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i The Princess at Mardy.

Duke of Argyll.

The Ambulance Competition.

The Luncheon.1


The Luncheon. 1 Follow ing the competition, luncheon was served at the St. David's Hall. Mr. T. E. Richards (chief superintendent, Rhon- dda Fach) presided, the guests including the chief officials of the ambulance brigade. The Chairman, proposing the toast of the Grand Prior of the Brigade "—the Prince of Wales—said they Mere delighted that the Prince's aunt Mould be present to take part in the ceremony that day (hear, hear). He was informed that the Princess was the favourite sister of the King, upon whom devolved a great deal of the philanthropic and benevolent work of the country. When Her Royal High- ness told the King that she was invited to Wales, His Majesty's reply was, Go, by all means (applause). Mr. W. D. Wight (vice-president of the executive), in proposing the toast of the St. John Ambulance Brigade," said that the Association performed a work which called forth the admiration of all who were not directly connected with it. A district such as their; called for such an organisation more than any other dis- trict in the United Kingdom, as the num- ber of accidents was somewhat alarming. Upon the authority of Mr. F. A. Gray, the Chief Inspector of Mines, there were in the Cardiff- mining district alone up- wards of t5,ÖOO non-fatal accidents. Had it not been for the Avork done by the first- aid men, no doubt more lives would have been lost. They had also to acknowledge the work of the medical men of the dis- trict, who so readily gave of their know- ledge and instruction to the voluntary members of the Association. Without them they could do nothing at all, and their greatest thanks were due to the medical. men of South Wales for the help given by them in this direction. There M as another class who ii-ei-e doing most essential and beneficial work-the nurses. He was sorry to say that they had not as mauv trained nurses as would be well for them, hut he was glad to know that their numbers were continually increas- ing. He hoped that the movement would spread and that the memhership would bo considerably multiplied, so that the M'ork first done by the ambulance men, and continued by the medical men, would be carried on by the nurses (applause). Inspector-General Bellgrave Ninnis, the Chief Commissioner of the Ambulance Brigade, expressed his gratification at being present on such an important occa- 'ese sion as the presentation of the Sir Charles Warren Shield and other prizes by Her Royal Highness. The No. 7 District of the Ambulance Brigade, Mliich comprised Wales and the border counties, was the youngest section, but the advance made during the last two or three years was something phenomenal (applause). This growth he attributed equally to the whole- hearted support given by the employers and the zeal of the men themselves (applause). Colonel Cureton, Deputy Commissioner of the No.7 District, said that on behalf of the staff he wished to thank them for the kind way in which the toast had been given and received. He would like to emphasise one remark made by the pro- poser of the toast, and that was in regard to the work done by the medical men. They had taken up the work in the No. 7 District as no others had, and had turned up in parades in uniform, and had played the game (applause). Without the honorary surgeons, the St. John would be nowhere, and they appreciated it very much. After the luncheon, a. review was held of the ii-liole of the Rhondda, Brigade in uniform by Inspector-General Ninnis. The men were under the command of District Superintendent Richards, assisted by Dis- trict Secretary Southam, Superintendent Secretaries Davison and Osmond, and Chief Surgeons Dr. Glanville Morris and Armstrong. Addressing the men subsequently, Dis- trict Superintendent Richards said that he had been commissioned by the Inspector-General to express his deep thanks for the splendid way they had turned out and of his gratification at the manner in which they had performed the evolutions. Later in the evenin- Mr. Tom Davies, the general secretary of the arrangements, received the following telegram from the equerry to the Princess: — Princess desires me to thank you and your co-Avorkers for all their hard work in arranging; to-day's ceremony, and to say that she greatly regret,si that time did not allow her to see more of the people of Mardy and the Little Rhoiidda.-Pi,obert." Mr. Tom Davies. to Avhose untiring energy and organising genius much of the success of the Royal visit is due, has been the recipient of numerous letters of con- gratulation.

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