Our representative for Pembroke Dock and district is Mr. P. F. Smith, 4, Victoria Road, Pembroke Dock, to whom, notices of coming events, items of news, or advertisments should be sent.
NPTES AND '30MMENTS- If we had a green Christmas there is not much doubt that we have also had a white new yeur, much the whitest that has been experienced in Pembrokeshire for many years. In our favoured county, thanks to its proximity to the sea, snow is more or less a rarity; indeed it is twelve years since a really heavy fall had been previously ex- perienced. Eva when other parts of the country nre covered with a white mantle, v/e um.awy only experience either a dense mist or L downpour of rain. U ntll this week ilitre were many children in the locality \,1.0 had never seen the ground recilly covered, and the air full of whirling flakes, I know of at least one case in which the sight filled a little fellow with icrror. lie had never seen such a state of affairs before, and he did not like it at all. Tilde a:•• very few parts of Great Britain where this could be possible. Most child- ren have spent hours at -the windows watching the silent fall of the snow, and have also been told the old nursery story of the old woman up above so industriously plucking the Christmas goose. This be- ing so, L suppose Pembrokeshire folk should be grateful to Providence for the mild weather usually experienced. x x x Perhaps the rarity of snow in this locality is the reason why the Town Coun- cil has no bye-laws in force with regard to the compulsory removal of snow from the footpaths by the frontagers, and also why there appears to be no effort on the part of anyone to clear the streets. In most towns, householders are supposed to clear the pavements opposite their premises by a certain hour each day, and if the pave- ments are not cleared, the police are im- powered to give the offenders notice to do the necessary work within a given time. But in Pembroke Dock there are apparent- ly no such bye-laws. A few traders in some of the principal streets, had the pave- ment outside their shop cleared at an early hour, others had it cleared at times when the streets were full of traffic, but in a good many instances no attempt was made to clear away the snow at all. and there it stayed. Then too, where the snow had been swept from the pavements inio tne gutter, the corporation men did not cart it away, neither were the roads scraped. The state of 'the streets can therefore be imagined. Now would it not have been better if our worthy councillors instead of worrying themselves about the selling of newspapers on Sundays, the use of ticklers at Pembroke fair, and other fads, had dealt with moie practical matters, when they were framing bye-laws? x x x Of course the snow, and the subsequent thaw have caused a deal of inconvenience. For instance all the football matches in the district on Saturday had to be postponed, and what with the falls of niassef; of snow from roofs, and the slippery state of the ground, one has had to keep his eyes cpert. But there have be-jn some laugh- able incidents too. Of course it is unkind but it is human nature to laugh at others' misfortune. There was one little incident which occurred which was really funnv. Two gentlemen were walking along the pavement, on Saturday, when down cam, al)o,it a hundredweight of wet snow on their"- A gci'tvleinf.n 011 the opposite side of the pavement was nearly doubled up with mirth at the sight. He never noticed the ominous movement of the snow on the roof above his own head. But otk." people did, and when it came down every- body in the neighbourhood wore the smile that would'nt come off." XXX Owing' to the fact that in one direction all communications is shut off by the Haven there are not so many nice walks in the locality of Pembroke Dock as there are in some towns, but of those that there are the path to the old Water Works is one of the most favoured. Some time age the Town Council put some seats there, and these have been much appreciated by the towns-people. But recently a new use has been found for them. By stand- ing on them certain people found that they could get a good look into the Bush Street Athletic Ground, and so when a football match is being played there the seats and paling get extensively used in a mlnner quite the reverse to what they were put there for. If the people in question are too mean to pay the admission money to go into the ground, they at least need not damage public property in this way. JC X x By the death of Patrick Noon almost the last surviving Crimean veteran in the lo- cality has now gone. At one time there were quite a number of fine old veterans living in Pembroke Dock, and at the Jubi- lee they proudly pinned their medals to their breasts and marched in the procession that went round the town. Last July one of his comrades and a near neighbour, John O'Ragan, died, and now the total number of Crimean veterans living in the country is very small. x x Te. WANTED TO KNOW: Would the Adventures of a bit of beef make a good title for a story ? Who left the gas alight in the Market House (second time of asking) ? W hether boiling water is useful to melt the ice on pavements? W hether many kettles were used in Pen- nar> Whether so many carol singers are not a bit of a nuisance? n Why the gent with the accordeon could not leave off before two o'clock in the morning ? Whether the gentleman who took an umbrella from a club by mistake would not like an overcoat as well ? Who pulled the knocker off? THE PILOT.
