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CAERSWS GUARDIANS PRESENT TO A MAN AT THE ANNUAL FEAST. 1910 REVIEWED. A GREAJ1 SPREAD AND POSTPRANDIAL ELOQUENCE. The annual Christmas gathering of Caersws Guardians on Wednesday found a splendid muster of those gentlemen round the board. They included the Chairman (Mr Richard Evans), Vice- Chairman (Mr P. Pugh), Mrs R. Bennett, Mrs D. H. Lewis, Messrs Daniel Higgs, W. Morris, E. Thomas, Tom Jones D. Hamer, J. P. Francis, E. Woosnam-aage, Joseph Davies, David Lloyd, Evan Rees, Evans, R. Edwards, E. Davies, T. Evans, J. H. Edwards, Matthew Wilson, R. P. Wilson, Samuel Powell, T. Whitticase, R. Bowen, John Powell, Evan Morris, Edward Lewis, J. Gethin, and P. Wilson-Jones. The Clerk (Mr C. T. M. Taylor), the Master (Mr Parry), and Relieving Officers Owen, Lewis, and Wilson were in attendance. The business which had to be transacted in the Board-room was, with the exception of the treasurership (which will be found reported in another column), practically in- significant and negligible in character when compared with the business which was transacted in the dining hall. There the decorations proclaimed the season of merriment and festivity. Holly and mistletoe had been tastefully arranged by the Master and Matron, and at the lower end of the hall was the appropriate text, which had perhaps been worked by a grateful pauper- GOD BLESS OUR GUARDIANS." The festive board literally creaked under the weight of good things upon it, and the dutiful representative of every parish seemed imbued with the idea that he must defend the honour of his constituency by making a vigorous attack on the toothsome viands, and justify his representation by shipping such a cargo of goose, turkey, plum pudding, and mince pies as would submerge the gastronomical load line." At one end of the table sat the. popular and genial Chairman, confronted by a mighty goose "'Wiell worthy of a grace As long as his arm." At the other extreme Was Mr P. Wilson- Jones, whose expert left-handed dissection of a turkey was in itself an instructive demonstration of the anatomical construc- tion of this bird of the Orient. With knife and fork they stretch and strive" De'il take the hindmost! On they drive, Till all their well-swelled kytes belyve Are bent like drums." Next act in the savoury drama—enter the Christmas pudding: The groaning trencher it did fill Its hurdies like a distant hill. The knife cuts up with ready slight, Trenching its gashing entrails bright, And then, oh, what a glorious siglit,- Warm, reeking, rich." Next a vigorous assault was made upon the mincepies, and a wholesale clearance was effected, prompted perhaps by the old legend that every one swallowed ensured a month's happiness but the CHEESE WAS LEFT UNTASTED. The load line" had long since disap- peared. The pungent gorgonzola was left to shed its sweetness on the desert air. The Chairman was naturally expected to make a speech on such an occasion, and he rose to the occasion and said how ex- tremely pleased he was to see his fellows around that table once more, and to see a record attendance. He had been a guar- dian for over 20 years, but he could not remember ever seeing every guardian pres- ent. He was very pleased to meet them, and he hoped all of them had thoroughly enjoyed the good things which had been before them. A review of the work of the past year afforded him great satisfaction, for everything had been carried on with the same efficiency, smoothness, and una- nimity as had characterised the Board for some years. As chairman it afforded him an opportunity of thanking them heartily for their co-operation and the loyal way in which they had assisted him in carry- ing on the work of the Board. He hoped they would always be able to carry on the work in the same exemplary manner as hitherto. Without, any further words, he wished them all a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, and might they all live a long time to serve their King and country. The guardians, who had been pretty well served by the carvers, responded at this point with a very creditable round of applause. It was usual, continued the Chairman, to propose a vote of thanks to the officials, and they are as deserving of it to-day as they ever were. He would, therefore, heartily thank Mr and Mrs Parry and the staff for the way in which they had served them that day. MR. WILSON-JONES' GRATITUDE. Then from the other end of the table, from which the skeleton remains of the victuals had been spirited away by willing attend- ants, Mr Wilson-Jones rose and heartily endorsed what the Chairman had said with regard to the oflcials. It was quite true that they deserved their gratitude for the way in which their material wants had been catered for. He felt sure that they had fared most sumptuously. In seconding that, perhaps they would permit him to propose that their heartiest thanks as Guardians be given their Chairman for presiding over their delibera- tions. He could endorse what the Chairman had said about the business of the Board having been carried on in an exemplary manner. Mr Evans, though, he did not think had a. very difficult team to handle. He thought in that Board room they had only one object, and that was to serve the very best interests of the ratepayers. He was very pleased to find all present that day. They had seven new members, and they were glad to welcome new blood.—(Mr E. Woosnam Savage: Hear ,hear).-It was too true, though, that death had taken its toll. They had lost one faithful and fear- less member in the person of the late Mr Evan Williams. Year after year they had to record these deaths, and it only served to remind them that before another year might have passed some of them may have been called upon to join the majority. Let them just do their work in the best possible man- ner. The year 1910 was an important one in the annals of their history. They had lost their King, Edward VII., and there was another thing which concerned Wales, and that was their COUNTY MEMBER'S GREAT SCHEME, which he had inaugurated to do away with tut tIculosis-otherwise consumption. It was stated that in two or three generations it would be possible to stamp out that great scourge. Whatever might be said in subse- quent generations, they would be certain to look back upon the nillle of Mr David Davies, whom they all felt had so freely given of his time and his money to create a movement which had such a noble object. We cannot-he said—pass that by because it is so clearly connected with our own work. There are scores of people who are suffering now on account of consumption, and when that is stamped out, the rates will be much relieved in the future. I propose that the heartiest vote of thanks be given to our Chairman for the efficient and straight- forward way in which he has conducted the affairs of this Board in 1910 The Vice-Chairman (Mr Pugh) seconded Mr Wilson-Jones' proposition. The Chair- man had always done the work to the best of his ability and to the satisfaction of them all as guardians (hear, hear). He thought all the guardians were conscientious in giving of their best in the public service. They could not always see eye to eye on all matters, still he thought they were all thoroughly conscientious and respected each other, despite the fact that on various mat- ters they might differ. He trusted that they would be spared to meet for a long period around the board. As Mr Wilson-Jones had said, they had lost one from among their number, who was always outspoken and did his best to carry out the work of the Board in an efficient manner. But when the Elijahs were taken from them, they always found that the Elislias were ready to take their place. They knew that they had not only to study the ratepayers, but also the poor of the parishes (hear, hear). He thought the tendency was for guardians to become more lenient and humane to their fellow-men than they were in the past, and he trusted that they as a Board would do their utmost to deal justice to the rate- payers and study the poor, whose guardians they were. The Chairman thanked them, and hoped they would live long and all meet there again. The Master also wished to thanked the Board for the kind vote of thanks which had been accorded to him and the rest of the staff. It was a pleasure to serve them.

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