Cbe eisteddfod SUCCESSFUL FINANCIALLY AND OTHERWISE. Description of Thursday, Friday and Saturday's Meetings. THE MALE VOICE CONTEST AND CHAIRING CEREMONY. MR. LLOYD GEORGE'S WELCOME. r BRASS BAND CONTEST. (BY OUR REPORTERS.) COLWYN BAY, Thursday. Notwithstanding the length and the nature of tAle road to the Flagstaff there was an exceed- ingly good attendance at the second Gorsedd ceremony this morning, and the proceedings commenced in fairly good time. The weather still remains favourable. True, some showers had fallen during the night, but they appear to have served no other purpose than the very ex- cellent one of laying the dust. As I write the sky is grey and forbidding enough in appearance, but we have the satisfaction of knowing that the barometric indications are good, the mercury ris- ing steadily since early morn. The trains are pouring into the railway station a steady stream of people from near and far, and there are en- couraging prospects for a record day. To revert to the Gorsedd, Bandmaster Hezekiah Jones, of Old Colwyn, was again in charge of the corn gwlad, and his three calls to the tribes woke the echoes from Snowdonia to the Clwydian range. The Archdruid was, of course, in charge of the ceremony. Llifon pronounced the Gorsedd prayer. Another stirring initial address was delivered by the Archdruid, who remarked that it was ap- parent from the strength of the gathering that morning that the Gorsedd was as popular as ever, and quite as influential (applause). They were accused of paganism in connection with that his- toric ceremony, but he challenged proof of a grain of paganism in their doings. There was more paganism by half characteristic of some of their so-called greatest public institutions, and it would be well for those living in glass houses to refrain from throwing stones (applause). Its rites were merely memorial of the old educa- tional force and school of their forefathers, which had produced nothing but a spirit of patriotism and an elevating influence upon the people. PC Surely they should keep alive a movement which had proved so beneficent in all its work (applause). Their desire was to "codi yr hen wlad yn ei hol," and if that were sinful they were great sinners, and would for ever remain steeped in sin (loud applause and laughter). Sir Marchant Williams, who followed, said that orhdo listening to his old friend, Bcriah, on Tuesday morning paying tribute to the memory of Pedr Mostyn, one of the most enthusiastic and intelligent supporters of the Eisteddfod, he was reminded of the little card he now held in his hand. Inscribed upon it were the pen pic- tures of twenty-four of the bards, litterati, and musicians who took part in the Wrexham Eistedd- fod of 1876, all of whom, with two exceptions, were now as Hugh Morris would express it, "yn y pridd yn pereiddio" ("in the earth sweeten- ing"). On looking round him that morning he could not but see to his sorrow that many of them were wending their ways earthward. The only tiling indeed that appeared to remain for ever much the same, challenging the influence cf time, waa the Gorsedd of the Bards of Britain (laughter and hear, hear). Some of them said it was an old institution, while others differed on that score, but what of that? Was it not better a hundred times that the Gorsedd gave evidence of youth rather than of age? (applause). Better life than death (hear. hear). The Gorsedd according to the Archdruid, was to-day attaining nearer perfection than it had ever attained be- fore, but there was nothing perfect even in Wales. Professor Morris Jones said he ("Mar- siant") was not perfect (loud laughter). But the Gorsedd was making steadily for perfection. He read in the newspapers that Welsh University leaders sought to interfere in Gorseddic affairs, but that was a mistake. They had never done so, and never would do so; the Welsh nation would not allow them to do so (applause). It ras true that there were two or three bards as- sociated with the "new school," who wanted to open the Gorsedd to the leaders of the Univer- sity, but those friends had no more influence in the University court than a parish clerk or verger in a crowd of bishops (loud laughter). There was much talk about the bards of the new school, but what was the difference between them and others? Only the attire! Let the Gorsedd bards doff their robes, and they were all much alike. But while the bards of the old school dressed in home-made clothes those of the new school were attired in knicke r-bockc-rs--(Iau.-hter) -made by the tailors of Bangor, Aberystwyth, and Cardiff (renewed laughter). Poetry remained the same for all time. though the bards' attire might change. The "awen" (muse) was not taught in school-, or universities (hear, hear) Burns, Shakespeare nor Keats were never at an unversity Goronwv Owen went to one it was true, and it was equally true that he emerged from it with the muse unmarred (applause). He (Sir Marchant) was ever a warrior—(laughter and cheers),—but on the logan stone he must not preach war (laughter). Rather must be appeal for peace, and his message to the new school of bards was "let there be peace;" but it should be distinctly understood that the new school had not power to create terror in the bardic circle (laughter and applause). Let them, therefore, work together, Scholars old and new, to make perfect the most beneficent of Gwalia's old institutions (loud ap- plause). After'some characteristic pennillion singing by Eos Dar, accompanied on the harp by Eos Ap y Berth, Miss Roberts, of Eithinog, Colwyn Bay, pre- sented the "aberthged" to Dyfed. MR LLEWELYN WILLIAMS, M.P., ON WELSH TEACHING. "Llwydfryn" (Mr Llewelyn Williams, M.P.), who followed, said that some years ago the ques- tion put in a favourite Welsh melody was "Pa le mae'r Amen?" ("Where is the Amen?"). An old deacon's answer was, "It has left the prayer and the preaching meetings for the hymn books" (loud laughter). In just the same way ho (the speaker) sometimes put to himself the question "Pa le mae'r hen hwyl Gymraeg" ("Where is the old Welsh 'hwyl'?"). The hon. member humorously chaffed the bards for neglecting the hwyl in the Gorsedd. They had heard that "Gwell dysg na golud" ("Better knowledge than wealth")—a splendid motto which had influenced and shaped the national lifo of Wales in a notable manner—but they must not forget the other old saying, "Gwell dawn na dysg" ("Better genius than education"). Next year they would see in Carnarvon the remains of the old Castle on the one hand, and the unchanging heights of Snow- don on the other, but while looking at the Castle indicating ancient glory let them not over- look the unchanging independence of the Welsh nation indicated by Eryri. This week they had had the Eisteddfod at Colwyn Bay for the first time in history, and not one of the choirs com- peting in the chief choral event sang a word in Welsh ("shame"). On the same day they saw an Irish choir, led and trained by a Welsh girl singing one of the test pieces in excellent Welsh (applause). Welsh choirs sang after them, but not a Welsh note from them ("shame").. That was not right (hear, hear). And what of their universities. Was Welsh on level terms with English there? In Ireland Erse had been prac- tivally dead for very many years; Welsh on the other hand was spoken by a larger number of oeoplc between Holyhead and Cardiff to-day than dd been ever known in history. Nevertheless, recently a r~*o!ution wis adopted by Irish Uni- versity -fhoiiti-3m La toe aSect that no dceraa should be conferred upon a person who had no knowledge of Erse (hear, hear). When was the day to arrivo- when a similar resolution was to be expected from the Welsh University leaders? (applause). He commended the idea to the con- sideration and support of Sir Marchant Williams I (renewed applause). In conclusion Llwydfryn made a very earnest appeal to Welsh pater fami- lias to see that their children were taught the old language. Bardic addresses followed from Olander, Eilir Aled, Myfyr,' Hefin, Glyn Hefin, Alafon, and Pedrog. The last mentioned caused great mer- riment with his "can y rhigwm," which was brimful of wit and satire. This composition, as "Penllyn" remarked to the writer, crowned the Gorsedd to-day. Eos Dar gave some more pennillion, and, after the Archdruid had emphasiseel the point refer- ring to the teaching of Welsh to the children, also remarking en passant about the whole Welsh nature of the Gorsedd proceedings, Dyfed formally invested the following candi- dates for Go-csod d honours:— Bardic degree Owen Robt. Owen (Caledffrwd), Ebenezer, near Carnarvon; Tom Evans (Obeli), London E. Myfyr Evans (Myfyr), Aberystwyth R. R. Parry (Bryn Ala), Gwalchmai; John Charles Jones (Clan Dulyn), Talysarn. Ovate degree: Rev. T. E. Gravell (Erasmus Gravell), Begeily, Pem. Miss Maggie Richards (Megan Dwyfor), Llanystumdwy; Miss Emily Thomas, Pontardulais. Music degree—Pencerdd Miss Gwladys Pri- chard (Pencerddes Llwyfo), Liverpool; David Evans (Pencerdd Elidir), Dinorwig, Llanberis. Cerddor: Cadwaladr Williams (Alaw Eifion), Portmadoc. Oerdd Ofydd: R. H. Roberts (Alaw Meirion), Liverpool; Caradoc Jones (Alaw Berwyn), Cor- wen; Samuel Roberts (Alaw Alltud), Liverpool; John Ivor Jones (Alawydd Fferws), Pantyffynon. The Gorsedd closed with a rendering by Eos Dar of "Gad save the King," to Welsh words specially translated by "Berw."
