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MACHYNLLETH EISTEDDFOD. MACHYNLUTH, yesterday. Whenever any entertainment is announced from Mach- ynlleth, the outside public may take it for granted that so far as organization goes it is certain to be successful, whether it is sheep dog trials, rejoicings, or eisteddfodau. The townspeople throw themselves into the undertakings with such unanimity and enthusiasm that they deserve success, if they do not get it, and the Plas Machynlleth family are always ready to do what they can to help the townspeople in their efforts. The organization of the Maldwyn Eisteddfod, under the patronage of the Marquess of Londonderry, K.P.,which was commencedyesterday, and will be continued to-day, is no exception to the rule. A large pavilion has been erected behind the Lion Hotel, capable of accommodating 5,000 persons, and eminent singers and other artistes engaged, to induce people to at- tend, besides the attractions of the names of the chairmen, and the different items of the programme. The town of Machynlleth was profusely decorated. Flags were hung from the different houses, and strings of flags spanned the streets, and there were also numerous mottoes expressing every success to the undertaking, and wishing the family at Plas Machynlleth all happiness and prosperity. The chairman of the Committee is Mr. J. J. Jones, London House; vice-chairman, Mr. David Evans (Dewi Glan Llyfnant); treasurer, Mr. John Rowlands, solicitor; and secretary, Mr. Richard Rees (Maldwyn). Llew Llwyfo conducted, and the artistes are—Madame Edith Wynne, Mias Mary Spencer Jones, R.A.M., London, Mr. Ben. Davies, R.A.M., London, Mr. David Jenkins, Mus., Bac., Llew Llwyfo, Owain Alaw, Mr. £ °m., ,?.y,anH' U.C.W., Alawydd Maldwyn, Mr. David Gillart; pennillion singer, EOB Mai harpist, Mr. Lloyd Roberts; accompanist, Mr. Rowland Davies organist; chorus, the Eisteddfod Choir; conductor of the choir, Mr. David Davies. Adjudicators—Prose, poetry, and translations The Rev. R. Thomas (Ap Vychan), Bala, Rev. J. H. Evans (Cynfaen), Carnarvon, Canon Griffiths, B.D., Machynlleth, Mr. Howell, Dolguog, Mr. E. Davies, Dolcaradog. Music: Mr. John Owen (Owain Alaw), Chester, Mr. David Jenkins, Mus. Bac., Aber- ystwyth. Art: Mr. David Howell, Mr. Edward Davies, Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Atkin, Miss Jones, Fronygog, Miss Gillart, Miss Darlington, and Miss Griffiths. The morning opened fine and a large number of people sntered Machynlleth from all directions. At nine o'clock the gorsedd was opened in the park, according to the a.ncient rites and customs of the Welsh bards, by Llew Llwyfo. The prayer was read by Mr. Richard Rees (Maldwyn), and the following englynion were recited by Alwenydd and Maldwyn :— Heddyw mwyniant ddymunwn—a'n deflon Difyr a fawrygwn, A noawedd hoff ein dydd hwn, Yw gorsedd plant y Garsiwn. Gorsded nac urdd na gweyrsi—ni wna fyth, Neb yn fardd o yni, o anian rhaid ei eni, A'r ddawn ynddo'n llawn fel lli. The gorsedd was then adjourned to the following morning at 8-30. At ten a procession, headed by the Corris Brass Band, left the gorsedd to meet Lord Henry Vane-Tempest, the president, whom they escorted to the pavilion, where the eisteddfod was opened by sound of trumpet. Amongst those who attended the gathering were the Marchioness of Londonderry, Lord Herbert Vane- Tempest, Lady Alexandrina V aae-Tempest, Lady Edwards, Mrs. Ruck, Pantlludw, Mr. and the Misses Howell, Dolguo_ Mrs. and the Misses Jones, Ironygog, Mr. Joseph Evans, Fronygog, Mr. and Mrs. Fryer, Lodge Park, Miss Davies, l'cnpompren, Mr. and Miss Howell, Welshpool, Mr. S. Phelps, Newlands, the Misses Darlington, Wigan, Rev. J. W. and Miss Kirkham, the Rev. Canon Griffiths, Mr. W. Thomas, solicitor, Aberystwyth, the Rev. D. Parker Morgan and Mrs. Morgan, Aberdovey, Mr. and Mrs. Gillart and family, Llynlloedd, Mrs. and the Misses Meredith, Pen- rhyn Dovey, Miss Jones, Maengwyn-st., Machynlleth,Dr. Matthews, Miss Buckley Williames, Glyncogan, Mr T. and Mrs. Sturkey, and Mr. T. 0. and Miss Sturkey, Plas- caecwm, Newtown, Mrs. Lewis, Glandovey, Mr. and Mrs. H&wks, Dolcorslwyn, the Rev. R. T. Edwards and Mrs. Edwards, Corris, Dr. Jones, Corris, the Rev. J. Roberts, Berriew, Rev. W. J. Wooding, and others. The Eisteddfod was opened by sound of trumpet, after which, a selection of music having been played by the Corris Brass Band, the Chairman of the Committee (Mr. John J. Jones, London House) read the following aiddress:— To the Right Hon. Lord Henry Vane-Tempest. My Lord,—This morning and the meeting over which you pre- side usher in the beginning of Eisteddfod Gadeiriol to which thousands have looked forward with great anticipation and pleasure, but none more so than the Committee of the Eistedd- fod, who respectfully