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THE CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOLS FESTIVAL. The annual gathering of children attending the Sunday schools of the Church of England in the parish of Wrexham took place on Tuesday LBt, un- fortunately under the most unauspicious circum- stances. The earlier part of the morning was fair not to say bright, but about half-past eleven a little drizzling rain came down, and ia the afternoon it was uncomfortably wet. All the arrangements for the festival had been put into the hands of hon. secretary, Mr J. Stewart Crawford, but the Rev. D. Howell, assisted by Miss Howell, and the local clergy and friends did not a little to prouJJte the means of enjoyment under such trying circum- stances. Shortly after eleven o'clock the""streets of the town commenced to show a. very animated ap- pearance, children of all sorts and sizes, and of both tongues, were flitting to and fro for the purpose of finding" teacher," and proceeding under his or her gentle guidance to their respective schoolroomr. A programme of proceedings had been prepared* which required the scholars to assemble with their superintendents and teachers in their schoolrooms, and shortly after one o'clock the various thoroughfares presented a Dictur- esque and very carnival-like appearance. The St Giie's school went from "heir place of <Tathe-in» down High-street, through Charles-street to the Beast Market, but ere their arrival there a large consignment of juveniles as well as adult Bible students had arrived in carts kindly lent by the different farmers of the neighbourhood. The Brynyffynnon boys and girls, assembling at the Free Schools at the back of the Guildhall, and the St. Mark's Schools of both sexes, and the" big boys "—as the youngsters seemed to instinctively call them—paraded along Hope-street and High- street, and from thence to the place of assembly This detachment attracted more notice from the public than did even any of the other "squads being headed by the Church schools' drum and fife band. The smaller children from all the schools were conveyed in spring carts and wagODs, and we must not fail to mention the kindness of Mr Peter Walker in not only lending several drays drawn by his almost unequalled animals, but in also allowing the men the time and means of decorating them in. quite an artistic manner. Mr T. William" of Town Hill and Plastirion, also lent his horse and two-wheeler, and the driver seemed to have taken great pains in vieing with his brothers of the stable. The Hafodybwch school drove in wagons decorated with evergreens and banners with an illuminated word Hafod," exhibited. These wagons were lent by Mr Hughes and Mr A J Barratt. The newly-instituted school at the Iron Church at Hightown, made as good, and we were almost going to say, as numerous a turn out as any of the others, but certainly as any of the village institutions. They were headed by a wagon load of diminutive scholars, who seemed highly pleased to come from Hightown in the vehicle, over which was the boldly-lettered inscription, Hitrh- town Church Schools." The teachers, too, seemed to have obtained fair discipline in the time they have had Sunday rule. All we can say is, we wish the new undertaking every success. The Acton Park moiety arrived in carts kindly lent by Sir Robert Cunliffe. The Rhosddu, the Felinpuleston, and the Bersham schools made up the whole and a total of some J,450 scholars and chillren-a sight not often seen. We must not omit to men- tion the following firms who kindly lent carts to convey the little ones to Sontley • Mr W J Sisson, Mr R. J. Williams, The Wrexham Brewery Compauy, Messrs Da vies Brothers, Mr Owen Red Lion Inn; and Mrs Greville. The services of the teachers were most praiseworthy. Headed by the band. all the assembled were formed into one double file procession by Sergeant M Ciulav assisted by the Vicar and Mr Crawford, but the various superintendents had foreseen ah the move- ments. so that not much confusion prevailed. It would take much space to give an entire list of the mottoes on the bannerets and flags. All the toWD. schools had large banners carried by their ieadere. One specially beautifully worked banneret was carried by a child from the St. James's school, Rhosddu..It bore the words, "Jehovah Jireh." The other inscriptions were the many mottoes that are intended to be remembered by the youn* in atter life-such as, "God is L.ve," "Remember thy Creator," Seek the Lord," <• Fear God mulyreSj-t0 Lord»" "Love one another'" The Lord is my Guide," Suffer little children to come unto Me,' "Lord! teach us how to pray," unt0 death," "Watch and prav> o? f "Feed My Lambs," The Lord is my Shepherd," "Anges Dei," etc. The colour* were as numerous as the shades of the rainbow, and the gaily dressed children, the many ornamenta- tions, the fine horses and decked chariots pre- sented a pleasing sight. It was between half- past one and two o'clock when the procession ot brilliance wended its way from the Beast Market. It proceeded through Farndon-street. Holt-street, Rhosddu-lane, Grosvenor-roari, Recent- street Dope-street, Town-hill, Bride-street, Chapel-street, Erddig-road. and from thence to a field adjoining the Sontley FajJa and abutting on tha road which runs by the > 1.\