• THE EISTEDDFOD MEETING. THE CHAIRING OF THE BARD. STIRRING SPEECHES BY MR LLOYD GEORGE AND MR R. A. YERBURGH. The wind blew cold when the Gorsedd proces- sion entered the Eisteddfod Pavilion on Thursday morning, and threatening clouds lingered on the horizon. However, before eleven o'clock a very good number had gathered, and Llew Togid forthwith commenced delivering the results of the various adjudications in the art and minor liter- ary sections. Immediately afterwards he intro- duced to the audience the chairman of the morn- ing meeting, Mr R. A. Yerburgh, M.P., a gen- tlema.n, stated Llew Tegid, who came from the ancient city of Chester, the real capital of Wales. PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. CHESTER AS EISTEDDFOD VENUE. Mr R. A. Yerburgh, M.P., the president, who addressed the gathering at this stage, received one of the heartiest welcomes accorded any of the speakers throughout the week. He said Dr. Roland Rogers had just said that adjudicators frequently looked in competitions ior something that they did not get—a remark that would apply to chairmen of such meetings as that; the aud- ience must often look for something from its Chairmen which they did not get—(laughter),— but they would have it from him, he promised (laughter and cheers). However, he must say that that was one of the proudest moments in his life. They had invited him to preside over that great national festival, and it was to him a most memorable honour (applause). And that honour was added to in the great pleasure he felt in being privileged to be associated in his presi- dential duties with one of WTales' most distin- guished sons—(loud applause)—the Right. Hon. David Lloyd George—(vociferous cheering)—a Welshman of the Welsh—(cheers)—who, unaided by anything except his own native vigour, force, eloquence and courage had, to the great admira- tion of his fellow-countrymen, stormed-he used the word advisedly-the dizzy heights of political pre-eminence. Wales might well be proud of him (cheers). Long may he be spared to do Wales service (loud applause). While sitting in the chair that morning he had been putting to himself the question which possibly many of those present had put to themselves, namely, why he, a barbarian from the rugged north- (laughter)—with not a drop of Welsh blood in his veins, should be sitting there that day. He found the answer in what they had just heard from the conductor-the fact that he had the honour to represent in Parliament the famous and ancient city of Chester (cheers). Chester, as they had been reminded, was the capital of North Wales (hear, hear). It was Welsh in sen- timent and sympathy (cheers). They might doubt it because it had returned a Tory to Parliament —(laughter),—but he could assure them, and he spoke of what he knew, that that was through no fault of the Welsh (renewed laughter and cheers). Chester was linked with Wales in her long his- tory, and the Earl of Chester was Prince of Wales (loud applause). At that point he would ask a question, and he was anxious to know the reply in view of the manner in-which they had cheered what had been already said about Chester. The question was this: Why was Chester not one of the towns privileged to entertain the Eisteddfod? (general cheering). Why was London selected? Why Liverpool? Chester was a city when Liver- pool was a village (laughter and cheers). Hav- ing asked the question he now begged as a favour from the Gorsedd and the Eisteddfod Association that they should favourably think of Chester when they came to unravel that knotty point of North Wales venue for the Eisteddfod of the near future, so that they in the old city could have the pleasure of playing the part of hosts (loud applause). If they could see their way to conferring that honour upon Chester he could assure them that they would play the part of hoste right royally. In conclusion, said Mr Yerburgh, may I ask you, and here I speak with fear and trembling—may I ask as a stronger that as president of this assembly, lest I offend un- wittingly against any of your regulations, that you protect me from the righteous wrath and the sword of our mutual friend tho Archdruid (laughter). And now I say with all my heart "Cvmru a'r Eisteddfod am byth" (loud and pro- longed cheering). LLEW TEGID'S SUPPORT. Llew Togid remarked that the Eisteddfod was held at Chester on one occasion very many years ago, and he hoped the city of Chester would be making an application for the Eisteddfod in the near future ("clywch, clywch"). One of their best bards took the chair at the Chester Eistedd fod, namely, Ap Fychan, and his great genius was amply suited to his great subject, "Tho Sea." He hoped Chester would make applioation for the Eisteddfod, for it should be clearly un- derstood that at present-as would be found at 5 o'clock that afternoon, when they came to deal with the applications for the Eisteddfod of two years hence-the Eisteddfod was so much sought for that it would not offer itself to anybody (hear).
