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Mabon's Welcome.

Tribute to the Late Judge.I


Tribute to the Late Judge. I In a few days hence the beneficent donor of that hall, Mr. Rhys Williams, of Miskin' Manor—(loud cheers)—would hand it over to the boys present (loud applauso). The key of the hall would be handed to a committee of working men to make use of it—and they would make good use of it (applause). He had no hesitation in pledging Her Royal High- ness that the hall would be put to the best possible use in the direction of elevating the class for whom it was destined (applause). Oh, yes; on. one evening they would have there the voice of the lecturer, on the next day the sweet voice of the singer, then an eisteddfod, and then a concert (applause). There was, indeed, no knowing the possibilities of the uses to which it would be put; and they would have meetings of work- men in those committee-rooms doing the best that they honourably could to im- prove the position of the workers (ap- plause). Her Royal Highness would, doubtless, have noticed that that hall was designated the Judge's Hall." It was commemorative of the late Judge Gwilym Williams, a judge who was known as the sympathetic judge of the working class of that county—(loud cheers)—a judge who studied the interests of the widow and the fatherless, and who investigated many a case in order to do a kindness (renewed cheering). The late judge was there administering justice in that dis- trict in the name of Her Royal Highness' illustrious mother—the Queen Mother, "Our Queen," the Great White Queen, the Empress of India, the lustre of whose name would never fade, and the bene- ficence of whose reign would never cease (lo,ud and enthusiastic cheering). Her Royal Highness would now see how thank- ful they felt, and could appreciate the appreciation of the great services which she had rendered that community in coming amongst them (loud cheers). Mabon then moved that the profoundest thanks of that assembly be given to Her Royal Highness Princess Louise and his Grace the Duke of Argyll. His Grace had served his country in the House of Commons in the same time as their old Mabon—(laughter and applause)—and lie had just told him (Mabon) that he would still rather he there than in the House of Lords (HlwIause). Dyna ei brofiad That is his experience "). added Mabon, and to these great and good people we tender our most sincere thanks" (pro- longed cheers). Lord Tredegar, who was enthusiastically received, seconded the vote of thanks to Her Royal Highness. He asked, What is grandeur, what is power1, but the heavier toil, the superior pain?" Mem- bers of the Royal Family thought nothing of toil or pain if they could go about helping others (applause). It was a great pleasure to him to assist in opening that hall, because it was erected in memory of one of his greatest friends. Everybody had some great friend upon whom they could relv for ready and sound advice. If anybody wanted trustworthy advice, they could always set it from the late Mr. Williams, of Miskin Manor. Gene- rally a hall of that kind was placed where it could he seen and used, and that could be said of the Judge's Hall (hear, heal"). He excused himself for making a long Ispeech by the difficulty of having to follow a great Parliamentarian like Mabon (hear, hear). The hall was wOI'+hy of the honour which had been done them by Princess Louise, and for which they were deeply grateful. Sir Ivor Herbert, Bart.. M.P., said that, though following such orators as Mabon and Lord Tredegar, lie would en- deavour, as a Welshman (applause)—and as one who knew the Welsh heart and Welsh feeling, to express to Her Royal Highness the deep gratitude they felt in the pleasure of having her and the Duke present. They rejoiced to see one who had descended from the illustrious Queen, who was the idol of her people, and they honed she would take away with her very pleasant memories of her visit to the Rhondda, and of tbe people she had sePH at their doors, of the blackened men returning from their daily toil, and of the mountains, on which the people loved to move and breathe the pure atmosphere. That was typical of the Welsh people, who liked to rise above anything that was common or sordid in their surroundings, to lift themselves as with wings on the spirit of their music, their art, and their religion (applause). No one knew this better than his friend Judge Williams, and, therefore, it was especially appro- priate to raise that building for the use of those who were of his own nation (applause). At tho request of Mabon, the choir sang Y Delyn Aur" (" The Golden Harp "). The effect was wonderful, and Her Royal Highness and the Duke of Argyll were evidently deeply touched. Following; it, with equally thrilling effect, the whole audience rose and sang "Aber- ystwyth."

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