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NOTES FROM ABEB AYRON. The two squads of special constables are being drilled, undergoing hard physical exercises, on two nights in each week. P.C. Davies has proved himself to be an efficient drill master. and disciplinarian. On Monday night, a beautiful moonlight night, the drilling took place in the open, on the Pwll Cam grounds, and the march up the street and by way of Pantteg, of about sixty men, was done in fine style. THE total of the contributions from Aber_ anon to the Prince of Walts fund will amount to an aggregate of £250, perhaps more. Other methods and plans for helping have been and are being sought for and executed. For example, Mrs Evans of Oedan House, has supplied two quilts; Mrs. Evans of Red Lion. one blanket; Mrs Robertson of Oadwgan-place, one quilt and one rug; and Miss Davies of 2, Quay-parade, one quilt, one blanket, and one rug, which have been sent to the proper quartet's in London. Messrs Percy Lloyd. Abel Davies, H. Loyn Pugh, and John Davies, Tailor's Hall, have hit on a very popular idea. They are appealing to every householder to give any article which can be easily dispensed with, for the purpose of organis_ ing a great jumble sale, and the proceeds wiHi be given to tlve Prince OF Wales Fund. There are in most households articles which are unnecesarsy, and in the way. Those are the things sought for in the first- instance. This does not mean that people may net give other goods on which they set a high value. It is an ingenious and interesting plan and it should prove to he highly successful. We townspeople, and thoroughbred T\ elsh men, do not excel in giving men. The more should we, therefore, strive to give money. If we will not fight, we should be willing to help those and their dependents, who are fighting for us. A recruiting meeting was held the other night at the Town Hall. It was a fine, warm, numerously-attended and popular meeting. Sir Edward Pryse, Bart.. raid Mr. Vaughan L^AVIES;- M.P., and Private Hicks, who fought at Mons, were the conspicuous personages, who spoke. A fair representa- tion of speakers from anions: all classes of people forming the inhabitants of Aber- ayVon, also spoke. The appeals for recruits were couched in apt and vigorous terms, and based on un- answerable arguments and facts. Nine men entered the consulting room to inter view the recruiting officer. All honour to them. But it is not expected that one will remain on the list after the sifting is over. No. we are not the people, just now, to produce soldien-s. Mr. D.. Pefinant JJamjes, referring to Sir Edward Pryse, referred to that im- mortal Welsh martial verse—"I Bias Goeerddan." There is not much of the spirit of the song abroad among pure bred, Welsh- speaking Welshmen. The Welshmen of Glamorganshire have a large sprinkling of Bristolians, Forest of Dean men, York- shire men, and Irishmen, etc., among them. Some of the leaders of the Free Churches in ales have raised a protest against what the Bishop of St. Asaph said in the House of Lords to the effect, that whilst the Liberals were disestablishing and dis- endowing the Church in Wales that Church was foremost in sending out soldiers to the war in defence of their country, and in contributing to the relief of suffering caused by the war. The Bishop of St. Asaph has a rare faculty for saying truth which is obnox- ious and untimely. And I don't think the later assertion is warranted.) Judging from the information which passes before a. man's eyes, it is probable that Noncon- formists will be found to have given quite as handsomely, and with equal if not with something more of a sacrificial element in the giving, than the members of the Church of England. .But as to the former assertion, it is only just to confess that whilst the teach- ing of Nonconformity has condemned war the Church of England has not done so. It has been. on the other hand. the patron of the profession and arts of war. It should therefore have grown more soldiers. There is no disgrace to avow that Nonronformists believed that the way to end war was by exercising the spirit of war from each generation of children, and they went about doing it. How then should we be expected to be martial ? And can recruits be started out in two months from a people who have been thus imbued ? We believed in worthy ideals and acted accordingly. Now we W find, that Scotch- men, Englishmen, and Irishmen are before us in guarding our shores from invasion, our lives from destruction, and our homes and possessions from annihilation and we do not feel at all happy. In Cardigan- shire, there is not much to differentiate class or creed in the matter of recruiting. There is nothing that can be character- ised an enthusiasm and spontaneity any- where This war has caused us to think, which I is the best part?—to allow a ruffian Em- peror to subjugate us when the humour takes him, or to fight for our King and country, as we found them. and to die. if needs be in doing so. The mother in the Gogerddan song seemed to think that the latter course was the right one. I was told of a very well-known ladv at Aberystwyth, by her husband, that her younger son asked her one day, And now telli me. mother, are you willing for me to go to the war?" The mother, who knew that the question was coming, and who had been thinking deeply about it, replied "If I were you, my boy, I would go." She evidently belongs to the Gogerddan cult. Mr. Lloyd George has said almost exactly the same thing. Nonconformity has claimed rightfully, in a sense, that it is the-Church of the Welsh nation. Is it willing to take a poor fourth place among the nations, when it comes to the matter of defending our very existence, as a people, and all of what our existence stands for among the nations of the earth ? If it is not willing, then it must revise its polity. Of course, it is open for us to say_when this war is over, there will not be another in our time, and let the future take care of itself. And is it not said, that this war is to be the end of war." It is the Armageddon leading to the millenium. Well, certainly there will be a New Earth and a New Heaven and perhaps we may go on fighting at Eisteddfodau. There will be no more Disestablishment md Disendowment Campaigns, and we may forego soldiering yet.









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