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LLANSTEPHAN NOTES. On Easter Day at the Parish Church there were the usual services of Holy Communion at 8 and 11 a.m., when there was an oiceptionaily large num- ber of communicants. At the evening service the anthem, Since by man came death" (Handel), was sung -by the choir. This service was also marked by unusual warmth and fervour in the sur- vice, the responses and the dinging being heartily taken up by the congregation with great hwyl.' The church had been tastefully decorated with sweet vernal flowers, the pale primrose and Cenin Pedr being in profusion. The altar was artistically decora- ted by Miss Mabel boütt; altar rails, Mrs. James, The Vicarage; windows, the Misses Scott; choir stalls, Miss F. Williams, Bute Cottage; pulpit and lectern, Miss Edith Owen, Church House; font, Mrs. J. Tyssul Davies, Park Villa. The annual meeting in connection with the Bible Society was held at the iiohool, when in the un- avoidable absence of the Rev. J. M. James, B.A., vicar, the chair was taken by the Rev. Morris, Moriah. The special deputation this year was the Rev. T. E. Davies, Cruglas, Swansea. Mr. E. Stephens, the local secretary, being away from home, the accounts were presented by Mr. E. T. Davies, The Emporium. The collections showed a decrease for the past year. A hearty vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by the Rev. J. John, Bethel, and seconded by Mr. J. W. Harris, Pilrhoth. The triennial appointment of parish councillors took place at the School. There was more than the usual amount of interest in the event, and six gentlemen were found willing to bear the onerous burdens for the ensuing three years. This ward is entitled to six members, only two of which can claim to be of former service, so that there is a prepon- derance of new blood this year, with what results will be seen. The following compose the members for Ward I.:âMessrs. David Francis and John Morris, The Green (old members); William Lewis, The Stores; Georgie James, Mount Pleasant; John Thomas, Parcnwc, and Griff Jones, Church-street (new members). rrn T 1 T">* i âc Ji r\1'- hAL1 !⢠,,()nfirmQl.. ine i-iora jjisuoj) oi ùL uanu o unu tion service at the Parish Church on Tuesday in last week, when thirty-three candidates, including several adults, were presented for the laying on of hands; eleven from Llanstephan, seven from Llan- gain, and fifteen from Llaugunnock. After many threats and rumours of battle against any millions of opponents, there is no election of District Council at all, to the great disappointment of many, who do not mind paying the paltry expense of election in return for the couple of weeks' excite- ment previous to the poll, and the food for talk in a gloomy world for days afterwards. For some reason or other, a wish for another trial of strength pos sc-ased one gentleman, who was keen on obtaining the seat so well filled and served by the old member, Mr. J. Francis, The Down, for six years, and who had expressed his intention of not fighting a contest for the seat. At the request of a deputation of electors, Mr. J. L1. Richards, Pantyrathro, allowed himself to -be nominated, and has been returned un- opposed. He is as acceptable a new member as can be found in the whole parish, having youth, educa- tion, leisure, a desire for serving his fellow-men, and blessed with a fair share of this worlds whee's; everything is in favour of making h:m an ideal successor to Mr. Francis, who sacrificed time, money, leisuro, and health in order to worthdv fill the trust imposed in him by the parishioners, ftianks to the old, and success to the new. It is with regret wo notice the departure of Ml-ss E. A. Jones, of Belle Vue, from the village, with which she has been more or less officially connected all her life. She is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Jones, for many years headmast-er and mistress of the National School, and was now the only member of the family resident here. Until recently she was assistant teacher at the school, and her departure after so many years' connection with the education of the district is much regretted. It severs the last link with a family whose name is held in veneration among generations of past chil- dren, who are now themselves in the sere and yeilow. And we can only extend to Miss Jones in her now home at Kidwelly the