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Î THE AVORLD'S CHAMPION CYCLIST. BANQUET TO JIMMY MICHAEL. On Thursday night last a complimentary banquet was given to Mr. Jimmy Michael, the champion cyclist of the world, at the Lamb and Flag Hotel, Aberaman. The large room in which the banquet was held had been prettily decorated by Mrs. Powell, the hostess, Miss Powell, and Mr. J. Jones, chairman of the committee, and others. On the wall facing the entrance was a large case, containing the large number of prizes won by young Michael. They con- sisted of most beautiful articles of jewellery, &e., and were greatly admired. On the left wall were the mottoes: Success to the Little Wonder" and "Success to the Aberaman Cycling Club." On the right wall was the motto. "Aberaman Cyclists are Supreme." There was also an arrangement of t' e Prince of Wales' feathers," worked in leaves, aljore the door at the entrance. Flags were also hung in various positions. Host and Hostess Howell had pre- pared a most sumptuous dinner, which was enjoyed by 150 guests. fhe tables had been very neatly arranged and evoked the greatest admiration. Aft.r dinner the tables were cleared, and preparations made for the post prandial proceedings and the presentation of an address to the hero of the evening. Mr. L. N. Williams, high constable of Aberdare, presided, and was supported by Colouel Phillips, Mr. C. M. Lewis, London and Provincial Bank, Aber- dare; Mr. J. Michael, Mr. Treharne, Mr. J. H. James. Brynhyfryd, Aberdare Mr. Davies, solicitor, Aberdare; Mr. John Jones, chairman of the Reception Committee; Mr. Rees Davies, secretary and Mr. M. I. Jones, Aberaman. There were also present Mr. T. Proaser, grocer Mr. Lewis, Co-opera- tive Stores; Mr. D. Hughes (Bayron), Mr D. Griffiths, Mr. Levi Jones, Mr. Isaac Walters, Mr. J. Rowlands. Mr. B. Jones, provision merclvint. M). T. Miles, Councillor Ho.veil, Mr. M. Parr, newsagent; Mr. Richards, Mardy Offices; Mr. A. B. Manning, captain of the Aberdare Harriers; Mr. Phillips, Mr. J. Sheen, Athletes' Home, Aberdare (ex-champion cyclist of the West of England) Mr. Alf. Lewis (a well-known cyclist), Mr. D. J. Williams, secretary of the Aber- man Harriers; Mr. D. M. Richards (South W«!r$ Daily New*); Mr. David James (Western Mail) Mr. Griffiths (Glamoiytin Free Pre.■<,■<) Mr. Fred Lewis (Merthyr Times); &c., &c. At the outset the Chairman read letters from the following gentlemen, stating their inability to lie pre- sent, and expressing their regret thereat :—Rev. M. Powell, Vicar of Aberaman Mr. W. J. Heppell, Cwmaman Mr. J. H. Powell, Dr. Lewis, and Councillor T. Rees, Swan Hotel. The Chairman gave the toast of the Queen," whom, he said, had done more good to the country than a dozen or two of the other sovereigns put together. Whether they thought of her as sovereign or as a mother, she had always set a good example ^applause).—The toast was loyally received.—Piano- forte solo, Mr. Everett. The Chairman stated at this juncture that it was the feeling of those present that a vote of condolence should he passed with the family of the late Dr. James, Aberaman. He was a man who was much respected, and his death was greatly regretted. He would ask them all to rise on their feet as a token of respect. This was accordingly done. Mr. Howell said it gave him very great pleasure to propose the toast of the Town and Trade of Aber- dare." When he said Aberdare he also included Aberaman, which they looked upon as forming part of that town. He was glad to say that the trade of Aberdare was as good as that of any other town in South Wales. He thought that they ought to feel very proud that they were guided by such eminent men as they had at Abordare. He coupled with the toast the name of Mr. J. H. James.—Song, Island of Dreams," Mr. T. J. Phillips. Mr. J. H. James, m responding, said that the toast had been sprung upon him unawares. He might say that he had been connected with the trade of Aberdare and Aberaman for many years. He hoped that the day was very far off when their trade would go back. Of course there was a dark cloud overhanging their town just at present, but let them hope for the silver lining (applause). He might men- tion various things that had been introduced and brought trade. For instance there was the Aberdare Laundry. That had brought trade to the town. Then there was the new Public Hall and Theatre. That had also brought trade to the town. Then again such well- known merchants as Lipton had opened shops lately at Aberdare, which gave the town quite an important air. He trusted that the town would continue to thrive and progress. He was very fond of Sweet 'Berdar, and it was undoubtedly the" Queen of the Hills" (applause). Mr. Joe Evans, Mountain Ash, the well-known comic singer, sang the following lines of his own com- position to the tune of The Blind Irish Girl." They completely brought the home down. The following is the first verse and chorus :— To his native home once more, Jin.my Michael has returned, All the world does know his power and the laurels he has earned, Though Jimmy now is not quite twenty, 'gainst all comer. he has won, Honours he has gained in plenty, and oh how we're proud, and Wales is pr»ud of her son. CiiORi'S.