The Royal Welsh Ladies' Choir, who gave a performance at the Assembly Rooms last night (Thursday), and to which we shall make reference In our next issue, are announced by advertisement to hold two sacred concerts at the Assembly Rooms, on Sunday next. A silver collection will be made on admission. As Mr. Thomas Jones, of Garth, was conveying a load of grain from Llangollen, on Tuesday evening, he fell out of the cart over the wheel between Plas Ifa and Oerog Hill, and received serious injuries to the back. He is now under the care of Dr. McDonald. A pretty wedding was celebrated at Castle- street Baptist Chapel, on Wednesday, the contracting parties being-Mr. Peter Skinner (cutter for Messrs. Morris and Hughes), and residing at 41 Regent- street (Poplar House, the Misses Evans), and Miss Elizabeth Shearer Malcolm, of Glasgow, and recently having temporary apartments at 39 Regent- street. The Rev. H. Rees performed the interesting ceremony in presence of a large assemblage of well- wishers. The bride wore white duchess satin, tulle Veil and orange blossom; and carried a splendid bouquet of chiysanthemums aiad orchids, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridemaids were Miss Jane Malcolm (sister), and Miss Katie Evans. They Were dressed in white, with hats to match, carried bouquets, and wore gold bangles, also the gifts of the bridegroom. There were two train-bearers— the Misses Ethel and Florrie Snowdon (Mold), who were attired in white silk, with hats to match, and carried seasonable bouquets. Mr. H. Dakin gave the bride away, and Mr. Woodman was best man. After the ceremony the wedding party and guests returned to Poplar House where breakfast was partaken of. Later in the day, Mr. and Mrs. Skinner left for their honeymoon, Barmouth being the place selected. There was a large number of wedding presents, principally from London and Glasgow. Greater interest than on a recent occasion was evinced in the arrival at Llangollen, on Wednesday afternoon, of the cyclist whose performance on the wheel is creating considerable interest in the cycling world. He was met in this neighbourhood by a motor tricyclist, and was from here accom- panied by a pacer. Having, as previously, halted at the Cambrian Hotel, the wheeler proceeded on his record-breaking journey. The memorial to Lady Martin (Helen Faucit) which has been placed in Llantysilio Church represents the gifted lady seated with a half-open volume in her hand, and a medallion of Shake- speare's head rests against the chair on which she is seated. The work was designed by Mr. Foley a year or two before his death, from sittings given by Lady Martin, and it has been admirably reproduced in white marble by Mr. J. Hughes, of Dublin, a young Irish seulptor." On the marble pedestal is the following inscription In memory of Helen Faucit (Lady Martin), who died at Bryntysilio, 31st Oct., 1898. Her gracious genius belonged to the World. The charm of her goodness was for her kome and for those who loved her." The words forming this tribute to the character of Lady Martin as artist and woman are by Mrs. Richmond Ritchie, and are taken from one of her introductions to the biographical edition of the works of her father (W. M. Thackeray). The first annual dinner in connection with the Llangollen Cricket Club was held at the Royal Hotel, on Tuesday night. Between 40 and 50 members and friends sat down to a spread which did justice to the well-knowu catering abilities of Mr. J, S. Sha^v. Mr. J. Nanson, made a genial chairman, and at the post-prandial proceedings proposed the health of The Queen."—Mr. Olley, in the course of a few apt observations said he had noticed with great satisfaction that the joint secretaries (Messrs. Powell and J. H. Roberts) had done good work during the past season. The club had done likewise, and some very creditable fixtures had been fulfilled. They had only lost two matches out of the total number played. Votes of thanks to the chairman, secretaries, and past committee having been honoured, a smoking concert followed, the company breaking up at I1 o'clock. On Tuesday next a general meeting of the club is fixed to be held at the Royal Hotel. The work of constructing the two new streets in what is known as the "West End of the town has just been completed, and the improvement effected thereby is most marked and prominent. The superintendence of this work was entrusted to the well-known veteran roadmaker and contractor, Mr. Halbert, of Wrexham, who for almost half a century has been in the service of the G.W.R. company, and who in this instance performed his task in the most satisfactory manner. At a meeting of deligates representing the Conservative party in the Denbigh Boroughs (Wrexham, Denbigh, Ruthin, and Holt) it was unanimously decided to ask the Hon. G. T. Kenyon to stand as Conservative candidate at the next election in the place of Mr. Tudor Howell, who will Hot seek re-election. At a quarterly meeting of the Denbighshire. Standing Joint Committee, on Friday last, the sub- committee, to whom the question of the enlarge- ment of the Llangollen Court House was referred at the last meeting, recommended the adoption of the plans and estimate, and that instructions be given for the carrying out of the work. Mr. W. G. Dodd, in moving the adoption of the report, described the present house accommodation as absurdly inadequate. It only consisted of a kitchen, a scullery, and two bedrooms. Mr. J. Darlington seconded the motion, which was carried, and it was decided to advertise for tenders. On Monday and Tuesday evenings next Fred Smith's Anglo-American minstrels star concert and variety company will visit this town. They are numerous and talented company of artistes, and everywhere, we learn, meet with distinguished success. We should predict for them a bumper at Llangollen.
