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indicative of their appreciation of his unflinching zeal and earnestness among the young. A fine old Welsh tune having been sung by the Welsh congregation, the Rev. G. Watkins was voted to the chair. After an appropriate speech explain- ing the object of the meeting, he called several of the teachers to address the audience. They expressed great love towards their beloved pastor, a feeling that was responded to most enthusias- tically by the congregation. The burden of their speeches altogether was this:—That their beloved minister was most active and zealous in teaching and developing the young minds around him in every possible way, above all impressing on their minds the necessity of genuine piety. Excellent speeches were delivered by Revs. J. Edwards, D. Williams, Blaina, H. Daniel, Pontypool. The musical performance was ^well conducted by Messrs. Price, Mathews, and Miles, and included duetts, trios, quartetts, anthems, and psalm tunes, all of which were sung with great effect. The chapel was filled to overflowing, and the meet- ing from beginning to end was highly interesting. THE BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—At a meeting of the Board held on Saturday, June 30, the follow. ing members were present:- G. T. Clark, Esq., (chairman), Messrs. L. Lewis, D. Williams T. Williams, D. Rosser, B. Kirkhouse, G. Martin, J. Ansell, E.W. Scale, D. Rees, W. Williams, R. H. Rhys, G. Davies, E. Lewis, W. Williams, J. Rees, P. Phillips, W. Rees, E. Thomas. C Bassett, W. Morgan, D. Jones, N. B. Allen, W. Phillips, E. Lewis, O. Evans, T. Evans, J. Davies, A VI°^'AN' Ucv. J. Griffiths, G. Overton, Esq., and M. Morgans, Esq.—Number admitted during the week, 3; discharged, 8 number in the house, 180; corresponding week last year, 169; relieved out-door, 2490; corresponding week last year, 2521; amount of relief, £ 221 8s. lOd.; correspond- ing week last year, £2141]s. 6d. The Guardians then proceeded to the election of two public vaccinators for the newly formed districts, the first being, Dowlais the second Garth and Vay. nor. Mr. Francis Allday, and Mr. Pearson Cresswell were the two candidates for the first district, when Mr. Allday was declared elected by a majority of 25 to 6. Mr. Thomas Jones Dyke being the only candidate for the other dis- trict, was elected without any opposition. Reli- gious services in the house, June 24 h Sunday morning (church,) Welsh, Rev. L. T. Rowlands Sunday evening, (English Independent Chat el,) Rev. J. O. Hill. A MOST EXCELLENT REASON.—There is an old woman resident in this town who makes it a solemn duty to attend every funeral that she hears of. No matter if man, woman, or child, neighbour or stranger, the hour of the funeral comes, and there is the old woman. She was asked the other day her reason for attending every burial, and the aply was, "N ane o'r dyn, if I didnt go to every funeral, how should I ex- pect to see many at mine!" ■ ABERDARE. THE CROPS, &c.—The delightful weather with which we are now being favoured, has already produced an excellent effect on all kinds of out- of-door business. Patchmen, quarrymen, exca- vators, &c., have all resumed their wonted employment with redoubled energy and vigour. The whole valley wears a cheerful aspect and the staple" trades are certainly not in a worse state than they were a few weeks ago. The crops, so far as our observation allows us to judge, do not appear to be by any means worse than usual. The cerealious portion have of course, suffered a little from the late cold and heavy rains. The Aberdare Iron Company commenced mowing on Monday last, and we are told the swaths were unusually heavy. Similar tidings are reported in connection with other farms in the valley, and, altogether, we think matters look much more promising than the most sanguine could have expected they would a brief fortnight ago. SAD ACCIDEUT.—On Wednesday se'nnight a man named James Brown was drowned in the river Cynon. He was proceeding home from his work, and, having" had occasion to go near the river's brink, accidentally fell in. There being a strong flood prevailing at the time he was quickly hurried down the stream. We are told that two men observed him ineffectually struggling to recover himself in the water, and did not aim to render assistance! We trust that for the credit of common humanity this statement is unfounded. For 14 or 18 consecutive hours the friends of deceased searched in vain for his body. It was however eventually recovered near the Vale of Neath railway station. An inquest was held at the Stag Inn, on the evening following the melan- choly occurrence, before George Overton, Esq., coroner, and a verdict in accordance with the circumstances was recorded. The unfortunate deceased had been engaged for a considerable period as a contractor under the Aberdare Iron Company, and was much esteemed for his harm- lessness and good nature. On Saturday last his remains were followed to the grave by a long train of friends and neighbours: THE last number of the Gwron newspaper was published on Saturday last. The Gweitlt- wr, which is published at the same office, will "henceforth bo brought out under the title of Y Gwron a'1' Gweithiwr. A NARROW ESCAPE.