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ISad End of a Llanelly Carpenter.

Whitland Rural District Council.

A Ray of Sunshine.

I KiUvveliy Notes.

IAlltymynydd Sanatorium.

Rejoicings at Pantglas.


Rejoicings at Pantglas. MAJOR AND MRS SPENCE-JONES HOME-COMING. The. vicinity of Llanfynydd was given over to much rejoicing on. Tlnursday wcck, when Spenee-Jonies entertained the countiy^ e ait her <l>eautiiul residence, Pantglas, o mai the home-coming of her son (Mr Luc A Spence Jones, Rifle Brigade, Major ot -the C. Squa- dron of the P.I. Y.) and hasbride (nee Mm Colby liifynuJOtue). Brii'bant weafciici favoured the ausOoious occasion, and much (bunting delayed. The mansion itself ws gaily decorated with Union. Jacks and streamers of flags,whils,t on the drive- near the Ihouse had been erected by the head- garde nor (Mr iSaddler) .and h:8 staff a very fine triumphail arch, bearing the mottoes. "Hir oes a dedwyddweh," and "Long We and hatpin ess." It was com posed of ever- greens, relieved with many flowers, rostttes and vari-coloured nags. Near the New 0:0&s a garland stretdlied across the road CrcsseJiy Cottage was decorated wiith flags of all (nations, whilst at DeJiryn (the residence of Mr Griffiths, the .Euibaigont of the lantgJa: estate) and Rryndomvcn, a very large aicli of evergioens and flags had been put up bear- (iing the motto "Long life and happiness 'to Galpt. Spence-Joiiifs and [1Jir3 ibride" on one side, and a Welsh inscription on the other. At Aelybryn, iMr Scurloek displayed a ga.r- land of flags with 'appropriate mottoes, whilst the 'cottages down to Cross Inn and on to the Pantglas Anns, were gaily dressed with flags, at the latter pilace Mr and Mr." Gpimths displlayiflig a fine garland with the usual igrcetinigs. Dimng the afternoon. there was loud oannoniadimg, and about 3 o'clock a number of the members of the C Squadron assembled at tthe main oii't<ran<ce to the Pairk with a (largo imuTnfber Oif tenants and others. to give the galliauit oalprbarin, and (hiis bride the warm wellüome they had in store for them. There, too, was the Llandilo Volunteer Band (under the conduCltorshp of Mr W. HoweH) ready to play them home, but they were dis- a-ppointed. Tihe bride and the bridegroom arrived iby motor car rather earlier than ex- pected, a.nd made the journey home quietly. However, when told that the opportunity had been lost, they marched in process ion dowm ,to tihe mansion, and on seeing the sui jects of the day's rejoicings', standing on the steps, under the ,magnificent verandah, JmiEng a welcome at them, they burs cheering. If Cap*. 'Sp^ce-Jone* everhad any doulbt .as to his popularity with al in. tihe district in which he now residestha* reception shoud have dispelled wcn,t and Mrs Cecil Spence-Jones at once down* 'and after greeting the people pe™ aWy took them to see the which had been .presented to them th occasion of their maim-age. The gifts were Saved on, a table on the terrace, and in- cluded a magniiificeint silver tray, weighing some three hundred ounces, inscribed with the arms land crest of Pan-tglas, ami bearing the inscription, "PJ"ooøn,ted by the Pantglas tenants to IMajor on the occasion; of 1Ús maririiaige, 10th June, 1908' silver cup from the out-door staff of tM'estate; ,a silver cream jug and basin by the indoor staff, which matched the fine old Georgiam coffee pot and milk jug pw- sented tby the" officers, n(oca-oommisskxnod offi- cers, and men: of the O. Squadron of the P.I.Y.; a illarge silver rose bowl on ebony T>linth, presented iby the: officers 01 the P*'™- hroke' Imperial Yeon^mry; pretty siOVer desser dishes, presented by Alderman ii. J. Thomas, Penrhos, and friends in the district, and -a pair of silver pepper boxes in case, presented 'by the indoor staff of Deanery, Gloucester. Inside the spacious and hnelj- deoorated dining-room, which it is interest- ing to note is the largest in Wales were, dis- played some of the gifts presented to Mr, Cecil Spence-Jones, and amongst those that claimed attention were a veiy heavily em- <bossed German tankard