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DEPARTURE OF TOWYN VOLUNTEERS. ENTHUSIASTIC SEND-OFF. Towyn has experienced many a proud day in its forward march during the last few years, but it cannot look back upon any of them with more genuine pride and admiration than upon last Saturday, when the send-off given to the four Volunteers whose offer to go to the front had been accepted, was of the most animated description. It should be said that on Christmas Day after the Church parade, the men, without the least show of compulsion were asked if any of them were:desirous of offering their services for Queen and country, and no less than seventeen men stepped forward and gave their names. From that time great was the expectation for a reply from headquarters, and last week came the welcome announcement that the services of Lieutenant H Kirkby and four of the men had been accepted, and instructions were received to have the men sent to Newtown on Saturday morning, for mobilisation and for the purpose of undergoing instruction in musketry, drill, and marching, and from thence to proceed to headquarters (Brecon). It should be stated that the Towyn Company has been well honoured amongst the companies of the battalion. We find that Lieut. H A Kirkby has been selected by the officer commanding 24th Regi- mental District, to act as a subaltern, an honour of which the company is justly proud. Sergt E L Jones who volunteered as a private, will hold the rank of corporal, whilst the others are privates. We understand that Color-Sergt. J C Edwards, who had also volunteered, would have received a very responsible position on account of his efficiency had not the fact that he is married been considered a sufficient reason to elect another person in his place. The company is, of course, in connection with the South Wales Borderers, a regiment of which the whole nation has from time to time had cause to be proud. This regiment, better known as the Gallant 24th embarked on 13th for South Africa, where ten at least of the 16 Victoria Crosses that the valorous regiment possesses were won. It was in 1689 that the old 24th foot was raised with the object of consolidat- ing the protestant power in the United Kingdom. Since then the 24th have won as much glory and honour as has fallen to the lot of some whole nations. The great Duke of Marlborough referred to the regiment's "extraordinary bravery." The Duke of Wellington said that it was impossible to extol too highly their gallant conduct." Sir Charles Napier said that their conduct had never been surpassed by British soldiers on a field of battle." The four young men who have volunteered are highly respected citizens, and it is worthy of note that they were presented with a Bible each by the pastor of the Congregational Chapel (Rev J M Williams) and a hymn book each by the officers of the church, tbey;bcing members of the above-mentioned place of worship. Having received the consent of Capt Edward Kirkby to give the men a good send-off," Mr David Gillart and Mr T Llew Davies, N.P. Bank, went round the town in the morning, and in a marvellously short time collected C14, to be pre- sented to the men. A feature of the collection was the willingness with which the inhabitants contri- buted so soon after the last collection. Before 12 o'clock nearly every house in High Stieet and on the route to the station had a flacr or a banner waving from the window, the town was ablaze with enthusiasm, and/the gallant young men had now become heroes. As a scene of this kind was quite unusual, it is but natural that they were to some extent affected. Before the one o'clock train was due there were hundreds of people in front of the station, where it was decided to hold a brief meeting to present the men with the sub- stantial good wishes of the townspeople and to wish them God-speed and a safe return. Mr Maethlon James was the first to speak. Hardly had he uttered the words My brave boys" when his feelings overcame him, and for a time he was unable to proceed. He afterwards went on to say that that was true patriotism, and a sign of what was felt, generally in the Company. They thanked them for volunteering to go to the front in just the same way as they would have thanked them if no one else was ready to go. They would feel from this to the front that the Queen, the country, and the dear ones they left at home were well worth fighting for, and if called upon to render active service he felt sure they would not fail to uphold the character and reputation of the British soldier and the honour of their beloved old town and country (applause). Mr David Gillart said You four men, brave defenders of our country, in the flower of your youth, have bravely come forward and volunteered to defend the honour and glory of Old England." You are about to proceed for service in South Africa, and only late last evening we, as citizens, were given to understand that you had volunteered and that your services had been accepted at the front. We therefore at once determined to appeal to the inhabitants of Towyn with a view to show our appreciation of your heroic conduct. Mr Davies (N.P. Bank) and myself this morning started to collect subscriptions.inMaengwyn steeet,and worked our way to the shore. We were met everywhere with evidence of appreciation of your gallantry. Everyone was anxious to subscribe to such a worthy object, and in about two hours, we were, to our great surprise, in possession of over C14, and had time allowed we should have collected a much larger amount, and now on behalf of your friends and well-wishers I hand you each a purse contain- ing X3 10s, in the hope that you will:dnd it useful, but you must please bear in mind that it is condi- tional that the purses are to be brought back in good condition (laughter). I speak the sentiments of your town and country when I say you have earned our everlasting gratitude (Joud applause). I wish you God-speed and a safe return.—The purses were accepted with a salute by the men. Captain Kirkby (commanding the Company) said they had endeavoured to show that they did not lack in their feeling of patriotism. He hoped that by the time the men reached the Transvaal there would be no need for them to take up arms, and that the fighting would be over, but at the same time he hoped they would have the honour of up- lifting the "Union Jack" at Pretoria (applause). He trusted that when they returned they would be given a heartier welcome even than the animated send-off that day (applause). The Towyn Volunteer Band, as well as members of the company, paraded the streets from the Armoury to the station. The band, under the leadership of Mr Griffith Jones, played Men of Harlech," "Tlii-ee cheers for the Red, White and Blue," The girl I left behind me," and as the train left the station Auld Lang Syne," and "God save the Queen." Fog signals were fired and altogether thej send-off" was of the most ani- mated description. We understand that in addi- tion to the sums of money, many other presents were given to the young men. On arriving at Newtown the Adjutant complimented the men on their clean and smart appearance.