"Major" and Mrs. Tom Plant this week been conducting meetings at Pembroke Dock and Pembroke in connec- tion with the Salvation Army. The "Major," who is a clever musician, has attracted large audiences. COUNTY SESSIONS. The only magistrate present at the Pem- broe County Sessions was Dr. Henrv Owen. The only case was an affiliation case, in which Margaret Lewis sued Thos. Hurlow, and this was adjourned for a week. WHIST. An interesting whist turnament has just been concluded at the Pembroke Dock Con- servative Club. The final was played on Monday evening, when Messrs. T. and W. Williams beat Messrs. W. Broch and W. C. Young after a well fought game. THE SHOPS. The traoesmen of Pembroke Dock did not on the whole show a great deal of enterpirse this Christmas, and though nearly all the windows were decorated tor the occasion, there was nothing very strik- ing about the majority. In Bush Street Mr. S. J. Allen's window attracted a lot of notice, and inside his fine showroom Was full of all worts of novelties, some ex- cellent toy models being a feature of the display. All sorts of fancy goods, lea- t.her goods, cards, photo frames, etc., were there in great variety.—Further down the street Mr. T. Davies, of Cambria House, had on view some woollen, cotton, and iiinen g".ods of excellent quality, and in Queen Street, Mr. Leo Lukas's window was full of jewellery of all descriptions of chaste design and :2:1)(.,1 n01 km?.:iship, whilst the prices were ircst reasonable. In connection with the Royal Docykard Sunday School a very pleasant and well- aLtended social was held on Tuesday even- ing in the new wing of the National tD School. AIR RIFLE SHOOTING. An interesting competition was recently held at the Imperial Hotel air rifle range for some valuable frizes. Some excellent marksmanship was seen, and the prizes were wen by the following.—1, Ser.-t. Hobbs; 2, Mr. A. Hea'herly, 3, C'orpl. Clements; 4, Mr. W. May, 5, Mr. T. Brace; 6, Mr. D. J. Rees; 7, Mr. A. lames; 8, Mr. W. Prickett. -IIR. F. EN'A-NS' PARTY. Mr. Fred Evans' annual party took place at the Temperance Hall on Boxing night, and proved, if anything more popu- I In lar than ever, over 200 people being pre- sent. The room had been tastefully decorated for the occasion, and the floor was also in splendid condition. Mr. F. Evans acted as M.C., and the music was provided by Mr. S. Elliott's Quadrille band. Dancing commenced at about eight o'clock, and was kept up with vigour until past four o'clock on Thursday morning. LIBERAL SOCIAL. The annual social held in connection with the Pembroke Dock Liberal club, took place as usual on December 28':h--the Gladstone anniversary-at the Temperance Hall. Despite the climatic conditions, the attendance was very good, some 170 ladies and gentlemen being present. Dancing commenced at 8.30 and was continued un- til 2 a.m. on Saturday. Mr. W. G. Thomas acted as M.C., and Miss Griffiths was at the piano. During the evening some songs were rendered by military friends present, and altogether a very pleasant evening was spent. WESLEYAN SOCIAL. A very enjoyable social was held in the Wesley an School-room, Pembroke, on Tuesday evening. This was held in the place of the annual concert which was held on New Year's Day for so many years. There was an excellent attendance. The Pembroke Orchestra conducted by Mr. 1. Ward Davies gave selections, and the choir conducted by Mr. W. D:1 lies rendered two choruses in capital style. A junior choir conducted by Mrs. Thompson and Miss K. Powell sang some action songs, and others contributing to the programme in- cluded the Misses K. and M. Powell, Miss Macdonald, Miss M. Morgan, and Mr 7ol lins (Pembroke Dock). Refreshments were provided, £ .nd daring the evening a stump speech competition was h. Id. tt which the winner was Mr. J. Thorni CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIAL. On Boxing evening a most enjoyable social was held in the Baptist schoolroom, Pembroke, in connection with the local Christian Endeavour