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PUBLIC DINNER AT MACHYNLLETH. STIRRING SPEECHES. The Chairman of the Urban District Council, called by some gentlemen the Mayor of Machynlleth, presided at a Public Dinner given at the Lion Hotel on Friday eveuiug as a "send-off" to Private Arthur and Private Harris, two Volunteers from the town ordered to the front. Naturally the admiration for their gallantry and patiiotism in flocking to the standard to stand up for the rights of their Country was great, and a goodly number of public men came together to do honour to them ou the eve of their departure. The Chairman, Mr of public men came together to do honour to them on the eve of their departure. The Chairman, Mr W M Jones, Glasgow House, was supported on his right by Canon Trevor and Private Harris, and on his left by the Rev R J Edwards and Private Arthur. The two Volunteers were the guests of the evening. In the immediate vicinity of the chair were the Rev D T Hughes (curate), Messrs Richard Gillart. 1 Llynlloedd; D E It Griffith, L. and P. Bank; A Lewis, Tower House; J G Jenkins, N.P. Bank; J Pug-h, T Cule, W E G Pritchard, Ceniarth Dr A 0 Davies, J Leighton, David Williams, T Williams, Post Office; and others. The dinner was convened rather hurriedly by Lieut. Wakefield, the officer in command, sir ted by Sergeant-Instructor Wilson aud others. Many more would have been present but they had not been informed in time, The Volunteers of the ditrict were all present in uniform. Grace was said before the dinner by Canon Trevor, and after by the Rev D T Hughes. During the dinner selections were played on the harp by Mr Lloyd-Roberts, the veteran harpist of th? town. The tables having been cleared, the Chairman proposed the toast of the "Queen and Royal Family in very suitable words. The Bishop Clergy, and Ministers" was proposed by Mr Jenkins, manager of the N.P. Bank. He referred to the good work done by bishops, clergy, and ministers, and in addition to the fact that they were doing their best to impress upon their congregations the importance of being true and loyal to the principles of the Christian religion. In addition Mr Jenkins referred to the necessity of ) our exhibiting the utmost Christian forbearance in this war towards our enemies. They were fighting oravely, to the death, and for their country, and for what they probably believed to be right and justice, and although we found it necessary to have recourse to the sword to carry out our own principles of right and justice, he (Mr Jenkins) hoped that ere long when the war was over-we would look upon the Boers as our brothers and not as our enemies j and that they would soon be side-by-side under the same flag of Old England flying over them (cheers), and they would prove worthy soldiers of the Queen, fit to fight alongside with our best troops.—Canon Trevor in replying met with a heartv reception. He complimented Mr Jenkins upon the noble way in which he had proposed the toast. He desired to thank Mr Jenkins and all present for the kind way in which the toast had been proposed and received. Canon Trevor then referred to the very striking heart-stirring and ever memorable fact, that on the Sunday, January 7th, on which the Queen's letter was read in the Churches, and collec- tions made by Her Majesty's commands for the sick and wounded in Africa, and the families of those who had laid down their lives on African soil, on that verv Sunday niorilinv occurred what will so down as a historical fact, namely, General White and his staff of officers stood on the altar steps of the church at Ladysrnith, while the choir sang the To Deum Laudamus as a tnank-otfering to Almighty God for victory and deliverance. Striking indeed must the scene have been, worthy of a. gifted painter's mighty genius, a Hceno on canvas, fit to be handed down to posterity as an emblem of England's glory (cheers). Pretoria might some day be called Victoria, in the same way as tho Cape of Storms was changed into the Cape of Good Hope (cheers).—The Rev R J Edwards also spoke, and having referred to the personal bravery of clergymen of his acquaintance on the I field of battle, said how proud all should be of our Army and Navy.—The "Army and Navy" was proposed by Mr D E R Griffi th. manager of the Loudon and Provincial Bank. Mr Griffith referred in glowing terms to the bravery I of our troops, and the mightiness of our Navy, and as a. proof of the former quoted a verv striking true story which evoked an outburst of loud cheering. He hoped to see mora joining the A olunteers, and ne was glad to say that the feeling of repugnance to the red coat was graduallv but surely changing into one of admiration.—The Rev surely changing into one of admiration.—The Rev Edwards, of Corris, replied, and said every young man ought to consider it a very great honour to become a V olnnteer.-Mr Edwards referred to the maulv behaviour and upright conduct of of the Marines of the Royal Artillery at Portsmouth, ¡ where he bad been chaplain for some weeks, and said that the charges of drunkenness and loose con- duct so often brought against the soldier and sailor I by ignorant people were utterly groundless, and the persons saying snch things ought to be heartily ashamed of themselves and shouiu be shunned and hooted as persons unfit for ecciety and unworthy of the name of Britons. This narrow-minded- ness, bigotry, and rank hypocrisy, ought to be stamped upon and kicked out like a vile reptile. Town and Trade was proposed by Mr Richard Gillart, who said trade was very flourishing and also how proud he felt at seeing Mr Jones presiding over them that night on such an interesting occa- sion (loud applause). They all felt proud of him, and it was a good sign that the world was getting °m—Mr John Pugh responded and referred to the wool trade and the general flourishing condition of commerce ou all sides.—Dr Davies then proposed the "Guests of the evening," viz., Ptes Arthur and Harris. He dwelt upon the bravery of our soldiers and the willingness 'of our Volunteers who were fighting side by side with England's best troops, and the Volunteers had proved themselves equal in daring, in valour, and in patriotism to the finest soldiers of the world. He hoped more would join the Volunteers at Machynlleth and at once, and he could not say in words how proud he felt of the two guests there that evening (cheers). He hoped they would be spared to come back safely and they would give them another jolly diuner at the Lion Hotel. The toast was drunk with houours. The two men replied, and were accorded a most hearty recep- tion. Lieutenant Wakefield then spoke, and hoped every effort would be made bv the public to make the Volunteer corps of Machynlleth second to none ill the Battalion. Sergeant Instructor Wilson gave a flute solo, Killarney Sergeant Joseph Jones, sang Soldiers of the Queen"; and Mr D Williams sang For old time's sake." Mr Henry Lewis proposed the Press," and referred to the cheap- ness thereof these days, as compared with days gone by. Mr Lewis also referred to the great influence of the Press" in moulding and forming public opinion. Mr Ashton responded. The liost and Hostess" having been given, and Mr Jones having replied, God save the Queen and Rule Britannia were heartily sung, and the company dispersed. A capital send-off was given to tne men the following day, when they left by the 2.10 train. I was not present myself, but am toid that there were big crowds, braps bauds, great speeches, much shoutiug and cheering, waving of hats aud handkerchiefs, some whimpering and tear-drop ping, pipes, baccy, and money given to the two Volunteers, and that a large number of recruits joined the local company the same day.