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Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

14 erthygl ar y dudalen hon



PEACE REJOICINGS AT RUTHIN. A DAY OF JUBILATION. F Owing to the inadequate means of Communication, the inhabitants of Ruthin and neighbourhood were not in receipt of the glorious news of the declaration of peace until Monday morning. We should have sent the news on to Kuthin if there had been any telephonic connection to Ruthin, and we were just about starting a member of our staff on his cycle with the news, but the rain came down in such torrents that it was quite impossible for him to start. Early on Monday morning the hooters of Messrs R Ellis and Son, at their well known mineral water factory, and that of the Cambrian Mineral Water Works, were Jheard for some considerable time, commen- cing about six o'clock, and the slumberers were startled by loud explosions, caused by the firing of fog signal rockets by Mr T J Ivouw, from St Peter's-square. When the cause of this became known the appearance of the town soon denoted active life, and the town immediately became transformed into a scene of rejoicing, flags and other emblems of jollity and enthusiasm being freely displayed from almost every house. The arrival of a messenger at 0.30 a.m., with special Free Press supplements, con- firmed the glad news that peace had been restored in South Africa. The bells of St Peter's Church also pealed forth, being energetically rung by Foreman G A Wil- liams, and Messrs Robert Humphreys. R Denton, F Beech, Charles Williams, R H Williams, and J Lloyd Roberts. The "peal" was also rung at various periods throughout the day. Practically the whole of the business places were closed, and the day was observed as a general holiday. The well kept and extensive beautiful grounds and gardens of the Castle were thrown open to the public, throughout the day, by the generous invitation of Mrs Cornwallis West. As reported in another column, the Town Council had its monthly meeting fixed for that afternoon, but the members unanimously decided to adjourn tie sitting in honour of the declaration of peace. As evening approached, a large number of people congregated on the Square, and the local company of volunteers, together with their comrades in khaki, Under Lieutenant Rouw, paraded the street, headed by the band, led by the regimental goat. Upon returning to the Square they formed up two deep, when The Mayor (Dr J Medwyn Hughes) addressed them thus :-Lieutenant Rouw, Offioers and Men of the" G" Company of the 1st V.B.R.W.F. I am exceedingly sorry that the Lord Lieutenant (Colonel Cornwall West), your honorary Colonel, is unable to be present to-night, because he would have been far more able to perform the duties that I have to perform to-night. You have turned out oa several occasions during the late war to celebrate events, 3but I am sure that you have not been more delighted than you are with the glorious news which reached us this morning, and more pleased to turn out than you are to-night to celebrate the declaration of peace (applause). The welcome news spread like wildfire all over the country and gladdened the hearts of all His Majesty's subjects (hear, hear). This great war has taught us a great many lessons. No war was ever fought with more humanity on the one side and bravery on the other, and it is to be hoped that now peace has been brought about that we shall have no political recriminations and that such expressions as pro-Boers, on the one side, and methods of barbarism—I think it is called-on che other side, will no longer be made use of, but that statesmen will do all they can to convert the brave foes into faithful friends (applause). This war has proved beyond doubt that,the volunteering system of this country is a stern reality and not a-show (hear, hear). It is difficult to conjecture what might have been the consequences if our Volunteers had not bravely responded to the call of duty and fought manfully side by side with the Regulars (hurrah), and I am sure it is very gratifying to all of us here to welcome home those Volunteers who are amongst us this evening, who volunteered for active service, and who distinguished themselves during the war (loud applause). Another great feature of the war was the rallying of the Colonies to the support of the mother country (hear, hear). We have been taught some severe lessons with regard to war and the methods of conducting it, and the Boers have been taught that British power must henceforth be paramount in South Africa (loud applause). I will not detain you any longer, but will just say in conclusion that it will be highly gratifying for His Majesty the King to know that at his Coronation he will be at peace with the whole world (loud and prolonged applause). Cheers for the Mayor someone called from the crowd, and the response was heartily given.. The Volunteers then, at their officer's command, fired six volleys in honour of the occasion, after which the band played U God save the King," the company then parading to the Drill Hall where they piled arms. Returning again they proceeded to the Castle Hotel where the toasts of H The King and of their comrades from South Africa, were enthusiastically drank, upon the call of Lieutenant Rouw. Afterwards there was a brilliant display of fireworks (procured by public sub- scription), the movement having been instigated by Mr T J Rouw, who sent a special messenger to Liverpool to obtain the explosives. Thus did Rnthinites loyally and patriotic- ally celebrate the declaration of peace.