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NEW YEAR'S DAY AT CONWAY.

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NEW YEAR'S DAY AT CONWAY. Not many years have elapsed since the custom of observing New Year's Day in this town as an in- violable holidav became established, but now it is looked forward to with eagerness by old and voiinu- alike, who appreciate it more and more every succeeding year. The subtle influences of time have gained access here, and one would determine, if he were so inclined, in a short space of time, that they "were to the manner born." Idleness is not per- mitted this day more than others.but a keen interest is taken by all in meetings of different purport held annually, recognized and ranking as institutions. The ordinary avocations of life are allowed a fleeting pause, every one dons his best attire, and, with apparent expectancy, anxiously awaits the consum- mation of his wishes, in the pleasure and moral edification afforded by these gatherings. Inesti- mable benefits are, beyond a doubt, derived from the resources of literature prompted by these local eisteddfodau, more especially because the subjects offered for competition are, invariably, of good intent, calculated to imbue those who essay with hind able motives, elevating tendencies, and to initiate them into the way of thinking for them- selves, and cultivating those mental powers with which their Creator has most liberally endowed them. Productions are, as a rule, plentiful enough, whilst on the other hand prizes are but few but very meritable work is frequently submitted to the test. There is only one radical tault as concerning the ultimate disposal of prize compositions, and that is the bad principle of relegating- them to obscurity in preference to getting them published in one way or another. If the latter plan were adopted, others, besides adjudicators, would gladly avail themselves of the opportunity to peruse the works. Well, after these few remarks, and prior to detailing the day's proceedings, perhaps it is advisable to say a few words respecting the watchnight service, under the auspices of the Wesleyan Methodist denomination, which were held in the Independent Chapa!, owing to the restoration of their own (Tabernacle) chanel. the Rev. D. Richards officiating. The choir sano- a hymn, which was taken up with perfect zest by the assemblage. Oil yn eu gynau gwynion," at the opening of the watch, followed by a short prayer by Rev. D. Richards, who, upon rising, called upon Mr Thomas Mathew Jones, Newborough- terrace, to occupy the chair, and conduct the pro- gramme. Mr Jones lost no time in assuming the office, and after saying a few words appropriate to the occasion, he called upon the children's choir to perform a piece out of Daniel in the Den of Lions," which was very prettily executed. The anthem, "Mawr a Rhyfedd." sung by the choir, was very well done, and itsei-vou z, as a tonic to the drooping spirits of some, and the ennui of others. Miss Bella Jones gave" Deigrvn ar fedd fy mam," and other appreciable songs. Mr John Jones, leader, did justice to Arm, arm, ye brave," from Handel. Duet, from Weber," by Miss Jones, Bryn Corach, and Miss Bella Jones. Duet, out of "Gwasanaeth y Plant," by Messrs John Jones and Llewelyn Evans. At this stage, Mr John Williams, Prospect House, was invited on the platform to speak, and he delivered a weighty admonitory address, relevant to the solemn occa- sion. Cydgan yr Angylion was then performed by the choir, in excellent style. The old year was now ebbing swiftly away, so for the remaining few minutes the Rev. D. Richards resorted to prayer, at the close of which he wished everyone a Happy New Year." By this time, the brass band, under the able leadership of Mr ilenessey Hughes, were parading the streets, playing beautiful selections of music. They have evidently improved much since last we heard them on a similar occasion. To enliven the scene, atnuse themselves, and create general merriment, some three young men utilised their time in dressing themselves in fantastic garbs. One wore the Irishman's costume, equipped with the indispensable shillelagh the second impersonated Jeannettewith her flowing golden hair; and the third spotted a mask, with a banjo. They sped to and fro for some time, followed by the delighted crowd, but settled