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AMMANFORD JOTTINGS. [By IOTA.] Nothing is ever so apparent at Ammanford, as the solemn way in which the inhabitants of this important town take their amusements. I have been wondering for a long time whether the place had a sort of dual existence—half sleeping, while the rest watched. However, this winter things have been a little livelier, and we ought to be thankful even for small mercies. The Debating .Society of whose proceedings I have seen some notice in THE JOURNAL has, in lIpite of all difficulties, carried out its programme, not only with commendable energy, but with increasing success. The meetings have been characterised by large attendances, ladies being in great force, and the quality of the speeches if not equal to the level of the debates in Parliament yet has been such as to impart a modicum of instruction combined with a lot of amusement. V The subject of Novel-reading was recently dis- cussed, Mr Gwyn Jones, the worthy secretary, asserting that it was beneficial, while Mr Robert Collard, held that it was not. After an interest- ing debate, Mr Jones carried his point. Councillor Jones contributed a most interesting item to the syllabus in the shape of a paper on County Roads and Bridges, a subject on which he is eminently qualified to speak, owing to his opportunity for acquiring knowledge coupled with his desire to master the subject for the benefit of his constitu- ents. His paper was lucid and thorough, and was listened to with great interest. » I Another debate was occasionei by Mr Griffith Elias affirming that Theatrical amusements are prejudicial to Society, Mr Ivor Morris denying that they are. Mr Elias made an effective attack on the theatre, but did not sufficiently distinguish between the Theatre and the Music Hall, a point of which his opponents were not slow to take advantage. The whole tone of the debate was characterised by good taste and brought out one or two effective speakers from the Gwynfryn scholars. In the end Mr Elias lost his motion by the casting vote of the Chairman, Mr Phillips, Parcyrhun, who admitted that the good he had got from visiting good theatres, and seeing good plays far counter balanced any evil influences. Perhaps the most interesting evening's amuse- ment so far was last Friday, when Miss Pritchard read a paper on the Poetry: of Music. A large attendance especially of ladies served to give the lady encouragement, and a very able and enter- taining paper was the le ult. Miss Pritchard had evidently bestowed attention, rl search, and intellect, on the very excellent little paper, and everyone present must have carried away lots to think about. Mrs Phillips (Madame Martha Harries) contributed not a little to the success of the paper by an illustration of one of the points, a Welsh song so charmingly sung as to evoke the greatest enthusiasm. Mr Ivur Morris and Mr Walters also contributed illustrations, the Difydd y garreg wen," of the latter being much admired. At the close it was announced that the paper to be read by Mr James, of Swan- sea, on March 3rd, would be on the History of the Welsh Eisteddfod. # # The Niagers or as they call themselves The Ammanford Minstrels, have given their first performance, and after allowing for some trifling shortcomings mnst be congratulated on their success. A most ex ellent stage with dressing rooms behind had been contrived at the end of the Ivorites' Hall, leaving the whole of the orchestra end for a balcony. I would recommend the worshipful club of Ivorites to take a hint from this, and alttr the structure of their hall, which is at I r, s mt a most inconvenient structure. # # The programme consisted of two parts. The first included songs and choruses, interspersed with the usual lively jokes, and the second part included a stump oration, a step dance, and a very laughable farce. The programme of the first part was as follows :—Plantation song, Walking for dat cake," Mr Gygge Lamps ballad, Maggie with soft brown I hair," Mr Whatho Johnny comic SlOg, "Dinah she said Yah Mr Stratton Rodney ballad, Some- body whispered so sweetly," Mr Donovan Dailo negro song, Keep in de middle ob de road," Mr Jerry JeFsai-ny plantation melody, "Way down upon the Swaunee Ribber," Mr Tin Joephus comic song, "The Merry Laughing Man," Mr M. O. Byd part song, Come where my love lies dreaming' negro melody, "Poor old Joe," Mr G. Robert; walk round, "St. Patrick's Day Parade," Mr Whatho Johnny. # The first part suffered much from disappoint- ments at the last moment. Big Ianto was advertised, but a telegram sent off at fix p. m. announced sudden illness and inability to attend. A wedding kept two of the troupe away, and as they had promised faithfully to attend, and had undertaken important parts, this was a serious drawback. I understand that in future marriages are barred until after the nigger season is over. Owing to these disappointments, and the fact that another of the troupe was lying ill in bed, and his part had to be taken at a moment's notice, it would be unfair to criticise the per- formance too severely, but honest praise can be bestowed on most of the singers, G. Roberts and Tim Joephus perhaps deserving the lion's share still all did their best, and at the least satisfied the audience, which was a very large one. The jokes cracked were too many and too short, and owing to the dropping of the voices none too well heard. This fault should be rectified next time, Mr Stratton Rodney opened the second part with a stump oration on politics. He com- menced by reading telegrams apologising for non- attendance—from among other-, Mr Gladstone, Mr Parnell, Mr Balfour, Mr 'iowyn Jones and Lord Salisbury. He was very imperfectly heard at the back of the room, which was a pity, as his speech was very funny and remarkably well delivered. # In the absence of Big lanto, a step dance was undertaken at short notice by Mr F. Dark, who did very well. The farce was entitled, "Who died last 1" and was admirably rendered by the following caste: — "Mr Jones," Mr Stratton Rodney Mre Jones," Mr Whatho Johnny "Mr Smith," Mr Johnson; Mrs Smith," Mr Donovan Dailo. The get up of these gentlemen was very good indeed, very few of the large audience being able to identify them. When Mrs Jones came on the stage, it was some minutes before the audience could sufficiently control their laughter, to enable the piece to pro- ceed. The spirit of fun was rampant, and the acting very good, so the piece ran well. "God save the Queen" wound up a most creditable performance. A word of puise is due to Mr Ivor Morris for his training and his accompaniments. He must have had a lot of work to do, and ho did it well. I hear the troupe intend visiting Llandovery, Brynamman, Cwmamman, and giving another performance at Ammanford later on.

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