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THE ROYAL VISIT TO WALES.

THE INSTALLATION CEREMONY.

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THE INSTALLATION CEREMONY. A BRILLIANT AFFAIR. The environs of the marquee were besieged at an early hour by thousands of people eager and anxious to enter, but the different entrances had been secured and most jealously guarded. Soon after ten o'clock however, those who had been iu- vited began to assemble, and immediately a rush was made for the doors, but the sturdy sentinels at the portals were equal to the occasion and the greatest order prevailed. Once inside the spacious marquee arranged to seat 2,200, the eye was dazzled by the brilliancy of the scene. Never in the his- tory of Wale has there been such "a gathering of of the Clans." From the highest in the land down to the lowly collier from the depths of the Rhondda mines, the nation had turned out to welcome their Prince, and to show their appreciation and gratitude for the educational advantages granted to the Principality. In the centre of the Hall ranged on each side of the Prince's route were the members of the University Court and the Elect of Wales. Bishops, baronets, the University officials in their robes, and the representatives of the educational bodies from all parts 4f the lands occupied the principal seats, and most attractive of the early arrivals undoubtedly were Sir Lewis Morris, the nation's bard, Dr Joseph Parry, the nation's popular composer, and the Bishops of Bangor and St Asaph, Then came a bevy of ladies garbed in gala dresses of many colours and every line, which added much to the brilliancy of the scene. Behind them sat the 1h. ""s of Wales in their chains and robes, and sti arther back were the town clerks, chairmen and representatives of Urban Councils. The arrival of well-known and famous ladies and gentlemen were greeted with cheers. First to be noticed were Mrs Jones, the mother of Principal iriamu Jones, and Mrs Roberts of Towyn, the venerable mother of Principal Roberts. A hnsh fell over the vast congregation as these ladies walked down the aisle, but as they neared the centre of the hall a tremendous cheer rent the air in greeting to those women whose talented sons ever wielded the greatest influence on Welsh educa- tion. The next of note to arrive was the Venerable Archdeacon Griffiths, of Neatb, who undoubtedly can claim the title of the most popular churchman in Wales. His venerable appearance and his similarity to Mr Gladstone undoubtedly caused many present to mistake him for the great scholar and statesman. It was half-past eleven when the Royal Treorky Male Voice Choir took up their posi- tion, and it goes without saying that they received an ovation. Soon after taking their seats, Mr Wm. Thomas, the conductor, held up his baton and the choir sang, "G ogini:1 nt i Gvmry." At this junctnrc there entered the hall Col. Cornwallis West and Mrs. West- A number of other nota- bilities followed. Then the choir struck" Com- rades in arms," and sung the well-known glee in such style and with such excellent finish that the applanse which greeted them was deafening- Just as they concluded Mrs. Gladstone walked in and was the recipient of an ovation second only to that which was given on the arrival of the Royal Party. Next came the officers of the ''Hermiona" namely Captain Arbuthnot, Lieut. Warren, Staff-engineer Bennington, Staff-surgeon Haskyn, Messrs. Hay- ward, Rutland and Fremen together with Com- mander Bush and Lieut. Cayley of Bellona. After an interval of anxious waiting a murmur went through that the Royal party was approach- ing, and when the Treorky choir struck up "God bless the Prince of Wales," the vast concourse rose to their feet and burst out with vociferous deafen- ing cheers as the best known members of the partv marshalled by the Chief Constable entered the hall. Preceding the Royal Party, there entered amid much cheering the Marquis of Londouderv, Lord Herry Vane-Tempest, Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest, Lady Aline Beamount. ir Watkin Williams-Wynn. Mr R Gillart, Mr R W Henry, Mr Buckley, the Chairman of the Cambrian Railways Company, Mr C S Denniss. Genera! Manager. Mr George Owen. Engineer, the Mayor and Corporation of Aber- ystwyth, etc. The Royal procession entered from the Town Hall in the following order:—H.R.H. the Chancellor and H.R.H. the Princess of Wales; the Chancellor's train-bearer (Mr William Glad- stone) T.R.H. the Princesses Victoria and Maud of Walca; the Suite; Recipients of Honorary Degrees: Mr Gladstone, the Chancellor of the University of London (Lord Herschell, G.C.B). the Chancellorof the Victoria University (Earl Spencer, K.G) the senior deputy chancellor (Dr Isambard Owen), the vice-chancellor (Principal Viriamu Jones. F.R.S.) the junior deputy chancellor (Mr A C Humphreys-Owen. M.P), the warden of the guild (Mr 0 M Edwards, M.A) the presidents of the constitutional colleges (Mr William Rathbone, LL.D., Bangor, Lord Rendel, Aberystwyth, and Lord Tredegar, Cardiff) the treasurer (Mr Alderman Grove) senior standing counsel (Mr D Hrynmor Jones. Q.C., M.P.) the president of the Theological Board (Rev Principal T C Edwards. junior standing counsel (Mr Cadwaladr Davies), the University solicitor (Mr C Maynard Owen, LL.M); the principals of the Constituent Colleges other than the vice-chancellor (Principal Reichel, M.A., Bangor, Principal Roberts, M.A., Aberystwyth) the registrar of the University (Mr Ivor James), the secretary of the University Senate (Professor Angus, M.A.) the clerk of the guild (Mr D B Jones, B,Sc), the hon secretary of the Theological Board (Rev J Douglas Watters, M.A., B.D). His Royal Highness wore a robe of black silk slashed with broad bands of gold across the sleeves and the Princess of Wales wore her robe of