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Death of ftlr. M- ittiam R,…


Death of ftlr. M- ittiam R, Ir ILonnell. The news arrived in the town on Saturday morning that Mr William McConnell, proprietor of the Aber- gynolwyn Slate Quarry, Abergynolwyn Estate, and Talyllyn Railway, bad died on Friday fat (Knockdolian Mansion, Colmonell, Ayrshire. The deceased was ninety-five years of age and retained his full faculties unimpaired to the very end. Mr McConnell had been connected with the Slate Quarry since 1862 and when the Company then formed was wound up some twenty years ago he purchased the whole concern, consisting of the Quarry, the railway, several farms, and nearly the whole of the village of Abergynolwyn. For all that long time Mr McConnell has worked the Quarry on his own account and was a model employer. It is highly creditable to him and to his Manager (Mr Meyrick Roberts) that there never has been a strike at the Quarry. The deceased was a very strong personality and followed the working of bis great undertaking most closely to the end of his days. Up to quite recently he had monthly returns made to him showing the result of the working of ,the quarry, railways, &c. The news of his death caused a grave state of things in the minds of those directly and indirectly connected with the works and to them undoubtedly the event is one of great importance. Mr Meyrick Roberts, manager of the Quarry, and Mr Hugh Thomas, chief accountant of the Com- panies, were summoned to attend the funeral, which took place en Tuesday, the 14th of this month. A correspondent adds that Mr McConnell has been in connection with the Quarries for nearly forty years. He was a shareholder in the old Com- pany for about thirteen years until he bought the whole concern about twenty-three years ago. He was one of the best of employers of labour who ever came into Wales. He never failed to pay the men to the day and hour and the very best feelings always existed between him and the men. Hew" always ready and willing to help his men and to do everything for their comfort. He was always under the right impression that he could not expect the best out of his men unless they were made comfortable in their homes, as well as in the Quarries. He divided his estate into small divisions to enable some of his men to keep a cow or two or to grow potatces and other vegetables for family use. He also con- fieldlinto plots of from 200 to 400 yards and fenced all the plots off into gardens, for which he charged id per yard rent. He considered these gardens were ery great help to the men not only in the way of providing vegetables, but as a place to go to in their spare time instead of going to the public house. On the occasion of Queen Victoria's jubilee, he paid two days' wages to every man in his employ at the Quarries and cn the railway and the wharf. It might be said without exaggeration that he brought more money into Wales than any one man during the past twenty-three years. Mr McConnell was not one of those who grumbled at everything, but was always in good temper whether matters were gloomy cr bright. He also employed nundreds 01 men in the cotton works in Manchester and in the Deeside Ironworks, as well as in three or four coalpits in Derbyshire. He spent a very busy life and was well prepared for the next world. Of late years, he was assisted at Towyn, not only by Mr Meyrick Roberts, but by Mr Yates. He leaves a son who takes an active interest in the Quarries and will doubtless follow in the footsteps of his revered father.