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FLINT HONOURS MR. HERBERT LEWIS, M.P. A pleasing ceremony followed the ordinary business at the quarterly meeting of the Flint Town Council on Tuesday evening, when Mr. J. Herbert Lewis, M.P„ attended to receive the freedom of the borough conferred upon him by a resolution of the Council in July last. The Mayor (Mr. S. K. Muspratt), in admitting Mr. Lewis to the freedom, said the duty on his part was a pleasing one because it came not only in the Jubilee year but in the year of Mr. Lewis's marriage. He alluded to the services rendered to the county by the member for Flint Boreughs as first chairman of the County Council, a position which he occupied for three years, and said he had helped to bring up that body from its babyhood to its present state of usefulness to the county at large. He had also taken a deep interest in the cause of education, having a very good, painstaking, and practical colleague in the deputy chairman, Mr. Pennant. In many other ways, apart from politics, Mr. Lewis had shewn his capabilities as a public man, and he only hoped that the piece of parch- ment he now handed to him would help him to remember the people of Flint, and that they should continue to work harmoniously together as a county council and a borough council. (Applause.) Mr. HERBERT LEWIS, in reply, said the honour which they had conferred upon him was one of the greatest they had to bestow, and certainly one of the greatest which he could receive. He need not tell them how highly he appreciated the fact that the freedom of the ancient capital town of his native county bad been conferred upon him. (Applause.) He valued it very highly not only on that account, but also on account of the fact that the body which conferred it was one which could trace its succession in a long un- broken record from very early times. In the course of the discussion that had taken place that evening, allusion had been made to the charter granted to the town of Flint more than six hundred years ago. What changes the Corporation of Flint had witnessed during that time It had seen the decay of the feudal system, it had witnessed the formation of counties in Wales, it had seen lately the establishment of other authorities, county, district, and parish councils, and through all those changes the Corporation of Flint had maintained its vitality unimpaired. He there- fore regarded it as a matter of pride to be associated with a borough so ancient, and one with such honourable traditions. He thought Flint was fortunate in having a historian as its town elerk. (Hear, hear.) He believed that one incentive at all events to public men in doing their duty for their borough was the degree of interest they took in the past history of that borough, and Mr. Taylor had certainly helped them all to realise that Flint had had a glorious past, and he trusted had inspired them to some degree to work for Flint because of what that past had had in store. In the old days, he thought Mr. Taylor would bear him out, the freedom of Flint was a very substantial advantage indeed. It meant sharing in the Corporation funds. (Laughter). Those days, of course, had long since passed away, but although the piece of parchment he had received did not carry with it those substantial and monetary advantages which belonged to the freedom of a town in ages now long past, the honour which it con- veyed to its recipient was one which he would value far more highly than any advantages of that kind. In conclusion, as the youngest burgess of the town, he wished all prosperity to the ancient borough, and thanked the Corpora- tion most heartily for being so kind as to forge another link that bound him to the town of Flint, and that gave, as he trusted, an incentive to do good work for Flint in tho future. (Applause.)




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