Doctor of Music. Mr Gladstone was supported on either side by Lord Herschell and Earl Spencer, all of whom wore their official robes. When the Prince of Wales reached the diiis he in a kindly manner released his little train bearer from his duties, and appointed him a place directly behind the Royal chair, but Iaster Gladstone presently found his way to the rear of his grand-fathers chair, where he sat until the conclusion of the ceremony, where he again took up his former position as traiu-benrer. In the centre of the Royal row sat the Prince and Princess of Wales, supported ou the left by Dr. Isamoad Owen, senior deputy Chancellor, and 011 the right by Principal Jones, the Vice-Chancellor, on either side of these sat the Princess Victoria and Princess Maud, and the junior deputy-chancellor, Mr. A. C. Humphreys- Owen, sat at the end. As soon as the Prince of Wales took his seat, the Treorky Choir sang—" The Druid's Chorus" (Dr. Joseph Parry). During the singing of the piece, and vhile photographs were being taken of the interior, the Prince chatted pleasantly with Dr. Owen, and seemed immensely pleased with the appearance of the marquee. At the conclusion of the chorus, and at a word from Dr. Owen, Mr. John James, the Registrar of the University, read out aloud, so that all would hear the deed of appointment and which was as follows: Know al1 men by these presents that the Univer- sity Court of the University of Wales iu pursuance of the provisions of the Charter of Incorporation of the said University given by Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen at Westminster on the 30th day of November. 1893, did at a meeting of the said Court duly held in London in the house of the Uni- versity of Loudon on the 2nd day of Jnly, A.D. 1895, by an unanimous vote, but subject to the approval of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, as Visitor of the said University, appoint His Royal Highness Albert Edward, Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Prince of Wales, Duke of Saxony, Prince of Saxe-Coburg aud Gotha, Great Steward of Scotland, Duke of Cornwall and Roth- say, Earl of Chester. Carrick, and Dublin. Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, K.G..K.T., K.P., G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., P.O., Fieul-Marshal in th: Army, &c., &c-)&c., to be the Chancellor of the said University, and to exercise all such powers as e ong or for the time being may belong to the r* ^naru'eM°r in the said University subject rinv'l° .a^'r an(l Statutes of the said University or antil his resignation of the said ?;'ff ,\U WItnt?f,a Whereof and after the significa- f ° fPP.rc»al the isitcr the Common Seal Lmv<^«y is hereunto affixed this 22nd <. o une, A.D 896, in the presence of David Brynmor Jones Esq., one of Her Majesty's Counsel learned in the law; William Cadwaladr Davies, Esq., Barrister at Law and Ivor James, Esq. Registrar ot the said University.—(Signed) DAVlO BRYNMOR JONES (Standing Counsel), WILLIAM CADWALADR DAVIES (Junior Standing Counsel), IYOR JAMES (Registrar). b 1 hereby certify that the Visitor of the University of Wales hath approved of the appointment of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales to be the Chancellor of the said University. (Signed) DEVONSHIRE. The deed was then handed to Dr. Owen who pre- sented it to the Prince of Wales, the latter rising from his seat to receive it. Immediately there burst forth a tremendous cheer for this was the lasb act in the completion of the appointment of the Prince of Wales as Chancellor. Dr. Owen in his capacity of senior deputy chancellor then read the address from the University Court which was as follows May it please your Royal Highness,— Your Royal Highness has graciously consented, in response to its unanimous election, to assume the office of Chancellor of this University, and the University desires at onee to offer a loval and hearty greeting to its Head, and to express again its grateful appreciation of the distinguished honour thereby conferred upon it. Her Majesty's subjects are well aware of your Royal Highnesses' deep interest in all that concerns the welfare of the people of this realm, and of your readiness to give your personal aid to undertakings designed to promote it. They are well aware of the discerning judgment with which that interest is exercised, and with which that aid is directed. When, therefore, we learned that ydur Royal High- ness had accepted the Headship of our newly founded University, it was felt not only that the University had received an honour hitherto almost unprecedented, but that the work of its founders had met with the most significant mark of approba- tion that could possibly have been given We cannot, like our elder brethren, lay the traditions of centuries at your Royal Highness' feet. Our academic history is in the future, our academic reputatiorr still to achieve. Some measure of special interest, nevertheless, both the origin and the plan of our University may claim, being, as it is. a part of an ordered system of public education which has been built up in Wales in recent years in response to a demand and in pursu- ance of an effort which came from the very heart of the people, and which men of all ranks, creeds and parties have joined together in promoting. Neither the demand nor the effort are of this generation alone, and of those who initiated the movement but few are here to-day. It is fifteen years since Sir Hugh Owen ended his long and fruitful career; Lord Alprdure, our late revered leader, has been more recently taken from us. Though we witness the harvest, it is to our pre- decessors who faced the discouragement of winter that the meed of honour is chiefly due. Nor with- out ingratitude could we speak of our own country- men alone. We gladly acknowledge the