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IMPRESSIVE SCENES. Memorial Services. Aberybr-,vyth Working Men's Tribute. No sounds of labour vex'd the quiet air, rem morn till eve, the people all stood still; And earth won back a Sabbath. There were none ho cared to buy and sell, and make a gain gj or or>e whole day. All felt as they had lost R A mother, and were fain too keep within, § Silent, or speaking little. Such a day K ■An old man sees but once in all his time. j| The simplest peasant in the land that day |j Knew somewhat of his country's grief. He heard 9 The knell of Britain's Sovereign from the tower | Of the old church, and ask'd the cause, and sibh'd || Like as the waters of the northern sea •« (Wl, en one strong wind blows steady from the pole) Gome hurrying to the shore, and far and wide M As eye can reach the creaming waves press on || Impatient; or, as trees that bow their tops ||| One way, when Alpine hollows bring one way fl The blasts whereat they quiver in the vale- i| So millions pressed to swell the general grief j|| One wajr:—-for once all men seemed one way j& drawn. 8S Or if through evil hap, and unforseen, Some stay'd behind, their hearts, at least, were there The whole day through, could think of nothing e1:se, Hear nothing else, site nothing! In his cell The s; n,1cnt saw the pageant: spied from far The long-drawn pomp which reach'd from street to street, Slow moving in the silence; casque and plume, And banner waving sad the marvellous state Of heralds, soldiers, nobles, foreign powers, With baton or with pennen princes, peers, JUdgù:" and dignities of Church and State, And warriors grown grey-headed ;—every form Which greatness can assume or honour name, Peace in i or warlike,-each and all were there Troop;ng4in sable sorrow after her Who slept serene upon her funeral car In glorious rest! A child might understand I That 'twas no national sorrow; but a grief Wide as the world. A child might understand That all mankind were sorrowing for one I That banded nations bad conspired to pay This homage to the Queen who sat enthroned In human hearts, and held unrivalled sway O'er regions C:csar never knew." ,Tictoria evermore will stand, a bright and burning star— Emblazoned in the firmament of Time, Where, spite the mists of Change and gloom of Death, Her splendour will illumine The colossal canopy of her wide domain, | For she wrought her people lasting good." | The remains of the late Queen were removed from Osborne to the Royal yacht Alberta and brought across the Solent to Gosport on Friday, and Were conveyed to London on Saturday morning on their journey to Windsor. The scene at the departure from Cowes is described as one of pathos and stately simplicity. Over the coffin as it was borne out of the House to the gun-carriage was a rich, white pall, with embroideries of crimson and gold, with the Crown at the head and the sceptre jaear the feet. Following the remains came the members of her Majesty's family, walking three abreast, the King, the German Emperor, and thel Duke of Connaught leading. The Queen and the! iRoyal Princesses followed on foot, and then tliei ineuiber* of the late Queen's household. The distance to Cowes Pier was traversed in forty Minutes, and the body was placed on the bier ong board the Alberta, which, at twenty minutes toi three, steamed into the Solent. Meanwhile the King and Queen, with several Princes andj Princesses, enterered a pinnance, which conveyed! them to the Royal yacht Victoria and Albert lying in the Roads. Other members of the Royal family embarked on the Osborne, and the German Emperor Flth the Crown Prince and the Duke and Ducnessg of Connaught, went on board the Hohenzollern. The three vessels followerl the Alberta across the Solent. 13reciseiv at five minutes to three o'clook the first note of warming to the Fleet at Spithead that the Alberta had left Trinity Pier was given by ,the firing of a gun from the ironclad Alexandra off Cowes, Immediately afterwards minute guns were discharged from all the ships, the salute being fired | from the sides of the vessels facing the shore. this 31411P- being observed by the foreign as well as the Britishjmen-of-war. The crews also "manned ship, and guards and bands paraded. The destroyers led| the procession, formed in columns of divisions line| ahead, one column being off the starboardand the! other off the port bow of the Alberta. The torpedo- boats steamed along the carefully buoyed channel loading into the harbour, and during the passage the Royal yachts were within a short distance of the shore, which was lined"with dense masses of spectators. The catafalaue.on the Alberta conrain- the body of the late Queen was an object of M. intense interest. As the flotilla approached, minuteffli guns were fired from the Garrison Battery an<. them fluting ships in harbour. The firing did not M Cease until twenty minutes to five, when thegH Alberta was taken alongside the Pier atM Royal Clarence Victualling YardH| -The coffin was removed from the yacht Alberta, 8% "kicli had been lying at Portsmouth during iheH: to a special train