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Notes and News. THE MOUNTAIN ASH Free Church Council are trying to get an Institute established in the town. ST. MICHAEL'S Anglican. Theological College is being removed from Aberdare to the ancient city of Llandaff. By the way, Llan- daff is now practically a part of Cardiff. THIRTEEN is considered an unlucky num- ber by the superstitious. The King visits Cardiff on July 13th, but we trust that there will be no ill-luck in that date MANY KELT readers may not be aware of the interesting fact that George Eliot," the famous novelist, was of Welsh extraction. Her real name was Mary Ann Evans. "George Eliot" was her pen-name. Her father Robert Evans was a farmer, and was born in Flintshire. He left that county for Warwickshire to take up a position as farm bailiff, and it was in Warwickshire that George Eliot was born. THERE is an idea that Wales has produced very few novelists. Surely George Meredith, Mrs. Craigie (" John Oliver Hobbes "), "George Eliot," and, latterly, "Allen Raine," not to mention Daniel Owen, are as fine a quartette of novelists as either England, Scotland, or Ireland ever pro- duced. THE late Mrs. Craigie was invariably described as English. Nevertheless her grandfather was a typical Welshman named Richards, and she was a Miss Richards before marriage. THE Westphalian Syndicate has placed an order at Cardiff for 100,000 tons of large steam coal at 17s. 6d. per ton. MRS. WINTON EVANS, of London, delivered a capital speech on Women's Suffrage at Pontypridd the other day. The Glamorgan Free Press, commenting on her speech said The speech of the evening was that of Mrs. Winton Evans. She is a fair daughter of Wales, and has a brilliant future as a platform speaker. Eloquent and persuasive, she quite captivated the audience with an address that was marked by polished diction and style." Mrs. Evans is a regular contributor to the columns of this paper. A WELSH weekly journal describes Christmas Evans as The Baptist Chrysas- tom of Cymru." THE English weeklies in South Wales are giving increased space to Welsh. Several of them now contain two or three columns of news in Welsh every week. Eos HAFOD," who is a well-known authority on the topography, folklore, and ancient customs of Glamorganshire recently wrote to the effect that in olden times ferns made excellent substitute for soap in the Rhondda Valley. The ferns were gathered while yet fresh and green and set on fire. The ashes were mixed with cold water and pounded into a ball. The compound proved of great service for washing purposes. In those days," adds Eos Hafod," poor people could not afford to buy white soap, which was sold at Is. per lb." CAERPHILLY Castle, which the King is to visit during his visit to Cardiff, is one of the best preserved ruins in the British Isles. King Edward is sure to be impressed with it. THE feeling of discontent with the Welsh Parliamentary Party," writes our South Wales correspondent, is intense. It is only those who mix up daily with the rank and file can have a correct idea as to the intensity of that feeling." ONE of the great defects in the country homes of Wales is ignorance respecting suitable openings for their youths. Every- body knows of the openings in the drapery and grocery business, but very few know how to get into the public service. The consequence is that Irishmen, Scotsmen, and Englishmen fill nearly all these appoint- ments."—Principal Ellis Edwards (Bala). A MAN summoned at a Rhondda Police Court for the non-maintenance of his wife, told the magistrates that she was too gay- (laughter)—and ran him into debt. He gave her plenty of money to live, but she had three 'packmen' calling at the house." (Renewed laughter). THE visit of the Channel Fleet to Aber- ystwyth will attract an enormous number of sightseers without a doubt. Such a large number of warships as will assemble have never before been seen off the Welsh coast, with the possible exception of Pembroke Dock. REPORTING a recent entertainment, a local journal states The singer's 'Welsli woman's visit to London hit' also well." It is typical of the snobbish Dic-Shon-Dafydd- ism of Swansea that a song (?) of that sort went well." Why Welsh woman ? Is there anything different in a "Welsh woman's visit to London" to that of an Englishwoman's ? Why not, for a change, caricature the English woman" sometimes ? REPORTING Mrs. Winton Evan's speech at Cardiff, the local Daily News remarked that she spoke with a strong Welsh accent." Why emphasise this point ? If a Scotchman indulged in his thick brogue at Cardiff the same paper would never think of saying that he spoke with a strong Scotch accent! And what if Mrs. Winton Evans did speak with a strong Welsh accent." Is not that the correct accent in Wales ? "MEWN TAWEL HEDD."—To the memory of the late Rev. John Pugh, D.D., founder of the Welsh Forward Movement and Modera- tor of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Calvinistic Methodist Association, there has just been issued an In Memoriam Anthem, with the appropriate title At Peace He Lies (" Mewn Tawel Hedd "). The music is by Mr. Tom Price, Merthyr, and the words by the Revs. Ceitho Davies, Abercarn, and D. H. Williams, Newport. The music is set in Sol-fa and old notation, a'r geiriau yn Gymraeg ac yn Saesoneg.