generous support which successive Ministers of Her Majesty have given to our efforts, and the President of Bangor Collage is not alone here to remind us of our debts to private persons whom we can claim only as adopted sons of Wales. ''The University that sprang from a popular move- ment became, as was fit, the University of the people. The representative ;principle woven into its entire constitution links it, as few Universities are linked, alike to the other educational agencies of the country, and to almost every condition of life within its bounds. The benefits of the University and participation in its work are henceforth a public heritage in which all classes may share. Your Royal Highness has graciously accorded the final element of completeness to a national in- stitution, and the University begins its career with the happy augury that the Prince and the people of Wales are united in its work. It would ill convey the sense of the University or of the Welsh people were we not at least to express our profound gratification at the presence here to-day of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, and of their Royal Highnesses the Princesses Victoria and Maud, and to offer our respectful felicitations upon the auspicious event with which the coming month is to be marked. In such a presence we are proud to be able to say that ours is a University which places no bar or disability of any kind in the way of wcmen who may enter its doors. On behalf of the University Court, ISAMBARD OWEN, Senior Deputy Chancellor." The Senior Deputy Chancellor added :— "As acting Chancellor during the interregnum, I have now the high honour to deliver to your Royal Highness the Instruments of the Chancellor's Office the Key, namely of the University Seal, and a copy of the Charter and Statutes, the maintenance of which and of the rights and privileges of the University we respectfully commit to your Royal Highness' keeping." The Prince of Wales remained standing the whole of the time the address was being read, and there were frequent outbursts of cheering as the sentiments expressed in the various paragraphs dawned upon the minds.of tho audience more par- ticularly was this the case in reference to the men- tion of the marriage about to take place in the Royal Family. Dr. Owen having concluded his task, Principal VIRIAMU JONES, the Vice-Chancellor, read the following address from the Senate :— May it please your Royal Highness The Senate of the University desires to offer its warmest welcome to your Royal Highness on your formal assumption of the office of Chancellor, and to express its grateful sense of the service you ren- der to the University and to the cause of Education in your Principality by undertaking the duties of t hat office. The willingness of your Royal Highness to be- come, as Chief Officer of the University, leader of the educational movement in Wales, will singularly help the growth and greatly contribute to the vitality of the organised system in which that move- ment has been permitted to find expression so speedily by reason of the devotion of the Welsh people to an educational ideal and the ready sympathy of the Crown and Parliament. The signal help thus given by your Royal Highness puts ns in remembrance of many services rendered to University Education by your illustrious ancesters and especially do we call to mind the notable action of His Majesty King George II in founding the University of Gottingen, so justly celebrated for its contributions to the in- tellectual life of Germany and to the advance of learning and science throughout Europe. The Senate begs to assure your Royal High- ness of its loyal and hearty desire to do everything in its power to promote the usefulness and extend the work of the University, strong in the convic- tion that under your guidance it will amply fulfil the high hopes attending its foundation. I have, further, the honour to present to your Royal Highness these letters patent under the University Seal, conferring upon your Royal High- ness, honorix causa, The Degree of Doctor in the Faculty of Law. On behalf of the University Senate, "J. VIKIVMI* JONES, June 26th, 1896." Vice-ChanceIIor." This was followed by an address in Welsh from the Guild of Graduates, and as Warden of the Guild Professor 0. M. Edwaids read and presented the address to the Prince. The following is a literal translation of it:— 1 have the privilege of adding my voice to the welcome on behalf of the Guild of Graduates of tke University of Wales. "This is a day among a thousand in the history of Wales. Even in serving Waks. in times far back, there was strife and mistaking. But, if it can ever be said about a day that it is the expression of perfect unity of purpose, this is that day. To- day our Prince leads his people along the path in which they take most delight, -the path of under- standing and learning. It is a day that crowns many a noble effort; it is a day that begins a new period of the development of Wales, a period of greater service to the Empire and to mankind. On behalf of the Guilu. OWEN M. EDWARDS, Warden." This concluded the list of addresses, and every ear was strained as .the Prince rose to reply. His first words were drowned in a roar of cheers, hats and handkerchiefs were waved, and upon all sides there was the utmost enthusiasm. The CHANCELLOR said :—Mr Deputy Chan- cellor, Mr Vice-Chanccllor, Mr Warden, my Lords, Ladies, and Gentlemen, I thank you cordially for the address from the Court, the Senate, and the Guild which have just been read, and for the compliment which you have paid me by nominating me the ftrst graduate of your University and electing me as Chancellor. I acceded with pleasure to the wish you unanimously expressed that I would accept this high office, for I have watched with approval and