AMERICA. The drama that is being played out in America is one of deep interest beyond its own 'boundaries. Though there are nuonerous political subdivisions, there are but two great parties is the country, the Democrats and the Republicans. With our notions of government these two words appear to represent much the same thing, but we must bear in mind that America is a Republic, and consequently the term may well be applied to what may be called the Constitutional party, of which Mr. Lincoln was a distinguished representative and supporter. It was, in fact, his election to the Presidency which mainly contributed to the V determination of the Southern States to de- mand secession. Of late years the Democratic party has been very weak in Congress. The Republicans .have almost monopolised all the ports, military or civil; and the chief aim of the Republican party has been to lower the power and influ- ence of the Democrats in Congress, or in other ► words to lessen the representative power of the ..South. Out of this struggle has arisen a de- cided -antagonism between the President and the Congress. On the one hand Congress has decided for what is called a constitutional amendment, which among other things declares ithat where Negroes are not allowed to vote ihey are not to be counted, for electoral pur- • jjoses, by the white population. On the other hand, the President, who mainiains that the Southern States never had any right to secede, maintains also that Congress has no right to impose conditions on these States in reference to their representatives. For a year past this antagonism between President and Congress .has been increasing in intensity, and the form. er iias availed himself of a power which he .■unfortunately possesses, that of dismissing the partisans of Congress from -the offices which they held, and filling every possible "post with Democrats. For some time past it has been war to the knife, and the President has made no secret of it. In anticipation of the elections swhieh have now commenced lie made a presi- dential tour, everywhere trying to excite the ( people against the Congress and gain their support for the Democratic party. It is gener- ally admitted that in this he has failed. But, be this as it may, the elections which are now being carried on bid fair to give the death-blow to President Johnson's would-be dictatorship. The most important State in the Union in re- < spect to these elections, is Pennsylvania. "As goes Pennsylvania, so goes the Union," is a political motto, which to a great extent is • doubtless true. It is important therefore that ..the Republicans have carried the Pennsylvania selections. This, however, is but oae scene in :'a great drama which will be watered with •anxiety at home. At present there is reason to hope that the policy which prevailed in the • i battle-field during the late war will also pre- • vail in Congress, and that the country will not. submit to a Southern Dictator but American politics are so complicated, and the actual battle has progressed so little, that we can but wait and watch. F. :"Tr;
r > -AN IMPENDING DISSOLUTION. Good political generals, like military ones, are in the habit of looking far ahead both shape their -tactics to accommodate coming events as far as they can be anticipated. It is in this spirit that Colonel Taylor, the Minis- terial whipf is said to have issued a circular letter to the head Conservative agents through- out the kingdom, urging them to devote speeial attention to the register of 1866-7, as an appeal to the country will be made in the spring or summer." If this statement be true, the confidence of the Conservative whipper-in is remarkable. We are not told that a dissolution is probable, but that it will take place. The conclusion to which the Colonel arrives is, however, after all, not very surprising, if we take into consideration the aspects of the political situation. At least the temporary fate of the present Ministry will probably turn, as that of the late administration turned, on the question of Reform. Now, the chanees of Ministers carrying the Reform Bill which, we doubt not, they will bring in, are very small. The perils of Scyl/a and Charybdis await them. On the one hand there are the antecedents and the policy of the Ministry themselves, the strong Conservative feeling in the House of Lords, and the decided antagon- ism of the majority of the House of Commons against any extreme measure; and Ministers will therefbrothave to consider what they may he likely to carry as well as what they may wish to carry. On the other hand there are a Liberal majority opposed to them, and an in- creasing popular demand for a larger measure of Reform than the Liberals could carry last session. If the Ministerial Reform Bill be too RmalLit will be rejected by the Liberals, who are still in a majority; if it be too large it will be rejected through a union of some of the Liberals with the Conservatives, to say nothing of the House of Lords; and the happy medium seems as difficult a problem as squaring the circle. No wonder, therefore, that an appeal to the country is anticipated. The note of preparation should not be, sounded in vain. -f-
KbikI OUR^VOLTJNTEEES. -A correspondent sends Tis the following It is intended to give a re- ception to the gallant members of the 14th Glamorgan on their return from Brussells, by in viiing them to a supper, when it is anticipated many amusing anecdotes will be related by them of the reception they met with on their visit to Belgium. THlI: LATe. BR\JTH. CASF. OF HORSE KILLING.— On Tuesday last John Thomas, tife collier who, it will be remembered, was committed by the Aber- dare magistrates for maliciously killing a horse in the Aberdare Iron Co. a Mountain Pit, on the 28th August last, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment at the Glamorganshire Quarter Sessions. Mr Micha11 prosecuted, and the case was the first decided under a recent Act of Parliament. DRAMATIC ENTERTAINMENT. — The Aberdare Am ateur Dramatic Society will give their first entert^inin. ::t at the Temperance Hall, on J nurs- day next, and the bill of ihre promises a treat which we trust a large audience will attend to eijoy. The proceeds will he devoted to tue funds of the LOCK! Corps, ann the particulars of the projected entertainment will be found in our advertising cdumns. COMPEEITIVE MEETING.—An interesting com- petitive meeting, took place at Salem Chapel, Roberts' Town, on Monday last. The chair was ably filled by Mr. James James, Gadlys Works, and a number of prizes were awarded to the successful competitors in essay writing, sing- ing, reciting, &c. THE RECTOR OF MERTHYR.—This much esteem- ed clergymen has been for some time an invalid at Aberdovey, in North Wales. From accounts received this week we are glad to learn that he is much better, and rallying from his indisposition. A SCAPEGRACE.