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RESCUE WORK IN SWANSEA. j ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FRIENDS OF THE CWMDONKIN SHELTER. The fourteenth annual meeting of the sub- scribers and friends of the Cwmdonkin Shel- ter for Fallen Girls was held on Monday after- noon at the Shafesbury Hall, Swansea. Sir John T. D. Llewelyn, Bart., presided, and there were, amongst those present; Lady Llewelyn, Miss Dillwyn, Mrs. Picton Tuber- vill, Mrs. Ebenezer Davies (the hon. secre- tary), the Revs. Chancellor Smith, Seldon Morgan, W. H. Chamings, R. T. Williams, A. Johnson, and W. T. Watson, Mr. Julius Smith, Mrs. Oscar Snelling, Dr. Eben. Da- vies, MM. Heid, Mrs. J. i. Fricker, Mrs. Jones (police court missionary), and others. THE ANNUAL REPORT. Mrs. Ebenezer Davies, who takes much ac- tive interest m the work read the annual re- port. in this the committee remarked that m reckoning up the number of those who had passed through the Shelter since its opening, fourteen years ago-931 of whom (i had been dealt with since April, 1900-they felt very sad that the cases did not diminish. "We fear that as long as human nature remains as it is," the report went on, "it may be too much to hope that vice and immorality can be totally eradicated; therefore we feel bound to keep an ever-open door to receive and to try to heal the poor wounded souls and bodies that enter in. Another heart- rending fact is that so many young ones rush blindly into these dangerous paths. As many as 41 of our number received this year have varied from the ages of six to 20 years. The total number of 71 have been thus distribu- ted —Two to homes in Liverpool; 2 to Bath; 6 to London; 5 to Bristol; 6 to the workhouse; 20 to service; 26 returned to their friends; 4 in Shelter at time of writ- ing; total 71. In this way we feei we have been the means of saving many from ruin. The girls thoughtlessly leave their homes and wander to other towns, and, being with- out friends or money, are a ready prey to evil-designing people. The police and other friends now linow where to direct these girls, and we take them into the Shelter until we can arrange to send them home. We have sent some to Norwich, to Pontypridd, to Llan- dilo, Carmarthen, Cardiff, etc." Some of the cases dealt with were next set out, and from these it is impossible to over-estimate the amount of good work done by the Shelter which was, indeed, a real home to many of the girls whom the committee had sent to service in the neighbourhood, and who had no home to which to g%. The work of the police court missionary had also been so much appreciated, that the Chief Constable brought it to the notice of the Watch Com- mittee who voted her JB5. This had been very encouraging to her. The prison was visited weekly, and thirty-five women had signed the pledge during the year. In con- clusion, the report said: "We close, again asking our friends to help us by their offer- ings. We try to keep within the bounds of our small income, but we might do much more and have le";s anxiety, if we could have an income secured by subscriptions, when, also, we should be better able to gauge our possibilities. We thank our lady-collectors most cordially for their continued earnest- ness. We also thank the ladies who visit the Shelter weekly, holding a short service with the girls. We thank Dr. Rawlings and Mr. Cawker for their valuable assistance, and Mr. Bonnet, Heathfield-street, for medi- cines to the value of 7s. 6d. We have again, this year, lost another dear friend in Mrs. Squire; her kind, gentle manner was very helpful; she was one of the first to start rescue work in Swansea many years ago. God calls His workers one by one, and what joy must be theirs to hear the 'Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.' The financial statement was not so encour- aging, for during the year a credit balance of £10 lis. had been practically wiped out, notwithstanding some special donatioi. Aujjiirjoo jt> x Siit JUXIIN ijLij vv iiiJLii N. in moving the adoption of tne report and baiance-ujheet, ear Jo tin .Hewelyn made men- tion ot the Isincl interest which. iVirs..Lr>en. lJaVles took. in the msutution, and went on to say that the work uone was similar to that carried on in various parts ot the country, though he did not Know that it was better done anywhere than in Swansea, under the tfmdly supervision ot those iaaies who showeo. such sympathy and care tor tne poor girls WHO went a .-tray. Having regard to the in- crease in population, he did not thinic the number ot cases—VI—exce&.svve, and said that what was desired was that more worK might be done, and in sumcient time, tor it did seem to him to be or the utmost Importance that it they could get, 111 any sense, at tnose wno were sorry tor the lives they were iead- uig, it snouid be at the earnest possible mo- ment. (near, hear.) iiy that means he thought tne percentage of successes would be greater. He was sorry that lunus were so small. He quite agreed with the report that more lunus were at the disposal of Mre. Ebenezer ijavies, and the matron ot the Shel- ter, more work might be done. he heartily applauded the WOIK that was being done in the police court, and thought that that was the place tnat on opportunity occurred, per- haps, to render a young woman help. in this respect, he was inueed glad tne Watoh Committee had shown their appreciation of the work done by the court missionary. He alluded to the accounts, and said that upon the face of it they showed that ail interested in the Shelter should do the utmost that lay in their power to bring such successful work more prominently before the public, other* wiae he feared it would suffer OR tall into abeyance. In his opinion, it wouid be a disgrace to the town and to all who owned Christianity, if they in the future allowed to diminish, in any way, the amount of rescue work that had been going on in the past. He appealed to all present not to let sucfi a stig- ma as that rest upon them, but to add to the list of subscribers, so that more good work might be done. The Rev. Chancellor Smith seconded. He believed they were all very grateful indeed to Mrs. Ebenezer Davies for the work which she carried on, and quite agreed with Sir John that the number of caseta was not ex- cessive under the circumstances. The work he knew was surrounded with difficulties, but the results were as great and encourag- ing at Swansea as at anywhere. The point was that ladies should try and make the Shel- ter even better known. He knew many ladies naturally and instinctively shrank from res- cue work, but he felt that if they only knew the amount of good that was being done much more willing help would be forthcom- ing. (Hear, hear.) The motion was agreed to. The Rev. W. Chamings moved the re-elec- tion of the committee and officers, and in doing so emphasised the good work that he knew the Shelter was doing. He rejoiced that such care and solicitude were being shown to young gins who had fallen, and who were in danger of falling, and added that no words of his could adequately set forth the claims of the Institution. Dr. Eben. Davies, in seconding, appealed for a wider sympathy towards the work. The resolution was unanimously carried. The Rev. Mr. Johnson followed, with a cor- dial vote of thanks to the lady collectors for their earnest work, and remarked that he was sure they were all thankful that there was such a lady as Mrs. Ebenezer Davies at the head of stich an institution in Swansea. He had no doubt the Shelter would receive greater support in the future than in the past when once the nature of the work came to be better known. The motion having been seconded, it was carried with acclamation. The Rev. Chancellor Smith proposed a vote of thanks to Sir John Llewelyn for presid- ing, feeling sure that his name and counten- ance to the work would influence the work during the year. The Rev. R. T. Williams seconded, and the resolution was carried with acclamation. The Chairman briefly acknowledged the compliment, and the meeting terminated.

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