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ST. DAVID'S DAY IN DURBAN. I AN ENTHUSIASTIC CELEBRATION. TO THE EDITOR. I 562, SMITH STREET, DURBAN, March 2nd, 1897. DEAR SIR,—I herewith send you an account (which may interest your readers) of the proceed- ings connected with the banquet held under the auspices of the Durban Cambrian Society. Though the Welsh element here in Durban is not ?' yet that is counter- numerically, very strong, yet that is counter- balanced by the patriotism possessing those who are fortunate enough to call themselves Welshmen. Those who have the matter in hand are hoping, as soon as they can see their way clear, to hold an Eisteddfod in Durban on a large scale. To make the undertaking a complete success, the co-operation of all Welshmen in South Africa is needed, and this, we are sure, will be readily given. Trusting that I have not taken up too much of your time, I remain, yours faithfully, E. KIRKBY. The representatives of "gallant little Wales" resident in Durban dined together at the Princess Cafe last night in celebration of St. David's Day. A few of the more patriotic Welshmen who have taken up their residence here felt that some effort should be made to celebrate the anniversary of their patron saint in a fitting manner, and mainly through the exertions of Mr. R. Ellis Jones the dinner was arranged. He was assisted by a committee composed of Messrs. J P. Mumford, Rev. J. 1. John Jones, J. E. Evans, J. Richards, W. Davies, and T. W. Francis. The attendance at last night's gathering numbered about 20, over a dozen of whom were natives of Wales. Mr. J. P. Mumford presided, and Mr. J. F. King was vice- chairman. The toast of the Queen was given from the chair. Mr. Ellis Jones proposed The Prince aod Princess of Wales," and Mr. Fred Jones gave The Governor, Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson." A telegram was received from the Cambrian Society at Capetown, which had been sent in Welsh. The English translation was given as Wales for ever. Stick to it" (applause). The Chairman proposed the toast of St. David, our Patron Saint," the anniversary of whom they were met that night to commemorate. They could claim St. David to have been a thorough Welsh- man, as having been born, lived, worked, and died in Wales (applause). Mr. Griffiths W. Humphreys gave Wales, the land of our fathers." As an illustration of the pluckiness of the Welsh, he instanced the methods they adopted to drive out the French on their landing in Pembrokeshire in 1797. Mr. T. W. Francis proposed the further success of the "South African Eisteddfod." The Chairman, in reply, said when the South African Eisteddfod was started, about five years ago, it was pretty well pooh-poohed, inasmuch as people were all sure that it would not succeed, owing to the difficulties in the way. Consequently, it had to be started by a single individual, without a penny-piece of guarantee. He (the speaker) had started the Eisteddfod, and it was his intention to see it through until it had been established throughout the length and breadth of South Africa as in Wales. Mr. T. N. Hughes proposed the "Visitors," but dealt chiefly with the land of Wales in his speech. He resented the imputation that Wales was in England. Wales had a separate nationality Its people were the best commercial and best educated people in the world, and they were the most industrious. They had the greenest fields and greenest lanes, and the most lovely women in the four countries. In the battle field Wales had never yielded. The Romans who conquered the world had to stop short at Wales, They wanted to be treated as a distinct people from England, and they ought to be represented on the national flag. Mr. J. King gave the toast of The land we live in." He stated that he had been in the country about 20 years, and believed there was every opportunity for young men to get on in this country. Mr. Ellis Jones gave the toast of the "Durban Cambrian Society," whic ,he remarked, was as yet a myth, there being no such thing in existence. He hoped," however, that the society would be in existence within the next three weeks. (Applause). He had been made secretary without an election, if he retained the office, he would leave no stone unturned until the society had become thoroughly organised. The objects of the society would be to hold out a helping hand to their fellow-countrymen who happened to land here without sufficient capital, and also to arrange a series of social and musical evenings. He thought there was sufficient material in Durban to organise auch an assooiation, and although he was sorry to say that Welshmen in Durban were not in unity at present, he hoped this would soon be overcome. (Applause). Other toasts were the Press," proposed by Mr. J. E. Evans, the Ladies," by Mr. W. Davies, and the Chairman and Secretary," by Mr. Williams. Songs were contributed by Messrs. T. W. Francis, J. Richards, J. King, J. E. Evans, R. Ellis Jones and Lovesey (pianist). The proceedings concluded with the singing of God Save the Queen."