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Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, On Good Friday, tha railway-men's field day. special efforts were made in Penarth, as in almost every other town, to increase the society's Orphanage Fund, and the means employed were (1) a football match bet wen the Locoliv. Traffic sections; and (2) a public tea and concert. The match was played in the morning, before a tolerably good attendance of spectators, when the Loco's succeeded in giving their brethren a good sound drubbing, the final score being- Loco 2 goals o tries Traffic. Nil. In the afternoon the public tea in Andrews' Large r, Hall was fairly well patronised, andj at the: concert which followed, we should think about 300 ai tended. Councillor F H Jotham presided, and in his opening remarks, which were very brief, said tbe smaIl number of accidents on the railways testified to the great care taken by the employees, and he was therefore pleased to be present, to assist in a small way their Orphanage fund.. In the course of the evening, Mr Joseph Lace, a former secretary of the A.S.R.S., gave an address giving a brief outline of the work of the Orphan sec- tion, in which he had taken special interest He said this is our orphatrdayj from fetirlitig- (North) to Land's End (South), and to-day all our members vie with each other in working for our noble cause- For 15 years it has stood the test, and now rides in triumph for the orphans of our rail way-meti- the holiest of causes-that of charity. Twenty years ago the first attempt to hold annual gatherings in Wales, was held at Cardiff, and whilst many fore: old its doom ere it was bom, still it has grown to maturity. It is well, at times, to take a retrospect of our past history, and I will p'ace before you how the Orphan Fund came into foice. Durjrg the yeaisof 1874 and 1875, when our society Wits ju^-t emerging into life, our attention was drawn to the number of Railway I Men's Orphans which were destitute, and the question arose as to what could be dene. First attempt, with the assistance of generous friends, was to build an Orphanage- South Wales men did their share, for over xlooo was collected by them. Later came the question of one child being taken from a family, and trained well, whilst the mother, and the remainder, must eke out an existence in the best way they could. Our only solution was that no Brotherhood is worth a name, which does not directly make provision for those times of trial and darkness which are the common fate of all. Bricks and mortar scheme was put on one side, and with fear and trembling, our noble orphan fund was launched in 1830, and was made compulsory on all members by paying a id per week, 2 and thus secured toeachmeniber,who was killed whilst on duty, a security for Iris,children. Instead of one being cared for, the whole would share in the pro- vision made by their father. J This then is the good work of our Orphan Fund, j Since i860, no less than 1834 children have partici- J pated in its benefits, and at the clqse of 1894, there were 995 on its books, at an annual expenditure of £ 4,911, a proud record rendered all the more cheering, by the fact that after spdhdiag £ 25,767, the fund is worth at the bankers £ 52-993. A very interesting programme was rendered by Misses E Webb, E Watts, N Dewar, E Lace, Mr and Miss Edwards, Messrs Carston, Proud, Parry, Curry, the Brothers Meazey, a special Glee Party, and the Penarth Handbell Ringers. A vote of thanks to the Chairman, and all who assisted closed the proceedings.

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