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HI KEN YON'S NEW MANSION. DINNER TO WORKMEN. On Saturday afternoon last a dinner was given by tLe Hon. George Kenyon, at the Wynnstay Arms Motel, to the builders and others who have been and are at present engaged in erecting his new mansion, to be called Llsnnerch Panna, at Pesiley. Abüut 120 sat down to a first-class repast laid by Host Murless. The Hon. G. T. Kenyon occupied the chair, and Mr W. E. Samuels, thecontractor,the vice-chair. There was also present the Hon. and Rev Trevor Kenyon, Mr John Samuels, Mr Daniel Samuels. Mr EugeneMul-fins,Mr Day, Mr Catheral, and others. After the cloths had been cleared, the Chairman rose and F,aid that in all loyal gatherings there was one toast which came first. That was the health of our graeious Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria. He did not know that he ever rose to propose that toast with greater pleasure or on a more appropriate occasion than, the present, because during the pre- sent year they had had an opportunity of seeing how esteemed and loved our Sovereign was, while on the other hand they read of suicides and attempted assassinations and difficulties of all sorts in other countries. Queen Victoria had only to hold up her little finger to be supported by an army and navy inferior to none other in the world (applause). He thought that without trenching upon politics, he might say that all this was a sign that Englishmen and Welshmen and all other subjects of the British Crown were content with the institutions under which they lived (loud ap- plause). He thought this state of things was the result of personal respect of the Queen (cheers). Mr Profit then sang the National Anthem. The Chairman said there was one toast which naturally followed—" The Prince and Princess of Wales and the other members of the Royal Family." He had had occasion to say this before that there was not another royal family which did so much for the country in which they were placed as did ours. They were not merely ornamental heads but took an interest in the country in which we li\e, and did their best to carry out the improvement and state of the country. The Prince of "Wales particularly deserved our cordial thanks. It was generally acknowledged by those who had a right to speak upon the matter that the Paris Exhibition would have been somewhat of a failure if it had not been for the interest which the Prince of Wales had taken in it. Frenchmen were particularly thankful, and we as an English nation might well be proud that he was a member of the Royal Family, and that he was thus spoken cf by that powerful country of which we had the felicity to be neighbours (applause). God bless the Prince of Wales" and another song having been given by Mr Profit, The Hon. and Rer Trevor Kenyon said he had been asked to propos.- the next toast—" The Army, Navy, and Auxiliary Forces." He was nota very old man, but he had never had accorded to him the honour of proposing that toast on so suitable an occasion as the present sin.ce he had been ac- customed to public speaking. He did not know of any occasion on which the toast might have been expected to bj received with such enthusiasm as now, because although fortunately they had not been called upon to engage in war—and they were all deeply grateful—yet, had it not been for the marked efficiency of every branch of our military forces, the probability was that we should have been engaged in war at the present moment. We were prepared, and all other countries of Europe noticed that the British army showed itself able to cope with every force on the Continent. I Thus we were prevented from going into a war which no doubt would have been successful but nevertheless would have been disastrous (applause). When ho was at sctiool they were taught the olu Latin motto If you want to keep peace you must be prepared for war." When we sa.w our neigh- bours at loggerheiu3s~wTe must keep a strong army and navy, and then we should be able to keep the peace on the same principle as the country main- tained police to keop things in order (hear, hear). With regard to the army, it was a source of satis- faction to him to find out what an enormous army we had. To some of 113 it seemed a arrange thing that we, the greatest country on the face of the globe, should have so sÜJdl: military foreo at our command, but we were awakened to the fact that we had at our command the vast, and lie might say innumerable army from distant quarters of u,> bbe; and it in c >>j{?id<iration of this spk-ud>-i policy of forming into one great coi.fedeiarion :1: the military forces at thi command of cur Sovereign he specialty- them fo drink wit a t-li- thusiasm the toast of our splendid army. Witr. ivgard to the n-'vy,- although we have had tu I enter into ac. oal the n.-ide.uianfcer in widen a 1 • 1" -• -1" -.V J ..• -'r_ of posit.ion at the most critical time, was one reason why not only we ourselves but Europe and also the world had been preserved from experienc- ing an almost universal war. With regard to the auxiliary forces, it was necessarv that when, in war, men fell there should be others to take their places. He thought they had recently answered to the call of the country nobly (applause). With these few remarkshe would againaskthem to receive the toast with enthusiasm, coupling with it the name of Mr Mullins (cheers). Mr Eugene Muliins said in tendering his hearty toanks that though not at present a member of the Volunteers, he felt that all would be ready to do their duty (applause). The Chairman then said he should have to ask their indulgence whilst he proposed" Tue town and trade of W rexharn." It was true be did not live in Wrexham-indeed he had heard that it had been remarked as against him that he was not a Wrex- ^an' But he had many clail^s to be called a