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MOUNTAIN ASH. PURCHASE your Groceries and Provisions at H. Mountain Ash. Quality and rrice un- surpassed. IF you are in doubt where to Furnish, go to VIC- TOR FREED, the leading house furnisher, where you can be supplied at your own terms.-3 and 4, Miskin- Koad, Mountain Ash. WHY Purchase your Groceries at Mountain Ash .vheii 1. P. EYNON can serve you with the Best and Cheapest Groceries in Town. Noted for Provisions. --I. P. EYNON. Grocer. Miskin. Btnr your Jewellery and Take your Repairs to M. WEHRLEY, 4, Newfoundland-terrace, Merthyr. M. W. trave!s the neighbouring towns every week. PRIZE FIGIIT.-Barly on Sunday morning, a prize fight for £ 1 a side took place on Cardiff- •oad, near Lietty Tunnel Farm. There were .Jotit 100 spectators, and the fight was of a most stubborn nature. Some 19 rounds were fought, but eventually the Penrhiwceiber man gave in. He was so damaged that he had to be taken to the Mountain Ash Cottage Hospital. CONCERT.—A well-attended c oncert was given at Newtown Council School, on Monday evening, by the Nev'-«:«rn Choir. Mr. Thomas Narcctt presided, a.r:, an excellent i>roprarcane was gone through SO>. £ B were sung by Mr. Elijah Smith, Miss M. Morgan, Ya D J. Evans, Miss Alice Morton, Mr. T. Wilis, and Mr. W. Thomas; j HI. D. J. Griffiths contributed a recitation, while Master Stanley West gave an exhibition with bones. The New town United Choir sang several choruses in splenplid style, under the conductorship of Mr. Arthur Davies, Mountain Ash. The proceedings terminated with the singing of the National Anthem. FUNERAL.—On Saturday the funeral of the j late Mr. James Knight, of Clyde Cottage, Duffryn-street. took place for the Maes-yr-arian cemetery. > o deceased was for over thirty years an ev^.ino driver at Navigation colliery, and bad resided in the town some 43 years. He was 73 years of age. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. J. Sinnett Jones, M.A. (the Vicar), and a service was held at St. Margaret's Church, before proceeding to the cemetery. The mourners were:—Mrs. Knight (widow), Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Knight (son and daughter-in- law), Mrs. Richard Harris (daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Tyler, Miskin (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Crowhurst, London (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. Harry Castle and Miss Ethel Castle, Penrhiwceiber (grand-children), Mr. Thomas Knight, Trowbridge (brother), Mr. and Mrs. Workman, Miskin, Mr. Tom Workman, Mr. F. Workman, Mr. and Mrs. W. Workman, Mr. and Mrs. George Knight (Campbell-terrace), Mrs. Gay, Mi. Ted Gay and Miss Davies. The coffin was of unpolished oak with heavy brass fittings. METHODIST SINGING FESTIVAL.—On Monday IL singing festival was held at Noddfa Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, and was of a high character. The Churches represented were Moriah, MISVIN Hermon, Penrhiwceiber; Beth- lehem, Mountain Ash; and Noddfa, Mountain Ash. As is usual with these festivals, the children were first catechised on the life of Christ, the catechist on this occasion being Mr. Rees A Edwards (Bethlehem). The programme of tunes was a good one, and the united choir acquitted themselves splendidly, under the conductorship of Mr. Matthew Breeze, the organist being Mr. W. R. Jones, Mountain Ash. In the afternoon the Rev. J. 0. Jenkins presided, and the tunes sung were as follows :—" Gweddi," "Ymlaen mae Teymas Nefoedd," Edrych at Iesu," Canu wnaf yr hanes rhyfedd," and Ymsom Plant." The anthem, Haleliwia," was sung both in the afternoon and evening. The president in the evening was Mr. Joseph Williams (Moriah), and, in addition to the anthem, the choir sang lesu Grist a'r Plant," Yr wyf yn Ffrynd i'r Iesu." Dowch yn 01," Mi Glywa'th Dyner Lais," "Milwyr Ieuainc Iesu," and Clywch yr Iesu'n Galw." During the day a duet was sung by Miss Nellie Evans and Miss M J. Morgan, and recitations were given by Miss M. Morgan (Victor-street) and others. During the interval a tea was provided in Noddfa Vestry when the following ladies presided:—Mrs. J. Hughes, Mrs. L. Hughes, Miss Morgan, Miss Ada Williams, Miss Annie Jones, Miss Nellie Morgan, Mrs. W. Williams, Mrs E. Evans, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Dickens, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Webber, Mrs. R. Davies, Mrs. H. Ladd, Mrs. D. Williams, Mrs. E. Evans (Co- operative), Miss G. Evans, Miss Webber, and Mrs. J. Jones. Among the gentlemen who assisted were:—Messrs Lewis Hughes, D. Richards, John Davies, Benj. Evans, Rees Evans, John Lewis and Evan Morgan.
Grimsby police have made raids upon five premises alleged to be used for betting pur- poses. Upwards of thirty arrests were made, including five women. The death is announced of Sir Wrn. Leece Drinkwater at the age of 97. He was known as the "G.O.M." of the Isle of Man. He was Deemster for many years. At Queen's Hall on Saturday night Lady Henry Somerset distributed the medals and shields won during the past year by the So- ciety of "Working Girls at Play."
