Penarth School Board. On Thursday evening the first meeting of the newly elected Scbool Board was held in the District Council chamber. The whole of the members were present- Rev. W. Sweet-Escott, Messrs. J. Llewellyn, Thomas, T. Emlyn-Jones, T. S. Lloyd, H. O. Riches, and Dr. Aitken.. The Clerk (Mr. Hughes) announced that it was the first duty of the Board to elect a Chairmnu. Mr Llo yd proposed that the Rector be Chairman for the next three years. This was seconued by .Dr Aitken. Mr Thomas proposed as an amendment the election of Mr Jenkin Llewellyn, and in support referred to his long connection with the Board-18 years, the interest he had taken in the schools, and his long period of office as Vice-Chairman- Mr Jones was the seeondei • The amendment was put when there voted m favour. Messrs Thomas, Llewellyn and Jones. Against —the Sector, Messrs Lloyd, Riches and Aitken. Mr Llewellyn then proposed as a second amen ment the name of Mr Thomas. The voting was the same as in the former case. The proposition that the Rector be elected Chairman was next voted upon, when the Rector, Messrs Lloyd, Riches and the Doctor supported it, and Messrs Jones, Thomas and Lleweliyn opposed it. The Rector, in taking the chair remarked that a great deal had been said outside to the effect that if their party were returned in the majority they may upset the work of the old Board- Such was not their intention. They were not the House of Ccm- mons, and could not legislate upon the question of the equality of Board and Voluntary schools, but he had not the slightest intention of raising any such question in their meatings- They would endeavour to carry out the policy of the old Board. The Rector then proposed Mr Lloyd as Vice. Ch'iirman and Mr Riches seconded. Mr Llewellyn proposed as an amendment Mr Sam Thomas. Mr Jones seconded. The voting was the same as in the election of Chairman, and Mr Lloyd was, finally) declared duly elected. It was resolved that the General Purposes, Attend- ance and Finance Committees consist of the whole of the members. The Rector again and again appealed to Mr Llow- eliyn to accept the chairmanship of the two former of these committees, but he declined the position, and ultimately Dr Aitken was elected. Mr Sam Thomas, who had left the meeting, was elected Chairman of tl o.Finance Committee. A petition, signed by the whole of the teachers was presented to the Board, asking that their salaries for this month should be paid before the holidays in- stead of upon their return. After a brief discussion it was resolved to grant the request, and the Clerk was instructed to get the cheques prepared by the 19th inst. Mr Llewellyn called attention, to the fact that Mr Walker, the caretaker, waa ill, and that after con- sulting with the Rector. a man had been engaged to render assistance at 3/6 per day, and a woman at 11. per day. The action of Mr Llewellyn and the Rector was approved, and it was ordered to be continued for the present. Mr Llewellyn proposed further that Mr Walker be given a month's leave of absence. This was granted. ° Agnin Mr Llewellyn, appealed and this time to the pockets of the members. It was useless, he said, to give man a holiday, unless they put something in his the pocket. This could not be done out of the rates. He would give half-sovereign, and he hoped all the cihe's would give. Mr Lloyd did not sefe why the new Board should J be thus called upon, not that he objected to help, but it ought to be done by the ratepayers if done at all. The Rector expressed himself in favour of helping, and it was then left for the members to give as they thought fit. Z!) Accoums were next presented amounting to £261 4s 3d. It was stated that there was in the bank only £ 113 148 7d, but Mr Llewellyn intimated that in the morning £ 400 would be paid iutothe bank to the credit of the Board. v The re^-t. -of the Committee,respecting the new- school to bs erected in Cornersweli R0:xd, to accom- modate (*0Q children, was presented and it was resolvou to proceed'with the work at oace-
Sf ■ 1 Living Pictures.. There is not in Pan arth a more deserving and pop- ulai- institution than the Victoria Nurses' Institute, therefore it is not to be wondered at, that the exbibi. tion of living pictures given in Andrews' large hall, en the evenings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thariiclay ehnu'd have t een so largely attended. There is no more pleasing scene to be witnessed than that of tb6 local lnrse going through our streets all winds and weather15, bent on hot errands of mercy to tLe poor and suffering. Many a God. bless her," has escaped the lips of those u ho have watched her, as she has passed on, ar.d sunely to her will be said by the Master by mjd bye, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of thepe. ye have done unto me." Rich and poor alike are interested in the Nurses' Insti- tute. Those who have the means show their sympathy