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. Aberystwyth.


Aberystwyth. Aberystwyth experience a rude awakening on y 11 Saturday morning last, or at any rate that portion of the populution which had not aroused from its slumbers at the time when the long-expected news of the relief of Mafeking arrived. Although the in- telligence had reached the whole of the large towns in the Kingdom on Friday night, the first intima- tion received at Aberystwyth was brought by the mail, which arrived at about 6-30 the following morning. The wild screaming of the engine whistles which commenced immediately after the train entered the town set every- one who was about at that hour on the qui rive. Steps were rapidly directed towards the Railway Station, and within a few minutes the welcome news of the relief of Mafeking was spreading far and wide throughout the town. For the following two or three hours the confusion of sound eman- ating from all directions was ear-splitting. Steam whistles in the vicinity of the Railway Station kept up an unceasing din, detonators were fired with an unprecedented prodigality, and there was the booming of cannon resounding from all sides. The streets of the town presented a animated ap- pearance. Aroused by the noise, and anticipating the long looked for news, persons rushed out of their houses without a thought for their morning's toilet. Then they eagerly sought for a con- firmation of their hopes from whoever they chanced to meet first. Having gleaned all the information available at that time, a great many indulged in the wildest enthusiasm, and poured out their congratulations indiscriminately. Small knots also assembled and raised cheers for Baden- Powell and his heroic garrison, and the sounds of rejoicing became universal. Immediately on the opening of the Post Office-at 7 o'clock—a telegram was received addressed to the Lion Hotel, giving the contents of Reuter's message received from Pre- toria the previous night. A large crowd also assembled at the Post Office expecting a War Office telegram, but the news not having come through official sources, this was not forthcoming. In a surprisingly short time the streets of the town became bedecked with flags and bunting of every -description, the Union Jack, of course, predomi- nating. These displays were not confined to the business portions alone, but were equally con- spicuous in the residential parts. The event was celebrated at the College in an unprecedented manner. As soon as the news was known, students quiclky assembled, and active preparations were set on foot to do justice to the occasion. The lady students besieged the shops in the locality, and bought up all the flags available. Lectures were, of course suspended for the day, and all congregated in the quadrangle. Some of the more venturesome of the students then proceeded to the lecture rooms, and carried the professors back to the quadrangle, where they were placed on the gridiron." Even the Principal himself did not escape the ordeal. Speeches were then de- manded, and every remark of each speaker was Cheered to the echo. The students varied the pro- gramme by marching round the quadrangle, singing and cheering. Afterwards a procession was formed of the male and female students, and marched through the town. The leading figure was a student astride a donkey. Then followed a drum, beaten with such hearty vigour that it soon collapsed. Others of the students gave vent to their feelings by creating as much sound as an old concertina, penny whistles and trumpets, and other instruments could give forth. On returning to the College the jubilations were continued for a con- siderable time, and a collection also taken for the repair of the damaged drum. At half-past eleven a public meeting was held at the Town Hall, comprising the Mayor (Alderman C. M. Williams) and Councillors and other influ- ential gentlemen of the town, to consider the best way to celebrate the Relief of Mafeking, the news of which arrived in town early in the morning of that day. The Mayor at the outset said that the meeting had been called hurriedly to consider how best to celebrate the great event which had taken place at Mafeking. He was sure all were glad of the news which they heard that morning (hear, hear.) There had been great anxiety in Aber- ystwyth lately, but now that was at an end. If they had anticipated what they had heard that day steps would have been taken to keep the post office open the previous night. As Mayor he had taken these steps for a great demonstration that -afternoon, which would take the form of a procession. He had asked the tradesmen of the town to close their establishments from two till six. He would like to have asked them to close for a longer time. There was a desire to close from two till six and close again at eight. He felt sure Aberystwyth would be second to none in showing their apprecia- tion of the bravery, tact and patience of the gallant and successful defenders (hear, hear.) They could never express their gratitude for the heroic manner in which Baden Powell had held out in spite of great privations. He had no doubt there was starvation there, if the truth were told. He might say that as soon as he received the telegram that morning he went to see Councillor Peake with regard to organizing a torchlight pro- cession. He would add that Councillor Peake was indispensable in all such matters (hear, hear), and was always ready and willing to oblige, and always did all things thoroughly. It was announced that Mr Green, the Foundry, was also making arrange- ments for burning a tar barrel, whereupon the Mayor said that in his opinion the best plan would be for Mr Green to co-operate with them and have the thing done on a large scale.