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PEMBROKE COUNTY CLUB. The twelfth annual dinner of the above Club was held on Saturday night, February the 5th at the Holborn Restaurant, London, under the presidency of the Right Hon. Lord Kensington, and was a great success. Among the numer- ous company present were the High Sheriff of Pembrokeshire (Mr. Owen Philipps, J.P.), General Laurie, C.B., M.P., Colonel the Hon. C. E. Edwardes, Major General Leach, C.B., Colonel Mathias, C.B., A.D.C. (the hero of the Dargai Heights), Surgeon Lieut.-Colonel Myers (Brigade of Guards), the Hon. G. H. Edwardes, Sir Albert de Rutzen (Chief Magis- trate of the Metropolis), Major General Sir Chas. Wilson, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., F.R.S., Mr. Randle Mainwaring, J.P., D.L., Mr. Marmaduke Shield, M.B., F.R.C.S., Rev. W. O. B. Allen, M.A., Mr. C. G. H. Allen (Indian Civil Ser- vice), D. George Collins, C.C. (chairman of the Port Sanitary Committee of the Port of London), T. H. W. Idris, J.P., L.C.C., Mr. Jas. Thomas, J.P., Mr. Evan D. Jones, J.P., Mr. W. Bird Allen, J.P., Mr. Clifton Kelway (editor of the Churth Review), Mr. T. R. Sydenham Jones, M.A., LL.D., Mr. T. W. Ormiston (hon. sec.), Mr. P. S. Mason (musical director), &c., &c. Letters of regret for absence were here read by the hon. sec. (Mr. T. W. Ormiston) from the President, Earl Cawdor, who had been unwell the deputy President, Sir Chas. Phillips, who was out of England; Judge Allen and Judge Owen, in the provinces on judicial duties; Sir Chas. Wilson, staying at Bournemouth for his health and )r. Henry Owen who, owing to the death of his brother, was regretfully absent for the first time. An elaborate toast list, interspersed with a splendid selection of music, was gone through after the dinner. "The Imperial Forces of the Empire" was given by T. H. W Idris, Esq., L.C.C., and worthily responded to by Colonel Mathias, C.B. Rev. W. O. B. Allen, M.A., then proposed Pembrokeshire our county, and the Pembroke County Club." It was an unceasing pleasure to attend these gatherings year by year. Of course, each year had its losses, and they were obliged this year to lament the loss of one of their vice-presidents, the late Bishop of Llandaff, who was Pembrokeshire to the core, was educated in Pembrokeshire and made his reputation in Pembrokeshire. They all knew him there, and they all loved him. He was a wise ruler, a real friend; even his enemies, if he ever had any, were at peace with him. He was, they might remember, a descendant of the Parliamentarian General. Colonel Poyer, who was about the first Pembrokeshire man to come to London, where the air did not agree with him so well as with present day Pembroke- shire men for he met a tragic end by being shot in Covent Garden. That was the Colonel Poyer who defended Pembroke Castle against Cromwell; and Mr. Allen interestingly related the incidents of the fate of the General, who acted out of loyalty to Pembroke-a quality displayed also by his descendant the late Bishop. On looking round the room one was struck by the fact that London air well suited the Pembrokeshire men of to-day. What with chief magistrates, distinguished officers, mem- bers of the County Council, and so on, the county had nothing oe ashamed of nowadays. The love of the old county, the warmest feeling of their hearts, was as strong as ever. After the toast had been duly honoured, Dr. T. R. Sydenham Jones, M.A., LL.D., asked the president to make a presentation of an illuminated address to the Hon. Sec., Mr. T. W. Ormiston, who had spent years of hard work and self-denial in the interests of the County Club, and the annals of the Club were an ample compendium of his perseverance, industry and diligence. No one who knew what Mr. Ormiston had done for the Club would be sur- prised that the committee and members were at last showing him some token of the appreciation and respect which they all felt towards him. Lord Kensington, in making the presentation to Mr. Ormiston, amid cheers, said he had the greatest pleasure in doing so, as he knew it had been thoroughly deserved. He was afraid he had added to Mr. Ormiston's work and anxieties by not earlier resolving to become a member of the Club, but he was pleased to say that at last Mr. Ormiston's perseverance had succeeded. It gave him all the more pleasure to hand that testimonial to Mr. Ormiston, because he could see what enormous energy that gentleman had infused into the working and management of the Club, whose affairs and efficiency were obviously in such nice order. He trusted that he should long have the pleasure of Mr. Ormiston's acquaint- ance and assistance, Mr. Ormiston thanked the members for their presentation, after which Mr. D. George Collins, C.C., responded to the toast of the county and Club. The health of the chairman was submitted by Owen Philipps, Esq., J. P., the High Sheriff of the county, and responded to by Lord Kensington. The Houses of Parliament was next submitted by A. C. Kelway, and General Laurie, C.B., M.P., replied in a short and racy speech. After a very successful gathering, the com- pany dispersed with the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau."


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