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Robertstown. OUTING.—On Wednesday the mem- bers of Salem Sunday School had their annual outing to Swansea. The members of the local lodge of the I.O.R. also visit- ed the same place. "ADVICE TO MOTHERS."—Are you broken in your rest by a sick child suffer- ing with the pain of cutting teeth? Go at once to a chemist, and get a bottle of MRS. WINSLOW'S SOOTHING SYRUP. It produces natural, quiet sleep by reliev- ing the child from pain, and the little sherub awakes as bright as a button." Contains no Poiscnous Ingredient. Of Ml Chemists. 1/1! per bottle.
Cwmbach. Two of the best-« Rubi and Rum- mie." Grand Summer Drinks. Whole- sale from H. McLaren, Trecynon. BRYN SEION.—Prayer meetings were held at this chapel on Sunday last. The organ was presided over in the morning by Mr. Brychan Williams, while in the evening Mr. Robert Jones, a visitor from Conway, played a beautiful voluntary at the close of the service.
Aberaman. KEEP MOVING, & WHEN DOING SO emplov J. W. Hek's Furniture Van. ANY DISTANCE. 42, GLOUCESTER STREET, ABERDARE. N.A.U.S.A.—On Monday evening last a joint meeting of the Aberdare and Aber- aman Branches of the Shop Asslsant;3 Union was held at the Public Institute. Mr. Gwilym Thomas, Aberdare, took the chair, and several matters of interest were discussed. POPULAR LECTURES COMMITTEE. —The selection of the final list of lectures was,as follows:-(I) Miss Bertha Moore, Our National Songs—English, Welsh, Scotch, and Irish." (2) Mr. Alexander Watson, Humorous and dramatic re- citals." (3) Mr. W. H. Garrison, "Vol- canoes, and the new theory and (4) Mr Frank Stevens, "Prehistoric people and their ways." FOOTBALL.—A meeting was held on Friday evening to consider the advisabili- ty of forming a 4th Division of the Glam. League in Aberdare Valley. The convener was Mr. E. H. Rees, Cwmbach, who is a member of the management committee of the League. Mr. J. H. Jones, Godreaman, occupied the chair. There were representatives present from the Aberaman Wanderers, Aberaman Windsors, Cwmbach Crescents, Mountain Ash Crusaders, and the Aberdare Church Team. It was unanimously decided to form a 4th Division, and this decision will be referred to a further meeting of the Glam. League. QUIET WEDDING. A very quiet wedding was solemnized on Wednesday last at the Parish Church, Ystradgyn- lais,. The contracting parties were Miss Anna Davies, eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas Davies, Hendreladis, Ystradgyn- lais, and Mr. Willie Evans, 78, Brock- street, Aberaman (formerly of Rose-row, Cwmbach). The bride, who was neatly attired, was given away by her father, and Mr. T. Howell Davies, the bride's brother, acted as best man. After the nuptial knot was tied, the party repaired to the bride's home, where the wedding breakfast was partaken of. Later the happy couple left for Swansea, where the honeymoon is being spent. Many useful presents and cheques have been received.
Mountain Ash. OVERWOUND.—On Friday afternoon a rather serious case of overwinding oc- curred at the Deep Duffryn Colliery. The cage full of men was taken up into the sheaves and one man fell out and was slightly injured. ST. JOHN AMBULANCE.-The Moun- tain Ash Corps were up for drill at the Drill Hall on Monday evening, with Captain Cooper putting the members through their facings. Several new re- cruits put in an appearance. The Corps is asking for a benefit performance from the Workmen's Institute Committee. PARISH CHURCH.