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Mountain Ash Territorials. J. ADDRESS ON "PATRIOTISM" BY THE REV. E. V. TIDMAN. STRANGE ATTITUDE OF SOCIALISTS. A unique service was held at Nazareth Eng- lish Baptist Chapel, Mountain Ash, on Sun- day morning, when the Mountain Ash Detach- ment of the 5th Batt., Welsh Regiment, at- tended for the first time a service in a Non- conformist place of worship. The officers on parade were: Col A. P. James, V.D., Lieut.- Col. Morgan Morgan, V.D., Capt. and Adju- tant J. C. H. Richards, Capt. F. N. Gray, Capt. Gwilym A. Evans, and Lieutenants T. A. Evans, Windsor Evans, and D. Morgan. The Mountain Ash Band, conducted ,by AIr. T. Greenwood, headed the march from the Drill Hall to the chapel. The service was of a special character, and the singing of the hymns, under the conductorship of Mr. S. Deverill, proved a feature of the service. Dur- ing the singing of the last, hymn, "God bless our native land," a number of Socialists kept their seats, owing to the fact that the hymn was sung to the tune of the National Anthem. There was large congregation present. "PLAY THE MAN." The preacher was the Rev. E. V. Tidman (the pastor), who gave an address on "Patriot- ism," taking as his text the words: "Be of good courage, and let us. play the men for our people and for the cities of our God, and the Lord do that which seemeth Him. good." He said there were many uéh calls to national defence in the face of danger, but never a fuller one than this of Joab's.Nelson's call to his men, "England expects, every man this day to do his duty," was a good one. but there was no recognition of Godwin it. Considering the age and the moral ideals of the time in which Joab's words were uttered, there wa-s something remarkable as well as stimulating and inspiring about them. There was a com- bination of patriotism and piety that seemed to be lacking in this professedly enlightened age. God was in the mind of Joab as well as the serried ranks of Israel's forces. There was an anxiety to be in harmony with the eternal purposes, and a recognition that after all, if God's smile were withdrawn, the power of bow and spear and ail physical courage would be in vain, for the utterance recognised that God was the supreme arbiter "of the nation's destiny. It was no silly jingo cry; no empty warlike shout of defiance; no manufactured panic eloquence of those who talked about shedding their last drop of blood for their native lanu, but who were not willing to shed the first- drop. It was the calm, quiet confid- ence of heroes who had done their best, end who were ready to defend their interests, but. who, like Abraham Lincoln, were above all anxious for the Divine alliance. Considering the enlightenment of this age, it had something to learn from Joab, for attention now seemed to be centred upon material forces of defence, while there was a non-recognition of God and true righteousness, which were the real basis of a nation's true defence. This age had something to learn in appreciating that lesson. Joab's heroic language thrilled with intense patriotism. PATRIOTISM DEFINED. But what was patriotism ? Its true meaning was not always rightly gauged. The term was sometimes degraded and narrowed in its mean- ing. There was a need to define it so as to recognise its full significance. There was a meek patriotism about to-day-a bastard type of which they had had enough. There was a narrowed conception that robbed it of some of its best meaning. Some appeared to think it was connected only with ideas of national con- ceit and military glory, and that it was a mcnopolv of the soldier and tho sailor. True patriotism was one of the deepest instincts in a mar's heart; one of the profoundest senti- ments of our nature. Next to religion, was there anything so deeply rooted in human nature, and to fruitful of sacrifice and hero- ism? That individual was a. very singular one who had not felt its power. As the poet said. "Lives there a man' with soul so dead, Who never to himself has said, This is my own, my native land?" Love of country and homeland was pretty Uni- versal. It was not, therefore, the possession of the soldier and sailor only, nor was it only connected with military glory, for when rightly defined it was the duty of every good citizen to do the highest and best for the welfare of his native land. It was the sacred obligation of every citizen. Peace had her patriots as well as wai. There was as much patriotism in living a. heroic life as in dying a. heroic death. The achievements of statesmen and philanthropists were patriotic. General Booth was as great a patriot as General Lord Roberts. The Peace Society and Labour conferences were as patriotic as the War Office. There was no book filled with an intenser patriotism than the Bible. There were many utterances in the Old Testament, and coming to tho New Testament they found the same thing, but in a larger and more purified form, for Jesus came to widen and broaden their conceptions of every virtue. There wa" a richer emphasis in the New Testament upon this wider and larger patriotism. There was a richer insist- ence that a nation's righteousness was jt8 greatest glory, and that anyone who laboured for that in any department of activity was therefore a real and true patriot. Was not this seen in the life of Christ? He was a patriot in the true sense of the ■_ term. He was a Lover of His own people and land. He re- cognised the responsiblity of citizenship, tie therefore thought of His country's sins, and when He drew near to the Holy City, and uttered that pathetic cry, "Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem," he (the speaker) thought it was not only the cry of a Redeemer, but He de- tected the plaintive wail of a broken-hearted patriot, who wept over the iniquities ot HIs beloved land. He (the speaker) hoped they would all be patriots in this sense. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE WORLD. Continuing, he said if there was any country that roused and called forth the intensest pat- riotism, sure it was their own. There was everything to encourage and not to detel any effort pulsating with lovo of country. He couid quite imagine a Russian patriot feeling quite discouraged because of the crowning principles of unrighteousness thwarting every well-meant effort that be might put forth for his oountry s welfare. But Britain offered every incentive to patriotism. Our constitution' was one of the justest on the face of the earth. Our institu- tions for the development of our varied lite were unrivalled. The social and civic liberties, eclipsed anything any other laud could sho. Our moral and religious privileges and heMt. age were the envy of less happier v10 country could boast of such a grand field tor the exercise of patriotism. Britain was a vast storehouse of liberty, laws, and religion tor the whole world. From this country went forth a stream of beneficent influences for the benefit of the whole world. The govexnmen of India, Egypt, and South Africa. were sam- ples of what she hAd done for the uplifting ot the people. There were many blots and stains, but generally speaking, no one would deny that Britain's influence and achieve- ments bad been, under God's blessing, for the benefit of the nations. Surely, then, our pat- riotism would rise to the duty of protecting our great nation from all her foes, for it oould eafely be said that if this nation was destroyed the whole world would suffer. We could not stand by and see oux great birthright brought to nought. National defence was perfectly consistent with the highest patriotism. Na- tional defence was simply the extension of self- defence, and no one would hold that a man should not protect his life, for even the ani- mals did that. He was an arrant coward who would not protect his home and family- Na. tional defence was simply the broadening of that universal principle. Many ■ said that preachers of the Gospel should have faith in Omnipotence to guard them. He believed in that, but faith was allied to works and the human preparation went side by side with faith in Almighty God. Faith combined with works was the deepest common sense a well aS the deepest piety. There were many pious people who prayed to Almighty God each night to defend them and their homes, who took (rood care that every bolt and lock were put up. They decried the necessity of an Army and Navy to defend the nation,, but were quite* willing that the man in blue should defend them. Pious people sometimes put up barbed wire to defend their gardens from trespassers. They could trust the nation to Almighty God, but could net trust their gardens. That was his answer to the anonymous scribblers who had criticised his advocacy of the defensive forces of tho nation. Our national life and re- sources b0 defended, and he therefore welcomed the Territorials to that service of worship. They recognised the necessity of their existence as a, constituent element in national defence. There was hoed for a dis- ciplined citizen army, and he was pleased to see them (show such an interest in the force. By their efforts, they would ward off the shadow of conscription that some would like to see a reality in their national life. A NATION'S GREATEST GLORY. In conclusion, the preacher said that a na- tion's greatest glory and strength was in her manhood and womanhood. National character was her most valuable asset. A nation's greatest foes were her sins and iniquities. These really sapped and undermined her strength. These were the vampires that suck- ed the best blood and life out of the vitals of the nation. That was the unerring testimony of history, and history told no lies. The voice of history was that the rise and fall of empires was invariably determined by moral and relig- ious causes. Nothing could save a nation from decay if its morals were corrupt, its re- .iigion dying, and its character decadent. What was the voice of English history? What placed Britain in the front rank of power and of civilisation? Not her material forces, but her sterling character and advocacy of righteous- rness. They had been made great by the moral land religious calibre of the nation. The forces which had made them must maintain them. That was the lesson they wanted to learn juSt now. The nation wanted to pause and medi- tate over the true founts of her greatness. Finally, they had each their part to play in keeping up the nation's character. Each must play tho man. The efficiency of the corps de- uejttded wag, and ..1,. of the nation depended upon the character of each individual. Let them, therefore, serve King Jesus, and labour for the expansion of His Kingdom. The collection was in aid of the District Nursing Home.
