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Tonypandy and Trealaw Library.


Tonypandy and Trealaw Library. OPENING CEREMONY. Thursday was the occasion of the opening of the Tonypandy an-1 Trealaw Public Library, which is situated in Dunraven street, Tony- pandy. The main road down from Llwynvpia ?o Tonypandy was gaily decorated, and the Treakiw Free Mission Band enhanced the affair wiih several pleasing selections. As far back as 87,. an Eisteddfod was held in Mid- Rliondda with ihe cbject of providing funds to a public library. About £ 193 was realised, but the project was dropped for a time. Four years ago the trustees gave of that amount, £ 60 to the Llwynypia Library. and a similar sum to the Penygraig Library, the remainder being reserved for a Library at Tonypandy. About 13 months ago. Mr D. S. Thomas, the secretary of the Lihrary, induced the Chamber of Trade to move in the matter. A public meeting was called, and the workmen of the Naval Collieries and those of the Cam- brian Collieries contributed £ 60-— £ 30 from each body of men—towards the fund, and pro- mised to give a similar amount annually,whilst the tradesmen promised to contribute about £ 70 annually. The committee eventually paid £240 for the lease of a piece of !and on the mam street, and a building raised at a cost. of about £ 1.000. Tho institution has already a library of between 400 and 600 volumes, given by the trustees of 1874 Eisteddfod at a cost of 2.3. Besides the room devoted to the library there arc' a large reading-room and ladies' reading-room, billiard-room, etc. The i p- proach's to this excellent instilution, -which was formally opened by Mr Archibald Hood. Sherwood, Cardiff, on Tlmrsday,wrrc thronged wiih enthusiastic people, there being on the road at that time several hundred persons. A public meeting was subsequently held at Bethel Baptist Chapel, the chair being occupied by Aiderman Richard Lewis, J.P., who said Mr Ffood. had graciously performed the oncning ceremony, and that they saw too little of him, but, they were glad, however, that in Mr W. W. Hood they had a worthy son of a worthy who, when chairman of the School Board. hati left his impress on it, and they could feel proud of the position of their School Board i o-day. They had not approached the question from a nr.ccssarv point cf view, for the Rhon- uda children, wiio would some day hold a petent influence. There were attractions which v. ere not. sound or healthy, and he didn't as one believe in tem,i>f)ranee without offering, eouuter-attvactions. Nine or ten residents of ;¡i¡I.IUlOndd;¡ hal become responsible for f;1,250. He thought their building was a credit to the neighbourhood. Tlte were contributing by subscriptions about JE50 a year, tho Naval and Clydach Vale collieiy v. orkm-m £ 30 each, and it remained to be •seen whether Llwynypia workmen would do tne same. (Applause). That applause left no o -tibti about it. What he wished was that the institution would, raise, the ton; of society there. There were hundr^N cf ledgers who had not. emrfortable homes, and it was their dtity to recreation for them. Mr Archibald Hood reciprocated the kind feelings expressed towards him. He felt sorry that couldn't be oftcner amongst them, but now that he was there he was delighted that he was to perform the ceremony of opening such a grand institution. He (!oul(in't liell, coii- trasting the district years ago with what it was io-ay. Then there were no schools: now they had an abundance of them. The Library would be a great 1)0011, and it would b" idle le1 ium to speak of the advantages of such an institution. In Egypt the children went as wild arabs, and he had no doubt if the Egyptians had educational advantages, they m:J'- even rival the Rhondda children, who could also rival other districts. As the twig was b ut, so the tree inclined. Someone had said "A utile knowledge is a dangerous thing, t"J 0' deep of the Pierian spring." He did not, believe, in that. A little know- ledge was be tier than 110 Knowledge at all. !Ia!f a. lot. 1 f xv: iliaii nothing. They esuid nut all ])1.' cir Isaac Newtons or James V. st is. TL was only by education they could gel, a, degree of excellence. He would be glad if they thought it would help them in ftindi to deliver another lecture on Egypt and to give LID, and he would see what could be dunQ to induce. j he workmen to contribute E30 as the other collieries had done. Under those cd'euiest;i!"•: perhaps they would not find it difficult to make the Library a perfect suc- e> s. (Loud and prolonged cheers). Mabon the success 01 the Library would depend wry much em the efforts and the sup- port of the residents themselves. They, as workmen, ought to be. very glad that there were gentlemen continually thinking of what was good for them. He had not the slightest doubt it would be the means—extra means—of enlightenment to them. What he would like io see was that those who had not the advan- tages of primary education should use the in- stitution, and those who had would by using i: give a good example to help others; and there would be refining and counter-acting in- flitence7 against evil which exist in society in that neighbourhood. It was necessary for them to get higher education. There was more room up above for an eagle than there was down below for a spa vow. In our country circumstances did not bind anyone down to the circumstances of his birth, and there were chances for one to occupy the highest- position of the land. He was thankful that they were thus giving them a chance. Mr Tom Evans, eheckweigher, and chairman of the committee, said they were highly pleased to see Mr Hood. He offered him his sincerest thanks for his handsome subscript ions. They I had also to thank the Eisteddfod Committee of 1874 for the -068 worth of hooks they had had. He moved the best thanks of the meet- ing to Mr Hood. Rev Mr James (vicar), in seconding, said that was a red letter day in manj- ways. They wiped away a reproach that I had lain on them since 1874. They had been busy the last two years, and proceeded with fear and trembling. Not the least pleasing feature was Mr Hood's presence as a promise of greater things in the future. The Rhondda community was a ve— young one, but it would improve. Though they were split up political- ly and otherwise in a thousand fragments.'till that day all were united. He hoped the Library would be. a counter-attraction for the cvi1 influences surrounding them, and be the centre of unity and union. Mr Tom John supported the motion. Afterwards a conversazione was held at the Tonypandy Schools in aid of the funds of the Library. The central hall, which had been most artistically decorated with lace curtains, coloured muslins, plants, etc., presented a very pretty siglit indeed. The tea tables, which were laid out in the several class-rooms ad- joining the hall, were also nicely arranged, snd looked very pretty with the costly flower decoration's. The ladies who so admirably j waited upon their guests were Mrs James (Vicarage), assisted by Miss Taylor; Mrs Thomas (Post Office) and Miss M. Thomas, Miss Annie Adams and Miss Alice Ashman, Mrs Foster and Miss Iden, Mrs D. S. Thomas Mrs John (Trealaw Schools), and Miss Thomas, Mrs Morns and Miss Alice Price, Trealaw; Miss A. M. Price and Miss Bell Price. Trealaw; Mrs Miles and Mrs Haycock, Miss Jones, Mrs Roes, and Miss R. Evans: Mrs J. W. Jones. and Miss Mabel Jones, Tonypandy. Schools; Miss Flora John, Clydach Vale, and Mrs Main: Mrs Jones, Henry street, and Miss Jenkyns; Misses Blanche and Ethel Hovi2 (Police Station), Mrs David Lloyd and Miss A. Evans, Mrs Griffiths and Miss Katie Grif- fiths (Cabinet House), Mrs Twistle and Miss Nellie Griffiths, Mrs Davies, Cheltenham Hon-e. and Mrs Coombes, Alrs Roes Rees,Miss Polly Evans, Clydach Vale, and Miss Maggie Jones. Trealaw. During the evening a highly interesting entertainment was held, when pleasing selections were rendered by eminent local artistes, and were interspersed with a few indoor games, which terminated a very happy day's proceedings. -r,



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