PROPOSED VOLUNTEER. CORPS FOR ABERYSTWYTH. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING ON TUESDAY. There was a most enthusiastic meeting at the Progress Hall, Aberystwyth, called for the purpose of considering the advisability of establishing a Volunteer corps in the town. The room was crowded with young men who beguiled the time whilst waiting for the principals of the movement by sing- ing Soldies of the Queen." The story of the first attempt at forming a corps in Aberystwyth in con- nection with the Montgomeryshire Volunteer Regiment is fresh in the memory of most of our readers. But whatever was the effect of the dis- appointment attending that step at the time it was evident that it formed no deterrent on the present occasion. Undoubtedly the present war in Africa and the knowledge that hundreds of young men of these Isles were going to the front as volunteers had roused the patriotic fervour of the people of Aberystwyth. Amongst those who came to the meeting, and by their presence lent encouragement to the proceedings, were Councillor D 0 Roberts, J.P., ex-Mayor, Councillor R J Jones, J.P., Mr A J Hughes, Town Clerk, Mr H Howell Evans, Chief Constable, Mr G Fossett Roberts, Councillor R Peake, Councillor T E Salmon, Mr H Roberts, (Trefechan) Mr J C Rea, Lieut Stephens, It. A., Mr J Brenig Edwards, Mr Tom Rowlands, butcher, etc. -On the motion of Mr L Bearne, seconded by Mr G H Evans, Councillor D C Roberts, ex-mayor, was voted to the chair. He said that he was sorry that he could not remain for more than ten minutes, having to attend another meeting. But he was ready to take the chair in order to show that he was certainly heartily in favour of the movement, and what he hoped would be the result of that meeting that evening (hear, hear). As they knew there had been many attemps made in Aberystwyth to form a Volunteer corps, but he ought to say, as they all knew, that there was a Volunteer corps-(hear, hear)—in the town years ago and most of them could n,)t remember it. He thought the time bad now come when they ought to really make a very strong attempt to form a corps in Aberystwyth (cheers). It seemed to him that from the number there that evening that they only wanted a little determination to be able to get up an excellent corps in the town (hear, hear). There were, however, many points which they would have to consider. One point was whether they could obtain a sufficient number of men to make the thing a success, but there could be no question about that and he was certain there were plenty of men ready to join so soon as a corps was formed. There was also another point upon which perhaps theN would be difficulty, and that was whether the corps should be infantry or artillery (hear, hear). The position which the country was in at the pre- sent time made it their duty to be ready to support the Government in every way (hear, hear).—Mr G H Evans, the convener of the meeting, was then called upon to state what steps he had taken in the matter. Finding, he said, there was no Volunteer corps at Aberystwyth, he marie inquiries, and as- certained that an attw; .»> form cue years ago had fallen through. He uiea wrote to Col Pryce- Jones, and the Adjutant sent the following reply -Sir, in reply to your letter dated 10th iustaut, I beg to inform you that at a public meeting at Aberystwyth in the autumn of 1897, it was decided not to form a company at the place, although Col Pryce-Jones was most anxious for the same. Now other places in the district have the prior claim, and therefore the formation of a Company mentioned cannot be entertained at pre- sent. But I should be glad to receive the names of the proposed officers in case Col Pryce-Jones might see his way at no distant date to sanction the same. I only wish there were many more with your sense of patriotism, as it is a disgrace for a town of the size of Aberystwyth not to be able to form a Volunteer company, whereas a small place like Towyn promptly formed one when they were given the chance of doing so in the pkice of Aberyst- wyth."—After this, Mr Evans said he decided to call this public meeting. He had come' to the conclusion that it would be better to abandon the idea of going in for an infantry corps, and that it would be better to organise an artillery corps.— The Chairman The matter is now before you and you must decide whether you will go in for a Volunteer Corps or not.—Mr L Bearne proposed that a corps be formed. He was not particular as to whether it was infantry or artillery, but he thought that it-was a disgrace to Aberystwyth not to have a Volunteer Corps in the town. In many little villages no bigger than Llanbadarn they had their Volunteer Corps and they were affiliated to some town eight or nine miles away (hear, hear). He had been connected with the Volunteers since 1866, and he had two sons in them. One of them had passed for a Sergeant in the engineers and be was willing to join and give his services. For his part he preferred infantry (hear, hear and cheers). If they went in for artillery thev would be second to the militia, and this he knew many young men in Aberystwyth would not like to do.Mr R H Bearne seconded the proposi- tion.