sincerest expressions for her future happiness and prosperity. The annua,' concert in connection with Merched y Do was held at Moriah (C.M.). This event has usually been booked for St. David's Day, but this year had to be postponed owing to bereavements and unusual illness. The programme, entirely home- grown, grows more ambitious yearly, and this year was quite one and a ha'f better than last year, and was far away the best of the series. Miss E. Wil. liams, Penstar House, presided, and the following programme was completed:âPresidents address; ohorus, li Ys Ysgol Sul," the Children s Choir; reci. tation, Maggie Evans; solo, Nellie Harding; duett, Hannah Williams and Blodwen Lewis; recitation, Mary Hannah Lewis, Bethel-terrace; solo, Lena Thomas; recitation, Doris Williams; solo and chorus, Miss Nona Williams and friends; duett, Hannah Williams and Sarah Ann Williams; recitation, Sarah Lewis; solo, Miss Blodwen Lewis: reoitation, Miss Elias. Llanybri; duett. Miss Phcebe Williams and John R. Williams: recitation, Lilian John; chorus, Clychatfn Canu, Children's Choir; oetette, Mr. George James and friends; duett, Misses Williams] and Owen; solo. Miss Phoebe Williams; duett, Jenny Williams and Hannah Williams, Cambrian House; solo, Sarah Ann Williams; solo, Mr. J. R. Hughes; solo, Hannah Williams: duett, Miss Williams and Mr. J. R. Hughes: solo, Miss Winnie Stephens; chorus. Children's Choir; and recitations by Maggie John. Eddie Lewis, Beatrice Thomas, Margaretta Richards, Louisa James and Sarah Ann Willia. Miss Williams, The Bakery, and Miss Winnie Stephens. The Grove, had worked hard with tfle children's choir, and their labour was well rewarded. The chief items were accompanied by Mrs. J. R. Hughes, The Emporium; Miss Stephens, Mr. C. G. Loekyer and Miss Williams. In lighter vein and oozing far easier from ine nut is the task of noting the attraction of blissful young men and maidens towards each-other at -his time of year, and their subsequent union in tne bonds of holv matrimony for better for worse, ⢠or poorer for richer." the latter for choice. On Wednes- day last, 26th ult., one of these eagerly-awaited happv events took place, the contracting parties boing Miss Vera John. eldest daughter of the Rev. J. John and Mrs. John. Holmesdaje, and Mr. Jack Austin, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Austin, Post Office, Three Crosses. The event was quietly kept, but not enough so as to prevent a prolific show of flags and bunting in the neighbourhood of the bride's home. This accompanied by the roar of the rockets sent off created a lively scene as the wedding party drove for Capel Newvdd, Llanybri, where in the presence of Mr. G. A. Lewis, of the Carmarthen Registry Office., the nuptial knot was tied by the Rev. W. James, Ebenezer, Swansea. The brIde, who was most bc,, comingly attired, was given away by her father, and was attended by Miss Gwendda John (sister). Miss Sarah Austin (bridegroom's sister), and Miss Sally Rees as bridesmaids. Mr. E. J. Long accompanied the bridegroom as best man, while Mr. Ilywcl John (brother of bride) and Mr. John Austin (senior* were the groomsmen. The village of Llanybri was enfete as the happy pair returned from the chapel to Llan stephan for the wedding breakfast, partaken of at the bride's home. where in addition to the bridal party, a large number of guests sat down to a most inviting repast. Showers of rico and confetti greeted the arrival of the party at Holmcsdale, and everywhere the best wishes were expressed for a happy and prosperous union. Later in the day the happy pair left for Cardiff and Weston upon their honeymoon. The wedding created great interest in tho district, where the brides father, Mn John. minister at Capel Newydd, Boi'icl, and Smyrha. held is deservedly held in high est-ee. i among all sections of the district without distinction, while in her more limited sphere Mrs. John is also always ready with her influence and support in all good causes, and to merits the respect paid to her. Mrs. Austin was until recently assistant mistress at Three Crosses. On Thursday evening, 27th ult., the Welsh drama, Cyfoeth, ynte Cymeriad, was presented at the School, by friends from Moriah (C.M.). This is the second attempt from the same source, and their efforts are crowned with success each time. The natural surroundings of the story tend to make it easily comprehended