ST. ASAPH. CATHEDRAL SI:P.VIC33.â€”1st Sunday after Epip- | hany, January iltiiâ€”Morning at 11 Service, Sudivan iu 1).; Anthem, When Jesus our Lord," (Mendelssohn >. Evening at 3.15: Service, Tuckerman in F Anthem, Lift up thine eyes," Evening at 0.1.): C'hants Hymns 59 I 0:2, 61. Rumours have lately been prevalent that the icar of W rexham is about to leave the parish, and his name has beeu freely mentioned in connection with the Deanery ci St Asaph. COXFIE.HA.TIOX.â€”Tae Bishop of St Asaph intends to hold a confirmation at St Asaph on Wed- j uesday, April 8th, when several from Rhuddlan, frefnant, Owm, Treineirchion, Cefn, DycerLh, â€¢ Bodelwvddan, St. Asaph, and St George, will be j confirmed. ILLXEÃ´g or A PROMISING YOLWG MAX.â€”We art- glad to state that Mr Llewelyn Roberts, second son of Mr P. Roberts, chemist, who lately distinguished himself so muca at the Grammar School and Aber- ystwyth University, is improving favouravly dthough he is iu a very weak state, aud is not i likely to get over it for some weeks. Mr Roberts underwent a surgical operation at a London hospital. LIT-IIIVIUY AXD MUSTCAL MKETIXG.â€”On New iear'sDay a literary and musical meeting was held â€¢ a the Calvi uÃstlc Methodist Schoolroom, when successful competitors were awarded prizes recitations, written answers, repiving to or; p.estaon, music, translating, essiys, &:e. Daring tae meetings several pieces were rendered by thr diapei choir and others, Mr Owen Williams, dodf try, was the president, Rev. J. Owen, C iccieth md Mr W. Howelfryn Jones, G T.S.C., Y-pytty Ifan, the adjudicators, Mr D. Hughes, jun., Lower- itiQjt, acted very efficiently as secretary.
ST ASAPH BOARD OF GUARDIANS. Thursday PresentP. P. Pennant, Esq. (chairmau; W. M. Clarke, Esq. (vice chairman) T. G. Dixon, E-q., H. J Bts-^i), E-!j. Messrs B. Littler, b, Porks. Rhyl; Joseph Lloyd. St. Asaph W. 131 1 i. i\buid.'an YV. Williams, Meliden W. Ellis, D. Edwards, J. D. Jones. J. Vauglian. Abergele W- Robei ts, Llanddalas K. Dilvies, E. Angel, J- Kuowles, Denbigh; J. Hughes, LI an fair; T, Morgan, C\~m J. j Robertf, Geims; D. Thomas, Llamefyod; T. Murray Browne. Esq., Poor Law Iu. spector was also in attendance. THE HOUSE. Number of paupers in the house last board day, loO admitted since, 8; dis- charged, 12; remaining in tho house this day, 147 corresponding date last year, 141; in- crease, Ã´, vagrants relieved during past fortnight, :;7; corresponding period last decrease, ?. ASSISTANCE TO AMERICA. A pnuper from Denbigh, a widow ith four children, applied for assistance to emi- grate to America, to her father, who was in a good position (the cost would ba from Â£18 to Â£ 20).â€”The Chairman said it was rather an odd thing to send paupers to America, for they were sent back, and it may be they would have to pay her passage back, and keep her after her return. Mr Joseph Lloyd proposed, and Mr R.. Sisson seconded, that the application bo re- fused.â€”Tho motion was carried. CHRISTMAS DAY AT TEE U'CIiKJIOl'sr. The master reported ns follows :â€”The in- mates of the woikhouse have requested me to convey their boost thanks to the board for the plentiful supply of roast beef, pum pudding, beer, oranges, tobacco, &c. They also desire gratefully to acknowledge the Christmas gifrs sent by the following ladies end gentlemen â€” Mrs Dodd, Sir G. A. Cayley, Mrs Luxmore, Mr T. G. Dixon, Mr T. Winston, Mr R. A. Atkins, Miss Mannix, Mrs Mann, Glanllyn Mrs Heyler, Mrs Broughton, and the Rev T. B rown.â€”The Chairman felt sure the board would join the inmates in acknowledging the kindness of the ladies and gentlemen named in remembering them in the house at Christmas time (cheers), and felt sure they desired to place the acknowledge- ment on the books. THE WORKHOUSE CHILDREN AXD THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. Mr Murray Browne brought under the notico of the board a suggestion that the children in the house should be allowed to attend Sunday School at Sr. Asaph. There was a service in the house, it was true, but he feared that Sunday was a long dreary day for the children. The difficulty that bad been suggested to him wasâ€”who should take children to school ? It certainly would be rather hard on the teachers to ask them to give up their Sunday afternoon, but he could not see why they should net go alone, or under the charge cf an old man. The Chairman thought the suggestion a very good one, and could not see why the children should not be sent alone. It would be a good thing for the children- The worst of the workhouse children is,when they went out to the world they had been so long in the leading strings, as it were, that they were green as compared with children brought up at home and allowed to go about, not two hundred yards, but two miles. He was in favour that the children should attend Sunday School at St. Asaph. It would do them good. And they might try it as an experiment at any rate. The master, in reply to the Chairman, said the only diilicalty would be that the assis tance of tne^master and mistress would be called to get. the children ready, or to seek help of one of the inmates, which would not always be convenient- It would not be fair to add to the duties of the master and mis- tress who work hard for six days of the week. The time the children would be at school, he might say, was one hour. However if it was the wish of the board, ha and the mistress would have great pleasure to carry out their wishes. It was resolved to ask the visiting com mittce to arrange for the sending of the children to Sunday School. Mr Murray Browne remarked that the Chairman said workhouse children were want itig in salf-reliarce. He noticed that a compli- mentary banquet was given the othor evening to an ex-St. Asaph workhouse lad. lie was notwant.ingin self-reliance, and his name was known alt over the world. A "Voice But Stanley denied THE MEDICAL orriCEK's SALARY. This meeting was made special to consider the application of the medical officer for an advance in.his salaryâ€”In reply to the Chair- man the Clerk aid that Dr Lodge received Â£117, and the alarJ paid to Mr Heaton is Â£!)Ãś. The Chairman said that when the question of appointing a medical officer was unde' consideration, he was one of those who con- curred in the proposition that Â£00 should be offered, and bis reason was that he thought Dr Lodge would receive some part of the ola salary as superannuation. That super- annuation was not given his great reason for supporting the Â£90 salary was removed, and ho in all consistency would propose that the salary be raised to tne old figure. It was an open secret too, that Dr Heaton thought that a portion of the salary would go to Dr Lodge. They wanted a good officer, and the question was could they et a good officer for If they could, then it was their duty to the ratepayers not to offer any more. Bub he did not think they could get one, Mr Heaton, certainiy, had not had a fair know- ledge of the ordinary work of the district for with the present prevalence of illness, the duties were much heavier than usual. He proposed that the salary should bo raised to the old figure If theiotfered Â£81.\ perhaps they could get au officer, but probably, a young man who would complete his education on their invalid poor. Mr Clarke seconded tho motion, which was supported by Mr Sisson, who consiiered that Mr Heaton was most inadequately paid. Mr Joseph Lloyd agreed that the duties of the medical officer had been rather heavy lately, but if they compared the population of the district with what it was a few years ago there had been a decrease. They advertised for an officer, and got a very good man, but he thought it was premature to raise the salary now. As an amendment he proposed that Dr Heaton be asked to delay his appli. cation for 12 months. Mr Roberts, Geinas, seconded the amend- ment. He did not think they gave the oountry a fair chance when they advertised. They could get as good a man as Dr Heatou and St Asaph could support tvvs doctors: it always had done since be remembered ÃŤt. Mr Angel, Denbigh, supported the amend- ment. Mr Heaton was aware of what he was going to undertake before hand, and he (Mr Angel) concurred with Mr Lloyd thai the implication was premature. Nobody suffered so much in these days as the farmers, and it was hard to burden them further. Tt.-ere was J, time coming, he feared, when a great many landowners would have their farms to them- selves. The amendment was put to the meeting, when 13 voted for it, and ? agtimt, so the motion was lost and the sahry remains at A few maintenance cares being disposed of the business was coneiuied.