on Saturday morning, andH; ■•we journey to London was begun at nine o'clock.H Victoria Station was reached two hours later H ■Here a gun-carriage drawn by eight cream horses,Hj With trappings of scarlet and gold, was waiting.W The coffin was placed upon it, and the memorableW procession through the streets of London began First came long lines of soldiers and sailors, followed by the military attaches to the Embassies and the Head Quarters Staff of the army.H The Earl Marshal and officers of the ana aides-de-camp were among those next in theHj procession, and then came the coffin, upon rested the Crown, the sceptre,and the orb. Follow- log the Royal Standard were the King and the •Ottier•mourners a long line of kings and princes which included the German Etnperor, the King 0 Greece, the of Portugal, and the King of the Belgians. Queen Alexandra and the .Princesses who were included among the Mourners, drove in carnages, and the procession- nearly two miles long—was completed by the! deputation from the German army and the escort. All the thoroughfares through which the .great cava lcade passed were crowded long before the hour at which it was expected. Sig-ns üf Blourning were universal, and the multitudes of]| ,people were hushed and reverent. The inarch from Victoria to Padoingion lasted ior over two hours, and it was half-past one when the final railway journey to Windsor was begun. As in London so in the royal borough the streets were crowded withn people. Again the coffin was placed upon a gur-1 carriage for removal fr^m the station to the Ca>t e.g A strange incident was witnessed. The horse. Affected by long waiting in a bitiu.S wind, refused! their work, and became restive. The uaval !!uard of honour promptly relieved the situation R^movini the horses, itif-V themselves* took charge of the burden, and drew the coffinH to St- C'tR pel. For t\wir 1",1,lines" they were after *«:< specially thanked by the King. When the ehu.el was reached the coffin was borne in by Grenada followed hv the Kin\ the Kaiser, and the D-«ke. at C muan-^h.. and placed on a ptirn'eM catalahp1"' 'he l|M>t of Hie altar -te-s. 1 hei Burial S->ce, wish the alterations Tie es-iry t the occasion, then begun. During it Nurrov| King-of-anlt" prn'1:1 inied the style and i.les0!' the late Sovereign 1 nose of the new King. After- Wards tii- coffin "as removed to the Albert lwemoi-iiiC" Monday it was privately placed i,i t, ;it I lie Fl*ogmore Matisr,leiim, by the si ti I I, Consort. After the process5.»n in London special services were held at St Patil'-A. t lie City authorities attended; at Westminster A bbey, where members of t hp Hotisf of Peers were present; and at St MargaretV, which church was set apart for members or House Com- toons. The day was also observed as one of general mourning throughout the whole country, as well as in every city and town in the far off Colonies, and by every British community in foreign lands. In this district business was entirely suspended, and memorial services were held at almost every place of worship. In short, the day was in every respect as quiet as a Sabbath. Shops and pnplic houses ilrere closed, and blinds wae invariably drawn. No trains were run, save one each way (as on ¡t/J;JJ.t''b",w.¡,¡,L'JU.O.L 'jI: .¡¡j1'L- '_4'í&. fflSundays), and no newspapers were offered for s;ile.< fjfljln the towns the solemn stillnes of the air wasj Hbroken only by the mournful strains of funeral- Bmarohes, and in the villages by the doleful knell otj Bathe Church bells. j H WORKING MEN'S TRIBUTE. The tribute paid by the working men of Aber-| Bflystwyth to the memory of Queen Victoria, couidi Hhardly be excelled by any function of the kind foiv Sits touching impressiveness. All sections o! iheg BTvorkers hail been asked to attend, and at 10 30 on| ■Saturday morning a large procession was lonneng ffiin Queen's-square, opposite the Town Hall. Cotin-S Hcillor R. Peake acted as chief marshal, and the| Bprocession marched via Queen's-road, N ortb-parad c, Great Darkgate-street, Pier-street, and Li t t lc Darkgate-sti-ect to the New Market Hall, in tht. following order:— si « Aberystwyth Town Band. E| H Naval Reserve. g| h Town Drill Class. H |g Carpenters and Joiners. || n Foundry Employees. | General Labourers. j| I Masons. SB 1 Painters, Plumbers, &c. I Plasterers. I Printers. || I Railway Employees. || | Slate Works Employees. ||| S Tailors and Outfitters. 1 Shop Assistants, General Public, &c. O The procession was headed by ministers of religion.