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Anglesey Quarter Sessions

Carnarvonshire Quarter Sessions


Pwllbell Police Court.

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-(}- Mr Joseph Bennett and the, Eisteddfod I Mr Joseph Bennett, the musical critic, was the chief guest at a banquet held at Dol. gelley on New YeaaV-eve and of the Meirion Eisteddofod, at which he. was to adjudl&ite. Mr Bennett saul he had attended the Men ion Eisteddfod for t.he last sixteen Jl r3. His acquaintance with the National Eistedd- fod went back to the year 1867, when he, in company with another journalist, who .vent to see for the "Times" what it was like visited the great Welsh national meeting at Carmarthen. It rained during the whole week as it could ram in Wales somet-inies (laughter)—and the large audience had their umbrellas open. and umbrellas had to be held over the piano and over the clarionet player (laughter). Yet day after day the people came there and seemed as happy a.s the birds in May. umbrellas or no umbrellas; and it struck him that there roust be some great charm which drew them there. At t.hat time English journalists were in the habit of making sport of the Eisteddfod That was a little way ,iii Englishman hadot when he came across a thing he did not understand, and it was what made him such a favourite on the Continent (laughter). He was very giad to say that the bearing of English journalists towards the Eisteddfod was now altogether different (cheers). He himself was once disposed to Oe amused with what he saw, but now he understood tho meaning ot things which had appeared to him to be ab- surd—the coloured robes of the bards and the ai-elidi-u Id. The Eisteddfod reminded him of a nation going baick to it.5 put, to revive and i>erp>tua.te. all that was good and useful in it, and therefore, with all its forms and ceremonials, he said "Success to the Eis- teddfod" (cheers). Having given some amus- ing rem .iniseenc-,s of a vis-it to Ruthin, when the Eisteddfod was held there. the speaker said that those hings were very pleasant to look back upon. but in the ecurq- of lle thirty-five years a wonderful cliaiige had eome over the. It. crudenes bad disappeared to a large extent, its angu- larities had been rubbed off. the whole, tiling was done in a more businesslike way. and generally there had been an advance all along the line (cheers).

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