From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 22nd. 1893.
At Carnarvon there are indications of the advent of Christmas on all sides. Notwithstanding the lamentable depression of business which has lately been felt here in common with other towns, the tradesmen of Carnarvon seem bent upon making the old borough look as cheery and lively as possible for Christmastide. There is no public movement on foot to supply the wants of the poor in the shape of free breakfasts, hot-pot dinners, and entertainments, although individual gentlemen will, no doubt, minister privately to the wants of this unfortunate class. The present week is looked upon according to a good old custom as the "shopping week," and parents take their youngsters to see the grand display of Christmas toys and other wonderful things which are supposed to be at the disposal of Santa Claus. This year, like those of the past, notwithstanding the inclement and unseasonable weather, the streets are crowded in the evening by spectators who derive not a little pleasure and cheeriness from the bright and attractive way in which the tradesmen have decorated their shop windows. Generally speaking, the windows are exceedingly pretty, the proprietors having arranged the goods in the mosty artistic style likely to captivate the eye of the spectators.
Mr. J. C. Jones, Compton House, make a neat show of fancy goods, and other articles suitable for Christmas presents.
Mr. W. Jones, Bridge-street, exhibits a varied and useful assortment of Christmas presents, comprising gloves, silk scarfs, and squares, &c., with fancy trays, gloves and handkerchief boxes, photo stands, and Christmas cards. The drapery window is tastefully dressed with Swiss Ginpure and Nottingham lace, curtains, with tea cosies, plants, and flowers in rustic and art stands.
Misses Jones, Shop y Porth, displays some choice bonnets, ribbons, &c.
Mr. John Jones, Druid House, has a neatly finished dressed window, fancy wax dolls, Christmas presents, and all description of millinery showing to the best possible advantage.
Mr. H. Jonathan, High-street, exhibits a large assortment of silk handkerchiefs of various designs together with a great variety of hats.
Mr. W. Jones, Castle-square, has a nice display of suitings, ties, collars, umbrellas, &c., for the season.
Mr. J. W. Jones, Pool-street, exhibits some children's pinafores, and other beautiful articles in the fancy line.
Lonnie & Co., Bridge-street, milliners, &c., have a most attractive show, the window being magnificently set out. In the corner a large dressed wax doll is to be seen seated in an arm chair, and on the opposite side an artificial lake, with miniature ducks floating thereon, Christmas cards, and other beautiful presents finishes a well and neatly dressed window giving an imitation of a farm home and its surroundings.
Mr. O. D. Jones, Bon Marche, Bangor-street, exhibits a great variety of Christmas presents in the shape of dolls, and other articles.
Mr. O. Williams, Bangor-street, makes a very tasteful show of suitings, shirts, ties, &c., for the season.
Mr. David Roberts, Waterloo House, Castle-square, has a choice display of novelties in the drapery line - Surah and Bengaline silks in the newest shades, and a variety of other lovely materials for evening wear. One window is filled with gloves, umbrellas, lace fichus, aprons, handkerchiefs, &c., suitable for presents. In the other window are to be found most charming articles for children's wear. The reputation which this old establishment has held for the last 50 years appears to be well kept up by the present proprietor.
Mr. Edward Lloyd, Ddraig goch, Eastgate-street, shows a splendid selection of new patent curtains, chenille curtains, chenille and tapestry covers, evening wear garments, such as opera cloaks, and hoods, silks, satins, evening wraps. At the back of the second window is a huge stuffed-otter in a glass window shade, and proves a source of attraction to the public. In other respects the window is full of choice goods suitable as presents for ladies or gentlemen, comprising silk scarves, silk squares, fur-lined gloves, kid gloves, umbrellas, and a large variety of other articles.
Mr. E. H. Owen's establishment, Golden Eagle, is again well and tastefully dressed. In the first window is an ingeniously-worked model of a fine four-masted ship in tow; a large assortment of gent's ties, collars, cuffs, white shirts, gloves, silk mufflers, silk squares, braces, umbrellas, &c. Also an unique assortment of fancy articles, specially selected for Christmas presents, comprising fancy boxes, perfumes, Christmas and New Year's cards, scrap album, blotters, photo frames, ivorine frames, handglasses, &c. In the second window may be seen a lifelike model of a "Nigger Masher" smoking cigarettes, white and coloured lace curtains, anti macassars, plaques, grapes, large and handsome vases, silk and motto handkerchiefs, ivorine and other photo frames, &c.
Mr. G. O. Griffith, merchant tailor, and complete gent's outfitter, Bridge-street, exhibits some novelties in suitings, trouserings, hats, caps, and overcoats in one window, while in the other a fine display of gents' white handkerchiefs, &c., is made. The windows are tastefully dressed and win the approval of the public.
The Regent House exhibits some nice Christmas cards in one window, and millinery in the other, while the London House is dressed with ready-made, clothes, ties, and hats.
