THE CASKET. The handsome casket, constructed in Swansea entirely by the artist- designer, Mr. Harry C. Hall, A.R.C.A., is unique in that it is wholly of metals produced locally- silver, copper, brass, lead, tin, and steel—although of course- all these are not visible. In other words, the value of the gift is in the artistic production, and not in the material used. About fourteen inches in length, the body of the casket is of copper from the works of Messrs. Vivian and Sons. Its rich bronze colour has been obtained by oxidisation. It is decorated with bands of twisted silver wires, and enclosed be- tween these bands are openwork Celtic panels built up' in silver, theise in turn sur,rounding emblems in Champleve enamels and representing the four coun- tries. There is the-leek for Wales, the rose for England,, the thistle for Scotland, und the shamrock for Ireland. Other enamels represent the Welsh dragon, which occupies a prominent posi- tion in the centre of the back; Night (a Star);, and Day (the setting Sun). Other panels on the lid are Celtic, interlace ments. The whole is surmounted by sym- bolical dragons carved in copper, with silver wings. The clasp is built up in a rich interlaced design in silver. The in- scription. To the Right Hon. Sir Alfred Mond, Bart., M.P. An address in com- memoration of the Victory of December. IPIS," encircles the lid, is in repousse silver, and is an integral part of the design. The combination of the silver, and copper, together with the rich colours of tho enamels, gives a very striking arti?tic the ciiaiii, effect. THE ADDRESS. I In the next column is the text of the address. The script itself and the elaborate and beautiful designs surrounding it do not (in conse- quence of the delicacy and variety of their colouring) lend themselves to a re- production which would give a fair idea of the skill and artistry which the de- signer and illuminator, Mr. Percy Gleaves, A.R.C.A., has put into the work. So the wording must suffice, with the description of the work, which follows:— To the Right Honourable I Sir ALFRED MOND, Baronet, M.P., J His Majesty's First I Commissioner of (Works. Sir, On behalf of the Liberals and your other friends and supporters in Swansea, We ask' you to accept this address as an expression of our deep respect and great admiration of your sterling character, your high statesmanship, your noble sense of duty, your unfailing devotion to the interests of the country and your constant regard for the welfare of this town. Wo desire especially to record our sincere appreciation of the scrupulously clean manner in which you contested the Parlia- mentary -Election of December, 1918, and of the high tone, of the absence of rancour and abuse, and of the constructive and states- man-like nature of your speeches. We acclaim your adherence to the principles of Liberty and Free Trade. We acknowledge thankfully tue efficient and effective way in which you discharge the duties of tho important and responsible office you hold in His Majesty's Government. I We are proud to testify to the zeal and unselfishness you have shown in your great service to the country during the unexampled stress and strain of the Great War, and to your loyalty and devotion to the best and most vital interests of the nation. (Signed) Thomas Jones, Meta Williams, R. Martin, Rebecca Harris, William Rosser, R. Griffiths. November 21st, 1919. [ A DESCRIPTION. I The design is a modern treatment of I the. Celtic style, with symbolic figure panels and medallions united with Celtic knots, displayed in the form of head panel, side borders, and base. It is car- ried out on a vellum scroll, with an ivory roller attached, and is mounted on velvet lined with silk, with silver cords. The text is in a simple formal writing, the name of the recipient and initial letters in raised and burnished gold capitals. Symbolism.