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DEATH OF MR. W. H. I GWYNN. The Late Secretary of the Rugby Union Passfs Away. It wiN be learned throughout South W with sincere sorrow, mingled with a feeling of sympathetic relief, that Mr. W. H. Gwynn, ex-secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union, suc- cumbed to his illness at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday. mx- liwynn nearly' two years ago was one night suddenly seized with illness. It was looked upon at the time aB a alight indisposition, but it turned out to be a. grave case of paralysis, and for miomtihs he lay in a oondition hovering between life and death. He recovered temporarily, but some months ago it was found that the stroke he had received bad permanently affected his brain, and he had to be removed to Bridgend Asylum. During his stay there his condition has been sympathetically watched by the pjthledic- Loving public of Swansea, and a fund raised by Mr. F. E. Perkins, the secretary of the Swans?-a Football Club to secure for him the ndtnntaces of a private patient, was readily subscribed to. Mr. Gwynn. was about 37 years of age. His Younger Days. Long before Mr. Gwynn became known to fame m South Wales he had distinguished him- self in a small way in London. He was educated for the profession of schoolmaster, and had gained a scholarship at Battersea College—an in- stitutiuc for the training of teachers. The future authority on Rugby football devoted his leisure hours in too wiuter to the Association g^ane, at which he soon became such an adept thaithe was elected captain of the college Xi. 'though when he migrated to South V. ales to take up the senior assistant mastership of the National Schools, at Swansea, Mr. Gwynn oouid not con- tinue his Association football, he retained a dsep interest in the game to the end,, f lls life. Indeed, his success as a Rugby player was largely d'w to the "uaintanoe JM Lad gamed Wlilr the "Socker" game, and he was never tired of insisting upon the great value of driN1 L-np- a department of the game in which he was a ;;iafter. It was a maxim whi h lie errtly uttered that the good dribbler was the most certain try-getter. As a Rugby Player. It was in Swansea aod as a II firiber of tie club that Mr. W. H. Gwynn hiossome<i^ forth as an afciiiete of the firi^t-claas. A dozen years ago he and his brother—the famous Dai Gwynn -were the best known lootball play era in the Principality. In the playgrounds boys used to shout while at football, "Well played Gwynn," just as at cricket they would say, "Well done, Grace." It was a name which re- presented the science of the game—for if ever there were scientific Rugby players, they were the Brothers Gwynn. The late Mr. Gwyun used to play as a rale at half-back, but some- times aJjso at threR—q aarlix—the position in which his brother, David, has gained so much distinction. Nothing used to delight the people so much as to see the ball coming out to -W. H. as they familiarly called him, and watch his sinuous progress down the ground with his brother close behind him, prepared to takie up the running whenever the enemy ap- peared to be too dangerous. The Cardiff folks are fond of telling us that Hancock taught us the passing game. Bah! Long before Han- oock was known the Brothers Gwynn used to play the passing garae to perfection—not in the silly style so much in vogue now, nom oentie to wmg, and themoe into touch-bllt back- wards and forwards in a quick puzzling way which was always advantageous. One favourite trick of the hute Mr. Gwynn-adtef the four three-quarter game, of wl-iieh he was about the first and ablest advocate, came into fashion —was to pass the ball direct from the skirts of t? scru betwee* n his legs out to the tMæ-q S great a player did he be- come that in 1-884,Qwaa selected to represent Wa?es =s England. The match was played at Leeds, when deceased had as his op- ponent on the other side of the scrimmage, the redoubtable Rotherham, said to the best half- back in the world. So splendidly did the Swansea, man acquit himseif that the "Sports- man" said he was "the best half-back on the ground." Mr. Gwynn continued to play for several years, and was twice captain of the football Club of Swam-%& After formally re- tiring he re-appeared on several occasions when the club was hard up for a man, and always seemed in splendid condition. Four years ego, when Mr. R. Mullock, of Newport, restored from the seoretaiyahip of the Welsh Rugby Union, Mr. Gwynn was nominated for the vacancy. He had for his opponent Mr. Treatt, of Cardiff, and. a very close fight re- sulted in Mr. Gwynn's favour. So well did he perform has duties that wben Mr. Treatt opposed his re-electirm the, following year, the Cardiff man was beaten by 36 votes to 20. After that no attempt was made to oust Mr. Gwynn from the position which by nature and training, he was so admirably able to flit The funeral of Mr. W. H. Gwynn the late secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union, took place on Tueslay, when the body of the de- ceased was conveyed to Ciheriton churchyard, in Gower. The coffin, which bore a simple in- scription stating the age of decep.ed-41-aiid the date of his death, was covered with wreaths, amongst them being tokens from the Welsh Rugby Union and the Swansea Branch of the National Teachers' Union (wreaths which Messrs. Parsons and Co. bad made up of lilimn Harrissi arum lilies, and roses). The Swansea Football Club, the National School teachers, Mr .W. G. Christian, Mr. J. Beynon, and Mr. J. A. Beavan. In addition to Mr. Grwynne, sem, and Mr. David Gwynne, there drove to Gower a large number of deceased's personal friends, and 1f number walked in procession from Nichol-street to tie borough boundary. Amongst them were Mr James Livingstone, Dr. Reid, Mr. F. E. Per- kins, Mr. Walter Bees (Neath), Mr. D. J. Price (Neath), Mr. J. Jones (Neath), Mr. Harold Ijetcher, Mr. E. M. Jones, Mr. H. R. Knill, Mr. J. A. Beavan, Mr. Geo. Beavan, Mr. Camera, and a deputation from the National Union of Teachers, consisting of Mr. J. W. Cad- wailadr, Mr. Dd. Davies, Vù". F. E. Roberts. and Mr. J. F. Jenkms. Among the wreaths on the coffin were a superb lyre from the teachers of the National Schools, and also from the Swansea Football Club, which were supplied by Mr. Alfred Kitley, of Oxford-stret.

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