TE iROES, DYFFRYN CERDIN. Nos Feier y 23 ain., cyfisol cynhali wyd cyngherdd mawred yn y lIe uchod, dan nawdd pwyllgor «• Ardd.'o0sfa ffrwythau y lie." Yn absenoldeb eu cadeir~^ appwyntiedig Dr Evans, Llandyssul, yr hwn phodd trwy ryw amgylchiadau ai gilydd, bod yn resenol yma, fel raae ef wedi methu me.a llawer cyngherdd a chyfarfod o'r blaen. Gynodd un or pwyllgor i weinidog yr .,engyl o Llandyssul, os byddai amgylchiadau yn iluddias y Doctor, a wnelai efe lanw y gadair, am hyn y fFromodd yn aruthr gan ddweyd, y fi yn ail i Dr. Evans dim or fath beth yr wyf yn ystyried fy hunan yn uwch na hyna." Nid wyf yn gwybod beth mae'r pwyllgor wedi weld yn un o'r ddau fel 1'w tueddu eu cymhell i ddyfod yn gadeirwyr. Pob parch ir ddau serch hyny, maent fel dynion cyffredin ereill, a dim yn well. Ar gynnygiad Mr Davies. Blaenythan, ac eiliad T. Davies, Rhiwolwg, a'r ugeiniau oedd yn bresenDol, yng nghanol banllefau o gymmeradwyaeth, esgynodd y Parch. Mr Phillips, gweinidog yr Annibyn- wyr yn Llandyssul, ac un o hen breswylwyr Dyffryn Cerdin i'r gadair. Ar ol araith fer, ond cynnwysfawr ganddo, dechreuwyd y cyngherdd trwy 1 Miss Hannah Jones, Penlan, chwareu ar y Piano yn ardderchog fel arferol. Yna cawsom ypleser o wrando ar Horeb Glee Parti dan arweiniad David Jones, Blaentir, yn perfformio yn gampus. Wedyn, cawd solo gan Mr Jones, Blaenbach-y-crydd, a chanodd Mr W. Thomas, Llandyssul, a'i barti, Tom Rees, Penrhiwllan, a'i barti, nes gwefreiddio y lie. Ar ol y rhai hyn cawsom glywed y gantores ieuanc addawol, Mary Anne Davies, Parcyffynnon, yn canu, a gwn i bawb oedd yno gael eu boddloui yn fawr ynddi. Yn nesaf, esgynodd prif gantores y cyngherdd i'r llwyfan, sef Miss Megan Jones, R,A.M., Liverpool, a chanodd nes synodd rhai dwseni. Bu y boneddigion a'r boneddigesau a ganlyn yn gwasanaethu yno hefyd Mr Samuel Richards, Bwlchygroes Mr E. J. Evans, Trogroes; Misses Jones, Llandyssul, ac Aberbanc glee parti nid oes angen i mi ddweyd dim am y parti hwn, y mae wedi ennill clod er ys blynyddau bellach. Ar ol dwy awr o ganu ardderchog, a thalu diolchgarwch i'r cerddorion a'rcadeirydd parchus, terfynwyd cyngherdd Tre £ ro2S, trwy ganu "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau;" a dios yw lddo droi allan yn llwyddiant perffaith. Yr oedd ei amcan mor dda, sef tuag at arddangosfa ffrwythau a gynnelir yma yn flynyddol; mae hon yn cyflym fyned rhag ei blaen, ac mae clod yn ddyledus i'r sawl a'i oychwynodd ac yr wyf yn meddwl, gobeithio nad wyf yncyfeiliorni trwy ddweyd, mai Mr Thomas Evans, Wesyn Villa, rhoddodd y symbyliad cyntaf i cyehwyn arddangosfa ffrwythau Tregroes. Rhag ei blaen yr elo.—IECAN TVSUL.
