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Ton-Pentre Police Court.

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Presentation Meeting at Nantymoel. Federation Pioneer Honoured. On Saturday eveii Irig, last, a large com- pany assembled at the Assembly Room of the Blaenogwr Hotel to present Mr. Dd. Edwards, a member of the Bridgend and Cowbridgo Board of Guardians, and a trustee of the South Wales Miners' Fede- ration, on the eve of his departure for Australia, with an illuminated address. Mr. Henry Davies, of Ogmore Vale, pre- sided. The presentation of the address was made by Mr. John Howells, assistant secretary of the Wyndham Federation Lodge. Mr. Howells expressed his regret at the departure of an old friend, but said it afforded him the greatest pleasure to be there to honour Mr. Edwards, whom he had found a sound Trade Unionist always taking the straight action. Mr. Lewis Lewis (Aber Colliery), trea- surer of the Ogmore and Gilfach District, said that in his dealings with Mr. Edii-ards he had always found him a gentleman. Councillor D. J. Thomas, Ogmore Vale, expressed the pleasure it afforded him of showing his appreciation of their friend, Mr. Edwards, whom he had always found straight and firm; and although they sometimes differed in details, they found their ultimate object the same. Mr. J. D. Matthias said that he had had years of intimate connection with Mr. Edwards in official capacities in connection with the Federation. He had long recognised his uniform tact .and commonsense in time of stress. He (Mr. Edwards1) had served with distinction in most of the offices of his lodge- and dis- trict, and M ould leave a character behind which younger aspirants would do well to copy, if they could not surpass. Mr. James Gillard (Ocean Colliery), on behalf of the Ocean colliers, expressed regret at losing Mr. David Echvards, whom he had known as an upright and just official of the Federation. Mr. Thomas Lucas (miners' agent) said his feelings were mingled with pleasure and regret—pleasure at seeing the work- men honour one of their own class, and regret at losing a stalwart and valuable Federationist—one who had helped to build their great organisation. His memory carried him back to the strike of 1898, M'hcn their local colliery com- mittee, over which Mr. D. Edwards pre- sided, was second to none in the coal- field. He found Mr. David Edwards always ready to give his services on behalf of his fellow-workmen, and much regret- ted that for rea,sons Mr. Edwards was obliged to leave his native land. Mr. T. J. Job, member' of the Bridgend Board of Guardians, referred to the work of Mr. EdM-ards as a Poor Law Guardian. He paid a tribute to the great and invalu- able work accomplished by Mr. Edwards for the poor and needy of the district, and expressed keen regret at losing such an honoured and trustworthy friend. I Mr. Rees Williams, treasurer of Wynd- ham Federation Lodge, also expressed his sorrow at losing a personal friend. Mr. David Edwards, on rising, was received with musical honours. He Mas evidently very much moved. He ex- pressed his deep thankfuliiej3 and grati- tude for the magnificent address, and for the kind things said of him that evening. The address would at all times bring back to his memory his pleasant association with the workmen of the Ogmore Valley. He heartily thanked them from the bottom of his heart for their kindness and well-wishes.

i After Three Years.

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iPorth Police ICourt.