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THE FORGE OF LIFE,

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[WHY THE POOR KATES ARE HIGH…

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LOUISE MASSET EXECUTED.

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; PRESENTATION TO THE VICAR…

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PRESENTATION TO THE VICAR OF MELIDEN. On Monday afternoon the 1st inst., the Rev E 0 Williams, Vicar of Meliden, was the recipient of a pleasing presentation from his parishioners in cele- bration of his restoration to health and his return to the parish. The proceedings which took place at the Natienal Schools, were presided over by Mr Rice J Williams, Rhyd. There were about 200 present. A sumptuous tea was provided for the guests by the committee, and afterwards the preset tations were made in an appropriate speech by the Chair- man, congratalatory and appreciative addresses being also delivered by Mr W Horsfall, Bryngwalia; Mr T Edwards, Leckatue; Mr F J Gamlin, Rhyl; and Mr Daniel Roberts. The presentation to the Vicar consisted of a beautiful silver pocket communion service bearing the following ins-cription :â" Presented to Rev E 0 Williams, Vicar of ileliden, by the parishionerb as a token of esteem and regard, Januarv 1st, 1900." He was also presented with a handsomely illuminated aadress of which the following is a copy :âTo the Rev Edward Owen Williams, Vicar of Meliden, Flint. We, your parishioners and members of your congregation, offer you our hearty congratulations Olil your restoration to health after a loug and serious illness; and we trust you and Mrs Williams may enjoy many years of health and happiness. Will you accept a slight token of our regard and esteem for you and her with our best wishes. We des;re to assure Mrs Williams of our sincere esteemâby her kindly ways she has already won the hearts of those with whom she has come in contact. May every blessing attend you bothin the future and forever ruot-e,Signed on behalf of the subscribers, A Nicholson, R C Welsby, J.P., Peter Morris, Thomas Jones, Wm Horsfail, John Kriller Webster, M Price, secretarv.â Dated Jan 1, 1900." Mrs Williams was presentedwkh a beauti- fully embroidered banner with Welcome to Meliden." The Vicar in acknowledging the presentation â aid When I received the invitation the other dav it came upon me as a very pleasant surprise to know that you thought of me at all during my absence, and I don't know how to thank you adequately for the beautiful address and pocket cumn>union service you have given me, and the hearty welome you accorded to my dear wife, and the more you know of her the more you will appreciate her (applause). The silver communion service is a thing 1 have always wanted, and you could not give me anything more useful. The address shall always be my most treasured posses- sion, and I promise you that it shall be iiuiiz in the most prominent place in the Vicarage (applause). Again t'aariking you all for the great kindness. W ishing you all A Happy and Prosperous New Year" (applause). The proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the chairman for presiding.

. ! TRAGEDY IN WALES.

RUSSIA AND CENTRAL ASIA.

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