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V rrr^=. —- .-sr. -r Great Gathering OF Tenantry and Others at Ruthin Castle. Meeting Her Grace THE Duchess of Westminster. MOST ENJOYABLE FUNCTION. Colonel W Cornwallis West, Lord Lieutenant f the county, and Mrs "W est issued mvU;.tiona to the Mayor and Corporation of Buthia and all subscribers io the presents, given to Her Grace the Duchess of Westminster on her marriage last year, including the tenantry on the estate, to an entertainment at Ruthin Castle on Wednesday last, from three to jtix o elock, to meet the Duke and Duchess ef Westminster. It had been intended to carry out this pleasant function soon after the marriage, but it was found impossible last year to arrange such a gathering, much to the disappointment of the Duke and Duchess, as well as of Colonel and Mrs Cornwallis West, and upon this occasion the arrangements also proved an- fortqnate in one particular, as Col. West informed the assembly, inasmuch as the Duke was not able to be present, he having gallantly responded to the call of duty and attended a Government inspection of his Yeomanry. Such action when it became tnown was received with acclamation and praise of a gentleman, who when called upon deprived himself of the pleasure of attending, to carry out his duties to King and country. A telegram received from His Grace during the afternoon posted at Landiway read thus Duchess i Vesfc- aainster, Ruthin Castle, Ruthin. Please convey my regret to all at Ruthin a my inability to be there to-day and give reason. .Westminster." The extensive, beautiful, and well-kept grounds and gardens of Ruthin Castle pre- sented an animated scene, when in response to the invitations about 560 persons assembled those present being indieated in the list of subscribers given at the con- clusion of the report. At three o'clock the guests began to arrive in large numbers, and whiled away their time until the arrival of the Duchess by parading the beautiful grounds, and indulging in the ancient game of bowls which was provided on the large teaais court. The arrival of the Duchess, accompanied "fey her esteemed father and mother, put an end to all play, and the Duchess then greeted each and everyone with a hearty hand-shake and a few words of con versa-1 tign as also did Col and Mrs Cornwallis West. The Duchess looked extremely pretty in a white glace silk dress with fancy buttons, a dog-skin coat with lace collar and revers, and wore a picture straw hat trimmed with fed roses and silk ribbon. Mrs Cornwallis West was attired in a grey dress, trimmed with white silk hori- zontal strappings, and she wore a tuscan Straw hat with chic red bow at back. The introduction ceremony over, the Sounding of a gong announced that tea was ready in a large marquee erected in front ef the Castle. The tables had been choicely arranged and laden with all kinds ot delicacies, and reflected the greatest credit upon the caterers, Messrs Baker and Sons, of Chester. Plants and choice :flowers had been used in the decorations which added to the beauty of the scene. Seated at the top table were Col and Mrs Cornwallis West and the Duchess of West- minster. the Mayor of Ruthin (Dr J Medwyn Hughes) and Mrs Hughes, Miss Denton, Mr G H Denton, Llanrhaiadr Hall; Lady A Taylour, the Hon Miss Chetwynd, the Hon Mrs Blezard, Pool Park Ccl Lloyd, and Mr R B Birch. Col Cornwallis West, who was received Trith applause, said that Mrs West and limselt cordially welcomed them all there that day. Unfortunately last year they were unable to do so, only they strongly wished that their daughter should hare had the opportunity, as she had that day, of thanking all the kind friends for the beautiful presents she received on her marriage. The circumstances were such that it had to be postponed to that day, which unluckily for one of the princi- pal actors had proved very unfortunate. And for this reason the Duke of West- minster had, at the last moment, responded to the call of duty to attend an inspection of the Yeomanry. But the Duchess-their dear daughter—was present (loud applause) to take his place and to extend to them all her gratitude for all that had been shown towards them (hear, hear). There would be three occasions on which those that re- presented the different donors would be enabled to express their views and a few words to the Duchess. There would be the Mayor of Ruthin who, together with his Council, had been kind enough to prepare an address showing, he was happy to say, that the sympathy still existed which had existed for so many years between the ancient municipality of the town of Ruthin and his (Col West's) family (loud applause). The Rev J F Reece would express a few words for those ladies and gentlemen who so kindly presented a beautiful present to his daughter—the Duchess—a present which they had the good sense to ask her to select, and which turned out, as he him- self could bear