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TEMPERANCE AT DOWLAIS. ADDRESS BY MR. WILLIAM HARRIS. The members of the recently formed Rechabite Tent gave an entertainment at Beulah English Baptist Chapel, on Thursday evening, Mr. William Harris, United States Yiee-eonsul at Cardiff, pre- sided, and there was a capital attendance, despite the wretched state of the weather.—The Chairman said it was gratifying to aU friend" of temperance to know that during the last three years, three tents of Recha- bites had been opened in Dowlais, and that another was about to be opened at Moriah Schoolroom. But gratifying though the present position of Rechabitism was, he hoped they would do still better, so that ere long there would be. a tent in connection with overy church in the town. Jt was always a good sign to see the young people joining societies of that kind, for the children of to-day had the future in their own hands. Many questions that at present agitated the public mind, and the issue of which seemed doubtful, would bo settled in the easiest way by iho-e who were children to-day. Among the questions they would have to decide would be the great question of public- houses, and if only the children remained faithful to the teachings of the Rechabites, thev would decidu that question in the right way. He was gratified to note the continued progress of the Order of Recha- bites. Temperance advocates knew that its principles were right and would pre vail. He held in his hand the 59th annual report, so that they would see that the Order was comparatively young, being only 59 years of age. The report showed that excellent pro- gress was being made. for during the last year there had been an increase of 7,340 members, the numbers boinsc 120,437 as against 113,097 in the previous year, lu the juvenile tents the progress was equallv marked, the totals haviug been raised from 61,667 to 65,804, or an increase of 4.137, Such progress they would an admit was extremely gratifying, particularly when they remembered that the Rechabites were but one branch of the temperance army. And they were hoping for a still further increase, for they had 'a,.lb. in the ultimate triumph of temperance principles. If they turned to the financial position of the Rechabites, they would find that the progress made was equally satisfactory. Ihe total amount of the funds of the Order was £ 668,000, l>oing an increase for the year of about £ 48,000. Although the teut at Beulah was the youngest in Dowhug, it was, lie was proud to say, the strongest also. It had been said that" R littJo chIld shall lead them," and they who. like himself, had neglected their duty to the cause should he glad that there was a band of little people who were showing them their duty.—The entertainment was commenced bv Mr. Luscombe singing "The little hero." He waf followed by Miss Maggie Jenkins, who sang her favourite song, "Alone ou the raft." This was al! the miscellaneous programme, for after it came a I temperance service of song, entitled "Tho little captain." The narrative first recounts the fall of George Greggs through )); inability to resist tempta- tion, Rud the descent into poverty of his wife and I family. While living in one of the most miserable dens of the city, Jamie Greggs, the little captain," wins the hearts of the rowdy bovs bv his kind and gentle manner, and while his father'is sinking lower and lower he bands the boys together in the Cold '7 Spring olunteers, of which he isunanimouslv chosen captain. The death of little Paul, his baby son, has no effect upon George Greggs, and Jamie, under neglect of ill-health, fades into consumption. His father, in a fit of drunken madness, strikes him to the I ground when he attempts to save his mother from her husband's brutality. Jamie dies, and when tbn I delirium is over, Gregg realises the full horror of what he has done, and the boy by hi* death brings about his father s redemption, which, while living, he could not accomplish. Som- of the incidents woven into the narrative are horriblv repulsive, while others are pathetic to the verge of sadness. The music throughout is extremely pretty, and there is a total absence of padding. The very long list of choruses were sung by the Rechabite Juvenile Choir, led by Mr. W. J. Jenkins, and it is not too much to say that they acquitted themselves with brilliant success. The voices were wonderfully sweet, and the singing was admirable. The enunciation was excellent, and the children had a very heavy task to get through. but they never once flagged. The solos, &c.. were sung by Mrs. W. J. Jenkins, Master Samuel Evans, and Master Freddy Morgan, all of whom acquitted themselves capitally. The narrative was read by Miss Matilda A. Jones, who may be congratulated on having, in great part, contributed to the success of the enter- tainment. Miss Jones is unquestionably one of tbe best readers we have ever heard every word was clearly pronounced, and there was a complete absence of exaggeration, false punctuation, and false emphasis. All the principal events in the career of The Little Captain were illustrated bv limelight views, the lantern being manipulated with their usual skill by the Miases Loveband. A fun* the last scene in tho j narrative had been shown, Mr. W. D. Thomas moved a vote of thanks to the Church at Beulah for giving the use of the chapel for the entertainment, to tho Misses Loveband for their invaluable services with the limelight, and to the chairman. The last-named having briefly responded, the proceedings ended with the singing of the Dismissal" hymn. It should not be omitted that the accompaniments were played bv Miss May Evans, Umon-street. and Master Teddv Evans, East-street. Both did splendid work, and were of material assistance to the choir. I

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