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Presentation to Dr. Flack, Wattstown. Interesting Speeches. All classes of the community were gathered at Calfaria Vestry, Wattetown, on Thursday evening last to do honour to Dr. James Flack, M.B., late assistant colliery doctor, but now of the City of Norwich. The building was full to over- flowing, and there was evident on all sides a real appreciation of Dr. Flack's personal character and great abilities as a medical man. Mr. Thomas Williams (chairman of the Medical Fund Commit- tee) presided, supported by Mr. J. Kane, M.E. (manager, United National Col- lieries). The Chairman said they were gathered together to do honour to whom honour was due (applause). He felt that any- thing he might say could hardly do jus- tice to the subject, but he felt that all hearts beat in unison this night (ap- plause). After a splendid rendition of a song by Mr. James Rosser, the well-known local tenor, and a much appreciated song by Mr. Evans, of Treorchy, a baritone who earned unstinted applause, Mr. Thomas Bowen (chairman, Labour Representation Committee) presented to Dr. Flack a purse of gold. Mr. Bowen, in a pithy speech, said that there was neither too much to say nor too much to do on behalf of Dr. Flack, and as one of the workmen of the col- liery where Dr. Flack had given his ser- vices so well, he had very great pleasure in handing Dr. Flack one of the marks of the people's esteem (applause). The presentation of the handsome illuminated address (designed and exe- cuted by Mr. D. J. Ryan, Treorchy, and which was signed by 16 people) was made by Mr. Evan Price (chairman of the Works Committee) and Mr. Tom Evans (Council Schools). Mr. Price, speaking, said Dr. Flack had not been there for long before he established himself in the regard of the people (aiWause). He had laboured well in Wattstown and fully deserved all they gave him. Although none regretted to see a man better himself, they were still very sorry to see Dr. Flack going. He hoped, however, the doctor would estab- lish himself in the hearts of the people of Norwich as he had done in Wattstown. Mr. Tom Evans said that professional men generally figured only in their own I profession, but there were a few who were men of many parts. Dr. Flack was one of these (applause). His literary qualifications were almost as high as his medical qualifications. He was also a keen political student, and since his advent to Wattstown, had become versed in the needs, hopes and requirements of the people. Mr. Evans then referred in an interesting manner to Dr. Flack's Welsh studies and the success that had attended his efforts, and as a Welshman himself, and as a humble teacher of chil- dren, he would ask parents to follow the brilliant example of the recipient, who, a stranger to the country and its lan- guage, set himself to master the tongue. Referring to Mrs. Flack. the speaker said they were all somewhat clannish, and they felt a tinge, of pride that Dr. Flack had chosen his wife in Wales, and from WattstowA-a combination of the Sham- rock and the Leek. All who had had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Flack, testified to her splendid capacity as an hostess, and a worthy and inspiring life's com- panion to a worthy doctor (applause). Dr. Flack, on rising to reply, was greeted with loud cheers. He thanked them sincerely and deeply for the kind words they had spoken and for all that they had done on account of his wife and himself. He felt sorry that he had to come hack to Wattstown, as it brought home to him so painfully the loss he had sustained. He saw their goodwill in their kind faces and demeanour, and the memory of this meeting would never leave him. It was four years ago that he came amongst them, ignorant of many things, new to the work, and new to the kind of people amongst whom he had come to dwell; but he received a hearty wel- come in their homes and from Dr. and Mrs. Davies. However unworthy he had been, he had made some good and worthy friends, whom hè.. would never forget, and never wished to (applause). It was here that he first considered the great economic problems of the day, and the result of his study would prove. of considerable service to him in the place he had gone to. Many of them, he said, had spent time over the address, and a large num- Tber had expended time and trouble in working to do him a great honour. They had done it with a goodwill, and he thanked them and the people of Watts- town and district for their kindness and generosity. He hoped the future of Wattstown would be a bright and happy one, bringing forth all that a union of hearts and union of hands could do (loud applause). Responding later to the speeches in the presentation of the silver tea and coffee service, Dr. Flack drew forth thunderous applause by expressing thanks in correct and perfectly pronounced Welsh. After an admirable rendering of "Make new friends by Miss Maggie Davies, Ynyshir, Mr. J. Kane, M.E., made the presentation of the handsome silver tea and coffee service. In a few well-chosen sentences Mr. Kane expressed his appre- ciation of the honour conferred upon him in being chosen for so worthy a, position. Speaking on behalf of the, colliery officials, he said they" were a small section who had vied with other sections of the community in showing their appreciation of Dr. Flack (applause). He found that during the whole of his stay in their midst, Dr. Flack had not had one single, report made against him for lack of attention to duty, for incivility, or for want of skill (hear, hear). That was a splendid record. There was only one addition he (the speaker) could suggest to the address, and that was in reference to Dr. Flack's un- assuming manner. He was always the same unruffled gentleman. Under the most trying circumstances he bore him- self well and with unfailing courtesy (applause). Referring to Mrs. Flack, the speaker said she was a lady for whom he had the utmost respect. Her parents were among the oldest inhabitants of the district, and were well known and honoured amongst them (applause). Their sincere hope was that Dr. and Mrs. Flack would have a long, happy and prosperous life (cheers). Mr. H. D. Smith (Colliery Offices) also spoke in feeling strains. The musical programme was of a very high order. Beside the items already mentioned, Mr. David Thomas, the accom- plished local tenor, sang to splendid effect, and Mr. Tom Thomas, L.R.A.M., A.R.C.M., the successful professor of voice production, gave a much appre- ciated rendering of the. Bedouin Love Song." Mr. Aneurin Parker, a clever young Porth violinist, gave fine violin solos, and a splendid trio, composed of Mr. David Harris, Ynyshir (the clever 'celloist), Mr. Parker, and Mr. E. T. Wood at the piano, was heard. Mr. Wood also ably played the, evening's accompaniments. Apologies were made on behalf of Madame E. A. Thomas and Mr. Gomer Jones (Treorchy). Mr. D. J. Ryan (Treorchy), who designed and executed the address, was introduced to the meeting. Attention was drawn to the clever drawings of the shamrock, leek, thistle and rose therein, and to the painting of the hospital ward at the head of the address. On the propositions of Mr. Lewis Rees and Mr. J. Kane, seconded by Mr. Rd. Lewis, votes of thanks were passed to the artistes and the chairman. Mr. Williams briefly replied, and in a witty speech Mr. E. T. Wood made answer for the artistes, after which Mr. James Rosser led the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau."

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