—There were cele- brations of Holy Communion in St. Margaret's Church last Sunday morning at 8 and 11 o'clock. The celebrant on each occasion was the Rev. J. Sinnett Jones, M.A., assisted by the Rev. J. Aur- elius, B.A. At Matins the Kyrie Eleison was sung to Mendelssohn's setting from the Elijah; the Te Deum to Oakley's quadruple chant, and the Benedictus to Garret. The evening service was con- ducted by the Vicar, who preached from I St. Luke xviii., 14. RETURN OF THE TERRITORIALS. —On Sunday afternoon the Mountain Ash Detachment of the 5th Welsh Terri- torials returned from Camp. The annu- al training has this year been more business-like and less of a holiday. The work done by the detachment is highly spoken of, and has won praise on all sides. The officers were Lt. Col. M.organ Morgan commanding; Capt. F. N. Gray, Capt. Gwilym A. Evans, Lt. David Mor- gan, Lt. R. Dowdeswell, Lt. -Arnold Evans, and Lt. Windsor Prichard-Evans. The Mountain Ash Volunteer Band (Mo. W. Greenwood conducting) played inci- dental music during the wait, and then iilaved the soldiers back to the Drill Hall. FUNERAL.—The interment of the mortal remains of Mrs. Mary Mellin, relict of Mr. Thomas Mellin, 28, Victoria- street, Miskin, took place at Caegarw Cemetery last Saturday afternoon. The deceased lady was 73 years of age, and was an old and respected inhabitant of the district. The Rev. D. E. Roberts, M.A., conducted the service at the house and the graveside. The chief mourners were: Mr. Morgan Mellin (son), Mr. and Mrs. John Rosser, daughter and son-in- law; Mr. and Mrs. David Mellin, son; Mr. Thomas Mellin, son; Mr. Samuel Mellin, son; Mr. and Mrs. James GilJard, sister-in-law; Miss Lizzie Rosser, Mrs. Weekes, Mrs. Esther Edwards, sister-in- law, Penygraig; Mr. Samuel Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bartlett, Mr and Mrs. John Gillard and Maggie (grand- daughter). Floral tributes were received from Mr. and Mrs. John Rosser and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Gillard and family, and the neighbours. The coffin was polished with brass fittings, and the was polished with brass fittings, and the funeral was furnished throughout by Mr Frank Mills.
Cwnrsdare* Two of the best-a Rubi" and Rum- mie." Grand Summer Drinks. Whole- sale from H. McLaren, Trecynon. KEEP MOVING, & WHEN DOING SO employ J. W. Hek's Furniture van. ANY DISTANCE. 42, GLOUCESTER STREET, ABERDARE. WEDDING.—A very pretty wedding took place at Nebo (B.) Chapel on Thurs- day last. The contracting parties were Mr. J. H. Eynon, 33, Chapel-street, Aber- aman, and Miss Mary Phillips, Cwm- aman, the well-known soprano. The best man was Mr. J. Griffiths, Trecynon. Misses Maggie M. Roberts and Mary A. Nicholas acted as bridesmaids. The bride was charmingly attired in a lovely heliotrope dress with hat to match. The Rev. W. A. Jones, pastor of Nebo, was the officiating minister. After the cere- mony the wedding party repaired to No. 3, Bwllfa Dare-terrace, where a sumptu- ous wedding breakfast was partaken of. There were present, in addition to the afore-mentioned, Mr. Edwin Eynon. the bridegroom's father, and Mr. David W. Phillips, the bride's brother.
Trecynon. Two of the best-a Rubi" and "Rum- mie." Grand Summer Drinks. Whole- sale from H. McLaren, Trecynon. WEDDING.—On Sunday, July 31st, at Bethel Cong. Chapel, the nuptials of Mr Thomas Edward Davies, 4, Mount Pleas- ant-terrace, Miskin, and Miss Martha Howells, 16, Harriet-street, Trecynon, took place. The Rev. E. J. Gruffydd, pastor of Bethel, performed the ceremony in the presence of Mr. G. G. Jones, registrar. A MEETING will be held to-night (Thursday) at 7 o'clock at the Park View Restaurant in Hirwain Road for the pur- Pose of inaugurating a branch locally of the Smallholders' League. All interest- ed in gardening, poultry keeping, small holdings, and kindred subjects are hear- tily invited to attend, when the benefits of the league will be fully explained. ACCIDENT. On Thursday morning last a sad accident befel Wm. Williams, a young man employed as a collier at Nantmelyn Pit. Whilst at work a large stone fell upon him, and after being taken to his home in Llewelyn-street, Dr. Banks found that the poor man had fractured both legs.
