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Penarth Carpenters and Joiners Convivially Assemble. A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE EVENING. GRACEFUL COMPLIMENTS TO LOCAL CELEBRITIES OF THE CRAFT. ? GROWTH OF TRADES UNIONISM. WHO TAKES THE MONEY FROM US? g— On Friday night the Windsor Lodge Branch cf the j General Union of Carpenters and Joiners had their annual supper at the Ship Hotel. Among" the craft. and visitor., present were Andrew Mc Arthur L (president of the lodge), David Thomas (treasurer), Jas Smith (secretary) Slade (president of the Cardiff branch), John Stapleford, \V IL T. j Ford, Harris, Geo. Elkington, Snowdon, Escott, Sam. Thomas, Jenkiu Llewellyn, and T. S. Lloyd. Letters of apology for noil attendance were read from Mr Tom Northey, Mr R. 13ovali and Mr T. Bevan, the last named however, being represented by his eldest son, Master Ernest Bevan. About 50 sat down to an excellent repast, catered in faultless style by Miss James, the hostess. Mr Mc Arthur presided over the post prandial proceedings. Following the Queen's toast Mr David Thomas gave a capital rendition of The Mariner's dream of bome." In proposing the toast of The Army, Navy and "Reserve Forces," Mr Llellewyn, after referring to our loyalty and patriotism, remarked that though he deprecated war, yet it was politic to be prepared for the fray when it couldn't possibly be avoided. As a citizen he was proud cf the volunteer forces, and he had no doubt they would acquit themselves like men when the occasion arose. (Jlear, hear,) Mr Lloyd said he felt a peculiar pleasure, although junior to Sergeants David Thomas and Bartlett, in re- plying to such a toast. Three years ago he saw the fleet at Gibraltar, and as be looked upon those 1-doos Dt war lie, felt that our sea girt isle was quite safe. He would now advert to something nearer and dearer to I is and their hearts—the Volunteers—our pride and gl HY. No other country had such a force, and its motto was "Defence not Defiance. ^(Applause.) Nev<?r was it S3 effective as at the present day, for the roll call numbered 222.000, and with God's help they should strive to make it more effective. He had contributed his quota, for had he not enrolled his eldest boy ? (laughter ) He was slso proud to say that his name was the first sent in from Penarth for the long service medal. (Applause.) Glamorgan oug-ht indeed to glory in the 3rd Y.B. One heard a great deal of Cymru Fydd, but he thought that that sentiment was displayed in its most glorious sense by the 2,300 who constituted the 3rd V.B., which was the strongest battallion in Great I Britain, (prolonged applause.) In reply to Mr Snowdon who proposed The Town and Trade of Penarth,'5 Mr Sam Thomas said that though he was one of the old inhabitants, and most emphatically a Penarth man, having been a resident for 35 years, yet one of the main disabilities of his life was not being a Welshman. He had, however, married one of the best Welsh-women who had ever lived, and was therefore half a Welshman, also a Penarth man pure and simple. (Laughter-) The trade at the dock was yearly increasing although they had been temporarily crippled by their Barry rival; he was glad to state they were fast recovering them- selves. (Hear, hear ) The great coal dispute which had lately overshadowed them had happily clearc II away, so that for 18 months at least there would be no danger from strikes. That was a matter for great thankfulness, for never should he forget the disas- trous strike from 1872-75, when people in the place were actually starving. Then there was another hopeful look-out in the extension of the dry dock where between X40,000 and X- 50,000 would be spent, X20,000 to Y-30,000 of that going towards payment of wages. ("Hear, bear.) The honour, glory, pretige and strength of the Empire were the outcome of—not the Volunteers—but the industrial sections. (Laughter and applause.) In answer to Mr Slade's toast <•' The General Union of Carpenters and Joiners," the treasurer, Mr D. Thomas referred to the mutual and incalculable benefits of trades' unionism. The principle was defence not defiance," and was not antagonistic to master-builders. The masters, by the 6 months' notice clause could, with confidence, estimate for con- tracts, and were thus not at the mercy of blacklegs, who in a weak moment, demanded advances. The Union had numerically made great strides, having within a few years increased from a membership of 1,400 to 8,000. (Hear, hear.^ The speaker next detailed the pecuniary advantages accruing to mem- bers, and said that he felt proud the craft had produced such eminent local celebrities as Mr T. Bevan, Mr vY. L. Morris, J.P., and the man who took the most out of their pockets -aili, Jenkin Llewellyn (Laughter and applause.) Mr W. H. T. Ford made his maiden speech by toasting "The Visitors" in a few well-chosen remarks- Mr Lloyd further responded by saying he felt it an honour in having his nanre coupled with the last toast. The Carpenters' Guild was as old as the hills, for in the- Book, which was the secret of England's greatness, they read of Noah, Soloman's temple—that masterpiece of carpentry—with its two pillars, Boaz and Jachim, and further on of "the despised and rejected one" who followed his earthly father's calling. The toasts were interspersed with vocal and instru- mental music, those assisting in the harmony being Messrs Smeardon, Sergt Bartlett, Crouch, Sam Thomas, and the chairman, who possesses a well tinit-tred voice, and in no small measure added to the evening's musical enjoyment. The rest of the time was given up to conviviality.

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