â€¢Err'A COCOA.â€”GNATERVI-AND COMPOSTING.â€”" Be a thorough knowledge of the natural laws which govern the operations of digestion aud nutrition, and by a careful application" of the flue properties of well-selected Cocoa, Mr Lpps has provided our breakfast tables with u delicate! v flavoured beverage which may save us ma-ay heavy doctors' bills. It is by the iiidicioiis use of sueh articles of diet that a constitution may be gradually bailt up until strong enough to resist every leniency to disease. Hundreds oi subtle maladies are floating iroaaa letdy to fttt.ac.K v.'oerecer there is n wcaa V> e may escape many a fatal shaft by keeping oureuves U#run<a wiih pare 0:001 and a properly nourished frame." Sjrvin Gaz.ite.â€”Made simply with boiling watt*- or milk Soli only in packets, labelledâ€”JAUES Errs & Co., Hoaioepathic Chemists, London." A'so makers of Epp's Choculaie Essence. [.S22
R HYL- VI-OTjRS AT THK IhDROLUIIIR ESEABLtSHSIENT.â€” Mrs Sit'.lden, Rhyl; Mrs Bntlcr, Walsall Mr Cockle. Birmingham Mr Llewelyn, London Rev. Mr McCtirJy, Loughborough. PULICE C rax.â€” On Thursday, before W. Pryce Jones, Esq, aud Dr Girdlestone, Emm x lionet is, a married woman, lolging in Back Kinmel Street, was charged with prostitution. P. C. Taafh. proved the case, and the prisoner was sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour. FIKE AI BHUXSWICK CHAPEL.â€”A p AIC AVOIDED.â€”On Sunday eveniug last, after the commencement of the service, a fire was discovered to have broken out underneath the flooring of one of the classrooms im- mediately adjoining the above place of woiship, near the spot where the heating apparatus is fixed. The was a good congre- gallon assembled, Mr R. Williams officiating. The service bad commenced, and Mr Williams was reading the lesson for the evening when the first signs of uneasiness were manifested by the congregation. Just as Mr Williams was concluding the lesson, a volume of sm .ke or steam was seen rising from the floor and the congregation rose en masse and made for the doors. Those in the gallery commenced to rush, but upon a word from one or two gentle- mor, in the body of the building, assuiingi them that there was no immediate da.rger, oroer was immediately restoied, and the con- gregatioa left quietly. It is not known how the lire originated; but that it had been burning for some time is quite evident from ithe marks letE upon one of the joists i underneath the flooring of the vestry. Water, of which there was a plentiful supply inside the building, was at once thrown in buclcetfuls over the burning portion, and the fire m the heating apparatus was ex- ioguihed; and in a short time further danger was averted. The flooring of the vestry was lifted, and the timber underneath carefully examined. It is feared that the, heating apparatus has been rendered useles" for farther use, it having cracked througn water being thrown over it whiio red hot. It is hardly necessary to sar that what might have proved a very serioni catastrophe, resulting in the destruction of valuable property, if not of life also, was very providentially averted. YOUXG W OJIEX'S CHRISTIAN" ASSOCIATION.â€” On 1 hursday evening, at the rootns of the association in Water-street, about 30 of the members sat down to partake of a most splen- did repast, consisting of tea, coffee, sand- wicaes, < Â£ c-,which bad been provided for them through the kindness of ladies and gentlemen well-wishers of the association. After tea, the company spent the remainder of the eve-' rang in singing, &c. Before separating, cakes, oranges, &c., were distributed to the members, together with some beautifully executed Scriptural text-cards, Contributed, for that purpose by lady patrons. The meet- ing was a most enjoyable and edifying one. We are pleased to learn that under the very able and kind management of Miss Crawford the association is progressing, and is doing a very good aud useful work Y.M.C.A. PAKLIAXENIARY SOCIETY.â€” Very few members put in au appearance at the re assembling of the House, on Thuisday even- | ing last, after the Christmas recess. The j business before the House was the adjourned debate on the motion for the abolition of the House of Lords, to which an amendment had been proposed in favour of altering the con- stitution of that House, by doing away with hereditary qualification, nnder certain condit- ions. The terms of the motion and the amendment have been given in full in these I columns at the time they were proposed. A lively debate took place, and some very good speeches were delivered on both sides. On the amendment being put, it was declared negatived. A division was then taken on the original motion, with the result that 11 voted for, arid 11 against. The speaker therefore declared that theresolutionhad fallen through. Only two members of the Government were in their places, and the leaders of the Oppos- ition were also absent. Several members occupied seats in the strangers' gallery" during the debate. In consequence of their not taking their proper places during the sitting, the Speaker very properly ruled that they could not take part in the division- After j arranging the business, as well as could be done under the circumstances, for the nexM meeting, tho Speaker left the chair, and the Ilonse rose. TEA AND MAGIC LANIEKK EXTEKTAIN'VLNI. â€”On Tmtrsiay afternoon last about 3J young j pople who attend the Sunday 'services, anc assist in the singing at the Yale Road Church of England mission school-room, were enter- tained to tea and cake, &c. The Rev Clement Davies, M.A., had charge of the arrange- ments, And he was kindly and ably assistec by Mha Lee, the Misses Bell, Mr Joseph Griffiths and others. In the evening a yory clever and interesting magic lantern enter- tainment, free of charge, was given by Master Atcherley, who received a very hearty rote of thanks for his great kindness. It should be stated also that all the provisions had been subscribed for by kind friends. THE REV. T. PRICIIARD, Curate, has during this week been on a lectuiing tour through parts of Merionethshire in connection with the Church of England Temperauoe Society. 2D YOLU>~TEER BATTALION ROLU WELSH FCSILIERS.â€”" C iRhyl; Company's Orders.â€” The church parade will taice place on Sunday next, the 11th inst. Men to fall in at the Armoury at 9 45 a.m., in tunics and busbies Band to be in attendance.â€”The annual prized shooting oontest will take place at the new range (on the other side of the Yorya bridge, and near to the Ferry Inn, Yoryd), on Satur- day, the 17th inst., for the money prizes, and on Saturday, tM-th inst., for the prizes in kind. Jompetitors to be in nniforn, and subject to certain rules which may be seen upon appli- cation to Sergeant Instructor Morrison, either on or before the days appointed for the shoot- ing contests. Shooting will commence on both days at 11). a.m., and be continued until 4. p.m., after which time no man will be a1- lowed to lire. Those men who did not make themselves efficient last year are disqualified from competingâ€”Any man desirous of 1":U- ing the above company is requested to com- municate with Sergeant Instructor Morrison as early as possible as the number of men to complete the full complement of the company is limitedâ€”By Older. Rhyl, Jan. 10, 1885, WE are sorry to learn that ilr R. E. Hugbes, architect, is still confined to the house, the result of an accident which befell him on the loth Nov. last; by which he severe- ly injured his left foot. AN entertainment, which promises to be of 6 highh-interesting character, is announced to be held at the English Wesleyan school- room, Morley Road, on Thursday e,enint. next. r THE lecture on tbc" Geology of the \e o' Clvvyd," by Mr Do Ranee, F.R.S., F.R.G.S. which