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THE DINNER

THE EVENING MEETING

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THE EVENING MEETING was crowded to excess. In fact the appointed hour for its commencement was long passed before the proceedings were opened, in consequence of the difficulty of quietly arrangino such an immense crowd in the Hall. D The President said the morning meeting had con- sisted of an intellectual entertainment, this evening it would be a musical one. lie suggested, as meetings of this description were in their infancy, that the prizes given were generally too minute; and that if an union could be effected of several smaller pre- miums, they would be more likely, by offering good prizes, to call out master minds. The weight would be distributed over many shoulders, and would be less felt than now. If respectable persons were to unite their subscriptions, though each of small amount, the total would be very considerable. Mr Reynolds spoke of the arnor patrieof Welshmen; quoting a saying of the President's, who met a fellow-countryman in a foreign land, to whom he had said what a pleasure it was to belong to Great Britain; but of all parts of Great Britain to belong to Glamorganshire was the best. The following englynion having been sent iu, in competition for the prize offered in the morning, in compliment to the President, were then read. They were the composition of "Rhywun," (Cawrdaf):- Llin Iostyn y llew'n eistcdd-yn haedd-fawr Orseddfa cyinreig-wlcdd Dinam sai Williams-, ai wedd Ydyw gwett De a Gwyncdd. Tthyw dlws aur, o deulu scirsven—purgoeth Aberpergwm fwynben Mawr iawn yw bod Cymro'n ben; Wele lywiawl haul awen. Cywir wir Lyw-carwr ei wlad-ai oes I'n Iaith yn ddiffyniad Ei ddydd fo'n ddiddiweddiad, lawn a theg frenin a thad. Wedi ililyn hyd elawr-yn benaf DÚth boenus dacar-lawr, Duw'n hedd i'w wneud yti hoedd-wawr Firain fyth yn y farn fawr. Mr Llewelyn Jenkins, of Cardiff, was called on to address the meeting. He commenced by observ- ing, that he had listened with pain to the call, to address so numerous and respectable an assembly; not that he did not feet deeply interested in the objects contemplated by surh meetings, but in con- sequence of his inadequacy to the task devolved upon iiiiii. Thedimcuttywhichhefettwastoknow where to begin; the topics which were suggested to the mind on such occasions, being so numerous. In such meetings union was promotedin such meetings an interest in each other's welfare was created; and these tend ultimately to advance tho good of the community at large. The effect which had been already produced was truly astonishing, in promoting the study of the literature, and in diffusing the language of Cambria. ||e well re- membered, though young, the institution of one of the earliest societies of this sort in South Wales. As an important collateral advantage, Christianity had, in fact, been diffused far more extcllsivcly than it would otheiwise have been, through such insti- tutions. They had given rise to many periodicals, in the Principality,—by means of which not only general information, but even Christian knowledge, was brought within the reach of the humbler classes of their brethren- Having pursued this strain with considerable warmth and eloquence, Mr Jenkins con- gratulated the meeting on the interest which was obviously taken by the 1 nilribitants of Cowbridge, and its vicinity, in this Society and conclUiled by calling the attention of the meeting to tho necessity there still existed, for having a standard grammar of the language. He had called the attention of the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion to this subject, but, he was sorry to say, that it had not yet been taken up. Mr Evan David, of Llangrallo, delivered a Welsh address, in which he displayed great power and learn- ing. He said,—perhaps the instrument which he held in his hand (the Bardic Alphabet) was strange to many present. Of such characters were composed the ancient works of the Bards of Wales. He then de- scribed the manner in which the letters were carved, and observed that the mode of asking a person to write a name, torri enw, in English to cut a name, had taken its rise from this mode of forming letters. The appellation G.wyddoniaid, formerly given to literary men in Wales, was oWing to the same cause. He made several interestmg observations to the same effect, which we omit, because we have already pub- lished a learned address on the subject, delivered by the Rev. T. Price, (Carnhuanawc), at Abergavenny, and because we arc in anticipation of a treatise shortly from the pen of Mr Taliesin Williams. Mr Reynolds hoped that all who did not understand Mr Evan David's very learned speech would acquire the Welsh language by that day twelvemonth. The competition for the musical prizes now com- menced Wbitlock Nicholl, Esq., and Captain Savours, being the judges of the instrumental and iNIr W. James, Mr Edward Williams, and Iolo Fardd Glas, of the vocal. By J. Bevan, Esq., 16. To commence a subscription to the best harper, £ 1 Is., John Nicholl, Esq., £ 2 2s. By Whitlock Nicholl, Esq., Adamsdown, 17 To commence a subscription for the 2nd best player on the single Harp, X 1. Whitlock Nicholl, Esq., explained that the judges were in some difficulty, respecting allowing a triple harp to be played in competition with the single harp; and expressed a wish, that at -,All Cviiireigydd- ion Meetings, the former should be adopted, as being more of a national character. In this case, however, the terms of the first prize being so