—Mr J C Rea said that it was perfectly evident that there were no two questions as to whether they should form a corps or not. Mr Bearne said that it was a disgrace that there was no Volunteer corps in the town. It was a disgrace, but the disgrace was not upon Aberystwyth (hear, hear). Two or three years ago a movement was formed and brought to a succe sful point, but owing to the disgraceful tactics and the disgraceful red tapeism of the War Office, those in charge of the matter, one detail in the apportion- ment of officers quashed the movement (shame). In those days Volunteers were looked upon as toy soldiers not to be encouraged, but the Volunteers would now have to be considered. In supporting that resolution he suggested that they should no longer endeavour to attach ourselves to any regiment in which Col. Pryce-Jones is connected (loud applause). If that corps was to be formed it should be formed as an artillery corps unless they could be affiliated to some other infantry regiment (cheers). Few towns could give such facilities for artillery practice as they now pressed. Mr Bearne said that they would be second :,c the Militia, but be contended that in about a couple of years it would be the other way about (laughter and cheers). — The proposal ■was put to the meeting and carried, unanimously.— The Ex-Mayor having to leave, Mr A J Hughes, town clerk, took the chair.—The Chairman then invited opinions, as to whether the proposed corps should be infantry or artillery.—Mr Bearne said his preference was to infantry, but either branch would receive his best support,—Mr J C Rea pro- posed that they form an artillery corps, and that it be left to a committee to decide which regiment they should affiliate themselves to.—Mr T Wilson seconded.—Mr Bearne said it did not lay with the committee but with the War Office as to which regiment they would be attached to.—Mr C Lloyd supported an artillery corps, on the ground that it would be difficult to get a range suitable for the Lee-Metford Rifles (hear, hear). — Mr Heritage supported an infantry corps, believing that every soldier should learn the use of small arms. The question of range, he considered, would be no difficulty, inasmuch as a Rifle Club had already been formed in the town, and they, no doubt, would get a range. (A Voice That is private). What they wanted to learn was what the Boers were teaching them now, and that was how to shoot. In the summer they went into camp and it was the best thing they could have. Infantry took the cake in his opinion (laughter and hear, hear).—Mr C Lloyd said the Boers were also show- ing them a bit in artillery practice, and it was necessary, therefore, to become efficient in those weapons. If General White had the men who were present there that evening with him they would have been out of Ladysmith long ago (roars of laughter).—Mr George Fossett Roberts said as a member of the movement initiated in 1897 the difficulties connected with the formation of a rifle corps were almost insuperable, and he feared if they attempted it again they would certainly fail. He would, therefore, support an artillery corps.— Councillor R Peake said the only thing that pre- vented a volunteer corps being formed in 1897 was a certain little bit of difference between one or two and not among the 200 or 300 who were prepared to join. They should not, however, allow such things as those to prevent them obtaining their object. They should receive greater consideration from the War Office, and in the present state of affairs that department could not afford to dispense with their services. He advocated the formation of a com- mittee to make inquiries regarding infantry and at,tillery corps, who could present their report at another public meeting. Mr Peake also urged that Colonel Davies Evans, the Lord-Lieutenant of the County, should be asked to take steps to form vol- unteer corps throughout the whole county. He could go to the War Office and having the whole county at his back, could demard that permission be given to organise such corps. There were hundreds of working men in Cardiganshire willing to join, and Col Evans could go to the War Office and demand a corps for the county (hear, hear). They should ask him point blank if he would go to the War Office and ask for a Cardiganshire corps, not attached to Merionethshire or Montgomeryshire -(hear, hear)—but attached to Cardiganshire, not to a flannel shop (laughter and bear, hear). —Lieutenant Stephens, R.A., was asked to speak, and he laid great stress upon the need of having some one at the head of the movement who could go to the War Office and practically demand what he wanted (hear, hear).