had been announced to be given at the rooms of the Y.M.C.4., Oil Friday eveniug last, was postpon ?d uoder circnmstaii- ces of a seme what painful nature. The aud- lence was so small the Rev T. Prichard. j haviug consulted with other members of the- conimirtoe, thought it advisable to postpone the lecture to some future date, Mr De Ranee having very kindly consented to name a date shortly. The Rev. T. Prichard expressed his great regret that the audience was so very email, ani particularly that so few of the young men, members of the | association were present. As to the genera; public, it was perhaps an inconvenient time of [be year for them to attend lectures. He sin- 1 cere).7 trusted that the next time the lecture- was announced the members of the association would use their utmost endeavours to make it 1111 success. The holders of tickets would have their money returned, or could retain them for use on the next occasion, if they desired. I THE QCARTEE Sessions of the Pease Lr Flint- I-bire were held this week, at Mold. On Tues- day, before the usual cotinty business wa- :r ,1 Atr .a.dim Lyt m (Llauerehyia^i-), aiiu 1 I -lr T. LI. Murray B.o vue and Dr Griidlestr>c i VI Ebyl) took the necessary oaths anc qualified as county magistrates. The business â– raiisacted did not comprise any matters of grea interest aud importaace- isotioe was given tUtt.t a motion for borrowing money to defray the cost ol ^erecting new police stations at Rhyl and Overton will be made at the next meeting. Mr Pennant suggested that the loan should extend â€¢ >ver a period of twenty years. but the Chairu.-n J. Scoott Bankes) aivocatd that the repayment should extend over thirty years. On Wednesday the trial of prisoners took place. FLAGS were displayed on Thursday in several parrs of the town in honour of the coming of atre of Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, eldest son of the Prince of Wales. A series of temperance meetings have been ar- ranged for next week at Smith's dining rooms, Wellington'read, commencing on Suuday evening next, when a prayer meeting will be held. Ad- dresses will be delivered each evening during the week. and the meetings will also be otherwise ms ie as interesting as possible. A L'nited Temperance Mission has been iformed at Denbigh, and in con- nection with it also public meetins-s will be hell during' the whole of next week. At a conferenea on Tuesday, under the presidency of the Lord Bishop of St. Asaph, the Rev. T. Pritchard, Klrd, will read a paper OD "Temperanra Legislation. Ou Friday, the Rev. J. J. Williams, of Rhyl, w. 1 read a paper on "The claims Temperance on -8 Christians of the age. OWIXG to the heavy pressure on our space this week, a report of the alleged perjury case at St Asaph, a )tes on the meeting of the executive committee of the Liberal Association at Rilyl, correspondence, Ac., have to be held over for a week. â– Â»
STRA.NGE COXDUCT OF AN OFFICER. HUNT iKG" ON SUNDAY AT RHYL. An exciting scene was witnessed last Sunday in Rhyl. For a month past a young office?" and his wife had been staying at Mr Abol Jones' dining rooms, in Queen street, but owing to Borne disagreement in financialllr- rangements the gentleman did nit sleep there on Saturday night. Between 10 and] 1 on Sunday morning however he presented him- self for admission, but it appears admittaaoa was denied him, and he at once commenced to indulge himself iu the antiquated pastime of smashing windows. The police were called, but inasmuch as the gentleman's wife was in the hous >, they appeared to be de- barred from taking him into custody, and ne went away, after amusing himself at his plea- sure. In a short time his wife left the house, and joined him, aud he again took in his head to have another "go "at the windows, and quickly made himself scarce. This time, however, the police were under no restrictions, and an officer was despatched after the high spirited lieutenant, or perhaps more correctly the "left" tenant. He was traced over Gladstone bridge, and from Grange road, he appeared to have made bis way to Yale road across the fields, for the next scent of the game was found near Peuycefudy. The fleet-footed constable was ordered forward, and sighted the object of the chase near the piggeries of a farm houseâ€”prodigals, by the way,seem to have a liking for the company of swine since the days of one of the scrip- tural note. On perceiving hie pursuersâ€”for they were many, the constable having beeu joined by several volunteers â€” he dashed through the stack yard, and cleared a five barred gate in fine style, but unfortunately for him, this gate proved. to be the means of bringing the" game to earth. Some por- tion of his clothes caught in the top bar, and brought him down. A Sparrow also sprang over the gate, fell on the persued, and kept him under until the upper came. After a while the young gentleman was brought back to town, and was escorted to the police station by a large crowd. On the following day (Monday) the prisoner was browght up before Major Birch, R. J. Sisson, Esq., Rev. R. H. Howard, Edwin Morgan, Eq., and Capt. Howard, at the Asaph Petty Sessions. On being pur in the box, the prisoner said, in reply to questions from Mr Oliver Geor; (the Clerk to the justices;, that his name w, Herbert Murray Aidershaw, and from the: -J of December last had lived in KJ. 11, Queen street, Rhyl. Mr George What are you ? Prisoner I am a lieutenant in the 6ch Br., gade of the South Division of Artillery. Mr George: Where do you live-have y, any place of abode apart from your apar. â€¢ ments. Prisoner: Apart from lodgings, no. Ihav^ independent means, and can live where 1 choose. Capt. Howard: Are you, then, on leave Â£ absence now? Prisoner I am in the militiaâ€”the oth bri- gade ia the Waterfoid Militia. Mr Abel Jones, the prosecutor, was 8WC: and deposed that damage to the extent of Â£1 Ts. Od. had been made. Prisoner He said it was JE1 when I was charged at the police station- Prosecutor gave particulars of damage done with dimensions, &c., but of his own know- ledge he could not say that prisoner had com- mitted all the damages, as he was not in the house at the time, but he saw prisoner throw- ing a stone through one window. Prisoner pleaded guilty to breaking some windows, but he had received great provoca- tion.â€” Evidence was given by Thomas A. Jones, prosecutor's SOB, who hnd seen pris- oner throw a etone through the window. Mrs Jones at some length detailed the circumstan- ces under which the prisoner had become her lodger, and how in consequence of a cheque in payment of board and lodging being dishon- oured he was requested te leave. Oa Sa.a-.iriv morning witness stated prisoner came to the bouse and broke the lock of the front door and the glass panels.â€”In reply to Mr George, Mrs Jones said the door was opened for ilim when he came each time. Prisoner admitted that b8 hid broken soma glass, but he had been sui jeotid to the grc t- est provocation. He was ue jarred from see- ing his wife, and in trying to force an entrance through the front door he did break windows. The cheque Was not dishonoured, but sitnply returned to drawer for farider particulars. Mr Davies (Messrs Davie; and Robert:) here interrupted,and said that prosecutor had instructed him to say he would withdraw toe case if prisoner would pay what he ovvua. and all costs and damages. Mr Aidershaw was quite prepared to this, and a settlement was effected. The Chairman said it was very fortunate for prisoner that the prosecutor was willing to withdraw the case. Had he been convicted a. copy of the conviction would be sent to u. commanding officer, aud his character if he had one at all, would ba then gone. The money being paid the parties thsa left the oourt.
