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BELGIAN REFUGEES. A contingent of Belgian refugees reached Aberystwyth en Saturday evening by the express train from Euston and received a hearty welcome by the inhabitants. The Station precincts were crowded and the visitors were cheered on making their appearance. The majority of them were women and children, some of the children being orphans. It is stated that the adults are distinguished professional teachers, musicians, and painters of a high station in life. They were evidently pleased by the reception. Particular in- terest was taken in the children who were kissed and fondled by the onlookers as they were taken from the train to the convey- ances. The Bov Scouts under the direc- tion of Scoutmaster Phillips assisted in re- moving the luggage to the Queen's Hotel. In tho evening a large crowd of students and townspeople assembled in front of the hotel and the visitors joined in singing the national anthems. On Sunday evening the Rheidol Choir gave a concert at the Queen's for the entertainment of the Belgians and the singing, particularly of the Belgian National Anthem, was greatly appreciated. Dr. Fleure who accompanied tho visitors from London, issued a statement on Mon- day that the party was not the party for which arrangements had been made. The other party may come later on. As far as possible, those who have offered board and apartments are being considered in allo- cating the present party, hub in view of special circumstances some changes may bj necessary in detail. The visitors convey their thanks for tho kindness shown to them. There was disappointment that the arrangements made for the reception of the visitors had to be abandoned. Several hostesses were in waiting at the Railway Station to receive the parties allocated to them. It is understood that the mainten- ance of a large number of the refugees has been undertaken by a generous benefactor well lyunvn in AVales. The arrangements in connection with the hospitality offered were decided at a meeting of hostesses held on Friday evening at the Presbyterian schoolroom. The prices were arranged as fellows:—-For every man and boy over fourten years of age, 14s. per week; for every woman and girl over fourteen years of age, 12s. every boy and girl. 10a. in- fants, 5s. each. A draw was made for the allocation of the guests. Among those who have interested them- selves in the movement are Miss Fewings, Mr. Thomas Jones (secretary of the AVelsh Insurance Commissioners). Dr. Fleure, Mr. AV. J. Evans (Llandinaui). the Chief Con- stable, Professor and Airs. Barbier, Mr. Ernest Jones and Mr. Emile Evans, Brvnteg. When the Belgian •editprr: visited Aber- ystwyth early in the season and were en- tertained at the Queen's Hotel it was not expected that so many of their countrymen would follow so soon under as. the result of one of the most terrible devastations of a country in the history of the world.