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LLANYBRI. Christmas was not allowed to pass by unob- served in Marble Town," as it was formerly called. The humblest straw-thatched cottage was adorned with evergreens to welcome old Father Christmas," with his frost-bitten beard and wrinkled brow. In anticipation of the religious services and social festivities of the day —" Each one was dressed in his Sunday best," with pleasing appearance. At 10.30 a.m. the church bell (cloch y Llan) called the inhabitants to attend Divine service to commemorate the birth of a Saviour in the city of David," which was conducted by the Vicar, who also catechised the Sunday school from the II chapter of Saint Luke-the recitation and answers being very good throughout. The choir, under the leader- ship of Mr D. Williams, schoolmaster, rendered the musical portion of the service with spirit and good taste suggestive of the special occasion. The church was nicely decorated by the Misses Davies, Vicarage, kindly assisted by Miss Car- less (a lady from England, staying at Croft House). In the afternoon they re-assembled in the National schoolroom, where tea and cake in abundance had been provided for them by the Vicar and Mrs Davies, in accordance with the usual custom. With smiles and merry twinkles the children regaled themselves first to their heart's content, and afterwards the adults, inclu- des trus Sunday school teachers. Mrs and the Misses Davies presided at the tables, assisted by Mrs Bowen, Mrs Evans, Misses Jane, Lydia, and Frances Elias, Misses Esther and Elizabeth Jones, and Miss Mary Lodwig. In the evening, a literary meeting was held in the same room. Mr D. Williams, Cwrtmawr, was voted to the chair. The meeting was interspersed with Christmas carols, recitations, and dialogues, which proved very interesting and instructive throughout. Valuable help was given by Misses Esther and Elizabeth Jones, and Miss E. Beynon. It was a pity that many of the Church members were absent, which we hope will not be the case in future. Let us remember the old adage- In unity is strength." The usual votes of thanks were given to the Vicar for the treat to the genial chairman and to Mrs Evans for the sweets she very kindly distributed among the children. The singing of the National anthem terminated the enjoyable proceedings.
PENCADER. CONCERT.—The Carmarthen County School held its second annual concert on Wednesday, December 23rd. This being the day on which the school broke up for th e Christmas holidays, the students were as usual, in the afternoon, invited to the School House to tea. The following kindly assisted Mrs Evans, at table, Mrs Evans, Greenvale; Misses Evans, Scythlyn; Mrs Jones, Albion Honse; Mrs Jones, Ffynonfair; Mrs Davies, Tynewydd; etc., etc. The chairman was the Rev R. P. Jones, who as usual conducted the proceedings with marked success. Mr H. E. Bryant ably presided at the piano. Perhaps the laurels of a very long programme which was capitally rendered, fell to Miss Cooke, Carmarthen. Mr T; Coawi['Evans, Mesirs Williams Bros., and Mr Jones, Cmwil, but, indeed, it is needless to cite more, for everyone who took part in the programme was up to date.
GOLDEN GROVE. Christmas was kept at Golden Grove in the usual fashion. The usual services were held at the parish church. There was a celebration of the Holy Communion in Welsh at 10, and iD English at mid-day. The latter was partly choral, the music of the communion service in this year's festival book being adopted. The II Gloria in Excelsis" was particularly effective. The choir also rendered the anthem, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem (Simper) in excellent style, Miss WonDacott taking the treble solo, and Mrs Joseph presiding at the harmonium. The vicar (Rev E. Jones) officiated throughout. The church was decorated in a manner appropriate to the great festival, with evergreens and texts, by Lady Emlyn and the Misses Campbsll, &c., and presented an attractive as well as instructive appearance. The walls told the joyous tale, "Unto no a child is born, unto us a Son is given," Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King."
CAPEL CYNON (CARDIGANSHIRE). GENEROUS GIFT.-We are very glad to be able to announce that A H Hastie, Esq., of London, and of Wstrws House, Capel Cynon, has presented to the ancient and historical parish Church of Capel Cynon, a beautiful silver flagon, in a nice oak case, lined with blue velvet. The flagon bears the following inscription, For the use of St. Cynon Church, Cardiganshire, Christmas 1891." This flagon, together with the silver chalice and paten already there, now make up a complete set of silver communion service for the use of the above church. Mr Hastie has already done much good in the parish since he has taken up his residence here, and we wish him and Mrs. Hastie long life to enjoy the luxury of doing good. It is a great disadvantage that there is no residence for the Rector in the parish, but we are glad to understand that strenuous efforts are being made by the present incumbent to provide a Parsonage House, and also to build a Mission Church at the village of Talgarreg. The site for the latter, has already been presented and conveyed for the benefit of the living, by the late Aldaborough Lloyd Williams, Esq.. of Glanrafon House, Talgarreg, and of Newlands, Guernsey. The Rev D. H. Jones, by his inde- fatigable perseverance and tact has, in a quiet and unobtrusive way, done much good work for the church; and we wish him every sucoess in the future. "THAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?"—Messrs. Elliman, of blough, give this title to a unique little publication brought out for the purpose of advertising Elli- mans mbrocation, but made generally attractive by its really exceptionally good illustrations. Mr John bturgess has drawn a number of striking pictures oi banting, coaching, polo, &c and Mr Sturgess, haa. supplied episodes of athletics, &c., the W hole covering a wide range of sport. The illustrations (19 of them) in a larger size are to be obtained separately from the former. They have the advantage that in this form their present com- mercial associations msappear, and they stand out as really caPLtft. t T^A^OTTT^? tileir own merits, » WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT ?'> would be sent free for Twopence in stamps, and 19 Sporting Prints for P.O. 2s 6d or stamps 2s 6d. Sent abroad for P.O. 3s 6d, Address—Elliman, Sons and Co., Slough. t¡:Jjt