FOOTBALL NOTES. Another fixture brokea, but not by R':iyl time. Ko.yweii did u Jt 'turn up iast Satardrr ifter the expense of advertising toe match havia.r been incurred. The. sent on Saturdayâ€”the da/ c-f ua.Tch -t.J say thecould not mustar a team, 1: fixtures are to be brokea ia this vnj footbaii iu- iep-odeotly of schools will not long rsm xia popular. To day the cup tie between C-onwiv and Rhrl f-.r the North n Welsh Cup wi 1 be pUved at Cjaiv.e-. fhe Oonwdy team expect to wm." and taere outsiders who are of toe same opiniou. It is ppcted by toe Conway supp >rtera that Ray; eome there over-e.jun.aeat, and will receive desserts; and that tile wig-hty will return ÃśLcJ. AdthnagVi Rhyl caanot for various reasoas, muster their full team yet. if they ao not hjid taelr )PI,oneuts tJ lightly; they will advance a stage ia he Cap Cjmpetitioa. Tne inlawing wiu play for iihyiâ€”jroal, J2. Wil!ia;ns backs, H" C. Turnip- and J. Wei s-Cole; halfbacks, W. II. Thompsoa, i. D. Whitley, and R. B. Clarke; rigor ",i. Twistoa Morgan (Captain) and Lewis Morgan; left wing, R. Hughes, iad J. Lowe; centre, >~augh-in. IN IOITCU. Â»
HOLLOW AY'S PILLS.â€” ^.CI, Â±jjngs, aud K 1- aeys,â€”Mast diseases of these depurative orgÂ» g â€¢ises from obstru2tlU:lS, Ot'er the removal 0: wuit., t'lese celebrated Pills exceroise the most pertej. outrol A course of th m is atronyly reeornmeudei is a remedy for such chroaie a if actions as liver â€¢nlarireaouils. e >nr -prion of the luags, torpidity c-t â€¢'tit- iiJuoys, and othtr functional disorders w aue presem suifermg, aud ti ucg.eet-^d iay the foundation of organic diseases' iloiioway's are specia.il/ adapted for tae young aud lelicate their gentle and purifyiug action 'iem abave all other medicines, 1..1 ludigestija, nervous afiections. gout, and rheumatism these Pills have achieved for themselves universal fame.
lerliill, TIhyl; Messrs R. Oldfield, P. Mostyn .ms, R S. Peet., Godfrey Parry, A. Rcwlands a Clerk), Hobt. Hughes (Town Surveyor), r .)avic.Â«, Edward Jones (22. High street), ivies (Freehu-ids), E. D. Roberts, Daniel v â€” Strathern (stationer), Jolm Roberts street), John Smith, â€” Drummo'id, hhyd. goch Owen Edwards. D. Trehcarn, D. wis, C. Blackmore, C. Cannalt, â€” Walms- lohn Jones, Uigh street Abel Jones, W. K. iams, dentist, &0., &c, &c. The company L. about 150. In the gallery were a large ber of spectators. &> ace before meat was said 'rof. Oliver, of Holywell; and after meat by the T). B. Evans, of Mold. The tables having eared, and a verse of the National Anthem Jng, President, said that he had first of all to le or two letters, which had been addressed Pev. D. Burford Hooke. He then read the Dg from the Duke of Westminster and Hugh Esq., M.P. â€¢ â€” Eaton, January 5, 1885. Hooke,-It b not very casy tu rduse yuu, and the lS to bc grent in this case. 1 bcg to enclose a cheque for lid chi JSJ, with aJl gootl wishes for the New Year, and iC g It works in which you are cngagetl,-Belieye mc irs "bj truly, WESTMINSTHR. Groby Hall, Jan. 5th, 1885. \IrBurford Hooke,â€”1 have pleasurc in senrling Â£ 100, 1 cheers), for your new church anÃ¹ schools. In tl1c J ircurnsil1nccs in which JUu ana Jour people haye Â«en plunge- d from no fault of your own, I hope you will find idc-s^v^ad sympathy and help, and that you will quickly get ie whole sum need; d. -1,1 see your two most excellent members, Lord Richard senor and Mr Huberts, arc to be with you 011 ednesdav. ery sorry I cannot come to support two of the best r in the House of Commons, (applause). You arc sure to line gathering of friends. May every blessing attend obie efforts.â€”I am, very truly yours, HUGH MASON. Chairman said he had three more names oB of speakers but he would Kindly remind that time was nearly up when they should be the work of laying the stones. Rev D. Burford Hooke, who was heartily d on rising, made a statement as to their on in regard to Christ Church. Some six en months athey were startled by finding the building in ater-street in which they rshippiDgwas in a very sad condition. He the advise of the Chapel Building Society, 'n engineer was sent down. It was then that some serious mistakes had been nvide in cstmctione of the building in connection with tillage, and the effects of which had been felt ine years. They were defects which it was impossible to remedy without pulling the g down, or even if the use of the building .ontiuued the schoolroom would have to be Therefore they deemed it prudent as busi- nen to erect another building and one suited vr present work in the town, (Applause.) istances were made known to the late S. Hudson, who made a challenge that he '1 give Â£500 towards the erection of a new h if another .Â£500 could be raised at once, afterwards Mr Samuel Morley promised a bution of Â£ 250,and the remaining amount was made up, so that he had been able to claim e lateMrHudson's executors payment of the nt so generously promised. Mr Hooke men- 1 that be had received very kind help and of goodwill from members of all communions. iiount of the subscriptions already promised, was Â£2,200, including a loan of Â£300 for 3ars without interest from the Chapel Build- -ciety. HP. was very anxious that when the 1 was opened the seats should be free and un- jriated, as he believed a largo number of ng people were kept away from their churches exclusive system of pew rents. (Applause.) Chairman,who on rising was loudly cheered, sed the audience as his Christian friends, said vere to employ the old and stereotyped excuse the less true on that account-he Hbould ay sincerity that he would have been much ket- ased if ouy one of the many gentlemen then roam had been presiding instead of himself e Rev. Mr Hooke is so remarkably fascinating ewitching that somehow or another ho entraps > Bay" yes" to his request before thero is time 'sider what may be the consequences and the involved in the answer (laughter). Happily e all believers in the doctrine of human re- .oility â€” should anything that morning be with the chair ho (Mr Taylor) asked them blame him, but lay tho sin to the charge of joke (renewed cheers). Ho could nut help fg that the minister and church of Water had said with Solomon, when he was going Id the Temple, only they had properly plurn!- 10 superb exckmAtion-" The house we de build is great,for our God is gre it (ap- He (the Chairmau) did not mean great and fashion of Canterbury Cathedral ck Minster, but great if measured by their own ties but they aimed at affording Bomo por- Â£ tho accommodation to the thousands", ho ihy] in the summer (hear, hear). This entails additional expense and anxiety, but not one m for a single moment entertained the thought ';0 work Will not bo dona. Happily Mr Hooke giant in himself. The word failure" he has ago erased from his vocabulary (laughter) not practically know what it meant, ;u fact "0 man for the work, and the work is for LIle ..pplause). Surely, the Chairmau said, all must asc-d at that influential gathering. To only on two gentlemen. On his right was the Hon. Lord Richard Grosvenor, M.P. for bounty (applause), brother to the noble Duke estminster (applause) on his left wns then friend, Mr John Roberts, M.P. for their (cheers) bat he would have no one sup- Tat they had come there as Conservatives or ils, Churchmen or Dissenters, to make poli- oeeches or canvass for votesâ€”happily they at trouble to do that there (laughter). They as Christians to shew their sympathy, by aud deeds with their Water-street brothien disaster that has necessitated the erection of church (hear, hear.) The beautiful edifioe lay begun will be a magnificent monument to "1, determination, and goodness of heart of friends (applause), and he (Mr Taylor) would add that his heart's desire and prayer was ne temple may be soon completedâ€”that the ones of this material building may be crowned heaven's smiles, and that the illuminating re- jce of the Shekinah may ever