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ST. DAVID'S ANNIVERSARY. DINNER AT THE ROYAL HOTEL. The annual St. David's Day dinner at this old- established hostelry was this year held on Monday evening, the 2nd inst., (the 1st of March being a Sunday). Mr Robert ap Hugh Williams, (the Con- servative candidate for the Flintshire boroughs) presided, the vice-president being S. Perks, Esq. In addition to the President and Vice-president, the following had also secured tickets, and most of them were present:—Messrs Absalom Humphreys T. Morgan Owen, H.M.I.S. W. Bell, Spitall Booth Mason G. A. Tavemer M. D. Roberts James James, Prestatyn; Dr. Suinmerhill; J H. Ellis; K. M'Ewen; W. H. Foulkes; Thomas Jones, Morfa Hall; A. L. Clews; Joseph Wil- liams, Gas Office; J. Bayliss; Llewelyn Lloyd, Ty'nrhyl; Twiston Morgan; L. Morgan F. C. Eliiot; II. A. Steer; ;R. C. B. Clough; F. C. Hill; Little, High Street; J. Parry Jones; Brad- ley, Bodrhyddan Key J. R. Roberts A Shef- field; Robert Oldfield; R. E. Griffiths; S. Ruose Aplin; Wriford; T. Winstou; C. E. De Ranee; AVaterliouse; Barton; John Foulkes; Stokes; T. D. Denson; B. Stokes; lwebster Williams; Walmslev; Peter Browne; R. Samman John Morris, High Street; Gruar, Llandudno Couud, &c. The dinner, as usual, was of the most excellent kind, fully maintaining the high reputation which Mrs Roebuck has gained for herself as caterer for public luncheons and dinners; and the tables were laid out with faultless taste. With commendable punctuality the large company assembled promptly at the appointed tinie-six o'clock—and a few minutes later Mr A. Humphreys said" grace." The following is a copy of the JIESU. Soups. Clear Ox laii. Julinn. Fi.,h Boiled Salmon find Dressed Cucumbcr l'illeted Sole-, Entree*. Veal Cutlets. Stewed Sweetbreads, btewed Kidneys. Rcmovet. Roast Lamb. Roast Beef. Roast Saddle Mutton, Roast Chickens. Boiled Fowls. Boiled Halll. Entremets. Sir Watkin's Pudding. Bakewell Puddings. Noyeau Jelly. Trifle. Tipsy Cake. Lemon Sponge. Custards. Rhubarb Tarts. Cheese Cakes. DESERT. Dinner being over, The President, who was cheered on rising, pro- ceeded without delay to give the first toast, The health of Her Majesty the Queen." This, he re- marked, was a toast which always stood at the head of the list, and was always received with enthusiasm by English and Welshmen alike in all parts of the world (appla The toast was drank with musical honours, as was also the other loyal toast—" The Prince and Princess of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family"—which was pro- posed, in appropriate terms by the President. Mr T. Morgan Owen, proposed the n xt toast- "The Bishop and Clergy, and the Ministers of all denominations." He had been unexpectedly called upon, he said, to propos" the toast, but he did so with pleasure. In his peregrinations he met with very many of the clergy, and also very many ministers of all denominations. They were all greatly res- pected, and very zealous in the performance of their duties (hear, hear). In Bhyl it was unnecessary for him to say anything in favour of the clergy, for here they hallowed the memory of one of the best clergymen that Wales ever produced (applause). He need scarcely remind thtm that he referred to that revered name, the late Archdeacon Hugh Mor- gan (loud applause). No matter what part of Rhyl they turned to they would find some memento of his energy and good work. The church at Rhyl it the present time was not idle He hoped soon to see a new Church built in the town, and no doubt the worthy Vicar would be glad to receive a sub- scription from each one present (laughter and ap- plause). He would couple with the toast the name of his venerable friend, Mr Absalom Humphreys. The toast having been duly honoaNd, Mr A.Humphreys, in responding, a 1 be consid- ered himself highiyflattered in being ca led upon to respond on behalf of the clergy at that social gathering. He reverenced the clergy wherever he met them, but he could not understand why, at a gathering of that social character, a humble individual like himself should be called upon to ask the blessing in their absence. He could not understand why they did not give their presence at such gathering s, He could well remember the time when things were very different; and he was not aware that anything bad taken place at such meetings to cause them to keep away. If they as a company were liable to go wrong in word, deed, or action, surely that was a strong reason why the presence of thejjclergy would be beneficial (hear, hear). He was very sorry there was not a single clergyman present to ask or return grace. At the same time he would admit that they were doing the sjreatest of all good work, and every one present wished the blessing of God to rest upon them and their labours. the Vice-president, who was very cordially received, next proposed—" The Army, Navy, and auxiliary forces," a toast, he said, which was recei- ved at all times with the heartiest enthusiasm by ill classes in the United Kingdom (applause). They had defended the security and the interests of their country wherever and whenever they had been threatened. In them wera embodied those charac- teristics which had gained for them victories in all quarters of the globe, and had secured for our country an influence over civilized and un- civilized peoples. At the present time they had just reasons to bel proud of their soldiers and sailors. And if, as unhappily it was to be feared, there would be more fighting and more bloodshed, they may depend upon it that the army and navy would show that determination and bravery which had distinguished them in all ages of the history of our country. Their army and navy deserved their deepest sympathy in the trials and perils which they underwent in serving their coun- try's cause, and with him they would all wish them God speed (loud applause). He would couple with the toast the name of Sergeant Clews. The toast having been enthusiastically drunk, Sergt. Clews responded in an excellent speech. In conclusion, he referred to the fact that the Denbigh- shire battalion of volunteers had offered themselves for service (loud applause). And in some part of Shropshire 7.5 out of 90 men had offered themselves for home or foreign duty (renewed applause). If circumstances required it, he felt sure that the volunteer force could render efficient service at home or abroad. The Chairman next proposed the toast of the evening-" The immortal memory of St. David," which he did in a humorous speech showing how difficult it was to obtain any certain knowledge concerning the Patron Saint. But one thing was certain, it was a name which united Welshmen to- gether wherever they were found.