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POPULAR READINGS. The third of the present series of entertainments was given at the National School-room, on Wednes- day last. The chair was occupied by Thomas Jones, Esq than whom no better chairman could be found. The following unusually lengthy and varied pro- gramme was gone through with perfect success :— Overture, (violin and pianoforte,) Mr George Careswell and Mr Inglis Bervon; song and chorus, Mother will comfort me," Miss E. Jones and choir; reading, Old Age," Rev. Thomas R. Morice, M.A.; solo (pianforte), Andante in F, Miss Kite Rees; reading, selection from The Lady of the Lake, Mr Hentig; song, Come back, my darling," Mrs Bervon; duet (violin and pianoforte), "Prince Imperial Galop," Mr White and .Mr Turner; trio, The Mermaid's Song," the Misses Johnson and Master Davies (Antaron); reading (Welsh), a selec- tion, Mr D. Thomas; song," Poor Shepherd Maid," Miss S. E. Hughes; solo (flute), Scena Dramati- que," Mr G. J. Williams; reading, "Genevra," Mrs lIentig; song, "Where there's a will there's a way," Mr E. Simcox; duet (pianoforte), "Italiana in Algeria," Miss Maude Brown and Mr 1. Bervon; reading, selection from David Copperfield," Mr Hamer; song, "The May Queen," Miss Johnson, accompanied by Miss Trubshaw; reading, Dream of the Infinite," Mr G. H. Thomas; chorus," Mer- rily o'er the waves," Mr Richard James and choir; finale, God save the Queen." The overture gave honest promise of the whole evening's performance being executed to the full satisfaction of a numerous and descriminating audience. A song and chorus were given by Miss E. Jones's and Mr Richards's admirably trained choir of children with much of perfection and taste. The Rev. Thomas Morice read, with emphasis that told up in every ear, a judicious and pleasing selec- tion from that very excellent work" Gentle Life." Miss Kate Rees performed one of Beethoven's most scholastic and difficult pianoforte pieces with sin- gular success. Mr Ilentig's reading of a scene from Scott's Lady of the Lake," the renowned passage picturing the combat between Filz-James and Rhoderick Dhu,with a verygreatamount ofdramatic effect. Mrs Uervon sang Come back my darling" in her tenderest tones. This song was followed by a violin and pianoforte duet, Mr White and Mr Tumor, which, being dance music, set the legs of the company collected in a merry mood. Then fol- lowed one of the vocal gems of the evening, a trio by the Misses Johnson and Master Davies. It was pleasant truly to behold the three young blooming faces on the platform, and, if possible, more pleasant still to enjoy the excellent manner in which the three young vocalists rendered their music. Nothing could possibly have been more appropriate and ten- der than the manner in which the accompaniment was played by MissTrubsha.v. Mr DavidThoinas read a selection in VVilsh, which was, of course, received with uproarious applause. Miss S. E. Hughes sang Alexander Lee's pretty ballad "Poor Shepherd Maid" in such a manner as to be loudly applauded at the close. Mr G.J. Williams's solo on the Bute followed, the performer acquitting himself with satisfaction. Then came the reading of the evening—a lady's reading of an extract from Roger's beautiful poem, "Italy." It is simple justice to assert that Mrs Hentig'8 reading was a rare specimen of elocution- ary excellence; and we sincerely hope that she will again and frequently consent to delight and educate Our audiences with such displays of scholarly read- ing. Mr E. Simcox sang in a popular style a po- pular ballad by one Harry Clifton, the most inno- cuous of music hall musical compilers. Miss Maude Brown's pianoforteduetwith Mrliervoh gave pleasing promise of the young lady's future efficiency. Mr Hamer read in a voice somewhat too subdued, the inimitable scene from the great Observer's" (as Lord Lytton once called Dickens) great work "David Copperfield." The scene most judiciously selected was that where the child being sent by his relentless stepfather to school without any com- panion, stops to dine alone at the inn from which the stage-coach starts. The vocal triumph of the evening followed-Miss Johnson's rendering of the Laureate's immortal May Queen." Each succes- ¡ sive time we enjoy the pleasure of hearing Miss Johnson singing,the enjoyment increases. The wealth, the purity, the searching qualities of her voice suffer no comparison with many other amateurs that hava been heard publicly in Aberystwyth within our time. There is an evidence of natural ease and a perfection of true teaching present in every note this young lady enunciates, which stamps the performer a true artiste. The last reading of the evening was, in its subject, the most sublime. It was a translation from the German of Jean Paul Riechter by De Quincy, entitled A Dream of the Infinite," which, indeed, for sublimity of expression and exaltation of thought, stands without a superior amongst the littrary excerpts of our generation. A chorus by Mr Rich ird James's choir, very admirably rendered, closed the programme. The Rev. E. Owen Phil- lips proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, Mr Thomas Jones, in a very effective speech, which, being most warmly received, Mr Jones responded, and the whole concluded with the National Anthem, Mrs Bervon taking the solo part. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, the attendance was more than ordinarily full, and the enjoyment seemed to be general.

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