A platelayer on the Cambrian line named Edward Humphreys was knocked down by a passing train at Llanbedr and killed on yesterday week.
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THE WAR. RE-ASSEMBLING OF PARLIAMENT. The War Office announced on Tuesday evening that no news of any great importance had been received from South Africa since the previous notice was posted on Monday afternoon. It is believed that information has been received of the skirmish in which an armoured train was employed, but not of the fighting at Mafeking. It is under- stood that most of the troops which are under orders to sail between Friday morning and Monday evening next, including the four Guards battalions, ( will probably disembark at Capetown. Parliament assembled on Tuesday for the autumn session. The Queen's speech stated that Her Majesty was compelled by events deeply affecting the interests of the Empire to recur to Parliament for advice and aid. The state of affairs in South Africa had made it expedient that the Government should be enabled to strengthen the military forces of this country by calling out the Reserves. For this purpose the provisions of the law rendered it necessary that Parliament should be called together. Except for the difficulties that had been caused by the action of the South African Republic the condition of the world continued to be peaceful. Measures would be laid before the House of Commons for the purpose of providing for the ] expenditure which had been or might be caused by events in South Africa. The estimates for the coming year would be submitted in due course. There were many subjects of domestic interest to which the attention of Parliament would be invited at a later period, when the ordinary season for the labours of a Parliamentary session had been reached, but at present they were only asked to deal with an exceptional exigency. Sir A. Acland-Hood moved the adoption of the Address in reply to the Queen's Speech. Colonel Royds seconded the motion. In the House of Lords the Marquis of Grariby moved and Lord Barnard seconded the Address in reply to the Queen's Speech. Lord Kimberley referred to the gravity of the occasion, especially considering that the war in which we were engaged had in it something of the character of a civil war. Lord Salisbury, who spoke next, referred to the Boer ultimatum as a defiance so audacious that he could hardly depict it adequately without using stronger words than were suited to that Assembly. By that defiance the Boers bad liberated the Govern- ment from the necessity of explaining to the people of England why we were at war. Whether if that defiance bad not been issued we should now have been at war he could not say. The spirit in which they were met was not encouraging, and they had little hope that the future had in reserve for them a better fate. But yet hope was not yet entirely abandoned. The Premier went on to defend at some length the publicity which had been given to the various steps in the negotiations, and which had been criticised by Lord Kimberley. He admitted that the constitutional conditions under which we lived undoubtedly made the conduct of negotiations very much more difficult than formerly. There were occasions on which they could not observe absolute secrecy without sacrificing a reat source of power. A British Minister had took almost at every moment for that popular support for his policy which was the breath of life, and he was bound to give, therefore, to those from whom he claimed support a full exposition of the case on behalf of which he invoked their aid. He did not doubt the merits of the carefully secret system of the diplomaey, but if they had to appeal for popular support the older diplomacy would not give it them. Proceeding to refer to President Kruger's policy, Lord Salisbury said his belief was that the desire to get rid of the word suzerainty, and the reality which it expressed, had been the dream of Mr. Kruger's life. The real secret of the President's policy during these last years had been that he had seen that in the Outlander population he had somebody whom he could oppress, in whose sufferings we had an interest. He had used the oppression of the Outlander population as a screw by which to obtain some concession from us on the subject of suzerainty. As