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YULETIDE IN WEST WALES. HOW THE DAY WAS SPENT. Swansea Xmas Day, up to within a few fcours of midnight, was of the mildest am record. At noon the climatic conditions more closely resembled those of spring than anything else, and taking advantage of tb*>m Swansea a.nd his Wife sallied .arth in strength, and the parks had unwonted patronage for the day. The football match at St. Helen's, between the All whites and the hitherto unconquered Watsoniacs, arb- tracted about 15,000 epect;tfors, and resulted in the Scotsmen having their record broken. In the morning there were numerous small match- including one between the Swan- sea Seconds and :3t.. jroeeoh' for a chant- able purpose. At Morrieton and Pontardawe on Xmas Eve successful concerts were held, and a.t Swansea Pooled opened their annual Yuletide visit at the Albert Hall. At the Star, Paiaee and Shaftesbury appropriate programmes were submitted on Xmas day, And were well patronised. The usual ser- vices were held at the chapels and churches, and at the Catholic places of worship the impressive ceremonial of high mass at mid- night attracted large congregations. The weather was so mild that a considerable nom- bar of people went on the steam trams to the Mumbles. As for the town trams they must—particularly on the sections leading to the football field—have done heavy busi- ness. In the evening rain fell heavily and churned the streets into sloughs of despond. Police reports show that Swansea behaved itself over Xmas. I XMAS DAY AT THE WORKHOUSE. Tho six hundred inmates of the Swansea War kilo use wen1, by the generosity and self- sacrifice of many friends, enabled to spend a real good time on Christmas Day, and one j which many outside might waHl envy. Every ward in the institution was seasonably de- oorated, and the large hall in which the j meals are partaken was made to look quite merry a.nd festive. Willing hands must have spent hoars on the task, and the result justi- fied the labour expended, for Christmas was reflected from a] I points. "A Happy Xmas and a Bright New Year" was the text stretched across the centre. It was here that the majority of the inmates sat down to their dinner, which commenced at noon. The fare consisted of the time-honoured roast beef, plum pudding, and dessert in the shipe of apples and oranges, followed by tobacco and snuff for the men and tea for the women, One's heart expanded with brotherHtieae as one looked on at the scene, and those who I were privileged to be present came away with the feeling that at least they had help- ed to make the iot of lees fortunate brothers ] and sisters happy for one day in the year. On the platform were the Mayor and Mayoress (Aid. and Mis. D. Matthews), Messrs. J. Meredith (chairman of the Board )f Guardians), — Dryden (chairman of the House Committee), Aid. H. G. Solomon, Coun. W. Owen, Mrs. H. D. Williams, .Messrs. Siedle, Jeffreys, Mitchell, Miller, and Mrs. D. Harms. After dinner the ¡' Mayor, Mayoress, and others said kindly ) words to those assembled, wishing them all the best of good wishes, and trusting thoy were all happy. upon the proposition of Aid. Solomon, seconded by Mr. W. Owen, and supported by Mre. H. D. Williams, hearty thanks were tendered the Mayor, Mayoress, and Master and Matron (Mr. and Mrs. Morgan). The Mayor, who is the soul of generosity, gave the inmates no fewer than 25 lbs. of I tobacco, together with boxes of apples and oranges and a quantity of snuff. Conn. W. Owen, who had collected between JS15 and JB16, and who had earlier been at the Cot- tage Homes dispensing presents and "ruit, was the means of materially increasing the general) happiness. His fund, which Mrs. Owen and Mrs. George helped to distribute, provided four hundredweight of cakes for tea, lj cvvt. of biscuits, 1,000 oranges, 12 the- of tobacco, 3 lbs. of snuff, Ii cwt. of sweets, 1 cwt. of nuts, while 1 lb. of tea and 3 lbs. of sugar went into each of the female wards. Mr. Emmanuel Thomas sent 1,OCO I bottles of mineral waters. Nor were the children either in the Workhouse, of which there were 42: Graig House, where there were 18; or at the Cottage Homes forgotten in any way. Mr. Vaughan Edwards sent a toy to every child in the Workhouse and Graig House. Mr. Dry-den and Mrs. Perkins sent toys, sweets, etc. And as if to make things quite complete, every inmate received a Christmas card. per Mrs. E. P. Jones, from the Mi 11 way Pillow Mission. During the afternoon the Salvation Army Band played