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LICENSED VICTUALLERS' i BANQUET.

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LICENSED VICTUALLERS' BANQUET. ANNU AL BANQUET-LAS'L' EVENING. SPEECHES BY HON. G. H. ALLSOPP, M.P. SIR J. T. D. LLEWELYN, M.P., SIR JOHN JONES JENKINS, M.P., MAYOR OF SWANSEA, &c. The annual banquet of the Swansea and District Licensed Victuallers' Association was held at the Royal Hotel last (Thursday) evening. The Hon. George H. Allsopp, M.P., presided, and he was supported by Sir John T. D. Llewelyn, Bart., M.P., Sir John Jones Jenkins, M.P., Mr. J. Maxwell Tod Burton. on Trent; Alderman F. Bradford, Major Ferry (Burton), Rev. E. W. Bolney, Mr. T. H. H. Kibbler (Swansea manager Messrs. Allsopp), Mr. T. Harrison Anderson (Messrs. Allsopp Cardiff), Major J. T. Jenkins, 20, Royal- crescent, London Mr. Marsrave (architect), Mr. D. F. Suerue, &c. +he Worshipful Mayor of Swansea. (Mr. J. Aeron Thomas) occupied the vice-chair. Amongst those present were Col. Pike, Captain Sinclair, Mr. H. W. Hansard, Councillors E. G. Protheroe land Morgan Hopkin, Messrs. W. Hopkin James (Swansea United Breweries Ltd)., Gwilym Rees, do., W. F. O'Brien, Blue Bell Hotel, J. C. Campbell, 22, High-street, Swansea, A. Campbell, 11, Carlton-terrace, J. Bainton, Swansea Castle Hotel, Charles Hill, Hector Rees Birchgrove Inn, W. Griffiths, junior, R. W. Jones, Llandilo, H. E. Glover (Hancock and Co., Ltd.), W. E. Williams, do., Harry Bevan, Queen's Head, G. Corfield, Fred. Cressey (Messrs drains and Mclntyre Ltd., and the Coleraine Distillery), H. Bodycombe, Llansamlet, B. H. Wade, F. and A. Winterson, Bristol; Robt. Boucher, Crown Mineral Water Works J. R. Davies. Three Crowns; Geo. H. Mayou, Worthington & Co.; T. H. Gorton. Worthington & Co. James McBryde, Castle Hotel Thomas H. Cheetham, Whyndham Hotel; R. Whitiaker, Prince of Wales: R. G. Falkner, Langland Bay Hotel A. J. Calder, S. Allsopp and Sons, Ltd., Aberdare H. E. Blakeman, S. Allsopp and Son, Ltd., Swansea; R. Pitchford. Railway Inn, Swansea B. Hogart, Swansea United Breweries, Ltd. J. W. Morgan, Ivy Bush Hotel, St. Thomas; C. Pride, Lion Hotel; Hy. Payne, Lord Nelson H. 1. Israel, Pantygwydr Hotel; Wm. Mackie, Florence Hotel, Llanelly: J. Thomas, Colesseum Hotel; Mr. McAllum, Bovega W m. Jones, Three Compasses- Thomas Richards, 5, Park-street; H. Edgminton,Messrs. Boord and Son, London; Wm. Rowlands, Mansel Arms, Oxford-street; Stephen Davey, Windsor Arm-! W. Blackmore, Mile End Inn Capt. S. Dark. Brynymor Hotel; H. Watkins Swansea United Breweries J. Brittain, Allsopp & Sons, Ltd. E. M. Johns, D. Davies, Swansea Old Brewerv; J. S. Marks, E. Geo. Protheroe, George Hellier, Charles Dyke, Albert E. Cloke, William Davies, Mansels Arms William Davies, L. G. Hushes, H. W. and J. Hansard B. Wilde, Vivian Arms Hotel Edwin Howells, Duke Hotel; J. C. Bowen. Brcoklands Hotel; Isaiah Mortis. St. Helen's Inn James Latham, London £ otel; C. Lyons. Robin Hood Hotel; Captain "otters, Belle Vue Vaults Captain Screech, Ship and Castle Hotel H. Williams, Herbert A. Hole, Swansea Old Brewery E. C. Barter, Wassail J"?5, Job5i Reed, Albany Hotel; R. Orchard, Wind-street, Swansea- D. Rees, Recruiting Officer Hotel; Ben Davies, W. J. Bassett, York Hotel Georgre Thomas. James H. Hone, Red Cow Hotel; W. Williams, Bank Hotel; J. D. Thomas. Red House Hotel, St. Thomes; M. McGrath, Duke Hotel, Morriston R. Hum, A. Hum J• k- .Calmer, Palmer and Co. Henry Cave, Bay » lew Hotel: John Ritchie, Dunville and Co., Ltd., Belfast; Forrest J. Jones, Hafod Cave, Bay » lew Hotel; John Ritchie, Dunville and Co., Ltd., Belfast; Forrest J. Jones, Hafod Inn M. Faulkner Langland Bay Hotel. The president of the Swansea Licensed Vic- tuallers' Association 13 Mr. H. J. israel, Mr. J. Lathom (vice-president), Mr. Aid. F. Bradford, Councillor V. lJavies, and Mr. Henry Payne (trustees). L-ommittee 'Messrs. J. H. j Jenkins, Exeter Hotel; F. Gamag-e, Cardiff Arms Capt. J. Peters, Belle Vuo Vaulta Capt. Screech, Ship and Castle Hotel; Messrs. C. Pride, Lion Hotel; Hopkin Thomas. Midland Hotel otephen Davey Windsor Arms R. Pitchford, Ran way Hotel; W. Blackmore, Mile End Inn B. R. Elston, W. Blackmore, Mile End Inn B. R. Elston, Cyprus Hotel; 1. Morris, St. Helen s Inn; B. Wylde, Vivian Arms Hotel; Wm. Jones, Three Compasses: R. E. Jones, Mackworth Hotel; Lyons, Robin Hood Hotel Edwin Howells, Duke Hotel: T. H. Cheetham, Whyndham Hotel; R. Whittaker, Prince of Wales Hotel Castleman, Waterloo Stores; J. C. Bowen, Brooklands Hotel; Mr. R. T. Leyson, solicitor Mr. John F. Harvey, A.C.A., auditor Mr. T. H. S. Ciark, 24, Helen's-road, secretary. The Chairman submitted the u-ual loyal patriotic toasts, which were drunk with musical honours. Sir J. T. D. Llewelyn, M.P., submitted" The Forces Spiritual and Temporal," Rev. E. W. Boiney, Col. Pike