—At the Quarter Sessions, on Tuesday last, Lewis Blackmore, late of Hirwain, was charged with stealing a gold pin and other articles, the property of Dennis Malone, at Car- diff on the 3rd of October; also with stealing three gold studs, and a gold ring, the property of Richard Cook, Cardiff, on the 3rd of October. There were previous convictions against the prisoner. The chairman, in passing 0 sentence, said that he, with the other magistrates, had hesi- tated for some time as to whether they should not sentence him to penal servitude, but as they could not give him a less sentence than seven years, they had decided to give him another chance. The sentence of the court would he that he be sentenced to eighteen months' imprison- ment for the robbery from Malone, and six months' imprisonment for the robbery from Cook. The latter sentence to take effect at the expiration of the first. The Chairman urged him, as he was a man of education, to think over his condition, and to discontinue his evil practices when he came out of prison again. ST. FAGAN'S PENNY READINGS. —The third of those popular entertainments took place on Wed. nesday evening last, at the above School Room. The chair was occupied by Mr. Thomas J. Jones (Cynonwyson), who stated in his opening address that much of the enjoyment of that meeting de- pended upon the good behaviour of the andience itself, for he saw in the programme before him the names of singers and readers that would cer- tainly give them every satisfaction. The follow- ing programme was then successfully exhausted Trio. Uchenaid am Gymru," Mr. T. D. Howells and friends, accompanied on the Piano- forte by Mrs. Robinson Welsh reading by Cy- nonwyson," "Octoher month;" Can y Melin- ydd," by Mr. Daniel Evans Brass Instruments, Mr. J. Hughes and friend; English reading Our Country and our Home," by Mr. J. Wil- liams, St. Fagan's school; Solo on the Pianoforte, by Miss Mary Morgan Welsh reading, "Adam s Will," by Mr. T. L. Jones, of the Aberdare Tim. s" Office English song, by Miss Robinson, accompanied on the Pianoforte by Mrs. Robin- son Duett, Y Dcbu Hen Lanc," by Messrs. T. D. Howells and J. Thomas English reading, by Mr. Williams, National School, Aberdare Song, by Mr. ;D. Evans Solo on the Cornet, by Mr. J. Hughes; Welsh Comic Song, by Mr. T. D. Uowflfs Song, by Mr. Daniel John Duett, the "Minute Gun at'Sea," by Messrs. Daniel John and D. Evans Four part song, Y Gwenith Gwyn," by Messrs. Thomas D. Howells and friends, accompanied on the Pianoforte, by Mrs. Robinson; Finale, "Hen Wtad fy Nhadau. The very attentive and orderly nmnuer of the meeting throughout, which lasted nearly two hours, clearly proved that all the various per- formances were appreciated by the meeting. Daring the singing of some of the pieces they seemed to be in ecstasies, especially the Two Bachelors," bv Messrs. Thomas and Howells. The singing of D. Evana was also greatly ad- mired. MRS. YELVERTON AT MERTIIYR.—This accom. j plished lady gave a selection of Readings at the Temperance Hall, Merthyr, on Monday night, to a large audience. The selection comprised the "Raven," the "Bridge of Sighs," and other pnpu. lar poems. At the close Mrs. Yelverton wasloudly applauded. The "Bridge yf Sighs" was read in an admirable manner. "Excdsior," with its in- toned refrain, was also excellently done not so, however, Byron's Assault on Rome," which rvi lently requires a physical power which the lady reader does not possess. We conceive that Mrs Yelverton would always succeed in simple and pathetic ballads. The Merthyr readings, ¡ taken altogether, were a decided success, and every one felt interested in gazing at and listenig to one who has suffered so much, and who well deserves both sympathy and admiration. AT THE QUARTER SFSSIONS opened at Swansea, on Tuesday last, the Chairman, Mr R. 0. Jones, presided, and a good deal of important County business was transacted. The Police Constable confirmed the recommendations of the Chief Constable as to the pay of the police force, which were as folio.vs :—Superintendents, 9-?. per day, without including the allowance inspectors, .5s. per day; first chss sergeants, 4s.; second class sergeants, 3s 7d.; first class constables, 3s. 4d. per day; and second class as before, 2s. IOil. That-there be for the Merthyr district one super- intendent, two inspectors, two first class sergeants, three second class, 14 first class constables, and 15 second class. For Newbridge district, one superintendent, one inspector, one first ctass ser geant, two second class, nine first class constables, and nineteen second class constables. Ogmore district, one superintendent, one first class ser- geant, two second class, nine first class constabl/s, and thirteen second class. Swansea district, one superintendent, one first class sergeant, two second class, nine first class constables, a"d fifteen second class. They had further considered the report of the. chief constable as to granting assist- ance to the widow of Policeman Stubbs, whose death occurred whilst in execution of his duty near Cardiff,and they recommended that she be allowed a year's pay out of the Superannuation Fund. The} recommended that the salary of the chief oonstable be increased £ 50 a-year in consequence of the great increase in the force. the report was signed by R. Bassett, on whose motion the recommendations were adopted. The police rates allowed were as follows: For the quarter-Merthyr, JE328 19s 3!d; Newbridge, £ 582 4s 6id; Ogmore,j66n7s tidgd; Swansea, £ 276 9s 7id. Mr G. T. Clark bore testimony to the efficiency of the police in Metthyr in their efforts to ameliorate the condition of the cholera patients, and the suppression of nuisances. They certainly had done that which no other class of men had offered to do. A long discussion follow- ed the proposal by the Chairman, of alteration in the several Petty Divisions of Caerphilly Higher and Lower, and Mfskin Higher and Lower. The proposed alterations were ordered to be advertised, and to be considered again at the Michaelmas Sessions of 1867. Mr Dillwyn Llewellyn brought up the report of the proposed alterations in the petty sessional divisions of Llangyfelach and Swansea, but said that he did not intend to read it, but to refer it to a committee, and for the report to be brought up at the next sessions. It was deeided not to convey the chapel of the Lunatic Asylum to the Ecclesiastical Commission- ers. A long discussion took place as to the hold- ing of cattle fairs, after which Mr Bruce moved "That application be made to the Privy Council for such an alteration in the order of Council for South Wales aø will enable the magistrates of the county to permit the holding of fairs and markets for the sale of home-bred beasts within the county, under such regulations as they may deem neces- sary." This motion waa carried on a division, 17 voting for and 10 against. The chairman said that notice would be given to the clerks of Petty Sessions to forward a return shewing the amount of fees received during the last three years. He said his object was to obtain information in order to found a motion that clerks of Petty Sessions be paid by salaries instead of by fees. Mr. T. E. Thomas gave notice that he should move that the salaries of the gaolers of the county gaols should be increased. CALFAKIA CHAPEL. — The Annual TeaMeeting.— On Monday last, the church under the pastorate nf the Rev. Dr, Price held its annual tea meet- when between 900 and 1000 friends partook of the cheering cup. The chapel bore the marks of the handiwork of the young ladies ef the con- gregation being tastefully decorated with flowers evergreens, banners, and mottoes m Welsh and English The establishment of our neighbour, Mrf Solomons, had contributed greatly to this nf tVi*> business. The church had en- trusted the general managem?ot of the. whole Kttnd Sood t«te, performed fa such a manner that would not fai nreJided most fastidious. The twenty trays w P over by Mrs. Samuel Thomas, S Miss Miss Emily Price, Miss Price, (Llwydcoed,) Miss Jane Richards, Miss Richards, Canon-street, Mrs. Williams, Merchant-street Miss Jonn, Hish-street; Miss Williams, Bute Villa; Mrs. Miles, Monk street; Miss Williams, Queen- street Miss Mary Jane Davies, Miss Susanah Evans, the eminent lecturess; Miss Mary Ann Morgan, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Jones, Cardiff- street Miss Adams, Cardiff-street; Miss Hughes, Cardiff-road Miss Evans, Cardiff-street, Miss Eliza Davies, and Mrs. Evan Davies, who I were attended by forty yoaug persons of both sexes, who did all jj^heir power to give a hearty welcome to the TRfmeroua visitors. The choir also did its part well in enlivening the proceed- f ingsoftheaftfrhoon. In the evening a public meeting was held of a rational kind, when addresses were delivered and prayers were offered by Dr. Price, Revs. W. Samuel, J. Samuel, J. Jones, and T. John. The whole proceedings passed off to the satisfaction of the pastor and people and they very gratefully acknowledged the kindness of so large a number of old faces in v.siting them this at their annual gathering. RECOGNITION SERVICES.