Gold-mining in Merioneth- shire. OPENING OF THE EDEN MINE, DOLGELLEY. (THE ONLY FULL REPORT) An important development in the gold-mining industry of North Wales was celebrated on Satur- day last, on the occasion of the opening of the Eden Gold Mine, Tvnygroes. near Dolgelley. That the industry has become a permanent one as far as Merionethshire, at least, is concerned, is too evident to need comment, and recent Government returns prove conclusively that Welsh gold-mining offers better prospects to the investing public than many similar properties elsewhere. The mines require only moderate capital, and, with careful and ex- perienced management and the best machinery, there is no reason why the Welsh gold mines should not occupy a foremost position amongst the gold mines of the world. The Eden Gold mine is situated about six miles from Dolgelley, in the heart of Merionethshire. The surrounding country is delightfully pretty and romantic, and the heather-covered hills, which rise majestically all around, have a charming appearance at this time of year. The new venture, which is designated the Eden Gold Estate Company, has at its head an American lady, named Mrs Keightley, who has had considerable experience in gold-mining in her native country, The Company has purchased the Cefndeuddwr Estate, which comprises about 525 acres. Although only purchased by Mrs Keightley on April 2nd last, the necessary machinery has been erected, and the actual production of gold has commenced. There are fifteen lodes, nine direct and six cross, and each lode has fully three quarters of a mile run. Digging is now carried on chiefly in I No. 6 lode, and the assay of this lode has proved it to be very productive. During the tasting a result was obtained from picked stuff equal to 400ozs. to th6 ton. The ore contains a little copper, and also blende, The Company at present are working solely for the gold, butit is:intended shortly to erect a concentrator for the copper. The crushing mill is fitted with the most modern machinery, supplied by Messrs Mills and Sons, Heywood, near Man- chester. There are eight crushing pans, measuring 3ft. 6in. across, with bolts weighing 13cwt. Each of these pans will be capable of dealing with about 5 cwt of ore every nine hours. The motive power for the machinery is supplied by water, of which there is a sufficient supply from both the Eden and the Mawddach Rivers. Although only six h. p. is required at present, the Company has at its command power equal to 36 h. p., and with the riverat its lowest on Saturday, the large wheel supplied sufficient power by being driven at only quarter speed. The manager of the mine is Capt. Evans, of Barmouth, a gentleman who has been associated with gold-mining in North Wales from its earliest days. No one is better fitted by ex- perience and energy to carry the venture to a suc- cess than he. He has already shown his ingenuity in the erection of the machinery and in bringing the water power under control. In regard to the latter, especially, he bas been exceedingly success- ful, The water is taken from the river several hundred yards above the mill, and is brought down by means of a wooden trough, with the result that a power is obtained more than ample for the pur- poses required. Saturday last being the first day on which amalgam was taken from the pans, Mrs Keightley invited a number of gentlemen and the workmen employed at the mine to a celebration dinner at the Tynygroes Inn. Dr Keightley presided, and those present were Alderman J Hughes Jones, J.P., Aberdovev, and Dr J. Jones, Dolgelley (members of the Merioneth County Council), Mr Charles Breeze, Portmadoc (solicitor to the Company), Captain Wm. Buckley and Mr Ellis Wilkin, Barmouth; and Captain Evans (manager), together with Messrs Griffith Pearce, Cefndeuddwr; E. H. Pearce, Humphrey Humphreys, Edward Gittings, Hugh Hughes, Richard Owen, Evan Jones, F. M. Griffith, Robert Pugh, David Roberts, Isaac Williams, John Williams, and G. Fern. After partaking of an excellent dinner, provided by Host and Hostess Williams, Mrs Keightley, accompanied by Mrs Charles Breeze, Portmadoc, and Miss Hargrove. London, entered the room, and received an enthusiastic welcome. In acknowledging the reception accorded her, Mrs Keightley said:—It gives inc great pleasure to see you all with us to-day, to celebrate ttie advent o'f the youngest child among Welsh mining industries, the baby, as it were, the Eden mine. I would like to call your kind attention to some facts in regard to this young industry, which I think will interest you. On April 2nd of this year, I purchased he mine. On April 17th, the Manager was at Heywood, ordering the machinery. On June 5th the machinery arrived at Dolgelley. On the 23th of June the machinery started to work. On July 2nd we went formally to work, this being the date on which the quicksilver was first put into the pans. And to-day, the 13th of July, we have obtained the first results, which are satisfactory beyond the usual expectation (applause). The mine has had difficulties to encounter. There was a very difficult watercourse to construct, regarding which the man in the street" said that it could not ba done; and there were other difficulties, such as one always expects to meet with in any new enterprise. But all these have been successfully overcome, thanls to the industry, the loyalty and the genius of my colleague and manager, Captain Thomas Evans (cheers). Captain Evans reminds me of an old negro preacher, whom I once hpard. He was talking to his congregation, and he said "Brethren, if de Lord was to tell me to jump through a stone wall twenty feet thick, why, Brethren, I'd jump I Jumpin' at it belongs to me; gittin me through it belongs t) de Lord." (laughter). Captain Evans is always keoll to jump at a difficulty, and I must say that he generally gets through (hear, hear). My thanks are due to him, and also to those among you who have assisted me by your work, so faithfully given. And I must not forget to speak of Mr Pierce, the surface lessee, whose good will has _l"r.Y\ou"'+h counted for much. Mr Pierce is goou 10 ™ In giving you the data which I have given, I wish to say that, to my mind, they are of importance, and for this reason.—We wish to assist in the developement of Wales, and one obstacle in the direction of the opening up of mines, is that it is considered necessary to spend so much money, such large sums, in expensive machinery, which often cannot be run during the dry season, and to wait for such a long time before results can be obtained. If you can show that these large sums are not needed, that investors with smaller purses can come into the country, and can work with less machinery--as in pans versus stamps and by careful management and economy, putting one root before the other, can obtain fair results with less risk, then you can hope to envelope the mines of this district with rapidity.-(Applause.)-And I may claim for myself that I have a rightful interest in Wales, and in this part of Wales. You all of you know that I am an American; but you do not know, perhaps, that I am half Welsh by birth. My grandfather, Chief Justice Ell;s I.ewi,, was of direct Welsh descent; the old Crusader whose tomb is to be seen in Dolgelley Church, is our ancestor and our people came fromN annau and Cors-y- Gedol. We have still onr ancient Welsh Bible, which some of my people brought over from Wales, and our interest in her welfare has always been great (hear, hear). Then, too, like all Ameri- cans and Welshmen, I believe in worK. ou nave a future King who believes in work. Little Prince Edward of York said but the other day It seems we are all to be Kings, but I wont, I am going to be a doctor." Like him, this Eden, this baby mine, has a mind, just as a child may have a character. This mind is what I will call the policy of the Eden. Its policy is twofold. The first point is this We stand for expansion, and not for monopoly (hear, hear). We think that there is room for all, and we extend the hand of gco 1 fellowship to all miners and intending investors. We want to see the country opened up, and to see all farmers, miners, ar.d all concerned, participating in the benefits obtained. In the second place, we believe in spending in the country what is made in the country, and for this reason, among others, my husband, Dr Keightley, has purchased Glan- mawddach, and we hope to reside among you, our neighbours and friends, during a part of each year (applause). I will not detain you