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PONTARDAWE I POLICE COURT.

- HONOUR FOR CRYNANT AGENT.'

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HONOUR FOR CRYNANT AGENT. AFTER FORTY YEARS' SERVICE Mr. W. J. Rees. J.P., of Swansea, for 40 years the agent for the Ynis- gwern Estate, Crvnant, and Mrs. Rees, have just been the recipients of a choice set of table silver in a cabinet, as a token of esteem and respect from the tenants on the estate. The event took place at the Crynant Council Schools, where County Coun- cillor Daniels presided over a. large company, which included Sir John r D. Llewelyn, Bart., Colonel C. L. D. Venables Llewelyn, Alderman David Davies, Dr. and Mrs. Edwards, the vicar of Crynant, the Rev. D. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. James, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Rees, and Mr. and Mrs. John John (Lonlas). The presentation was made on behalf of the tenants by the two oldest among them. Mr. Noah Thomas (Gellia) and Mr. William Jones (Llwynfelaeh). Mr. John John, proprietor of the Llwynon Colliery, in supporting, said that Mr. Rees was a most excellent man, in negotiations a "hard nut to crack," but thoroughly straightforward and honourable in all his dealings. (Ap- plause. ) Sir John Llewelyn, who followed, said he felt that his most capable and re- spected agenfc had striven successfully to do justice between landlord and tenant. Unless that were so the gather- ing would hardly have been possible, Referring to proposed legislation in re- spect. of land, Sir John reminded the audience that as a member of the Welsh Land Commission twenty years ago 110 placed on record his opinion regarding security of tenure and other important matters. The rapid growth of Crvnant, he continued, duo to the mining indus- try, had created difficulties, but lie believed that all such were adjustable by the principles which he (Sir John) and his father had adopted, which prin- ciples Mr. Rees who was a just and fair, as well as strong man, had kept steadily in view. (Applause.) Colonel C. Venables Llewelyn said that Mr. Rees was a perfect glutton for work; no task was too trying or too strenuous for him, and he never tired in bringing it to an end. Alderman David Davies and Mr. A- M. James also supported the presenta- t i on. Mr. W. J. Ree-s, in reply, said that the present indicated the nature of hia relations with the tenants the referen- ces of Sir John and Mr. Venables Llewelyn, for whom he had the honour to act, gave the other side of the pic- ture, and he was encouraged in conse- quence to believe that, occupying a position between landlord and tenant. ho had succeeded in his efforts to hold the balance fairly and honestly between them. (Applause.) Mr. Rees also replied in a graceful speech.

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