THE AWARDS. ARTS. Repousse metal, in relief, or pewter, lead or tin (overmantel): 1, Martha de Bowfieury, Talacre School. Repousse metal in do. (frame): 1, Martha de iiowtieury, Talacre School. Repousse metal in do. (hairbrush): 1, Marie Chercse. Repousse metal in do. (casket): 1, Martha do Bo-.viletiry, Talacre School. Beaten coppef name plato for a residence: 1, B. M. Lewis, Clapham Common, London. Inkstand in copper, brass or pewter: 1, "Arfon" Metal repousse ladies' belt clasp: 1, Martha de Bowfleury, Tatlacre School. Wool hearthrug (in two oolours): 1, J. R. Meredith, Colwyn Bay. Bedroom linen basket: 1, Fred Clifford, Insti- tute for the Blind, Cardiff. Ladies' wollen motor gauntlets: 1, Miss Lizzie Jones, Glanudda, Bangor. Cocoa fibre brush mat: 1, Robert Walker, In- stitute for the Blind, Cardiff. Photography (architectural subject interior): 1, J. O. Charles, Swansea. Photography (architectural subject, exterior): 1, Aubrey G. Raymond, Neath. Group of three studies of children at play: 1, Miss H. Phillips Lynwood. Study of a laughing face: 1, Aubrey G. Ray- mond, Neath. Series of twelve photographs: One competitor -prize withheld. Photograph of domestic animals: Prize with- held. Set of six phfrtos: Prize withheld. Desoriofcive catalogue of works of art in public ] and private collections in North Wales, executed by Welshmen One competitor—prize withheld. POETRY. Handbook of original poetry for use in ele mentary school: Prize withheld—15 competitors. Metrical translation from English into Welsh of Wordsworth's "Prelude," the first 62 lines in Book XIV. 1, D. Tecwyn Evans, Conway. Chain of stanzas, "The Valleys of Wales": 1, "Morleisfab," Llangynnech, South Wales. LITERARY. Critical essay on the works and genius of Lievi Llwyfo (tour competitors): 1, Llew. Owen, "Genedl" Office, Carnarvon. MUSIC (VOCAL). Penhillion singing with the harp (North Wales style), 12 competitors: 1, Owen Owen (Ap Ehcd- ydd;, Llanerchymedd, Anglesey. Eos Dar, in delivering his adjudication, stated that he could not recollect a better contest during the last fif- teen years. Duet (soprano and contralto), "Sibrwd yr Awel" ("The Whisper of the Breeze"): 1, Blodwen and Claudia Hopkins, LLngennech, South Wales. Twenty-seven competitors entered for the pre- linary competition, th: e of whom appeared on the platform. MUSIC (VOCAL). Penhillion singing (for children). The prize was divided between Freda Holland, Birkenhead, and Wynn Ifor Humphreys, Bangor, Mr" Mary Davies having kindly doubled the prize. MUSIC (INSTRUMENTAL). Pianoforte competition (for competitors under 16 years of age), Schubert's Impromptu in F Minor. As a misunderstanding had occurred re- lative to the particular impromptu, the com- mittee decided to offer two prizes for the two sections of competitors. The first in each case respectively were W. Francis, Gili'ach Goch, South WTales, and Vera Combes, Cardiff. Claiinette trio, "Air Varie:" 1, Pontypridd party (Mr Herbert Ware). RECITATIONS. The recitation for competitors under sixteen years of age aroused a great deal of interest. The recitation was the Welsh piece written by Dyfed, "Saf i fyny dros dy wlad." Three com- petitors appeared on the stage out of the 43 who entered for the preliminary test-two girls and one boy, and each earned a vociferous ovation by their spirited interpretation. The adjudicator, Deiniol Fychan, in the course of his remarks, said that they had experienced great difficulty in selecting the three who were to appear on the stage, but his fellow-adjudicator and himself were unanimous in their opinion that those who had appeared were the best of those at the pre- liminary test. He added that the general defect was the excessive use of the hands in order to emphasise the words of the piece. This mistako he said had been made to a certain extent by all three competitors. The prize was awarded to Master Edward Idris Williams, of Brymbo, Wrexham. It was also announced that Mrs Crosfield, the mother of the Member of Parlia- ment for Warrington, had generously provided prizes for the two other competitors—Gladys May Davies, of Pentre, Rhondda, and Laura Jenkins, of Blaenau Festiniog.
• THE AFTERNOON MEETING. A CROWDED PAVILION. THE CHAIRED BARD. SCENES OF GREAT ENTHUSIASM. THE CHANCELLOR'S GREAT RECEPTION. The pavilion presented a very animated ap- pearance at the commencement of the afternoon meeting. The spacious building was literally packed, and not a space could be seen unoccu- pied. The threatening olouds which gloomed the prcspects in the morning had practicably dis- appeared. and there WM no check on the in- flowing tide of people. The day of the chair- ing ceremony is always the meet important of ail the Eisteddfod meetings, and this, tog-ether with the anticipation of the presence cf Mr LLOvd George was undoubtedly responsible for the ex- traordinary influx of people. Alio tinea: feature which has lately become most popular in the Eisteddfod meetings is the ocmpettticai for child- ren's choirs, and although a great number in- variably enter the contest, the people are seldom tired with the repetition of the earoe perform- ance, but rather show their appreciation by a warm welcome to each baton of ocrrupetiton. Eleven children's choirs appeared on Thursday, and the contest was remarkably keen.
THE ARRIVAL OF THE CHANCELLOR. A FIERY SPEECH. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the presi- dent for the afternoon, arrived about two o'clock. He was driven over from Rhyl by Mr F. J. Gamlia in llis moicr car, and as 'he entered the pavilion lie was accorded a welcome fuli of the wildest enthusiasm. The band struck the stirring notes "For he's a jolly good fellow," and the crowd with one voice joined in tho swinging chorus. In their intense enthusiai-m the crowd deinande-d a speech immediately, and, with a smiling faoe, the Chancellor gratified their wishes.