Mr. E. Owen, Golden Anchor, makes a tasteful and splendid show of the most choice fancy goods, &c. In the first window are exhibited a large assortment of fancy juvenile goods in the shape of aprons, pinafores, and hats, while in the centre of the second window a large bouquet of artificial flowers of all shades is hanging from the roof. There is here an abundance of fancy presents and a great variety of Christmas and New Year gifts. It is well finished with silk handkerchiefs, aprons, flowers. In the third window are some magnificent ball dresses, very choice silks in a variety of colours for evening wear, shawls, fancy wraps for balls, ladies gloves, &c.
Mr. Cadwaladr Williams's establishments, namely the Dinorwic House and the Leeds House, are prettily decorated with the finest and best selected goods in the ready-made line. A large assortment of silk umbrellas, silk handkerchiefs, caps, ties, hats, collars, &c., are exhibited. Mr. Williams's establishments have sustained a high reputation for a large number of years, and judging from the present stock, the proprietor is not likely to loose his hold on the public.
Messrs. Pierce and Williams's fine establishments in Eastgate-street are every day the scenes of bustling activity, and are visited by hundreds of purchasers. The interior of the various departments of the Golden Goat are tastefully decorated with the choicest of curtains, with grass, furs, &c., while along the centre of one of the shops a large counter filled with a great variety of Christmas cards, and other handsome presents is a source of attraction to both young and old. In the first window a nice show of silk squares, silk gloves, and the latest novelties in delaines, print and lace agrons, flowers in pots, grasses for decorations, &c., is made. In the second window a beautiful assortment of children's bonnets, frocks, Japanese squares, sashes, and uva grass for decorations are shown. The firm in their third window exhibits the newest things in wool hoods of different colours, children's gaiters, motto handkerchiefs, wool wraps of various designs - all of best manufacture. In the fourth window will be found a beautiful display of children's pinafores, motto handkerchiefs, and coloured flannel embroideries. Coming to the fifth window the spectator will find a large assortment of winter gloves, silk squares, hand-painted chinas, most fashionable jacks very suitable as presents, bear Victorias, llama capes, and a wonderful musical figure which delights all who see it. In the sixth window a most magnificent ball dress, beautifully made on the premises, is exhibited. This dress is a marvel in the dressmaking line, and creates a wonderful attraction. Many hundreds of the latest patterns in hall curtains, tapestries, &c., are to be found in the seventh window. Also a large assortment of Eider down quilts of exquisite patterns. In the eighth window a wonderful display of men's and boy's hats and caps of the latest fashions is made, while in the ninth window a large selection of boy's suits of the latest styles, with men's suits and overcoats, gent's umbrellas suitable for presents, are exhibited. Varieties of scarfs, ties, mufflers, collars, cuffs, shirts, &c., are to be seen in the 10th window. All the window decorations are artistically based and backed, especially the sixth, where the ball dress is exhibited. This window is highly admired by all who witness it. In the fifth window, anyone in search of a suitable Christmas present will have no end of choice from the various articles of different designs which meets the eye. About this window both young and old assemble to witness the musical figure which delights his audience night after night by its mechanical movements and its grotesque appearance. The furnishing department at this well known firm is stocked with rich hall curtains, tapestries, and other requisite goods and materials for furnishing purposes. The various designs combined with the able and artistic manner with which the windows had been set out, shows to the best advantage. In other respects this old establishment is well to the fore. The young men who so ably trimmed and dressed the various windows are to be complimented in their admirable taste and ability, while this renowned establishment more than maintains its prestige of former years. Messrs. Pierce and Williams presents to their customers a splendid almanac, finely executed and suitable for framing.
