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LLANSAWEL. PRESENTATION TO THE MAYOR.—In the annals of Llansawel, Tuesday (27th ult.), will be a red-letter day, as it marktl an epoch in the history of this ancient town, when its first mayor our dis- tinguiubed townsman—Alderman Myles-Jones was presented and publicly invested with his official robes and other paraphernalia appertaining to the office of mayor. The corporation of Llansawellike every other corporation in its infancy, being a little wanl ing in the method of procedure, hence all the j araphernalia belonging to the office was not ready for Alderman Myles-Jones when coming into office. Now that everything has been set right, we will not grumble. We cannot hide the pleasure it gave us to.see Mayor Myles-Jones' magnificent figure in the civic robe on the evening of the 27th ult., when he made his first appeariince officially, by promenading the town, accompanied by the aldermen, macebearer, &c., when lie was received with great cheers and expression of respect in every part of the town. Man and beast seemed to vie in giving honour to one to whom honour is due. It grieves us that while the mayor and his colleagues were proceeding along Marlais-strcet, they met with a little unpleasant interruption near the Black Lion Hotel and near Penj bont, but matters were soon put right again, and the rest of the journey was an unbroken course of manifestations of loyalty to the powers that be." On the same evening a meeting was convened at 3 the Town-hall on the occasion of investing he mayor with his official robes. On the pioposition of Mr Davies, Tyjycwui, Mr D. B. Evans, Church- terrace, was voted to the chair, Mr Morris seconding.—Mr Evans, in opening the proceedings said: Mr Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen, and fellow townspeople, I feel it an honour to preside at this meeting to-night, on such an important occasion, viz., the presentation of the maj'orial robe to my fellow townsman, Alderman Myles-Jones. We ought all to be thankful that we have such a distinguished mayor in every sense of the word (hear, hear). One important element in his character is self-denial and attention to details. Differing from the mayors of great towns generally, he stoops down from his lofty position to attend and see that improvements are effected in the most isolated parts of the town (applause). He has done great anJ noble service in that way. I have much pleasure in calling upon Miss Williams, Post Office, to invest the mayor with tho robe. This was done amid tremendous applause, which continued for a long time. The chairman then called upon the mayor to address the audience, to say what he promised to do for us in the future, and he said Mr Chairman, ladies and gentleiiiei), and townspeople, I thank you very much for the honour you have conferred upon uie. The chair- man has touched upon what I have done for this town in the way of improving its sanitary condition. Allow me to remind you that I have done more than that for this town. I mean by improving it intellectually, I have cultivated people's minds. Through my instrumentality, with your co-operation afterwards, was the Welsh library started. I need not remind you of my efforts in another direction that of having a supply of pure water to this town, which has been achieved, despite many difficulties. I thank you all for your kind co-operation in this and iu other matters. The colour of this robe, scarlet, is a sign of btttlc-of fighting. I b.aro fought in the past, for many a cause, and I must fight again, friends (applause). I mean, we must have this town better lighted in the nights, by fixing lamn-posts here and there in the main streets (hear, hear, and applause). I will do my utmost again for this cause (applause). Once again I thank you for snbscrib- 1 11 you for s,ibs(;rib. ing so handsomely towards having this robe for me. Thank you all (hear, hear, and loud and pro- longed applause) during which the chairman made a few witty remarks, and called upon Mr Morris to address the meeting.—Mr Mcrris said 1 am glad to be present here to-night on such an auspicious event. We have been long enough without a mayor, and previous to to-night it was here an office without dignity of official robes. Our worthv mayor has fought much for rights—he is an old veteran. The mayorial robe, reaching down to the floor, shows that he is all there in office, not a part of him, but the whole of his energetic soul in the office. He has done much for this town and dis- trict, and I feel confident ho wili do more afrain. He iq the man for its. If he will act in the future as in the past, the mayoralty will never be taken from him (hear, hear). Mr Mori 1*3 then read out some very humorous lines of poetry, which he had composed expressly for the oc asion. — Mr Richards was next called to speak, and said: This is the first time for me to have the pleasure of seein-* our respected mayor in his official clothes. Seein, hill] at first I was a little frightened, but recognised him as the mayor. He always looked handsome bat he is more so now. We ought to be proud of one who has done so much for us, and I am sure all of you are glad to see him thus In hij robe as he should be. I conclude by wishing him a lOll" life to devote his good