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ABERDOVEY Trefeddian Hotel.—Preparations are being made to open the new Trefeddian Hotel in the immediate future. Shipping.—The S-S. Countess of Lis- burne put in here for shelter on Monday morning last week,, having failed to enter Aberystwyth Harbour in consequence of the heavy sea running. A' second attempt to enter 611 Tuesday morning proved tutiie and the Captain decided to return to Aberdovey. Obituary.—The death took place or. Wed. nesday December 30th, of Mrs. Jane Owen, €rlanaber House, at the age of 79 years, bhe had been in indifferent health for some Jeais' but the end came somewhat suddenly, as she was in her usual health the day previously. The funeral took place on Monday, and was largely attended, the officiating minister freing the Rev. J. Roberti, B.A. Deceased was a faithful member with the Calvinistic Methodists, was of a quiet disposition, and will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends. She leaves three daughters to n iKOwn their loss, viz., Miss M. Owen, Cop- 0, per Hill Street and Misses E. and Mary Cyfarfod Adioniaiol.-O dan na-.vr]r! Cymdeitbas Bdirwestol y chwiorydd, cynaliwyd cyfarfod adlon. iadol yn yr Assembly Rooms ar No* Oalan. Lly- wyddvryd gan Mr W Jones, Minafon. tra yr arwei- aiau Mr E L Rowlands. A^or.iJ l Mr J Morgan Jones y cvfaxftwl trwy pann "Moroh y Cadben." Yna cafwyd adroddiad Gorsedd gi-as "gan'Miss Owen, Pier House; can Pa rhyw ffordd," Mrs Jlowlands, Tredegar; llythyr goveu ar ddirwest, Mrs FouIkes; can "I fyny fo'r Dud," Mr Hugh Oavie.s; vsgrifonu adiw^an. gorcn r; D 0 Foulkcs ac Amy Foulkes; cyfeirio Cvmrp dicifhr o orsaf y fheiliEuiVul at y llyu D Llewelyn Hugbes; adroddiad, Gair olaf y ganrif," Miss Jennie Jones; can, Fa'her V *'1 upon my arm," S A'lt-iwlmds; rbeynnu paham Y merhoed Rymeryd vr ardvstiad dirwestol, I: Ayiv Owen a Mrs Foulkes; call. Gi£I." Mi Vlorno P Owen adroddiad," Brewer's Danphier." AIAVgfe Foulkes porcu, Owen LI Fivans; can IetI," M'ns Aitlli fiell ,hill dirw«*tol, !.» O. Ms'.ffirte' ac Anv Foidke^ oarol NadoSitr, Mri Fe-t:ti William? a HagU Yu* cofwyd unercuiad auiatrol gan y Llywydd, a tberfynwyd y cyfarfod trwy ganu I ton gynnulleidfaol dan arweiniad Mr David I Hughes. INTERESTING GATHERIN G AT THE INSTITUTE. UNVEILING OF PRINCIPAL ROBERTS' PORTRAIT. One of the largest gatherings of recent years assembled in the Institute last Thurs- day on the occasion of the unveiling of the portrait of Principal Roberts, M.A.. LL. D., a native of the town, which has been pre- sented to the Institute. A large crowd assembled outside the building, for whom no accommodation could possibly be found. Th chair was taken by Mr. Wm. Jones, R.O., and he was supported by Mr. William Jones, C.O.,upon whom had fallen the duty of formally uncovering the portrait; the Revs W. D. Evans, B.A., J Roberts, MA, and G Eyre Evans (" Philip Sidney"). There were also present Capt. Edwards, Messrs. W. Jones Hughes, Ffestin Williams, E. L. Row- lands L. Edwards, late stationmaster; Mrs. Hughes Jones, her husband being prevented from attending by indisposition Messrs G. Williams, W. J. Eves, and many others. The portrait in three quarter life size, and represents Principal Roberts habited in the brilliant robes of a vice-chancellor of the Welsh University. It is a striking likeness, and the artist Miss Buddug Pugh, also a native of Abedovey, is to be congratulated upon the success which has attended her ■efforts. The portrait is one which the In- stitute and the town of Aberdovey may well be proud, and is a fitting companion to the life like portrait owned by the Institute, that of the late Dr. Pugh, also painted by his daughter. The Chairman in opening the proceedings, alluded to the absence of Mr. J. M. Howells, • Craigydon, the president, and Mr. Eves read a letter of regret from him, his absence being due to a prior en- gagement elsewhere. He then called upon "Philip Sidney," who had promised to tell the story of Mervinia's dream, the substance of which will be found in his "usual column this week. At the close the entire aud- ience rose and Mr. William Jones,C.C., by simply pulling a string, caused the curtain to tall, revealing the well-known features of Principal Roberts, The audience inside, supported by those outside, at once joined in singing heartily Auld Lang Syne. Mr. William Jones then said:—I don't know why I have been asked to unveil the portrait of Principal Roberts, but I can say