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POPULAR READINGS. The fifth of the above entertainments for the pre- sent season was given at the New National School- room on Wednesday evening. Owing doubtless to the inclemency of the weather the meeting was but thinly attended. It was eVidently the townspeople who held back for many families from a distance in the country were present. It was announced that the chair would be taken by Dr. Gilbertson; but that gentleman, finding himself unable at the last moment to fulfil his engagement, Col. Pryse, M.P., who fortunately was present, consented in the kindest manner to preside. The chairman briefly opened the proceedings of the evening with a few pithy remarks, expressing his approbation of such meetings, and his determinat on to support them. The first item in the programme was, as usual, a musical overtureâMr. Careswell performing on the violin, and Mr. Bervon presiding at the piano. The piece chosen for performance was an arrangement of airs from Flotow's opera of "Marta." This opera has gained a celebrity to which the musical ability of its nominal composer would never have entitled it. Mr. Flotow is no better than a literary thief; seeking to build bia reputation on the achievements of others. He battens on the brains of better men. The opera of Marta" owes all its great success to the Irish air The Last Rose of Summer," the beautiful melody of which pervades its every scene. Mr. Careswell's and Mr. Bervon's performance was, as might have been expected, a perfect and pleasing success. The first reading of the evening was not a dialogue from Shakspeare, the speeches being delivered by Mr. T. Simon and Mr. Jones, with emphasis exhibiting a true appreciation of the text, and of considerable amount of study and with attitude far from ineffectual. Hattou'* trio "The Wood Thrush," by Mrs. Gilbertson and party, as set down in the programme. In addition to Mrs. Gilbertson, who accompanied on the piano- forte, the party consisted of Miss Hughes, Miss Gilbertson, and Master Gilbertson. Each part, was indeed admirably rendered, and the whole was a fretwork of harmony, artistic, and delightful in effect. The Hev. E. 0 Phillips read a poem from Wordsworth with his usual pleasing skill; and it requires no mean amount of skill, in our estimation to make anything of Wordsworth's more to pungent the palate than milk and water composition. Per- haps few men had better friends amongst the critics of his time than had Wordsworth, which, in some degree, may account for the extraordinary success of his "poetry." He was an amiable and accom- plished gentleman and scholar, but, to our mind, removed by distance immeasurable from the posi- tion of a great poet. Let any one read what is called his best poem, "The Excursionist," and deny that the first part is not a tissue of false reasoning, foolish bathos, and very singular notions of the duties of a mother and a wife. Miss Roberts, of Penwern, performed on the pianoforte a very de- lightful tarentella, in a very brilliant style. The lady was much and deservedly applauded. We hope to hear for the future many more such finished performances by such fair performers. David Thomas was announced to read the Welsh piece of the evening, but he being unavoidably ab- sent, Mr. L. O. Davies kindly, because unhesita- tingly, consented to take the absent one's place; and acquitted himself to the fullest satisfaction of the audience. This reading was followed by an in- strumental duet of airs from Der Frichutz-Miss Davies performing on the pionoforte and Mr. Lewis Davies on the violin. The reception with which this performance was greeted was the best testimony itS to the perfection of both the youthful performers. At the conclusion of the piece applause grew into a hearty call of encore, a request, however, which was not granted The Rev. John Jones read the Burial of Moses," a composition dignified in sen- timent and treatment. Mr. E. Williams sang a very humorous bullad in a very humorous style. The name of the ballad e*c.ped us. The singer was loudly encored. Mr. T. Stooke read an amusing piece, the lament of young ladies to their mammas that the men would not {Kopose." This reading created a considerable amount of amusement. Mr, J. A. James, with that stentoiian voice of his, sang Cherry's great bus ballad Will-o'-the-wisp," and wastoudtyand deacrvedtyapptauded. Mr. Chester's was the last reading of the eveningâa happily-se- lected passage from Judge Halliburton's greatest book "Sum Slick." All American humour is coarse in its texture, but even Tftaff'heeoii'nf the more immediately telling on an audience. Mr. Chester did full justice to his author. A vote of thanks having been proposed to the chairman, the proceed- ings terminated with the National Anthem, and the audience separated well pleased with the even- ing's entertainment.

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