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PONTYPRIDD CABMEN AND PLACE OF ACCOMMODATION. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. gIR) "While visiting the above place last week it became necessary for me to hire a cab. On inaking enquiries about the driver. I found him and several others in the bar of an adjacent public- house whilintr their time away, and spending their earnings in drink. When speaking to the driver in question, and pointing out to him the waste ox time and money, beside running the risk ot ruining both body and soul at such a rendezvous, the young mr.n, while admitting the truthtulness ot what I said, asked What are we to do? We cannot remain in the cold and wet to wait for the convenience of the public." I nope the Ponty- pridd Local Board will at once move in this matter, and see that those whom they licence and autho-; rise to drive, &c.. are properly housed and cared for. as is the case in other towns It a eomfortabxe cabmen's rest is erected, supplied with healthy literature, where the drivers could Fit down at their meals and utilise their leisure time in im- proving the mind, the Board would have done good service, and merit the gratitude of no„ only the We number oi drivers who are now daily seen between the Butchers' Arms and the New Inn, where they are at present forced to seek shelter but also the srratitude of a large number of the public, who feel deeply interested m the welfare of their fellow-men. No doubt, the temperance party, and especially the ministers of the a^ove town, would willingly do all in their power to further such a worthy object thus speedily removing from their midst what I must term, not only a great hardship, but gross injustice to the eabman of Pontypridd. I am, &c.. April 27,1892. L. TON E\ANb. THE CADOXTON CHORAL UNION. TO THE EDITOlt OF THE SOUTH WALES ST A K. SIR,-On behalf of the Committee of the Cadox- ton Choral Union. I would like to make a few ex- planatory remarks. In the first instance, the sole reason which prompted the Union to abandon its intention of competing for the chief choral com- petition at the Whit-Monday Eisteddfod was the extreme dilatoriness of the members of the Union in attending the practices, more especially the female section. This is much to be regretted for more reasons than one. which I need not now enumerate. Also, the idea (which seems too prevalent) that by giving up its intention of com- peting in the above mentioned competition, the Cadoxton Choral Union has disbanded altogether, is entirely without foundation, as it is intended to commence rehearsing, early in September next, some better-class Cantata, with a view to its per- formance. Again, although the Choral Union has decided not to enter for the chief choral competi- tion, the male section, augmented by the members of the Dinas Powis Male Voice Party, are getting oa splendidly with the test-piece for the male voice party competition. Thanking you in anticipation for the insertion of the above. I am, &c., W. E. DAYIES, Hon. Sec. Cadoxton Choral Union. — LOTTERIES. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. Sn,_ J was hitherto under the impression that the ex-cathedra utterances of an editor on any subject were as infallibly true as those of His Holiness the Pope are on matters of faith and morals, but the information recently given by the editor of the Baptist on Art Union drawings has effectually dispelled that delusion. Referring to a forthcoming Art Union Prize Drawing on behalf of the Welsh Baptist Church at Cadoxton, Mr. Medhurst, of Cardiff, asked—1st Whether there is any difference in principle between Art Union Prize Drawing. and Monte Carlo gambling and 2nd-whether Art Union Prize Drawing is illegal so far as our country is concerned ? Instead of answering Mr. Medhurst/s very pertinent questions the sapient editor of the BafJti,ort; replied at follows :— We apprehend there can be but one opinion about any such device for raising money professedly for the o-lory of G-od. This particular plan owes its con- ception, we believe, and certainly its chief adop- tion to followers of Roman Catholicism and Ritualism. It seems more worthy of Jesuits than of Baptists." Putting aside the chaste and classic language in which the editor couches his reply, I would remark that if by principle Mr. Medhurst means motive or "ground of action there is -L a vast difference both in principle and in practice between Monte Carlo gambling and the prize drawing to which he refers, and I would further add that Art Union Prize Drawing is legalised by Act 9 and 10. Vic. c. 48. Notwithstanding the Act of Parliament Mr. Medhurst believes that any such device for raising money is a grave sin." The trustees of the Cadoxton Welsh Baptist Building Fund are of a different opinion, and this in the face of the fact that the editor of the Baptist" apprehends that there can be but one opinion about any such device," but, as he has not condescended to