by their offerings, and those who cannot give, do equally as much by their prayers- The sympathy of the public hfts been shown in a practical way this week, and we are glad to announce that as a result of the entertainments given, » very handsome sum has I <1 which will enable the Committee to still fuither extend their work and the usefulnes13 of the Institute- < Of the tableaux it. is possible to speak only in terms of the highest praise- It was evident that one and all had teen most carefully thought out in every detail beforehand- In the selection of subjects, there was an admirable variety while in grouping and in posirg here were the unmistakable evidences of a thoro lo-hly refined sense of the artistic- That most important of all points, the blending of colour, bad been studied with a care that prompted to an undo- ing felicity of choice. Thus while in the majority of instances the picture weres blight and full of warmth, there wp-s never a suggestion of harshness, not a trace of anything inharmonious or garish; To com- bine profusion of colour with soft and graceful effect and naturalness in general tone must be to accomplish the highest result that is attainable in pictures of this kind. "The opening tableau, '• Gentlemen, the Queen," represented a pariy cf officers in mess uniform, with Colonel Frv as the president, honouring the royal toa,it. Tnen followed a scene entitled 11 Sanctuary," in which Miss C Bea>lev, and Mr J F Grimes took part. It represented a ten lfied girl, cn her knees, clinging for protection to a monk, who, with uplifted crucifix, drives back her pursuer, a warrior, clad in the garb of a Norseman, and standing in th- aci, of thrusting his spear th i ough his victim. The attitudes were realistic yet easy and natural. The party of children repre- senting the Nations made a delightfully pretty group, their charming costumes being conventionally true, and thus giving a titilkitig profusion of colour. One cf the most effective of the entire series was that wherein Marie Antoinette was shown in prison, guarded by a, couple of soldiers of the Revolution. The "un'iaopy queen (Mrs F Sh tckel), with hands clasped a id face averted, was shown gazing intently on a e ujcifix, while a soldier (Mr Wallis), leaning back in hid chair, offers her contemptuously a glass of spirits, his comr-de(Mr bhackell), in Phrygian cap, looking stolidly on. The double picture entitled I- Which ? Neither?" the characters in which were taken by Miss Dora Biain, Mr F Grimes, and Mr Wallis was particularly good. The picture presenting Cleopatra with two of hpr attendants (Miss Wilson, Miss M Y\ :1s n, and Miss K Wilson) wai particularly good. Miss Boasley. as Hermione," and Miss Carey Thomas iu "Tie Moon and I" displayed an admirable and statuesque dign ty. The Doctor," in which the characters were t lken by Dr Dunn, Mr and Mrs Shackei, and Miss Winifred Dalziel, was a most faithful vitalised presentation of the well-known picture by Luke Fildes, B.A. The Kiss" (Miss C. B,-asley, Miss Carey Thomas, and Miss Queenie Payne) was Alma Tadema'at his best in the lite. There ensued a senes of Shakespearean heroines, namely, Beatrice (Miss Heywood), Juliet (Miss Bishop), Ophelia (Miss Ehys), Portia (Miss L. Ileitzmatiu), and Jessica (Miss Nidi), incidental recitations being given by Miss C- Beasley. ^Nursing Past and Present, 1815-1895," renewed the acquaintance of the audi- ence with Mrs Sairey Gamp, thb nurse of 50 years ago. while by way of contrast they next saw a nurse of the Victoria Institute, whose loving face with its tender exprehsioa of sympathy, was iu marked contitist to the old lady's il1 the first scene. It was indeed a case of "Lock here upon this picture a. d on this." "Marguerite," by Miss Brain, and Echo," by Miss Beasly, were full of quiet grace and charm. -,Pears' Soap," Mr Ancn was an almost faultless copy of the famous Punch sketch by Mr Harry Furness, and was applauded with great heart- iness. "Day and Night," by Mrs Rit&on and Miss May Rogers Riss, were most artistic, and were self- < explanatory at the first glance. To Mrs Bird, by whom the costumes were designed, and under whose immediate dii.?ciou the general neitiu^ was arranged ^even U) the minutest detail) the most cordial thanktiof all who witnessed the entertainments are due. She has proved a veritable benefactress of the Victoria Insti ute, and it is gratifying to know that her valu- able eervices and those of Mr Sheppard, who assisted in the technical worK, have met with that appreciative recognition which is iheirdue- During each evening "11:11, Martyr, M'>8 Thompson, and Mr Gasgoyne nalzd contributed vocal" selections;' The Misses £ tiaw. on, Miss Oliver, Miss Purnell, Miss Wadley, and Here, atuiesl anure of the institute, did a brisK sale daring the evening of tl • programmes that were designed and painted by Dr Moynan. The C) Penarth Quadrille Band furnished the incidental music.
