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HONORARY FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF CARDIFF, EQUESTRIAN STATUE IN CATHAYS PARK. Monday's sunshine came as a relief to the recent deluge, end added a. brilliance to the enthusiastic proceedings that marked the presentation of the freedom of the city of Cardiff to Viscount Tredegar at che council-chamber. Long before the time put down for the ceremony the scene at the City-hall was both a lively and an attractive one. Citizens arrived to note the arrival of the celebrities at the main entrance to the Oity- hall. inside the council-chamber all was bustle and excitement, & general buzz of conversation rising round the flags to waste away into the heights beneath the dome and the dragon. The public gallery was filled with a galaxy of beauty, the ladies of the city (including Mrs. Lewis iforgan, the Lady Mayoress) turning up etrongiy. The earlier arrivals included Lord Ninian Stuart, Sir W. T. Lewis, Sir John Gunn, Sir John Duncan, General Lee, General Lloyd (commanding the Territorial forces), Colonel Henry Lewis 'GreerAeadow), Colonel Fisher (Eadyr), Principal Griffiths, Mr. 0. H. Jones, Colonel Fore stier-Walker, Messrs. E. W. M. Corbett, W. L. Yorath, D. T. Alexander, and others, including practically every member of the corporation. A cheer announced the arrival of the Lord Mayor, accompanied, one on each hand, by lsc(>unt Tredegar and rr. B. Francis- "V\ i llz-am s, Recorder ot Cardiff. The Lord Mayor read the notice Convening the special meeting of the council, and the Recorder announced the terms of the resolu- tion conferring tiie honour of the' honorary freedom of the city, "being a person of dis- tinction within the meaning of the Act." The Lord Mayor then said it was his plea- sure and privilege to ask Lord Tredegar it he woudd accept the honour of the freedom of tli e c ty. t Standing, Vis-count Tredegar said in firm tone.s: I will have that honour, sir. (Ap- plause.) LORD TREDEGAR SWORN The noble lord remained standing while he was sworn in, a laugh being raised when the town-clerk admonished him to be "obedient to the aldermen." His lordship signed the roll of freemen and the scrip which the town-clerk hod read. The Lord Mayor handed the scrip to Lord Tredegar, a..3 evidence of his having been admitted to the freedom of the city, and asked him to accept the casket in which to deposit the scroll. (Applause.) In a more jocular vein, his Lordship reminded Viscount Tredegrar of the fealty he had sworn to hlmse-lf-daughtr)-and also of the much more difficult task of being civil to the aldermen of the city. (More laughter.) He was under no obligation to the councillors—(continued laughter)—and perhaps that was quite right, but bo was quite sure he would treat the councillors with respect. (Applause.) Continuing, the Lord Mayor said it was the highest honour any city oould confer, and they were all sure his lordship thoroughly deserved. it. (Applause.) It was not conferred lightly, and was jealously guarded before being granted, after strict investigation and full inquiry. (Applause.) They were exceedingly proud of their list of freemen, especially of Kmg Edward VII. (Applause.) The decision o° the council was unanimous, and if tho ratepayers had been consulted they would have been just aB unanimous. (Applause.) It was very appropriate, he thought, that Un presentation ehoi:Id take place on the anni- versary of Balaclava, a day never to be for- gotten in tho annals of En-;u=h history. ILoud applause.) THE CHARGE OF THE SIX HUNDRED. Whenever Englishmen met that day thoy wero reminded of the heroism of Lord Tre- degrar and of the brave 600 on the memorable d,Ly of Balaclava,. They ccukl join in saying, When will their glory fade!" (Cheers.) The namfe of Godfrey Cha.rles Morgan was written in the carnage of Balaclava, and they wel- comed him as one of the brave members of the Light Brigade. (Applause.) But Lord Tredegar tad won fame in peace as well as in war. A valiant soldier in war, he was a general and a leader in the arts of peace, a dispenser of sweet charity. (Applause.) He reminded them of Lord Tredegar's associations with that county ana vizn w ales, and of the many ways in which he had assisted the corporation in effecting improvements of streets, open spaces, &c., by the gift of land. (Applause.) In conclusion the