to the future, Lord Salisbury said we could never return to the state of things established by the Conventions of 1881 and 1884. After Lord Salisbury had concluded Lord Loch, Lord Selborne, and Lord Camperdown spoke. The Address to the Queen was agreed to unanimously. At a late hour on Wednesday evening the War Office had reeeived no news of fighting in South Africa since Saturday. A telegram from Sir George White, the British Commander in Natal, said he anticipated that the movement of the Boers across the Drakensberg would be continued on Tuesday, in which case some of them might be expected at Blaauwbank that night, and they would probably come in contact with the British cavalry between Ladysmith and the passes of the Drakensberg. On the north the Boer force from the Ingagane, accom- panied by a few batteries of artillery, was advancing along the Buffalo river. The Boer force from Vryheid was moving towards Vant's and Rorke's Drifts. Out cavalry remained in observation and reported the movements. The Free State Basutos were said to be manifesting a hostile attitude towards the Boers, which might neutralise a portion of their force. A supplementary WarOffice estimate of £10,000,000 was issued on Wednesday. The document states that 35,000 additional men are required for the current financial year, owing to the military situation in South Africa. This number is described as representing the probable maximum excess beyond the establishments for the year in conse- quence of the calling up of a portion of the Army Reserve and the transfer of a number of troops from the Indian to the British establishment. In connection with the Queen's message read in the House of Commons on Wednesday, it is stated that the object in embodying the militia is to replenish the British garrisons which have been weakened by line regiments being sent to South Africa. The Colonial Office has been informed that the Legislative Council of Western Australia decided oiL Tuesday to co-operate with the other Govern- ments in Australia in despatching a military force to South Africa. TYPICAL BRITISH REPRESENTATION. Mr. John Roberts, Bon Marche, Rhosymedre, has just reeeived a letter from a prominent British relative residing at Durban. Our correspondent obtained permission to reproduce extracts of the communication, which are of a significant character and well-worthy of reproduction, as they give a typical representation of the Transvaal crisis from a Britisher's point of view. The writer having conjectured that war would have broken out ere this, says The Boers have about lost their last chance, and we are quite expecting that the British Government will forward an ultimatum. Whatever the demands may be. Englishmen may be certain that the Transvaal will not accede to them, and now that the Free States have thrown in their lot with them, they will be more violent than ever. Sir Alfred Milner guaged the situation to a nicety before he met Kruger at Bloemfontein. He knew the man he had to deal with, so if the Transvaal Government were honest in their intentions to grant reforms, they would surely agree to the moderate proposal of a five years' franchise. But President Kruger never went to the conferenee with the intention of granting reforms and the just rights of the Outlanders. He met Sir Alfred with the sole object of bartering. He does not reenc"u=d that the vast European population in the Transvaal are entitled to a voice in the government of the country. Oh, no I they ean pay all the taxes, supply all the money that is needed for governing the country, but the Boers must have the spending of it. They are a wonderful people-tlioy are "simple people" as Sir W. Harcourt calls them. Sir William had a hand in the last disgraceful blunder from which the country has suffered since, and he would perpetuate that mistake. Although I am a Radical, I rejoice that a Conservative Government is in power at the time. and no one can accuse them of not doing all they possibly could to avert war. But the Boers are not amen- able to reason. Everything they do is quite right, and all we do is wrong. Wisdom and right are peculiar possessions ef the Boers. It is really most laughable if it did not involve such serious results. Before long the Republics will hot be. They have courted destruction and deserve it."