presented her by the tenants of Ffynnone home estate. Quite a work of .art, the. old tankard is made of silver gilt, the (bodies of the figures mi the design, ■which represents the killing of a hoar, being worked in silver; a handsome silver rose bowl presented by the. household and staff at Ffynnone; a massive tea-try, heavily en- graved, presented by the tenants of the ^ar~ berth estate and a silver vegetable dish, with divisions, and ebony handles, by the tenants of the Kidwelly estate. All the pre Bents lbore t,he crests of the estate, that of the CCittle mallster" being tlio Spenee crest, am the "bull's head" the Jones' Pant- glias is a (beautiful house, situated in an ex- tensive and delightfully iadd out park, and commands views of imaigmilficent scenery. From a sporting pomt of view the most inte- resting room im the house is the library, not (because of its valuable collection, but on ^oount of Ithe trophies of the chase which are there to 'bee seen. During the few years that Major .Spence Jones hunted a pack ot hounds in the district, any fox that deserved an honoured memory, has his mask placed up in that room. There, over the mantel-piece, are to 'be seem the heads of 22 foxes, and though there are others elsewhere in. the room0 the visitor will .search m vain to dis- cover any two alike. Hanging on the screen is the mask with a dulll, stony eye end dirty tongue, just as Reynard is brought home on the saddle, then there are two .arches of masks facing you, all with differont expres- sions, some snarling, 'but a.ll realistic, and showing the cunning This was done under the direction of the .popular ex- Master, a.nd a. pllate beneath records the place where the fox was put up and killed, toge- ther with the .diate, so that each one teillfs its own tale, 'but with the Capain there to tell vou the exciting incidents of the chase, a, smrtsman comld spend hours and hours with the keenest interest. One of the biggest foxes even that ardent huntsman, Major S^nic-Jones hirasell has seen, «» and his tablet records that he was killed at Garn on the 1st January, 1906, after a run of on hour and twenty minutes. AnotlJ *f resting ta'blet te#s you that on. the 27th o January tlhis year, after .a run of _■ a half miles, from point to pornt, 5 D to Iscoed, a fine specimen was A "chap" killed at near > found bis way .there to celehnate the J engagement, it being the, first fox he Med after having been accepted by bisbiKl [bears the date 6th December, 19^ an nard was killed in the open, after a one hour and forty run the pack ever had as a an| v g put up at BOafod an M^dh, 1^- over 15 miles from pom. run ;s Jowine interesting accoiinit of the mn is fr^m the "Pielld of tlie 1st April, ^Pantglas Foxhounds: On Mon- day, the testing place was Penygarn a cold, hrloak inlitospitaible little hamlet, a thousand feet Mgh, in the upper part of Llanfynydd parish, which, once' a little villiage, now con- sists only of a few scattered cottages; another example of the .rura depopulat'oai. The early morning was rough, consequently only a small field turned up,, but amonig them were the Hon. Miss Race, Mr Llloyd Ple, Mr O. Lloyd Price, and Mr Davies, besiides a good sprinkling of farmers, .all mounted on their hardy cobs—veritable hill cliimibers. The. first order was Nantysebon! gorse, where a fox had (been frequently seen of late, but it was ten ant less to-day, so the coverts on the side of the beautiful Cothi Vale were drawn —Garbach, Bwlchrhyd, a.nd Graig-gorse, on, the Master's « estote, hut hounds foiled to hit a line off until they reached Hafod Gorle, which is always a sure find being looked after iby the good sportsman, Mr Sam Jones, who (bIas not yet recovered from his .recent illness. The fox 'broke at the top, ran over Dvffryn allotment, Park Farm, down to TirvnTrS-vys, to the boundary of Tro«ly- rhiw ilist- above Llanfynydd village, wheie he turned strw&t back, and agam across S TTnfod farm, passing \nysenavcmor nP f rw f T fi'airt to the corner of FLg.n ia S point of Grang, crossing tjh. Llanfynydd road, close to PcMiygai the pace was terrific, and it was quite possible, for the. best of horses to keep ncal hounds, who nan over Nantyseiboni, 1 eny- bank, and Pistill-north, to the dinigle Llwyncelyn. Now the fox turned sharp to the left, over Carthilas and Llwynrliyn, down to the ha.nks of the Cothi (which was in flood) between; CHiwr and Owimglaiw. Here he seemed as ârf he w'as goinig to c')-o.