—Councillor R. J. Jones said that on behalf of the Gas Company, any amount of tar would be supplied (applause). Mr Jones also said that he thought it would be an opportune moment to subscribe towards the Baden Powell Fund. He suggested that collections be made during the procession towards this fund, and that the Mayor for ward the amount on behalf of Aberystwyth. He added that he had met four friends that morning, and had taken upon himself to ask them for a subscription. He was pleased to say he had in hand four and a half guineas.—The Mayor suggested that the three bankers be treasurers, and that a notice be inserted in the local papers calling attention to the fund.—The collecting book was then handed round, and the sum of £ 20 was realized.—Mr. R. J. Jones said that a good plan would be to cable Aberystwyth's congratulations to Mafeking, and it was decided to do so. It was also decided that the fire brigade, lifeboat, cycling clubs, school children, etc., should be included in that day's demonstration.—Before closing the meeting, Mr. A. J. Hughes brought up the question of volunteers for Aberystwyth. 11 He said that one of the great difficulties they had to contend with in trying to form a corps at Aberystwyth was to get a commanding officer, but now, he was glad to say, that difficulty was surmounted. He was authorised to say that Major Bonsall would take the command if an invitation were addressed to him (applause). There was a public meeting to be held on Tuesday night, so that they were fairly on the way to have a corps at Aberystwyth. When the exceedingly short time at the disposal of the promoters is considered, the arrangements for the afternoon procession were highly- nieri toriolls. The starting place was fixed at the Town Hall, and from there the procession proceeded along Queen's- road to the Queen's Hotel, thence long the Terrace, through Pier-street, Great Darkgate-street and !Nortl>parade, and back to the Town Hall. The procession, which was headed by the Town Band, under the capable conductorship of Mr Jack Edwards, was voted to be the finest even seen in the town. The members and officials of the Cor- poration were present in full force, the Mayor being arrayed in his official robes, and the Town Clerk in his wig and gown. The procession also consisted of the Fire Brigade, in full uniform, a posse of police in charge of Chief Constable Howel Evans, a squad of local Naval Reserve men, the lifeboat and its crew, Mr Gilbert Rogers and his Merry Troopers, the College students, sch°ol children, etc. The chairman, directors, and officials of the Aberystwyth Gas Company, the latter in- cluding the engineer (Mr H. Woodall, London), were also present. All Aberystwyth had turned out along the route of the procession, and the enthusiasm of the townspeople as the calvacade passed along was unbounded. Returning to the Town Hall, the Mayor addressed a few words to. the huge throng. He said that the grand demon- stration witnessed that day showed that Aberyst- wyth was second to no town in its joy at the relief of Mafeking (cheers). He thought all would be of one opinion in saying that the conduct of Colonel Baden-Powell and his brave men during the very long period of hardships and trials they had under- gone was deserving of their highest admiration as a nation (loud applause). Cheers were afterwards given for the Queen, Baden-Powell, his officers and saen, and for Lord Roberts, and the Mayor and Mayoress were similarly honoured. The same night another grand pageant was wit- nessed, a torchlight procession on an extensive scale having been organised. The arrangement of the procession was almost identical with that of the afternoon, but the effect was considerably heightened by the glare of the torches, which num- bered over 200, and the burning of tubs of in- flammable materials carried upon long poles. The sight was an imposing one, and will not soon be forgotten by any who saw it. An effigy of Kruger was carried at the head of the procession. There were further demonstrations on returning to the square opposite the Town Hall, and the Mayor de- livered another short address. Thus did Aberyst- wyth show its appreciation of the gallant stand I made by Baden-Powell and his brave garrison. Much praise is due to Councillor R. Peake for the great trouble he took in superintending the details of the day's proceedings, and he was ably assisted by Chief Constable Howel Evans and his staff of police. We are informed that the amount collected at the Town Hall and at the two processions reached nearly E50, which is to be forwarded to Lady Curzon's fund raised with the object of assist- ing those who suffered in the siege of Mafeking. cl A significant fact in connection with the jubila- ions on Saturday was the decoration of one of the vessels lying in the harbour. The "Irene" is a Danish ship just arrived from the Baltic with a cargo of timber for Mr Lloyd, and carries a Dutch crew. When the news of the relief of Mafeking was made known, however, she was quickly decor- ated with flags from stem to stern, and presented a smarter appearance than any other craft in the harbour. The amounts collected in the boxes were as follows :—Miss Rea, White Horse Hotel, El 8s 6d j Mr D. C. Edwards, Terrace-road, 4s 4d: Miss Weller, 3s 6d; Miss Morris, 2s 2d j Miss Doughton, 12s 5i-d j Miss Owen, George-street, P,2 10s lid Miss Davies, 2s 6!d; Miss Wilkinson, lis L £ d; Miss Benbow, 13s 7d; Miss Wheatley, 5s 6d; Miss Kendrick, 10s 6d; Miss Penry, 13s 4d; and Miss Vaughan Rees, zEl 19s 6d. 11 2

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