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UNCLE ROBIN'S TOY EXHIBITION. VISITORS SURPRISED DELIGHTED. OVER 3,000 TOYS DISTRIBUTED. EXCELLENT CHILDREN'S CONCERT. Uncle Robin's first Christmas Toy Exbibi- i rhristmas Toy Exbibi- H Uncle K° '? t tbe Albeit Minor Hall. -tion was e It proved a great sue- Swansea, on doll3 atld toys of every de- ■ ee8aV-„n'"ere prettily arranged ontablea and ■ ball was tastefully decorated by I MessrsBen Evans »ui ■ MC-T%t"ce;?- picture in the Parsons, lhe scene delisted tbe H extreme, and su^ri^escribe the wonderful ■ many visitors. d not fee1 ■ array of dolls and of arranfting ■ disposed to tek«|»P- li?M. but where ■ tbetbmgS Tnbere'sa"ay. Uncle Rob,n «as ■ there's a"114 t0 secore tbe eo- fortunate some paton, a valuable, ■ operation of Mrs. T. ■ practical and zealous y ization ■ proved valuable Mr worker in good ■ tful, sympathetic an the capable ■ causes; Mrs J. treM of tbe National H »nd successful headrn Mrg_ T Edgar H Higher Grade Scboos who collected ■ John-nd Mrs. Martin ■ substantial amounts Exhibition, ■ These ladies J f competition, ■ they judged tbe on Mon- ■ and they assisted at th sincere ,thanks, and earnestly I him in next year s Ex^ltx d the highest ■ Tbe children s (Eut- ■ credit on Miss Jones Jones is a very ■ land-street s°b°°> and successful ■ talented musician. 0>enerai favourite in ■ echool-niistress, an "Nothing seems too ■ Swansea and dis y Df children, and I much for her to do on that she exer- I it is for this re^on' thetic a control over ■ cises so firm and takes this oppor- ■ her scholars, ^nc and her scholars I I Exhibition. v u- after I The ■ ene o'clock on S Watkins> Esq.) who ■ Mayor of SwanS*a ( the Mayoress (Miss lee I -m ra"?- ■ Watlcins),Mrs. Patryi, appropriate ■ Mayor d5;"7eier,.„Thlas.M.f'«"<lMr, I speech. M • • L]ewe]yn, Mrs. T. D. I Thomas, Sir John • • Brock, Mr. and I Siffiths, Mr, g E Fish an* Mrs. Cadwalladr, x • afternoon and othess attended durinc evening. distributed by the Mayoress The prizes were distr at 3.30. "Rutland-st. School, "Miss Nellie Robertson C„ff, Miss Maude j3nfcins gtre€ were awarded National Sc^ols'°eacb< for dressed dolls •firstprizes, I0s.6 Br00klands-terrace, Miss Katie Howell^ for and "Nurse," second prizes, dressed dolls National Schools,Oxford- Miss May ^rnett Nation^gged street, third prize, 5s.,t each were Consolation prizes Rutland-street awarded Miss Rational Higher School, Miss i i v.ctor-a pender, Rutland- Ztt fcW^nd Miss Minnie Morgan, for dressed dolls. l t prize, 10s. For best h"™ d*j2°nal H.G. School), €d., Master Basil Jones ( 6d ( Master 15, Mansel-street; 2n West. W. Austin (Nationa • Master Harry hury-street; 3rd g hooi),l3, Westbury- O.Dodd (National H.O.»c street, frll(,tor of these Prize~ who is to be congratulated ulrri,. Bebolars. The judge «• Mr. Prizes of books s and the following collections of^money __May Barnett, were declared the Henry Davies, National H.G. Sc Gam^ Eutland- Dyfatty Schoo! _]da wi]k.e> Nati0nal H.G. street Scboo Mumbles Board Sebool; Octavms Kmgdom j H G School; and Adelaide Cuff, » S0b00'' concert was a thorough "Hard times, come .gain no more i ? „tte "Trip. Trip, Tripping, Junior •vocal gavotte, p u{ dancei song. Scholars pina Miss jjaggie Lucas A fWe 'yttle Smmflakes," Miss Florrie and friends; a]r_ „CaUec *Miss Nellie Ed.ards"; action song, Herrin, „, hoop drill; song, r-^fVuhTMUs vfctoria Pender,. Master Walter Cole; action song, violin 8ol°,Mfl (i fi ,g Dreanl. song,-A merry .<3^4Maid." Miss Nellie Dendle; mandoline diligence Amy Loxton playing Miss Rose Tucker gave a fe w „■tab e i' fS:ssisunce. He 1 "e children had worked noM* that Miss Jones deserved the highest praise, that next year he hoped and ^e'ed^he Exhibition would be on a much 0 On Monday morning the toys and dolls were distributed, the ladies mentioned above rendering splendid service. sent to the Hospital, Cottage Horn >house, Orphan Home, Deaf and Dumb Institution, Blind Institution, the Home for Girls at Mumbles, and Miss Llewelyn s Home t cas-el, tX • Superintendent of the Ragged Sunday School .while toys »ere given several hundreds of "children to whom tickets had been given by Miss Chapman. The distribution