* those present being the Revs T. A. Penry, G. Kyrej Evans, D. R. Williams (Salem), and David Morganjj (W.). The Naval Reserve men formed a strongg contingent, but the largest representation was t!iat| of the°railway employees, \vho were in charge oi| Mr J. A. Thomas (station master), and Inspectors! Bamford and Humphreys.. The members of tiieg Town Drill Class were conspicuous by their smart! and soldier-like appearance, and they reflect credit| on their instructor, ex-Sergt. Evans. The 'lownS Band, under ttte able leadership of Mr JackS Mr J. A. Thomas (station master), and Itispectoi-, Bamford and Humphreys.. The members of tiieg Town Drill Class were conspicuous by their smart! and soldier-like appearance, and they reflect credit| on their instructor, ex-Sergt. Evans. The 'lownS Band, under ttte able leadership of Mr JackS Edwards, played the "Dead ilarch" as the pro-S cession slowly wended its way along the routeS indicated, its progress being watched in silence bvfg hundreds of spectators, who lined both sides of th<-g thoroughfares. The New Market Hall was filled .iffl ^overflowing, the number present being estimated at 1,200 to 1,300. Every seat had been moved 10 Mallow more room, and every available foot of space was occupied. Notwithstanding the^cro A'ded :1 rite; Mof the room the proceedings throughout were c,,Il | ducted in a most reverent manner, and a silence' I:hat could well be described as "audible"prevailed.. |j The members of the Naval Reserve and Drill Classj » cook up a position in front of the platform, audi aj stood at attention during the service. The Rev G. | Eyre Evans having said the Lord's Prayer, tbej | whole congregation sang the hymn, "God bless our) | native land," accompanied by the Band. | I The Rev George Eyre Evans next delivered a short | | extempore address, basing bis remarks upon thei | extempore address, basing bis remarks upon thei | words I will be good." It was said that. the,, | words camefrom the Queen's lips when it was madej I known to her first that she was to ascend the throne? | of that country upon which the sun never sets. 111 I was, lie Si»id, extremely diliicult for anyone to say| I anything fresh upon the occasion which bronghtf I them together. Still, they would agree with him| I when he said that the spoken word had still itsg | power. Coming to the throne after a girlhood spentJjj in seclusion under the wise guidance of her motiiei| I -the Duchess of Kent—to whom this country owed! ■a deep debt of gratitude—at a time when, perpbaps,| Bit might well l ave appalled a young girl fresh from| ■school; crowned with all the pomp and npajest.| Bthat could be in Westminster Abbey; married tog ■Albert the Good, a man to whom this country Soever fully realise the debt it owed him; the mot hei | of a family, which he said without fear or hesitatiLJIJ set a noble example to every family in this Sin the discharge of all the onerous duties which feU| ,o it who educated her household in all that wasp noblest and best, and after an honoured widow-S hood, supported by her children, grandchildren, and| great grandchildren she had passed to that bourneS whence no traveller returns. Such was the life Queen Victoria. What did they read from that a life? "I will be good." And if there were two! words which stood out more than any other it was| the word duty and the word character." And| Lie ventured to say that for them and for himself—|j for there was no distinction that day between^ minister and people—they bad a lesson to learnl irom the duty and the character which had carriedj their Queen to an honoured grave. And why did lie lay such stress upon that? He would tell them in the words of that grand old minister in Allleri,a, Eiucrson, Character is more than creed." It was upon what a man was in this world today he would he judged. It was not by the precise cut of theS doth which he might adopt, so to speak, in theological matters. It was what he or she stood for in the body politic that made the man what he was public concern in all matters of life, character written in letters of gold. And without character could one man or woman in this world j lare to say that their lives were what they knew the high and holy One would have them to be ? And surely so had the great throng of witnesses which had gone up luring the past fortnight all over the, civilised|| world testified, and he thought he might venture to say that from the keynote struck by the Arch- bishop in St. Paul's Cathedral down to the service held in the humblest Bethel on the mountain side the whole might be said in the words Duty and character." And might he press that home to everyone that day ? Kings come and kings go, but character would last. It was just what they were here and now upon what, he ventured to say, they would be judged bye-and-bye. And so to the youngest and oldest would he impress the fact that when all the grandeur, when all the solemnity of that day had passed away, when, in God's good time, they came to the ceremony of coronation, still there would ring for them and for him and for everyone of God's creatures the world-wide over, that bell which struck in clear tones What are ou 7 Have you done your duty?" whether the duty be coupling coaches, or at a time of great crisis uttering perhaps an unpopular word as by the prophets of old, Thus saith the Lord." Fear no man, and if they did that, then would it be said of them as doubtless it had already been of the great Queen, Well done, good and faithful ser- vant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." In conclusion the speaker said he knew he would voice the senti- ments of all present when he prayed God grant to her eternal rest, and may light