—A few evenings ago, Mr. Carter, a clerk at the Werfa colliery, was proceeding on horte-back along the canal side, towards Cwmbach, and his steed becoming some- what restive was spurred by the rider into a retrograde movement which took them both into the canal. Fortunately for Mr. Carter and his nag, two colliers who happened to be passing by at the tune gallantly came to the rescue. PUBLIC MEETING ON THE CENSUS BILL. On Tuesday evening last a public meeting was held in tiio Temperance Hall, for the purpose of taking the feeling of the people of Aberdare and neighbourhood with reference to that portion of the Census Bill now before Parliament, which relates to the religious profession of the inha- bitants of England and Wales. The large Hall was full almost to repletion, and the audience testified their approval of the proceedings by frequent and enthusiastic applause. On the plat- form we observed the following gentlemen:- David Davies, Esq., MaesyHynon; Thomas William, Mill-street, and D. E. Willkras, Hir wain, Esqrs.; the Revs. I. Jenkins, Wpsteyan minister; John Cooper, Baptist do.; D. Price, Independent do.; 3). Saunders, Metlmdist do.; W. Edwards, Independent do.; G. P. Evans, Baptist do.; James Owen, do.; Messrs. Richard Pardoe; D. 1. Edwards, and D. I. Davies. On the motion of the Rev. D. Price, Mr. Davies, Maesynynon, was voted to the chair. [In opening the proceedings the chairman, in a neat speech, explained how the last census was taken, and how it was proposed to take the next. lie referred to the objectionable portion of the jbill providing for the proposed census of 1861 jand called upon the Rev. D. Saunders to move the first resolution. Mr. S. on coming for- ward, was greeted with loud cheers. He said that as it was usual for preachers to read their texts before delivering their sermons, he would first of all read the resolution with which he had been entrusted, and would afterwards proceed to dilate on its meaning and interests. The rev. gentleman then read as follows:- That this meeting strongly objects to the Census Bill introduced by Lord Palraerston's Government, on the p-eneral ground that it requires every householder to re- turn the religious profession of himself and ot every person under his roof. First, because we conscientiously object to declare our religious profession at the demand ot any earthly authority. Secondly, because it large j proportion of the people are indifferent to the distinction f of religious beliet; they attend no place ot worship, i identify themselves with no religious community, and their declaration of religious profession would, conse- „ quently, be vague and misleading'. In addressing himself to the resolution, the speaker said they did not agree with the princi- "j pIe of pressing a man to Etatethenature of his religious principles. That was a'matter vjhioh should be held between him and his Maker. Many were under the impression that they as i Dissenters were against having statistics, but he j could assure them such was not the case, and that nothing would please them (the speaker's friends) better than to have cprrect statistics showing how the different denominations stood; but they objected entirely to the government taking the census in the way proposed in the Bill, and would prefer being without statistics for ever than that so important a principle as that which they had met to discuss should be broken or sacrificed. He did not object to the govern- ment interfering to prevent children under 12 years of age from being sent to work in the factories, because he thought parents often times neglected their duty in the matter, but he did object to allow them to press people as to their religious convictions. Mr. Saunders advised all who were questioned on the point by the govern- ment officers appointed to take the census, to put them off with some simple and evasive answer. He was sure that if it should be taken after the manner now proposed the returns would be un- fair and deceitful. In the last census there were several thousands put down as being of no par- ticular religious professions, and now it was de- termined to add those thousands to some deno- mination. He thought it highly probable that people of unsettled religious principles would be almost sure to say, if pressed on the point, that they were churchmen. The reverend gentleman then read a humourous letter from the Dial newspaper with reference to the offensive portion of the bill, and concluded a telling address by stating that inasmuch as they (the people) had seen the Reform Bill thrown out, and the Church Rates Abolition Bill ignored, it was high time for them to speak out and look to themselves. The Rev. James Owen having been called upon by the chairman, rose to second: the resolution. He stated that he did not think it necessary to say much after what had been so ably said by the previous speaker. He would, however, say in English the substance of what had just been said in Welsh. He did not fear the clause ob- jected to, because dissenters if they combined, could nullify its effects by refusing to give an answer. Every one had a perfect right to prefer what religion he liked-it was a matter between him and his God. When the government officials came round and demanded their religious pro. fession, let them all. cry out with a bold face and loud voice-" I shan't tell you." As dissenters. they had no occasion whatever to fear the result of the census if fairly taken. In the last there was a majority of 413,000 on the side of dissent, but then there were 12,000 returned as being of no particular religious creed, and he feared that the object of the government now was to bring in the best part of this number as churchmen. If this were done, undoubtedly it would greatly increase the influence of the church, as, although they would