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LOCAL GOSSIP. GtyviogwT, near Blackmifl, was a separate manor in the earliest times., and in I he Myvyrian Archaeology of Wales" some of its ancient inhabitants -gure prominently. In 1572 a new inn was established' in the place, and Gwilym Hir Saer, probably a sturdy old Puritan, need his muse aeainst the, to him at any rate, unwelcome innovation. One of his Triban-au," on that occasion is still on re- corrd Cas genyf dTi pheth arali, Y creiriau (relicsk a. gar anghali; Tafarn mae'r drwg a'i darod, A cberddaa baixid diddeall. It seems probable the song, "Of a noble ra-ce was Jenkin," was composed in allusion to the staunchness of Judge David Jenkins, of Hensoi, in the cause of Charles I. He was sent to the Tower. and passed successively to Wallingford Castle, and then to Windsor Castle, where he remained till January, 1656, when he was set at liberty. After this he dwelt at Qxfccnrf, and' from there he removed to a private house in Cowbridge, where he was on May 29th. 1660. when He-nsol Castle and Handed estates were restored' to him. His pew at the Cowbridge Garrison Church is known to this day. It is on the right hand of the northern entrance. On the wall over it ia a marble tablet to his memory. His badge was a cock, and beneath it on the tablet are the Welsii words, Fe dal Duw am darawn" (God will punish for the blow). No doubt the "blow" alluded to was the behead- ing of Charles I., on January 30th, 1649. He died at Cowbridge on December 6th, 1663, aged 82. Sir Leoline Jenkins also was a Royafist, and, with other students at Oxford, took arms for the King. He afterwards be- came tutor to the son of Sir John Aubrey, the brother-in-law of Judge D. Jenkins, and the appointment seems to indicate the influ- ence of the elder Judge, who appears to have always been art his back. Many writers." says Morien, confound Judge David Jenkins with Si'r Leoline Jen- kins, born at Farm, Talygarn, in 1625. Judge David Jenkins was the son of Jenkin ap Richard, who married Janet, the daughter of Evan ap William, and the son of the last trained was the ancestor of Aiaw Goch. Ystrad Owe-n, the father of the late Judge Gwilym Williams, Miskm Manor. The late Rev. William Williams, Walters-road, Swansea, cousin to Alaw Gcch, was of the same stock. Judge David Jenkins, nephew of WiHiam Williams, sen of Evan an Williams aforesaid, married Cecilia, elmlighter of Sir Thomas Aubrey, Knight of Llantrithyd. Judge David Jenkins became a Judge in South Wales. and when the fierce quarrel broke out between Charles I- and the Parliament the Judge ranged himself as supporter of the King in his efforts to levy taxes without the consent of Parliament, and therefore the taxer. On' June 14-th, 1645. the day of the battle of Naseby, co. Northampton, Judge D. Jen- kins was presiding over his court in the city of Hereford1, when the retreating defeated Royalists came thundering into the city pur- sued by the army of the Parliament. The Weilsh Judge was taken prisoner and con- veyed to London. he was placed at the Bar of the House of Commons and was ordered to kneel before the majesty of Parliament. He defiantly refused to do so, and cried out, If you will lead me to the scaffold I'll ascend it with the Bible under one arm and Magna Charter under the other arm." The aisem- bpY became very angry with him. and he seemed doomed, when Sir Ha.rry Vane rose and made an amusing speech, doubtless com- paring Jenkins to Shakespeare's Fluellin (Llewellyn) at the battle of Aginccart. The House of Commons laughed heartily, and Jenkins was sa.ed." There is something weird about the energy of the Great Western Railway and the deter- mination of the company to cut down time and distance on its routes. The company is now engaged on a piece of work on its Cornish coast system which, when completed, will probably enable. the company to run trains from Paddiagton to Penaance without a stop. The longest non-stop journeys on the Great Western hitherto have been from Paddington to Plymouth and from Packling- ton. to Fishguard. The journey from Pad- dington to Penzance is nearly 320 miles. Sur- veys are now being made for long water trough near Lostwithiel, in Mid-Cornwall, whence the train should replenish its water tanks without stopping. The Great Western Railway has spent huge sums on improving its permanent way in the last few years, with the result that travelling on the system has become remarkably smooth and comfortable. It is probable that before Long another half- hour will be cut out of the fine run between Fishguard and' Paddington. Mr. David Evans, lecturer on music at the University College of South Wales and Mon- mouthshire, and a frequent cyma.nfa conduc- tor., is the subject of a sketch in "The Musical Herald," and in the course of an interview with a representative of that journal gave expression to interesting views of Welsh music. With regard to the future of Welsh music, he expressed himself as being optimis- tic. Asked" Does the oompetitive system hinder or promote music in Wales?" he re- plied The competitive spirit I should like to see done away with. There should be more mutual respect among Welsh profes- sional musicians. As for the Eisteddfod, I have not entered a choir fcr competition since I was 16, so I soeak as an outsider. Like so many other things, the system has good and bad features. The ruin of the eisteddfod has been the money-making aspect. We want JE70 to repair our chapel, so we wiH get up an eisteddfod.' That I do not like. Can- not the chapel find some other way of raising tnoney? And. on the other hand. our choirs would never have attained the perfection of technique without the stimulus of compe- tition. The instrumental side of the eistedd- fod is growing. The piano and violin compe- titors are more numerous, a.nd' they play better. I am most hopeful about the growth of Welsh musical faculty in the higher walks of music." J Can there be said) to be a Welsh School of competition ? Look over the ballads by Welsh composers sung at a local eisteddfod; they might all have come from the Boosey feailad concerts in London," said the reporter. 41 That is true." replied Mr. Evans, but the love of the Welsh for musical composition is remarkable. It seems to be almost a neces- sary expression of their emotional life. They have also the musical temperament. They run too much, however, in the groove of Han- del and Mendelssohn. They seem also to get to a certain point and there to stop. The adjudicator at a local eisteddfod will have to examine twenty or thirty hymn tunes or part-songs sent in for a guinea prize. Then at the National Eisteddfod fifteen guineas wilt be offered for the same thing. More at- tempts come in, but they are no better. 1 supoose. however, that some of the best writers abstain from competing after winning a high prize. Composers are inspired by what they hear. Our musicians sadly want a course of hearing the best music. Sctru- | bert, Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, how often are these writers heard in Wales? The Ger- man. part song, who carries it round? But of course there is the practical difficulty. Lack of money stops the way. Tho most vig- orous musical life in Wales is among the working people, and how can they go about hearimg such music?"

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