perpetual shine upon her." ra The hvmn Great King of nations, hear our prayer" having been sung, the Rev T. A. Penry reacl sentences from the burial service and offered a short prayer. The Welsh funeral hymn, 11 Bydd tnvrdd o ryieddodau," was then sung with char- acteristic Welsh hivi/l, and a solemn service con- eluded with the benediction, pronounced by the Rev T. A. Penry. H WELSH NONCONFORMISTS. B The Welsh Nonconformists bad arranged a unitedS memorial service at Tabernacle Chapel, on the day of the Queen's funeral. The service was timed to commence aL two o'clock, and at that hour a congregat ion had assembled, which continued to in- crease as the service proceeded, until, eventually, seats had to be placed in the aisles. The Rev T Levi, pastor of Tabernacle Chapel, conducted the service. The well-known liymll, Yma(io wnaf ar babell." having been sung, Professor Edward Anwyl, M.A U.C.W.,reii(i the 91st Psalm, and was followed bv the Rev. T. E. Roberts, pastor of Stiiloh Chapel, who engaged in prayer.—The Rev. T. Levi then delivered a short address. No one, he said, could fully realise the great loss the country had sustained in the death of the Queen. Undoubtedly, she was he be- i sovereign not only of their own time but in the whole annals of history. He did not re- mentbe'- liivin,, heard or having read in any age of such great respect being paid to a sovereign on her death, IHt only in this country but in the whole ot Eunme, and even the Continents beyond. Her life and her reign were long ones, and she had always been olessed with the guidance of Heaven. Bne lost her father when quite young, but she had a good mo\ tier and an excellent husband. She ex perita> ed a great many Miter trials. One of the first was her mother n 1861, bntshe received t deeper Wow a few months later upon the death her (lear husband. She had had many losses s nee t hen. losing one child after another. and not tne c is ot her sorrows was the present disastrous war! Il Lad borne heavily on her, and contributed in aH eit, measure to her unexpected death. She per rormed her duties excellently as Queen. but sb- filled another important office, that of nursing nine children, who were now to be found in all theH Cour,s of Europe. That position she adorned as beautiiiilly as the position of Queen, and they stian woman. The reverend gentleman con-B lied with a touching ancedote which set forthH depart .id Queen's kindness of 1 which was an example of looting the image of her Creal or, Inked Heaven that an example of humanity incipal T. F. Roberts neyt delivered a shnr; prayer, i which he made reference to the Queen as« example worthy of emulation, and whose namt: sbout!! always be revered for the manifold blessings k had brought to her Empire.—Rev. Job Miles,! ongregational,) said the gathering was not in-fi ■jded as an exhibition of strength. It was al thering which none of them had seen its like fore; and probably not many would see its Hkc gain, And rhe question which naturally arose wi, What was the cause of it ? This was only one of ousands of similar gatherings being held that lay, independent of the enormous gathering which itciied the progress of the procession conveying the remains of their late Queen to their last reding ace. One thing alone accounted for it. Not he et that the departed had been a Queen, bt the] raet tbal; she had been such a Queen. And what made her such a Queen was her religion. One of ¡:¡:¡,o.OIoIio4oo( ^fulness in the midst of sorrow was the respect paid to religion in these days. True, she ruled over an |ji|the things that gave him greatest cause for thank- ^fulness in the midst of sorrow was the respect paid itito religion in these days. True, she ruled over anl jEmpire upon which the sun never set, but it was [character that made her what she was, and religion [made the character. And only religion could (make a character like hers. All the civilised {countries of the world paid their tributes of [respect to her memory, which was a proof of the power of true religion in the world. He rejoiced Ir hat she had been the Queen of Great Britain, and that tier Empire was honoured greater than any other Empire in the work of bringing about the spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. He felt thankful that she had been allowed to live long enough to give a standard to religion, to give character to the Empire, and to purify the Court from the corruption which formerly existed there. countries of the world paid their tributes of respect to her memory, which was a proof of the power of true religion in the world. He rejoiced Ir hat she had been the Queen of Great Britain, and ¡ that her Empire was honoured greater than any other Empire in the work of bringing about the spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. He felt thankful that she had been allowed to live long enough to give a standard to religion, to give character to the Empire, and to purify the Conrt from the corruption which formerly existed there. He hoped that that character and that purity would remain as long as the Court itself remained ile (the speaker) believed strongly in the new King. He considered his first address was an ex- cellent one. He said that his endeavour would be to follow the example of his mother. He had also shown a delicacy in the choosing of a name, which he hoped was an earnest of what he would be while he reigned. His hope was that the new King would live to reign many years, and be did not believe that the many prayers offered on his behalf would be in vain.