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DEATH OF DR. EDWARD JONES, J.P., DOLGELLEY. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH. Dr Edward Jones, of Dolgelley, passed away peacefully at his residence, Caerffynon, Dolgelley, at 11-30 on Monday night, in his 66th year. The county of Merioneth has lost in Dr Edward Jones its most prominent figure. For many years past he has been its leader in many respects, Politically the county has suffered more during the past twelve months than at any other time. Mr Thomas E Ellis, M.P., whose character was ad- mired by all, and whose example was worthy of emulation, was taken away a few months ago, and now Dr Edward Jones, the other leader of the party in the county, is called to rest. Dr Jones was born at Dolgelley on the 21st of February, 1834, his parents being Hugh and Ann Jones, Eldon-road, who were very highly respected in the town. He commenced life as a painter and glazier, but he was prevailed upon to study for the medical profession. He was apprentised to Dr Lloyd, of Plasbrith, and after serving for about four years he entered St. Andrew's College, where he received his M.D. in 1861, and was made a member of the College of Surgeons, Glasgow, in 1862. He established himself at Dolgelley, his native town, where he soon gained the confidence of a large clientelle by his ability as a doctor and the assiduous interest he took in his profession, and he maintained this high reputation to the last. Some years ago he took his sops into part- nership, and between them they held all the public appointments in the district. As a public man Dr Edward Jones in no way served his county better than in the cause of edu- cation. When the Welsh Intermediate Education Act was passed in 1889, he was made chairman of the Joint Education Committee appointed to frame the scheme for the county. In this office he worked energetically, and it is worthy of note that there are now in the county seven Intermediate Schools with about 500 pupils, all of which are doing excel- lent work. The County School erected at Dolgelty is a monument to Dr Jones' efforts on behalf of Intermediate Education, as it is more indebted to him than to anyone else. The buildings cost a sum of £ 2,600. He took much interest in Dr Williams' School, and was one of those who were instrumen- tal in getting the school established in the town in 1877. This school is well-known throughout the country, and the buildings alone are worth over £ 10,000, and is free from debt. At the time of the passing of the Elementary Education Act in 1871, Dr Jones took the foremost part in the erection of Board Schools in the town, and it was at this time that he made his mark as a leader. He spoke and worked vigorously in favour of the establish- ment of Board Schools, and in this he was strongly opposed by the Church Party, led by the then Rector of the Parish, and now Dean of Bangor, whose skill as a debater was great. It will be remem- bered that when the Government appointed a Com- mission—consisting of the late Mr Henry Richard, M.P., Lord Aberdare, Professor Rhys, Sir Lewis Morris, and Lord Emlyn- to inquire into the need for an Education Act, Dr Jones, although he did not offer evidence, exerted himself to get evidence to lay before the Commission. In connection with the recent Land Commission he was also instrumental in getting farmers to give evidence. The deceased took an active part in securing a Nonconformist Cemetery close to the town, and from the first has acted as the Chairman of the Burial Board. Amongst his other public appointments and offices are — Justice of the Peace in 1878 (on the nomina- tion of Lord Mostyn, the lord-lieutenant at the time); first Chairman of the County Council, an office which he held with conspicuous ability for three years. He occupied for some time the Chairmanship of the Finance Committee and was an alderman of the Council. For some years he had been Chairman of the County Governing Body and his re-election bad become an annual event. As Chairman and member of the Standing Joint Police Committee he has performed valuable work for the county. He was Chairman of the Local Managers of the County School, Yice-Chairman of the managers of Dr Williams's School, ex-Chairman of the West Merionethshire Monthly Meeting, and treasurer of the C.M. Sustentation Fund. He was a member of the Council of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and from its establishment has been a member of the Council of the Welsh University. He also held the post of medical officer of health for the Union, to the Urban Council, to the Oddfellows' Club, and the Rechabites' Club (Ladies' Branch). In politics Dr Jones was a staunch liberal, un- flinching in support to the party in which he believed, and at the time of