MR LLOYD GEORGE'S SPEECH. Mr Loyd George arose to address the aud- ience amid deafening applause. He said :—My dear fellow countrymen,—I am very glad to find myBetf once more in the old Eisteddfod of the Welsh so deair to us as a nation, and it de- lights my he-art to see it so weill preserved not- withstanding its great age (applause). I see no signs of greyniesj or the slightest hint of ap- proaching ba;dnoss on its crown (laughter). It is gre-en and flourishing in it3 old age (renewed laughter). This old institution has walked down the centuries with stately step, and itM stop to- day is as light and as nimble as ever (laughter and applause). And it continues to increase to grow; and growth is ever a sign of life and ">t youth (a,p>> aui-e). I am glad to see t.hat the Eisteddfod not only retains its hold upon Wales but increases in popularity from generation to generation, and from age to age. For mv own part. I have to confess that I am glad to be in the quietness of the temple of bard rani, foir out- side its portals the clamour of strife amd the o.amour of war are still lizard (laughter). People still continue to a^k of what use is this Eisteddfod which attracts the people in their thousands? Weill, you can rely upon it that when a purely voluntary institution,, such as this really is. continues to exist from age to age, and through these ages to win and hold the sympathy and tho love of a people it must be of some practical use and value. And the Eistedd- fod in a strictly voluntary institution. It has no budget to impose taxation for its support (laughter). Its bards are not compelled to fill formidable forms to facilitate that process (loud laughter). There is no conscription to compel the service of an army of WeLh for the defence of the empire of thir, institution in the hearty A auix, tho nation (loud applause). And now I will tell you what this Eisteddfod, which has oomo down to us through the oentures, is good for, and what it does. It tewho3 the world what the masses of Waleu at their best can do (applause). Yes, it shows what the masses can do, I shall never forget what I saw when travelling to the Llangollen Eisteddfod two yeans ago. I was crossing the mountains dividing Flintshire from the Dee Valley. It was a wet day—and it can ram in Llangollen (laughter). Well, coming down the hills I could see tho mc/untain path- ways blaok with moving forms. The shepherds of the hilils, the farm servant, and agricultural labourers, and the .peasantry of the countryside. And these were ad going- to see a man of their cwn nation honoured by his people for distinc- tion in poetry (AppbMuae). When I reached the pavilion I found it filled, as this n, to overflow- ing, not by the great and the learned but by the humble peasantry of the mountain; who sat patiently and siently listening to lengthy tech- nical adjudication on and long extracts from the compositions of the competing bards. So intent- ly wero they listening, so intense waa the silence during all this that you should have heard THE BEAT OF A BUTTERFLY'S WINGS (laughter and applause). And this pcsCiantry appreciated every good point made, and wore as k-oell to catch every exalted idea as any Gorvedd expert coaid have been-^and that is saying very much. It inspired and spurred them. I bald, "Here :s the material of a nation to lead in their genera- tion" (oud applause). And there were there sons of the people raised in the colleges of the people in the theological and the training aid the University CK,;Iogei of Wa-'es, the colleges created by t.he people for the people. I have one thing, however, to say. The Welsh people must be taught. They are worth teaching. Our col- leges are excellent and improving. Our county intermediate schools arc instructing annually some fifteen thousand pupils, and are becoming every year more and more efficient. Thia is to the good. But what of the education of tho ohildren of the people (hear, hear)? There are 350,000 of these' children in the day of 'Wales. It is upon these depends the future ')f WaJee. and you oaooot ensure that future by only teaching fifteen thousand out of three hundred and fifty thousand (hear, hear). Every army must have it3 officer*. The pupils in the intermediate schools are our future officers. What of the rank and file? Your army must be trained and disciplined no less than your officers (hear, hear). I think the time has como -at) the resolutions say—(laughter)—when we should pay more attention to the education of the children of the people. A few weeks a'RO I was in a mountainous country on the Continent, a beautiful country inhabited by a simple and in- telligent people. I a-Jccd them about their schools, and found that cvory boy and girl had to remain in school until they were sixteen years •of age. But what of the children of Waleu and of England? They leave the schools when really only beginning to learn, before they were ta-ugnt how to live or how to die. BuL I tell you this is not the way to teach a people (applause). You cannot train a n.ation in that way. But once we do really teach and train these children we shall have a nation such as the mountain} of Wales have never before seen, and at sight of which our everlasting hills shaiJ dance with joy like frisky lambkins (loud applause). What is to be the future of Wales? We havo the mater, ials for a It, and country possessing the rich language and Jitera.ture of the Colt> en dowed with life, with spirit -with intelligence (applause). Yes, and pcssee&ing two languages (applause). No child in Waleu to-day but learns two languages and two literatures (applause). Speaking recently with Sir Reginald Wingate, the. Sirdar of the Soudan, one of the ablest men in the service of this grea.t Empire (hear, hear), I was told the has two branches known re- spectively as the White Nile and the Blue Nile. They were entirely different. One ivaii impreg- nated with vegetab'e matter, tho other with mineral matter. The waters of the two o mingle and constitute, the Nile which fertili3es the plains of Egypt. Remember this (applause). We are a nation to-day possessing two tongues and two literatures. The literature of Wales is not better than that of Eriig-land, nor is the literature of England better than that of Wales. But they are different. They are two great rivers improg-n.ated with different matter. But the two join and now through the valleys of Wales enriching the thought and intelligence of the We'ah people. There is a nation which must count for something in the history of natio is (applause). Give her children a good education and Waleu will be a nation which will win many a chair in the Eisteddfod of the nations off the world (loud and prolonged cheers).
It THE SUCCESSFUL BARD. A POPULAR ADJUDICATION. INVESTED BY LADY DUNDONALD. Befotre the adjudication on the ode to "The Summer," the bards and ovates congregated on the platform according to their usual custom, and formed a semi-circle around the bardic chair. After the sound of trumpets and the additional preliminary arrange- ments, the adjudication on the fourteen com- positions received was read, by Dyfed. the Archdruid, who was supported by his co- adjudicators, Pedrog and Berw. Dyfed stated that some of the productions wore of a very low standard, while others were but of mediocre merit. However, he and his colleagues had no difficulty in hooil1 the best from the few excellent compositions re- ceived, as the production wa.9 entirely in a class of its own. The com do plume ap- pended to the successful ode was "Llion," and Dyfed commanded him to make known his identity by upstanding. After a moment off breathless expectation a. young man of almost boyish wppearance stood up in the centre of the vast crowd. Immediate- ly he was soon and recognised the people gave vent to continuous cheering, and it was a long 'time before it subandied. Alaifon and Mr Crwys Willdam-s (the crowned bard) escorted the winner to the platform, and he was ammounced as Mr U. Williams Parry, Talysarn, whose composition at the last Na- tional Eisteddfod in London was placed secooid to that of Mr Gwynn Joinee. Mr Parry was evidently well-known to the majority of the people present, and a fairly long time cSapsed before tihe Archdruid and Llew Tegid could s-ocuro the quietness neoessary to carry on the chaii-ring ceremony. The usual question was thrice asked, amd the audience responded each time with a mighty affirmative answer. The investiture was performed by Countess Dundonald and the Airchdruid; and immediately afterwards several bards were called to add their con- gratulatory profusions. The ceremony was closed by the singing of the National An- them, Eos Dar singing the solo to a harp accompaniment.
