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HUNTING APPOINTMENTS.

DEATH OF THE DUKE OF jCLARENCE.

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ILLANDILO CHRONICLE.

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CARMARTHEN. ST. PETER'S CHRISTMAS TREE.—This most im- portant annual undertaking was held in the Assembly Rooms on the 7th inst. We say 'important' because so much depends upon its success—the National schools and the Mission Rooms rest upon the Tree and are dependent upon it to a considerable extent. The sum of money realised this year-about E225-did not come up to the extraordinary amount of last year, but the Bishop of Swansea and his kind sup- porters have every reason to be satisfied with the result. The inclemency of the weather and the prevalence of illness told severely on the atten- dance. The Tree occupied its usual position on the platform. It was a beautiful one, full and symmetrical, and was very kindly supplied by Mr E. M. Davies, J.P., of the Uplands, who spared no pains in making a suitable selection. l'he setting up and the decoration of the Tree were again done by Mr E. A. Rogers, who has for years in this respect given his valuable services gratuitously. Coming to the stalls-ün your left as you entered the room was the vicarage stall, well laden with ornamental, fancy, and useful articles, and presided over by Mrs Lloyd, assisted by Misses Latimer Jones, Miss Laura Lester, Miss Florence Lewis, Miss Gwendoline Griffiths, and the Misses Prosser. Further on was the coffee stall entrusted to the care cf the Misses Evans, of Trevaughan, after which came the tea stail under the management of the Misses ^purrell, assisted by Mrs C. E. Davies, Miss Browne, and Miss Woodman. Next to this stood the tine fan;y stall of Mrs Reid, well stocked with valuable and attractive articles. stocked with valuable and attractive articles. Mrs Reid was ably assisted by Mrs Dudley Hill, Miss Morris (Coombe), Miss Lewis (Bank House), and Miss Leyfried. This was followed by the neat and well arrayed toy stall of Miss White. who was lie ped by Mrs Brunei White, Mrs Humphreys, and the Misses White and Master Jack White. Next came the Churchwar- deli's stall, presided over by Mrs Thomas Thomas, J.P. (NVellfield), and Mrs T. Jones (Mansel-st.), assisted by Mrs Jeffreys, Misses Susie, Bessie, and Leo Jones, Misses Stedman Thomas, E. K. Davies, Carter, Smith, Cruise, and Williams i Haverfordwest). The spot allotted to this stall was far too small, and quite one-half of the many beautiful and choice articles had to be put away in boxes. The farmers' stall had been taken hy Mrs Francis, Myrtle Hill, who, through the indisposition of her husband, was unfortunately unable to attend. Mrs Olive, Boar's Head Hotel, very kindly took charge, and she was ably assisted by Mrs Caldicott, Mrs Currie, Miss Annie Francis, the Misses (2) Olive, and Miss Rowe. The refreshment stall was the only one that ièclipsed last year's unparalled success. This was Sunder the management of Mrs T. E. Brigstocke, I Mrs Bolton, Mrs Harvey, Mrs James, Miss iNeiern Jones, and Miss Frederick Davies. | The children's farce, Nursery Chickweed," was |most laughable. The juveniles were again well trained by Miss E. M. Davies. The dramatis |persmue in Bubbles," all of whom showed great |uistrionic powers, were Messrs Brunei White, | W. Beynon Jones, and A. Woodman, and the I Miss Lewis (Bank House), Miss Bagnall and jfMiss Eva Bagnall. Valuable assistance was also |rendered during the course of the day by the Clergy, and Messrs W Morgan Griffiths, W T Brigstocke, J Pughe Davies, R Thomas, W Jones, A LI Davies, J Morgan, T Jeffreys, Ser- geant-Major Cooper, &c., &c. The proceeds of the stalls, &c were as follows :—Vicarage stall, £ '40 9s. 7d. Churchwarden's stall, Mrs Thomas' £ 24 5s. 4d., Mrs Jones, £ 18 14s. 9d., total' C43 01. Id. Mrs Reid, £ 17 7s. !M. j Miss White, £ 17 5s. Gd.; Refreshment stall, £ 20 5s. 6d. tea, £f) 18s. j coffee, i:5 lls. 6d. by tickets sold, I!&Barker, J Lester, W Spurrell, T Thomas, T E Brigstocke, J Pughe Davies, R Thomas, W Jones, A LI Davies, J Morgan, T Jeffreys, Ser- geant-Major Cooper, &c., &c. The proceeds of the stalls, &c were as follows :—Vicarage stall, £ '40 9s. 7d. Churchwarden's stall, Mrs Thomas' £ 24 5s. 4d., Mrs Jones, £ 18 14s. 9d., total' £ 430s. Id. Mrs Reid, £ 17 7s. 3d.; Miss White', £ 17 5s. Gd.; Refreshment stall, £ 20 5s. 6d. tea, £ (■» 18s.; coffee, i'5 lis. 6d. by tickets sold, £ 10 lO^d' l)rocee^s entertainments^ JUVENILE FANCY DRESS BALL.