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OSWESTRY. CAMBRIAN WORKS SOIREE.-The annual soiree, concert, and ball, in aid of the Library and Reading-room at the Oswestry Works of the Cambrian Railways Company took place in the Victoria Rooms on New Year's Eve. It was managed by a committee, of whom Mr John C. Campbell was the secretary, and was entirely successful. The Library and Newsroom at the Cambrian Works is an institution which has been established between two and three years; like many a Mechanics' Institute before it, it commenced in a humble and unpretentious way it has made steady progress; and it will doubtless form a neucleus from which, in years to come, manifold advan- tages will be derived by the numerous employes of the company in their extensive works. At first the daily and other papers were supplied in the mess-room; then addi- tions of periodicial literature were made, and now a small library, to which additions from any source will be wel- comed, has been founded. On the occasion of a soiree at the end of 1868, Earl Vane, chairman of the company, the directors, and officials, subscribed nearly £20 towards this object. Some 120 volumes are now in the library, and about one-half the money contributed has been expended. In the newsroom four daily papers are supplied—two London and two provincial-four weeklies, the Illustrated London News and Punch. Three monthly magazines are gratuitously supplied—Chambers's Journal, by Mr G. Lewis, the secretary of the company the Leisure Hour, by Mr G. Oweii, C.E.; and Good Words, by Mr Alex. Walker, the locomotive superintendent. Draught boards are also provided in the room. The Cambrian Works Glee Club has also been formed Mr C. Mann has kindly undertaken the duty of instructor; and as the club con- tains some good voices, particularly among its youngest members, and is under able guidance, we may anticipate that it will some day or other take a prominent place in our local public vocalization, in which there is very ample room for improvement. On Friday evening the lower room at the Victoria Rooms was quite filled with a joyous party, who partook of tea and seasonable accompaniments. The tea and its adjuncts were supplied by Mr Withers^ confectioner. The room was decorated with festoons of evergreens by the people employed at the Cambrian Works, and at the end nearest the entrance the word Welcome was displayed, in pink letters enclosed in a framework of evergreens. Messrs Morris and Chaplin saved the committee considerable trouble and expense by gratuitously supplying the tables, &c., for the soiree. The ladies who presided at the several tables were Mrs Ward (of the Donnett), Mrs Savin, Miss Mann, Mrs Aston, Miss Campbell, Mrs Ellison, Mrs Howarth, Mrs Hughes (Welshpool), Mrs Williams, and Mrs Jones. After tea an adjournment took place to the upper room, where a concert was given. Mr Walker presided, and he was sup- ported on the platform by Mr J. Thomas, ex-Mayor of Oswestry, Mr T. Savin (whose appearance was loudly cheered), Messrs Morris and Chaplin, and Messrs Thomas and Whitfield. Mr Walker commenced the proceedings of the evening by wishing all present a Happy New Year, and explained that he presided [in the absence of Edward Shaw, Esq., the Mayor of Oswestry, who had sent a donation to the library fund. The programme commenced with the overture to Zampa, performed on the pianoforte by Mr Rawlings, of Shrewsbury, and the first part was as under:—"The Canadian Boat Song," by the Glee Party; recitation, "Claude Melnotte's visionary home," from Lord Lytton's play of The Lady of Lyons, by Mr Isaac Powell • comic song, Vance's "That's the style for me, boys," Mr J. C. Campbell, who, on a re-demand, gave" Up a tree;" reading, The queer little man who laughs with his nose" (from Beeton's Annual), Mr C. Mann piano- forte solo, "Carnivale de Venise," Mr Rawlings; and Trmm's part song, "The song of the miners," by the Glee Party. A'ter a brief interval, the second part was given, as follows Song and chorus, Toll the bell," by the three youngest members of the Glee Party; song, Rocked in the cradle of the deep," Mr Elijah Evans; recitation, Bruce and the spider" (Eliza Cook), Mr Isaac Powell, who followed with Cato's soliloquy on the immortality of the soul;" Liston's comic song, "Blind man's buff," Mr J. C. Campbell, who had to come foward again with "Belgravia;" violin and pianoforte duet, Mr C. Eyeley and Mr Rawlings; song, "Dear mother, I've come home to die," Mr John Denny part song, "The last rose of summer," the Glee Party comic song, "Peter Simple," Mr J. C. Campbell, who upon an encore, gave Par excellence;" Old English ballad, "The bailiff's daughter of Islington," Mr C. Mann; and Henry Russell's "Slave ship, Mr D. Campbell. Mr Walker, at the termination of the concert, the entire pro- gramme of which was creditably given and enthusiastically received, tendered thanks to the ladies who had presided at the tea to Mr Rawlings, for his excellent performances and able accompaniments; to Mr Charles Eyeley, for his violin solo; and to the Cambrian Works Glee Club. This vote was seconded by Mr Morris, and accorded with acclamation. On the proposition of Mr Walker, seconded by Mr Whitfield, thanks were voted to the Committee of Management for their arrangements. The Ex-Mayor, in complimentary terms, proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Walker for his geniality and able presidency over the evening's entertainment; and this having been neatly seconded by Mr Chaplin, it was accorded amid enthusi- astic applause. Mr Walker appropriately acknowledged the compliment, and God Save the Queen," sung by the Glee Party, brought the concert to a conclusion. Aboutsixty couples remained to the ball, for which the services of Mr Whittingham's quadrille band, from Welshpool, had been secured, and dancing was continued until between four and five o'clock on the morning of New Year's Day.




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