longer except to say that some objection has been voiced to me in regard to mining spoiling the face of the country. But., ladies and gentlemen, you cannot spoil Wales. The Divine Power that made her beautiful, that placed her smiling among her mountains, made her strong, too strong for the hand of man to disfigure. The dumps and waste heaps of the mines are no more noticeable than are the scars and landslides of her rugged rocks and hills. And, for my part, I would see her harbours full of shipping, an army of miners in every mine (cheers). And so I will ask you to drink a toast with me—" Yr wyf yn dymuno llwyddiant i'r Gymry a'u gwlad." The Company joined enthusiastically in drinking the toast, and Mrs Keightley afterwards presented each of her guests with a pipe and a quantity of tobacco. Captain Evans, in returning thanks to Mrs Keightley for her generosity, said she was a lady who bad come to live amongst them, not with the object of seeking a fortune for herself, nor as a company promoter, nor as a speculator either, but as a lady desirous of developing the mineral wealth of the country for the benefit, the wen-being, the prosperity, and the happiness of all miners, work- men and t1 c:r families. These, by doing their best for Mrs Keightly, would thus be doing their best for themselves, and when he expressed his own sentiments he believed be also expressed the feel- ing of every one present, when he said that they all desired every success and long life to Mrs and Dr Keigbtley (applause). Their generosity and kind- hearted actions had already won the esteem and admiration of all those who had known them, and" am hyny byw byth bo Mrs and Dr Keightley" (cheers.) Before the ladies retired from the dining-room, Dr John Jones said he thought it was their duty to pass a most cordial vote of thanks to Mrs Keightley for her hospitality that day. They were all very grateful to her and ought to be still more grateful to her for coming to this beautiful old county of theirs to open up and develope some of their gold mines, and to show all the world and the editor of a certain newspaper that gold was to be found in the county, and if properly worked w; s to be found in paying quantities. (Applause). He was afraid that some of the mines in the county had failed through not being properly worked, and being over-capitalised. He was glad to find the present mine was worked on sound financial principles, and he felt assured that gold-minit.g would become a permanent industry in their midst, and give employment to hundreds of men. (Hear, hear). They ought to be very proud of Mrs Keightley and the other people who came to their county to open up these mines. It was their duty in their different spheres to see that nothing was done to cripple or paralyse these industries. He thought every encouragement, and support should be given them, and he wished every success and prosperity to this mine—(Hear, hear). He had no doubt as to the future of this mine, because he found it had as its manager such an able gentleman as Capt. Evans. He was a man whom they all respected, who, from his cradle up practically, had worked in the gold mines of North Wales- (Applause). What he did not know about gold- mining was not worth knowing, and they all ought to be very proud of him—(Hear, hear). He hoped both Dr and Mrs Keightley would be long spared by Providence to enjoy life among the hills and glens of the beautiful county of Merioneth—(Applause). Songs were given at this stage by Mr Griffith Pearce and Mr E. H. Pearce. Mr Charles Breeze, in proposing the health of Dr and Mrs Keightley, said he did not think any offence would be given Mrs Keightley if they applied to Dr Keightley the term of her better half. They all knew with what thoroughness she had thrown herself into this enterprise, and be joined heartily with Dr Jones in wishing the new mine every prosperty. Mrs Keightley had referred to the fact that the Eden mine had started as a lamb. It had come into the fold, and he hoped it would prosper and grow amongst them. He could say that he could claim some slight credit for having intro- duced that lamb to Mrs Keightley in conjunction with his friend, Capt. Evans. If it did stray from the fold. he hoped it would have the benefit of any medical skill which Dr Keightley could afford. Should it fall into a pitfall beyond the help of Dr Keightley, then he (the speaker) thought his pro- fessional services would be required to provide it with food and medicine of a different kin(i-(Hear. hear, and laughter). He hoped it would not fall foul of anything, but would live in peace and harmony with its neighbours. If it did, he would have the greatest pleasure in extricating it from its difficulties—(laughter)—, and at the same time perhaps, benefitting himself—(Renewed laughter). Every benefit accruing to himself would be small compared with the inestimable good which might accrue to the Company from the help he might be able to afford. But, joking aside, it afforded him great pleasure to see this enterprise started. Although in the past-even the short period of ten or twelve years' ago—it was deemed almost impos- sible to start an enterprise of this sort without an excessive amount being spent in providing machinery, still the last ten or twelve years had made a great difference as to the necessity of a large amount of machinery. There was also another difference, that whereas before there was a ,in keenness in competition, in these days it was recog- nised that they must help one another. If they wished to succeed and wished the country to succeed, and especially the county of Merioneth, they could only hope to see that success by cordially co-operating one with another in making the difficulties light, and in joining forces to urge the Government to reduce royalties; to give every facility for the better working of mines, and, above all, of facilitating the means of transit as between the point of production and the point of export. In this respect, light railways would come largely to their help, and he hoped ere long to see a scheme of light railways, between Dolgelley and that district. He did not think light railways would spoil the scenery. They would, no doubt, affect materially the output and bring in a much larger profit, which at present was expended on the cost of transit. He hoped the different proprietors of mines would put their heads together, and try to induce the authorities to overcome tne very small difficulties that really existed in the way of such an enterprise. In this district, Mrs Keightley deserved praise which they could not stint them- selves in giving.—(Hear, hear.)—Of course, it rested with the future to say bow far she might succeed or fail. He would emphasize the point that she came there to help the people of the district, and it went without saying that all would benefit in divers ways by her success—(applause.)—It behoved them, therefore, to put aside any little point where they thought they were being less well treated than they ought to be, in order that the success of the mine might be -vell assured. The health of Dr and Mrs Keightley was then heartily drunk with musical honours. Dr Keightley, in responding, said short speeches made long friends, and he did not propose, there- fore, to endanger their friendship by being at all lengthy. He thanked them very much for the kind way they had drunk his health, but more especially for the way they bad received Mrs Keightley, Mr Breeze had alluded to him as the better half. He rather reversed the process, he believed because it was usually put the other way. But the fact re- mained that united they stood, and divided they fell, and Mrs Keightley and himself would do their utmost to make those things in which they succeeded a success for all those who helped them.—(Applause). They did not want to come there and take things out of the country, and then go home and say Wales is good enough to get money out of, but it is not good enough to live in." They wanted to be a part of it themselves.—(Hear, hear). They might not belong to the country, although Mrs Keightley did by descent, yet they wanted to make the country feel that they belonged to it, and bad its interests at heart.