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Former Aberdare Doctor.

The Prudential's 1909 Figures.

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ABERDARE CYM RODORION. ST. DAVID'S BANQUET. FOSTERING THE NATIONAL SPIRIT. The third annual banquet of the Abardars Cymrodorion, held on Friday evening at the Higher Standard School, Gadlys, was a thor- ough success. Over 100 of the members and friends had accepted invitations to the gather- ing. Owing to the critical situation of affairs in the House of Commons, tho guest of tho evening, Mr. W. Llewelyn Williams, M.P., and Sir. Edgar Jones, M.P., were unable to be present. Many of the guests wore distinctively Welsh costumes, and they were all pre-rented on arriving by Mrs. D. M. Richards with a leek, in honour of the Patron Saint. The chair was occupied by Mr. D. M. Richards (Myfyr Dar), th 3 president for the year, and he was supported on the cross table by the Revs. R. J. Jones, M.A., John Morgan, Bryrision (ex-presi- dents) Rev. J. R. Dewi Williams, B.A. (vice- president) Mrs. J. Morgan Mrs. D. M. Rich- ards; Miss Edwards, Bromestyn-terrace, Ab" dare; Miss Eiiir Evans, Cardiff; Mr. R. M- ward; James, Cardiff, deputy clerk to the Mer- thyr Magistrates; Dr. Arthur T. Jones, Moun- tain Ash; Councillor Isaac Edwards, Dowlais; Mr. A. T. James, solicitor, Glyndwr Villa, Mountain Ash; Councillor Wilham Thomas, High Constable. Among others present were: —Messrs. John Davies and Henry Voyd (Ab Hevin), secretaries; John Griffiths, Park Schools, treasurer; Eynon Davies; Miss Mor- fydd Davies; Mr. Ben Davies, Tanybryn- street; Mr. Watkin Davies; Mr. John Davies (Glan Dubis); Mis." Gwersyll Davies, Bron- iestyn; Mr. D. Davies, Oxford-street; Miss Gwen Davies, Tanybryn-street; Mr. W. Da- vios, Kingsburv-place, idwydcoed; Mr. R. R. Davies, Penybryn, Cwmaman; Mr. H. H. Evans, M.E., Bwlifa; Mr. Morgan Evans (Pen- cerdd Melite); Miss E. Evans, 11, Trofor-street; Mr. D. R. Griffiths, Pantslas; Mrs. J. Grif- fiths, Park School House; Mr. T. Marchant Harries, 11, Glan-road; Councillor Morgan J. Harries, Greenhill, Trecynon; County Council- lor David Hughes, Clifton-street; Mr. James Hughes, Graig-street; Rev. D. Hopkins, Nodd- fa; Miss Jones, Broniestyn; Mr. T. Morgan Jones, Commeroo House; Mr. J. Jones, 6, Agent's-row, Abernant; Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Hughes Jones, Haulfryn, Cwmbach; Mr. Jas. James, 101, Jubilee-road, Aberaman; Miss Bur- ton, Commerce House; Miss Bronwen Edwards, Commerce House; Mr. M. T. Jenkins, 63, Pembroke-street; Mr. John Jones, 45, Oxford- street; Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A.; Mr. D. J Jones, 29, Hirwain road; Mrs. E. Jones (Glyndwr), Llewelyn-street, Trecynon; Mr. W. T. James, Llwydcoed; "Eryr Llwyd," Llwyd- cced; Miss L. M. Jones, Babell, Tanybrvn- street; Miss M. M. Jones, la, Bell-street, Tre- cynon Mr. L'.ewelivn Jones, Cwmaman Mrs. Hen ry Lloyd, Glo'ster-street-; Mr. John Lewis, Neville-terrace; Mr. D. R. Llewelyn. Fairfield; Mrs. Morgan, 38, Bslle Vue, Trecynon; Mr. D. Morris, 7, Horeb-t?rrace, Llwydcoed: Mr. D. Morris, 43, Bronie;tvn-terrace; Mr. and Mr; H. T. Morgan; Master Taliesyn Merfyn Mor- gan, and Miss Nancy Morgan, Canal Head, Aberdare; Mr. George Powell. 37, Gio'ster- straet: Mr. W. J. Phillips. 10, Pleasant Viw; Mr. W. Pugh, "Leader" Office; Miss Phillips, Park School: Mr. John Price. 21, Tregibbon, Llwydcoed; Mr. R. R. Price, High-street; Mr. T. Pross-er, Llwydcoed; Mr. Aubrey Roberts. County School;*Mr. Rees, "Ynyslwyd: House; Rev. J. T. Rhys, Godreaman; Mr. J. Rees, 10, Miners-row. Llwydcoed; Mr. D. O. Roberts, Cwmdare; Dr. M. J. Rees, Medical Officer of Health Mr. Evan Thomas, 53, Gad. lys-street; Mr. David Thomas. 36, Glo'=ter-st.; Mr. and Mrs. T. Thomas. 