present this address to you, my lord, upon taking the chair at our first meeting of the Eisteddfod. The success of our Eisteddfod we felt to be certain, when we re- ceived the support and patronage of your most nohle father, the Marquess of Londonderry, and the best wishes of your good and kind mother, the Marchioness of Londonderry, and within this spacious pavilion this morning there is none here assembled but will, with the Committee, with all the warmth and enthusiasm of their Welsh hearts, say, "Hir oes ac iechyd i deulu parchus Plas Machynlleth." We feel proud of our president this morn- morning, knowing how closely connected you are with the town in which to-day the Eisteddfod is held. Hundreds, yea thousands, in this and adjacent counties, will remember your venerable grandfather, the warm and kind-hearted ^Velshman,Sir John Edwards, Baronet, whose noble deeds are still fresh in their memories and whose good name will ever be remembered, es- pecially in the town of Machynlleth, by rich and poor. My lord there is one noble lady yet we have not forgotten who when spoken of upon every hearth in our town, brings to the memory kindness, Christian chanty, and every other noble virtue, and to whom the welfare of the town of Machynlleth is always dear— your illustrious grandmother, Lady Edwards. We thank you heartily as a Committee for presiding here this morning, and for your great readiness to come here when so many pressing duties demanded your valuable time and atten- tion, and we have no doubt that many years after this, if spared to live, you will, with great pleasure, recall back to your memory Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Maldwyn, 1879, and the meeting at which you so ably presided. We beg humbly to leave the address in your hands, which does but feebly express the great respect and gratitude of the Committee to you and the noble family of Plas, and in the words of one of our poets we say- Sons of^Maglona in chorus combine, Welcome the glory of Henry's fair line Ages shall ever while Dovey rolls on Honour the house of the gallant Sir John. • Health and prosperity crown all thy days, Live as to merit futurity's praise. Live to ennoble a time-honoured name, Live for a place in the temple of fame. Signed on behalf of the Committee, JOHN J. JONES, Chairman. The reading of the address was accompanied by enthu- SRD HENRY VANE-TEMPEST said-Mr. Chairman, Ladies, and Gentlemen,—I have to thank you in the first place for the honour you have done me in asking me to preside at this Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Maldwyn; secondly, for the kind sentiments which have been expressed by the Chairman on behalf of \he Committee; and, thirdly, for the kind reception I received from the audience in general. I am sorry to be unable to address you in your native language. I can understand one or two words. (Applause.) Eisteddfods are of very ancient date, and those who pro- moted and assisted at these gatherings had but one object in view—the furtherance of literature, art, and singing. The programme is made up chiefly of musical competi- tions, and it is well known that the Welsh have a special talent and warm love for music, and I hope they will al- ways come forward as a musical people, and hold a pro- minent position in the world of eisteddfodau. (Cheers.) Machynlleth is a place of great antiquity and renown, being at one time a garrison, holding its parliament under the sway of Owen Glendower, a name no doubt fresh in the memory of you all. (Applause.) People say that the' Welsh language will die out, but I am sure you will agree_with me when I say, and I will try to pro- .w nounce it properly-Cymraeg am Byth. (Cheers.) The language will not die out; and though I am unable to address you in Welsh, I shall be always ready and willing to promote the welfare of the Welsh people, who have always shown their kindness to the IPlas Ma,chyn- lleth family. (Applause.) With these few remarks I wish the Eisteddfod every success, and at the end I trust the committee may find a good balance in their favour, which I have no doubt will be by them devoted to some good and charitable purpose. (Applause.) I must thank yon, sir, for the kina allusions you have made to my dear ana respected grandfather, with whose name you are all familiar, and also for the allusions respecting the rest of my family, and with these remarks I think we had better proceed with the duties of the eisteddfod. (Applause.) The programme was then proceeded with as follows :— "Can yr Eisteddfod" (Eisteddfod song), by Llew Llwyfo, This was very well received. Anerchiadau gan y Beirdd (Bardic addresses), by Mr. Rd. Davies (Corris Mai). Awarding the prize of one guinea for the best Welsh essay Dylanwad Tiriondeb." There were six