Congregationalism in the Aber Valley. —— A brief review of the Independent cause in the Aber Valley shows at a glance that it has undergone great and important alterations in the last century. At that- time (100 years ago) Senghenith was unheard-of, and Aber was a small village of a score inhabitants, chiefly en- gaged in tanning leather and farming. There was no chapel in the locality nearer than Groeswen, and that was then nothing like the splendid edifice it now is. The earliest record we have of the Independents at Aber is that they congregated at a house no wtenanted by Mr Cook, blacksmith, Aber. The house stands just as old-fashioned as in the days of its chapelhood, and many and fervent were the prayer that ascended from under its roof. Twenty-years later we find this little band of pilgrims under the ministry of the Rev W. Hughes (immortalised by Tawplfryn in h:s recent publication, "Y Tadau Annibynol.") and with Evan Lewis (Evan y Gof) as conduc- tor of sinsring, they were delightfully happy and successful in their heavenward journey. If was a matter of duty to attend Groeswen each Sunday morning, after which a Sunday School and evening service were held at the hcuse above-mentioned. It may interest some t!) know that Groeswen was at that time com- posed of three branch-churches, viz., Nant- garw, Aber, and Gkuitaf. The last, however. has declared itself independent of the others fo- many years. Following the death of Mr Hughes, a unanimous call was given to the Rev Moses Rees, Pencader, some of whose children a' present reside at Caerphilly. Under his ministry there was n. decided revival for the little band at Aber was considerably increased and soon the whole neighbourhood felt the in- fluence of the "Shepherd of Groeswen." Chief among the members at, Aber then were per- haps Mr P. Phillips, Garth Farm; Mr Thos. Meyrick, Mr and Mrs Thomas. Gelli Farm, and Mr Hopkin Smith, Cwrtycelyn, the descen- dants of all of whom still inhabit the neigh- bourhood. The house-chapel became too small flJ" the crowded congregations, and through the generosity of Mrs Francis, Abertridwr—a trnly religious la(Ir-a piece of ground was secured on leasehold terms, and a chanel was built on the same spot as Adulam now stands. It was a common sight to see the minister, mcunted on his pony, traversing miles upon miles of ground, and delivering several sermons ft places miles apart on the same day. Death robbed Groeswen of their master after a very successful ministry, and be was succeeded by the Rev W. Caledfryn Williams, Caernarvon, whose poetry and bardie work outlives him as memento of his greatness. Under his power- ful ministry there was no abatement in the religious improvement of the neighbourhood, and a whole nation of Cymry deplored his loss, and revered his memory by the erection of a tomb and monument in the Groeswen Church- yard. Some years ago a dastardly attempt was made by someone to deface the monument by smelting the cupreous metal, of which it is composed. Needless to say their efforts were frustrated, but it is a pity the perpetrators have never been discovered for punishment. Caledfryn died, and left the church in- a flourishing condition for his successor, the Rev William Nicholson. The preachings of Nichol- son fully maintained the reputation of Groes- wen, and the chapel at Aber became too small, with the result that it was extended in 1865 to its present capacity. Hundreds flocked from far and wide to enjoy his spiritual teachings, and never was a loss more severely felt than when it was known that Mr Nicholson had accepted a more lucrative post at Liverpool. Consequent on -his departure, a unanimous call was given the Rev Caleb Tawelfryn Thomas —the present minister. As conscientious in ,his duty and assiduous in his efforts to main- tain the high reputation of Groeswen, Mr Thomas has excellently succeeded, for the chapel debt-about 9600--exigting at his ordi- nation, has been swept away; and the outlook of his ministerial career is of the brightest. The congregation at Aber for some years has been decidedly weak for the want of popula- tion chiefly, for the membership of Adulam has always held the upper hand over its old and honourable rival—the church at Bglwys-' ilan. When sinking operations commenced at Senghenydd the congregation at Aber was con- siderably augmented. Senghenith having then n i place of worship. Under iOO guidance of the Rev C. Tawelfryn Thomas, a cause was commenced at Senghenith, and known as Noddfa. This was supported by Mr David Thomas, manager, and has succeeded, though against other sects, to such an extent, that the Noddfa, recently built, stands out as one of the best of the 5,000 Congregational churches in England and Wales. The members have not yet decided upon a minister. The sink- ing of the Windsor pits at Aber have, of course naterially assisted the cause at Adulam,which, so far, is the only place of worship in the im- mediate neighbourhood. With the coming of Messrs W. Brace and M. Morgan from Groes- wen to Aber, it was found advisable to discon- tinue the weekly walk to Groeswen on Sunday mornings on the plea that Adulam was now strong enough to conduct its own affairs. Con- sequently a radical reformation has taken place. Deacons have been appointed, a church secretary and conductor of singing selected, and under the new role, things seem to be on a fair way to success. Communion services ere now held at Adulam. and a movement is on foot to purchase the necessary plate. Miss E. A. Miles, the organist, has been assiduous in her efforts to collect the finances for the same, and the result of her labours have been crowned with success. This new departure is likely to better the prospects of the Independents in Aber,, so much so that a deputation has already been appointed to secure the site for the erection of a substan. tia' edifice when the congregation has increased to such an extent as to render it necessary. Further, a, gentleman, who, in an official capacity, has great interests in the neighbour- hood, and who has but recently become known t, the inhabitants, has from purely religious, and generous motives gratuitously offered to light the new Adulam with electricity. This, in itself, should act as a stimulus to the mCIll bers associated with the cause at Aber. to strive and combine together for a glorious undertaking. We hope to be in a posi- tion ere fong to publish in the "Free Press" an account of the fulfilment of this excellent dona- tion, and also to state that CongregtitiQnalism at Aber is flourishing far above v hat it has ever rewhcl (K?ore.
