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t. mmummmrnrnt m iwwMiBrnfirJ"|l^'1rM RETURN OF MAJOR AN 1) MRS CORNWALLIS WEST TO < RUTHIN CASTLK- PUBLIC RECEPTION AND RE- JOICING. [FROM OUR OWN REPORTER.] It is now over two yea»-s since Major and Mrs Cornw allis West left Rutl iu Castle, which period the ancestral home of the Myddleton family ■was tenanted by Mr and rs Sykes, who, by their many kind actions, became widely respectod. Their tenancy expired on the 31st ult., and a few days afterwards they deputed for Liverpool It if need lens to say that their departure was regretted, but haopily the regret -v,i soon succeeded by Ie- joicing. Although Mr aud Mrs Sykes had made themselves vay popular amor gat the .t.tttaiuitC8» Maj ,.r ai d Mrs West wete attil m're deeply rooted in their af: ctions, and the demonstration accorded them on Saturday prove;, beyond any douot the truthfulnees of the pet's line that ab.-eace makes tha heart grow fonder." It is not. therefore, to be wondered at that whe•.> it became known that ?Jajor West and his charm- tng wife intended returning to the Castle the- Î> habitants should expre.s a wish to give them a right hearty welcome. The town council took the matter up with enthusiasm, and the I mayor (Mr E. Koberts) at the lest meeting pro- posed, in an admirable speech, that Maj )r West's return be celebrated by a public demonstration. This waft unanimously determined upon, and a fund to meat the expenses waj there and then started, Mr Joseph Peers, with a liberality that was never known to fail him, contributing the handsome sum of seven guineas. In order to show how popular the movement was, we may rnectior. that in a few horns after the council meeting had broken, up the fund had amounted to £ 23, A committee, consisting of the mayor, Alderraen J. R. Jeukics, W D. Tonos, Edward Edwards, Councillors R. P. Davies, H. Jones, John Morris, D. E. Davies, and Ezra Robert", was appointed to make the preliminary arrangements, and to carry the same cut. The latter included the drawing out of an address, and the arranging ¡ of the school treats. For days previous to the demonstration the inhabitants of the normal! v quiet kittle town were making preparations. The local drapers were Ii literally inundated with orders for calico; the bakers completely exhausted their stock of flour and currant J while the trees of the neighbour- hood were mercilessly stripped of their fresh green leaver j ust as an early spring had brought them forth Major and Mrs West had been soj-urning at Mentone ':or the past few weeks, and they were expected ';0 arrive at Ruthin b;'the 4 *20 train on Saturday last. The morning beoke gloriously. Hardly a cloud was to be seen in the bright blue heavens, and ;auch a warm gentle breeze was stirring as must have tempted the most bashful of flowers to bloom. From art early hour the in. habitants were out completing the iefcorations, and it was manifest even to a f tranger that something unusual was about to happen. Door-steps weie being vashed; windows cleaned streets brushed; and banners hung out everywhere the eye turned. Anxiors wives were running about in quest of sundry decorative materials, and even children had abandoned their play, and were assisting in wreath-making and banner-hangirg. Triumphal archef sprang up on all sides as if by magic, and the fr mts of houses seemed alive with workmen I busily nailing mottoes, etc., on the wails. At the railway station a beautiful arch had been erected by Station-master Vaughan, oa which were the words, Welcome to Ruthin," executed in laurel leaves by Mrs Youghau. In Market-street a huge baiiner was suspended from the establishment I' of Mr J. H. Davies to the residence of Mr Jchn Roberts, on one side of which were the words, "Croesaw i Arglwydu Castail Coch 111 Ngwernfor," and on the other side, "Oymra am Byth." At the top of the same street, by Mr Lloyd, chemist's shop, another arch had been erected by the committee, above which was a painting of Ruthin Castle, with the word*, Mae'r hen gartref yu gwenu eto," and, "Pa wlad, vedi'r siarad, sydd mor lan a Chymru lonydd," underneath. Another very handsome j arch was also erected in Castle-street Over the lodge entrance to the castle grounds was the in- scription, "Welcome to your Ancestral Home," and within the