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RAILWAY MEN'S DLSNEH AT OSWESTRY. The annual dinner in connection with the employees of the Cambriau and Great Western Railways stationed at Oswestry took place on Thursday night at the Railway Hotel, when Host and Hostess Howell placed- a capital spread on the tables to which about 70 sat down. The Mayor (Councillor R II Mason) presided, and the vice- chair was occupied bv Mr H, \ston (in the absence of Mr Williams, Cambrian station master), the supporters being Messrs R P Roberts. R. Manual, — Dixon, J.Bunting, and — Williams. —The expenses were defrayed by collections carried out by Messrs. Dixon and Jordan.—After the company had dined, the Mayor gave the toast of the Queen." Ho said there was no doubt the Queen thought a lot of her noble defenders in the Transvaal (Applause). The toast was enthusi- astically received. At this juncture a letter was read from Mr Taylor, Q. W. R. station-master, re- gretting absence and wishing the company a pleasant evening. Ho sent '5s. towards expenses (applause).— The Vice-Chairman give the "Army, Navy aud Reserve Forces and said tbat at a time like the present when we wereat war the toast should be taken serious'y.^ It was natural of persons to respect those who wore Her Majesry's uniform. We relied upon the Army and Navy in times like these and as for the volunteer foret's he need hardlv point out the prompt response they had made to the call for as-hsi^oce (applause) to h op the Queen and her suhjeom in getting out of the difficulty in the Transvaal. He coupled with the toast the name of an old veteran who knew what it was to go to the front—(applause)—namely, Mr T Williams.— Mr T Williams, in responding, endorsed the vice-chairman's remarks regarding the forces. He was pleased at the way the was received and to be amongst them and hoped they would be spared to met, on H uother üecasion (appJause).- The. Mayor said he remeBlbere(1 the time when Mr Williams enlisted after which nothing was heard of him for several years, but at last he turned np at Oswestry after having fought the country's battles in various parts of the world (cheers).—In propos- ing The Town and Trade of Oswestry," Mr Wil- liams said the town was in a very flourishing condi- tion, judging from the number of houses which had been built and the way the town was expanding generally. The trade would compare proportion- ately with that of any town in the kingdom and the tradespeople could not be excelled anywhere. He coupled with the toast the name of their worthy Mayor (cheers).—In acknowledging, the Mayer thanked Mr Williams for the way lie pro- posed the toast, and the cempauv for receiving id so enthusiastically. Oswestry would not be what it is, but for the late Mr Thomas Savin, the pioneer of the Cambrian Works—(applause)—and the markets brought a good deal of trade for which they must thank sach men as the late Alderman Thomas and Mr Bremner Smith, the present chair- man of the Markets Committee (applause). Only that morning the Council signed the contract for alterations to the Cross Market which would cost about £5,000. The Council must be able to accom- modate those who brought produce to the market. He need not remind them that their Smithfield was the best in England; Oswestry was the best mar- ket town in England or Wales, comparative! v speak- ing; and there was no town which sent off such a lot of stuff as Oswestry did. He was realed in the town, apprenticed, and had a business there, so he something about it (cheers).— The Vic( Chairman proposed the "Railway interests of the United Kingdom," and said he was glad to find that there was such unity between the servants of the two Companies catering for. Oswestry and they were led to understand that Unity was strength (applause). One was a system of double lines and the other was practically a single line, but he could say they were both good systems (ap- plause).—Mr R Manuel, whose name was coupled with the toast, responded on behalf of the Cam- brian Railways. He said he took great interest in railway matters and was glad of the opportunity to meet his co.workers to spend a social ovening once a year (hear, hear). He was glad to say that the Cambrian was inoreasing in prosperity and in future greater progress would be seen than was ever seen before. The men that day were in a better position than ever they wero (hear, hear). The General Manager was at all times ready to listen to whatever the men may brino- before him, if there was ground for it, and had re- sponded to it as far as lay in bis power. With his help and [he officials and men combined no doubt there were better days in store for the Cambrian. He was pleased to find such unity as was that night witnessed between the men of the two companies. He hoped railway men would always remember that Unity was strength (hear, hear). It was a fact, and they could read it daily in the Press (applause).—Mr R P Roberts responded for the Great Western, and said the railway had the greatest mileage of any railway, and if prosperity followed it as it did last year it would soon be the leading railway (applause). — Mr Manuel proposed the health of the Chairman which was received with musical honours, and the Chairman responded and gave the health of the Vice-Chairman, who suitably replied.—The Host and Hostess and the collectors (Messrs Dixon and Jordan), terminated the toast li3t.—Songs were given by Messrs Adams Butcher, T Richards, R P Roberts (encored), F Howell, Rogers, D Mason, A Onions, Williams, B Rogers. A very pleasant eveniug was spent.

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