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I OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] London, Wednesday Afternoon. THE SHADOW OF COXSCRIPTIOr. Is there to be conscription ? I do not think there is much danger of that system being introduced. The Government that would attempt it would be wrecked in a week. Lord Lansdowne, however, is not regarded as a humorist, or as a dealer in experimental surprises. Radicals are taking the project seriously, and however strong the War Minister might have desired to im- press public opinion abroad, I believe the fear of public opinion at home will be stronger. THE VOLUNTEERS. The great Volunteer Review on Saturday was an undoubted success, some thirty- thousand citizens in uniform putting in an appearance. The waiting in a broiling sun was very tedious, but fortunately the parks are well wooded, so that there was some amount of shade. The Royal Family were present in large numbers and conspicuous amongst them, in a carriage with his mother and grandmother was, our future king, Prince Edward of York. The little five-year-old fellow did his part as gravely as anybody, saluting the soldiers as they marched past, much to the delight of those who were near enough to watch his proceedings. A WELSH REGIMENT. There are corps of Scotchmen and Irish- men, but I have never heard it suggested that a Welsh Volunteer Corps should be started in London. The Welsh Football Clubs have both been fairly successful, but of course only a comparatively small number is required to complete a football team, while the War Office demands a strength of at least iSGO for a Volunteer Corps. It is also noticeable that there is no Welsh Cav- alry Regiment in the Regular Army. A short time ago an agitation was started to bring this about, but it soon fizzled out. One would think that such a regiment ought to be a great attraction to the rough-riders of Tregaron and Lampeter. BOERS AND THE ENGLISH. In political circles this is the great subject of discussion, and the opinion is generally held that Mr. Schreiner's letter has been a bomb shell in the Uitlander's camp. President Kruger has made every concession that fair- minded critics think necessary, and his proposals differ but little from those demanded by Sir Alfred Milner. The truth of the matter is that the Uitlanders, or at anv rate those of them who are doing the agitation, do not care a fig for the franchise upon which Sir Alfred Milner has pinned his faith. If they become naturalized in the Transvaal, they will still only be represented by a weak minority in the Raad, while at thLe same time they forego their rights as English citizens, and on returning to England will have to wait five years before they can get naturalized here. A leading minister in Johannesburg told me a short time ago that he thought Kruger was mistaken in not granting them the franchise, for not one in a thousand would take advantage of it. It is a well-known fact that few of the Englishmen who emigrate to the United States, become naturalized there, though I am told that the first thing Irishmen and Welshmen do on their arrival in America, is to forswear their allegiance to Queen Victoria, and set about getting their papers of naturalization. ST. PANCRAS. The prospects at St. Pancras are good, and there is every likelihood of a Liberal victory. The Cymru Fydd Society, headed by Mr. Lloyd George, Mr. Woodward Owen, Mr. Cleaton, and others are doing good work, and they have succeeded in getting satisiactoiy answers from Mr. Costelloe to their questions on Welsh subjects. THE GREAT WELSH DEAD. I have often discussed with the late Mr. THOMAS ELLIS, who was the originator of the Llansannan memorial, the possibility of erecting similar memorials in other parts of Wales, and he, at any rate, would not admit that any great difficulties stood in the way. He had intended to organize a similar move- ment in Anglesea in honour of Goronwy Owen and the three brothers Morris. They were all born, it appears, in the north-eastern corner of the island, though Goronwy was not a native of the same parish as the Aloi-i-ises. LORD JUSTICE VAUGHAN WILLIAMS. Every parish may not be so successful as Llansannan in its celebrations. To induce a Judge of Appeal and several members of Parliament to attend such a gathering in a remote corner of Wales was no easy matter. Lord Justice Vaughan Williams is always Z" y proud to boast of his Welsh descent, and it will be remembered that on the first occasion when he came to Wales as a Judge of Assize he repeatedly referred with pride to his Welsh blood, and declared his satisfaction that Wales was so free from crime. On both his maternal and paternal side he de- scends from Welsh families, his father, Sir Edward Vaughan Williams, being a native of Carmarthenshire, and his mother one of the Bagot family, claiming a direct descent from Thomas Salesbury Hen, founder of the numerous Salesbury families in Wales, and an ancestor of William Salesbury, translator of the Testament into Welsh. I may add that Sir Walter Phillimore also claims de- scent from the Bagot family. LEWIS MORRIS 0 F6N. A Mention of the Morrises reminds me that the Cymmrodorion Society are making a transcript of the Morris correspondence at the British Museum. This is said to consist of an immense mass of letters written be- tween 1725 and 1779, and forming in the bulk a storehouse of facts which will prove invaluable to the student of Welsh History and Literature in the eighteenth century. Lewis Morris, the eldest of the three brothers, resided for twenty or thirty years at Penrhyn and Allt Fadog, in the parish of Llanbadarn Fawr. The letters written by him to his brothers are full of gossip about the political, social, and religious life of Cardiganshire in those days. He speculated largely in the lead mines of Goginan and Aberffrwd, and in consequence of disputes between the Nanteos and Gogerddan families as to their respective rights to the land, he appears to have been much worried and annoyed by unceasing law-suits. The pub- lication of these letters will undoubtedly prove of great interest to natives of Aber- ystwyth. EU TIR A GOLLANT EU IIIAITH A GADWANT London is getting quiet as the holidays approach. At present the chief attraction to many appears to be the Exhibition at Earl's Court. Savages fresh from the wilds of Africa have been imported, very much as wild beasts are imported to the Zoological Gardens. They are, however, well cared for, and their surroundings correspond as nearly as is possible to their homes among the plains and mountains of Rhodesia. A young Welshman, a friend of mine, went to see the Exhibition a few days ago accom- panied by a fellow countryman. They were chatting in Welsh whilst inspecting a native Kraal in which a few of the savages were sitting when their conversation was broken into by a middle-aged lady, who, in a shrill voice, asked my friend, Do you speak the language?" "Cel.tainly, ma-am," was the reply. "Do please then speak to those Zulus, I should so much like to hear yon," said the lady. My friend entering into the joke, put his head in and began asking tlio Zulus, Wel, fior' i ch'i heddi ? A ydyw'r lie jiiici yn eich plesio ? Sut mae'r wraig a'r rha i bach?" and so on. The sounds of the deep Welsh gutturals appeared to have an instantaneous effect upon the Savages for they all chattered away in reply at great speed. By this time a crowd of gazers had collected outside, and my friend was regard- ing the desirability of getting away sy* t, tt, 9 quietly as lpossible, when a heavy hand was placed on his shoulder. Thinking an official had appeared on the scene, he turned round in dismay only to see a laughing face, and to hear in the broadest Cardiganshire Welsh, I- 117iit hi ddim o'r tro, yn wir, mae 'na ox mod o Gardis yn Llundain i chi' 'whare'r gem yna." WELSHMEN IN LOXDOX. The migration of Welshmen to London is certainly not on the decrease, and their prosperity is becoming very marked. A drive down Oxford-street in a bus reveals the fact that Welshmen own or have an interest in several of the largest draper's shops, and hardly a year passes'but that one of the familar names of Jones, Davies, Williams, or Evans, in large letters is added to the list of owners of some shop in the street. New churches and chapels are also being rapidly erected in all parts of London, so that there are, by this time, at least- forty places fof worship where a service in the Welsh language is conducted every Sunday.




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