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THE QUEEN'S COLLECTION. MACHYNLLETH. The Parish Church pulpit was occupied on Sun- day morning by Canon Trevor. M.A., rector, who, having read the letter of Her Majesty Queen Vic- toria, and the National Anthem having been sung, delivered one of the most striking and profoundly- stirring sermons ever delivered in Machynlleth. He took as his text Job ii., v. 10: What, shall we receive good at the of God, and shall we not receive evil ? Canon Trevor said The occasion upon which you are met together in this church tu. day iR, in your individual lives, almost unprece- dented. Almost unprecedented, I say, because few who are here present will remember the last occa- sion when the Queen's letter, commanding a collec- tion to be made in every church in this diocese, was issued. It was in the year 1847, now nearly 53 years ago. Ireland in that year was paralysed by famine. The absolute failure of the potato crop—upon which the inhabitants of the island wholly subsisted—caused untold suffering. Then it was that our beloved Queen issued a similar letter to that which was read to you this morning. There were no railways to convey food, and though the response to that letter was immediate and abun- dant, and thousands of pounds were subscribed in his country and ship-loads of corn and flour were sent off, it was not possible to reach the outlying districts in the West of Ireland in time to save. Tb\1sands, too weak to move and food per- ished from sheer starvation. ID was a terrible time. War, pestilence and famine are of God's appoint- ment. They are instruments in His hand with which He not only scourges iniqnitv but advances the cause of righteousness. Then it was famine, now it is war. Our minds to day, said Canon Trevor, are tilled with the subject of the terrible war in which oar country is now engaged. There are lessons to be learnt therefrom — many and c various. All war is dreadful. The text is in the Bock of Job. Those about him tried, to persuade him to give up his integrity, which seemed so profitless and curse the God who was so cruel, and to draw down upon himself the final stroke of death. "Dest thou still retain thy in- tegrity ? Curse God and die." Job's answer is te,, decisive. He sees in the suggestion foolish- ness, i.e., the senseless recklessness of the fool who saith there is no God. What, he says, shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil ? So say we now. We mav well put the same question in our own mouths now at this time of national depression and anxiety. We who a a nation have received so many bless- ings at God's hand—shall we repine and murmur because matters have not gone as favourably for us so far as we expected ? In view of what we some- times hear said, now that we have met with reverses, that oi-ir ctuso cannot be just. Was Job's cause unjust ? We a« a nation may perhaps need for our future good and to enable us to fulfil the purpose and destiny of our existence, a lesson which must bo taught us by adversity. Past years of success and prosperity may have made us too con- fident in our own prowess and preparedness, too boastful, too much inclined to put our trust in big battalions and a great navy rather than in the living God. Our wisdom will lie to let the present, disappointment and trouble steady us; to remem- ber that it is as bad for a nation as it is for an individual to begin and doubt the justice of venr cause just because you find more difficulty in bring- ing it to a successful issue than you expected. Th" justice of our cause is by either successes or reverses. The end, not, the intermediate steps, will in God's good time clear this up. "I CHmc t not," are the words of our Saviour and Prince of Peace—" I came net to send peace but a sword." The sword, alas that it still should be after 20 centuries of the Gospel an instrument for good. Our blessed Lord, who knew what was in man, and who could count all the steps in the human ladder, from the vista of the past to the avenue of the future—leading to the Throne of Eternal Peace, saw this step too-and we knew it from Him. It is not war and the sword that is hateful in God's sight, but the cause of war-oppression, injustice, slavery. Let us then bear patiently the trial of our strength of character. Adversity and reverses are the scourges of faults to be corrected, but they are also the I)relude of blessings to be obtained. We cannot doubt that God is calling this nation to far greater seriousness than hitherto. There has been arid there still is, a great deal of sin, of wickedness, intemperance, and immorality in our midst. Enough to call down upon its the wrath of God, if he should reward us after our inquities. We need humble ourselves and to pray for protection, not only with our lips, but in our lives, to conduct ourselves as a God-fearing nation, having the courage of our convictions, that right is right, and the determination to maintain our cause, because it is the cause of justice, freedom and civilisat-ition. Though it be attended by such terrible hardships, endorsed by our brave sailors and soldiers, and although it lias already brought such sorrow and grief to many a household, still let us not lose sight of the fact that those who have shed their life-blood will not have died in vain. No man dies in vain at duty's call. Our hearts bleed for them. Our beloved Queen, with whom we feel deepest sympathy, has conveyed to our brave soldiers and sailors her admiration of their valour. The reverend gentleman's noble words were listened to with the deepest attention, and, al- though a previous collection of about L12 had been sent off, yet in response to Her Majesty's letter, a second collection was made throughout the day, for the sick aud wounded, and the wives and families of those on the field of battle. UNIQUE SERVICE AT WELSHPOOL. By command of Her Most Gracious Majesty, a special collection was made in most of the churches in England and Wales for the patriotic fund for the wives and families of our soldiers and sailors in South Africa. With the Yeomanry assembled at Welshpool and Newtown, special interest was centred in the visit to church on Sunday morning. The Mayor (Mr David] Jones) attended officially, attired in his robeil of office, and he was accom- panied by most of the members of the Town Coun- cil. The Volunteers paraded in uniform at the Town Hall, the regular Squadron of Yeomanry assembled opposite the Post Office, while nearer he Cross the new recruits were drawn up in line under Colonel Sir W Williams- Wvnn, Bart., with