THE ￼ L?a Ci?y & Midland 'E?? Lti! HEAD OFFICE 5, Threadneedle Street, E.G. 30th JUNE, 1915. Subscribed Capital £22,947,804 Paid-Up Capita! 4,780,792 Reserve Fund 4,000,000 Advances, etc 65,921,541 Deposits 157,539,135 Foreign Branch 8, Finch Lane, EC
1017. ONCE again the bells are about to "ring out the old, ring in the new," and another year is to dawn on this strife-ridden world of ours. To many of our readers, alas, the New year cannot he associated with the quandam thoughts of happiness, for it will but serve to remind them that those they held dear have bad the inestimab!e privilege of leav- ing this world in defence of all that true manhood holds most dear. Yet Time is a great healer —a platitude, but bow true a one!—and for them we trust that, as J 917 rolls on, the passing months wi!l help to assuage the bitterest grief. For others, to whom no loss, however glorious, has come, we would wish the fuintment of their hopes and the realization of their dreams of peace. Somehow, there is in the air such a feeding, indefinable but most potent, that Peace is at last to spread her silver wings and blot out the ugly aspect of war, that surely we may be justinpd in greetingl917witb afar more hope- ful mien than that with which we greeted either of the previous years. And if, indeed, this New Year is to usher in a year to bring us happiness—and, some- how, these days happiness can but be a synonym for Peace—bow far, far happier a year will it be by reason of contrast with the two previous years, for we can only truly appreciate and under- stand the majesty and triumph of the major chords when we have beard the infinite sadnesses of the minor keys. Row better can we express wishes for a gladsome New Year to our readers than in Tennyson's im- mortal words? Ring out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more; Ring out the feud ot rich and poor, Ring in redress to a!! mankind. Ring oat old shapes of Fout disease, Ring out the narrowing iusc of gold, Ring out the thousand wars of old Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring in the vaHent man and free, The larger heart, the bicd!ier band Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be. ?
i MUSIC LESSONS IN BARMOUTH OR MEtEHBOURHOOD MR. W. H. WOODWARD, Musical Direo. Lor of The Paviiioa Barmoatb, is prepa.'ed to receive Pupils for Piano- ffttte ptaying. Theory of Music and Ringing. Terms on nppjieation to VICTORIA BUILDINGS, Barm oath.
Stores I. :i.I1LestP SeIec"ed 3L Currants, 9d. and is. per lbs. Finest Lemon Peel, 9d. per lb. Raisins, 8d., 9d., and iOd per lb. Orange „ 9d. „ Sultanas (Australian), is. 2d „ Citron, iOd. per ib Dates (Loose) M. per lb Figs, Stewing, 8d. per lb. Home-made Mince Meat in Jars, lO-d. & is. 7d Muscatels, 1/2 per lb Desicated Cokerut 6d per lb. French Plums 8d & iOd per lb Suitable lines to poat to "Our BOYS w 30 STA. SJiE.»I=8L STOI3:S.
I COMFORTS FOR OUR ABSENT I BOYS. (Oontinued ) Pte. lorwertb Price Jonea, Gwynfa Cottege "I beg to acknowledge receipt of yonr kind !etter and enclosure. You can just imagico the smite on my face when I discovered that it was a letter from yoa and what yon bad sent me. I could have rcn for miles with joy. WiU yon please convey my thanks to all the kind friends who helped in the matter." Bombardier Oliver C. Davios :— "Jnst a line to let yon know how much I appreciate yoor kindness in sending me the welcome Jotter and its very acceptab!e content", which waa a great surprise. It is very good of yoa aU to think of aa oat hero. It is true that we have sacrinced a greatideal and have to undergo macb discomforts and hardship, bat the knowtedgo that we are fighting for our dear otd bometand, and also the kindhess and care of old friends at home, help to encourage as to do our duty cheerfully. It makes my blood boil to think that the cruel Han has censed so much suffering in the past, but I can assure you that we have him at'der control at last. I am firmly of opinion that if we had the armaments we have now whpn the war broke out, the old be!oved Union Jack wou!d be Sying pruudiy over Germany to-day. I often see my comrade, PC. Grimth Wti!inma. He had a. miracutous escape three days ago. One of Fritz's pills penetrated into his dog out, in which there were 6vo of thfm. One was kU!ed, the other foar baried ahve. I am pteased to say tbt'y were qaiek!y rescaed and none the worse, other than what they suffered from she!! abock." Pte. Eei!ey Bfazier, Osbornp House.