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SWANSEA G.P.O. & MAYOR. I

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SWANSEA G.P.O. & MAYOR. I I A, Presentation. I fFELLOW OFFICIALS' r TRIBUTE. One of the most interesting and affect- ing events in the year of office of the Mayor of Swansea (Aid. W. H. Miles) took place on Monday evening, at the Guildhall, Swansea, when a social even- ing took place for the purpose of making a presentation to Mr. and Mrs. Mcles. Mr. l't. Pas call (the postmaster) pre- sided ever an attendance numbering a-bcut 200, and after the first part of an enjoyable musical programme had been gone through, rose to make the presen- tation to the Mayor, which took the form of a full-sized photograph, beautifully framed. He said that they all came as well-wishers to do the recipient honour. They knew him at the Post Office as one of those men who was not content to per- form his ordinary duties, but was im- pelled by the promptings of a lofty character to devote most of his spare time to the good of others, (Applause.) PUBLIC WORK HIS HOBBY. He seemed to have made public work his hobby, and as moot of them knew, he had conducted with signal success a mission in the interest of young people. Then as if that were not enough he en- tered whole-heartedly into municipal work, and for the past 16 years bad re- presented Landore Ward in the Council Chamber. They had all taken great pride in his election to the highest office in the town. It was a great b--our for any man to be elected Mayor of his borough —but it was a greater honour to be elected the first Mayor of an extended borough. (Hear, hear.) That circum- stance had given added interest to their watchfulness of the way in which he had "performed his public duties during his .year of office, au 1 without wishing to "flatter or embarrass him, they all felt that the public verdict would be that he .,bad done well. (Applause.) They had all known that lJ{ would do well, for was he not as a lad a worker and a reader? He must have been, for' at a very early age he took a silver medal given by the headmaster of hi. school as top boy. "That early promise was continued in tnanhood, and l'e soon showed he had ^courage and character, and when occa- sion offered was strong enough to do the right thing rather than the popular thing. He had Tdiaracter—and character • tells. It appealeu to the sentiment of -rhe British public. They liked men who were courageous, tactful, straight-minded and considerate. They admired a man wno throughout his life does what h, thought to be right. They honoured It public man who was not too verbose, and .who oould listen to others, who was -,Ctirect, and who <ould get to business. (Applause.) Such a man was their friend, Mr. Miles. "NOT PETS OF SOCIETY." He dare say that many of them had -been, asked: Why is it that so good a 'taan is only a postal officialol" Well., they had some ot their pnide, and they for their work. The only cause, how- ever, of Mr. Miles being a postal official Va* because he was &,good man. (Laugh- ter.) They were not the pets of society— he was not-the Mayor was not—and the audience were not. Government officials. An the estimation of the Press and public were top dogs. They were not! (Laugh- tor and applause). In conclusion of breezy speech Mr. PascalI asked the Mayor to accept the presentation as a lading toten of their friendship and esteem. • Mr. Lennard, assistant inspector, next -rose to present the Mayoress (Mrs*. Miles) with a beautiful diver epergne on behalf of the Poet Office employes, and said tha-i she had found time to do Sunday School work, attend to the social condition of, rlie people, women's welfare, Board of Guardians, Pensions Committee and in- numerable othe, dut.es. She deserved r.every praise for her sacrifices of home life, which meant a groat deal, in order to help her husVnd in municipal life- Mr. E. L. John', chef clerk, Coun D. Grey, Mr. Thomas (telegraph department) Mr. Osborne (delivery department), Mr. Simmons, Mr. Jor-m. Mr. D. J Davie-q -(who spoke on the Mayor's long conneo- "*on with the Post Office Associates and Postal Union of his early difficulties 'n embarking on mi i.icipal life), each added their separate eulogies. Ald. Ben Jones (ex-Mayor) also spoke. MAYOR'S REPLY. The Mayor, in rising- to respond, had a a. great reception, said that there was nothing he and the Afayc^ess appreciated ililore than the event that brought ^f iem there that evening. Some of thoce ^•present had been in the service when he entere.(l it 36 ye? "had entered it 36 ye.irs ago, and during those years, writh their varying circum- t. I 1 11 year elapsed, their friend- ip had been gv ven and valued. They iidd worked side by side, year after year, sometimes -in fine weather, sometimes in stormy, and yet, if there was anything that gave Vin pleasure it was that as he looked back on the past there was no better rest than the measure of rec-ollee- v tioia that boiind them closer together. He greferred to the difficulties he ha,d had in emerging into public hie, with the scarcely veiled opposition of some in the Post Office to him, a mere postman, con- te.sting a muDioipaJ seat against the scion of a noble hous. To-day they met in 'idiS?r?nt circumstances, when it not a question of entering the Council, but "of concluding a year of office as ohief magistrate, after 16 year6 on the Counoil, with the Postmaster of the town in the chair. He wished to appreciate the kind things said .about him, and yet could say

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