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Mr. Lloyd George. Unexpected Visit to the Spa. HOW HE SPENT HIS SUNDAY. SPEECH AT A CONCERT. The Right Hon. D. Lloyd George, M.P., Minister of Munitions, paid an unexpected visit to Llandrindod Wells over the week-end, arriving at the Gwalia Hotel by car on Saturday evening. He was accompanied by Mrs D. Lloyd George and Miss Megan Lloyd George, Sir J. W. Murray, Chief of the Imperial General Staff and First Military Member of the Army Council (ex-M.P. for Aberdeen), and Miss Murray. They were I suitably received and heartily welcomed at the Gwalia, but it was a great disappointment to the I distinguished visitor, and still more so to Mr Edward Jenkins, the manager, an old personal friend of the Minister's, that be was away at Aberystwyth for a short holiday. On Sunday morning, the hon. gentleman and several members of his party attended divine ser- vice at the Baptist Tabernacle, where the preacher chanced to be the Rev. Owen Thomas, Baptist .minister, of Dolau, Nantmel. Mr Lloyd George's presence was soon known in the town, and a number of people assembled to witness the con- gregation leaving the church. They lined up for the party to pass out, and they were unexpectedly saluted, but rnere was no formal demonstration other than was in keeping with the spirit of the -iday. The hon. gentleman was quite at home in the church, and chatted pleasantly with some little children who happened to be near him. Except for the courtesy of the stewards he would have dropped into a back seat, and, perhaps, have re- mained quite unnoticed by many. After the service he went for a stroll over the Common, remaining in the vicinity of the Lake for some time, and chatting with several friends whom lie chanced to meet there. After lunch, he again sought the beautiful fresh air of the cele- brated Common, and was there from about four o'clock till nearly seven. After dinner, he and his party attended a private invitation concert at the Hotel Metropole, which was specially arranged in his honour by the Hon. Mrs Llewelyn and Dr. Llewelyn Jones Llewelyn, of Bath, who spend in any months of the year at Llandrindod Wells, Where the latter has a large clientale amongst visitors. The Hon. Mrs Llewelyn belongs to one of the oldest Welsh families, her father, the late Lord Headley, being a direct descendant of the royal house of the Wynns, of Gwydir. The concert was arranged at very short notice, but the or- ganisers took up their project with intense en- thusiasm, finding support from all whose interest was solicited. Singers were brought from Ynys- hir, Dolau, and Llanyre by car, and the assistance of Mr Thomas' choirs were readily given. The concert took place in the Lounge of the Hotel Metropole, and the guests included the Itight Hon. D. Lloyd George, Mrs Lloyd George, Miss Megan Lloyd George, Sir James Murray and Miss Murray, and many distinguished visi- tors, the town being represented by Mr J. O. Bufton. The chairman was Mr J. Thomas, J.P., of Ynyshir, who is a cousin of Sir W. J. Thomas, and he presided over the proceedings with much geniality. Calling upon a solist to sing "Bach Cymru," he said, amidst cheers, that the soloist Would sing in the presence of the gteatest boy of Wales, adding that Sir James Murray would say that his only fault was that he was born in Wales and not in Scotland. Dr. Llewelyn Jones Llewelyn explained that the concert was really the outcome of Mrs Lloyd George's recruiting speech at Greenway Manor, & few weeks ago. She there stated that there was a. lamentable shortage of sand-bags, which were an urgent necessity to the troops on active ser- vice, and she made an earnest appeal to the women of Wales to give all the assistance they could in the effort that was being made to meet the de- ficiency. He had iO doubt the appeal would find 4ready response. leers.) In assisting their gallant men to deft., the trenches, they were in a most direct manner defending their own hearths and homes. (Cheers.) The programme of the concert included songs by Mr Glyndwr Thomas, of Ynyshir, who possesses a. splendid baritone voice, which gave immense delight to all; Miss Lloyd, R.A.M., the distin- guished soprano soloist of Ynyshir, whose splen- did voice was heard to .great advantage; Miss Mary Thomas, daughter of Mr John Thomas, of Dolau (who is a young singer of much promise); and Mr Powell Jones, of Pantpurlais, who gave excellent renderings of the solos, "Light of the World" and "Lead, kindly