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I Bangor Normal College I PRESENTATION TO THE VICE- PRINCIPAL. There was a representative gathering of ladies and gentlemen associated with educa- tional movements in the Principality in the Library of the Normal College on Saturday afternoon, when Mr John Thomas, B.A., the vice-principal of the college, was pre- sented by old students and friends, with a pursel containing two hundred guineas. Mrs Thomas was also the recipient of three handsome pieces of solid silver plate". The chairman was Mr T. Marchant-Williams, B.A., stipendiary magistrate of Merthyr Tydfil, an old student of the college. The attendance included Principal Price and Mrs Price, the Revs Daniel Rowlands, M.A., T. J. Wheldon, B.A., Dr R. W. Phil- lips, M.A. (chairman of the executive com- mittee), Messrs Edward Roberts, H.M.I. Schools for North Wales; Hurren Harding, Mus. Bac., Henry Lewis, Hudson Williams, D. Thomas, D. Owen, W. Thomas, Metro- politan Bank — Roome, R. W. Jones, Mrs Moigan Richards, and Dr E. O. Price. The secretary (Mr W. R. Jones, Caelleppa) read letters of apology for non-attendance from the Rev S. W. Prytherch Williams, B.A., Borough Road College, London; J. Pules- ton Jones, M.A., Bala E. O. Davies, Bala Messrs T. John, Llwynpia; T. H. Jones, London W. Scourfield, Board School, Whit- land; J. Griffiths, Aberdare; and D. James, B.A., H.M.I, of Schools, Llandilo. In opening the proceedings, the Chairman stated that they were assembled to show their appreciation of a man of sterling quali- ties, and a teacher of rare worth, a friend good, generous, large hearted, and absolute- ly true (hear, hear). It was thirty six years since he (the speaker) crossed the threshold of that institution and it was Mr Thomas who opened the door for him. The college was then young, and Mr Price was young, but for that matter he looked young now and was carrying his age remarkably well (hear, hear). He distinctly remembered Mr Thomas about the college gates, walking with the head of the college —the Rev John Phillips (applause). If he would be allowed to make a little digression, it would be to express his regret that the admirable suggestion made to him by Mr Price, that something should be done to perpetuate the name of John Phillips, had not been carried into effect. He was a man of rare pulpit gifts (hear, hear). Mr Thomas was a very devoted teacher, and he was sure if he told them what her knew about him (Mr Williams) as a pupil, they would hear some very interesting things (laughter). Though Mr Thomas could say a great deal about them, they could not say anything about Mr Thomas that was not to his credit (hear, hear). Age was telling on them all, but its-effect was not apparent in Mr Tho- mas. They knew what a teacher's life was; a wearying and toiling life, and when they came to think over the matter, it was de- pressing and disheartening, and also dis- creditable to the country that teachers at institutions of that kind had no pensions or anything to fall back upon (hear, hlear). But it was a thing that was bound to come. Mr Thomas had commanded his profoundest respetot, and he would carry that respect to the grave (htear, hear). Mr Henry Lewis said that he had known Mr Thomas for many years and could cor- roborate what the Chairman had said. The chief characteristics of Mr Thomas were modesty, •faithfulness, and consciousness (applause). He had never met a man who combined those three graces so completely as Mr Thomas had. The Rev T. J. Wheldon, B.A., in a pithy speechi, eulogised the work done by Mr Tho- mas in connection with the college, and stated that he had by his manner set an ex- cellent example to the students undetr his card (hear, hear). Mr J. J. Thomas, B.A., headmaster -of Granby road Higher Grade School, Liver- pool, as an old student, bore testimony to Mr Thomas' good qualities. If he was indebted to any man it was to Mr Thomas, and he was pleased to be present that day. Mr Tho- mas' influence was not confined to thie walls of the college or even to the city of Bangor, but was felt throughout the British Isles, and actually on the veldt in South Africa (hear, hear) Mr Edward Roberts, M.A., H.M.I, of Schiools, in the course of a brief speech, said that he had known Mr Thomas, not as a member perhaps of that institution, though he had been associated with it since its for- mation, but as a personal friend for the last twenty nine years. He had also been told that the work done by Mr Thomas was most thorough and most abiding. Several move- ments which had their birthplace at Fair View had been of lasting benefit to educa- tion, and particularly the one with which the chairman was associated—the North Wales Scholarship Association. In fact the association was first discussed, and its forma- tion decided upon, in Fair View. There was no man in the county for whom the bulk of the people had such sincere' regard as Mr Thomas (applause). At this stage of the proceedings, Mr Ed. Roberts made the presentation. In response Mr Thomas said that he would not attempt to describe his feelings.. He was much obliged to them all for their kind- ness. Whatever success attended his work, it was due to a large extent to his confreres, who had assisted him from the beginning, particularly Mr Price. When first le en- tered the college he always found Mr Price a friend and an example which he had always endeavoured to follow. He always tried to imitate him, and he owed much to the good example set him. He also alluded to Mr Rowlands, who always worked hard. The success of the Normal College was due, to a great extent, to the) excellence of its tutors. It had been most forunate in that respect. He referred particularly to Mr Marchiant Williams, Dr Phillips, Mr Hurren Harding, and others. Dr R. W. Phillips, M.A., chairman of the executive committee, described the genesis of the moveme'nt which originated, ith two or three of the old students of the college who formed themselves into an executive committee to carry out the work. The num- ber of subscribers was fairly large—three hundred,—representing persons in England and Wales. He had received a large quantity of letters, and they/conveyed the most con- vincing evidence of what thiey had heard that afternoon of Mr Thomas' great influence in the after-life of students. Mr and Mrs Thomas subsequently enter- tained the visitors to tea.

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