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The County Council in Social Vein. Members and Officials Entertained by the Chairman. INTERESTING SPEECHES AT LUNCHEON. .After the meeting of the Flintshire Coun- ty Council on Wednesday week, the mem- bers and officials were entertained to lunch- eon at the Old Town Hall, Mold, by the Chairman of the Council, Ald. F. J. Gam- lin. There were few absentees, and these cent apologies. The host presided, suppor- ted by the Vice-Chairman, Alderman Allen, and the Clerk to the Council, Mr. H. A. Tilby. The catering was by Mr. J. Baker, Tat- tenhall. After luncheon the toast of Hie Majesty the King was given by the Chairman and received with the usual honours. Mr. E. W. Johnson, of Messrs. Chamber- lain and Johnson, Llandudno, solicitors to the Mid-Flint-shire Light Railway, proposed the toast of the County Council. He said it was a great honour to propose the toast of the County Council of Flintshire. They could all differ, fight, debate, agree to differ, but he regarded that as a special honour, because his associate n with or his know- ledge of the Flintshire County Council had only recently acquired the proportion it had that day (laughter). Flintshire had much to be proud of. It was only that day week that he was before the Compensation Autho- rity, the Chairman of which was Sir John Eldon Bankee. He did not think any county in the Kingdom had as president of its Quarter Sessions a man not only of the ability but of the gentility—(hear, hear)— they did not always go together—of Mr. Justice Bankes. On that alone Hintehire could be congratulated (hear, hear). He occupied in the county the position of a true nature's nobleman. More than that, Flintshire County Council was a combina- .tion of the House of Lords and the House of Commons. They had peer and peasant working together for the advancement and progress of their county. He thought if the County Council had done nothing else, it had brought together the people who were regarded as the classes and combined them in county and local government. In AA ales -there had been misunderstanding between -the two people—one had not known the other. The closer they were brought to- gether the more they appreciated one an- other. Let the combinatioll--call them what they would—Radical, Conservative, Home-ruler or anything else-pull together for the benefit and progress of the county. It was a pity the County Council was com- .posed of party politics. Why it was intro- duced London only knew (laughter). Men of intelligence, with time at their disposal and with business aptitude, were selected to carry out the work of the Council. Let them be COUNTY COUNCILLORS FIRST -and politicians afterwards (hear, hear). He sometimes dreamed of the day when the Parish Council would be linked up with the District Council, the District Council with the County Council, and the County Coun- cil with the House of Parliament (hear, hear, and "Horne Rule," and laughter). Flintshire occupied the position of a bridge between England and Wales. Let her long C, continue to do so, and help in smoothing away those bitternesses and misunderstand- ings that arose. In submitting the toast, he -coupled with it the names of Mr. S. Perks, Mr. W. Y. llargreaves and Dr. J. Humphry Williams. Mr. S. Perk6, responding, expressed ap- preciation of the honour oi his name being ,coupled with the toast, which lie took it was due to his having been a member of the 'Council since its initiation. Since he had been a member he had had courtesy and kindness extended towards him, and he de- sired to acknowledge it. He had on two occasions had the honour of holding the office of vice-chairman, but had declined the higher office. Proceeding, Mr. Perks re- ferred to the men who had distinguished the County Council by their connection with it in past years, and particularly referred to the late Mr. P. P. Pennant. Mr. W. Y. Ilargreaves, responding, said it was well to look back it gave them the chance of seeing things in their proper pro- portion. When he became a member of the County Council he decided everything done was wrong. Now, he was inclined to see that each party tried to do their best, and that being so he could not help feeling they had agreed better than 25 years ago. They had spent some money, they could not help it. Yet they had tried to do it with econo- my; they did not throw money away hand- ful by handful, though they found parish and district councils passing votes of cen- sure upon their dreadful extravagance upon roads, schools and everything else (laugh- ter). He felt he was speaking at a mutual admiration society—(laughter)—but, then, if "hey did not admire themselves no one else would (hear, hear, and laughter). He Loped the Council would long continue to work in t;) the way it was doing now. 0 EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Dr. J. H. Williams said they were there to admire themselves, and it was high time they had a holiday for that purpose (laugh- ter). There was nothing better to keep a man going in Cotiiit Council work than to give him a good ieed (loud laughter). It did a man good to be out for a day. I hey had the right to admire themselves. They could realise there had been good men on the County Council; they had done excel- lent work in the past, and they were excel- lent fellows to-day. They had lords and commons—with all due respect to the lords. As an ultra-Radical who could not leave Radicalism outside the County Council, he had regretted since Lord Kenyon had been called upon to leave them. They all ad- mired him and his presence in the chair struck an ambition in his (the speaker's) ttittd to oceupy that chair ae lie had occu- pied it. They had still Lord Mostyn, and he was sorry he was unable to be with them. They knew the excellent work and encouragement given the Council. They had in their immediate presence gentlemen they were all proud of. They had done ex- cellent work. They had an excellent educa- tion scheme, and he claimed they had worked it as quietly, sincerely, and as splendidly as any county in Wales, and they were proud of their educational develop- ment. They had also other schemes on hand, such as the Dee Navigation and the Mid-Flintshire Railway. If they differed as to details their intentions were to develop their native county. They were equal to it and would do it in spite of nil opposition. The speaker concluded amid uproarious laughter: "We have an excellent record, ex- cellent prospects, and we shall go on in the past as we have done in the future." Aid. R. Allen, vice-chairman of the Coun- cil, proposed the toast of their host—the Chairman of the County Council-in com- plimentary and congratulatory terms, and said since he had been on the Council he had found Mr. Gamlin a first-class colleague and a man of great ability and sound com- mon sense, and one whom they could re- spect and honour as their chief (hear, hear, and applause). He believed Alderman Gamlin's connection went back some 16 years, and in looking back their Chairman could look back on real useful service. He congratulated him on his splendid re- cord. In proposing his toast he might add that it was a sort of red letter day the an- niversary of his wedding (hear, heat). The toast was received with entlius:<.o cheers. Aid. Gamlin responded, saying it was one of the brightest moments of his life to have the County Councillors around him under such circumstances (hear, hear). The Coun- cil voted him in the chair with unanimity which lie looked upon as very high honour to him—an Englishman, though by 35 years' residence practically a naturalised Welsh- man for he looked oil Flintshire as his na- tive county (hear, hear). He had taken a deep interest in its affairs, and had always found the best of friendship in his associa- tion with the County Council (hear, hear). He referred to past chairmen, and mention- ed the chairmanship of the county member, Mr. Herbert Lewis. He also paid high tri- bute to the assistance he received from Mr. Tilby. the clerk to the Council. In conclu- sion, he thanked all present for the cordial way in which they had received the toast.

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