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TUESDAY'S PROCEEDINGS.

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TUESDAY'S PROCEEDINGS. THE ARCHDRUID ATTRACTS THE CROWD. Although the attendance at the Exhi- bition was large on Monday, it was eclipsed to-day. Perhaps the fame of Madame Clara Novello Davies's Welsh Ohoir, who were to sing in the evening, was partly responsible for this. Perhaps, the strange poster affixed to the prosaic walls of the Mansion House, which had attracted th6 attention of passers by the previous day with its gorgeous colouring, showing a Welsh maid in all the oharm of mountainous setting. with the inevifable blood red dragon had stirred the curiosity of the crowd, so that they could not resist the second day's pro- ceedings. At all events, there was a larger attendance, and those who were in time for the opening ceremony were not dis- appointed. For there was the Archdruid Dyfed, resplendent in his robe of white, with gilt breast plate, and a wreath of coloured oak leaves on his head. 'Die in- itiated knew the oostum e to be the con- ventional archdruidical dress, designed by Professor Her Komer, but to the vulgar it was a. spectacle: and right well the Arch- druid acquitted himself. He was shortly introduced by Sir David Evans, who said politics had no place in the Mansion House. This was one element of safety by which the office of Lord Mayor was surrounded. But he might say that the Archdruid was one of the staunchest of Jones' (Laughter)—in this way, that follow- ing in the footsteps of so many predeoes- sora, he was determined that the rights and privileges of his anoient possessions should be maintained (hear, hear). He might say that the office of Arohdruid was older than that of the Lord Ma.yor, but for centuries there had been Lord Mayors and Arohdruids, and the desire of each had been to maintain his office in all its in- tegrity. He asked the Arohdruid to declare the Exhibition and sale open. THE ARCHDRTIID then spoke in Welsh, and at the end of his remarks, said: I must now try to say a word or two in English. I am sure that I express the feeling of all present, when I say how much we regret the inevitable absence of the Lord Mayor (hear, hear). Personally, I feel it would have been far more fitting had he opened this exhibition to-day. Nothing could ex- ceed his deep sympathy with everything Welsh and with Wales, the land of his fathers. I feel sure that nothing but the responsible duties of his office would ha/e prevented the Lord Mayor from being JJM- on this most interesting occasion., Much praise is due to the Welsh Indust- ries Association for the excellent work it has engaged in, and we unite in the that its endeavours will be crowned ivith the success it deserves. The object, as I understand it, is to develop tLç" industry of the country along artistic lines. In no country can this be done to better aiv.ir- e than in Wales (hear, nea"i. things are necessary for the work—re- sources, the raw material, and artistic ideas with which to develope it. As to the natural resources, Wales has an abunda-noe. i r I would like to say that were it not for the uaturaJ resources of the Welsh mountains there would be a aeaalock in the commer- cial world. The mountains are rich in metals. Gold has not been extracted, it is true, but that is due to the restrictions which make working the mines impossible; and it is to be hoped that these restriction* soon ba reicovad. The Welsh nation is an artistio nation. I am afraid this is only theoretically true, but the artistic character needs developing, and already signs are not wanting that the work is being taken up. The pioneer work is being nobly done by the Welsh Association. The same spirit is manifest in other spheres, in our national colleges, for in- stance. We look forward hopefully to the future when the world shall say our moun- tains yield something other than ferns and heather, and our elmrm.ing valleys may be put to better use than flooding as reser- roirs for our large cities (laughter). I have great pleasure in declaring the exhibition open (oheers). THE HON. ALICE DOUGLAS-PEN- NANT, who was dressed in old rose-colour- ed velvet, trimmed with pink flowers, and a black toque, said she had pleasure in proposing a hearty vote of thanks to the Archdruid. They were all very pleased, she said, to See him so picturesquely ar- rayed. It was quite delightful nowadays that all parts of Wales were happilv united '1 in working together for the good of Wales (cheers). LADY NEWBOROUGH seconded, and the vote, being put by Sir David Evans, was carried with acclamation.

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