—^n Tuesday and Wednesday last services in connection with the recognition of the Rev. Stephen Davies, (late mI- nister of Zoar Independent Chapel, in this town,) took place at Peniel Chapel, near Carmarthen, as pastor. The meetings commenced at 2 o'clock on Tuesday, and continued throughout the whole of Wednesday, each service being very numerously attended. The following gentlemen took part in the proceedings The Revs. Price Howells, Ynys- gau, Merthyr; W. Williams, Hirwain T. Wil- liams, Llanybree; J. Thomas, Salem, Aberdare; Professor Morgan of the Pyesbyterian College, Carmarthen Hugh Jones, Carmarthen D. Rees, Llanelly Davies, Blaenywaun W. Jenkins, Pentreft styll and J. Morgans, Cwmbach, Aber- dare. Mr. Davies was on the eve of leaving for America when he received an invitation from the church at Peniel to become their pastor, which, with some reluctance, he accepted. We trust, however, his labours in this new sphere will be crowned with much success, and that he will prove a worthy successor to the late respected and revered minister, the Rer. D. Davis, whose death has been so much deplored.
JOTTINGS AT THE SESSIONS. As will be seen from a report in to-day's paper, the usual Quarter Sessions commenoed at Swan- sea, on Thursday last, Mr. R. O. Jones occupy- ing the chair. Several matters of interest to the county generally were brought under notice, and in some cases discussed. The chairmaa in the course of a sensible address referred to' the inability of justices to convict prisoners for robberies of goods to the value of five shillings except in their own plea of guilty. He thought it very desirable that there should be some change of the law in this respect, if for no other reason than this, that the trial before the justices was comparatively of no expense, whilst at the Sessions or the Assizes the expenses would be from £15 to £20 It is difficult, to understand why some change in the law in this respect has not long since been made. In the present day it can'serve no useful purpose to so limit the p uv>>rs of magistrates at Petty Sessions. At my ratf, it is not too much to expect that stipendiary magistrates should be granted such all extension of power as shall do away with the cause of complaint, so season- bly noticed by Mr. Jones on Thursday. At pre- sent the country is put to much unnecessary ex- pense, mostly through the perversity of guilty scoundrels. In his address to the Grand Jury, Mr. Jones further said that his experience wont to show that the great cause of orime, especially in this country, was drunkenness, and any effort that would induce the people to drink less was worthy of the encouragement of the jury. He thought the great cause of the extent of dr'mkenncss was the facility with which licenses were granted to beerhouses. Though there were many beer- houses that were undoubtedly well connected, there were many more that were known to be the resort of thieves and improper characters. No doubt Mr. Jones's remarks on the charac- ter of beerhouses are more applicable to those low pothouses by which seaport towns are in- fested, but there can be no doubt but that even in our town of Aberdare there are many single- licensed houses which are doing avast amount of mischief. It has always been urged in this paper that no house unfit to receive the two license s should he permitted to have one, and that it is a lamentable fact that beer licenses are too easily obtained. Any idle vagabond who can persuade a certain number of unscrupulous or careless householders to certify that he is a fit and pro- per person to act as landlord can obtain a license, by calling upon the excise offieer, and in this way the business of licensed victualler, which was in- tended to prove a service to the public, is ren- dered to a great extent a nuisance and a disgrace. Surely, some better plan should be adopted in the granting of license* for the sale of beer than that at present in existence. After stating that the present defective licens- ing system was a fertile source of crime, the Chairman said—Another cause of crime was the neglect of parents in educating their children. III the recent Social Science Congress it had been shown how large a number of children were not sent to school when from 12 to 15 years of age, not from any inabitity on the part of the parents to send thir children to school, or that the child- ren were engaged in any employment, but simply from indifference on the part of the parents. The only remedy for that state of things was by one neighbour endeavouring to influence the others in the necessity of giving their children an edu. cation. There were schools in the county which were remarkably well conducted, and he would mention those of Dowlais, which were admirably managed. Now, there can be no doubt but that for the sake of a few shillings a week children are with- drawn from school, at a tender age, and sent to mix with rough youths and men whose examples of rudeness exert a lamentable influence over their untrained minds. Thev are taken from school just when they are beginning to acutire a knowledge of the advantages of scholarship, and when they are about to enjoy the benefits which the promoters of schools benevolently provide. It is comforting to find a matter of the kind placed before an important assemblage by a gentleman in Mr. Jones's position, and it is earnestly to be desired that tho same subject will be mooted often and to some good purpose. As to the Dowlais schools, it is very distressing to be gravely told in the newspapers that they are to be broken up and turned into carpenter's shops. It is impossible to believe that a gentle- man of Mr. Clark's strength of mind—especially when we consider that he is acting mainly in the capacity of a trustee-will adopt so grievous a course as that suggested. If the Dowlais work- men act or talk stupidly, surely Mr. Clark need not follow their examples. Some people think foolhardiness is indicative of strength of mind and firmness, but we are glad to say we are not of this number. In glanoing over another important subject, to which reference is made in another place, Mr. Jones referred to the difficulty of obtaining effective policemen except at a large increase of wages. When a policeman had proved himself an effective officer after four or five years' service, it was desirable to secure a continuance of those services by an increase of wages, which in his (the chairman's) opinion would be real economy, for in that way they would secure the services of men who would really do the work well. This was the best method of repressing crime, and guarding the community from the dangers to which it was exposed. There is no douht about our being largely in- debted to the police of the country: taken as a whole they are a body of exceedingly well- conducted trustworthy men, and when we con- sider the low amount of their pay, we are inclined to wond"r that the work they have to perform is so efficiently and honestly performed. The cre- ation of two inspectors will be heard of with satisfaction by the public, and our readers will be pleased to find that Sergeant Matthews, whose zealous and efficient conduct cannot fail to have won for him the favour of the whole district, will be one of them. We should have been pleased if the pay of the sergeants had been set down at a slightly higher figure, and if there had been a little greater pecuniary distance left between the second class sergeants and the first class con- stables the new arrangement would have been all the more acceptable. Perhaps, indeed, the pay of every grade could have been advanced more liberally with as much advantage to the public as profit to the guardians of their peace and safety. The police as a whole are a most deserving body of men, and to under pay them is to pursue a system of false economy.
