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tiot answer to his name, and the prize WiS ^coixlingly withheld. Wylofain Cymru," by Miss Marian U-uams, with much pathos. She was deservedly Scored. Dr Rogers announced that there was no com- P^itbfc for the best Madrigal on any Welsh words. r;OI&position had been received, but it was sent too late. j 0 competition took place for the best pen and w* drawing, showing the best collection of Wild Ferns. i, rjr,rupetition in singing" the solo (soprano) 2ft *ev''eil| ye limpid springs (Jcpiha). Prize, „ Adjudicators, Dr Rogers, Pencerdd Gwalia, Mr John Thomas, Llanwrtyd Wells. The competitor was Master R. S. Hughes, son of jr* T. j. Hughes, Liverpool, whoso rendering of J1? piece was deemed exceedingly worthy of the P^ze. He was invested by Miss Marian Williams. ^Warding the prize of £ 2 for the best twelve to the Training Ship Clio. Adjudicators, Y*vdfardd, Tudno, and Gwilym Eryri. Owain J/f ,011- Bangor, was adjudged the successful com- Y?tit<.i', and he was invested by Miss Ma iha Carries. (Q Solo on the harp, by Miss Jones (Telynores /hi), who was encored. A prize of £ 1 was offered for the best turned **d carved newel post, showing design and execu- l0^ but no such work of art was received. Vcrucy was vociferously cheered on rising adutes* the audience. He said that the object cUe Eisteddfod in olden times was to uphold j. a:u against brutal force. The sayings of the 0« gave the people, in a pithy form, the maxims wisdom and toleration, love of nature, and sPect fnr human life in an age whan might ^Qf-d the only right, and physical courage the +i J* virtue. Among those old bardic sayings were a^s,v-—« Hast thou heard the sayings of the crested wren, who sang amidst the woods I tho galley? 'He dishonours God who injures au," <• Peace is a feast to every man, and ttiagt, is a feast to the ravens." After referring o tbp, Cymrodorion Society, and its excellent Perations, love of publicity, and freedom of Jwch. the speaker called attention to the fact the ancient law required the Eisteddfod to be J? m the sight and hearing of the country and fcv c'hieftain, in the face of the sun, under the of light, and under the protection of God and peace—"Yn nawdd Duw a'i dangnef." The of the Gorsedd afforded them an opportunity viewing the primitive state of society. The P«*ce 6f assembly might be in any open space, the.sun is upon the sky; it was called the Rreenaward of song." "It shall be upon the face of the earth, and chairs shall be placed 'here, namely stones, and when stones cannot be Obtained, then in their place turfs." The respect thhen Inid to minute matters of ceremonial law laid e foundation for that respect for law which tn.akos now our British House of Commons an Assembly of unarmed men deliberating, not on a grassy hillside, but in the Halls of Westminster— the strongest power in the nation, perhaps in the Jorld Eisteddfodau provided a plan against put- ^hg down any opinion by force. Here, every opinion was discussed. The truth is urgent for he light, and will come out at last. Wisdom 'Was here held up as the highest good for every *&an to aspire to. The life of language is the j^owledge preserved in it. The life of knowledge j? language. The Eisteddfod of to-day is a festival the encouragement of literature and art; and ^though its objects are no longer legislative its Influence is powerfully felt, as the subjects which offered hold to form intelligence and enlighten- ment of public opinion. Great responsibility rested j*pon the judges. They must not fear to with- hold prizes from any competitor on the face of the ^°rld. Great mischief was done by extravagantly Praising inferior work, and he designated such a ijling as being the most open dishonest, work, J^apt V'erney terminated his address by saying that Eisteddfod truly represented the Welsh people, 4lid its tendency aimed to elevate the masses by Encouraging them to literary and other pursuits (land cheers). Song, "The Warrior Bold," by Mr Maybrick, in a hearty manner. An interesting competition in penillion singing followed. The adjudicators were Llew Llwyfo and Carwad, who objected to the manner in which the Competitors had deviated from the metrical rules, 'and insisted upon having a second performance. Thi-, being done, the prize, Y,2, was divided between Eos Mon and Eos Mai, who were respectively ^vested by Miss Jones. For the best essay on L:.e part which Anglesey took in the wars in the time of Charles I. and Cromwell, Mr Richard Davies, M.P., had offered a Prize of £ 5. The adjudicators,. Y Thesbiad, Mr Cadwaladr Davies, and Mr J. Roland Phillips, law, London (author of the History of the Civil Wars in Wales"), awarded the prize to Mr Robert Hughes (Marian Mon). Competition in playing on the Pianoforte-" The Harmonious Blacksmith (Handel), for amateurs Under 15 years of age. First prize, Music Stool, value £ 2 2s., given by Mr Herbert Ellis, Chester. Second prize, handsome bound copies of the "Gems 'of Welsh Melodies and Welsh Harp," given by Messrs. Hughes & Son, Wrexham. Adjudicators, Dr. Rogers, Pencerdd Gwalia, and Mr J. Thomas. This was rather a monotonous competition, owing to the large number of youthful competitors. The « first prize was awarded to Miss S. A. Jones, Bangor, and the second to Miss Letitia Jones, Holyhead, both of whom were invested by Captain J. H. Evans. The prize of S5 tor the best ode on the subject "Man goeth forth unto his work," &c. (Psalm civ. 23), was awarded to Mr W. Lewis (Gwilym Gwalia), Llangefni, who was invested by Miss Roberts. At the request of Captain Yemey, Llew Llwyfo aang .H Cwymp Llewelyn," and was heartily en- cored. „ „ xl A The prize of f°r the best water-colour dew- ing bv amateurs of any view in Carnarvonshire or Acelesev. was awarded to the Rev. John Bettwsy'coed Mrs Captain Morgan, Plas Cadnant, invested that gentleman with the prize. The adjudicators were Messrs. J. C. Rowlands, Carnar- von; W. L. Banks, Talgwynedd, and W. P. Evan s, • Greenfield. CHIEF CHORAL COMPETITION. The leading attraction of to-day's proceedings Was centred in the choral competition for the prize of £ 50 and a baton for the conductor, offered for the best rendering of Mendelssohn's chorus And then shall your light break forth," &c. The adju- dicators were Dr. Rogers, Pencerdd Gwalia, ana Mr John Thomas. The Eryri Choral Union, con- ducted by Mr Owen Griffith (Eryr Eryri), was the only competing choir, whbh numbered about 130 voices. The singing of this choir was excellent in every respect, and deserved the high eulogium bestowed upon the members by the adjudicators. Pencerdd Gwalia gave the singers what he termed "unalloyed praise," and further remarked he had no doubt that were they to compete at London they would certainly win all the honours. The intonation, precision, expression, and taste dis- played by the choir were remarkable. It would be an inrpfoper and unjust act to withhold from them the prao they had so deservedly won.