down to minstrelsy before tiring out, and did not relinquish their pastime until dawn. In the afternoon, a, tea. party was held in the Calvinistic Methodist School-room, for the children. The room was tastefully decorated, and suitable mottoes draped the walls, and everything to promote comfort was judiciously provided. The Suuday Schoel teachers were in attendance, and spared no effort to make the repast in every way enjoyable to the youngsters. A few ladies of the denomination undertook the duty of catering gratuitously, and the manner in which they discharged that function was quite unique. When tea-drinking was over, preparations were made for the grand literary and musical Eisteddfod, held in the evening in that room, commencing at half-past six. The mayor (Mr D. P. Davies) presided. In the absence of Mr W. G. Williams (police inspector), the honour of conductor of the meeting was conferred upon Mr H. Lloyd Griffiths, Stanley-buildings, a young man possessing a clear intellect, and having at his com- mand more than ordinary resource to hold such an onerous position. The accompanists were Mr J. P. Griffith (Ap loan), and Miss E. E. Jones, the Abbey. The first thing on the programme was a pianoforte solo (by Ford), which Miss ft. E. Jones performed in a commendable style. Mr Griffiths now called upon the president to deliver the address of the evening, whereupon Mr Davies arose and was accorded a warm reception. He said he would cou- iine his remarks to the Sunday School movement and its progress, a subject which at all times gave him great pleasure to dwell upon. As the subject opened to his view, he said many things of interest and import which might be of great good to the school in the future, if they ponder over his words. Reverting to this school, he was glad they had made such progress in the course of last year, and hoped they would continue to do so this ensuing vear. He found that there was a most lamentable difficulty in procuring suitable teachers for Sunday Schoo's. If there was not greater care taken in selecting efficient teachers, what would bti expected of the pupils, but corruption. He referred also to the proposed festival intended to be held in this town on June 17th, this year, when endea- vours would be made to induce all sects to amalga- mate in celeGrationoftueSunday school anniversary; and believing that the Old Castle would be well adapted to the requirements of the commemoration he would enter into the needful negotiations to procure it for the occasion. Bushnell in one of uis works (he remarked) makes an allusion to the Era of Impressions," which he was inclined to construe as defining the childhood and youth of mankind; therefore, he would insist on all present to do their utmost towards tiie welfare of the Sun- day school, and to make most of their opportunities for good. The anthem, u Molwcii yr Arglwydd," sung by the choir, was rendered satisfactorily. J. Llewelyn Owen, son of Dr. Llugwy Owen, Neckar- mont, excelled in the translation from Welsh to English, his work being far superior to the other four papers submitted. In the solo siugiag compe- tition for females, only two entered, viz., Miss Jennie Marks of Rhos Hill House, and Miss Annie Wynne of Llansaiitffraid, the former assuming the name of Gladys," and the latter Mair." u Gladys sang-'Onid oes Balm yn Gileid," with studied expression, and "Mair" gave "Yreneth dlawd ain- ddifad," in very good touc, b it failed entirely to distinguish the expressional features of the piece. Alaw Mabon, the adjudicator, awarded the prize to Miss Marks, and at the same time cautioned her against some errors she committed. "Hanes Josua attracted several boys, aud the coinpetion was a keen one. John Joues of Church-street, earriedoff the honour. A very we'eome change was now enjoyed. Miss Harriet Hughes rendered that sublime song, entitled ,¡ The Better Laud." in her usually excellent manner, and the audience were importunate for an encore, but Mr Griffiths pleaded the extensive programme, when order was re- assured. For the better rendering of the quartette "Dychwel Israel," two companies presented them- selves, Mr C. Cynwal Jones and party, and Mr Daniel Thomas and party. The prize was awarded the latter party, composed as fodows :—Mr Daniel Thomas, Miss Marks, Miss Tlio nas, and Mr W. E. Jones. Sonnets to the