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INTERESTING PRESENTATION TO MR. FRED. L. DAVIS, J.P., OF THE FERNDALE COLLIERIES. On Monday last a party of gentlemen journeyed to Maindiff Court, Abergavenny, to present Mr Fred. L. Davis, J.P., managing director of the company who now own the extensive Ferndale Collieries, with a massive silver cradle in commemoration of the in- teresting fact that during his year of office as high sheriff of the county of Glamorgan a son and heir was born to him. The deputation comprised the follow- W' ing :—His Honour Judge Gwilym Williams, of Miskin Manor; Mr Walter H. Morgan, solicitor, Ponty- pridd (who acted as under-sheriff for Mr Fred. L. Davis); Major Slopert J.P., Cardiff; Mr D. T. Alexander, Dinas Powis; Mr Edwin Price, JIP., Bridgend; Mr William Evans, manager of the Cyfarthfa Works; Mr Henry W. Lewis, Treherbert; Mr Edward Skyrme, Pentre; Mr Joseph H. Williams, Blaenrhondda Collieries Mr Evan Evans, Cardiff; Messrs Evan Rees, David Hannah, Thomas Bevan, David Rees, Walter Jones, and Dr Parry, J.P., Ferndale 5 Mr Benjamin Jones, Aberaman; Dr Davies, Aberdare; Captain Istance, Bodringallt; Messrs John Crockett, William Phillips, Morgan Morgan, and T. Edwards, Pontypridd; Mr David Llewellyn, Pontypool Mr William Griffiths, Cardiff; Mr Lewis Lewis, Cadoxton-Barry; "Morien," and several others. At the suggestion of his Honour Judge Gwilym Williams (who was foreman of the grand jury at the last Cardiff Assize), and according to ancient USfoge. it was decided to celebrate the birth of the son and heir of the high sheriff by presenting a silver cradle to his parents. Amongst the subscribers were Lord Windsor (the lord-lieutenant of Glamorgan), Lord Bute,(mayor of Cardiff), the Earl of Dunraven, and other noble- men and representative gentlemen of the county of Glamorgan. Maindiff Court, Abergavenny, is only a temporary residence of Mr Davis. The presentation was made in the magnificent drawing room of the mansion, when there were present-Mr and Mrs Fred. L. Davis, Master Lewis Frederick Davis, Mrs Lewis Davis (the grandmother), Miss Smith (sister to Mrs F. L. Davis), and Mr Frank Edwards, Presteign, (the Liberal candidate for Radnorshire). His Honour Judge Gwilym Williams, on behalf of the subscribers, begged the acceptance of the silver cradle. He had heard that the people of Monmouth- shire held Mr Davis in high esteem he knew that the people of Glamorganshire did so, and as a lawyer he did not as a rule accept hearsay evidence; he was, in this case, inclined to accept what the Monmouth- shire people said in praise of Mr Davis, who came of a long line of most worthy ancestors, but had as yet his spurs to win. (Applause, and hear, hear.) His grandfather, father, and uncles had all been remark- able for their straightforwardness and honourable conduct; j to know them was to love them—(cheers)— and he (the speaker) had himself had thf. receiving many words of good counsel from theuu It was almost impossible for him to say much with regard to the Blaengwawr family, but he was glad to say that he (Mr Davis) was held in the same high esteem and was following in their footsteps. He hoped that when Mr Davis gave up the reins to his son the world would be able to say the same good things of him (Mr Davis) as he (the speaker) had to say of Mr Davis' forefathers. He hoped to see him some day leave his residence in the alien county of Monmouth and take it up in the great Welsh county of Glamorgan, and take his share of the work of the administration of that county. (Hear, hear.) When he returned to his native county he would receive. such a welcome as warm, loyal hearts knew how to give. (Applause.) He hoped that Mr Davis would accept the present as a token of their kindly feelings towards him. (Loud applause.) Mr Walter H. Morgan, ex-under-sheriff of Glamor- gan, then presented Master Lewis Frederick Davis with a silver rattle, the child receiving it with out- stretched hands, and evidently appreciating so suit- able a present. Mr Morgan also presented him with an Elizabethan sixpence, and referred to the kindly feelings he and those present entertained for the Davises of Blaen- gwawr and Ferndale. He assured Mr Fred. Davis that their feelings were not fleeting and transitory, but lasting and true. Mr Evan Rees, of Ferndale, said he had known the Davises of Blaengwawr for five generations, and had always held them in the highest esteem. He knew them to be upright and honourable mei^, and his best wishes were that the living would emulate those who had departed. „ Dr Davies, Aberdare, said he had known the Blaen- gwawr family intimately for upwards of fifty years, and he hoped Mr Fred. L. Davis and his son would continue to follow in the footsteps of their prede- cessors. Major Sloper, Cardiff, expressed his great pleasure at seeing such a mark of recognition accorded to Mr Davis. Mr Fred. L. Davis, in accepting the present, expressed his regret at his inability to respond in the Welsh tongue, so rich in adjectives. He would, how- ever, ask them to believe that he spoke with heartfelt gratitude in acknowledging their kind present, which would be one of the most valuable he could hand down to his son. He looked upon it as a great com- pliment that they should have come such long dis- tances on a Bank Holiday to show him this mark of attention. It would ever be his aim to become worthy of the good things which had been said of him, and his father, uncles, and grandfather, by his kind friends who had just spoken. During his term of office as high sheriff he had but done his duty to the best of his ability. He felt very'much touched by Judge Williams' reference to his father and grand- father, and hoped to be enabled to follow such ex- cellent examples. He again thanked them, on behalf of himself and his wife, for the beautiful and appro- priate gift, and hoped they would never have occasion to regret it. (Loud cheers.) Mr Davis then invited his guests to adjourn to a n.arquee erected in the charming grounds of the Court. Here was spread a recherche champagne luncheon, Mr John Prichard, Angel Hotel, Aber- gavenny. being the caterer. The presentation cradle was supplied by the well- known firm of Elkington & Company, London, and bore the following inscription :—'• Presented to Fred- erick Lewis Davis, Esq., by a few of his friends, to commemorate the birth of a son during his year of office as High Sheriff of Glamorgan, 1890-1891; also a lion rampant and the family motto, Gwell Angeu na Chywilydd (" Better Death than Shame.") The names of the subscribers were illuminated in a hand- somely bound book. After the luncheon was over, his Honour Judge Gwilym Williams gave the toast of The Son and Heir." Mr D. T. Alexander gave the toast of "Mrs Lewis Eavis." Mr Fred. L. Davis gave the toast of His Honour Judge Williams," and afterwards that of "Mr Walter H. Morgan." The latter gave the toast of The Press," which was responded to by Morien in an excellent speech. The company left Abergavenny Junction about half-past four, after having spent a most enjoyable day. It may be mentioned that lVhindiff Court has been associated with Barry Dock from the commencement of the undertaking, the late Mr Crawshay Bailey being a member of the first board of directors, and that gentleman always took a keen interest in the welfare of the Barry Company. Mr Fred. L. Davis succeeded his father (the late Mr Lewis Davis) as director of the Barry Company. He is also chairman of the directors of the Barry and Cadoxton Gas and Water Company. He often visits this neighbourhood, and takes a deep interest in its progress and welfare. May he live long, and continue to enjoy the respect and goodwill of his fellow-men is our earnest wish.