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LIQUOR SELLERS AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP. On Thursday evening, the 19th inst, the Salvation Army Fort in Thompson street, Barry Dock, was crowded, the Rev J. C. Honey presiding. Mr Tennyson Smith took for his subject "A Clarion Call to a Holy Crusade: the Church against the Liquor Traffic," the lecturer dealing at great length with the much vexed question as to whether those engaged in z, the drink traffic should be allowed to hold office in the Christian Church. A resolution was also passed, with regard to which some mis- apprehension has arisen, it being contended that thereby the meeting pledged itself in favour of none but prohibitionists becoming members of the Church, whereas the reading of the resolution \\as to the effect that (1) It was inconsistent for persons engaged in the liquor traffic to hold office in the Christian Church, and (2;, That the Church should seek to create in itself such a healthy sentiment on this subject that it should be felt to be inconsistent for peis ms who were not total abstainers to be church members. THE FIRST MEETING AT CADOXTON. Mr Teiiriyson Smith was received with great clltbnsiaSIII" 011 the occasion of his appearance at Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel, Cadoxton, on Fwday evening in last week. The well- appointed and convenient edifice was crowded to the door, notwithstanding the boisterous weai i i r that, prevailed. The chair was occupied by Mr J. E. Levers, hay and corn merchant, who made an appropriate introductory speech. Personally, he did not desire to be infallible in his opinions, and would gladly receive correc- tion if it could be afforded him in many phases of the temperance question, but he viewed with "rpat concern the effect of the evil as indicated by the state of the town of Barry. If they must have dnnkshops—and he would not say that they must-then he believed in some system oi aiunicipalisition in their control, and in .order that the profits might be utilised towards the removal of the misery which was catted by the drink traffic. With regard to the. speculative character of these applications for new licenses, a gentleman had told him that the magistrates in grunting a single license had dojie as much as put their signature to a cheque for £ 20,000. (Shame).—The Rev. J. C. Honey having read the announcements, and a solo having been rendered by a lady member of the Teiuperance Choir, who was accompanied by Master Albert Hazel, Mr Tennyson Smith pro- ceeded t) deliver an address in his own inimi- table and appreciative manner. Referring to the chairman's statement, Mr Smith did not aoree with the municipalization of the liquor traffic, because then the evil would become one that would be participated in by the whole community, who, whether members of C-idox- to Churches or not, would be directly inter- ested in the tr;tffi(-a very objectionable and execrahle proceeding and one which they should shrink from and combat against as far as lay in their power. As a consequence the people would in time oppose the suppression of the traffic as likely to reduce the rates by the removal of the revenue, although be did not agree that it would. In fact, it could be proved by an instance he related in New Zealand, that where there was no public-house, no police would be required, and the rates saved this amount, besides the avoidance of great discomfort. At the close of the meeting, a number of pledges were again taken. MONSTRE DEMONSTRATION ON SATURDAY. Under the auspices of the various temperance societies and the local corps of the Salvation Army, a demonstration was held at Barry on Saturday in connection with Mr Tennyson Smith's mission. About five hundred total abstainers turned out, and, after assembling in Dock View-road, withstood the storms of winds and rain and (headed by the Roath and Barry bands of the Salvation Army) marched in processional order through the principal streets, the members of the Friendly Societies being attired in their regalia. The procession was of an unusually effective character by reason of the striking representations of the evils of intemperance afforded by the presence of apparent victims on a lorry in charge of a policeman and following this, in great contrast, came the family of a Salvationist, neatly and cleanly dressed. Mr Tennyson Smith, together with the Rev. J. C. Honey, Rev. L. Toil Evans, and other prominent teetotalers, took part in the procession, besides the local lodges of Good Templars, Recbabites, and Sons of Temperance, the cavalcade as it passed up Thompson street, and wended its way through Holton-road, being watched by thousands who lined the streets. In the evening, notwithstanding the incle- mency of the weather, there was again an excellent meeting at the Welsh Baptist Chapel, Caduxton, Mr lennyson Smith dealing with "Our opponents' arguments," and the Rev Morris Isaac ably filled the chair. A PACKED AUDIENCE ON SUNDAY. The Romilly-hall on Sunday evening pre- sented quite an unusually animated appearance, every corner in the vast building being occupied and the platform and aisles used as standing room. It is questionable when the hall has been so well filled since it has been in use, many persons being forced to beat a retreat owing to the crowd that thronged right out to the door way. The Temperance Choir were arranged on the platform, and under the leadership of Mr Hicks, to the pianoforte accompaniment of Master Albert Hazel, they rendered "Ob! Father, whose Almighty power," with thrilling effect. Mr W. J. Flowers led the vast audience in prayer, after which the Chairman (Mr S. R. Jones, Cash Supply Stores), delivered an appro- priate address, in the course of which he pleaded earnestly for the salvation of the children from the evil influences of many a home in the locality. Mr Tennyson Smith chose as his subject "Arrows from a Warrior's Quiver In the course of a few prefatory remarks the lecturer extended his hearty and sincere thanks to the splendid committee that bad seen no labour too exacting m the course of his visit, and the energetic secretary (Mr J. Panniers), and the magnificent choir, whose admirable efforts had lent so much towards the brilliant success that had attended their efforts. He expressed his great sense of sorrow at his impending departure from their midst, es- pecially now that he had come to the West- end. (Laughter). He also announce a a branch of the Temperance Ironsides commenced, and intending members could give in their names and obtain any information desired from the Rev L. Ton Evans. The proprietor of the Barry Herald was, he ob- served, publishing the notices of such societies free of charge, and this was an advantage that they should readily appreciate. (Applause). Such kindness as this and the generous treat- ment of the journal in the course of his mission was exceedingly gratifying, and be personally thanked the Herald for it. (R' newed applause.) Mr uiiti-i then proceeded to state that although there were 150 millions of drunkards in the country, statistics such as these created little im- pression on the public mind, because were sufficient of the slain at the very doors of the peo- ple, many of whom were utterly disregardful of the extent of the evil. Even ministers of religion who were not prohibitionists, and magistrates, were gui;ty of having assisted to slay the 60,000 people annually that died as a result of excessive drinking. If no more drunkards were made drunkenness would die out in 30 years, yet this alone could not be done. In the eonr«e of an eloquent and able description of the dis- regard of young men when warned against taking the first glass the speaker's impressive styU greatly affected the audience, many of whom were moved to tears, and be subsequently resumed his seat amid torrentous applause, a number of pledges being taken at the close.