and Major Ferry responding. The spcretary (Mr. Clark), read letters regrett- ing inability to attend from several gentlemen including one from Mr. J. C. Fowler (stipendary) Mr. Fowler wrote that in view of his position on the Bench it were best that he did not attend the banquet—a decision he came to with much regret. Mr. LI. R. Bowen sang The Soldier's Song in capital style. The Houses of Parliament was appropri- ately proposed by Councillor Sinclair, in the absence of Sir Robert Morris. In responding, Sir John Llewelyn fa.id the House of Commons was an example for the whole world. With regard to the Government's policy, he was pleased to say that under the control of Mr. Chamberlain there had been not only an approach towards Colonial Federation, but our relations with the United States had been very materially improved. (Applause.) Sir John Jones Jenkins, M.P., who was cor. dially applauded, also responded. Referring to the disputj with France, he said he had never. looked upon the crisis—perhap3 he was not sufficiently versed in our relations with France— as being a very acute or dangerous one. At the head of the English Government we had a Foreign Minister—with whom he was not always in agreement—who was second to none this Kingdom had seen. He knew exactly what he wanted he had the power of putting his views for- ward in a uonciee and unmislakeable way, and he had the courage of his convictions. Our friends in France knew that well. He (Sir John) had been somewhat pained at the attitude adopted by some of our leading newspapers in regard to the French dispute. He did not believe there would be war with France. Our interests—our com- mercial interests especially—were mutual, and they would work against war. Mr. W. B. Gallaher sang" The Auld Plaid Shawl." Mr. Maxwell Todd (Burton) submitted "The To.vn of Swansea: Its Public Bodies and Its Trade." The Mayor.who was enthusiastically applauded, responded in a brief, practical and interesting speech. He referred to Swansea's growth, her present position and future prospects. The port had excellent accommodation for shipping, and the Harbour Trust were about to provide more. There were geographical advantages which pointed to Swansea's future prosperity. Referring to the recent municipal election, the Mayor said he much regretted that two of the most intelligent and progressive members of the Council had been rejected by the burgesses. Morriston bad given the cold shoulder to a gentluman who had the capacity, the means, the influence and the desire to do well for the town. Mr. W. H. Edwards and Mr. F. Rocke were very capable and useful members, and he keenly regretted their defeat. With regard to the system in vogue in regard to the election of Aldermen, the Mayor said it was a rotten system. Councillors should not be elected Aldermen b cause of length of service alone, but because of good and useful work in the interests of the rate- payers. Men of pluck, capital and intelligence were needed, not only to improve our municipal government, but also to enhance our commercial interests. (Applause). Councillor Sinclair also responded, and said that Swansea had lost thousands of pounds during the past year in consequence of the Corporation "cards" being shown to opposing parties. The toast of the evening, Success to the Swansea and District Licensed Victuallers' and Beer Sellers' Association," was submitted by the Hon. George Allsopp, M.P. He said:— You, gentlemen, expressed a desire and a very strong kindly feeling was displayed that a member of our House bearing the name, should take the chair at your anniversary dinner, and I take it as a great and high compliment to be allowed the privilege of again presiding after a lapse of some years. I have a very happy recollection of the great kindness and enthusiasm displayed on the occasion of my then coming to inaugurate and support the interests of this great and powerful society. Well, my friends, I do not know that there is anything very fresh going on just now as regards your trade. The same old fads, cranks, and grievances are being aired, and nearly worn threadbare by this time. The teetotaller is still sitting on the magisterial bench, flaunting his bit of blue ribbon, adjudicating on licensing cases, whereas men like myself are debarred because we are connected with the brewing trade. Surely the granting of licenses should be entrusted to, and left in, the hands of impartial people. No brewer can adjudicate in cases before Licensing Courts but in the same way every teetotaller, or avowed en.my of the trade, should be debarred in fair justice from sitting on the bench. The alterations of Mr. Gladstone in respect to the Licensing laws were most unfair, and as to the compensation for a license, if it be taken away through no fault ef the holder, due compensation should be awarded, and this is now generally admitted except by a handful of rabid prohibitionists.