4 FOOTBALL INTELLIGENCE. Collen Villa v. Oswestry.-This match was played at Oswestry, yesterday week, in grand football weather. The Oswestry team was a much heavier one than the Villa, who have an average age of only 15. Villa won the toss and kicked against a strong wind. Oswestry kicked off and Ellis played the ball to the Villa's backs, but was robbed of it by Edwards, after which the Villa did some neat passing and got to the Oswestry goal but failed to score. Then Perry opened the scoring for Oswestry, and soon after Ellis added another The Villa showed up better from this and Hughes scored. Oswestry however pressed heavily and scored two more goals before the interval. After this a little change was made in the Villa's team. A Hughes went to play left full back, D. R. Edwards left half, and Robertson centre, v The change proved i?ood, for it prevented Oswestry scoring any more. Half-time :—Oswestry, four goals Villa, one. The Villa on restarting played to -their opponents' goal, and Jackson scored with a lovely shot. Shortly afterward* Jackson added another. Oswestry tried to obtain another goal but A. Hughes and A. N. Edwards, the full backs, who played a fine game, proved unpassable. From this onward there was no further scoring. Final:—Oswestry, four goals; Villa, three.. Druids v. Chirk.-This friendly match between these old rivals for the "local championship" attracted a large crowd at Wynnstay Park, on Saturday after- noon, in beautiful weather. The homesters won the toss and Chirk set the leather in motion against a brilliant sun. In the first minute the Druids became dangerous and Butler experienced hard lines. Immediately afterwards R. Jones passed to Vaughan who nullified a grand opening by shooting heedlessly. Chirk now retaliated but Sam Jones cleared. After exciting play in Chirk quarters Meredith transferred play and at the end of 15 minutes' operations Sam Roberts got away and centered beautifully. The home backs were beaten and Ephraim Williams converted the charge with a fine goal, and at the interval Chirk led by one goal to none. In the second moiety the opening exchanges were even. Butler at last baffled Morgan, who fell in goal, and the ball rolled slowly into the net. Both elevens being of an equal froting, each laboured hard to gain the lead, but despite dashing play, neither registered, Wynne shooting over the bar. A well-contested, game eventually terminated in a draw of one goal each. Chirk undoubtedly excelled in headwork and short passing. ENGLISH CUP DRAW. The draw for Divisions 3 and 4 of the English Cup eompetition was made at the Meliheux Hotel, Wolverhampton, on Tuesday night. The draw resulted as follows :-Division 3; Glossop v. Stockport, Staleybridge v. South Liverpool, Crewe v. Wigan, Port Vale v. Nantwich. Division 4: Oswestry or Newtown v. Small Heath, Walsall v. Kidderminster, Dudley v. Wrexham, Wellington v. Druids. To be played on October 28th; kick-off 3 o'clock. THE WELSH JUNIOR CUP. The draw for the first round of the Cup competition was made at Wrexham, on Wednesday night, and resulted as follows :-Division 1: Llandudno Swifts Reserve v. Bangor Reserve; Carnarvon Reserve, Rhyl Reserve, Colwyn Bay, Llanrwst, Flint Reserve, Holyhead Swifts, and Rhyl Church Guild byes. Division 2: Llangollen United v. Vron St. Albans, Summerhill Albion v. Broughton United, Adwy United v. Wrexham Reserve; Rossett, Wrexham Victoria, Wrexham Old Boys and Dolgelley byes. Division 3 Ellesmere Rangers v. Oswestry Reserve; Druids Reserve, Ruabon Albion, Whitchurch, Derwen Rangers,Whittington,St. Martins, and Llanfyllin byes. Division 4: Newtown Reserve, Welshpool Reserve, Singleton and Coles, Shrewsbury, Barrack Rovers, Snailbeach, Wellington St. George's, Royal Welsh Warehouse, and Pontesbury byes. The first-named clubs have choice of ground; kick off at 2 45 p.m. DENBIGHSHIRE AND DISTRICT LEAGUE. St. Martins v. Wrexham, Reserve -Played at St. Martins when the visitors won easily by 5 goals to one, Mr. Henry Adams being referee.