witness, in the purchase of zome beautiful chairs of the time ,of Xiouis XV pattern, and which new decoratfed her boudoir (applause). There would also be his friend, Mr Roberts of Foxhall, who would address Her Graee for the tenantry of tho estate also Mr Jones, of Llanarmon, who would speak on behalf of the tenantry there (hear, hear). Mr Roberts repre- sented those who had given to his daughter, the Duchess, one of the most beautiful presents that was given to her on her marriage. He had seen many eyes gazing with admiration over this present, and he had no doubt that a great many of the young ladies present would some day receive one oqually as handsome (laughter and applause). As regards the Llanarmon tenantry and the present they Iaad made he could tell them that when he went to Katoa Hall to breakfast and saw the beautiful got of breakfast silver on the table he made an observation how extremely beautiful it was, and he was then informed that it was the present made by the Llanarmon tenantry (hear, hear). He felt sure it would be extremely gratifying and pleasing to them to know that the present ww -used every tnOrhiu^ on, the breakfast tablo at Eaton j Hall (applausf). lie wuld only say on be- half of Mrs West and himself that he cordially thanked them all for their kind- ness (hear, hear). It would be an incentive to their dear daughter to do all she could for those who had been so kind to her, and she would ever hold in dearest remembrance the people of Wales and the county of Denbigh (loud and continued applause). The Duchess of Westminster, who was received with enthusiastic cheers and ap- plause, said she need not assure them how very glad she was to be present that day to be able to thank them one and all for the beautiful wedding presents she had received (applause). It seemed merely a small way to come amongst them and say simply "Thank you," but she could assure them that the presents she had received from Ruthin and Llanarmon would be valued more than any she had ever received (loud applause). Col West: Col Lloyd has been deputed to come and make the Duke's personal apologies for not being here to-day (hear, hear). Col Lloyd said he must really apologise for the absence of His Grace, who was unable to be present that day. When the Duchess came to his room in Eaton that morning and asked him to accompany her to Ruthin because the Duke was unable to do so, he told her that he did not think anyone had the slightest wish to see him at Ruthin [No, no], and that possibly he would only be received with groans (laughter), but he saw they were all peace- ably inclined, therefore he was pleased to be present (hear, hear). What he bad come to say was that he saw the Duke in camp on the previous day, and was told to express on his behalf deep regret at not being able to keep his fixture at Ruthin. It was quite impossible for him to be present because the General had said he would inspect the regiment that day, and he (the Duke) did not like to leave them (hear, hear). If he had been present he would have thanked them for the most beautiful presents, chosen with so much taste, which had been given to his wife on her marriage (hear, hear). He thought the Duke would have thanked them most for the fair lady they had given him from their midst as a wife (applause). He had had the pleasure of seeing the Duchess a good deal throughout last year, and he could say that she would certainly help the Duke to fulfil the duties in the highest possible manner, which God had called upon him to do (hear, hear). He would tell the Duke that they had received his name with acclamation (loud applause). He once more begged to express the deep regret of the Duke for his absence (hear, hear and ap- plause). Col Cornwallis West: The Deputy Town Clerk is now going to read the address L prepared by the Mayor and the Town Council of Ruthin (applause). Mr Baldwin Griffith then read the address as follows :— From the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of Ruthin to Miss Shelagh Cornwallis West. [Thi was the gold inscription on the outside of the album.] To Miss Shelagh Cornwallis West on the occasion of her marriage with the Duke of Westminster. Dear Madam,—We, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Borough of Ruthin, desire your acceptance of this collection of photographic views of your native town and neighbourhood as a small token of the great respect which we feel and have always felt for you and your family. The connection of your family with this town for so long a period has been so felicitous that the welfare of every member of the one has become a matter of vivid concern to all the inhabitants of the other. We feel, therefore, sincere pleasure in expessing our earnest wish that the sunshine of God's Blessing may rest as an aureola upon your union, and that such union may be an indissoluble bond of hearts bringing with it not only increased and