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IlkT Notes and News.


IRELAND is at present producing a very beautiful drama. Mr. W. B. Yeats, in his book, Discoveries," published during the last few days, expresses his ideal of what a national drama should be. We understand that in one of our next issues, the well- known "Norick" intends to deal at some length with the subject of "A Welsh National Drama." In that case it would be impertinence in us to say anything more. A KELT correspondent spent a day at Dinas Powis lately. He was quite charmed with the place, which is an excellent sample of the ideal rural village. How many KELT readers, we wonder, are aware of the fact that Dewi Wyn o Essylt was born at Dinas Powis, and that his body lies buried there ? Dinas Powis has the remains of an ancient castle, and the Welsh language is still spoken by many of the villagers. MR. GOSCOMBE JOHN, who is a native of Cardiff, has kindly undertaken to design a tablet to commemorate the Patti concert by which the Cardiff Infirmary benefited to the extent of £ 800. The tablet is to be erected in the new out-patients' department. THE prophet Elias is to make his appear- ance in Flint to champion the national aspirations of Cymru Fydd. In other words, Mr. Elias, a Liverpool barrister, is to fight the constituency as a Welsh Nationalist. A PARTICULARLY interesting address was given by the Rev. E. J. Da vies, B.A., Capel Bangor, at the Goginan Christmas competi- tive meeting. The Welsh people, said the rev. gentleman, had from the earliest times been distinguished for their love of music. Long before Caesar landed, so tradition stated, a King of Britain in the second cen- tury B.C. was so celebrated a musician and harpist that he sometimes was called by his neighbours the God of Music." The Eisteddfod was a distinctly Welsh institu- tion but it was impossible to say when it began to exercise a refining influence on the people. Mention might be made of two eisteddfodau which were held in Cardigan in the twelfth century. The first was held in 1107 in Cardigan Castle, under the patronage of Cadwgan ab Bleddyn. The second was held at the same place in 1177, and had for its patron the great Lord Rhys.