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MAYORAL DAY IN MONTGOMERYSHIRE.
MAYORAL DAY IN MONTGOMERYSHIRE. Unanimity characterised all the mayoral elections in M..intg<»meryshire on V\ ednesday. At Welshpool, Mr T. J. Evans was not only re-elected to the chair, but elevated to the aldermanic bench. Mr Edward Hamer re- tains the chief civic position in Llanidloes, and also his aldermanic distinction. Mr Fairies-Humphreys has been decorated with the mayoral chain tor the twelfth time by the Corporation of Montgomery, and Llan- fyllin has made its choice f(,r the important Coronation year ',I Mr J. Marshall Dugdale. Below we give a full account of the mayor making proceedings.
LLANIDLOES. A Popular and Progressive Mayor. Review and Outlook after Twenty Years of Progress. The Town as a Holiday Resort. Mayor's Sunday Discontinued. The Llanidloes Town Council, as we predicted in last week's 'Express,' gave expression to the wish of the community by unanimously re-electing its popul; Mayor, Alderman Edward Hamer, who now occupies the chief civic position of the ancient borough i<>r the fourth time. The Mayor presided over the following membersAldermen Edward Davies, W. Ashton, and Richard George, Councillors Horsfall Turner. Kinsey Jones, Jones Meredith, R. Jerman, G. Hercomb, J. Morris, Thomas Evans, Charles Benbow, E. B. ONeill, E. V. Davies, and Dr Davies, together with the Clerk (Mr Arthur Davies). Mr Hercomb explaned that Councillor Breeze was surry to be unable to attend owing to an engagement. THE DISABILITIES OF ALDERMEN. Prior to the election of the mayor, Alder- man Ashton asked what were the aldermen's liniitatioils in regard to voting for the mayor. The Clerk: This is what the recent Act "The aldermen of a municipal bor- ough shall not have such a vote in the election of aldermen, and the outgoing aldermen shall not as aldermen vote in the election of mayor." But on this occasion, the Mayor, although an outgoing alderman, is entitled to vote. because he does not vote ;1"; an outgoing alderman, but as mayor. ft is only the outgoing aldermen who shall not vote in the election of mayor. The Mayor: I shall ask the ex-Mayor to take my place while Alderman George and myself retire from the room during the election of aldermen. ELECTION" OF MAYOR. Mr Kinsey Jones: I have a very pleasant task in proposing the re-election of our present Mayor, and that resolution does not call for many words. We all know Mr Edward Hamer, and how efficiently he has conducted the Council during the three years he occuped the mayoral chair. I think we will do well to re-elect him to that office for the fourth time, and I trust we shall be perfectly unanimous in his re- appointment. 1 trust, too, that we shall show the same unity of feeling in every other election to-day (applause). Mr Hercomb: 1 have great pleasure in .seconding. We have been very fortunate in this Council for some years in the se- lection of gentlemen for the office of mayor. J am sure that both inside and outside the Council we could not get a gentlemen more popular than Mr Hamer. He is known to us all he has been our mayor several times before e is accustomed to the office, and we are- all accustomed to him (hear, hear). The proposal was unanimously carried amidst hearty applause, and Alderman Hamer was invested with the gold chain of bis office by his proposer and seconder. THE MAYOR'S OUTLOOK. The Mayor: I thank you most sincerely for the honour you have conferred upon me Jor the fourth year. I look upon it as the highest honour a town can confer upon a citizen. I accept and appreciate it as such, and I assure you it will always be my pleasure to do all I possibly can to further the interests of the town (applause). I think you will give me credit for having the interest of the town at heart (hear, hear). When a person has at heart the interest of his place, he can in a great measure accomplish that which he desires to do. I have always believed in that idea, and I hope you are all of the same persuasion. I look upon the ensuing year as a very special one, and have sometimes hesitated and almost shrunk from the thought of again taking the chair, because I see it is to be a year of work, if we are to do our duty as a Council. It will be also a very interesting year. Four very distinct mat- ters stand out in bold relief among the or- dinary routine of Council work. They are all well known to you. There is the cor- onation of our King and the investiture of the Prince of Wales. These two important functions will engage the attention of the world, and I take it that every town and city will share in that interesting occasion, and that we, although our town is small and located in a remote part of Wales, will like to show our loyalty and do what we think is our duty. Again, there is the GREAT WELSH NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which will be an exceptionally important question during the coming year, and I am sure that Llanidloes, like the rest of Wales and Welshmen, will want to contribute its quota towards it,—(applause)—espec- ially as the birthplace ot this great ana noble idea is within a few miles of Llanid- loes (applause). It was there. I think, the idea was first concerned. We know how generous the Plas Dinam family are, and we feel proud that this great national move- ment has had its start in our County Mem- ber,-(applause)-not only our County Member, but our neighbour (hear, hear). I can bring him even nearer than that by saying that this great movement found its inception in the first and only freeman of this borough (applause). Taking these facts into consideration, I know that we will all feel unanimous in supporting this great scheme, and that Llanidloes will be ready and willing to do the best it can towards this noble project. Another ques- tion that stands out in bold relief is the advertising of OUR TOWN AS A HEALTH RESORT. That is a question which has been talked of from time to time ever since I have been on the Council, but somehow or other the matter has not fructified. I am hopeful, however, that this time there is to be some- thing more than talk (hear, hear). We have even started. The Council have given their sanction and their promise of support to the