27, Bridge-road, Robertstown; Mr. W. E. Thomas, 6, Mount Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. D. Williams, B'.aen- gwawr; Mr. and Mrs. E. Ogwen Williams, "Gwersyllt": Mr. L. N. William;, J.P.. Cae- coed Mr. W. R. William" B.Sc., B-yndar; Mr. Lewis Williams, Railway Restaurant; 1\17. D. J. Williams, 5, Glan-road; Mr. Williams, 23, Penydarren-street; Mr. Thomas Williams, 52. Gadlvs-road; Mr. T. J. Williams, Cwm- tiJlMY; Mr. T. Thomas, Stuart-street; Mr. John I--a.ic; M •Tames Jones, Harriet-street; Mr. Thomas Jones, 14, Moss-row, Ab?rnant; Mr. W. H. Roberts, Abernant; Mr. J. Bosher, Brondeg. superintendent of the Prudential As- surance Company Miss Bronwen Griffiths. Park School House; Mis; Bessie Evans; 1r. E. H. Evans; Miss Jennie Richard' Wmailt; Miss L. Morgan r Mi-s May Thoma", Stuart-street; Miss A. M. Williams, Jubile.e-To.HI; Mi;s Emily Williams, Ynyslwyd School; Master Daniel Trefor Jenkins: Miss Williams, Mountain Ash County School; Miss John, Mountain Ash County School; Miss John, Bell-street, Tre- cynon; Mies M. John: Miss Jones, Gwersyllt; Mr. Morgan John. Presvylfa, Aberdare; Mr. R. Lewis, Miss Nancy Edwards. Cwmdare; Mr. J. JamAs Lewis, Cwmaman. The catering was entrusted to Messrs. Miles and Son, and was admirably carried out. Grace having been said by the Vice-president, ampie justice was done to the good things pro- vided, and at the close of the dinner, the loyal toast was propos?d from the chair, and drunk with musical honours. The President then read letters and tele- grams regretting their inability to be present from the members of Parliament already re- ferred to, and the following in Welsh from Alderman D. W. Jones, of Merthyr:— "Drwg genyf analluog fod gyda chwi i goffhau yr wyl genedlaethol. Dymuniadau goreu.—D. W. Jones." Telegrams were also read from the Rev. T. Jesse Jones, Rector of Gellygaer; Mr. F. T. James, Mayor of Merthyr; Mr. D. Myrddin Williams, Pontypridd; Mr. David James (Defynnog), Treherbert; Dr. E. P. Evans, J.P., Mountain Ash-all wishing success to the gathering. WELSH CHARACTERISTICS. After a harp solo by Mr. Taliesyn Merfyn Morgan, the harpist to the Society, and the prize-winnor at the London National Eistedd- fod, in very fine style, Dr. Arthur T. Jones. Mountain Ash. proposed the toast, "Our Re- ligious and Civil Institutions." Every nation, he said, had its own uliarities and its own idiosyncrasies. Wales was noted for ii; relig- ious sentiment and its patriotism (applause). Their religious leaders were known throughout the world. Wales had also its leaders in the civil world of whom it was proud. The Chan- cellor of the Exchqu-er-(loud app:au)-and iho Solicitor-General were examples (hear, hear). Other nations, however, might boast of their military and naval achievements, but Wales boasted of its spiritual leaders and work- ers, and it wa? the spiritual powers that would ultimately prevail. In Wales they had to-day a well-nigh perfect system of education, but it was to its religion he looked for the real ad- vance of the country (hear, hear). It was for that reason that Welshmen looked with such pride to their Patron Saint, who represented their national, and religious aspirations (hear, hear). A solo by Mr. D. 0. Roberts, Cwmdare, fol- lowed, Miss Edwards, Broniestyn-street, acting as accompanist, after which the Rev. J. Mor- san, Bryn-jon. responded on behalf of the re- ligious in1 |:uiions of Wales. Having referred to th-e lco'ftvs of Wale? in tho past, he said it. was its r<NiU.n that had brought WIlles to the front a.s the land of revivals and the land of white gloves (loud app'auseV It was Christian- ity that had created the almshouses, hospitals, asylums, deaf and dumb and blind institutions which covered this country, and they were all but imitations of what the Master himself had don. (loud applause). Wales had "en leaven- ed with the religion of Jesus Christ. It was the land of the Sunday School, of the Band of Hope, and rhe Eisteddfod, and one of the pro- ducts of those institutions was our Member of Parliament (loud applause). Councillor William Thomas, High Constable, apologising that he was compelled to respond in English, referred to the way in which the representative; of Aberdare on the various local governing bodies did their dunes. They were all anxious to mako Abardare better and cleaner, and more worthy of itself, having at the same time due regard to economy (loud ap- plause). Their one obj ect was to do their duty to the electors, and he thanked them heartily, on behalf of all the members of the various gov- erning bodies, for the way in which they had ceived that toast (hear, hear). Miss Eiiir Evans, of Cardiff, then