-s the river, bu't a co'd bath avas evidently not to hi s taste, so he. turned riglit-handc: 1 over over Cwniglaw, crossed Sir Jiaunes Drum- mond's grouse-rnoor, and fkirt-ug the larch coverts above Talley village, ran past J3- Howell down to the Half-way Honce, near ivliere he crossed the. Llcindjlo a-nd xjJan^viM vl mad, up to Mandy-issa, flhen, unfortunately hounds 'had a long check, no one being up, and tit- was some time before the line was again. H'ecovered. However, the worthy Master held the ipack car, and a't last that good hound Comrade hit the fee of the fox off in some .rushes under the Llansadwrn load, and slowly worked it out to a small dingle above Cwmsiidan, where he had rested. Here the. pack fresh found, and all thought tihey .must rum into their fox at once, but he still had Gomethinig else (these h. 11 foxes are wonders) for he. went 'up to the top of the Fail,, along the rbre.ast of which he made his way, then) turned down past Pantylan, cross- ing over to the old Dser Park at Abermar- lais, rounding the wood at the bottom of it, and jgoing up to the. highest point, where hounds pulled him down. The Master, ,it), was fi.rst up, presented the brush to Mr Ba-'lev Stcvc-ns, who had ridden to the fore throughout, the run lasting from find to kill exactly four hours and five minutes with only one check, hounds bcung helped but ones.—"Old Fogie." zi supply of .refreshmeius Y'ld been provided, CMrs Sixiuce-Jones, with char- icter'stic liheral'ity, having prepared a meat toafef a very large number. The Major s ralot (Mr Kill) and the- servants of W10 household were assiduous in. looking ftN the wants of the guests. THE PRESENTATIONS. About G p.m., all assembled in. front of rhe mansion,, and the present at ons formally made to Major Speaice-Joncs ai;d h"MrUThomas Davies, Briskynissaf, the old- est tenant on the estate, in: presenting ti e silver tray on behalf of the tenants first of all he had to thank the tenants io. the honour they conferred 011, him in as^i g him to make the presentation to the ^otthy agent and coming landlord (applause). had been a tenant on the Pantglas 42 years, and he thought he could say tin. same as the man who had four daugm ilj and when, one got married a,id that the best 1. was left, uii-til he got rid of them all. The besit was hack raS landlord all the time ( al ? teir and applause). His first land-lord Mr Dd Jones, grandfather of the present land- land, and nobody could beat him as a land- lord. He hoped those who followed would emulate him, -as their present landlady a id agenrt were doing (cheers). As. far as his knowledge went of Oapt. Spence-Jones, lie would speedily fill his grandfather's boots (applause). He was glad to see Mrs Spence- Jones ispending so much of her time amongst them (cheers), .and always looking cheerful. He thought they would all join in thanking her for ilier great generosity. He wished Captain Spence Jones aiiud Juis wife a lonig life of complete happinats (.a.ppla,use). Mr Jones, schoolmaster, Abergorlech, said that that large gathering showed their ap- provial and apprcciaitioni of the :matriimanial union which had taken place. Matrimony with its consequences was a big subject, and there were so ni,a,iiy .good things to say about ,it that it puzzled him where, to he gin. They all wished Major Spence-Jo.nes and his good lady every facility to walk in the footsteps Of their noble ancestors (applause) ,a family whose, good history and beneficent lives were well known , .and wide (cheers). He did not think rfchey could wish tihem more or say anything better, and Dean. Speugp's invalu- alble contributions to literature were ample proof of that. As for the. Joneses