movement, .and, as you know, it has been partly decided that tin outside com- mittee be formed for the purpose of raising funds and carrying on the work. That is an interesting matter, because it will re- quire the help of all, since is concerns everybody. During the last year three great gaps have been created in the Council through the removal of three of its members by death. We cannot have the assistance of these gentlemen any more, but I hope that the gentlemen who have been returned to fill these vacancies will take as keen and as active an interest in the affairs of the town (hear, hear). I hope, too, that we shall be as one family, united in our efforts, and pull together like one man, and do all we possibly can to further the interests of the town (applause). THE FINANCIAL POSITION. The Clerk, and myself have been looking up figures in regard to the finances of the borough, and some of these may interest you. In 1879 we borrowed £ 10,<HJ0 for sewage in 1899, £ 7,326 for the water- works, and in 1905 we had another loan of t2.933-a total of £ 20,259. Of that amount we have repaid Z9,971, leaving a balance of EIO,288 (applause). You will therefore see we have effected a big reduction in the town's indebtedness, and it cannot be con- sidered that we stand in a very unfavoura- ble position in regard to loans. Comparing ourselves with neighbouring towns, I think we may say that we stand in a very favourable position, indeed (hear, hear). Our old sewage loan of £ 10,000 now stands at E2,398, and it will be entirely extin- guished in 1917. After we dispose of that loan, we shall be able to go in for further improvements in our town. Our total annual payments in respect of principal and interest on these loans amount to F-885. That, for a little bor- ough, is a very large item, and you will all readily understand that the Couneil have not very much money at their disposal after discharging these just obligations. We have not large sources of revenue, like other towns. Our account stands in debt at the bank to the amount of £560. A con- siderable part of that may be accounted for by the amount we have paid out of the current account on the sewage works this year. Over £ 250 has been expended this year from the current account, not through any fault of the Council whatever, but owing to defective work carried out more than 30 years ago. During a period of 30 years the Council has been renewed many times over, so that the present councillors are in no way responsible for this defective work. But it had to be remedied, and now that portion of the sewage works is in good order. THE PROPOSED BAZAAR. The site fund deficiency now stands at £ 275. Last year, you will recollect that the fund stood at £ 330 in debt. The re- duction to Y.275 has been made by dona- tions and some subscriptions that have come in, and by another sum which we have been able to pass over to this account. Last year I told you that it was my inten- tion, on taking the chair, to endeavour to start a bazaar with the view to reducing this debt. But circumstances, unfortunate- ly, became adverse. We had one meeting of ladies in this room, at which the project was fairly well received, but the meeting was postponed, and it was the intention to have another meeting. In the meantime, however, illness prevented my doing any duty whatever for a considerable time following that came the general election, and following that again I had a second illness. So we had those hindrances until the season was over, and it was too late to organise the bazaar. Well, I cannot see how we can possibly start a bazaar this year, in face of the memorial fund which we want to raise, and the town improve- ment fund which we also desire to estab- lish. Therefore, I fear we shall have to be content to leave the adverse balance of jL275 on the site fund to remain for the present. NO WHITE ELEPHANT. On the Town Hall account we have a credit of £88 lis lid. That building has not proved to be the white elephant" which some people predicted it to be (hear, hear. It is self-supporting, and leaves us a substantial balance after paying all work- ing expenses. That is very gratifying, for we were all very anxious on this question, considering there was a good deal of op- position to our accepting the generous offer of the Plas Dinam family of this town hall. It is a great relief to us to know that it is self-supporting, and leaves us a profit to devote to other purposes. Alderman Davies reminds me that we cannot use the whole proceeds from the hall. Mr David Davies has very wisely itrer-ved a certain part of the income for the purpose of repairing the building—the income from the billiard room and the rent of the hotel. The market hall fund we have a right to use. We are leaving this margin of P-88 towards the up- keep of the bttilding, so as to comply with the wishes of the donor. That is the finan- cial position of our town, and I think we can congratal-ate ourselves on being in A FAIRLY COMFORTABLE POSITION. The Countil are fully alive to the interests of the town, and do all they can to keep its finances sound. There is one little in- come we have from the Gro. Years ago we received only about E4 of rent from the Gro, but this year, it will surprise you to hear, we have received nearly E40 (applause). Then as to the sewage farm, we are now in receipt of between r,20 and £25 additional rent. These two items help us, especially considering that our rateable value is small. I have nothing further to add in explana- tion of our finances I only hope that we shall have a pleasant year's work, and that all the members will unite to do their utmost. Concluding, the Mayor asked the Council to agree to dispensing with the Mayoral Sunday this year. TRIBUTES TO THE MAYOR. Alderman Ashton: I propose that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to the Mayor for the efficient manner in which he has discharged the duties of his office during the past year. Not only has he done well in this Council, but you all know of his deep interest in the welfare of the town (hear, hear). He is a successful and energetic citizen, and I am glad to think we have a gentleman, a native of the town, who has shown such energy and been so successful, and