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THE CHILDREN OF HEROES HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN ENTERTAINED AT SWANSEA 6th Welsh Fund Effort. Over five hundred little children, the bafrns of those gallant men of Swansea who have laid down their lives on the battlefield for the liberty of Britain, had, in the midst of their sorrow at the loss of the bread-winners, a happy time at the Central Hall on Friday afternoon. They were entertained to teti by the Committee of the 6th Welsh Comforts Fund, and it was inspiriting' to hear how whole- heartedly the little ones sang the stra.ins of the martial songs on the programme. Not a stone was left unturned by those who arranged -the event to give the chil- dren a bright, jolly, happy time, and a! large number of ladies and gentlemen ¡' worked exceptionally hard to achieve that! object. They succeeded. From an early] hour on Friday they were in the Central Hall arranging the tables, decorating the I interior, and the little guests sat down to a well-stocked, wholesome fare. They immensely enjoyed the whole proceedings, and cheered to the echo the efforts of those who had played such a con- spicuous part in their merriment. Mr. H. Stanley Cook, a 'hard-working member of the 6th Welsh Comforts Fund Committee, made an admirable chairman of the concert to which the juveniles were entertained prior to the too, and in a brief address expressed the earnest hope that the company would thoroughly enjoy the entertainment. The list of items, arranged by Mr. G. II. Richardson, manager of the Swansea Empire, was taken part in by Miss May Jackson ?comedipnne), Master Fred Warner (son of Mr. L. Warner, of the Globe Cinema, Clydach, who sang several songs and gave a couple of dances), Mr. Cyril Steele (Clydach, Conjuror), Master Harold Johnson (vocalist), and Mr. Tom Owen and his two daughters, who performed a bright, amusing sketch entitled a The Children's Home-Coming." Mr. Fred H. JPullin accompanied. LADY WORKERS. Then followed the tea. and the ladies I who aecir-ted at the tables were Mrs. Watkin Williams, Mrs. C. T. Ruthen (both of whom energetically carried out the arrangements of the Ladies' Com- mittee), Misses A., E., and M. Parsell, Mrs. G. S. Harries, Miss Harries, Mrs. A. P. Higham. M8S. J. D. Williams, Miss Ruthen, Mrs. F. Stephens, ilrs. Simons. Mrs. G. Dorr ell, Mrs. Canniff, Mrs Denigh, Mrs. J. Davies, Mrs. Nicholas, Mrs. Merri- rnaii. Miss D. Fry. Mrs. GIOTTO, 3im GoT- den Davies. Mrs. Morris, Miss Westlake, Mrs. Gibbs, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Ham, Mrs. G. Edwards, Mrs. T. Griffitho, Mrs. A. Peters, Miss Cann, Miss Rees, Mrs. Coles, Mrs. Hill, Mre. Chaazlewiteh, MTs. Tooae, I Mrs. Keift, Mrs. Couch, Mrs. Stanley, Mrs. Thomas. Miss Freda Thomas. There was also a telegraphist table, assisted byj Miss A. J. Rees, Miss Cann, Mrs. Cogh- lan, and other young l&dies of the Swan- ¡ sea Post Office. Major G. S. Harries (chairman of tie executive committee) was unable to attend: on account of duties of national import- anoo elsewhere, but all the other ber of the executive were present, viz., Major T. Herechell Jones (vice-chairman),, Messrs. David Roberts, J.P. (hon. trea-i surer), H. Stanley L. Cook, J. W. Jones,! J.P., C. T. Ruthen, and A. J. Gooze. His Worship the Mayor of Swansea (Ald., David Davies) kindly responded to an in- vitation to take part in the proceedings, and others present included Lieut. John Hod gens, Mrs. Hod gens, Mr. W. Rosser j (a member of the general committee), Misp Perry-Harries. In a list of hard- working stewards were the ltev. Watkin Williams (pastor of the Central Hall), Messrs. C. T. Ruthen, E. Serle, G. Dorrell, G. H. Richardson, J. Brader, W. Phillips, A. J .Cooze, Simons, A. Jones, S. George, Tom Evans, E. Jones, George Brooks, and T. Prosser. n- THE MAYOR'S INTEREST. I I am glad to he. here," said the Mayor, who was lustily cheered, to see that the people of Swansea are not forgetting what they owe to the aoldicrs who have given up their lives for the country. It was a great loss to the families that their fathers had. gone, he added, but in years to come, when rhe children present that day grew up, they would be very proud to know (hey were the children of the men who sac- rificed their lives for their beloved country and for the cause of liberty. (Applause.) He expressed the earnest hope that the bairns would thoroughly enjoy the tea, and he felt that, the ladies and gentlemen who organised the function would bave i the satisfaction of knowing that they had provided testimony that they were not going to forget the widows and children of the soldiers who had died for them in France and el-sewhere, and that the re- membrance was not only for the war but for years to come. This was the richest country in the world, the Mayor added, and he felt that it was the opinion of its people that the widows and families should be treated generously. No Government which would propose the mean treatment of the families would have a chance to exist at all. It was a great grief to lose a good husband, a good father, and it was due to the country to see that whatever hap- pened in the future the widows and children should never be allowed to suffer on account of that loss. Conclud- ing, he eulogised tho efforts of the pro- moters of the event, emphasising that they deserved well of the town of Swan- sea. During the tea proceedings selections were rendered by the Swansea Post Office Drum and Fife Band (by kind permission of 3.1r. Paecall, postmaster). Inspector Richards conducted. A FATHER CHRISTMAS. I Councillor Laugharne Morgan made an admirable Father Christmas. Attired in a costume befitting the character, with loqg white whiskers, he moved among the de- lighted children, shook hands with them, related how he had come