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LECTURE AT BARRY PARISH HALL ON THE WORK OF THE S.P.C.K. On Thursday evening, the 22nd ultimo, a very interesting lecture, illustrated by beautiful magic lantern views, on the subject of the history and work of the venerable society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, was given by the Rev W. B. Taylor, one of the organising secretaries of the Society. The lecturer gave a striking account of the large scope of the society's work both at home and abroad during its long and excellent record of close upon 200 years. This, the first and oldest of all our Church societies, was set on its course in the year 1698 by a band of holy and zealous men, numbering among them the saintly Bishop Wilson, Bishops Butler and Burnett, Robert Nelson, and the father of John and Charles Wesley. Not only as our oldest Bible Society, and not only as putting into the hands of the people of every parish in England and Wales sound and pure Christian literature at marvellously cheap cost, but also as aiding by large and munificent grants the work of the Church in the colonies, the building of Sunday schools, the maintenance and endowment of training colleges, and, by a substantial special 11 el grant, the rescue of a large number of Church schools in Wales from extinction, this society may well be said to hold strong and urgent claims to the willing and generous support (much needed for the maintenance of its gigantic and many-fold good work) of all friends of the Church. At the close of the lecture, which was listened to with much interest, Canon Allen proposed a hearty vote of thanks and appreciation to the lecturer, aud also to their good friend Mr Spreat, who kindly gave effective help by presenting the magic lantern pictures in their due order whilst the lecturer con- tinued his address. This was carried by acclama- tion. A collection was made during the singing of the first hymn for the general funds of the society amounting to 15s 8d.

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