attained to such a high position in the commercial world as our worthy Mayor (applause). I have known him since he was a boy, and I can assure you nothing has given me greater pleasure than to see the success which Mr Hamer has gained (hear, hear). With regard to the town's improvement, he is, perhaps, a little hit ahead of the old ones. We may have been a little bit slow. The Mayor is just in the age. I have always considered that a Council like this ought to be composed of young and old people. The young go too fast, and the old too slow. Mr Hamer is just in the middle age, not too old nor too young (laughter and hear, hear). For his efficiency as mayor, his conduct as a citizen, for his energy and enterprise, for the good he has done to the town, commercially, morally, socially, religiously, we are grate- ful to him. Alderman Richard George I second the motion most heartily, and can say ditto to practically everything Alderman Ashton has stated concerning our Mayor. I cannot say I remember him as a boy, for he was a young man when I was born, but through- out the years I have known him I think Alderman Ashton Iras stated very clearly our experience of him in different spheres of life (hear, hear). We are very fortunate in having a gentleman of his capabilities and his sympathies. I was very pleased to hear him review the past financial history of the borough, which showed the progress we have made during the last 20 or 30 years. It is said that the best way to admire and view a mountain is from a distance. When we review our proceedings month by month, our progress may seem slow, but when sur- veyed over a period of 20 or 30 years we see not only what we have attempted, but what we have been able to overcome and to achieve. Our progress during that time has been very considerable indeed, and I trust that during the present year we shall main- tain it. The vote of thanks was heartily passed. THE MAYORAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT. The Mayor I thank you very much. It is more than I deserve. But I know that these words of my friends are sincere. I can only say that it is no effort on my part at all to do that which I can. No effort is required to make me feel an interest in the town. It is a sacrifice, and takes toll of my time often when I can ill afford it, but I feel so brimful of enthusiasm for anything which will help the little town along, that I am always willing, as far as I am able, to do that which I can (applause). A HELPFUL CITIZEN. Rising again, the Mayor said I have the very pleasant duty of asking you to accord a vote of thanks to the Ex-Mayor (Mr Hors- fall Turner), from whom I have received the greatest assistance, always readily and un- grudgingly given. He has been a very great help to me in carrying out the mayoral duties this year. Mr Turner was always looking out for something of benefit to the town. We have not forgotten the very valu- able history of the town which he wrote (applause). Only this week some natives of Llanidloes, who have been resident abroad for about 40 years, have expressed the plea- sure they experienced in becoming possessed of a copy of that history. Mr Turner has done valuable work for the town he made a thoroughly good and energetic mayor, and he has been a splendid supporter of mine during the last year (applause). Mr Kinsey Jones seconded. Mr Turner, lie said, has been one of the most active and thorough members the Council has had for a number of years. Whatever he takes in hand he does thoroughly -(applause). Mr Horsfall Turner, in acknowledging the compliment, said he had only tried to do his best. As a stranger to Llanidlop« ha could not personally go back to those olden times and claim it as his place of boyhood, but since he came there he could honestly say he had tried to take an intelligent in- terest in the affairs of the borough, and to do his best to forward anything which con- cerned its progress (hear, hear). In doing that he had only done the duty of a resi- dent. It was nothing extraordinary to aim at. Every resident in a town ought to take an intelligent interest in its affairs. On the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Mr Turner, the Council passed a cordial vote of thanks to Alderman Edward Davies for The assistance which he gives to the mayors on the bench. The venerable Alderman, in responding, said lie was always willing to lend his advice whenever called upon. I ELECTION OF ALDERMEN. j The retiring aldermen were the Mayor and Mr Richard George, who left the Toom while the appointments were being made by ballot. Alderman Davies declared the re- sult of the voting as follows The Mayor £ }, Mr Richard George 8, Mr J. Kinsey Jones 2, Mr Horsfall Turner 1, Mr G. Hercomb 1, and Mr R. Jerman 1. The Mayor and Alderman Richard George having been declared re-elected, returned thanks. Other re-appointments were the Town Clerk (Mr Arthur Davies), Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Vaughan Owen), Treasurer (London City and Midlands Bank), Inspector I of Nuisances (Mr John Morgan), Inspector of Lodging Houses (Sgt. Lewis), Town Crier (Mr W. Hamer). The crier's bell formed a collection plate for the usual honorarium, and several Councillors suggested that the crier should extend his rounds so that the people in the outskirts might hear all his announcements. The Crier (sotto voce to Alderman Ashton): I'll require a pair of roller skates. THE COUNTY INFIRMARY. The Mayor One matter I ought to call your attention to. It is time that the col- lections on behalf of the New County In- firmary were completed, because we shall have other collections to make shortly, and it would be well to avoid any overlapping. May I ask you as a special favour to kindly make an effort to do so this week, and be able to hand in your money by Monday next. You may as well get it over. When Alderman Ashton and I went out collecting on behalf of this project we were most cordially received by everybody. We never had a better response or greater pleasure in collecting for anything. I hope you will finish your collecting this week, so that we may be able to hand over the money to the proper authorities next week. The Council thereafter adjourned till the following evening.