be composed chiefly of the veriest rascals—the lowest scum of the earth, they would look well in numbers. He did not think the government could succeed with their motion, and. referring to the memorial from the liberal M.P's., which was presented to Lord Palmerston on Saturday last, Mr. Owen said he thought nothing would move the Premier sooner than the prospect of losing his place. The Rev. I. Jenkins then spoke in support of the resolutien before the meeting. He considered the clause referred to very unfair, and likely, if carried out, to prove deceitful. He did not agree with classing the religious opinions of the whole population under two heads; he thought every denomination should have a column to itself. Although a Wesleyan minister, be was not sure that if he were pressed, he would not feel more disposed to enter his name on the paper as a churchman rather than as a dissenter. Hence he argued it would not be possible to arrive at a correct conclusion as to the religious opinion of the population in the way proposed by the go- vernment; and, having adduced several reasons for which the Census Bill should be opposed, he sat down after stating the pleasure with which he supported the resolution. The chairman was about putting the proposition to the meeting, when a gentleman—a clergyman-from Ystrady- fodwg, attempted to address the meeting, appa- rently with a view of showing that all they had just heard "was not gospel;" but having made a remark personal to a reverend gentleman (Mr. Edwards) on the platform, he was met with a perfect storm of hisses and cries of "turn him out," &c. The chairman interposed and succee- ded in getting a hearing for the stranger, but the remarks he afterwards made were few and of an uninteresting nature. The resolution was subse- quently put by the chairman to the meeting and carried amidst loud applause. The chairman then called upon Mr. Edwards to propose the next resolution, which was:- That the views of the meeting in reference to the Census Bill, be embodied in a petition to the House of Commons, to be signed by the Chairman. Mr. Edwards spoke at considerable length in support of the resolution. The Rev. W. Edwards, in an animated speech, seconded the same, and referred with biting sar- casm to the conduct of the elenial gentleman who a few minutes before had been unfortunate enough to disturb the meeting. The chairman then read the following petition, and put the resolution which had just been pro. posed and seconded to the meeting :— To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in Par- liament assembled. The humble petition of the inhabitants of Aberdare, unanimously adopted in a public meeting, duly con- vened, at the Temperance Hall—Sheweth,—That, in the judgment of your petitioners the proposal in the Census Bill, now before your Honourable House, to enumerate the population under the various heads of religious denominations will be enforcing a religious test which will create much jealousy and strife, will violate the consciences of a large number of Her Majesty's most loyal subjects; and, after all, will entirely fail to secure a true and trustworthy return. Your petitioners, therefore, pray your Honourable House not to pass the above clause, and to substitute for it the plan adopted in 1851, or any other that will secure a true and reliable return. And your petitioners will ever pray. Signed for the meeting by DAVID DAVIS, jun Chairman. A gentleman now got up, and spoke against the adoption of the petition. This gave rise to shouts of laughter, in reference to which the chairman made some well-timed remarks. He Btatef that they should net laugh at the gentleman on the platform who had been alone in his opposition to their resolution. The repre- sentatives of some of the noblest causes had often- times been as much in a minority as that gentle- roan had found himself that evening. He had moreover a perfect right in this free country to express his opinions openly, and it was wrong in any one to attempt to laugh down any speaker in a public meeting. The audience, good humoured- ly, cheered these admonitory remarks of the excellent chairman. Mr. D. E. Williams then read the following resolution, which, after having been seconded in a pertinent speech by Mr. Thomas Williams, Mill-street, and supported by the Rev. Hugh Hughes, (.Tegai) in a few terse remarks, was car- ried unanimously:— That a memorial, signed by electors for the borough, be sent to Mr. Bruce, and also to Messrs. Vivian and Talbot, signed by county electors residing in Aberdare, requesting them respectfully to use their influence to alter the Bill, so as to secure a tair and reliable return. The Rev. G. S. Evans, then in a telling and eloquent address, which he concluded amidst repeated rounds of applause, proposed the following: — That the variou s congregations of the dissenting bodies in Aberdare are urgently requested to lose no time in sending petitions against the Bill. This resolution was seconded by the Eev. E. Edmunda, in a humourous and pithy speech, and was afterwards carried by acclamation. Mr. R. Pardoe proposed, and the Rev. D. Price seconded— That the thanks of the meeting be most heartily re- turned to David- Davies, Esq., Maesyffynon, for his kindness in 'presiding on occasion. This resolution wm carried with great enthu- siasm, and the chairman replied in a neat address, in the course of which ha fully explained the object for which, the meeting had been held. This terminated the proceedings, and the audience then peaceably dispersed.