—Mr John Thou' delivered a few similar remarks, and com- pliint uL-d the choir upon its efficiency.—Mr Owen Griffith (Ervr Eryri), the conductor, was invested, amid enthusiastic cheers, by Mrs Captain Yerney: The Rev Robert Jones, Rotherhithe.iu proposing a vote of thanks to the chairman said that he did so with great pleasure. They had not a more true- hearted Welshman than Mr Davies 1U the neigh- bourhood of Snowdon, nor indeed throughout the whole of Wales (cheers). He was delighted to think that on the present occasion Mr Davies had come forward to do all in his power to foster in the minds of the rising young people of their^mitry that respect which is due to the W and literature. It was very often said that in their Eisteddfodau they met together for the purpose of endeavouring to keep up the Welsh language. No such a thing, that is an impossibility. He fancied that their English neighbours might do a great deal towards taking back their language from amougt us, but they would never suucecditt seeitr- ing its death as long as it pleases God to keep the Welsh language as the spoken language of the people (loud cheers). When His fire goes forth, it muBb be inevitably doomed (hear, hear). Their Eisteddfodau was more of a nursery of literature than anything else. Their Eliglish neighbours are hardly aware what beautiful language is t ie Welsh language. There was no language so beautiful in ItA: compound words as the Welsh language. Having instanced several words proving his asser- tion, the rev. gentleman concluded by remarking it was probable the Welsh language would some day fade, though he would not go so for as the Welsh poet who said that the language of Wales would be that hereafter spoken in heaven (laughter). •Many would daresay recollect the famous h'nes— Pan yn y nef ni gartrcfwll-Ein hiaith Ein hun a siaradwn; Ac yn Gymraeg ni a ganwn. Ac yntau'r Sais gaiff wneyd rhyw swn —(loud laughter). For the sake of his English friends, he gave the following literal translation of* th3 above lines in their beautiful language (loud laughter) :—" Wken in heaven we shall make our home, our dear language shall we there speak; and there shall we sing in Welsh: and lie, the Englishman, will make some sort of a noise (loud and continued laughter and cheers). The vote of thanks, having been cordially given, the President briefly acknowledged the compliment, and made very suitable remarks as to the Eisteddfod and its origin. The audience having sung GodBlc-sthe pfincc of Wales," the first meeting terminated. A grand concert was given in the evening, the following- being the programme.: 1.—Chorus The Prize Choir. 2.—Wong Chwi, feibion down on" Mr T..T. Hughes. 3.—Sonfc When the heart is young" Mis-* Marian Williams. 4.—Harp Solo .Mr John Thomas, (Pencerdd Gwalia.) 5.-Recit. and Air. I will extol thee" (Eli).Madame Edith Wynne. 6.—Song "I fear no foe" Ap Herbert. 7.—tiong There is in every heart a grave" Miss Martha Harriet. S.-Song Baner ein gwlad" Eos Muriate- 9.—Song Llew Llwyfo. 10.—Duett "SuLaria" Madame Edith Wynne and Miss Marian W iHiatns. 11 Air "Honour and Arms" (Sain-^) Mr Maybrick. I2.-Harp Solo (Welsh Air) Telyxxir-i- Gvbi. 13.—Pennillion Singing H.-Song. Duncan, the Highland fislier boy" Miss Marian Williams. 15.—Quartette "Sleep, gentle lady" Madame Edith Wynne, Miss Martha Harries, Eos Morlais, and Mr Mavbrick. 16.—Song. The Moss trooper" Mr T. J. Hughes. 17.—Chorus The Prize Choir. IS.—Song. "Phoebe, dearest" Eos Morlais. 19.—Harp fcfylo Mr John Thomas (Pencerdd Gwalia. 20.—Song. "Gogerddan" Madame Edith Wynne. 21.—Song. "NancyLee" Mr Maybrick. 22.—Song. When the tide comes in" Miss Martha Harries. 23.—Song Y bwthyn ger.y mor" Eos Maelor. 24.—Song. My darling was so fair'' Mrs Arnott 25.—dong. "Rataplan" Ap Herbert. Finale—" God Save the Queen." WEDNESDAY. I THE GORSEDD. Fine weather favoured the commencement of this day's proceedings, and again a fair number of visitors arrived in the town. Unfortunately, heavy showers of rain descended shortly after the com- mencement of the morning meeting, marring, to some extent, the success- of the day's proceedings. The Gorsedd was held at 9.30 a.m., the officiating bards being Clwydfardd, Llew Llwyfo, Gwilym Eryri, Thesbiad, and others. The Rev. Evan Jones, Canifovoni was installed druid, under the nom de plume of Ieuan Dyfi. Having passed the Gorsedd examination on the previous day, the following persons were "ordained disciples Messrs. Thomas Jones (Llifon Mon), and R. P. Griffiths (Rhisiart Prys). The Gorsedd was ad- dressed by Llew Llwyfo, Gwilym Eryri, Dewi Gwallter, Gwilym Gwalia, &e. THE EISTEDDFOD JiEETEJfG. The morning meeting commenced at 10.30a.m., when the chair was taken by Mr Morgan Lloyd, Q.C., M.P., who met with a warm reception. The weather at the time being rather threatening, the pavilion was not so numerously crowded as on the previous day, the audience in the front seats being "few and far between." The Rev. Evan Jones (Ieuan Dyfi), Carnarvon, conducted the proceed- ings in a creditable manner. The brass band of the Clio Training Ship, not having made their appearance, Mr Jeffreys, of New York, a gentleman who is now staying in the neighbourhood, played a grand march on the pianoforte in an exceedingly clever style, and was loudly encored. On rising to