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CHRISTMASTIDE IN SWANSEA & DISTRICT. The weather during the holidays was any- thing but seasonable. It was mild enough and damp enough for April. There were the usual outdoor and indoor attractions in Swan- sea and district, and all seem to have been well patronised. Christmas Day (Tuesday) was, of course, quietly observed. Services were held in the churches. The football match at the St. Helen's Field between Swan- sea ahd the Watsonians drew a large crowd. Several thousand people witnessed the fine game with Edinburgh University on Boxing Day. DEAF AND DUMB INSTITUTION. Prior to their departure for home during the holidays, the pupils at the Royal Cambrian Deaf and Dumb Institution were entertained to an excellent tea and entertainment. The friends who helped with gifts, &c., included Sir George Newnes, M.P., Sir John J. Jenkins, Lady Llewelyn, Mrs. Sant, Mrs. Elswurth, Mrs. Daniel (EssexVilla), MissWatkins (Mayoress), Miss Player (Clydach), Mrs. B. Evans, Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Picton Turbervill, Mrs. Pond, Mrs. Hodge (Kilmarnock), Messrs. G. E. Cook, Joseph Rosser, Bennett Bros. (builders and contractors), Jones, Dickinson and Co., Ltd., W. Wiliams (Maesygwernen), Ben Evans and Co., Ltd.. J. Aeron Thomas, M.P., Uncle Robin" (" The Cambrian"), the the teachers and others. Tea, cake, mince pies, and fruit were distributed, after which the party adjourned to the commodious schoolroom, where a fine Christmass tree laden with prizes and presents were exhibited. These having been presented to the children the evening closed with a conjuring per- formance by Prof. Sheldon. The adult deaf of the town and neighbourhood were enter- tained at the Institution on Wednesday evening. Between fifty and sixty sat down to a capital tea and supper. The latter included ham, beef, plum pudding, miuce pies, fruit, &c. Professor Sheldon again amused the company, and dancing was indulged in. Mr. Joseph Hall, J,P., the untiring secretary, and the Rev. J. Titus (St. Matthew's, High-street), assisted to make the evening a pleasurable and social success. THE HOSPITAL. Whatever may be the views held by alarmists with regard to the security or other- wise of Christmas entertainments devised in the interests of patients in wards, it would have been strange had the supporters and staff of the Swansea General and Eye Hospital failed to give a thought many times to the requirements of the poor sufferers who are obliged to spend the season of conviviality and good cheer under the Hospital roof. We say it would have been strange, because Christmastide has always been a happy time for the inmates of our chief philanthropic Institution. And this year was no exception to the rule. Everything that kindly thoughtfulness and sympathetic feeling could suggest in the way of making Christmas a downright good time was done by the matron and her capable staff of assistants, who are to be congratulated upon the success of their labour of love. The decora- tions were, perhaps, more extensive and effec- tive this Christmas than ever. On the walls of the wards were the usual seasonable mottoes, while the pictures were decorated with sprays of ivy and evergreen. Holly was much en evidence, as were also Japanese lanterns. In the early hours of Christmas morning the nurses went through the wards carol singing. Throughout the day the matron looked after the comforts of each patient, while there were many visitors, including Col. Morgan (chair- man of the House Committee), Aid. Howel Watkins, and the members of the medical staff. At mid-day a Christmas dinner, which lacked none of the time-honoured delicacies, I such as turkey, goose, roast beef, plum pud- ding, kc., was served up to the patients, the majority of whom gratified their attendants by pitching in without requiring much coaxing. After dinner, the male patients were served with cigars, pipes and tobacco, &c. An entertainment followed in the even- ing, when a splendid programme, arranged by the staff and a tew friends, was gone through and much enjoyed by one and all. Another entertainment took place last night, while others will be held this (Friday) and to- morrow (Saturday) evening. A concert on a larger scale will take place next Tuesday evening. THE WORKHOUSE. The day was rendered as cheerful as possible to the inmates of the house on the hill." The different wards were gaily embellished with re- minders of the great event which Christendom, was celebrating. The large dining hall looked particularly bright and pleasant, it having been very tastefully decorated with ever- greens, &c. (kindly supplied by Mr. Bell, the borough engineer; Mrs. Morgan B. Williams, and Mr. Stevens). Prominent features of decoration were the mottoes which had been cut out of cardboard, and artistically painted by the inmates themselves. They included- "A Merry Xmas to all ye Guardians and Visitors who have left your homes to attend to us this day." Several Guardians and visitors were present, amongst whom we noticed: the Rev. Gomer Lewis, D.D. (chairman), Messrs. H. G. Solomon, W. Clement, Joseph Edwards, J. W. Jones, Griff. Dovies, J. Harvey, J. F. Collett, P. Jenkins, J. Stevens,.Mrs. E. M. Williams and Mrs. Perkins; Messrs. J. Marks, Enoch Harris, and F. Drew; Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Collett and Mrs. Robinson. Dinner was served precisely at 12 o'clock, and each inmate bad with his meal a bottle of pop (generously given by Mr. Em. Thomas, cf the Niagara Mineral Water Works).. Dur- ing dinner time the Salvation Army Band rendered selections of sacred music in the yard. The tables haying been cleared, the males were supplied with oranges, apples and tobacco, while the females, received snuff, the gifts of different tradesmen in the town.. Before leaving the dining hall for their various wards, the inmates were addressed