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RHYL PLEASANT EVENINGS." The last, with the exception of the conver- sazione, of the fifth series of the Rhyl Pleasant Evenings was held at Christ Church Lecture Hall, on Monday, when the chair was occupied by James Y. Strachan, Esq., manager of the North and South Wales Bank. Special interest attached to this meeting for the reason of its being the last in which Mr Hooke would take part in his capacity as pastor of Christ Church, and there was a large and influential audience. The Chairman, who was received with loud applause, said it was not within the province of a chairman of a gathering similar to that one to make a long speech, but he could not allow that opportunity pass without expressing his deep regret that they were about to lose from their midst one who by the generous support he had extended to all laudable movements had endeared himself to the hearts of all of them (applause). Personally, he was almost a stranger to the town, but although he had not been here long, he had, since his residence here, realized the fact that Mr Hooke had been doing a noble work, and had exerted himself in every movement having for its object the promotion of the religious welfare of the town (applause); therefore, he had no hesitation in declaring on their behalf, as well as his own. their apprecia- tion of his efforts and the good he had done, and if the important change he was about to make was to his benefit, he trusted they were sufficiently disinterested to wish him, with all their hearts, God speed in his new sphere of labour, and their heart-felt desire was that he might be longer spared to be a pattern of usefulness in that new sphere (cheers). He believed that this entertainment was the last of the season, and they had to realize the fact that they were about to lose the moving spirit who had provided such enjoyable entertainments for some four or five years. But although they were about losing Mr Hooke, he trusted that those gatherings would continue to be carried on (hear, hear). He thought' they also owed a deep debt of gratitude to the ladies and gentle- men who so kindly volunteered their services from time to time, very often at great incon- venience and trouble to themselves, to con- tribute to their enjoyment, and the least tney could do was to show by large audiences how much they appreciated their services- -He would not trespass upon their time, but would at once proceed with the programme (loud *The following programme was then proceeded with Opening Hymn, Onward, Christian Soldiers," The Audience Brief address, The Chairman song, A merry little mermaid am I,"Miss Thomson;pianoforte solo,"Scherzo" Miss Hewitt; song, "WIth Such a Dainty Maid," Mr W. D. Williams reading, "Silver Wedding Prince of Wales," Mr P. M. Williams; song, The garden of sleep," Mdlle. Lecour; Address, Rev. D. B. Hooke— « WINDING UP." To-night we "wind up" the fifth series of the Rhyl Pleasant Evenings." This is the 13th gathering, for the present winter, and nearly the 60th since [these entertainments began. For live years we have carried them on more or less success- fully, but chiefly more. When I cama to Rhyl, five winters ago, Wseemed to me a great pity that something was not done to afford 8musement;and re- creation during the long evenings, and with fear and trembling launched the little barque called Pleasant Evenings, on the sea of public opinion. Since then several others have launched somewhat similar vessels, and some of them have had success- ful voyages. I am glad of their success. Let us have free trade even in Pleasant Evenings. May friendly competition only lead to improvements. To-night the winding up time has in a double sense come. It is a good thing to know when to leave off and how to do it. Some people don t. That parish clerk, a kind hearted old fellow, who used to declare that he had become" a lion to his mother's children," instead of an alien, was evidently one, for on one occasion he gave out that Mr A and Mr B-wouldpreaoh every Sunday to all eternity." Evidently there was no winding up there, but he had made a mistake, for he should have said alternately." It is som^mes we l that the winding up sbonld be gradual. So at least said an old toper who belonged to that clasa of me one of whom is said to haveaddressed saving that he was better than it, for while the moon was only full once a month, everv night. Going home his wiie remonstrated. S Mm on hi, m-condurt-iU-conduct .WMt himself as well as against her. She as 6igu the pledge—but he refused. He £ c he could never leave off the drink all a °" bad habits could not be broken in a