—Professor Edward Edwards con- dncted the congregation again in prayer. He said a time of sorrow t, had come over them, a sorrow they bad not seen its like before. Many of them ¡knew what domestic sorrow was, and what it was [1,1) mourn for the loss of leaders in their country. But there was something more remarkable in the wpresent sorrow than that of any other previousg I occasion, and their prayer was that this sorrowS would be sanctified, so that every one of them wouldg be strengthened by it. They were thankful for t,be| life of such a mother as this, and of such a woman! io the highest Court of the land, and their consolations in their sorrow was that the influence of this Life was to continue. Professor Edwards made anjj earnest appeal on behalf of the new King, and it) the highest Court of the land, and their consolation in their sorrow was that the influence of this great life was to continue. Professor Edwards made an earnest appeal on behalf of the new King, and that he should live under the same great influences which governed his illustrious mother.—Mr Evan EVdIJs said lie thought their uppermost feeling that day was not one of sorrow, but one of tbankful-fi ness. They had great cause to be thankfuljS tor what they had seen in the town that day. He thought all who loved virtue and justice and the I religion of Jesus Christ felt thankful for the homage paid to virtue, justice, and Christianity, « and that feeling was higher when they remem-j p bered that the same homage was being paid almosti fj throughout the world. This would not have been the' a case but for the character of the Queen. Al s great deal of respect would have been I paid to her memory on account of the wide Empire p over which 'she reigned and the number of years] ||she reigned, but all would agree that the great! lirespeet paid to her memory would not have been! |1displayed but for the excellent character she bore. ||The aim of her life was shown by her pure religion.! IjThere might be a feeling of doubt, as to the future.] Hbut they would all agree that the new King had: y commenced iiis reign in a befitting manner. Theyjj | would also look fyr the same virtues possessed by! I Queen Virtoria to be shown by the present Queen. )j and although she would not rule over the country! | she had been reigning for many years in the respects | <*f her subject and the estimation of the people of| jj Cireat Britain.—The closing prayer was offered bya II he Rev D. R. Williams, and a memorable gatherings concluded with the singing of that grand old Welsh resurrection hymn, "Byddmyrdd of ryfeddodau." The other hymns sung were Tragwyddoldeb mawr yw. | d' enw," Iesu cyfaill f' enaid cu," and 0 fryniau I Caersalem ceir gweled." i I THE ENGLISH FREE CHURCHES. 1 | At the English Congregational Church there was jj| a fine congregation, the sacred edifice being over- | crowded, and scores failing to gain admission. 1 pulpit was draped in black. Black and purpl«4 i fvere the prevailing colours throughout. The ser- I* vices were held by the English Free Churches and! I those who took part were the Rev T. A. Penry (C), Kev T. Williams, B.A. (B), Rev T. H, Ingram (W), and the Rev A. Wynne Thomas (C.M.) The service was conducted by the rtev T. A. Penry. The Rev T. H. Iii-raiii read the ninetieth Psalm and the latter part of the 15th chapter of I. Corinthians. The hymns sung were "Our God, our help in ages past, "Lead, Kindly Light," and" Now the Labourer's task is o'er." Mr Amos Jones, R.A.M., gave a very fine rendering of 9 Handel's solo, "The trumpet shall sound," with cornet obligato by Mr T. M. Evans and accompanied on the organ by Mr Leah. The RevT. Williams, B.A.. senior English minister ,f the town, gave a short address onth life of the late Queen. The rev gentleman said that what had happened in the King of Israel's family- long ago faintly foreshadowed the solemn event which called them together that day. Not our own land only but the whole civilized world was bowed down with sorrow, never before was there such a universal mourning. The Queen, whose loss they mourned that day was i true gentlewoman. She was a crown te her sex.g and in her long reign the rights of women hiidB been extended to a greater degree than ever before. They had been enabled through the influence of her character to take part in all spheres of life. ■ The late Queen was not an ordinary woman, she had a wonderful grasp of mind to deal wich all matters, great and small. She was moreover a con-9 stitutional sovereign. Let ttierri realise whatjl that meant, and they would find that9 she was one who ruled the people in harmony with the wishes of the people. llefetring