—The panel across the top of the scroll is filled with a group of figures emblematic of the congratulatory motif of the address. A central figure represents Swansea enthroned, with one hand rest- ing on the navigable globe; the other raised in the attitude of listening to the youfhful figure on her left, who holds the Palm of Victory and blows the Trumwet of Fame. On the right of the panel a winged youth (Eros), draped in blue—the colour of constancy—upholds a shield on which is displayed the arms of Sir Alfred This is to show the constant regard with which the recipient will ever he held by his Swansea supporters, On the left of panel two female figures are singing the praises of the recipient's many generous gifts and charitable actions. In the bac k- ground a little winged love is busily en- gaged in completing a decorative garland of roses, a rebus or playful fancy baEcd on the heraldic roses displayed on the coat-of-arms. The whole is represented as taking place in a covered court by the sea, resting on a tesselated pavement. The side borders each contain three rec- tangular medallions and two circular medallions, containing allegorical figures and shields of arms respectively, illustra- tive of the text. The left upper medallion represents a-Celtic girl holding aloft the Lamp of Truth, which illuminates the sur- rounding gloom; that on the right, a priestess by the altar feeding the sacred fire. The medallion shields below these display respectively the Union Jack and the Arms of Swansea. The centre medallion, fig-ares represent Knowledge treading on the adder of ignorance, and aspiration holding the motto Libertas." She stands in an open doorway against the dawn, symbolising the ever-open door of Liberalism with its aspiration for the full and free life of the future. The medallion shields below these display re- spectively the Arms of Sir Alfred, and also the Royal, in allusion to his office under his Majesty. The lower medallion figures represent Britannia armed, guard- ing her native shore, and the standard bearer holding the banner of Wales. Celtic knots twine, about and bind to- gether the whole of these medallions, springing free at the. base corners, form- ing elaborate interlacing knots which hold a suspended medallion on which is repre- sentell the Red Dragon holding' a fioTal emblem, the daffodil. Thus is indicated a tribute of affection from Wales, which will act as a knot, or tie of. affectionate esteem between Sir Alfred and his-con- stituents.
THE PRESENTATION. (Photo by Chapman.). The above flashlight photograph,, taken at the great Albert Hall meeting last night, shows Sir Alfred | Mond holding the illuminated addrp^rs presented to him b^ hi§ coastituents and friends. ( .J;_J- -<- -JolJ>1 -¡,V" ¡': __71 1
I FATAL BURNS. I St. Thomas Old Lady Succumbs.. The old woman named Hannah Shields, of 17, Tymawr-street, St. Thomas, who was burnt at her home on Wednesday evening last, died at the Swansea Hospif I tal on Friday.
I WELSH OPERA. II Swansea Society to Produce "Blodwen." i Swansea is to have a Welsh opera weelc in January, when the Swansea Cymno Operatic Society (conductor, Mr. Ivor Owen, the well known pianist) will per- form Dr. Parry's opera Blodwen." Tho Albert Hall is booked for the event, and the opera will be played for three nights In Welsh, then three nights in English.
I MORRISTON DEACON. I 4j -8 I Death of Well-known Local, i Gentleman. I Mr. W, Bowen, Greenfield, Morristop passed away at the Brunswick Nursing* Institute, Swansea, on Thursday. Mr. Bowen was the son of the late Mr., Thomas Bowen, J.P., I lwyneryr, Morris- ton, and Midland Tinplate Works; and the brother of Mrs. William Williams, widow of the ex-M.P. for Swansea Dis- trict. He was one of the oldest members of Libanus Congregational Church, Mor- riston, of which he was also a fleacon for many years. He was highly esteemed br a wide circle of friends for his genial and noble qualities. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs. Bowea and her daughters.
SURPRISE FOR GUARDIANS* Surcharged for Luncheon. The West Ham Board of Guardians on Friday received intimation o fa surchargo of Y,170 in respect of luncheons supplied, to them at the workhouse wliilt engaged on the business of the board. They asked the auditor to withdraw the surcharge pending legislation, con- tending that they, in common with other public bodies, were entitled to reasonable subsistence allowance, and pointing out that if they had thought they were getting something to which they were not ■ ntitled they could have covered the item bv increasing the salary of an official. The auditor replied that, complaint having been mad e by a ratepayer, ha could not withdraw the surcharge.