com- petitors. The prize was awarded to Mr. David Roberts, Abercegir, Mont., who was invested by Lady Alexan- drina Vane-Tempest. Brass band competition, "Wedding March," Mendel- ssohn (Riviere), prize £7 7s. Three bands entered, viz., Royal Cardigan Brass Band, Corris Band, and the Aber- ystwyth Lads. The prize was awarded to the Corris Band, the result being received with loud cheers. The bandmaster, Mr. J. R. Tidswell, was invested by Miss Jones, Fronygog. Awarding the prize of 10s. 6d. for the best "Hir a thoddaid y gorthrymwr." The successful competitor was Owen Glyndwr," who turned out to be Mr. Richard Davies, Cyfeiliog; invested by Mrs. Ruck, Pantlludw. Miss Mary Spencer Jones, R.A.M., London, here sang in a very tasteful manner the song "Twickenham Ferry," which was much appreciated. Pianoforte competition, the first overture from Blodwen, Dr. Parry, prize 21s. Three competed, the successful candidate being Thomas Price, Llanfyllin, who was in- vested by Miss Howell, Dolguog. Awarding the prize of one guinea for the best transla- lation into Welsh of the first chapter of "Practical View of Christianity" (Wilberforce). There were nine- teen translations sent in, the prize being divided between H. Hughes, Carnarvon, and Charles Ashton, Corris, who were invested by Miss Darlington and Miss Gillart. The Rev. Canon GRIFFITHS, in delivering the adjudication said he could hardly agree with the noble President respecting the longevity of the Welsh language. He had been one of the adjudicators of the translations from Welsh to English, and from English to Welsh. They had received nineteen translations. They would expect that the translations from English to Welsh would have been more numerous, but such was not the case, as only three translations had been sent in, the remaining sixteen being from Welsh to English. ° Son^ "YTren" (Dr. Parry), by Mr. Tom Evans, Awarding the prize of 10s. 6d. for best shirt. There were two shirts received, and the prize was divided be- tween Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Lewis, who were invested by Lord Henry Vane Tempest and Mr. Hubert Cornish. The adjudication was read by Mr. J. J. Evans. Madame Edith Wynne now made her appearance, and was very heartily received. She sang the popular song, "She wandered down the mountain side," with her cus- tomary ability, but seemed to be troubled with hoarse- ness, which was very noticeable in the latter portion of the song. Awarding the prize of 15s., by Mr. John Rowlands, for the .best "Beithynen." There were four competitors, viz., Hugh Roberts, Abergynolwyn, David Roberts, Abercegir, Henry Lamb, Machynlleth, and John Davies, Machynlleth, who were adjudged equal, and it was decided to give them each the same sum. Eos Mai gave some specimens of Pennillion singing, which were loudly applauded. Awarding the prize of 5s. for the best walking stick. Out of the four competitors, Mr. Ryder, Llanwrin, was pronounced the best, and Mr. D. Owen, Cwmcadian, near Corris, took second place. Mrs. Lewis and Miss* Buckley Williames invested. Competition in singing the soprano solo, "0 dywed i mi, awel y nefoedd" (Blodwen), Dr. Parry. Prize 10s. 6d. The competitors went to be examined at the Town Hall, and the three best were selected to sing in the pavilion. The prize was eventually awarded to Mrs. Thomas, Aber- gynolwyn, who was invested by Mr. J. J. Evans. Competition in singing the duet, Mae Cymru 'n barod ar y wys" (Blodwen), Dr. Parry. There was only one couple who put in an appearance-Edward Edwards, Machynlleth, and Evan Jones, Rhydgwiar. Owain Alaw, in announcing the decision of the adjudicators, remarked there was no doubt they were the best—(laughter)—and it would take two very good ones to beat them. (Applause.) They were invested by Miss Darlington. Awarding the prize of 10s. for the best epigram (englyn), Y llogell. Best, William Jones, Corris, who sent in the following Gwniedig agen ydyw—y llogell Egyr hael heb ystryw; Cod astrus gwanc a distryw, A bedd i aur y cybydd y w. Choral competition, Thanks be to God," from Men- delssohn's Elijah." Choirs to consist of not less than sixty voices. Two choirs competed, the Abergynolwyn and the Dolgelley choirs. Mr. David Jenkins and Owain Alaw adjudicated, the latter remarking that the first choir kept their tune, but there was a want of oneness. The altos, which were made up of boys, were thin and forc as was the case in many parts of Wales. He hoped they would introduce some contraltos amongst them. He had seen great changes in Eisteddfodau, and he should like to see them introduce an orchestra when singing a chorus of the kind they had just been listening to. If they did they would find the effect to be very much improved. The singing of the Dolgelley choir was better in quality and