—(Applause). Mining in Wales had a varied reputation, but it was a reputation which he thought had in many instances been very much belied. It would be their object to bring to the county that prosperity which Wales deserved, aud ought to have, and shall have. It had a future before it,(Hear, hear.). And it had the power of making it for itself. Dr Keightley spoke highly of the capabilities of Captain Evans, and said without him, Mrs Keightley or himself would have little chance of success. It was due to his unbounded energy, his management, and care that the mill had been started in so short a space of time. They had before them an example of the man in the extremely able manner he had worked out the watercourse; he had overcome all obstacles, and bad brought water to the mill in a way that people sai 1 it could not be done, and be now had six times as much water power as was required, although he hoped it would not be six times as much as he would ultimately require (applause.) The whole scheme was only started on the 2nd April, and in a little over two months the mine was practically in full working order. Had it not been for Captain Evans, he felt that the mine would not have bean started for another two or three months (bear, hear.) Dr Keightley, in conclusion, asked the company to drink to the health of Captain Evans, and this was heartily done. The toast of The Host and Hostess was given in felicitous terms by Captain Buckley. Mr E. H. Pearce, speaking in Welsh, thanked Dr and Mrs Keightley, on behalf of the workmen, for the invitation extended them to such an enjoyable dinner. Captain Evans, addressing the workmen in Welsh, said they all knew the situation of things in the county, and the great difficulty there was to get persons to spend their money in opening up the mines. But Mrs Keightley bad come forward, and bad invested her money. She had given it into the hands of a complete stranger, almost, and he (the speaker) could only say he had done his best for her. He looked for great success in this enterprise (hear, hear) and that i t would give encouragement to go on and open many other places, so that the country might be benefitted, and some return given to those who had invested their money (applause.) Aldeiman J. Hughes Jones, in the course of a shortaddress, said although he wasa stranger among them, he was very glad of having had the opportun- ity of being present at that dinner. He thought it was a very good step when masters came amongst their men in that manner to associate with them. He was sure that thereby the men would be ani- mated by a better spirit toward the lady who owned the mine, and that she would know more about the workmen by interesting herself in their welfare than by keeping aloof (hear, hear.) He believed he had seen more years than anyone present in that room, and from what he had witnessed that day be thought this mine, at its commencement, was going on in the right way. He had always expressed hl ,eJf that the great folly he found in staiting mines of this sort was going to too much expense with the machinery, before finding whether the mine would be productive or not. That was not so in this case. He found here that they were very economic with the machinery, and yet had sufficient machinery to give the mine a proper test, and which would enable them to find out what they had in the mine. Of course, it was a very easy matter to extend the machinery, if they Cound that the mine justified it. The great fault in the past had been to spend too much on machinery, and aterwrrds the mines failed to realise what had been expected of them. There were gentlemen present who had exaniied the mine, and who knew what treasures were t) be had there. He was of o, inion that the days were over when people could run down Merionethshire and run down Wales and say there was no gold to be found there- (Applause.) The fact of it was that a good deal of gold had been found and more would be found alain.-(Applause.) Those people who had been running down Wales as being non-productive of valuable minerals would find out their folly, and regret having persisted so long in their policy of obstruction.—(Hear, hear). Without a doubt there were treasures in these old hills, and he was very glad that Dr Keightley and Mrs Keightley were going the right way to bring them out.. He hoped they would continue to succeed, and that this was only the commencement of a large undertaking. Addressing the Chairman, in con- clusion, Alderman Hughes Jones said he was very glad to see him amongst his men showing a good example to all employers.—(Hear, hear). He hoped the men would prove themselves worthy of the treatment, and the kind feeling shown toward them —(Applause.) The enjoyable proceedings concluded with the singing of the English and Welsh national anthems. The visitors, subsequently, drove to the mill, which is situate about a mile from Tynygroes, where the crusuing machinery was set in motion. Some of the ore from the mine was washed in the presence of the visitors and visible gold produced, the process of separating the gold from the quick- silver and other inferior metals being very interest- ing to watch. Captain Evans, on this occasion, secured a most satisfactory result, a ton-and-a-half of ore producing a ball of amalgam weighing between six and eight ounces.
Aberystwyth Town Council. T-- NORTH PARADE CABSTAND. THE CASTLE GROUNDS. REFUSED TO ALL APPLICANTS An ordinary meeting of the Aberystwyth Town Council was held on Tuesday morning at the Town Hall, when there were present Aldermen Peter Jones, C. M. William, an W. H. Palmer, Coun- cillors R. Peake, G. Fossett Roberts, John Jenkins, T. E. Salmon, R. Doughton, 1. Hopkins, J. T. Davies Evan Hugh James, R J. Jones, and J, P. Thomas, with Mr A. J. Hughes (town clerk), C. Massey (assistant clerk), H. L. Evans (borough accountant) and Rees Jones (borough surveyor.) THE MAYOR ABSENT. In the absence of the Mayor (Mr E. P. Wynne), the ex-Mayor (Alderman C. M. Williams) was un- animously voted to the chair. TREFECHAN IMPROVEMENTS. A letter was read from Messrs Roberts and Evans stating that Mr D. C. Roberts had instructed them to act for him in the proposed lease to him from the Corporation and the proposed conveyance of a I part of his freehold to the Corporation. Mr Roberts was prepared, provided the Corporation granted him a fresh lease of his property in Trefechan on terms which be could accept, to convey the piece of land mentioned in the Council's letter of the 6th inst., on the following conditions: -The Corporation to erect at their own expense a stone party wall between the points suggested at the interview Mr Roberts had recently with the borough surveyor. Their client to have the right to lay down a line of pipes between the remainder of his land and the River Rheidol, with the usual right to enter for the purpose of cleaning, repairing, and relaying pipes. Their client and his tenants to have free passage with or without carts, &c., over the terrace proposed to be made by the Corporation, and the Corporation to put up a temporary fence between their client's land and the proposed terrace. Their client was particularly anxious that his application, which had been before the Council for a considerable tirre, should now be finally considered and the terms of the .proposed new lease submitted to him. The communication was referred to the Finance Committee, the Chairman stating that the matter was under consideration, and it was hoped to have it completed by the next meeting. SEATS ON* THE BEACH. A letter was read from Messrs D. Davies and Sons, Barmouth, asking permission to introduce hammock folding chairs to be placed for the con- venience of visitors on the beach. Two hundred of these chairs had been already placed on the bfacb at Barmouth, and were much appreciated. If the Corporation granted the permission, they would be glad to know the terms. t Alderman Peter Jones said he proposed, as he haddoneon:aiany previous occasions, that the req uest be not acceded to. Mr J. T. Davies seconded. Mr R. Peake We are not in the same position as Barmouth. We have plenty of seats on the Terrace. The resolution was carried unanimously. ALLEGED OFFENSIVE TRADE. A letter was read from Mr Daniel Evans, oil merchant, 31, Cambrian-street, stating, in reply to the Council's previous communications, that he failed to see where the breach of covenant of the lease came in, inasmuch as his trade was not an offensive trade. It was a legitimate trade, and was carried on by others in the immediate neighbour- hood as well as himself throughout the town generally, and he could not see where the difference lay. He had no desire whatever to defy the Council in any way; but he did not consider that the Council had a right to interfere