sympathy the efforts of the people of Wales to provide themselves with improved means of education in their own country, of which endeavours this University is an outcome (applause). Nor was I less willing to comply with your request from the fact that my predecessor, the late Lord Aberdare, whose loss we deeply deplore, was so distinguished and so true a friend to Welsh education. Although our University has not been long founded, the spirit which originated its existence, and which I am confident will continue to influence its work, is not of modern date. From very early times, in spite of difficulties and adverse circumstances, the Welsh people have seldom failed to display a marked love for literature and learning (hear, hear). Even iu so remote an age as the sixth century, works were produced in which scholars perceived a, standard of literary taste very noteworthy in those early days. Schools of systematic learning in Wales existed only in its Monasteries, and from St. David's came forth Asser to aid Alfred the Great in his work amongst his West Saxon subjects (applause). Throughout the Middle Ages we find the profession of letters held in universal respect in Wales, its exponents protected by privileges aud treated everywhere as honoured guests, and the objects of popular regard; while Welsh scholars absent from home, constituted a conspicuous element in the cosmopolitan crowds wfco flocked to Media3val Oxford. The troubles of the fourteenth and fifteanth centuries fatally obstructed the development of permanent educa- tional institutions west of Offa's Dyke, but when England under the Tudors opened its Colleges to the scholastic ambition of Wales, Welsh students were again found thronging to the English Universities, and adding dis- tinguished names to the rolls of the learned professions. Nor is it without signifieence that Shakespeare, with his intuitive perception of character, representing at this epoch three highly- finished portraits of Welshmen, depicted them all, the Soldier, the Divine, and the Feudal Chieftain, as men of thought and learning (cheers'). The present educational movement has made still more apparent how universally prevalent in Wales is the love of learning. It has been above all a popular movement. It has not been merely the effort of the few to diffuse an abstract desire for education which had not previously existed it has mainly represented the practical endeavour of the many to secure for their children advantages, the value of which they could appreciate, although in many cases they had been deprived of the boon them- selves. The three Colleges comprised in the general designation of The University of Wales have all been founded within the last live-and-twenty years, and are witnesses to the earnestness and capacity for self-denial of the people in furthering educational work. The Pioneer College of Aberystwyth, which we are to visit to-day—(loud cheers)—as well as its younger Sisters at Cardiff aud Bangor—(cheers) —have been established, it is well known, both by the contributions of the poor and the donations of the rich; and the State has rightly ex- tended its aid to undertakings commenced'in so honourable a spirit of self help, and carried out with such admitted ability and success. With equal justice, the special aspects of education in Wales, and the special feelings with which her people regard its development, have been recognised by the incorporation of a National University. 1 am persuaded that our University will not be National in name only. Owing to the peculiar characteristics which I have mentioned, the future welfare and credit of Wales arc in an exceptional degree bound up in the conduct, of its educational institutions, and a great responsi- bility rests on the University by which the effi- ciency of similar establishments will in some measure be influenced. It will be our duty to bring still more closely home to the Welsh people the ob- jects of higher education, on which their minds are already set, to offer additional incetnives to the con- tinuous pursuit of knowledge, and to aim at developing those particular forms of mental activity which are most in harmony with the genius and instincts of Wales, and which will best enable its inhabitants to assist in furthering the interests of the civilised world. Its aims must be high, its vigilence keen, its care incessant. The field of work on which it is enter- ing is oue of promise, and should it be true to its mission we may confidently anticipate that suc- cess and fame will attend its efforts (loud and con- tinued cheering, the vast audence rising to their feet at one and the same moment). It now carre to the turn of the Mayor and Town Council to present their address cf welcome, and headed by the Mayor and the Town Clerk, the Aldermen and Cjuncillors in their robes of office formed themselves into a group at the foot of the dais. The address of the Town Council was then read by the Town Clerk (Mr. A. J. Hughes). It was in album form and contained views of the Terrace, Castle Ruins, and Devils Bridge. It read as follows "Toyonr Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales.— We. the Mayor. Aldermen. Burgesses of the Borough of Aberystwyth, beg with every expression of loyalty to respectfully tender to your Royal Highnesses our hearty welcome to the Borough. We gratefully acknowledge the high honour con- ferred by this visit of your Royal Highnesses, upon the town, which is greatly privileged not only in having established in it the senior university college of the Principality, but also in having been chosen for the installation of your Royal Highness as first Chancellor of the University of Wales. That your lives should long be spared to en- gage in many such good works is the earnest hope and prayer of your Royal Highnesses most obedient and humble servants. THOMAS GKIEFITHS, Mayor, ARTHIR J. HUGHES, Town Clerk. Given nnder our common seal, June 26th. 1896." The CHANCEELOR, amid loud cheering, rose to reply as follows :—Mr Mayor and Gentlemen. We congratulate yon on the distinguished position held by your Borough which represents the seat of the senior University College amoug the three included in your Principality. I can assure you that it affords me great pleasure to visit Aberystwyth, ac- companied by the Princess of Wales and my daughters, for the ceremony of my installation as Chancellor of University of Wales. We are much interested in the town itself, for in addition to its various attractions, it is associated with the records of Edward J, who in 1277 rebuilt your castle. We thank you for your loyal welcome, and for your good wishes for our continued prosperity. Let me reciprocate those kind sentments on behalf of the Princess and myself, and in returning you our thanks for your address we desire to express our confident conviction that you will long retain your reputation for those valuable characteristics of loyalty and learning for which you have always been distinguished. Next came the address from the Magistrates of the County of Cardigan, the address being read by Mr Willis Bund, who was supported by Col Davies- Evans, the Chairman of the Quarter Sessions. The address was as follows: — lo their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess, of Wales." We, Her Majesty's justices of the Peace for the County of Cardigan, venture to express most re- verently our siucerest happiness and pleasure at Your Roval Highnesses' visit to our County. We are proud that no prt of Wales is more Celtic than Cardiganshire, and no County has displayed greater interest in the cause of Education. "Though Cardiganshire is not so extensive, so wealthy, or so populous as other Counties in the Principality, yet no portion of Wales could welcome its Prince and Princess with greater cordiality, and nowhere can subjects be found more loyal to your Royal Highnesses than the Justices of the Peace for the County of Cardigan." The CHANCELLOR read his reply to the ad- dress, and then handed the copiy to the chairman as fullows We receive with much satisfaction your address welcoming us to Cardiganshire. I can assure you that it affords us great plea- sure to pay a visir. to your county. Al- though as yon say it may not be one of the largest or most populous in the Principality, it possesses an interest special to itself. The scenery 0[" the country which iucludcs Plinlimon can scarcely be surpassed in its beauty, while the inhabitants, descendants of those original miners who contributed so materially to the wealth of the district by working the lead, copper, and even sil- ver ores, can yield to none in their patriotism and in their loyalty and attachment to the crown. Mr. H, ('. Fryer next read the address for the Cardigan County Council as follows: To their Royt.1 Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales. May it please your Royal Highnesses— We, the Chairman, Aldermen, and Councillors of the County Council of Cardiganshire, gladly avail ourselves of the opportunity afforded by thiis auspicious occasion to offer to you our most loyal and hearty welcome, and to assure you of the sin- cere pleasure felt by every section of Her Majesty's subjects in Wales at your gracious visit to this part of your Principality. "In times long past Kings and Heirs to the Thror.e of England have visited this District, but under conditions far different from those which mark the visit of this memorable day, when amid the cordial welcomes of an intensely loyal people, and surrounded by the Court of the University of Wales of which we can to our delight uow hail Your Royal Highnoi» as the honoured Chancellor, our Prince and Princess come to crown the edifice of Higher Education, which has been reared under difficulties well nigh insuperable, by the strenuous and self-tlenyiug efforts of the people of Wales. While clinging with patriotic attachment to their national customs and characteristics and cher- ishing a warm affection for their ancient language, the people of Cardiganshire and of Central Wales have been foremost in furthering the improvement of the education of the people, which constitutes one of the chief glories of Her Majesty's reign and we recall with pleasure and with pride the fact that the first Constituent College of this, the youngest University of the United Kingdom, had its birth in the Town of Aberystwyth, and the County of Cardigan. "And speaking not for this County only but for the whole of Wales we respectfully tender to Your Royal Highnesses our warmest thanks for this your visit and for your gracious recognition of the work of Education, so dear to the heart of every son and daughter of your own Principality. And we sincerely trust that the cordial appie- ciation with which the visit of Your Royal High- nesses has been received by the Welsh people in general on this occasion-a truly national one as regards Welsh Education-will be a source of pleasure and gratification to Your Royal Highnesses for many a long year to come, and that your visit will be an incentive to us, the people of Wales, to aspire to still higher and better things. Given under the Seal of the Cardiganshire County Council this 3rd day of June, 1896. "CALIŒ MORGAN WILLIAMS, Chairman of the Council. HENKY CHARLES FRYER, Clerk of the Council." To this thePriuee replied in the following terms: Morgan Williams and gentlemen,—How- ever much the pleasure experienced by all sections of Her Majesty's subjects in Wales, at our visit to this part of the Principality, it affords us the greatest satisfaction. It is hardly necessary for me to state that we appreciate your hearty welcome and how greatly I