We come to the last of the drapery establishments, namely the Nelson Emporium. Messrs. Morris and Davies's extensive shops and showrooms are most beautifully and artistically decorated. The interior of the great establishment is dressed with rich curtains of various designs, which are the admiration of the many hundreds who pay a visit there daily. Coming to the windows we find that the first is tastefully dressed up with the leading novelties in silk and felt hats by the well-known manufacturers Messrs. Christys and Co., and Messrs. Townhend and Co., of London; also a grand assortment of Harris-tweeds, Scotch and homespun tweeds, viccunias, serges, meltons, &c., for gentlemen's suits and overcoats. The back of the window is made up with a beautiful assortment of gentlemen's dressing gowns, smoking jackets, &c. In the second window, which is capitally dressed, a large assortment is shown of the newest designs in gentlemen's silk and wool mufflers, scarfs, gloves, braces, collars, cuffs, shirts, wool vests and pants; also, splendid assortment of of travelling rugs, dressing cases, leather and cloth leggings, gaiters, &c. Now we come to the third window, which is a novelty even at the Nelson Emporium. The proprietors have lately added a new department to their extensive establishment, viz, bedstead and furnishing department. In the window you will find a grand assortment of the latest novelties in Chippendale furniture, folding and easy chairs, bamboo ornaments and brackets, and at the back of the window a beautiful brass bedstead, surrounded with all the latest designs in tapestry, cretons, art serges, &c. The satin and silk down quilts give a splendid effect to the scene. The fourth window is well displayed with all the leading novelties in dress materials, suitable for evening wear in pocodile cloths, crepons, veilings, silk and satin meros pongees, silk and wool wraps, gloves, &c. The back ground of the window again gives a splendid effect to these materials, with the latest novelties in cream and white lace, &c., muslin hangings. The fancy department is well represented in the fifth and sixth windows, which are extensively dressed with all the leading novelties for Christmas and New Year's presents, consisting of ladies hand-bags, gloves, silk handkerchiefs, fancy embroidered hosiery, silk and wool wraps, albums, perfumery, dolls, Christmas and New Year cards, books, silk umbrellas, and every description of useful presents. The show-rooms are full of the leading novelties in cloaks, jackets, ulsters, mantles, furs, &c., &c. In addition Messrs. Morris and Davies exhibits in each window a specimen of their presentation almanac. This year their favourite subject is a portrait of our departed townsman, the Rev. John Hughes, D.D. The likeness is about the best we have seen, and the proprietors deserve great credit for bringing out such beautiful pictures which will be welcomed by thousands throughout the Principality. This firm's show, will, undoubtedly, take its place among the best in the Principality, and the young men who had charge of the window deserve a word of praise for the taste they have shown with all the decorations.
The grocers make a capital show with the choicest of necessaries and delicacies, especially the Star Tea Company, Messrs. T. Lewis and Co., Mr. G. Roberts, Bridge-street, Messrs. Evans and Lake, Mr. Joseph Roberts, Mr. Pritchard, Pool-street Market. Mr. J. R. Pritchard's establishment is prettily decorated with bannerettes, and is full of the choicest goods for the season. This extensive establishment ranks amongst the foremost in the grocery line. Mr. R. H. Thomas, Castle House, has a tastily set window, where he displays Italian goods of all kinds.
also come well to the fore with a large assortment of new pipes, cigars, &c. Among them we may note Mr. Williams, Ship and Castle; Mr. C. E. Jones, Bangor-street; Messrs. Evans and Lake, Mr. J. G. Jones, Mr. H. G. Foulkes, Mrs. Parry, Bridge-street, and Mrs. Jones, Pendref.
shops seem to be well stocked with oranges, apples, grapes, &c., those of the Misses Hughes, Eastgate-street; Miss Williams, Bridge-street; Morgan and Sons, Pool-street; W. Ruffles, South Pen'rallt; and Mr. O. Williams, Bangor-street, being much admired.
Captain Owen, Bangor-street; Mr. Edwards, do.; Miss Pritchard, High-street; Mrs. Saddler, do.; Mr. Closs Davies. Pool-street; Mr. J. H. Angel, do.; and Messrs. Evans and Lake exhibits an assortment of Christmas cake, bunloaves, &c., while
display a splendid selection of Christmas cards and other beautiful articles for Christmas presents.
Mr. Hugh Williams, cabinet maker and upholsterer, is exhibiting in his windows a splendid selection of Swiss and ginpere lace curtains for the coming season, together with a tasty array of Japanese tables, flower stands, brackets, overmantels, plush, embroidered folding chairs, and a large assortment of articles suitable for Christmas presents, &c., amongst which being a nicely arranged bamboo writing desk more noticeable for its novelty of design than any thing heretofore seen.
The butchers, as usual, have made heavy and extensive preparations in view of Christmastide. Among the most conspicuous are Messrs. David Evans and Co., Bee Hive, who now, are acknowledged to be among the leading purveyors of meat in the northern part of the Principality. Messrs. Evans exhibited their stock in Castle-square last Saturday, and it was the unanimous opinion of all those who saw it, that it was one of the finest stocks ever seen in the town. It consisted of 19 bullocks, tqo heifers, 95 sheep, and three calves bred by the best and foremost agriculturists in the district, among whom are the names of the Hon. F. G. Wynn, Glynllifon; Messrs. John Jones, Llanfaglan; J. Griffith, Bryn; W. A. Darbishire; G. J. Roberts, Trefarthen; W. Williams, Garneddgoch; Robert Pierce, Treferwydd; H. Clegg, Plas Llanfair; John Evans, Llyslew; H. Lewis, Glangors, Llangwyllog; Owen Lewis, Bodrida; W. Lewis, Glanllyn; Thomas Roberts, Aber; Hugh Williams, Ty Fry; &c. In addition to Messrs. Evans' prime stock of beef and mutton, they exhibit a large number of geese and turkeys. Hundreds of spectators congregate every evening to witness the above grand and exceptional stock offered to the public.