morgan and Co., Chemists (late J. Munday), have introduced many improvements into their establishment at i, High Street, Cardiff, which is now a very up-to-date pharmacy. Amongst their special preparations is "Munday's Vividine," a corn cure with a wide-world reputation. announcement of his success at the poll were
A WELSH COUNCIL OF EDUCATION. In the last number of the Schoolmaster, the following notes appear, evidently from the pen of Dr. Macnamara It is not at all improbable, that in the heat of the electioneering fray now going on, the re- ference made at Carnarvon, by Mr. Lloy i- George, to the establishment of a National Council for Wales, will receive but scant atten- tion. We are convinced that the proposal is calculated to have far-reaching effects, and whtt we are mainly concerned about is the part that the teachers of Wales are likely to take in this connecton. The reference of Mr. Lloyd-George was to the effect that he had received assur- ances that a Welsh National Council of Educa- tion would be established giving Wales control of her own educational system." Ever since a Royal Commission was appointed to inquire into certain Welsh questions a demand for devolution has been made from time to time, for the Royal Commission referred to reported in the following words :— In our opinion the Welsh form a distinct nationality in the true sense of that term-an organic section of the people of the United Kingdom, united by marked characteristics. They have had a long and honourable history their economic development has proceeded on lines of its own, and through all the vicissitudes of their story and of the cen- turies of connection with England they have retained a sense of their national identity believing, as a French historian says, in the mysterious eternity of their race and language. This report gives articulation to the aspira- tions of the Welsh people on the question of devolution. Throughout the subsequent years the national supporters were prevented from furthering the cause to any practical purpose, but now that there appears to be a prospect of the return of a Liberal Government the demand is being put forward with vigour, and the particular kind of development that seems to offer least resistance is the one that contem- plates the control of education.
the following verses from an old friend:- Hwre hwre Llewelyn Yw dewis ddyn y werin rwchynrychiolifelM.P. Dros Fwrdeisdrefi Myrddin. Ac yn y Senedd esgyn Yn uwch y bydd o'i goryn Rhad ar ei waith, rhoed ar ei hynt Duw'r tadau wynt i'w edyn. Encouraging Welsh. A Barry Dock subscriber to the LONDON WELSHMAN writes to say that Barry Welshmen are doing all they can to encourage the Welsh language. He points out that the local Welsh Technical Class recently held a social gather- ing, the object of which was to encourage the use of Welsh in conversation. There was a splendid attendance, principally of young people. If we can get Young Wales to take a genuine interest in the preservation of the native language, then its future is assured. Welsh Street Names. At a recent meeting of the Caerphilly Urban District Council a letter was read in reference to a new street of houses that were being built at Aber, a thriving mining village near the town. The owner of the houses suggested that the new street be called Mill Street. Councillor James Powell, however, thought they should have a Welsh name, and he proposed that the new street be named Groeswen Road. This proposition was carried. I commend the patriotism of the Caerphilly Councillors to the ruling authorities of some of our fashionable seaside resorts" with their sycophantic liking for names after the style of Tulip Terrace, Elm View, Laurel Buildings, Sandyville, and so on, and so forth. Rhondda Cymric League. My recent note in reference to the growth of Welsh national societies in South Wales has caused some interest. A Rhondda resident, who gets his LONDON WELSHMAN regularly, asks me to make a note in reference to the recently-formed Rhondda Cymric League. This League, I may explain, is a combination of the united literary and debating societies of the Rhondda. The young Welshmen of this busy district are,well represented in these societies, and the enthusiasm manifested in reference to the Rhondda Cymric League augurs well for the future of Welsh nationalism in the Rhondda. I may add that the Rhondda Cymric League will hold its first anniversary banquet and meeting on St. David's Day. Special praise is due to Mr. Edgar Jones, M.A., Porth, to whose initiative the formation of the Rhondda Cymric League is principally due. A Commendable Step. It is evident that the Welsh Anglican Church is not going to repeat the mistakes she has made in the past in appointing English clerics out of touch with Welsh national aspirations and sentiment, to the best posts in the Welsh cathedrals and chief churches. The Rev. Canon E. T. Davies, Vicar of Pwllheli, for instance, was lately appointed to a residential canonry at Bangor Cathedral. Mr. Davies is a AVelshman, who speaks and writes his native language lucidly and well, and is a warm up- holder of the Welsh National Eisteddfod and other national institutions. A few months ago, readers of the LONDON WELSHMAN will re- member, several Welsh clergymen, notably the Vicar of Bangor, strongly and rightly protested against the deliberate attempts of the Church authorities to completely Anglicise the Welsh Church, and show an unfair preference for monoglot English clerics when making eccle- siastical appointments in Wales, and it looks as if the timely protest is having some effect. Patriotic Welshmen of all shades of religious opinion will rejoice at the improvement in the attitude of the Welsh Anglican Church towards Welsh nationality. An Historic Mansion. Readers of the LONDON WELSHMAN with a taste for ancient and romantic buildings, especially if they are associated with Wales, will discover in Cefn Mably, Monmouthshire, the historic home of the Kemes-Tyntes, a most fascinating link with the picturesque past. I happened to be in that neighbourhood the other day, and was struck with the place As one writer expressed it Cefn Mably is just one of those venerable mansions which Scott delighted to depict." Of course, Cefn Mably has been a good deal modernised, but the mansion is still essentially the same as it was when it sheltered King Charles II. In the great parlour, over the chimney is the Welsh motto AmI ei goed am ei dan. (He that hath plenty of wood has fire enough.) The motto of the old Kemeys family was Duw Dy Ras (God.Thy Grace). The follow- ing mottoes are engraved on the ancient silver cups Heddwch, llonyddwch, a chymydogaeth dda. (Peace, quietness, and, good neighbourhood.) Allwedd y galon yw cwrw. (Beer is the key of the heart.) In the olden times beer seemed to- be rather an important item, evidently Digrifwch a siberwyd. (Merriness and sobriety, &c.) Cefn Mably was built in the year 1150, and is one of the oldest Welsh mansions in existence. It was besieged by the Parliamentary forces in the time of Oliver Cromwell.