abide within ils (lo$d applause.) Right Hon. Lord Richard Grosvenor was lalled upon to address the meeting. His lord- who had a most cordial reception, said it gave very great pleasure to accept Mr Hooke's tion, (whom he had known for many years) ise he felt that in doing so he was only adding lite to that army who were hard at work fight- he enemy which was ever before themâ€”the y of atheism and infidelity. Churchmen and onformists and all religionists now had a great *3re them. They knew that atheism and .luv.nty and all those evils which followed in their ail- were very rife at the present dayâ€”although hoped the strides that had been made in this â€¢ection were very much exaggeratedâ€”but it was of all men who had religion, and knew It tbtt religion was right, to stand shoulder to u^e-aud fight in defence of their religion, and to all they oukl to put an end and check to .ts of atheism and infidelity. How was this ve ne ? First of all they knew perfectly well iccomodation in the churches aud chapels tlountry was very lar short, he would not o requirements of the population, but even ise^bho had the power and the wish to go to They in the House of Commons knew the of one day's rest in the week, aud he thought 'body whu worked, and everybody must work Ãšays, demanded that there should be one day st in the week in which they might get per- reat of body and soul. (Applause). What dfe without faith and hope It would indeed lull, (applause). He, iromthcbot.tomofhis pitied those who did not and cjuld not believe a God. There were various motives for this Uil- lief, and he was afraid the want of faith was one. ) his mind a concientious atheist was one of the ddest spectacles that could be seen in this world. pramc). Could they imagine anyone giving up th and hope in God r Could they imagine the ite of mind those men were in I-' Did they not el bound to do every) hiug that lay in their power > keep strong in their religious faith themselves, â€¢id jrive to others that strength which thej leedeti so much. This was one of the dutits vhier fell upon them, and one of the duties hich was ably performed by Mr Hooke and others J this country. (I, pplallse.) His lordship after- â€¢ardh said one thing which struck one more than an- "cr iu Wales was the knowledge and fouduees 01 and hinging which existed among the Welsh he believed was very much owing to the il practice of tinging in the chapels of that 'v. He was glad to hear that the seats in the ipel would, as far as possible, be free and /ropriatcd. That was a que.-tiou which veiy Concerned t Â¡IC bread and cheese "of the (LaughtT.) well as the theoretical, and he was sure |d go further iu the direction he hac ^lMriiooke. He hoped the result, id. un.-aticf ctory to the pocket uf the orjor tiie welfare of the church. (Loud applausj.; 1 John Roberts, who received a ven ty greeting, was the uext speaker. He wa. 1 r many reasons to be present. He lia- n Mr Ilooke for many years as an L â– : t of al. il e district, for the good work whid, doi.e in the neighhou nood. His abilities foi raniziug were Well known, and some thoughi he would have made a first-class business but hid business talcuts were also very useful to him as a minister. Lis talents in that direction have been acknowledged by his denomin- ation, in appointing him Sscretary of the Congregational Jubilee fund. Mr llooks mi-.rht be properly styled the prince of .'oHect'-rs." Ilaviug finished his work in connection w ith the jubilee fund which m-ec-ssiUUed his residitur in Lomlon, j he illr Koba in) was very triad that Mr Ilooke had come back to Yfahs atr >iu (.â€¢â€¢pplan.-iu ) The lion, gentleman then referred t> the special circumstances under which they were to build th J new chapel It was a work which they had been driven to. He referred to the insanitary condition of the place of worship, which it was deemed prudent to leave, ['and said possibly they might have some claim against the Commissioners of Rhyl for sillowing their sewerage to go into the schoolroom. At the same time the commissioners had shown themselves very well disposed in regard to the wants of that congregation, and he hoped they Would give Mr Hooke and his coadjutors not only their warmest sympathy, but substantial aid in support of their undertaking. He thought it was incumbent upon every good citizen to courage the various effort that were being made for the spiritual and moral well-being of their people. (Applause.) Taking it simply as a question of citizenship, he behoved, though there might be some exceptions, the man who attended I chapel or church generally proved himself to be a bdter citizen on that account. He would prove it very easily, from this simple f Ict- there was no part of the kingdom where the people were accustomed to attend chapel more regularly than in Wales, and iu no part of her Majesty's dominions was theie to be found a more loyal, peaceable and industrious class. (Applause.) Referring to the establishment of Hnglisli congregations iu the Principality, Mr Roberts said in some of tlu1 newspapers which were printed in Welsh this was regarded as a reproach, and it was said they were striving to destroy the Welsh language by pro- viding accommodation for the English residents He was quite sure they would beli ;ve that such was not the case. If it were he would be sorry to have anything to do with it. They did not soek to weaken the Welsh lauguage or tho Welsh cause in their midst, but it was their duty to make provision for the English inhabitants, and fur their children, and do their best to help forward the cause of education. (Applause.) He was very ghid to see that their new movement, had met with the support of Churchmen, Baptists, and Presbyterians; and he hoped that the new ehurcb would long continue to be a centre of usefulness and t good in the prosperous town of Rhyl (applause.) Captain Wynne Jones was the next speaker, and r on rising he was loudly cheered. He said it was with sincere pleasure that he found himself privi- leged to take part iu those proceeedings, and was glad by so doing, among other thnigs, to shew a tribute of respect to the late pastor (hear, hear), with whose family they were intimately acquainted during their long period of residence in this town. And on behalf of Mrs Jones (cheers) he wished to be allowed to say, in consequence of many pleasant asscoiations, she promptly and voluntarily expres- sed her determination to accept the very kind invi- tation. He was glad to find th 11 tho trustees were pursuiug such a radical policy in regard to the old foundation, but hoped that the new one would be laid upon such lines that it would never Ileed any alteration or improvement. Without touching upon politics, thero was safety in saying that they could not be too radical in uprooting all that is bad and false, or too conservative iu the preservation of every proved good (hear, hear) Nonconformists now number at least one half of the entire popula- tion of this country, so that the proceedings at which they wÂ°re engaged that day would be of interest to a large number. It had been well said that 110 who can make a blade of grass grow whero none had grown before was a benefactor of his species then how much more worthy, he assed, was person who helps to build .It sanctuary ? (applause). According to some of the latest reliable statistics, it appears that when the religious census was taken in lSol, the number of chapels credited to the Congregational body was 3,214, with 1.002,-307 sittings (hear, hear). Recently with a view to secure accurate and authoritative informa- tion j the committee of the Congregationol Union applied to every known church, or mission station, for the return of the number of their sittings The result shows an increase of more than 50 per cent duiing the last o3 years-tho grand total of churches and mission stations in England and Wales being- 1,317, with