rendered a solo in excellent style. "DEWI SANT." The toast of the evening was given by the Vice-president (R?v. J. R. Dewi Williams), who expressed his regret that the gentleman who had intended to propose that toast had failed to turn up. It was only during the day that a wire had been received from the Rector of Gellvgaer intimating his inability to be present, and he was pressed by the Chairman to fill the gap. He was not going to speak much of the history of St. David. Many pretty stories had gathered around the saint, and it was difficult to know how far thoee legends were ixu. He would remind them, however, that all tradi- tions had a modicum of underlying truth (hear, hear). They were at least emblems of his teaching, his work, and his character (ap- plause). Three traits were very plainly indi- cated in all the histories of his hie. The first was his piety. This he demonstrated as a stu- dent, a monk. and a bi-hop. He had the root of matter in him. Jesus Christ was the foun- dation of his character. The second trait was his patriotism, his love of his country, and his missionary spirit. He was on fire to convert his people to the truth of Christianity, and Ins zeal extended not only throughout Wales but I to other countries. There were to-day numer- ous churches dedicated to St. David in Ireland, Britiany, and England, which were, doubtless, established by him. sneaker then drew a I graphic picture of St. David as a preacher, and also quoted the description of his charity given by Giraldus in his Itinerary. Another trait in his character was his love for the simple life. He was the apostle of "pJain living and high thinking" (hear, hear). In these various char- acteristic", he uregd all those who to-day vener- ated his name, to imitate the Patron Saint. Let them drink more and more of his spirit, lemembering that they were ail called to be sainfs, and thus make their lives worthy of that caillng (loud applause). The toast having been drunk. Mr. Henry I.:ord 'fAb Hevir.) recited a oi '"eng- iyiitc; -to the .late "CrnfTydcl pyisjd," the j President,' ttr/d :CJV-R.J. J ones v:;e urst- prss:- i denti. P. or- -•> • rer* W M i T. J. Cv, » B' llfa; Mi", ti. v.V.a:*ynt; and T. J. Howell; l: w. ,t:. fyej I specimens of pennillion 6inging were given by Mr. Llewelyn Jones, Cwmaman, Mr. Taliesyn M Morgan accompanying on the harp; and Mr. H. H. Evans. BwUfa, accompanied by Mr. D. 0. Roberts, Cwmdare, on the pianoforte. Miss Burton then sang the solo, "Gwalia Dlos," with fine effect; and a recitation, "Carwn ein Gwlad," was given by Miss Bronwen Edwards. WHAT WELSHMEN LACK. Mr. R. Edwards James, solicitor, of Cardiff, then proposed "Cymrodorion Aberdar," and said that such societies were intended to main- tain the national characteristics of Wales. There was room in the world for those charac- teristics (loud applause). Welshmen were full of the imaginative fesling, and were easily in- fluenced. Renan, referring to U3, had said that Welsh men were a great nation thirsting for the infinite (applause). Th?re were some things, however, which they might learn from the more phlegmatic Saxon. They missed some- thing which he had. The fact was that Welsh- men laclccd in the scicntific spirit. They were too ready to ignore facts and at times to get round them (laughter and applause). Thought, whether it was seen or not, always worked out into action. Every thought had its effect, and the best thoughts of Wales were influencing other nations. Psychology had now made it clear that every thought had its corresponding action. He then paid a high tribute to some of the men of Aberdare. They had some of them in Cardiff, such as "Ifano," the Rev. n. R. Roberts, and others he might name. Being himself a Ca.rdi, the only criticism he could offer on "Cymrodorion Aberdar" was that they had too many 'Cardis" at the helm (laughter). A beautiful selection on the harp was then rendered by Miss Nancy Morgan. Mr. D. M. Richards, in returning thanks, re- ferred to the work done by the Cymrodorion during the past three years. They were very I fortunate, he said, in having as their first president the most learned antiquarian in the valley—(cheers)—and during his year of office, some excellent