THIS AND THAT. Lord Mostyn has accepted an invitation to perform the ceremony of laying the memorial-stone of the new muncipal. buildings at Llandudno on Thursday the 26th instant. The new Presbyterian College Cambridge was formally opened on Tuesday. The building has cost over £40,000, and has been opened free of debt. A cordial welcome to Cambridge was offered on the part of the University. Early on Monday morning a fire occurred at a house in No. 4 Court, Burlington-street, Liverpool. It was partially subdued by the Fire Brigade, and the officers on entering an upper bedroom found the dead bodies of a man and woman badly burnt., The Viceroy telegraphs that, owing to the failure of the rains in certain parts of India, the distress is increasing. Relief works have been started, and there are now 284,000 persons in receipt of relief. Prices are rising everywhere, owing to the uncertainty regarding the prospects of the spring harvest. Sir. Horatio Lloyd, in his charge to the Grand Jury at the Chester City Quarter Sessions on Friday last, said he was informed that there were in the city courts and alleys which were a disgrace to civilisation and humanity. He hoped that sooner or later some- thing might be done to ameliorate the present condition of things, which more than anything else was productive of crime. The quarter sessions for the county of Merioneth were held on Tuesday at Bala before Mr. W. R. M. Wynne. There were no prisoners for trial. Owen Jones, charged with stealing a bottle of whisky, was sentenced to two months' hard labour. Peter Davies, of Blaenau Festiniog, charged with obtaining money by false pretences, was acquitted. Several licensing appeals were down for hearing. Another freak of the post office has been discovered at West Bromwich. A firm carrying on business in the Black Country town recently received a post- card from a Leeds establishment which was posted on May 1st, .1873! The card bears two official stamps, namely, May 1st, 1873," and September 11, 1899." The card has only been twenty-six years in arriving at its destination. Her Majesty the Queen has graciously accepted the first copy of the Edition de Luxe of Dr. Mackennal's Homes and Haunts of the Pilgrim Fathers. A limited edition of this book, beautifully illustrated by Mr. Charles Whymper, has just been published by the Religious Tract Society. The letter acknow- ledging Her Majesty's acceptance states that The Queen much admires the artistic manner in which the book has been produced." Lovers of Scott will turn with interest to a page in the Ootober Leisure Sour. The writer, Mr. Warwick H. Draper, picked up at a bookstall a copy of The Lady of the Lake," by Walter Scott Esquire," 8th Edition' 1810. The book was valuable in itself; but its value was enhanced when the purchaser found that his copy contained on the fly-leaf an anoymous poem in manuscript. The verses are dated July, 1832, two months before the poet's death. They describe his departure from Blackwell to Leith, on his return from the Continent; and give, besides, a glowing summary of his works. The Leisure Hour produces these verses in full. .I The Shamrock and the Columbia, met again on MovK"ky to try and decide the first race in the America C'\j competition. This time a1 definite result was i cached. The American yacht won by half a mile. The second of the races for the cup was decided on Tuesday Owing to an accident to the Shamrock at an early stage in the contest the American yacht had an easy victory. The mishap occurred about twenty- five minutes after the start. The Shamrock's topmast, with her big club topsail, was then carried away, and the yacht, thus disabled, was obliged to abandon the race and return. Fortunately no one was hurt by the accident.