their high reputation was above reproach (applause). He had had seme connection with that family indirectily as, long as he could remem- ber. He. had ibeeni a direct tenant of the Pa,iitgla:s Estate for 26 years, and lie had no grievance to bring against the family, whose beneficial influence in commercial ciiclee was proverbial from generation to generation throughout the kingdom (applause). H:s acquaintance wtitah the young wife's family was somewhat unique. There were many there iiu t-hat large concourse much older than, he in: years, but he doubted whether they had the privilege and benefit of knowing the great grandmother of that you nig lady except himseilf. When he was a child, he and others receÎlVted (much kindness from that generous lady (applause). He also remem- bered that anothør good lady lived in the dis- trict then, as well, vjz., the great grand- mother of Mrs Delme Dlavies-Evans. That was rather unique (sheens). He did not re- gret that his lot had happened to fall amongst the same generous famiiildtes in his old days (applause). He had seen, the fourth generation maivied,, and he hoped to see the fifth generation in alN)cia,i-,a,iiee soon .(laughter and applause), and if God spared he would be very old if he witnessed the sixth (laughter). Mr John Jones said that he had been, under the family alil his life, and ^feared no notice to quiit or notice, to 'be quick as long as he- did lilis worik fairly and honestly. When he. he-aid that the Captain was going to be married, lie wondered w'lilat fcilie be like, but he mover had any idea that she would he such a beautiful and kind-hearted lady as he be- lieved they had in. Mrs Coed Spence-Jones (.applause). He thought the Captain had been indeed fortunate to be caught 'by her (laughter and applause). They had always found .the Captain an excellent agent and friend, and he deserved the good wife he had evidently got (cheers). He was a perfect gentleman, and of his work on the Board of Guardians and District Council, they could not speak too 'highly. He had taken a real Eve interest i,n the welfare of the people of the district, aind now that he had that good lady to share in his good worik, they could look forward tQ aits being douibled (cheers). There was ono tiling albout Captain Spenoc- Jones that stood out promiinently, and that was if he promised a thing he always fulfilled the promise (cheers). He could not say the same thing ahout all agents (laughter and applause). Mr Ll. Jones, Maesyrhaid, paid a high tribute to the gold qualities of Mrs Spence- Jonos and the Major. Mr J. Harries; Lan, Capel Isaac, said that Oapt. Spence-Jones was a good sportsman, and when they got a good siroit-imiaii, they always fouind a, gentleman, (cheers). The Captain, had fougjht for his country, caught foxes, and now he thought he had ca'ught the prettiest and best young lady that had over lived (laughter and applause). He thanked their landlady, Mrs Spence-Jones, for lier continued kindness to them as ten- ants, arnd he wIMied the Captain and his bride long life and happiness. He was (glad to notice in tho report of .the wedding that ■the Ibriide did not carry a 'bouquet of flowers lb,tit a Bible in her hand. He hoped other people would follow the example _set by her. They saw many brides: carryiinig flowers which 1 they could .not afford, but let them remember that tiif flowers were expensive, they could get a Bible at iall times cheaply (cheers). He hoped tlie Major would soon, learn, the Welsh language (hear, hear), as that was the only fault they could find in him as the agent of the estate (applause). Mr; John. Lewis, the old workman on the estate, them presented Captainl Spence- J (me with a silver Ibowl. Mr Griffiths', the sulb-agent, said that John had lbeeiii in the .service of the Pantglas estate for over 50 years. Aiderman, H. Joneis-Thomas, iPenrhos, pre- sented the silvler dlesseirt dishes on behalf of the friends and neighbours in that district. They did so localise they ha.d always found the Claptain a true rbllidk (cheers), and a good •neighbour in