Lord Mayor said: "He is a gallant soldier, a public benefactor, a popular and beloved nobleman, and a good man." (Loud cheers.) I.02D TREDEGAR'S REPLY. The crowded council-chamber rose to Lord Tredegar Oil rising to accept the ireedom.of the city and the casket, and it was some moments before his lordship could make him- eeif heard. There was no doubt that he was considerably affected by the occasion. Lord Tredegar said he accepted their gift with the deepest feelings of gratitude, as he felt that it was the highest honour that a mayor and corporation had power to confer on anybody. He was afraid he could not claim to have attainments which came up to the high standard of previous, freemen. He was not prepared to do all that was required of him, about being obedient to the aldermen and so on. (laughters) He sa.w no reason why he should be uncivil to the alder- men, unless they were uncivil to him. (Loud laughter.) He was proud to say he was born in Glam- organ, and, therefore, had some elaim ou their courty. (Hear. hear.) He knew that if a man was born in a stable that did not make him a horse— (laughter)— but he had some in- tevest in the place where he was born. (Applause.) It certainly was a grea.t and very trying day for him, but it was also one of great JOT. (Clloors. ) An adjournment was then made to the lun- cheon, where the Lord Mayor presided. In propo siT.ig "Our Guest," the Lord Mayor sa-d he had found that one of the ancestors of Lord Tredegar was named Lewis Morgan, ar.d he wooid not be surprised to discover th:t he belonged to the same family. (Laughter.) One ancestor had been a buc- caneer, though he ccuid not conceive Lord Tredegar being a gay buccaneer. (Laughter.) Lord Tredegar had played many parts, and, unlike the curate's egg, he was good in all. (Laughter.) When Lord Tredegar took the pa.rt of Owen Glyndwr at the Pageant he proved that he was not only the most pop-u- iar man in Wales, but also in England. (Applause.) They had had as mayor Lord Bute and Lord Plymouth, and he hoped the name of Lord Tredegar would not be wanted In the list of Cardiff's Mayors and Lord llayors. (Applause.) LORD TREDEGAR'S SPEECH. Lard Tredegar, in "replying, said he had begun to doubt if there were any privileges, out bmng a man c-f great appotana otly a. mcdomte drunkard—(loud 1„ Lighter)—he intimated that he WOl]. Nyant a seat reserved for him at every corporation banquet. (ioud laughter.) He had had different ideas about I the privileges of freedom, and one was the hc-pe tha-t it would give him a vote for Cardiu. (Hear, hear, laughter.) He had read that when Mr. Burke was about to bs memoor for Bristol 5 503 freemen were; [ created. (Laughter.) He thought at least he would have a chance for the next election. (Loud laughter.) Or, at least, that he would be given a medal. (More laughter.) They did not even give him three or four letters THE LORD TREDEGAR STATUE. [Weekly Mail Photo. I ) CASKET IN WHICH THE FREEDOM OF CARDIFF WAS PRESENTED TO VISCOUNT | TRED EGAR. I to stick on to his name. He had got half the alphabet already, and he Y;amted the other half. (Roars of laughter.) He had read Samuel Johnson's definition, which was that a. freeman could go to his bed when he liked, get up when he liked, eat and dirink what he chose, and earn his living how he could. (Laughter.) Aristides the Juat was banished from Greece, they would re member, ajid one of his friends said he voted for the banishment becau&o he was sick of hearing Aristides referred to as tha Just. (Laughter.) Morgan was a splendid The Hon. Godfrey Morgan in his uniform as captain of the 17th Lancers. (From a picture in the possession of Lord Tredegar.) ttjme-they could get their pedigree from ¡ anywhere they liked. (Loud laughter.) When he talked to a bishop he relerred to the Bishop Morgan who translated the Bible into Welsh, and when he conversed with a. footballer it was about the Buccaneer Mor- gan. (Laughter.) Wherever there was a mur- der a Morgan was sure to be in it. (Loud laughter.) The script of the admission is enclosed in a magnificent casket, which is a beautiful example of the Kenaissance style. The script is finely illuminated and mounted on crim- son morocco leather richly tooled in gold. An adjournment wes then made to the unveiling ceremony in front of the City-hall.






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