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THE CELTIC CONGRESS. NEXT MONTH'S GREAT GATHERING. At the highly successful Pan-Celtic Con- gress, held at Carnarvon in 1904, it was resolved that the next event of its kind should take place in Edinburgh in 1904. The decision has never been lost sight of in the interval, and now, as the result of much careful work, arrangements have practically been completed for the third triennial Pan Celtic Cougress, to be held in the beautiful and historic capital of Scotland on September 24, 25, and 26. It will assuredly be a memorable gather- ing. From Wales and Ireland, Brittany and the Highlands, Cornwall and Man, delegates will flock into Edinburgh, and the city has resolved to give them a welcome worthy of its present fame and past traditions. When Mr. E. E. Fournier, of Dublin, hon. secre- tary of the Celtic Association, brought the subject of the Congress before a very in- fluential meeting of Edinburgh citizens, the gathering unanimously resolved "that the Pan Celtic Congress, in view of its services to Celtic philology, archaeology, music, and art, is worthy of the official and popular support of the people of Edinburgh." After that, the city officials could hardly refuse to give the Congress some measure of official recognition, and they have in fact decided to do so in the handsomest manner. The great Synod Hall has been placed at the disposal of the Committee, and on Septem- ber 24th there will be an official reception of the members and delegates by the Lord Provost, Council, and Magistrates of Edin- burgh at the City Chambers. Meetings of the several sections of the Congress will hear and discuss papers by the leading authorities on the Celtic languages, customs, folklore, music, and archaeology, and there will be two concerts, at which first-class artists will give examples of the characteristic music of the six Celtic peoples. There will also be social gather- ings and excursions to places of interest, and perhaps it would be wrong to regard these as less important than the learned and scientific discussions. They will certainly contribute as much to that drawing together of the different branches of the Celtic race, which is one of the great objects of the Congress, and will make the several nations feel that, in the words of Dr. James Mullin- Brothers sundered far apart By leagues of land and ocean, We still are one in mind and heart, Ideal and emotion. And with the voice of Brotherhood, Which time shall stifle never. We'll raise a cheer to stir the blood,— The Celtic race for ever The Celtic race for ever The good old race for ever From all her Marches to the main Let Wales take up the grand refrain, And Erin roll it back again,— The Celtic race for ever That realization of brotherhood is no mere matter of empty sentiment, for all the Celtic people find themselves to-day face to face with stern issues, from which they can hope to issue successfully only by mutual co- operation. As a writer says in the current issue of Ccltia The battle that has echoed continously through the dim cen- turies is being waged still, though the weapons have changed with the changing tactics of the foe. The Celt has no longer to face in the field the charge of Norman horse or Saxon foot, but the dangers that threaten his very existence are as acute and real as ever they were. Has he not learned by now that they can be met successfully only when unity and co-operation enable the best use to be made of the valour and self-sacrifice that have never been to seek ? Wales, the recognized leader among the Celtic nations in the matter of language and literature, ought certainly to be well re- presented at the Congress. Those wishing to attend may do so by purchasing a season ticket (7s. 6d.), admitting to reserved seats, or by joining the Celtic Association, the governing body of the Congress. Railway vouchers entitling members, delegates, and holders of season tickets to return fares at single fare and a quarter, may be had on application to Mr. E. E. Fournier, hon. secretary, Chapelizod, Dublin. The tickets, obtained on presentation of these vouchers, are available from Saturday, September 21, to Saturday, September 28, both days in- clusive. Full board and lodging can be had at about 8s. per day at a good hotel. For particulars of hotels and boarding houses application should be made to Mr. Donald Shaw, secretary for Edinburgh, 53, George Street. It is a good thing that the Scots are taking the most prominent part in this third Congress, for they have a way of getting what they want out of the predominant partner" that none of the other Celtic nations has ever been able to imitate, and one may therefore hope that good practical results will issue from the gathering, when Edinburgh for the first time realizes Watcyn Wyn's verses:— Heddyw mae y llwythau wedi dod ynghyd, Llwythau'r Celt, o bedwar ban y byd. Wedi hir wasgaru, dyma ddydd crynhoi, Pellder a dieithrwch wedi ffoi. Manaw a'r Alban, Llydaw hen a Ffrainc. A Chymru a'r Iwerddon unant yn y gainc.