by the audience, and the true to nature style of the characters in its interpreta- tion also help to make these pictures of Welsh vil- lage life most realistic. One night's dramatic pre- sentation of the various characters found in every locality will do more to impress upon the public the duty of scorning and exposing all greed tyranny, deceit, and hypocrisy, and at the same time to admire and emulate all that is found of virture and of good report, than fifty-two weeks of dry-as-dust vapour ings in the abstract and threats of never-to-be-met- with punishments for imaginary offences against the moral law. Great progress has lately been made in the dramatic direction, and it is hoped that in a few more years, more interest will be taken by those re- sponsible for the supervision of young people during the years of adolescence to be a part and parcel of their daily as well as their Sabbath lives, so that our future men and women may grow up healthy in mind, healthy in body. and free from the mental and moral impurities of word and deed, with which so many young persons are too prone to become familiar in these days of indifference to home ties or the teaching of childhood. All the characters in the drama were admirably portrayed by members of Moriah, and it would be invidious to mention any particular member, where all did so creditably. Th chief characters were:âSquire Watkins ,y Plaa, Mr. Tom Harries, Pilrhoth; Walter Watkins (mab), Mr. John Evans, Gilfachwen; Olwen (Mrs. Morris), merch y Plas, Mrs. J. Hughes, Emporium; Elsie (meroh Mrs. Morris), Miss Hannah Williams, Cambrian House; Owen Williams, clerk y Squire, Mr. J. R. Hughes, Emporium; Miss ELis, Miss G. Harris, Pilrhoth; Mrs. Davies (ei chwaer), Miss A. Davies, Emporium; Miss Hughes (ei chyfeilles), Miss A. Richards, Pantyrathro; Bob, mab Mrs. Davies, Mr. D. J. Owen, Ferry Point; Martha, (morwyn), Miss L. Williams, Tycapel; Dafydd Owen, crydd, Mr. Tom Jones, Penyback; Gwen Owen (ei wraig), Mise W. Stephens, The Grove; David Owen (pawnbroker), Mr. R. Davies, (Ferry Farm; John (ei was), Mr. W. Williams, Cambrian House; Gwraig Ieuanc, Miss B. Evans, Waunfwlchan; Evans, heddgeidwad Linn dain, Mr. W. Williams, Black Anchor; Jones, hedd geidwad y pentref, Mr. W. Edwards, Pentrewyn; Barnwr Parry, Mr. J. Morris, Y Green; Cwmsllr. Pugh, Mr. Ernest Jones, Lan; Cwnsler Humphreysi, Mr. D. Franois, Y Green; clere-y-Ilys, Mr. J. Richards, Pentrenewydd. During the intervals be. tween the scenes and acts, Mr. Ernest Jones, Lan, manipulated his gramaphone with some very fine records, quite among the best heard locally. The final laughing song has entirely cured one of our Llanybri friends of the night-mare, happy roars of ha, ha, ha, now replacing tne former hideous yells. The month of March has fully maintained its anci-ent tradition of the blustering biting nature of its winds. Coming in like a lion, it maintained the same savagery nearly throughout its course, and more truly than any other period has its gales earned its unenvied title of the scythebearers" to many homes in the district it has caused a void in the fami!y circle, the young being carried away by the grim messenger as well as those who had long reached the allotted span. To the great dismay of his parents, relations, and friends, the death oc- curred on Sunday night of Mr. Jack Riohards, Park- y-vicar Farm, after a brief but acute attack of meningitis. The sad news has coast quite a gloom over the district, where he was held in universal re- spect. Of a quiet, amiable and cheerfu! disposition, he soon made himself at home in every circle. Steady, industrious, and trustworthy, his demaie wall be s verely felt in the home, as well as by numerous friends and acquaintances, who sorrowfully think of their promising young friend pitilessly removed on the threshold of manhood in his twenty-first year. When all nature around is full of me promise of a new and vigorous life, that of Mr. Richards has been cut short almost at the bursting of the bud into 11 1 Ti -_1_ i 1-f. iuli Bower ana iruu. ic was ouij iuwu uajn TOUIO that a brother, Mr. George Richarda, embarked for Canada, and the sad news of the untimely death of his brother now awaits him on arrival upon a foreign shore. The funeral takes place to-day (Friday) at 2.30 p.m. for Llanstephan Churchyard, where the interment takes place. To the sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters, the sincerest sympathy of an extensive area is extended, in which the family is so well known and highly respected. On Saturday last, the mortal remains of the late Mr. John John, son of Mr. Thomas John, carrier, Old Road, were laid to rest in the Parieh Church yard. Though ailing for a long time, his death was quite unexpected, as he was about until wihtin a few days of the end, which came in the thirty-ninth year of his life. He was one of the bell ringers for many years, and was a kfeen gardener, producing splendid early crops of exoellent quality. In com- pany he was most witty, and his original remarks upon current events were a source of- infinite delight to the company. He leaves an aged father, who was too infirm to attend the funeral, two brothers, and two sisters. Numerous wreaths were plaoed on the grave by relatives and friends. On Wednesday, 26th ult., the burial took place of the late Mrs. Ellen Lewis, Bethel-row, at Ebenezer, Llangunnock, of which parish she was a native. For years she had lived away in Glamorganshire, but lately had returned to the district of her childhood, to spend the evening of Life. She had been ailing for some time, and leaves a number of sons and daugh- ters, all grown up, to mourn her loss, and to whom is extended the sympathy of a large number of acquaintances. After a few years of dwindling strength and natural decay, Miss Rachel Clarke, of Greenfield Villas, was called away at the age of seventy-three. A native of the district in which she had resided most of her life, she was well known and held in high estoem. A faithful member of Bethel (I.), she was devoted to all good works in connection there. with, until the time of her inability to further work in the vineyard. The interment took place at Capel Newydd, Llanybri. the Rev. J. Johns, pastor, and Mr. Ll-offeur Davies, St. Clears, officiating. She leaves a sister-in-law, with whom she made her home, and two nieces in sorrow after a most en- dearing and kind relative. The early part of March saw the removal of one of the oldest, best known, and esteemed of the inhabitants in the person of Mrs. Evans, Laurel Cottage. A native of the parish, she was born at Ferry Farm, where until the retirement of her hus- band, the late Mr. John Evans, about twelve years ago, she had spent her whole life. She had reached the advanced age of eighty-seven years, leaving an only son, Mr. G. Barrett Evans, C.C., Y Glyn, and an only sister, Mrs. Jones, Penyback, as well as a large number of relatives to mourn her death. The funeral was largely attended, the intermnet being at Moriah C.M. Chapel. The Rev. J. John (I.), Bethel, of which the deceased was a member, was in charge of the seaoe. in which the following also took part: The Revs. T. Thomas, Bethania; D. Grif- fiths, Hen Gapel, Llanybri; J. Griffiths, Tymawr; J. Morris, Moriah, and W. Evans, Cross Inn, all bear- ing testimony to the godly life of the departed, and their strong convictions that she had attained the reward which is in store for the people of God. After a twelve months illness of a most severe type, the late Mr. Daniel Harry Williams (fondly known among his acquaintances as Doctor Dani breathed his last at Fernhill, Llangunnock, the resi- dence of his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, from whom, as well as another niece, Mrs. Ann Williams, Hose Cottage, Llanstephan, he received all kindly attention, nursing and comfort. In early life he had spent many years in Swansea, Bristo!, Bath, and London, but ill-health caused him to return to the country and adopt a rural life. Born at Waun- fwlchan in this parish, be lived there until the family removed to Penycoed, Llangunnock, where along with his brother, Mr. John Williams, he re- sided until last September. He was a pleasant com- panion. intelligent, full of reminiscences, and very humorous. always looking at the bright tide of events, with the laudable desire of never doing harm to any man, or as he often quaintly put it: Do jus- tice, love mercy, be upright and straight, and never push a poor man down the hil! His familiar figure on his usual tours in the adjoining parishes will be missed for some time, as he was never with out subject for conversation with high or low de- gree. He had great delight in hunting, and years

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