Mountain Ash District Council. ACTIVITY OF THE A'BERCYNON CHAMBER OF TRADE. A LETTER TO THE "MOUNTAIN ASH COURT OF CHANCERY. 'I The ordinary Meeting of the Mountain Ash District Council W;,8 held on Tuesday, Mr. W. Millar in the chair, where were also present j Messrs-. G. A. Evans, Thomas Jones, Griffiths Evans, J. Charles, E. Morris, G. E< Hall, Fred X. Gray J. M. Linton (deputy clerk), H. Stock (accountant). On the consideration of the report of the Committee on Street Watering, Mr. John Charles moved that Bailey-street above Glyngwyn- streefc should be watered.—Mr. G. H. Hall also urged that other streets bo watered and that the streets be watered on Sunday mornings.— The matter was referred back to the commit Lea ] for re-consideration. A letter was read from Mr. J. 1. Jones, ¡, Robert Town Estate, in reference to the lnsim; of a stay in connection with the electric lighting works, at Ynysybwl, and:it was decided to ask for some modification of the terms.—The Seal: of the Council was attached to the agreement entered into between the Great Western Railwuy i Company and the Council, in reference to the uses cf the level crossing at Duffryn.—A letter was read from the G.W.R. Co., intimating that they had objected to the valuation list for the Parish of Llanwonno. They, however, offered to pay the district rate on an undertaking being given by the Council to adjust the accounts in accordance with any amendments duly made in the valuation list. A letter was read from Mr. John Davies, secretary of the Abercynon Chamber of Trade, asking the Council to give the ratepayers an OpP) tunity of discussing the Glamo gan Water Bin. before the Council came to a final decision to join the Water Board.—Mr. T. Jones said he complimented the Chamber on the action they were taking. It was, however, at present, somewhat too late in the day to deal with the matter.—It was agreed that a letter to this, effect be sent to the Chamber. A letter was read from the secretary of the Abercynon Chamber of Trade, asking the Council to provide Abercynon with an efficient watering cart.—This was referred to the Street Watering Committee.—Mr. G. A. Evans said that evidently they were much more alive at Abercynon to the needs of the district than they were in Mountain Ash. At Abercynon they were having their scavenging carts covered over, but not at Mountain Ash. A letter was read from the Medical Officer of the Glamorgan County Council, asking for information in reference to the Small Pox Hospital. It was referred to the Hospital Committee.—The secretary of the Abercynon Chamber of Trade wrote asking for the result, of the interview the Council had with Mr. Beasley, in reference to the subway at Abercynon —It was stated that the report of the deputation had not yet been received, and a reply to that effect was ordered to be sent .—A letter was read, from Mr. Cooper, 6, Strand-street, re the pavement, kerb and channel in front of his house.—Mr. G. A. Evans moved that the Surveyor report upon all the pavements, etc., in Newtown. Nothing had been done to the streets in Newtown for years.—The Chairman seconded the resolution, and said the streets and pavements in Newtown were in a disgraceful state. Now that their street roller could get to Newtown he thought the matter should be put right forthwith.—The Abercynon Chamber of Trade wrote that the covering of the scavenging carts was not satisfactory, and that the scaveng- ing in that district was not properly done.—On the motion of Mr. G, A. Evans, the inspector was instructed to report on the covering of scavenging carts throughout the district. A Mr. John B. Harding, of Illinois, wrote, saking whether the Council could give him any information respecting the will of his uncle, one Joseph Harding, who was supposed to have been killed in a colliery accident in Mountain Ash some ten years ago. The letter was addressed to the Court of Chancery, Mountain Ash, the writer stating that some time ago an agent enquired for his father, Mr. Thomas Harding, now deceased.—It was resolved to re-address the letter to the authorities at Somerset House. A letter was read from the secretary of the Welsh Pageant Committee, asking the Council to do all in their power to assist the Committee. The letter further suggested that the Council might become guarantors.—The Clerk said that the Council could not, as such, become guaran- tors, but tho chairman intimated that he intended becoming a guarantor, and invited the members also, personally, to become guarantors. Ho pointed out that the Pageant was a national one, and would prove of great value to Wales. A letter was read from a gentleman whose trousers had been ripped by one of the baskets put up by the Council to deposit orange peel, etc., therein, and which had been broken. He also pointed out that a large number of these baskets had been damaged, and thus became dangerous to pedestrians. He thought an appeal should be made to the ratepayers to do what was possible to put a stop to the damaging of these baskets.—The Clerk held that the Council was not liable for the damage done to the Wliter's garment, but several of the members expressed the opinion that the suggestion made as to the wilful damage of these baskets was well worthy of consideration.—Mr. T. Jones said he thought a different type of basket might be more serviceable.—The Clerk was instructed to communicate the Council's regret for the accident and to repudiate any liability. The Sanitary Inspector reported several cases of nuisances, acd the statutory notices were ordered to be sent to the owners and occupiers in each case. The Surveyor reported that both the reservoirs were below overflowing. The previous night 1.0 inches of rain fell. The Medical Officer reported five cases of scaxlet fever, three of diphtheria, two of enteric fever and three of erysipelas. He reported that Paris House, Penrhiwceiber, and Paris Cottage were overcrowded, and the usual notices to abate the overcrowding were ordered to be served.
Lord Aberdare and Education Question. i Lord Aberdare presided on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Church of England Lib- eral and Progressive Union, at 83, Eaton-square, London, S. W. Dealing with what the associa- tion had done his Lordship said that in regard to the education question a resolution had been passed which had been very favourably noticed. The committee had had a meeting, and had drawn up a set of resolutions. They had come to the conclusion that schools should come under the control cf local authorities, and that all teachers should be appointed by them, subject to conditions (1) the retention of the freehold of all Church schools, (2) facilities for denom- inational instruction in aJJ schools, (3) the free- dom of teachers to give or decline to give de- nominational instruction, (4) in areas where there was a choice of schools and three-quarters of the children belonged to any one denomina- tion, provision should be made for the continu- ation of such schools on denominational lines. The report of the Poor Law Commission repre- sented immense labour, very conscientiously and carefully carried out (hear. hear). It would be a good thing if that association, as a body mostly of Churchmen and clergymen, were to formulate some resolution giving their opinion on the sub- ject of what possibly could be done to help the work of any body that might be nominated to carry out the work connected with the Poor Law (hear, hear). Amongst those present were Lady Aberdare, Mrs. Mary E. Phillips, the Rev. J Drew Ro- berts, Mr. E. M. Plews, and Mr. M. Richards.
ABERCYNON. The MERTHYR EDITION of the "Merthyr Ex- press" ig on sale at Mrs. Richards, Newsagent, Station-street, every Friday morning. SUCCESS.—The Abercynon Male Voice Party were successful at Porth Eisteddfod on Satur- day, under the conductorship of Mr. William Williams (Eos Berw). SOCIAL.—A social tea was held at the For- ward Movement Hail on Monday, under the auspices of the Band of Hope and Young People's Union, when the following ladies presided at the tables:—Miss Rees (Draencn- wen), Mrs. Morgan Davies, Misses Rose John, Violet John, Lizzie Beaton, Marie Amos, G. Price, Gw!á<Ívs ReGS, Lizzie Amos, and Messrs Egbert Ladner, Willie Price, Alfred Thomas, and Tom Peter1. A miscellaneous programme followed, the Rev. J. T. Williams (pastor) pre- siding.
FREE TO WOMEN. ANN BROWN'S FEMALE SYRUP baa öb. tained wonderful results in the cure of all fe- male irregularities. I will send any woman a trial bottle free on receipt of two stamps to pay postage and packing, if "Merthyr Express" is mentioned. Do not neglect this offer, but write me to day.—Ann Brown, 21, Station Parade, i S.2\Ü.!t d!
