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t Rational Society. ? DELEGATE MEETING AT CARDIFF. ..1 11 The Lord 3Iayor and Lady Mayoress of Car- diff )Alderman and Mrs Lewis Morgan) gave a reception at the City Hall on Saturday even- ing to the president. officers, and delegates of the Rational Association Friendly Society, now in Cardiff tor the qxiinquennial delegate meeting, which commences to-day. The scene inside the City Hall was strikingly picturesque. The eastern staircase was converted into a a. bank of ferns, and the western staircase was lined with stalwart city firemen in full dress, wearing brass helmets. The Lord Mayor, in his gorgeous mayoral robe, and the Lady Mayoress, wearing the chain of office, received the guests in the Marble Hall with all the 'Ceremony that attends 1he civic hospitality. s The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress subse- quently followed the guests to the Assembly Hall, where they were supported on the dais by the president of the society (Mr H. H. Drake, Cardiff), Messrs W. G. Wright. London; H. G. Lake, Norwich W. Labbett, Credilon W. Ridgway. Bristol Henry Pennington, Bradford Richard Dav, Manchester and W. J. Flockton. Manchester all past presi- dents. Also present were Messrs J. Duncan, general secretary, Manchester J. W. Wootton, assistant secretary W. J. Pinnegar (Foresters) and Charles Evans (I.U. Oddfellows), presi- dent and vice-president respectively of the Cardiff Friendly Societies Council'; N. B. Hos- good, Oddfellows' district secretary Coun- cillors Reginald Harrison and Wm. Jones. The Lord Mayor, who was received on rising to address the company with great applause, spoke of the pleasure it gave him as chief magistrate of the city-the Metropolis of Wales—to extend a warm welcome to the delegates. He proceeded to make a happy (reference to the name of the society, saying that every member must of necessity be rational, otherwise "he would not belong to it. He had pleasure in welcoming them because they were representative of a Friendly Society. He was a want) believer in Friendly Society work, and was a member of nearly every Friendly Society in the city of Cardiff. (Ap- plause.) He knew they were doing excellent work—teaching men self-respect, which was one of the most important services that could be rendered, inasmuch as it caused men to secure a wide independence of charity and an outlook upon the future that had in it no fear of receurse to the benefits of the Poor Law. (Applause.) Special circumstances, over which men had no control, sometimeei arose to com- pel people to seek the assistance of the Guard- ians but in the majority of instances, if a man was rational enough to join a Friendly Society, such as they represented, he made provision against a a rainy day and against the time when trouble and difficulty might o.vercome him. (Applause.) He expressed the hope that tlwsir deliberations in Cardiff would mean everything that they themselves would wish, and that their meeting in the city would tend to further the success of the society. He hoped their recollections of Cardiff would be so agreeable that they would come back again— that they would come back in July and see the Welsh National Pageant. (Applause.) The President of the society (Mr H. H. Drake) tendered thanks to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress for the reception which, he said, had conferred distinction upon the society. Standing there in that magnificent building, of which the citizens of Cardiff were so justly proud, he was reminded that the society owed a debt of gratitude to the Prin- cipality, for the institution of the society was due to a Welsh-speaking native of Newtown. Montgomery-Robert Owen. (Applause.) Mr Drake referred to the coincidence that the meeting came to Cardiff on the jubilee of the society, it being to Cardiff that the first Welsh charter was granted 50 years ago. Since then the society- had spread throughout Glamorgan and Monmouth to Brecon. Denbigh, Flint, and Carnarvon, increasing its members from the 16 in the first branch to 14,800 to-day. (Applause.) He hoped that as a result of the meeting in Cardiff the membership would be largely aug- mented, and expressed a conviction that the welcome they had received would prove a stimulus to thrift. The form of thrift they en- couraged was very largely unselfish in its action, because in paying contributions month by month members did so with the hope that by the blessings of Providence they might never have occasion to seek the benefittowards which they contributed, and in the knowledge that their sacrifices would probably assist and cheer some unfortunate member. (Hear, hear.) At the present moment their attention was turned towards the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer, who had intimated that he had a scheme in hand in connection with State assurance. He could only echo the Lord Mayor's hope that the principle of voluntary! thrift would be preserved to the capable sec- tion of the community, and that legislation might be in the direction of an earnest attempt to confer upon the classes whom they were un- able to reach some of the advantages which they in their more fortunate circumstances had been able to secure for themselves. (Applause.) If such should prove to be the case he be- spoke a friendly and sympathetic reception of the scheme from the members of Friendly Societies. (Applause.) Mr Flocktoii added thanks to the Lord Mayor, and observed amid laughter that whilst Robert Owen was a native of Wales he made his money in Manchester. Mr Jonathan Duncan also expressed thanks for the reception, and remarked that State in- terference was not always bad, instancing that without the rigorous provisions of the Friendly- Societies Act some Friendly Societies would have gone to the dogs lohg ago. The thanks of the delegates were then accorded to the Lord May or and Lady Mayoress amid applause, and the Lord Mayor having replied, Mr W. J. Pinnegar, president of the Cardiff Friendly Societies Council, on behalf of 20,000 members of kindred societies, welcomed the delegates to Cardiff, and expressed best wishes for the success of the meetings. He asked leave to present an illuminated address to the president. The address had been executed on vellum bv Mr E. W. Holder, Bridge-street. It was all prepared by hand, and had local views in sepia. At was read by Mr Charles Evans as follows :— Rational Association Friendly Society. Cardiff Delegate Meeting, 1909. To the Worthy President, Henry H. Drake, Officers and Delegates assembled. Brethren,-On behalf of the Cardiff and Diatrct Friendly Societies Council. over which your own president so ably presided last year, we, the undersigned, extend to you a very cordial and fraternal welcome to the progressive city of Cardiff. As representatives of kindred societies, each endeavouring to fulfil its mission in its own particular way, but having one common object in view, we sincerely trust that your efforts during this quinquennial conference will be pregnant with wisdom, harmony, and goodwill, and will prove beneficial not only to your own members but to the whole Friendly Society movement. We rejoice; to know that the Rational Asso- ciation owes its inception to a native of the Principality of Wales, and that for 72 years it has faithfully carried out the great principles to which we as members of Friendly Societies adhere. We congratulate you upon the position attained by your society amongst the Friendly Societies of the country. At the same time we sincerely hope that the principles animating your members may long continue to aid in the encouragement of thrift and self- reliance, which, especially when voluntarily pursued, are so valuable not only to the individual but to the nation. We trust that your visit to the chief city of Wales will be a pleasant one, and that you will retain many happy recollections of your sojourn in our midst. Signed on behalf of the following societies representing the Cardiff and District Friendly Societies' Council Ancient Order of Foresters, British Order of Ancient Free Gardeners, Independent Order of Oddfellows, M.U., Bristol and South Wales Equalised District Order of Druids, Grand United Order of Oddfellows, United Patriots National Benefit Society, Loyal Order of An- cient Shepherds, R.U., Rational Association Friendly Society, United Ancient Order of Druids, Hearts of Oak, Order of Achei Brith, W. J. Pinnegar, President. Charles Evans, Vice-President. Evan Jones, Treasurer. C. W. Hutchings, Secretary. May 29th, 1909. j The President gracefully acknowledged the presentation, saying that it had proved, like oil that night's proceedings, the truth of the saying chat whatever Cardiff undertook to do was well done. Mr Richard Day, Manchester (assistant general secretary), also acknowledged the courtesy of the Cardiff Friendly Societies Council, and said that Mr Drake was not y selected president because the meeting was to be held this year in Cardiff, but because of his fitness to fill the position. (Applause.)

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