LAM PETER. BANQUET.—On Boxing Day, Mr T. L. Davies, printer, Caxton Hall,entei-tained his employees and a few friends to dinner, one of the composing rooms at his establishment being converted into dining saloon for the occasion. After satisfying themselves with the good things which had been provided the party in order to follow the usual custom drank to sever d toasts interspersed with songs nd recitations. Mr David Rees Evans in proposing ttie health of the host, Mr Davies, and success to the Caxton Hall print ing works, made a very appropriate speech. Mr J. W Edwards, College-street, sang "The death of Nelson," while Mr D. Nun Davies followed in the sarne military strain and recited with effect. The charge of the noble Six Hundred." Mr John Samuel Jones sang Rocked in the cradle of the deep." But the most amusing performance was the last being a descriptive recitation given by one of the party called "How Taffy procured his broth." The narrative is of how a poor Welshman succeeded by his ingenuity to secure a good basin full of broth by borrowing vegetables from one old bones, from I another, and the rest of the ingredients from a third person. With "God save the Queen" to wind up a happy afternoon was spent. PRIMROSE LE:&GUE.-The Lampeter Habitation of the Primrose League promises to have a very successful meeting here on the 5th of January. Mr Thomas Parry, of Bethesda, North Wales, and Mr G. W. Robbins, of Oerly Hall, Oswestry, the secretary of the Primrose League, are announced to give addresses in Welsh and English respect- ively. The repertoire of Mr Gerald Grace, of Chipping Ledbury, Gloucestershire, will. no doubt, be very entertaining. Members can be enrolled and badges obtained at the Peterwell Estate Office. BEGGING.-At the Magistrates Clerk a Office on Tuesday, the 29th inst., before Mr John Fowden, Bank Hall, Charles Phelp, of Plymouth, a tramp was brought up in the custody of P.S. Denis Williams, charged with begging at Lampeter, on the 28th inst. Prisoner on being brought up was very violent and used abusive language. He was committed to prison for 14 days with hard labour. CHRISTMAS DAY.—Christmas came and went, and Lampeter is once more settling down to business after its relaxation. The frosty weather preceding the 25th, was welcomed with joy by old and young alike, not only because it was seasonable, but it also gave promise of some enjoyable skating. On Christmas Eve the Lam- peter Brass Band paraded the streets, playing various Christmas selections also on the following afternoon, at 2.30 p.m., they took their stand on Rarford-square, and enlivened the town with their music. Christmas was celebrated in the usual way at the Parish Church of St. Peters, which had been very tastefully decorated for the occasion by Misses Harford, Mrs Jones, the Vicarage Miss Jones, Teify Villa Miss Barrow, MiEs Hnghes and others. Morning service was held fit 8 a.m., in the morning, when the Rev. Ll. Green, S.D.C., and the Rev. W. J. Evans, curate officiated. Welsh services were held at 10.30 a.m., and at 6 p.m and an English one at 3.30 in the afternoon. The Church choirs had got up anthems suitable to the day, which they sang in a manner that reflected great credit on their able singing master. The afternoon witnessed most of the young folks of both sex up at Henfeddau Lake, which was covered with ice to the depth of two inches or more. Mr J. C. Harford, of Falcondale, to whom this sheet of water with its pretty little islands belong, had very kindly given permission to skate on it. Thither, therefore, most of the neighbourhood wended their way in the afternoon, where they indulged in a game of hocky on the ice. A most enjoyable afternoon was spent. In the evening the Rev D. S. Davies, Carmarthen, gave a lecture at the Shiloh Chapel on the life and times of George Washington. The meeting was well attended. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.-A meeting of the Beard was held on Thursday, the 24th ult. Present Mr David Davies, Velindre, chairman; Mr Lewis Davies, Gelly; Rev Daniel Griffiths, Trefilan Messrs Samuel Davies, Coedpark David Morgan, Nantymedd Daniel Jones, Garth; John Jones, Cilgwyn David Evans, Coedmorfach; Jame3 Jones, Caerau Thomas Evans, Llysfaen Abel Evans and E H Griffiths, medical officers; and D Lloyd, clerk.—The outrelief, &c., Lampeter dis- trict, per Mr David Parry, .£37 lls Id to 144 paupers; Llanybyther district, per Mr David Evans, £ 36 18s 6d to 140 paupers. Number in the House, 32; corresponding week last year, 39.— The Treasurer's book showed a balance of Xl 6i1 31d against the Union. Cheques were drawn for the tradesmen's quarterly accounts and salaries of officers.—Mr David Evans, Pencarreg, gave notice that at the next meeting he will call the attention of the guardians to the present mode of rating in this U-iion, and to move that all property in the Union be assessed upon the same principle as tithe rent-charge.—The Clerk was directed to apply for summons against the overseers of the parishes who had not paid the contributions payable during the past quarter.—A meeting of the assessment com- mittee was held after the Board, Mr Lewis Davies in the chair. The Clerk was directed to write to the overseers of the various parishes in the Union, requesting them to supply him with particulars of the number of school buildings in each parish, and the gross estimated rental and rateable value of each.—Reductions were made in the assessment of the Earl of Lisburne and Mr J A Vaughan's tithes, in the parishes of Bettws Bledrws, Silian, Trefilan, Llanfairclydogau, Llangybi and Llanvrenog.
