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Porthcawl respectfully puts in a claim for a prize for early harvesting. The hav in one field ha- been mowed, but the crop is light because of Jlie drought. f Of the company in which Sir Henry Irving ttnd Mr. Edward Fletcher played together tears ago only one other member now remains -Mr?. Henry Lal>ouehere- s. There is a tradition among the people around iBridgend that the immense boulders of stone on the Downs are relics of the Flood. They are £ 00 hard to work upon, and are not of the same nature as those found in the park. The greatest publisher of Welsh maps was John Evans, of Lla.uymvneeh, associated with She engraver, Rolx-rt Baugh. His maps were famed for their elegance and accuracy, and gained medals from the Society of Arts. I In one of the second-class coaches of the tumbled Railway the inscription is cut into fee woodwork, "This was the seat occupied by Jthe Princess of Wales when she visited the IVlumbles," A grave man wants to know if Hilis is a joke or a sober fact. • The long-expected volume of the letters of Goronwy Owen, some time curate of Walton .Parish Church, will shortly be publ: ,her! by Atr. Isaac Foulkes. The task of editing the correspondence has been performed by Pro- lessor Morris Jones, of Bangor University Col- lege, who is an enthusiastic admirer of the poet, v Widespread sympathy will be felt for Mr. J. Herbert Lewis on the unexpected death of his accomplished wife and the sad circumstances surrounding it. Mr. Lewis is one of the most likeable men in Parliament, and is probably pvithout a single critic of the carping kind. Him- ielf the soul of honour, he disarmed unfriendli- ness. Mr. Joseph Ball (Swansea), the carpenter of ill-fated Sully. i-Itich tvas recently sunk by "the Dutcil mail boat Conrad, holdft a unique Experience of wrecks. During sixteen years of flhis se<a.faring life he has served only 011 three ^vessels, each of whioh has gone down under eimalair circumstances, but n each occasion he .has happily escaped with his life. }_ Once again the par is going round that the Imitation of Lord Bute to the Prince of Wales fro stay at Cardiff Castle "heals the breach (between the Bute family and the Royal Familv caused by the lamented death of Lady ql.-)rit iHattings, &c If the breach lasted any |(ngth of time wasn't it healed when the late SDuke of Clarence was the guest of the Mar- quess at Cardiff a few years back. A new word has been coined by the London f&ar." It is "St. Asaphistry." Here is the explanation as given by our jaundiced contem- porary:—"It is usual in polite society to own gP and apologise when you are convicted of fSrrors in your talk. But the bishop, when thrashed, is never thrashed into repentance and Auricular confession, but simply retires Into the c cloistral precincts of his palace to rub his drubbed ribs. This is St. Asaphistry." t: There has been preserved a curious epitaph on Agatha Wells burn, the lady abbess, who be- pame the wife of the licentious Bishop Barlow, who resided at Lamphey Palace, near Pem- fr eke. The epitaph, which may be found in one Of the churches of Hampshire, has been thus translated by Fuller:- Barlow's wife, Agatha, doth here remain, IBishop, then exile biahop then again; So long she lived, to well her childrec sped, She saw five bishops her five daughters wed. Liandyasul is fickle in its likings. Erstwhile it boa-sted of its oricket club, lawn tennis dub. pocial union, and quoit club, but these have all been given up, and the town is now mad over musio. It already possesses a united choir, a Jnale voice party, a ladies' ohoir, and fife band, Bfcd there will shortly be added a string band 8nd a brass band. Twenty-five years ago Llan- dytsyl was noted for its brass hand, of whioh the Daniel family (a family of tailors) formed the backbone. Adam de Staii)ton was the first Roman or T"nmtdi lord of the village of Stevnton, m reinbrokeshire. He also, it is believed, founded the church. The steeple, in the Civil Wars, was garrisoned by twenty musketeers, and pre- served as a place of observation. Sir William .James, who was the son of a miller in the neigh- bourhood, and who afterwards rose to the rank pf commodore in the Navy and Governor of t'reenwioh Hospitail, received his education at the school of this place. A story has been told of a woman in a remote district in the United States who replied to some pious observations of a passing traveller, "We ain't religious up here; we ain't got no opportunity." In view of such tfaots aw these, which are stated to be given on official authority, we may well believe says the "Globe." that there must be many thousands in the same condition. How many would there lie, one wonders, in Wild Wales if the Church were disestablished and disen- dowed? It will be recollected (writes the ancient sage of Treforest) that the fishwomeri in the habit of attending the fish market n't Athens were prone to laugh at foreigner who spoke Greek impurely. It appears