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PRESENTATION MEETING AT PONTYCYMMER.

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PRESENTATION MEETING AT PONTYCYMMER. DEPARTURE OF DR. McALLEN. On Monday night last n, public meeting was held at the Welsh Methodist Vestry. Pontycymmer. in order to present Dr. Thomas McAllen, assistant to Dr. E. J. Parry, with a testimonial and purse of gold on his departure for New Zealand. It was given as a token of the high esteem in which he Was held by the inhabitants, and how they appre- ciated his laudable character and unremitting attention to duty. Considering that little over a fortnight has elapsed since the installation of the movement, and that during that time the large sum of £ 60 has been raised, is sufficient evidence of the manner in which Dr. McAllen has raised himself in the estimation of the public of Ponty- cymmer. The large room was crowded with a very influential audience, whose enthusiasm was amply L uisplayed throughout the proceedings. The ener- getic secretary of the movement was Mr. M. -Hughes, who. with the committee, have been assiduously engaged throughout. The chair was taken by Mr. D. John (Braichycymmer Collieries), and among- the others present were observed :— Mrs. Jones (Braichycymmer Farm). Mrs. D. John. Dr. E. J. Parry. Revs. J. Lamb and F. Davies. Dr. Bond (Dr. McAllen's successor^, Messrs. Matthew Owen, D. Edwards, W. Jenkins. J. Pendant, &e., &c. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said they were congregated to honour one to whom fconour was due. (Hear, hear.) He defined the ftanner in which the movement had originated as being through the expressed sentiments of the inhabitants in private conversation, practically displayed by the handsome way they had come forward to contribute. The committee were Unanimous in the affair, and vied with each other in every respect. Detailing the manner adopted tor collection, he said as one. if ever such a deserv- Ing subject was mooted again, there would be no compunction on his part to going about. (Cheers.) Mr. J. Maddocks was then called upon. Address- Ing them in Welsh, the speaker upheld the remarks as to the pleasantness of collecting for the move- ment. He earnestly hoped Dr. McAllen would Oieet with every success on his journey through *ife. and would be as duly honoured henceforth as ne was that night. They had felt disappointed in losing him. but they heartily (he was assured) wished him God speed and prosperity." (Cheers.) Mr. AVilliam Thomas said they would prefer having Dr. McAllen's company a thousand times than his room, and rather see him staying than going over the ocean. (Hear. hear.) He testified, aud especially wished to do so publicly, to the un- hesitating manner in which the doctor had per- formed his duty, either when called upon by day 0r night. (Cheers.) It was to be hoped he would long continue to do so. and that he would use his life to comfort the families wherein sickness had entered, and alleviate the sufferings of hunvanity. (Hear, hear.) However, there was a feeling of disappointment prevalent among the female section in the valley that Dr. McAllen was going away without taking one of them with him. Women Were scarce in Australia, so he had heard—(laugh- ter)—and he would personally ad vise the doctor to take one of the smart young ladies from the valley to be a com fort to him" on the way. (Laughter and cheers.) He (Dr. McAllen) had been in Wales among Welshmen, and had succeeded in warming the hearts of the people towards him, and he could never utter a better parting injunction than "GobeithÜt yn Xuw, canys Efe vw awdwr pob Peth." (Cheers.) Mr. David Davies (Ffaldau) followed, and in wishing him the same success in the future, said there was a great difference between the doctors in the Valley at that time than many years ago. He remembered the time when the greatest difficulty \as experienced in obtaining medical services in the daytime, without mentioning the night. It Used to be asked (and he remembered one case in Particular) when a doctor was wanted, Are the hounds out. If they were. it was the natural Sequence that the doctor was with them. They were improving now in that respect. If they re- quired a doctor, they found him always willing. Whether in the middle of the day or night, to do Anything to alleviate suffering. It was especially 80 with Dr. McAllen. In conclusion, he wished that recognition of his services would be a stimulus to him elsewhere, and that he. would succeed in taking so many friends as he had done at that Place. a (Cheers.) Mr. D. Thomas (under manager IVest Rhondda Colliery) then made the presentation of the tes- timonial on behalf of the committee. Mr. M. hughes (the secretary) read it out as follows :— To Thomas McAllen. Esq.. M.B.C.M. Dear Sir,—We. the inhabitants of the Garw Valley, ^vinjr learned that you purpose leaving Wales for Cv,' Zealand, cannot permit our connection to be 8?vered without conveying to you our high apprecia- tion of your medical qualifications and of the faith- ful manner in which you have discharged your pro- fessional duties as assistant to E. J. Parry, Esq., M.D. The devotion to duty so marked in your constant at- tendance upon the sick and afflicted, sympathy shown towards the suffering, and the unremitting attention bestowed upon patients under your charge, are pro- verbial about the district. You seem to be perform- lllff your duties from such a high motive and pure 8Pirit, that -whenever, day or night, urgent calls -were 'Bade npon yon, no efforts were spared on your part in ^ttendins: promptly to the wants of the sufferers, OUr skill and knowledge of surgery, so often put to the test in this colliery district, and the successful banner in which all operations were performed, prove tO us that vou are fullv competent in this branch of your professional work. While we deeply regret Your departure from the Garw Valley, we cannot but rejoice in the hope that you will find