the death of the late Mr David Pugh, the liberal secretary for the county and Mr Edward Breeze, Portmadoc, he was made the leader of the forces, and the late Mr T E Ellis, has received from him valuable assistance in con- tested elections. Through his exertions, assisted by others, the organization of the party in the county, is a model one, and here it should be stated that Dr Jones's son, Mr R Guthrie Jones, Solicitor, is the general secretary for the county. The deceased had for some years been a member of the National Liberal Federation. Often when speaking in public he quoted some striking passages of Welsh poetry, which as a rule had a thrilling effect upon his hearers. The writer well remembers the touching remarks the deceased made at the memorial service at Bala after the late Mr T E Ellis, when he quoted from the works of Williams, Pantycelyn. Again at the county meet- ing held at Dolgelley in connection with the County tund for the maintenance of the wives and families of our soldiers now fighting in South Africa he delivered a most impressive address, again quoting from the works of Welsh poets. Throughout his life, the deceased was a consistent member of the C.M.denomination,and for many years held the digdified position of elder. Some years ago, when the English cause was started at Dolgelly, he became a member, and was its chief supporter. Some people severely criticised his action in inden- tifying himself with the English cause when he was such a devoted Welshman and an admirer of the Welsh pulpit, but he did so with the object of furthering the cause in a town which did not pro- vide adequately for the English-speaking people. One of his most marked features was his determina- tion. In some quarters, even in his native town, this lost him some friends, but, as a politician, this same quality was his distinguishing feature, and compelled his political oponents to respect him. As a temperance advocate, he was one of the strongest in the county, and at the time of the 'election of a successor, to the late Mr T E Ellis in the county representation, when the United Kingdom Alliance intervened, Jie declared that he would prefer to have his arm cut off altogether than to raise it for a person who was not a supporter of temperance legislation, Dr Edward Jones's last public act is alike inter- esting as it is indicative of his whole character. He attended a meeting on Tuesday held at Aber- ystwyth, in connection with the generous offer made by Lord Rendel some time ago to subscribe oS250 annually towards schools in the district. At this meeting he was instrumental in getting an annual subscription of R30 towards Dr Williams's School, to be spent in scholarships, and a further sum of £10 each to all the other intermediate schools in the county. Last Wednesday (his last public appearance) he presided at the meeting of governors of Dr Williams's School and made this pleasing announcement. The Hon C H Wynn moved a hearty vote of thanks to him for his successful effort and for the interest he generally took in the welfare of the school. This was unanimously passed. On the following day he was found not to be in his usual health, having caught a chill whilst inspecting his new residence at Llys Mynach, where he had intended ending his days in retirement. He gradually grew worse, and complications intervening matters took a serious turn. On Monday Dr Carter, a specialist from Liverpool, arrived by the five p.m. train, to find that the patient was beyond medical skill. Early in the afternoon Dr Jones called the whole family to him, and bid them farewell, a most touching incident. He afterwards became unconscious, and died peacefully at 11-30 p.m. In the troubles and pleasures of life he had a worthy helpmeet in Mrs Jones, who was always great in her attention to him. Of the marriage, which took place in 1859, there are six sons and one daughter, as follows :-Dr John Jones and Dr Hugh Jones, M.B., both of whom were in partnership with their father; Mr W Harvey Jones, N. and S. Wales Bank, Barmouth; Arthur Jones, South Africa, trader; Osborne Jones, engineer; and Mr R Guthrie Jones, solicitor, Dolgelley; and Miss Jones, the only surviving daughter. The funeral is arranged to take place on Friday, at 1 30 p.m., at the new Nonconformist cemetery, where the deceased had selected a spot where his remains are to lie. There will be a short service at Salem Chapel. At the fortnightly meeting of the Petty Sessions on Tuesday. Mr 0 Slaney Wynne, who presided, referred in very eulogistic terms to the services of Dr Jones to the county and the business was ad- adjourned for a fortnight.—The business of the Urban Council was also adjourned on Tuesday evening, as a token of respect to the deceased.

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