Society. The room had been beautifully decorated with holly and other evergreens for the occasion, and Mr. A. Willing presided over a large atten- dance. During the evening a number of novel competitions kept the company amused. For instance a mimicking com- petition was won by Willie Teague, Mr. G. Humber was awarded a prize for playllig Donkey," and prizes for unpunctuated reading were won by Miss A. Jenkins and Miss F. Brace. There was also an ex- cellent musical programme, those con- tributing, including Miss A. Mann, Miss F. Brace, Miss L. Brace, Miss Daisy Thomas, Miss Winnie Lewis, and Mr. C. Ll. Evans, whilst Miss F. Merriman acted as accompanist. Refreshments were provided, and the proceedings concluded with the singing of the Welsh National anthem Land of my Fathers." NEW YEAR'S EVE AT PENNAR. On New Year's Eve a gathering of all the men belonging to the Royal Engineers stationed in the district, with their wives and children, was held at Pennar Barracks. A tea was first held in the N.C.O.'s iness, and after the large company* had done full justice to the excellent fare provided, an adjournment was made to the recrea- tion room. This had been handsomely decorate i for the occasion, and there was also a huge Christmas tree, laden with beaut'ful presents for the children This was illuminated with fairy lamps, etc., and presented r. most ha'irNome appear- ance. Soon after six o'clock Father Christmas arrived, with white beard and red robe, and proceeded to distribute the gilts to the expectant children. SALE OF WORK. A sale of work and Chirstmas tree in aid of the Sunday School funds was held at the St. John's School-room, Pembroke Dock, on Wednesdav afternoon and was largely attended. The stalls, which were tastefully arranged, were in charge of the following ladies :—Work stall, Mrs. S. T. Phillips, Miss Morgan, and Mrs. Trough- ton; provision stall: Miss Williams, Miss Roch and Miss Eardley; G.F.S. stall: Miss Thcmas and Mrs. Sa mders; refreshment stall: Mrs. r.horrns and the Misses Thomas and Miss Ollis; and doll stall: Miss M. Williams and Miss N. Rees. There was also a men's stall, on which were displayed a number of wooden articles with the no- tiCt Our rnctto. elegance, strength, and cheapness." This was in charge Mr. Saunders, Mr. Rogers and Mr. J. James. The Misses Fraser, Joseph, and Hancock- were in charge of a fishpond, and the tall and well-laden Christmas tree was m charge of Miss Phoenix --tnd Miss James. The ladies in charge of the tea tables Acre Mrs C Davies, Mrs. James, Mrs Pi ce, Mrs. Francis, Mrs. Russan, Mrs J,. Davies, Mrs. James, Miss D. Harries, Mrs. E. Thomas, Miss A. Morgan Mrs. Neale, Mrs. Tucker, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Pric- kett, Mrs. W. Phillips, and Mrs. Bolt. The opening ceremony was gracefully per- formed by Mrs. Kingsford, after the Rev. J. Titus had briefly explained the objects of the sale of work. At the conclusion Mr. W. H. Harris moved and Mr. R. Thomas seconded a vote of thanks to Mrs. Kingsford, which was carried amid ap- plause. During the evening selections were rendered by the Pembroke Dock Or- chestral Society, and a musical programme was gone through, whilst there were also a number of amusing competitions WEDDING. On Wednesday morning a marriage was solemnized at the Albion Square Congre- gational Church, Pembroke Dock, between Mr. R. M. Johns, ELM. Customs (Barry), and Miss Alice M. Evans, youngest daughter of Mr. Henrv Evans, Lewis Street, Pembroke Dock. The bride, who was attired in a pretty biscuit coloured cloth costume, trimmed with cream satin and lace, with hat to match, and carrying a handsome shower bouquet of white flowers, was given away by her father. Miss Maggie Beed, of Swansea, acted as bridesmaid, and wore a costume of cream cloth, with hat to match. Mr. W. J. L. Evans (brother of the bride) accompanied the bridegroom as best man. The cere- mony was performed by the pastor (Rev. J. E. Griffiths). As the bride entered the church, Mr. W. G. Phelps (organist) played the Bridal March from Lohen- grin," and as the newly wedded couple left I the building he effectively played Mendell- sohns Wedding March." Later in the day Mr. and Mrs. John left for Barry, their future home. The popularity of the young couple was evidenced by the large number of presents received. INQUEST OX AN EX-POLTCE CON- STABLE. Mr. Herbert Price, the South Pembroke coroner, held an inquest last Thursday on William Smith, an ex-police constable, of 93, Railway Terrace, Pennar. The deceased, who was 82 years of age, was found insensible in his bedroom, a few minutes before he died. Albert Albury, a grandson, said the deceased had been in the enjoyment of excellent health up to about a month ago. He retired about 11.30 p.m. on Christmas night. A little after six next morning he was heard to fall, and when witness went up to him, the deceased was dressing and suddenly he found his grandfather unconscious on the floor. He was assisted into bed, and soon came round iin. About 10.30 a.m. all became quiet in his room. Going to see what was the matter, he found his grandfather kneeling by the side of the bed, with his face on the coverlet. aviary Morgans, who also resided with deceased, and Dr. Reynolds were called, and the latter gave it as his opinion that death was clue to syncope. The jury returned a ver- dict that death was due to natural causes. ST. "ANDREWS SEWING CLASS TEAS. The sewing class teas which have been going on for some weeks have been very successful. The following are the tak- ings at the respective teas given by the ladies named :— £ s. d. Oct. 3. Airs. Evans 2 4 0 17. Mrs. A. Rollings 2 4 0 24. Mrs. Ll. Thomas 1 19 6 31. Mrs. W. Robinson 2 0 0 Nov. 7. Miss Dally and Mrs. Gwyther 2 13 6 13. Mrs,. D. Dally and Mrs. W. G. Jenkins 3 3 0 21. Mrs. W. Williams 3 0 0 28. Mrs. R. Gullon and Mill Jago 4 4 0 Dec. 4. Mrs. Cousins and Mrs. J. Davies 3 15 6 12. Mrs McColl 0 6 0 19. Mrs. T. Griffiths and Mrs. Snoddy 5 10 0 Total £ 38 19 6 This will be added to the funds of a bazaar to be held in May to clear off, if possible, the debt still on the church. GILGAL BAPTIST SABBATH SCHOOL The annual tea and social in connection with the above were held in New Year's Eve. Subsequent to tea there was a social entertainment, one of the best ever held m Pennar. Appended is the programme —Solo by Mr. J. Owen; solo by Mr. W. Medwell; solo by Mr. F. King; competi- tion impromctu reading Adjudicators, Miss L. E/non and Miss Evans. First, C Farrv* second, W. Edwards; third, A. Jenkins. Undoubtedly the event o.1 the evening was the impromptu speeches given by the young If the hurch This .\as bIl excellent competition. The young men c t) were in excellent form, so were the adju- dicators, Messrs. J. Davies and Fred heaths Messrs J Davies and Fr.-i h:ng First, A. Jenkins. A devotional service was held from 11 45 p m. till 12. The following are the officers for th. ensuing year:—Superintendent Mr J Parry, de- puty opermtepdent Mr. J Morgan; sec- retary, Mr J. Owen, assistant Mr Wal- ter Phillips; treasurer, Mr. J. Davies DEATH OF MRS HUSTLER. We regret to record the death Mrs. Anne Hustler, which took place at her re- sidence at Eton Plac2, Pembroke, on Fri- day, at the age of 73. The deceased lady was a daughter of the late Rev. Francis Leach rector of Staclole Ehdor, ani the had lived in Pembroke for many years. She will be greatly missed, for she was of a most generous and philanthropic na- ture, and was also an active church worker, being particularly associated with St. Michael's, where she took a very great in- terest in the welfare of the cho-r. She was also the secretary of the Ladies' Bene- volent Fund. The funeral took place on Monday, and was largely attended. A service was held at St. Michael's Church, at which the full choir attended, whilst the officiating clergy were the Rev. J. Davies (\icar), the Ven. Archdeacon Wil- liams, Canon D. Bowen, and the Rev. C. Hayward Phillips. The coffin was earned into the church by