CONWIL ELVET. ON Christmas Day service was held in our old, handsome, and, we may almost say, unique parish Church, as the style of the architecture can be traced to three different epochs. The service was conducted by the respected vicar, the Rev J. Morgan, the solemnity and grandness of which was greatly enhanced by the singing of various chants by the choir, under the leadership of Mr J. Thomas, White Lion. The Church was most artistically decorated by the Misses Davies (Pen- ddol), Davies (Penfol), James (The Esger),E Iwards and Masters Edwards (Medical Hall). There were a plentitude of festoons and devices in evergreens, mosses, and everlasting flowers, as well as appro- priate mottoes, amongst the latter two especially, attracted attention as being well executed, viz., "Ganwyd i chwi heddyw Geidwad Crist, yr Arglwydd" and "Priise ye the Lord." Tea was given to the Sunday school attendants in a long room at the back of Mr Daniel Evans' house. This room again was gaily decorated and festooned, the mistletoe bough being not forgotten. Here all were regaled with a sumptuous supply of cake, bread and butter, and refreshing tea. The tables were presided over by Mrs Edwards and Mrs Daniel Evans. The tea was provided through the kindness of the Vicar, Mr and Mrs Daniel Evans (the Village), and Mrs Davies (Penddol). After the tables were cleared a very enjoyable im- promptu concert was held, during which oranges were distributed, which, we believe, were the gift of Dr. Edwards. The proceedings terminated by the singing of" God save the Queen." It is well to see that there are sjme at least amongst the charitably disposed ever ready to remember their neighbours at the season when goodwill and peace to all should reign.
PEMBROKE. GAs EXPLOSION.-On Monday, while some work- men were testing the gas pipes at Westgate House, which has for some time past been unoccupied, an explosion took plaoe. It appears that the leakage had been there for some days, and consequently accumalated in the closed house. The front window was blown out, the ceilings brought down, and a pane of glass in the room above was blown out. Fortunately, no one was injured.
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I LLANDOVERY. SEASONABLE BENEVOLENCE. According to an announcement made throughout the town last week and to-day by our friend, the town crier, a large sum of money was divided on Monday by the gentlemen of the town among the deserving poor of the place. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. Christmas passed off very quietly at Llandovery. All the places of business, it is, perhaps needless to say, were closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The number of visitors was, but few, and the natives conducted themselves in a very quiet and orderly way. We are happy to state that no scenes of drunkenness were witnessed in our streets. EISTEDDFOD AND CONCERT. On Christmas Day, mainly through the energy and enterprise of Mr Dan Davies, Stone-street, a well got up eisteddfod and concert were held at the British School. Mr Davies's object in promoting the event was to cast a cheerful ray, at this season, into the hearts of natives and visitors, and judg- ing from the success that crowned the movement he certainly succeeded. This is specially true with regard to the concert throughout which the building was crowded to its utmost capacity. As to the singing it was noted by all "to be a treat." The proceeds, should there be any surplus after paying all expenses, will, we understand, go in aid of some deserving local object. Judging from the success of the few--they are very few-concerts held here this season, we have no hesitation in saying should Mr Dan Davies or some other equally public gentleman of our town promote snch gatherings say, once a fortnight throughout the remainder of the winter, a good sum could be realized in aid of our Drill Hall, It is so awfully dull here that it is matter for small wonder that people are losing heart and getting sleepy and melancholy. The promoter of the present eisteddfod was most happy in the selection of a conductor, Mr D. Llanfair Evans; although, a new hand, discharged the duties of the post in a way that called forth from all warm eulogiums. ui tne cnairman at the concert nothing need be said for was he not the genial pastor of the Calvinistic Methoiists, the Rev T. E. Thomas, Baileyglas, whose qualities for the position are two well and widely known to need any