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After a long and painful illness the Rev. David Griffiths, pastor of Elim Welsh Congregational Chapel, Cwmdare, died on Saturday. The rev. gentleman was a native of Llanarth, Pembroke- shire, where he was born about 66 years ago. He had held the pastorate of Elim Chapel since 1869, while the charge of Rhigos Chapel had also devolved upon him for many years. Mr. Griffiths had from time to time occupied the highest offices in the denomination. An adjourned meeting of the Dowlais Federated District of Miners was held on Saturday. Mr. Thomas P. Williams, Twynyrodyn, occupied the chair. With regard to the election expenses, amounting to £400, incurred in connection with the return of Mr. Keir Hardie, letters soliciting financial aid were read from Mr. David Davies, secretary of the Merthyr, Dowlais, and District Trades and Labour Council, and Mr. Illtyd Hopkins, Aberaman, secretary of the Aberdare District of Miners. An animated discussion followed, in which it was pointed out that the rules did not permit of any grant being made for such a purpose, and the question of balloting the whole of the colliery work- men on the matter was deferred. MERIONETH. The dead body of an old woman named Margaret Thomas, 86 years of age, was found in the River Arran at Dolgelley on Sunday afternoon. MONMOUTH. Mr. Reginald McKenna, M.P., writing to a cor- respondent who complained of the omission of the hon. member's name from a recent list of Free Churchmen in Parliament, states I ought to be included in any list of Free Churchmen returned to Parliament. I am an Independent." Liberals of the Western Valley on Saturday celebrated the return of South Monmouthshire's first Liberal M.P., Colonel Ivor Herbert. Colonel Herbert, accompanied by Mrs. Herbert and Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., made a tour of the valley, and was everywhere received with much enthusiasm. Four publicans appeared before the Pontypool magistrates on Saturday on charges of disobeying the instructions of the justices in not closing their houses for the sale of intoxicating liquors after mid- day on January 22nd—the day of the polling in South Monmouthshire. An ingenious legal defence was raised in two cases.