the true sense of the word. He made himself at homo .amongst his tenants ,and feiends. He would like to point out that Major Speine". Jones could not do what he did for the district if it was not for the support he .got from his mother-who was the landlady, and he "vias .glad to see her there looking so well and haiPPY (applause). They wished her many m'any years of good health to he landlady of .the estate. They did not wish her to go. They wanited to keep her. and he was sure the Captain, and his bride would 'be happier, the people in the district wiould 'be1 happier, as long as she Was amongst them (cheers). Alii sects and conditions of people had contributed towlards the present, and although of small value, it showed the feelinig they had for Captain Spence-Jones and his .good IbJ'ùe /applause). He most heartily wished fhem, on behalf of his friend.? long life and prosperity and might the sun shine, as it did that day upon, their lives. Capt. Spmce-Jones, %A-lio was greeted with loud and continued applause, said :-{To find Srds wiliich .viill fully express my feelings and fhlar.iks for the many vahiah e. and beauti ful presents ^hiich yo-u have a I been, kind enough to present me with on the occasion of my marriiage, and for the good_ wlishes and things you have sarid to-day, is ■radee'd a most difficult task, and iav thanking yon all, I do thank you most sincerely, and from the bottom of my heart. It is a very great plea.~ure to me oii such aiii occasion as this, to find one has so many true and kind friends in the district (appltause) and I can assure you ladries and gentlemen that these vory 'beautiful pieces of plate will always be some of my most valued possessions (cheers) and will ever help to remind me of the way my many friends helped to celebrtae the, happiest event Off my life, (applause). I jioiv offer my very best thanks to the Pantgias Tenants for .their most dia.ndcioanc silver cup; to the in- door staff for a 'beautiful s'lver lbas-,ii and cream jug, to the Pantglas outdoor staff for a Ibeautiful cream jug. The C squadron P.Y already know any great appieciat.on of their present, which they presented me with when ill caiiip at Penally. I can allso assure Mr. AMenmia'u. Thomas and the kiaid friends of the district who have. given me two most handsome silver dessert dishes that though I mentioni them Jaat, I do not value them the less by amy means. And new, ladies and geinit'e.mcn, iI. have one thing to ask you all. In the past you have been, good and kind friends to my mother and myself. I a, k you to conttin.ue that friendship, and to extend it to my wiifc (applause). The memlbens of the ye nianry then, formed up on the stops, and advancing, Sergt. Major Reid asked the Major if he would mind step- ping down for a. moment., "Certainly," re- plliied' the innccc'iit Major, slitting action to the word. Then, camo the command quietly from the Sergt.-Major, "up," and) before the gallant officer could real se' what was happen- ing, he was seized, hoisted shoulder high, and whilst the. band ipliayed, "See the conquering hero conies," he was carried around the grounds amidst the utmost enthusiasm. During the evenung, diancing and games were indulged in, .and an impromptu concert was got up on the lawn with Mr Thomas, the White Horse Hotel, Llamdilo, as conductor, and Mr T. S. PudidieolIDbe, Carmarthen, as aoc2.nupan.i»t. Mr Hill1, in character, gave several comrc songs in admt'.rable style, and Madame Thomas, Llandiilo, gave a fine ren- dering of "Home Sweet Home." The Llan- fynydd school child,re,in sang a glee very sweet Iv, and altogether a most enjoyable evenin.g was spent. Mr bmith, schoolmaster, Llan- fynydd, wias, indefat:gajb"'e in hisi efforts to make the children enjoy themselves thorough 1 y, and Mrs Spcince^Joneis distributed sweets to them before they left. The happy proceedlings were brought to a close hy the Mchting of a huge bonfire on the hillf nlear the house, which could be seen for nuiles areund. do


The Territorial Force.


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