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THE LATE LADY LONDONDERRY UNVEILING OF BUST. On Wednesday afternoon, in wintry weather, the inhabitants of Machynlleth and neighbourhood gathered in hundreds to witness the ceremony of unveiling a bronze bust as a memorial to the late Dowager Marchioness of Londonderry. The bust, which cost J3450 and was executed by Countess Gleichen, is placed on the lawn in front of the alms-houses and near the Cottage Hospital which in themselves form a fitting memorial to her ladyship's gener- osity and pubhe-spiritedness. The move- ment for the memorial was organ:sed by a local committee who found no difficulty in obtaining voluntary subscriptions to defray the cost. On the pedestal (prepared by Mr J. O. Wilhams). on which the bust rests, is the following inscription:—" Mary Cornelia, fifth Marchionesft c<f London- derry, 1828-1908. This bust itS placed by a grateful community and many friends, in whose hearts she is enshrined, to perpetu- ate the memory of one who by her wide sym- pathies, good Lie, and good works, endeared herself to all in this ancient town." Wreaths of the choicest flowers had been sent by the Marquis of London- derry and Lady Allendale, son and daughter of the late Marchioness, while Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest, the youngest son, witnessed the ceremony of unveiling. Among those present were the 'Bishop of Bangor and Mrs. Williams Mr. E. M. Campbell. Colonel Pryce Jones, Colonel Appleby, Canon Rowlands (Aberdovey), the JR-ev. T Ll. Williams, Mr. iR. W. Henry, Mr. David Gillart Mr. Richard G.llart, Mi-, and Edmund Gillart, Mr. Edward Rees, Mrs. Foulkes Jones. Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Dr. "and~Mrs. A. 0 Davies, Mr. J. O'Sullivan. the Rev. Josiah Jones, Mr. HichåTd Rem Mrs. Port, the Rev. D. CunNo .Davies, Mrs. and Miss W. R. Williams, Miss Anwyl (Frondeg) Mr. and Mrs. Gribble, the Rev. R. J. Morgan fCemmes). Councillors John Pugh, J. M. Breeze, T. Parsons, John Evanrs. Evan Morgan, Evan Humphreys, Henry Lewis. Mr. John Edwards (Penegoes), Mrs. Nor- ton (Dolcorslwyn) and many others, with a detachment of the local Territorials under the command of Surgeon-Lieutenant W. R. Williams. During the afternoon the Male Voice Choir (conducted by Mr. J. 0 Williams) gave a fine performance of the chorus, "The Pilgrims," the solo being taken by Mr. David Wiflliams, and Mrs. Trevor Jones, accompanying. The hymn "Lead Kindly Light" was sung and at three o'clock'thW unveiling ceremony was performed by {he Bishop of Bangor who, in the course of a brief speech, said they were all united in one sentiment of respect and -affection toward the memory of the late Marchioness whom they had known through life as a kind friend, ivnownig as she did by virtue of her high position men and women of all countries and people, she was most at home and was most happy in the place where she was born. She was emphatically one who loved her neighbours. They occupied next to her own children and family the warmest part of her heart, and he hoped the bust would remind coming generations what a kind and true friend she had been. (Applause.) Mr. Edward Rees. J.P. who is a prom- inent member; of the Wesleyan Church, was the next speaker and said—It gives me great pleasure to say a few words on this important and interesting occasion. The late Marchioness of Londonderry was a great and true friend to the inhabitants of Machynlleth and neighbourhood, especially to the poor. I heard this morn- ing from the Master of the Workhouse that she never failed to visit that institu- tion during her residence in Machynlleth. I deem it a great honour and privilege conferred on me bv, the committee in in- viting me to take part in these proceed- ings. I presume that it is to some extent owing to the fact that. I happen to be one of the few who remain and are able to go back some distance of time in recollections of the Plas family and ha've for over forty years interested myself in almost all func- tions connected with the noble family. Although I am not able to remember Colonel Edwards, her ladyship's father as such. I well remember him as Sir John Edwards whose name was a household word in Machynlleth when I was a boy and I believe it is so still to a great extent in some families. Of Lady Edwards, the majority present recollect her presence among us, but I have a clear recollection over fifty years ago of her kind lie:-to and sympathy with a family where the head had been bed-ridden for a long time. She was constant in her enquiries and in her generosity the supply of necessities and luxuries for a sick room was not wanting. Lady Londonderry continued the same charitable acts to hundreds of families to the end of her days. (Cheers.) Those kindly acts won for her the great respect of the inhabitants. Her kindness was not confined to the town, but were extended to the villages and country around. In fact. Lady Londonderry was much beloved by all classes, rich and poor. In the immediate proximity we have proof jf her Ladyship's good charitable work. First of all, I refer to the Londonderry Cottage Hospital, a most useful and beneficial in- stitution. quite a God-send to the town, where the sick and injured are successfully treated, kindly and tenderly nursed and attended to. (Cheers.) Previous to the building being converted into a hospital. which was a happy thought of her Lady- ship's, it was used as a school for infants, founded for the mirpose by the Marquess and March oness, the foundation stone of which was laid by her Ladyship, and erected to commemorate the birth of their eldest son. Lord Castlereagh, now the Marquees of Londonderry. Independent of the cost of the building, during the thirty-eight years of its existence as a school for infants, the cost of maintaining amounted to £1.800 in excess of