PRESENTATION TO THE REV. D. PRICE, SILOA, ABERDARE. On Tuesday evening last a large and enthu- siastic public meeting was held at Siloa (Inde- pendent) Chapel, in this town, for the purpose of presenting the Rev. David Price, the minister of the place, with an address, together with a purse containing £170 2s., as a token of respect for his long and successful labours in connection with that place of worship. We understand that this handsome sum was subscribed almost entirely by those attending the chapel, and that if any efforts had been made outside the pale of the congrega- tion and church of Siloa, the subscription list might have been extended to ten times its present proportions. There can be no doubt of Mr. Price's deserts both as a respectable, peaceful citizen, nd a remarkably useful minister of the gospel. In all good movements in which he could becom- ingly assist be ha.s been found labouring modestly but earnestly, and we should not think he had been too well rewarded if the purse so gracefully handed to him on Tuesday evening last had con- tained more money thane CJUM have convce niently ounte d. The spacious building was filled to overflowing, and on the platform we noticed the Revs. T. Thomas, Glandwr; W. Elwards, Ebeaezer R. Evans, Bethei; ft. Rowlands, Ab3raman J. T. Jones; R. Jones, Nelson T. Llewellyn, Moun- tain Ash J. Rees, Treherbert; E. Evans, Pen- derrin; W. Williams, Abjrc vinboy, &c. Mr. Enstaco Richards, colliery proprietor, was voted to the chair, and he opened the proceedings in a neat speech, characterised by his usual good sense. He said he hardly knew what to say to them, as he was not in the habit of presiding at such meetings, but he would venture to asaert that he felt as much z?al in this movement as any one of them, and he therefore could not refuse to take the chair on the present occasion (Cheers.) He had known Mr. Price for nearly twenty-three years, and during that period he had probably had as much to do with him in connection with the affairs of the chapel as any man. They had seen many changes and had met with many re- verses, but at last, he was proud to find their labours had been crowned with success. (Cheers.) He would say that he had never been disappoint- ed in Mr. Price, and he bad as much confidence in him now as-ever. He always found him where he left him. There had been a good deal of talk amongst the members from .time to time about making some acknowledgment to Mr. Price for his efforts amongst them, but in consequence of the debt on the chapel, and other matters that were in the way, they had not been able to do so until now. The young men connected with them at last took the matter up—and whatever they took in hand they always succeeded with it—and on the night on which the testimonial was first proposed 60 guineas were subscribed. (Cheers.) When the mltter was afterwards brought before the church meeting, it was received with so much warmth that he believed they could then have easily collected a hundred guineas. (Cheers.) In the course of a most appropriate speech the Chair- man urged that it was not a new thing to reward merit. (Hear, hear.) The history of every nation disclosed the fact that the deserving were rewarded in some way or other. Many modes were adopted. Sometiraefs columns were erected, at others statues, positions of trust were conferred on the meritorious whom it was sought to ho- nour, and not unfrequeutly large sums of money were voted in the shape of rewards. (Cheers.) Acts of the kind were calculated to encourage those who laboured in a good cause, and he must say he felt great pleasure in taking part in the present unostentaious though worthy movement. The respectful manner in which they addressed Mr. Price in their address should serve as a per- manent pattern to them, aa it was but right they should always address him with that respect and dignity which the congregation and church should always adopt towards their minister. After re- peating the great pleasure he felt in being a humble instrument in doing honour to Mr. Price, and, having called on the choir, the chairman resumed his seat amidst loud oheering. Mr. David Jones, High-atreet, was then called upon to address the meeting. After paying a high compliment to the chairman, he remarked that the testimonial to Mr.Price was only a feeble mark of the respect in which that gentleman was held by them as a congregation. Many large sums had been contributed, but' there were many smaller sums amongst them, and he would ven- ture to say that the small sums represented as much warmth of feeling as the larger ones. There was scarcely a family attending the chapel that had not contributed something. They had acted purely on the voluntary principle, and every one gave with the utmost good wiil. Had their means been equal to the kindly feelings enter- tained towards Mr. Price, the amount would have been considerably more. (Cheers.) Mr. Jones concluded^n excellent speech, by referring t^fhe many good traits in Mr. Price's character. The meeting was afterwards addressed by Messrs. Ddvid Jones, Abernant; J. James, Gad- lya John Hughes, William Davies, William Nicholas, Dan Thomas, William Davies, and Thos. Williams, all being members of the church, and speaking in terms of high praise of Mr. Price. The chairman then read an address, of which the .following is a translation, and which was splendidly got up both in point of framing and penmanship Address to the Rev, David Price, from the Congregational Churches of Siloa, Aberdare, and Bethesda, Abernant. Respected Pastor :—Permit us, on behalf and in the name of the churches, to greet you on your success and position as a minister, and the sin- cere respect you have universally won. We find that you united yourself to the congregational church at Glyu-neath, in the year 1830. You were exhorted to commence preaching there in the year 1836. We afterwards find that you removed to Aberdare, and joined the church at Ebenezer. In the year 