St. %enefs toozsh Qhurclx. ANNUAL SOIREE. The Annual Soiree in connection with the above church was held at the Aldergate Schools on New Year's Eve. The proceedings were announced to start at 7 o'clock, but it was nearly an hour late when the curtain went up-or rather was drawn aside-for the first of the two dramatic sketches which were to be played, according to advertisement, by a powerful company. The first sketch proved to be the farce, beloved of amateurs Chiselling," though there was no information on this point in the way of a pro- gramme it is therefore impossible to give details of the performance beyond stating the fact that the part of the "Venerable Trotter was played very creditably by the gentleman cast for the part. An interval followed during which refreshments were served. Then came the second sketch, which turned out to be the ancient farce Cherry Bounce." This proved to be somewhat uninteresting that the audi- ence, which was mainly composed of young people, fell to amusing itself as well as it could. It was almost impossible to hear a word of the dialogue, and when the curtain fell there was a general shout which could in no wise be considered compli- mentary.-H. R. P.
London Notes. Mr. Gladstone has written to the Rev. Gwynoro Davies of Barmouth, expressing approval of the proposal to erect a national memorial to Llewelyn the last native Prince of Wales, and enclosing a subscription to the fund. Lord Rendel will be Mr. Gladstone's host at the Riviera. The ex-Welsh Leader has a beautiful residence there. The Welsh Land Commission will hold sittings in London for the purpose of taking evidence during the week commencing the 2ist inst. One of the best of Christmas day Entertainments held by Welshmen in London is the annual gathering at New Jewin Chapel under the title of "Cartref oddicartref." It is usually a splendidly arranged tea and concert, and the attendance this year shows that it fills an important gap in providing a small treat for the people on that day of feasting and joy. Many of my young friends who are living in business houses tell me that the most miserable day in their whole year's existence is, generally, Christmas day. The business houses themselves are deserted, the surroundings cheerless, the humourists and jokers of every day meals are gone out to friends, and it is invariably the most quiet that are left at home. Could we not co-operate in future seasons, and form a grand Welsh Christmas Dinner. Invite our scores of young men and young women, who have no friends, no places to go out to dine, no aristocratic suburban relatives; and have a right merry day of feasting and intellectual enjoyment. It would I am sure, be a success and keep many of our friends from the taproom and evil-doers. At a recent meeting of the Hampden House (St. Pancras) Debating Union, our well-known young and rising fellow-countryman, Mr. J. G. Rowlands, B.A., in opposing a motion of want of confidence in the present Government, made a very brilliant speech. The motion was lost by a small majority. Mr. Rowlands was ably supported by Mr. Tom Rees. The literary societies of London Churches will feel keenly the retirement of the Rev. H. Elwyn Thomas from London work, during the coming seasons. He was one of the readiest to help, and the most power- ful lecturer that we have had in the past few years.
TABERNACLE, KING'S CROSS. The chief event of the year-from the children's point of view-took place at this chapel last Satur- day evening, when the annual children's Entertain- ment and Christmas Tree was given. Through the generosity of one of the lady members of the church this has become an event of no mean importance, when all the children in con- nection with the Sunday School are treated to a repast of tea and cake and Christmas delicacies, together with presents and toys that delight the youthful heart so much. Of the tree and its treasures as well as the repast, nothing could be better provided, and the enthusiasm of the children throughout the evening was un- bounded. rhe meeting closed very appropriately by Master Edwin S. James proposing a vote of thanks to the lady donor and her helpers, which was seconded by Master E. J. Griffith in a manner that might be imitated by many of our verbose friends. A very lengthy programme was gone through by the children, consisting of songs, solos, and recitations, and the manner in which each played his or her part reflects great credit on the training they had received from Messrs. John James and B. J. Rees. The arrangement of the programme was success- fully carried out by Miss Catherine Evans, who had not a dull item to put before the audience. Mr. William Williams occupied the chair in his usual happy manner, and his humourous comments contributed largely to the success of the meeting.