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GREAT THREE DAYS, EFFORT AT ABER- GAVENNY. ATTRACTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL EVENT. The Red Cross Workers at Abergavenny and district eclipsed all their previous efforts this week when'thev held a great three days' sale at the Town Hall in aid of the Brookfield Red Cross Hospital Depot and its 25 branches. The chief organisers were Miss Marsh and Mrs. Pegler (hon. secretary of the Brookfield Depot), and all the workers laboured enthusiastically to make the event an unqualified success by the raising of a record sum for the deserving object in view. Much energy and time had been expended in the making of various kinds of articles, and in addition local ladies and gentlemen had been verv generous in their gifts of valuable donations in kind such as rare lace (one piece of exquisite Venetian point and a piece of Brussels lace being worth /2j each), Georgian and other silver articles, old prints and engravings, china, jewellery, antique furniture, and a notable gift of an Erard grand pianoforte worth £ 15°- Not onlv were the stalls well laden with a goodly array of useful and fancy articles and vuhiables to delight the ey" of the connoisseur, but there was a substantial reserve stock to replenish the stalls when they were depleted by the purchasers. The promoters were therefore in no fear of not having plenty to sell in order to meet the de- mands of all comers. No effort had been spared to make the event thoroughly attractive and in this they admirably succeeded, for there was a succession of musical and other fare to keep up the interest throughout the proceedings. Enter- 'tainment has not been rationed, and so the visitors were given plenty of it for their money. TUESDAY'S OPENING CEREMONY. I The sale was opened on Tuesday by Lady Llangattock (president of the Red Cross in Mon- mouthshire), who very kindly came down from London specially for the purpose. The Mayor (Alderman Z. Wheatle^7, J.P.) presided and was Supported on the platform by Lady Llan- gattock, Lady Treowen, Sir Arthur and Lady Herbert of Coldbrook, Mr. J. O. Marsh, Mr. F. R. Hohbes (hon. treasurer of Brook.fiel(-IDepot) and Mrs. Pegler (hon. secretary). An Excellent [Record. The Mayor extended an official welcome to Lady Llangattock, Lady.Treowen and Sir Arthur and Lady Herbert, and proceeded We have met together to render help to those who at this particular time are unable to help themselves. They have done their duty in this great Euro- peah crisis, and it us who are at home to do all that lies wfflj fe eur power to show them that we are ready to help them to bear the burden of pain that has fallen to their lot. Whilst our brave fellows are somewhere in France stemming the tide of the Huns, we are privileged to gather within the Confines of this building, where we see around us stalls laden with articles of every description, all of which are representa- tive of the love and esteem we have for these men. Whilst they are surrounded on all sides by desolation, we at home are surrounded by the beautiful country that- we all love. Therefore we ought to be inspired to help all we can in this grand and glorious work of aiding and comfort- ing the sick and wounded. I suppose I can safely- say there is hardly a family in this beauti- ful Abergavenny but has someone near and dear to them who is fighting for the honour of the Empire upon which the sun never sets. It is sad that there are a large number of homes in Abergavenny and the whole of the county, as represented here to-day, that have vacant chairs that will never be filled again by those they loved, for truly the highest and the lowest have all united in this great sacrifice and they have all given of their best. It is fitting, therefore, that the ladies of Abergavenny who meet week after week at Brookfield, and the 25 branches associated with them, are giving of their best, and I know they feel that their best efforts fade into insignificance when shown in the limelight of what our heroes have done and are doing for Us. Every one of the bandages and articles made breathes a message of love and sympathy to the sufferers, and if by their efforts they are enabled to give ease to some poor wounded and maimed soldier they will feel that they have been fully rewarded and recompensed for their labours. I understand that unfortunate re- marks have been made, saying that the articles made are no use and that they are not required but I hear that one of the Divisional Surgeons has written and states they are very much appreciated, and he, like Oliver Twist, still asks for more. So I should like to ask everyone to give encouragement to the Brookfield and other workers. The Depot has turned out no fewer than 50,000 articles, which is an excellent record. These things cannot be accomplished without financial responsibilities, and up to date the sum oft: 1,382 7s. 6d. has been raised, and I can only express the hope that with the very valuable and personal influence of Lady Llangattock Lady Treowen, and others, who are so deeply interested in this special effort, such a sum wil be raised as will enable the workers to send out double or treble the number of articles which arc required more than ever. I am sure that Lady Herbert, the president, Mrs. Pegler, the hon. secretary, Mr. Hobbes, the treasurer, and the other ladies will be pleased to receive any subscriptions you are disposed to give them before you leave this building. In conclusion, I can only hope that the time is not far distant when your labour may cease, and that you will have reaped a rich reward by knowing that you did something to help in th8 great European War, which we hope