comment from our feeble pen. Below we append the programme Eisteddfod, Address by the President; addresses by the Bards adjudication on the Prize Bag,' Miss Jennie Jones, Llandilo competition on the soprano solo, Miss Maggie Jones, Green Lodge adjudication on the stanza, Mr Morgan Thomas, Divlyn, Llandovery; choral competition by juvenile choirs, Salem, Llandovery, conductor, Mr W. Thomas; ad- judication on the love letter, Mr D. Jones, Cilycwm; competition on the duett" Messrs Price and Nicholas choral competition—'Moab,' divided between Tabor Philharmonic and Moabities, Llandovery, respective conductors, Messrs D. Jones and W. Thomas (also a silver mounted baton was given to the successful conductor) competition on the tenor solo, Mr D. Nicholas, Bronfelin; extempore dialogue, Messrs Rees Evans and John Thomas; com- petition on the bass solo, Mr Nicholas, Llan- sadwrn competition on the recitation, Mr John Bowen, Llandilo; chief choral competition, Tabor Philharmonic Choir, conductor, Mr Evans, Mount. Concert Part 1. Pianoforte solo, Miss C. M. Thomas song, Mr George Davies, Crugybar song, Angels ever bright and fair," Miss Davies, Trecastle song, Mr W. E. Williams, Swansea song, Mr Gwenlais Davies song, Ar y Traeth, Eos yCwm song, Mr W. Thomas; d'lett, "The Farm Yard," Gwenlais Davies and Friend song, The Star of Bethlehem," Mr J. N. Rees, Swansea. Part Il. Song, Mr Gwenlais Davies; duett, Miss Davies and Mr Wm. Thomas song, Llythyr fy Mam," Miss Davies song, Mr George Davies song, Mr W. E. Williams; song, "The Bargeman's Child," Eos y Cwm; song, Mr J. N. Rees; song, The Better Land," Miss Davies, Trecastle; duett, Misses Davies song, Mr Win. Thomas finale, God save the Queen."
KIDWELLY. LECTURE.—On Wednesday a lecture was given at the Town-hall by the Rev W. E. Prytherch, Goppa. The subject being Our young men and their future prospects." The Mayor pre- sided—there was a good attendance, and the pro- ceeds were devoted towards the debt on the Morfa Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. GIFT TO THE CHURCH. -A very handsome and fine act of altar linen have just been presented to Kidwelly Church by a Carmarthen lady, viz., Mra Albert Harris. The linen was used for the first time on Christmas Day. Mr and Mrs Harris have, for some years now, taken a very great interest in the welfare of the Church at Kidwelly. Mrs Harris, only the other day, rendered very valuable service at the Christmas Tree and Sale of Work held in aid of the debt on the Kidwelly National Buildings. HALF YEARLY SERVICES.—In connection with the Baptist cause here half-yearly services were held on Saturday and Monday last. In the morning and afternoon the services were held in Siloam (B) Chapel, and in the evening at Capel Sul (I). Powerful sermons were delivered by the Rev S. V. Williams, Clydach. Large congregations attended each meeting, and the collections, which were in aid of the fund for re- building Siloam, were very good. OBITUARY. — On Saturday afternoon, at the Vicarage, Kidwelly, died Mrs Jones, mother of the respected vicar of Kidwelly, after a very lingering and painful illness. Saturday night also died Miss Stokes, at her residence, Castle- terrace, after a very short illness. Miss Stokes- who was a regular attendant and faithful member of St. Mary's Church-was in her usual place in Church at the morning service last Sunday week. CHRISTMAS DAY. The usual Plygain was held at the Parish Church here on Christmas morning at 6 a. m., but was not nearly so well attended as Plygains" in past years. A service was also held at 11 a. m. The Holy Communion being celebrated at each service. Owing to the serious illness of the respected vicar's mother there was no evening service held. The Church was very neatly decorated by the Misses Dunn, the Misses Griffiths, Henblas, Miss A. Chappell and others. The second annual eisteddfod was held at Capel Sul this day also, and was a great success. The president for the day being Mr County Councillor Stephens, Arlais. The ad- judicator: Music, Mr D. Howells, Gwyn Alaw Ferndale and Literature, Mr Gomer Henry, Llandyfeilog conductor, the Rev W. C. Jenkins' accompanist, Mr D. Reynolds; and the hon. sec., Mr W. Williams, Penygare. The chief choral competition was an anthem, Dyddiau dyn sydd fel glaswelltyn," for which a prize of £ 6 was offered. Six choirs competed, the best being that of Zion Chapel, Burry Port. In the evening a grand concert was held, the mayor (Captain Harries) presiding.
