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The Day's Gossip. ,I


The Day's Gossip. Leader" Office, Saturday. Swansea, we read, is to pay the Duke of Beaufort £ 10,000 for liis Grace's foreshore right& in Swansea Bay. The price, no doubt, is fair, writes a correspondent of mine, Mr. Paul Jocclyn Burton, and the Duke, no doubt, is entitled to it. But, as a matter of history, if not of finance, it would be in- foresting to know how it has come about that the town must now buy back at such a cost what once was largely its own. In the 12th century (1153-11811) the burgesses received from the Earl of Warwick, then Lord Paramount, a free gift of all the sands below (query he- tween :) Pulkanan and Blackpill for the making of their fisheries." The charter may be read in full at the Public Library in Clark's Charters and Muniments of G lamorgan." volume 3, page 95. The original is etill extant, and may be in- spected at the Public Record Office, Chancery-lane, London, Exchequer, Kins'e Remembrancer, Miscellaneous Books, volume I., folio 478. An Omen. The conversation at lunch turned on the hysterical prophecy of the end of the world, so current at pro-sent, and Joseph, from Dublin, asked John, from ayont the Tweed," if he h?d any belief in it. Ah think there's verra little to it. but my season rins oot that day," was John's reply. Back to Botany. Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan, wlin succeeded Mies Violet Douglas-Pennant as Comandant of the Women's Royal Alt Force in September, 1918, aspires to be ilrofe., sor of Botany in the University of Aberdeen, where she was examiner in that lhject for four years before the war. She was also head of the Botany Department rtt Birkheck College. A year ago 6he was beginning to take flying lessons. Expensive Specialists. I wonder if all the Harley-street specialists propose to fall in with the recommendation of the Council of the British Medical Association and increase their foes 50 per cent. on pre-war rates? Many of the more famous men have aLrpady anticipated this recommendation by charging X3 3s. instead of £2 2s. as a I minimum fee for a consultation in their own consulting rooms, and if this becomes general there are thousands of people who will have to rely solely on the advico of their local practitioner. A Scathing Satire. Unquestionably one of the most scathing satires on the Modern Welshman is The riague of the Apes." which appears in Y Geninen." Broadly speaking, the writer would have us believe that the Welshmen who ape Saxon Philistinism in its idods and fashions have degenerated into apes, thus:- The London Welshman.-Orr guide t-i-ood at the entrance of one of the largest shops which needs must have half the r length of the street to display its warns. 8aid he: "Let us go within and see's Welshmen." We entered; and though w? searched as minutely for a needle in a havstack, we heard not a single word of Welsh. And the spirit of Llywelyn (last Prince of Wales) sighed and said-. Welshmen own all these shops; but they are Welshmen in whom the ape has grown stronger than the men, inasmuch as Saxon pomp hath bewitched them, and their manhood has become submerged by their lust for gold." I, too, sighed; and for a while we roamed from one drapery estab- lishment to another, and then to the milk i ships; but nowhere found we other than | the ape exercising authority. Then e.iid Llewelyii: Come thou. The Anglic- ised Welshmen's drapery shops is no place for thee. for here the womanlike ape rubs his hands. Let as leave him. A man measuring out ribbons! A man selling women's grtwns! What wonder that the ape should have obtained the upper hand! Prince Albert. f Prince Albert, the King's second son, will celebrate his twenty-fourth birthday to-morrow. H is appearances in public have been frequent of late, and no doubt a.* time goes on and his elder brother gets more and more busy, we shall see him taking a more prominent part in public dfail's. During the war. it will be re- membered. he saw service use sailor. and h" was present at the Pattle' of Jutland. Lfster he took np aviation, perhaps be- cause his taste for mechanics made the, technical side of the business appeal to him. I am told that in his Navy days :iit; favourite spot aboard ship was the engine- room, and hi? delight in the mechanical side of battleships earned for him the neck name of Dirty Bertie." A Military Amnesty. r Undoubtedly there is something very attractive in the suggestions being con- sldered at the War Office 'for a military icnine,tv-a decree wiping out whatever unexpired balance there may be of im- prisonment for purely military offences No doubt there arc difficulties in the way. and there ought to be no attempt made to stunt the War Office into a hasty deci- sion; but it may hp believed that thfc i, ])(,in- considered with a leaning towards mercy. Tt ma-i be said, in any case, that the rule followed should be an equal one for all: and since there have been cases, admittedlv, where members of Overseas forces in nrisnn for serious mili- tarv crimes have had their sentences re- ) m if ted in order that they mig-ht be re- patriated, British soldiers imprisoned for similar offences ought to be treafe-I on the same basis. Tf is necessary to dis- cipline that certain. military crimes should be punished very severely indeed during the continuance of the war; but the coming of peace rather alters the case. I and no doubt this fact will lie taken into consideration. > The Sovereign Remedy. If a Treasury note were equal in pur- chasing power to that of the sovereign in (it her days that have now gone by, and if sit, the same time, existing rates of wages could be maintained, we would all be at least twice as well off as we are at the ? present moment. Is that possible? To I answer the question ye need to consider why the sovereign, and its representative, the Treasury note. have deteriorated in value. There are, inflated currency— f that is, a disproportionate number of money units over the commodities they represent, restrided markets, and in- rcases of costs, among which are wages. It seems paradoxical to say that if there wore less money about, we would be richer, but that appears to be the fact. ki to markets, while large areas ip Europe have been ruined in this regard. the seas are again free and other markets ere available for import and export, es- pecially the great South American QaJI- linent. The Profiteering Act will, doubt- less, do all that can be done to limit ex- cessive profits, and ensure that value [ shall not too rapidly accumulate in the f. hands of a comparatively small section. There remains only wages; the problem, however, is to secure all the other advan- tages without their redundation. The way io do this is by a maximum production, ( coupled with a reasonable economy in the ] consumption of goods and services of all kinds. Are either of these being attended to? Together they represent the straight • and narrow pathWhat lead6 to a more life.


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