JOSEPH GLANVILL was a West-Country parson of the days of Charles II, who held various Somerset livings and was finally rector of the Abbey Church, Bath, where he died in 1680. He was deeply interested in what is nowadays called psychical research, and was a pioneer inquirer along scientific lines into spectral happenings and appearances. A bravo old fellow, he faced mysterious lights and ' sulphureous ' smells and devils and the beating of phantom drums with unshaken courage, and his accounts of his ghost-hunting experiences include some gruesome and surprising stories of witches, spooks and demons.
A WELSH INTERLUDE
Mr. D. ARTHEN EVANS
' Wythnos Lyfrau Gymraeg '
(' Welsh Book Week ')
THIS talk deals with the third Exhibition held in connection with the Welsh Book
Festival movement, illustrating aspects of tho social and economic life of Wales. Agriculture and fishing were the main occupations of the people of Wales in primitive times. The British plough, and the coracle, which is still with us, were the implements much in evidence. Sheep-rearing and sheep-farming, as they do still, occupied the attention of many. A system of ear-marking for identification was very highly developed. The woollen industry was developed in certain Welsh valleys and Welsh home-spun earned considerable fame. Mining, with its various economic problems, followed during the great Industrial Revolution. To facilitate trade and transit, turnpike roads were constructed, which later on became the source of trouble in the Rebecca Riots of 1843. Chartism had its followers until, with the spread of knowledge and the extension of the franchise, 'Modern Wales ' emerged. The Wedding Customs, and tho Bidding Notices will be duly illustrated at the Exhibition, and the Playbill of the first Welsh ' Drama' to be licensed for a performance at Llandudno, in 1903, will be shown. The great aim of the Exhibition will be to show tho rise of Wales from its primitive past to. the complex economic conditions of the present day.
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