PENRHIWCEIBER. CONDOLENCE.—At a meeting of the "District Fire Brigade, held at the fire-station, on Friday evening, votes of sympathy were passed with P.Sergt. Bryer (brigade captain), and family, and with Sergt. David Davies, in their recent bereavements. OPITUARY.—The funeral took place, on Monday, of the late A IT. Henry Castle, aged 48, engineer, Cwm Cynon Colliery, 74, Woodiield- terrace. Deceased had been ailing for about four years. Previous to his illness he took a very active part in Friendly Society work, in connection with the Hearts of Oak- and the Messrs. Nixon's Surface Fund. The funeral was very largely attended, the interment taking place at Mountain Ash cemetery. The P.ev. J. J. Davies, B.A., curate of St. Winifred's, officiated. The mourners were :—Mrs. Castle (widow), Mr., and Mrs. Henry Castle (son and daughter-in-law), Master Ernest Castle (son), Misses Ethel and Elsie Castle (daughtea-s), Mr. and Mrs. Richards (sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Knight (mother-in-law), and Mr. and Mrs. E. Taylor. There was a large number of wreaths sent by sympathetic friends and relatives. GEXHKIST LECOURSS.—A public meeting was held at the Public Institute, on Thursday uveiiing, under the auspices of the Pcnrhiw- Colliery Institute Committee. Mr. Wm. Gcen (secretary) stated that the meeting had been convened by the committee for the pur- pose of considering whether an application should be made to the Gilchrist Trust for a series of lectures for 1910. The committee had generously guaranteed tho sum of St3 for a series of six lectures, being £3 per- lecture (cheers). Mr. Win. Geen was unanimously elected chairman, and cx-Councillor J. P. Davies and MI. Ivor Davies (schoolmaster) were elected vice-chairmen. Mr. E. P. Williams, St. Winifred's Villa, read the correspondence which had been forwarded to the committee, which was discussed at some length. Eventually it was decided, on the proposition of the Rev. W. R. Jones, seconded by Mr. John Pieton, and supported by Air. E. T. Williams, that an application be mado to the Trust for a series of six lectures. Mr. Jones was elected treasurer, and Mr. Rees Morgan (assistant-schoolmaster) secretary. The following were elected on the committee :—Messrs. ObedCobley, Thos. Davies, Rees Rees, Morgan Rees, J. Pic ton (" Merthyr Express"), H. C. Roberts, J. Hall, E. Hall, J. P. Davies, E. Evans, J. John, Gomer Davies, D. Williams, Hy. Jones, E. Benbow, J. Davies (checkweigher), Rev. S. Hibbert. Messrs. Albert Bennett, S. Holly, Idwal Williams. It was decided that all the councillors and colliery officios be invited to serve on the committee.
Miners' Meeting at Abercynon. THE OUT-OF-WORK FUND. On Friday evening, at the Lesser Hall, a meeting of the workmen employed at the Dowiais-Cardiff Colliery was held under the auspices of the local lodge of the South Wales Miners' Federation, when addresses were given by Mr. C. B. Stanton (miners' agent), Aber- dare; Mr. Ben Davies (miners' agent), Ponty- pridd; and Mr. Thomas Andrews, Treharris. Mr. John Evans presided, and there was a very large number present Mr. Ben Davies, in the course of a Welsh address, compared the position of Welsh min- ers with that of the Scottish and English min- ers regarding the financial benefits of the Fed- eration The Scottish and English miners, he said, had for years been paying double the amount into their Federation, and had thereby established an auxiliary fund, from which they could draw some financial relief when depres- sion of trade and other adverse conditions met them. The miners in South Wales had begun to feel the need of an Out-of-Work Fund, when they found large numbers of their fellow- workmen, morning and evening, at the pit- head seeking employment. This in the end would certainly militate against them, and he had full confidence that they would vote in favour of adopting the scheme. Mr. C. B. Stanton said they were meeting at one of the most critical junctures in the mining history of South Wales, and although he was not there to divulge any of the secrete of that day's meeting at Cardiff, he felt that he would be neglecting his duty as a miners' leader were he not to remind them that the great objects they had m view could not bo obtained without a struggle. He did not mean by that that it was essential to have a strike, but the ultimate argument to be used would depend largely on the unity and confidence which the workmen had in their leaders. He wished to impress upon them the need of an Out-of-Work Fund. They had already had a few samples of what the Government intended to do regarding the solving of the unemployed problem, which were crude in their conception and inadequate in their application. There- fore, they should realise that to ameliorate the conditions of their industrial life, they must strive to complete their industrial organ- ization. They must restrict the number of persons out of employment, and also prevent them from seekmg employment under adverse conditions elsewhere. Mr. Thomas Andrews followed with a brief address in Welsh, and a. vote of thanks to the speakers was proposed by Mr. Wm. Reynolds, seconded by Mr. J. R. Morgan, and carried unanimously, A mass meeting of night men was held at the Lesser Hall on Wednesday morning to hear an address by Mr. C. B. Stanton on the Out-of-Work Fund. Sir. W. Reynolds, check- weigher, in a brief address, expressed his regret at the small number present.—MT. J. Rhys Morgan, checkwoigher, spoko on the critical position the miners were placed at the present time. He stated that possibly the employers would tender notices to the workmen a.t the commencement of the month, and he warned them to place themselves in compliance with their Federation. The regime of their Feder- ation was all justice and not charity, and if there should be a strike, the district officers would take the books into their hands, and all persons in debt of 2s. and over would have to suffer. He thanked the few present for com- ing' to the meeting.—Mr. C. B. Stanton thank- ed them for their presence, and said he mostly always had a full place to speak to. It might bo awkward for the night men to attend, but they had more at stake in this matter than any of the members of the Federation. If they wanted to better their conditions, they would have to shake themselves, and be alive to the situation.
TREHARRIS. TABERNACLE.—Special meetings were held at Tabernacle Welsh Congregational Church, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, when the Revs. Peter Price (Dowlais) and J. L. Williams (Liv- erpool) preached eloquent sermons to large con- gregations. LIBERAL MEETING. — On Friday, at Bryn- hyfryd Welsh Baptist Chapel, Mr. Edgar Jones, of the National Liberal Council, deliv- ered an address on current politics. The Rev. W. Jones presided. The Rev. Ffrwdwen Lewis, Trelewis, moved: "That this meeting, whilst congratulating the Government on the introduction of the Welsh Disestablishment Bill, sincerely hopas that they will also carry it through all its stages and ultimately bring it into law." Mr. Roberts-James, solicitor, seconded, and Mr. Jones spoke in support, and also dealt largely with the Budget, describing it as an epoch-making Budget. Mr. Lloyd- George was determined to carry his proposals through, and in this resolve he (Mr. Jones) thought that, the Chancellor of the Exchequer had the undobuted support of th3 democracy of the United Kingdom. After a few. words from the IWv. W. D. Nicholas, the motion was unanimously carried. FIRST AND BEST.—Readers should not forget that when purchasing at shops the well-known Dr Williams' Pink Pins for Pale People they should eee this full title appears on the pack- age. Unfortunately, some dealers worry the public with substitutes described as "just the same" or "just as good" (because of the greater profits they bring), but having effected so many cures, Dr. William's' Pink Pills must always remain tho best.
