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YULETIDE AT CARMARTHEN.

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YULETIDE AT CARMARTHEN. The great mid-winter festival was celebra- ted at Carmarthen with the usual amount of civic and religious ceremonies. The majority of the business houses were closed from Friday-night until Wednesday morning, and at night the time-honoured waits dispensed their usual musical programme. THE MAYOR'S PROCESSION. The usual Mayoral procession to the Parish Church took place at I I a.m. Previous to starting the Volunteer Band, under the leadership of Mr John Jones, hair- dresser, Nott-square, discoursed suitable selections of music in Guildhall-square The procession started from the front of the Town-hall, and proceeded by way of Hall- street and King-street to St. Peter's Church. The Mayor (Mr Brunei White), who was in his official robes, was accompanied by the following members of the Corporation :Dr.1 Rowlands, Mr C. W. Jones, Mr J. T. Lewis, Mr T, E. Brigstocke, Mr Walter Spurrell, Mr T. Daniel, Mr E. Colby Evans, Mr William Evans, Mr D. Parcell Rees, Mr Walter Lloyd, Mr W. Vaughan George, Mr John Lewis, Mr David Griffiths, and Mr A. Soppitt. The clergy present included the Bishop of Swansea, Canon Williams, the Rev T. R. Walters, and the Rev D. T. Alban. Amongst the members of the general public present were Mr George Bagnall, Mr Thomas Thomas (Disgwylfa), Mr John Thomas, C.C., Mr J. H. Barker, Mr T. W. Barker, Mr R. M. Thomas (town clerk), Mr Thos. Walters, etc., etc. The Fire Brigade, in full u""9rn^' was in charge of the Captain (Supt. Smith), whilst the Borough Police were accompanied by Sergeants Jones and Harries, bearing the maces, P.C. Thomas Davies with the sword, and Mr William Davies, the town crier, with his full regalia. The Volunteers were under the command of Lieut. Owen Norton and Lieut. John. The following Nonconformist ministers were also presentRev A. Fullr Mills, Rev D. J. Thomas, Rev W. W. Lewis, Rev D. Evans, and the Rev E. U. Thomas. ST. PETER'S. At St. Peter's, there was a celebration of Holy Communion, fully choral, the celebrant being the Rev D. T. Alban, assisted by the Rev J. Daniel and Rev F. Jones. At 11 o'clock the usual service was held. I he musical portion of it included an anthem "0 Zion" (Stainer) who was sung by the choir unddr the direction of Mr A. J. Silver the newly appointed organist. The Holy Communion was celebrated by the Bishop of Swansea (who, also, in the absence of the Bishop of the Diocese who was absent through indisposition, preached) assisted by the Revs Canon Williams, D. T. Alban and F. Jones. ST. JOHN'S. The only special service at St. John's was a fully choral celebration of the Holy Communion at 6 a.m. at which the Rev Canon Williams, assisted by the Revs J. Daniel and D. T. Alban offiiciated. CHRIST CHURCH. The day's services opened at Christ Church at 8 a.m. when communion was celebrated by the Rev Walters, vicar of Spittal, assisted by his brother (Rev T. Walters, vicar). Another service followed at I J o'clock when the Rev T. Waiters preached and the choir under the direction' of Mr C. A. Cooke, the organist, sang the special chants and hymns. The decorations were done by the following —Chancel, Mrs Walters, The Parsonage, and Mrs John, 17, Pilton-terrace; font, Miss David, assisted by Miss Hearder lectern, Mr B. A, Lewis, Mc louse, Churchwarden, nnd Mrc T^:<- r, ouiey west windows, Mr B. A.v ,vis altar rails, Miss Pooley. ST. DAVID'S. At St. David's there was celebration of the communion at 8.30 a.m. by the Rev J. 0. Evans, followed by matius at 9.30 a.m., when the Rev J. 0. Evans again officiated and preached. The musical services at this church were under the direction of Mr Peters, Miss Cooke being the organist. The decorations were done as folows :—Chancel, Mrs Soppitt and Miss Hancocke, assisted by Mrs Davies, 59, Lammas-street font, Mrs Richards, 21, Picton-terrace; pulpit, Miss Davies, 91, Lammas-street, and Miss Thomas, Harp Inn choir stalls and reading desks, Mr C J Davies, Sheaf Inn (Church- warden) north windows, Misses Williams, Bridge-street south windows, Mrs WiMams, Cemetery, and Mrs Jones, 5, Sawmill-terrace. A gift of flowers was sent by Miss Lewis, 20, Picton-terrace. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. At St. Mary's Catholic Church the day opened with midnight mass, at which the Rev Father Polycarp was celebrant, the Rev Father Fidehs deacon, and the Rev Father Angelo sub-deacon. The music of the high mass was Mc Evoy's Mass of the Guardian Angel." The choir was reinforced by Mr James Morgan, the well-known tenor, and by Messrs Jones' string band. Miss Rees was the organist. 1 here was an overflow congregation and the Rev Father Fidelis preached an appropriate sermon from Isaiah on our Lord Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace. The chalice used in the celebration was ornamented with cameos of the Twelve Apostles and of Cheiubim and with thirty- nine gems. The cup was of gold, and the standard of silver gilt; an inscription on the bottom shows the late Pius IX. to have celebrated with it in the year 1870. The priests were attired in cloth of gold vestments, which were a present from laris. Low masses was celebrated every half-hour between 7.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.; and at I I a.m. Missa Cantata" was sung, the music being the Mass of the Annunciation by Beatens. At Benediction on Sunday evening, Father Angelo preached from the I text, Render to all their due. Honour to whom honour is due." The "crib"—a representation of the stable at Bethlehem— attracted many visitors during the week. THE WORKHOUSE. The inmates of the workhouse were treated to an excellent dinner of roast beef and plum pudding and the supply was unstinted, all regulations as to "allowances" being suspended for the occasion. Each adult had a pint of beer, or an equivalent amount of aerated waters and plenty of fruit and sweets was provided for the children. The dining-hall was nicely decorated with evergreens and mottoes under the superintendence of the Matron (Miss Price), and the Nurse (Miss Burnhill). THE INFIRMARY. The patients at the Infirmary were also allowed a generous diet of plum-pudding and poultry. Otherwise the ordinary routine prevailed the Christmas tree for the patients will h:, provided early in January. THE ASYLUM. At the Joint Counties Asylum the atten- dants and friends had a dance on Christmas Eve. The inmates had a special dinner of beef and pudding and Sunday rules prevailed in that all work of an avoidable character was suspended during the day. The Chaplain (the Rev Jonathan Marsden) officiated at a communion service held in the Asylum chapel, at which 35 patients communicated.

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