THE WELSH OUTLOOK NOTES OF THE MONTH 87 DAVID WILLIAMS, 1738-1816 90 STATISTICAL STUDY OF HEREDITY AND ITS BEARING ON SOCIAL REFORM 92 THE INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES 95 APRIL, 1926. THE first matter to claim comment from us this month is, without doubt, the deplorable outcome of the recent Geneva negotiations. Compared with the fate of the League of Nations, the affairs of Wales, and those of England, too, for that matter, sink into insignificance. It is not for us here to go again over the well-trodden ground, for we may surely assume that the reports of the Geneva meet- ings were studied carefully and critically by all our readers. No nation has evinced so lively, and so sympathetic, an interest in the League of Nations as Wales, and its fortunes are therefore bound to be of the utmost concern to us. We are not so much inclined at present to apportion blame (though we do believe that blame is due, and that the offenders ought to receive condign and exemplary punish- ment!) as to point a moral; and that moral we conceive to be this-that we have of late been far too ready to assume that the League had become impregnably established, and that it would function freely for good almost automatically. The truth is now revealed to us, and revealed in most painful fashion. Behind the League, it would appear, a whole network of secret and poisonous diplomacy was Where there is no vision the people perish/' CONTENTS: PAGE JOTTINGS ON ENGLISH WRITERS AND WALES 98 FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD 102 WELSH SCENERY IN SHELLEY'S POETRY 104 Annual Subscription, 7/6 NOTES OF THE MONTH PAcE PAGB THE FUTURE OF BROAD- CASTING IN WALES 106 THE ECONOMIC AND IN- DUSTRIAL OUTLOOK 108 CORRESPONDENCE 109 REVIEWS 110 POETRY 101, 103, 107 Half Year, 3/9 (post free). being woven. Plots were formed, and countered by other plots. The League itself, which obviously ought to be the sole channel of diplomatic intercourse between the nations, was threatened with develop- ing into a mere piece of stage play, the real decision having already been made by other self-constituted and secret leagues. HE tragic failure of the Council to honour the Locarno pledge to Ger- many, and the exposure of the hide- ous subterranean intrigues to which the statesmen of England and France had so shamefully lent themselves, has come as a rude shock to an over-complacent and optimistic public. If we turn this shock to good account, and learn from it its obvious lesson, we shall do well, and the Geneva catastrophe may, after all, turn out to be a blessing in disguise. But if this lesson is now ignored nothing can save the League from ruin, or the world from another war. As we have already remarked, Welsh people, up to a point, have been keenly interested in the work of the League. Let that interest be doubled. On no account should we allow ourselves to grow pessimistic, or turn cynically away from a wicked world. This is a great test-