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Home News. CARDIGAN. Nightingales travel as far west as South Cardi- ganshire. They have often been heard in the united parishes of Mount and Vernick, the extreme corner of that county, where a man can almost shake hands with Ireland. The death took place suddenly on Sunday morning of Mrs. Roberts, wife of the Rev. T. E. Roberts, M.A., pastor of Shiloh Welsh Methodist Church, Aberystwyth. Deceased was the only daughter of the late Mr. Humphrey Davies, J.P., of Corris. She was 35 years of age and was married to Mr. Roberts about four years ago. She leaves one son. The funeral took place on Thurs- day at Corris. On Thursday evening the Rev. Evan Evans, pastor of the English Congregational Church at Cardigan died after a long and painful illness. In December he underwent a serious operation at Dr. Brook's private hospital, Swansea, where he remained for two months. Since then he had been confined to his bed at the residence of his parents, the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Evans, Hawen. He was educated for the ministry at Carmarthen College and the University of Edinburgh. The deceased gentleman's ministry was unfortunately of short duration, but it gave promise of a very useful and successful career. His early death is a sad blow to his sorrowing parents, family, and friends, with whom deep sympathy is felt. The funeral took place on Tuesday at Bryngwenith, one of the churches under his father's care. The annual meeting of the General Committee of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Sunday School Union was held at Aberystwyth on Friday night. Delegates were present from all the presbyteries. The Rev. T. Levi presided. Alterations were made in the old rules which were drawn up by Ebenezer Richard, father of the late Henry Richard, M.P., as far back as 1831. The amended rules will be printed and circulated in both Welsh and English. Owing, it is supposed, to the revival interfering with the Bible classes, only 27 candidates entered for the examination. The committee decided to issue in both languages a series of standard books suitable for the young. The Rev. Hugh Williams, of Amlwch, was appointed to prepare a handbook on the Epistles of John, and the Rev. Emlyn Jones, Porth, is appointed to prepare a lesson book on Acts 1-12. On Sunday afternoon the Rev. Timothy Richard, D.D., Chancellor of the Imperial University of Shangtung, China, mandarin of the first rank, addressed the students of the University College, Aberystwyth. Dr. Richard, who is a native of Ffaldybrenin, Carmarthenshire, is at home on holiday after 36 years in China. Some people, he said, thought that they were forcing Christianity upon the Chinese, but that was not the case. In- telligent Chinamen welcomed them, and people who declared otherwise did not know what they were talking about. The Chinese were friendly towards foreigners, and at the Shangtung Uni- 9 versity 400 Chinese were studying on Western lines under Western professors. China was ad- vancing, and he instanced the gift of £ 40,000 made last year towards International Red Cross work. Dr. Richards has contributed largely to China's store of knowledge by his translations of numerous European works. CARMARTHEN. We regret to announce the death of the Rev. David Job, Llanelly, who passed away suddenly at the residence of his son in Mansel Street, Llanelly, on Sunday afternoon. The deceased gentleman had attained the ripe old age of 85, and was one of the oldest Baptist ministers in South Wales. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon. A few months ago it was made known to some of the art critics and collectors of Carmarthen that there was a penurious lady in the town who had in her possession some of David Cox's works, which she was prepared to dispose of at a great sacrifice. One gentleman felt dubious when he heard the price asked for, knowing, as he did, that a genuine Cox was almost worth its weight in gold, and he fought shy, although the pictures were said posi- tively to be signed originals. They were eventually purchased by another Carmarthen connoisseur, who felt highly elated at his good luck. He will not be pleased to learn that a few days ago Sophia Fergusson, 23, spinster, was charged at H udders- field .with obtaining £ 4 by false pretences from H. L. Coates, art dealer, and Jeffreys Fergusson, 49, her father, was accused of being an accessorv before the fact. It was alleged that the female prisoner went into an art shop in Huddersfield and presented pictures as being genuine works of David' Cox. So cleverly did she tell the story of how they came into her possession that the dealer bought them. Subsequently the police found that she had been carrying on a system of similar fraud all over the country, selling pictures signed David Cox in different towns. Prisoners had similar ones in their possession when arrested at Wakefield. The male prisoner had painted the pictures and told the court that no one would expect a genuine David Cox for 64. Both prisoners were remanded. It would be interesting to bring Miss Fergusson and the Carmarthen critic face to face, and also to know whether other South Wales towns can add to the experience. CARNARVON. North Wales will be represented at the National Eisteddfod at Mountain Ash next August by the Z, Eryri Male Voice Choir of Carnarvon, which has entered for the male voice choral contest. Several famous books are associated with Llan- dudno. Alice in Wonderland was written there, and the last chapter of John Inglesant first saw the light at the famous North Wales watering- place. Mr. Alfred Dunlop, the tenor vocalist of Llandaff Cathedral, has been provisionally engaged as one of the artistes at the National Eisteddfod concerts at Carnarvon next year. Mr. Dunlop is a native of Carnarvon, and the people of that town are proud of his achievements. DENBIGH. At a meeting of the Ruthin grouped schools managers yesterday, a discussion arose as to the treatment of children attending the Llanarmon School. Mr. Joseph Davies stated that a large number of these children carried their midday meals with them, and during the dinner hour they swarmed into the adjoining fields and caused con- siderable loss to the farmers through trespass. Dr. J. M. Hughes stated that the children were driven out of school during the dinner hour and had to eat their meals on the roadside, where they were often seen fighting for their food. Several members of the Committee thought that a room should be set aside for the children's use. The clerk was deputed to communicate with the head teacher on the subject. FLINT. Misfortunes never come alone. A painter engaged on a bridge at Rhuddlan, Rhyl, lost his footing and fell into the river. During his tempo- rary absence a valuable cow which was crossing the bridge drank the paint and soon afterwards died. GLAMORGAN. Mr. Walter