in an aeroplane from the North Pole," and handed to each little one a small envelope containing a useful gift from the committee. The Mayor was warmly thanked for his attendance, a hope being expressed for a happy year of office, whilst hearty cheers were given for Major G. S. Harries (chair- man of the 6th Wedah Comforts Fund), Major Herechell Jones (vice-chairman) Mr. Stanley Cook (who presided), Mr. A. P. Higham (the honorary secretary of the fund), Mr. and Mrs. Ruthen, Mrs. Watkin Williams, Mr. G. H. Richardson, and the artistes, and all who contributed so largely to the event's success. The gathering, a happy and successful one, concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. A PEN PICTURE. I A merry babble of juvenile voices in the gallery of the Central Hall. Tables laid for over 500 boys and girls in the area. On the stage a tiny pierrot at- tacking complex movements in the terp- eichorean art, numerous eongs, a bright, breezy address, and, generally, a very fine programme. The occasion is the children's treat of the 6th Welsh Comforts Committee, and reversing the usual order, an entertain- ment, arranged by Mr. Richardson (of the Empire), went before the really big event.or-te-d., and a reception by Father Christmas. The tables looked inviting, with their green centre pieces and gjase "hairs, their vases shooting variegated holly and laurel and crysanthemuin, and what is more to the point, their cups and eaucej-s and plates, piles of neatly-cut cur- rant and sultana cake. The conceit has to be counted a big success; every item was worth while, but when Mr. Cyril Steele, the conjuror, or- ganised mysterious parpharnalia, and turned up his shirt sleeves, just to show there was no deception," there wasn't, a.n askew eye in the whole gallery. Plenty of good dancing glittered in the legitimate programme, though all artistes were amateurs. There were, too, torpis- chorean interludes, not on the programme, as when the chairman (Mr. Stanley Cook) indicated in mimicry what the next item would be, or when, later on dur- ing the tea time the general manag-er of the H Leader" grew emotionally intoxicated with the strains of a Welsh melody that issued from the Telegraph Messengers' String Band (Inspector J. Richards, conductor.) The last great programme event was a de- lightfully nonsensical sketch by Mr. Tom Owen and his two daughters, entitled "The Children's Home-coming." This more than impressed the grown spectators, with the notion that genius is hereditary. A song, followed by a cleverly-executed dance by Miss Jackson, was wanted over again by the enthusiastic audience. TEA TIME. Just about tea-time, when Mr. Dorrell had blown his whistle and directed the denizens of the gallery to come down with little noiæ-a direction complied with only in part; that is to say, the boys and girls came down—'the Mayor dropped in. Other great men were on hand also—Mr. J. W. Jones. J.P.. Commandant-Hodgens, of the Naval Brigade, Lieut. Ruthen, of the National Motor Volunteers, Mr. David Roberts (hon. treasurer of the fund), Mr. J. D. Williams, who did their bit" with the cake; that is handed it round-aaid others. To the general assembly in the Central Hall, the Telegraph Messengers' Band im- parted a sort of turbulent triumph, and this was piiiicularly to the fore when Mr. Dorrell led off the chorus, Keep the home fires burning." A CONTRAST. But the present writer took a turn down below, where in the lesser hall, eaually filled with the general, the tone was in marked contrast. Here, under the suave influence of Sister Ka.te. and without the rouse of the band, the stream of happi- ness rippled less, though it may have been even deeper. They made better show of their grace" than in the big hall, despite the absence of musical accompani- ment. Meanwitile great events were under weigh, events not unworthy of competition with the tea itself. Mr. Dorrell's whistle ensured silenoe (by the way, Dorrell's -i whistle was the one and only tT;1g' that' could produce that effect), and this ex- pert in management of the boy informed an excited assembly that Father Christ- mas would come round the tables and hand each boy and girl who was sea .ted t a present. No seat was empty thereafter! Father Christmas (some I of the M?epHcal iD, the higher forms j eay it wasn't Father Christmas at all, ? ut Councillor Laugharne Morgan?) had '6een walking around the platform for some time, and even tri-ed to make a 6peecfh. H. said he had come from the North Pole, and oh! my, it was oold there; he had come in an aeroplane. That was all he could say; then he got to work. It wasn't bundles of toys he had (they would per- haps have overweighted the aeroplane), but tiny envelopes, one for each boy and girl. The whisper went round from those who had opened the envelopes that each one contained six golden pennies. They were anyhow the oolour of gold, having all come frosh from the Mint,, thanks to the kindly assistance of Mr. C. C. Vivian (London City and Midland Bank). ALL THAT WAS LEFT What is there left? Nothing but oheers, three times three, and one for luck in each event for the ladies, the artistes, and Father Christmas. One or two little boys lost their mamas (all of whom, by the way, were after- wards themselves invited to tea below, but there are no other casualties to re- port. There is this, however, to say, that we need not reproach ourselves as a nation for lack of attention to the needs of the home. of our fighting men, and we have occasion to be proud of the watchful care of mothers left behind; for the children are well tended, the general appearance, the health, vigour, and good manners of these 500 boys and girls left nothing to be desired. They were an assembly, in fact, of little ladies and gentlemen.



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