with his trade so long as he was earning an honest living on the same lines as others were doing, and with due care in his own iaterests as well as in the interests of the public generally. The Chairman pointed out that the matter bad been considered by the Public Works Committee, which recommended that, Mr Evans having dis- regarded the notices requiring compliance with the terms of the lease, instructions be given the Town Clerk to take such proceedings as might be necessary in ejectment or otherwise to remove the cause of complaint and for recovery of damages for breach of covenant. When the question came tip in the committee's report, Alderman Peter Jones proposed that it be referred back, and that the surveyor interview Mr Daniel Evans, and ascertain whether an arrange- ment could not be effected which would obviate further cause of complaint. If it could not be done, then the notice could be acted upon. The Chairman thought it would be the un- animous wish of the Council to accept this excellent suggestion of Alderman Jones'; and this was agreed to. PEXPARKE ROAD. A letter was read from Dr Harries asking that the question should be placed before the Council of laying a sewer along the Penparke Road for the drainage of the villas which were in course of erection there, and others which would be built in the near future. The making of cesspools as depicted on the plan was too retrograde and repul- sive for mention in the year 1901, He, therefore, trusted the Council would, without demur, grant his reasonable request of having the sewer laid as early as possible. The letter was referred to the Public Works Comaalttee. CORPORATION-STREET PROPERTY. A letter was read from Mr J. Mathias, 17, Mar- ine-terrace, stating he could not agree to that portion of the terms relating to Mrs Edwards' prop- erty, 3, Corporation-street. He was under the im- pression, when the renewal of the lease of this house was granted, that 28 feet of the yard was to be granted free to him on the expiration of Mrs Edwards' lease or upon renewal of same, otherwise he would not have agreed to the terms imposed upon him, which were more onerous than those im- posed upon the owner of No 16, a similar house in every respect. He had spent over P,200 upon this property in accordance with the demands of the Council, which demands werenot made upon No 16, which was moreover renewed on a rental of £ 25 10s Od nett, whereas this house was renewed on a rental of a nett. That he should build and maintain in good repair a boundary wall between the property was certainly unfair, and he regretted that he could not accept the terms they bad made. If the Corporation would reconsider the matter and give more favourable terms he would give them due consideration. He would also be glad if they would explain who was to be responsible for the maintenance and good repair of the wall at the side facing Prospect-street. The communication was referred to the Finance Committee. NORTH PARADE CABSTAND. A petition, forwarded by Mrs Elizabeth James, on behalf of ratepayers resident in the upper part of North-parade, was read, with regard to the consid- erable annoyance caused by reason of the cabstand placed there. The continuance of the cabstand in its present location tended to diminish the value of the properties of their petitioners, and interfered with the letting of the properties to visitors, some of whom had left apartments hired by them in North parade on account of the presence of so many vehicles and .their drivers so near the apartments. That having suffered considerable annoyance for several years during which the stand had been located at North-parade, the petitioners prayed that the cabstand be now removed to another part of the town. The? petition was referred to the Public Works Committee. Mr Salmon enquired what had become of the petition from the inhabitants of Thespian-street, Railway-terrace, and Stanley-road, as to the annoy- ance and disturbance caused by Mr Pullin at the corner of Moor-lane. The petition had been signed by nearly all the inhabitants, and nothing had come of it. The Clerk Without going into details, I may say the matter is being watched. Mr Salmon There is no end of complaints every day, and it is really a detriment to the neighbour- hood. The Chairman remarked that the matter bad been before the Public Works Committee, and everything that could be done was being done. THE CASTLE GROUND. The report of the General Purposes Committee was presented by Alderman Palmer, and recom- mended that the application of Mr Gilbert Rogers for permission to perform on the Castle Grounds be not entertained, as the committee considered the privacy of the Castle Grounds must be pn j tected. Mr R. Peake said that as Mr Salmon had a resolu- tion on the agenda that permission be given the Free Church Council to bold religious services on the Castle Grounds on Sunday evenings, that it be taken in conjunction with this. The Chairman said there was a recommendation from another committee as well, and he considered it would be better to take matters as they appeared in the report. Mr J. P. Thomas seconded the adoption of the committee's recommendation. After a short silence Mr Hopkins said he had an amendment to propose, that permission be given Mr Rogers to use part of the Castle Grounds as he had been doing during the last month. He did not understand how they had been stopped there last week, because the Mayor gave him permis- sion-- Mr R. J. Jones (interposing): I can hardly con- sider that an amendment to the resolution. The Chairman I suppose Councillor Hopkins is going to end by that. Possibly, the shorter course would be if Councillor Hopkins took the opportu- nity of voting against the report. Mr Hopkins had now resumed his seat, but the Chairman said be was at, liberty to go on and make any remarks be liked. Mr Hopkins, however, had nothing further to say, and the Chairman an- nounced that there was only one proposal before the meeting. Mr Peake said be would vote against the Com- mittee's recommendation, on the ground that it was always their cry that they must cater for visitors. He believe there was no place more suit- able for the minstrels than the Castle Grounds. Some of them could remember some years ago see- ing 1.500 or 2,000 people there, all drawn by tl;e minstrels. He certainly thought that. in not allow- ing the use of the Castle grounds to the minstrels they would certainly be going against the interest of visitors. What were the grounds for? He was quite agreeable that they should be used on Sunday evenings by the Free Churches. People had uo need to go there unless they wished. In other towns the minstrels were allowed the most popular and most convenient places, and he thought they should do the same. They advertise the town as a watering place, and wanted to make it popular. They should not consider the opinions of some half a dozen visitors, but the opinions of the large majot ity who came to the town. Mr Salmon said he noticed by the committee's report that the application could not be entertained because the privacy of the Castle grounds must le protected. He failed to see the meaning of those words. The chairman of the General Purposes Committee knew very well that there was ro privacy on the Castle grounds. They were not en- closed, and after sunset they were open for all sorts of purposes, which he would be very sorry to name there that day. As far as the minstrels were concerned, he did not care for them himself; be dU not appreciate them and had not beard them once that year. But they must do the best they could for the lodging house keepers, who bad to live in the town for nine months on the strength of the visiters who came there during the summer months. Mr H. Doughton said they must cater for the puhi and the Castle grounds were most central and most popular for the use of the minstrels. It was their object to encourage visitors to come to the town earlier. Mr Rogers was out of pocket by having started with his troupe a month too soon, and he thought that the Council ought to do its best to support people who endeavoured to attract visitors. He did not care for minstrels himself, but he looked at it from the point of view of the majority of the people. They wanted to be enter- tained, and if they were not entertained they would say It is dull; there is no life in this place, and we might as well go home." On those grounds he would oppose the recommendation. Mr Hopkins What I see inconsistent— The Chairman