that the domestic maidens at Duffryn Ffrwd are like the Athenian students, for they offer, according to the pro- gramme of the next August eisteddfod, a prize of 12s. 6d. for the best rendering of "Ora Pro Nobis (Pray for Us). Why do these learned tfirls desire the Druids to pray for them. and that, too,, in Latin ? What is weighing on their consciences ? Out with it! One would think that the inhabitants of Carmarthen would value the martyrdom of Bishop Ferrar and keep his memory green. ;There used to be a stone cross in Bridge- street indioatinar the spot in the old Market- place where the Holy Man was burned. Tempora mutantur. During the last few years some corporation or other busy bees Stave actually removed the cross—it no longer %)ids the passer-by rejoice in these days of freedom. Boys of St. Peter, put back the mark! Pontypridd may not have made a fortune over its National Eisteddfod, but it has pro- duced a vinegar prince. In a descriptive ■article on the Cambrian Vinegar Works in Jjeeds, it is stated that the founder. Mr. Chivers, started thirty years ago in Pontypridd, "a email, romantics villiage in Glamorganshire" —fancy Pcntypridd being small, romantic, or even a village! Mr. Chivers, it is said. ;wa-. universally respected throughout the Vale (r the Taff. He was a Wesleyan Methodist and a useful local preacher. The weekly output at Leeds is 20.000 gallons. Some capital fun is made by the "Cymro" on the recent meeting of the North Wales Liberal Federation. American law recognises degrees of murder, and the executive apparently dis- tinguishes several degress of mortality. Thougii dead by resolution at Aberystwith, the federa- tion has still a living executive. This execu- tive had enough vitality to discuss an invita- tion from the South Wales Federation to a conference, but passed a. resolution that it was too dead to accept it. The "Cymro" points out that the resurrection of the executive for the purpose of considering how to discharge its debts is a scientific discovery of great com- mercial value. A good book could be written of journalistic mare's nests. Considerable sensation was created at Merthyr on Thursday night by a :report that a terrible tragedy had been com- mitted in the Brecon-road. Between nine i'and ten o'clock a darkey, whose name was |afterwards ascertained to be James St. Vin- joent. was olxerved hurrying to the police- station followed by an immense concourse of children, and upon inquiries beintf made as to the cause of the commotion the young- oters stated that the nigger had killed his jwife and two ohildren by cut-ting their throats with a razor, and was goiug to give himself AVP to the police. It turned out, however, that the supposed tragedy was perfectly mythi- cal. and that the darkey, who had only just walked into town from Cwmtaff, where, as in other places, he had been in search of work, had no more dreadful business at the police- station than to nk for a ticket for a nights lod^iay. Welsh Methodist, have ten chapels in Loudon. 'I Lord Wimborne and the Hon. Miss Guest have arrived at Wimborne House from Canford Manor. Dorset. Sirs, and Miss Kemeyis-Tynte have left Cefn Mably for Scotland, and will not. return till the end of July. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Evaas have just returned to Swansea, much benefited in health by a tlrree lIlontlld Continental tour. Professional men may be found in the Neath and Bridgend Workhouses. One in the latter is a man of rare attainments. Although Bristol has 75,000 more population than Cardiff, its prisoners for quarter sessions number only half those at the Welsu Metro- polis. A Welsh I)aper suggests Sir Vis to, the Premier's Derby winner, should be invited to take a seat on the platform of the Llanelly National Eisteddfod. A beehive has been found under the deck planking of the Porthcawl dock-gates. The gates are worked every tide, but the bees have small holes in three places to enter their hive. A Swansea school teacher told her pupils to write a sentence containing the word "towards," and a small boy, after a long time, produced the following:—"I tored my pants yesterday." The Hon. Aubrey Vivian. Mr. Graham Vivian, Miss Vician, and the Hon. Violet and Averil Vivian were amongst the trippers to Lundy by the Brighton from Swan- sea on Saturday last. Miss Rosina Davies. the evangelist, is wet! again. During the past week Miss Davies has been conducting a mission in the Vale of Glamorgan, and she is "diaried" for twelve months' continuous work. Wales, like Israel, was once "ruled" by judges. Every landed person, being chief of the household, was a judge in South Wales. When Local Veto is established we shall have a greater number of judges still. Two Swansea Church congregations were delighted on Sunday by the tine virile voice of Mr. John Ridding, the leading baritone in Mr. Turner's Opera Company, who sang solas both at Christ Church and St. Gabriel's. Brahms new sonatas for clarinet and piano- forte will be heard for