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BARRY MASTER BUILDERS' BANQUET. A CONVIVIAL RE-UNION. The Barry Master Builders' Association held their annual dinner on Tuesday evening under propitious auspices at the Windsor Hotel. There were about 60 persons present, the ohair being occupied by Mr Hopkins, tlie president, who was supporr/ d by Mr Edward Phillips, ex- president; Mr G. Rendall, vice-president; Messrs W. Et Knupinan, architect; Henton, Metropolitan Ijiank A. Owen, E. F. Richards, architect; J. Row Ie rlge, Harding, J. Prout, hon. secretary; W. Phillips, steam joinery works; G. W. Boucher, Dinas Powis; G. W. Travers, H. R. Paul, J. Paul, W. Seward, Dinas Powis; T. Westacott, Newport; J. H. Jones, Cadoxton; G. Motton, 0. H. Hirst, IW. Jones, E. Jones, and J. Jones, (Jones Bros), lAlban Richards, jun., Harrington, Browning, Lewis, and Ellis, Cardiff; W. Saunders, Trades' Council; O. H. Jones, H. L. Jones; F. Biss, A. H. Bletso, W. M. Davies, South Wales Daily News, &c. while telegrams regretting their inability to be present were read from Mr G. Rutter and Mr J. Lowdon, J.P. THE QUEEN." The toast of The Queen and Royal Family," given by the President, was honoured by the singing of "God Save the Queen." OUR FORCES. Mr Westacott, who gave the toast of "The Army, Navy, and Reserve Ferces," in the course of his remarks, expressed himself, as a Volun- teer, very pleased that this branch of the service would be given an opportunity of showing their power and efficiency in connection with the present Transvaal campaign. As a Volunteer of 18 years standing, he was also glad to find that at Newport such ready response was given to the oall to arms by members of the various companies in the town, over 60 of whom had given in their names. The situation entailed a great strain upon their national armaments; but there was no doubt that they would prevail against their South African foes. If wanted. be was one ready and willing to go and fight for his Queen and country. (Cheers). Mr G. W. Boucher, in responding to the toast, felt pioud that the soldiers in the Trans- vaal were doing their best, and had not on a single occasion shown the white feather. It had been stated that there had been some re- verses during that past week, and that the generals in command had not been, given all their own way. Some people persisted in say- ing, too, that they were making mistakes; but even if there some slight errors, the difficulties to encounter had been many and great. The effect bad been to fully awaken the British spirit and enkindle greater enthusiasm, and by this means they hoped to mete out to the Boers equal punishment and come out victors at the finish. (Applause.) These repulses would prove equal to victories under certain circum- stances. because they were the means of weakening the power of the enemy, who had nothing in store. (Cheers.) Mr F. Biss then gave a comic song, entitled It'll take a lot of that to upset me." THE ASSOCIATION. Mr W. E. Knapman gave the toast Success to the Barry Master Builders' Associlttion," and claimed that the prosperity of the district was largely due to their efforts. If it were not for the houses they had built, where (he asked) would the district be ? The members have given a considerable amount of thought to the work they had accomplished, and with respect to sanitation, he eonsidered, their houses perfect. The Association had been in existence for the past three years, and during that time they had secured a membership of 30, which was eminently satisfactory. With regard to their bye-laws, he was fully acquainted with them. They appeared very reasonable between master and man, but there was one rula that was detrimental to the Association itself. He was not going to point this out, because it may give; rise to discussion, but it would be a very un- wise action to have it altered. (Cheers.) The President, in replying to the toast, de- clared that they had their wars now and again, and even now bad notices from all trades for more wages and less hours ef work. Person- ally, he did not knew whether they could see anything in the present circumstances that justified this request; but when the time was up he hoped they would be able to amicably arrange their differences. The only way to do that was to meet often and discuss matters fully and fairly. (Applause.) Mr Randell, the vice-president, who also replied, said that they had bad a few differ- ences, and came out of them satisfactorily at the finish. He hoped they would always continue to do so. Mr Henton then sang an appreciative song. OVER THE COALS. Mr W. Phillips gave in a lengthy speech the toast of the "Public Bodies," and claimed as 15 ratepayers that