grounds two arches had been erected by Mr Johu Williams, the head gardener, bearing the very suitable words, Croesaw i chwi eto'n ot," and Welcome, Welcome Home." Over the mun entrance to the castle was the motto J' Caeè. mille failtie." AOOilt 11 a.m. the town presented a most, animated appearance, notwithstanding that manv ¡ of the decorations had not then been completed. A very interesting sight was witnessed at the Town Hall just now, over 200 loaves being given away Co the poor by way of commemorating the event of the day. The recipients seeded to highly appreciate the gift, and from their smiling countonaaces evinced no small interest in Major West's return. Shortly after the distribution was over r,he distant strains of mueio were heard, and ti e Volunteer Fife and Drum Band might have teen seen coming up Clw/d-street, followed by the children of the Borthyn National Schools, under the superintendence of their teachers. ) Having arrived at St: Peter's-square the procession halted, and the band proceeded to the British Schools, from whence they also led the children of those schools to the square. This congregation of youthful people presented a most pleasing ap. pearance, and the scene was heightened by the hundreds of banner which t~e children carried, and energetically waved in the fresh warm breeae. The bella of St Peter's Church were also ringing merrily, and presently the rift,) volunteers, under the command of Captain Adams, and headed by their fine brass band, marchcd up, their scarlet uniforms and shining helmets being » welcome contrast to the more sombre attire of the crowu. A procession was now formed, and, headed by the VolnnteerBrasfi Band under Band-master Edwards, a move was made in the direction of the T station. The mayor, who wore his official robes, and corporation took up their position on the Elatform, where the volunteers formed a guard 01 onour. Thousands of people congregate?' on tlie spot, and as the whistle of the train w*s heard expectation rose te fever height. The stoppage of the train was the signal for a loud hurrah, arc! as Major Wert, Mrs West, and their two children, accompanied by a governess, stepped out of a firat-claes carriage the cheers were again and again repeated. The mayor having shaken hands with Major tmd Mrs Weat- said it was with a feeling oi deep gratifica- tion he begged, on behalf of the council, the in- I habitants, and himself, to welcome them back to their ancestral home. He hoped they would long be spared to live in their midst, and to take the same interest in the future as they always had tone in the past in the welfare of the town and neighbourhood (cheers). The Town Clerk (Mr William Lloyd) then read the following address, which was in bcok form, bound in Russian leather, and executed by Messrs Waterloo and Son, London :— TO KAJOR AND URS COBNWAJT.T.IS WFVT. I We, the mayor and town council, and inhabitants of Ruthin, beg to offer you our warmest greetings of I respect and welcome on your return to yeur aoine I Yoar absence occasioned a blark whicb we ore delighted to see filled by your presence, I We are greatly pleased to heAr that you are in the enjoyment of good health. We earnestly hope that jrou and your charming children may bo blessed with long life and happiness. (Signed), E. ROBERTS, Mayor. April b*th, 1882. W. Lf JYD, Town Clerk. —MUMOU—■ I——,—. — The seal of the corporation was attache^. The address was then formally presented by the mayor amidst loud cheers Vhjor West, in replying,said ho vas at a loss to fii.d words to thank them for their kindness. Ue never expected to receive a welcome such asthis^and on behalf of his wife and himself he thanked them from the bottom r.f his heart, for this rec ptioa. If anything could enhance the kind feelings enter- tained towards himby the Rutbiu people it would be tie welcome he had received at their lEads that day icheers)—this fluttering testimony of their regard for hici and his wife (cheers). He was glad to many well-known f;ices around him, »sd he would be glad to do anything in his power to assist the inhabitants of Ruthin. He hoped to live long in their midst (hear, hear), and power to assist the inhabitants of Ruthin. He I hoped to live long in their midst (hear, hear), and he was sure it was the greatest satisfaction to