light." Mr Thomas had his mixed voice choir and his ladies' choir in attendance, but, unfortunately, time only permit- ted of the former taking part. This was a great pity, as the finished and refined singing of the ladies' choir would undoubtedly have given great delight to all. The mixed choir sang, by request, the Welsh National Anthem (twice) and "The Soldiers' Farewell," the blend being perfect and the singing delightful. The rendering by the choir of the renowned hymn-tune, "Aberystwyth," Was also immensely appreciated, especially by the English and Scotch visitors. Mr Glyndwr Thomas, at the call of the chairman, sang the popular Scotch song, "Annie Laurie," in honour of the presence of Sir James Murray, the render- ing being full of spirit and sympathy. Miss Thomas's selection was "Home with the angels." Sir James Murray congratulated Mr Thomas on the delightful singing of his lovely choir, and Mr Lloyd George personally complimented several of the young people belonging to the choir, and, also, spoke in glowing terms of the magnificent singing of Miss Lloyd and Mr Glyndwr Thomas. The chairman ventured to ask the Hon. D. Lloyd George to address the audience, observing that the whole nation was magnificently respond- ing to the call which he had sounded since he had become the Minister of Munitions. He himself Vas prepared to go down into the pits and cut three or four tons of coal per day if that was ne- cessary. (Cheers.) Mr Lloyd George said he had really come to Llandrindod Wells for rest, recuperation, and tjuiet; 6ut the pressing invitation of the genial chairman to say a few words was simply irresist- ible. (Laughter and cheers.) He had been touch- ed by his patriotic remarks. (Cheers). The Army needed coal quite as much as theo Navy did. Without an abundant supply of coal they could not hope to secure the rapid manufacture of ex- plosives which was necessary if their brave men were to have the chance of saving their lives in the -terrific struggle they were now engaged in. (Cheers.) The colliers had manifested great patriotism. (Cheers.) Over 200,000 of them had already enlisted. In fact, they had been, if any- thing, too patriotic, because they were really want- ed more in the coal fields, where they could help their comrades at the front in a more effective man- ner. The miners who had joined the Army and rendered service at the front had revealed great -qualities, qualities of great bravery. (Cheers.) Their conduct on the battlefields had been equal to the best traditions of the British Army; and he ,could say from first-hand evidence which he had received from the front that they had shown con- spicuous courage, amounting almost to reckless- ness, and the very greatest tenacity. (Cheers.) He made a strong appeal to the miners who were left behind to work harder than ever, assuring them of the tremendous urgency of the need and of the fact that their service was of the utmost value to the nation. (Cheers.) He then went on to say that he had to thank his friend Dr. Llew- elyn and the Hon. Mrs Llewelyn for their great kindness in providing that concert. (Cheers). Just as Welsh coal was essential for the Welsh miner so Welsh music was essential for a tired Welshman. Their thanks were also due to the ladie3 and gentlemen who had entertained them with their exquisite singing; and to the choir for their delightful music. (Cheers.) He would also include in the vote of thanks the services of their -chairman, whose genial conduct had tended great- ly to the pleasantness and success of the concert. (Cheers.) With their permission, he would not only propose this vote of thanks, but second it as 'Well, and put it to the audience. The proposal was heartily agreed to, and the -chairman briefly responded. The accompanists were Miss Donnan (Alltycoed), Miss E. Bentley, L.R.A.M., and Miss Hewells (Emporium), and their splendid services and beau- tiful accompaniment was heartily acknowledged. The collection realised a sum of £ 8 Os 6d. The distinguished party left the Gwalia on Monday morning, about 9.30, and were accorded a ^ery hearty send-off. They travelled to Stratford-on-Avon on Monday, oompleting the journey back to town on Tuesday. We are glad to add that before leaving the Gwalia, the hon. gentleman stated that he had & verv pleasant visit, and was going away refresh- -e. The hon. gentleman was looking exceedingly ell, and if anything a little less grey than twelve months ago.

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