vaguely worded, for the best harper," without any specification of the kind to be uscd,-all the harpers would be allowed to compete, without any reference to the difference in their instruments. George Griffiths, of Cardiff, was the first. He was unfortunately so exceedingly nervous, that he did considerable injustice to his abilities. With a little more confidence, and continued practice, we expect before long to hear him do much better things than he accomplished on the present occasion. John Thomas, an intelligent boy, of some twelve years of age, was the second on the list. He played very skilfully on the triple harp. His execution, however, struck us as being rather mechanical than scientific. He played with precision, but with little ol expression. We throw out these hints in all kindness: fair and friendly criticism being more likely, we are sure, to prove of use to him, than to damp his ardour. He obtained the second prize. David Davies, of Gelligaer, was the third com- petitor. In fulness and richness of tone; in the precision of his staccato passages; in the sweetness of his flowing chords; and in his whole execution, he left his competitors at a very respectable distance. No wonder that he bore away the first prize. The fourth and last was a boy of but seven years -1'0 of ago,—Thomas Thomas. His performance, con- sidering his tender years, was wonderful; but be could scarccly he expected to equal more practised competitors. He was loudly, rapturously, and very deservedly applauded. A collection was afterwards made in the meeting for the unsuccessful candidates for this prize; and we arc glad that their efforts would not go entirely unrewarded. Mr Reynolds, then addressed the meeting in a very amusing speech, which was universally received with great good humour. He asserted that one ob- vious tendency of the Cvmfcigyddion Societies, was to induce the Welsh to respect properly their Eng- lish neighbours. He illustrated this point by re- lating a few anecdotes—which if they not produce conviction, occasioned considerable mirth. Mr J. E. Dibb begged to say a few words while the harpers were tuning their instruments, to accompany the competitors for the vocal prize. He said there were three ways in which the Cymreigyddion Societies may accomplish their object of making the Welsh Language and Literature more generally known. The first, the Cowbridge Society had adopted that day. The Com- mittee had shewn every kindness to himself, and offered him every facility for obtaining a full and correct report oj the proceedings; and while he presented his best thanks for their courtesy, he impressed upon them the good which was likely to accrue to the Societies, by being thus brought fully before the public. The second, was an effort which he should be glad to see made. Regrets had been expressed that day that the beauties of Welsh Poetry were so little known to their Saxon neighbours. Now the Welsh bards were often excellent English Scholars also,—some of them English Poets. Why should they not give a few literal metrical English translations of some of the best Welsh Poems ? And when their Saxon contemporaries saw that there were real beauties in the Welsh compositions, they would doubtless then begin to,learn the language that they might translate, and appreciate for themselves. He would place a guinea at the disposal of the Committee, either to be awarded for some goodwelgh sono,,to be accompanied with an English translation, or appropriated in any other way which might meet the wishes of the Committee. The third and last thing he would name was the want of publicity for the successful compositions at the meetings of the Cymreigyddion Societies. Prizes were awarded for them, and they were then forgotten. He suggested the establishment of a monthly periodical: by which those productions might not only be preserved, but Welsh Literature might also become better known, even amongst Welshmen themselves. The next prize contended for was 18. To the best male singer with the Harp, 159. 2nd. 5s. John Roberts, Thomas Jenkins, William Griffiths, Henry Roberts, and Thomas John, entered the lists. The prizes were awarded to the brothers,—John and Henry Roberts. 19. To the best female singer with the Harp, 153 2nd. 5s. Eos Fach alone appeared and her song gave such satisfaction, that both prizes were immediately awarded her. A prize of 2ls. for the next anniversary was offered by Mr J. T. Jones, for the best song on a young man leaving his country, and leaving his sweetheart behind him. Another prize of 21s. was offered by Mrs Thomas, of Llanblethian, for the best essay on the fulfilment of the prophecies. This prize ought to be increased to XIO. 10s.; otherwise no man of talent will compete for it; and no essay worth preserving will be produced. A glee in English, was next sung by the same ama- teurs who had displayed their vocal abilities in the morning. John and Henry Roberts gave a specimen of Penillion singing, after the manner of North Wales. They were accompanied on the harp by Davies. The President then announced that the business of the day was concluded and said, that if any doubts were entertained of the success of the Cowbridge Cym. reigyddion Society, he would say, as it was said of Sir Christopher Wren,—Look around you. Lady Charlotte Guest had offered three guineas towards a prize for a review of a learned work just published,—Britannia after the Romans,—provided the subscription amounted to twenty guineas. He, the President, would add the like sum,-three guineas. Mr Reynolds proposed the thanks of jthe meeting to the Chairman, wliioh were gi, with three times three. God save the Queen was played, and the meeting separated. We have only to add that we have not studded our report, with cheers," applause," "hear, hear," and so forth for the enthusiasm which prevails on these occasions, is so well known in this part of the country, that the reader will have no difficulty in imagining where such expressive words ought to have occurred. Neither could we afford to fill two columns with them alone, had it been ever so nrcessary. A -Ø### ITALIAN WELSH.