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CARDIGAN SCHOOL BOARD.

THE EISTEDDFOD.

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We do not deem ourselves responsible for the opinions expressed by owr Correspondents. THE EISTEDDFOD. To the Editor of the Cardigan OBSERVER. DEAR SIR,-Under this heading, t find a letter in the Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser, of the 1st inst., together with supplementary remarks by the Editor, descanting upon the musical movement re- cently started in Cardigan, with a view of training choirs for competition at the forthcoming Eistedd- fod, and finding certain insinuations therein likely to mislead the public, I feel it my duty as one of the committee of Choir No. 2," as it is styled in the paper referred to, to publish this letter in order that the public might judge whether it is "hatred, enmity, and strife," as the letter referred to so elo- quently and poetically insinuates, or justice has been the incentive to the formation of what is now called the Tivy-Side Choir. In the first place, I will, with your permission give a detailed account of how and under what circumstances the Tivy- Side Choir had its formation. Certain of the con- ductors of the singing in the various places of wor- ship in the town, in fact, all the Nonconformist leaders having been ignored when Choir No. 1" was formed, and seeing that it was called "The Cardigan United Choir felt it their duty to pro- test against this arrogant assertion of the leaders of that Choir-leaders, by-the-bye, who know no more of the elements of music than they do of the geography of the moon. I refer to those who may be better able to measure a yard of calico than to" offer. an opinion on the minutiae of musical classes. In all cases when forming an united choir, the proper course is to invite the recognised con- ductors of the singing in every place of worship in the town to a committee convened for that purpose. Has this been done by the originators of Choir No. 1 ? I don't hesitate to assert that it has not; and it is this, and not any denominational difference, has been the sole reason for the formation of the Tivy-Side Choir. Again, Sir, in the supplemen- tary remarks by the Editor of the paper referred to, we find him make the following assertion :— That the aim of the Eisteddfod Committee has been to exclude anything of the sort," viz., the musical discord complained of in the said letter. All I can say is that one of the Committee, being also a member of Choir No 1, has done his utmost to defeat this most laudable aim of the Committee by having (inter alia) indirectly sent to the con- ductor of the Tivy-Side Choir that he would only have the scum of the town." Is this the way to carry out the aim of the Committeee, and to pro- mote the interests of the Eisteddfod? Italsoappears to me that the Editor himself is certainly out of his place (being as he is one of the Secretaries of the Eisteddfod), in promoting the interests of one choir and disparaging the other. Why does he at- tend the practices of Choir No 1 ? Surely a Sec- retary of an Eisteddfod Committee should be im- partial in all his dealings. Hoping that these few remarks will wipe away the dust which has been so cleverly attempted to be cast into the eyes of the public on the matter, I remain, Dear Sir, Yours truly, 8T. A Committee-man. DISTRESS IN TREFFOREST AND PONT- YPRIDD. DEAR SIR,- Will you kindly allow me to appeal to the kind and wealthy readers of the Observer, on behalf of the distressed families in the neigh- bourhood of Trefforest and Pontypridd. The Relief Committee has been for the last five weeks distributing bread and soup to upwards of 1,200 persons daily, and the number is rapidly in- creasing. The utmost care is taken to ensure that none, but those who are actually suffering from want are helped, while every effort is made to show them that this help is given as from neighbour to neighbour, so as not to sap that independency of spirit which should be the pride of every man. At the urgent request of gentlemen in this neighbour- hood, the sphere of the committee's work has been extended so as to embrace the suffering population of the lower part of the Rhondda Valley, who were otherwise unprovided for. This extension at once added about 50 families to the number relieved, which largely increased the committee's outlay. But they have willingly stepped forward, in the full assurance that their efforts will not be left un- supported. They therefore urgently appeal for further help, at the same time feeling most grate- ful for what they have already received. In addi- tion to the liberal subscriptions received, most use- ful and valuable gifts have been sent by various donors, of beef, bacon, hams, peas, &c., together with articles of clothing, which were in many cases needed almost as food itself. But after all that has been sent in, 'it can be asked—"What are they among so many ? If any of the readers of these lines should feel inclined to contribute towards the relief of these distressed "families, the least contribution will be thankfully received and acknowledged by me. Address Rev. Hugh Harries, Trefforest, February 6th, 1&78. Pontypridd.

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