WELSHPOOL. Mr. T. J. Evans: Mayor & Alderman. Mr. Addie's True Loyalty to Our Little Town. Corporation to be 'Churched' Twice. But No Municipal Programme. We know how well he has discharged his duties in every way, especially in pre- siding over these meetings," said the ex- Mayor of Welshpool (Dr R. D. Thomas) at the annual meeting of the Borough Council last Wednesday, when ne proposed tne re- election of Councillor T. J. Evans mayor. "All around this table, I think, will be unanimous in the opinion that we could not excel our choice in re-electing Mr Evans." Councillor George Macqueen and Dr F. E. Marston rose to second the proposition, but the former gave way. "I have been connected with the Corporation for a good many years," said the ex-Medical Officer, but I don't think I have ever sat under a better mayor—(applause from a group of onlooking burgesses in the corner of the Council Chamber, Messrs George M. Parry, Ernest H. Farmer, and Samuel Morris)- than our worthy Councillor Evans. He has discharged his duties most ably. He cer- tainly has KEPT A VERY AWKWARD SQUAD IN ORDER, which I know many mayors formerly have I had great difficulty in doing." We know what it is to have a tried man," said Councillor Macqueen in sup- port, and we want to keep all the best men in the Council that we can." Amid applause, the Mayor was re-elected with unanimity by the councillors. Dr Thomas then invested him with the gold chain of office, told him he had discharged his duties most. ably, and expressed confi- dence that you will keep up the dignity of the old traditions in Welshpool for the coming year" (applause by Messrs Parry, Farmer, Samuel Morris, etc.). Having recited the oaths of office in a dis- tinct voice and signed the declaration book, the re-elected Mayor returned thanks. If you remember (he said), my election as mayor last year came on with a great deal of storm and stress" (smiles). But I am very pleased at the termination of it that we are all, I think, unanimous. And there is not the slightest ill-will or ill- feeling. In fact, there is nothing but good- will and kindly feeling among, I think, every single member of our Council to-day (applause.—Mr George Parry: Hear, hear). I am fully aware of the responsible year of offi-ee I am undertaking. It is Corona- tion year. I don't know, of course, what part the Corporation of Welshpool will have to take more especially. But still I feel assured that in whatever capacity we figure, we shall do it with credit to the borough and honour to ourselves. MR. ADDIE'S MAGNIFICENCE. As you know, Welshpool has been suc- cessful in getting the Welsh National Show here (applause). The deputation had a great amount of opposition, but we were victorious, I am very pleased to say. There is one person I should like particu- larly to mention, because, although he is not a member of this Corporation, he helped us in a most magnificent way. I refer to Mr Addie (hear, hear, and ap- plause). Mr Addie joined Mr Macqueen and myself, and he pleaded our cause in a splendid manner. Not only that. I was asked what would be the guarantee, so that they would be assured of getting this money. Portmadoc has already guaranteed £ 40i), in case the show was at Portmadoc next year. The question was who should give a guarantee for our P-300 and £ 50 extra. for a free supply of water to Feggyleasowe. I was asked what guarantee I would give. I can only give a personal guarantee," I replied-that I would become personally re- sponsible for it. Mr Addie, in a most loyal manner, said, I will join in this guar- antee," and gave both names (hear, hear). Now, I think that is true loyalty to our little town. And I simply make mention of it now because it will have publicity,— (smiles)—and I am sure it is richly de- served. I don't know that I have anything fur- ther to say. But I am glad that my con- duct in the chair has met with your ap- proval. I can assure you that no efforts on my part will lead to anything of a con- trary nature this year. I thank you very much. I MAKING THE ALDERMEN: "AS GOOD AS A PLAY." The next business, "the election of alder- men," caused a buzz of excitement amongst the small crowd of burgesses who watched the proceedings with curiosity. Out of 16 members of the Corporation, only two were absent—Alderman G. D. Harrison, the re- tiring alderman, who has held that office since 1886, and Alderman Rowley Morris, who is not able to attend the Council meet- ings. Alderman David Jones, the other re- tiring alderman, was present, but sat by the fireside in the Council Chamber, away from the table-under a recently passed Act retiring aldermen cannot, vofp for tho election of mayor or of aldermen. How- ever, Councillor John Pryce Jones rose from his seat and spoke to Dr Marston Coun- cillor Edwin Stockton whispered to Council- lor William Humphreys. Ballot papers were handed around, and the Town Clerk (Mr C. P. Yearsley) informed Councillor Richard Jenkins that it was unnecessary for the aldermen to be proposed. Coun- cillor Jenkins next asked would the Mayor give the Christian