—At the celebration ef St. David's day at Cheltenham, Mr Sapio and Pio Ciauchettini were present, and contributed by tbeir musical talents to the enjoyment of the day. A wag- gish speaker who proposed the health of the profes- sional gcntlemcn" present, said in allusion to their musical exertions, he entertained very strong impres- sions that they had all Welsh blood in their VeIns. Mr Sapio was undoubtedly of Welsh extraction, from Stephen-ap-lon,' which the Italians subsequently converted into his present name. Pio Cianchettini was no doubt likewise of Welsh extraction; but the Italians had kicked out some of the consonants, which they had replaced with vowels." SETTLEMENT OF AN ILLEGITIMATE CIIILD -In answer to a question respecting the settlement of an illegitimate child, born since the passing of the 1 oor Law Amendment Act, whose mother has married subsequently to that period, her husband being now deceased, tho Poor Law Commissioners have stated, that "Tho 71st section of the poor Law Amendment Act declares, that bastards born since the passing of that act shall have and follow the settlement of their mother until they attain the age of 16, or acquire a settlement in their own right. The Commissioners have had occasion to take the opinion of counsel as to the construction of that section and they arc advised that the case whero the mother marries is not an ex- ception, and that the settlement acquired by such marriage would be communicated to her illegitimate children." A VERY Goop Ill-;T.-A correspondent of a con- temporary, says," you cannot render the community at large a greater service, than by making it publicly known, that tradespeople can now, by law, charge 5 per cent interest on all accounts standing longer than a year. The law was made for those in business to protect themselves against a set of inconceivable beings who never think of paying their bills under two or three years, caring nothing about it so long as they have not to pay for the credit; but I sincerely hope now, that every one will charge interest, by which means accounts will be settled sooner, which will be the means of keeping many a poor shopkeeper out of the Gazette." COUNTRY BANKERS' AGENCY.—A project has been started in the city for a "Country Bankers' Agency," which, on account of its great novelty of plan, in proposing to dispense with the aid of bankers altogether, is occupying a considerable share of at- tention. The leading features are, that an establish- ment is to be formed in London solely for transacting the business of country bankers that each bank shall deposit a certain sum, moderate in amount, as its own separate protective capital; that in order to insure the perfect so fely of the fund thus created, the directors will be restricted from employing any part of it except in government securities, or those of the first class, cunteutmg IlieniseAveo with the most moderate return, aud that they will account to each country bauk for the profit of the investment. The advantages proposod are, that the business of country banks in London will be conducted with much less expense and attended with no risk; that, being relieved from keeping so large a capital as heretofore in the metropolis they will be protected against runs, and employ iteir capital more profi- tably, the rate of interest being generally higher in the country than in Loudon, and that they will share with the general agency rhe profit of all transactions undertaken for them. These are the particular ad- vantages aimed at, but the parties anticipate some public benefit from their plan of operation, in pre- venting the accumulation of so much spare capital in London as is done by the deposit fuuds of the country bankers, and in thus pi eventing speculation as well as those abrupt changes in the circulation which are the consequences Of it. On the merit of such a project it would be difficult, and in this stage of it useless, to offer any opinion. There are said to be some very respectable names connected with it, and, like all projectors, of course sanguine as to the result. The rest is to be decided as the experi- ment proceeds.- Times. The weather prophet, Murphy, has discovered to his no small profit, that gulls which used to be seen only in very cold or stormy weather, are now to be found in this country all the year through. MER TH YR. The Dowlais Boys' National School, will, we un- derstand, be publicly examined on Wednesday next, the 27th. CHRIST'S HOSPITAL.—In consequence of the unex- ampled prosperity of Christ's Hospital, and the great increase of its governors by benefactions, 200 pre- sentations for the admission of children have been issued for the current year, being the largest number ever known. A communication was also made to the Court, that Mr Alderman Thompson, M.P., president of the institution, had presented the sum of £4,000 to found two exhibitions for ever to the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge.

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