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.1. TviLsS LIZZIE AUSTIN, R.A.M. Miss Austin, who is ;i, bronze and silver medallist of the Royal Academy, her debut in Rhondda music circles on Thursday evening last at Pentre. As the st-ar she proved the leading feature of the even- ing., and her initial appearance was marked with unprecedented success. Her renderings of "When the heart is young" (Bach) and "The Holy City" (Adams) proved important features of the miscellaneous portion, while her per- formance in the cantata which followed, stamped her as a really clever soprano, sur- mounting all difficulties with ease. There is no questioning Miss Austin's ability as a singer, and her sweet, powerful and effective voice, charmed the audience to an unlimited degree. She evidently has a bright future before her. .O"
Oddfellowship at Caerphilly. PRESENTATION TO A SECRETARY. No little town within the British Isles has a higher appreciation of the benefits of Frieuoly Society than ancient Caerphilly* This is the home of the mother-lodge of of the most important districts in the Order, namtiy the Saint Cenydd Lodge, homed at (he Castle Hotel. Both financially and ill membership very few lodges will stand com. pitison with it. Another successful lodgei. 11, Caerphilly Castle Lodge, an healthy off. spring of the St. Cenydd, which has a member- ship of upwards of 120 members, all good, on books. On Saturday night this fraternity held a very interesting meeting for the pur- Pose of presenting their late sercretary, Mr J'hn Evans, mechanic, who has left the placfi j 11 follow his occupation at Neath. The pre- sentation consisted of a gold albert chain with appendant, bearing the inscription "1.0.0., y Presented to Mr John Evans in recog" I" mtion ot lIS years' service as secretary to the 1; Caerphilly Castle Lodge." The presentation was made to the recipient by Bro. Robert Bronghton, N.G. of the lodge. Mr Evans, with deep emotion, returned thanks for the valuable present, and would always look afi il with feelings of gratitude and fraternal love tj the Caerphilly Castle Lodge, This inter- esting function was preceded by a capital spread. served in grand style by Hostess and Hostess C. Jones, Subsequently, Dr Thomas, the medical officer of the lodge, was elected to the presidential chair for the evening, and Bro. John Gibbon, P.P.G.M. to the vice-chair. The doctor thanked them for the compliment that had been paid him by electing him as their president for the evening. The fird duty he would have to perform was to ask them to drink the health of the "Queen," and all the Members of the Royal Family." He I bad no doubt but that they would readily and loyally respond to that toast. At once they a'l rose to their feet and drank most loyallyfi Mr Tommy Rowland singing the National Anthem, the company taking up heartily the refrain. The toast of "The Press," was given in eulogistic terms by Mr John Gibbon, P.P.G.M., with which was coupled the name of Mr H. Lloyd (Castellydd), and was drunlf with musical honours. The veteran replied in grateful terms. "Our Guest, was next pro- posed by the chairman, which was responded to with musical honours. Mr Evans, in feel- ing terms, returned thanks, and expressed his sorrow at having to leave the neighbourhood, as he had been an Oddfellow for 35 years, and their secretary for 18 years. Tie hoped they would excuse him in not making a speech as his feelings had overwhelmed him.P.P.G.M. Hopkin Enoch, as a member of the St. Cen. ydd Lodge, said that his lodge bad taken much interest in the presentation, and had deputed two members to attend at the ex- pense of the lodge. He was very sorry to find that they were not present. He could bear testimony to Mr Evans' ability and fidelity, as he had on many occasions the honour and privilege of auditing the books, and found with his auditing brother that all were well done and correct." "The Trade of CecmhiHy" came next, -d Mr Tom Rees, jroc»rt and Mr Morgan, timber merchant., resp&uled,! dealii*g rrith the glowing prospects of tha place through the erection of the RhymneJ Railway sheds, etc. The vice-chairman, in glowing peroration, proposed the health of ) "Our Medical Officer," and treated on th. eminent services he had rendered to the lodge in their committees, and at the auditing of the books. Whenever his services were rf- quired he was always ready and willing. Ttio toast was received with great enthusiasm aBl musical honours. Dd Thomas replied tbftf Ite was very thankful to Mr Gibbon for the manner In which he had propose*, hb 2;ealth- He was very pleased to think that ne was afll OddfeUow and a member of the