the members of the choir, who acted as bearers, and the 39th Psalm was sung to Felton's Dead Chant. The hymn, "Peace, perfect peace, was also sung, and at the conclusion of the service the organist (Miss Sweet) played the "Dead March in Saul." At the grave- side another hymn was sung, and the ser- vice was a most impressive one. There was a very large number of beautiful floral tributes. NEW YEAR'S EVE. There were quite a number of people about the streets of Pembroke and Pem- broke Dock on New Year's Eve, and the number of carol singers was also very large, in fact half the youngsters in the town seemed to have become musical for the nonce. As twelve o'clock struck the syrens of all the boats in the Haven gave vent to weird shrieks, and directly after the bells in St. John's Church Tower rang out merrily.—The watch-night service at St. John's was exceedingly well attended, and the service was an impressive one. The hymns, Brief life is here our por- tion, (>and Days and moments quickly flying, were sung, and a suitable address was delivered by the Rev. J. Titus, who in the course of his remarks urged his hearers to imitate the action of business men, who at the end of each year have a stocK-takmg, and ascertain whether they have gained or lost during the year that has passed. He pointed out that even as in business it was those men who feared they had made losses who were reluctant to take stock, and yet needed it the most, so was it that many Christians who most needed to review their deeds during the past year were reluctant to do so. The last two or three minutes of the old year were spent in silent prayer, and the service concluded with the singing of the hymn, 0 God our Help in Ages Past. "-At the Mevrick Street Wesleyan Chapel the Rev. H. Jefford conducted a watch-night service, which w% largely attended, and at Ger- shom Primitive Methodist Church there was also a service conducted by the Rev. R. H. Gent. This was preceded by a coffee service.—At St. Andrew's a most successful Bachelors' Tea was held on New Year's Eve. DEATlI Of A CRIMEAN VETERAN. The death occurred on Friday, after a short illness, of Patrick Noon, a Crimean and Indian Mutiny veteran, who" had lived for many years at 31, Laws Street, Pem- broke Dock. Noon, who was 75 years of age, was born at Roscommon, Ireland, and at an early age he joined the Royal Gar- rison Artillery at Preston, the old tenth brigade," in which ne served as a gunner for 21 years 9 months. In 1854-5-6, he was on active servie in the Crimea, and was present at the battles of Alma, Balac- lava, Inkerman, and Sebastopol, for which he received the medal with bars for the engagements named, and also the Turkish medals After the conclusion of the war he came back to Sheerness, but was soon on active service again, going out to India with his brigade, going through the mu- tiny. For th he also obtained a medal, and he was the possessor of still another decoration for long service and good con- duct. Noon went through all this fighting without being wounded, tnough when in the trenches at Sebastopol, on one occasion a shell exploded so close to him as to severely shock him. He remained in India until 1863, and was stationed at Pembrore Dock in 18 i6, when he was discharged. For some years he was employed in the Royal Dockyard, but afterwards was discharged from there also,w hen he became rather feeble, and an unsuccessful attempt was made to get his pension augmented. Though feeble, he had until recently en- joyed very fair health, and he was only ill with bronchitis five days prior to nis decease. He leaves a widow, two sons, and two daughters. The .funeral took place at the new cemetery on Wednesday, the Rev. Father Paul, of Cardigan, offi- ciating. CHRISTMAS TREE AND COCFRT. The successful Christmas tree and con- cert held on Boeing Day at St Mary's Catholic School, to which we referred last week, brought out an amount of local and histrionic talent for which t.he audience was quite unprepared. It was no