a sphere even ifiore extensive and profitable, and worthy of your *%h Qualifications, and where you may repeat the fcoble manner in which you have served us here. We Shall look back with pleasure to the time you were Mth us and your great zeal, steady devotion to duty, high moral character, and upright conduct, together ^"ith the unusual attentiveness in all your cases w.Il never fade from our hearts' memories. We always found in you a true and confiding friend. We trust and wish that your future career will be very prosperous, and that your life may long be spared i (;¡dorn the medical profession, and to alleviate the sufferings of humanity, a work for which you appear to be so eminently qualified in, We beg your accept- ance of the accompanying gift and further tok.1 of our deepest respect for you, and for the sake of <; Auld ^■ng Syne." The testimonial was signed by Mr. D. John (chairman), John Griffiths (treasurer), Morgan I ling hes (secretary),Matthew Owen,Thomas Davies, and William Jenkins (committee). In presenting it, Mr. Thomas referred to the value of the good name made by the recipient, through that person's energy, supplemented by that noble trait—honesty. It was an old Welsh sayino- ;1 Enw da sydd well na chvfoeth lawer.' It" would follow him whithersoever he went. (Cheers). Mrs. Jones (Braichycymmer) in presenting the Purse of gold to Dr. McAllen wished the presence of the Lord with him. The Secretary here read the balance-sheet show- ing the total amount collected to be £ 60 8s. 2d., and the amount in the purse to be 15 5. (Applause). Dr. McAllen. in returning thanks, said I thank You verv heartily for the generous token of your esteem and courtesy. It is quite impossible to assure you of the high price at which I value it. 1 shall always look back at the time I spent in Pontycymmer as the best part of my life, and this a red letter day in my history. (Applause). I am happy to meet you here to-night, sorry to part from you. and will be happy to meet you again. (Loud and continued applause, all the audience joining in sin<nntr Auld Lang Syne.") The" Rev. J. Lamb (B.) was the next speaker Who testified to the spontaneous sympathy and £ ood feelings of the inhabitants actuating them to tr:àke the presentation. (Hear, hear). He said p they did not speak in those flattering terms, almanack fashion." as was sometimes done at those gatherings, but it was the language of the heart which spoke so highly of the recipient of the testimonial that evening. (Cheers). He then lengthily referred to the sober habits, reserved banner, and good qualifications of the recipient, and in the most critical moments they had observed this significantly displayed. (Cheers). If Dr. McAllen performed his duty as he had done he was sure he would win a name despite all ^versities. and eventually prosper. (Cheers). Mr. T. Jones (bootmaker) gave a bardic address, which appears in our Welsh column. Dr. E. J. Parry, M.D., was then called upon. He 1:'050 to speak' with very mixed feelings indeed, Qn the one hand it gave him great pleasure to see 4,0 many persons present, and on the other hand, <leep regret at being near losing him. (Hear. kear.) It was only the comparatively short period of about 20\- years that he had come amongst them, 2 and he was proud to see that. his efforts to do his <luty had been so well appreciated. (Cheers). It ^as unnecessary to speak of his abilities. He came there well-trained from one of out very ancient Universities, with high degrees, and very qood recommendations. (Cheers.) Subsequently his patients and work had shown that the practical Post of his profession had been carried out with Vf)ry good results indeed. (Cheers.) Personally 518 a medical mnn he could speak of him as being eminently qualified for a district such as theirs. 5e had thereby greatly endeared himself to them, ^"he fact was that he never put on side." and that he has not attempted to placo himself above them Was sufficient to do this. (Cheers.) After stating that they would mi?s him very much, Dr. Parry, Mio displayed great emotion, was obliged to give up. Dr. Thomas also followed as to his professional Capabilities and high moral character. The Rev. T. Davies also followed in Welsh, re- marking that they had been very fortunate in their medical gentleman, and amongst the assist- ants of Dr. Parry none was more liked than Dr. McAllen. (Cheers.) Mr. Matthew Owen was always impressed that one very prominent feature in the character of the recipient was the unflinching attention manifest about him at all times. Earnestness and attention to duty were the two most prominent features in his character. It seemed to him that Dr. McAllen was like one of the Puritan fathers during a con- gress at Connecticut many years ago. They were all congregated when suddenly darkness overwhelmed the building. Some of them speculated as to whether the end of the world had not really come, and one of them suggested that they should go home. "No!" said an old Puritan, i; bring candles here if the end of the world is come, let us be found doing our 1 duty." (Applause.) It was the opinion he had of Dr. McAllen. While expressing very great sorrow, he joined in the hearty good wishes of the a-sf mbly. Cries for Mrs. John were greeted with a small sentence of eulogy from that lady, and the Chair- man. referring to his genial wife, said it was she first put the idea of a testimonial in his head. (Applause). Songs were interspersed with speeches as fol- lows "Sailing," Mr. Cerddor Davies: "Ben My Chvee." and Off to Philadelphia," Mr. Evan David; "I Bias Gogerddan," Mr. Robert James; song, ó; 0 rest in the Lord," a young vocalist (Bliss Thomas) who exhibits good promise. Votes of thanks to the chairman, the collectors and organisers, and to the representative of the Smith iValcx Star for attending, were carried with applause, and the enjoyable proceedings termi- nated by singing Hen wlad fy Xhadau."

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