sitting accommodation for I.068 857 (applause), Of these 1,022 were in the Principality, affording accommodation for .13(3,751. That showed au addition since the census of 13-31 of 1,103 buildings, with 56.5,380 sittings. There are also 102 churches in Scotland, 29 in Ireland, with a hn-ge number of evangelistic stati ns 11 in the islanis of the British Seas thus making a total for the United Kingdom of about 4,500 places cf worship (applause). During the year before last, -10 new chapcls were built, and 7 mission halls, while the memorial btQJes were laid of a number of others. in making a few remarks he could not help feeling that there were many gentlemen present, who by virtue of their position in the Cong egational body could speak with more effect and authority, and say much better than he cmld anything- that was to be said. Still thov were on safe ground when speaking from persona; experience, and bearing that in mind he ventured no testify to having been particularly struck with the high level of the mental calibre, zeal, and earnestness which the mirlitry of the Congrega- tional body display. With very few exceptions they ranked, in his humble opiuiou, with the men who would take honours at any English university (hear, hear). Their earnestness in the pulpit com- municated a glow of sympathy to the congregation, and the services would be feeble indeed without an atmosphere of warmth in the devotions (hear, hear). They appeared to himâ€”if he might be allowed to use some of the words of one of their ministers, the late poet-preacherâ€”thoy appeared to him in the pulpit as though they had just previous- ly seen a divine vision and tho glory was still shining- in their face. or as though they had been walking and resting in the fields around Gethse- mano and Calvary, and the smell of these fields were fresh upon their garments, ur as though they had entered the Holy of Holies, unlocked the ark of the covenant, read the Law, and had come forth wi'h an expression of reverence, awe, and ineffable love. There was no doubt too that the ministry did a great deal of good in a quiet and unostentatious way. The best deeds done in the world were those, which were never published or heard of, nor ever meet with any loud demonstrations of applause. The indirect amount of good work done, too, ib often a matter of surprise. In a letter received from the late Dr. Mellor, of Halifax, shortly be- fore his lamented demise, he fully bore out his (the speaker's) statement from his own personal exper* lence. In reading the history, lately published, as rhev all know, of Carlyle, one could not help feel- ing strongly that his struggles in adversity, and the noble and heroic example he set of continuing tiim and steadfast and true to himself throughout his trials and difficulties, will be of as much value and as helpful to posteiity as even the writiugs by which he attaiued his fame. It was difficult to determine always whero the golden mien lies, in symolisiug religious principles, but it should be remembered that there are many in the world, not only among the very poor, but also amoug the distressed and heart broken, who could hardly regard life to be worth living unless they are iu full possession of the primary realities and eternal verities of religion. Educated men and scholars incur a serious re-ponsibiiity, if by ad- vocating a supGrnuity uf rite and ceremonial, they tend to distract and chloroform the souls of these people, inveigling them into leaning upon broken reeds, and human support, by seducing their affections from their only legitimate objectâ€”their ir alterable birthright (appla ise.) It would be a mistake, however, for any one to pity and condole with these people who receive' their divine teaching through their circumstances, as it would be a greater misfortune for anybody enjoying all the accidental advantages the world can give from a spirit of contentedness with their comfortable surroundings to miss aHor all the grand meaning of life, and "lip awav into eternit .vitittheopensecretremaining uudiiScovGrc 1 He would bring these remarks to a close b-ivlatinr an I incident iu the life of John Williams/ the martyr Missionan, wnile \o}-aging the South Sea he came upon an Isi iii-1 wnere tuere were some coral reefs. From a portion of these he made some beautiful whitewash to use for tho building of a chapel. The natives came around, were charmed and delighted with the beautitui whitewash. They looked at it, smelt the walls of the building, and oattcd them with their hands. In a little time ifterwards the missionary returned to this island, when lo, and behold what shou'd he see but that the natives had all whitewashed themselves from aead to foot (laughter.) The chapel had done it And this would clearly show the civilising effects of building a new chapel. In conclusion he trasted die new chapel in this town would not only lave civilising influences, but that many would .eceive within its walls their spiritual strength, tad sustenance from time to time, in proportion to â€¢vhieh would be its success and prospeiity; and iually, (1o-.pit!:J all head-logic arguments, as to tbo jest form of church government, the tct of old â– vouhl coiue to be applied to both the congregation the cause â€” the ultimate test of every good i vork, By their fruits ye shall kuow them" (loud ipplai:e.; Alderman MLu-.huU, J.l' of O-vcstry, who was h&Uitily iceivel, si id lie had no iita that he world be c.lied upon to m ike a speech. He had no; co.ne to tho nueling with that view. But the 1 oojiisiou was to him n very intere-Ucgj and brought to his memory circumstances which had occurred ill Rhyl 30 years At that time the Erglish Cougregationalists held their services in the Welsh chapel, and he remembered that one Sunday they were left without a preacher. Raiher than be without a sermon be (the speaker) consented to preach. At that service there was present a lady who was the wife of an Indian colonel, and sin afterwards expressed her great surpri-e and pleasure with the service. liow a man could preich and pray without a book she could not understand (laughter.) He was also glad to be present for personal reasons. Mr Ilooke was Secretary of the North Wales Con jregational Union, of which he (the speaker) was treasurer. In Mr Hooke he had a most splendid coadjutor. He hoped that he was a little help to 3Ir Hooke but Mr Ho 11\:o was a great help to him. He was very thankful indeed that the work had beeD so successful in the as and as a member of the same christian body as Mr Hooke he was very glad to see so many members of other denom- inations showing their sympathy aud good wishes towards the .vork which was beingloilo that day. The speaker then related his personal experience as to the value of doing away with pew rents; and he was very glad that it was the intention of the Euglish Congregational Church in Rhyl to throw the pews open and free and unappropriated to all. In conclusion he expressed a hope that the new church would be opened free from debt (applause.) Mr J. L. Muspratt, J.P who was cordially re- ceived, said he would be mindful of the hint given by the chairman. He felt great pleasure in beill present that day to wish God speed to the friends connected with the place of worship about to be erected, which he believed would outwardly be an ornament to Rhyl, and would benefit spiritually the residents and the visitors who came here. It gave him very great pleasure indeed to be one of the company on so interesting an occasion (ap- plause). Mr S. Perks, who was loudly cheered, said he had a very pleasant duty to perform, aud the plea- santness of it was increased by the knowledge of the fact that it would be very cordially received. He rose to propose the best thauks of the meeting 'oLord R. Grosvenor and John Roberts, M P., for their attendance that day, and to the chairman for presiding. It was not