his wite to receive thiH welcome oa returniug to her adopted home, and on her behalf he might say that she wouid gladly do anything to help him in furthering the welfare oi the town (loud chctrs)..Mrs West, then, amid loud and con- tinned cheers, spoke as follows: So far I have; never made a speech in my life (laughter), and I do not think I cau be persuaded to make one now (renewed laughter). But I wish to thank you all verr very much tor your kmatess to-day, which I sm s-re I shall never fo'get (cheers). You know the eld proverb v,tnch rays, Absence mcikes the heart grow fonder;" wei\ I am sure that during our absence my heart nas grown much fonder of the Buthin people (loud cheers). The procession then marched to the Castle in the following order: — Volunteer Band, rifle volunteers, school children two abreast, members of the lire brigade mounted on their engine, the miyor and corporation, open carriage containing luajcr aad Mis West, their twa children and the governess, the general public. The streets through which this imposing procession marched were thronged with people, as also were the windows and balconies of the houses, and the greatest enthusiasm prevailed. At the Ahti-iiuce tj the Oastle the school hildren wtre formed into pararell lines, through which the rest of the procession passed. Many of the younc,< .^rs amused themselves by throwing cowers into Major West's carriage, which seemed to greatly please Master and ;.lissWest. The first par, otibc pro- cession having entered tbcuastle grounàs, the police interfered, and endeavoured to check tLe entrance of the general public, but they were soon convinced of the truitleesness of their attempt, and they con- sequently wisely v/itndrew their opposition. On arriving at the main entrance to the Castle, Major W'eit again thanked the townspeople for the welcome they bad given and referred in complim-'nt ir/terms to Mr and Mrs Sykes, who bad inhabited the 0ast;e in his absence. He also expressed his deep sorrow at the death of one of his employes, who had been in the service of the family fur over 51j years This kindness on the part of th e people of Ruthin had sunk deeply into his heart |(Mrs West: "And into mine, too laughter and cheers), and he would never forget it. Whin he left them, their trade and commerce were very bad— every bod had felt the depression—but he rejoiced to think that the state of affairs was now altered, and they ruight all hope for better times (cheers). He wou:d be most happy to work harmoniously with them in carrying out any measures for the good of the old town, and he was sure his wife would do the same (loud cheers). The children then s-isg the following verses, u which had been composed for the occasion by Mr R. Lloyd (Eos Clwyd) :— Sing a sons of heartfelt greeting, Loud and lor.^ to mark the beating Of our hearts at this our meeting With our long. lost frieuds. Welcome, yea, thrice welcome gladly We our own we've miss'd so sadly TiU the Echo answers madly, Now the parting ends "— Heart to heart united, Sing we home delighted, These our friends we've learnt to love, Which absence ne'er has blighted, To the Caatle gref and hoary— Aucient Castle fam'd in story, Bring we now, with, love and glory, Our returning friends. Ruthin now, with pride and pleasure, Pours its soul t-. greet its treasure, And its love gives without inea-.ure To renew the past. Ruthir." long with Weat" is blended, Never miy thii) tie be ended But each other's love befriended Saleiy;to the last. Every heart is bounding; Every voice id sounding Welcome Home" to those we love; The brave," The Fair" resounding From the thousands that are bringing J^isna 01 Welcomeflowers flinging; And the e. ildren that arc singing WELCOME HOME AT LA.ST." The public subsequently retired, and the school I children were treated to a substantial tea at their respective head-quarters. We omitted to state that at the railway station Mrs West was presented with a bouquet of lovely flowers by the little daughter of Mr Williams, the head gardener at the Castle. At eight o'clock in the evening a grand display of fireworks was made by Mr Vaughau Cartwright ou the Market-square, the proceedings being con- siderably enlivened by the presence of the Volun- teer L'and.




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