You are now going to complete your first speech 1 Mr Hopkins said he understood no amendment was needed, but he wished to say that what he saw inconsistent was the desire of the General Purposes Committee that the Castle grounds should be kept private. Why not keep the promenade private 1 and protect the lives of the inhabitants and visitors who went there. They had horses and traps driv- ing about on the Promenade; the niggers and the band playing, and the Salvation Army singing, whbh were enough to frighten any horses. Some day a few people would be killed, and the Town Council would have to pay damages for accepting payment from the minstrels, and allowing them to obstruct the public thoroughfare. They had no business to take P.70 from people for obstructing the road. Any individual ratepayer in the town could summon—and call upon the Council to uphold him-anyone who obstructed the highway. He had C, seen gentlemen driving in carriages on the Terrace and very nearly losing their lives, the horses gallop- ing with their feet in the air. He considered they ought to vote for the minstrels to go to the Castle. The Chairman said he did not think they need prolong this debate. No doubt each member had fully considered the matter. When Mr Rogers made arrangements with the Corporation to bring a troupe to the town for this year it was clearly understood at the time that the use of the Castle grounds would not be granted. The Council had met him exceedingly well by allowing him to perform on the beach in addition to the places already granted him. There were, no doubt, divided opinions. A large section of the town protested very strongly against anything being on the Castle grounds. There might be a section, especially a large number of young children who would go almost anywhere to hear the niggers. But if they pondered over the matter seriously, they would come to the conclusion that they should not grant the use cf the Castle grounds. Mr Peake: I object to that remark. You mean to say that you have pondered seriously over the matter and I have not. The Chairman: I am speaking for myself, and I think you were allowed to speak for yourself. In this case I believe that the overwhelming opinion of the majority of the people of the town was that they were not in favour of the Castle grounds being used for anything of this sort, and that the Council in_ bad done quite right in declining their use up to the present time. Alderman Palmer, replying to the discussion, said Mr Peake remarked that four or five years ago 1,500 or 2,000 people were attracted to the Castle, and that if Mr Rogers were granted the same permission this summer there would be the same number there again. There were a large number of people there now, and when the National and Board Schools broke up, they would have 1,009 to 1,200 children on the Castle grounds. They were all aware of the damage that the children would do, and that was the reason that they stopped it on a former occasion. There were some visitors who came to the town—perhaps the younger section- for the amusement, for the niggers, and the "Cheap Jack." But there were other visitors who came therefor rest after bard work, who came to t-beterraqe for quietude if they could possibly get it. He kne\ that many for the last two years had come into the town and stayed two or three days and went away again, when formerly they used to stay a month in the town. He knew from experience that people who bad been in the habit of staying at his hotel for many years past had gone away owing to tbe noise. Mr Hopkins' reason for allowing the niggers to go to the Terrace was because of the noise and excitement and dcingers of the Terrace. What with the niggers, the band, the Salvation Army, and the Welsh choirs it was a kind ot pandemonium, and he perfectly agreed with Mr Hopkins that they ought to be stopped. It was a disgmce to any town that wanted to call itself a first-dass watering place. If they wanted to make Aberystwyth a Blackpool, it was what they might expect. But they had not the money and the buildings nor t e great entertainments for the mass of people the same as Blackpool. Aberystwyth cotild never be a Blackpool. If they sought to get only the working men of the Midlands to Aberystwyth, they would find that the houses on the Terrace would be worth half the value they were at present. Mr Salmon What about the houses in other streets Alderman Palmer: I don't say anything about them. I have visited South Marine-terrace, and there are not so many vacant rooms there as there were on the Terrace. Mr Hopkins That is the west end (laughter.) Alderman Palmer continued to say that he attributed this to the fact that South Marine- terrace was secluded, and not overrun by the Salvation Army, the niggers, etc. People could not sleep and have quiet lodgings elsewhere. He was speaking from experience, and many rate- payer had told him they were going to petition the Council to stop that noise in future. Mr R. J. Jones rose to continue the discussion, out we onairman ruled him out of order, inasmuch as the mover of the resolution had made his reply. Mr Jones, however, said he only wished to point out that Alderman Palmer's remarks were the strongest possible argument for the removal of the minstrels from the Terrace to the Castle grounds. On a division, seven voted foi the committee's recommendation and six against, the former being declared carried. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. This committee reported that Mr W. R. Hall had waited upon them asking for a more frequent removal of house refuse from his premises in Victoria-terrace, and the Surveyor had been instructed to make the necessary arrangements, The application of the Free Church Council to hold religious services on the Castle grounds was deferred pending the report of the General Purposes Committee. The following plans were approved of:—Two houses in Cambrian-street for Mr Evan Owen and one house in Duartb-street for Mr Joseph Evans. The committee recommended that a general foreman under the surveyor be instructed to invite applications for the post. The report was adopted without a dissentient Mr Peake drew the surveyor's attention to the state of the channelling of Penglaise-road, which was one of the most prominent walks in the neigh- bourhood, The Mayor said the surveyor would no doubt attend to that. HARBOUR COMMITTEE. The report of this committee stated that the matter of erecting a groyne at the north end of Rofawr for the purpose of protecting the base of the quay wall, was discussed, and the surveyor was instructed to report on the matter at the next meeting of the committee. Mr R J. Jones, the chairman, said some of the members of the committee were inclined to believe that if the river was slightly diverted it would be el better. The committee also recommended that the sur- veyor place the road on the south side of Rofawr in order, and that three seats be placed on the stone pier. The desirability of placing a few seats on the side of the road leading to Tanybwlch had also been considered, and the clerk was instructed to ascertain the position of the Council in the matter. The report was adopted. FINANCE COMMITTEE. This committee recommended payment of bills amounting to iE464 1 8d; and the renewal of leases to the following :— Mr John Evans, 6, Portland-street; Mr H. W ortll- ington, 31, Portland-street, and coti age in Portland- road. Mr Parry bad submitted the rental of the property near the lime-kilns at Trefechan, and the surveyor was instructed to visit, the premises, make a valuation, and submit same to the committee. The Clerk submitted replies received from owners of property in North-road, who had been asked to contribute to the proposed improvement of this road. In accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Board the committee recom- mended that Messrs Daniel. Sun ir Mere- i dith be asked to prepare a valuation of the lands required by the trustees of the Pres- byterian Chapel, Bath-street, and that Mr E. R. Jenkins be instructed to prepare a valuation of the land required by the Vale of Rheidol Light Rail- way Company. Mrs Bevan's application for exten- sion of time for carrying out the conditions attached to the renewal of the lease of her nronertv in Ter- race-road had been considered, and the committee recommended that the stipulation already given be adhered to. The report was accepted. FREE CHURCH COUNCIL AKD THE CASTLE GROUNDS. A report of a special meeting of