4>- — THE JUVENILE CHOIRS. AN EXCELLENT CONTEST. Nine choirs entered for this competition, namely 1, Abercwanboi Prize Juvenile Choir (oanductor, Mr J. Eiddig Davies, A.C.); 2, Jerusalem Juvenile Prize Choir, Rhos (Mr J. Hartley Davies); 3, Kheidiol Juvenile Choir, Aberystwyth (Miss Nesta Morgan); 4, Gam DiSaith Primitive Methodist Juvenile Choir (Sir D. T. Evane); 5, Rhyl Juvenile Choir (Mr B. Wadsworth); 6, Romi'lly School Prize Choir, Barry (Mr W. M. Williams); 7, Ogmore Yale Juvenile Ghoiir (Mr W. H. Capeil); 8, Bterea Juvenile Choir, Bangor (Mr G. T. Jones); 9. Cor' Ynys Cybi, HoJyihcad (Miss Cissio Williams). The Urst prize was kill guineas, given by the Hon. L. A. and Mrs Brodrick, Coed Coch, together with a silver-mounted baton for the conductor, presented by Mr John Hughes, The Apollo, Colwyn Bay, with a second prize of £ 3 3s, given by the proprietors of the "Daily Dispatch," and a third prize of £ 2 2s, given by Mr A. J. Fleet, Colwyn Bay. A gold medal was aiso offered for the conductor who best arranged and marshalled his choir. The medal was gained by the conductor of the Abercwmboi Prizs Juvenile Choir. Professor David Jenkins, in delivering the adjudication, said that he felt very proud that the choirs of Wales had made such rapid pro- gress, especially the juvenile ohoirs, in the course of the past ten years. The same remark could be applied to the malo voices, but ho was not quite so certain whether they had made any ati-v.izlr-o in their mixed oho ire. The adjudica- tion in brief was as follows:—Choir No. 1—The emphasis had been a little overdone, and there was a hick of colour and expression. No 2--A more sympathetic and graceful rendering. No.3-The Welsh piece had been sung too sharp. No. 4-A little out of tune; a little slow, but the voices were more mature than the others; a good timah. No 6—A very clean per- formance; voiops very well trained, gid tone pure. No. 7-Vo:oes lacking in blend and: har- mony incorrect. No. 8—Commenced a little out of tune, but effected an improvement as they went on. The adjudicator remarked that they had: had no difficulty in deciding upon the first and se- cond choirs, but 'the third prize had given them a great deal of difficulty. The; result was: —1, Romilly School, Barry; 2, Rhyi; 3, Ogmoro Vale andi Ba-ngor (prize divided). The other awards were:— MUSIC /INSTRUMENTAL). Competition on the Small Harp. This waa an exceedingly interesting competition, and the adjudicator warmly oorigratula-ted the perform- ers on their excellent work. He stated that this competition was primarily due to the interest Mrs Berkeley Williams had taken in the mat- ter, and he expressed a. hope that more atten- tion ehouldl be paid to this instrument. The first prize was awarded to Nancy Morgan, Aberdare, her brother, Talicsin Myrddin Mor- gan, taking second plare. A third prize was kindly added by Mr Nathaniel Roberts, and this was awarded to Freda. Holland, Birken- head. LITERATURE. Temperance Story (prize of three guineas, given by the North Wales Women's Temper- ance Union): 1, Mr R. Hu.-hes-Wi Warns, Car- narvon 2 (prize of £2 2s, given by Sir Herbert Roberts), Mr Benjamin Jones, Llanrug. ART. Sculpture, high relief in plaster, life size, of IIwfa Mon or" Dr. Joseph Parry: 1, Mr Wilson Jugell. Model of wall fountain with emblematio figures: 1, Mr Geo. Stubbs, Colwyn. Modelled de8ign in plaster, for a decorative panel in high relief: 1, Mr Geo. Holding, Tref- nant, Ruabon.
<3? THE MESSIAH. By the far the largest "house" which has attended any of the evening oonoerts was that of Thursday to hear the Messiah, tba Pavilion being lit orally pooked to overflowing*. Mr Fred H. Smith presided, and the choir, who contributed the greater part of the programme, was agisted by Miaa raraoma AUcn (soprano), Miss Dfiye Jones (oontralto). Mr Ben Davios (tenor), and Mr David Hughes (bass). The ohodr wias in excellent form, and eang the choruses of the famous oratorio with splendid attack and finish. One of the outstanding fea- tures was the rendering of "For unto us a child is born." Mr Ben Iiavi<v: was given a great reception when ho sang the first reoit and air, "Comfort ye, my people," and "Every Valley." Throughout the evening the conducting of Mr John Wi"iarn-s was exccl'cr.'t, and he seemed to have the Eisteddfod choir well under control.
—— FRIDAY'S PROGRAMME. THE LAjST GOliSEDD CEREMONY. THE TALACRE FAM!LY AND THE EISTEDDFOD NEW MEMBERS OF THE CIRCLE. Friday brought) a continuation of the delight- ful weather experienced throughout the week, and the third1 and last Gorsedd on the Flagstaff was amended by a large gathering. Dyied (the Archdruid) was on tho logan-stono onoe more in excellent time. Ho was attended by a strong reti-nue of barda. and a brilliant assembly of notabilities, ilneludin.g Lard Mostyn. A striking iigure among tihe representatives of county families piXMO.it was Miss Mostyn, of l'a..la.cre, who, dressed in the robes she wore at tho Cardiff Pageant, attracted the attention and aroused the ad mir ation of the spectators. It will bo remembered she wore the costume of lser celebrated ancestress, the Weklh Princess Tegeingl. Referring to her, one of the bards broke out in eostacy of appreciation:— "Anwyl .ferch gW viler oh gwynfyd, Hawdd i'w gwel'd, mao'n aur i gyd." At her sidK more soberly dressed in modern garb, was her si-.ter, MSB Agnes Mostyn, as "Rhiam y Ffynnon," or "Lady of the Well," in reference to the famous shrine of St. Winifred at Holywell. Lady Mostyn of ToLacre's drefia waa of groan emerald chiffon velvet, with long flow- iug- sleeves, lined with satin of the same colour, and outlined with white crystal beads and silver sequin embroidery and most grace- fully draped with diamond buckles from the head d1o("3' of elver, embroidered band, a long Rowing vail of crepe-de-ohene falls. Sir Mcstyn is the male descendant of the Baronet of Mostyn, to whom Ma.ry of Modina gave special charge of the St. Winifred's Weil, hence the origin of h>:s wife's Welsh name. Whenever the Eisteddfod is within reach of Talacre, Sir Pyers and Ladiy Mostyn always send exhibits for the loan collection of works of art, mvWj3 by the Flintshire branch of the Welsh Industries Exhibition, of which Lady Mostyn is President. Hor ladyship is most anxious that the cradle of arts and crafts shall be formed in tie sohools through the competitive section of oftha National Eisteddfod, to which &he is devo- ted, as a means of 'bringing all that is gvxxl and beaut1-ful to the people by means of a travelling rmiseirrn and competitive exhibition. The tradi- tions of the Mostyns are so closely woven in the Eisteddfod that all their family are irrtereGted, and j-ear a.fter year Lady Mostyn gives prizea for the best dtesilgned and best built cottage^ for which twenty-two architects have oorntod.. Lordi Mocftyn, in reply to loudi calls, mounted the Logan Stone, and delivered a stirringly patriotic address, in which he referred to tho historical associations of the district. PEDROG'S WIT. The chaired hard, Pedlrog, forming one of a long procession of