doubt due to the capable and careful training by the Nuns of the Holy Ghost Convent, Bush Street, that so many juveniles succeeded in winning the unstinted applause jI those who had the good fortune to be present. Amongst the items we may mention a humorous duet, You must'nt," sung m capital style by Master James Hudson and Miss Pauline Ferrier. A French song, Bergeronnette," was rendered in pleas- ing style by Misses May Nicholson and Kathleen Swan. The capital singing of The dear little shamrock by Master Bernlie Rock' created great enthusiasm, and we are mistaken if a vocal future is not before this tiny gentleman. Misses Mollie Birmingham and Mostyn Evans re- cited The Wives of Brixham in a very feeling manner, followed by Miss Kate Shanahan with Jerusalem," a recitation of a sacred character. Other recitations were Dolly's Mamma," and The Doc- tor," Miss Nellie Long and Master John Bermingham; "Going on an Errand," Miss Mary Fannan; "A Fellow's Mother," Master David Williams; and the chorees included Camomile Tea." Killarney," and the Minstrel Boy." Mr. T. W. Carroll m Father Christmas created roars of laughter, and added not a little to the enjoyment of a very pleasant evening. NEW YEARS' EVE AT ST. ANDREWS CHAPEL. For many years past the Church of St. Andrews, have celebrated New Years' Eve by having an annual tea meeting and en- tertainment, which until the last few years were a most decided success, but in com- mon with others in town it gradually dwindled down until it became almost a children's party. This season the young men belonging to the church and congre- n gation formed themselves into a committee and resolved that to keep up the custom, and retain New Years' Eve, they would get up a tea and entertainment entirely on bachelor principles, and this has been carried through by them most successfully. On entering the large and commodious school room, which is situated under the church, we were almost astonished at the manner in which the room was de- corated; flags, streamers, and other de- corations, arranged and hung in a most artistic manner from ceiling and pillars around the room, and over the platform, which was also nicely decorated, was hung up a notice in large letters With all due respect to the ladies." The tea tables were beautifully laid and at the head of each, in white aprons, wer the bachelois pouring out tea, handing it round, with the accompanying indispensables of bread, but- ter, and cake, as if they had been to the manner born," the whole being done by the young men, cutting and all; it was simply surprisng that such an excellent cup of tea, such as we had, could have been dispensed in such a novel manner. The concert which followed was also suc- cessful, each of the performers acquitting themselves exceedingly well. A social followed the cnncert, and a pleasant and most enjoy- able evening finished up as the old year passed away and the new came in. The following was the programme of the con- cert :-Glee, "Come Merry Comrades," choir; Chairman's remarks, Mr. D. L. Edwards; solo, "Distant Faces," Master Willie Jenkins; recitation, Papa and the Boy," Master Bertie Gibby; duet, Laughter," Messrs. J. Evans and A. Lloyd; reading, Mr. J. Robertson; banjo and mandoline duet, "Light of Foot," Messrs W. and R. Dally; solo, Queen of the Earth," Mr. George Lloyd; recita- tion, Save the Children first," Mr. F. Williams; pianoforte solo, "La Marseill- aise," Mr. D. G. Roberts; glee, "Come Zephyr Gently," choir; speech, Advice to young men," Mr. C. Handley; trio, .0 The Little Farm," Messrs. H. Jenkins, W. Morgan, and F. Williams; solo, "The Volunteer Organist," Mr. J. Evans; re- citation, The Wreck of the Indian Chief," Master Bertie Gibby; solo, The Wolf, Mr. A. Lloyd; banjo and mando- line duet, "Cromarty Polka March," Messrs. Dally; solo, "Star of the Desert," Master Willie Jenkins; glee, To all you ladies now on land," choir; Come Wel- come the New Year." Chairman, Mr. D. Edwards; Accompanist, Mr. David G. Roberts.