they had a right to criticise these public bodies, and wished to mention to any members that they were to act as repre- sentatives in the public service to administer and manage the affairs of the town. (Hear, hear.) Only last week he saw that the School Board, in giving a very large order for the furnishing of the Hannah-street Schools, had done so through one member, who had to do the whole business. Where were the other members ? If it was election time they were everywhere, but when it came to a matter of business one man turned up to give out an important order and the ratepayers would have to pay for it. Those who had to pay the bill, therefore, had the right to criticise the manage- ment and doings of these people, and if they did not do the business properly, they should be turned out next time. (Hear, hear, and applause.) Then there was the Urban District Council. He approached this august body with fear and trembling. (Laughter.) Ah, yes, before the members get in that Council you can hear them roar about reform, and are going to get at the bottom and uproot the whole tree, and turn everything topsy-turvy. They all knew of the muzzling order now in force. It was the same with these members. They barked and growled before being elected, but once elected they had the muzzling order put on. (Applause, and hear, hear.) Before they get there they say: I'll save the ratepayers' money." After they get in they are tamed down. (Laughter.) He did not know the reason, but they were all silent once they got there. While not wishing to reflect on anyone, hs claimed that the ratepayers expected their representatives to do their duty. The work of the town was so important that it required sober, serious thought, but some of them quickly voted for the expenditure of £ 8,000 or £ 10,000, while in their own business they were pretty careful ever JEM or £ 60. (Hear, hear.) The speaker then cond- mued the policy of putting the public abattoir and the refuse destructor in the centre of a rapidly growing district. If proper foresight bad been exercised Gladstone-road would never have cost what it was going to, and if £ 9,000 could be saved in a week by the exercise of sound judgment and a little deliberation, what might they not have done in other cases. Then, what of the power generated by the refuse destructor. Were the Council going to make sugar or jam out of it ? (Laughter.) If they couldn't get these, they could get electricity out of it, instead of allowing all the power to waste. On tht- Council they always bad one or two who remained trUtt to certain causes, and these should not be for- gotton, especially seeing what these Councillors had to contend with in the opposition of those cursed syndicates. (Cheers.) They wanted on the Council some of their best bailders. Cardiff had been made of such men as Alderman David Jones, Alderman Daniel Jones, and Mr William Alexanders, a d it was only possible for Barry to be placed on a sound footing by having the judgment of practical men exercised on its behalf In conclusion, he expressed the hope that the Councillors would be more care- ful in spending ratepayers' money, and that while going in for progress, efficiency, and utility should not forget economy. (Cheers.) The toast was drunk heartily and responded to. Miss Clarissa Hobbs, a prime favourite at local functions, and the possessor of a sweet and pretty voice, sung a pleasing song in quite her usual style. THE TOWN AND THE TRADE. Mr W. H. Hooper replied to this toast, and in the course of some appropriate remarks, said he felt pleased that local tradesmen were awakening to the necessity of supplying every- thing required by the building trade in the district, instead of sending them elsewhere. (Cheers.) Mr Hobbs, the genial manager of the hotel, then sang Genevieve," after which Mr H. R. Paul gave the toast of The-Press," which was responded to by Mr W. M. Davies, of the South Wales Daily News. Mr F. Paul followed with a song, and' Mr Froom, in appropriate terms, gave the toast of '■ The Barry Railway Company." Mr James, stationmaster, Cadox- ton, made a suitable response.—Mr Edward Phillips then gave the toast of The Host and Hostess," and Mr Hobbs, in responding, made the satisfactory announcement that all the choice things enjoyed that evening had been supplied locally.—Mr F. Biss sung another comic song—" They're all fine girls,' and Mr A. H. Bletso, by special request, gave the old time favourite, "Brown, upside down," with acrobatic accompaniment. Votes of thanks to the President, the Secretary (Mr J. Prout), and Mr Rees Jones for his services as accompanist, were tendered before the pro- ceedings terminated with the rendering of God Save the Queen."