MEMORIAL SERVICE. A memorial service to the memory of the late Mrs. H. Fursland, Christina- street, will be held at York Plic.,3,. Baptist Church on Sunday evening. I
REV. CHEYNE CHADDOCK. An interesting visitor to Swansea on SnnRay and Monday will be the Rev,. T.1 Cheyne Chad(tock. a former popular and! versatile pastor of the Wesley Church.; The packed congregations which he drew for his sermons and particularly for hii lectures on widely varied subjects aro well known. Since he left Swansea he has served for some time as a chaplain,! and was at Gallipoli.
AT THE DOCKS. 'P"" Arrivals and Sailings of Vessels. KING'S DOCK AItRIV ALR.-Psyche s. 18*4, Port Talbot. SAILINGC-A,strea s, 2072. Bavona. PRINCE OP WALES DOCK. AEBIVAI..5!.—Serpentine a, BOO, -New-port; Tordenskjold s. 340, Newport. SA11 j'I NG S.—E ika a, 394, Dieppe; Rein a, 725, Rouen; Kit ear s. 564, Sables. NOETH DOCK. AH9H.IVALS.—Minnie, 89, Yougrhal; Velocity s, 112, Cardiff. > SAILINGS.—Brilliant s, 366, Avonmouth* Balmarino s, 166, Belfast; Nievre, 320, Lflf Rochelle.. .SOUTII DOOK. A'R'EIVALS.—Patricia, 342, Cardiff; Agra, 62, Avonmouth. SAILINGS.—Zeehdund, 154, Dunkirk; Lea Jumelles, 94, Douarnenez; Solidor, 60, St. Malo; Active, 135, L'Orient; Uni vers, 77, La Rochelle; Torfrey, 167, Guernsey; Dale Castle, 92, Sea, fish; Flint Castle, 107, Sea, ftsh; Roche Castle, 94, Sea, fisli- luak Walton, 79, Sea. ash.
SWANSEA'S TRIBUTE TO SIR A. MOND. (Continued from Page Five). be passed down after me to those who may succeed me as emblematic of the loving- feeling and of the great kindness ■Swansea has shown me on this as on so many other occasions. (Applause.) I have etcod on this platform many times, and Oíll many occasions, during many struggles and many fights; I have stood here dur- ing political contests; I have stood here during the years of war. Those were great meetings when we rallied our- 5, se lves together at most critical inoments, and in times of the greatest I difficulties. But I will say this, that never at any time have the citizens of Swansea treated me with anything except -tho greatest kindness. (Applause.) BELIEVED IN PEOPLE'S TRUST. I ■v I have never had any doubt at any time, « nee matter what anyone could say or did say, but that the mass of the people of Swansea who had honoured me for so 4. many years, and had honoured me so often by sending me to represent them in the House of Commons, absolutely trusted, believed, and confided in me. (Cheers.) ■f I have never had any doubt on that sub- ject, and, I think, I was justified in not having any doubt after wbet happened nearly twelve months ago. Wo stand now in & period of difficulty, of perplexity, a period sometimes almost bewildering, | yet of great potentialities and possi- bilities. It is not very long ago—j ust a few we^ks—that we v.- cre cole brating the anniversary of Armistice Day, that great day when our hearts and souls leapt for joy because we knew we hnd I won that terrible war which we had been struggling to win for so long. (Cheers.) Twelve months have passed since then. In some ways it was a short time, and in other ways it appeared a long time. But in reality it is a short time when you think of the disturbances caused to the entire world. Yet in that time the great- est economic changes have taken place in the history of mankind. Yet even now you hear rumblings and thunderings; THE ATMOSPHERE IS CHARGED, 1 and the seas are not calm. jji the realm of economic and foreign a politics.. I am not surprised that there are dark clouds on the horizon and still difficulties ahead. PATIENCE WANTED. I say that for this reason, because 1 uju convinced that the one thing that is required above all things at the present time is patience—(applause)—common- sense and patience, perspective. Look back twelve months, fifteen months, or eighteen months, think of our position then, and look at oxtr position to-day, and I think we liave reason to congratulate ourselves on the rapidity with which we are swing- ing over, back to a prosperous economic life. (Applause.) I have very little patience, and very little room in my mind, for those who have no confidence in their country in peace and had very little in it during the war. HAD CONFIDENCE IN COUNTRY. I I had perfect confidence in this country during the war. (Applause.) During its i (larked days, when things were worse than many knew, as many are only slowly be- ginning to realise now, I never doubted the successful issue of the war, and still leos do I doubt the