deliver a Welsh address, the presi- dent was enthusiastically cheered.. He said that the Creator had endowed man with great mental. powers, which might be made the means of elevating not only himself, but of others around him. They had seen that in various part? of the world there werenations the people of which strived to elevate themselves above the position occu- pied by their neighbours. Glancing into the past they found that even in this country there had existed a very powerful nation many centuries ago, and the historical remains scattered along the length and breadth of the land bore testimony to the fact that the nation knew the art—an art of great importance—of lifting heavy stones, and erecting buildings which now remained as monu- ments to their genius in that direction. In some countries there had existed nations that were endowed with still greater genius. The ancient Greeks had set an example to the world of what enlightened minds could do. Their literature and art had produced a wonderful effect upon the continent of Europe, but this gifted nation again fell into decay, and was succeeded by the Romans. Having referred at great length to the advance- ment of literature and learning in Europe, during the middle ages, the President dwelt upon the mental powers possessed by the people of China and Japan. Students from the latter country, who were practising in the Tenaple to which he be- longed, had proved themselves to be young persons possessed of great mental powers, and one of them had taken the highest prize for proficiency in the law. Having referred to the rapid advancement in which society had become enlightened during the last 150 years, the speaker said that the poorer classes were now more educated than were the upper clashes in general about a century and a half ago. What had been the condition of Wales dur- ing the last century or more ? The Welsh nation had been enveloped in darkness, and, compared to what it is now, its condition had been really poor. But that deep conviction for religion, which characterises the Welsh people, had produced a wonderful and beneficial change. What nation in the world was so religious as the Welsh nation ? Wales had firmly withheld the strong tide of in- fidelity, which had flooded over European countries, and the principles of Christianity were too deeply rooted in the minds of the people to be plucked up. The religious feeling of the Welsh people, he maintained, was due to the influence of the Sunday School, and other excellent institutions existing in the country. The Principality of Wales had of late made rapid strides in educa- tional matters, and were favourably :compefing in the advancement of teaming with ever? nation. The schools in Wales were now well filled, and the education imparted to the Welsh children was quite as well as that stored in the minds of child- ren belonging to any other nation. He was glad to bear testimony to the efforts made in Wales to promote a higher class of education, through the establishment at Aberystwyth of the University College, which movement had received the warmest patronage of his old friend, the Rev Robert Jones, vicar of Rotherhithe. The Welsh people, without receiving the slightest support from the Govern- ment, had established and were supporting this excellent lllstitutiolt. This liberality was charac- teristic of a nation that knew the value of educa- tion, and were determined to try and give Welsh- men those educational advantages by which other nations had so greatly benefitted. It was a re- marka-ble and honourable fact that the working classes of Wales were, in a great nxeasure, the founders and supporters of the Welsh University College. Government had refused to meet them with a small grant, and further applications for assistance in that direction would probably meet with the same result, so long as the present party remained in power. However, the Welsh people became more independent, and he believed that some day Government would condescend to beg of them to accept a grant (laughter and cheers). The friends of the College were not at all disheartened at the refusal of the present Government to meet their wishes, and, aided by the Wtlsh people at large, were resolved to carry out the gooci work so eSectively commenced by them. The Welsh people evinced a greater interest in the Eisteddfod than they did many years ago. He remembered the time when the Eisteddfod was only held once or twice during ten years however, lie was now afraid of the Eisteddfodau getting too prevalent. They must remember that people had something to do besides attending Eisteddfodau—they must work and perhaps it was sometimes dangerous to have too much good things. It was a matter for congratulation that a change had taken place in the feelings of the nation towards the Eisteddfod, I which was a proof that the people were alive to the I importance of supporting institutions, the objects of which tended to elevate the minds of the rising generation in this country. The hon. gentleman concluded an excellent address by urging upon all to continue their support to the Eisteddfod, and sat down amid loud cheers. Song, Can yr Eisteddfod," by Mr T. J. 1 Hughes, Liverpool, who was encored. ¡ No bards came forward to deliver their poetical addresses. A prize of £3 and a medal was offered for the best oak bardic chair. The adjudicators (Messrs R. G. Th omas, Meuaiwyson, and Mr Benjamin Thomas, Menai Bridge), did not deem the chair sent in far competition as being worthy of the prize, which was accordingly withheld. Mr Gordon Thomas was the successful singer of the baritone solo, "Glyndwr," and was awarded the prize, 20s. The authors of the best epigrams to the Sqnirrel were announced to be Mr Thomas Jones (Namor- ydd;, Llaufrothen, and Gwilym Eilian, Caerphilly, both of whom did not appear to receive an equal share of the prize, 10s M. Mr Maybrick rendered "The Bellman" in an artistic manner. The prize of £5, gives- by Capt. Verney, R.N., for the best essay on The past and future of the University College of Wales" was withheld, as the adjudicators (Rev H. Williams, M.A., Bala; Messrs