work was done. The second year, in addition to tho fine and philosophic address of their second president, they had a series of excellent meetings, as well as a num- ber of excursions to places of note in and around the parish. This year, too, they had had very interesting papers and lectures. They had, however, other matters deserving their attention. He was very anxious" that more should be done to keep on record everything connected with Aberdare. He pointed out that the Committee of the Aberdare Free Library had set apart a bookcase for books, pamphlets, etc., printed in Aberdare, or relating to the town, o- written by Aberdarians. Members of that Society could do much to make such book- complete. Who among them possessed the programme of the National Eisteddfod of 1861, which was held in Aberdare, or those of the Carw Coch Eisteddfodau? If they had such papers, he urged them to place them in safety in the Centre Free Library, where they could be utilised by the future historian of Aberdare (hear, hear). They should also remember that the programme of to-day would become scarce in fifiy years to come, and should see that they were now placed in the Free Library. He made an earnest appeal in t.his matter to all who were secretaries of societies, singing fes- tivals, eisteddfodau. etc., not forgetting the secretaries of that Society. He also urged the need of keeping, and if possible printing, tho reports of some of the excellent papers read at that Society, such as that on "The Bibliography of Aberdare," by the Rev. J. Tudor, and that of "Iwtl.n Goch" on "Some of the Old Aber- darians." The objects of tho Society as laid down wer" broad, and he suggested that those dealing with the arrangements for study, etc., might have more attention devoted to them. This, of course, required a larger income than the Society at prefent possessed, and he ven- tured to appeal to the richer members to help (applause). The Rev. R. J. Jones, M.A., also responded, and paid a very high tribute to the Vioe- president for his excellent address on "Dewi Sant." The address, he said, was very sym- pathetic. Dewi was a Roman Catholic, but he (the speaker) believed in his religion, although he d'd not agree with his theology. He also hoped that the suggestions made by the Presi- dent would bo carried out. He hoped the various denominations would see to it that their own records were thus retained from year to year. He also referred to the importance of such societies as that to keep up the language (hear, har). OTHER TOASTS. Mr. E. Ogwen Williams briefly proposed "The Visitors," and said that although they had been disappointed in certain persons, they had been favoured by a very fine array of visitors. Mr. A. T. James, solicitor, in responding, said that although so late, he hoped that some time the last might become first (laughter). There was a strange touch to the word "visit- or," but thatf was not the case that evening. It was rather a pleasant meeting of brethren (hear, hear). They were one family, and in view of the success of that gathering, he and Dr. Jones were determined to get a like Society in Mountain Ash, to which they would invite their hosts of that evening to come and help them (loud applause). ). He again thanked them for their cordiality. Mr. T. J. Williams, Cwmtillery, said he was hardly a visitor; he was a son coming home, and he thanked them for the warmth of their welcome. He was delighted to see the growth of the national spirit in Wales. More meetings of that kind had been held that year than had ever been held bforo (hear, hear). He looked forward to the time when other nations would be sending their children to Wales to be educat- ed (hear, hear). The emblem of Wales, the leek, was peculiar. It had a meaning in it. It was an evergreen, whereas the rose, the thistle, and the shamrock were but for a time—(hear, hear)—and it was also useful (loud applause). "Hen Wad fy Nhadau" was then sung, to the accompaniment of the harp, and a most enjoyable meeting was brought to a close. The members are deeply indebted to Mr. J. Wig- ley. the caretaker, for his kindness in making such excellent arrangements.


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