alii flattered by your congratula- tions in my election to the post of Chancellor of your University. In view of the opinions enter- tained in AVales in all matters relating to education, my tenure of this office will, 1 think, iuentify me more closely with the feelings and wishes of the inhabitants than would be possible under any other circumstances. cordially sympathise with your praiseworthy efforts to establish the cause of higher education in the Principality on a firm basis, and I recognise with satisfaction the fact that the residents of Cardigan- shire and South Wales have led the van in their determination to ensure the best possible system of instruction for the rising generation. Let me, in addition, assure you that it is a source of the highest gratification to feel that the Welsh people appreciate our visit, especially on this occasion. when, accompanied by the Princess of Wales and my daughters, I have come for the purpose of being installed the Chancellor of this most important and prosperous University." Lord KENSINGTON, on behalf of the Freemasons of the Western Division of South Wales, attended by Mr Vaughan Da vies, M.P. and Mr D. C. Roberts, presented an address from this body. His Royal Highness handed in a written reply, and warmly shook har.ds with Lord Kensington. The interesting ceremony of presenting recipients of honorary degrees now commenced, and the Chancellor was first called npon to invest the Princess of Wales with the degree of Doctor in Manra. Phis was an exceedingly pleasing incident of the affair, and served to arouse the enthusiasm of the people to a bigh pitch. Her Royal Highness smiled. The Chancellor, facing the Princess, in the usual way conierrcd the degree, and politely raised his Chancellor's cap to the Princess as she resumed her seat. Loud cheers arose when Principal Jones, vice-chancellor, descended from the platform and took his stand by the side of Mr Gladstone at the foot of the daif. Mr Gladstone evidently found it rather difficult to hear what was said. and dunug the whole of the reading he kept his hand to his ear. The reading being finished, the Vice-Chancellor took him by the hand, and led him to the Chancellor, who taking Mr Gladstone by the hand,conferred upon him the degree of Doctor in Ltyibii*. The next new recipient was Lord Hers- chell, who occupied a seat by the side of Mr Glad- stone and Earl Spencer. Lord Herschell who is Chaneebor of LheLDlldoll University, received thp degree of Doctor in Let/ibus. The last to receive this degree was Earl Spencer, who is Chancellor of the Victoria. University. As each of these gen- tlemen returned to their seats, they were loudlv cheered. This practically concluded the ceremony. Miss May Davies now ascended the platform, and sang the solo of the Welsh National Hymn, "Hen wlad fy nhadau.' The chorus was taken up by the choir, and presently the whole of those present joined in the song. At its conclusion. Mrs Mary Davies sang the national anthem, Go 1 save the Queen in Welsh, and repeated it in Eng- lish. Each and everyone joined heartily in the song, and Mr Gladstone and his noble neighbours raised their voices with the congregation. Every- one was upon his feet, and there was evillently a desire on the part of all present to show to the utmost of their power their loyalty to the Crown and the Royal family. At the conclusion of this imposing ceremony the Royal party and their suite left the congregation and entered the Town Hall. The marquee was soon emptied, and a rush was made to obtain a vantage ground along the line of route to the College, where the luncheon took place. The procession formed in Queen's road aud proceeded up North Parade,GreatDark- gate street, Pier street, New street, to the College. The streets were lined with thousands of people, and their Royal Highnesses, who still wore their official robes, were much admired. THE LUNCHEON. A brilliant company assembled at the luncheon, which was provided in the Pier Pavilion, thanks to the kindness of the Aberystwyth Improvement Company. Covers were laid for 550, and prior to the toast-list being reached selections of vocal music were contributed by the Royal Male Voice Pariy from Treorky, and instrumental music on a number of harps by lady players. The noble president (Lord Rendel) having submitted the toast of 1I.3I. the Queen," which was accorded musical honours, The Right Hon. W. E. GLADSTONE, amid deafen- ing cheers, rose to give the toast, of "H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Chancellorof the University, and the Princess of Wales." He said at the outset that he had been chosen to a post 8f honour and danger in proposing a toast of peculiar interest on the present occasion, and very closely akin to that loyal toast which had just been drunk with so much enthusiasm (applause). He was aware of no title to that preference that he possessed except the one title which was absolutely undeniable, and that was the melancholy duty of seniority. He had great pleasure, however, in rising to discharge this duty. His Royal Highness aud the Princess bore the title of the division of this country in which they were then assembled (ap- plause). They would perhaps notice that Wales was the only one of the four principal divisions of this island which had the honour and privilege of giving collectively a title to a great member of the Itoyal Family (cheers). His Royal Highness on the other had had the privilege of bearing the title, and he believed he might say of the Princess that she had borne her share of that title, lou-jer than any person (loud cheers). He hoped that would always be remembered as not onlv a very long- enjoyment of a distinguished position, but likewise as an enjoyment of it closely associa- ted with the discharge of public duty. and with the tnainfe.tatioii of a true affection towards this inter- esting division of the country (cheers). The duties which that day they had, he must be permitted to say. so admirably performed, yet greatly contributed towards creating- and sustain- ing on behalf of His Royal Highness a reputation, and a just reputation, in that behalf. With regard to Her Royal Highness, he thought himself very fori una te in that respect.