1842, you, togethor with 13 others, left the church, in a. regular manner, for the purpose of forming this church (Siloa,) and you had the honour to be ordained its minister in August, 1818 and from that time to this your connection therewith has b^en a peaceful one, and so successful that it has increased from 14 to 600 and upwards, for some years past, in addition to the branches which have sprung out of jt, viz, Brynseion, Cwmbach and Bethesda, Abernant. Your character as a minister has been such as to merit our most sincere respect, for your care for the temporal and spiritual welfare of these churches. We have not forgotten the labour, activity, and care, which you underwent in the starting of tha cause in the face of many disadvantages you worked hard to erect the first chapel; you sacri- ficed much of your valuable time as an industri- ous workman to devise the best means, and worked with your own hands^ to complete the building in the cheapest manner; and, not only that, after its completion you were always fore- most with your contribution to payoff the debt as well as to contribute towards other causes, es- pecially so when the church consisted of only a small number of members, and was unable to give but little for your servioes as a minister. And likewise your liberal efforts were the same in building the present cliapel. Your services as treasurer deserve our ac- knowledgments, which office you have filled al. most from the commencement, The accounts show that you received and paid towards dif- ferent causes (independently of your own salary) over £4,944; and your care and readiness to present the accounts in a clear light and with promptitude, has given the greatest satisfaction, and we believe that our success in a pecuniary point of view is due in a great measure to your care and minuteness. You have displayed a heroic and determined spirit in the face of many difficulties to establish the principles of Congregationalism in the churches and we feel proud that these princi- ples have been so fully unfolded by them until the present, which we consider is an honour to yourself and a source of giatification to us. Your efforts in extending and spreading the cause of the Saviour in the neighbour- hood are most valuable in our sight. You have been "induatirous^ in time and out of time and that in the most unassuming and selfdenying manner. You have not been, neither are you now, at any time backward in your readiness to assist weak churches, far and near, and,' through God's blessing, your efforts have not been in vain. After 23 years of labour, we cannot but see the fullness of your character as a minister, in your efforts with the Sunday School, prayer meetings, religious societies, and all institutions that have for their object the resisting the sins )f the age your unblemished character, aa well aa the pleasure, the delight, and the spiritual edifi- cation we have experienced under your simple and evangelical ministrations,so that we have not the slighest hesitation in our minds that you have been "unto God a sweet savour of Christ" in our midst. In consideration of the above, as well as many other virtues we might name, we ask you to receive this address together with the purse and its contents, as a small proof that we value your stedfastness and untiring labours; and we are glad that it is not a parting gift, but a token of our adherence to one another, hopiagthat the peace and tranquillity that has existed in our midst from the commencement may continue to the end of your life, and that a loug and happy life to yourself and family. But above all, we unite in ackowledgment to the Lord, who has been with us, and who has s:niled upon us, and may His Spirit rc.nJ.\II in our midst for ever." WILLIAM DAVIES, Chairman, EUSTACK RICHARDS, Treasurer. THOMVS WILLIAMS, DAVID JONES, [Secretaries. JAMBS DAVIES, ) DAVID JOMES, Abernant." After the cheering which followed the reading of the above address had subsided, the chairman handed it to Mr. Price, and immediately after. wards the purse, which contained £170 2s. Od. was gracefully handed to the reverend gentleman by Miss Davids Yny-dwyd House, the act being followed by protracted cheering. A number of poetical addresses, from which we select the following by Iago ab Dewi, were then read Hon arfer ganmoladwy yn rahob oes, Gan rai sy'n dewis parchu dysg a moes, Yw rhoi anrhegion i rai toil JVII S; sydd Yn eldiwyd a ilcfnyddiol yn cu dydd. 'Ry'm ninau heno wedi cwrdd yn lion, Er rnwyn cyflwyno'r dysteb fcchan hon I David Price, ein bugail anwyl iawn .0 wir ewylljis ei chyflwyno wnawn. Nid tal, ond cydnabyddiaeth fechan yw, O'n didwyll barch, a'n caria;l uchel ryw Tuag at y gwrtnddrych sydd yn awr ger bron— Hyn ydyw'r dysteb a'r anerchiad hon. Nid tysteb ymadawol ydyw chwaith, Ond tysteb o ymlyniad yn y gwaith,— Yr eglwys a'i gweinidog o un fryd Fo'n cydymdrechu at lesoli'r byd.. Mae cofio'i lafur dwys, a'i Iwyddiant mawr, Yn creu teimladau cynes ftnyn yn awr Y fechan gynt sydd megys byddin gref, Trwy fendith Ion ar ei ymdrechion ef. Hir ocs ddefnyddiol a Ilwyddianus iawn, A phob cysuron iddo fore a nawn Yr Ion o'i ras fo'n pymorth iddo byth Tra byddo byw, i draethu'r gwir dilyth. Tra byddo'n gweini yma, 'n ddedwydd boed, A'r undeb fo'n agosach nag erioed A phan orpheno'i waith, boed iddo ef Gael tysteb ganmil gweil yn nef y nef. A thra bo maen ar faen o'r adail hon, Y geiriau pur a draethir ganddo'n Hon, Fo'n aros yn eu bias fel geiriau'r ne', A heddwch fyddo byth yn Uenwi'r lIe, The Rev. D. Price then made a suitable and feeling reply, warmly thanking all for their kind- npss. Several miniiters, including all whose names are meatiorred above, the-n addressed the meet- ing, each bearing testimony to Mr. Price's great worth as a minister and a man. The proceed- ings, which were of a most warm and cordial character, and must have been highly gratifying to Mr. aud Mrs. Price, were brought to a close by a vote of thanks to the Chairman for his valu- able services.
