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Band Contest Sensation ATTEMPT TO BRIBE ADJUDICATOR I A unique experience befell Mr. Brier, the adjudioator in the band contest at Aberdare, on his first visit to South Wales. On cus arrival at the Great Western Railway Station, Cardiff, he inquired of a stranger the way to the Taff Vale Railway Station in Queen-street. The person responded to the inquiry with alacrity, and he and Mr. Brier directed their steps towards the latter's des- tination. They hod not walked many yards when the unknown remarked:—"I've come to see you on behalf of a certain band, who will Mr. Brier (interrupting): Who will what? The Stranger: Give you £5 (and the five golden sovereigns were made to tinkle in the palm of the individual's hand) if you w111 award the cup to them. Mr. Brier: I don't think it is worth my while, my good man. The Stranger (persistently): Well, what about I-PIO? Mr. Brier: No; put the money back in your pocket. I should not like anybody to allow himself to be bribed if I were a competitor, and I don't want to be one to do enoh a dishonourable thing The Stranger: No one but ourselves need know anything about it. I have got a solr copy, as our band is going to play the pieci All I have to do is to give you the cop* and the £10 in exchange for the cup. Mr. Brier: But what band is it? The Stranger: Promise me the cup first, and 111 teU you the name of the band. I may say, MT. Brier, that you would get any amount of engagements in South Wales if you would accept, but If you don't you won't come here again as an adjudicator. At this threat Mr. Brier apparently lost his temper, for he peremptorily told the individual tha.t his unwillingness to clear off" would cost him a sound hiding. And the frustrated briber took the hint, as he made a. prompt exit from the Queen-street Railway Station. The unknown" was clean-shaven, about 3ft. 4in. in height, and wore a navy-blue aerge suit. The foregoing story was related by Mr. Brier to one of our representatives, who sought his views on. the standard of bond. playinfc in South Wales. The ell-important question is: What bond did the stranger represent? Local Instrumentalists Win Premier I Trophy The eighteenth annual cup contest in con- nection with the South Wales and Monmouth- shire Band Association was held on Satur- day at the Athletic Grounds, Aberdare. The competition was divided into three classes, namely, A, B, and C, and the pieces were: :Lt. Sompftjnbala," and a selection from Verdi's works respectively. There was a large number of spectators when Cwmparc mounted the roettrum in Claae A. The following were the awards-- C-lavii A (the South Wales Challenge Cup, value 15 guineas): 1st. Aberdare Town Band; 2nd. Cwmparc; 3rd. Ferndale; 4th. Cory's Workmen. Class B (Challenge Shield): 1st, Dinas; 2nd. Qilfach Goch. Class C: 1st, Lewis-Merthyr; 2nd, Rhym- ney; 3rd, Omaman; 4th, Deri. In giving his adjudication on Class A Mf Brier said the playing was worthy of any Yorkshire band, especially that of the Aber- dare Town Band, which might with con- fidenoe enter the arena against all comers. The conductor of the successful players was accorded quite an ovation; and Mr. Manley is certainly to be highly congratulated upon his brilliant achievements, this being the second occasion on which Aberdare have secured the cup. In 1906 the band created a world's record by winning ZO first prizes, three seoond prizes, and thre< third prizes, while, as a conductor. Mr. Manley lias won the West WaJes Challenge Cup and the Maryle- bone Challenge Cap.

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