services to the town (hear tear). The chairman then called upon Mr ttees James, an old inhabitant, to address the meeting. He s:iid I remember this town as it was 50 years a-o. Since then it his greatly changed. Otir dis,i!,g iisliecl mayor has done a great deal to improve its con- dition. He has striven and fought much for these improvements, and has been blamed by some in consequence. But we must fight, as there are so many enemies about (hear, hear). Through his instrumentality the well was repaired, thereby ensuring for us a supply of pure water. I am not much of a speaker, but I always try to say what I feel. I hope our worthy mayor wilfbo as energetic in the future as in the past, and that ho wilf not rest until be has scon lamps fixed iu the streets of this town (hear, hear), as wo old people feel this want, especially on dark nights. In my OlIn ex- perience I have knocked against many a stwmpyn while proceeding along the streets in the night. The speaker concluded by wisLiuo- the mayor, a long and prosperous life. At this s., of the proceedings, the chairman humourously' re- mnrbnrl fhnt. thA mnvni* 'In.rII; ..—j" nee(i ot t wife, so that we may have a mayoress as well. He ought to look for one now, but the difficulty is iu choosing" (hear, hear, aud laughter). Mr Williams, Penybont, was the next speaker called and spoke something to this effect: Allow me tn say a few words, thoug-h ic will be a. poor speech I shall give you. as I am not much of a speaker I am very happy to see my Mlow townsman thus hononred. Indeed, I do not know how my I cart can hot.! tho happiness which fill" it to-niht. Our worthy mayor has been the makin"- of this town (hear, hear). I can seethe bloom of health in the face^ of all my fellow townspeople. What accounts for (hat ? Why, the supply of pure water which lie has obtained for us by repairing the well and its environments. I am glad to sec bun in his mayorial robe. Like the Ephesian of old I am inc'ined to say to him as they said of their own goodness, "Mawr yw Diana yr Ephesiaid (laughter and applause). He has set us a nCihle example to follow, by doing, and not saying only. The long robe he wears now is an emblem, showing that ho will devote 11.11 his energies to the duties of the office, its colour red, signifying as another speaker has said, much fighting. Our mayor has a strong will and a strong arm,and he will again in the future as in the past, fight for the rights and privileges of this town (applause).— Mr"Watkin Davies A good man needs no praise. Here we have the right man in the right place (hear, hear) His life-work is to go about doing good. He met with no opposition this afternoon when promenad- ing the town, only at one or two insignificant places (hear, hear, and laughter). Mr Evan Evans: I am desirous of acknowledging the great mark our mayor has done in bringing about im- provemente in the roads of our town. Even horses I have benefited thus by his elevation to office (laughter and applause). As to the projected lighting up of the town, I think we do not all as young people commend this, for we like dark corners sometimes (laughter). The mayor has also given us a well of water that will never dry up! (hear, hear). Mr David: The mayor looks magnificent. It is a great thing to have a man, who is a man in every sense of the word. You have all referred to the nuisances he has removed, therefore, I will be silent on that point. I feel proud of the honour which I received of accompany- ing him through the town this afternoon. Never had such an bonour before.—The Mayor was then Called to address the meeting, and briefly said something to this effect: I thank you all for your orderly behaviour to-night, and to those who have laboured to bring these thiugs about (applause). Mr Williams, Penybont: I rise to propose a vote of thanks to the chairman for presiding, and to those who have been instrumental in getting the mayoiial robe, &c. Mr Morris I beg to second the proposition. One word with regard to the robe. There is no need to praise the sun, so with this robe, it praises itself. I hope Mr Myles- Jones will not change with his elevation as man is apt to, but that he will be as good a mayor as he was before as a citizen (great applause). Mr Watkin Davies then spoke in support of the vote of thanks to the chairman, who then, in a few words, thanked the audience for being so orderly, and called upon the mapor to close the rueeliug with a speech.- The Mayor then, in a few eloquent words, promised to make Llansawel the best town in South Wales, in an artistic and educational sense. He did not intend to sit still," but would strive for the welfare of all, and wished to see all the citizens of the town prospering, and through their co-operation everything would improve. After thanking all, he sat down amidst Joud and pro- longed applause.—The Chairman now called upon 14 Mr Melindwr Davies to close the enjoyable meet- lngbysmging-Hen wlad fy Nhadau," which he did in his best style, the audience joining in the chorup. We ought to mention that Ilr Davies, Tynycwm, and Mr T. A. Williams, Post Office, were the prime movers in getting the robes, and they deserve the greatest praise for looking after the dignity of their native town.




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