names of the retiring aldermen. ° The Mayor: Mr George Devereux Har- rison- HE DIDN'T KNOW. Councillor Jenkins (filling his ballot paper amid the broad smiles of the onlookers): Mr George Devereux Harrison. I have a paper, but I don't quite know the name of the other ex-honourable member- The Mayor: Mr David Jones, Spring Bank. Councillor Jenkins was the first to hand in his voting paper. He did so by rising from his seat, striding along the room, and with a courtier-like bow handing the paper to the ex-Mayor, amid more broad smiles from the onlookers-it was as good as a play." ANTI-HENFAESITE. Then came the climax. The Mayor read out the dual names on eleven ballot papers, —one blank paper had been handed in- but after the first four it was quite evident which way the wind blew. Alderman G. D. Harrison was to be elected, of course, for the fifth term of six years. But Alderman David Jones-the straight-speaking Hen- faesite, who had been 25 years on the Coun- cil, and was now only completing his first aldermanic term—must, be turned out. And his place was to be taken by the anti- Henfaesite Mayor, who joined the Council for the Buttington ward four years ago, and was re-elected councillor unopposed last November. The voting was as follows:— G. D. Harrison and T. J. Evans, 7. G. D. Harrison and D. Jones, 3. G. D. Harrison and W. A. Rogers, 1. The Mayor announced the result thus: The result of the ballot is, Mr Harrison 11, Mr David Jones 3, Mr T. J. Evans 7. Gen- tlemen, Mr Harrison is away, but on his behalf and my own I thank you very sin- cerely for the great honour you have done us (applause by Alderman Wyke and Coun- cillor Jenkins, Messrs Parry, Farmer, Samuel Morris, etc.). THE CASE OF ALDERMAN MORRIS. The majority of the townspeople then followed the lead of the Mayoress (Mrs T. J. Evans) and two lady companions, who left the Council Chamber, though the busi- ness was not ended, and though they were welcome to remain. The three old alder- men were re-elected returning officers for their respective wards: No. 2, Alderman Harrison No. 3, Alderman Morris No. 4, Alderman Wyke. On the motion of Coun- cillor Pryce Jones, Alderman T. J. Evans took Alderman Jones' place for Ward No. 1. Councillor Hiles asked the Town Clerk whether Alderman Rowley Morris' office was not rendered vacant by his continued absence. The Town Clerk: No. Councillor Jenkins: Can the gentleman hold it during the whole time of his illness, if it lasts for six years ? The Town Clerk: Until the aldermanship is declared vacant, he continues to hold it. You appoint him for six years. Councillor Jenkins: Some people thought because the worthy alderman voted at the general election that he was well enough to vote at our Council. But I don't take it quite that way myself. Councillor Humphreys proposed ana Councillor Jenkins seconded the re-appoint- ment of the Sanitary Inspector (Mr Wm. Wynne). Councillor Jenkins proposed and Councillors Pryce Jones and W. A. Rogers seconded the re-appointment of the Medical Officer of Health (Dr Arthur Crump).- Agreed GOVERNORSHIP A-BEGGING. The representation of the borough of Welshpool on the Court of Governors of Bangor University College went a-begging. As soon as the Town Clerk said that Dr Marston was the present governor, Alder- man Wyke moved his re-election. Dr Marston: I would rather leave that to someone else. I have held the appoint- ment three years now. I am afraid I've never been able to attend-I don't mind confessing it. Councillor A. E. Bond, however, seconded the re-election, which was carried. Dr Marston: No. I decline the office altogether! The Mayor: Consent for one year. Dr Marston: I decline it. Councillor Bond: I beg to propose Coun- cillor Jenkins. He takes a very prominent part in most things (smiles). Councillor Jenkins: I thank Mr Bond kindly. But, Mr Mayor, don't put that, for I cannot accept it! Councillor Pryce Jones: I propose Coun- cillor Hiles. Dr. Marston: I propose Councillor Pugh. Councillor Pugh: No, no Dr Marston: He is a great authority on this sort of matter. COUNCILLOR STOCKTON'S ACTIVITY. Councillor Pugh having declined, a mild sensation was caused by Councillor Edwin Stockton rising to propose Councillor Hiles. Not within the memory of any present had Mr Stockton taken such an initiative. So Councillor Hiles was appointed. The Town Clerk announced that the pres- ent representatives of the Corporation on the Board of Directors of the Llanfair Rail- way were the late Alderman D. Jones, Coun- cillor W. A. Rogers, and the Mayor for the time being. Councillor Pryce Jones proposed the re- election of Councillor W. A. Rogers and the election of Councillor Humphreys. We want pretty strong men to represent us on the Board,"—(Councillor Stockton: Hear, hear !)-and also the Mayor for the time being. Alderman Wyke had great pleasure in seconding, and it was agreed. As trustee of Castle Caereinion Charities, Alderman Harrison was re-elected, and on the motion of Councillor Humphreys, sec- onded by Councillor Pugh, Councillor Bond was put in the place of Alderman Jones. Councillors Humphreys and Pryce Jones proposed the re-election of Alderman Wyke with Councillors Bond, Hiles, and Rogers on the Guilsfield Joint Burial Board. Councillor Stockton (rising from his chair): I second it.