successful issue of the peace. Speaking to-night as a member of his Majesty's Government, I would say this with confidence: that the amount of work which has been accomplished by the Gov- ernment in the reconstruction of this country during the peace', in the last twelve months, in character and volume do large, so great, and on the whole EO successful, that just as we now look back at the war and wonder how we did it, we shall look on this in years to come and wonder how we did it. ECONOMIC STABILITY. I have full confidence in the economic stability of this coun try, (Appla use.) We have grievous and heavy burdens to bear because we had to make that financial isacrifice-mucli smaller than the sacrifice of life, of limb, of anguish which we bore during those four and a half years-to protect our liberties and xo save the world, and it is futile and un- worthy and mean to sit down now and cry about the money we had to spend for uch a high purpose. And it is not only unworthy, it is useless. I have been referred to to-night as a business man. I will give you a piece ot business advice: If a man has a big -overdraft at the bank, he will never pay it off by looking at his bank book every morning. (Laughter). If he wants to pay it off, the best thing he can do is to forget about it and go out and make eoine money. (Laughter). And that is the advice I give to the commercial com- munity of this country. NOT BANKRUPT COUNTRY. I -We are quite capable of dealing with oar burdens-heavy as they are. We are not a bankrupt country, nor any- "where near it. (Applause). We have a possibility and potentiality of prosperous commerce and trade within the next few years much greater than any of us have ever dreamed of. We are in a position to embark upon production, with the pos- sibilty of increased production, with the world's markets in front of us empty, vacant and waiting for someone to fill them, and we are about the only people who can fill them. (Applause). ENERGY AND COURAGE WANTED. I What is wanted is energy, courage, de- termination, to overcome the difficulties which wo all know exist. What we want is co-operation Between employers and employed. What we want, above all things, is work-work by everybody. Tired as we may be, and as most of us have become during the four and a half years' strain of war- and Ministers of Ilw Crown also have become tired, for they are only human- our duty is to carry on with energy and determination, to feel that we will not relax wfhat we have won, and not lower the flag which we are carrying in triumph; and because we have won the war, so will we also succeed in re-establishing our posi- tion in peace. (Hear, hear). Another word I would like to say, speaking so near to the date of that anniversary, the great anniversary, when those two minutes of silence were felt by all, like a flash across us. of what had been suffered and what had been lost. I shall myself never forget th", servicea rendered by. those who fought for U8, on the wide isteas of battle. ;11.1 HELP THE FIGHTERS. I .0,- Do not let us forgot them when we get back to the quieter times of peace, and turn our back* on those who now may want, and do very often want, help, sup- port and sympathy. I refer to the officers and men who have fought in the great var. (Hear, hear). We all owe, and al- ways shall owe, an enormous obligation to all these, an obligation we can, in some small measure, help to repay in giving employment, and by rendering assistance to those appointed by Government, the Ministry of Labour, to find suitable oc- cupations for officers who have been de- mobilised. I would say the same of the large body of ex-service men, who, unfortunately, still fill our unemployment book. I would say: look broadly on the J qt:esti¿n-don't think too narrowly, and I ask whether a man was, or whether he is, I the best man. j MUST KEEP PROMISES. t We hav given a promise, and we have got to carry out our promise. Do what we can for these men in great-hearted fashion. (Applause). We want patience. We shall pull through. We want energy. and that, I hope, we shall find. We j want self-reliance; and personally, I fC'eJ that the more self-reliance we can get j individually, locally, municipally, the better it will be. During the war, a great < deal had to be concentrated, necessarily j in the hands of the Government in, Lon- j don. Well, the least we control now that wo are in peace, the better I shall be pleased. This race has built itself up by 1 self-reliance and individual