"S.L.H." ON WELSH POLITICS. Under the auspices of the Welsh Liberal League a meeting of young Welshmen was held at the National Liberal Club last Tuesday, when an address was delivered by the well-known writer, Mr. Spencer Leigh Hughes, on Welsh Politics." In regard to Welsh politics," said Mr. Hughes, If we leave out one exceptional matter there is nothing very different in it from the Liberalism of English politics. Welsh politics is Liberalism or advanced Radicalism. .It is radical to the core and sometimes, when we consider the way it has been treated by successive Liberal parties, I am amazed at its unflinching devotion to the Liberal party in the Commons. This attachment was openly acknow- ledged by the late Mr. Gladstone, who was very proud of Gallant Little Wales,' and there is no minister more conscious of this devotion than Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman, and no doubt that Wales will eventually benefit by such loyalty and fidelity. But at the present time, whatever reform we are interested in, we are met with an obstacle, and Wales fully realizes that. That obstacle is the House of Lords, and when the time comes for C.B. to deal with that institution, I have no doubt that he will have the staunch support of the Welsh nation in the campaign. The last election was undoubtedly a great revolution. To the outside people it was an overwhelming turn over, yet when we look at the state of the Commons from within, the change was not so great after all. It is true that Mr. Balfour was lost in the flood and had to seek a haven of rest in the city. His brother Gerald also lost a seat —though he gained a pension, it is true —and the parties have changed sides in the House, that is all. It is Mr. Balfour that rules the estab- lishment still, and if he does not do it in the Commons, the crack of his whip brings the members of the Upper House to his feet and at his command. At present the great cry of Mr. B. and his friends is Socialism," but I don't think that the Welsh people will be taken in with such hollow, unreal cries. There are Tories in Wales—there are freaks everywhere. They even invade Parliament, but nobody can say why they are there. The other day I was in Cardiff, and I heard of Mr. Gaskell there declaring that all the Liberals of the town were the rift-raff and rag-tag and bobtails. Since then he has expressed his regreat and said that the cause of the expression was that the meeting was dull, and he wanted to liven it up.' When we realize that it was a Conservative meeting, we can well understand its being dull, and that it wanted somebody to liven it up. Jesse Collings had been complaining lately of Mr. Balfour, and saying that they were like a party in the wilderness without a Moses A pretty Moses Mr. Balfour would have made. I respectfully suggest that he should be called Agar, for that king walked delicately, but was I very much cut up' before he ended his days.' "Welsh policy was the policy of all England after all. It resembled the politics of all the island. There is, however, one question that affects Wales more especially, and that is the question of DISESTABLisHMENT. Personally, I am for Disestablishment all round, but in politics we have to do one thing at a time, and do what we can, and no doubt the Liberal party will deal with it at the earliest possible time. It was the Liberal party that disestab- lished the Irish Church, and no doubt the turn of Wales will come soon. Welsh Radicals wanted other reforms, and so do England. Their grievances are very much alike. One of the great problems is the Education problem, and in this I am inclined to believe with Sir Alfred Thomas, that the only safe position is the secular one. Those who will advocate secular education will no doubt be dubbed Atheists, and we shall witness the hypocrisy of these Tories declaiming for the Bible to be taught to little children when many of them really do not believe in it at all. But this will not have any effect on Wales. All such election cries will not go down there. I know the people and the country too well to think that such dodges will affect them. In Wales, as in England, there is a great cry for Land reform, and I am inclined to think there is more need of it in England than even in Wales, with all its squirearchy. Taxation of mining royalties is another matter that presses for reform, and the Licensing question will have the keen support of all Welsh people, as well as the other subjects on the Liberal programme but it must have the one great question, Disestablish- ment first, and it is unfair to put it off in this manner. I know the difficulties of the Liberal party, but are they so large that they cannot be surmounted. In order to press it forward the Welsh party ought to assert itself. There are men in that party able to do it. Some years ago I was asked to name the coming men of the Welsh party, and I selected three at that time who have fully justified my prophecies. The three were Mr. Ellis J. Griffith, Mr. Lloyd- George, and Mr. S. T. Evans. A party that has such men ought to assert itself in politics. You have a cause to fight for, and the men capable to do it, and with the present ministry they ought to achieve a great deal. As I have said, I spent a portion of my time this year in Wales, among its hills and its streams. It struck me to see the mountain streamlet working its way down the narrow valleys, encircling every obstacle, and turning r' Z5 aside to avoid the heavy rocks, yet working its way steadily and surely to the wide ocean that it sought after. So with its politics if they persevere and use the necessary tact and unity to sweep aside all possible obstacles and oppositions they will ere long achieve their destiny as a people.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES, ABERYST WYTH. One of tha 0:)usitaeiio Colleges of the University of Wales PIZESI.DEN,T-The Right Hon. Lord Rendel. Pit[NCIPAL- T. F. Roberts, M.A. (Oxon), Ll.D. (Vict). rjnHE next Term begins on January 14th, 1908. A X number of Entrance Scholarships and Exhibi- tions, open to both Mate and Female Candidates above the age of 16, are offered for Competition on Tuesday, September 15th, 1908, and the following days. Students are prepared for Degrees in Arts, Science (including the applied Science of Agriculture), Law and Music. Sessional Composition Fee, £10. with additional Laboratory Fees for Science Students. Registration Fee, 91. Men Students reside in Regis- tered lodgings in the town, or at the Men's HosteL Warden: Prof. J. W. Marshall, M.A. Women Students reside in the Alexandra Hall of Residence for Women. For full particulars respecting the General Arts and Science Departments, the Law, Agriculture, and Day Training Departments, the Department for the Training of Secondary Teachers,, and the Hostels, apply to 0 .J. H. DAVIES, M.A., Registrar. Bydd yn hyfrydwch gan y Golygydd dderbyw Gohebiaetkau ac ertkyglau iw hystyried, and nis gellir ymrwymo i ddyckwelyd ysgrifau gwrtkodedig.
