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Presoqtation Meeting at Lianbradach. A very Interesting meeting was held at the Wingfield Hotel on Monday evening, when Mr Mors an Edwards,, landlord of the same hotel, "was presented witl. a beautifully-illuminated ae'e'ress. Mr .f3.enje.min Williams occupied the chair, and said they had gathered to- gether that evening to phew their respect to a very de-isrving party indeed, and to acknow- ledge the valuable services of a friend. The occasion reminded him of the old proverb, "A friend in ed is a friend indeed," and Mr Ed- wards had certainly proved to be such to the workmen of the Llanuradach Collieries. Mr Matthew Lane. as a member of the V-'orkrr.en's Committee, thought they were in- debted to Mr Edwards for the very active in- terest taken by him in the welfare of the woikmen, and they had come to the conclu- sion that his services should be recognised in some practical form. He ventured to sayth-At th3 address was being presented to Mr Edwards at the closa of a most memorable year in the history of the South Wales miners. They were now trying to combine themselves into one large body, and the joining of the Federation of Great Britain was a very important step in this direction. He noped that the address would in later years remind Mr Edwards of the time when the South Wales miners took some definite form of organisation. Mr T. P. Davies (headmaster of the National Schools) then read the address, which reads as follows: "An Address presented to Morgan Edwards, Esq., Wingfield Hotel, tlanbradach, by the workmeti employed at No. 2, Pit, belonging to the Cardiff Steam Coal Collieries Company. Ltd., Lianbradach, as a small token of esteem. "Dear Sir,-We have often trespassed upon your generosity, and have good reason to thank you for your kindness, courtesy, and willingness upon all occasions to assist us when endeavouring to do our various duties. We have- the pleasure to record the visits of Mem- bers of Parliament and Miners' Agents, who came to address us. and upon each occasion th; admirable arrangements made by you to receive those gentlemen have been such that we consider your voluntary services should be leeognised. Again, during the memorable strike of 1898 (when we worked), owing to the Jarge increase of men in the district, we were obliged to seek special favours from you, anl were at all times thoroughly accommodated. It is the wish of every contributor to this address, that we may long enjoy your sym- pathy and friendship, and that the relation- ship that has hitherto existed between us may long continue. We hope, too, that vcu, and your family, may be blessed with long life, Health,, prosperity and happiness to the end of your days. I "Ac yn niwedd eich dyddian bydded i chwi gael mynediad helaeth i'r trigfanau dedwydd; a dyweded yr holl bobl, Amen. On behalf of the Workmen, Benjamin Williams, Chairman. James Dole, Vice-chairman. Thos. Griffiths, John M. Edwards. Aaron Jenkins. Albert Edwards. Thomas Perkins, William Perry. George Robinson, John Stephens. Richard Rogers, William Lewis. John Davies, Thomas Greenaway. Edward Probert, Abraham Evans, Checkweigher. Matthew Lane, Henry Richards, C^ckweigher. Lawrence Veal, Tom Lal^; Secretary. William Bassett,, Secretary." Mr Abraham Evans said it gave him much pleasure to be present on such a very happy occasion. On behalf of the workmen, he was, with Mr Bassett, about to present an address to a friend, whom they all agreed merited some recognition of his valuable services. They could not enlarge upon what was contained in the address, and he hoped that wherever Pro- vidence would guide Mr Edwards, he would sti.l remember the very many friends he had I met, and transacted business with, in Lian- bradach. Mr William Bassett considered that Mr Ed- wards had at all times been of great assistance tt. them. During the lamentable strike, thb workman in Lianbradach were called upon to make fortnightly collections for the relief of those affected by the long cessation of work, and the 'workmen's committee had