will be the end of wars, and that we may soon have the pleasure of wel- coming the boys home once more. (Applause). Lady Llangattock's Appeal. I Lady Llangattock expressed her pleasure at finding herself amongst her friends at Aberga- venny, in which town she was reminded of many happy meetings of former days and the kind receptions she and her dear husband received on so many occasions. She thanked all the kind I ladies who with such admirable self-devotion j had assisted in the good cause. She. knew the < trouble they had taken, often at great personal inconvenience. She appreciated the brave work of'the collectors, for it did require some courage in these days to undertake collecting, even for such an unquestionable object as the Red Cross. She would like also to thank those ladies who had given personal service in hospitals from the colnmencement of the war. She felt proud of the women of the Empire, who had proved them- selves worthy of their country and nation by the wonderful and tireless work they did in daily tending the sick and suffering wounded. Re- ferring to the food question, Lady Llangattock mentioned that the farmers of the county in 1915 and 1916 raised f,10,330 with sales. She wished to emphasise the Prime Minister's appeal to farmers and others to increase to the utmost extent the production of potatoes, for there was no crop, under existing war conditions, that could compare with it in importance as a food for either man or beast. The Prime Minister had said that if they would grow a million acres of potatoes in England the food situation would be safe. The potato grower was,in the front line of the fight against the submarine, and lie could defeat if it he chose, but victory depended on his exertions in the next few weeks. She felt sure that this stirring appeal would be taken into serious consideration by patriotic farmers and others. Everyone must spare no effort or sacrifice to achieve victory to re-establish the rule of right and justice to all the nations, which England and her Allies were fighting for. Their business that day was to spend money for the benefit of our long-suffering soldiers, not for- getting our incomparable airmen. She was naturally deeplv interested in the Air Service, her dear son (the Hon. C. S. Rolls) having been the pioneer of aircraft in England. When aeros were thought to be of no service he proved their use and value by flying from Dover to Calais and back without descending, seven years ago, and on his return England's greeting was represented by John Bull shaking hands with him and saying Well done, my boy, and thank you you have given me a ljic which I sadly needed." To-day, .-aircraft iu England had no rival. She would now, with much pleasure, visit the well-filled stalls and she was especially anxious to see one which contained work done in their play hours by schoolboys, who had made crutches, splints and supports for the wounded in hospitals, under the direction of Mr. Horsington. The girls also had given up several hours a week of their play- time for the same good object, which showed a splendid spirit and should be encouraged. She had much pleasure, in declaring the sale open and slie hoped for a very satisfactory result to reward the kind workers for their exertions. The Stallholders. The stallholders were as follows :— Produce stall—Mrs. Humfrey, Mrs. Sanford, Mrs. PowLtt, Mrs. Trevor Berrington, Mrs. Blair, Misses Philpott. China sall-Hon. Mrs. Bleiddian Herbert, Mrs. Solly Flood. Mrs. Domvile, Miss Austin. Books and pictures—Mrs. F. Herbert (Clytha), Miss Bristowe and Miss Attwood (Ty-derhvvn, --i:d -?liss Attwood (Ty-de!- I N-vii, I Silver and lace—Lady Herbert of Coldbrook, Mrs. Powell Rees, Mrs. Broster, Mrs. Steel. Mrs. Barnett Barker also helped generously with this stall, but was not able to be present. Plain and fancy stall- -Mrs. Fred Thomas, Mrs. W. J. Williams and Red Cross Workers.. J ewellery stall-The Mayoress and Miss Wheatley, Mrs Lloyd (Tv-Llwyd), Mrs Trevor Jones, Mrs Butt, Miss Radford, Miss C. E. Stevenson and Mrs. H. T. T. Roberts. Baskets and toys—Mrs Gibbs, Mrs. F. T. Sifton, Mrs. Sam Sifton, Mrs. Chadwick, Misses Tongue and Miss V. Young. Jellies and cream-Wesleyan Red Cross Working Party. Fancy stall—Mistresses and girls of the County Intermediate School. Bran tub—Mrs. Austin and Mrs. W. T. Brookes. There was also a stall where Grammar School boys gave demonstrations of the maUing of crutches and splints of various sizes for wounded soldiers. It is worthy of note that the boys at the Grammar School have, under the tuition of Mr. W. Horsington, mad e 500 crutches and splints for wounded soldiers. There were a variety of attractions during the afternoon and evening. Selections were given by an orchestra under the conductorship of Mr. C. T. Busher, the girls of the County Inter- mediate School sang part-songs under the con- ductorship of Mr. W. R. Carr, A.R.C.O., pretty dances were given by pupils of Miss C. E. Steven- son, and there were a number of excellent in- dividual items. Mrs. James, Miss Lambert, Miss Gwladvs Mather- Jackson, Mr. A. Watt and Mr. L. H. Evans gave songs, Mrs. W. J. Williams contributed a recitation, and Miss Eunice Sharpe played a 'cello solo. The accompani- ments were played by Mrs. E. W. Barrett and Mr. W. R. Carr. Capital theatrical perform ances were' given by Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Hobbes and party, and a clever performance was given by the" Merry-thoughts" Pierrette- Concert Party, a talented and versatile troupe composed of the following ladies Mrs. R. P. A. Pitt, Mrs. Jack Thomas, Mrs. Merton J ones, Miss Dorothy Price, Miss Phyllis Seargeant, Miss Doris Seargeant, Miss Kitty Gough, Miss MuriE) Tong, Miss Nellie Wheatley, and Miss lHutchings with their mascot, Mastci4 John Pitt. Miss Doris Seargeant was unable to appear, and her place was taken by her understudy, Miss Nancy Newton. 