WATERSTONE. A very enjoyable evening was spent on Monday last at the Social held in .Waterstone. A coffee supper was given by the young ladies from Waterstone. After the supper all repaired to the school room for the concert. The duties of chairman were ably undertaken by Mr. Eddie Thomas. Songs were given by Messrs. S. Buckenham; A. Thomas; C. Evans, J. Thomas; J. Eynon, and Mr. Eddie Thomas. But the hit of the evening was the comic songs by Mr. Charlie Thomas, Neyland, who created much merriment by his songs, "Seaweed," "Stick to me tight," and Dmah she says 'Yah' The duties of pianists, were ably carried out by Miss Gertie Thomas, Neyland, and Miss I'}fne..¡ Mernman's E't.vel" ._ave a splendid rendering of Genivieve," After the concert, dancing proceeded till 1 a.m.
RHOSMARKET. OBITUARY. It is with deep regret we have to re- cord the death of Mrs. Mary Reynolds, The Glebe Cottage, who passed away with c almost painful suddenness on Sunday after- noon, December 22nd, while returning from the service at Sardis Baptist Chapel. Deceased (who was a widow) was 65 years of age, and had been a parishioner for over thirty years. She was well known and very much respected. The funeral took place on Thursday at Pope Hill, where she had been a faithful member for a number of years. The Rev. E. Lawrence, pastor, conducted a service at the house, and although snow was falling heavily during the afternoon there were a large number of friends present at the house, and many walked the whole distance to Pope Hill to pay the last tribute of respect to a highly respected neighbour. Much sympathy is felt for the two children, son and daughter, who are left to mourn her loss. ♦
Held over: Rainfall at Pembroke Dock; A reservist in trouble; the Pembroke Com- mittees.
THE DOCKYARD. The results of the recent examination of apprentices at Pembroke Dockyard are now to hand. They are as follows:— Fourth year apprentices: (Maximum marks 600), J. E. Mathias 559; H. E. Evans 442; W. Bearne 331; \V. H. Doyle 210. The first three named are ship- wrights, and the other a ship-fitter. Third year apprentices: (Maximum marks 500), T. J. Nicholas 342; T. Ber- mingham 335; E. J. Williams 311; P. Hall 277; H. Jones 157; H. Furness 155; R.- M. Lillycrop* 130; D. Griffiths 204. Griffiths is a ship-fittter, all the others be- ing shipwrights. Second year apprentices (Maximum marks 400): W. J. A. Davies 380; J. C. Morgan 319; T. J. Robbins 303; H. S. Oliver 296; C. W. Owen 271; R. J. Gould 221. W. E. Blackmore 207; H. B. Owen 206; E. R. Owen 191; C. S. Skilton 176; F. S. Merchant 173; F. T. Rees 170; W. Berry 169; and F. G. Mason 148. Rob- bins, Merchant and Berry are electrical fitters; H. B. Owen, a ship-fitter, and tne others shipwrights. First year apprentices (Maximum marks 300): W. J. John 259; A. W. A. Jones 255; A. W. Smith 222; F. G. John 193; F. C. Leonard 177; W. E. Skyrme 119; G. B. C Ward 110; W. Edward Skyrme 107. W. J. John and Jones are electrical fitters, Smith and Leonard ship- fitters and the others shipwrights.