AN OPEN LETTER TO Mr. E. Vincent Evans. Si?.Corigratulatioi-is You have been unanimously appointed the Chairman of the Executive of the London National Eisteddfod (1909). I divulge no secret when I say that every person in London who took sufficient interest in the Eisteddfod to become a guarantor and to return his voting paper recorded a vote in your favour. To have won the universal respect of your countrymen in London is surely something that may well make you proud. I have heard you attempting to explain away the full credit of it by saying that you are one of the oldest of London Welshmen. Thirty years and more is indeed ample time to win this respect but, and this must not be forgotten, it is also ample time to lose it, as many have found out. It is greatly to your credit to have won it so thoroughly, but it is far more to your credit to have retained it during all this time. Your public work in London is very well known to all readers of the KELT. We are more likely to forget or overlook your quiet work, which, nevertheless, is of national impor- tance. You have never believed in explosive methods, and your success in so many spheres of Welsh activity is a standing proof of the efficiency and thoroughness of the not so popular method of slow combustion. The newspapers seldom have occasion to sing your praises in long columns, headed by capitals an inch thick. Your turn will come when the history of the Welsh life and literature of the last two decades is written. In that account, where affairs must be placed in their proper perspective, you will prominently figure. Your work as a Welsh journalist has never yet been realised in its full significance- A leading Welsh Lifcerafceur once told the writer 0 that two men had dignified Welsh journalism- 0 "Y Gohebydd" and "Y Einsent." Wales, in journalism, paraded for years in a seventeenth or early eighteenth century costume. You, through your weekly letters to the Bauer, taught Welsh journalism the great fact that times had changed and that customs and methods had changed with the times. You have also secured, through your own personal influence, a distinctive place for Wales and Welsh affairs in the columns of more than one daily. Who does not know of your work as secretary of the Cymmrodorion Society ? It will be sufficient to say, in that connection, that you have raised the Cymmrodorion Society to the level and dignity of one of the most famous of our learned Societies. As Secretary of the Cymmrodorion you have always worked for the great cause of Welsh education. You were with Sir Hugh Owen and the other great pioneers of that noble work, and- you have not left the fight, yet. The University Colleges will always be indebted to you for your efforts on their behalf. The Lord President of the Privy Council has acknowledged your efforts on behalf of education in the Principality by electing you to fill the place so ably tilled by the late Sir Lewis Morris, as life governor of the University of Wales, and has recognised your services to Welsh Literature by appointing you a Governor of the Welsh National Library. The Court of Governors of the National Museum for Wales have also, I understand, co opted you a member of that important body. Eisteddfodwyr always admit that it was. Finsent that put the housfe of the Eisteddfod Association in order. You can never desire a better monument for yourself than the volumes. of the proceedings of the Association published under your direction. It is no wonder, when we think of the thoroughness of the literary and other work of the Cymmrodorion and of the- Eisteddfod, that Welshmen everywhere consider you a safe pilot. It was with that idea in their minds that all the guarantors of the London Eisteddfod elected you their chairman. They knew of your enthusiasm for the Eisteddfod; they knew of the unsparing character of your efforts, which always make for success they knew of your love of Wales and of the Welsh spirit, and by unani- mously electing you to their post of honour, which is also, as needs must be, the post of danger, they declared their belief that, under your personal direction, the Eisteddfod of 1909 will add materially to the glory of our national Institution. On behalf of the KELT, I wish you God speed.—Yours, &c., N ORICK.