BANQUET TO MR. HOWEL GWYN, M.P. The friends of this gentleman entertained him at a sumptuous banquet, at the Castle Hotel, Brecon, on Tuesday last. Lieut. Col. Pearce, K.H., of Ffrwdgwrach, occupied the chair, and about 160 sat down. In acknowledging the toast of his health, B & MnHowel Gwyn said,—Mr. Chairman, Mr. Vice Chairman, and my very kind friends-I say in all sincerity that I cannot find words sufficiently strong, or language sufficiently eloquent, to ex- press to you my thanks for the very kind and very flattering manner in which you have been pleased to receive me. I can assure you that nothing tends more to cheer a public man in the course he has entered upon, and to encourage him to perform his duties faithfully and conJcientiously than such tokens of acknowledgment as have been given by kind friends this evening, for I may say that for nearly thirty years I have almost been a public man, and from that time I have en- deavoured to do good, and that, which I believed was for the welfare of the county aad for ten years I have, what I may call served this county in Parliament, and during that time I gave effect by my vote to the principles I profess. I may say, with diffidence, though with satisfaction, that my conduct on those occasions was such as met with the satisfaction, not even of my friends, but of my opponents. I have since had the honour, and consider it a high honour, of being returned as your representative, (Hear, hear.) I have received a number of letters of congratula- tion, and congratulations from some who may be politically opposed to me. The little borough of Brecon has occupied a very pnblic place lately. The result of the election was looked for- ward to with interest by almost every one in the kingdom. In fact, it was the first election that had taken place since the advent of Lord Derby to power, and it may have beeu reckoned as an index to the feelings of the country notwithstanding the sneering observa- tions of Mr. Bright at Leeds, who described this borough as a little convertible borough in an un known part of the country, and sneered at the number of constituents, and the small majority. I may say that I could have increased the major- ity by at least ten (hear), but I thought after- wards, and I was also advised, as the majority was sufficiently glorious, that those friends who might come forward at the last moment should be spared the trouble. I need not tell you that I go to the House as a supporter of the present Government, I do so for two reasons:—1st, I sympathise and agree with the politics they pro- fess. 2 idly, I consider that they should have a just and honest trial. (Hear, hear.) They came into power not by any act or desire of their own. I deny what has been said in the North of Eng-, land, that the Tories, as they call us, were the means of ousting the late Ministry. If we only look, it was in consoqnencs of the amendment proposed to that miserable Reform Bill which they introduced. Those amendments were pro- posed by scions of some of the principal Whig families, and when they moved amendments to defeat the measure, was it not natural that the Conservatives should have rendfred them as- sistance to oppose a measure which they did not approve of. What did the Conservatives do mf859? They brought in a Reform Bill which proposed giving a vote to the sober, indus- trious, and saving man but how was it met ? With an admendment by the noble earl who was then leader of the Liberal party in the House of Commons, because the bill might have male a good and wholesome measure, if it had not been rejected on the second reading, and never heard of again. If the Conservatives had been allowed to take that bill into committee, and pass it, it woul 1 have settled the reform question for many years to come, and which many a Radical member had regretted when too late. I believe the present G ivernment intend introducing a measure of reform because they admit that reform is necessary. I believe it will be a safe measure, and will give votes to every sober, industrious, saving, and educated man. I wish to dtny the statement made by Mr. Bright with regard to the conduct of the Conservatives; they never have been, and I hope they never will be, opposed to the interests of the working man, as Mr. Bright stated the other day. What has Mr. Bright and his colleagues over done for the working man ? In the time of the Lancashire distress, where were Mr. Bright and the manu- faclurers' men ? When they came to ask for bread they offered them a stone, and when they applied for relief they offered them the franchise. What did Lord Derby do P He came forward with the magnificent sum of £5,000, and not only did he relieve their distress with £5,0.00, but he attended week after week, and assisted on the committee. Don't let them put forward that clap-trap that the Whigs are friendly and the Conservaties opposed to the wnrking-classes. I mentioned what had been said at a Radical dinner in the North, but what would they have said if Lord Churchill or a Radical had been returned P They would have said that Brecon was an example to tvery con- stituency but they are cried down because they had thought different, and thought fit to return your humble servant (hear, hear), who will do what he can to keep t he present Government in power as long as they do what is right. I believe that if I live, and the period come for my re- election, that I shall be returned, not only by 26, but by a much larger m;ij Il-itÿ. (Hear, hear.) I won't detain you longer, but to state that I will do all I can to promote the interest of the country at large, and the interests of the borough in particular (Hear, heir f is long as life is spared me, never will I forget the very great kindness-s and courtesies that I have experienced from my kind-hearted and sincere friends since I placed my foot in the borough, some seven or eight weeks ago. I sh ill never, and can never forget it. I thank you all from the bottom of my hearth. I can Assure you this has been the proudest d iy of my life, and will urge me on in acting f uthfully, honestly, and consci- entiously in the discharge of my duties. (Cheers ) The hon. gentleman then, before resuming his seat, proposed the health of Col. Pearce, who had so kindly presided, and had done all he could to promote the success of the good cause. When- ever applied to for assistance, it was readily given, and it must be a proud and satisfactory thing to Col. Pearce that he had been the means of returning two Conservative members, one for the county and one for the borough of Brecon, as staunch supportors of the present Government.