in the various wards and yards, and the over-we&come Harrop Family of in- strumentallists also went the rounds dispens- ing joy wholesale. In the evening a concert took place, arranged by Mr. Tom Jones, to which the following contributed —Misses Beatrice Morris, M. L. Williams, Messrs. John Lynch, A. Bell, F. WigTiaii, W. D. Roberts (violinist).W. S. Reynolds (accom- panist), and Tom Jonee. I CHRISTMAS AT THE STAR, SIIAFTES- BURY AND PALACE. Mr. Coutts provided suitable Christmas- I tide services at the Star Theatre, Swansea, and the two bioscope halls on Xmaa even- ing. At the Palace and Shaftesbury the vocalists were Mis. Ben Thomas and Mr. Willie Rees (tenor), and the songs given were the "Gift" and "Light of the World," with cinephone selections and hymns, etc. At the Star an exceptionally good pro- S jramme was provided, those participating £ eing Miss May Bounds, Miss Georgie Deans and Mr. Joe Dennis, whilst Mr. Williams (Bristol) played 'cello selections, and Miss Evelyn Jones, of Port Teniiant, recited. The Xmas pictures were filled with Xmas feeling, the fairy romance de- picting the good deeds of Santa Claas be- ing thoroughly in harmony with Xmastide feeling. POOLE'S NEW SHOW AT THE ALBERT HALL. Poole's Yulotide visit-to the Albert Hall, Swansea, had a most auspicious start on Friday evening, a big audience gathering to welcome the "Joseph Poole No. 1" to the town onoe more. Needless to say, the rthow has been made quite new and right np-to-date, and the myrioramic tour of the world embraces some ma^ifievnt examples of artistic and truthful colouring on a col- ossal seal?. Notible are the scenic effects in Glendalough, Iceland, sunset m the Bay of Biscay, the saloon of the s.s. Norman, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Monte Carlo— including a tragedy and a gv>rgeous tableaux, etc. Then the animated pictures are perfection in their line, a.nd the nice hleo'i of comedy subjects proves nicet en- joyable. Poole's Entertainers are quite a complete show in the-r-vwlves. They include Miss Frederic a' wonderful performing ter- riers-a. miracle in animal training funny Johnny 0*Rourke, a laughter-Inapipor; Eileen and Maymie. a Dutch instrumental dancing duo the Tr-sots, in their well- '-nov.n living rrarionefTe entertainment; De Lilo and Metz, the lady gymnast and the comedy juggler, a pleasing cmnbinatMn t Left Henris are brilliant gymnasts, and Heyland and Wevman aeem to know all about smart dancing. Mr. Bert G. Berry m (roc^Iist and guide both, and a cheerful m«ni_>- he ill. The cinephone. with its sing- ing and talking pictures, proves a great attraction, and throughout the whole pro- gramme Poole's own orchestra 0.1r. W. A. Abbey conducting) discourses excellent and suitable music. There are two perform- aDoeø daily, at three and eight. AT THE SWANSEA HOSPITAL. Christmas at the Swansea Hospital was a most happy one, having regard to the cir- cumstances inseparable from such an in- stitution. The wards had been appropri- ately deoorated, and to those patients who cooid take the good things of the season, torfcey, pdtan pudding, etc., were served up boa. medical staff kindly w coming in to carve. In the afternoon, Mr. Wallace Kennedy and "Gem" artistes fromg Swansea Em pire, performed, and smaJl concert parties ai.so went the round of the wards compeU- in,, patients to forget f r the moment their sufferings in the enjoyment provided. The evening was quietly spent. CELEBRATIONS AT THE COTTAGE HOMES. The boys and girls at the Swansea Cot- tage Homes had a meet enjoyable time on. Christmas Day, the public at large having subscribed raost generously towards tlie pleasure the obiidren. Tbey were given fruit, new pennies, etc., and many of the Guardians were presont at the homes to share the enjoyment, among those present being Messrs. \l. Meredith, D. Grey, W. Owen, J. Miller, T. Williams and H. C. Jeffreys. In the evening the boys and girls contributed to an exoel lent programme. At present there are 158 children at the homes, ali doing well under Mr. and Mrs. Elliot. It was the happiest Xmas spent at the homes for veair* past. AT THE INDUSTRIAL HOMES. I The annual Christmas dinner to the boys at the Swansea Industrial School was greatly enjoyed. In the evening a splen- did programme had been arranged by Mr. Edwards, the superintendent, and contri- ,jer buted to by the boys, who demonstrated that they possessed great musical ability. Mr. Dommett, chairman of the committee, presided.

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