'The Merry-thoughts have arranged to give a performance at the Town Hall on May 9th in order tQ defray the expenses in which they have been involved, and the surplus proceeds will be given to a war charity. t WEDNESDAY'S PROCEEDINGS. The Mayor presided at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, and was supported by Lady Llangattock and Lady Herbert. There was again a large attendance. The Mayor announced that Lady Mather- Jackson, who was to have opened the sale that day, was unavoidably detained in London, and Lady Herbert had asked him to perform the opening ceremony instead. They would be pleased to hear that the sum taken at the stalls 1m Tuesday was £215, and, of course, there was, in addition, the money for the various raffles and the tickets which had not been counted. He hoped they would do as well that day. One thing they forgot on Tuesday was to 14iaiik Mr. J. O. Marsh for so kindly lending Brookfield. He was sure that it had been a great help to the workers to have such a pleasant house to work in. He had much pleasure in declaring the sale open. Lady Llangattock proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor for opening the sale. He had been Mayor of Abergavenny for several years and she hoped he would continue in the office for many years to come, as she knew of his kind deeds, and she had great pleasure in proposing a hearty vote of thanks to him. Lady Herbert seconded and said that it was extremely kind and unselfish of the Mayor to come there, as they all knew what a busy man he was. He had done everything in his power to help them and had shown his interest in every possible way. They were greatly indebted to Mr. Marsh for his generosity in lending Brook- field, without which they could not have done one-tenth of the work they had accomplished. The vote was carried, and the Mayor briefly responded. The artistes who contributed to the pro- gramme 011 Tuesday again gave their services, but the orchestra and the pupils of the Girls' Intermediate School were not present. The tea department was in charge of Mrs. W. Rees and Mrs. Hill. THURSDAY'S OPENING. There was again a large attendance on Thurs- day, when the opening ceremony was performed by Mr. Reginald Herbert of Clytha, who was introduced by the Mayor. Mr. Herbert, who was in a happy vein, said that he had been asked not only to open the sale, but to open their hearts and their pockets as well, especially the latter. After the great success of the last two days' sale he was rather afraid that they would not be able to get very much ínonev that day. He could not help feeling that they were like the proverbial dustcart after the Lord Mayor's Show, which came behind to pick up the pieces. He hoped, however, they would be able to pick up a few pieces that day and some gold dust as well. (Applause). On a previous occasion there he had the pleasure of offering by auction the Kaiser's coach." He had been in hopes that he would have been able that day to have offered the Kaiser's coffin. (Laughter). Unfor- tunately circumstances had arisen which had delayed its manufacture, and still more to be regretted was the fact that many of their dearest and best had been injured in its manufacture. It was for the purpose of providing comforts and necessaries for those gallant fellows that they were assembled there that dav. The dear Tommies were always in our minds, and speaking of them reminded him of the Scotch minister who took as his text the old nursery rhymne Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man, make me a cake as quick as you can," and who proceeded in his broad dialect to tell his dearly beloved brethren that the cake was not for the baker, nor for his stalwart assistant, but for dear darling Tommy. What'1 they were doing that day was all for dear darling Tommy—Tommy who was fighting for us and for the freedom we loved, and lie hoped they would all support the sale generously and reserve a little for the auction sale which he would shortly start. On the motion of the Mayor, a vote of thanks to Mr. Reg. Herbert for opening the sale was carried with acclamation. Subsequently Mr. Reg. Herbert commenced the auction sale by offering a perambulator, in reference to which he made many humorous allusions, which kept the audience highly amused. lIe sold it several times for 10s. on condition that.the purchaser gave it back, and then came down to 5s. and the more humble coins of the realm. Mr. Herbert concluded his auctioneering enterprise by being wheeled round the platform in the perambulator by Mr. Chadwick, who afterwards took over the auction sale and dis- posed of a number of articles. For the opening ceremonies bouquets and ) buttonholes were given by Mr. Henry- Pitt and Mr. Peake. A bouquet was presented to Lady Llangattock by Miss Wheatley, and another to Ladv Herbert by Master Chadwick. Button- holes were presented to Mr. Reg. Herbert and the Mayor by Miss Mary Jones. Bouquets were also presented to Miss Marsh and Mrs. Pegler by Master Morgan Owen and Miss Joan Sifton respectively. The promoters wish to particu- larly thank Mr. F. T. Jones, Mr. Chas. Downes and Mr. J. H. Redwood for their assistance in connection with the sale, and propose to publish a list of acknowledgments next week. The tea department on Thursday was in charge of Mrs. Robert Townsend and Mrs. R. W. Powell. It is intended to hold a jumble sale of the articles left bver on Tuesday next. +

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