Carr^nBf Castle Lodge. No doubt each one or irkow could ob something to promote the interest of Oddfellowship in the place, H* thanked them for the hearty manner in which they responded to the toast. "The Host and Rostev" was the last toast of the eveninil. and was drunk again with iuasi<*al honours. Mr Jones returned thanks on behalf of Mr* Jones &ad himself, and hoped to meet theaat again on similar occasions. Several addresses were delivered during the evening refexsing to Mr Evans' departure from the place, and his faithful services to the lodge, by Messrs R. Broughton, N.G., H. Enoch, P.P.G.M., E Hill, W. Morgan, T. Rees, and P.P.G.M. John Gibbon. Some capital songs were given by Messrs H. Wigley, Sengbeoydd; William Rowlands, J. Gibbon, D. Davies, Alfred Evans. Arthur Rossi tier. J. W. S. Evane, Mf W. Aston, our local Vance, convulsed the com- pany with his inimitable rendering of -iittu JJfnmy Murphy," and a most convivial meek ingwaa brought to a dose by singing Mg- WLtd fy Nhadan" and tie National Anthem.
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Unwholesome Milk. SENGHENYDD VENDOR FINED UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH ACT. At the Caerphilly Police Court on Tuesday -before Mr C. H. James and Mr David Da- vies-Lot John, Park Newydd Farm, Seng- henydd, was prosecuted by the Caerpbilly Urban District Council under Section 116 and 117 of the Public Health Act, 1875, for being the person in possession of milk who exposed it for sale, it being unwholesome." Mr W. Spickett, solicitor, Caerphilly, ap- peared for the prosecution, and Mr George David, Cardiff, defended. In opening the case Mr Spickett said there had been 39 cases of diphtheria at Senghen- ydd, and in 31 of those cases the milk had been supplied by the defendant. Mr George David objected to this state- ment, as his client was only prosecuted for thj milk being unwholesome. Mr Spickett replied that this was evidence ti* show generally that the milk was unwhole- some. He would show that the milk con- tained bacilli, which were indistinguishable from diphtheria germs. Mr E. T. Morgan, sanitary inspector to the District Council. stated that he took a sample of the milk sold by defendant on the 9th February, at the same time informing him it was for the purpose of analysis, as the milk was very suspicious. He also told him that was the third sample he had taken, and if it proved to be alright it would be so much thf better for defendant. Witness took the sample to a magistrate, Dr Maurice Evans, whn ordered it to be so disposed of as to pre. vent it being exposed for sale. The magisw trate also gave him a certificate stating that from the evidence given the milk appeared to birr to be .unwholesome. Witness then took the sample to the County bactenologist. Cross-examined: He thought the milk was unwholesome owing to the number of cases of diphtheria he had found in houses where this milk was taken. He could not prove that that sample had caused diphtheria, but he tlicught it was unwholesome owing to its bad colour. He could not say what had caused diptheria; he would leave it to the medical gentlemen. He had no knowledge that Seng- henydd was in a bad sanitary state. The drainage did not enter the stream at Seng- henydd, but below the village. He did not know that the schools were in an insanitary condition, nor was he aware that they were damp. Dr T. W. Thomas, medical officer of health, said that out of 39 cases of diphtheria in Senghenydd he found that in 31 cases the sup- ply of milk was obtained from the defendant. Hlu submitted the report of the county bac- teriologist, who certified that he had exam- j ined the sample of the milk, and he found germs morphologically indistinguishable from the Klebs Loffler, and also staphy'orochus pyogenes aurens and albus were isolated. The sample was also pronounced as very suspicious. Mr Tbomas Bowhill, F.R.C.V.S., Conntv bacteriologist. supported his report in evi- dence. Mr George David: Did you find diphtheria gemsP-1 found germs which were morpho- tcgiesilr indistinguishable from diphtheria germs. Did you find diphtheriaP-W, but T found germs morphologically indistinguishable from diphtheria germs. For the defence Mr David submitted on a point frf law that in order to obtain a convic- tion the prosecution should prove that the man knew the milk was unwholesome, or that be had not exercised reasonable precautions in carrying on his business. How was a man in the defendant's position to know the milk was unwholesome? The prosecution Lad thrown it at him that there wAs a large amount of diphtheria existing in the district served by the