by some of the Guardians, including Dr. Gomer Lewis, Messrs. P.. Jenkins, J. Harvey, W. Clement, J. F. Collett,. J,. Stevens, Mrs. Perkins, and T. Morgan (Masteu of the House). The first speaker said be had that day been invited to an M.P.'s house to dinner, but he refused, be- cause he thought more of the poor on that day than any M.P., (Applause.) After a few re- marks from others, the inmates dispersed. Credit is due to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan (Master and Matron)., for the able manner the work was carried out. In the evening a grand smoking concert took place in the dining ball, Mr. J. Harvey (the chief organiser), presiding. Among those who took part in the interesting and varied pro- gramme were Messrs. W. Bevan (inmate), J. F. Collett. J. Powell, J. Marks, W. Clement, J. Studding, Mrs, Owens (inmate), Miss Harris, Miss Huxtable, Dock Constable Ash- bury, Master W. Harris and Miss Catherine Lewis (inmate). HOME FOR ORPHAN AND FRIEND- LESS GIRLS. I Christmas Day was, as usual, a very happy time for the inmates of Swansea's Home for Orphan and Friendless Girls, thanks chiefly to the efforts of the Matron (Miss Walliker) and her staff of assistants. The school-room and the drawing-room were ex- ceedingly well decorated by the youngstrs themselves, who showed unmistakable signs of teste and ingenuity. The decoratios in- cluded insciptbns-U A Merry Christmas," "What would Jesus do," etc. A capital dinner was provided, consisting uf geese and an ample supply of vegetables, after which a number of games were indulged in. The annual Christmas Tree will be given a few weeks hence. POOLE'S MYRTORAMA AT THE ALBERT HALL. The unique form of entertainment which has for upwards of half-a-century been asso- I ciated with the name of Poole is, to judge from the attendance nightly at the Albert Hall, in no danger of losing its charm for Swansea audiences. The visit of Poole's celebrated myriorama is always looked for- ward to with keen relish by both young and old, to whom the Christmas holidays without Poole's would be lost. But though the myriorama is one of Swan- sea's hardy annuals, it must Dot for a moment be thought that it ever makes a reap- pearance in the full dress of a former year. The management are fully alive to the fact that, to retain its hold on the popular fancy, it is necessary that a pictorial entertainment of this kind should be thoroughly up-to-date in the subjects of which it treats. At any rate, this much can be claimed for the Chas. W." Poole's exhibition. There are, of course, a few old familiar friends" in the show, but the great majority are of present-day absor- bing interest. One of the new pictures in particular is very effective. It first of all represents the battle of Trafalgar, and by a lightning change we see our reserve squad- rons performing at the recent naval manceu- vres. t Starting from JJeltast the audience is taeen on an imaginary tour to Paris and the Exhibi- tion, thence oiL to Rome, Venice and Constantinople. The last-named place leads to Egypt, and Egypt to the Soudan, where the memorable stand of Hector Macdonald"s Soudanese at Omdurman arouses enthusiasm. From North to South Africa is an easy jump, and soon we are in the thick of the war-- Nicholson's Nek, Poitgeiter's Drift, Paarde- berg, Glencoe. Elandslaagte (the Gordon Highlanders avenging Majuba), Belmont, the siege of gallant little Mafeking, the meeting of Lord Dundonald and Sir George White at Ladysmith, and other operations giving opportunities for some of those dioramic effects which the Poole's know so well how to produce. From South Africa the audience is taken to India, witnessing on the way the great battle of Santiago. Various places of historic and artistic interest in India are visited, and the return journey is then made. The variety combination is very strong and of a highly entertaining character. The chief features are the five Albano's in an excellent musical entertainment the Pooleograph, which gives animated pictures, comic and serious, the latter including the return of the C.I.V.'s, Buller's return, 4.7 Naval gun crossing the Modder River, and' The Despatch Rider Carl Renhart's impersona- tion of living and dead celebrities, including Napoleon, Wellington, Gladstone, Kruger, the Emperor of Germany and many others the Tissots (living marionettes),; the tbree Almos (horizontal bar experts) and last but not least, Milton's marvellous marionettes. There is also a splendid orchestra attendances during the week have' Tbp exceptionally large, especially on Wed_ boon in when hundreds were unable to gain Pc,div. sion. ad m ip- OLD FOLKS' DINNER AT MUMBLES. A PROJECT THAT DESERVES SUPPORT. A few Mumbles gentlemen have decided to entertain one hundred old folks-deserving poor-at dinner in the Oddfellows' Hall, on Tuesday afternoon next. The movement is a most laudable one, and deserves every sup- port. A Committee has been formed. It consists of Mr. S. C. Grimshaw, Mr. H. Morton Hedley, Mr. Smith, Mh W. Weaver, and Mr. W. Williams (The Cliff ). Mr. W. Williams is treasurer, and Mr. Gus Nettell secretary. The dinner will be followed' by an entertainment, presided over by Mr J. Aeron Thomas, M.P. It will include a farce entitled "Chizzling." The miscellaneous part of the programme will be contributed to by Mr Ritson (Organist All Saints' Church), Mrs. Fisher, Miss Naerup, Mr. H. M. Hedley, M r. S. C. Grimshaw, Mr. Max Logan, M'r. Harry Morris, and others. The dinner will be a typical English Christmas dinner, and we have no doubt it will be greatly appreciated. Subscriptions are needed, and may be sent to the secretary, treasurer, or any member of the committee. Anyone knowing of needy and deserving-old folk, should' communicate with the committee at once. Mrs. J. Aeron Thomas will preside over one of the tables at the dinner..



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