necessary for him to say anything to commend the proposal. All p:esent were satisfied with the work done b? their honour- able members (applause), and he hoped bat they would long retain the position which they now lwld (applause). As to their chairman, he was too well known to need anything being said of him. There was no good movement, which had not at one time or other received his support, not only lof his advocacy but monetary support also (ap- plause). May he long be spared to continue his good services (cheers). Mr W. Davies, coroner, said he had great plea- sure in seconding the proposition. As to the chair- man they could not have a better Mr Hooke had been very fortunate in meeting Mr Taylor when he was in a good and happy mood so as to get him to promise to preside (hear, hear). As to the hon. members, he agreed with a remark in one of the letters read, that they were two of the best mombers of the House of Commons (applause). May they live long to carry on the work which they so nobly fulfill now (loud applause). The Rev. D. B. Hooke having put the motion to the meeting it was carried with loud applause. The Chairman and the two honourable members stood up together, and the chairman on his own and their behalf, briefly returned thanks. The proceedings then terminated with the sing- ing of three verses of a hymn. THE LAYING OF THE MEMORIAL STONES. Immediately after the luncheon the ceremony of laying the memorial stones took place in the presence of a Aery large concourse of people. Hundreds failed to get admission withiu the en- closure, and great difficulty was experienced in making room for the ladios and gentlemen who laid the stones. The Rev. D. Burford Hooke announced that it was intended that the ceremony should be as brief as possible. A hymn haviug been sung the Rev. W. Evans Footo read the 122ud Psalm, and offered a very fervent prayer. The first stone was laid by Lord Grosvenor, a splendid trowel,bearing a siutable inscription being presented to him by the Rev. D. Burford Hooke. The second stone was laid by Mr John Roberts, M P. he also receiving a trowel from the hands of Mr llobert Oldfield (co-treasurer with the Rev. Mr Hooke.) The third was laid by Mrs Jones, Olinda, the trowel being presented by Mr P. Mostyn Williams (one of the secretaries.) The iV.u-th was laid by Miss Evans, Prcswylfa, M â– R. S. Peet (co-secretary with Mr P. Mostyn William.,) pre- senting the trowel The Rev. Mr Hooke then pronounced the stones well and truly Liid, and th proceedings were closed with the singing of t h doxology. Contributions towards the bui ding funds were then laid upon the stones. PUBLIC MEETING AT THE TOWN HALL In the evening at 7 p in., a public meeting was held at the t .wn hall, under the presidency of Thomas Davies, Esq, J.P., of Bootle, who was supported on the platform by the Revs. D. B. Hooke Dr Thomas, Liverpool; Thomas Nicholson, Denbigh .Thomas L'oyd ;â€”Bultou Lancaster; E. Lloyd Jones, W. Evans Foote, Thomas Hughes, Ishmael Evans, J. J, Williams, &(., 6co. After the siog'ug of a hymn, the Rev Mr Bolton of Lancr.ster, offered prayer. The Chairman, who was greeted with warm applause, remarked that if he had rightly under- stood, a proper keynote to the proceediugs of that day had been given in the text of tho sermon preached on the previous nightâ€”work and rejoicing The good people of Rhyl, and especially the Cougregationalists of Rhyl, had all cause for rejoicing and iu that rtjoicing they were joined by distinguished people from afar off. He had always thought a great deal of the cause in Rhyl, on its own account, and on account cf its relation to English Congregationalism in North Wales English Congregationalism had seen many vicissitudes in recent years, The first thing was the taking away from their midst of the late Mi- Francis, who for a great many years was their pastor. The last time lie (the speaker) was in Rhyl, the late Mr Francis stood on the same platform, and together with the Rev. J. Guinness tiogers. Someone at the time remarked that there was a great likenness between these two men; they were both good men aud showed their energy and their disposition for work in their countenances (hear, hear.) 111 the next place God ledâ€”for they ought to acknowledge the guidance of the Alruightv in every work connected with the Church had hid them to seek a new pastor and great satisfaction was felt by friends at a distance when it became known that they were inclined to ask Mr Hooke to become their pastor, and the satisfaction was greater still when they received the information that Mr Hooke had accepted the call ,:ipp\ause.) It was a wonderful combination of place and the man for it. And the energy and usefulness of Mr Hooke since he had been amongst them had fully borne out their good opinion of him (applause.) Then again when they had comfortably settled down to work, a sad calamityâ€”there was 110 other name for it,lofdl them,in the threitened destruction of their sanctuary. When he (the speaker) heard of it his sorrow was great. But in tho face of all there was that energy in the church and congre- gation at Rhyl that caused them to rise to the occasion (hear, hear.) They had faith in the work which had devolved upon them, and woie ready to accept the responsibility and their friends outside the town had shewn every desire to help them. In this connection he could not help remembering the revered name of the late R. S. Hudson, of Bache Hall, Chester; and it was impossible to mention his name without paying a silent tribute to his memorv (hear, hear.) The success which had hitherto followed his efforts,he (the speakerjthouglit was evidence of a gre:tt deal of prayer, and of intercourse and tribulations. Their i\ligion would be of little value unless they found from personal conviction that they found access to God (hear, hear.) Their success was a r roof to his mind that their prayers had been heard, and had led to the consummation of that day. From those to whom much is given, much is expected. God has dalr irraciously with them, and He expected a great deal from them iu return. They must use their energies to do God's work. One reason why the Estab- lished Church had tailed ti accomplish the object sought was that they did not approach the people in their own language. Great changes werc- now taking placo; and In ty there not bo a danger thntifthey as a denomination did not take this to rheir minds they also might lose thsir hold upon the pe :-ple;- He would not say that there was less Welsh spoken to-day than at any previous time, but English was becoming more and more general And it the Congregationalists want to retain their aold uoon the people, they must make preparations that will satisfy tLC wants of the time (hear, hear), tie was glad to 15ud that the Welsh religious bodies were paying attention to this matter, and thai kughsa was being preached in places which had aever been thought of until recent y. The Welsh Nonconformists had noJ had their share iu the responsibility attached to their country, although they, as much as any other body, had contributed o the progress, industry, and wealth of tho country kappL'use). They had not had their share in th" legislation of the country, although they had borne heir p lrt of the burden (hear, hear). They had lot been acknowledged as t'ley ought to have been mhigapltces. liat a eh an jo was about to take placem the immediate future, when the Franchise iiiil became into opei utiou. And it was necessarj that Nonconformity, in order that it may fulfil ie, mission, the salvation o.f the people, should be awake to their advfluta^cs (apphutvj). Ax tor a few more remarks in the same direction, the chairman said he would not detain them lontrer. He saw with teem th t evening men who might, be termed the pillars ri Nonconformityâ€”men who had the eloquence of a Demosthenes, and the strength of an c i lies to wield