-+- Miners' Meeting at Treharris. THE OUT OF WORK FUND. A meeting of Treharris workmen in support of the miners' out of work fund was held at the Public Hall on Wednesday evening. Mr. William Evans was in the chair, and Mr. E. Morrell (Merthyr Vale) said he regretted the absence of Mr. Watts Morgan, which was no douht. caused by a dispute which existed in his district. Important matters were now engag- ing the attention of all concerned in the South Wales Coal trade, and it behoved all to take aji interest in matters concerning its welfare. That meeting had been specially called to con- sider the proposed out of work fund, which was considered at a, conference at Cardiff some time ago when delegates from all the Federation Lodges attended. As a result,. they were in possession of a scheme which they would all be called upon to vote during the coming week. As all were aware, there were frequent stoppages owing to failure of machinery, etc., or from causes which the masters and workmen had no control, and it was for these emergencies that the out of work fund was suggested. It had been the experience of every Trades Union that there should be an out of work fund attached to it. He appealed to the workmen to give it their undivided support. What was to be the outcome of the Eight Hours Act was a. question they heard at every street corner, and that ques- tion he was not prepared to answer. The mani- festo issued by the masters was the first he (Mr. Morrell) could remember ever being pub- lished from the coal owners' side, and no thought it was rather suggestive. Clearly, Par- liament thought eight hours at one time was sufficient to b3 down a mine, and he thought all reasonable men would aomi' that (applause). Mr, j
Rev. Dinsdale T. Young at I Treharris. LECTURE ON THE LATE C. H. SPURGEON. jn Monday afternoon, at Brynhyfryd Welsh Baptist (kindly lent to the English Wesleyans for the occasion) the Rev. Dimsdale T Young, of London, preached an excellent sermon to a good congregation. Refreshments were pro- vided in the English Wesleyan schobl-room for visitors from a distance by the members of the church. In the evening, the rev. gentleman lectured at Brynhyfryd on "The Life and Works of the late Rev. C. H. Spurgeon" to a good au- dience. Mr. Jacob Ray presided, and Mr. W. J. R. Davies was the organist. The lecturer said the late Mr. Spurgeon was a particular and.intimate,friend, of his, and he was one. of the most wonderful men he ever knew. He never commenced the preparing of I his sermons for the.-Sabbath uptil after tea on Saturdav evening. He would quietly arise from, the table, whether Royalty or distinguished guests were present or not, and in a kindly pojm- ner, ask them to .excuse him as the tin16 not'-his own. In a very short while he would- select his text and. then consult five or six com- mentaries, and then form his own opinion. Mr. Spurgeon never wrote a. sermon, but jotted1 down a few primary points, and very often he I would know but little of what he was going to say until he ascended the pulpit.. The great preacher possessed such a gigantic, intellect that I he held a congregation of 5,000 for. over 40 years. He (Mr. Young).often availed-himself of the opportunity cf going to hear Mr. Spur- geon at the Thursday night services. Both sum- mer, and winter people \vould be there half an. hour before the doors were opened, in order to secure a, seat. He had frequently, seen a large concourse of people on these week nights in all weathers waiting for the doors to bo opened. All who bad heard him expressed their perfect satisfaction with Mr. Spurgeon, saying that he was a man of God with great power. On one particular occasion at the Tabernacle Mr. Spur- geon was cast down, and one of his stewards, who sat with him in the rostrum, came to the front rail and addressed the congregation in these words, "My dear brothers and sisters and friends, our pastor is very much castoown this evening. Would you, who have received spir- itual blessing or conversion under Mr. Epur- geon's ministry, kinaly stand up." Incrantly twelve hundred people jumped to their feet and proclaimed that-they bad been converted under the ministry of Mr. Spurgeon. Undoubtedly he was one of the greatest preachers in the Victorian era. He possessed one of the finest libraries, consisting of 6,000 volumes, which could not be surpassed. When the library was broken up Mr. Thomas Spurgeon,son of Mr. Spurgeon, had a book case made of the shelves of the library, and presented i* to him (Mr. Young) as a. mark of affection. The influence Mr. Spurgeon held over his congregation when delivering bis last sermon was quite as great as at any period of his ministry. The rev. gentleman was heartily thanked for his excellent lecture.
NELSON. FOOT RACE.—A race took place at Nelson on Monday evening between Frank Riley and Ted Harley, both of Nelson, for a stake of £5, distance 130yds. The former won easily.
MERTHYR VALE. P.S.A.—On Sunday, the Rev. E. Aman Jones was the speaker, his subject being, "William Cowper, the Poet." Master David Price sang "For ever with the Lord," and Miss Jayne presided at the piano. Mr. R. A. Jones was the chairman. ART NEEDLEWORK.—Mrs. T. Jones, Aberfan, secured the first prize for art needlework at Nelson Eisteddfod on Saturday last, her ex- hibit being a beautifully-worked table centre. Also Mrs. W. Marks, Aberfan, was very highly commended far a splendidly-designed and worked tray-cloth. TEA AND CONCERT.—The annual tea and con- cert in connection with the Band of Hope at Smyrna. were held on Wednesday. The fol. ,towing ladies waited" upon the tables, and as- sisted in other ways:—Mrs. Richards, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Collins, Miss Collins, Mre. Mor- gans, Mrs. Rowlands, Miss T. Morgan, Mrs. Harris, Mr. W. Edwards, and Mrs. Scott. At the concert, Mr. J. H. Morris presided, and the following took part:—May Morris, Beatrice Collins, May Ball, Alice Bennett, Lucy May Prosser, Gwen Morgan, Mary E. Jones, Bea- trice Francis, B. Collins, Lionel Richards, Mrs. Jenkins, Ieslie Richards. Miss M. E. Jones, Emlyn Morri-s, Tommy Jenkins, Wayne James, Gwyneth Morris, D. Morgan, J. T. Morgan and Mr. John Price. AIR RIFLE SHOOTING.—On Friday evening, at Havaxd's Refreshment Rooms, a. faggot sup- per was held by the Aberfan Air Rifle Club. A large gathering of members attended, and the chair was occupied by Ma-. J. Jones, chair- man of the club. After supper, the silver cup given by the president, Mr. Dan Evans. and a silver four-bottle cruet stand, given by Messrs. Thomas and Co., Merthyr, to be shot for by the members of the Aberfan Air Rifle Club, were presented to the sucoessful competitors. After several rounds, Mr. Dan Gibbon (vice- captain) and Mr. Jack Rowlands shot off for the final on Tuesday last, when Mr. Dan Gibbon scored 94 out of a po-sible 105, aiid Mr. Rowlands scored 87, with four points add- ed. Mr. Evans presented the cup. He said he was prompted at the commencement of the season to ofIera cup to be shot for by the members, as an inducement for them to prac- tise He was proud to be president of the club, and also of their achievements for their first season, running a good third in the Mer- thyr and District Air Rifle Association. They were the only club who had beaten the cham- pions, viz., the Merthyr Conservatives. He felt sure that if they continued to practise, next year they would give a better account of themselves. He referred to two members of a sister club, the Gordon-Lennox—Messrs. T. W. and E. Beach—whose shooting had placed them in the proud position of first and second cliam- pions of the A.C.G., open to all England; and he was sure they, with himself, were pleased to congratulate their friends.—Mr. Matthew Jones (captain) next presented the cruet stand (on behalf of Messrs. Thomas and Co.) to Mr. Jack Rowlands.—The two recipients very suit- ably responded, and votes of thanks were ac- corded the donors; also to the Host and Host- ess, and Mr. Martin Goldsworthy, who acted as referee in the handicap.—An interesting programme was gone through. Mr. Sidney Valentine gave selections upon the banjo and mandoline; and Mr. Charles Bellamy gave several gramophone selections.
Merthyr Education Committee's Mining Classes. COMPETITIONS AT MERTHYR VALE. On Wednesday next, the timbering, cogging, walling, and posting competitions will be held at the Merthyr Vale Colliery Yard (by kind permission) for prizes offered by the Evening Schools Committee of the Corporation. These classes were started upon the suggestion of Mr. Isaac J. Williams (the organizer) and the popularity of the choice is proved by tho fact that there are no fewer than forty contestants. The competition will commence at 12 o'clock noon. After the contest, a meeting will be held at Pantglas School, t which Alderman Enoch Morrell, chairman of the Education Committee, will preside.