-At the suggestion of the Chairman, Mr Rea agreed to withdraw his proposition, Mr Hughes stating that they should not stultify themselves by committing themselves to either an infantry or volunteer corps. He also thought the idea of approaching the lord-lieutenant of the county was an excellent one, and he was perfectly certain that any aid they could secure from him would, they could feel confident, be sup- plemented by the aid of the county member (ap- plause). Col Davies-Evans had a son out in the front, and the Colonel himself was an old soldier. Referring to the letter received from the Adjutant, he stated he could say a great deal about it. But if they were imbued with that true feeling they must let bye-gones be bye-gones. He had had the whole of the correspondence on the matter, and he thought it would be better not to discuss this letter, except to state that it was true it was decided not to form a, Volunteer Corps at Aberystwyth, but there were reasons for that which he could give. However, the same men were again ready to start a Corps, and their number had now been increased tenfold. He knew it was a healthy feeling to have rivalry between county and county, and he had no desire to run down Mont- gomeryshire, but where they bad a county like Cardiganshire it was humiliating to think that they should be affiliated to Montgomeryshire or any other county (applause). He hoped they would get a good committee who would go earnestly and loyally into the question, and secure the Lord- Lieutenant and the County Member to place their claims before the War Office, and if they failed there they would go to the House of Commons (cheers).— Councillor R J Jones said he was a member of the committee that worked in 1897 and 1898, and he felt at that time that it was really an insult to Aberystwyth that they should in any way be affiliated to any county except their own. He felt strongly that they should appoint a small committee and that committee togointothe whole matter as to whether the difficulty of forming an infantry corps was in. surmountable, and report to another public meet- ing as soon as possible. He must say, however, and say it emphatically, that he felt it a disgrace that any town in the county of Cardigan be affiliated to any county but its own. In fact he regarded Montgomeryshire as subordinate to Cardiganshire (hear, hear, and laughter). He also said that only a week or nine days ago he was approached by some members of the old committee and delegated to convene a public meeting similar to this, but seeing the announcement of this meeting he bad not called such meeting in order to see whsft the result would be. He was pleased to find such an enthusiastic assembly, and thought it was a sufficient guarantee that they would have a good Volunteer corps shortly established amongst them. Mr Jones added that Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., said a few days ago that now was the opportunity to form such corps, and Parliament would b" most anxious to accept any sugges- tions that would come from any town. Councillor Peake asked to be allowed to say that so soon as the Rifle Club was sanctioned by the War Office it would be open to everybody. The resolutions to appoint a committee was then un- animously agreed to, the following gentlemen being appointed thereon Messrs R J Jones, D C Roberts, R Peake, T E Salmon, G Fossett Roberts, J C Rea, G H Evans, II 'Bearne, and Lieutenant Stephens. Tke Chief Constable was also named but asked to ot. excused.—Before^ ieaving the large audience joined in singing God save the Queen." Outside the men assembled four deep and marched along Bridge street, Terrace, Terrace road, and up North Parade and Great Darkgate street. They sang patriotic songs and crowds of amused and delighted spectators watched the proceedings from the side- walks. o- —
t-7 5TH VOLUNTEER BATTALION THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS. REGIMENTAL ORDERS By LIEUTENAWT-GOLONEL E. PRYCE-JONES, M.P., Commanding. Headquarters, Newtown, 27th January, 1900. DRILLS.—For recruits only will commence at Welshpool and Towyn next week and will continue until further orders. Parades at Welshpool will be at 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at Towyn at 8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. APPOINTMENT.—The Commanding Officer has been pleased to appoint No 436 Cpl L M Jones L-Sergt in F Co. ENROLMENTS.—The undermentioned having been enrolled at the stations named are taken on the strength of the Battalion, posted to Companies, and allotted Regimental numbers as stated against their names:—"A" Co, Newtown: No 692 Arthur Bennett and 729 Ernest Richards. "B Co, New- town 707 Frederick Evans. C Co, Welshpool: 708 Hugh Blackith. D Co, Machynlleth: 709 James Jones, 710 William Sadlier, 711 Benjamin Pearce. 