a band composed of portions of the 4th S.W.B. and Yeomanry bands. The baud marched first, then the regular Yeomanry and the Imperial Yeomanry, the Volunteers, with the Mayor and Corporation bringing up the rear. The service was intoned by the Rev E M Fitzgerald, vicar of Prees, and a special eerinou was preached by the Vicar the Rev D Grimaldi Davis. Towards the conclusions of his sermon the Vicar made reference to the affa, irs of South Africa. The special message of the Church at this time of the year was that of peace. Her watchword at the present season was Peace on earth and goodwill amongs- men." And yet, bearing in mind existing circnm stances it seemed almost a mockery to pro- claim this, for at the present time we were at war with a people with whom we would fain be at peace. It was universally acknowledged that the HIGHEST OF ALL BRITISH INTEREST was that 01 peace and the policy of our country had been conciliation and forbearance. At the present time we have upon the throne one who had endeavoured at all times to preserve peace and goodwill amongst men. Our statesmen, following her example, had shown all anxiety for the preservation of peace. But some might say Why not preserve peace at any price ?" What did the Bible teach them on this all absorbing subject of the hour. The Word of God solemnly declares that the greatest of all national blessings was that of peace, while on the other hand war was re- garded as the greatest national chastisement. King David intended to crown his long and glorious career by building a temple to God. But he was warned that be would not be allowed to do so as ho had shed much blood and that the tempte should be built by his (ion, who would be a man of peace. David again in the Psaims prayed that God would I scatter those who DELIGLITHD IN WAR. On the other hand they read in the Old Testament Scriptures that God again and again sanctioned war. These were wars for the extirpation of idol worship, for the destrnction of moral corruption, wars in self defence, and wars againt invasion. Thus then it was that while the Bible declared that the greatest of all national hlessings was peace, on the other hand it equally proclaimed that there were circumetauces when war was absolutely inevitable, and if our country were to adopt a policy of peace at any price there would soon come an end to all its greatness. There were dangers ever worse than war, with ail its horrors. Let foreign countries be impressed with the conviction that our people Cäre for nothing except the counter and the till, to amass wealth and live io ease and luxury, that it would accept with equanimity any insult offered to them, and what would be the result? We should lose the respect of others, and for a nation or individual to lose the respect of others was to lose one of the highest and best treasures it could possess. We humbly but strongly believed that our cause was right and true, that upon the suc- cess of our arms depended the future welfare of South Africa-, and especially that justice and protection would- be meted out to the native races of that vast continent, and the progress j of Christian civilisation, individual freedom and rights. If then these blessings were at stake it was even worth a great war, much blood and treasure to secnre them. And besides these con- eideraLions the war had shown how deep and uni- versal were the feelings of patriotism and loyalty in this land. What then was our duty in this great crisis ? It behoved us all to express a belief in the righteousness of our cause and in our dependence on God's help, first by offering up prayers for the brave men who were in peril, for the sick and wounded and disabled in tho war, and for all who suffered in auy way by the present crisis. We should offer up special supplications that the leaders of our cause may be endowed with wisdom and insight, then their efforts should be crowned with success, and that there should be A SPEEDY ANI) DECISIVE ENI) to the war, aud an honourable peace. In the next place we should help by our means our soldiers and sailors who were fighting our battles in distant lauds, help the sick and wounded and disabled. Help the wives and families they have left behind and those who would Buffer the greater loss of be- coming widows and orphans by this great war Our Gracious Queen had expressed a wisii that on that Sunday collections should be made in all the churches of our lintel as far as possible for these benificent purposes, and in response to that royal desire au opportunity would be given to those pre- sent that morning to contribute of their means to- wards these objects. He hoped and believed that our Queen's appeal would receive a right response. Lastly our sincere and heartfelt grati- tude should be given to those brave men who had gone forth and to those who intended to go form to fight our b;uties. It was their privilege and pleasure to have with them in that Church some of those friends who intended to go forth to fight the battles of our country, and if need be to lay down their lives. In the iiatie of those who worshipped in that Church, and also he would further add, in the name of His Worship the Mayor and the Corporation, he offered them all God.speed and a safe return to their fatherland and those they loved so well. Tne collection was then taken and realised over £ 20. Special and appropriate hymns were sung during-the service. As the congregation enteied, the organist, Mr T M Price, played God save the Queen" and as they left the Church Rule Britannia." The procession reformed outside the Church, and large numbers watched its progress to the Town Hall. MONTGOMERY. At the Parish Church, at the Sunday morning service, the Rector (the Rev E W Brown) iu the course of his sermon said that in many thousands of churches coiiectious were that day made on behalf of the sufferers from the war in South Africa. lie had placed the Queen's letter on the notice board, and as lie had explained on the pre- vious Sunday they were not having a collection in that church as a house to house collection had already been made throughout the parish for the same object. lie also appealed to his congregation to make garmenfSjfor the additional comfort of our troops. OSWESTRY. In accordance with the Queen's Royal letters, collections were made in the Churches on Suiujay, when at the Parish Church £ 37 3* lOd were collected, and rtt Holy Trinity £ 25 13s 4d. SELATTYN. Collections were made at this church on Sundae and realised YlC) 123 101-d.

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