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AMMANFORD. Christmastide in Ammanford promise*; to be fairly cheerful, although the fellow- feeling for others in others towns, more deeply aSeot?d by the war, saddens ,h(? season to all. Here, trade is moderately brisk, and the recovery from the depres- sion caused some months ago by the stop- page of so many of the surrounding indus- trial concerns has been extraordinary. Many of the Regulars and Terri- torialg" are home on short leave from camp or wherever they may have, been stationed, and others, convalescing after hospital treatment, give the place quite a military appearance. The shops are bright with di<?play« of goods of all kinds to suit the season and the class of customer ex- pected, and there are preparations going on for mild Christ mats festivities for the children and young people in connection with a few of the places of worship. On the eve of the Ohristmostide, we are told that we are to expect four or five families of Belgian refugees, who certainly will receive a warm welcome, for they have been long looked for, and premises have been kept waiting for them, so that Ammanford, like other p faces in Wales, may extend to them hospitality as the only tangible way in which the Amman Valley people can show their appreciation of the heroism and sacrifices of the bravo little nation wljose wonderful stand against thè German hordes saved Prance from being conquered and saved Britain from being invaded. Mention of Belgian refugees, however, reminds in a of a humorous taio told by an. Amimuiford gentleman with regard to an incident connected with the reception accorded to another group of refugees not many miles away, tie savs the Belgians were brought to a "Welsh chapel one Sun- day night by a well-known and highly- respected friend who had taken, and still I a h; a deep interest in their welfare. After service there was the usual cyf- eiUach" (or "socicty ") of the members, and the Belgians, who had been furnished with. Welsh hynm-'x^ks, with the hymns found for them, all through the proceed- ings remained txihind with their host. Of course th"v -did not understand Wel-sh, vot the minister, not knowing French or Flemish, gave them a sympathetic Welsh welcome. Af'.er this, the gentleman rp- 1 erred to followed with a few remarks in Welsh, and then, muling from a manu- script which he held in his hand, he ad- dressed the refuges** in what may be taken to be their natin tungue. My informant l db me it sounded lik" Pí-fe&rhœ, de Belgiana, ?i cocaloruni, and so forth." But he declared he could not vouch for the accuracy of tie words. He then got up and said a few words in English, re- producing some idoo of the sermon preached by the pastor, and the Belgian mariner's eyes glistened, at the sounds, because he had sailed o'er the stormy seas with many a sturdy" Sais," and, to finis-ty the confusion of tongues, the original interpreter got up and explained in Welsh what he had said in the mysterious lingo of t-h-o N-iz., that in the midst of their trials and tribulations they were all comforted by the fact that they were all subject to the over-ruling Providence of God; that the Belgians and the Welsli worshipped the same God, and that lie was the same God in the sunshine and in the storm. Thwas what my narrator had taken' to bo Pia-fee-rhee, coc-a- lorum." All of which reminds me of Billy Llvstwyn's earnest prayer—" Diolch, 0 Arglwydd, dy fod ti yn deall Cymraeg a Saesneg. Helpa ni heno i ddweyd, Stand back Satan." At this time of the year it is difficult, if not unnecessary, to write about mundane matters not connected wit h hospitality and goodwill and philanthropy, so I will not inflict upon the reader any disserta- tion on local public movements (not even the long-deferred sewerage scheme or the evergreen cemetery question), but will conclude with a reminder that some of those who said they were going to send me a shilling each or so for the Bettws postman who is a prisoner of wa.r in Ger- many have not done so, and that I expect them to fulfil their promises. They know where they can find me, or they can leave 'ith Mrs. Harries or a donation for me with Mrs. Harries or Miss Dent at the Bettws Post Office. But the result of the splendid effort put forth by the tadiBR of Ammanford by means of the gale of emblems last Satur- day was so satisfactory that it must be mentioned to the credit of all concerned. £ 20 17«. was the substantial sum realised, and the Queen's "Work for Women Fund" is benefited to that extent. Excellent. Awstin.

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