NEYLAND, On Christmas Day there was given a tea at Heptozi-bah, Honeyborough, which proved fairly successful, considering the inclement weather which existed. A goodly number were present, and in the evening a service of song was given, en- titled "Stumpy Sam." The readings were given by Miss Maggie Mason, and the choir, conducted by Mr Thomas James, sang very well. The chairman for the occasion was Mr. Caleb Evans, the superin- tendent of the Sunday School. The pro- ceeds wer in aid of the building fund. On Sunday evening an excellent and suitable sermon was preached by the Rev. B. C. Evans, at Bethesda Chapel, to a large congregation. The ;('V" gentleman took as his text Job 9th, 25th and 26th verses. "Now my days are swifter than a post; they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships; as the eagl. that hasteth to the prey." In a powerful address he urged his hearers to make the most of all their opportunities for doing good in the coming year.—A watch-night service was held at the Wes- leyan Church on New Year's Eve, at which the Rev. R. J. P. Julian officiated, and there was a large congregation. ,;) C,
<&>— LLAWHADEN. SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. JAMES. An inquest was held at Penllwyn on Wednesday week by Mr. John Roberts, deputy coroner, upon the body of Mrs. Sarah James, the widow of the late Mr. William James, J.P. It appears the de- ceased lady had been in indifferent health for some years, but became seriously ill on Monday last, when she passed away. Shortly before her death Dr. Morgan, of Narberth, was sent for, and he arrived soon after her demise. After hearing the evidence of deceased's niece, Miss Davies, and of Dr. Morgan, who said death was due to heart failure, the jury returned a verdict of died from natural causes. The jury expressed their sympathy with de- ceased's son, Mr. James, in which the deputy coroner joined. The funeral took place on Saturday in Bethesda Chapel yard in the same grave as her late husband. The Revs. J. J. Phillips, Templeton and Cradoc Owen, Bethesda, conducted a short service at the Penllwyn House, and the Revs. Cradoc Owen and the Rev. Stanley Jones, of Carnarvon, late minister of Bethesda, the service at the chapel and graveside. The ctiief mourners were :—Mr. Gwilym H. James, son; Mrs. M. Edwards, Cam- brian Place, Neyland, sister, and her hus- band; Miss Anne Davies, niece; Master Henry Edwards, nephew; Mr. and Mrs. James, Talybont; Mr. Edwin James, Whitland, and Mr. H. James Ffynon- brodvr, cousins. Mr. John Peters Bethesda k-oss, was the undertaker and carried ouT the arrangements very credit- ably. The bearers were eight of the ten- ants and workmen connected with Penllwyn House. The coffin, of panelled oak, and mauve fittings, bore on its plate: Sarah James, Died Dec. 24th, 1.906, Aged 62 years." Although snow lay deep on the ground a large number of sorrowing neighbours and friends came together in sincere sympathy and sorrow .for one they much respected for her genial kindness of heart and charitable disposition towards all who needed assistance in any way. Letters of sympathy were received from the fol- lowing—the Revs. Lewis James; D. E. Williams,. Henllan; D. Williams, Maen- clochog; Rhys Williams, Hen Gapel; J. Williams, Saundersfoot; L. Berian James, B.A., Brynsion; J. T. Phillips, Hebron. On Sunday afternoon, a memorial service was held at Bethesda, which was conduct- ed by the pastor, the Rev. Cradoc Owen. He took for his text the words found in Acts ix., 36, 37. In the course of his ad- dress he said In this picture of Docas, we see a portraiture of the late Mrs. James, of Penllwyn House, whose life and char- acter have been before the preacher and congregation during the whole of the dis- course. Like Dorcas, Mrs. James had a high purpose i. life, she was full of good works and alms deeds, and her death is a great loss to the church at Bethesda, and to the needy of the neighbourhood. Pos- sessed of wealth, Mrs. James knew how to use it to do the highest good during her life time. Her blessing was not an empty hand, but a kindly, charitable action. Per- sonally I mourn her to-day, for 'many a time did she brighten her pastor's house by her seasonable gifts. May the Lord give his richest consolation to her only son, who has lost a good mother, and may the in- spiration of her example ennoble his life throughout.
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