band*, delivering impromptu poetical addresses, shook the whole Gorsedd with laughter by one of those unexpected "hits," which constitute one of the Gorsedd's chief charms. Just opposite the Gorsedd site was a large turkey pen, where t'he gobblers, disturbed by the unaocustomedi sounds, loudly protested. Ragiardliiig- them with a troubled faoe, Pedrog turnM1 to the Archdruid, saying solemnly "J must protest Mr Archdruid. It is not right tha.t while we are celebrating our Welsh Gorsedd rites here, the Turks should be allowed to hold their rival Goreadd: there." PEDR HIR'S MEMORABLE ADDRESS. Pedr IIir delivered a memorable address, which deeply impressed1 the great gathering. After relating how the lame ant in the Mabincgi of Cilhwoh and 01 wen had! made tbe lovers for ever happy by htls great deed, where all the ants of the hill had failed, Pedr Hir broke out: "Yes I It is the lame anis, the f.o-called inoom- petents, who do the great deeds of life Aye Could I but find that la.me ant, whether he be in. pulpit or office, I should bo proudi to doff my hat to him." Then following up the parable in a fresh form, he continued, "When Sir Rhys ab Thomas summoned' patriotic Welshmen to meet hirp at Brecon, he waa surprised to find them a war-scarred veteran on a pair of wooden legs. "What doeet thou here?" asked the Welsh Chief. "I come to join too Army," was the reply. "But thou wilt be of no use to us, man. Thou oan4 3;; not run." "Run, Sir Rhys!" was the prompt retort. "In the fight that awaiti thee, when thou meet- est Richard Orookback it is not men who can run, but men who can stand that thou wilt need! Ay, added Pedr IIir, it is the man who can standi, evon though OIl wooden legs, who does hi country service, not he who runs. It was the spirit of the wcodten-legged soldier which plaoed the Crown of England on the Welshman, Henry Tudor's head. Were it not for that, we should not havo soc-n Henry the Eighth and Elizabeth on the throne, and England would have be-on to-day a third rate power. The donor of tho ragal sceptre for the Arch- druid. gave an interesting account of how he oamo to think of making this addition to the Gorsodd regal i a. Father Kane, of St. Stammus College, Kil- daro, surprised; tto gather.™g by delivering ai address in pure idioanatio Welsh. It was only some three or four years ago that he first begun to study Wcwih in which he is now so proficient, that laai year he successfully passed tho very diffie-ult GÙ1 Examination, for the degree of the Bard. As tho Archdruid remarked, many a. Dio Shon Dafydd' of a so-called! Welshman has forgotten his Welsh in less time than it has 'taken Father Kano to master the language. OLDEST GOR&EDD BARD. Sir Vincent Evans, in formally announcing that the 1912 Eisteddfod was to be held at Wrex- ham, claimed to be the oldest- Cor cdd Bard, having attended' thirty successive annual celebra- tions without a single bneak, ttous constituting what is undou btc-dly a record. Mr T. H. Thomas (Arlunydd Penygam) ex- pressed! tlie public thanks of the Gorsedd for the great and Onerous hospitality the inhabi- tants of Colwyn Bay had shown the Gorsedd^ and which had enabled1 the bards to hold what was probably one of the -most successful series of Go,rs=ddau held within living memory. Miss Jennie Williams gave a couple of de- lightful specimens of Welsh folk-ronigs collected' and recorded) by the Socety. Miss Williams comes of a musicai family, being' closely related k> Mrs Mary Davies, aibd descended in direct I lino from tho oolobratd Dafydd y Garre-gwen. Her maternal grandfather is said to have been 3,L-4-e to recite from memory the whole of Da- iyrld ap Gwily-mhi poems.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE CORSEDD. The following were admitted to tlie Gor- ssdd as honorary members Druids Rev. Canon Hu.gh Roberts, vicar of Colwyn Bay (Men fab); lie v. Peter Jon-es, CoJwyn Bay (Gwynfaen); Rev. W. Hughes, African Insti- tute, Colwyn Bay (Gwilym Eifion); Rev. H. R. Williams (Eppynt); Rev. T. Roberte, LJan- elian (Maelorydd); Rev. Thomas Lloyd, Col- wyn Bay (Myrddin); Rev. J. Meredith Hughes, vicar of Prestatyn (Taleuryn); Rev. Edward Jontos, M.A., B.D., EJiyl (Iorwesrtih Penfro); Rev. Thomas Parry, Colwyn Bay (Aled). Ovatoa: Mrs Ch.appell, lady mayoress of Cardiff (M-air Ebbw); Mrs Barney Barnato. Colwyn Bay (GwJadys); Mies Mostyn (daughter of Sir Pyers Mostyn, Bart.), who was attired in pageant costume (Soren Tegerngl); Miss Jenny Williams, L.R.A.M. (Ebedydd Ystwyfch); Mr Walter Whitehead, J.P., ex-president of the F.R.C.S., Colwyn Bay (Penwyn); Mr James Amphlett, chairman of tho Colwyn Bay Eisteddfod Com- mittee and clerk to the Colwyn Bay justioes (Tyssul); Mr Douglas Mac. Nicoll, Abergele (Dulao). In .admitting Mr Whitehead, the Archdruid remarked: Penwyn sydd am gwmpeini Gorsedd hen ein hawen n.i.
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FRIDAY'S MEETINGS. ENGLISH MALE SINGERS VICTORIOUS. A WARM-HEARTED APPEAL BY SIR J. L PRICHABD JONES. w Sir J. Prichard Jones presided over the morning session of the Eisteddfod. Although the attendance was somewhat meagre at the outset the pavilion steadily filled as tine day wore on, and by the time the principal musical oontcst — the male voice choir competition—was reached another ex- cellent gathering had assembled. Llew Tegid conducted. Mr Gwilym Wigley gave a spirited render- ing of "Baner ein GwLad" as the Eisteddfod song. AWARDS. Llew Tegid then announced the following r,c.ujts: Collection of unpublished Welsh folk songs: 1, Mr S. Thomas, Llanidloes; 2, Mr W. 0. Jones, Sotar, Merthyr. Set of exercise books showing the work done for one year of a pupil in a Welsh o.k1 meitta.ry school: Divided between Lilly Morris, Glynoeiriog Council School, and Simon Ivor Phillips, of the same school. Life history of a growing plant, giving dates and illustrations of the same at various stages: John Charles Evans, Llaniairfedian. Pen or pencil sketches of farm animals: John Buckland, Council School, Bangor. A prize of S,7 7s offered by the Hon. Lau-renoe A. Brodiiek for an essay on Mael- gwyn Gwynedd and his times was with-held for lack of merit. Blotter case in cut and embossed leather: Mis.3 Nunn, Oolwyn Bay. Best knowledge of tie Welsh language after only two years' instruction: The prize of < £ 1 was awarded to Olwen Edwards, Rhyl, an additional prize of £1 being given to Helen Booth. Metrical translation from Welsh to Eng- lish of "0 hapus ludidedig" (Isiwyn): £ 3 divided between John Owen, architect, Liver- pool, and Mrs Popham, London. A prize of the same amount was awarded to the Rev. G. E. Rees, Harwood Vicarage, Bol- ton, for the beet translation of "Hen wlad fy uhadeu" into English. Photographs illustrating the glacial action in Wal.es: Caradoc Mills, Llanrwst. There was no award in the class for photo- gra of the houses or birth places of emin- ent WieJahmen within a radius of 30 miles of Colwyn B-y. Photographic views of thatched cottages in Wales: Aubrey G. Raymond, Neath. Lantern alides illustrative of Colwyn Bay historical places D. Llewelyn Jones, chemist, Colwyn Bay. Col Lection of wild plants A. Roberts, Llan- ddoget, National Schools, Llanrwst. Collection of -inflects injurious to farm and g-ardeu crops T. Bonner Chambers, Llanfair- fechan. A. prize of £ 20 was offered for a collection of tlw unpublished work of any Welsh bard who flourished in the Tudor period with a short life of the poet and critical notes upon his work The prize was divided between R. Stephen, Griffithstown, Mont., and Rev. D. R. Jones, Cardiff. Plaster panel in low relief ( £ 2 2s): Chas. E. H. James, Cathays-terrace, Cardiff. A special prise of a guinea was awarded to "Rhyl." For a plaster model of a shield with Celtic ornaments and grotesques, a prize of .