I Aberdare. FOR ARTIFICIAL TEETH visit Mac Cormack's Consulting Rooms, 2, Cardiff Street, Aberdare. Two of the best—" Rubi and Rum- Biie." Grand Summer Drinks. Whole- sale from H. McLaren, Trecynon. KEEP MOVING, & WHEN DOING SO employ J. W. Hek's Furniture Van. ANT DISTANCE. 42, GLOUCESTER STREET, ABERDARE, UNRIVALLED. The Smart Up-to- date Suits, from 19s. 6d., obtained at J. A. Evans's, the Noted Hat Shop, Top of Canon-street, are the talk of the Aber- dare Valley. NUPTIALS.—On Tuesday, August 2nd. fit the English Wesleyan Church, Aber- dare, Mr. Wm. Eastope Watkins, Ponty- capel Road, Cefncoed, was united in Patrimony to Miss Eliz. Jane Hancock, of the same place. The Rev. W. Calvert officiated, and Mr. G. G. Jones, registrar, ""as present. TABERNACLE. — "The desire and Power to interpret the experiences and ^ntis of life" was the theme of the Rev. J. Morgan Jones's address from the Mpit of Tabernacle on Sunday evening. We differed, said he, in our desire and Power to explain these events. Our life ""as made or marred by the meaning we Placed on them. TRINITY.—" As I have loved you |J°hn 15, 12) was the text, and Christian °Ve" was the subject of an inspiring ,sermon delivered from the pulpit of rinity English C.M. Church on Sunday truing last by the popular pastor, Rev. Lewis Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins defined he nature and characteristics of Christ- lall love. There were, he said, men and ^v°iUeii who loved the heathen and who ^°v<xl the denizens of the slums. They not merely take a polite interest in j ei»- There was a spontaneous, passive which, was inspired by something in j 6 object. But Christian love meant OVing those who were unlovable. It was ellthusiasm-a passioii, powerful and lntense. TROOPS' RETURN. — The Aberdare fo^torialists returned home, after a lo^iffht of camp life, on Sunday last, fiv in» healthy and bronzed. They ar- anr?d at the T.V.R, Station about 4 p.m., rn headed by the Band, paraded the *Wr/treets' finally entering the Ar- sSj ELVAN'S.—At this Church on horning there was a choral cele- ^l<v,a°n the Holy Communion sung to Jl^e (harmonized by Stainer). The 'At+i, Jones, B.A., was celebrant. ■siiTi ? ^ening service the Canticles were •T0r^ to Smart in F, and the Rev. W. H. s a"ain officiated. CONC-E,-RTS.-On. Sunday Va„ 5 ?Uccessful sacred pictorial concert 5a»cTe at the Market Hall by Messrs, the popular entertainment cat«r- several magnificent pictures were Old PP the Bioscope, including "In thfy "a Ifornia," a The Thread of Des- "The Drama of the Reef." Vjg^ ^tural-colour pictures, "Paving m Japan" (which was shown to Natin) pP^iment of a popular Japanese j/nelody), and "The Woman of la' were greatly appreciated. Mr Tom Casey, the clever whistling artiste, gave a brilliant rendering of "They were singing 'Home, sweet home.' Miss Tre- vanioii sari- On the Banks of Allan Water." Appropriate incidental music was played by the orchestra. "THE TRUANTS." In the above comedy, which is presented by Messrs. Jay and Mann, by special arrangement with that famous actress, Miss Lena Ashwell, at the New Theatre this week, the audiences are given a splendid treat. The dramatic situations are verv inter- esting. As "Freda Saville," Miss Molly Tremaine is a huge success, whilst Mr. T. A. Shannon as Bill Chetwood rare- ly fails to delight, and his humorous sallies are well brought forth. Miss Elmie Kemp is very entrancing as "Pamela Gray," whilst little Miss Doro- thy Booth as Jack Carstairs" is never uninteresting. The remainder of the parts are well portrayed by Miss Mildred Orme, Miss Rita Trekelle, Miss Marie Scharning, and Messrs. 0. Powis Grif- fiths, Frank Danby, Geo. Martlery, and others. The scenery, furniture, and the costumes are all very pretty and elabor- ate. It is a clever society play.
Godreaman. CHURCH OF CHRIST. The local delegates to the annual general meeting of the Churches of Christ held at Liver- pool last week, return with a glowing ac- count or the conferences held. The, first was a Temperance Conference, at which the question was discussed, "Has the Church of Christ a Divine Mandate to light the Drink Traffic?" In the even- ing a public meeting in support of Tem- perance was held at the Y.M.C.A. Build- ings, when speeches were delivered bv Messrs. G. Y. Tickle, Geo. Ellis (Liver- and GK B. Wilson (secretarv of the U.K. Alliance). In the meantime the bisters of the Churches had held confer- ences, at which Mrs. Henderson, Man- chester, and Mrs. J. Crockett, Leeds, pre- sided, the chief speakers being Mrs Clark and Mrs. Bambury, Leicester. The conference proper was introduced by Mr. G. Y. Tickle. A splendid presidential address was delivered by Mr. Geo. Nicol. Dunfermline, and in the discussion on a Home Missions" held later, Mr. Web- ley, Merthyr, gave an excellent address, in the course of which he said that the best • missionary was the Lord Jesus Christ, and we were exhorted for both public and private work to look to Him. Further conferences were held, at which discussions on Foreign Missions Sunday Schools work, and other spheres of ac- tivity, proved very interesting. The annual returns secured from all parts of the Kingdom showed that there were 194 churches, with 14,822 members, being an increase of 3 churches and 333 member- on the previous year. It was decided to hold the next conference at Leicester.