the Public Works Committee, convened to consider the application of the Free Church Council to hold religious services on the Castle Grounds, was presented by Alderman Peter Jones. The committee, after careful con- sideration, recommended that the application be not acceded to. Alderman Jones said the question was fully discussed, and whatever sympathy they might entertain toward these out-door services the committee deemed it advisable that the seclusion of the Castle should not be interfered with. He felt strongly on this question, and had expressed his opinions for many years, and would not again trouble the Council with a repetition of them. Mr Salmon asked would it not be better to defer this until the consideration of the motion of which he had given notice. He did not see how this matter came within the province of the Public Works Committee at all. The General Purposes Committee considered Mr Rogers' application, but here the Public Works Committee took the matter into their own hands, without having had it referred to them by the Council. Mr Salmon proceeded to state in an indignant tone that the matter was ruled out of order a fortnight previously, and he failed to see how the Public Works Committee could take it up and report on it. It was not within their province. Alderman Peter Jones, in explanation, said he received a notice from the Town Clerk's office stat- ing that this matter was referred to the con- sideration of the Public Works Committee, and under those circumstances he brought it before the committee. Mr Salmon: It was not referred. Alderman Jones: I am merely explaining my position as chairman. The Clerk said on the 2nd July the matter was referred to the General Purposes Committee, who referred it to the Public Works Committee. Mr Salmon: It is a wrong report altogether, because it was ruled out of order by the Mayor. Mr R. J. Jones asked tbe question; and it was not referred to the Public Works Committee. The Chairman asked permission to explain the circumstances. The first application was made by the Free Church Council on May 22nd, when it was referred to the Public Works Committee. The committee presented their report on June 4th, regretting they could not recommend the granting of the application, but suggesting the use of the Town Hall steps as an alternative. At that meet- ing Councillor Salmon, amid much laughter, suggested that the services should be held at Dr Harries' aqua-terra (laughter). Mr Salmon: It is all very fine to read those cuttings. The Chairman No, I am reading the agenda. Mr Salmon proceeded to say that that day fort- night a deputation came to the Council making application for the Castle grounds, and the suggest- ion was ruled out of order on Alderman Willia nIB' suggestion, and i he matter was dropped. Councillor Jones risked if the question was referred to a com- mittee, but no committee was mentioned, whatever. And he (the sjteiker) could not see why the Public Works Committee should take this matter up more than the General Purposes Committee. The Chairman: Shall I read what is in the minutes ? Mr Salmon: It does not matter what is in the books. The Chairman said he was sitting near the Mayor at the meeting referred to. After the letter was read and a certain proposal was made, he asked the Mayor whether it was in order, seeing that the matter had not been considered by a committee, and there was no notice of motion. The Mayor then ruled it out of order, and the letter was re- ferred to the Public Works Committee, who had already presented one report (n the matter. The Clerk: The matter was referred to the Public Works Committee for consideration and report, and that minute ba been confirmed. Mr Hopkins (to the Chairman): When the deputation came here a fortnight ago, you asked the Mayor to rule the resolution out of order. The Chairman: Councillor Hopkins-- Mr Hopkins (excitedly): Well, you put it in his month (laughter). The Chairman I am grateful that you have kept your temperature down this morning, and hope it is not going to rise. I simply asked the Mayor a question on a point of order. Mr Hopkins: But you put it into his mouth. The Chairman No, I did not. Mr Hopkins The Mayor did rule it out of order. Mr Salmon then got up and proposed the suspen- sion of the standing orders, and I seconded it. The Mayor ruled that out of order, too, whichjwas very wrong of him. The Chairman Councillor Hopkins must not discuss the conduct of the Mayor in his ab- sence. Mr Hopkins: I am only speaking The Chairman I must protect the Mayor white I am in the chair. Mr Hopkius (excitedly): What is down in that minute book by Mr Hughes, the body of the Council did not know anything about. That wa.* made between you and the Mayor and put down in the book. The Chairman That is entirely wrong. Alderman Peter Jones said he could not see what objection could be raised to the Public Works Committee having considered the matter, as the committee consisted of evrry member of the Coun- cil, whereas the General Purposes Committee was limited to five or six members. There was also n. distinction between Mr Rogers' application and that of the Free Church Council. The former arose under the terms which Mr Rogers had paid for a monopoly. Tie attended the General Pur- pose Committee, and mide application to be al- lowed to give entertainments on the Castle and on the beach. That was within the province of the General Purposes Comiri tee but in the other appli- cation no payment was made, and the Free Church Council was not under the purview of the General Purposes Committee. The Free Church Council made application to the Council collect- ively, and collectively they were afforded an considering this que.-tion, because the 1 ublic Works Committee consisted of every member of the Council- Alderman Palmer said the application of the minstrels was referred to the General Purposes Committee, because all these entertainments were referred to that committee. But the General Purposes Committee could not grant leave to go on. to the Castle, or to any other part of the town, be- cause the Public Works Committee had power over the streets. Mr R. J. Jones said he could not see any point in the discussion, unless Mr Salmon wished to elimi- nate the Public Works Committee's recommenda- tion, or wished it to follow his own resolution. A conversation then took place at the end of tbe- table between Alderman Palmer and Mr R. J. Jones, with the result that the chairman bad tocall Alderman Palmer to order several times. The Chairman ruled that the action of the Pub- lic Works Committee in considering this matter was quite in order, so there could be no further question in reference to that. Mr Salmon said there was one application for the Castle grounds by the niggers, and another by the Free Church Council. The General Purposes Com- mittee decided on one, and the Public Works Com- mittee on the other. In his opinion it was not within the province of the Public Works Committee to have considered it. The Chairman: But it was referred to the Public Works Committee by the Council. Mr Salmon J. beg to differ. No committee was mentioned at the last meeting. Alderman Palmer then seconded the adoptioa of the committee's recommendation. Mr oaJmon As long as Alderman Jones persist*" in the committee's rrcommendation I have nothing to do but to move an amendment that permis- sion be given the Free Church Council to hod re- ligious services on the Castle grounds on Sunday evenings, and that all previous resolutions refusing permission be rescinded. I think Alderman Jones is very obstinate in pressing the recommendation. Alderman Jones: I am taking it as it comes oa the agenda. Mr Salmon said it was well known that The ap- plication of the Free Clnuch Council had been before the Council and had been refused. A sti-ong deputation afterwards appeared before the Council in the persons of the Rev T. Levi, one of the most respected pastors in the town, and the representa- tive of the largest denomination in the town Mr Powell, the grocer, and another gentleman. They distinctly put forward what the wishes of the Free Churches were, and the members of the Free Churches of Aberystwyth were the ratepayers of the town. They were not visitors, and they said distinctly that they wanted the Castle grounds, which was the most suitable place for services, on. Sunday evenings. The Public Works Committee granted the use of the Town Hall steps, to the annoyance of visitors and residents of the houses close by, whereas