£6 Gs was offered. Of that sum X4 4s were awarded to George Holding, Trefnant, Ruabon, and £ 2 2% to W. R. Rott, Brunswick- terrace, Swansea. Humorous sketches: "Julian" (Mir Art-hur E. Elias, Pcnmaenmawr). Pen and ink or wash sketch of a Welsh ingle nook: "Julian" (Mr Arthur El Elias, Penmaenmawr). An extra prize of 10s 6d was given to "Celt," whose proper name was not announced. Picture, in oil or water colour of any in- cident in Welsh history or legend Mr Arthur E. Elias, Penmaeiimawr. Welsh calendar in oolours, each, month to be shown on a separate siheet: Miss Muriel Preston, Penmaenmawx. Design for initial capital Jotters of the Welsh alphabet (A to G): "R.A.R. RECITATION. Mr H. A. Seaton, of Barry, was declared the best reciter of Lord Byron's "The Ocean." MUSICAL. The first competition was for penillion singers (South Wales style). There were nine competitors. "Eos Dar," in awarding the prize of X2 2s to Jacob Edwards, Rhos, described the competition as a really excellent one. Bass soloists were called upon to render Pin cell's "They that go down to the sea in ships" and "Rhys ap Goronwy," which Mr David Jenkins pointed out was a mistake on the part of the Selection Committee, because one I'ong was for a bass and the other for a baritone. Tine winner, out of 31 candidates, was Ellis Evans, of Rhos, the quality of whose robust bass voice extracted a warm tribute from the adjudicator. For the tenor and bass duett, Boheur's "The Battle Eve," there were. 3S couples in th)3 preliminary test, and of the three parties to stage in the pavilion D. Chubb (bass), Pontypridd, and Henry Lewis (tenor), Nel- son, South Wales, were obviously the best, and scored a popular victory. SIR PltlCHARD JONES ON THE LARGER PATRIOTISM. At this juncture Llew Tegid announced that tho prince of benefactors of Welsh education, Sir John Prichard Jonmt-(loud applause)—was to speak. "Sir John," he edded, "is one whom your children and their children in the future will call blessed, for he hes done more for village and university life in Wales than any Welshman yet born" (loud chcc:s). When Sir John rose the huge audience also rose en masse and gave him a very enthusiastic welcome. Peace restored, Sir John proceeded: These national gatherings were in the olden times summoned by the reigning monarchs, even after the submission of Wales, the Eisteddtodau continued to be so summoned by the English Sovereigns up to the time of Queen Elizabeth but the custom has been allowed to fall into abeyance, nevertheless the festival has lost none of its usefulness or its imDortanoe. on tJw con- trary it flourishes to-day more than ever. The immense success of the Eisteddfod at Colwyn By has I rejoice to see falsified the pessimistic outlook taken by some recent writers as to the future of our great national institution. We are all aware that at the present time most of the cherished systems and institutions of our coun- try are in a state of transition. The remarkable growth and development of the last 30 or 40 years has wrought many changes in our social, and national life. During a period of transition, such as -the one we are going through, conflicts between the more or less established facts of the past and the present, and the more or less vague and indefinite yearnings and ideals of the future is almost inevitable. But even out of the conflict much good may come. Strenuous struggles for a wider growth cannot but help our national de- velopment. Therefore, although I deprecate per- sonal feeling and embitterment between the old and tho new I do not altogether condemn the fight. We have heard much of late of the so- called antagonism between the old and the new schools of bardism. So far as I understand it, both sides appear to desire the success and the U I perpetuation of the Eisteddfod. In that they do well for the Eisteddfod, whatever may be its shortcomings, and no ono says it is perfect, has onshrined itself in the heart of the Welsh people, and any attempt to uproot it or even change it unnecessarily, is certain to meet with FAILURE AND DISASTER (hear, hear). If I might venture at this juncture to utter a word of warning it would be this. That the epirit of indefinite unrest, the spirit of criticism that lacks tolerance is a spirit that should be guarded against, especially by those who have the charge of the education of our young people. What wo want in Wales amongst all classes at the present time, is mere sympathy and less carp- ing. more hearty co-operation and less of the criticism that savours of intolerance. For generations the Eisteddfod has been the pivot around which Welsh nationalism has cen- tred to us who are of Wales, whether wo live within the borders, or arc Welsh aliens living in a strange land, that nationalism is a living thing, by it and for it we strive to attain to higher things, not in a mean provincial spirit but in a spirit that teaches us to do the best we can» only for Wales, not only for Britain, but far wider British community all over the world ° which we form part. Mr Arthur Balfour, sPe7t ing last year to the Cymmrodoriou on nationalism, pointed out that the particular the general are not inconsistent, and that I patriotism and the larger patriotism may wo together and unite for a great common cna. is with the consciousness that while the fod is the embodiment of our Welsh patrioti5^ it is also the sign of a wider and of an un^ve^^ brotherhood, that I wish it increase of and prosperity (prolonged applause). VIOLIN PLAYING: AMAZING PROGRgo The other awards in the music section Mezzo-soprano solo, "Slumber Song" and J- Living Waters;" Miss Lizzie Jenkins, Cardiff. 01 Triple harp ("Sweet Richard"): Miss N,11101 Richards, Penybont Fawr, Osw«stry. Violin solo "(open), "Salterclla" (E. GcrxnAW' Harold Mills, Walsall, Staffs. « Dr. Roland Rogers, in the course of his judication in the violin competition. suggeS^l that the Eisteddfod Committee in the might consider the advisability of eril-lagillg export player to assist in the adjudication of eacb of the instrumental competitions. He had llD87 fifteen really good players out of the thirty tØ who had competed, fifteen quite as good as 111 i professionals, and he regretted that he had D had a practical violinist with him to assist hii11 a right judgment. He was amazed tho progress made in Wales in violin play11* (applause).