tiie shield of civil and religious b tty (loud applause). A hYiU having been sung, The Rev. Nichclsou, of Denbigh, whoso rising was a signal for applause, next addressed the meet- ing. He thought it rather fortunate for him that the chairman had asked for a hjmn to be sung im- mediately nfter the concluding words of bis speech, for they would naturally lead the audience to ex- pect. a great deal. He (Mr Nicholsm) had come their that evening- to express his sympathy with the English Congregational Church, at Hhyl, and its pastor, under what had been aptly termed the cal- amity which had befallen them but at the same time he congratulated the restless indefatigable pastor of the churoh, with the co-operation of others arouned him and in the country, on the very signal success which had so far crowned their effortp and he hoped that they may stieedily bo brought to a triumphant issue (applause). For a few moments further, he intended to dwell upon the more spiritual function of the church of Christ in this world Far be it from him to recognise the work they were now doing as woik dene for the Lord Christ himself, in building- a new church; but he proposed to emphasize on the more spiritual work of the churchâ€”the ultimate object in the whole-the work of the church in its relation to the world without. That object was to brine1 men to -Jesusâ€”not to this church or dc-momination, but to Christ (hear,hear). He would found his remaiks upon a scriptural incident, recorded of Andrew, of Beth- saida, It was said cf him in relation to his brother Simou "HebroughthimuntoJesus." Thtt was the missiou on the church in the world. He took that the incident quoted taught a lesson to the Christian to the end of world. In eloquent language, and with great earnestness, the speaker urged this noble aim upon the christian people pre- sent. Humanity was the means appointed by God to lead men to the Saviour. Consecrated humanity who could count or gauge its capabilities for goodr He urged that such should be taken as an inspir- ing note from that meeting. Let them leave that' hall that evening with a determination to do their 1 best to try to lead men to the Saviour- onice bear- ers, teachers, visitors, Sunday school teachers let them all try during the year 1885 to lead someone to Jesus. Let all other things be subserviant to this as the final and ultimate object (loud ap- plause) Another hymn having beeu sung, The Rev. E. Lloyd Jones, who was loudly plauded on rising, next addressed the meeting. Mr Jones commenced by saying that all who had taken a public part iu the proceedings of that dayâ€”iu thc afternoon and that evening-had taken a most; natural course to congratulate Mr Hooke and the congregation upon the great success that had at- tended their efforts hitherto. Be would like if I possible to emphasize that more than had been done already. In the afternoon someone had facetiously titled Mr Hooke a Prince of Collectors" (laughter) It required a great man to make a prince and he was sure that no one had shewn more energy and strength in gaining that title for himself than Mr. Hooke (applause). There was more religion necess ary to make a good collector than to make a good ureacher (laughter). He (Mr Jones) could make a, dozen sermons much easier than be could make one i collection (renewed laughter). Therefore he wish ed to emphasize his congratulation to Mr Hooke on his success in the above work which to him (the speaker) would be the hardest work in the world (applause). The success of those meetings had been most marked Think of it. Meetings such as those could not have been held 30 years ago. At that time the feeling between Arminians aud Calvinists I was something akin to the feeling of a red hot Tory in these days when he met with a downright Hadical (loud laughter). A lack of sympathy and wishing God speed existed between christians of various denominations in these days. But that evening they found that members of all christian churches were present to wish Mr Hooke and his church God p-ccd (applause). There were some people who praised the "good old times but these I were the better times (loud applause). There was I in these days a liberality of thought, a toleration, a icspect for one another's feelings and opinions which were not known a few years ago (applause). that was not because they held their relip-ious views less firmly than their forefathers did. The Rev. J. J. Williams (who was on the platform) was as good a Baptist as ever John the Baptist was (laughler), and yet he was there to wish success to Mr Hooke (applause). And lie (the speaker., wished Mr Hooke the a.m8 although he was as good a Methodist as ever John esley was (applause). What did aJ. vance iu civilization and toleration mean 'r It meant that people in these days were more enlightened searchers for the truth. All the religious bodies | had a fragment of the truth-not one of them had the whole of it. Thauk God for (applause). People were begining to soe that opinions aud creeds were simply the clothes of religion. The fruits of the spirit of true religion were love, aud jov, aud peace, "against which there is no law." People had made laws to put down beliefs but never to put. down love and charity (applause). If their re- ligion produced these results, it did not matter I much a bunt the clothes (applause). Speaking of j Congregationalism, Mr Jones said he knew of uo grander ideal of a Christian Church than Congre- gationalism. In his opinion nothing could be more sublimeâ€”more in harmony wi; b the letter and spirit of the word of God. In the first place be- cause it reflected so much honour upon Jesus. They were a body of men with Christ in the midst of j them, as their teacher, comforter, end guide. In the second place, Congregationalism re- flected great honour upon humanity; every man and woman bad a voice in the church government. He would not say that Congregationalism had hlly come up to the ideal; that was not to expect- ed. What christian had ever come up to the ideal of a perfect christian ? The most perfect christian man would yet be au immeasurable distance from the Lord Jesus Christ. For two or three centuries also Congregationalism had more thau any other church extended the area of the activity of the christian church. It had taught that there was nothing in this world but that religion had some- thing to do with it (hear. hoar). There was liopei for the future. The Chairman had touched a ten j der cord in his heart wheu he referred to the in- justice done to Walesâ€”his native laml-for he ithe speaker) was a Jones" after all (loud applause). With great power and eloqueuce the speaker con- demned the religious and civil inequalities of Wales. He congratulated Mr Hooke upon his faith, and hoped that his church would be true to the prin- ciples of tho past 300 years. The religious free- dom and privileges which they as Nonconformists now enjoyed was due to the Independents aud Bap- lists There were other reform, iu the near t tnture. Tiie time was coming when all forms of i 'ppressioii, injustice, aud class legislation, would bo swept away by the beasom of equality and justice (loud applause). The Rev. Dr. Thomas, of Liverpool, was next called upon, and was greeted with loud cheers. He said that Mr Hooke had asked him to be present to answer the questionâ€”What Congregationalism had dlma for Wales ? He then proceeded to read a lengthy, but highly interesting paper on the subject, which was listened" to with rapt attention, and fre- quently applauded. On the motion of the Rev. Mr Hooke, seconded oy the Rev. Ishmael Evans, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the chairman and the speakers. The compliment was acknowledged by the Chairman, a hymn was sung, aud the meeting, which was a most enthusiastic one throughout, was brought to a close by the Roy. Mr Hooke pronouncing the Apos- tolic benediction