712 Ricaard Randolph Coggon, 713 Taliesin Cule, 714 Roger Howell, 715 Charles Perkin Pugh, 716 Thomas Williams, 717 Evan Robert Evans, 718 William Llewellyn Davies, 719 Thomas Bowen, and 720 David Pugh. "F" Co, Towyn: 721 Morris Evans, 722 William Parry Jones, 723 David Lewis, 724 Robert Griffith Richards, 725 George Dale Williams, 726 Thomas Edwin Morris, 727 Samuel Davies, and 728 Richard Ferryman Smith. REVERSION.—No 245 Sergt R T Evans, D Co, will revert to Private at his own request and 426 Sergt E L Jones, F Co, will revert to Corporal at his own request. CYCLIST.—No 708 Pte Hugh Blackith, 0" Co, is appointed Cyclist from this date. SECTION FOR SOUTH AFRICA.-No 558 Bugler W Clayton, A Co, No 197 L-C Latham, B Co, and No 218 Pte James, C Co, will be included in the Sec- tion proceeding to South Africa. RESERVE (JOMPANY. -Captain Sir W L Napier, Bart, commanding C Co has been selected by the Officer Commanding 24th Regimental Distiict to command the Reserve Company of the South Wales Volunteer Infantry Brigade for service in South Africa. STRUCK OFF.—The undermentioned are struck off the strength of the Battalion :-No 476 Pte Tallis C Co, 247 Pte Jarman and 241 Pte Edwards D Co, No 5&5 Pte Tannant and 285 Pte Williams E Co, and No 487 Pte Williams F Co. I ""i CONSTITUTION OF DRILLS.— Members over two years are reminded that the following drills are necessary for efficiency Must attend at least 12 drills, three of which must be Battalion drills. To constitute a Battalion drill, 80 of all ranks (ex- clusive of band) must attend, and not less than 16 must be Officers and Sergeants. To constitute a Company drill, 16 of all ranks (exclusive of band) must be present, and not less than two must be Officers or Sergeants. Squad drills at which not less than four rank and file are present, may be reckoned when necessary to complete the number of Company drills, but when so reckoned they can only be counted in the proportion of three Squad drills in lieu of one Company drill. Drills must be of one hour's duration at least before being allowed to count. MUSKETRY RESERVE SECTION.-The rifle ranges will be open this day (weather permitting) for any men who are not yet qualified and are desirous of joining the Reserve Section. By Order, C WALKER, Captain, Adjutant 5th V.B. South Wales Borderers.
THE VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT AT MACHYNLLETH. To the Editor. f; Sir,—If not trespassing too largely upon the space of your good paper, may I be allowed to say how very pleased I am to hear that the above move- ment is looking up a great deal since the war com- .aenced. We are not much ahead of the times here as a rule. But either education is making headway and opening the understandings of the people, or -or else the war is beginning to convince the thick- skinned "that it is about time they moved and exhibited some signs of patriotism, and a spirit of thankfulness for the many and varied blessings of a country like England, and a monarch like Her Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria. The Chairman of the Urban District Council, Mr W M Jones, a leading Calvinistic Methodist, has set a noble example to his fellow-townsmen, and I shall be much surprised if his good example does not bring forth much fruit, not only are numbers of men joining the Volunteers, but also in enlarging the dull comprehensions" of some of his fellow- townsmen, and compelling them to perceive that the fact of a young fellow putting on Her Majesty's uniform is not an index of moral destruction, nor is it in any way a sign of drunkenness and immorality, but rather is it an opportunity for self-government, severe discipline, the control of one's will and temper, and the developing of those finer and more lasting qualities which make a man manly, and a soldier brave and patriotic. I am delighted to find that a number of young men of position have joined the colours. This should have a soothing effect upon the minds of the nervous and irritable ones, and should be the means of making the local corps a very strong one. I congratulate the officer in command, Lieut Wakefield, upon the latest addi- tions to his Company, he should be proud of them. Their influence upon their comrades should be great, and if there has been a tendency amongst any of the Volunteers of MachynlIeth to drink beer to excess, or to do anything unworthy of a soldier of the Queen, then what I would desire to say is this: Let the dead bury its dead," let us hear no more about this cursed drinking and swearing amongst Volunteers-let there be no more taking of God's holy name in vain-nor any signs of intemperance in the ranks, but rather let the Volunteers of Mach- ynlleth so conduct themselves that they may be a uoble example to the youths of the town, a source of comfort and pride to their parents, and reflect credit and glory upon their religion and town. Wishing the movement from the bottom of my heart God-speed.—Iam,&c., D. T. HUGHES, Curate of Machynlleth.
