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A Conway Divisional Magistrate's "Impressions of Wales." The inaugural address for the current session of the BangorStudents' NationalSociety, was deliver- ed on Thursday evening, January 16th, in the new hall of the North Wales University College, by Mr. J. Allanson Picton, M.A., J.P.. the former Member for Leicester. The chair was occupied by the president, Mr. J. E. Lloyd, and there was a larger and enthusiastic audience. Mr. Picton, who had chosen for his subject "An Englishman's Impressions of Wales," said that his first experience of the Principality dated from 1847, a time when the railway system was in its infancy and when railway travelling was a luxury. Since that time he had travelled over a good deal of Europe, from Norway to Naples and from Tours to Berlin, but he had never seen any spot which he would prefer to Dwygyfylchi for his home, or as it was called, Penmaenmawr. After referring to the natural beauties of the country, he said that the modern invasion of Wales by culture, science, commerce, and manufacture, as well as by railways, capital, intermediate schools and colleges, had made a greater difference in the relations of English and Welsh races than had been effected during any or all of the preceding centuries. That this process of amalgamation should be accompanied by a remarkable revival of National or racial sentiment in Wales appeared at first sight paradoxical, but it was very natural. He thought the native population had special characteristics. Physically they were a very interesting type. In stature and thews and sinews they could not indeed, rival those parts of England where Norse blood pre- vailed, but fine features were, to his thinking, unusually common amongst them. He had met within a week or two in Wales more faces that would afford a study to an artist than in a day's journey in England. Mathew Arnold attributed to the Celtic races as distinguished from the Teutonic a finer appreciation of from in literature, and a greater lucidity of expression. The ex- tremely technical rules which, as he understood, had to be observed by bards in building-up Welsh metres was probably an outcome or survival of that racial devotion to form. He referred to the well-know novel "Rhys Lewis," and commented upon the characters mentioned in it, and criticised to some extent the creations of the author, stating that the death scene of "Seth" was to his mind one of the most touching literary pictures he had ever met with. Whilst Wales, in proportion to its population, could hardly be said to have pro- duced more than its share of such artistes as Ben Davies and Mary Davies, who had attained a world-wide fame, on the other hand it was very rare to find a Welshman without a musical voice. They appeared also to have an intimate faculty for part-singing, to which they took quite natur- ally and instinctively. In conclusion, he said that whilst keeping up the Welsh language it was a necessity that English must take first place in law, business, politics, and all the greater affairs of life, except only religion. The devoutness of the Welsh people and their love for the rhapsodical pulpit eloqueuce to which Welsh so readily lent itself, would keep the language alive, but parents who had their children's best interests at heart would be well advised if they brought them up to think in English on all ordinary affairs of life.

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