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CARDIFF WELSHMEN. TO THE EDITOR. SIP.,—Being a. Welshman, and having been in Cardiff for over four years, I suppose my fellow-countrymen will not condemn me as a heretic, a bigot, nor a Dick-Shon-Davydd. But in case someone may ask who and what I am, I may say that I am a real Welshman, a father of Welsh children, a teacher of the Welsh language, and a hard working man—but whether with hand, feet, or head, I leave the inquirer to conjecture. Sir, the Welshmen of Cardiff are dying out-that ismy first iM-opositionr I mean the Welsh-speaking men of Cardiff. Yes, alas they are decaying. On Friday evenmgs I generally go to a society we call Cymmrodorion," and, according to my little Welsh dictionary, that means Welsh- epeaking people joined together in union. But alas yea, ten times, for their unity. la Cardiff, I mean. But that is not my point. They are supposed to bo Welshmen. Very well. Let us go there once again. How many Welshmen do I see? Stop for » moment; there aro not very many. One, two, toree, four, live—well, they are about 50. Yes, about 50. Begging your pardon, sir, no. They aro about 15, Welsh-speaking Welsh- men, remember. They are only about 50 alto- gether. But tuey aro all Welshmen. Yes, bat you see they do not speak Welsh. They cannot, but they can understand it a little." Are they married? OJJ, yes; the most of them are married people, and some of them, I am told, have chil- dren. But do they teach Welsh to their children ? 0, dear me, no. "It is too Well, I shall not say what. But, my dear sir, why take the "Cymmrodoriou" as a specimen? Look at our Welsh chapels. Yes, let me see. How many are tliey Three, two, four, two, one. How many ? Twelve, and one or two more perhaps. That is excellent. Well, it is not bad. But let me see. How many Welsh people go to them ? I mean Welsh-speaking people. Let us go to these chapels and see- for ourselves. Very well. We will go on Sunday mornings. Oh, no. Give thorn every fair play. Well, shall I tell you tbat I have been to nearly every chapel in Cardiff, and that on Sunday evenings. But what was the result ? More than 60 per cent, were young people who had been brought up in Cardiff and who could nut, speak Welsh. The Cardiffians are Welsh-English people. Who are the Welsh-speaking people of Cardiff ? People who have come here from other placec. It is a. fact, sir, Cardiff does not rear Welsh people. If those comers were to go hence to-niorrow morning and lpave the place for these who have beiti bred and born here, and you would not find five per cent. Welsh speaking people in the town. But our Welsh ministers teach Welsh to their children and wives, do they not ? I must not commit myself, air but each time I have heard them speak to their children or wives, they speak English, especially when they speak to the former. Nmv, what does th is prove ? Why, it proves that the Welsh language in Cardiff is dying. And if Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen- shirr. &0., won't mak.) haste to end ¡ml111gTltllts of Welsh-speaking people here before 10 years expire, our Welsh services will have to bo con- ducted 111 English and Goiner to preach in Tabernacle or Koenezer the funeral sermon to the noble old Welsh. Sir, permit me to ask only two question?. What is the reason of this, and how to euro it ? But, alas I am no philosopher. What will I <!o ? Bravo! I know. I will call some spirit to do the work. Mr Stead receives aid from these beings, and why shall I not? But who will I call — Carlyle? Ah, how I would enjoy him. Noble man But he was not a Welshman. Oh, pity Who next—Gomer ? Yes, Gomer. Oh, most worthy Gomr, come and lay hold of my pen and write an answer to my question What is the reason that Welshmen, and Welsh ministers especially, speak English to their children? He answers, "There are many reasons, but I can only "Ive you one at present. Welshmen have now "pned thir eyes to thl) importance of tie English language. In reality, English is the language of polite and noble and worthy societies. English is the language of our Government and of our œhool; and Welshmen know by to day that th"y cannot be accounted much in neither political, nor social, nor literary socii-tics unless they can sjieak English. The other day a Cardiff Welshman—yea, a minister sighed becaus-" he was afraid to express himself in English. And this desire permeates every Welshman. If there are exceptions they are only bigots. And while this desire-may I say ambition 1—permeates Welshman,how do you expect them to tpfak Welsh to their children ? Tliey speak English with their children, sir, in order to learn English and be able to speak English fluently themselves. 1 believe thou art right, Gomer. But do not go away. Answer this question again :—How can we cure things? There are two possible ways. Listen! First of all, every Welshman must learn English thoroughly and be able to speak it fluently before he marries. I need not comment upon this. It is self-evident for if every Welsh- | man masters English beforo'he marries, /then he will not requite the children to help hiuýto do so. Secondly, no Welsii-speaking lady or gentleman ought to marry a person who cannot and does not speak Welsh, Welsh ministers especially should not marry English ladies if they cannot and do not speak "Welsh. This is also self-evident. For by m:1l'rYllJ, persi n who cannot spellk Welsh, how do you expect your children to learn it ? Noble, well dune, Gomer. Thou hast hit the nail on its top. Very good. May all the children of Gwalia listen to Gomer oncc more.—I am, &c., Cardiff, March 9th, 1803. MIKKOS. 1 lie publication of this letter has been unavoid- ably delayed.—ED. 8, W.D.N.

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