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THE LATE EDWARD CALLACHAN, OF SOLVA- A FUNERAL WITHOUT A RELATIVE PRESENT. The mortal remains of a noted character, E.lwvrd Callaghan, of Solva, were laid to rest at Whitchurch Burial Ground on Saturday afternoon last. We referred in our last issue to him as one who was a member with the Wesleyans, but since that denomination aban- doned their little cause at Solva, poor "Cari. can, like a stray sheep, wandered to the oth-er I 1. denominations, and was always received most kindly by them, and was welcomed to their communions as well as to their meetings. He had made his home lately with the Calvinistic Methodists, and so the Rev. E. J. Herbert (pastor) had the management of the service. After singing a hymn outside deceased's resi- dence, the funeral cortege wended its way to the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, where the members of the foui leading denominations of Wales officiated. Th, Rev. H. P. Atkins, Wes- leyan minister, St. David's, offered up a most fervfnt prayer, he, with other members of the coni 'xion, having come over from St. David's to p. y their last tribute of respect to the last limk that bound them as Wesleyans to the old cause at Solva. Excellent addresses were de- livered by the Revs. E. J. Herbert (Calvinistic Methodist), Mafonwy Davies (Congregation- alist), and T. Davies (Baptist), each testifying to the pure, unblemished character of the de- ceased-his truthfulness, honesty, faithfulness, trustworthiness, etc.—which the whole congre- gation readily endorsed. Poor" Calican" had no power to conceal even the innermost thoughts of his heart, and so everything that was on his mind was also on his tongue. His accident cracked his intellect, and through this cavity we could all see to the depths of his being. People generally, like the Phari- sees of old, "make clean outside of the cup and platter, but the inside in many instances is full of ravening and wickedness." Whoever saw any malice, envy, or covetousness, much less revellings and drunkenness in poor Edward Callaghan? Nay, they they were con- spicuous by their absence. But the" fruits of the spirit-love, joy, peace, gentleness, good- ness, and faith "—were apparent to all. The old Welsh hymn- Gwaed y groes sy'n codi fyny 'R eiddil yn goncwerwr mawr," etc. which he had rung scores of times, was sung with much fervour. When nearing Whitchurch the tolling of the parish church bell was heard —a most unusual occurrence. The Rev. E. T. Jones (vicar) officiated, and the foua- Noncon formist ministers occupied the front pew inside the church. Poor "Calican" was laid to rest without a single relative there to follow his bier or shed a parting tear. The whole service, especially the singing, had a ring of joy and triumph in it altogether foreign to our usual funerals. "0 death, where is thy sting?" "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to con- found the things which are mighty; those things of the world and things which are despised hath God chosen; yea, things things which are not to bring to nought .things that are, that no flesh should; glorify in his pre- sence." The coffin was of polished pitch pine, beauti- fully lined inside and suitably furnished, with the following inscriptionE. Callaghan, died February 14, 1907, aged 76 years." The under- taker was Mr. H. W. Evans, Solva, who, it should be stated, out of respect to the deceased, gratuitously substituted this coffin instead of those supplied to paupers.



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