occupied from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Uncle Robin again tenders his sincere -thanks to all who assisted him in gladdening ,-the hearts of a few thousand deserving poor children in Swansea and district. ENCOURAGING LETTERS. The following letters speak for them- selves i "MB. EDITOR-It is not my custom to write often to the papers, but on the present occasion I find a necessity laid upon me. -Uncle Robin" cannot very well speak of himself, and he has done such noble work in connection with the Toy Exhibition that he deserves much more than anything I can say. He has done noble work, and hundreds of poor ittle mites have spent a [n 7 I I -"a through the efforts of Uncle Robin in the pages of The Cambrian. The Cambrian has been known for many a noble cause it has supported during its course along nearly the whole of the nine- teenth century, but I believe it has never taken a nobler cause in hand, and carried it to so successful an issue as in its achievement in making the Toy Exhibition such a success. And what does this success of "Uncle Robin mean ? What is the significance of it? This Exhibition has far reaching results. (1) It has taught the children of well-to-do parents to think of the little fatherless and motherless, and of those who are worse off than in being fatherless and motherless. Who can fathom the influence of such a benevolent attitude on the minds of the children of the well-to-do class towards those who are born under less favoured circumstances, and nurtured without such care and parental love ? (2) It has taught the poor little children that someone cares for them. We teach them that God cares for them-that He who watches over the sparrows watchcs over them—His dear little children. It will help the little ones to understand that God helps them because He has sent His angels to scatter seeds of kindness and love. I do not wish to trouble you for more space, but let me thank you kindly for what you have done for the little ones. I hope it is only a beginning of what you will do during the early years of the 20th century and when the significance of your work will become known to the people of Swansea, I am sure that dozens of the young ladies of the town will be ready to assist you, for in assisting you they are assisting the children, and they are obeying the command of the Master who taught us lessons we ought never to forget concerning the children. Miss Jones, Rutland-street School, and her children deserve our .v u\n S-SD CAX IC-S. Their entertainment was one of the best I have seen in any part of the country. I hope your success is only the beginning of greater things you will accomplish for the welfare of the children. With the wishes of a Happy New Year to the Children's Column.-I am, yours etc., HELEN TUDOK JONES. Lyndhurst, Eaton-crescent. LETTER FROM MR. DAVID MEAGER. DEAR UNCLE ROBIN,—I thank you very much for your kind and handsome gift of toys for the children of the Ragged School. It is extremely kind of you. It must have cost you a great deal of time and trouble to have provided and carried out the distribu- tion of toys amongst so many hundreds of the poor children connected with the various institutions of the town.—Yours sincerely, DAVID MEAGER, Superintendent Swansea Ragged School. LETTER FROM MR. J. W. CADWALLADR. DEAR UNCLE ROBIN,—I gave myself the pleasure of visiting your first Toy Exhibition and Entertainment in the Albert Minor Hall on Saturday, 22nd inst. I found the hall nicely decorated, the platform gay with plants, and the continuous line of tables en three sides of the spacious room crowded with varied and beautiful toys-toys galore- dolls great and small everywhere. WThere such a "grand lot" could come from at so short a notice was to me, at first, somewhat of a mystery, but when I thought of the long list of kind donors given in The Cambrian; of the energetic ladies of your committee, and of the band of children who have worked so lovingly for Uncle Robin and his holy cause, I wondered no longer, but felt very j thankful that Swansea had such a man, who was able and willing to spend himself to bring a. gleam of joy and happiness this Christmastide