REFUSAL TO INTERVENE National Portrait Gallery
From Our Wash Correspondent Great indignation from certain quarters has followed the Government's refusal to intervene in the sentence passed by the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey on the three Welsh Nationalists who set Sire to the Air Ministry's bombing echool at Lleyn.
The Welsh Nationalist party has issued the following manifesto in connection with the imprisonment of Saunders Lewis, Lewis Valentine and D. J. Williams:
" The Welsh Nationalist party demands, (a) That the Government should acknowledge the political character of the offence and the overwhelming provocation given, and release the three.
(b) That the whole question of the bombing school in Lleyn, the cause of the trouble, should be reviewed by the Government in consultation with representatives of Welsh life.
(c) That the legal status of Welsh in Wales should be acknowledged and all measures necessary to implement that acknowledgment taken forthwith.
(d) That there shalt be no transference of cases from Welsh Assize Courts out of Wales."
The following are some of the messages sent to Y Cyntro by leading Welshmen after the trial: Sir Henry Morris-Jones, M.P. (National Liberal Whip): " It is essential to secure two things. First, a guarantee by the authorities that no case will be transferred to London from Wales against the wish and feeling of the country. Secondly, a guarantee that the Welsh language should be on equal terms with English in Welsh courts."
Dr. H. Idris Bell, Keeper of the MSS. in the British Museum:" It has been revealed yet again . . . that Wales and its affairs are of no importance to the English Government, and that the good of Wales will be sacrificed mercilessly on account of
national reasons.'" Mr. B. B. Thomas, Principal of Jiarlech College : "This struggle has done much to embitter the alliance between two nations that cannot help being neighbours and ought to be friends. Wales cannot forget this time, even though she tries to do so."
Professor W. J. Gruffydd, of Cardiff: "If the Government had brought a London publican from his country to be tried in Caernarvon by twelve teetotallers, there would have been an outcry throughout the country and the incredible Mr. Baldwin and his crew would have been swept out of public life. Yet this is exactly what was done to Wales."
The Rev. G. M. L. Davies. former M p. for the Welsh University : "I know i.e. thing of prison life, in several prisons with hard labour, but I am sure it is possible to endure prison and injustice and yet maintain a clear witness without resorting to brawling and partisanship that would corrupt the sacrifice of these true heroes."
A National Portrait Gallery It is announced that the National Museum of Wales has accepted a gift of 21 pictures of prominent Welshmen. It is hoped to extend the collection so that there may ultimately be a Welsh Portrait Gallery similar to the London Gallery. Of the present collection, ten pictures are the work of Evan Walters (three in oils and seven drawings) and the remainder are drawings by Powys Evans. Mr. Evans, who is a Catholic, is best known as a caricaturist and illustrator. He was responsible for a notable series of drawings of poets and artists in the London Mercury. The collection includes portraits of Lord Sankey, Arthur Machen, Sir Watford Davies, Professor Gruffydd, Professor Gwynn Jones, the Bishops of Llandaff and Monmouth, Sir J. E Lloyd and Professor Ifor Williams. The Archbishop of Cardiff (Mgr. Mostyn) has already taken his place among the immortals, for his portrait had previously been presented to the Museum.
Welsh Secretary of State?
The Association of Welsh Local Authorities, meeting in Cardiff, passed a resolution, with only one dissentient, urging the establishment of a Secretary of State for Wales. The dissentient, Mr. R. 0. Rowlands, said that nothing short of autonomy would be of the slightest use. Scotland was dissatisfied with the arrangement, and two of the Scottish political parties were demanding Home Rule.
Professor Share Jones, criticising the Government's Live Stock Bill, said that Wales would be lumped with England under the Bill, while Scotland would be a separate entity. The need for. separate , treatment was imperative in Wales.
" You cannot apply the same regulations to a lethargic sheep of the Shropshire downs as to the lively sheep of the Welsh Highlands," added the professor. The Bill proposed to run the live-stock industry by means of three central authorities. " a method characteristic of Chicago." The life of the old market towns would be largely destroyed by this plan, he said.
The Great Trek The scene is a cobbler's shop in any South Wales village.
Dai Small-Coal (pulling the company's leg): i see in the paper that the International Match between Wales and Scotland on Saturday have been transferred from Swansea to London at the last minute!
Chorus: What? Beth? 'Spossibl Dai Small-Coal : Ai, and it do say that in the future all Welsh international matches, all Assize trials of Welshmen and also the National Eisteddfod will be transferred to England by the Government!
Dai Lossin : Well Daro! For why not! The Government is transferring the Welsh nation to England as quick as it can, so let's go, bag and baggage.
(From the News Chronicle, Welsh Edition.)
Examples of Welsh crafts, including coracle-making, cheese vat-making, clogmaking and textiles, will be on view at this year's International Exhibition in Paris.
Among the plans proposed by Sir George Gillett, Commissioner for the Special Areas, are a £250,000 sewerage scheme for the Eastern Valley of Monmouthshire, an extension of social services as the result of a gift from the Lord Nuffield Fund, and development of trading estates. The Treforest Trading Estate announces that over 60 applications for sites have already been received. A factory of 1,500 square feet can be rented for as little as £1 per week.
Professor Gruffydd, Mr. lorwerth Peate and Miss Cassie Davies have resigned their positions as adjudicators at the National Eisteddfod, to be held at Machytelleth this year, in consequence of the invitation to Lord Londonderry and Mr. Winston Churchill to preside. It is now announced that Mr. Churchill will be travelling abroad at the time of the Eisteddfod and will be unable to attend. Mr. Lansbury is also unable to be present. Instead of the politicians, Principal Ifor Evans, of Aberystwyth, and Mr. Joseph Jenkins, K.C., of Montreal, will preside.