— It is with the greatest of pleasure that I write to thank all, the kind friends at BArmonth for their tboogbtfat and acceptable gift. We are in a quiet part of the !ine now, having come here from the scene of the 'big puab in October, where there was the most desperate fighting. All the' boys' out here are quite cbeerfu!. We are aU confident of an early and victorious peace, for we know we have the enemy beaten." Pbe. Arthur W.' Hugbes (son of the late Dr. Hugbes) :— WiLh deep gratitude I ackno'vtedge receipt of your kind, inter. esting and most wetcome letter with enc!osnre. I can assure you that I deep. ty appreciate the kind thoughts that prompted the Lowo8peop!e of my o!d home to think of me in this critical timp, and when I can cash the P.O. I shstll certainty buy some cigarettes, and if you will excuse me using a common or garden expression, Smoke your health.' If ever I have the. !uck to get !eave, I shall certainly come to Bar. mouth, when I can thank your kind and thought t'u! committee in person." Sergeant H. W. Jones, Aelydon :— Accept my thanks for your we!cotne gift. We happen to be nea. a canteen, where we can get A few Httto ¡ dainties, which he!p to make onr life pleAsFintei,. As an old Barmouih I I)oy,' ¡ I am t'u!y interested in the doings of my native town, and feel 60 proud when I team how well the men have respon- ded to the call. Barmoutb has really done well, and yoa who are left behind are to. be beartity coogratulated on the splendid organization you are respon. aible for in !ooking after those who are ding their bit.' I do not forget that a simitar gift arrived twelve months ago, You have no idea how each little acts of kindness help to cheer as up." Pte. W. T, Jones, LIynda :— I cannot tell you bow thank* fn! I am to you a!I for year kind letter and gift I am in a way a stranger to Barmootb, having cn!y jived there for Svo years, and yet I am so glad yoa reckon me as a Barmoatb man, I have oa!y my left band now to work with. I can tell you that my only and best friends in the trenches were God and my rine. I never prayed so moch in my life, and He answered me and brought me back as I am. t only hope the t3ar. moath'boys' wi!! be more iucky than I was, and come back to their dear homes safe and sound." Pte. 0. T. O'Mara, Cambrian Street :— Please accept my grateful thanks for your kind letter and enclos- ure. It is a very t'ying time, and your kind remembrance wi!t not ho forgotten by the Barmootb boys.' can assure you it is very conso!ing to know our triends at homo think kindly of us, especially the I boys' constantly in the trenches, having the same experience day after day trudging in the mad. Oar gallant Criccieth hero's name is for over on their tongue, looking forward to a glorious and hasty victory." (To be contined). I FROMMEUT. WILMAM MORRIS, TANYFEDW. 12th \Vo8t Yorks, Fr ance, 14/18/16. My Dear Friend,— The parcel containing the Note Book and Cigarettes reached me safely yesterday jost as we were returning from acothor tour of duty in the front line trenches. Wi!! you pteaso convey to your Com- mittee my very sincere thanks, and also transmit my acknowledgements and gratitude to those kind friends who have so thoughtfully and generously sub. scribed towards the noble work your Committee is carrying out. There is no need to, prove to you— you wi)! know from your experience and close touch with a large number of men at the Front—that there is nothing we value so highly as knowledge of the appreciation of our friends at home. The material goods which you may send are always very asefn!, and even precious, in a land aSIioted by the curse of war, and under circumstances which make the ordinary comforts of civHisa. tion dtf6cu!tif not impossible to obtain; but there is something of a still higher value to us, and that is the conviction that our dear ones are constancy think. icgofus Hcd appreciating our piforts under trying cortdh.iona. As yon say in your kind letter, we cannot wish each other a Merry Xmas as of yore-still it wi!! give us aomo measure of happi- ness and relief to realise that this war has brought as closer together as a nation and has been the means of dis- playing the nobier qualities inherent in oar People. I pray that you all wiU have the very bpst possible Xmastido and may the Coming Year be blessed for ns with Victory and a lasting Peace. j Very gratefully and Sincerely Yowrs, I ) ￼ W. MORRIS. MrJ.JONES, j !l'be Library. The Library, j I I