-Agreed. PROUD OF THE MAYOR. The agenda item, Vote of thanks to the Mayor," brought Dr Thomas once more to his feet to mention the excellent manner Mr Evans had presided. Councillor Jenkins ^rose to second, but Councillor Pryce JoAes said it was his turn now (laughter). He remarked that he did not vote for the Mayor a twelve-month ago, but he now appreciated very much the services he had rendered to the town, "especially as he is an old Welshpool boy. Somehow or other-I don't want to cast any slur on those who are not natives,— (smiles)—but at the same time I feel proud that we have produced a man who has con- ducted the business of this Board and of the whole town, and taken such a deep interest in everything. I shall never forget when I went to him as a deputation to see what we could do with the Poor Law Conference. I was very much struck with his remarks, Whatever Wrexham did, so will Welshpool. Welsh- pool shall be as good!' I thought it was such a loyal remark to make respecting our little town. As an old member of the Board, I am going to say this—I think he has proved himself to be one of the best Mayors we have ever had!" Councillor Bond spoke as one of those members who did not vote for Mr Evans twelve months ago." I should like to as- sure him I have been perfectly satisfied with the way he has filled the chair during the last year. "I did vote for the Mayor," remarked Councillor Jenkins, amid laughter, sup- porting the vote of thanks. He consid- ered Mr Evans had been an honour to the town and a credit to himself." AN ALDERMAN WHO POSSESSED PRINCIPLES. Dr Thomas: I am not going to disclose the secrets of the Ballot Act and say how I voted last year (laughter). The Mayor (smiling): I don't know really where I stand, gentlemen! There have been so many laudatory remarks passed on me. You are going to make me very, very proud. Allow me on this occa- sion to publicly thank Mr David Jones, who has been a member of this Council for a great many years—(hear, hear)—and this morning he has left us. He has certainly helped Welshpool in a great many things. He has been mayor twice of the town, and although we have not on all occasions been of the same mind, still I honour him for his principles. I think we should pass a vote of thanks—or I should give public ex- pression of thanks to Mr David Jones for the many years' service he has rendered us in Welshpool (applause and hear ,hear). THE IRREPRESSIBLE COUNCILLOR. Vote of thanks to officials." Councillor Jenkins was again on his feet, and smilingly began, Well, I'm getting like Mr Bond- but stopped short, and exclaimed, What did you say ? Councillor Pryce Jones Sit down So Councillor Jenkins sat down, and the Mayor remarked that it seemed the usual thing for the Mayor to move that resolu- tion. "We have a very able body of offi- cials," he remarked. There will be more work probably placed on their shoulders than they have had in previous years. I hope they will rise to the occasion, and do their utmost for the little borough." Councillor Jenkins rose smilingly again Now you ask me to rise. Sometimes you ask me to sit down (laughter). Anyway I am very pleased and proud to second the vote of thanks to the officials, because I think we have—from the Town Clerk right down to the Town Crier—(laughter)—a set of very useful gentlemen, men of ability and men who strive to do their duty. The Town Clerk I suppose it falls to my lot to reply for the officials. I hope that their services are appreciated. Certainly at times it is very difficult to please everybody. And may I say I never try to please every- body. However, I hope that during the coming year our services will come up to the expectations of the Mayor and others. TWO MAYOR'S SUNDAYS. DR. MARSTON'S SCHEME. Dr Marston then unfolded an interesting idea that had occurred to him. Seeing this was the twelfth year Mr Fairies-Humphreys would hold the mayoralty of the ancient borough of Montgomery, it would be a very nice act on the part of Welshpool, as a neighbouring Corporation, to show their appreciation of his very long services by accompanying his Worship at Montgomery to the Parish Church. I have been in communication with the Mayor of Mont- gomery this morning," added Dr Marston, and he informs me that large preparations have already been made in regard to the procession at Montgomery next Sunday, and he sees some little difficulty in putting it off for another Sunday. But I am given to understand that if our Mayor here could not see his way to accompany the Mayor next Sunday at Montgomery they, in considera- tion of the appreciation we are showing them, will put it off to Sunday week- Councillor Jenkins Hear, hear Dr Marston But, of course, as a Council we cannot ask our Mayor to forsake the Parish Church on Sunday at Welshpool for Montgomery. That would be out of the question, I