effort, and I the sooner we shall be restored to it the better we shall be. THE HOUSING PROBLEM. I The same applies municipally. There I have been discussions in the Cabinet on j the question of our great housing scheme, which presents problems full of difficul- tics. It appears there is a great tendency I on the part of municipalities, and locali- ties, to want to rely on the central Government in London for money to finance these housing schemes. T'hat is quite the wrong spirit. Every locality should endeavour to find, in the locality, among the community the money to build the houses. There is no wonderful fountain, endless fountain. which the Government or Treasury pos- sess in London to finance tilings continu- ously. The wealth of this country rests very largely among the citizens of the country, all over the country, and the finances of these housing schemes—this is really a very important point—should be found, and will be found, not from the bankers in London,, but from amongst the people. I would say to those to whom we had to appeal during the war for subscriptions to victory loans, to make it a popular movement, and you will find I orousrh money in Swansea and other great towns to do all you want to do, and do it well and quickly without beating at the doors of a Treasury which finds it difficult enough to finance our oommon needs. One or two of the many kind things said I about me to-night I feel very much—one in particular. I sometimes feel that I have to be with you a great deal less than I .should like to be. I NOT ABSENT THROUGH NEGLECT.) ) My absence from Swansea is not a ques- tion of neglect so much as a question of duty. The work of a Minister in these times is very hard. He must place himselt continuously ready at hand, and his work gives him very little liberty to come away. I had to bes to come here to-night, for only yester- day the Prime Minister asked me to come to a Cabinet Conference being held this morning. (Applause.) While we have to carry on. we have to do so on the right lines, in the right direction, ana in reference to what our chair- man stated, I am able to speak as a Liberal to Liberals—I did not know we were speaking in any other sense! I do not know of any single thing that I have left undone. I AS GOOD LIBERAL AS PREMIER. I I am just as good a Liberal to-day as I ever was-as good a Liberal as the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, is and he is as good a Liberal as ever stands. (Ap- plause.) There are problems we are occu- pied with at the present time, and they happen to be new problems. If we can fin<] men of all parties ready to work together to settle them in the best and completes! manner I think we would be betraying our country if merely for the sake of names we are split up, if we are prevented from doing good work, in order to quarrel amongst ourselves. It is in that sense that I remain a member of the Coalition, a Coalition which I can honestly say, which I honestly feel, is do- ing good, sound, comprehensive work. If I ever felt that I was beine narried awsv or in a manner, sandwiched in by the policy of the Government, or if I could not trust it, I would certainly consider it my duty to resign both from the Govern ir.ent, and from the Coalition. GUIDED TO SUCCESS. I But I do Dot feel that I feel that the man who led us to victory during the war—(applause)—is guiding tie with the same success a.nd determination along tho roads of peace; I feel that my great chief and your great countryman—(loud ap plause)—deserves the support of all those wno want to see progress democratic pro- gress, and freedom, in thin great country It is one of Mr. Lloyd George's greatest llleiih) that so many to whom he used to be anathema are willing to follow in his footsteps. I think that you here and those others in this great con- stituency whom I have represented will support him, as you have done in tho past, following the loyal little man form Wales, who has done so much for this country, and will do so mucli more if he is only allowed to. (Loud and prolonged cheers.) At this point Mr. W. J. Colebrcok gave a fine rendering of Baner Ein Gwlad," and as an encore, Nirvana." LADY MOND'S SPEECH. I Lady Mond startled the assembly on rising to speak by saying Anwyl Gvf- oillion." After the applause had sub- sided, Lady Mond continued: H For the benefit of those who do not understand Welsh, may I hasten to add that it means Dear Friends." I have had a great many happy days in my life, but I think to-night