ABERCANAtD. STRAIN, DISEASE AND DRINK. — Mr. R. J. Rhys, coroner, held 3Jl inquest at the Richards Arm Inn, Abercanaid, on Monday upon the body of Evan Bovan, aged 30, a ha,ulier, of 4, Lewis-square, Abercanaid. Whilst at work in Cwm Pit the deceased strained himself in push- ing a tram on the 13th inst., a.nd he died on Friday. Dr. Ryce made a post-mortem examin- ation, and he found indications showing- that death was due to pneumonia and pleurisy, there being signs also of excessive drinking. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony. THE LIBRARY.—A meeting wa.s held in the reading room of the free library to hear the re- port of the book purchasing committee on their work in procuring books to suit the tastes of the readers in tho district from the grant allotted to them by the Free Libraries Committee of the Merthyr Borough Council. Many of the leading gentlemen of the district were present, including Dr Ryce, Coun. D. J- Lewis ajid L. M. including Dr Ryce, Coun. D. J. Lewis and L. M. Jones. Coun. iD. J. Lewis presided. A letter was read from Mr. T. T. Jenkins regretting his inability to be present. Coun. Lewis gave a brief review of the work of the Free Libraries Committee since he was elected chairman in November, 1903. He explained that the Coun- cil had granted to the committee money for re- novating and restocking all the libraries in the Borough. He was confident that the book pur- chasing committee had catered well for the homogenous tastes of book lovers in the three hundred new volumes of literature which now filled the book cases in the room. In saying this he was reminded that during the week one of the greatest English writers of the nineteenth century, George Meredith, had passed away. He hoped most of those present would read the books of Meredith. — Dr. Ryce gave the report of the purchasing committee. The committee, he said, had brought a varied collection of i volumes on science, philosophy, and general lit- erature. These books would appeal differently to the many types of minds. Some would sim- ply read them without much application of the thought. Some, again, would peruse and digest them with commendable assiduity, while others would have no pleasure from them at all, think- ing it a tedious occupation. However, he hop- ed they would be made use of by both young and old, male and female of the district.—Mr. David Davies expressed great pleasuro that such good facilities had been provided for the people for advancement. The time would come, he opined, when they should go to the Council and say, "Wo have read and printed indelibly on our brains the knowledge contained in these books. We want, to change the old stock for a. new one." —Mr. Wm. Davies addressed the meeting in Welsh. He pointed out that thirst for know- ledge did not solely mean that a person should advance his position in respect of employment. A man could still remain a collie-, yet possess the merit and crecteiiiials of a manager The i i rssl. fcgra&aK .tevJgdie.T\: [ Coun. L. M. Jones said he was looking forward to the time when one would be able to go out to the grounds with a book in the summer and enjoy oneself in pure air and good reading. The Council had planted some shrubs already and he hoped more would be done in this direction soon.
PENTREBACH. OPERETTA.—At the New Hall, on Monday evening, the St. James's Church Juvenile Choir, under the conductorship of Mr. Henry Jenkins, Abercanaid, rendered the operetta, "The Mys- tic Mirror." The characters were sustained by the following:—"Peari," Miss M. J George; "Violet," Mrs. M. A Snead, "Betty," Miss L. M. Thomas; "Prince Submarine," Mr. Willie George: "Jack Ratlin," lr Rees Mor- gan; "Bill Barnacle," Mr. Wm. Morris, "Bouncing Billy," Mr. D. J. Gilbert; "Sail- ors," members of tho choir; "King Torpedo," Mr. John P. Davies: "Fairy Queen," Miss Katie Jones "Sea Iiapa and ;_Sea Fairiofc* • members- of the choir- An efficient orciies&a were in fttp.d¡,iJ:1cd;unf.tilè conducto.rsBip pf Dr. E. A. JSvans, organist, Petd sCliurch, Abercanaid.; Pi:ajs» is due to the conductor, Mr. Jenkins, aad all connected with tifevWplfr-* etta for the admirable m&iHTer they their dtftiAs J
,"<' 1f'¡:j'r' "I '■REVIE'WSJ- v; • "BlaCrt. and White'- for last '•Saturday was a special Empire number. It was a wonderful sixpenny worth. Those who would arrive at a clear ijsrhjer- standing of the Near Eastern problem would do well to peruse, arrpaipphlet-bv; Vladimir- Yova-v novitch (Messte,V £ Atj!s. and" C0., .17, J98pn:s,; court, Fleet-street, London, E.C.). The author of the pamphlet, whichJs published at sixpence, is a Servian, and therefore speaks with a knowledge 01 the situation. The hundredth anniversary of the death of Thomas Paine is being marked bv the issue by Messrs. Watts a.nd Co., in cheap form and unabridged, of the well-known "Life of Tho- mas Paine," by the late Dr. Moncure D. Con- way, and of a companion volume at the same price (half-a>-crown), entitled "The Writings of Thomas Paine," which includes '"The Age of Reason." "Rights of Man, e.nd a selection from Paine's miscellaneous political writings. "The Riæ and Destiny of Man," by Edmond John Hunt (Messrs. Watts and Co.), has just been issued in pamphlet form at sixpence. The booklet, which runs to fifty odd pages, is divided into three sections: "The Old Faith," "The New Faith," and "The Future of Man!" Mr. Hunt points out in the introduction that "from the point of view of religion, man may no longer be regarded as made in the image of his Creator, and brought into being as the result of a definite act, but must take his rightful place as an outcome of an evolutionary process extending over untold aeons of time. Further, it is clear that if man did not fall, there was, then, no need) for a Divine Re- deemer to offer Himself on the Cross as an expiatory sacrifice for the sins of the world." The argument of Mr. Hunt may be gathered from this quotation. We havo received acopy of a, new ordnance small soale map which has just been issued on behalf of the Ordnance Survey authorities by Mr. T. Fisher Unwin, 1, Adelphi-terrace, Lon- don, W.C. During the last year or two, since Mr. Unwin's appointment as the Bole wholesale agent for tho sale of these small scale maps, a good deal of attention has been given to them. They are Government public- ations, and therefore the official maps from which all others have to be prepared. In the eArly days they were not available in attractive form, but the new large sheet series on both the scale of 1-inch and 2-miles to the inch, and especially the new set printed on the co-called "layer system," are unexcelled by any maps hitherto produced. The map before us is two miles to the inch. This is one of a eeries which are published at Is. 6d. on paper, 2s. mounted on linen, and 2s. 6d. mounted in sec- tions. "Successful Advertising: Its Secrets Explain- ed," by Philip Smith; 24th edition, 732 pages, 5s. net. (The Smiths' Advertising Agency, 100, Fleet Street, London, E.C.). We have received a copy of the new edition of "Successful Advertising," published by the Smiths' Advertising Agency. This is the 24th edition of the work, which is an entirely new book, increased in size, set in entirely new type, and re-written from title-page to colo- phon. It contains more matter than any prev- ious edition, and possibly more information of value to advertisers than has ever yet been presented in a single volume. In the first part of the book, there is a series of articles cover- ing the entire range of advertising: but the emphasis is placed upon Press publicity, be- cause it is by far the most popular form of appeal, and certainly reaches the largest num- ber of people in the most effective manner for the greatest length of time. Special attention i" called to the article called "Work, Wages, and Wealth," in which are presented authorita- tive statistics which