PRESENTATION AT CEFN MAWR TO A CHORAL CONDUCTOR. On Wednesday night last the interesting event of a presentation to Mr. G. W. Hughes, G. and L., conductor of the Cefn Mawr Choral Society, attracted widespread attention. Previous to the presentation a large number of members of the society and several friends partook of an excellent tea in the English Congregational Chapel-room, the following among others presiding at the various tables:—Miss Alice Jones, Mrs. J. Francis, Mrs. E. Jones, Mrs. M. A. Hughes, Mrs. Williams (Golden Eagle), and Mrs. Bassett. After the tea an adjourn- ment was made to the chapel, when Mr. E. Lloyd Edwards, J.P. (Bryn Oerog), occupied the chair, and was supported by Mrs. E. L. Edwards. An untoward incident occurred as the audience were taking their seats. The gas was suddenly ex- tinguished owing to the passage of some water into the pipes. Despite persistent efforts ten minutes elapsed ere the gas could be relighted. Mr. E. Lloyd Edwards, president of the society, in rising to address the meeting was accorded a worthy reception, and said it afforded both himself and Mrs. Edwards the greatest pleasure that evening to be present to do honour to one whom they were all agreed was well deserving of it.—(Applause.)—It was a double pleasure to the speaker to be amongst them, as his late father (Mr. J. C. Edwards) had taken such a great interest in the Cefn Choral Society.—(Hear, hear). Both he and his father always looked upon Mr. Hughes and the society as an institution with an excellent conductor working for the very best purpose in the districb. They were all agreed that music has its advantages over many other professions or pastimes, as they felt inclined to name it. Music was bound to elevate the mind. By the performance of magnificent oratorios they were praising the Almighty, and setting an example to the future generation. Proceeding to the businessof the meeting, he, said it appeared scarcely necessary for him to dwell on the good qualities of Mr. Hughes, as he conceived that all those present were fully cognisant of the noble work he had effected in their midst.(Cheers.) -It was an easy matter nowadays to present a testimonial to anyone, but it was not always as easy for the reeipient to be considered deserving of it. In this they were certain, Mr. Hughes was well worthy of recognition, and they could truthfully assert that as a conductor and instructor his work had been phenomenal. He trusted that the gold watch which accompanied the address would ever remind Mr. Hughes of strict time, which was an essential to successful singing. Mr. Rebert M. Foster, hon. sec., then read the illuminated address. The margin surrounded a photograph of Mr. Hughes, his moaogram, and musical instruments neatly represented. The address was as follows :— Presented to Mr. G. W. Hughes, G. and L. by the Cefn Mawr Choral Society, etc.: Dear sir,-Ten years have elapsed since the formation of our Choral Society. You were appointed its first conductor, and have con- tinued to act in that capacity. The connection between the society and yourself has been very har- monious, and the members desire to give a tangible proof of the high value in which they regard your services. They have been specially impressed by your unselfish devotion, your sacrifice of time and labour, and your courteous and sympathetic manner which they rightly consider as the strongest reasons for the present life of the society. Often you have led the society victoriously through trying contests, and moreover by rehearsing the works of the great masters, etc. The members not only became acquainted with the best classical music, but also by your well-considered and lucid inter- pretation of the same, received real musical and literary education. Again, you have rendered invaluable service by establishing tonic sol-fa classes, and your influence in this direction cannot be over-estimated. We do not, however, forget that apart from your efforts for the promotion of music, you have identified yourself with all other movements for the general welfare of the district. On behalf of the society and others, we, the under- signed, therefore, beg your acceptance of this illuminated address and gold watch as slight tokens of respect and sincere appreciation of your services. Signed, E. Lloyd Edwards, president; Christmas Jones, vice-president; John Wright, vice-conductor; R. O. Pritchard, accompanist; Robert Bates, chairman of committee Florence Davies, and Wm. Davies, joint treasurers Robert M. Foster, hon. sec." Mr. Hughes having received the illuminated address amid overwhelming applause, was then formally presented with a valuable gold watch by Mrs. E. L. Edwards, on behalf of the society. The watch (supplied by Mr. W. Martin, Wrexham) bore the inscriction-" Presented