T. M. Owen, M.A., and T. M. Williams, B.A.), distinguished the compositions received as being of inferior merit, and not worthy of the prize. An interesting competition took place in playing the air Penrhaw," with variations, on the Welsh triple harp. The adjudicator, Pencerdd Gwalia, awarded the prize of £3 and a" medal to Mr J. Elias Davies, Bethesda. The playing of a youthful harpist named O. Jones, of Holyhead, was com- mended by the adjudicator. Mrs Griffith, Bryn- n-m-wi our? iir Vvifmrls ed the vounsr .A.JU, 1Ao. "L > r « minstrel with- £ 2. Mr J. Dew, enrrier, Menai bridge, offered a prize of 12s 6c1 for the best and most useful pair of boots for a workman, but none of the sons of CrIs" pin sent in any of their productions- for competi- tion. Competition in- singing Sir Sterr.dale Bennett's cauartette, Go,-f.. is Spirit." The, adjudicators (Dr Rogers, Pencerdd Gwalia, and Mr J. Thomas) awarded the prize tfo the Cambrian party, which was represented l>y Mis» Ann Ellen Roberts, Hir- dwyn, Bethesda, who was invested by Madame Edith Wynne. The prize of £ 2, given by Mr J. JSbrgan, Cad- nant, for the best arrangement for four voices of the old Welsh air Synileix ben bys was with- held, as the compositions were pronoun-ied to be of insufficient merit. Competition in Playing- (1) La Chasae (by Heller), (2) "Humoreske" (Schumauai) on the Pianoforte-rès tricted to female amateurs under 20 years of age, residing in North Wales, for the prize of a pianoforte, f&lue £ 30, given by Mr J. C. Cubitt, Music Warehouse, Upper -Bangor. The prize was awarded to Miss Ella Richards-, Bangor, who was invested by Mr Cubitt. Song, "She wore aI. Wreath of Roses," by Madame Edith Wynne, whose fine vocalisation elicited not only the warm applause ofthcamdience, but also a poetical expression on the pasrt of the Rev. Robert Jones, Rotherhithe. The adjudication on the essay on the, pulpit, the Sunday school, the Eisteddfod, and the Press, had not arrived, and it w:ae therefore adjourned., Pencerdd Gwalia performed a harp solo, and was encored. Mr T. M. Williams, B; A. t Inspector of Schools under the London School Board, wa& warmly received on rising to address the meeting. He said: It would ill become me to, occupy your attention for more than a few minutes. You will doubtless agree with me that it would be exceedingly easy for me to speak at considerable length on such a subject as the Eisteddfod. The subject presents itself to my mind in so aaany respects tt:at in the short time at my disposal this morning, I cannot hope to be able to toucH. upon more than one or two of these aspects. Fortunately, many of the important points which I shall necessarily feel constrained to pass by in silence had1 baen, alresly referred to by previous speakers, and in a far more eloquent manner than could hope to deal with All of you I now see before me are aware, I presume, that the Eisteddfod is the oldest insti- tution of the kind in the world. Its origin cannot clearly be traced, and? facts relating- to it are hidden from us by the accumulated mists of many ages. All we are sure of is that it was flourishing before England, as such, had either a history-or a name. There were meetings of British bards and musicians held in this island when nearly the whole of Northern and Central Europe was the home of wild and barbarous tribes. There were Eistedd- fodau in Britain—meetings very like- the meeting we have here to-dav—long before Caesar saw the white chalk cliffs of the southern coast, and when Cfesar and his hosts landed in the island he en- countered a people (our ancestors, for we are the ancients of the earth") who," thotig-h not exactly untrained in the ar t of war, delighted in music and numbers rather than in the fights and feuds which were so dear to the soldiers of the Roman Republic, and consequently they (our forefathers) "âffitcted and dismayed the relics of the sword," were beaten on the field of battle, and driven eventually to seek peace and shelter amid their native mountains, the very mountains in whose shadow we now stand. And yet notwithstanding the great age of the Eisteddfod, in spite of the marvellous vitality it has possessed, and still possesses, I should say in spite of its history, its character, its lofty and noble aims, a strong prejudice against it exists in the minds of many Englishmen, and forsooth like- wise in the minds of not a few so-called Welsh- men. It is urged againgst it that it has not yet been the means of discovering either a Shakespeare in poetry or a Handel in music; it has not un- earthed, it is averred by its detractors, even a Wordsworth or a Purcell. This I quite admit, and as a loyal and devoted Welshman, I may add, that I deeply regret it also. But at the same time I would remind you that such rare geniuses its I have named owe neither their growth nor their developement to institutions. They live and flourish independently of institutions. They have very often in the past, and will yet in the future, assert their claims to the recognition and admira- tion of the world in spite of institutions. And further I hold that it is not the direct object of the Eisteddfod to unearth and bring to light what without it would be "mute andingloriousMiltons," but rather it is the object of the Eisteddfod to en- courage the pursuit of literature and music, to spread a taste for what is true and pure and lofty in both, among all classes of. the community. If a genious be discovered, if a marvellous boy be alighted upon, the Eisteddfod will necessarily foster his growth, and in various ways encourage his devel- opment. Again, the Eisteddfod has secured for the Welsh a higher average intelligence than that which is possessed by almost any other nation un- der the sun. Although I am by no means blind to our many national failings asM* m^e,r|e^ I liberately maintain that the V1 ?}as 0011 the means in a great measure of aciu^, ,^e ,av<?F" aged Welshman ou higher grou^lj ^intellectually speaking, than that which is occupitHl t.lie mem- ber of any other European race. 