CARDIGAN. THE REV. WILAIAM JONEs.-We regret to announce that the above gentleman, who is well- known among the Calvinistic Methodists, is still lying in a very critical state, with no hopes of recovering. He is suffering from a painful malady. DEATH OF MR HENRY STEPHENS.—On Sunday, the above gentleman, who is father-in-law of Mr D. Davies, the mayor, expired at Stanley House, at the age of 93 years, from a severe attack of bronchitis. Mr Stephens was a native of Mon- mouth, and well knowD in many parts of South Wales. He was formerly an officer of Inland Revenue, but retired on a pension many years ago. A SINGULAR CASE AT C&RDIGAN.-At a special meeting of the magistrates of the Lower Hundred of Troedyraur, held in the Shire hall, Cardigan, on Thursday, a woman calling herself Miss Davies," of London, and claiming to be an acquaintance of Mr Hirwen Jones, the vocalist, was committed to the quarter sessions, charged with obtaining by false pretences from Helen Jones, a servant at Hen- bant, Llandergwydd, the residence of Mr Jones's father, certain clothing and money, valued at £25. Defendant now said that her name was Catherine Evans. Upon the representation that she was to appear at a concert with Mr Jones, at Pentre, the servant gave the prisoner food, clothing, and money. Mr Hirwen Jones denied ever having seen the woman. LACTINA" for calves prevents scour, needs no boiling, and costs one-half the price of milk. It is easily digested, and highly relished by the young animal. Apply Lactina & Co., Suffolk House, Canon-street, London, E C. [850 KAY S COMPOUND Essence of Linseed, Aniseed Senega, Squill, Tolu, &c., with Chlorodyne, 9ld KAY'S COMPOUND, a demulcent anodyne expec- l torant, 9id., 13id., 2s. 9d., &c. Of all Chemists
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.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. 1-11111- The Editor does not hold himself responsible for opinions expressed iini-r this heading. All contribu- tions must be vjrifie.l by the real name and address of the writer as a guarantee of good faith.
PENCADER. To the Editor of THE JOL-R-NAL. S.rR,-So nnny unfirotable reportf npon the above little village have been sent to your widely- circ-ilated p-tppr during the 1 two years rrnt the public may believe the place to be far behind the avcranrp of Wels'i village in "ivlli-nti-n. Un doubtedly it may be improved in many ways, but as it is, it has many." -elicit, features, and as f-ir as education is concerned, I venture to sny it stands L second to no other Welsu viliaLre of its sizt- A large [bHd school Wa- ol),n-,d here Uyeatsag., and two years ago a Grammar school was opened close by, which is already in a flourishing condi- tion, and promises to do well in the future. Here is an opportunity for a sharp boy to graduate in arts or in scieence without going from the place. Two matriculated from the Grammar School last January, and about half a dozen more are prepar- ing for the same next June. The Board School also has a splendid record, and has obtained excel- lent reports, and the highest grants on several occasions, if not every time. Miss Winnie Lloyd Jones, pupil teacher at this school, acquitted her- self very creditably at the Queen's Scholarship Examination last July. She stood Number 334 on the general list, and fifth on the Swansea list, there being over 1,500 successful candidates in the' First Division. It has also to be borne in mind that Miss Jonea did not complete her apprentice- ship as pupil teacher until this month. In addi- tion to the schools there are as many as six science classes in the place this winter—three at the Board and three at the Grammar School. Classes are held in the following subjectsMathematics, physiography, physiology, botancy, magnetism, and electricy, and heat. Young men of Pencader avail yourselves of the very rare opportunities eirered you, and do not allow your leisure hours (precious hours which you can never recall) escape without improving yourselves in some direction. Now that the subject of village libraries or reading rooms is so much talked and written about, may I, through the medium of your paper, call the atten- tion of the leading men of the district to the same. If properly conducted it would be a very great boon, as it might be the means of removing the noisy and drunken crowds that may now be seen on our high roads between 10 and 11 o'clock at night. Lay aside every party feeling, jealousy, pride, anxiety to be the leader, and let everyone do what he can to help in this noble cause. Yours, &c., TWELLT,
ANTI-WELSH. To the Editoll of THE JOURNAL. SIR,-Will you kindly afford me an opportunity of contradicting, in the only effectual manner that offers itself, a gratuitous and malicious slander ? I hear both from North and South Wales that a report has been spread about to the effect that I am in spirit Anti-Welsh, and that I treat Welsh boys in this school with less favour and kindness than the English boys. I give this falsehood an absolute and unqualified denial, and (as I have recently said on a public occasion here) I defy aay man to come to me and name a single case in point, I have many faults, but I really cannot count among them that of stupidity. Yet what else but simply stupid would be the conduct of a man who, in the place where he has made his home, should in anyway discourage the very people who must always be the chief supporters of the school over which he presides? Into the source of this silly attempt to cry dewn the most ancient and most distinguished School in the Principality I do not care to enquire; but I will, with your permission, make one or two observations. A very large number of Welsh-born boys from North and South Wales, but especially from the large towns of South Wales, are sent to schools over the border. Why? Doubtless because the parents believe the English Schools to be superior to those nearer at hand. Now, sir, if we here by first-class teaching and firm bnt genial discipline, by the maintenance of an elevated tone in language and character, and attention to the "manners" that "makyth man" (whose importance men of the world will be the last to under-rate), and generally by working the School on English lines, are able to offer as good an education and school-life as can be found anywhere in England, so far from acting in an anti-Welsh spirit, we are doing the very best thing in our power for the interests of the Principality. It is our boast that we are doing this; and so long as that shall be so, I claim to hear no more nonsense about anti-Welsh." Let my detractors remember one of the finest of Welsh mottoes, Y gwir yn erbyn y byd." I remain, your obedient servant, Christ College, Brecon, M. A. BAYFIELD Dec. 23, 1891.