to Mr. G. W. Hughes, G. and L., by the members of the Cefn Mawr Choral Society and friends in recognition of his ten years' services as conductor." Eight beautiful volumes of musical works were also handed to Mr. Hughes by the chairman, as follows:—Fugue, strict and free counterpoint, double counterpoint and canon,harmony, additional exercises to counterpoint, key to exercises on theory and practice (standard musical work" by E. Prout), Dr. Hanslick's Beautiful in Music," and Hector Berlios' Treat- ise on modern instrumentation and orchestration." Mr. Hughes, who was received with the greatest enthusiasm, said words were utterly inadequate to express his feelings. He thanked them from the bottom of his heart for the manifestation of feeling towards him. He had been quite unprepared for such a presentation. He passed through a trying ordeal, and the suspense had been difficult to bear, yet he hoped to be able to live afterwards.- (Laughter.)-Whatever he had done in any capacity had been prompted with an earnest desire to always do his duty and promote the welfare of the district. This month they had been celebrating their tenth anniversary of the formation of the society, and although, as he valued their outward tokens of his appreciation, it was a source of greater pleasure to notice the advancement and progress everywhere in the district.—(Applause.)— They bad met with serious difficulties, and had been crippled in their work owing to the want of a suitable hall or building of sufficient size to conduct their practices and rehearsals. It was a thousand pities that such a young society were practically wasting their time owing to the non- provision of a public hall. Regarding the work they had done in the decade, he said many com- petitions had been entered with varying success. Several concerts had been given, and local causes had been aided. Handel's ''Messiah" had been twice performed, as well as Dr. Parry's "Blodwen." The new work, Ivry," had been performed under the conductorship of the composer in Riviere's Hall, Llandudno, before an audience of 2000 persons. Under Mr. Dd. Jenkins his Psalm of Life had been rehearsed, and a chorus had been sung at the Crystal Palace. Owing to difficulties the perform- ance of The Creation" had been postponed. Music should not, he thought, dominate every thought, but his ambition was to see a grand public hall—(cheers)—in Cefn to seat 1,500 people, a large choir of 150 to 200 voices constantly practising and performing twice a year works from the old masters, accompanied by a first-class orchestra, and with front-rank soloists.(Applause.) -He spoke of the great advantages of a large hall for rehearsals, and wondered at Cefn being back- ward in this respect. Regarding oratorios, they were only on the threshold of the temple of music, but he trusted that they would advance and hold communion with the master musicians of the ages. Referring to the recent contest at Corwen, when Cefn ehoir was placed second, he considered the adjudication conscientious, but had received numerous letters congratulating the choir on their performance. He was glad the Parish Council was pushing the proposals for a public hall, and thought popular lectures by eminent men would be advantageous to the district. They wanted to see the neighbourhood advancing, and the greatest necessity was a public hall, which he trusted would be erected in twelve months' time. He again thanked them for their extreme kindness.—(Ap- plause.) Mr. W. Parry, Acrefair, in proposing a vote of thanks to the chairman and Mrs. E. Lloyd Edwards, spoke of the late Mr J. C. Edwards in endearing terms, and referred to the keen interest taken by him in the society. Touching the remarks re a public hall, he questioned why the parishioners should wait for the Parish Council. With such a strong society, and so worthy a president, he thought the creation of a public hall would be in capable hands if managed by them, and then Hadyn's Creation could be performed. Mr. Robert Bates seconded the votes of thanks, And Mr. Edwards, in replying, said the motion was almost unnecessary, as they had been afforded a pleasure at being present. He was afraid a public hall could not be erected in twelve months from the experience be had of the erection of buildings. The hobby. he had in hand, or at least Mrs. Edwards, was one he could commend to them, that of the establishment of a district nursing association. He felt persuaded a district nurse would benefit the poorer population inestimably. He was pleased to learn of the success at intervals of previous members of the Cefn Choral Society, and he ever watched their and the society's career. The Hallelujah Chorus having been given by the choir in magnificent style, a very pleasant evening terminated.