j6j- •(applause). An ancestor of his lived and died in Wrexham, and for many years hi* family—for four generations—had resided in the immediate vicinity of Wrexham. More than this, there was no neighbouring family who had the interest of Wrexham more nearly at heart than they had (loud cheers). As to himself, he had become more nearly related to Wrexham, partly from the part he had taken in political matters of which they had nothing to do there, and partly by coming to reside near Wrexham. He had had occasion to find jut the value of the trade of Wrexham (loud ap- plause). He believed himself that there was no jown in the country which was rising more rapidly Wrexham (hear, hear). They were placed in 1 singularly advantageous position, surrounded all they were by great mineral weaith. Tney were jonnected with all the principal large towns and iives of industry—Liverpool, Manchester, and Wolverhampton. They were in a position to em- alate the position of tnose towns. Ib was put or ward at times as a matter of jest—and there was nany a true word spoken in jest—it*was said that mis town might yet turn out a second Liverpool or Manchester (applause). All the experience he had lad ot the work of Wrexham was that the people lad always worked well, conscienciouslv, and horoughly (applause). He thought it was the luty of those landed gentry who lived in the vicinity .0 support the town (hear, hear). In his small and lumble way it gave him great pleasure to think it should have fallen to the lot of a very ex- :ellent builder to be employed on that work (loud tpplause). In the election of Mr Samuels there lad been no bias in the subject of politics or any. thing of the sort (applause and hear, hear). He tent in a tender in competition with two or three, md he got the job simply because he was able to how he could carry it out satisfactorily, consciously, md honestly for the least price (applause). They lad in their friend at the end of the table a person Mr Samuels) who could show that work could be veil, honestly, and efficiently done in Wrexham cheers). He was sorry to say that trade was not upposed to be particularly good at present, but must of necessity be certain ups and uowns in rade, and although it had been insinuated that conservative Governments were responsible for bad rade and good trade, they would agree wiili him, ind every sensible man would agree with him, be lis creed in politics what it might, that a Govern- neut, whether Liberal or Tory, had no more to do vith the prosperity of trade than it harl h'e rain that neaven (applause). These hilK'g wore governed by sound political economy ;he reasons for which were well known to ail those ybo cared and took the trouble to study them. If —.rie said to them that a certain Government tvas prosperity of trade or ox the working classes, he would ask them to refer such to the oldest 0001> b world, the Bible, and they would find that in the time of the ancient Governments there were tides in trade, and there would continue to be so. He could only say that he hoped the state of trade in the town would have a favourable change, and that in future years they would have the opportunity of inakiug good con- tracts and have a satisfactory time of bUaiaess. He believed this was to come in the f at are: They m«st not be impatient. Theie things must take time. They couid not expect but that when the, iron trade had revived the coal trade would follow, and they would aga.in have such a run of business as.tJiey hadjse ven or eight years ago, and thus every- t.hiteg would be satisfactory (applause). Mr W. E. Samuels, who was well received, said ihe was sorry trade at present was not the same as a few years ago. If the landed proprietors were to support Wrexham more, the district would be in a very different position tkann it was at present. But let them look at the improvements which going on, and he thought those improvements would continue to go on (applause). He desired to thank: them. Mr Samuels proposed the next toast, and said it was health to a gentleman whose name they all knew—and they would re- weald receive it suitably—it was the health of the fountain of that feast—the Hon. George TTKenyon (loud and continued cheering). He was a gentle- man so well known that it was needless for him (Mr Samuels) to comment upon him (hear, hear); They were there to celeorate the roofiug of the aew house at Penley. All he (the speaker) could say was that he wished the Hon. George Kenyon and his lady would live long to reside in If he were returned at the next election as their chosen representative to Parliament, he would often find at Penley that repose he would so much need after his parliamentary duties (applause). Therefore, he wished them to drink to the health of the Hon. George Kenycn. The toast having been musically honoured, Mr Profit sang the Englishman." The Chairman, in responding, asked them to allow him to thank them very cordially for the kind and hearty manner in which they had received the toast. It gave him great pleasure to be there that day, and it gave him an opportunity of thanking them all for the great zeal and energy which they had all shown in his little work (-lppbuse). It was an old saying that good masters made good men. If such were the case, Mr Samuels Biust be one of the best masters in the world (applause, and a. voice, He is !") While the men had been at Penley they had worked in a very orderly, quiet, and decent manner, and not one complaint had been made against them (applause, and a voice, No, there has not!") That was due to them (applause). The toast of Tha L1.die3" was proposed by the Rev the Hon. W. Trevor Kenyon, and Mr Day responded. Some good singing by Messrs Profitt, T. H. Roberts, Woosnam, Alfred Davies, Bithell, and others, terminated the proceedings.


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