defendant, but he thought they could not prove the diphtheria was caused by the milk his client sold. Instead of the 31 cases sug- geeted, and which could not be proved, there were only four cases in the houses of people served by defendant, and there the drains had been condemned. The probability was that the diphtheria had been caused by bad drains. He submitted that as the magistrate ha-l not had ocular demonstration of the state of the milk he could not have condemned it, and on that ground the prosecution must fail. Lot John, the defendant, then gave evi- dence, and said he had no knowledge that anything was wrong witk the milk. 8hortly after Christmas be saw the Inspector, who' told him that Dr Thomas had received the report from London, and that nothing wrong could be found Wfu. it. The inspector also examined the OPWB, and said he was satisfied with them, the sheds, and the drainage. The presout sample wae f-taken on the 9th Febru- ary. Be (defendant) had taken every precan- tior to see nothing was wrong with the cows' or milk, In the four eases of deaths which occurred at the houses of people where he supplied milk, in three cases the drainage had stopped before the diptheria broke out. He met the Inspector otbere, wbo tpld.,bim the drainage had stopped. Five pther persons step sold milk in Senghenydd, and there bad been cases of sickness at houses where he had not supplied milk. Croaa-exanuned: He admitted, ■ selling milk to 13 houses where diphtheria existed, in whieh four cases proved SWAL' ..1 After a long retirement, Mr C. H- Jamee, the p^sidlog TpglBtrste, said: fa this case we find the caae is proven, and we convict the defendant. Be wiD bave to pay £ 2 and costs. Speaking pememnY,, JI, -BPPQ he will under. stand- &a £ wi) don* recognise that is what tha case deserves, bat it is liis first offenoe, We hope it win be a warning, and we make it low."
Assault in a Coal Mine, FIREMAN WOUNDED AT TYLORSTOWN. On Thursday last, at the Porth Police Court (before His Worship the Stipendiary, Alder- Kian W. H. Matthias, and Dr Parry) two bro- thers, labourers, at the No. 8 Pit, Tylcrstown Collieries, named Christopher and William ■ Hcdson, were charged with wounding William Hopkins, a fireman at the mine, eariy that n.orning. Prosecutor appeared m Court with his head bandaged and a plaster irn his nose. M-* Tom Phillips, Pontypridd, defended both brothers. As the cases against the brothers consisted of two separate and distinct assaults the charges were heard separately, the defen- dant Christopher being beard first. When -called prosecutor said he was a fireman at the Tylowtown No. 8 Pit Colliery. About ten minutes to four that morning he went on his titual round, and upon coming -to the defen- dant's stall he found it in a very dirty state, and there was a tram of rubbish there un- loaded. He went to an adjoining ttall a little further down and found the defendant there j with some workmen. He asked the defendant why he had not unloaded the tram. Defen- dant replied that it had been brought in by the haulier too late for him to unload it, stat- ing that it was twenty minutes to four when it was brought in. Prosecutor said it had been brought in at half-past, three. Defendant was asked to unload the tram. but refused. Wit- ness told him that unless he obeyed orders be should not be paid for that turn. Defendant said, "t can claim half a turn. I am not going to listen to your orders; I will listen to the overman. Prosecutor thereupon told him not to come again to the colliery, and in his tem- per pushed defendant, causing him to fall against a wall. A scuffle ensued, both falling tj the ground, wihlst in that position defen- dant called for his brother William, and one o* the men standing near ran to fetch him. After appearing on the scene he joined in the melee, and prosecutor was struck on the nose Hi could not say which of the brothers bad stmek him. In the cross-examination by Mr Phillips, pro- secutor said he had been a fireman at the col- liery for a week only. and was consequently not accustomed to these particular men. He nc,ke to the defendant Christopher for five minutes. before getting into a temper. He pushed defendant against the wall, but did not d) anything to him. Mr Phillips: Didn't yon catch hold of him by the throat? Prosecutor: No. I might have given him a little squeeze perhaps. P.C. Points, who arrested both defendants, stated that when charged, Christopher admit- ted having struck the prosecutor on the noae. William "I struck him with the lamp be- cause he had my brother down." 4The case against William Hodson was then hoard, in which he was charged with wound- ing