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Aberdare Young Liberals.

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Aberdare Chamber of Trade. FIRST ANNUAL BANQUET. INTERESTING SPEECHES. A successful banq\lt was arranged by the Aberdare Chamber of Trade on Thursday even- ing at the Boot Hotel. Host and Hostess Hughes provided a most sumptuous repast, to which those present did ample justice. The chair occupied by Mr. Illtyd Williams, the retiring president of the Chamber, who was supported by Mr. Thomas Lloyd, the president Mr. T. W. Griffiths, solicitor, hon. secretary; W. Thomas, High Constable; Ccun. F. Sydney Simons. Merthyr; Coun. Isaac Ed- wards, Ir. A. J. Howfleld, Mer- thyr; Mr. J. Owen Jones, president of the Mid-Rhondda Cbnnber of Commerce; Mr. T. L!oyd Evans, Newport, etc. Among those present were Messrs. A. Lea. E. D. Lewis (Aberaman), C. M. Lewis, Thomas Lloyd (jun.), W. R. Morgan (solicitor, Aberdare), W. D. Morris, R. D. Williams (Caecoed), /A. J. Pros- per, A. J. Paddock. David Phillips. Henry Powell, Stuart Powell, A. S. Plcace, D. M. Richards. J. L. Rowlands, George Thomas, E. Ruther, T. Roberts (Abornman), C. Reed, J. Roderick (builder), G. W. Ruck, ,1. E. Sbden, W. Owen (Industrial School). A. StrusMicrs, J. E. Thomas. G. A. Treharne, C.C.. Isaac E. Thomas (Aberaman), Alec S. Cameron (archi- tect), Prance Williams. D. W. Williams. Mor- an Watkins, J. Williams, Hy. Williams. Emlyn Morris, W. R. Morris, J. Davio.s. E. Evans, W. T. Evans, J. Evans, T. E. Smith. W. Oxenham. John Williams. John Rees R. H. Moi'es, E. Emrys Evans, W. II. Flocks. J. Pnrfitt (Aberaman), E. D. Jones, J. Lewis, D. Morris Powell. Ebcn Powell, C. R. Vicary. J. McCormack. J. Beswick. Coun. D. Tyssul Da- vies, W. Thomas (Llangeitho. Newport). Ar- thur Bowen, J. Lane. David Hughes. C.C.. J. Bick, F. G. Burge. W. Caunt, D. E. Davies. John Davies. Ivor Davies. Major W. D. Phil- lips (solicitor). W. Kensholo (solicitor), J. A. Evans, Fred D. E. Gcorrre undertakers), J. M. Evans, C. W. Bowles (Hirwain). Morpan J. Harries. C.C., F. Hodges, A. E. Karmston, J. C. Harmston, J E. F Hodges, F. W. HajJ. D. Rees Jones. E. J. Hughes (solicitor), J. Com- loy (Llwydcoed), Ieuan Davies, D. R. Griffiths, etc. Letters of apology and regret for iheir In- "bilitv to be present were read from Sir W. T. Lewis. Bart., Messrs. Lewis N. Williams, J.P. (Caecoed), Rees I.lewclyn, J.P. (Bwllfal. J. G. Rees (president of the Federation of Chambers of Trade). F. W Marnier (Olanynvs), .T. Llew- elyn Smith (architect, Pa>-k-!ane). W F. Parry de Win^on, G. J. Tuckfield, and W. Rees Ed- munds (solicitor. Mcrthyr). During the dinner a choice slection of music was rendered by Mr. D. Fred Davies s strong band, composed of the following: Messrs. D. Fred Davies, piano: D. J. Maddox. F.V.C.M.. violin; Levi Morris, clarionet: T. Lawrence, flute; W. J. Jones 'cello, and Tom Davies, viola. At the postprandial proceedings the president proposed "The King" in a felicitous speech, and the same was drunk with musical honours. VERY COMPLIMENTARY. Mr. T. Lloyd Evans. of Newport, then pro- posed "Tbe Town and Trade of Aberdare." He said he had always looked upon Aberdare as the fnirest city up the bills-(applausc)-and all those who came in contact with him had a good word to say of the town. In the course of an eloquent address, he dealt with the past his- tory of Aberdare. From Norman days, he said, it had been the battlefield for some of the most momentous contests, and the men of the present day were worthy of their sires. Mr. W. Thomas, High Constable of Miskin Higher, thanked Mr. Evans for his very flatter- ing remarks. They were all. as Aberdarians, he said, very proud of the compliment he had paid them, and the town they loved so much. He referred to the cloud which hung over the hori- zon in the coalfield, but expressed a strong hope that it would pass away. and that those who wore at the helm on both sides would exercise great wisdom. Mr. C. M. Lewis. L. &, P. Ba.nk, in respond- ing. paid a very high tribute to the Local Board of Health, the District Council, and the Edu- cation Committee, and expressed a hope that the Chamber of Trade would co-operate with all these bodies to make Aberdare better (loud applause). WORK OF THE FEDERATION. Mr. R. H. Miles, in proposing the Federated Cha.mbcr of Trade, expressed a hope that he would live long enough to be able to address the High Constable of the town-whom they were all delighted to see among them (hear, hear)— as Mr. Mayor (hear, hear). Dealing with the work of the Federated Chamber of Trade for the South of the Principality, ho said it had done excellent work, and they were delighted that evening to have so many of the representatives of the Federation present. The toast was drunk with acclamation. Mr. A. J. Howfield (Merthyr). in responding to the toast, said the Federation had done ex- cellent work in the past in the interests of the trading community. The Federation was the link which bound the local Chambers with the National Chamber of Trade, and their Federa- tion had been successful in securing for the traders in South Wales and Monmouthshire many much needed improvements. It might bo news to some of them that it was the Federated Chambers of Glamorgan, Brecknock, and Mon- mouth. as it was then known, that secured the through arrangements for passengers from Mer- thyr, Aberdare, and the Rhondda Valleys via T.V.R. and Cardiff to the Great Western Rail- way (loud applause). A few years ago, in con- junction with the National Chamber of Trade they were able to put a stop to the proposal of the then Postmaster-General to, introduce the "Pay on delivery system," in connection with the parcel post, a scheme which would, if in- troduced, have been a great loss to the local tradesmen (hear, hear). He pointed out that the Home Secretary had recently referred the Shop Hours Bill to the