'r", ,)Il,.tilitte tile use of the Geographical Metaphor I haVw" ,0"a,j with, I would say that although on ti>e ope' we have no lowering intellectual elevations, ,7e have not, on the other hand, any very gre'at. depths of intellectual poverty, and this m;couraging .eircum- stance, I am convinced, is to be partly attributed to the influence of the Eisteddlod. Again, there are many people in the world, and they are by no means, few in niaaber, I apprehend, w strongly j object to the Eisteddfod, because it is -an institu- tion, that tends directly to keep alive the Welsh j language. This, tfcsse people think soi evil, which more than counter-balances all the gcod influences which are exercised by the Eisteddfod.. Now, I for my part, most earnestly trust that this charge which is brought against the Eisteddfod is well founded. I sincerely hope that it does tend to keep alive our language; To speak Welsh now and agaiu is one of the lurries of my life. Rely upon it,'our language deserves to live. It is not so supple as the English, ncr is it so adaptivcaf the German, or so susceptible a?, the French br;t for poetry, and geniality, and nigged eloquence,- it stands pre-eminent among living European lan- guages. People tell us that oar Welsh literat ure is very scanty. This is no doaiJt true-our litera- ture may not be very entensive or valuable-bu-i; D am proud to say, we have in our language a superb version of that "old Book on w hid: ,the eyes of angeh often look," which is our boast and our pride. Dr J. H. Newman ascribes much oil the vitality of English Protestantism to the fact that the English people possess so exquisite a version dtheScriptures. Now, I maintain, and I trust that the many ac- complished Welsh scholars I now ee- about me will be prepared to support my Tiewr that the Welsh version of the Bible is equally beautiful and equally accurate with the Englisli- version. I would declare also that the,Welsli translation of the Psalms, Revelation, and the Prophecies is unequal- led for rhythmical and melodous flow. 1''01' tbcsake of our Bible, then, we slionll do all that lies in our power to preserve the language. If the Eistedd- fod tends to preserve it, and I have no d'cubt that it does, then the Eisteddfod has thereby en addi- tional claim on our support and countenance. Many Germans-learn English in order that they may acquire the power of fully appreciating. Shak- spere, and many English learn German ix order to be able to enjoy fully Goethe and Kant.. This is clearly the right thing to do, and equally right- would it be for English people to learn Welsh in order to be able to read and fully enjoy our grand version of the Psalms. And if there be a Welshman before me at the present moment who cau«recd hfe- Welsh Bible, who yet wishes- to forget his language let him I say, bow to the dust, let him hide his- face, for he is a shame, to common sense and patriotism and is a disgrace to us all. I must quit the path I am now following or I shall not be able to keep my promise with you. Before I sit do7.ii then, I would venture to throw out a suggestion or two, for the consideration of the leading supporters- of the Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod should in my opinion be made more distinctly educational than- it is at present. It should unite itself directly with the elementary and the other schools of the country that aims at improving the tastes and elevating the morals of the people. Anglesey, the garden and seed plot of so many hom-st-minded men at the present moment, need a county school. I am well aware of the efficiency of the Beaumaris school, and am also alive to the fact that at Bangor you have an admirably conducted gramsnar school, but more schools of this-kind was needed in North Wales, and there is a dearth to in- the Principality of high schools for girie. Why should not the Eisteddfod serve as a sort of level for moving the representatives of the Principality to get Govern- ment to see into these matters. The Government had refused us a grant in aid of our National College at Aberystwith. Unfortunately we live too near St. Stephen, and are too quiet and loyal to deserve the notice of the Government. If we get up a iew faction fighta-and.a few atrocities* and if we could emigrate as a nation to,Asia Minor or to some- relmote and unhealthy island in the Mediterranean I have not the least doubt shat our college need would at cnce be realised by the Governr&ent. All this is of course out of the question, and all we now have to do is to work with greater energy and zeal, and devotcdness than ever. If we ware to be so discouraged- by the shabby treatmc-mt received at the hand of the Government. The speaker then said that the Eisteddfod shoufc pay mere' attention to the improvement of the national character, and concluded by stating that if they allowed no religious animosities to divide them and resolve to work with a-united heart and hand, there would be a glorious- future for them, for their language, and for the Eisteddfod'. The prize of f5 and Mnedal for the best elegy on Eraiiient Welshmen who have died since the Eisteddfod of 1873 was- awarded to Mr W. Aubrey (Meilir Mon), who was invested by Miss- Hughes, Menai tfiew. The adjudicators were Clwydfardd, Tudne, and Gwilym Eryri. Ebedydd Mon, and his youthful grandson receiivod the prize of 38s offered for the-best penill- ion singing. The prize of 20s, offered for the best drawing of a map Anglesey, adjudicated by Mr R. G. Theinas, Menaiwyson, and Mr Benjamin Thomas, Menai; Bridge, was- awarded to Miss Jones, British. School, Meaai Bridge. CHORAL COMPETITION Tha- competitive piece was Mr R. Mills' glee "Y wybren dlos, to be sung by choirs not under 30 nor over 50 voices. The prize consisted of X15 and a medal tdth s conductor. Two choirs, viz., the Tftlysarn chcir (conducted by Mr H. Owen) and the Portdinorwic choir (conducted by Mr J. Morris) entered the list. In delivering the adjudi- nation of Dr Rogers, Mr Thomas, and himself, Pencerdd Gwalia referred to the choral competi- tion of the previous day, and designated the sing- ing of the Eryri Choral Union as being the best he bad ever heard in his own country- He next pro- ceeded with the adjudication, and said that the first choir possessed many good qualities, but that the voices were wanting in musical quality of tone. The intonation, also was defective, and the differ- ence between the major and minor was not suffic- iently shown. The second choir* he was bound to say, was far superior to the first choir in quality of tone. The choir sang in better tune and in better feeling :—Mr John Thomas also made a few remarks in Welsh, paying a high compliment to the composer of the competitive glee.