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CYMMER WORKING MEN'S INSTITUTE. Opening Ceremony. A handsome structure erected by the workmen of Messrs George Insole and Sons, Cymmer Col- lieries, Rhondda Valley, for the purpose of a working men's reading-room and institute, at a cost of £1,400, was on Monday formally opened- amid a. good deal of rejoicing, by Mr W. Henry Lewis, of Cardiff, the managing director of the company. The building, which stands on an eminence overlooking the busy locality at the junction of the two Rhonddas, is a fine structure, replcttt with every convenience. The funds have, in the main, been supplied voluntarily by thu workmen themselves, assisted by generous con- tributions by the colliery company and other pentlemen interested in the district, and the good work done in this direction by Mr Thos Griffiths, M.E., the manager of the colliery, who from the beginning of the movement has worked heart and soul with the men in the attainment of the object iri view, deserves cordial recognition. Mr Henry Herbert also, as secretary of the committee, has rendered valuable assistance. Tho workmen, aU attired in their Sunday dress, and headed by the Cymmer Brass Band, marched to the Porth Railway Station to meet Mr W. Henry Lewis, who arrived with the mid-day train, accompanied by Mr W. North Lewis, his son, and Mr David Evans, Bute Docks, the venerable son of the late venerable patriarch of Tonyrefail. The visitors, who were received by Mr Thomas Griffiths and others, were hailed with cheers, and escorted amid a good deal of en- thusiasm to the new building, in front of which Mr Griffiths, in an appropriate speech, presented Mr W. Henry Lewis with a silver key of superb workmanship, supplied by Mr Spiridion, of Cardiff. The ceremony of formally turmng tbe locks of the main entrance and throwing epen the doors, performed by Mr Lewis, evoked hearty cheers, after which the company, now numbering many hundreds, assembled in a spacious hall on the first storey, where a convenient platform had been erected. The chair was occupied by Mr T. Griffiths, M.E., and thera were present, in ad- dition to the gentlemen named, the Revs. Pritchard Hughes (vicar of Hantnsant), O. Owens (B.), D. J. Evans (St. Paul's), R. Mori Evans (C.), Dr. Ivor Ajax Lewis, Mr Idris Williams, Mr J. Griffiths (Porth House), Mr C. Jenkins (contractor), Mr J. Dunn, and others. The CHAIRMAN, in opening the proceedings, declared that that handsome building which they that day opened %vas owned by the Cymmer Colliery workmen, for all the workmen of the Cymmer Colliery were shareholders. (Cheers.) Unlike many other institutions of its kind, it was also managed by the workmen themselves. (Hear, hear.) It was, in fact, the outcome of a great and strong desire on the part of the men that something should be done for the moral and intellectual improvement of the rising genera- tion. (Hear, hear.) The institute had taken some years to erect, for there were many difficulties which had to be overcome. The cost of the building had been jBl,477, towards whiteh the workmen ot the Cymmer Colliery themselves had contributed as much as J6547. (Cheers.) A further sum of j3500 had been borrowed from the sick and accident fund of the colliery, but they were in a position that day to repay £100 of that sum, as they were anxious not to deprive the men of any funds which belonged to them, and which might be necessary in cases of need. (Oheere.) Then Mr Insole, of Ely, had given them a cheque for £400-(loud cheers)—which included a sum of £216, forming part of the sick and accident fund of the old No. 3 workmen prior to the sinking to the steam coal seams in that district. The Cymmer Colliery Company bad subscribed £100, and delivered the stone free on the spot. (Cheers.) He did n'f think that they had yet hnished with their company, but that they would come out handsomely again. (Hear, hear.) Then there were further subscription of JB25 from Dr. Ivor Ajax Lewis, j310 10s from the owners of the Porth estate, j310 10s from the owners of the Glynfach estate, £5 5s from Sir Wm. Thomas Lewis, £5 from Mr Wm. Thomas, Bryn Awel; £3 3s from Mr Osborne Shepherd £2 2s from Messrs Thomas and Williams Aberdare; jBl from Mrs Picton Turberville, and JSl from Mr Arthur J. Williams, M.P., making a total of j61,612 16s 3d. (Loud cheers.) The site had been given by the owners of the Tynycymmer estate at the nominal ground rent of 10s per annum, and they all felt thankful to them for tbe kind way in which they had treated them. (Hear, bear.) The institute had been built by Messrs Charles Jenkins and Sons, from the plans of Mr Edward Jane", and they had given every satisfaction. Having now secured the buildings, their next task would be to furnish the library, and