the re- ceipts from the Government and other sources, equal to an average of £47 a year which was entirely met by the noble Marquess and Marchioness. (Cheers.) The late Marcjuess wars a great favourite in Machynlleth and his memory is highly respected to this day, especially by those who had the privilege of coming in peisonal contact with him. He took great interest in our town matters. I may quote the tvords of the late. Mr. David Howell on the occasion of laying the foundation stone of the memorial tower The noble Marquess had been foremost in the performance of every duty and in the promotion of every good work ever since he came to reside among us." I often heard it said that Lord Londonderry was delighted with the neighbourhood and that he greatly bene- fitted by the change from London fog to the salubrious air of Machvnlleth. (Cheers.) We have another instance close by of the good works of the Marquess and March- ioness in the alms-houses which, I believe, were erected in 1868 which are a. picture of comfort, an ornament to the town, and a home for the aged and widowed. I may add that this beautiful bust is another ornamental addition to the appearance of our ancient and beautiful town. Further, it expresses the good feelings of the in- habitants and expresses the high estima- tion in which the noble Lady was held. Machynlleth has during the past half century seen the noble family several times under heavy clouds and in deep waters. We had opportunities' of expressing our deep sympathies and on other occasions when the skies were dear and in days of sunshine we have not failed in rejoicing. These things were highly appreciated. I may be allowed to quote the words of the Marquess on an auspicious occasion :— "This day will never be effaced from our memory while life lasts, I am equally sure for we cannot forget the k indiKvs we have always received when we live among you. What wo have seen to-day will add one more link in the chain of resnect and affection which has now KO long bound us together." I have no doubt that this in- teresting memorial will also prove another link in the chain of kindly feeling wlTTcli lias for so many years existed between the Plas family and the inhabitants of the old town and neighbourhood of Machyn- lleth. (Cheers.) The inscription on the pedertal is appropriate and well worded. containing tho truth the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in a small compass. Dywedaf oto, yr hyn a allodd hon hi a'i cwnaoth. Y mae yn haeddu cael gwneu- thur o lionoTn ideli yn goffadwriaeth am ei gweithredoedd da sydd llefaru eto a,c a fydd yn llefaru am oesau i ddyfod. (Ap- plause.) The Rev T. LI. Williams, rector, said -1 esteem it. a great privilege and honour to be asked to add mv tribute to the memory of the gracious ladv whose life we commemorate to-day. We have all listened with the deepest interest to the I I brief but striking appreciation by the Bishop of the diocese. I suppose if we had searched the whole of North Wales we could not find another living person who could speak with so much authority, ex- perience, and knowledge, arising from a life-long friendship with the late March- ioness. In Mr. Edward Rees and other speakers we have the conscript fathers of the town. Their tribute will carry great weight because of their local knowledge and long experience of her life amongst them. Personally I was brought into in- timate relationship with her ladyship as rector of the parish, and I can sincerely say that she was one of the most lovable and beautiful characters it has been my privilege to know and oo-operate with in social and religious work. (Hear hear.) As I look round I see many like mvself who were friends of hers and who thought of her first and foremost as a true friend. To enjoy her friendship was indeed a privi- lege, and not only a privilege, but a hberal education in kindness, courtesy, and in all those amenities which add to the dignity and sweetness of Efe (Cheers.) Her kindness and hospitality to her friends were equalled if not excelled, by her gen- erosity to the poor. In unknown ways and unostentatiously, she did good work and befriended all sorts and conditions of people. There are many hearts here to- day in which there is already an invisible memorial of gratitude and respect for her In her latter days she told me that one of her greatest pleasures was to give pleasure to others. She loved to be amongst us to do good, especially to the sick and poor, and it would be no exaggeration to say that the people of Machynlleth and the neigh- bourhood and the highest place in her heart. She had travelled far and seen men, cities, and manners, and knew in her time half the crowned heads of Europe. In spite of that, she loved to dwell amongst us and nobly endeavour to discharge the high responsibilities of her position and in that endeavour she did-lasting o-ood. (Cheers.) It is natural for me to think of her as a. Christian lady. As a Churchwoman her ladyship embodied her churchmanship in life and character. Sometimes she used to p; ide herself on being a genuine Welsh woman, and one of the evidences of that was her deep religious nature and char- acter. It was her religion that gave her high ideals of life and duty. (Cheers.; Although she belonged to the nobility of the land, her consistent Christian character was such that she also belonged to the nobflitv which is not cf this world. "It its only noble to be good; kind hearts are more than coronets, and simple, faith than Xorman blood." We also think of her as a public benefactress. We have only to look around us to see monuments of her munificence i.n the churches which she built and endowed and continued tc beautify end adorn, also in the London- derry Cottage Hospital and the alms- houses for the suffering sick and poor. All these will go on from generation