—The pride of the cycle, is young Jimmy Michael, With muscles hard as iron, and a heart as true as steel; His banner he'. unfurled, as champion 0; the world, Here's good health and wealth to the knight- of the wheel. —The chorus was take up with great heartiness and the singer gat down amidst vociferous applause. Mr. George Thomas gave the toast of the Aberdare and Aberaman cyclists. Comic song, Master Gus Preece. Mr. J. Sheen, Athletes' Home, Aberdare, expressed the pleasure he felt in being present at such a large slathering, and especially in company of the champion cyclist of the world (applause). He had really proved himself a wonder" (applause). Mr. J. Jones, president of the Aberaman Cycling Club, also responded, and said that he was very pleased of the privilege once more. They in Aber- aman ought to feel proud that they had been able to turn out such cyclists. Not only had they been able to turn out champion cyclists of England and Wales, but of-the whole world (applause). They had thought that to have the championship of Wales was itself a great achievement, but to have the champion cyclist of the world was something to be really proud of (applause). When he said champion of the world he meant it. Michael was second to none not even to Zimmerman. People had opinions; but he (the speaker) was quite sure as to who was the champion (applause). Zimmerman might excel at the quarter- mile but not otherwise. Their friend, Mr. J. Sheen, was the first man to accomplish a record in Wales, and that record would stand that very day (applause). Mr. Sheen was also the first man who brought the championship of the West of England to Wales (applause). They had now, however, got to the top of the ladder, and they could not go further than J. Michael had gone (applause). Alf. Lewis was also going to France. Alf. had done very well in the past, and he hoped that he would do well in Paris (applause, and a voice: "Good Old Alf.") With reference to bringing out young cyclists the times did not allow them to go to the expense of going to Car- diff and other places. It was also a well-known fact that when a cyclist from this neighbourhood made his appearance he was looked upon as a dark horse to be watched. A young beginner was handicapped so badly that he had little chance, and he got enough of it after his first appearance ("Shame"). He was put down as a dark horse, and he could not go on unless he was a Michael or a Linton ("Shame"). The speaker also referred to the decadence of amateur sport in the neighbourhood. There were very few amateurs to be got now, and that was why sport had gone down. He remembered the time when thou- sands used to attend the sports at Merthyr, but now it was different. In Cardiff also he had seen as many as 10,000 or 12,000 people at the sports, but now they did not get that number. He was pleased that an amateur Harriers' Club had been started at Aber- dare. There was one also newly started at Aber- aman. Both were showing up well, and if they did not get cyclists he hoped they would get runners (applause). Comic song, That was enough for me" Mr, D, E. Davies. Mr. Prosser gave the toast of "the Visitors" and said that he was very pleased to see so many there. He coupled with the toast the name of Mr. C. M. Lewis, London and Provincial Bank, Aberdare. Comic song, Mr. Joe Evans (encored). Mr. C. M. Lewis in responding expressed his pleasure in doing so. He felt proud that he had had the privilege and pleasure of sittinv by the champion cyclist of the world (applause). Song, Master J. Parry-Jones. Col. Phillips proposed the toast of the evening, viz., (hatof J. Michael, champion cyclist of the world. He thought that it was a toast that could have been put in far abler hands than his ("No, no"). He would have prefered it being put in the hand of Mr. J. Jones. But perhap9 they thought that Ijecausei he (the speaker) had heen an old athlete the toast could be placed in his hands (applause). He was like the old war horse, and although he did not now take part in sport he (the speaker) wan always ready to further the interests of good sport (applause). They were all glad that the Atjerdare Valley