has crowned them all. I am deeply touched with all I have heard and with the great demonstration you have given us. This hall has been con- verted into a fairy paradise by our dear friends. I am aleo deeply touched with the beautiful gifts of art before me, and the way you Itfive come here to offer us your praise and thanksgiving. It is what I call a worthy event, and you have worth- ily celebrated it. But being distantly re- lated by marriage to your member I feel rather strongly prejudiced about it. (Laughter.) In this magnificent casket you have given us a very worthy emblem. FORTUNATE IN LIFE. I My husband and I have Men very fortu- nate in life; we possess many beautiful things, and now we are going to add this great work of art and this beautiful painting; a painting which can certainly take its place amongst those beautiful paintings wo happily possess. But there is something in thim casket which no one hut myself knows lies there; not even my husband. It is a ret which I am going to tell you now; I am going to tell my children andl my grandcliildren, and perhaps their children will carry the secret on. (Laughter.) In this casket lies the hearts and affections of our dear friends in Swansea. (Loud and pro- longed cheers.) VISCOUNTESS ERLEIGH. I Viscountess Erleigh, very heartily re- ceived. said: I hope I can equally thank you all. I feel so deeply touched by the wonderful greeting you have given my father and mother and myself this evening. It is suell a deep pleasure to me to be here to-niglit to celebrate the glorious victory you won just a year ago. I went through the election with you, so I can share in the joys, having shared in the trials. I know how devoted my father is to Swansea-I know him very well!—(laughter)—and I know how do- voted you are to him. (Hear, hear.) And I hope, and know, all the love you have given in this beautiful work and have expressed here to-night is truly felt—that you really love him and us, -->t_ IL
and as you love us, I join in loving you. Although not often here. l am always with you in thought and feeling, and I hope we shall all go on working together. My husband was un- > fortunately detained, but I am sure he is with you in thought. You have been wishing us many good things. It is now my turn to wish, you sonic- thing: I wish you good-night, with ma.ny 1 pleasant dreams, dreams of the futureoJ when we shall work together for the f happiness of this town of Swansea and oil our beloved country. (Applause.) VOTES OF THANKS. Moving a very hearty vote of thang, to the chairman. Sir Alfred Mond 8ai j the chairman's task had not been a very difficult one, but however ditlicult it might have been he knew he would havQ; done it equally successfully. They werei all very glitd that Mr. Jones, whose rtern citiulities as a sound Liberal and wh: enthusiasm for good causes they knew, had taken the chair. He called on Mr. i Aeron Thomas to second. Mr. Aeron Thomas, however, said Sir Kllis Griffith would second in Welsh. GREAT WORK FOR WALES. Sir Ellis Jones Griffith, seconding, said it afforded him v-ery great pleasure to be i' present at that magnificent gathering. Be bad already told them in English, and h. now repeated in Welsh, that he wae de- lighted to find that his friends in Swansea had in this tangible way expressed thci»- appreciation of the services of Sir Alfred Mond to the country. (Applause.) He had had the privilege of friendship with Sir Alfred Mond for many years, and knew much of the work he had accomplished. Sir Alfred was not born in Wales, it ww true, but that was not exactly his own fault. (Laughter and applause.) He haJ, however, done a great work for Wale*, (Applause.) Then, with regard to the chair- man, they would all agree that he had had an easy task that night, but even if th" task had been much more difficult he would undoubtedly have discharged it equallv well. (Applause.) He would, therefore, ask the audience to join him in according a cordial vote of thanks to Mr. Jones for his services in the chair; thoee who were Welsh to show in Cymraeg, and the others in English, by show of hands, their appre- ciation of the manner in which the meet- ing had been conducted. The vote was carried with acclamation, and the chairman briefly acknowledged. "lien Wlad fy Nhadau and God Save the King," sung by the great audience, brought the proceedings to a fitting close. The beautiful bouquets presented to Lady Mond and N-iscountess Erleigh were supplied by Messrs. Edward Parsons and Co., Swansea.