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ST. DAVID'S DAY CELEBRATION AT BARRY. INSPIRING ADDRESS BY MR. W. LLEWELYN WILLIAMS, M.P. THE WELSH A CULTURED RACE. FORMATION OF A WELSH SOCIETY FOR BARRY. Heddyw y mae Cymry'r byd, Yn unfryd, heb un anfri, Yn cydgwrdd er cadw gwyl Eu hanwyl, dduwiol Ddewi; Ac mae awen beirdd ar dan, A chan, yn diddan doddi. Some years having been allowed to elapse Bince the last public celebration of St. David's Day took place at Barry, a movement was set on foot with the view of reviving the same this year, the effort being attended with a remarkable degree of success, a largely attended, representative, and enjoyable social re-union taking place at the Romilly Hall on Thursday evening last, when the gathering numbered upwards of 100, comprised, with but three or four exceptions, of Welshpeople hailing from all parts of the Principality. The hall was tastefully and effectively arranged for the occasion, and decorated with bunting, flowers, and suitable national and patriotic mottoes, an uttractive feature of the proceedings being the large number of ladies in attendance, and, appro- priately enough, conversation was mainly confined to Welsh, there being scarcely a Cymro or Cymraes present who could not converse as freely in the mother tongue as in yr iaitlt fain. Thanks to the efforts of the ladies' committee, refreshments were handed round and much enjoyed, and solos, including penillion singing to harp accompani- ment, were rendered by Mr John Devonald (Merthyr Vale) and Mr R. T. Williams, Mr Ben Jenkins (Gilfach Bargoed) being the harpist. Daring an interval an able and inspiring address was delivered, in Welsh, by Mr W. Llewelyn Williams, M.P. for Carmarthen Boroughs. Mr J. E. Rees occupied the chair, and Mr Williams, who is a former resident of Barry, received an enthusiastic reception, and was frequently con- gratulated during the evening upon his election to a seat in the House of Commons for a constituency in his native county. Mr W. Llewelyn Williams, M.P., in the course of an eloquent address on Welsh Nationality, which roused the audience to a high pitch of patriotic fervour, referred to the marked tendency in the direction of national unity in Wales in the present day. It was, he said, a remarkable fact- a fact that every Welshman ought to feel proud of —that the Western Mail, a Tory newspaper, the leader of the Tory Press in the Principality, the other day suggested and strongly advocated the granting of the freedom of the City of Cardiff to Mr Lloyd-George, one of the leaders of the Radical Party in Wales, in recognition of his political services to his party and to his country. (Cheers.) As education and enlightenment advanced, national and political narrowness and bigotry receded, and the recent action of the Western Mail was an eloquent, tribute to that fact. (Cheers.) Having alluded to the important part which the national language had played in the fostering of nationality and patriotism amongst -,Pl e '1'11. ._c?:Jj thafr Wales was the most democratic and yet the most cultured nation of the world. There was a danger, however, that as Wales became more educated she would become less cultured, but this could be averted by a preservation of the Welsh language —by making Welsh the language of the home, the language of religion, and by having Welsh taught in the day schools. (Cheers). It would indeed be a real tragedy if the Welsh language, which had survived 80 many centuries of tyranny and oppression at the hands of the Norman, the Saxon, and the Englishman, should be allowed to suffer and to die at the hands of Welsh people themselves. The most eminent men in Wales in literature, in poetry, in education, and in politics were those who had risen from the people, such as Islwyn, Ceiriog, Watcyn Wyn, Goronwy Owain, Principal Rhys, Principal Robetts, Tom Ellis, and Lloyd George. (Chears). Mr Williams added that his brief experience as member of the House of Commons had convinced him of the same dis- tinguishing feature in relation to Parliament. He had heard many able speeches in the House during the past fortnight, but none better than those of the Labour members, and certainly none better than a short speech delivered by John Ward, a former resident of Barry, the representative of the navvies, who had gained the admiration of the whole House, even that of Mr Chamberlain him- self, who probably did not believe in any of the opinions expressed by John Ward—himself one of the people, and as such was admired. (Cheers). On the proposition of the Rev Morgan H. Jones, B.A., curate of St Paul's Church, Barry, and Merthyr Dovan, seconded by Dr W. Lloyd Edwards, a cordial vote of thanks was passed to Mr Williams for his excellent address, and in reply Mr Williams expressed the opinion that no one should be appointed to a public position in Wales unless he could speak the Welsh. (Cheers). A vote of thanks, on the proposition of Mr Edgar Jones, M.A., seconded by the Rev Ben Evans, supported by the Rev D. H. Williams, M.A., was also passed to the ladies' committee, and to Mr D. Arthen Evans, the energetic hon. secretary, for the efficient manner in which the whole of the arrangements for the gathering were carried out. At the suggestion of Mr Edgar Jones, it was unanimously decided to form a Welsh Society (Cymdeithas Cymreigyddion) for the Barry district.


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