will be found: of great value to advertisers. These .statistics speak for themselves as to the abounding prosperity and actual potential wealth of these islands. "Bibby's Annual," edited by Joseph Bibby, Liverpool? We have been favoured with a copy of this "Annual"—an unconventional journal publish- ed about once a year. Its aim is to give ex- pression to thoughts and ideas, which the editor believes will contribute to social advancement. Originally published in the interests of farmers and agriculturists, the journal now caters for a far wider class of readers. The pictures are really very fine-indeed the journal, may be described as a work of art. Then there are articles on "The Homely English Garden," "The Feeling of Plants," "Salt" Protection: Animal, Human: and Divine," "Sanity on the Sex Question," "The Coming Englishman," "A Word on Art." "Milk versus Beer," "Man and Systems," "Remedial Suffering," "The New View of Life," "The Socialism of Jesus," "Some Common Insect Pests," "Some Words on Unemployment," and other interesting sub- jects. This issue certainly eclipses any prevo ious number of the "Annual" we remember having geen. and is certainly worth more than the one shilling charged for it. The pictures alone are worth the money. The magazine will be cordially welcomed by thousands of readers. Last year's issue was Bold out, and although 10,000 extra copies have been printed this we shall be surprised if this issue is not quickly sold out. "Modern Rationalism," by Joseph McCabe. Messrs. Watts and Co.; cheap edition, one shilling. This is a book for inquiries. It gives a sketch of the progress of the Rationalist spirit in the Nineteenth Century. It has been re- vised. and is now issued by Messrs. Watts for the Rationalist Press Association. It runs to about 200 pages, and is divided into balfl-a- dozen ohapters, the subjects dealt with being "Rationalism in Theology": "Biblical Criti- cism" "Comparative Religion and Myth- clogy"; "Rationalism and Philosophy"; "Re- ligion and Science" 5 and "Rationalism in Ethics: Constructive Rationalism." At. t" c end of each chapter the author gives a list of books to be read on the subject dealt with. These lists will be found "Very useful to' the student. The progress of the Rationalist spirit, the author says, must be estimated, not only by ihe novelty and solidity of its achievements, but also by the universality of its diffusion. The theories and discoveries summarised, he claims, are not "idols of the den," but are the possession of all ranks of Society. "The social and humanitarian move- ments which the tyne-spirit has evoked are largely characterised by a purely secular character, which contrasts ominously with ear- lier movements, and which is anxiously depre- cated by theologians. Literature is almost universally secularistic. and is very largely anti-dogmatic and anti-sacerdotal. Dogmatism is visibly decaying. The Church is appeal- ing to aesthetic, or ethical, or humanitarian influences, and suffering an unrestrained li- cense of thought in speculative regions. In fine, the progress of the Rationalist spirit in the Nineteenth Century was indefinitely great- er than during the eighteen centuries since the Galilean and His followers infused a. new life into the Hebrew, Greek and Egyptian versions of the primitive myths." History, says Mr. JMcCabe. throws new and wonderful light upon the origin and nature and ethical contents of non-Christian religions, and the strange ana logy of their mytlis to Christian dogmas. Edu- cation has been improved and secularised, and the spirit of inquiry now pervades the masses. He also states that by the end of the Nine- teenth Century a sceptical Rationalism "a.bso. lutely overides our age," and is found in every able book. Ho gives the names of forty writers and scientists and claims that thirty-four of these were Rationalists of an extreme type, or Agnostics. "The New Theology," by the Rev. R..T. Campbell. (Messrs. Mills and Boon, 49, Whitcomb Street, Leicester Square, London, W.C:). A popular edition of this work has now been published at one shilling. The book first made its appearance two years ago, when the New Theology controversy was at its height. It has since been thoroughly revised, and there is a new preface by the author. The book has had en unprecedented sale for a theological work, and has now reached the eighth thou- sand. There has been a steady demajid for it throughout the civilised world. In tho naw edition, some of the controversial elements which were necessarily present in the original work have been omitted. In other respects, it is the same as before, except that in tho intro- duction Mr. Campbell has surveyed the pro- gress of the New Theology movement during the laet- two years. This will prove interesting to those whose sympathies are with progressive religious thought—and there are not a few in South Wales who hold views similar to those enunciated by the pasWr of the City Temple. Mr. Campbell points out that. it was asserted by representatives of the various Nonconform- ist denominations that the New Theology would be a nine day1' wonder, that it was stiJI-born, and that the* CSty Temple people would make short work of the connection between it and themselves; "so eure, indeed, were soTne of the critics of the last-named result of the upheaval that they began giving the present writer notice to quit without waiting for the verdict of his Church." Needless to say, these antici- pation« falsified. Mr. Campbell is still it the City Temple, and it is safe to assert that LA!IA.tS)9ge I number of people than some orthodox Non- conformists would have us believe. "P is now. becoming clearly seen that the new religious movemnj everywhere is one and tbe tame. ] Liberal Christians are drawing together and' making common cause. What has come is ai revival of spiritual religion, freed from thai trammels of dogma. It is now more possible I for an intelligent man to oonfess himself s: Christian without feeling that in to doing he is stultifying his intellect, not to speak of his moral sense." Reference is made to the form- ation of associations of those in sympathy with the newer standpoint—many of which exist m. South Wales—and to the fact that these associ-> ations have now crystallised into the organiza- tion known as the League of Progressive Thought, and Social Service, or more popular- ly the Progressive League. At the beginning of the present year, there was a subscribing', membership of between three and foui thou- sand, and altogether there are nearly A hunK di«d:brap4⪚ £ If suctealjmdwajr has been" made ia so short, a time, wb^t.process will bo made, say. during the next dedide? There cam be no doubt that men's views in regard to TrMigious matters are changing: mtoy of the old dogmas are bfcffifc abafccU&ed.. The proba- bility is that- ere lortgthe churches will have to consider the question of modifying or re- stating of the beliefs hithtsrto held. To all who are interested in 'the new movement, we commend the,book now before as, which, published at" one shilling, is brought) within tbe reach JQf alL
