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TALYCAFN MART.

THE CARNARYONBOROUGHS.

MR AUSTIN JONES AT CARNARVON.

MR AUSTIN JONES AND THE WORKENGMEisi.

MR AUSTIN JONES AT DEGANWY.

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FLINT BOROUGHS.

GORONWY OWEN'S BIRTH PLACE.…

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GORONWY OWEN'S BIRTH PLACE. One fine day, in the month of August .ast, the present writer was able to gratify a W Ibh wlt h he had fondly cherished some oonsidenaie o, the wish, namely, to pay a visit to GrO'i.v.v Owen's birthplace, in the h?art of Anglesey. Goronwy Owen, it need hardly be said, one of the greatest poets which Wales has pro- duced. George Borrow who v.as by no rr.eiins a herro in the love andi literature of tie Cyinry, assures us that lie was the last of the ta.t poets of Cambria, mad with the exception of p Gwilj-m, the greatest. This opinion has bL" L fully endoreed by other competent judges siKh a-s the late Dr. Lewis Edwards, of r3a!a; M: i). M. Edwards, and the Rev. J. C. Morrioe, the author of a recent very useful hamii-ook o Welsh literature. Mr Morrioe, in bis estimate of the bard, after quoting Dr. Ed va os' that to praise our hero's work was s su ■ rfla, is as to paint the lily, adds that no ooc-t :nore ta- & f-ul, c'-assical, and lofty in conception lias i-i peared in Welsh literature. Lefore proceeding to describe my ]i;.grin Jge to the poet's eld ttome, perhaps a fctie; sketeii of his troublous career will not ,e crn d plaee. He nas borm in 1722, in the p.i'ish of Llasiiair Mattaafarnedthaf. His pironts were it. humble circumstances, his father -).ein6- a t,r. by trade and inucli aclrdicted to drink. His mother, htiw^er, was an excedent Aunaa and did all she co",d until her int-Lnely ueath, ir 1753, to 1:ú'p him on. Left to the tender mercies of a heartieas fa- rat the age oi eleven, Goronwy, who thirsted fo:, knowledge v.as iortu- nate m J.a-\ ing 'his caee taken up by those worthv patrons of learning, the Morrises of feutire Lir- ianel!, w-licce valuable services to W-J-sh littra- tu.re nave quite recently be-en rceognisd ov the erect-on "I f a memorial to their honour in ihoi. native village. In due cours.3, c'tee ha\*ng it- tended several schools our hero entered t ciius College, Oxfoid, where- in 1745 he look his degree. I'be sacnc year he was ordained. His great desire was to sorvs the i. 'hourdl ;n I iz, native land wh:ch he loved so dearlv. The how- ever, was not- to be, for although he obtained the curacy of Llaniair, the parish ;i which lie had been broug'ut up, he was obliged to resign it. in the snort spa^e of three weeks. A terrible disappointment tn.s wa^ to Gorouwj- (tlie ]-recur- so-r, alas! of many to follow), for, as ve ic; rn from a letter lie wcote to his friend, R:ehr.rd Morris, so-me years later, he was greatly respec- ted and loved by all the people he had charge cf and he had moreover lus father as one of his parishioners. But as he truly observes the sweet is not to be had without the. bitter N i cheir mo'r me'us heb y chwenv."). The reason why Goronwy nad to give up this curacy to wh.ch be it remembered lie had been appointed only by the Bifclu;p"o Chaplain, was that- the Bitihop wanted it for another pt-itson. Failing to se-e-uie another .yl^ore of work in tha Princ'p:lIity, Gero-nv.y V/wtin crossed the border into England never mere to return to his be'.ovod Mon. Tho Engieh curacies whkh he held were, Oswestry (where he got married), Donning ton., Walton, and Nortnoit (near Lon- don). After spendig about two vcais at the last- mentioned place, where he is S, cl to hav-e. given way to drink, thereby spoiling his prospects to pieiemicnt, he managed with the help ot his old Incai-cU, the Morrises, to get an appointment as a matter in a Government school at Wiliiams- burgh, Virginia.. Tnis post h-e took up in 1753 ut) and held it tor two or three years, at the expira- t.on of which he was appointed to the Rectory oi St. Andrew's, Brunewick, where he died in 1769. Thus ended at the comparativel v early ago of 47, the career of one of Gwalia's most iiiust/rious eons, an exile from friends and father- land. Of Goronwy Owen's literary prod net ions, poetical and otnerwise, I need say no more in article th-aai tijai- hia odie on the Last Judg- ment ("Cywydd y Farii FaA-)--a -rulv majes- tic work—is <xwiside<red his masterpiece. It is now high time that- I should proceed :o describe my jouixev to Dafarn Goeh, the house where our jx>et first taw the light I fancy I must have followed much the same .rc,ute as Borrow d'd when 'he made his pilgrim- age to the .am.e- Epot in 1854, only that I was cycling while he walked. And what a boon is the bieyoe. an invention not even dreamt, of in Borrow's time! Starting from Bangor, therefo-e, about 11 a.m., I was scon on the other side of the Straits spinning away in the direction of Pcn- kadh, The interior of A-'gl-e-ey, it may be ob. served iu) passing, is barc4 and uninteresting for the most part, and the rcadis are anything but good far cycling. I must not, however, be too hard en Anglesey, for I scon realised bat it .pos- sesses at least one exceptionally