BOGUS DEGREES. s ————— I 1 To the Editor of THE JOURNAL. SIR,-A few weeks ago I remember reading a glowing account of the honours conferred upon the Rev. W. Thomas, Whitland, by a special reso- lution of the International Society of Literature Science and Art, entitling him to the use of the letters F.S.L. (Loud) after his name. Your correspondent Argus," at the time, clearly explained the value of this particular degree, and the easy manner in which it can be obtained. I happened to read in the School Guvrdian for Saturday last, a leaderette with reference t. the above named Society. The School Guardian says. "Every two or three years a new society springs into existence ostensibly for the promotion of learning. We have just had placed in our hands the papers of the International Society of Litera- ture, Science and Art, and we leave our readers to draw their own conclusions as to its true character from its own prospectus. The entrance fee is only two guineas. Ladies and gentlemen interested in any one or more of the various branches of art, literature, science, music, or education, arc eligible for election as active or honorary fellows, and uave diplomas granted to them with the ricrht of appending the letters F.S.L. (Lond.) to their names. Certificate3 of membership (M.S.L.) are also issued. The hood and gown of the society may be worn by daly qualified fellows, subject to the approval of the council. We need not enter into particulars about the annual subscription. It is sufficient to say that the honours of the society are in one sense cheap, and that persons desirous of appending letters to their names need not experience much difficulty in misleading the public by their pos. session. The society is so anxious to diffuse its honours that it passes special resolutions inviting the members of other societies to allow their names | to be added to their own distinguished roll. Wo f should not have thought it necessary to call attention to this society did we not know that a few years ago many teachers were persuaded to j )in a society of a similar character." Further comment is unnecessary. The public have "Argus" to thank for so readily enlightening them upon the true value of the hood, gown and letters of this society." Yours truly, IVOR."
THE REPRESENTATION OF THE CARMARTHEN BOROUGHS. To the Editor of THE JOURNAL. SIR,-My attention has been called to the sensi- ble article which appeared in your issue of the week before last on this subject. It is only too true, I am afraid, that during the heat of the con- troversy raging between The rival Radicals that a few of the Unionist electors, yielding in the excitement of the moment to the wiles of the Radical canvassers, promised to support Mr Lewis Morris against Major Joues. But, gir, it surely is not at all sophistical to say that such promises given to either Radical while there was no Union- ist in the field were in their very nature condi- tional on there being no Unionist candidate to vote for. Now that a Unionist is almost certain to come forward, it is very desirable that the eyes of our Unionist voters should not be blinded by the dust which is being so assiduously stirred up by our opponents. There ought to be no mincing matters, as there is no middle course which can be steered, and everyone should be plainly told that (para- doxical as it may sound) any Unionist who votes for Mr Morris against a Unionist candidate is no Unionist at all, but a Quixotic. I am, Sir, Yours obediently, Ä.
LIME. To the Editor of THE JOURNAL. DEAR SIR.-In the article on lime in your issue of the 25th inst, I find much that is difficult to follow. The difficulties in great part arise from the indefinite way some words-more especially the word lime are used. Your corespondent speaks of lime as existing in two conditions, burnt and unburnt. What is here referred to as lime in the burnt condition corresponds when free from impurities to oxide of Calcium more gener- ally known as lime, What is referred to as lime in the uuburnt condition, coiresponds when free from impurities to carbonate of calcium improperly called carbonate of lime. Your corres- pondent then gwes Oil to say I b,-tt lime can be used with excellent effect (a) on soils that are defective in it (b) on tough clays (c) on soile which contnin a large amount of organic matters. Are we to under- stand tlial here ti.e word lime is to have the douhlc significance that your correspondent gives it. I have always understood that the operations of oxide of eilciu-n and corbonate of calcium in agriculture depend npon entirely different principles. With special reference to (a) aud (c). Would your correspondent use oxide of calcium on soils deficient in calcareous matter if they contained soluble vegetable or animal manure in any quantity ? I hardly think it would be with excellent effect. The paragrppb devoted to the silicates of ammonia, potash, &c., is somewhat obscure. Am I to understand from it that your correspondent advocates the addition of oxide of calcium to soils comparatively rich in the double silicates of alumina with ammonia and potash. I should also like some light thrown on the state- ment that chalk supplies the soil with phosphoric acid. Perhaps, in the interest of agriculture, your correspondent will remove these difficulties. Yours truly, LICHEN.
