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Cynon Welsh Glee Singers. SUCCESSFUL BANQUET AT PENRHIW- CEIBEPv. A very successful banquet was held on Thursday evening at Messrs. Nixon's Work- men's Institute, under the auspices of the Cynon Welsh Glee Singers Society, and proved a most enjoyable event.' Councillor Evan Morris (presi- dent of the Society) presided, and was supported by Mr. Herbert George, solicitor (chairman), Councillor G. Rail, Messrs. John Pic ton ("Merthyr Express"), David R. Smith, John Rowlands, Thomas Davies, Daniel Sheppard, John Evans, (treasurer), Edward Williams and Stephen P. Davies (secretary). The caterer was Sir. Lewis II. Miles, Victoria-square, Aberdare, who was assisted by Mis3 Tamfcling, manageress, who catered in their vreil-knowfi style. Alter the removal of tho cloth a concert was held, when Mr. Herbert George (solicitor) pre- sided, and on the platform were Councillors E, vaa Morris and Geo. Hall, and Mr. Ben Dew, Lee Hotel, and others. In the course of his remarks, the chairman said that letters of apology had been received from Mx. Henry E. Long,C M.E. (agent Messrs. Nixon's Navigation Co.). Mr. F. W. Bell, M.E. (manager), and Mr. Thomas Jones, M.E. (under-manager Nixon's Cwm Cynon Collieries), and he regretted that, owing to being called away hurriedly, his father, Mr. Isaac George, The Grove, and his brother, Mr. W. B. George, Park Hotel, were unable to be present. He noticed by tho programme that item 2 was an address by the chairman. He would remind them that it was the duty of every chairman to be Lliei in his remarks, and to carry out his duty in. a. methodical way. He felt, however, that, he ought to digress just a Hi t}q from that rule, for he felt that he had some interest as Welshmen ought in the choir Welsh singing had made the president of a great Republic rise to a high pitch of enthusiasm. It had been listened to with admiration by the people of the great commonwealth the singing of their countrymen had made the name of Wales known and respected almost in all parts of the civilized world (applause). And in all walks cf life the Welshman was prominent, and this country had produced one who, however extreme his views were on certain subjects, and however severe was the pinch of his Budget, lie had by his pluck and ability, which nobody doubted, attained a great position in the political world, and his name would live as one who was one of the greatest practical politicians of his time. He (the chairman) would do his utmost for the cultivation of Welsh singing. It was a movement which God had endowed them with, and he hoped that the tour which the party intended to take in the South of England would be a successful one. He was delighted to como down to the scene of his childhood, where he had spent many happy days, and he would always do what was in his power to assist them if they would call upon him (cheers). The Party gave an excellent rendering of "The Destruction of Gaza," and was loudly applauded. Mr. E. R. James sang The Battle Morn." Mr. Odell Williams (eiosutipatft and winner of chair at Mountain Ash Eisteddfod) recited" Riellzi to the Romans," and was loudly encored; he afterwards recited Revolu- tion." Mr. Thomas Walton (tenor) sang "Old Madrid" in good style, and he is regarded as one of the best tenors of the party. Councillor George Hall, in a very appropriate speech, said he desired to thank the party for their kindness in inviting him to the banquet. Although the party had only been in existence three years they had always given their services gratuitously to the help of the sick and needy (cheers) and he was sure that their services were at the call of the inhabitants when needed. The success of the party was due to the unity of the members, and also to the great assistance rendered by Mr. Issac George, The Grove, and family (cheers). Sir. W. B. George, of the Park Hotel, had also generously placed his large club- room at their disposal.—A solo was rendered by Mr. William Davies (tenor), Johnny was a Soldier bold" (encored), and the party gave On the Ramparts," and, in response to an encore, sang Comrades in Arms," which was loudly applauded.—Councillor Evan Morris desired to endorse the remarks of Councillor Hall. He had always taken a keen interest in the party, and when he was approached by a deputation to take the presidency he consented at once, as the record of the party since its formation was a good oie. Individually and collectively they had done their best for the helpless, and he hoped the party would double their number and commence competing. The party were very fortunate in having such a secretary a3 Mr. Stephen P. Davies, who was a veteran in the musical world; and also in their conductor, Mr. Thos. J. Davies, A.C. He wished them every success.—-Sfr. John Evans (treasurer), in proposing a voto of thanks to Mr. George, said he wished to thank him and his kind rela- tives for the generous manner in which they had acted towards the choir (cheers). If it were not for the kindness of Mr. W. B. George tho party would not now be together; and the family had assisted and encouraged them in every way.—Mr. T. J. Davies (conductor) seconded. —A similar vote was accorded Councillors E. Morris, George Hall, Mr. B. Dew (Lee Hotel) and others. The singing of the Welsh National Anthem terminated one of the best concerts that has been held in the district for some years. —The pianist was Mr. E. T. jlames.—The bighcst praise is duo to the committee, of which Mr. W. B. George (Park Hotel) was chairman, and Messrs. John Evans (treasurer), T. J. Davies (conductor) and Stephen P. Davies (secretary), for the admirable manner in which the arrange- meats were carried out; also Mr. Lewis IL Miles and staff, Aberdare, for the tasteful way in which the tables were decorated. ,¿.

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