—1 ne^d not take up your time by again gotogr over tie arguments ajfainst WE-Ish Sunday Closing, an unjust law, which was undoubtedly intended to deprive the working man of his Sunday dinner and supper beer. But has it had that effect ? You know quite well that if someone says to a sturdy Englishman (or Welshman either) "You shall not," something within him immediately replies "I shall," and so it came to pass that when this law came into operation, steps were at once taken to evade it, and the establishment of illicit so-called Clubs" and endless private drinking was the result. Sir Wilfred Lawson, the Apostle of Temperance, appears to have turned his attention of late to the "horrors of war," as you may have noticed from the reports of his recent speech at Carlisle. It would appear from his re- marks that the Egyptian campaign was quite a mistake—that the poor dear Dervishes (the cruel, savage murderers who had for so long oppressed and outraged millions of their fellow creatures)—should have been pitied and coddled instead of being swept off the face of the earth, as they so richly deserved. His views on this subject seem to be as absurd and un-English as are his notions about the Licensing Laws. With reference to the Royal Commission, from the evidence which has been given up to the present, it is pretty clear that we need not fear the report of the Commission, and I am of opinion that the trade will come out of the ordeal much more favourably than many of its opponents expected. I do not see any reason for disquietude, nor do I apprehend any great or sweeping changes in our licensing system which, on the whole, has worked very well. The hundrpd-and-one different plans sug- gested have oeen considered, but none of them have stood the test of adverse criticism. We are all engaged in a fair and legitimate business, and I believe that you, gentlemen, do your best to conduct that business in a fair and honest way but we have to submit to a good deal of abuse and opposition at the hands ef a few extreme and fanatical enthusiasts. They have tried in every possible way to injure our trade, but ours is a necessary business, and one which will exist as long as the world lasts. In spite of what they say there is no sin in drink. It is only the excess of it which should be dis- couraged by all reasonable and fair means. Apropos of taking the pledge, four young fellows in a town where I come from, who had signed it, and not knowing or realising thq solemnity of an oath, thought it a good joke, turned down a back street, tossed their hats up in the air and said, Let's go and have a drink on it." The deluded and deluding cocoa party are still getting up signatures for their case. Let them agitate to get good beer (and of course you can't expect me not to say Allsopps). And so let the poor man have his beer, and on a Sunday, too. All in moderation, their vows were male for them at their baptism and teach them their duty from the Church Catechism. Gentlemen. I fear I am not a very good pleader or beggar, but I do ask you to open your hearts and let go the purse-strings to-night, and let me appeal also to the sense of what is right that tho-e who are labouring in the cause should be well backed and supported, and I have pleasure in giving, for S. Allsopp and Sons, Ltd., the sum of fitty guineas. (Loud applause.) Mr. H. J. Israel (president). Mr. J. Latham (vice-president), and Aid. F. Bradford (trustee), the latter of whom met with a most cordial reception, responded, Mr. Bradford made some valuable suggestions in the course of a practical and encouraging speech. The 'Hon. George Allsopp had devoted a longer time in Swansea then he had previously done, and he (Mr. Bradford) had experienced much pleasure in taking him round the town district. Mr. J. H. Jenkins submitted "The Honorary Subscribers and Visitors," Mr. Jenkins (Tre- degar) responding. The Mayor of Swansea, in proposing The Chairman," spoke of the uprightness, straight- forwardness and generosity of Messrs. Allsopp and Co while be made some practical remarks anent the liquor trade, and strongly urged upon his hearers to strive to be honest in all their dealings. The toast was drunk with musical honours, the company singing "He's a jolly good fellow." In responding, the Hon. Geo. Allsopp said it would be Sw ansea s loss when the Mayor (Mr. J. Aeron Thomas) retired from the civic chair. (Loud applause.) He had been much struck with what he had seen in Swansea, that day, thanks to the kindness of hIs friend, Aid. Bradford Other toasts followed. During the evening Mr. W. F. Hulley's band discoursed some choice mnsic.

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