—Mr John Morris, the conductor of the successful choir was then invested by Mrs Pennant Lloyd, and was cheered by the audience. On th3 motion of Mr Samuel Dew, Menai Bridge, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman for presiding, and ac knowledged. The proceedings were then brought to a close by singing I wisgo'r aur goron," the solo being taken by Mr T. J. Hughes, Liverpool. In the Vevening Mr Bulkeley Price presided, and the Bangor Choral Society gave a performance of Judas Maccabanis.' The several parts were taken up as follows:- I.-Overtiire •• Baud. 2.—Chorus Mourn, ye afflicted children 3.-Recit. 'Well may your sorrows, brethren Sow Eos Morlais. 4.-Chorus For Zion lamentation make' 5.—Recit.Not vain is all the storm of grief' .Mr Ap. Herbert, 6.—Air 'Pious orgies, pious airs' Madame Edith Wynne. 7.—Chorus. 0 Father, whose Almighty pow'r 8.—Recit. and Air 'I feel the Deity within,'anrl Arm, arm. ye brave' Mr Maybrick 9.-Chorus 'We come in bright array' lo.-Recit. an(I Air.Tis wc,,Il, my friends,' and 'Call forth thy pow'rs' Eos Morlais 11, -Choru s Lead on, lead 12.-Recit. So will'd my Father' 13.—Trio and Chorus. Disdainful of danver Nriss Harries, Eos Morlais, Mr Ap Herbert aad Choir 14.—Recit. Haste we. my brethren' EosMorlais 15,-Chorus 4 Hear us, () Lord' 15.—Chorus Fall'n is the foe' 17.—-Recit. Well may we hope our freedom to receive' Miss Marian Williams lS.-Duett. Zio'n now her head shall raise Madame Edith Wynne and Miss Marian Williams 19.—Chorus. Tune your harps to sonjrs of praise' 20.—Recit, and Air O let eternal honours crown his name,' and From mighty kings he took the 'spoil .Madame Edith WI, me 21.—Duett and Chorus. Hail. hail Ju-iea. happy laud' Miss Marian Williams, Mi.-s Harries and 22.-Air and Chorus Ah: wretched Israel' Eos Maelor and Choir 23.—Recit. and Air 'Be comforted,' and The Lord worketh wonders' Mr Ma-. brick' 2i■—Recit. and Air My arms! against this G-oivias will I go,' and .Sound an alarm Eos „ Morlais will I go.' and Sumid an alarm Eos „ Morlais 26.—Chorus- e hear the pleasing dreadful call' 26-,—Air. Wise men flatt'rmg, rnay ,teeeive voii Madame Edith Wynne 21.-Ime1it.Üi. never bow W(? down' Madame Edith Wynne and Miss Harries 28.—Chorijp We never will 'bow down' 2f».—Recit and, Air.O grant itHeav'n,' and So shall the Inte an ? harp awake .Misr: Marian Wil- liams aO.-ReC'Ít'From Capharsulama, on eagle wings I fly' Miss Martha Harries. 31.-Trio, Duett and Chorus. See the coixniering hero comes' Madame Edith w nme. Miss I Marian Williams, Miss Martha Harries and Choir 32.— 'March' .Band 83 -Solo ait)g Chorus I Sing unto God'Miss Harries, and Choir 34.—Recit' Peace to my contrymcn 'Mr T. J. Huglaes 35.—Chorus To our great God' 3(i.—Duett. OJovely peace'Madame Edith Wynne asd Miss Marian Williams. 517.—Air 'Rejoice, O JudaV.MrT. J. Hughes J-K—Chorus 'Hallelujah, Araen' THURSDAY. Heavily-freighted exeursioTII traina conveyed crrnvds of people to Menai Bridgs, yesterday, when the Eisteddfodic proceedings attracted greater in- terest than that evinced on the previous days, on acconat of this beiiiry the "chair day." The wvatb*! was delightfully fine. THE e-€PRS £ DI)» The Oorsedd was agaiia-opened at 9.30 according to-the ""aracient rites of the-British Bards." Tudno ofldated as bard, and Clwydfardd as druid. The usisfil forsaalities having been observed, poetical addresses were delivered by Namorydd, Dewi Gwallter, Pererin, and Tudnc»i Mr Mayhnefc ws«- initiHted a ninstrel, his nom de plume being' Eos MdWi" (the- Nightingale of Menai). Miss Capel Sandys, of Croig-yr-halen, wcvi~also initiated min- strel by Pencerdd Gwalia, who said r—Miss Sandys, the titie of .Bos Erin" is now conferred upon you in recognition of your great mTOical talent; and as you Have hitherto been an ornament to society, through your general accomplishments, so may you continue to be an ornament to the Order to which yen are now admitted, by" the illustration and the fsstering^ of minstrelsy upen; all occasions. —Miss Sandys replied as follows If will endeavour in a few words, -and if they are brokers and in- coherent, I know yosi will kindly make some allowance for me—to express my hsartfeSt appre- ciation of ulie great honour and distinction you have this day conferred noon me, in admitting me mto your timeihonoured and mystis cireie, and bestowing upon me so graciously the title of Eos Erin," an honour and distinction of which I i-annot font repeat I am deeply sensible, and of which I shall ever be proud; as it is a most gracious and flattering proof that you consider the name-of a songstress of the Si»ter Isle, in some degree, worthy to be atcociated with the famed and illus- trious names of the minstrefe and bards of your own beautiful cormtry--the country of my adoption —which has ever been most dear to me, and'which is now doubly endeared by every associatian' (lead cheeas).