Chambers of Trade for consideration before it was introduced into Parliament (hear. hear). That in itself was a proof of the value of such organisations (hear, hear). Mr. Isaac Edwards (Dowlais) also responded to the toast, and said he was delighted to learn what the Aberdare Chamber had done during the past twelve months. He. however, would like to remind them that they must not Jet their enthusiasm coo! (hear, hear). They were just now in the paper fire stage, and had blaz- ed up well, but wood and coal would have to be added to the fire to keep it alive and to give heat. He had strong faith in Aberdare, al- though he found everybody had not a good word for it. It WEUS said by a famous man dur- ing the recent election that the only class not to obtain proper rerpesentation and consequent remedies of their grievances were the middle class, the shopkeeping class, and there was a vast amount of truth in that. If was they who were most heavily burdened, but Chambers of Trade and Federations such as theirs would do a great deal to help them in that respect. LOOKING FORWARD. Mr. S. Sydney Simons, of Merthyr, then in a brief but interesting address, proposed the toast, of "The Aberdare and District Chamber of Trade." He highly complimented them on their success during the past year, and ex- pressed a hope that during the coming year they would be even more successful, and would go on increasing in strength as they grew older (loud applause). Mr. Thomas Lloyd, the president, in respond- ing, said Mr. Illtyd Williams was the father of that Chamber. He worked very hard for its formation. His first idea was to call it the Aberdare Chamber of Commeroe, but when the actual christening came the present name was fixed upon (laughter). He then faoetiously dealt with the child's teeth cutting, and its first outing to Ragland (laughter). The Chamber ha.d already done some good work, but much still remained to be done. Reference had been made to the question of Incorporation. That had been already discussed and the Chamber should give it their very serious consideration. In other directions, too, much remained to be done, the fact that the interest of tradesmen had been neglected was largely due to their own apathy (hea.r, hear). He referred to the ques- tion of improved train service, which should be followed up, and other matters. Mr. T. W. Griffiths, solicitor, the secretary of the Chamber, re-echoed the words of Mr. Lloyd that the establishment of that Chamber was en- tirely due to the energies of Mr. Illtyd Wil- liams. In many respects the Chamber had been very successful. It had brought people together to consider their various grievances. Finan- cially, the Chamber had been a success. They had in 14 months a membership of over 100. All this was largely due to Mr. Illtyd Wil- liams (hear, hear). Mr. Griffiths then dealt with the various improvements which had been se- cured through the Chamber. He had just re- ceived a letter from Mr. Beasley promising some much needed improvements at the Aber- dare station (applause). They had obtained in the town a department for weights and meas- ures, and had assisted in defeating the Glam- organ Water Bill. As to incorporation ho would very much like to see the High Constable take that matter up in earnest. Another im- provement, they had secured was the lessening of the delay at the Commercial-street crossing. He thanked them for the way they had accept- ed the toast. PRESENT FOR THE PRESIDENT. Mr. T. Lloyd then said he had now a very pleasing duty to perform. The Chamber had unanimously decided to present their first president and founder of the Chamber, Mr. 111- tyd Williams, with a silver salver in recogni- tion of what he had done (hear, hear). The salver, which was. a very handsome one, bore the following inscription: "Presented to Mr. Illtyd Williams in recognition of his valuable services as first president of the Aberdare Chamber of Trade. 1909." The presentation was made amid loud cheering, which was-renewed again and again. Mr. Illtyd Williams, in responding, said he very,highly appreciated the kind feelings which dictated that action on their part, though lie could not agree with all that had been said. The'suecess of the Chamber was largely due to tin-excellent committee which they had. No position he would attain to in future would ap- peal to him like the present one, and no present would be so, highly valued (hear, hear). He looked upon his position as eciual to that of the High Constable of Aberdare almost (hear, hear). lie hoped that during the coming year the members would accord to his successor the same I loyal gupport they had given him (applause). j i Mr Morgan Watkins then proposed the health of the visitors. It was only natural, he said, for the Chamber while glorying in its success, to invite their friends to the feast—(hear, hear) —and they were very glad to see that those friends had turned up in goodiy number. Mr John Owen Jones (Mid-Rhondda), in re- sponding, referred to the fact that a' an early stage of his career it was his privilege to spend some time in business with the father of Mr. Illtyd Williams, the late Mr. David Williams, of Cornpton House, at one time High Constable of Aberdare. and the wise counsel and ad vies cf Mr. Williams had been of great advantage to him in his career. He, therefore, was delighted to be present with them to do honour to the son (loud applause). Ho then dealt at some length with the value of such organisations as that, and urged them to make it more and more powerful in various directions. Excellent songs, etc., wero provided by Messrs. Eben Powell. George Jackley, of the Empire (who appeared by the kind permission of Mr. Victor Rowe). Arthur Bcwcu. Sydney Jones (who appealed by the kind permission of Messrs. Poole), W. Thomas, Llangeitho, and others.

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