» TEMPERANCE TALK. A revival is apparent in the temperance party of the town. The Temperance Society have at last elected their officera-Mr. Wm. Coward, J.P., president; Mr. E. Lettsome, vice-president; Mr. Thos. Morris, Central Temperance Hotel, treasurer and Mr. Ellis Edwards, Chapel House, secretary -and we sincerely trust that the opening of a new session will create in all temperance workers fresh zeal, a spirit of re-consecration to the cause, and greater enthusiasm. The B.W.T.A., are to be admired in the vigour and activity displayed by them in calling their members together, and had the senior society shown half their enthusiasm during the past session, temperance would have been a great power in the town. The Band of Hope has not yet been called together, and we hope that the senior society will 11 not delay electing officers for this most important organisation. The Good Templar Lodge has held its own during the summer months, and, if rumour be true, it anticipates with the co-operation of the other societies doing good work during the winter. An united temperance meeting is anticipated for Thursday, Nov. 9th, and with Miss Pritchard, Birmingham, and the Rev. Tertius Phillips, Cardiff, as speakers, it augurs well for a most successful meeting. Let all supporters of temperance work rally round the standard on this occasion, so that we may regain our past enthusiasm. It is rumoured that a mixed ohoir is to bo formed under the auspices of the whole Temperance Societies of the town, also a Ladies Temperance choir. When the call is made for members to join these most important and interesting additions to the temperance cause, we trust that it will be honourably responded to. Temperance saloons are being opened in Chicago. The work is undertaken by the Young People's Temperance Federation, which was organ- ised as a result of Countess Schinamelmann's efforts- in that city. Severai thousands of pounds are reported to have been refused from a prominent Boston brewer, by a college in Massachusetts, on the ground that to accept it would close its mouth on the subject of Temperance. Rev. C. M. Sheldon, the popular aathor, is. it is said, seeking to raise -£200,000 "for the immediate establishment of a Christian daily paper," in the United States. Readers of In His Steps" will remember the vain struggles of the American editor to run his paper "as Jesus would 'r and still make it pay. Among the curiosities of Warwickshire must certainly be reckoned the parish which has neither church nor public-house. During the revision of the voting lists for the Nuneaton Division, it was stated that in the parish of Coombefields, in which Lord Craven's resideace is situated, there was neither church, chapel, nor public-house, and that the statutory notice had therefore been placed on a sign-post at the cross roads. THE PUBLIC-HOUSE AND HOME TEACHING. At the monthly meeting of the Northampton and District Licensed Trades Association, quite a chorus of mutual felicitations was raised over the fact that no objection had been raised in the county, at the recent brewster sessions, to the renewal of a single licence." Commenting on this utterance the "Sunday School Chronicle" of last week makes the following points :—" That may mean many things, and not only the one thing dwelt upon. In the course ef the congratulations one of the members exhorted the opponents of the traffic to ponder a fact which he has discovered, viz. That the bad conduct in our streets amongst young children certainly did not come from the public- house, but from the lack of home teaching.' The inference is that the homes of the people are worse in this respect for the children than public-houses. This is a startling doctrine; and we would urge the author of this discovery to continue his researches a little further. Why do the homes of the children to which he refers lack that good teaching ? We know of no more effective obstacle in many a home thnn the institution which he crowns with such honour and praise."
SSirtbg, dftarriages, deaths. BIMTKS. Oct. 16th, at The Nook, Nantwich-road, Crewe, th& wife of Mr. Thomas Price, of a son. MARRIAGES. Oct. 18th, at the Castle-street Baptist Chapel, Llangollen, by the Rev. Henry Rees, and Mr.-James Clarke, registrar, Mr. Peter Skinner, 41, Regent- street, Llangollen, to Miss Elizabeth Shearer Malcolm, 39, Regent-street, Llangollen. Oct. 12th, at Salem Chapel, Llanarmon D.C., by the Rev. Isaac Charles Roberts, assisted by the Rev. Richard Morris, brother of the bride, and Mr. James. Clarke, registrar, Mr. Richard Owen Williams, Board School, to Miss Jane Morris, Shop, Llanarmon. Oct. 10th, at Pendref Chapel, Ruthin, by the Rev. D. Jones, P.C. Simon Rogers, Llanddulas, to Miss M. C. Parry-Jones, daughter of Mr. Parry-Jones, governor of Ruthin Gaol. DEATHS. Oct. 19th, rather suddenly, at the residence of her eldest son (Mr. Wm. Watkin, Berwyn-street), aged 81, Mary, widow of Mr. Robert Watkin, joiner, Llangollen The funeral will take place on Moaday, at 4 p.m. Oct. 8th, aged 15 months, Hugh, the beloved son of Mr. Richard Jones, Castell, Denbigh. October 11th, aged 62, Miss Mary Roberts, Bryny- celyn, Garth, Llangollen, sister of Mrs. Elias Jones, Brynyeelyn, formerly of Tanyfron, Eglwyseg. Oct. 13th, at the Tower, Margaret Evans, the faithful and beloved servant of Mr. and Mrs. C. Everitt.