—The Gorsedd was then adjourned, a pro- cession formed, and the Taet assemblage proocedcd th: thz pavilion, which was-densely crowded. THE BISTEDDFOD MEITTNU. A most flattering reception was accorded to Mr T:ewi& Morris, barrister-at-law, on making his-ap- pearance as president of the morning's meeting. The reserved seats were filled by the elite of the neighbourhood, and' on the platform we noticcæ the Very Rev the Dean of Bangor, Professor Rhys (Oxon), and others: Among the audience were- Messrs Henry Richard, M.P., Samuel Morley, M.P., and other distinguished personages. T>he- Clio brass band having played a selection of airs, Mr Banks, Talgwynedd, introduced the president of the day to the notice of the audience, and' complimented him as being the worthy descendant of the renowned Welsh poet, Lewi& Moras (Llewelyn Ddu o Fon). The mantle of poesy belonging to that renowned Welsh bard had fallen upon his worthy descendant, the President, wlioi. in addition to his having taken the highest University honours, was one of the greatest poets of the day (loud cheers). The President was enthusiasticallychoeredon ris- ing to address the audience. Having thanked them for the kind manner in which he had been received, he said there were great many reasons why he should not come to the present Kisteddfod. He was conscious that he had never attended an Eisteddfod before, and this, together with the fact that he was not acquainted with the Welsh language, were some reasons why he should not attend. But on the other hand, there seemed to him very good reasons why he should put aside all sræh objections, and come amongst them that day. One reason was that great honour had been done him by requesting him to take the chair but this he thought, was not a sufficient one to win him from habits of seclusion. He came there feeling that honour was done to his great ancestor, Llew- elyn Ddu o Von, and his great friend and illus- trious poet, Goronwy Owain. 1f this be the true view of the reason why he came there, perhaps it might not be.out of place for him to give a short eketeh of the Morrises of Yon. They were in the beginning in comparatively humble circum- stances, and had but few educational advantages offerea them but yet they all attained very con- siderable eminence. William Morris, who iwas comptroller of customs at Holyhead, was a very true friend of all Welsh poets, and had a very large collection of Welsh manuscripts and any appeals made to him for literary support, were, he believed, never refused. Richard Morris, his brother, was a more distinguished man. It was he who revised the Welsh Bible and Prayer Book. As regards the edition of the Bible, he confidently thought that it formed the main literature of their country. Apart from its sacred character, he thought there was no book more admirable as a literary body than the Welsh Bible. He was also the founder and president of the Cvmmrodorion Society, in London.of which he (the president) saw a most active member in the person of Rev R. Jones, Rotherhithe. This society, he was glad to learn had recently revived. In coming to Lewis Morris, he thought he might say, without exaggeration, that he was one of the most thoroughly accom- plished men that Wales had ever seen. They, no doubt, had heard what his attainments were. They also knew that as a hydrographer he was very eminent indeed, and it was only yesterday that he (the speaker) was informed that the charts made by Lewis Morris to the Admiralty were now in use on these shores. As a mineralogist, he was one of the most eminent men of the day, and suc- ceeded in accumulating a very great fortune for others, although he (the president) was sorry to say that he accumulated no fortune for himself and descendants. It was Lewis Morris that discovered and worked under the Crown those great lead mines in Cardiganshire. Another fact, perhaps not generally known, was this,—he should not have known it himself had he not have read an essay on his life. which obtained a prize in the Eisteddfod of 1874-that Lewis Morris was the first to set up a press for printing Welsh books and although, perhaps, such an undertaking did not pay in those days, still it was a very noble effort on his part in the cause of Welsh literature. There was another very interesting fact connected with this matter. The Rev. John Wesky-a name dear to many here, and whom he had no hesitation in saying, was a sainted person—was once passing through Holyhead, but was there detained by contrary winds, and could not get. to Ireland. That reverend gentleman, therefore, utilised his time by writing two tracts, for the purpose of benefitting the Welsh people, which were probably printed at Lewis Morris' place at Holyhead. Again, in the principles of natural science, Lewis Morris was one of the best teachers I of the day, and not only that. he was also a very eminent pnysiologist, and corresponded with I many of the leading physiologists in Europe. But, of course, all these things did not give him the claim for that honour which he possessed. He was a bard, and a popular bard—who might be called the" Burns of Wales"—and his songs were all remembered up to the present day. He (the speaker) did not know of any one who did not re- member the song Morwynion Glan Merionydd." Having read the first stanza, the president went on to say that it bore all the characteristics of a good popular song, and as such rt was well-known and sung everywhere where Welshmen congregated. But even this, he thought, did not give to him the great and one claim to honour which endeared him to his countrymen. It was because he and his brothers were through their lives patrons and helpers to the unhappy Goronwy Owain, who was, he held out, the greatest poet of Wales. He (the President) was familiar with the fact that Lewis Morris and his brothers had been of very trreat assistance to Goronwy Owain but he never knew until he read the life of Goronwy Owain,now being issued by the Rev. Robert Jones, of the great generosity and constant care which these three brothers seemed to manifest towards him during his chequered and gloomy career. It was a remark- able fact that Goronwy Owain does not seem to correspond with no one except these brothers. When Goronwy wanted advice or assistance, he immediately seemed to have; resorted to these brothers. What he asked of them that day was to draw the moral from the fact that these men, who have been dead this last century and a half, are stillliting influence in this Wales of oars. As a descendant' of one of these men he felt as if he were coming home on visiting Anglesey. He felt familiar here. His email reputation had preceded him there. What did this really mesn ? It meant tins—that thfe;r true and strougfeelingof patriotism and national unity still existed. It led him to think that there stiK existed a nation which was full of patriotism. He