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TOWYN. WEEK OF PRAYER.âPrayer meetings are held every night of this week at the Nonconformist places of worship. JUMBLE SALE.âOn Saturday evening a jumble sale was held at the Assembly Rooms in aid of the funds of the Towyn Cricket Club. A feature of the evening was the presence of two local auction- eers, who disposed of the different articles with "Marvellous rapidity and a,t ridiculously low prices." As a result of the sale a good sum will be added to the funds of the club. QUEEN'S LETTER.âIn response to the Queen's letter a collection was made at the St. Cadvan's Church, Towyn, and St. Mathew's Church, Bryn- crug, on Sunday. Morning and evening special references to the war were made in the sermons. As a result of the collection a sum of over £5 will be sent to the Lord Mayor's fund. When it is borne in mind that the town has been canvassed from house to house for collections this collection is a satisfactory one. MARRIAGE. At the Parish Church, Machynlleth, on Friday, a marriage was solemnized between Mr W Davies Morris, only son of Mr Lewis Morris, Minydon, Towyn, and Miss Helen Cuthbert, third daughter of Mr Cuthbert, Doll street, Machynlleth. The Rev Canon Trevor officiated. The bride was given away by her father. On leaving the church showers of rice were thrown upon the happy pair by well-wishers. The wedding breakfast took place at the Glyndwr Hotel. TEMPERANCE.âOn Friday evening at a meeting of the local lodge of Good Templars a debate took place on Who has the greater qualification to be a publican: A moral or an immoral man ?" Miss M Owen, Brynmair, read a paper to the effect that the man should suit his immoral trade." Miss S A Parry spoke for the moral person showing that if this system was generally adopted there would be very much less intemperance. The subsequent discussion was a lively one, proving that there was considerable diversion of opinion amongst the members. DEBATING SOCIETY.-Principal Roberts was to have delivered an address on Tuesday evening before the members of the Debating Society. Unfortunately he was unable to attend, and the address had to be postponed. Next week an in- teresting evening is expected, when suggestions for the improvement of Towyn will be given by several members of the society. WEDDING.-On Friday, Mr T Jones, Plas Dyfi, and Miss M C Evans, Cambrian House, were quietly married at the Congregational Church, Towyn, the Rev W Davies, Ahergynolwyn, offi. ciating. The bride was given a way by her father, Mr D Evans, Abergynolwyn while Mrs Morris (sister), Bryneglwys, acted as bridesmaid, and Mr D J Williams, Meirion Honse, Aberdovey, as bride- groom; and Mr W D Evans, brother, was also present. In the afternoon the happy couple left Towyn to spend their honeymoon at Portmadoo and Barmouth. THE WAR. A meeting in connection with the local patriotic fund was held nn Monday evening in the Council Chamber, Mr Daniel Edwards pre- siding. It was announced that a sum of X62 bad been subscribed, and that a few more subscriptions were to come in. After discussion it was resolved to write to the County Committee for instructions as to the disposal of the money. Mr D Gillart and Mr J D Latimer were elected auditors. Mr Daniel Edwards and Captain Preston were appointed to represent the local committee on the county com- mittee. It is also understood that a meeting of the Working Committee is to be called with the object of appointing another member to serve on the committee. CANTATA.-On Sunday evening the cantata, The Nativity," was performed at the English Chapel, b> the choir, under the leadership of Mr WO Ellis Idris villas, the choir trainer. The soloists were Miss Franklin, Miss Parry, Brynmair, Mr Townley Jones, and Mr Ellis. Miss Arnfield, Dolgelley, and Mr J E Thomas, Towyn, were the accompanists. The choir was too small to render full justioe to the work, but the choir as will as the conductor are to be congratulated upon their efforts. The Rev R Williamss, M.A., presided. Mr Williams will take up the pastorate of the church at the end of April next. WESLEY GUILD.-The first meeting of the New Year session opened with a tea meeting. The arrangements were in the hands of Mrs Hughes, Merton villa; Mrs Rowlands, Idris villas; Miss Williams, Marine parade; and the following pre- sided at the tables: Miss Jones, Frondeg, and Miss Griffiths, Cambrian House; Miss Williams, Idris House, and Miss Davies, Arfor terrace Miss Hughes, Merton villa. After tea the following programme was gone through :-Recitation, Master H Llew Edwards carol, Mr A H Jones and party song, Master Teddie Rowlands; recitation, Mr Hugh Lewis; song, Mr W Evans; carol, Mr 0 C Jones and party. A very enjoyable evening was spent. Rev H Hughes presided. PETTY SESSIONs.-The first sessions of the New Year were held on Friday. The magistrates were Mr J Hughes Jones (presiding), Mr Marmaduke Lewis, and Mr H Haydn Jones. The first case was a charge against Richard LI Lewis, Porthgwyn Stores, Towyn, of having obstructed the highway at National-street by leaving a hand-truck and seven casks to remain there for an unreasonable time on December 5th.-Evidence was given by P.C. John Lloyd, who said the casks and hand-truck were left outside all through the night, after defen. dant had been previously cautioned.- Defendant, who did not appear, was fined 2s 6d and costs. Francis Francis, Evans's Terrace, Aberdovey, and Evan Francis, 26, Copperhill-street, Aberdovey, were summoned by William Jones, collector to the Machynlleth Guardians, for having disobeyed main. tenance orders made against them.âThe Collector said the former defendant was indebted to the Guardians for XI 10s. By trade he was a journey- man tailor and was in receipt of good wages, at least 4s a day. He had not paid for the last three or four inonths.-The other defendant owed £ 1 13s 6d, having paid 5s 6d only from the commence- ment. He was also in receipt of good wages, and had only one child to maintain. They gave no reasons for refusing to pay.âThe Bench granted the order asked for with costs.âSome time after the cas j was disposed of the defendants appeared in Court and asked the Bench to reduce the sum asked of them. They had no objection to contribute towards their father's maintenance, but the sum asked of them was too much.âThe Chairman said that in the absence of his brother magistrates he