bewasMked by the committee to announce that the employees of the Cymmer CoHiery would be thankful for any gifts in the way of books. As one who had taken a keen interest in the estab- lishment of that building, he hoped every working man would be alive to the fact that it had been built for him. (Cheers.) The band having given an admirable selection of operatic gems, followed by a song by Mr Ben Lewis, Mr W. HRNBY LEWIS, the managing director of the company, was called upon and received with acclamation. He said that in inviting him to open that institution they had done him an honoar which he very highly valued. White others connected with the company could more fitly have discharged that duty than he was able to, still no one could feel more interested than he did in the good work which, he felt sure, that institution would accomplish. (Hear, hear.) He congratulated them warmly upon the fitness of the building for the object they had in view. It was very evident they had carefully thought out what they required, and had carried it out in a solid and substantial manner, for the building was a credit in every way to all concerned. But he congratulated them still more on the fact that to them as workmen, and to them alone was due all the credit for havingbrought this work to so successful an issue. He had personally been connected with the Cymmer collieries for over 30 years, and his partners and himself sat a higher value than he could express in words on the friendly relations which had always existed between their workmen and themselves, not only during the period he indicated, but also over the much longer period during which the firm of Messrs George Insole and Sons had been in existence. He had long been anxioas that Cymmer should possess an institute such as that promised to be, but whilst he had looked forward to this be had all along felt that if it was to be of real use, it must be built by the workmen and managed by the workmen. He was proud to be able to realise that that was what the Cymmer men had accomplished. (Hear, bear.) Although Mr J. H. Insole was no longer a member of their firm, he still took a large and keen interest in all that con- cerned the welfare of those with whom his whole life had practically been bound up, and if the workmen would allow them, he felt sure it would be great pleasure to Mr Insole and himself to be associated with the workmen in helping to start a hbrary in that institution. In concluding, ho thanked them for the very handsome key which they had presented to him, and which he and his family would always treasure as a valued aouvonir of that most interesting occasion. Subsequently, speeches were delivered by Mr Idris Williams, the Vicar of Llantrisant, the Rev. O. Owen (B.), the Rev. D. J. Evans, and others and songs were rendered by Mr D. Lewis and Mr L. Morgan. The Cymmer Male Voice Party, conducted by Mr Taliesin Hopkins, was also in attendance, and contributed delightful items to the proceedings while the entire audience, 16d by Mr Hopkins and accompanied by the brass band. joined in the rendering of the ever-popular old Welsh hymn tune, Aberystwyth." PENARTH LOCAL BOARD AND ITS SURVEYOR. Threatened with a Smack in the Mouth." At a meeting of Penarth Local Board on Monday, under tha presidency of Mr T. Bevan, the following resolution from the finance meeting of the 22nd ult. was submitted for adoption:—" That the conduct of the surveyor be reported to the board for impertinence and refusing information to tbe commtttee." It appeared that one of the members had threatened to give the surveyor a smack across the mouth," and the surveyor there- upon closed his books and refused to answer any further questions.— The Chairman (Mr T. Bevan) thought that the finance committee had assumed the rdle of inquisitors, and had usurped the function of the board in their conduct on that occasion towards the surveyor, and as the latter was now absent through indisposition, it was not fair to proceed with the charges preferred against him in his absence.—County Councillor Shepherd thought that as they had made themselves so notorious in re-electing their surveyor, posterity ought to be favoured with a photograph of the round-table conference." (Laughter.) It was ultimately decided to let the matter remain in abeyance. The following letter was read from Mr Court:—"I feel grateful that you havo re- elected me as your surveyor, and I will endeavour to give you every satisfaction, but at the same time I would respectfully suggest to you that my salary should remain as at present, viz., JB160, and that at the end of, say three months, it be raised to the amount advertised, viz., £ 200."— The meeting was adjourned for a week.


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