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RUTHIN. APPOINTMENT. As will be seen from our report of the Aber- gele Urban Council, Mr. Samuel Owen, of this town has been appointad an Inspector under the Council. We feel sure that nc obetter selection could be made, and congratulate Mr. Owen upon his appointment. DR. BARNARDO'S HOMES. Few institutions of the philanthropic order present greater claims to the sympathy of all lovers ot their fellow-creatures than those car- ried on by Dr. Barnardo. Every year hundreds of the most destitute Waifs ana Strays from our great cities, and also from our smaller towns, are admitted to these Homes, and there are well educated and trained for the battle of life, who, but for its efforts would inevitably swell the ranks of our paupers and criminals. The records of this work are intensely interes- ting from every point of view. As truth is said to be stranger than fiction, so, many of the facts of this rescue work are more thrilling than any romance, in spite of the dull and sordid misery from whence they are taken. As will be seen from our advertising colums, the good people of Ruthin are to have an opportunity of becoming better acquainted with them. On Friday, the 9th of April next, Mr. James B. Wookey, the popular Deputation Secretary of Dr. Barnardos Home, will be at the Assembly Rooms to Lecture on 'Thirty Years Work amongst the Children of the Slums,' fand will bring with him a band of trained boys who will give their unique entertainment on handbells, dulcimers, occarinas, tubeaphone, xylophone, bagpipes, &c. In addition there will be an ex- hib tion of beautiful stereopticon views of the various phases of this great work. It is a cause so truly catholic and undenominational, so essentially practical, so uniformly successful, that it appeals to every class of the community, and we would bespeak for it the cordial sup- port of the residents of Ruthin and its neigh- bourhood. THE RUTHIN CHORAL SOCIETY. SELECTIONS FROM 'SAMSON.' Last Friday evening, the 26th ult., the Ruthin Choral Society gave a concert at the Assembly Rooms, in aid of the Ruthin District Nursing Association. The choir is undoubtedly a very good one, anvi worthy of every encouragement and pat- ronage U fortunately, the audience on Friday evening, was not, in point of numbers, worthy of the choir, of the music, or the object to which it was intended to devote any surplus that might: exist.* There were, possibly, several reasons for this. The evening was an extremely boisterous one: the season is Lent,' and it was said that several families were from home. Still, we cannot consider that these excuses were sufficient to account for the absence of many of the usual occupants of the reserved seats. The stormy weather would not have prevented many of them from attending any sociai gathering nor does Lent prevent them from attending races and other 'diversions' not by any means as suitable for Lent as the per- formance of pieces of music based on Scriptural history. We might, explain—as His Worship the Mayor did before the end of the concert-tha,t it was the intention of Mr. R. Harris Jones, the popular and eflicient conductor of the Society, to pive a proper performance of the whole of the music from 'SaTng'on,'ivith full orchestral accompaniments, butit was considered that such a venture would not, probably, be a financial success although we have not the slightest hesitation in saying that it would have been a splendid musical success. Under the cir curristarces, selections only were given from the oratorio, and although the choral numbers were taken from this work, the soloists were at liberty, in the second part, to sing any songs they preferred to select. Thp artistes were Miss Florence Theodore, ~l.A. M., contralto Mr. A. F. Thorn borough (Cheater), tenor; illi J Henry, Edwards (Ruthin), baa* Miss L. M. Owen, piano Mr. W A. Lloyd, harmonium and, as we have al. ready intimated, Mr. It Harris Jones, con- ductor Theodore has a very pleasing voice, but it is riot a contralto of the quality requisite to do justice to an oratorio contralto part. While the top notes of her register were brill- iant, the low notes were of an artificial charac- ter, and lacked that richness so characteristic of a. pure contralto. In the second part, with sonof her own chosing, Miss Theodore was heard to much better advantage. Mr Thorn borough is an old favourite in the Va.le nt CI wye!, and, as acquitted him- self well. In the first part, his best contribu- tion was' Total Eclipse.' In the second part, his songs were artistically and tastefully ren- dered. Mr. J. Henry Edwards, is, no doubt, a rising young baitone, hut, at present, he is not;siiffi- ciently at home with orator o musife. He has yet to how to keep time. Had he sung 'Honour and Arms' with an; orchestra, he would have most assuredly come to grief, and the same remark applies with equal force to his part of the duet Go bafrled coward.' But his songs in the second part were among the best things of the evening. 'Yr ornest' was magnificently sung, and so was 'Trie boys of the old brigade.' Of the choir, we can only speak in terms of the h ghest praise., Although all the choruses from Samson' were not given, none of the difficult ones were shirked. The choruses ren- dered were Great Dagon has subdued our foe,' O lirht created beam,' 5 With thunder arm'd,' 'Hpar, Jacob's God,' 'To sono' and dance,' Fixed in his everlasting seat,Then round about the starry throne,' To man God's uni- versa' law, and Let their celestial concerts all unite. In each chorus there was ample proof that the conductor had imparted to the choir the mllst careful and efficient training. The sopranos were excellent, and so were the altos, although that voice was not improved by the inclusion of number of boys. The tenors were fairly good, but the bass were not power- ful enough, and some of their leads were com- paratively tame. The best rendered chorus, probably, was 'Fixed in his everlasting seat,' and the least satisfactory was' Hear, Jacob's God The accompaniments were-most carefully played by Miss Oweji and Mr. Lloyd, whose services were really most valuable. At the same time. we canpob l,ut ad-nilt that many of the beauties of the work were lost, owing to the absence of an orchestra We hope that both conductor and choir will decide to persevere in their attempts to provide good music, and that sufficient support will he forthcoming to warrant them in giving a full _g performance of an oratorio next season. We have alluded to most of the items in the first part, and append the programme of the second part. Cho us, 'Then round about the starry throne,' Choir. Song (encored), Yr Ornest,' Mr. J. Henry Edwards. Song (encored), I I)iineliine,lo,l Miss Florence Theodore. Ballad (encored), 'Love's Request,' Mr. Thornborough. Chorus, 'To man Gods universal law,' Choir. Sorig (encored), Kory darlin,' Miss Florence Theodore Serenade (encored), I am waicing," 1 Mr. Thornborough. Chorus, 'Let their celestial concerts all unite,' Choir.