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LLANGEITHO EISTEDDFOD. Sir,—" Gwyrddfynydd's remedy for what seems to him a faulty condition of the local eisteddfod in connection with the essay subject., and of which condition lie took the Llangeitho Eisteddfod as an example, is as vague and indefinite as it is marked with uncertainty. To show that such is the case, it is only necessary to quote his proposal, which is as follows: A general subject, say on agricultural methods, or on any Welsh subject which is not quite so local perhaps." The proposal seems char- acteristic of one who does not quite know what he is talking about, anfih who only manages with difficulty to express that atomical and doubtful knowledge in the English tongue. As has been previously said, theological, historical, and agri- cultural subjects are set for essays yearly. Las year a local subject Was chosen—" Hen gymeriadau enwog yn ardal Llangeitho." Gwyrddfynydd cannot understand why an occasional subject of Local interest gives more encouragement to our young men than subjects of wider range. As i has been previously pointed out, most of the udience at the Llangeitho eisteddfod would be in- cluded within an area of five or six miles. Youn men within such an area would find more difficul- ties in attacking a theological or historical subject than they would in the case of a local subject. Their previous knowledge of a subject of wide range would probably be very scanty, and the means of obtaining more not feasible. Besides, in such a case there is always the chance of ,some fai istant individual, who, perhaps less able, but with access to splendid libraries and other authorities, running them too fast a race for the prize. But give them an occasional subject of local interest, tney seem to possess more instigation and courage for tackling it. Their previous knowledge, together with the interest involved therein, as well as the feasible means of attaining more knowledge, will account to some extent for this. They kn,)w that with ability they can vie with any individual on such a subject, for they are not hindered by the forces which would face them in the case of a subject of wide range. And it may be that if success, or honourable mention," is gained on such an occasion, they will receive sufficient stimu- lus to tackle a subject of wider range when the next opportunity provides itself. It is only occasionally that we desire a subject of local interest, as other subjects 01 wider range should be offered in their successive courses. Therefore, who but" Gwyrddfynydd would think of complaining? Nid da lle y gellir gwell." Gwyrddfynydd says, certainly so, and when his advice, or whatever he calls it, is worthy of consideration, it will receive attention. He declines to accept our sympathy, and says, "after my unsuccessful interview with the committee, I never thought of competing, even if I thought previously." We suppose he means, that had he been successful with the committee in arranging the essay subject more in accordance with his literary taste, he would have competed, but as he was unsuccessful in his interview, he never thought of competing, as the subject chosen was unsuitable. he goes on to say, I would never stoop so low as to write a letter to get a subject to please me," According to the above paraphrase, and such must be the meaning of his words, as he has stated them he contradicts himself. Beirg unsuccessful in his interview, and, therefore, not in a position to compete, he makes an appeal through the press. Out of his own mouth he condemns himself. He also says that the essay subject is the most im- portant subject in its own section, and that we called it an "item." IThe essay subject is, nd may be, important in its own section, but, as we said, it is only an item on the whole programme. Besides, we should be inclined to think that the poetry, which would include the poems, ode, and stanza, would be the most important in that section. rhe eisteddfod has produced far more bards than essay writers. Gwyrddfynydd says, 14 Rumou vers that the Llangeitho Eisteddfod Committee are presently advised by people who have very trong individual whims." If he has nothing more than a rumour to base his report on, let him give it no more thought. It was only last week that there was a rumour that the Overman Emperor was going to ascend the English throne on the Queen's death. Probably, this rumour was believed by some ignorant and ill advised people. But it was only a vague and meaningless rumour. Bas nothing upon rumour, but have your facts founded on confirmed reports. Neither did we forget that Gwyrddfynydd accused the Llangeitho Eistedd- fod Committee more than any other local com- mittee. He merely took the Llangeitho Eisteddfod as a type; told us of his unsuccessful interview with their committee, and asked them to take his words not as a reproach, but as advice. Thev have taken it as neither. Finally, we would remind Gwyrdd fynydd that the Llangeitho Eisteddfod Committe are willing enough at all times to accept a pearl even from a toad's mouth, but the toad's own rubbish they will not accept. Hence no more notice will be taken of Gwyrddfynydd's" com- plaint, WELL WISHER.

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