received material help from Mr Edwards in this direc- tion.He had supplied them with ample change throughout this period. Again, the facilities afforded them by Mr Edwards for the quick despatch of the money collected, by means of cheques, etc., could not ,over-rated. By this means, he had shewn his sympathy in a very practical way, and he wished him a long life, happiness, and prosperity in the future. Messrs William Bassett and Abraham Evans then handed the address to Mr Edwards. Immed- iately afterwards, the toast of the evening, "Mr Edwards and Family," was proposed by ths Chairman, and enthusiastically drunk. Mr Morgan Edwards, the recipient of the address, responded, and said: The most diffi- cult part of this programme falls to my lot, viz., to respond on this most memorable occa- sion in my little history. I most heartily and sincerely thank you for your kind presence her, this evening, to present me with such a beauti- ful testimonial in the form of an address, and that from you, workmen of No. 2 Pit, Llan- brudach Colliery. I do not know that I have done anything more than my duty as a man towards his fellow men. Upon all occasions, t have endeavoured to the best of my abilitv i3 further your interests (when called upon); and hope I shall be spared to be of further service to you in the future. (Hear, hear). lu conclusion, I may say how proud I am, as wen as Mrs Edwards and my famliy, of being the recipient of such a beautiful address, re- presenting a token of your feelings towards me, and being in such a form as may be halt del down to posterity. I, therefore, thank yon most heartily for your address and kind heartedness towards me, and trust you will be good enough in the future, as in the past, to give friendly visits to the host and hostess of th3 Wingfield Hotel. (Applause). Councillor J. P. Charles feit sure that they -were all pleased to see an address presented to Mr Edwards. Speaking for the business men cf Lianbradach, ha oonld say that they always found Mr Edwards very kind and generous. and from what had been said that evening, he gathered that Mr Edwards had been similarly kind and generous to the workmen in the place They could not always find men in the world to-day, who were prepared to recognise any favours granted them. but in this case, he "hoped Mr Edwards would feel that what he has done for the workmen at Lianbradach has "been thoroughly appreciated, and he thought the workmen pCl!d compliment themselves for having done their part of the duty, by rcoog- niing such services. In conclusion, he would lik*. te take the opportunity of thanking them rj-l and the electors cf the district, for returning him unopposed to the District Council. Dr J. P. T. Burke was sorry he could not address the gathering that evening as ladies and gentlemen. H9 thought it was a very fitting ocoasion for Mrs Edwards' presence, be- cause if Mr Edwards was good and kind to them, Mrs Edwards, no doubt, shared the same \feelings towards th^mv (Hear, hear). He had very great pleasure in being present to. support a presentation to a man, who, judging from the wording of the address, and the speeches made that evening, had proved him- self to be a man, when a man is required. (Hear, hear). He was in one with the work- mer of Lianbradach, and their committee, in expressing their recognition of the kindness an-I generosity of Mr Edwards during the strike. He (Dr Burke) was in the midst of the strike, had worked with the strikers, and knew perfectly wefT of the privations and troubles endured by them. The Llanbradach workmen bad been more fortunate, owing to the collieries working. They were in the land of plenty, as it were, and he had great plea- sure that evening in being amongst those who shared their plenty with those who were out 0: work. (Hear, bear). lie would see his Merthyr friends in a week's time, and would lie delighted to convey to them the expressions of sympathy, goodness, and kindness of the Llanbradach wortuien. He felt sure that the people of Merthyr would be glad to listen to such words. He had