continued happiness for you and yours, but also giving you a greater sphere and a more powerful influence over the good of ethers. J Medwyn Hughes, Mayor, W Lloyd, Town Clerk." The Mayor of Ruthin (Dr J Medwyn Hughes) said he could assure them that during his protracted mayoralty nothing had given him greater pleasure than to take part in the presentation of that address to the Duchess of Westminster. He felt greatly obliged to Col Cornwallis West—as also did the Corporation of Ruthin—for the opportunity given to them of welcoming the Duchess of Westminster back to her old home (applause) and to say how pleased they were to see her (hear, hear). They would have been greatly pleased to see the Duke of Westminster, but owing to circum- stances he was unable to be present amongst them that day. The address, from a monetary point of view, was not a very valuable one, but he hoped the Duchess would not look at it in that light, but would think more of the feeling which prompted them when they made the presentation (hear, hear). It would remind her friends in her new home that she was brought up in possibly the loveliest spot in the world, and if she would be good enough to give the address a prominent place at Eaton Hall it would, he hoped, bring back recol- lections and remind her of a place where everbody was her friend and well-wisher (bear, hear and applause). He could wish the Duke and Duchess no better luck than to follow in the footsteps of the heads of their respective families, and he sincerely trusted that posterity would be able to speak of their good deeds as they, that day, were able to speak of the heads of Eaton Hall and of Ruthin Castle (hear, hear). He again thanked them for the opportunity of meeting the Duchess, and it was with the greatest of pleasure that he handed to Her Grace the address which contained views of Ruthin Castle and the district (hear, hear and loud applause). Rev J F Reece said he only wished he could make his voice heard at the other end of that large marquee. As they were aware it was only a little church in which he was accustomed to speak, therefore he did not think his voice would penetrate as clearly and distinctly as that of Col West had done to the other end of the assembly. He was only thinking when he heard the voice of Col West what an excellent clergy- man he would have made (laughter and applause). He (the speaker) stood there as representing the donors of gifts to the Duchess other than those that were pre- sented by tho Town Council, and the tenantry of the Ruthin Castle Estate. This occasion had been a very happy time in this neighbourhood to those who took the deepest interest in the alliance between Ruthin Castle and Eaton Hall (hear, hear). Col and Mrs Cornwallis West and Ruthin Castle had always occupied a large place in their affeotion and esteem, and the Duchess of Westminster was a worthy daughter of very worthy parents (loud applause). He had known Col West f«r more than 20 years, and during that time he had never known a gentleman of greater integrity who was most anxious to do right than he was (hear, hear). He sympathised with anything which was for good, and always did his duty, tMd he had never known Col West to shrink ene inch from what ho thought was right (bear,, hear). Such was. the gentle- man they did honour to that day, and whose daughter occupied such a proud position, and he ventured to think that Col West occupied a -much higher position in the esteem and affection of those who were his < acquaintances. As for Mrs West, wherever she went ehc spread a. light of pleasuntuess I (applause). She Wd'; known i'1 every houso hold in the district, and they all knew how she sympathised with every good work in the town of Rutbin, or in the country (hear, bear). The Duchess they had known from childhood (hear, hear). She had a kind word and a smile for everybody which she had inherited from her mother (ap- plause). He was sure she would make an excellent wife (hear, bear). The -Duke of Westminster when he cMr Reece) met him made a most favourable impression, and one gathered from the selection of a wife which he had made that he was a man ot the keenest discernment (hear, hear). No- body really showed his wisdom better than when selecting a wife, and none in England had done better than the Duke of West- minster (laughter and applause). Not only had he a wise head upon his shoulders, but he had also shown what stuff he was made of (applause). When a demand was made for men the Duke of Westminster left a home of luxury to fight for his Queen and country (loud applause). But the wisest thing of all that he had done was when he selected a bride from Ruthin Castle (ap- plause). There was the tradition that most of the wealth of the Westminster family, where it was said that it came from Welsh heirs(hear hear), and what was more fitting but that the Duke should come to Wales for his bride (hear, hear). He was