the first time in England at Miss Fanny Davies's annual concert on June 24. The concert-giver has been fortunate enough to secure 'the services.of Herr Mnhlfeld, the famous clarinettist, for whom the pieces were composed. Classes as against the masses existed in airiont Wales. An old Welch word for a nobleman is "uchclwr," a name borrowed frcm the fact that he always travelled about on horseback, and wag thus "taller" or "higher" than the "gwyr tmd," or tlios1 vho went on foot. Nowadays an old Welsh chieftain would be called "bbcnstdCwr." Wales at one time contained more Irish than Welsh men. If a line were drawn from Conway in the North to Swansea in the South the people living to the west of it would be Irish. Of course, the stones of Cardiff, Newport, the towns in the Rhondda, and the heaps of smaller towns in Glamorgan and Monmouth had not yet been created. Flemingston, the incumbent of which parish now lies dead, was the home of the celebrated "Iolo Morganwg," the "Old lolo" of Southey. It is one of those many places, as its name im- plies, where the Fleming had a. foothold in Wales. The name is often contracted into Flimstone, in accordance with the law of elision, which is characteristic of modern Welsh. Criminals had very hard times of it in tribal Wales. They were to forfeit kinship, and banished the country. A horn was sounded, and it was required of every oneof every sex and age within hearing of the horn. to follow the exile, and to keep up the barking of dogs to the time of putting to sea. If Jabez came to Wales he would find that Welshmen and Welshwomen are still equally energetic. "Trebor Mai," the best englyn-wright Wales has ever produced, though himself an excellent poet, always tried to dissuade his own son from climbing the giddy heights of the Welsh Par- nassus. On one occasion he couched his ad- vice in the following pretty englyn:- "Gwael yw byw are glwb Awen—ie'n wir, 4 Gwael iawn, iawn, fy machgen; Sal oesol fydd dy sleisen, A dwy droed a fydd dy dren." Mr. Thomas Williams, who recently died at Aberdulais, had a favourite dog which was aged and almost blind. The animal followed the hearse which conveyed its master to his last resting-place at Cadoxton on Tuesday last, and walked into the vault. It remained by the coffin until compelled to leave, and then reutrnded to Sunnybunk. A gentleman who was present tells the "South Wales Post" that the animal exhibited signs of great distress. These words of wisdom are from the "St. James's Gazette":—While money is forth- coming for the Welsh Land Commission, it seems that none can be spared to enable Mr. G. Evans to continue to calendar the ancient manuscripts of Wales, and his appointment, which was for one year only, has not been renewed by the Government. To have refused altogether to subsidise this valuable antiquarian work from public funds would have been an intelligible policy but to under- take the work and to limit a task of these dimensions to a single year, and so to leave it but just begun, is neither wisdom nor economy. It reminds one too much of the Suukim-Berber Railway. How is it we don't know everything about "Mabon" in Wales? In an appreciative notice of the hon. member the "Sunday ( < ni- panion" says:—"Many years ago 'Mabon,' as 'he is affectionately called by rue W^lsh colliers, used to shoulder his pick, and dec-end into the bowels of the earth, and quarry the black diamonds which have since brought him a fortune. He is no longer a collier, but a collier}' proprietor. The trans- formation, however, has not been effected at the sacrifice of old friends. He is still the most popular man among the colliers of the Principality. Whenever he addresses a mtet-ing—no matter of what nature-lie always fires his audience with jxitrictic enthusiasm by singing 'Land of My Fathers,' the Welsh National Anthem. He has a rich, deep, bass voice, and he can bring tean; to the eyes of a crowd of rough colliers by his sympathetic rendering of that grand national hymn." What colliery is it that "Mabon" owns? A Swansea paper—the "Cambrian"—re- ported the following conversation alleged to have taken place between the writer and a well-known Swansea, bookmaker 'Do any of your clients ever benefit themselves in the end?' was the first question asked. The bookmaker smiled quietly, and carelessly answered, 'No—not in the long run.' 