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AT THE EISTEDDFOD. SOME IMPRESSIONS AND REFLEC- TIONS. It was better than the National no matter what anyone says." To Rhos peo pie it is quite unnecessary to point out that this enthusiastic allusion related to their own Eisteddfod. And it was true. On the principle that There's no place like home it may properly be claimed that no Eisteddfod wherever it may be held can be duite so good as that in one's own town, where everybody knows one another —their faults and virtues, their weakness- es, and merits. It is this personal rela- tionship-this knowledge ot the competit- ors and choirs, and the hopes and desires and speculations as to whether so and so will be "on the stage or such and such a party will fall or survive-that makes a good local Eisteddfod much more incerest- ing than any other. And Rhos Eisteddfod was a capital Eisteddfod (writes Obser- ver.") It had the right atmosphere. The sentiment was genuinely Welsh the lan- guage was the language of Gwalia, not as sometimes happens, jacase of half and half" because certain towns are too big or ignorant to feel proud of the beautiful mother-tongue—the excitement and en- thusiasm were typical of the Cymry. Of course one formed impressions of this annual Gala Day. Everywere there was boisterousness and good humour like the full enjoyment of a holiday by tired workers. The crowd was thoroughly Welsh, which means that it was not near- ly so playful as say an English football or racing crowd. The light-hearted gaiety of the sporting English people is notorious. A Welsh crowd is cast in a more serious mould. But its pleasures are possibly deeper because they are associated with more endearing enjoyments. One felt that the Democrat was the ruling power on Monday. He itwas who mada the Eisteddfod pay. Had it not been for the white money of the hon- est black-stained collier the Eisteddfod must have been a great failure. But love of music, art, and culture which are the Welshman's heritage, enjoyed by rich and poor alike, drew him to the competitive arena and all went merrily as marriage bells. I have been to many Eisteddfodau in Wales and England too. But seldom if ever was I so favourably impressed with musical competitions such as those on Mon- day at Rhos. Who selected them IAtJ, not know, but one thing I am certain of, that I taken as a whole they were really delight- j ful, notably the exquisite old-time Madri- gal Come again Sweet Love which the, Adjudicator so deservedly praised. The r^ were naturally some disappointment. The soprano solo was not altogether sat- isfying even when one says that the young singers did their best. The tenor solo, choice as the music was, seemed to be a silent competition, for the singers might I have been heard in a drawing room. In a laree mnrquee they were almost dumb. Pride of place in the choral competitions was given to the Male Voice parties. And here I was convinced that The Pil- grims' Chorus "does more than almost any other Welsh Male voice composition to upset fine baritone soloists. The ma- jority of these floundered hopelessly. It is satisfactory to know however that it is a general complaint. It is perhaps a poser to ask whether the choirs upset the soloists or vice versa. On that point I prefer to keep my own counsel. I Returning to the solos I was more pleased with the contralto competition I than any. It was rich music surtg with admirable taste and feeling. I can recali few such treats. The chairing of the bard always an interesting ceremony becomes almost grotesque when representatives and not the successful bard are honoured and most people must have laughed help- lessly at the blissful content of Mr Coun- cillor Morgan in the curiously false posi- tion in which he found himself. And what of the Eisteddfod itself? Has it fulfilled its real aim ? This is after all the main question, the competitions were excellent; the training was profit able and the honours were deservedly won. But has it produced true manliness —that manliness which makes it a plea- sure for the vanquished to congratulate the victor. Has it taught men and wo- men to bear defeat nobly and to be modest and strong in the hour of triumph ? In short, has it created the splendid chivalry which prompted Mr Cadwaladr Roberts, the conductor of Moelwyn's famous choir to mount the Eisteddfod platform and cordially congratulate the leader of a choir that had beaten his own ? That is the Eisteddfodic spirit. Alas, how few Welsh people are really imbued with it How often do petty jealousies and dis- putes beat down generous impulses and tempt "foreigners" to sneer at the Eis- teddfod and say nasty things about the devil having a big hand in its direction. OBSERVER.

The Denbighshire Territorial^

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Adjudication of Rhos Silver…

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