to genera tion telling of her good work. As a com- mittee and community, we also hope that this bust will tell generations yet to come of the respect and deep admiration wlroh we had for her life and character. (Cheers.) The Committee in choosing this bust were not guided by a spirit of utilitarianism, but by a pure sentiment and affection for a noble personality. This bust will per- petuate those features of her life which everyone here knew and loved so well. Many of us while passing this old spot will 1 lift up our eyes and take fresh courage from her beautiful life, feeling some in- spiration yet unfelt to'make this He a worthy one and heaven a sure heritage, (Hear hear.) Those of us who knew her best know full well that there was some- thing so kind, so gracious, and so sym- pathetic in her personality that no human words can do justice to, or pronounce a proper appreciation of her life. We can only say. as the Bishop told us. that we all loved her because she was so lovable a char- acter. We all admired her because with all the changes and chance of this mortal life she clung to a high ideal of life which reminds ur, of those great words:— What- sever things are" true honest, just, and pure; whatsoever things are lovelv and of good report, think of those things." To- 1 day, as we rejoice in the unveiling of this bust, we also rejoice in having her youngest son dwelling amongst us in the old and ancestral home striving successfully to carry on the good name and high traditions of the family. (Cheers.) May he live long amongst us not only to enjoy the privileges, but also to discharge the re- ponsible duties of his high position. He, I am ure, with everyone of us will say Look to the rock whence yon are hewn, Bo inspired by the mopiorics of t-lie sac rod past and in the power of that inspiration realise more and more, as his noble mother realised, that life is an opportunitv for good." On this occasion, with all these indefinable thoughts and memories crowding upon us. surely every- one of usi will reel the truth of these words. W e live in deeds, not years in thought. not breath In feeling, not with fingers on the dial, He lives most who thinks most Feels the noblest, and acts the best. (Applause.) The Rev Josiah Jones, Congregational, who was described by the Rector as the Father of us all," spoke in Welsh of his recollections of her Ladyship and ex- pressed his respect and admiration of her generosity and noble character. He came'into contact with her first- fifty years ago when after he had just commenced the pastorate of Graig Chapel he visited the poor and in the house of Mary Jones, who lived in the Garshiwn, made the acquaintance of the Marchioness who had come there with the same object. To him that was one of the sweet notes in her anthem of life. (Cheers.) Mr John Pugh, chairman of the Urban Council, added his tribute as a repre- sentative of the ratepayers. Surrounded by wealth and culture, surrounded even by the glamour and glitter of royalty, the Marchioness came and went among tliem in Machynlleth and did kindly acts. The town was under a great debt of gratitude to her for what she did in connection with the infant school, of which he was a pupil. Her care for the suffering sick and poor was a beautiful trait in her character. She took a deep and abiding interest in the boys and girls of the town, some of whom now occupied high and exalted positions. He also spoke of her interest in elementary edu- cation at the National Schools, her sup- port of the Church, her periodical visits and acceptable gifts to the aged poor. Those who had been in sorrow and afflic- tion could say that when the darkest clouds encompassed them her Ladyship by a kind word and sympathetic touch had reached their hearts. The bust would be handed down to posteritv as a memorial of a great and noblè lady. (Cheers.) Mr John Jones, Glanmerin, spoke in Aftelsli on behalf of the tenants and said her ladyship once, told him It is here I like to live." When elementary educa- tion was made compulsory, she did not withdraw her benefactions, but con- verted the private school to serve another useful purpose as a hospital. She was interested in agriculture and in the wel- fare of her tenants who loved her deeply. (Cheers.) Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest, speaking on behalf of the family, said—I feel after the very impressive and eloquent addresses you have already heard that there is very little for me to say. I would like to thank the Lord Bishon for his presence to-day, a tribute whicil we appreciate to the fullest. I would also like to express my regret that my brother. Lord Londonderry, and my sister, Lady Allendale, are unable to be present. I can assure you that it is a matter of the most vital importance which has prevented them from being present. 1 consider the Committee have done well in selecting this site. It is more than suitable. Here the bust of my dear mother is surrounded by her philanthropic work, facing the Church she loved so well, and looking upon those who were nearer and dearer to her, but who were called away before her, and to whom there was no more noble, de- voted and loving wife and mother. I am expressing the sentiment of all present in saying that everyone who knew her will pass this bust with feelings of the greatest affection and respect, realizing it is a memorial to one who was always ready to extend the. hand of charity and friendship to those in need, irrespective of their spheres or denominations in this world. I can only conclude by quoting the verse, the lines of which I think are extremely well adapted to this occasion— Lires of great women remind us. We can make our lives sublime; And, departing, leave behind us Footprints in the sands of time. (Applause.) The proceedings closed with singing the hymn "0 Fryniau Caersalem."