pleasure in endorsing the sentiments of the various speakers towards Mr Edwards, and wished him long life and happi- ness in the future. Dr J. Lloyd said that he had been asked to prepare a few linos of poetry for the occasion. and it gave him much pleasure in reading them that evening.. The foflowing verses were read bu Dr Lloyd, and were very warmly received. Ust, gwrandewch beth sydd gan awen I ddywedyd am y bachgen Anrhydeddwn yn gytun; Y mae ganddi eiriau cynhes, Ac a.d.gofion yn ei mynwes, Am ei ddedwydd foreu hanes, Cyn cyrhaeddid oedran dyn. Uwch ei gryd y bu yn gwylio, Yn maldodi ac anwylo, Yn nghwmpeini mwra ei fam; Gwelodd ef yn cyflym dyia. Mewn rhinweddau yn rlmgori, Ac yn dringo gydag egni, Fryniau llwyddiant gam ar gam. Ond nicl hir y bu cyn gweled Swyn a thegweh yn y merched, Gwelai serch ar res y rudd; Er yn shy ar lawer gwefu3, Cafodd fel oedfaon hapus, Dreuliodd yn eu cwmni melus, Yn nghym'dogaeith Pontypridd. Ond rbyw ddiwrnod yn Mehefin, Pan oedd blodeu pert y gwanwyn Yn siriofi mynwes haf; Mrs Edwards gyfarfyddodd Picell Cupid a'i trywanodd.. Ond y fodrwy aur a wellodd Galon drom y bachgen claf. Ac er hyny, byw yn ddedwydd Mae y ddau yn nghwmni'u gilydd, 0 dan wenau rhin a moes; Ysgafnhau y beichiau trymioty, Estyn llaw i roesaw'r estron, A gwneyd pawb yn wir gyfeillioo, Ydyw credo bur eu hoes. Mae y dysteb yn cryf dystio Fod rhinweddau yn blaguro Ac yn ffrwytho yn y fron; Bendith fo ar brn pob rhoddwr, Bendith hefyd i'r derbyniwr, A bendithier pob cyfranwr. Ydyw iaith y dyst-sb hon. In giving you this testimonial, We wish to prove that self-denial And kindness never fail; That the ma.n who helps another, Well deserves the naiaj of brother, That his virtues knit together In all trials will prevail. When the strike with peals of thunder, In its ravages of plunder Tore the fruits of years as-jnder- All the accomplishments of thrift; You came forward like a hero, Faced the batt'ries of Pharaoh, Armed against the sons of Nero, And your broadsword did uplift. All coercion you resisted. But the weak and worn assisted, And bid want and need depart; All your warnings and directions Your advices and corrections, Bore the seal of your affections, Were the outcome of your heart. This address, that gilds your dwelling, Represents the deepest feeling, Of the working class for thee; 'Tis the fruit of their devotion, And the very incarnation. Of their warm and pure affection, For your actions noble and free. Prize it. Hang it in your parlour; That your life has been a failure It will constantly disprove; May it lead you on to greater Deeds of love, and may it scatter All the clouds, that time may splatter O'er the changebale heavans above. And when life's warm stream is ebbing, When the weary eye3 are longing For fheir everlasting sleep; May this worthy demonstration Pacify the deep emeticn, And bring light upon death's action, In the valley dark and deep. During the evening the following programme was gone through, and thoroughly enjoyed:- Song, "One of the Family," Mr Samuel Price; pianoforte solo, Mr Daniel Llewelyn; recita- tion, "The Women of Mumbles Head," Mr J. Evans; song, "Sweet Genevieve," Mr W. Wil- liams; duet, "Larboard Watch,"Messrs Bowon and Jones; comic sor.g" Mr Samuel Price and Mr William Edwards; "Hen Wlad fy Nhad- au," Mr W. Williams; solo, "Cbwifiwn Faner," Mr D. Bowen; song, "Kindness Rewarded," Mr Will Edwards; song, "Mentra Gwen," Mr Daniel Jones; song. "The Song that Reached my Heart," Mr Samuel Price;" song, "Don't think I am tight, love," Mr W. Williams; song, "Wyres Fach Ned Pugh," Mr Ishmael Roberts; song, "0 where is my boy to-night?" Master Theo. James; recit. "The Charge of the Light Brigade," Mr James Evans; song, "O! Tyred yn o! Mr W. Williams; song, "Giving them all a turn," Mr Will Edwards; song, "Pass no rude remarks." Mr Will Ed- wards. A veryhearty vote of thanks to the Chairman was passed for so ably presiding. and the singing of the National Anthem brought a most enjoyable evening to a close.

- Barddoniaeth. ♦



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