beautiful inland spot, yiz., the vcllev in which Pentraeth is situated. Borrow speaks of the village as con- sisting of "a few houses and a church or some- ,c thing which he suproüoo to be a church, for there was no steeple." If Borrow visited this village today he could not, speak so slightingly of the church. epi-cle:s and tower Ices though it still be, for it stands out well in a neatly-kept churchyard. Quite recently the inter .or of this edifice has undergone a thorough restora- tion. few miles beyond Pentraeth another church belonging to the eame incumbency, likewise lately rcstoied, namely, Llanbedrgcch, was passed' juet before reaching the Ih |in.let bearing the same name. Here I was obliged to make inquiries as to the direction in which Goronwy Owen's o.'d home lay. Having been put on the right road I arrived, at length, at the California Inn where I was told a-t Llanbedr to focic further guidance. When Rorrow visited the locality, 56 years ago, this was in course of erection, and he relates a somewhat civious incident which be- fel him here. Appxxxaohing the macons en- gaged on. the building he asked' one of them, a tall fine-looking fellow w hom he judged to be the principal, if he had ever heard of Goronwy. Borrow put the question in WebJl, but to his great surprise received from the mi'ton a reply in Spanish. This man-Willia-n Thomas—who was havjug the house built for hi niseif had been out in 11and California ("hence the name of the inn) and had made some money there. The present proprietor, himself ail bo a handsome look- ing man is the son of W-m. Themes. Noticing three or four boys sitting- on a w al-I opposite the inn, I requested them to direct me to Gcronwy Owell's birthplace which they widlingly did, and a few minutes later I was there. Da.farn Goch lies a little distance off the main road, a naj-row, winding lair.es leading up to it. 'The present house i3 a two-stoieyed v\hite-washed b.iildjiip- house i3 a two-stoieyed v\hite-washed b.iildjiip- with gabled windows upstairs. Adjoining jt- on the furtilier eide is a back-kitchen. In front there is a little yard with a wicket opening from the lane, and there ilre several trees close by. When I a-rrived at the house I found to my disappointment that it waa locked up. After spending some time taking stock of my sur- roundings I &t last thought I would make for Ll&nfairfmaiihafaraeithaf Chui-ch, where Goron- wy and his people, were presumably wont to worship. On mv wav I heard that Mrs ITufhp«. of Dafai-m Goch, whom I was anxious to see, had just gone to a preaching meeting that was being held at a chapel in the neighbourhood and would not be back before tea. The Church, which proved to be a good way off, hes in a liollow not very far irom Benllech Bay, a favourite, but as yet uridevelopod Angle- sey seaside resort. Having- clambered! over the wall into the Churchyard, as BollTOW did, and 1001:001 around' the church. I came to the conclu- sion that during the half ccnturv which has elapsed since .h;s visit to this secluded spot, no grea-. change lias taken place. H:s description of the church and its surroundings is still accurate enough. After Icoking in. vain for graves be- longing to the Da/arn Goch family I wended my way hack to the California, wliTe I enjoved a reireehmg cup of tea. In this connection it may be mentioiuedi that jBorrow was ]"ega.:l2d with a similar irepast at a small cottage on the other side of the road; Bryn'rodyn, the residence of John Jonee, the Llanfair mlil.2r, who accom- panied h m to the church. On leaving Brvn- rcd'yin Rorrow, I am told, stave -Airs M'irrha Jones, the miller's, wife a florin, the first she had ever &een and w-liioh she greatly trMeure-d and keprfj for a long time Befcce bidding fai-ewell to Llanfair I directed my steps once more to Dafarn Goeh with the hopes of seeing Mrs Hushes and this time my journey was not in vain for I found the house open. I was reived at: the dcor by Mrs Hughes' eon a.nd in a few minutes she herself arrived on the scene. Entering into conversa- tion, I told her that I knew a sister of I hers very well, viz., Mrs Ellen Thomas. Mrs Tho- mas, I may here add, is a most interesting per- son, being none other than the. little maiden wlio wrote in George Borrow's pocket-bcok, "Ell Jones yn r-ertihyn o bell i Goronwy Owen" ("Ellen Jones distantly related to G.O.") Although she vras only 10 years of age theTi she remembers the incident diet-nctly and still has iin her possession "the English school book treat- ing on all sciences," out of which she read for Borrow. Mrs Eden Thomas is about the only person surviving who saw the talented traveller. Her description of him is that he bad a big face and broad shoulders, and, was very awkward in speaking Welsh. This latter fact accounts for Thomas of California's error in taking him for a Spaniard when he addiresaedl him in Cymraeg. Mre Ellen Thomas (and her sister, Mrs Hughes, for matter of that) i3 descended from R-ihet't Goronwy, brother to tlie poet's fat-her.. Xh £ appended. tabie will sihovr the reiajtiQiieiiupa-

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MR AUSTIN JONES AT DEGANWY.