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CHRISTMASTIDE AT CARMARTHEN. Old-fashioned Christmas weather was ex- perienced at Carmarthen on Christmas day, the ground being hard, but not very slippery, after a night's hard frost. The several ponds in the confines of the borough were thick with ice, and skating was the chief out-door amusement of the day, especially on the Bishop's pond, Abergwili, were some hundreds of the inhabi- tants disported themselves in the afternoon, the Mayor of Carmarthen being amongst the num- ber. The only other notable out door attraction was a football match by local teams. During the day Carmarthen had all the appearance of The Deserted Village," and towards dusk we happened to be strolling through the principal thoroughfares, and only met two or three people. Even at night the groups of younger folk were sparser than they are wont to be on this festival, evidence of the absence from the town of a num- ber of holiday makers, despite the fact that the offices of professional men only were closed on Boxing Day, it being most inconvenient for the shopkeepers to suspend business on the Bank Holiday, as it happened to fall on a market day, when people from all parts of the county and its borders bring in large quantities of perishable saleables. As the efforts of the shop assistants to obtain a holiday of three consecutive days were futile, their employers signed a "red robin on Saturday night pledging themselves to close their establishments on Monday. Therefore the employees did not fare so badly as they would have done if they had not been successful with the above-named memorial. We had hoped for a long spell of frosty weather, but in this we were disappointed, for the ice began to break up on Saturday, and had almost entirely disappeared on Monday. On the latter day there were fre- quent steady showers of rain, and lovers of country walks found pedestrianism not a little un- pleasant, and the young people who stayed in town must have felt the need of some popular entertainment. Promoters of Pantomimes would have been well patronized if they had en- gaged the Assembly Rooms during Christmas- tide. Religious services were held in all the Churches of the Establishment, at the Catholic Church, and at some Nonconformist places of worship on Christmas day. The Mayor, Mr T. Jenkins, was able to take part in the mayoral procession. He was duly attired in hia robes of office, and was accompanied to the English Bap- tist Chapel by members of the Corporation and its officials, the Borough Police Force, and the Volunteer Fire Brigade, captained by Superin- tendent Thomas Smith, and the Volunteer band, led by Mr John Jones, the music discoursed as the processionists wended their way from and to the Guildhall being of an inspiriting character. ST. PETER'S PARISH CHURCH. St. Peter's Parish Church was as usual decorated for the festival, the most attractive work being that on the pulpit, the material used was variegated holly. The font too looked very well the materials used being arum lilies, maiden hair fern, and other ever greens, the decorators of the various portions of the sacred edifice are hereunder named :—Reredos, Mrs Wells; altar rails, Mrs Bolton and Miss Nevern Jones; choir stalls, Mrs Herbers Morgan pulpit, Mrs and the Misses Lester font, Miss Hilda Lewis centre gasaliers, the Misses Spurrell side gasaliers, the Misses Lewis, Bank House, the Misses Bagnall. ST. JOHN'S WELSH CHURCH. On Christmas morning a "Plygain," was held in this Church, at 6 a.m., when a fairly good con- gregation assembled. An address on the Nativity" was given by the Rev. John Morris, which was followed by the celebration of the Holy Communion. Services were also held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m, the Rev. D J Evans occupy- ing the pulpit in the morning, and the Rev. J Morris again in the evening. The Church had been very tastefully decorated for the festival by the following ladies Mrs Lloyd, the Vicarage Miss Effie Spurrell, Miss George Red Lion Inn Mrs Davies, Waundew Mrs Arthur, Miss Evans, Spilman-street Miss Jones, Francis-terrace Miss Rees, Water-street Miss Williams, Priory- street Mrs Richards, Glanant-road Mrs Lewis, Furnace Bank and several other willing helpers. CHRIST CHURCH. Christ Church was not so nicely decorated as usual owing to the scarcity of holly berries and other attractive hedge growth. The decorators were:-Chancel, Mrs Walters, assisted by Mr Collier (architect), Miss Pooley and Miss Barker font, Miss Caro Jones; pulpit, the Misses Richards lectern, Mrs Walters, and the Misses Richards. ST. DAVID'S CHURCH. The decoration at St. David's was done as here- under mentioned Chancel, Mrs Richards font, the Misses Hancocke pulpit, Mrs W. Davies, Lammas-street lectern and choir stalls, Mr Davies, Sheaf; windows, Miss Thomas, Mrs Davies, Friar's Lodge, and the Misses Williams, Bridge-street. ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH. There were three Masses and Benediction of the most Blessed Sacrament on the morning of Christmas Day at St. Mary's Catholic Church, the celebrant being the Very Rev Placid Wareing, the father consultor of the mission, who at the last Mass announced the gloomy fact that Father David Waring, the vicar, was seriously ill, and that the worst fears were enter- tained. This son of St. Paul has won universal esteem and respect, and therefore his numerous friends' rejoicing was somewhat marred by the intimation of his reverend colleague, that the end of his young brother in religion might be very near, in spite of the best of medical treatment, including that of Dr. Griffiths, of Swansea. The prayers of the faithful were sought in the name of the God man, whose image in the crib of Bethlehem was so prettily represented in a grotto beneath the large and much-admired statute of our Lady of Lourdeg. The above named (Catholic) church needed but little decoration for the occasion, owing to the permanent artistic adornment of every portion of the interior. The latest addition is a bequest by the late Miss Richardson, who built the church, and is in the form of a very chastely designed communion rail. the panels of which are carved Seaton stone. Its pilasters are of French marble, and it is surmounted by alabaster. Its gates are of wrought iron, with brass mountings, and the cost was 245. The work, on the plan of Father Placid, being satisfactorily done by Mr A. B. Wall, architectural sculptor, Cheltenham. CARMARTHEN WORKHOUSE. The inmates of the Carmarthen Workhouse spent a very merry time on Christmas Day. The chief repast, viz., the dinner consisted of roast beef and plum pudding a goose from Mrs David Thomas, Furnace House vegetables ad lib and beer from the Carmarthen United Breweries. The wants of the cheery children and the tidily dressed adults were attended to with great kind- ness by the master (Mr Edwin Price), the matron (Miss Price), the nurse (Miss Burnhill), the industrial trainer (Miss Burnhill), and others, the visitor and representative of the Board being the Rev William Thomas, Parkglas, who res- ponded on behalf of his colleagues to a hearty vote of thanks that was carried with acclamation by the grateful recipients of the union bounty. The dining-hall was gaily decorated for the occasion, and the place was made very cosy by the officials, who distributed the following presents from the donor's named below :—Tobacco, snuff, tea, sugar, oranges, and sweets from Miss Lewis, Spilman-street, and Miss Lewis, Bank House; oranges and cards, Mrs Powell, Plough Inn, and the Misses Richards, 22. Picton-terrace a packet of Christmas cards from Miss Jennings, 9, Queen's-place, Bath, and a bag of sweets from Mr R. Rowland Browne, clerk to the Board. In the evening, through the kindness of some friends of the master, a vocal and instrumental entertainment was held, and altogether the inmates had a very jolly day. JOINT COUNTIES ASYLUM. The patients of the Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum attended divine service on Christmas Day in the pretty little church of the above institution, the chaplain (the Rev J. Marsden, vicar of Llanllwch), being assisted by the Rev. C. G. Brown, Principal of the Training College The lessons were read by Dr. Hearder, the medical superintendent, while Mr Lavag' the engineer, presided with great ability at the organ. In the spacious dining-hall, which had been festooned with evergreens under the super- vision of the obliging and courteous head attendant (Mr B. Thomas) the patients were at mid-day regaled with a plentiful supply of roast beef, roast pork, and vecetables, there being a notable absence of the cup that cheers. Dr. Hearder, who presented each patient with a Christmas Card his good lady and family Dr. Gibbon, the assistant medical officer, and Miss Stewart, the matron, moved amongst their Jess fortunate brethren, and did all they could to lighten their burdens. The evening was passed by indulging in various games, including bil- liards, bagatelle, and dominoes. rxr — In ATER-STREET OCHOOL. On Christmas Day the adults and children attending Water-street Calvinistic Methodist Sunday School, together with those attending Pensarn and Johnstown schools, the latter of which is a branch of Water-street, were cate- chised by the Rev Rees Morgan, of Llanddewi- Brefi, the junior division being interrogated on the 1st chapter of Acts, the senior divison on the 12th chapter of Hebrews, and the little ones on the history of Elisha. The singing was con- ducted by Mr T. Davies, Johnstown, and Mr T. (Oaeralaw) Jones. THE CARMARTHENSHIRE INFIRMARY. The few patients of the Carmarthenshire In- firmary were greatly comforted by the timely attentions and the beneficial little tit bits which they were allowed to indulge in on Christmas Day, a reminder of the great festival being in evidence in every part of the well-kept institu- tion. PENUEL BAPTIST CHAPEL. A literary and musical entertainment was held at the above chapel on Christmas Day, in aid of the Sunday School attached to that chapel. The Rev G. H. Roberts presided, and the accom- panist was Mr Puddicombe. The chapel was well filled, and a lengthly programme was gone through in admirable style.




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