Jay, and t j.t must be a step at a time. A few nigh" „a worf> came home he staggered into a well. Piteous were his cries for aid. His wife ran out of the house, and looking down the well saw her John piteously seek- ing to be rescued. The bucket was lowered, and John laying hold of the rope began to think himself saved, a? his wife turning the handle brought him a little way up the well. Alas, it slipped, and John fell back Again fehe tried, this time he got a little further on, when again the rope slipped, and Kfell John again. A thnd tune she triod, j j. i *1, T/Vhn began to see the shore, and was and at length \^gdeliverance, when again the about to rejoice John's fall was greater and rope slipped, aDd poor tQ 6u8pect that sorer than ever. -C0" D him, and angrily some trick was being playe Q jes8 Bharply remonstrated with his wi > -nSf his reasoning returned that she was only thing all at once, -that it was not well togiv P. degrees, that it that everything must be do hage would be must be one step at a time, or the John too great for poor human uatu wea that if was beaten with his own logic, well, he only he were rescued at once ir thraldom would by one step rescue himseu lr own of drink. His word thus given brought ISO reward, and was honourably kept, you Winding up is generally a sad banter are sorry when the time comes that ends in your life hisjory,-or in any work m w yajn may be engaged. You want to go back to e and again, if only you may take to it the j gained after many a struggle, many a mistake. feel so with these "Pleasant Evenings. *■ sorry the inevitable finis has come, and thai for the last time we thus meet together. when next we meet, what changes old Father Time, will have IDad among us ? Taking the most hopeful view, we shall not all meet thus again, and if f°r this fact only, it ig more than enough to wish that our meetmg8 had been better, and especially that these addresses had been more finished and complete-, yet at that I have not aimed—they have made no pretence to be more than the plainest, most homely talk. Au fact, you cannot say as a farmer once did to a preacher—" You are not so good a preacher as our l»st wan was." "Am I not?" asked the preacher. In what do I fail?" Well," replied the he used to give us a bit of JB^brew Had Greek and Latin, and you never do." u On," said the minister, as he laughed at the man, I could do that, but then if I did you would not un- derstand it." "Understand it, man. cried the farmer we pay for the best, and we are gomg to t -whether we understand it or not. In fact, I mav saT we have never sought for these meetings to pay Our desire has been to do good, and in the fulfilment of that wish has been our reward. So we-wTnd up "in the hope that these Pf™ though under new aus¡;) and in winter seasons that are { d j ''Heasaut Evening8-" Wo »J'trnZn on who have assisted us at these meetings, and without S5 £ tet= texts. Like you p > pleasurable anti- almost exhausted, ana nau J. y should cipation of spending next win er have had to have devoted some of the suanoerdays to gathering tex ts for"; .3r nights. But-yes, there is a but" to-meht a but" which no one feels more than the speaker. I winter some spend his « Pleasant Evenings next; *°ase 200 miles or more from Rhyl, ye in i of London his thoughts will o e his hope and town of Bhjl, and 'W^hom h^h» Si*°5 prayer that.« „f these •o nmoh I Pleasant Evening." entertainments pass many » •> -x :n It was in that hope they were <rt«ted, <*ndi1;isin the belief that in some measure that hope .ha fulfilled that for the present we end uui Pleasant Evenings." Song, The Better Land," Miss Maggie Amos pia/o'forte solo, « Contemplations,» Miss Wi kins • sone King of the Sea, Mr Kobert Hughes riitatiort "King Bruce » MMIW J. W Jones • song, Maid of the Mill, Thomson dialogue The Brewster ^ions Mr T. Wood and Party; The JSationai !A At to close of the entertainment Mr Sannel Perks J.P-, moved a vote of thanks to tbe chairman and performers. This aeconde by Mr G. A. Taverner. Both gentlemen em braced the opportunity to make very kindly reference to the departure /r0™. • ?Lcreased RPV T) B Hooke, and of wishing him mcreasea success'in life—The Chairman, in replying, said he hoped these enter»™*™iW sustamed, and he was sure it 11 matter of pain and disappointment to mr -The RetDhBhHolke KS the kind remarks made, and saId that the conver- sazione. with which the "Pleasant Evenings" usually' conclude, would be held on the last Wednesday in April, which would also be the last Wednesday he should spend. in Rhyl before: removing to Chelsham Road, Clapham.




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