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LOCAL JOTTINGS.

HOLYHEAD

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( I BANGOR NOTES. The lateness of the season is apparent from the appearance of Bangor and dis- trict. Usually the. outskirts of the city are clothed in beauty by the beginning of May, but this year the trees have kieell very slow to show any evidence of lile. Things are, however, improving, and iu another fortnight the leaves should be ir full bloom. Looking up and down the Straits from the pier end one saw that the trees are- beginning to put on their summer garb, but they are still more bro^n than green. Menai Woods, too, is changing its line. I noticed, however, that a good number of old trees have had to be cut down, -while others present a very ragged appearance. The authorities, however, do not appear to be doing any- thing to replace these old decaying trees. It is difficult, I know, to get young newly planted trees to grow properly here, ow- ing to their being overshadowed by the old ones, hut unless something of this kind is tried the Woods, which is a con- stant source of delight to all citizens in summer, will before very long be non-ex- istent. I am not an expert in afforesta- tion, but I think something might be done to improve the Woods. I commend the matter to the attention of those members of the Council who delight in the beafcty of our surroundings. The Rev Owen Wat-kins delivered a lec- ture at the Penrhyn Hall on Monday night, on "Boer, Briton, and Black." I had read of Mr Watkins' strong anti-Boer attitude, and he vent very far in his denunciation of our brave enemies. In fact, the trend of the whole lecture was politica4 He warmly praised Sir Charles Warren* as an administrator, a very strange thing after the severe judgment of Lord Roberts, and I fear that the fact does not speak very highly of Mr Watkins power of judgment, for Lord Roberts' censure is supported by the experience of all Londoners. Notwithstanding this, however, the lecture was very powerful, and as the testimony of a man who has been on the spot, it will have some in- fluence upon the opinions held in the town At the same time, it was evident that Mr Watkins' lecture was marked by several omissions, e.g., the English treatment of the black, the wages question, and the compound and forced labour systems. Be- sides this, his painting of the Boer was too black to be true. The man who has fought so bravely, so honourably, accord- ing to the testimony of all our best gen- erals, and so humanly, is not so black a scoundrel as he is painted by great Im- perialist lecturers. The time of the Liverpool Eisteddfod is fast approaching, at which it will be de- cided whether Banger shall have the Eis- teddfod of 1902. 1 see that Cclwyn Bay has decided to withdraw its application, and when the time comes to apply for it in 1904. So far good, but I have not heard of any preparations being made for presenting a strong case for Bangor in Liverpool. There will be time enough for selecting the subjects for competition, though it were not amiss if sc-me of the chief ones which require long preparation, such as the chair subject, and the most important prose subjects, could be an- nounced in Liverpool as soon as the de- cision is made., The guarantee fund and the necessary securities should be pre- pared soon, and not at the last moment. The Bangor Free Church Council made a fairly good start some two years ago, and had the privelege of receiving the semi-annual meeting of the Free Church Federation and the. memorable public meeting, which was presided over by Mr Llbyd Gecrge, M.P., and was addressed by the Rev Dr Clifford, Rev G. Ellis, M.A., and the Rev Evan Jones, as is well re- membered. Of late, however, the local council had become nearly defunct, and was left in that state by the late secretary when he went off to take the post of Wes- leyan army chaplain in South Africa. There are now some signs of its reviving, and a meeting was held on Tuesday last. Two new secretaries have been, appointed, and a list of subjects which had been taken in hand and left unnnished was submitted, and put in the way 01 being carried out, while some new important ones were suggested. The Council will meet monthly except during the summer months in future, and it intends to justify its existence during the coming winter. Let us hope this will be the case. It would net be amiss, perhaps, if a similar spirit of revival extended as far as Carnar- von also. I am very glad to note that the post of headmaster of the new Glanadda school has been offered and accepted by Mr R. W. Jones, who has been hitherto second- master at St. Paul's. MT Jones has been a very hard and successful worker, both in St. Paul's school and as headmaster of the evening school, and has also assisted at the Pupil Teachers' Centre. This vol- untary appointment is a due recognition of Mr Jones's services in the past, and will give him a sphere of usefulness in the future, as the new school will accommo- date 250 children. I heartily congratu- late Mr Jones and the Board, and wish him a long, happy, and successful career at Glanadda. The sale of the late Bishop Lloyd's library at Bryn, on Wednesday, attracted a good number of book-lovers and dealers. The Bishop was known, as a good Welsh- man, and the library contained a fine as- sortment of good Welsh books, which reached high figures. Many of the books were knocked down to clergymen in the diocese, and the city clerk found a good many bargains. Amongst the books were fina- copies of Gwenogfryn Evans' editions of Welsh manuscripts. The Red Book of Hergest reached £2 12s 6d; the Book of Llan Dav, £2 7s 6d; while the Black Book of Carmarthen was knocked down for t2. The sum of P,3 15s was obtained for the "Myvyrian Archaiology" (1801), and E3 10s for a rare copy of the "Llyfr Gweddi Gyffredin a hrintiwyj. yn Llun- daiil" (1664). Hare's Giraldus Cambren- sis was sold for £3 3s 6d. A Black Letter Bible reprinted 1620 was knocked down at 10s. The latest Welsh books came under the hammer, and one was rather surprised to see that Professor Lewis Jones' Caniadau Cymru, a book that should be on one's shelf if only for its literary criticism, only reached 4s. Two volumes of Gweithiau Pantycelyn were knocked down at lis. But I must not o-ive the whole list. One is glad to find, however, that the interest in good Welsh books shows no sign of flagging, and there will probably be a continued demand for old editions when the 70ung Welshmen who are now educated in the history and literature of their native land have come to their own.

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