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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 28, 1888

The morning session included an address by the conductor, W.J. Watkins, who stated the origin and advantages of the Eisteddfod.

The morning session included an address by the conductor, W.J. Watkins, who stated the origin and advantages of the Eisteddfod.

BLACK DIAMOND, Dec. 26 – The object of the Eisteddfod is to develop and encourage the literary and musical tastes and talents of the Welsh people. Its origin dates back to the 12th century, and it generally consists of competition in essays, orations, poetry, and music.

The morning session yesterday opened by an address by the chairman, W.P. Morgans, followed by an address by the conductor, W.J. Watkins, who stated the origin and advantages of the Eisteddfod. This was followed by a song by Howell T. Jones, the adjudicator on music.

Next came poetical salutations by the poets present to the Eisteddfod. In the competitive duet, “Climb, Climb Higher,” the prize was awarded to Richard Hughes and R. Roberts, of Black Diamond. This was the first prize ever awarded in Washington Territory by this institution. (more…)

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