DISTRICT INTELICENCE. A NEW FIRM AT SWANSEA.— We observe that a new firm in the coal and metal trade has been established at Swansea, composed of Mr. Edward Starhuck Williams, ooal exporter, &c., and Mr. (diaries Alichtdl, who, for the last seventeen years, has been connected with the Glamorganshire Bank. From Mr. Williams' extensive acquain- tance with cods and metals, and the l.)cal know- J ledge which Mr Michell must have acquired dur- ing his long connection with the bank, we feel sure tbit the new firm will be an import mt addition to the trade of the district. RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT MEHTUYR—On Satur- day morning last a serious accident occurred at the laff Vale Railway Station, but unattended with fatal results. The West Midland train, which leaves Worcester at 6.35 a.m., is due at Merthyr at 11.1.) a.m., and generally comes iu at a smart pnee, which Is favoured by a slight incline from the last station at Troedyrhiw. On Satur- day, however, it came up to and passed the signals to the station and before sufficient power could be applied to the breaks the engine ran with ter- riffic force to the very end of the metals, and came into violent collision with the wall of the ware- house at the end. The shock was so great that the wall was shattered, and a beam in the building displaced, while the whole of the carriages re- bounded so heavily that the buffets on most of them were completely smashed. Of the passengers nine were more or less injured, while everyone in the train was severely shaken. Dr. Miles was sent for, and was first upon the scene of the acci- dent, being followed by Ora. Davies, James, and Probert. The following were among the casual- ties:—Mrs. Roberts, a widow lady, of Blackwood, received a sc dp wound seven inches in length, the frontal bone being so denu led that the skin fell over both eyes a child was cut on the tem- ple; Mr. Evan Davies, of Hengoed, relieving officer, sustained injuries of an internal character, and was removed to the union workhouse, where he was left in a fainting state Mr. Burgliss, of Pontnewydd, near Pontypool, sustained a bad contusion on the right eye, and many others were badly shaken erinjured about the legs; Mr Thomas, of Llechwen, had a narrow escape two men were thrown with such violence against the back of the set on which they were sitting that it broke into fragments while they remained uninjured; Mr. Perrot, of Hengoed, had his arm hurt; and though the accident was far less serious than at first re- ported, it ought at least to afford the company of the Taff Vale Railway a salutary lesson. So far as we can know, the engine-driver appears to be most in fault, but had there bean buffer-stops at the terminus, like those at the Vale of Neath Station, we should not have had the repitition of the act of an engine knocking down the wall of a warehouse at imminent danger to the lives of the passengers. It is some years since a similar acci- dent occurred, and we are at present pressed with the belief that in trying to run into the station with as little steam blowing off as possible, this casualty has resulted. The station-master, Mr. Clay, was away at the time, but came down by a special train from Navigation on being telegraphed for, and proceeded to investigate the circumstan- ces of the occurrence. The train was enabled after a short time to perform its return journey. We are glad to learn that up to now all who were injured are going on well. THE RIGHT HON. H. A. BRUCE, M.P., AND THE REFORM LEAGUE.—The Merthyr Tydvil Reform League intend holding an open air meeting in the market place on the 29th inst., and have invited their representative, the Right Hon. Mr. Bruce, to attend. In his reply he says If the Merthyr Reform League be an association of my constitu- ents combined for the purpose of promoting par- liamentary reform it will give me sincere pleasure to attend their discussion and take part in it. If, however, the Merthyr Reform League is only a branch of the London Reform League, I think I shall best advance the cause of moderate reform, which alone in my opinion is either practicable or desirable, if I abstain from attending a meeting and taking part in a demonstration' of an associ- ation which assumes as the fundamental principle of action that nothing less than manhood suffrage can be accepted. It is my intention, under any circumst ince-f, very shortly to invite the atten- dance of my constituents, both of Merthyr and Aberdare, to our usual annual meeting, when I hope having the honour of laying before them a full exposition of my views on parliamentary re- form, and having the advantage of hearing theirs." THE CHOLERA AT MERTHYR. — Last Monday there were eleven casl's and three deaths, ensuing, it is reasonably supposed, from the dissipation of Saturday and Sunday. Timely warning to the people to refrain from excessive drinking has thus bad a good effect. Competent men, who have noted the cause of epidemics before, are inclined to the view that cholera will slumber in our midst during the winter, and break out again in the spring if there should 6e favourable conditions. This will give us a few months respite, during which every effort should be made to clear away all nuisances in the district. MURDER AT BRYSMAWR.—The inhabitants of this quiet little town, situated partly in Mon- mouthshire and partly in Breconshire, have been greatly excited by the perpetration of an aggra- vated murder. The murdered man, Jonathan Davies, a carpenter, had b. en summoned before the magistrates for assaulting the wife of Henry Lloyd, residing in Glamorgan-street. After hearing the evidence the magistrates dismissed the case, ordered the complainant to pay the costs, and advised Davies to have a summons against her. This gave great umbrage to the husband, Henry Lloyd, who, after leaving the court, threatened, in the bearing of a porce officer, to give Davies a dose before night. In the course of the afternoon the parties met at the Rod Cow public-house, where some words ensued, and Davies got knocked down. Lloyd then kicked him in the ribs and on the temple, and Davies, having given a groan, immediately expired. Lloyd was at once appre- hended, and at the inquest which was held upon the body, before Mr. Cox Davies, the coroner for the district, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful murder" against Lloyd, who was there- upon committed to take his trial at the next Brecon assizes. HORRIBLE ACCIDENT AT NEATH.—On Morday last a frightful accident occurred on the South Wales Mineral line, near Ton Mawr, approaching Neath. A man employed at the coal pits, while attempting to jump upon a loaded truck when the train was in motion, missed his footing and Ml between the break-lever and the wheel, and was thus held and dragged along the rails until the engine driver's attention was called to the fearful situation of the poor fellow by some parties on the line. On being released from this horrible impalement, it was discovered that his right arm and le^ were torn to pieces, and that he was fast sinking from loss of blood. A temporary torniquet was however made with handkercnieves, by a gentleman named Parsons, who happened to be present; and the sufferer was then carried to his home. So great, however, were the injuries to the leg, that Drs. Russell, Evans, and Jones, who attended him, considered it advisable to perform amputation below the knee. The operation took place on Wednesday morning, and the patient is progressing as favour- ably as the serious nature of the injuries will allow. vVuwn 0 >its TRADE.—-The show of wheat on offer at the various markets was good so far as regards quantity, but rather indifferent as to quality nevertheless there was a brisk demand for home-grown, and a free sale at about Is. i-^r'i eC-ln?. ln. P™es- A similar reduction r) i p aoe m foreign, whii h was in limited re- quest. In mall ing barley business ruled dull, m consequence of the high prices demanded but tor grinding qualities, whioh were scarce, there was a fair demand. The bean trade was a little more active than for some time past, and purchasers entered more freely into transactions. Oats were easier to buy, and a tolerably fair business was done. The following arc the average quotations :—Wheat, white, ûs. 9d. to ís. per 60Ib.; ditto, red, 6s. 31. to 6s. 9d.; ditto, inferior, 5s. 3d. to 5. 9i. barley, malting, 44s. to 60s. per qr. ditto, grinding, 32s. to 35s.; ditto, inferior 29s. to 30s. beans, English, new, 5s. 6i. to 6s. per 601b. ditto, old, 6s. 6d.; ditto, foreign,41S. per qr.; oats, white, old, 29s.; ditto, light, 24s. ditto, black, old, 27s. ditto, new 22s. 6ds. to 23s.