to our little ones in hospital, workhouse, cottage home, or dingy street, and whose lives, at best, must be much influenced by their saddening environment. Considering the short time the idea has taken practical shape and been before our Swansea school children, the competition for home-dressed dolls and home-made toys was very satisfactory. Our children must be doing something. Girls delight in dressing themselves or their dolls. Many boys have a genius for boat building, engine making, &c., &c. Let them have a definite aim in their play-work, and a valuable lesson for life will have been taught them, and you will be gratified with the immediate result of your exhibition. I hops you will make this Toy Exhibition an annual Christmas event, and in good time invite the schools of the town to co-operate. A most pleasing part of the programme was the children's concert, under the able direction of Miss Jones, headmistress of the Rutland-street Schools. And now, dear Uncle Robin, please permit me to voice the thanks of the host of poor children who have received of your bounty and who wish to thank you from the bottom of their hearts for the pure pleasure you have given them this week.-Yours faithfully, J. W. CADWALLADR. 50, Mansel-terrace, Swansea, Dec. 26, 1900. LET fER FROM MRS. PATON. Mrs. Paton, who rendered very valuable aid, indeed, writes DEAR UNCLE ROBIN,-I feel I must write and tell you what a great success your Toy Exhibition really was on all hands I heard nothing but praise of the effort, and surprise at the very large number of dolls, toys, &c., you bad on view for distribution amongst the poor children of our town. If only the friends who so generously helped with money and toys could have seen the faces of the little ones beaming with delight in anticipa- tion of receiving the toys, they would have been amply rewarded for their kindness. I feel sure the day they received the toys will stand out for many poor children of Swansea a brigbt red-letter day. It would seem to them that at last oanta Claus, who visits the homes of rich children, and brings them such lovely Christmas gifts, had at last remembered the poor children, and had sent Uncle Robin all the lovely toys to distribute amongst them and brighten for a time their dreary, sad, little lives. It was really surprising to see the great variety of toys, dolls, books and games, as box after box was opened, and I realized how thoroughly in sympathy with the movement the givers were to have spent so much thought in the selection of their gifts. I trust that the kindly thought that prompted you to inaugurate the "Uncle Robin Toy Show will receive even greater encouragement next year than it has this, as I feel sure a movement so successfully begun will become an annual event in the town. May your funds next year enable you to give every poor girl and boy in the town of Swan. ] sea a gift of some kind. Again heartily congratulating you on the great success of l this year's exhibition, for which you have worked so energetically.-Yours truly, ALICE M. PATON. Heathfield, Swansea. Thus the Daily Leader The Swansea Albert Minor Hall has rarely presented a more picturesque appear- ance than was the case on Saturday after noon, when a toy distribution and entertain ment organised by "Uncle Robin," who con- ducts the children's corner of the Cambrian, was declared open by the Mayor (Councillor Wm. Watkins). There was an astonishing accumulation of playthings of almost every conceivable description, their number being estimated at 2,000, and the pro- ceedings were marked by the utmost enthu- siasm. The attendance of the younger generation was exceedingly large, and the faces of the children, who had anxiously looked forward to the affair, wore an ex- pression of delight. Mr. J. Brown, editor of the Cambrian. worked most energetically with a view to their entertainment, and was assisted by a committee of ladies." —. On Friday last Uncle Robin received a finely-dressed doll from Miss Hopkins. Rut- land-street School, a beautiful doll from Miss Eva Masters, and 7/9 collected by Mr. J- Walters, Hall-terrace, Cwmbwrla.






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