certain that the Duke could not have found a more loving and amiable wife than he had chosen (hear, hear). She occupied a large place in the affection of all who knew her, and they from this district wished her a long, happy and useful life (applause). He was sure the words of the mother that day must revert to the words of the poet Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever Do lovely things, not dream them, all day long; And so make life and death, and that For-Ever, One grand sweet aeng. (applause). Mr Roberts, Foxhall, was sure that, al- though Col West bad made his voice heard at the extreme end ef the marquee, he would not be able to do so, neither did he think it wae necessary (laughter and hear, bear). What remained for him to say was to express, on behalf of the tenantry of the Rilthin Castle Estate, their well-wishes towards the Duke and Duchess (hear, hear). They wished them a long life and good health te maintain the grand position which Providence had called upon them te fill (applause). He had no doubt whatever but that they would do so, and whether Providence granted them a long or short life, he wished them a long life of happi- ness and usefulness, so that they would be able to leave the wcrld a little better than they found it (hear, hear and applause). He again expressed the tenants' best wishes to the Duke and Duchess. They were in- deed pleased to see the Duchess and they were only serry that the Duke had been prevented from being present (applause). Mr Jonce, ef Llanarmon, who spake in Welsh on behalf ef the Llanarmon tenantry, remarked that some ef them were over 80 years of age, aad were unable to be present, but he felt sure their hearts were with him that day when he said he felt extremely obliged to Colonel and Mrs West for their invitation to Ruthin Castle, and the pleasure it had been to meet the Duchess (applause). They were only disappointed that they had not had the honour and pleasure of meeting the Duke that day, but it was just as good with the Duchess being there (applause). He hoped they would have the pleasure at Llanarmon some day ef a visit from the Duke (hear, hear), and concluded by wishing the Duke and Duchess a long and happy married career with the blessings of married life- ohildred (laughter and applause). Tea over cheers were given on the in- itiative of the Rev W P Whittington, for the Castle family, which were acknowledged and Col West then informed the assembly that the grounds and gardens were open to inspection. The Castle party seated themselves around the tennis court and for a consider- able time witnessed the bowling which was enthusiastically indulged in. One interesting thing which claimed the attention of those present was the tree which had been planted by the Prinee of Wales (the present King), when he was the honoured guest of Col and Mrs West. The gardens were exceedingly beautiful and reflected credit upou Col West's staff of gardeners. The laige and ornamental beds of forget-me-nots, pansies, anemomes, wall flowers and other spring flowers pre- sented a lovely spectacle. Mrs West's dutch garden of alysum violas, daisies, &c., was greatly admired. Indeed the whole of the gardens including the kitchen garden were in the pink ef condition, and large palms were placed on the tennis court, producing a pretty effect. The lower portion of the Castle interior, with its elegant and costly furniture was also open to the guests, and greatly admired, and the magnificent way in which the flowers and other additions were arranged was the subject of much favourable comment. The new band of the "G" Company of the 1st V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers efli- ciently discoursed music during the after- noon, under the conductorship of Mr John Edwards, senior, and Bandmaster John Edwards, by kind permission of Capt J Jenkins,, the commanding officer. The programme of music was: March," Victoria Rifles," Wilton Roche. Fantasia, "Gladys," D Watson. March, Fighting Lads of England," Wilton Roche. Waltz, "Love's Serenade," Karl Semers. March, Britons rally round your flag," S A Frost. Fan- tasia, Arcadia," Karl Semers. "Village Blacksmith," Wright and Round. March, Man-O'-War," Adrian Rolfe. Valse, Dorothy," J Greenwood. Quadrille, "Town and Country," Stanley Drayton. Schottiche, Lily of the Valley," G Green- wood. "Auld Lang Syne," J Edwards, bandmaster. God Save the King." About six o'clock the Duchess seated herself in her motor-car and departed for Eaton Hall amidst loud cheers and waving of hats and handkerchiefs. We subjoin the list of subscribers to the different presents, and the whole of these received invitations to this gathering and also invitations for other members of the family, such as wives and daughters, need- less to say, that everyone invited was pre- sent, unless something absolutely prevented them.










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