to the home lite of the Qtieeii. the Rev gentleman quoted a remark of Dr Pat ker's whoa said the other day that the Queen's children conducted themselves well for the simple leasoi a that they had a good mother. What was the greail need of France jto-day asked the speaker, was it not godly,mothers ? The secret of the Queen's po\,Ker was that.she was not a mother to her own home only; she took the whole nation to her hear; 9 and she won the affection of the whole people byl Lie power of love. Love was still a great'power.j ior, Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, g And men below, and saints aoove. For love is heaven, and heaven is love. Their departed Queen was a great Queen because she was a good Queen. What was it tha. constituted real g reit nes-l The rank is but the guinea's stamp," but. kind hearts are more t.han Ithan coronets, and simple faith than Norman blood." The Rev A. Wynne Thomas having engaged in prayer, the Dead March was rendered in all im- pressive manner by Mr J. E. Leah, the organist. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH. A large congregation, filling all the closely packed chairs away down to the far west end ot the nob)e nave, was present at the memorial service held oil Saturday last at noon. The solemn occasion wa" outwardly evidenced by the purple hangings and I "ÜHple victor's wreaths of laurel which hung in the ehancel. The service, conducted by the Vicar, Kev, Prebendary Williams, and the curafe. Hev L1. Footman, M. k., was the authorised otie 11 iit tueinoration oi Her late Majesty, Queen Victoria, oil blessed and glorious memory," the hymns and musical portions being led by the latge choir, inl mat dignified and hearty manner for wbien it isB noted. At the close the organist, Mr Sérgean l. played the Dead March in 'Saul' with an etfectj seldom attained and greatly enhanced by the lofti-B ness of the church, and the stone walls, the soundB seeming to roll and linger long as if loth to sink lilt) silence. ■ ST. MICHAEL'S AND ALL ANGELS. The accommodation at this Church was taxed to its almost capacity on the occasion of the memorial service on Saturday morning, the congregation was so large that even the aisles and altar steps were occupied, and it was .estimated there were 1,200 oeople present. The Venerable Archdeacon Protheroe was the officiating minister, and the -pecial form of service authorised by the Arch- bishop of Canterbury was used. The rev gentleman also delivered an appropriate sermon. Mr C Panchen presided at the organ, and Tendered lchaikowsky's Funeral March at the opening of the service, and Beethoven's Funeral Match at the close. The staff and students of the University College attended the service. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. At 11 o'clock the students,—both men and women —fore-gathered in large numbers in the CCoolllleegg Hall to pay their last tribute of respect to the de- parted sovereign by holding a memorial service. Principal Roberts and members of the professorial staff were also present The meeting was addressed oy the Principal, and the hymns sung were Lea«t kindly Light," and O fryniau Caersalem ceir gweled." ST. WINIFRED'S (R.C.) CHURCH. At Mass on Sunday morning last the rector, Rev Father Waldron, read the following letter from the Bishop of Menevia:—Bishop's House, Wrexham January 26th, 1901.-Rev and Dear Father, It has leased God in His infinite Wisdom to call from this world our well-beloved and gracious Sovereign Queen Victoria who has reigned over the British Empire so ably and so well for over sixty-turee years. The whole Nation is thrown into grief and mourning and as she had none more loyal than her Catholic subjects so there will be none to mourn her loss with greater sincerity. The Catholic I Church has no public religious services for the dead except those which have been instituted for the souls of her own children such as the Requiem Mass and the Catholfe Funeral Office, but We trust that you will remind your flock that it is lawfn' to |t hose who believe that a soul has departed this life lin union with the Soul of the Church, although not [belonging to the Body of the Church, to offei privately their prayers and good works for tin benefit of that departed soul. We trust also that [you will ask your people to pray for the Royal Mass and the Catholfe Funeral Oflice, but We trust that you will remind your flock that it is lawful to those who believe that a soul has departed this life in union with the Soul of the Church, although not belonging to the Body of the Church, to offei privately their prayers and good works for tin benefit of that departed soul. We trust also that you will ask your people to pray for the Royal I Family in their affliction, and to implore God to pour down His graces and His blessings on our ruling Sovereign, King Edward VII."—Yours very fiaithfully in Christ, Francis Bishop of Menevia.— Father Waldron then added a few further eloquent words on the life of ot.r late Queen. Miss Roberts, as usual, accompanied on the small organ, and the service was one of much impressiveness.