Hosgood, late locomotive superin- tendent and engineer on the Port Talbot Dock and Railway, left Cardiff on Friday morning for Rhodesia, where he has a similar appointment to fill. Mr. Hosgood, who was accompanied by Mrs. Hosgood and their three children, was very popular in South Wales, and a large number of friends were on the Cardiff platform to see him off. A meeting of the committee appointed by the Cardiff Corporation to select a casket in which to present to the Prince of Wales the scrip conveying to His Royal Highness the honorary freedom of the borough on the occasion of his visit to the town about the end of June, was held 011 Saturday, the Mayor (Alderman Robert Hughes) presiding. Out of numerous designs sent in, that from Mr. H. B. Crouch, Cardiff, was selected, and the order for the casket has been given to him. Thomas Pearce (63), a cowman, in the employ of Admiral Lyons, of Cower, is in Swansea Hospital suffering from serious injuries received in a motor- car accident in Gower. Pearce was driving a water-cart, and his horse swerving, he was thrown off, caught by a motor-car and dragged some dis- tance, sustaining a compound fracture of the right arm, injuries to the left arm and shoulder, and several contusions. It is alleged that the car did not slacken speed or stop. Admiral Lyons has taken the matter in hand and is investigating the incident. A nightingale has turned up quite unexpectedly at a spot some two miles outside Port Talbot. There is no doubt about the bird—it is a real nightingale, as is attested by its notes. As is usual in such cases, large crowds from all the country round go and listen to the bird singing, and, judging by the report, they do not conduct themselves as they ought to. Many of them would, no doubt, be glad to capture the bird, and unless an effort is made to keep people out of the wood where the bird puts up an attempt to catch it may prove successful, or else it may be driven away in dis- gust. It is not often nightingales visit that part of Glamorgan, owing, no doubt, to the bustle and noise and smoke, which make bird-life hardly worth living in the locality. An exciting chase after an escaped prisoner took place in Cardiff on Thursday. A county police-sergeant was conveying a prisoner to the Cardiff Gaol. The man had not been handcuffed, and taking the officer unawares, the prisoner struck him a violent blow in the lower part of the body, doubling him up. The prisoner then ran with all speed through Gaol Lane, and proceeded towards Newport Road. The cries of the officer attracted the attention of scores of passers-by, who imme- diately joined in the chase up Newport Road. The prisoner, however, was a good sprinter, and doubling upon his pursuers ran up Fitzalan Place, closely followed by Mr. Hayes, of Diana Street. The latter quickly overtook him, and detained him safely until the arrival of the officer from whom he had escaped. A plain clothes officer who had also joined in the chase came up just about the same time, and the prisoner who by this time was com- pletely winded was easily handcuffed and taken to the prison. At the meeting of the Cardiff Guardians on Saturday, Mr. O. E. Jones (chairman) presiding, the matter again cropped up of the appointment of chaplains to minister to the Church of England, Roman Catholic, and Nonconformist inmates. A letter was read from the Cardiff Ministerial Union as to the proposed arrangements, and protesting against the principle of chaplains being maintained at the public expense. Anyone appointed in the interests of a denomination should be supported by the denomination and the Union expressed its readiness to co-operate to secure efficient Non- conformist ministrations. Members of the union had gratuitously conducted the services for many years. Mr. C. F. Sanders moved that the decision of the Board arrived at the previous week be rescinded, so far as it referred to the Noncon- formist chaplain. The Chairman pointed out that as they had already advertised, the motion did not seem to be in order, and it would be well to defer consideration of the letter. The Board fell in with this suggestion. MERIONETH. The Congregational churches of the Festiniog district have decided to invite the Welsh Con- gregational Union to hold next year's annual assembly of the Union at Blaenau Festiniog. The invitation will come up for consideration at this year's annual meetings to be held at Tredegar. The West Merioneth Calvinistic Methodists yesterday at Llanfrothen discussed the revival. The Rev. R. Morris (Dolgelly), who opened the debate, said they might trust the spirit of the revival to deal with the difficult questions of theology and science and their inter-relations. Young men who had caught the contagion of the revival would be able to face these problems with- out danger. Nonconformists did not for a moment claim a monopoly of the revival. They rejoiced in the fact that their friends in the Church of England had some of it as well. All the same, the effects of the revival would be to confirm them in the spirit of Nonconformity. There were things in the Church catechism which they could not tolerate, and the revival had made them even less disposed to tolerate them-namely, baptismal regeneration, the sacrificial character of the Eucharist, and priestly absolution. Dealing with the revival in relation to social problems, he advocated the for- mation of institutes and clubs for young working men, to keep them from the temptations besetting them. The result of the discussion was a resolution in favour of encouraging the establishment of public libraries and institutes, and comfortable temperance public-houses with accommodation for man and beast. By a majority the conference decided 1n favour of the principle of making total abstinence a condition of church membership. MONMOUTH. It was recently reported that owing to mining developments at Abercarn the workings of the old pit, where the explosion occurred in 1878, would be traversed, and that there was a possibility that some of the sixty or more bodies left when th'e colhery was flooded might be found. This expectation has been realised, and on Saturday evening the remains of one of the 276 victims of this 27 years' old dis- aster were brought to the surface and placed in the colliery buildings to await an inquiry by the Coroner. Little more than the skeleton remained, and many of the bones were badly broken- Deceased's shoes were in good preservation, but though under ordinary conditions these might have been sufficient for purposes of identification, it 15 not to be expected that they will now furnish a clue to the name of the dead man. While there Is apparently nothing about the remains to aid identifi- cation, it is understood, however, that a list of the bodies, showing their position in the pit, is in the possession of someone in the district, and this may prove of some assistance.