there was not a house near the Castle where people would be disturbed. There was no grass there to spoil, because it had all been burnt bv the sun. The objection had always been raised that by granting this permission they would spoil the Castle grounds, but human nature had spoilt them as far as the grass was concerned (laughter). Mr Peake said he was very sorry he would not be- able to support Councillor Salmon, inasmuch as they had refused permission to the minstrels. Tho- other was the larger question to his mind. Mr Salmon The other is not finished with yet. It will come on again. Mr Hopkins said he bad great pleasure in seconding the amendment. He was surprised at Mr reake being so narrow-minded. If lie (the speaker) lost in one thing, he would still go against it in another. He was more broad than. that (laughter). He was willing for both to get it. Mr Peake: So am I, but I don't see why we should favour one more than another. Mr Hopkins But why don't you fight till death? (Loud laughter.) Mr Williams will fight till death if he wants to carry a point. (Renewed laughter.) The Chairman May I ask you to keep to the point and not introduce personalities. Mr Hopkins: You know that me and you are great fighters you know. (More laughter.) The Chairman In the Council, I understand, we are colleagues, but outside we may not agree. Here I must ask you to conduct yourself in such & way- Mr Hopkins (interrupting) I want to ask you a question. You said in the committee twice that the Free Church Council did not want the Castle grounds, but only wanted to get the niggers out of it. The Chairman To put you right at once, I said nothing of the kind. Mr Hopkins (loudly): You did, sir. And I ask members who were at the committee did I not go a. little out of my temper when I said you told a thundering lie. (Laughter.) Because I had en- quired of the Free Church Council members whether it was true that they wanted the niggers out of the Castle grounds, and if they got the niggers out did they not want the Castle. They told me there was nothing of the sort we are not against the niggers; we only want the Castle for ourselves for an hour or two. Mr Williams said, Some of you only want to get the niggers out," and Mr Williams said tbe same words in the second committee. The Chairman Nothing of the sort. Mr Hopkins: You did. sir. Be fair and truthful, Mr Williams. Admit what. you said, and if you made a mistake, admit it. The Chairman said he must ask permission to make a personal explanation. Mr Hopkins' state- ment., he was sorry to say, was absolutely untrue. What he said was this—and be appealed to Alder- man Jones, as chairman of the committee, to confirm him—that if the Free Church Council secured permission to go to the Castle, the niggers would also have permission, but it, had never entered his mind that the Free Church Council made the application in order to get the niggers out. The statement was absolutely untrue. What he said was that if theverait d it to the Free Church Council, the minstrels were behind, and they could could not ref ts3 them also. He appealed to them to say if those were not his words. Some of them were cooler, perhaps, than Councillor Hopkins. Mr Hopkins: We both of us were very hot. (Laughter.) The Chairman: I say your statement is absolutely untrue. My sympathies are with the Free Church Council, but we must not grant privileges to one class more than another. That is why I appeal to all my colleagues to see that their actions are such that we need not be "afraid to be challenged that we arenot acting to all alike. Mr Salmon You may depend upon it there will be another resolution on the agenda to grant the application of the minstrels. The Chairman I am glad Mr Salmon has said that, because he has been consistent all through. But we must not grant privileges to one class more than another. Mr R. Doughton said he did not think the two applications were alike. The Chairman But the principle. Mr Doughton. Mr Doughton was proceeding to continue the discussion, but Alderman Jones thought it was unnecessary, because he did not think any member could be converted to any particular side. On a division, five voted for the amendment and eight for the committee's resolution, it being thus carried not to grant the use of the Castle grounds to the Free Church Council. The Council then rose.
Llanf ihangel-y.-Creuddyn. DEATH AND FUNEUAL OF MISS MORGAN, PVLLI- rcHAF.—We regret to chronicle the death of Miss Jane Morgan, Pylli-uchaf. which took place at about nine o'clock on Fridav, June 28th, aged 47 years. The deceased was the daughter of the late Mr Joel Morgan, Brvn-yr-ychai i, and afterwards of Cwm- ceirw, ana sister ot Mr Joel Morgan, I'ytli-uchaf. with whom she came to reside after the death of his wife. By her Oeath the Church at Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn,. ot which she was a faithful member, has lost a good support. Her illness was not of a long duration, but she had been complaining for months, and her end came rather suddenly. "-ylnos" was kept on Tuesday evening, July 2nd, conducted bv the Rev J. P. Evans, vicar, who also officiated the following day at the hous2 in starting the funeral. Her mortal re- mains were conveyed in a hearse to Llanychaiam Church to be buried, and the officiating clergy were the Rev J. P. Evans and the Rev Richard Lewis, vicar ri the parish. The funeral was verv largely atten 5ed, and there were some forty carriages pre- sent. The Rev J. P. Evans preached a luneral sermon at Llan!\hangel-y-Creuddyn Church on Sunday 101 ning, July 7th.
.y————— not only a brave and courageous soldier, but a kind-hearted gentleman. They had endured hardships, but lie thought none of the men regretted having gone out. He was extremely pleased to see the way in which Lieut. Walton was received, but he was by no means surprised (cheers). Rev J. C. Monice, B.A., speaking in Welsh, said he could hardly express in words the great pleasure it gave him to take that opportunity on behalf of his rector, who was, unfortunately, unable to be present through ill health, to join in the general welcome of the gallant young Lieutenant. Those loyal men who so nobly responded to their coun- try's call w re deserving of all the honour they could lavish upon them. It was with no small pleasure and deep thankfulness that they found Lieut Walton among them that day safe and sound (loud applause). Dr E Iwards, Cemmes, in a humorous speech, said lie had been asked hundreds of times if Lieutenant Walton would return alive as he was not a prophet, he could not say (laughter). He was delighted to see Lieut. Walton looking so well. He would doubtless look upon the last two years as the most pleasant time in his life —pleasant in the principles it had established. It was such men as those who stood before them that built up the British Empire, and those were the men who would maintain it, (loud cheers). He was sure, they all wished him a less pre- carious occupation in the future. Mr David Jones, Cefnbvrieth, who spoke in Welsh, said that a dark cloud passed over our -country-dangers liomed large, but a turn for the better came, and Lieut Walton helped the country to make that turn. He did not forget to pay heed to the famous motto of Nelson, *'England expects every man to do his duty" (cheers). Mr David Owen, on behalf of the servants and estate men presented Lieutenant Walton with a handsome silver smoker's companion, mounted on oak, and expressed the wish that he would spend many happy hours in its company under different circumstances to those of the last eighteen months (cheers). The handsome present bore the following in- scription: Presented to F. J. Wal'.on, Esq., on his return from South Africa, by the servants and estate men of Cwmllecoediog, Aberangell, Mont- gomeryshire, July. 1901. Rev W. Richards then read the address, which was beautifully illuminated, as follows, and called upon Mrs Thomas (Mallwyd Rectory) to present it:— THE ADDRESS. To Lieutenant Frederick James Walton, Cwmlle- coediog, of the 31st Imperial Yeomanry, South Africa and M.Y.C. We, the undersigned, on behalf of many well-wishers in the Dovey Yale take this oppor- tunity of offering you a hearty Welcome Home on your return from active service in South Africa. It was with a feeling of pride and admiration that we noticed your ready response to the call to support our country's cause at an hour of urgent need. Your readiness to volunteer at, such a critical moment in our country's history, and