THE AFTERNOON SESSION' A MEMORABLE SCENE. Lord Mostyn presided over the afternoon sion when the hugo pavilion was again crowded. i» His lordship, who was introduced by .o 1 as one of the most faithful friends and Pr#c^IrSe supporters of the Eisteddfod, said, in the CO of his specch from the chair, that his first fod was held at Conway. He was then a mere Now the old festival was being held in the locality at Colwyn Bay, and he desired warI^ij to congratulate the Colwyn Bay Committed tho success of tho Eisteddfod at that place plause). It was a great pleasure to him to the beautiful sceptre presented to the Archd* ar on Tuesday by the Rev. Mr Wright (hear, he It would be one of the chief relics to bo down to posterity for many years to come- et tho reign of Queen Elizabeth there was a &1*f harp given to the chief minstrel for harp V i ing, a silver chair was given to the chief b*1 and a silver tongue was given, his lordship ØUPt posed, to the cliief vocalist. Why should 0 that custom be revived, and the old emblems which were in vogue in the Tudor days? plause). MALE VOICE CONTEST.. The male voice contest was the principal of this programme. There were six entries, only the following four camo Torward: G&r Male Voice Society (Mr John Butler, conductor/' Manchester Orpheus Gleo Society (Mr W- Nesbitt), Swansea and District Male etC Society (Mr Ll. R. Bowen), and the WarringtoJ1 Male Voice Choir (Mr S. Hassall), the choirs $P- pearing in the order named. There were thus two English and two Welsh partie; The test pieces were (a) "The Battle of tb, Baltic" (Osborne Roberts), (b) "Sorrow's Tearll (Cornelius), and (o) "The Rider's Song" (Co! nelius), the first and second prizes being JS50 aP" 210 respectively. A very keen interest was manifested in tho work of the choirs. Just as tho Garw men wetC on the point of commencing their last selcctiOP Llifon announced that Mr Lloyd George had & rived, and would soon be on the platform. loud oheer followed, but after a brief pause e conductor directed the choir to proceed. rlbo Chancellor, it appeared, had decided to wait If the Presidents' retiring room pending tho end 0 the choir's performance. As the singers were leaving the stage the Chancellor entered tlØ Pavilion midst vociferous cheering, and a ch&w was provided for hiin on the platform, where be was accompanied by Mrs Lloyd George, the Master of Elibank, Sir Herbert and Lady berts, Mr Herbert Lewis, M.P., Sir J. Pricha^' Jones, Sir E. Vincent Evans, Mr Llewelyn liams, M.P., Mrs Llewelyn Williams, Mr WilliatJ1 Jones, M.P., and Mr T. J. Williams, Lord Moll- tyn being accompanied at the other end of tb' platform by tho Bishop of St. Asaph. The remaining three choirs then made thClt appearance in due order. A CHOIR OF 10,000. While tho adjudicators wore preparing th £ jf adjudication, Madame Laura Eva na- W iiliau^ gave a most artistic rendering of "Gwlah I Deityn." As tbe ad j udicators were not yet rOSiy Mr Wim. Jootys, ALl., threw out a eu-gge3 that Mr Ben Daviee led the audience in "Hell wlad fy nihadiau," and the eminent Welih tcrwr promptly acoeded to tho request to the hu/o light of the assembly. Mr Davies sanfc tl.e three verses, tho audi-enco joining in the rcfrrJ.Ii with wonderful enthusiasm. Then fcllowed a memorable incident, and it would 00 wcil to Jod an English journalist describe it. Mr B. Clark, the special cori.,ecpondent of the Guardian," writes of it as follows:— "Scirneoiie began singing a note or two of 'Aberystwyth,' tlie tUlloØ that Dr. Parry made* the tune that made Dr. Parry. When you can find a crowd of 10,000 people in any other ooull- try than Wafej to sing a tuno as to-day'p 10,000 aang 'Aberystwyth," then will, it be time to question Wales's musical supremacy. It was great, just great. Ten thousand people splitting tlaemseivej without- prompting into four partf and singing as one huge national oh-oAr, singing flowing inner parts and treble and1 bass smoothly and as well balanced as a trained quar- tette Where is the other country that could do it? An English orowd could not; a German crowd would be behind even an English, one. Walas ia tbe country for born musicians still. And vet Swansea were beaten. It was the old trouble. The Welsh sing from their hearts, and ail Wales sings. The English sing from tixeit head's, and only about Dne-h-urdTedtL part oi England sings." The Master of Eiibank subsequently declared that he had never before been. stirred so muob by the singing of a great audience. THE ADJUDICATION. Acting on behalf of himself and his feilow- adjudioators (Dr. Coward, Dr. Roland Rogers, and Mr David Jenkins). Prof. David Jenkina then delivered tbe adjudication of the male voice oompetition., He said the singing had been of a very high standard, and the oompetition had been one of the .keenest of the week. They had had great difficulty to decide upon the winner, and that was because the standard had been so high, and the choirs had oomo so near to each other. No iia.le voice choirs bad had anything so difficult to learn aj the test pieces in thus competition, which were distinctly severe. The Garw Choir sang several passages out of tune, and in some caics their production was wrong. The performance of "The Rider'a Song" was rather incoherent. The Manchester Gke Society ohoTe wisely in singing Cornelius's part-songs first. Their ren- dering of "Sorrow's Tears'' was a perfect sbud-Y of their part-sorig. The tone prodtuction was everything that could be desired. The dissen- anoej wero very dissonant with most of the choirs, but they were at !i ;ast bearable when this choir sing" them, and they even became beautiful. There was a delicacy and cleanness about the whole performance. This oh-oir waa tho only one that had the right tempi through- out. The phrasing, tone, colouring, enuncia- tion, and articulation were splendid. The tone of the choir in the "Battb of the Baltic" was fine, firm, and solid, and so different from that produced in the singing of the part-songs that it might not have been the eame choir. The solo \Y<I" well sung1, but the intonation was not quite pure. Ho should have pointed out that in s-pite of the excellence of the singing of the part-songs the choir did not finish in tune with the piano, though they were in tune with them- selves. T'he Society from Swansea was another oom. bination of exce'ilent singers, producing a solid good tone. An extra mark was awarded this choir for the excellent way in which the solo was rendered. Such a singer was an acquisition to a c'loi r. But they got out of tune, and de. spite the admirable climax they did net com* back into tune. Nevertheless the rendering of the chorus was very fine. In the part-songs "Sorrow's Tears" they had noti the right atmos- phere. One -portion they did not sing quite cor- rectly; stiU it was a creditable performanoe. They did more justice to themselves in "The r's Song." Although the tempi were a sliade too quick the song waa given with much expression and fQrM. The fourth choir (Warrington) was undoubted- ly a good choir, but it had not the rich voioea the others had. The weakest part of the choir seemed to be the basocs. The solo wa. fairly Wel1 sung. In the C-ornelius 9orvg the first bas es wero not quite happy, and "The Rider's Song" was jugst a little ragged. Ntyerth-ol" the per- formance was -as a whole distinctly ffood. The competition rested between two choirs, and these ohoirs had given about the best per- formance they had ever lii-tened to, especially whoa, thay considered the txou of muaia