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BRITON FERRY. [BY OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] CHRISTMAS DINNER TO THE POOR. If, as Oliver Goldsmith said, it is a luxury to do good," the committee of the Charitable Pur- poses Fund were amply repaid for the successful outcome of their efforts on Christmas Eve. The dinner was held at the Vernon Place Schools, where about 100 of the aged and indigent of the neighbourhood sat down to an excellent repast consisting of goose, turkey, beef, various kiuds of vegetables, and plum puduing. Each ot the diners was also presented with Jib. packet of tea. Mes- sengers wera also kept busy carrying dishes of dinner to some scores OL others, whe, through their growing infirmities, were unable to be present. The following are the names of the ladies who so generously gave their time and help to such a worthy cause:—Miss Jeffreys, Mrs. Townsend, Miss Elsie Hill, Miss Morfydd Hill, Miss M. J. Davies, Miss Kate Davies, Miss M. J. Richards, imiss Martha Price, Mrs. John Hughes, Mrs. Phillips, and Mrs. Edwards. A variety entertainment, at which most of our local prominent artistes took part, concluded the day's festivities. Miss Lewis, Court Sart, and Miss Flossie Folland presided at the piano, while Mr. J. Gomer Davies occupied the chair. ENGLISH BAPTIST DEBATING SOCIETY. The discussion at this society on Friday last was based on Sheldon's buok "In His Steps." Is it practicable. The chair was occupied by Mr. Thomas Williams. The affirmative was ably led by Mr. W. Williams, and the negative by Mr. W. J, Rickard. The following took part in the de- bate :-Aflirmatlve, Messrs. R. Davies, W. H. Davies, James Bond and T. J. Davies negative, Messrs. A. Tissington, J. Walters and D. Williams. The voting resulted in a majority of four for the affirmative. STOPPING A RUNAWAY HORSE. Mr. J. Roberts, the local Prudential superinten- dent, is becoming quite an adept at catching run- away hor,es. Last Thursday a horse and trap came galloping at a tremendous speed down the Melyn-road towards the tram-car, which was pro- ceeding towards Neath at the time. Mr. iioberts saw the danger, jumped out of the car, and very pluckily arrested the onward career of the ex- cited animal. The horse and tiap belonged to Mr. D. Jones, egg merchant. This is ttbe fifth time that Mr. tuooerts has quite recently stopped the dangerous course of runaway horses. BRITON FERRY DEBATING SOCIETY. The weekly meeting of this society was held on Wednesday last, Mr. Trevor Hunter presided. In the absence of Mr. A. J. Jeffreys, who was to move That the power of licensing public-houses be transferred from the Justices to t..e Municipal Authorities," the debate was taken impromptu by Messrs. J. Edgar and J. G. Davies, who took the affirmative and. negative respectively. Messrs. B. J. Evans and H. Lewis supported the affirma- tive, while Messrs. Tom James and Ivor Gwynne supported 4he negative, which, on being put to the vote, had a majority of one. MILITARY FUNERAL. The funeral of Mr. Henry Richards took place on Saturday, the 22nd inst. A most impressive scene it was as the large procession wended its way through the main street, headed by the band of local volunteers. Much sympathy is felt for the family of deceased, who was only 25 years of age, and was much respected by many friends in the town.

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