I CORRESPONDENCE. We <?o M0< hold ourselves respotisible /'b< thp ovinions 01 our correspondents. BRITISH AND FOREIGN SAILORS SOCIETY. TtJ the Editor. I Dear Sir, I venture to appeat to the sympathetic interest of your wide circle of readers in a caose which is very near my heart, and which, in a. variety of ways, is voicing the Empire's gratitude to onr sailors. In addition to its lengthy programme of practical beip, the British and Foreign Sailors Society has open en. trusted by the authorities with definite responsibitity for the immediate welfare of aged mothers, widowa and orphans of the heroic seamen who have fallen whilst on active service; and, in spite of the many appea!s of the presentbour, I know of nothing more deserving of our generous support. For, it most be remembered; in addition to ai! that can reasonably be expected from the State, there natcraiiy remain considerable duties, which, in. deed, can onty be met through the generosity of Jarge-hearted patriots. It is estimated that at least J650,000 will be necessary for the great task the Sailors Society has set itself, and know- ing personally, as I do, its practical methods, its worId-wide outlook, and its emcient administration, I ask yotM* valued co-operation. In view of the pressing need, it would give me personal p!easm'o to receive a generous donation from your readers. The smallest gifts wilt be more than welcome. Believe me to be, Very truly yours, MARGARET LLOYD GEORGE, 11, Downing Street London, S.W. I A MILLION EGGS NEEDED EVERY I I WEEK. I AN APPEAL. I I To the Editor. I Sir,—Three years ago it was my duty to make an appeal to you for eggs for our wounded soldiers. We bad at that time only started the work of the National Egg Collection for the wounded I and our weekly total was very little more than 12,000 eggs. To-day ouf weekly tola! from all soareea is over 150,000, but the demand from the hos- pitals and particularly from the wounded men in France has grown so enormously, that, if we were to receive 1.000,000 eggs every week, we con!d inot satiety their absoiutety crying needs.. We do not even receive enough eggs at, our Central Depot to satisfy the caM upon us by the British Base Hospitals in France, and we are consequently competed to again make a most urgent and emphatic call upon you and all our other kindty hearted sapporters to come to our assistance and make known our necessities as widely as possible. Eggs at the present time, and at the present price of 4/6 a dozen, should only be consumed by wounded soldiers or by civilians whose state of bea!tb makep this vatuabie article of food a rpa necessity to them. They cortain'y shouid not be consumed as ordinaty articles of diet and I make a most or gent appea! to all bote! and rflstacrRot keepers to remove egga from their menus until our bravo sotdiprs who have been woucdpd in defence of their in- terest have all the pggs they want. t appeal also to provision merchants an<& eggs vendors in general, to make 3 point confining their supphes of pggs t0f hoapitaisand convaiescpnt bomps, and o 80pp!y all sacb inBtitntiona on the barest possibta margin of proSt. To anyoao ahdcrtaking to sped n& eggs for the wonnded. I will gladly uodertaka to spnd stiitftblp hnxes for transport, to pay all carriage charges and relieve the donors of a!t ipxpensp i& the matter bpyond the gift of the eggs. A futi itet oi all our 2.000 collecting centres will be eeot on apphcation, and all donatione for the put chase of eggs sboutd be mttde payitblp to our Honorary Treasurer, Horace G. Hoimes, Eq ,J.P.. J54, Fieet S'rpet, London. FREDERICK CARL, Hon. Director. AGED MERCHANT'S SEAMEN'S INSTITUTION. To the Editor. Dear Sif,— When one considers the truly great and heroic part British Merchant Sea- men are taking in the War, their claim upon the generous consideration of aU is unquestionably estabHshed. That one of these bravo fellows should stand in need of a helping hand when forced by age or affliction to abandon the sea would be, one ventures to affirm. an ingratitude to those to whom as a body Britain owes horcommercia! pros' perity, and to whom to a degree most apparent of late she is indebted for the very daily necessaries of life. For baif-a.century the RoyarAlfred Aged Merchant Seamen's Institution has provided a Home or Pension for thousands of aged and destitute seamenf of the British Mercantile Marine. Like many other old estabtisbed Institutions the "Royat Atfecd" has felt the pinch of war conditions and tb& claims of the numerous funds for worthy objects arising out of the present National crisis. An earnest appeal is therefore made to Britons in all parts of the wor!d to help the Committee of this old Silor8. Charity to answer the urgent" pigotlls of distress" f'om hundreds of bard- pressed manners. Contributions kindly directed to <ho Royal Aifred Institution at 58, F'n- cbutch Street, London, E.G., will bo' gratefully acknowledged by Yours faithfuHy, CHAS. T.MILBURN. Chairman.