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THE JUBILEE CELEBRATION. ANOTHER LIVELY MEETING. I THE SUGGESTION OF THE COM- MITTEE AGAIN REJECTED. ON Wednesday evening, another public me ting was held in the National School, to coasider a further recommendation of the Committee as to the most desireable method of celebrating the completion of the 60th year of Her Majesty's Reign. There was a large attendance, including a fair number of ladies. Among those present were the Revs. J. Li. Williams, C. M. Jones (Independent minis- ter),Father Lucas, Dr. Da vies, Dr. Armstrong, Or Easterby, Messrs J, Q. B. Luxmore, Samuel Powell, Peter Roberts, H. A, Cleaver, Charles Grimsley, T. Howes Roberts, n. E Griffiths (Gwernigron), J. A. Lloyd (soli- citor). Joseph Lloyd (solicitor), W. H. Cliffc, R Pierce (Penllan), Walter Williams (build- er), Williams (saddier). Thomas Jones (Spring Garden), Story (Pentre), M. R. Par- tington (junior), Charles Tomkinson (Post master), Jones (botcher), J. Jonea (tailor), Jones (schoolmaster), &c., &c. On the motion of Mr. Luxmore, seconded by fr. T. Howes Roberts, Mr. Samuel Powell was voted to the chair. The chairman having explained the object of the meeting, proceeded to submit the I suggestion of the committee appointed at a public meeting last Monday fortnight to of sider the best method of celebrating Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. The committee recommended the erection of a Parish Room, as it was felt that it was desireable to mark the event with something of a substantial and permanent nature (hear hear), Mr Luxmore: Over what period do you propose to extend the Joan ? Mr. Powell: We have the power to extend it over 60 years, but with the help of gentle- men of standing and wealth like yourself t (loud cheers), we would be able to clear about 2200 over the laying of the foundation stone, and we believe a lid. rate for a loan extending over 30 years would be sufficient. Mr. Luxmore: I should like to ask if all the gentlemen appointed served on the committee ? Mr J. A Lloyd That is an impertinent question. Mr. Luxmore I do not think it is imper- tinent. Mr. Powell The su gestion submitted to this meeting is the suggestion of the majority. Mr. J. A. Lloyd In matters of this kind the majority always rules All the mem bers of the committee were not present, but there was a quorum, and the suggestion was unanimously agreed to by the quorum. At this point, several gentlemen essayed to speak at once, and Father Lucas said the usual form was for some one to move that the recommendation be adopted, or not adopted. Mr. Powell (from the chair): I beg to propose that a public hali be erected. Mr. Peter Roberts: Wii!kt is the resolution before the meeting? The Chairman: The resolution is as follows Mr. Peter Roberts: Don't make another speech Mr. Powell (laughter). Mr. Robert Jones, tailor, got up to object to the meeting on the ground that it had not been properly called. The meeting was informal, and had no right to consider the matter at all. The Chairman over-ruled the objection. Father Lucas then suggested the clerk should read the report of the committee. Dr Davies: Who are the signatories to the resolution ? The Chairman: Mr. Walter Williams. Mr. J. A. Lloyd, the Rev. C. M. Jones, and myself. Mr. Joseph Lloyd, Dr. Heaton, and Mr. Lothian were not present, but I believe they are all in favour of the scheme. Mr. Thomas Jones, Spring Gardens: Whose scheme is it ? (laughter). The Chairman: The scheme of the committee appointed by the last public meeting. Mr. M. R Partington rose to a point of order, and begged to ask if the committee had been soliciting subscriptions for the erection of a town hall ? The Chairman: Not so far as I am aware Mr. Partington: Will you say that no subscriptions have been asked for the scheme? The Chairman: I can only answer for my- self. Another attempt was made by some half dozen people to speak at once. Mr. Joseph Lloyd, in order to proceed with the meeting in proper order and to give it a chance of showing its feeling in the matter, without going into the merits of the suggestion, moved that the report of the committee be adopted. Mr. J. A. Lloyd seconded. Dr. Easterby moved an amendment to the effect that the meeting sympathised with the object of the committee but regretted it could not be entertained for the want of funds. A tea to the poor and children, with a brass band and sports, he thought would be the most suitable way of celebrating the event. Mr. Peter Roberts, in seconding the amendment, said he had no objection to a town hall, and would be glad to see one erected when the ptoper occasion arose. He objected to the proposal of the committee, because it violated two cherished principles. Whatever was to be done in connection with a case of that kind should be done voluntarily, and from the heart (cheers). Mr. Samuel Powell had said that they were expected to do something honourable for the day of jubilee, but was it honourable to saddle themselves, and b nd posterity for thirty years with taxes of this k ml t (applause). Nobody should be compelled to subscribe (hear, iie^r) The citizens of St. Asaph attended that meeting, not as party men or sectarians, but as loyal subjects, and it was most essential that the Queen's* jubilee should not be made of a contentious faction (applause). But the very first thing that would be done under the scheme would be to cause an election and nothing was so apt to raise strife and ill-feeling as an election (hear, hear) He disagreed not only with what the committee had proposed, but also with what they bad not propo-ed. They knew that the jubilfe day was to be observed as a general holiday throughout the British Empire, and it was a day that ought to be kept (applause). It was a day unique in the history of the world (cheers). Never before had a sovereign reigned sixtý years over a people; and such a sovereign, such a Queen (prolonged cheering) Under the scheme of the committee, the poor are not remembered, the children are forgotten (A voice: What about the working tben ?'). Yes, bat working men had children Thsy were to have no festivities, and no rejoicings. The day was to be kept like a funeral day, arid the? were to walk the streets in sack-cloth and asbes (laughter and applause). Father Lucas said the last speaker seemed to think the scheme of the committee would involve compulsion and division. He was in hope that some member of the committee would be able to throw more light on the matter; and by their golden eloquence (laughter) convince the people that there was no necessity for either compulsion or division. What they were agreed upon was that the hall would cost at least Bl,000, but he should like to know what the propable revenue from the building would be (hear, hear)? Mr. Powell said the committee calculated that the revenue would be from t20 to £ 30 a year. Father Lucas remarked that if that was so, it would make, of course, considerable difference in the rate. There was no doubt the report needed supplementing. He agreed there should be some rejoicing and if the hail could not be built without their going about in sack-cloth and ashes, then his advise was, don't build the bouse now (applause). The Rev. C. M. Jones, in an eloquent Welsh speech, supported the recommendation of the committee. Mr. Jones, schoolmaster, followed on the same lines, on the ground that the present uses of the school interferred with the education of the children; and the education of the youth of the country should be para- mount, though they bad to pay a little more for it. Mr. J, A. Lloyd also supported the recommenda- tion. Mr. Luxmore observed that the Parish Council had no power to build a town hall. Mr. J. A. Lloyd said they had power to build a parish room and as the electorate of the parish numbered about 400, it would be a short-sighted polky to build a room that would bold less than 500. And that was all they wanted. He referred to sub-section 2 of the 8th section of the Local Govornmeut Act Mr. Howes Roberts proceeded to say that he did not agree with Mr. Lloyd's construction of the section, when Dr. Easterby moved that the question be now put. f A division was taken, with a result that 49 voted in favour of the amendment, and 48 in favour of the recommendation of the committee, which was accord- ingly declared rejected. The decision leaves the question in exactly the same position as it was when first mooted.








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