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I PRESENTATION TO MR.- J. L. WALTERS, I LLANBOIDY. ) u Grateful Agriculturists. I I U11 Monday afternoon, at the Market Mali, Llanboidy, in the presence of a goodly number of friends, a very interesting ceremony took place, I when Mr. J. L. Walters, chemist, was the recipient | of a gold watch, double guard, and pendant mono- gram seal, together with an illuminated address, I beautifully executed by Mr. J. F. Lloyd, Carmar- then, the whole valued at £ 45. The wording of the address was :â DEAR bir,âWe whose names are subscribed hereto, landowners, farmers, and other inhabi ants of the neighbourhood of Llanboidy, beg your acceptance from us, of the accompanying gold watch, as a token of our grateful acknowledgment of your efforts during many years in the promotion of the agricultural interest in our midst, now so happily culminating in the successful establish- ment of the Llanboidy Butter Factory Company. We also hereby desire to put on record our appreciation of the untiring energy displayed by you in your position as lion. sec. of that company, and we hope, in the future of your life, it will ever be to you a source of pleasure and satisfaction to reflect that, by your kindness and interest in our welfare, you secured the lasting gratitude and good-will of your friends and neighbours in this district. 4 Wishing you all prosperity and happiness, We remain. Dear Sir, u u Yours most sincerely." [Mere follows a list of subscribers]. I The Rev. D. S. Davies, as chairman, was very proud to occupy the position on such an occasion. He desired them to recognise the fact that they were met together to reward merit, under such pleasing circumstances as was possible to conceive. They knew Mr. Walters was always ready to help, not only with his advice, but with practical support, any undertaking which would benefit the farmers. And though our honoured friend who has departed from usâthe late Mr. Powell. M.P. â did wonders for this neighbourhood, still more remained to be done, and he was proud that Mr. Walters, with the help of'others, had been able to take up his work where he had left it. Mr. J. Phillips, J.P., Caerlleon, was most pleased to be present, and considered that were it not for Mr. Walters' personal energy and power of reason- ing, and convincing the farmers that his ideas were correct, there would be no butter factory at Llanboidy. Mr Levi Davies said I feel exceedingly pleased in being here this evening, on the occasion of present- ing Mr. Walters with this magnificent address and beautiful gold watch, and also to give a practical proof that we appreciate the splendid services lie has rendered us in connection with the butter factory. Very little I thought at first that we should get a factory here; but Mr. Walters had set his heart on getting one, and it is owing to his determination and untiring efforts that it was successfully accomplished. I think very few would have undertaken the task, and fewer still would have been successful. I feel proud that we have amongst us a gentleman of .Mr. Walters' abilities. I believe the greatest reward to him is the con- sciousness that he has been able to do some benefit to the farmers. I believe there is no other factory in Wales established on the same principle as ours, and am glad to know its success has been so great; and I would advise other localities to follow our example. I sincerely hope this testimonial will stimulate Mr. Walters to continue in his good works for our good, and may his life be long and prosperous. The Rev. W. Thomas said he was delighted with what they were doing that day. He felt as proud as if the presents were given to himself. Such was the friendly feeling which bound Mr. Walters and himself together. Great men are understood only by their near friends. Those at a distance may take Mr. Walters to be harsh and indifferent. Some, on account of their melodiously fine voice, are considered very amiable people, when in reality they know nothing about amiability; they seem to be more pious when they curse and swear than others when they pray. All Mr. Vfalters' harshness is on the outside: in his bosom beats a tender, sympathetic heart. The poor have an instinct to find out the generous man, and they run naturally to Mr. Walters in their need. Mrs. Powell said I had great pleasure in accept- ing the invitation of the directors of the butter factory to be present here this afternoon, on the occasion of presenting Mr. Walters with a testi- monial, as I wished personally to express my appreciation of the great service he has rendered the neighbourhood by the assistance he has voluntarily given towards establishing our butter factory. He has given his time, which, to a business man, means money; and we must not forget the worry and anxiety which such work entails. Local industries, as well as other institu- tions carefully fostered by its residents, add prosperity, happiness, and comfort to their lives. Those who contribute to their success are public benefactors. Mr. Walters, the pleasing duty now devolves upon me of presenting you with this watch, chain, and address, which has been subscribed for by your friends and neighbours, far and near, in recognition of the great service you have rendered them in assisting them to place the butter factory on a good working basis. You have acted the part a good citizen should. May you live many years to enjoy the respect you have gained by your disinterested efforts. This gift will, I am sure, be highly valued by you and handed down as an heirloom to future generations, when it will tell its own tale You were useful in your day and generation." Mr. Walters hoped his friends would forgive him if he omitted saying what he ought; that his emotions were such that he could not remember what he should say. Knowing the reason which stimulated him in the endeavour to form the company, he feared he did not quite deserve this honour; but he trusted what he had lacked in the past he might be able to do in the future. With regard to the butter factory, he could assure them Mrs. Powell did all and everything she was asked to do, and that through her influence great support had been obtained from distant land- owners. He hoped Mrs. Powell would be spared to them for very many years, that by her wise councils she may encourage Mr. Roch to emulate his eminent grandfather. He would also suggest to those at Llanboidy that this was the time for work not speeches that success could only be obtained through labour. That for all the interest he had taken in the formation of the butter factory, he took, perhaps, more in the education of his younger friends who were starting life, and he trusted the Aberystwyth College authorities would entertain his suggestions mentioned at the plough- ing match dinner. He felt sure his family and the ? I  .1 1 xiienus or nis youtn wouia rejoice in tne nonour they had conferred on him, and should misfortune overtake him-be it near or far away-so long as he had power to do a hard day's work at manual labour, he would keep and cherish these beautiful tokens of their high esteem. Mr. T. J. Davies, Mr. Osborne Davies. Mr. B. Morris, and Mr. J. Howells spoke in the same spirit as the other friends. Mr. R. Thomas, speaking as one who did not support the factory, said that since it had started he had been able to obtain one penny a pound more for his butter than formerly, by reason that so much butter was now sent out of the district into England. Mr. Willie Owen was sorry he had been unable to attend the meeting earlier, as he had only j-nst arrived from Whitland, where he had been trying to ward off an election of the School Board, and 30 save tne ratepayers a great expense. Anything which tended towards that nowadays was a great Joon to farmers and ratepayers in general. This ivas, he believed, Mr. Walters' desire, and he honoured him for it. The Rev. Lewis Jones, vicar, observed that luring the short period he had been there he had loticed that Mr. Walters was gifted with the very 'are and grand quality of getting others to work vith him, and that from enquiries he had made, ie had gathered that all his works tended towards loing good to his neighbours. He wished Mr. iValters long life and prosperity. Mrs. Powell thanked them for the vote of thanks Lccorded her, and also for the kind wish that she nay live many years. If she were spared another 'ear she would have lived amongst them for fifty tappy years, clouded only by two great sorrows. n which all felt deeply with her. Mr. Walters iad alluded to the new generation about to take ip their residence at Maesgwynne, with a hope I hat the same interest would be taken in the welfare of the neighbourhood as hereto. She was I are both Mr. and Mrs. Roch would do so. At the ime time, they must not expect young people | ould take up life when the old ones left it.