THE WELSH OUTLOOK Where there is no vision the people perish." CONTENTS: PACE PACE PAGE NOTES OF THE MONTH 311 A CONSTRUCTIVE POLICY SNELLIE'S WELSH FAIRY FOR WALES 318 TALES." 329 THOMAS CHARLES WIL- THE NATURAL RESOURCES LIAMS D.D., 314 OF WALES 321 WALES AT WORK-A THE EXILES' CORNER 325 SOCIAL DIARY 551 SCIENCE AND ADULT BOOKS CHILDREN LIKE EDUCATION 316 BEST 327 REVIEWS 333 DECEMBER, 1927. Annual Subscription, 7/6. Half 3/9 (pest free). NOTES OF THE MONTH ANEW volume of the Dictionary of National Biography has just been issued by the Oxford University Press. It contains the lives of notable persons who died in the years 1912- 1921. The volume has been planned on less ample lines than its immediate pre- decessors and Wales makes a poor show in these pages. This impression is specially borne out by a comparison with the names drawn from Scotland and Ireland. We have noticed only some half dozen biographies of well-known Welshmen:- Sir Owen Edwards (by G. Prys Williams), Sir Samuel Evans (by J. L. Brierly), Lord Merthyr (by William Rees), Sir John Rhys (by John Eraser), Lord Rhondda (by Harold Begbie), and Sir Rowland Vaughan- Williams (by Philip Landon). Within the narrow limits laid down there is an admirable attempt to convey the salient features of each man's contribution and, as is natural, the warts are only faintly touched in. Owen Edwards, we are told, did more than any other man to revive Welsh as a literary language His conception of Welsh Nationalism as based on culture and entirely exempt from political and sectarian partisanship, was peculiarly his own, and he made it effective." Sir Samuel Evans is placed in the first rank of judges on the ground of his judgments in prize which he delivered during the war. He brought to the work no special acquaintance with the laws of naval war- fare; yet in a remarkably short time he was delivering judgments which were not only models of lucid and cogent reasoning, but notable for the admirable way in which they marshalled the results of exhaustive research into the relevant authorities." Judge Vaughan-Williams came from a family remarkable for its inheritance of legal genius: in sustaining through three successive generations the highest level of erudition and the ability to apply it in practice, it can claim a pre-eminent position in the annals of English law." Lord Merthyr is praised for his labours on various royal commissions, the foundation of the sliding scale and the provident fund for the relief of colliery workers. Lord Rhondda's character is thus summed up Clear-headed, far-sighted, ambitious, daring, and superstitious, he regarded life as a game to be played entirely for its own sake, and truly believed that money was merely the symbol of the real prize, which was success." He had no clear faith, but said his prayers every day." Reading the long list of Commissions on which Sir John Rhys served his country for forty years, one is surprised that he found time for his linguistic studies and his many excursions into the fields of learning.