THE WELSH OUTLODK The Editor does not necessarily identify himself with the opinions of contributors to The Welsh Outlook." Editorial responsibility is limited to the views expressed in the "Notes of the Month." NOTES OF THE MONTH Our Future The Welsh Outlook has, we think Policy not without reason, earned a re- putation as a high-class magazine, and it will always be our endeavour to maintain this reputation. Hitherto we have given special pro- minence to literary and kindred subjects. "Man does not live by bread alone," and we think that any magazine that purports, as ours does, to speak for a nation should deal with other than political and economic questions-with religion, literature, art, and other more or less spiritual affairs. While it is not our purpose to abandon entirely the publication of articles literary and artistic, it is proposed, in view of the serious practical problems to which the War has given rise, and the great need for discussing these from a Welsh point of view, to give greater attention than has hitherto been the case to subjects of a practical character. These would include not only subjects of temporary or present interest, but also those subjects bearing on the work of Reconstruction after the War. The War has shaken our social struc- ture to its very foundations. Political institutions and industrial arrangements are in the melting-pot. The relations between Capital and Labour and be- tween these and the State have been changed. New aims and new methods are being introduced into our commercial and social life. Closer relations are being established between Britain and its colonies, which will probably result in the moulding of a new political constitution, and which will provide for the delegation of a greater measure of self-government to the constituent units in the Imperial Common- wealth. The War has made food production at home a matter of supreme importance. Our rural resources must therefore be developed and agricul- NOVEMBER, 1917 ture improved. The demands of the people for a higher standard of life, for improved homes and surroundings, for better educational and recreative facilities, for a larger share in government, must be conceded, and wise methods of supplying the demand must be devised. The War has had a catastrophic effect on the civilisation of the past. A return to August, 1914, is impossible, and it must be the aim of all good citizens to think out new systems that will be appropriate to the new conditions. The Welsh Outlook will endeavour to focus and give utterance to the views of Welshmen in reference to these matters. We do not intend to confine our- selves to the publications of articles from any one point of view. We desire to make the Welsh Outlook a forum for the discussion of public questions and especially those affecting Wales from a variety of view-points. We shall be glad to offer the hospi- tality of our columns, for example, on industrial questions to Capitalist or Syndicalist; on matters of religion to Churchmen or Nonconformist; on political reconstruction to Individualist or Socialist, to Liberals or Conservatives. It must be clearly understood, however, that the articles thus contri- buted do not necessarily express the views of the Welsh Outlook, and that the Editor assumes res- ponsibility only for the views expressed in the Notes of the Month. The Military The operations of the past month Position on the Western Front illustrate fairly consistently two characteris- tics of our conduct of the War. On the one hand our troops have advanced with great gallantry and undiminished cheerfulness under very difficult