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Eisteddfod at Llapgendeirnc.…



MORNING MEETING. The morning meeting was presided over by Mr W. Morgan Griffiths, J.P., Lime Grove, Carmarthen. TheChairman, in opening the proceedings, said he was sorry that he was not able to address them in tkeir own vernacular. This was essentially a gathering' of Welshmen, and although some of tfiern were not able to speak their mother tongue, yet their breasts were animated by the emotions of Welshmen. He was not going to address-them at any great length they had not come there that day to hear a speech from him, but to listen to these who were better versed in eisteddfodic matters than himself, and also to the excellent programme which had been prepared for the day.- Speaking at a later stage of the proceedings, 1 the Chairman said that when he was asked to preside at gatherings of that kind he always gava a kearty response.He always did what little he could to promote the success of national gatherings of this kind. Whon the friends from the Llangendeirne district —with'which he was closely connected, and in which he had many friends whom he highly respected—asked him ty become the chairman, be consented willingly. He could not ray whether they were agreeably surprised or not (laughter). He had been particularly struck that morning by the recitation of the little girl. He was glad t0 see that she won the prize. If she had not, he would have a word to say to his friend from Cross Hands (laughter). He ■was there that day as a Welshman to show his appreciation of the national institutions. In the past the eisteddfod had done a good deal to cultivate the sentiment of nationality in Wales. Many of those who competed at the eisteddfodau in the olden times were uirable to read or write, and were denied many privileges to which we nowadays were accustomed. But he would challenge the Saxons to produce any picture in their history like that of the old-time Welahman with his devotion to his harp or his poetry. Eisteddfodau were held centuries ago and they conferred degrees which were honoured throughout the Principality and on the other side o? the border. Nowadays, a splendid system of education had arisen. It was objected to by some because it gave poor boys a desire to rise to a higher Btatiou (hear, hear). That was the ) proudest boast of the system (applauso). If poor hoys had not been able to rise mooyof the sees of the Welsh church would have been filled by Englishmen instead of by Cytnry, who were entitled to suck positions (applause). Whilst developing their nationality, he exhorted them to compete in a friendly manner with the English people who come to reside in Wales—to treat them as they wished the Welshmen on the other side of the border to be treated by Englishmen. They were not afraid—and need not be afraid—of the English or of any other nation. The several advantages of the eisteddfod had also to be considered. It was a platform on which all classes of society—employers as well as employed—could meet. He should like to see some mejins devised by which the eisteddfod could bring the different classes of society togehor so as to obviate these lamentable strikes—one of which was doing go much harm in the neighbouring county of Glamorgan (applause). A pleasant and distinctively natural feature on the platform was a magnificent harp, which. wras played by Telynores Elli" (Miss J^vane, Llanelly). This instrument is about five feet six inches in height, and is of a highly-finished worknjajjgjnp^ frame is of a beautifully artistic design in teak and maple, tastefully gilded and ornamented. Its COUlpass is six octaves, and it is of the j "pedal variety, each string being capable —with the use of the pedals-of producing three different notes. The keys of silk and gut were coloured black and white, so as to correspond with the key-board of the pianoforte to some extent. The instrument, which is worth some Y,80, bears the date 1811, and was for many years a wall ornament in ono of the residences of the Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshall of England. The musical items of the eisteddfod opened with the singing of appropriate pennillion by Mr Howell Harries, to the accompaniment of the harp by the Telynores," whose skilled manipulation fairly made the instrument speak. The following is the result of the competitions :— SOLO TOR Boys, under 16 years of age óC wym wrth Dy Wrogys" (Cerddi Cymru). Six sang. The prize (2s 6d) was awarded to William Walters, Crwbin. SOLO FOR GIRLS, under 16 years of age 0 Trowch yn el "(Odl&uMawl); prize, 2s 6d. The winner was Sarah Anne Jones, Cwmbach, Llanelly. RECITATION for children under 16 years of age Bedd y Dyn Tlawd"; prize, 3s. Three boys and one girl competed. The enunciation and elocution of all the four were excellent; but that of the little girl was decidedly the best. The prize was awarded to her—Elizabeth Wilnams, Half-Way, Llanelly. SOPRANO SOLO: Peidiwch torfr blodau" prize, 5s. There were only two competitors, Elizabeth Howell, Pembrey, Avon. BEST PRIZE BAG.—The prilo of 3s was awarded to Miss Roberts, Board School, Llangendeirne. Mr Morgan Griffiths gave a second prize of Is 6d to II Gwladys," who turned out to be Elfzabeth Howells, Bank, Llangendeirne. CHILDREN'S' CUOIR, under 16 years of age and not under 30 in number Plant y Wlad prize, £ 1 I os. The only competing choir was Mynyddygarreg, led by Mr Herbert Treharuo. As it showed sufficient merits, howevw, the adjudicator awarded it the prize. SECOND CHORAL COMPETITION Molwch yr Arglwydd ;-prize, J63. The competing choir was Ebenezer, Crwbin, led by Mr Edwin Richards. The adjudicator awarded tlieeo the prize.



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