THE REPRESENTATION OF MERIONETH. To the Editor. SIR,-It is difficult in these days to get people to speak or think of hardly anything except the war in its various phases. Still, the above subject is one which must be seriously faced before long, and nothing is to be gained for the county or its re- presentative by delaying right consideration of it till the last moment. Mr W Evans, Birmingham, deserves the hearty thanks of Liberals for his generous offer to contribute £100 a, year for five years towards the expenses of Mr 0 M Edwards, if he continues to represent the county. Nevertheless I do not believe it would be wise for this plan, or any other plan, to compel Mr O M Edwards to retain the seat, to receive support. I was among those of the Liberals of the county who thought it was a grievous error to bring such pressure to bear upon Mr O M Edwards to consent to put himself in nomination for the seat vacated through the death of Mr Ellis. He appeared to me to be under- taking from a sense of duty work which was repugnant to all the inclinations and work of his life. Mr Edwards has done great work for Wales, and if his health and life are spared the debt of Wales to him will, I believe, become greater each succeeding year, for work that no one else could do so effectually. It would be of incalculable benefit to Wales if he were given autocratic authority to mould its system of education, and to breathe into all the schools and colleges his own spirit-a spirit which would be the death of the contemptible worship of everything English, of sectarian bigotry and of moral libertinism. I believe, therefore, that it is wise and prudent of us as Liberals to accept Mr Edwards's resignation, and to set him free for more congenial work-work also which will be of as much if not more value to Wales than any service he could render her in Parliament. We need not go out of the county to seek for a member. It is vain to expect anyone to fill the place which Mr Ellis held latterly in the politics, not only of Merioneth and Wales, but of the kingdom. We have one, if we consider in the county, who will not fail far short of filling the place held by Mr Ellis at the beginning of his career. A cautious young man, of strong con- victions, possessing a thorough knowledge of the needs and aspirations of Wales, and a capable, fluent speaker in both languages. He is not either one of that class who are ready to serve their country in the posts of greatest honour, but one who has done, and is doing, invaluable work in every capacity, the responsibility of which has been laid upon him. I refer to Mr Haydn Jones, Towyn, to whom some districts clung when Mr 0 M Edwards was chosen. He is a Nonconformist born, being a son of the late Rev J D Jones of Rhuthyn, a well-known and highly respected minister with the Congregationalists in his day; and he is himself, I believe, a deacon with the Calvinistic Methodists. The great ones of the Church of England in the county know him well as the man who was mainly instrumental in securing the endowments of Llanegryn to give scholarships for the children of the parish in the County Schools, rather than that they should be used as they had been till then to pay the stipend of the clergyman, and to furnish him a house rent free. The splendid position attained by the Towyn County School as one of the best in the Principality is a monument to his energy, his capacity, and his boundless desire to extend the advantages of a sound education to the children of the district. And concerning his work on the County Council, of which, I expect he will be Chairman next year, is ic not known to all who follow the proceedings ? The county would certainly be the gainer by giving a young man of his high character the opportunity to serve it in the highest position, and I have no doubt he would throw himself into the work with the same devotion and thoroughness as he has manifested in every work he has undertaken.—Yours, &c., F. — +
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF NORTH WALES, BANGOR. An association has recently been formed at the above College under the name of the North Wales Agricultural Students' Association, with Col. Henry Platt, C.B., of Gorddinog, as its president. The object of the Association is to promote agricultural interests in North Wales by holding meetings at which questions affecting the science and practice of agriculture will be discussed, and to assist in other ways the spread of agricultural "education in the northern counties of the Principality. Provision is made in the scheme for the formation of branch societies at local centres throughout the country, which will be associated with the central body. In this way it is hoped that in time the Association will form not only a bond of union between past and present students of the Agricultural Depart- ment of the College, but will also be the means of bringing the agricultural population into closer sympathy with the College in its desire to impart agricultural instruction effectively.
0 • The promotion of Rev Owen Evans, the Warden of Llandovery, to be one of the honorary Chaplains to the Queen is a recognition of well-won merit, and will cause much satisfaction in the Welsh Church, His school, as the Western Mail in its issue of the 27th, observes, holds a proud position in the scholastic world-a position which is largely due to the splendid administration and abilities of the present headmaster." Mr Evans is a graduate of Oxford, and was Minor Canon of Bangor from 1878 to 1885, when he was appointed Theological Lecturer and Professor of Welsh at Lampeter Col- lege. Four years later he was promoted to his pre- sent position, and in the same year was appointed Chaplain to the Bishop of Chester.
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