WELSH FREE CHURCH CONVENTION. The convention for the Free Church Councils in Wales has just been held in Llandrindod. On Monday evening last Mr. Edward Jenkins (Gwalia), president of the Central Wales Federation, gave a reception to the delegates, who turned up in large numbers from all parts of the Principality. The Rev. Dr. Horton, president of the National Council, in replying to the addresses of welcome, said that he was much struck with the reverence of the repre- sentatives of the Urban Council. They all believed in the revival when they found it had touched those who administered their secular affairs. They had come there to enter into communion with God by entering into com- munion with one another, and the reception had already helped in this direction. A great deal of the blessing of the Convention would depend on opening their hearts to one another. He hoped a great deal of light would be shed on many questions, and that they would make progress in spiritual knowledge, but their coming together was not so much to gain knowledge as spiritual grace and power. They looked for the gracious spirit now abroad in Wales to be with them in their convention, and they hoped that it would flow gently over the lowlands of England and reach those places where subse- quent conventions were to be held. Let them listen to the Supreme Voice, and allow their hearts to rest on the Supreme Majesty of His Presence. A programme of sacred music was rendered by the United Choir, led by the Rev. Stephen George, and Mr. Thomas's Prize Choir. On Tuesday the proceedings opened with a sunrise prayer meeting, which was permeated with the spirit of the revival. The subject of the morning convention was confession of sin. Dr. Horton delivered an impressive and search- ing address urging the duty of confession on ministers and churches. The sin of the Church was its forgetfulness of the world. The Church was impatient with the subject of missions, and yet this was the question which was nearest and dearest to the heart of Christ. Until the Church was brought to her knees in penitence on account of her forgetfulness of the world, there would be no great movement in England. They should also confess the sins of England-its godlessness, -pleasure-seeking, love of money, drinking, betting, and paltry vices which the very heathen hardly indulged in. Dr. Townsend, an ex-president of the National Council, and others spoke, the meeting being a very serious one throughout. Tribute to Welsh Nonconformity. The afternoon ramble terminated with a meet- ing for prayer and praise on the hill top. The subject for the Conference after tea was Free Church Council work. Dr. Horton said that Welsh Nonconformity was the genuine article, and it was stimulating to the English to get into close contact with it. Therefore they were anxious to draw the Welsh councils nearer to the National Council. Mr. Law spoke of the progress of the movement at home and abroad, and urged the claims of the Young Free Church- men's Auxiliary and the Girls' Guild on the Welsh Councils. Speaking on the Welsh revolt, Mr. Law urged the importance of spade work, and assured Wales that England would give every bit of help it could. Wales must also help itself. They must not leave it to Mr. Lloyd-George, but every man and woman must do their part. In conclusion Mr. Law announced that the National Council were prepared to appoint a missioner for Wales who could speak both languages, if it would be of service to the nation. The offer was accepted by resolution with enthusiasm. Merionethshire. A discussion followed with regard to the Welsh revolt. The Rev. Gwynoro Davies, Bar- mouth, spoke on the position in Merioneth. He explained that arrangements were being made for the withdrawal of Nonconformist children from Church schools. In one case 30 children out of 32 would be withdrawn—and altogether they expected to close 16 Church schools in a few weeks—13 would still be left open, but the number of scholars would be small. England ought to help liberally with funds, as they in Wales would not have been in these fetters if the Nonconformists of England had been true. To be quite straight, they had to thank their friends in England for the Coercion Act as well as for the Education Act, and it was only simple justice that England should help handsomely. Alderman Morgan, Llandrindod, said that Wales was prepared to do more than spade work. They were prepared to make personal sacrifices. A resolution pledging the councils to do everything possible to support the campaign fund now being raised in Merionethshire was enthusiastically carried. In the evening sermons were preached by the Rev. J. E. Roberts, Manchester, in English, and by the Rev. C. Davies, Cardiff, in Welsh. There were crowded congregations. Mr. Roberts took the place of the Rev. Thomas Phillips, of Bloomsbury, who was unable to attend to preach the official sermon on account of the death of his son.