—Councillor D. E. Williams, the genial proprietor of the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, gave a ball on Friday evening to his young friends. A large number of invi^ rations had been sent round, and 150 or more readily accepted the means of passing an evenings certain pleasant enjoyment, for mine Host Williams never does a thing by halves. Outside, the atmosphere was crisp and healthy, but the ground was covered with, in some parts, even a foot of snow. Inside, every- thing was cosy, homely, and in order. The dance was carried on in the large sale room ad- joining the hotel. Entering the hotel, one was ushered through the billiard room, where had been laid a sumptuous, toothsome spread, into the ball-room beyond. And what a sight met one 8 gaze dozens of merry, chatty, little people dressed in^gorgeous costumes tripping the "light fantastic, as if to the cuscom born. The room was festooned and trimmed with Japanese screens and other bric-a-brac making quite a fairy scene. At the further end stood Messrs Jones's string band, pouring forth their strains of sweet, delightful music, and inspiring the young dancers with fresh vigour. "Wallflowers were scarce, tor Mr Williams, with his open and encouraging smiles, made an excellent M.C-, and trotted out all those who seemed more eager to sit and criticise, than to keep up the fun. The young •people were in the best of moods, and their merry laughter showred how thoroughly they enjoyed themselves. The dances were gone through gracefully and with remarkable precision. The dresses were of every fashion, colour, and style, and some were very pretty; for example, the Scottish kilts of two young ladies present. Dancing was kept on till o'clock, but, lon.» ere a JUVENILE FANCY DREss BALL. -Couticillor D. E. Williams, the genial proprietor of the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, gave a ball on Friday evening to his young friends. A large number of invi^ rations had been sent round, and 150 or more readily accepted the means of passing an evenings certain pleasant enjoyment, for mine Host Williams" never does a thing by halves. Outside, the atmosphere was crisp and I healthy, but the ground was covered with, in some parts, even a foot of snow. Inside, every- thing was cosy, homely, and in order. The dance was carried on in the large sale room ad- joining the hotel. Entering the hotel, one was ushered through the billiard room, where had been laid a sumptuous, toothsome spread, into the ball-room beyond. And what a sight met one 8 gaze dozens of merry, chatty, little people dressed in^gorgeous costumes tripping the "light fantastic, as if to the cuscom born. The room was festooned and trimmed with Japanese screens and other bric-a-brac making quite a fairy I y scene. At the further end stood Messrs Jones's string band, pouring forth their strains of sweet, delightful music, and inspiring the young dancers with fresh vigour. "Wallflowers were scarce, tor Mr Williams, with his open and encouraging smiles, made an excellent M.C., and trotted out all those who seemed more eager to sit and criticise, than to keep up the fun. The young people were in the best of moods, and their merry laughter showed how thoroughly they enjoyed themselves. The dances were gone through gracefully and with remarkable precision. The dresses were of every fashion, colour, and style, and some were very pretty; for example, the Scottish kilts of two young ladies present. Dancing was kept on till o'clock, but, Ion- ere uhat, everyone was regaled with the delicacies laid out in abundance in the billiard-room, and looked after by an army of willing hands. Seldom has a juvenile ball been carried on in better spirit, and Friday night's dance will ever be green in the minds of the young folks present, one and all of whom did his and her share to enhance the delightfulness of the whole affair by entering heartily into all that was going forward. We congratulate Councillor Williams for having persevered in giving his friends so thorough an enjoyment and also so cordial a wel- come, and hope, as does everyone that was lucky enough to have an invite," that this will not be the last ball of its kind he will favour us with. iowilig to pressure on our space we are reluctantly compelled to leave out the names of those preseut,

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