think. But I feel sure that the Corporation would be very proud indeed at Montgomery if we could accompany them next Sunday week. Dr Marston then formally proposed that this be done, and," he added, "I hope that we will all support our Mayor, and make an effort to go, because it will be no appreciation on our part unless we can show a very good number." MACE-BEARERS WILL BE THERE. Dr Thomas I have great pleasure in seconding Dr Marston's suggestion. The only question is how will we go on Sunday ? Dr Marston I think there are convey- ances to be had. It's not a very long drive —that can be easily arranged. All the Councillors then voted for the proposal except Councillor W. A. Rogers. The Mayor If we go to Montgomery I should like as strong a body as possible. I should like us to go really in toto'—the whole of us. Dr Marston Certainly Hear, hear The Mayor If we are going to pay a compliment at all to the Mayor of Mont- gomery, let us do it in a thorough, hearty, good manner Dr Marston I am sure the Ex-Mayor would help with his car to take a few. I will take all I can. Dr Thomas I am afraid my car has already been commandeered (smiles). The Mayor The mace-bearers will go also a week on* Sunday, Mr Bishop. That mace-sergeant, who sat watching and listening to the proceedings, rose from his chair, saluted the Chief Magistrate, and sat down again. EVENING MEETINGS ANOTHER REFORM REJECTED. Councillor Hiles moved that the Council meetings be held in the evening. "It is a matter of general convenience and the cus- tom in many towns," he remarked. Councillor Pryce Jones I second that. Councillor Jenkins We shall be here till midnight. What time does Mr Councillor Hiles suggest calling the meetings ? Councillor Hiles For seven, half-past seven, or eight o'clock. Our monthly meet- ings now last-under the able guidance 6f Mr Councillor T. J. Evans—about an hour and an hour and a half. Formerly I can recollect them lasting two or three or even four hours. But it is very different now- we have a business-like mayor. It is much more convenient. I maintain, to the maioritv 01- of us to come here in the evening. Dr Thomas moved an amendment That we do not change our time." Personally, I think we shall be departing from a custom which has worked very satisfactorily indeed. And I don't believe myself in evening: meet- ings. I don't think the Council meetings for many, many years have gone beyond about an hour at the most. The committee meetings are the meetings which take our time, especially the Sanitary Committee. If we spend about four hours on committee meetings on one day a week, surely we can spend half or one-third of that time for the Council meeting. I move that we don't. Alderman Wyke I have great pleasure in seconding. For this reform there voted three—Coun- cillors Hiles, Pryce Jones, and Bond. Six voted against, and the majority of these, curiously enough, were men of leisure who have retired from business. WHERE THE WORK IS DONE. The Sanitary, Highways, and Finance Committees consist of the whole Council, and were re-elected with the addition of the new members and new alderman, except that Councillor Hiles had his name (by his own request) removed from the Sanitary to the Markets Committee. This latter Com- mittee was also re-appointed, the only per- son not on it being Alderman Harrison. Alderman Wyke moved the re-election of the Free Library Committee. Councillor Humphreys One name I should like to add-Mr Morgan Jones. He would be a very good one on that committee. Councillor Pryce Jones seconded, and it was agreed. COUNCILLOR ROGERS NOT AN 'EXPRESS' MAN! The Council decided to fix their Christmas markets on the following dates: Live market, December 12th live and dead, December 19th additional dead, December 22nd. When the question of advertizing arose, Councillor Bond proposed that the fairs be advertized in the local papers, the Express,' County Times,' and Oswestry Advertizer.' Councillor Rogers What we want here is buyers for the country people. I don't see no earthly use in advertizing in the New- town Paper (smiles). The County Times as a matter of course. And-well, the Oswestry' perhaps. I don't see any use- it's throwing money away. Councillor Bond I don't agree with Mr Rogers' remarks respecting the Newtown Paper or Express.' The Mayor (in a stage whisper) Take no notice But Councillor Bond persisted with the truth It circulates very widely. It's not only around Welshpool The Council then decided to advertize in the Express' and other papers. THOROUGHLY GOOD." The Mayor I have great pleasure to invite all the Aldermen and the Councillors and all the Burgesses of Welshpool to attend with me to the Parish Church to Divine Service on Sunday morning next. Half-past ten Dr Marston I have had a communication from Montgomery, and they will very gladly accept our offer to accompany them to Church. They consider it a great honour, indeed. And they are putting off their ser- vice to enable us to do so to Sunday week. The Mayor I hope we shall have a thoroughly good muster. Mayoral Day in Montgomeryshire.