—(applause)—that the conditions of time under which he spoke entirely precluded any attempt to describe the Princess of Wales, as she would deserve it—(cheers) aud he was bound to say that it was a task he would much rather perform in her absence than in her presence (laughter and applause). However, this toast would require to them no elaborate recommendation. He would only say that lie could not but bear in mind the circumstances of time and place, which gave to it a character, in his judgment, singularly appropriate (cheers). It had only been within a limited portion of his recollec- tion, and fully within the recollection of His Roval Highness, that the people of Wales had awakened to a self-consciousness so distinct that they had been in a condition to make the most gallant and, he rejoiced to say, the most successful efforts towards organising for themselves institutions iu harmony with their! national tradition and feeling (hear, near, and applause). And that work of organisation had received, a most emphatic sane- tion that day from the presence of His Royal Highness and Princess of Wales (cheers). If it be ever permitted to insinuate in a toast, on a festive oceasior something beyond its mere letter, he might say that every one who heard him and drank that toa.stwould not cease to bear in mind that the illustrious parents were accompanied on that happy occasion by their daughters—(cheers)—aud that one was about to enLer into the bonds of matrimony, to whom, he was pursuaded, everyone of them devoutly wished and prayed that the ceremonial of marriage had a precursor of an existence crowned with every durable and valuable blessings (loud and continued cheering). Just one word more, permit him to say that this was an age most appropriately signalised by the foundation of Universities (hear, hear). lie was not about to enter into any of the questions of contioversy and difficulty connected with the various branches of education. No doubt there were some of them that were cliffieult. He was persuaded that in the Welsh University they would be faced in a spirit of intelligence, in a spirit of charity, and in a spirit of regard for the rights, and conscientious rights, of all parties in all quar- ters, and this WH the best promise they could have for their satisfactory solution (cheers). What be meant was this; University after all, speaking largely and generally, represented the principle of mental cultivation (hear, hear). Well, there never was a time when it was more requisite, more urgently necessary, that the principle of mental cultivation should be thrown into the foreground, and held upon high lived before the entire community, and t J in a period of what he would call wealth, in a period of what he would call wealth, tent. conditions and multiplying to an enormose jj0 The enjoyments of life—and, he spoke of t 0' had the means of commanding these enJoy round and the conveniences of life had grown coU]d them, even since his boyhood, in a degree tha hardly be conceived by those who had nessed that change. The meaning of all t B that wealth was acquiring a still greater "° aJ. them. The hold of wealth upon mankind twaS waysjsafe,but wealth, which was agood ser^ a bad master, and there was no master w iore had the power of degrading the human ni ainst than the unchecked dominence of wealth. that dominence of wealth a University trea antagonism which was offered to it by menta vation. The mind of man should be treate is, a rich domain requiring only to be well p o to be well sown, and to be attended to in cjjed maintain an effectual protest against that uQC ^jui, pursuit of material interest, which, btjlieve constituted one of the greatest social, and, he even say, one of the greatest spiritual dang the period in which they lived (applause). a]0ljg elusion he said he had already trespassed 6°°^ upon their attention (criesof No, no") He trespass no longer—(" Go on ")—but propos toast which he had the honour of proposlDVales, "The health of H.R.H. the Prince of of Chancellor of the University, and the PrlDce Wales" (loud and continued heering).. A verse of Ar D'wysoggwlady bryniau ti been sung by the choir, did he The CHANCELLOR replied. Most cordially- j0g thank them in the name of the Princess of and in his own for the kind way in toast had been proposed and received. They all join with him, he was sure, in ^aIl^1I1(jlad' veteran statesman and eminent scholar, ^ad stone, who, notwithstanding his advanced age^jel. undertaken a journey, necessarily fatiguing, to pay a compliment to the Univer81^ Wales and himself (the Prince) as its ot cellor. He might truly say that jjg the proudest moments in his life was w e itiol1 found himself in the flattering. P0^ cf being able to confer an academic dItIa,uce upon Mr. Gladstone, who furnished v rare of a man who had achieved one of the g e tUue positions as a statesman, and at the same attained such distinction in domain of 1^5 JJgof and scholarship (hear, hear). His translate0 j. the Odes of Horace would alone constitute a.jg[jed iug monument to him even had he not accotOP| ^j- so much besides, which had rendered hun I warol ous (cheers). Nor did they extend a less coø- welcome to Mi. Gladstone's ever faithful of hi panion and helper during the many yearS th8:t busy life (cheers). They had received thef r¡'bt1 morning other visitors of high distinction- profound and erudite lawyer who the work of the University