ABERAMAN. SERVANTS can easily be obtained b, the use of a-email Want Atf. in these aolumnb, State your I"èq1,lirents. and you will po surfe to cet Suited at once. EXCHANGE OF PULPITS.—On Sunday morning the Rev. R. E. Williams (Twriab), YnyslwycL exchanged pulpits with the Rev. R. Grwenffrwci Hughes, of the Gadlys Welsh Baptist Chapel, Aberdare. The latter preached an admirable1 sermon at Ynsylwyd from the 1st Psalm, verses 1 and 2. GWAWB.—On Sunday and Monday last, the half-yearly preaching services in connection, with this Welsh Baptist Church were held,; when fairly large congregations attended^ Thai officiating ministers were: Rev. J. R. Evans-- Cefnmawiy near Ruabon, North Wales, the Rev. E. Edmunds, Swansea. The Mr. Evans is a* young and promising preacher,* who formerly studied at the South Wales Bap2 College, Cardiff; whilst the Rev. Mr Edc munds is at present th$secretary of the VelsK Baptist Union, and also of the Welsh section? of the Baptist Missionary Society. Collection were made at each service towards reducing, the chapel debt. AMUSEMENT.—Lovers of variety toms aref given an opportunity of enjoying three bourse splendid amusement at the Aberaman Grand Theatre this week. Leoni Clarke, the cat king, heads the bill, and he gives a good tufm with the numerous members of the feline tribe-, Rowe's electric bioscope shows excellent pMf tares, including "Lost in the Snow" and Runaway Dog." Flo Brilliant, the comedo ienne, forms an attractive item, and the Na„<*j row Brothers, comedy cyclists, cause laughw# from beginning to end. Dolly, Agnes, ar*| Maud, the singing box-makers, ijave very sweat! voices, and Gus Hindell is well worth 6eeing.; Joe Humphreys, vocal comedian, is also good,, and there are several other decent turns. AMBULANCE SUCCESSES.—The following mem- bers of the Aberaman Ambulance Class were: successful in the examination held recently:—■ Label, Mr. John Jones, Abercwmboi; medal-1 lion, Mr. W. Morris, Aberaman, vouchers, 1 Messrs. William Williams, David Rees Mor- gan. John Grainger, Benjamin Lewis, Gomer; Davies and George Belsten, all of Aberaman Í; David James Jones, Cwmamaxi; William S James and William J. Blefwetr. Aberaman;; certificates, Messrs. Thomas Morgan. David Morgan, Emrys James, Daniel Morgan, Williams. T. M. Lewis, and James J. JonÐtw; all of Aberaman. The results reflect greajj credit upon the teacher. Dr. D. T. Glyn Joni Clifton-crescent, who has successfully condt*>. ted this class for several sea.sons.. GILCHRIST COMMITTEE.—On Wednesday nighr, a meeting of this committee was held iii the Lesser Public Had. Coun. Illtyd Hopkmi occupied the chair. Mr. W. W. Prioe, the houui secretary, reported that the income from thai recent lectures amounted approximately to £61 15s., and after all bills had been paid would be £30, roughly speaking, nev proSt. Great satisfaction was felt at this result, and upon Mr. Price being asked to leave the room, it was decided to grant him an honorarium in' recognition of his labour on behalf of the ture movement. The money in hand k to ba1 invested on deposit as a nucleus for next winter. The following officers were appointed for next season: Chairman, Councillor Illtyd Hopkins, re-elected; Vice-chairman, Rev. Thomas, Godreaman; treasurer, Mr. J. H. Powell, Dany- graig; joint secretaries, Messrs. W. W. Price and David Davies; executive committee, Messrs. Jno. Griffiths and John Williams, schoolmas- ters, Rev. J. Lewis. Hebron; Rev. J T. Rhys, Bethany: Messrs. T. Job Davies, J. Morgaji, and B. Stephens. A number of eminent loo- turers were mentioned to whom applications for subjects and terms are to be made. SACRED CONCERT.—On Sunday evening sacred concert was held at the Grand Theatre, in aid of Mr. Henry Morris, Brook-street, Aberaman. There was a fair number present. Mr. John Evgjis occupied the chair, in the absence of Mr. David Jones. The following programme was gone through: — Base solo" I "Tbe Village Blacksmith," Mr. John Lake;' tenor solo, "How Vain is Man," Mr. Watkin i Prulli; soprano polo, "8ing. Sweet Birdie" Sing," Mrs. E. Evans (Morfudd Mor<ranwg), Aberdare, who also sang la.ter, "A Dream ofi Paradise"; mandoline quintette, "I SurrendeB All," by the five brothers John, viz., MesSTs. Thomas J. John, Job John, WillIe John, Stanley John, and Silas John, who also gave renderin" of the Welsh hymn-tune, "Calfari" t violin eolos, "Blue Bells of Scotland" (with' variations) and "Terontia," by Miss Carnei Sage; duett, "Flow Gently, Deva," Messrs^ John Lake and Watkin Pliiilips; tenor soloSJ "The Star of Bethlehem" and "For All nity," Mr. D. W. Griffiths; solo, "A Sailor^ Grave," Mr. Watkin Phillips; solo, "Thd Children's Home," Mr. John Lake. The ac4 eompankts were Mr. T. Sago and Mr.G. H.) Moses. The officials connected with the move.) ment were: Mr. Thomas James John, secreJ tary; Mr. Arthur Cook, treasurer; and James Dabbinett acted as chairman of a ■ veryj strong and energetic committee. ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday, the great' event; of the year in connection with the Primitive1 Methodist Sunday School was held, viz., that anniversary services. The choir had been welW trained, under the conductorship of Mr. Richw ard Edevane, and the following hymn-tunea were sung:—"I sing, sing, sing," "Sweet and Fair," "Onward, Children, Onward," "March") ing on to Canaan," "Listen to the Bugle,} "We will come rejoicing," "God's Little Chil." dren," "Saviour, Loving Saviour," "We ar Volunteers," and "Triumphant Joy." Mr.) Fred Bridges presided at the organ. Large congregations attended throughout the^ day.j and the collections towards^ the Sunday School! Fund were very good. Owing to the indisposxW tion of Mr. Joseph Pase, the chair was take at the morning meeting by Mr. George Bigj nalL The anthem, "The Earth is the. Lord s, V was rendered, the quartette being taken by, Miss P. Milsom, soprano; Madam M. A. Wall.: contralto; Mr. G. Frame, tenor; and Mr. Dd Bowen, bass. Another anthem entitled "Blessed are the People," also contained a quartette,* which was sung by Mrs. A. Barrett, 6Oprano. Mr3. A. Arndell, contralto, and Messrs, Jd Arndell and W. Kellow. tenor and bass. Off Monday, the annual tea and demonstration took place. The children marched throu Regent-street, Thomasrterrace, and Jubilee^ road, as far as Bethany Chapel, then alonjtf CI arenco-terrace and Gladstone-street, atxl through George-street to Glamorgan-street* and thence up Chapel-street to Regent-street^ and back to the chapei again. Tea was provide ed at the schoolroom for a large number 08 children and adults. CANTATA PERFORMANCE.—On Thursday evetft ing a crowded audience attended at Saron Aberaman, when the cantata, "The Piatifli Party" (Chas. H. Gabriel) was performed l»S5 the Band of Hope Choir of the Aberaman EDf glish Wesleyan Church. The stage had beeai arrayed by Mr. H. Powell, Mr. William Hill was the conductor; and Mr. T. G. Lee was the stage manager. Tho a.ccompani8 were Messrs. W. A. Beynon and T. Davies. The principal soloists and representatives of the various ch acters were: "Grandmother," Miss A. Dandoj "Dot," Miss A. Morris; "Tot," Miss A. J; Jenkins; "Hazel," Miss Lilian Collier, "ZeJ nia," Miss Gwen Collier; "Jessie," Miss Rees; "Mabel," Miss fL J. Probert; "Flor-i rie," Miss Violet Burrows, "Mamie," Miss S, Bowen; "Annie," Miss Ethel Evans; "Coach; man," Master Richard Daniel George f "Ca.p.¡ tain," Master Alec Vater; "Brownies," Mas- ters Arthur John Bowden, Wm. George Bow den, Stanley Warner, Wm. J. Owen, Brinley Whit.march, Wallace# Perrow, I. George, and Bertie Lewis; boys of chorus, Stephen Thomas, David Jenkins, and Wm. James Warner Othei children who tcok part in the chorus werei Misses Ethel A. Finn, Lucy Bowen, Elsie M. Lee, Lily Morgan, Eliza A. Davies, Annie Fin. ner, Katie Bowen, Violet Curtis Price, Saratt J. Finn, Ceinwen Hiles, Jessie May Davies* Mabel Burrows, Elsie Mary Evans, Maggie May Thomas, Violet May Caughlin, Elizabeth Jom athan, Leah Morgan, Bessie Taylor, Mary Hughes, Emily Warner, Lucy Vater, Mary Emma Harry, Carrie Vater, Alice Vater. S. J. Vater, S. J. Jones, Caroline Harris, Blodwea Griffiths, Netty Perrow, Nellie Griffiths, Benfcii Williams. May Evans, Rachel M. Morgan, Eliz' abeth Morris, Eleanor Hooper, Lizzie Mary Vee, Gwen Herrerd, Janet George, LauDt Whitmarch, Daisy May; Nancy Morris. The performance was a complete success in every respect, but the limited room at Saron Hafi made it uncomfortably warm for the audienoe. A repetition was given on Friday night and « fairly large number ag,ai¡} attended. The seo* retariai arrangements were performed;, by Mft; J. Morgan. ■.■■■■
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