that at the sacrifice of the pleasures and comforts of a happy liolie, evinccd a signal proof of your loyalty, patriotism and courage, and at the time evoked a hearty appreciation and God speed on the part of many. While the eyes of our country have been drawn to all similarly called to the field of battle, and an interestand concern have been manifested almost unparalleled in the history of the nation, such concern would naturally be more felt by those situated as your family has been, and it must indeed be a source of joy to them that you have been blessed to return safely, in health and strength. And we would now associate ourselves with them and express to you once more a most, hearty welconie on your return. After all that one might say in such a case. there is nothing more expressive than to recall the old saying of the Latin poet, if we might slightly modify such in your case 'tis sweet and glorious to suffer for one's country (Dulce et decorum est pro patria pati.) We trust that by God's grace many years of happiness are in store for you and that every blessing may attend you and yours. Signed, on behalf of Subscribers, Committee and Officers, The Rev Wm. Richards, R.D., Rector of Cemmaes; Rev Thomas Thomas, Rector of Mallwyd; Dr Edwards. Rev J. C. Morris, Ed. H. Davies, John Parr.v, David Jones, Maurice E. Francis, H. H. Walker, John Davies, John Breese, Ed. Humphreys, David Owen (Gwril), Christopher Jones, Lewis Morgan, Treasurer; Henry Davies, Griffith Girffiths, Jun., joint secretaries. Mrs Thomas, in handing the address to Lieut. Walton, said she had great pleasure in welcoming him home and presenting him with this illuminated address on behalf of the subscribers, who were all pleased to see him in full health and vigour (cheers). Lieut. Walton then rose to reply, and was greeted with loud cheers. He assured them that he was delighted, and appreciated the hearty welcome they bad given him on his return home, They had been away about eighteen months, and he could speak for himself and the men when he said they had looked forward to the time when they should return with the utmost pleasure. He thanked all for their great welcome and the beautiful address. He also thanked the servants and workmen who had given him such a pretty present. He tendered his thanks to Mr Anwyl. to Sergt.-Major Grice, to Trooper Parry, and everyone who spoke so kindly of him. He only felt that he was undeserving of their kindness. He had only done what he could, and he had the good fortune to come through it alright. As regards Sergt.-Major Grice and the other men, be could never wish for a nicer or better lot of men. Whenever there was anything to be done they did it cheerfully. After marching all day and night in the pouring rain, having had nothing since morning, it did not seem to effect them, and they were always singing and chaffing one another. Often when going down the lines at nights he would overhear them chatting of home and the good times they would have when they returned. Their services in South Africa consisted of nearly one continuous trek. They occasionally stopped a day in town, and then they were engaged in loading forage, so that they got little rest. If ever it became necessary for him to again volunteer, he could not wish for more willing and a ready men than those who stood before them (cheers). Mr Walton, senior, said he hoped the occasion would not arise again, that it would be necessary for his son to go out. He, himself, had done a little bit of fighting in his time, but not as a soldier —and some good people in London knew how be could figbt-but in business and not in war (hear, hear). He was proud of his son-not simply because he was his son, but because he was a good son. He, himself, was a man of peace, and by heredity and education his son also was a man of peace. Although not a Welshman, he was a Welsh proprietor, and was proud of gallant little Wales (applause) He asrain thanked them from the bottom of his heart for their magnificent reception. Lieutenant Walton said he wished to add a few more words to what he had already said, and it was only light and beoming for them on that oc- casion to bear testimony to the unvarying .1 kindness of their Lord Lieutenant-Sir Watkin Wynne (loud applause). Although unable to go out himself much as he wished the Lord Lieutenant had done all that he could to smooth the path of those who had gone to the front. His timely and thoughtful generosity would ever be remembered by all the men of the Montgomery- shire Yeomanry, and it gave him great pleasure to be able to pay that public tribute to Sir Watkin for raising the full battalion, and to his brother, Capt Robert Wynne for his splendid services in South Africa (prolonged cheering) The presentation over, the most touching and picturesque part of the proceedings was yet to come—namely, the procession through the grounds, over a mile in length, culminating in the real welcome home at Cwmllecoediog. The scene along the route, as the procession wended its way along the meandering, leaf-emboweed drive was one that will linger long in the memory. The -scenery lilong the whole road at this time of year is unsurpassingly grand. The grounds are well wooded and the drive, which winds up and up along the side of the hill, was completely over- .canopied with the leaf-laden branches of the oak and the elm. through which the Sunshine sheen and shadow Alternate come and go." The slanting beams of the sun shot through the woods, and the ever-lengthening shadows were already playing on the further hills; while deep down in the glen below, the Angell murmured on its way to join its waters with those of the Dovey, At last, after many a turn Home, Sweet Home suddenly burst upon the view, and the band gave -an added meaning and charm to the scenery by enlivening the air with the strains of that touching and familiar tune. Having thus reached Cwmllecoediog, the procession encircled on the grounds in front of the house, and when Lieutenant Walton alighted from his carriage he was greeted with a volley of cheers that made the very hills resound, At the entrance to the house he was met by Miss Scruby (aunt) and Miss Walton, who gave him a most cordial reception. At Cwmllecoediog an excellent luncheon was given to all through the generosity of Mr Walton, and refreshments, ad lib., were provided in a field below the house. The band was in attendance here again and gave some appropriate selections. Late in the evening, a most enjoyable day was brought to a close b.v a display of fireworks which were successfully carried out under the supervision of Dr Edwards and Mr Lewis Morgan. All the arrangements were admirably carried out by a committee, with the following officials Joint secretaries: Messrs H. Davies, Aberangell, and Mr Griffiths, Dinas Mawddwy; treasurer, Mr Lewis Morgan chairman of Reception Committee, Rev W. Richards (Rural Dean), Cemmaes. Special mention should be made here of Mr E. H. Davies, the popular manager, to whose efforts not a little of the success of the day's proceedings must be attributed. The lady collectors were: Miss Jones, Dovev Valley Hotel; Miss Ryder, Miss Jones, Pen- liios Miss Davies, Cemmaes; Misses Humphreys (2), Misses Davies (2), Aberangell; Misses Thomas, Mallwyd, and Miss Williams, Aberangell. On Sunday morning a special service was held at Mallwyd Church, when the Yeomanry who formed Lieutenant Walton's guard of honour of the prev- ious day, were in attendance The service was a very hearty one throughout. Miss Thomas, Mall- wyd Rectory, ably presided at the organ. The Lessons were read by Lieutenant Walton, and the service, which was fully choral, was conducted by the Rev J. C. Morrice, B.A., who preached on the text What I have give I thee." In the course of his remarks the rev. gentleman said that there was a divine element in patriotism; it was a beautiful virtue, and possessed by our Lord himself who wept over the cily which every Jew loved—Jerusalem. All were very pleased to see the respected Rector, Mr Thomas, in Church on Sunday morning, in spite of his feeble health. Miss Scruby, of Cwmllecoed- iog presented a beautiful Bible bound in Russian leather, to Mallwyd Church as a thank-offering for her nephew's safe return. Mr Walton entertained the Yeomanry to luncheon at Cwmllecoediog and they returned to their re- spective homes on Sunday evening by the mail from Cemmaes Road, having thoroughly appreciated the warm welcome given them and the generous hos- pitality of Mr Walton.