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POPULAR READINGS. None save those immediately responsible for the success of those entertainments are likely to form a just conception of the difficulties there are to contend against in organising these meetings. The few (very few) working members of the committee have alone, perhaps, a true appreciation of the labours of the lion. sec. in his search after supporters of these entertainments. We can safely say that were the obligations of a personal nature, the secretary, pro- bably need not, and certainly would not, go about the towu begging for support which ought to be spontaneous and not solicited. In fact, the position of the hon. sec. at present is that of a literary bag- man, with the exception that he gets no compensa- tion or payment for his pains. To go round the town, figuratively, on one's knees, is scarcely the occupation of any gentleman; but to ensure the suc- cess of these meetings, which were instituted with the best and most disinterested intentions, it is ne- cessary for those who have the welfare of the object in view at heart, to degrade themselves to this standard; and even then, perhaps, to fail of success. Notwithstanding the various disappointments which beset the preparation of the programme for the meeting on last Wednesday evening, perhaps that meeting was the most diversified and successful of either series. Mr. Bervon played the overture well; the Rev. Octavius Davies read a fine poem from Cowper in a telling tone; Mr. and Mrs. Roder- ick Williams and Mr. J. A. James sang a glee of Dr. Callcott's in a most admirable style, and were loudly applauded. Mr. O'Halloran read Mr. A. C. Swinburne's glorious poem published in the Fort- nightly Review, and entitled a "Child's Song in Winter," which the reader very justly described as a composition every line of which was the quintes- sence of poetic fancy." Miss Margaret Morgan sang in a voice astonishingly clear, searching, and perfect, Bishop's old Ballad "Home, Sweet Home," Mr. J. Davies read a piece in Welsh most judici- ously. He was followed by the great victory of the evening, Dr. Williams' solo on the cornet-a-piston, a selection from Donizetti's best opera. The admi- ration of this performance wrought a perfect fury amongst the audience. Mr. L. O. Davies read a pretty poem prettily from the Churchman's Maga- zine. Mr. T. Williams and his almost infant child sang a duet, which was anotner great feature of the evening. Mr. J. G. Williams read the second part of the .1 Oiled Feather," a roaiing performance. Mr John Williams sang a Welsh piece so admirably that it was universally encored; and, lastly, Mr. Hack- ney gave some admirable selections from Shakspeare. The gestures, gesticulations, and emphasis of this gentleman proved him to be an earnest and enthusi- astic student of the most noble amongst classical writers. A vote of thanks was proposed to Mr. J. A. Cross, one of the best chairmen the Popular Readings have ever had to boast; and was responded in a scholarlike and gentlemanlike manner; advocat- ing with ease, with grace, and with evident good faith the advantages of such meetings as that over which he presided. The meeting terminated by singing the National Anthem. —♦

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