Cwmaman. PRIZE-WINNERS. Last Sundav night, at Moriah Aman Cong. Chapel, a presentation, was made to three prize- winners in an examination held by the North Glamorgan Cong. Union. One of these. Edith Morgan, was of exceptional merit, reaching the maximum of 100 marks, and obtaining the special com- mendation of the examiner. In a lower grade another first prize was given to Catherine Elizabeth Thomas, whc ob- tained 96 marks out of a possible 100. A second prize in this grade was won bv Blodwen. Morgan, who got 92 marks. A book prize was also given to five little girls, who won a high number of marks in the last named grade: Priscilla Jones, S3 marks; Elizabeth Jane Jones, 74; Broii-wen Phillips, 72; Margaret Jane Bushen, 72; and Sarah Jane Rees, 72. The book prizes were given by their teacher, Mr. T. Charles Morgan, and the Congregational Union prizes by Mr Rees Phillips, Sunday School treasurer.
Abercwmboi. KEEP MOVING. & WHEN DOTNG SO emplov J. W. Hek's Furniture Van. ANY DISTANCE. 42, GLOUCESTER STREET, ABERDARE. BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS .—The P.D. Co. are erecting two grand villas on Blaencwmboi Road. They will be used as residences for the officials of the Company's Colliery at Abercwmboi. BETHLEHEM Y.P.S.—An instructive and educative paper upon H St. John" was read by Mr. Levi Davies on Sunday morning last. Messrs. Dan Isaac (who presided), Wm. R. Griffiths, and Isaac Isaac made comments.
Scripture Examinations. ABERDARE VALLEY WELSH BAPTISTS' SUNDAY SCHOOLS. Appended are the remaining results of the exams, in Stage I., the successes in Stages II., III., and IV. having been published previously. The first prize in this stage (under 12 years of age) from the East Glamorgan Association has come to the Aberdare Valley, the winner being Jennie Thomas, Abernant, with 94 marks to her credit. Bethel, Aberrant: Hannah Morgan, 75; Lydia Ann Harry, 85; May Samuel, 85; Edith Jones, 79; Beatrice Thomas, 81; Jennie Thomas, 94; Lizzie Davies, 55; Emily Rees, 50; Regina Griffiths, 66; Jennie Griffiths, 74; Annie Jones, 76; Annie May Jones, 61; Hannah Williams, 62; Annie Morse, 81; Catherine Jane Davies, 78; Jennie May Williams, 80; Jane Lewis, 76. Jerusalem, Penrhiwceiber: Myfanwy James, 66; Maggie May Williams, 64; Annie Bowen, 60. Mountain Ash, Ffrwd: Martha M. Dally, 70Annie May Jenkins, 72; Mar- garet Ninian Williams, 75; Emlyn Rich- ards, 58; Arthur William Griffiths, 65; Thomas James Davies, 72; Wm. Thomas, 65; Margaret Jane Davies, 60; Roger Powell, 70. Siloa, Pontbrenllwyd: Annie Gwen Jones, 62; Thos. Wm. Jones, 54; Wm. Thos. Jones, 50; Cassie Harris, 58. Gadlys Church: James Morgan Harris, 38; Annie May Jones, 62; Annie Mary Griffiths, 70; Maggie Mary Davies, 67; v Stanley Henry Davies, 50. Soar, Llwydcoed: Mary Ann Rowlands, 78. Heolyfelin Edith Evans, 78; Hannah Mary Forward, 77; Ceinwen Thomas, 75; Harry Price, 66; Trefor Jenkins, 56, Beatrice Maud Morris, 78; Maggie Alice Davies, 80; Morfydd Evans, 80. Ramoth, Hirwain: Wm. Smith, SO; Henry John Hill, 73; G. Davies, 76. Noddfa, Trecynon: Muriel Evans, 60; Annie Eliz. Davies, 60; Thos. Picton Evans, 61; Albert Edward King, 74; Doris Ann Roberta King, 56; Maggie Henry, 51; Sarah Evans, 54; Annie Gwen Evans, 62; Lizzie Ann Clayton, 59; Trevor John Clayton, 74. Noddfa, Ynysybwl: Winnie Jones, 40; Maggie Jones, 50; David James Price, 30; David Isaac, 68; Goronwy Robert Jones, 45. Calfaria, A bercynon: Jack Evans, 55; Thomas Jones, 70; Evan Thos. Howells, 62; John Jones, 55; Ben Morgan, 65; Thomas Morgan, 68; WTillie Howells, 55; Willie Owens, 75; Nancy Howells, 75; Cath. Mary Evans, 66; Eliz. Mary Lloyd, 72; Elizabeth Jones, 66. Ynyslwyd, Aberaman: John Henry Thomas, €8; Cledwyn Rowlands, 60; Christiana Evans, 76; Margaret Ann Phillips, 74. Salem, Godreaman: Jane Eliz. James, 76, Margaret Ann James, 75; Elizabeth Hannah Leach, 68; Bessie Lewis, 82; Ernest John Mills, 60; Meidryn Pugh, 62; Edgar Davies, 68; Dd. R. Williams, 66; Ada May Jones, 68; Rachel Mary Thomas, 62.. Bethania and Penuel Sunday Schools (Cwmbach): Sarah Ann Thomas, 78; Catherine Jane Evans, 78: Mary Jane Thomas, 79; Morgan Thomas, 70; Thos. John Edwards, 56; Annie May Griffiths, 70; Kate Williams, 70; Alfred Thomas, 78; Edgar Jones, 60; Trevor Williams, 54; 'Myfanwy David, 68; May Franklin, 68; Mary Ellen Davies, 75; Mary R. Evans, 80; Wm. Griffiths, 74; Thomas James, 70; Elias Reston. 60; Brinley Griffiths, 72; Catherine Jane Thomas, 79; Annie Mav Thomas, 56; Elizabeth Gough, 55; Gertie M. Roberts, 60; Har- riet J. David, 44. Seion, Cwmaman: Thomas James Owen Griffiths, 71; Idwal Rees, 67; Wm. Geo. Rees. 66; Sarah Ann James, 63; Marjory Hughes, 73; Rosina James, 87 Mary Morgans, 73; Katie Matthews, 82: Irene Thomas. 87. Bethesda, Abercwmboi Richard Ivor Phillips. 34; Evan Morgan Phillips, 50: Bella Wills, 70; Beatrice Maud Jones, 59; Elizabeth Grace Sturgess, 52; Harriet 44. I Hannah Davies, 41; Thos. James Davies, 44.
I It was a Scot, of jeourse, whose min- ister reproached him" as an habitual ab- sentee from kirk, and who pleaded his dislike of long sermons. "'Deed, man," said the minister, if ye dinna mend. ye may land yerseF where ye'll no be troubled wi' mony sermons either lang or short." Weel," was the answer, "but it mauna be for want o' ministers."
Ex-Vicar of Aberaman and the R.A.O. B. At the shop window of Mr. J. Mason, boot dealer, Lewis Street, Aberaman, the address is shown which will be presented to the Rev. Morgan Powell by the local lodges of the R.A.O.B. The text of the address is given below: — R.A.O.B., Aberdare Valley. An address presented by the members of the above to the Rev. Morgan Powell, B.A., late Vicar of Aberaman, and Chaplain of our Order. Rev. Sir and Brother,-On behalf of the several lodges of the Roval Ante- deluvian Order of Buffaloes held in the Aberdare Valley, we beg your accept- ance of this brief address as our expres- sion of the high esteem and affection- ate regard in which you are held by all .y members of our noble brotherhood. During the many years you have acted as our Chaplain you have in that capacity assisted very materialiv in the promotion of the chief object' of our Order, viz., Philanthropy. The poor and needy of our district will sadlv miss you and yours, and for ever re- member you as benevolence personified. You have won our admiration and con- fidence as an affable and broad-minded clergyman who has always been readv to join heartily in every good cause or movement, irrespective of creed or poli- tics. Yours signal services to our brotherhood we regard with undving gratitude, and we wish you God-speed in leaving us for your new sphere of labour. We fervently and earnestly pray that the Almighty God will long spare you to labour as successfully in the good work in the future as vou have done in the past, and when your day of toil is over, mav vou receive th", glorious welcome of the Lord, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the glory of the Lord.'5 Bendith Duw fyddo arnoc-h chwi a'ch teulu. We are, yours fraternallv. On behalf of the Lodges, John Mason, chairman; F. Magor, K.O.M., vice-chair.; G. E. Harries, TreasS;, WiUiams, C.P., and John 5°well» hon. sees.; R. H. Thomas, K.O.M., D. Bowen, C.P., J. Harrv, K.O.M., F. Beswick, C.P., J. Buff- ton, K.G.M., G. Thomas, C.P., D. J. Williams, C.P., Dd. Davies, C.P.