Ancient Benefit Erimdly Society. In for another wet night, I fancy. Shall I take my mush ? Well, perhaps I had better not, for I miyht lose it, and I should be sorry to do that." These were just a few thoughts which crossed my mind as I donned my hat and overcoat towards proceeding to the Station Hotel, Cogan, to which I had been invited by the members of the Loyal Cogan" Lodge of the Ancient Benefit Friendly Society. Buttoning my coat up round my throat, I proceeded on my way. As I neared the corner of Pill Street, I saw a group of men standing evidently engaged in discussing some interesting subject, but the topic did not leak out in my hearing. At the door of the hotel I saw Mt. Price (secretary), and Mr Joseph. These gentlemen gave me a welcome, and at. once led the way to the club room. This is a spacious room, and for the occasion was well decorated with evergreens and flags, whilst on the tables were some vases of choice chrysanthemums of vatious colours. Havir.g other business to attend to, Mr Price and his colleague, soon left me alone, and I was able to peruse in quiet the news of the day as recorded in the\Soidh Wales Echo. Whilst thus alone I made a few mental notes and calculations, but my reverie was at length disturbed, and the hungry and thirsty souls began to pour in. Before all had taken their seats, Host Church, and his little army of waiters and waitresses, were bearing in thair joint?, &c., under which the tables were eoon to creak. Now then, Mr Price, are you going to carve at that table. Now then, let us have another volunteer: I can manage the two leafs if some one else will manage the other joints. Who says boiled mutton or roast mutton ? Gentlemen, we have an hours extention, so you have no reason to choke yourselves. Don't stop for grace, nobody intends to say that to-night, I think." Thus it was that Host Church addressed the assembly, and at the same time he was busily engaged cutting slices out of the two legs he had engaged to carve. Our host had doffed his coilt, and I noticed that the two gentlemen who had consented to manipulate the other joints, soon followed his example, and it was not long befoteall were earnestly engaged discussing the beef and mufclon with steam- ing hot potatoes, cabbage, carrots and mashed turnip. Now then, gentlemen, the next order, please don't be afraid of it, there's plenty here. The next order please and plates were now being rapidly re-filled. p p No dinner for me to-morrow," ejaculated one I should like to viiit your kitchen to-morrow, Mr Church." broke in another. Now then, gentlemen, who gives the next order ? never mind kitchens," cried our Host. Business now began to slacken down. But there must be no delay. Out with the dishes. and in with the pudding." and in a trice hot plum puddings were being borne in, and then vessel after vessel of sauce. This save) is very hot with spirit," says one. "Yes, and so it should be," was the reply. I noticed there were two or three present who chose the pudding without the spirit" sauce. There was yet to come an abundant supply of apple tarts, cheese, celery, go., all of which found ready patrons. Dinner being over, most of the company dispersed for a time while the tables were cleared, but a few remained and talked over the question which has agitated the minds and vexed the spirits of so many pl, would be allotment holders. The District Council was not particularly enlo^ed. and hopes were still entertained that the County Council would deal with the matter and secure possession of the much eov«ted field. After a time the company re-ass^mbled, and under the presidency of Mr Knapp, the chairman of thti "Loyal Conn" Lodge, the oratorical and musical portion ot the proceedings was commenced. A letter of apolog-y fur non-attendance was read from Dr Moynan, the society's medical officer, and applications for membership in the society were received to the number of 35, most of the applicants having aheady passed the doctor's examination. A glance at the programme informed me that the first toast of the evening wa,; of a royal nature, but th!s was omitted. and the Chairman dashed right away at what he said was just a little wee one. viz., Health, wealth and prosperity to our lodge." Songs were rendered by Messrs Tront, F. Windsor, Sims and Hill. Mr E. Price, Lodge Secretary, responded to the toast. He said he hud anticipated that the General Sec. would have been .present to have given infor- mation respecting the society and it8 work in different parts- He was sa!i.-il d that theA.B.F.S. had done a great deal c.f good in S. uth Wales. It had its birth in Cardiff, hut it grew so large, that it was considered ad visa Die to start, branches, the Loyal Cogan was the fourth of the branches, and it had now several lodges working in Bristol, Kadstock and ofcher places. ^Vhen the last foiviauce sheet was made out (December, 1894,) there were 43 members, IIp. having- been initiated during the year The-income: of the lodge for 1894 was f:,69 12s Id, and the expenditure f39 148 Bid. The balance add-ed to what was previously in hand, amounted to X61 78 3d. During the first half of 1895, the sickness amongst members caused a heavy drain on the funds, the amount paid out being considerably in excess of the income, but on the year's workings, up to the end of November, there was a balance in favour of the society of .£10 6s 5 £ d, the present amount in the 2 hands of the Treasurer, being S74 13s 71d. With the influx of new members just received be hoped the funds would greatly increase. Other songs followed, and Mr Arthur Lewis, who presided at the piana during the evening, also gave clarionet solo. „ The toast of the Press was proposed by Mr K. Price, and the representative of thePenarth Chronicle responded. The meeting was brought to a close by a vote of thanks to the host and hostess for the excellent manner in which the dinner had been served.