—The toast was honoured in silence. Mr M. D. Roberts proposed—" The County and Borough Members." They were both well-known local gentlemen, and, putting politics aside, they attended well to their duties. They were willing and energetic, and ready at any time to render any service they could when appealed to. The toast was very heartily honoured, and res- ponded to by Mr C. E. De Ranee, who spoke of the hard work which county and borough members had to do, but which was not reported in the columns of newspapers, such as attending committees on private bills, &c. Members of Parliament did work for which judges were often very highly paid, and they did it all for nothing (hear, hear). Mr Booth-Mason was asked to propose the next toast—" The town and trade of Rhyl." Referring to the Patron Saint, he said they all knew he was a descendant of King David (laughter), bad done a great deal of spiritual work, was able to perform miracles, and had died in the year 564 after having accomplished great and good work in Waler. The speaker next referred to the absence of the clergy from the gathering on that occasion, in strong terms. He then referred to the Soudan. This, he said, was Lüt a time for making political speeches. He spoke as an Englishman, and he also included all Welshmen. They, the Welshmen, were the descendants of Simeon and Reuben (loud laughter), he, as an Englishman, was a descendant of Ephraim (renewed laughter). England should conquer and govern the world—Britains never would be slaves, although the present government had placed them in an awful predicament (loud laughter and cries of "Town and Trade of Rhyl ") Great Britain would and must live in spita of the present Govern- ment (loud laughter).—Mr Clews appealed to the Chairman to keep the speaker in order, but it was generally understood that Mr Booth simply wanted to create a little merriment, which he was very successful in doing.)Ir Mason continuing, said, the government had put the country in a confoun- ded mess—they had des royed '-(r -oa -(cries of Town and Trade of Itliyl." Mr Mason said that was his subject (laughter). Rhyl did not prosper at the present time—he could get no advantage at all out of Rhyl (laughter). Things would improve shortly, only they would have to get a lot of Tories into Parliament (loud laughter). After a few more jocular remarks, which were received in the best of spirit, Mr Mason concluded by proposing "Pros- perity to the town of Rhyl," coupling with the toast the names of Mr Little and Mr J. H. Ellis. The toast having been duly honoured, Mr Little responded. As regards the town of Rhyl, lie remarked that it was comparatively a new town. They were now begining to look about at their public buildings. They had one, in the Post Office, which would be an honour to any town (applause). As to the trade, it had -one altogether (" No, no, a little is left.") He thought it would benefit the trade of Rhyl if the local gentry patron- ized it a little more. He could not see why the gentry could not support the tradesmen of Rhyl, who were capable of supplying them with goods as cheip and as good a-? those places where they now got them from (hear, hear)- Ir was only a matter of ready cash. They claimed the support of the gentry as much as the gentry and others claimed theirs at election times. If they analyzed the mem- bers of Parliament they would find that two-thirds of them got their goods from co-operative stores, while the tradesmen who had heavy rates and taxes to pay, were passed by (hear, hear). Mr Ellis also briefly responded. The Vice-president then, in eulogistic terms, pro- posed The health of the President." He was a member of a family the head of which was most just- ly respected throughout Wales, and it would be difficult to draw a line where he was not honour- ed and respected—he need hardly say that he al- luded to Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (loud ap- plause). The President was also a member of a family of great influence in this immediate neigh- bourhood, which was an additional reason why they ought to be proud of his presence that evening (applause). He (the speaker) would be glad if the other membeis of the family gave their presence at these annual gatherings. The president, too, was a gentleman who had taken a prominent position in the country, and was well able to sus- tain any position to which he might be raised (loud applause). The President, in responding, thanked the Vice- president for the kind way in which be had pro- posed his health, and the company for the hearty manner in which it had been honoured. He was very sensiblo of the evil to which Mr Little bad al- luded, and of the great competition there must be between Rhyl and Liverpool, Chester, and other large towns. The rates and tixes in Rhyl were enormously high and he had often wondered bow the tradesmen managed to get the twoendsto meet. lie had been seriously considering what could be done to improve the trade of Rhyl. One thing he had thought of was the improving of the river-to make Rhyl a yachting station. Time had been when 20 or more vessels, of various crafts, anchored at Rhuddlan in 14 feet of water. Gentlemen brought their boats and yachts there, and these found employment for a large number of men. Another thing was to have better roads—a new road, for instance, from Rhyl to hhuddlan, nearer the river (hear, hear). There were plenty of I' public-spirited men in Rhyl, if they only put their heads together. In conclusion, he proposed the health of their good townsman, the Vice-president (loud applause). This toast was also musically honoured, f-nd Mr Perks briefly responded. Other toasts followed—such as The Visitors," "The Press," "The Ladies," "The Host and Hostess, &c. all of which were duly honoured. During the evening, which was a very enjoyable one, some capital songs were given by Mr Webster Williams, Mr Bradley, and Mr Little.