prisoner on the head with a lamp near the bottom of the pit. This assault was alleged to fcava taken place when defendants were on their way out of the colliery. Whilst Christo- pher was having words with prosecutor Wil- ham rushed on and said, "Where is the ? Let me have him; I'll squash him. Advancing to where prosecutor stood, he struck him vio- lently on the head with his safety lamp, and h. was stunned by the blow. The doctor after- wards put. two stiches in the cut, which was inflicted. Dr Morris, Tylorstown, stated that he ex- amined the prisoner that morning, and found on his head an inciifvl wound one and a half inches long penetrating to the bone. He put two stitches in it. There was a larwrated wound on the nose, in which he had put one stich. Some instrument must, have been used to cause the wound on the head. A knuckle blow might, have caused the wound on the nose. Recalled by the Stipendiary, prosecutor said he did not know how the injury to the nose was caused, but he imagined he had been struck by something sharp. He was unable to see because the light from the lamps was rather (iiiii, having been burning all night. The Stipendiary remarked that the case of striking with the lamp mush go to the Quarter Sessions, but. the Bench were prepared to deal with the other if the defendant Christo- )-her T.To,cTi to be tried thkt day. Mr Phillip* sn:d Mint that was his client's' Thereupon defendant was called to give evi- dence, and also a workman named George Ackwood, who witnessed the assault. In summing up the Stipendiary remarked that Hopkins had undoubtedly committed an. urdawful act by pushing the defendant Christo- pher in the stall, but this did not justify him in attacking him as he did. The subsequent history of the case showed that both workers were determined to have it out with Hopkins. Thf first affair was not an aggravated one, and they did not consider an instrument had been used to inflict the wound. Had Hopkins not forgotten himself in the first instant, the row would never have taken place at all. They had determined to fine Christopher 91 and costs, amounting to £1 18s 6d. William, charged with striking prosecutor with a lamp, would be committed to take his trial at the coming Quarter Sessions. He was admitted to bail in the sum of 20 himself,, and two surties of f.10 each.
The Rhondda Choir in the North The above choir paid a. visit to Huddera- field on Tuesday last in connection with the subscription concerts held in that town. This is the first time for the choir to come into touch with Huddersfield people since that memorable occasion when they met in conflict at the Albert Hall, London, where the Bud. aersfield Choir and the Rhondda Choir shared the premier honours, in the Eisteddfod of 1887. Considerable interest was, therefore, centred in their visit to the town by their fcrmer rivals. The programme given was of a miscellaneous character, both English and Welsh choruses being given, and it was rather surprising to find that they sung better in English than in Welsh. The item which met with the greatest approbation was Ambrose Thomas' descriptive chorus, "The Tyrol," The "Huddersfield Examiner" says of ita render- ing "The singing was a grand specimen of musical /Kora-^auicu^, iufl of breezy atmos- phere, expanse, and colouring, strong in the description of "mountains, waters, and wild shaggy wood.' sweet in the echoing melodious jcdel, marvellously effective in the expression o' wild terror and vividness in the pourtrayal of the storm, and delightful in the lightsome gaiety of the dance measure of the closing strains of rejoicing." Of Tom Stehens, the ecnductor, it says: "He has many good ideas, in regard to dramatic expression and descrip- tiveness, as shown by the singing of the choir, and had his men under perfect obedience to his excellent beat, and there was never anything wanting on the score of unity and smartness of attack, clean-cut determination, shading, or oneness in the delivery of Rallontandos." After the concert th., choir was entertained a- the George Hotel, by the Huddersfield Glee and Madrigal Society, when the Mayor (Alderman W, H. Jessop) gave the toast, "Health, Wealth, and Success to the Rhon- ddp Choir," which was drunk with musical honours. Mr Stephens replied, and referred t., the high esteem with which Huddersfield singers were held in Wales. Songs and glees were afterwards sung by both parties, the Rhondda Choir singing, amongst others, "The L*d of my Fathers," At the conclusion, the party visited the Liberal Club, where they again met witb a most hearty reception.
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