explain what that one opinion is, the Cadoxton Baptists may fairly claim that the omniscient editor is on their side. Mr Medhurst is further told that Art Union Prize Drawing owes its conception, we believe, and certainly its chief adoption, to the followers of Roman Catholicism and Ritualism." The great We is again mistaken. As far as I can ascer- tain the Art Union, like Protestantism, was born in Bavaria, the date of its birth being 1823. In Great Britain it owes its conception in 1834 to a desire on the part of some citizens of the intensely Calvinist city of Edinburgh to cultivate a taste for the fine arts, especially painting, by saving a certain sum for that purpose the pictures were then drawn for. the first name drawn from the lottery being allowed to choose from the entire gallery. The conception of the Art Union drawing is, therefore, due to a desire amongst Protestants to so far undo the work of the Reformation as to cultivate a taste for the fine arts, which the van- dalism of the early Reformers had ruthlessly destroyed. The Art Union of London was founded by George Goodwin, in 1837, and legalised by Act of Parliament in 1847. From this it appears that the Art Union is a creature of Protestant concep- tion, Protestant birth, Protestant growth, and Protestant culture.. Lotteries, of which the Art Union is but the legalised form, were first heard of in England in 1589 when Catholicism was forbidden by law, and Elizabeth the Chaste ruled the English people. Gaming houses were first licensed in London by the equally Protestant James I and in the same year that he busied himself in the illicit amour of Viscount Rochester with the Countess of Essex- an affair which resulted in the poisoning of Sir Thomas Overbury — we find that his Majesty granted a lottery in favour of the Colony of Virginia The first lottery in England took place at the western door of the Protestant cathedral of St Paul's, where, from January 11th to May 6th, 1569 in good Queen Bess's time, upwards of 40.000 lots of plate, valued at ten shillings each, were drawn for. Of course, like every other bad example, lotteries soon spread to Catholic countries, where they were prohibited by Pope Benedict XIII. in 1724. Protestant England followed the example of his Holiness, and abolished lotteries by Act of Parliament in 1876. I have said above that gaming houses were licensed by James I. it took 218 years of Protestant example in London to corrupt Catholic Paris, where gaming houses were licensed in 185o. it is but fair to state on behalf of the Ritualists that 'Convocation denounced betting m 1889. Art Unions, says the editor, seem more worthy ■of Jesuits than of Baptists." If his knowledge of Art Unions is the measure of what he knows about Jesuits, he can scarcely be deemed com- petent to compare that Order with the Baptists 'but if it is part of his practice to bear false witness againft his neighbours, as he has done, such -practice may be more worthy of Baptists than it is -of Jesuits it certainly is not worthy of ^Christianity.—I am, &c., J. FIN L CAN E. 19, Clifton-street, Aberdare, 30th April, 1892. 'TESTIMONIAL TO MESSRS. J. SMITH AND J. H. LEWIS (TONDU). TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—For some time past I have personally, in common with the general populace of our sur- rounding districts, been not a little surprised at the apathy displayed by leaders in thought and action regarding the above. All seem to aeree as to the necessity and justice of such a proposal, yet no one seems to adopt any progressive method. It has indeed, been surprising that out of number- less persons who have benefited by the gratuitous and noble services of these two gentltmen in and around Tondu and Abenkenfig not one has ventured to formulate a scheme for its being carried out. Messrs. Smith and Lewis have, it is doubtless felt, through their able and free services assisted to remove heavy burdens of debt from several places of worship, besides being ever ready when any deserving cause called for their support in organis- ing concerts, &c. I am positive that all like myself would like to recognise such in as ample and tangible form as lay in our power. As a suggestion 4illow me to ask that someone should, through the medium of your widely-circulated journal in Porth cawl, Kenfig Hill, Cefn, Coity. Bridgend, Glynogwr, Bettws, Bryncethin, Brynmenyn. Pontradu, and other places where they have had their services free on all occasions, submit their readiness to assist in their respective districts, and join a com- mittee, which I am sure would be formed, to carry it into effect. By this means I see the only way of getting this proposal accomplished, and it will be a great relief to myself to see that honour is bestowed where it is due, and that the public do not hesitate to recognise deserving persons who work for all, irrespective of party or sect.- I am, &ic., GRATEFUL.

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