Letters on any subject of public interest are invited. It should be understood that we do not necessarily agree with the views expressed therein. Correa- pondents will oblige by writing on ont side of the paper, and must invariably enclose their names and addresses, not necessarily for publication, but 11\,0 & guarantee of good faith. IMMERSION v. SPRINKLING. Dear Sir,—I have been trying to follow Mr. F. Morgan's reasoning about, as he says, the correct method of Baptism, but I admit I cannot see that he has proven anything whatever. He says, amongst other things, that Jesus and John the Baptist came up straightway out of the water. Quite true, but that does not prove that John dipped Jesus under tha water. Your correspondent also says that the Apostle Paul speaks of Baptism as a burial. Yes; but does he mean thi:; literally or spiritually? Does he mean that a person must be "buried" under water ? If so then I shall take great care that no one shall have the opportunity of burying me in such a place for fear of the consequences? Mr. F. Morgan also quotes Mark xvi, 16, He who believeth and is baptised shall be saved," inferring by this, if I understand him correctly, that you must believe first and then be baptised. Does it not mean, rather, that you must con- form with both the same time, if not in infantry, then now, or as soon as possi- ble? Does it not suggest itself to Mr. 1". Morgan that if there were any vital im- portance attached to this question Jesus would not have left it so obscure? Un- doubtedly your correspondent knows full well that some of the finest theological scholars of i-he centuries and the present day differ on this question, and that being so I venture to say that neither myself, Mr. Morgan, Mr. Kinsey, nor 'Methodist' is capable of determining this interesting question. Jesus wanted all the people in every part of the world to be able to win his glorious kingdom, but how are the Arctic people, the Esquimaux, etc., going to sustain a dip or a burial in their freez- ing water? They have not sufficient fuel to warm the water to suit them. Also think of the people who live in places where water is scarce—hardly enough to drink, without thinking of dipping people, or burying them, in water. If we must have some water we want a quan- tity that all people can use, in every Zone.—I am, "LEADER READER."
IMMERSION v. SPRINKLING. Dear Sir,—For several weeks past your readers have been privileged to watch a wordy warfare on the subject of cc Im- mersion v. Sprinkling," provoked, I be- lieve, by a sermon preached by a promin- ent pastor of the town from a text of St. Paul's, viz., a One Lord, one faith, one baptism." Will you call a truce whilst a plain man pleads for tolerance. I read my Bible sometimes and appreciate it, and endeavour to obey its precepts and commandments, at least in the spirit, if not always in the letter. I have seen a text which declares that "the letter kill- eth but the spirit giveth life." Now, sir, I regard the Bible as a plain man's book, and capable of a common sense interpretation, a Book to be read with both eyes open in the lines and be- tween the lines, just as one would read any other great classic. Now I am not an "immersed believer," but for years I was greatly perturbed in mind as to my dutv in the matter. I saw clearly that according to the strict letter of the Word the Baptists had the best of the argu- ment. Baptism upon a profession of faith seemed to be the New Testament order, and as a father I withheld my chil- dren from the ordinance as practised by the section of the Christian Church to which I belong. They have now arrived at years of discretion, and are none the worse for their enforced abstention from the rite of infant baptism, and are now free to act in this matter, as the good spirit shall lead them into all truth. Now what is my present attitude to- wards this vexed question? I have got to see that the great underlying princi- ple in Baptism is an openly and publicly avowed acceptance of the Christ as a per- sonal Saviour. Public confession of faith is to me its very essence, and there I stand. Jesus Christ did not institute the ordinance. He came to the baptism of John (an existing institution), see Matt. iii., submitting to it himself. He after- wards encouraged his disciples to con- tinue the practice, evidently regarding it as a -striking symbol of the inward cleansing effected by the good Spirit of the Holiest, yet there is no clear evidence that He himself ever officiated at the