their voices blended much more to the satisfaction of the adjudicators than did those of the Abergynolwyn choir. He had no hesitation in declaring them worthy of the prize. The Marchioness of Londonderry then invested the conductor of the Dolgelley choir (Mr. O. O. Roberts) to whom was presented the prize of 230 and a handsome baton. Previously to the investment Madame Edith Wynne sang the popular song "Gogerddan," of which the following is a copy :— And dost thou seek Gogerddan's halls Without thy sire, my son ? Go seek the battle field again Until the fight be done. Thy mother I, yet would I see Thy life-blood freely flow And see thy corpse brought back are thou A craven heart should show The mother saw her son return, But, ah, no more to live She cried, my boy, my darling boy, Oh, God, my sin forgive. A voice replied from out the wall, While Cambria's streams shall flow, Far better like a hero die f Than live a craven souL The prize of four guineas and a medal for the best poem — Suddiad y 'Princess Alice'" — was awarded to Gwilym PennSnt," Mr- William Powell, London. Before the proceedings terminated, Mr. ABRAHAM HOWELL moved a vote of thanks to the noble president for presiding, which was seconded by the Rev. CANON GRIFFITH<¡, and carried with acclamation. Lord HENRY VANE-TEMPEST, in responding, said it had given him great pleasure to preside at the meeting, and he was much pleased to see so large an attendance. By the applause which had followed the decisions of the ad- judicators he was led to believe that everything had passed off to their entire satisfaction. He begged to thank them for the cordial reception they had given him, and he trusted the eisteddfod would be a complete success. (Applause > Prior to the evening concert rain began to fall and con- tinued almost without intermission throughout the even- ing, penetrating the tent to such a degree as to occasion thei^iestoput up their umbreUas and the gentlemen, who had had the forethought to bring them, to seekrefugein their overcoats. Mr. H. C. Fryer, Lodge Park, occupied the chair, in the unavoidable absence of Mr. Rd. Jones, Machynlleth, who was prevented from attending through indisposition, lhe attendance was very large. The PRESIDENT said he must first of afl express his regret at the cause which had made him occupy the post he was filling that evening. He was sure they would all share the regret he felt that Mr. Jones was unable to be with them that evening. (Hear, hear.) He had felt when asked to become their president that it would be childish on his part to refuse the request, as he thought it was the bounden duty of all to do what they could to enhance the success of the Eisteddfodau. (Applause.) The object he had seen put forward to their holding those meetings did not seem to him to be of any importance. Until he heard of something that proved that the Eisteddfodau did harm, that their effects were not good, that they made Welshmen less loyal than they were; until he heard something of this kind he did not feel it necessary to offer anything in their defence. (Applause.) He was sure that these meetings did good, and that the Welsh people were 00 loyal as any of her Majesty's subjects. (Applause.) He would not detain them any longer, but would at once pro- ceed with the programme, which was as follows:— Chorus.. Molianwn y Nefoedd" Dr. Parry. The Eisteddfod Choir. j Song v." •• "Fy Mlodwen" Dr. Parry- Mr. Ben. Davies, R.A.M., London. Song One Bright Summer Morning" Costa- Miss Spencer Jones. Duet II Flow gently, Deva" .John ParrJ- Llew Llwyfo and Alawydd Maldwyn. Song II Punchs Compliments to Wales" Owam Alaw. Quartette "Sleep, gentle Lady" Bishop- Madame Edith Wynne, Miss M. Spencer Jones, R.A.M., Mr. Ben. Davies, R.A.M., Mr. D. Jenkins, M.B. Harp .» Eos Mai, Llew Llwyfo, Owain Alaw." Song • Cader Idris" Songs of Wale* Miss M. Spcncer Jones, R. A.M., London. Song Jack's Yarn" Louis Diebl* 6 Mr. David Gillart. Duet, piano and harmonium, Marche aux Flambeaux" „ S. ciarte- Owain Alaw, Mr. Rowland Davies. Song. Phebe dearest, tell, 0 tell me" HattoB- Mr. Tom Evans, U.C.W. Chorus. Cydgan y Bmdwyr" Dr. Parry. The Eisteddfod Choir. Song The Soldier's last sigh" G. A. HodsoB- Alawydd Maldwyn. Trio Sleep, Lady, sleep" Dr. Parff- Miss M. Spencer Jones, R.A.M., Mr. TomEvans, U.C.W., Mr. D. Jenkins, Mus. Bac. Song Llew Llwyfo. Diet I know a J>ank HorO» Madame Edith Wynne, Miss. Spencer Jones, R.A.M. Harp Eos Mai, Llew Llwyfo, Owain Alaw. Duet "Love and War" T. Coolge Mr. Ben. Davies, R.A.M., Mr. D. Jenkins, M.B. 1 Song Darby and Joan" Molloj* Miss M. Spencer Jones, R.A.M. Song When thou art near" Sulliva"- Mr. Ben Davies, IL A- M. Song. "The Ash Grove" Madame Edith Wynne. Finale God Save the Queen"

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