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Gohebiaethau. [Nid ydym mewn un modd yn gyfrifol am syniadau ein gwahanol ohebwyr.] NEED OF REFORM. To the Editor of "THE LONDON WELSHMAN." DEAR SIR,-Looking back over the past six months or so, one frequently finds in your columns complaints and criticisms of various adjudications at different Eisteddfodau. In addition to that, the attitude taken up by some people present (especially competing choirs and their conductors) as soon as a verdict is given against them, is by no means creditable-it is occasionally even disgraceful—especially to a Christian community. In order to secure the continual success of these com- petitive gatherings in London, a reform is needed in this respect Enthusiasm is all very well, but when it takes the form of bitter argument and loss of temper, it is indeed to be despised. Every competitor or member of a competing choir would do well to remember calmly at all times that there are others competing too, and that the decisions of the adjudicators are absolutely final. May I also add that their decisions are, in the great majority of cases, sincere and without bias. Surely, as Welshmen, we ought to grant that adjudicators do their utmost to give justice at all times, and if we are on the losing side once, then, instead of creating the least disturbance, we ought ever to be ready to congratulate the winner rather than find fault with the adjudicators or adopt means of expressing our dissatisfaction in any bitter way, for, by so doing, one only shows his high self-esteem—and that is nothing but conceit, a passion that should always be conspicuous by its absence. Nothing can be more harmful to the Eisteddfod than the unseemly attitude often taken up by losing competi- tors, particularly in the case of competing choirs. It seems as if everyone has quite pre-determined that he cannot be beaten, and, if beaten, instead of granting the possible superiority of others, immediately proceeds to find fault with the adjudicators, sometimes in a very spiteful and objectionable way. Such a spirit is entirely contrary to the true spirit ot the Eisteddfod-it is even contrary to the natural sporting instinct of human nature. Take, for instance, inter- 'Varsity competitions in any sport, where is the competi- tion keener than in these events ? Yet, there is not one atom of jealousy or ill-feeling evident-on the contrary, the loser is the first to heartily congratulate the winner. The same good spirit may often be seen in professional football and sports. Now, when one thinks of the high ideals and objects of the Eisteddfod, and, in addition, that the great majority of the participators are members of some Christian body or other, surely we ought to be able, at least, to equal the sporting world in point of accepting defeat and admiring the success of others as well as our own. The Welsh people do not easily see or admit the superiority of others, even when pronounced by strangers whose ability is unquestionable. If the Eisteddfod is to succeed harmoniously in London, we must in some way get rid of that feeling of self-assurance of success, and always remember that there are others competing, too. Above all, let us be gentlemanly enough to grant that adjudicators are sincere and just in all their remarks and decisions-if we fail to concede this point, we are not worthy to be called men. Enthusiastic competition, free from antagonistic rivalry and narrow-minded jealousy, is healthy, and, so long as it remains in that state, the Eisteddfod will succeed and maintain its high ideals and objects, to the edification of many. It will be a source of enjoyment to all music lovers, and nothing but gain can possibly result from it. May the next Eisteddfod season in London bring together again former competitors in vast numbers in keen and earnest competitions, ready either to win fresh laurels or to admire the talent of others who may come to the front. The loser to-day may win to-morrow but, remember, success is never to be predestinated by self-assurance. One may be good, yet there is always the possibility of another being better. HAYDN. GARSIWN." At Olygydd y LONDON WELSHMAN." SYR,—Tra yn darllen rhan o'r WELSHMAN am yr wythnos ddiweddaf, syrthiodd fy ngolygon ar y gair uchod,-yr ail waith i mi ei weled yn argraffedig fel ansoddair. Gan nas gwn ei ystyr, ac mai yn mhapyr Cymry Llundain y gwelais y gair yn cael ei arfer ddwy- waith yn y modd uchod, carwn gael eglurhad ar ei ystyr, neu gael eich rheswm dros ddefnyddio gair ansathredig, ac enw priodol fel ansoddair. Teg ydyw dweyd i mi glywed un o'r Aelodau Seneddol Cymreig yn arfer y gair mewn cymdeithas ddiwylliadol- eto yn Liundain-ond nid wyf wedi cael ei esboniad hyd yn hyn (cafwyd dipyn o sebon) ond y mae y sen gysyllt- wyd a'r gair yn parhau i daenu ei sawyr anhyfryd, ac yr wyf am wybod y rheswm am ei ddefnyddio yn awr genych chwi, neu farw yn yr ymgyrch. Vr wyf yn gwybod fod rhanbarth o un o drefi mwyaf henafol Cymru yn dwyn yr enw "Y Garsiwn," ac yn rhinwedd y ffaith mai yno y'm magwyd, ac fel darllenydd cyson o'r WELSHMAN, yr wyf yn protestio yn erbyn i chwi ddefnyddio enw cartref pobl barchus fel ansoddair i ddangos ei-ch anghymeradwyaeth o ymddygiadau "personau cyhoeddus mewn tref arall. Yr eiddoch, mewn gwaed oer, UN 0 ELANT Y GARSIWN.

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