ridiculed the conclusion arrived at by some classes that the Welsh- nation, and its language were rapidly destining^ What he advised them to do was to make the best 1 out of their language in its connection wijh- the Eisteddfod. He bought, this Eisteddfod of theirs wa«> a most entertaining festival. There wera two sides, 9f course, to t.he Eisteddfod. The one was the recreative side, and the other the educational- s side. The recreative side was very well carried' out, and he had thoroughly enjoyed it on the pre-- viou^day. Every nation had its own way (If amus- ing its people. The Greeks had their Olympian: games;, and he was tempted to think they must have been very much like- the Eisteddfod. The English also had their games- Having enter- tained the audience by reading an account of the manner in which a section of the population 'of London enjoyed themselves on Bank Holiday, the president said he was very glad that the hard- working people of London had thus en joyed them- selves by witnessing the performances c-5 clowns, and others; but would anyone say that this was a more rational- aaausement than the anmsement afforded in. the Eisteddfod ? Looking at the educational aspect of the question, he ventured to suggest tht advisability, as wae-referred to ön the previous day, of connecting it with the- educational system of the country, by offering prizes in the elementary schools. This no doubt would produce very good results. There was one thing which he thought ought to be and could be done. It was his great privilege to attend a meeting of the Cymmrodorion Society, where a lecture was de- livered by Mr Gladstone—whom he was sure all respected—it was his privilege, he said, to listen to a lecture by him on the-history of pottery in Wales. Mr Gladstone had described to them, a particular manufacture of pottery called Swansea pottery," which was some years ago in great iavour, but had not become quite distin-et. The most curious thing was that the Swansea es were bought in London for ten guineas. He asked why this art had been allowed to decay t- It would be a very fair ques- tion for the promoters of their Essteddfodau to appuint a committee, or something of the sort, to try and find out whether there were in Wales the possibilities of reviving- this neglected art. He advocated the affiliation to the Eisteddfod of a Social Science Department, and expressed his belief that if this were done a greater future would await that institution. In concluding, he again begged to thank all for the exceedingly kind reception ac- corded him, and for the honour conferred upon, I, him by inviting him to preside that day: and if they asked him to come at any future time he would come again (loud and prolonged cheers). Clwydfardd, the Eisteddfodic conductor for the day, then proceeded with the programme. Tudno read the adjudication of Clwydfardd, Gwilym Eryri, and himself on the epigrams— The epithet of the late Alawydd Menai." The author of the best composition was Eidiol Mon, to whom the prise of 10s 6d was awarded. No competition took place in playing on the violin. Song, "Hoek me to sleep, mother," by Mrs Arnott, R.A.M. The- Party in the Train offered a prize of £2- 28 for the best six epigrams on the University College of Wales. The adjudicators, Clwydfardd, Tudno, and Gwilym Eryri, awarded the prize to Mr Thomas Nicholson, Brecon College, who was invested by Miss Owen, Bryniau. Competition in singing tenor solo, Y Golomen Wen" (R. S. Hughes). Prize, JE1. Adjudicators, Dr. Rogers, Bangor Mr John Thomas (Pencerdd Gwalia), and Mr John Thomas. Llanwrtyd Wells. Best, Mr W. H. Lewis, Llanberis, who was invested by Mrs Edwards, Rectory. The prize of £ 10 for the best essay on the Tra- dition and Antiquarian Remains of Anglesey was awarded by the adjudicators (Revs Wynne Wil- liams, Bodewryd, O. Jones, Llandudno, and Tudur) to Mr R. Hughes (Marian Mon). Harp solo, by Pencerdd Gwalia, who was warmly encored. Song, "The Village Blacksmith," by Mr May- brick (Pencerdd Menai), in a capital manner. Professor John Rhys then came forward to deliver a Welsh address, and was warmly received. Subjoined is a verbatim copy of the distinguished professor's able and timely remarks :— Mr Llywydd, Boneddigesau, a Bo.IJeddigion,- y mae wedi bod yn beth lied gyffredin i ddvn wrth gyfodi i anerch y Cymry mewn Eisteddfod ymgy- meryd a seboni ei wrandawyr a gwneuthur a allo i feddalu ell penau a'u gyru i feddwi o hunan. foddhad. Yn ol pob ymddangosiad, barn y cyf- ryw ydyw mai gwirioniaid ydym, ac mai gwastraff amser fyddai ymresymu a ni fel pobl yn eiii bwyll; a gellid meddwl mai eu harwyddair 3'dyw gciriau y Saeson ar y dydd cyntaf o Ebrill: Send the fool further." Yr wyf fi yn benderfynol o'r farn mai anmharch ar y Cymry yw hyn, ac liid wyf yn teimlo unrhyw rwymau arnaf i osgoi llwybrau pwyll a synwyr cvffredin wrth ymdrechu eich anerch. Dygwyddodd i mi ychydig amser yn ol gyfarfod un o brif lianeswyr a beirniaid y Saeson, a throdd yr ymddiddan ar y Cymry a'r Eisteddfod, pan ofynodd i mi paham yr oeddwn mor ffol a gwastraffu amser i fyned i Eisteddfod, a pha ddyben oedd i mi ddyfod o flaen pobl na wrandawent ar ddim ond canmoliaeth wag iddynt eu hunam. Felly cefais gyfie i'w argyhoeddi fod y bobl gyffredin yn Nghymru yn llawer mwy deallgar a hoff lenyddiaeth na r un dosbarth o Saeson; ac mai bai y gaubrophwydi sydd yn ein plitli ydyw fod llif-dlyfroedd gweniaith a ffolineb yn ymdywallt ambell dro oddia.r hvyfan yr Eis- teddfod ac ar y llaw arall, fod pob gwrandawiad mewn Eisteddfod i bob un sydd yn amcanw. gwneuthur lies i'w wraiidawyr, hyd y nod pe na byddai ei eiriau yn felus a hyfryd iddynt ar y pryd ai peidio. "A phaham," meddwn, "y soniwch am ffolineb Eisteddfod'.1: nid oes amser maitli er pan ddygwyddodd i mi fod yn bresenol mewn cyfärfod a gynlielid yn mhentref prydferth Llangollen gaii gymdeithas henafiaethol o Lun-. dain oedd wedi dyfod i lawr i lewyrchu yn nhy- wyllwch Cymru. ac ar air a chydwybod nid wyf yn meddwl ddurfod i neb o archynfydion yr Orsedd Eisteddfodol lefaru liac ysgrifenu dim yn ystod yr ugain mlynedd diweddaf a ddalici ei To be continued on pagt 8,