ordinance. Indeed, it is at least once specifically stated that He himself bap- tized not, but His disciples." Now as to the mode, I personally be- lieve that it was probably by immersion, generally speaking; but upon some occa- sions, when large numbers submitted to the ordinance, it might well have been by pouring, or perhaps the people stood in the water, thus cooling and cleansing their dusty feet whilst the Master blessed them as they thus publicly stood and con- fessed Him. A novel if not funny sug- gestion, does someone say? Well" I am not the first "splitter of hairs." If Jesus Christ came to Aberdare in this dav of grace what would He do? Ah yes, what would. He do ? Would He visit the Tem- ple with a whip of cords driving out the money changers? Perhaps. He was es- sentially a practical person. He certain- ly would not preach a sermon or write a letter to the press upon the subject now under discussion. His theme as of old would be one of vital interest to the common people. I imagine I hear the gracious invitation, a Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest; take my yoke upon you and learn of me, and ye shall find rest unto your souls." And do you think, sir, He would find our climate" an ideal one for the practice of immersion at all times of the year, and would He regard the present day regulation India rubber trousers an essential to the ordin- ance? Did He institute this, or is it a hetoroclox modern innovation? Pardon, brethren, for my seeming irreverence. I only want to show how foolish we are to quibble and quarrel over the non-essen- tials. The greatest authority the world ever saw upon those matters declared that certain of His contemporaries paid tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and omitted the weightier matters of the law." The modern Philip would pro- bably get a rebuff for his pains if he ac- costed a gentleman of high station riding in his carriage with these words, « Understandest thou what thou read- est?" and instead of having an opportuni- ty of administering the rite of Baptism by immersion to a willing proselyte, he would probably be well thrashed by the chaffeur for impertinence. My dear brethren, we cannot always in this progressive age proceed upon apos- tolic lines. We can, however, like our dear Master, go about doing good." Don't let us forget that. Let each church do its own work in its own way, "If by tny means we may save some. I remain. LAY "ANTI BIGOT."
I Mems from the Mount. The ratepayers will be very inclined to reiterate the words of King Henry, onlv with a slight alteration. They should run "Once more unto the 'bridge,' my friends." Three times in the space of a few weeks has the bridge been taken up. The dust motor nearly went through on the last occasion. At a local service a local minister de- livered himself of the following: We have now come to the end at the minute I prophesied at the beginning." Some- thing of the Alpha and Omega about that phrase. Whatever was the matter with the gas last Saturday evening? Its movements resemble somewhat the latest aviation craze-all up and down. One wicked wag suggested it was suffering from St. Thomas s Dance. When the morals of Miskin were being discussed in the Council each representa- tive wished to whitewash his constitu- ency, particularly Councillor Rogers, who with emphasis called out" No, nor in Ynysybwl." Had he been in the Mountain Ash Police Court a fortnight- ago, and heard the choice epithets of some of the Ynysybwl ladies, he would have received a severe shock. Llanwonno mountain is a favourite spot on Sunday morning for select whip- pet coursing. Plenty of it, but who finds the sport is another matter. What a terrible fuss over Mountain Ash Volunteer Band winning t'coop. The Doctors and Mus. Bacs. of the local band world seem to think that no good per- formance can come from the Vols. They've won bigger things in the past, and will do other things yet. Willie Greenwood smiling up his sleeve all the while. Wait till the missus comes bome. Has t'coop been filled yet ? What about that march to send the terriers off, and to march 'em back? How is Constitutional scrip going? Are the shares being bulled or beared. Hibernians going strong, band coming along fine. Are they being prompted by the green monster? Several classy weddings coming off shortly. Apropos of this, Sir W. S. Gil- bert's words come bubbling up, When constabulary duty's to be done. to be done, Well a policeman's life is quite a happy one, happy one."