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ELDEST AND ONLY SON. Disinherited and Sued by Sister. Ex-Newtown Man Grumbles at his. Luck. At Newtown County Court, on Monday, before his Honour Judge William Evans, a family dispute arising out of a will was heard, when Clara May Spencer, formerly of New Church-street, New- town, and now of Stockport, sued her brother, John Denley Spencer, printer and journalist, Aberystwyth, for .£16, balance due on a note of hand given by the defendant in favour of the plaintiff's mother (now deceased). Mr R. George appeared for the plaintiff, and, in explaining the case to the Judge, intimated that he did not think Mr Spencer denied the I.O.U., but had something to say to his Honcur by way of de- fence. Mr Spencer: I want to see the will proved. Mr George put in probate of the will. Mr Spencer Where is my mother's signature ? The Judge: That is proof of the will. Mr Spencer: This is not the document my mother signed then, sir. His Honour: No; that is probate of the will issued by the High Court. Mr Spencer: Then I can't test the signature. There is no evidence here that it is my mother's will. Mr George: That is rather hard on me. I wit- nessed the will. Mr Spencer Are you going to give evidence ? Mr George: No; why didn't you contest the will ? Mr Spencer: I heard nothing of the will until six wenks after my mother's death. Mr George You were not interested in it, sir. Mr Spencer: Cannot I have the plaintiff in the box, your Honour ? The Judge: What for ?-I want to ask her a few questions. Mr George: About some insurance, sir. She is sole executrix and sole legatee. Mr Spencer: Can I have some explanation ? I am the only son and eldest child. Continuing, Mr Spencer said that his mother always led him to believe that the I.O.U. was not included in the estate in the sense as now shown by the will. His Honour: Did you leave it in her posses- sion ?—Yes, sir. Mr George: First of all, an I.O.U. was given for .£30, and then he paid a portion, and then he gave au I.O.U. for £ 23. Then he has paid another sum, for which he has had credit. His Honour: You have no evidence except your own recollection for any surrender of the debt P Mr Spencer: This balance is due, of course, on the I.O.U. There has been no refusal on my part to pay, but I thought I was entitled, as the eldest child and the only son, to have some statement of my mother's affairs. I have been refused every single item of information as to the position of things. There are three daughters and myself, and the youngest daughter alone seems to have got whatever there was left. I do not know whether it was 5s. or £ 500. My second sister, who is in extreme poverty, is never considered. He had tried to get some explanation, but had bad none. He considered it a good deal of bluff at the time until he received a letter from Mr Gesrge threatening proceedings under the I.O.U. Previously to that they had repeatedly asked him if he would pay the doctor's bill. He said he would when he got some information as to the condition of affairs. His father died some eight years ago, and he believed he left his mother com- fortably off. Defendant added that all be asked for was a statement of affairs. He wanted to ask his sister a few questions. He wanted to know why his mother had been registered under a false age. Mr George objected to this, but Mr Spencer maintained that he had got a duty to perform to his mother, and he was going to see that duty carried through whatever the consequences. The Registrar-General had had the information placed in his hands. His mothei's age must be put right in the books whatever the consequences. Could a woman make a will for half a dozen chairs and a dresser ? How much money was in- volved ? Who paid the fee for making the will- his mother or his sister ? Mr George: Your mother actually handed me the money herself. I am telling you out of cour- tesy. His Honour gave judgment for the amount claimed, and when the question of the amount of monthly payments was mentioned, Mr George said that defendant was in a business of his own and could afford j63 a month. Defendant: I cannot pay that sum, your- Honour, I am out of a situation. [To Mr George: ] Did you make a fortune when you started in business ? Mr George No, unfortunately, I didn't, or I would not be here now. An order for .21 a month with costs was made
WAILING AND MOANING.
WAILING AND MOANING. Welsh music and Welsh musicians came in for severe condemnation from Mr Harry Evans, a well-known eisteddfod adjudicator, in the course of a speech at Denbigh, The Welsh people generally, he said, had been too long under the sway of the hymn-tune, which had usurped the place of the national songs; the- people had wailed and moaned to such an extent until they had become partial to minor-key tunes. It had been said that a Welshman was never so happy as when miserable-(] aughter) —and especi- ally when singing funeral tunes. Referring to Welsh comoosers. Mr Evans said that Wale<3, in spite of being considered a great musical nation, had contributed nothing to the- world's great music. The monotony of style and paucity of rhythmic force and originality which characterised the works of Welsh composers—and he wa3 one of them—(laughter)—was amazing in view of the wealth of style and rhythm to be found in the old Welsh national songF. And fbr- this he blamed the prevalence of the hymn-tune. The nation had got into a narrow srove; they had clamoured for wailing music, and composers- had given way to meet the demand.
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