Eniiiowr." were very numerous. Mr Richard Owen (Ivor), Llewelyn- street, was successful, aud he kindly handed over the money to the treasury of the chapel. The choir sung- "I ti. Arglwydd," bv Owain Alaw, in good form, observing expression, precise in tune, and the voices well Ivi'anc • i throughout. The adjudication on the best List of Christ's names was very inte- 1 resting. About six little girls had competed, three I were very even in merit, whilst the remainder had submitted very inferior work. The three girls of equal merit were each awarded a prize in recogni- tion of their industry. They were known under the following names •• Chwuu* .'dartha." '• Luc." and "Amelia." Mi^s ft. ft. Jones opened the se- cond part, by performing on the pianoforte th it I beautiful selection from Coote" tho SiIv->- Wedding," aided by the bells appliance attached to the wrist, which is so much in vogue in t/ ese days. Several young men came forward to compete f<v the bust renrlering of any solo, bass or tenor. Mr W. E. doncs (Gwilym) sang "The trumpet shall sound," Handel; Mr Rob'rt Jones (\p Iago) saug Arm. arm, ye brave," Handel. Mr Evans (Alaw Mabon) adjudged both these men of equa1 merit, and therefore dividei the honour between them. Only one paper had been received on the essay, Addysg ysprydol (.n pobl yn ei pherthvims a chynydd addysg dymorol em gwlad," and that was highly eugolised by the adjudicator, who felt that he could not withhold the prize, though there was no actual competition, but if it were in his power, lie would not shrink from giving much more, for the work produced was worthy of all praise. Syl- wedydd was then requested to manifest himself, who, upon appearing on the platform, was greeted with loud applause, because he was none other than Mr W. E. Jones, a young man of about 23 years of age, well-known in this locality as an aspirant to literary eminence. Miss Jennie Jones, High-street, rendered At the stile," in an admirable manner. The choir performed Y seren uul, very well, and siu?e no other choir contested for supremacy Alaw Mabon gave them the prize. Mr H. Llovd Griffiths aud Mr W. E. Jones took the prize conjointly for the series of questions on the first chapter of Genesis. Araeth Fvrfyfyr, "Bhvyddyn Newydd Dda" was the subject, or. what constitutes a Happy New Year. Griffith Wynne. Robert Wynne, J. Pritchard, and John Jarret. Williams all spoke as much as possible, but Griffith Wynne and J. Pritchard took the honours. .\lis3 Harriet Hughes and Air C. Cynwal Jones gave O: r 11 i T) • I- r the Singing Lesson," by Harnett, in fine form, eliciting prolonged cheers, and repeated calls of encore, to which they kindly responded. Adjudica- tion was now given on the several papers sent ill treating on the chief essay, Hanes enwogioa Conwy a'r amgylchoedd," for a prize of j65, given bv the mayor. There were four competitors:— M.A., Arthur, Cymro, Un ar frys." C\Tinro's work is by far the lest, only the adjudicators deem it is not in a complete form without the addition of a brief account of the lives of Thomas Davies, D.D.. Cae'rhun Dr. Nicholas Robinson, Gytfin, and Bishop Campbell, Bangor. In the face of these suggestions the mayor requested Cymro" to make his appearance, for the sake of consulting him anent ] this matter, when Mr Thomas Davies. Watkin- street, proce 'd to the platform, and it was iiiaie known that he was the author of repute. Mr D. P. ( Davies (mayor) elicited from Mr Thomas Davies his willingness to supply the deficiency in the essay 1 if he could obtain the uecessary material, and that ( he would do his utmost to gain that end. The mayor banded his cheque to the committee to retain 1 until they should see fit to give it Mr Davies. A 1 vote of thanks was moved by Dr. Owau, and seconded by Rev. D. Williams, to all those who had assisted in decorating the school, helped at tea, to the choir, accompanists and Mr Evans (Alaw Mabon). Mr Hugh Hughes moved, and Inspector 1 Williams seconde I, a vote of thanks to the chairman, ( who responded in a few biief remarks. Also, a ] vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Daniel Thomas, and seconded by Mr C. Cynwal Jones, to the con- i ductor, Mr H. Ll. Griffiths. The meeting terminated i with the National Anthem. The proceeds of the i day realized £25. < (

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