CONGREGATIONAL UNION OF ENG- LAND AND WALES. The autumnal meetings of the Congregational Union of England and Wales was hdd at Sheffield I of object by every meana in its power. K-- On Thuri, day morning the Rev. Dr. Redford, of Hull, read a paper on Pastoral Visitation." A discussion followed, which led to the passing of" resolution approving the paper, and recommending fl increased attention to this department of Cbrir tianity. The Rev. J. B. Paton read a paper The Power of the Press," in which he strong# argued the importance of doing more than tM l had ever yet done to promote the circulation Of their denominational literature. In the course l the discussion'which followed, Mr. M. stated I in 1831 about 45,000,000 newspapers were issO0 I in England, but in 1864 no fewer than 650,000,000 I were sold! The assembly resolved to print thO paper, and take immediate steps for extending tho. I sale of their newspapers and magazines. Vario"* I other matters of [practical importance were di^ a cussed, and the meeting closed with rote9 thanks to the friends in Sheffield, who had only provided hospitably for the delegates, b" also dined them every day in their seboolrootoo connected with Wick's Chapel. The Board OJ Education had a public breakfast on Friday morO'" ing and meetings were heldin furtherance of British. missions and other objects connected with tb*B Union.. s
penillion .JB Clod i Edward WUS. Davies, meddyg, ^fountain A (Cyfansoddedig ar gais Mr. Jacob Williams.) M Ein teilwng gymydog—ein Davies, JM Ein;meddyg yatyrlawn, a'n brawd 71U Mae teyrnged o barch yn ddyledua ''fl I'w enw, lie bynag bo tlawd Efe ni chyfynga ei lafur .,1 I foddio'r ycbydig a'r rhai,» Nid oes i'w haelioni ei fesur, -if j N Nac idd ei ymdrechion eu trai. 1 ;J r Anfynych cyferfydd athrylith A llafur rhinweddol mewn byd ,,V JM Mae us ar y goreu i'r gwenith,— ix Mae drain a rhosynau yn nghyd "1 > 4H Ond A! nid y meddyg deallus jl- Yw'n Davies yn uple, ond un Y.sydd yn eyfuno'r gwvbodus A'rdiain.ynachoapobdyn.- .V Ei weithion lluosog nid ydynt „ 9 Estroniaid yn Nghwm Aberdar | Ceir rhai yn barhaua wyr am danynt, 1 Wellhawyd o gystudd a bAr; 1 Y mae ei weitbredoedd meddygol Yn siarad ei allu yn rhydd j Ef anwyd i weithio'n orchestol, 1 Ceir profion o hyny bob dydd. ■ Os gwelir Rhagluniaeth yn gwgu, ■ Ar un mor rhagorol a ga'w'd, 1 0, dalier ei freichiau i fyny, ■ Cyfnerthwn ein noddwr a'n brawd '■ M Dyngarwr ei oes yn mhob cylchon, m Mae'n wr yn mhob ystyr-mae ef Yn un ag yr wylem ein calon Jfl Yn wlithos, o'i fyned i'r nef. Abernman. GWILYM CtBWBJff* ■
ANERCHIAD I MR. J. LEWIS; TREFYCHA^'l Mae dyn er pob breintiau yn ddarostyngedig M I ryw anhwylderau i'w flino drwy'i oes ji Yn hyn ceir yn gydradd y gwreng a'r boneddig I'w gwel'd yn arbenig, dan flinder a loel M A chwi fy hoff pyfaill, rhwydd hynt i chwi ddyfod 1 I gyflawn adferiad o'ch iechyd, wr mad « Mor ddidwyll eich perchir gan bawb'o'ch cydnftbo^ Dadgenir eich moliant yn bendant drwy'r w1a- 0, anian doreithiog o bob godidawgrwydd, Gwna gadw'r clfenau gerwinol yn nghudd A deued Aurora mewn llawn urddasolrwydd, Dan curwisg amryliw prif dduwies y dydd j A thithau yr huan, gwna daenu'th belydron J 0 amgylch ei breswyl, drwy gydol yr haf y A'r tea fyddo'n chwareu eu swynawl alawon, Er llaesu blinderon a chwynÍQn y claf. 3 Mae'n siampl wir deilwng i bawb yn ei fuchedd, Ac oil o'i drafodaeth sy'n addurn i'w oes Trwy ffrwyth ei ddiwydrwydd mae'n fawr ei rhydedd, S Ei enw ddyrchefir am rinwedd a moes Fe'i gwelir yn eistedd yn ngorsedd uniondeb, A llawrudd gogoniant yn gysgod i'w ben Bydd son am ei enW drwy'r wlad yn ddiareb, Tra ireiddir y ddaear gan ddeigrau y nen. Mai, 1866. CTDIDWfl* >'
Holloway's Pills.—Diarrhoea, Dysentery.—' • medicines commonly used for the subjugation > these diseases so frequently fail of effecting objeefc that it should be known to all sufferers these maladies that Holloway'a Ointment, rubbed upon the abdomen two or three times a ■' with the application of warm bran poultices in intervals, gives immediate relief, gradually the irritable bowels, assuages their most distress1 pains. This treatment is applicable to all form9 diarrhoea, dysentery, and cholera, and, with *?% tion will always be successful. Farinaceous milk, and barley water should give < during the continuance of the disease, to the exclusion of all solid food, which the dOrSOPI bowels are incompetent to assimilate. ABERDARE itfS ] Printed and Published by JOSIAH THOMAS and THEOPHILUS LINES JONES, at the ABBBP TJI0 TIMES Office, Commercial-place, Aberdare, i° County of Glamorgan. Saturday, Oct. 20, 1866. jJil
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MARRIAGES. On the 16th instant, at Siloa Chapel in this lown, before the Registrar, Mr. Thomas Powell, engine driver, Scuborwen Works, to Miss Naomi TJ: omas, Ebenezer-street, Trecynon, Aberdare. On the 16th instant, at the English Bnptist Chapel, Aberdare, by the Rev. Dr. Price, the Rev. T. A. Pryçe, minister of the place, to Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, Commercial place, Aberdare. DEATHS. On the 16th instant, at the Court Farm, near Hirwain, Aberdare, Mr. David Davies, Farmer and Contractor, aged 49 years. Deceased was highly respected by all who knew him, and his de;ith, which occurred after three weeks' illness from fever, has occasioned the most poignant re- gret amongst a wide circle of friends and relations. On the 17th inst., at No. 4, Canon-street, Aberdare, Mr. Evan W. Daviea, aged 45 years. Deceaasd suffered from a severe attack of diar- rlicea, which was followed by dipheria; he died respected by all who knew him. II ML II