'Then where does all the money go to?' The book- maker again smiled, puiied at a cigar, threw back his coat, and exposing a massive gold chain to view. slowly replied, 'Well, in the long run, we get all the money—the book- makers. Sometimes we lose, of course—it is policy that we should—but in the long run we win.' In reply to further questions, the bookmaker said that out of liis large circle of clients he did not know of one who had been financially benefited." Since the publication of the above (says another Swansea paper— the "Post") a strong de-ire has been shown to discover the benevolent unknown so as to make a missionary of him. A man from the hills who came down to the Metropolis is much exercised in his mind as to how English ehould be "spoke." He was at variance with the etymologist who declared the purest English to be spoken on the stage, and trotted off to church to hear the alien tongue as delivered from the pulpit. His first experience was startling. A High Ohuroh and high-collared curate was reading, and clear and resonant, came the words. "He that hath yahs to yah, let him yah." Certainly English was not phonetic, but in the after- noon, wandering into another church, he was still more troubled a.t hearing the well-known words quoted as "He that haith ye-ahs to ve-ah, let him ye-ah." The shades of evening found him ensconced in a corner of a little iron mission church, where a stentorian lay- man was holding forth. The inevitable text was down for pronunciation, and with lungs of leather and tones of brass the reader inter- preted it, "'E that 'ath yurs to yur, let 'im yur." The man from the hills has given ap studying Eugiiik. Mr. Ben Davies has arranged for another Continental tour—his fonrth-in October and November next, under the direction of Mr. Ernest Cavour. Sir Lewis Morris has written a new poem. The theme has uot been disclosed, but the poet himself has promised to read his verses a,t Mrs. Ha we is's "At lionie" on the 26th inst. Every member of the Llanelly cricket team who played at Newport on Saturday wore a black band around his left arm, in memory of the late Mr. D. Samuel, an old member of the club. Sir William Kennedv is a. devotee of the immortal Isaac." He travelled from London on Friday night in order to spend a few lays on the Wye, where he fishes the Lion Hotel waters. One of the leading Salvationists in New York is a winsome young Welshwoman—Miss Pat tie Wat-kins, a native of Aberdare. She repre- sented the army at the Chicago Congress of Missions in 1393. Madame Patti passed through Cardiff on Saturday on her way from Craig-y-Nos to Lon- don, and the- Italian Consul, Chevalier Alberto Roti, presented the songstress with a very handsome bouquet at the railway station. Welshmen were ever in quest of some great things, from the time of the Holy Grail and the Twrch Trwytti. The latest, however, is that of Mr. Thomas George, of Pontselly, who has been in quest of Mr. Stanley, a.nd found him exactly where the Twrch Trwyth is supposed to have been lost, tho Valley of the Cuch. The Castle of Llawhaden—properly Llan- aådan-ii1 Pembrokeshire, constitutes the caput baronite by virtue of which the Bishop of St. David's sitf in the House of Lords. It was built by Bishop Becke, enlarged and ornamented by Bishops Hoton and Vaughan, and dismantled by Bishop Barlow, and its materials sold by that avaricious prelate. A bachelor clergyman who was travelling on the Great Western Railway from Cardigan- shire to Swansea said to a brother clergyman who was married. "If you were single, like my- self. you would only have to take one instead of two tickets." "What a pity you have no father-in-law," was the quick rejoinder, "for my father-in-law over there paid for our tickets, so the journey costs me nothillg." Chorus of "Down with bachelors." On a large estate in Glamorganshire the man in charge of all the buildings was kept on for many years in virtue of an old arrangement between him and the squ're. It appears that on one occasion the carpenter's boy climbed up some trees in the rookery, and it so happened that the squire and some friends came to shoot rooks. Hearing voices, and recognising one of them as that of the squire, the boy climbed above the rook's nest and hid himself. One of the gentlemen fired into the nest, and down came the boy, screaming as he fell. He was picked up, and medical aid summoned. The boy was ill for many months, and when he came around the squire made the agreement referred to. Some London papers are making a dead-set against Sir Lewis Morris. The "Pall Mall Gazette" pretends to find in the Llewelyn ode unmistakable references to the honour bestowed upon the nineteenth-century bard at the hands of usurping English Royalty. "the coming tyrants' power":—"After dead centuries, Neglect, derision, *jcorne, And'secular miseries, At l-ast our Cymric race gaain is born. Opens again its heavy, sleep-worn eyes, And fronts a brighter Morn." We should have gathered from this fine exordium that Sir Lewis was the first Welshman to receive honours from England since the subjugation of the Principality, were it not that the great name of Sir George Osborne Morgan, for one, rose at once to our memory. But the bard takes a poetical licence, and is so confident of his being about to inaugurate a new era that he even schools himself against ingrati- tude :Sihall then our sols forget, Dazzled by visions of our Wales to Be. That Wales that Was, the Wales undying yet The old heroic Cymric chivalry?" And need we say that the answer of the new heroic Cymric chivalry is No ?







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