LLANGADOCK. PRINTING.—THE JOURNAL CO. (Limited) are prepared to execute all orders entrusted to them in the best style. Offices-3, Guildhall-square, Car- then. On Tuesday last the marriage of Mr Ll. Williams, the Editor of the South Wales Star, with Miss Nellie Jenkins, fifth daughter of the late Mr James Jenkins Llansawdde, took place at St. Cadog's Church. The interesting ceremony was performed by the Rev. L. L. Davies, vicar of Llanwono (cousin of the bridegroom), assisted by the Rev. W. Rees, vicar of Llangadog. Mr Lleufer Thomas, acted as best man, and the hride was given away by her brother, Mr J. L. Jenkins, of the Indian Civil Service, who, by the way, is spending his honeymoon in England. The bridesmaids were Misses Kate aiid May, sisters of the bride, Miss Lewis, Bruwnhill, and Miss Powell, Caregcenuiu. The route traversed by the wedding party was gaily decorated with triumphal arches, from Glansawdde to the Parish Church, and the inhabitants vied with each other in showing their respect for the parties concerned the brides family having resided in the neigh- bourhood all their life-time and are deservedly popular. The wedding party returned to Glan- sawdde, where the weddiug breakfast was served to a numerous gathering of friends. Among those we noticed were, Mr Jenkins, Mr Herbert Jenkins, Miss Nelli Jenkins, brother of the bride, Miss Kate and May Jenkins (sisters of the bride), Mr Gus Berdu, of Pontypool, Mr and Mrs Mayberry Williams, Pontypool, Rev. W. Rees, and L. L. Davies, and Mr Lewis, .Krownhiil. Ihe wedding presents were both numerous and costly. The married couple left Llangadocg station per London and North Western Railway 1.57 p.m. train for Shrews- bury, where the first part of the honeymoon will be spent bearing with them the best wishes of a throng of the inhabitants who had crowded the platform of the railway station to witness the departure of the happy couple. BRANDRETH'S SUGAR-COATED PILLS purify the blood, clear the vision, and bring health and strength to the weary and worn out. BRANDRETH'S SUGAR-COATED PILLS are a very safe medicine for children. ONE BRANDRETH'S SUGAR-COATED PILL taken each day with your dinner will cure indigestion or constipation. Are you troubled with SICK HEADACHES ot Indigestion? BRANDRETH'S SUGAB-COATED PILLS are the remedy. Agcnts^Q Phillips, chemist and druggist, 3, Hall-street; J. Palmer Richards, 16, Lammas' street, Carmarthen.
LLANGUNLLO. SEASONABLE BENEVOLENCE. Sir Marteine Lloyd, Bart., and Lady Lloyd have been mindful of the poor here again this Christmas season, and have caused a quantity of coals to be distributed among them through the rector of the parish. They have also this winter renewed the very old custom at Bronwydd of giving weekly a supply of soup to a number of poor people. It need hardly be said that this kindness is much appreciated by all those who share in it. 3 CLOTHING CLUB. -This useful institution con- tinues to do good here by promoting thrift among the poor- There was an increase in the me'nhere this year, and every sign that the club is appreciated. The members met in the Schoolroom on December 21..t to show their purchases, which consisted of materials for useful clothing, got from different shops and factories. Through the kindness of Lady Lloyd and Mrs Tyler, the secretary (Mrs Hugh Jones) was enabled to add a bonus of 3s to each mem- ber 8 payments. 15,793 CURES OF ASTHMA, CONSUMPTION, AND DISORDERS OF THE THROAT AND LUNGS, RHEU- MATIC, HYSTERICAL, NERVOUS AND HEART \vSdoS I!Y Dr- LOCOCK'S PULMONIC 10* HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LAST Y°jT?S" benefit to society which has resulted from the discovery of this medicine is, however, far greater than these figures show, as many thousands of cures are effected "and not made public. Dr Locock's Wafers are sold by every medicine dealer in boxes at prices from Is lid to lis, so as to meet the circumstances of all ranks. Be careful to see the name in the Government Stamp.
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