WELSHMEN IN AMERICA. Mr. Daniel W. Williams, who recently took over the duties of United States Consul in Cardiff, is, like his predecessor, of Welsh descent, and has preserved a speaking acquaintance with the Welsh language. He told a Western Mail reporter last week that, although he himself was born in the State of Ohio, his father was a native of Lledrod parish, in Cardigan, who emigrated to America as a young man. His mother was born in Ohio, too, but her father was also a Cardiganshire man, from Llanio Isaf, who, with his parents, left his native country in his youth. Mr. Williams's mother was related to Mr. Beriah Evans, of Carnarvon. And you are an American eisteddfodwr?" asked our representative. "Yes; I have written a good deal in Welsh for newspapers and American eisteddfodau, and am a newspaper man myself, by the bye, and for sixteen years was connected with the press in Jackson City, Ohio." And you have taken prizes at eistedd- fodau ? Yes, I have won a few prizes. The best, perhaps, that I have obtained was divided be- tween two of us, for articles on the 'Introduction of Christianity into Britain.' That was at the Salt Lake City Eisteddfod, about 1899. Curiously, the man who shared the prize with me was a W. D. Williams-my initials are D. W.—an Episcopalian clergyman in New York City. In i goo I was also chairman at one of the sessions of one of the biggest eisteddfodau held in Ohio-at Cincinnati. And I suppose you have seen a good deal of Welsh life in America? I lived in one of the largest Welsh settle- ments in America, a settlement in Jackson, Gallia and adjoining counties in Southern Ohio. There the Welsh community is of such promin- ence that its best men have secured the best political positions to be obtained in that part of the State. The Congressman for the term which has just closed is a Welshman, Mr. Stephen Morgan, who has relatives in Cardiff, and one of the circuit judges-a very important position in our country-is a young Welshman who has relatives in Cardigan. The Welsh there have succeeded admirably in all lines of industry, and they take especially to the management of iron furnaces and coal mines. This district is largely interested in the manufacture of iron. The Jefferson furnace— one of the most important-is owned altogether by Welshmen, and they determined never to run their furnaces on Sundays. Yet it is one of the best paying places in Ohio. The Welsh in America preserve very much the same charac- teristics as their compatriots in the rural districts of Wales-they come from Cardigan, probably three parts of them. Most of them are total abstainers; they take a great interest in eistedd- fodau, and are great chapel-goers. At one time they had as many as 34 Sunday schools in the district, in a population—well, of over 10,000, I should think. Most of them, too, speak the Welsh language, though the tongue is gradually dying out." And as abstainers, have they secured Sunday Closing in Ohio ? "Well, there is a law of Sunday Closing in Ohio, but it is not everywhere enforced with any rigidity. In Cincinnati, for instance, and in some other large cities, where the local feeling is strongly in favor of Sunday opening, they make little pretence of closing on Sunday, and no special effort is made by the authorities to enforce the law. In the smaller cities and villages, how- ever, it is strictly enforced. Local sentiment has much freer play in America than over here, and where it is obvious to the local authorities that the public sentiment in their districts is opposed to any measure, they generally do not endeavour to enforce it strictly. The Welsh, however, have always favoured the strict observance of the Sunday Closing laws, and they are, in fact, re- garded as the Puritan element of the State. Lately they have been becoming more conspicuous than ever in the ministry, and are keeping pace with the reputation which was first established by Jonathan Evans and Samuel Davies." Mr. Williams was very shy of saying much of political subjects. All that could be got from him was that "President Roosevelt comes nearer being a popular idol than any President since James Monroe. For instance, when he came back from his Western trip he was welcomed by the Democratic Club in Chicago, although a Republican President." About Cardiff, as it compared with American cities, he was almost as silent. It was not his place, he said, to make comparisons, but he had enjoyed his short residence here very much, and had been agreeably disappointed in the appear- ance of the town.
ARE YOU WEARING §One of those steel trusses which cause you about as much pain as the rupture, and which in the warm weather, when you are perspiring freely, cut and chafe you almost beyond endurance? that there is a simple method of cure which has enabled hundreds of ruptured people to rid them- selves entirely of rupture, so that no truss of any description was required. As an instance of what this method has done we are referred to Mr. George Clayton, 9, Slater's Buildings, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, who had suffered excruciating pain from a navel rnpti're for 5 years, when he tried the Rice method. He was 60 years old, but it cured him so he gave up wearing a truss. A method which effects such cures deserves wide publicity) as well as thorough investigation by every ruptured person. To learn all about this method and how it haS cured the severest forms of rupture, write for the book, sent free to all ruptured persons, upon application to W. S. RICE, Rupture Specialist (Dep*' 2423), 8 & 9, Stonecutter Street, London, E.C. Don't wait until to-morrow—y°u might forget the address, but write at once now. Extract from the "WEEKLY DISPATCH," April 9thf 1905. Rupture. "Statements that have appeared in these columns to the that it was highly improbable that rupture could be cured e.x, by operation have been questioned by a rupture sPeP' uaS W. S. Rice, 8 and 9, Stonecutter Street, London, E.C., who brought us indisputable proofs that he has cured ruptures °^rs kinds and conditions (among them ruptures of over 3H standing, people up to S4 years of age, and ruptures which appearances were irreducible), so that the truss was en, %vn dispensed with even in the hardest kinds of work. He has s s 0f us the original letters from cured patients, the Sen"e"^hly which we have no reason to doubt, and has explained so thoro = his method of cure, and his reasons for believing he can cur severest forms of rupture if his instructions are carefully iol o that we have now no hesitancy in believing that in many ca treatment without operation is successful."