this, that I consider it a great honour, inasmuch as I feel great respect and admiration for him. I have known him since he was a child, and have watched his career through all its stages up to the present day. Every step he has ever taken had been a step upwards, I and now he has reached to a greatheight of fame and service. I beg to congratulate the committee upon their wisdom in bring- ing this matter about; in rendering honour to Principal Roberts, they have rendered honoured to themselves. We all appreciate their work, for Principal Roberts stands very high in the esteem of us all,, he being one of ourselves an Aberdovey boy. He commenced his education at the Aberdovey School, Brynhyfryd, he went afterwards to Penhelig School, and from there to Brynarfor School Towyn. The remaining steps you all know well. I have always admired the effort made by the late Sergeant Rob- erts, his father, to secure for his son the best education, and also the great care tak- en by his mother to educate him at home, and to form the high moral and religious character which Wales admires to-day. In his high station Principal Roberts has not forgotten his debt to his parents. It is a striking coincidence that Principal Roberts' portrait faces that of Dr. Pugh, and both adorn the walls of the room where Dr. Pugh preached for many years, and where also Principal Roberts commenced his religious life, and at the age of fourteen preached his first sermon. Both portraits were also pain- ted by the same hand, that of Miss Budding Pugh, Dr. Pugh's daughter I hope that this portrait, standing here before our eyes, may be the means of rousing the young men of Aberdovey to walk in his ways, and to strive to their utmost to attain a station in life worthy of the great talents which many of them undoubtedly possess (applause.) Captain, Edwards followed in a racy, hum- orous speech, redolent of salt and the sea, ,which was received by the audience with much pleasure. Mr. E. L. Rowlands, speaking in Welsh, alluded to the long connection of Principal alluded to the long connection of Principal Roberts with their town, and the value which hiaexample was to all in their midst, espec- ially the young men to follow. The Rev. J. Roberts spoke with much effect upon the esteem in which Principal Roberts was held as the head of the Uni- versitv of Wales. and of the important Dart he was playing in moulding the characters of those who would be called upon to play their parts in the future. The Rev. Tecwyn Evans also spoke of the affection entertained by all who had come under the sway of Principal Roberts' per- sonality, and trusted the day was long dis- tant when Aberystwyth would lose from her midst, his presence and his work. The Rev. W. D. Evans spoke of the value of Principal Roberts' work in many direc- tions, not the least being that bearing upon the great question of temperance. All the speakers had some personal reminiscences to give, which were much relished by the gathering. Philip Sidney" was called upon by the Chairman to say a few words more particu- larly in this matter, he having known Prin- cipal Roberts from the time of 1875, when they toured the neighbourhood and formed a friendship which had existed from that time to this. He spoke of the object lesson afforded by the intense love and respect shown by Principal Roberts to his mother, who it was hoped, would long live to rejoice in the high position attained by her son,, a position which, had he lived, his father, Superintendent Roberts, would have rejoic- ed to see. On the motion of the Chairman, and sec- onded in a racy speech, full of wit and fun by Mr. W. Jones Hughes, a vote of thanks, in no mere formal way, was accorded to Miss Pugh for her work and for the way in which she had with such loyalty to her native town met the committee in their efforts to place this portrait in their midst. On the motion < £ f the Rev. W. D. Evans. seconded by Mr. Ffestin Williams, the thanks of the meeting were accorded to Philip Sidney," who, in responding, moved a vote of thanks to the Chairman add to Mr Gwilym Williams, on whose shoulders had fallen the labours of arranging one of the most success- ful meetings of recent, years. The audience dispersed after heartily sinking the Welsh and English National Anthems. The por- trait can now be seen hanging on the Insti- tute wall, and is well worthy the inspectioc of all who will cfill to see it.

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