of London; theeXC b8:d administrator whom the Victoria Uniyer^ jLflied elected to its chair; the acting head of world* botb Oxford, and many others—(applause)—1° a ed to within and without the Principality,they desi sø-f tender thanks (hear, hear). He need har Wg,leS, how much they always enjoyed a visit to «g,s with its loveljt scenery, and their pleasr: tf8* greatly increased on that occasion, whio tereSt marked by a ceremonial of such deep IUtO tbe (cheers). He would now ask them to drlu tbree success of the University of Wales and ItS rigil1, constituent colleges. Of the University, lt 0 tbg,t. developments and hopes, he had already were day spoken at some length, and words hardly required further to arouse their gfii lasm for an undertaking so nation^ y o' meritorious, and for an institution so promise (applause). He could not, howe*" that occasion pass without at least soiOe allusion to his lamented predecessor (Lord dare), whom he numbered among his friends, and whose devotion to duty and public business he had ample opportunity ° oU tJ¡e nising when they sat together as colleagues tbree Royal Commission for the Aged Poor. Of the JXlus Colleges which constituted the University, huestØ say a few words. They were that day the oldest of the President and Council of te wbÍ°!J of the three, the pioneer institution converted the idea of higher secular to tion in Wales from a dream f practical reality (applause). The story 0 College and its foundation, as it had -been 0g,f^ him, was one of devoted patriotism of exer ions,and of unbounded faith in the fu^wj' its younger sisters at Bangor and Cft*" worthily followed in the same path One of these had already out stripped 0 efficiency an ft utility (cheers). The itb the L nh ersity was inseparably bound up were that of the colleges (hear, hear). The r te jointly responsible with the University standard of the education of which if rilY e would be a token, and its fame must necess8, witblll founded on the excellence of the work their walls (loud applause). To the Univers^gjj0fl its Colleges, partners in a great and distiO»7 work, let them wish every possible prosper' i t6' success (loud cbeers).. He could not close ^■2 marks without taking advantage of that oppor tUost1 to express his cordial thanks to all te gentlemen who ,bad assisted in ceremonial and proceedings of that day s° tii';1 success, and especially did he wish tb the name of Dr. Isambard Owen, deputy-chancellor (cheers). His Royal 1!1"d bls caused much laughter when he conclude lílted speech with a little Welsh, the words tranS being Long life and happiness to you all* j0)j^ The Vice-Chancellor (Principal F.It.S. Cardiff) (responded for the Cniversw Principals Heichel (Bangor), and & (Aberystwyth) for the constituent Colleges- This concluded the toast list, and an adJOll aJ jl* was made to the College, where in the Cent1" U.K.II. the Chancellor presented the meiai tlJj f"1 order of the Hospital of St John, of personal bravery, to Mr Ellis Roberts, of ^lo15- Festiniog. The Royal party then drove °- the Marine Terrace for the of (fr'ENJ XG OF THE ALEXAXDRA 11ES11) ENC K FOR WOMEN STUD^^ .y which function was gracefully performed .jj^s Princess of Wales with a gold key, aU t pf" tration of which we give in the supple^e sented by the Lady Principal (Miss o*e>, ter). Sir Lewis Moiris afterwards and Mr. Edward Davies seconded a vote o g 0^ to Her I!oya 1 Highness, to which the Wales suitably replied. In passing thro small drawing room on the way out, Highnesses signed their names in the Book. The Itoyal party again took ^0\ carriages shortly after five o'clock, aD to tile off with escort and advanced guard of tll, railway station amid the enthusiastic cheers te fol assembled multitude along {the line of ,.rp°rth6lP' Machynlleth, after an arduous but nev pleasant day's engagement. AUERYS'nVYTH RECEPTION COMMITTEE* 0; 1'he Committee consisted of all the meaiy.erS ° the Aberystwyth Town Council, the men1 the College Council, the local members College Court of Governors, Lord Ca^' Ormathwaite, Sir Watkin W Wynn, Lord j/jf ton, Sir J R Railey, Lord H 5 Lisburue, Mr W R M Wynne, Mr C S ^eI,x J C Russell, Mr Geo Owen, C.E.. Sir J oji* J01, Mr G Croydon Marks, Mr Howell Evans, i\. Puleston, Mr 1) Jenkins, Mus. Bac., Mr \\C Mr Rees Jones, Mr .1 R Rees, Mr E J 1 seg,, John Adams, Barmouth, Mr J Jones, S«ai solicitors of Aberystwyth, Professois Brough, Davis, Kdwards, and Anwyl, rl C0<*v and Mr J Morgan. The General Re^0^C*gtit)-c^Iji mitf.ee was divided into the following J mittees Press Committee: Messrs \) Edwards, I) Samuel, Rev T Levi, Thos t)f Snape, Professor Marshall, Professor 1 A-air\ev^ 1' Perrott, and Principal Roberts. Enterta1 y. Guests Committee: Messrs C M VVi^ Wynne. Mrs Jessy Williams, 3 Principal Roberts, j Watkins, junr, J Carpenter, and J D Perrott. Procession yO lJoÐ L Messrs John Francis, T D Harries, R Evars. Col Davies-Evans, Capt Lushi"- q Roberts. Thomas Griffiths, H C Fryer, j5 Richard Gillart, John Jenkins, Xewton V Al Williams, J I) Perrott, Principal Ro j-e0)fi^ Evans..Music Committee: .Messrs I >$. J Hughes, T A Penry, J D Perrott, Uobe'j Edwards, Mrs A J Hughes, principo. and Thomas Griffiths. Finance Coniu11 JO¡,tS' J D Perrott, D C Roberts, C M Williamb'j pobf J ') 'CIP¡l, ,tb' Williams, Colonel Davies-Evans, lrln G!itli. ¡eo: Evan Evans, M Vaughau Davies, Thos- V R Rees, and II C Fryer. Pavib"" ^1' J Messrs Peter Jones, It Peake, D apcret^^tfI•ycI', Harries, G Croydon Marks, the Hon « C Jji D Perrott, 0 M Williams, K P Wynne, -fh0 Mrs Jessy Williams, Miss CarpeD Griffiths, and Principal Roberts. '1, Printed and published by S-VMOKp of DA n D ROWLANDS, at their Qo^ Berriew Street, Welshpool, i'1 1 j. P Montgomery. Also published j jjjgb -p. SPENCER, at their Branch Office, > Aberystwyth, in the County 0 June 27, 1896. j