was .the nursery of the champion cyclist of the world, and althoi gh it was to Aberaman that Michael belonged, they at Aberdare were not jealous, because they looked upon Aberaman as forming part of Aberdare (applause). Michael was an honour to Wales and to England. He was truly the little wonder and champion cyclist of the world (applause). He |had watched with much in- terest the progress of Michael. He had known his grandfather. They were old friends, and it was from him that Michael had got the nluck (applause). In asking all present.to drink the toast, he asked them to drink it heartily. In conclusion, ho hoped that Michael would continue to go on and win further suc- cesses. He was young and there was a grand open- ing for him if he would lie careful and keep to strict training. He advised him to^maTce hay while the the sun shines and afterwards live on the fruits of what he had earned (applause). The toast was received with great enthusiasm and musical honours. Mr. Jimmy Michael briefly returned thanks for their very hearty reception. Mr. Evan Michael, uncle of the young hero, also responded. He said that he was proud of the recep- tion they had given young M chad. Mr. D. Hughes (secretary) also responded. He was very proud to do so. He was particularly gratified with the fact that Michael was a native of the place. He was plucky and straightforward, and had not sold his friends (applause).. Mr. John Evans recited some Welsh verses of his own composition in honour of young Michael, which evoked much applause. The presentation of an illuminated address after- wards tooli place to young Michael. The Secretary read a copy of the address, which refnrrpd,to Michael's success at Hernc Hill, in 1894, when he !>eat thecream of wheelmen in the United Kingdom.- Reference was also made to his short-distance championship of France and his record-breaking, his number of recotds being the greatest number ever attained by a single individual. Reference was also made to the fact that Michael had secured the International Cycling Cham- pionship of the world at Cologne. Mr. Morgau Parr gave a description of the address, which was framed in massive gilt with illumination, and the. Welsh dnigon, leeks, Prince of Wales' and other Welsh emblazonments and Welsh mottoes. Mr. Parr said that it would be the most elaborate address ever presented in Alieraman. Mr. J. Jones, in making the presentation, said that he was very pleased to have the opportunity of doing so (applause). Mr. Gay said that he was also, in conjunction with Mr. Jones, pleased to make the presentation. Michael was the champion of the world, and he hoped that he would hold that great position for many years to come (applause). I he Chairman explained that the address would be exhibited for inspection in the shop of Mr. Powell, Aberaman, and afterwards at the Beehive, Aberdare. Song, I'm off to Philadelphia in the Morning," Mr. Hopkins. Mr. Jimmy Michael, at this juncture, gave a con- tribution of j61, and asked the company to drink his health. Mr. Griffiths also gave 10s. Mr. Da»ies, tolicitor, also announced his decision to give 10s. 6d., and in doing so said that he was delighted to see Michael making such progress in the cycling world. He trusted that he would continue to go on and up- hold the reputation of the district (applause). Mr. Davies al<o referred to the need of a proper cycling track at Aberdare, and offered to find jBlOO if niue other gentlemen would do the same towards procuring such a track (applause). Mr. J. H. James gave the toast, of The Press," coupling with it the names of Mr. David James (Western Mai'), Mr. D. M. Richarcs (South W(tl.!s Daily News), and Mr. Fred Lewis (Merthyr Timttt), which was well received. Councillor Howell proposed the toast of "The Chairman and Vice-chairman," which was enthusias- tically received. The toast of The Host and Hostess terminated a very successful gathering. The promoters of the banquet are to be congratu- lated upon the able manner in which they carried out the arrangements. The chairman of the committee was Mr. J. Jones, and the vice-chairman, Mr. D. Hughes (Bayron). The secretary was Mr. Rees D avies, and the treasmer, Mr. J. Bucknell. TIe other members of the committee consisted of Councillor Howell, Mr. M. Parr, Councillor T. Rees, Mr. W. J. Rowlands, Mr. D. J. Williams, Mr. G. Bailey, Mr. H. Hitchens, Mr. J. H. Powell, Mr. G. Whitmarsh, Mr. W. o Nen!\ Mr. T. R. Edwaids, Mr. W. Stevens, Mr. S. Davies, Mr. Prosser, Mr. P. Jones, Air. F. Morris, and Mr. E.. Michael. The address was drawn up by Mr. Morgan Parr and the chairman and vice-chairman; and printed by Hywel Cynon.

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