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WELSH CONGREGATIONALISM.

THE VACANT PROFESSORSHIP AT…

A TRIPLET OF GIRLS.

A TRAMP ACROSS WALES.

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MINERS' PROVIDENT FUND. --♦—

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IBRIDGEND NOTES.-.--

ITHE WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT…

BLAENGARW NOTES.

IISENSATIONAL AFFAIlt AT MAESTEG.…

BRIDGEND PETry SESSIONS. ..

NEW MASONIC HALL AT BRIDGEND.

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NEW MASONIC HALL AT BRIDGEND. THE" OPENING CEREMONY. On Mont&y, the new hall built at Bridgend by the members of the Ogmore Lodge of Freemasons was formally opened, when there was a. large attendance of the fraternity. The hall is situate in Adare-street, and is a striking architectural; I addition to the main buildings of the town. It was designed by Mr. G. F. Lambert, architect Bridgend, and built by Mr. William Francis, of the same town, at a cost of £1,150 including extras. The building has a front of white brick, and is freely treated with Bath and local stone. The upper rooms consisting of a spacious hall, reception and ante-rooms, offices, &e.. .1 are specially laid out for masonic use, and on the exterior front, emblems of the order are displayed. On the basement are three suites of offices, all vw;li lighted and roomy. There are two entrances, the main oise leading to a fight of stairs by which tha-: masonie hall is reached the side entrance leads to offices on the ground floor. The masonic hall is lighted from the coved ceiling, and it is fitted' up specially for the purposes for which it is- deds- catedL The opening of the hall was fixed for the instal- lation day, or annual meeting of the brethren, when the newly-elected Master is always àly installed in office for the ensuing twelve months, or- until his successor has been appointed and installed in his stead. The choice of the brethren tMs year fell upon Bro. David McLelSaa, the Senior Warden of the past year, and; from the interest he has taken in the welfswe of the i lodge for some years past, there is every rea- son to believe that his year of office will be a successful one. The lods-e was opened; at three r o'clock, in the presence of a large gabfeering of members and visitors, by the retiring master, Bro. E. T. David. After some preliminaries the cere- I mony of installation was proceeded with, the onerous duties of installing master being ably performed by Bro. T. B. Boucher,. a pastmaster of the lodge. At th, conclusion the usual con- gratulations took pJace, and then. Bro. MeLellan invested his officers as follows :—Bros. E. T. David, I.P.M.; R, Scale. S.W.; William Francis, J.W.; James Jones, chaplain; J. Herdman, treasurer; W. Jones, secretary R. Conibear, S.D.; W. H. Morgaa, J.D.; R. Emlyn Jones. Inner Guard; T. C. Forrester, D.C;; D. J. Williams, organist; F. W. Nicholls, steward A. D. Webster, tylter. In addition to the members of the lodge there were present:—Bro. Marmad«ke. Tennant, D.P.G.M., Bro. Hughes, P.M. Caradoc. 1753, Bro. J. A. Leyshon, Windsor Lodge, Penarth T. R. Hsnt. W.M., Talbot Lodge, Swansea H. F. Clarke^ 883, P.M., P.G.S.B., L. Jenkins, W.M., Afan M. G. Roberts, secretary, A fan • J. L. Jenkins, Avondale, U.S.A.; T. O. Williams, Yer- boraugh; Jno. Lewis, Prov. Grand Lodge, Austra- lia D. Roberts, W.M. 36, Glamorgan. 1578, and among the company were the following past masters of the lodge :—Bro. John Hemming, P.M., Past Provincial Grand Registrar, L. Behn P.M." J. C. Coath, P.M., T. B. Boucher, P.M. At the close of the Lodge the brethren reparod to the Wyndham Arms Hotel, where a banquet was well served by Mr. and Mrs. Jones, to which about fifty sat down. After discussion of the repast, the usual Masonic, toasts wero given and interspersed with some excellent vooalism, the singers being ably accompanied hy Bro. D. T. Williams on the pianofotto. t

ISOUTH WALES COAL TRADE. I.

THE SLIDING-SCALE ARRANGEMENT.

LAHOCH WAR IN AMERICA,

THE CARDIFF BUILDING STRIKE.

COMMUNICATION WITH LIGHTHOUSES.

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A LIBERAL UNIONIST ON WALES.