Aberaman Oog Show. The first open dog show (under K.C. Rules) at Aberaman was held on Thurs- day last at the King's Head Hotel. The exhibits were of a high class, and were highly praised by judge and spectators alike. The judging was entrusted to Mr H. Gunn, Cardiff. The hon. secretary was Mr. George Powell, 215, Cardiff-road. Awards: — Bull or Bull Terrier.—1st, 2nd and special, Dd. Jenkins, Gadlys; 3rd, T. B. Vaughan; r, W. Shapland. Fox Terrier: 1st and special medal, A. Harris; 2nd, Jas. Barry; 3rd, H. Roder- ick; r, D. C. Davies. Collie.—1, R. R.^Harris; r, H. Williams Airedale or Irish.—1st and special, Tom Davies; 2. John Hughes; 3, G. Powell; r, M. Williams. Black, Tan, or Welsh.—1st and special, Tom Davies; 2, T. P. Jenkins; 3, J. F. Hitchings; r, S. Davies. Spaniel.—1, John Williams; 2, J. Davies; 3, Evan Rees. Any Variety Terrier.—1st and special, Tom Davies; 2. Arthur Harris; 3, D. C. Davies; r, T. P. Jenkins. Any Variety, Sporting.—1 and special. Arthur Harries; 2, Owen Morgan; 3, John Hughes; r, D. C. Davies. Any Variety. Non-Sporting. 1, D. Jenkins; 2, Miss B. Davies: 3, Miss B. Roberts: r, W. Woore. Any Variety Toy.-Ist and special, Miss B. Davies; 2, Miss B. Roberts; 3, W. Woore. Any Variety Puppy. 1st and special, Arthur Harries; 2. Owen Morgan; 3, W. Thomas; r, Tom Owen. Any Variety, never won a 1st prize.— 1. Arthur Harries; 2, James Barry; 3, H. Roderick; r, D. C. Davies. Any Variety, never won a prize.-l, Tom Owen; 2, H. Roderick; 3. T. B. Vaughan; r, Mr. Eddings. Any Variey owned by a Collier.—1st and silver medal, David Jenkins; 2, Owen Morgan; 3, G. Applegate; r, John Williams. Any Variety not mentioned.—1, Chas. Humber; 2, Mr. Eddings; 3, D. C. Davies; r, J. Applegate. Any Variety.—1, D. Jenkins; 2, Tom Davies; 3, Arthur Harris; r, Owen Mor- gan.
I SODA WATER Is occasionally required by everyone, so see that you get McLaren's fjed Cross" Soda Water, A Brand far above the average Soda Water Analyst's report). Copy of Analyst's Certificate. Analytical Laboratory, Liverpool, Ffoh. ii, 1919, I hereby certify that I have submitted to chemical examination samples of water and soda water made from same manufactured by Mr H. McLaren, Aerated Water Manufacturer, Trecynon, Aberdare, and find them to be of excellent puritv and quality and entirely free from contamination. The quality has been proved by laboratory examination to be of the best possible description and eminently suitable for production of High Class Aerated Waters, and I am also of the opinon that the samples are far above the average that come before me, and qui-e suitable for all and every purpose, and especially for human consumption. The soda water has a bright and sparkling appearance, complete aeration and with admirable palatabilty. Yours faithfully. J, W. CLAYTON, Ph.C., F.C,B. McLaren's Red Cross Brand Soda Water is sold in syphons and bottles, also put up in bottles sealed with the Goldy Hygienic Stopper, thus ensuring absolute cleanliness. WHOLESALE FROM- H. McLAREN, Trecyno n, Aberdare. W. T. EVANS, ■ Carmarthen Dairy, Aberdare, Has taken NEW & SPACIOUS PREMISES, viz., Corner of Seymour St. and Whitcombe St. and OPPOSITE MEMORIAL HALL, which is NOW OPEN. Guaranteed New Laid Eggs. Fresh Butter made on the premises. Raw and Clotted Cream. Tea Parties, etc,, supplied with njilk-any quantity. PURE NEW MILK, Deliveries twice daily. The Bwlch Colliery Co., Ltd. House Coal Nantmelyn Graig The best House Coal in the District. Prompt delivery to any part of town on receipt of post card to Bwlch Colliery, Hirwain, or Nantmelyn Graig Colliery, Cwmdare, or D. 0. denkins, 18 Windsor St., Trecynoni 's- See that you get Nantmelyn Graig. X'AT. TEL., 105. ABIUMARE. NAT. TEL., 200 HIRWAIN. We have been requested to insert the following n WARNING for the protection of the Public: The public are hereby warned against ignorant men calling at people's houses, falsely representing themselves to be Dentists, or Agents for Dentists, and offering to extract Teeth to obtain orders for False Teeth. Such men have had no Dental Training; in almost all cases they are quite ignorant of Dentistry, and without any fixed address, so that people they injure cannot trace them. In addition to this, extortionate charges are made for rough, common False Teeth. On no account should the Public have anything to do with them, many persons having been cruelly treated and defrauded. People allowing strangers to interfere with their teeth expose themselves to MANY DANGERS. Blood-Poisoning, Hemorrhage, Disease and life-long Disfigurement often result from the dirty instruments and ignorance of travelling teeth quacks. For their own safety, the Public are strongly advised not to allow anyone, except established Dental practitioners, to interfere with their teeth, and only to patronise respectable practitioners known to them. Persons requiring any dental operation should have nothing to do with men who canvass or those employing them. 0 PRINTING! PRINTING! Every description of Work neatly and promptly executed. PRICES MODERATE. 'Leader' Office Market Street, Aberdare.