LOCAL AND DISTRICT. Mr. H. R. Williams, of Rhos, has been ap- pointed to take charge of the railway bookstall at Ruabon, under Messrs. Wyman, and will enter upon his duties in January. Capt. Morris, of the Church Army, lectured at Oorwen National school on Thursday. Mr. John Williams entertained the juvenile Good Templars. Mr. Salusbury Roberts lectured to the adult members. -+-- The Town Band of Hope meeting was held on Saturday night at the Girls' Council School, Mr. Francis Lewis presiding and the meeting turned out very successful, a good number of children assembling together. Parents are requested to send their children every Saturday night to the above meeting at 6 30. A meeting of the Gorsedd Bards has been con- vened for December 1st, at Shrewsbury, to nominate one of their number to the vacancy created by the death of the Archdruid, Hwfa Mo a. The selection will probably not be conclusive until it is confirmed at Carnarvon during the Eisteddfod week next year. --+-- Mr. Richard Edwards, chairman of the Dol- geliey Urban Council, was on Tuesday evening selected for the post of surveyor and inspector of nuisances to the Council at a salary of £ 45 a year. After his selection Mr. Edwards resigned his seat on the Council and handed. his fee to the clerk. There were seven applications., Mr. Ed. Davies presided at the meeting at Cefn Tabernacle on Monday, when Mr. Robert Richards gave an address. Messrs. Samuel Brown, Ed. Eaton Jones, J. T. Evans, G. Matthews and Phillip Davies, Miss M. Francis and Miss E. Valentine took part. A competition in reading an unpunotuated paragraph was won by Mr.'John Griffiths. The temperance meeting at the Cefn Primitive Methodists Chapel on Monday night was presided over by Mr. Andrew Humphreys. Solos, &c., were given by Miss Wright, Mr. A. Phillips, Mr. Ernest Evans, Miss Postle, Ruabon, Mr. Reynolds, Mr George Jones-, Acrefair, Mr. B. Davies and quartet, Mr. T. Cunningham and Miss F. Cunningham. Despite the inclement weather there was a large attendance at Zion Chapel, Cefn, on Monday night, when the Rev. R. G. Roberts presided. The following took part :—Messrs. T. R. Evans, John Price and party, Emlyn Jones, Ben. Griffiths, W. H. Lloyd and party, Harry Richards, Edward Williams, Francis Jones, Miss Jane Griffiths and Miss Alice Evans and party. The competition was won by Mr. Levi Powell. An accident occurred early on Wednesday morning on the main line of the Great Western Railway between Chester and Shrewsbury, at a point near Ruabon. During some shunting opera- tions two waggons left the metals, and both lines were blocked. A delay of over two hours was caused to the mail train, end in consequence all correspondence from Ruabon to Dolgelly was delivered nearly two hours late. A joint meeting of owners' representatives and men employed at the Westminster Colliery, near Wrexham, was held on Thursday, with the VMtwuf settling certain gwhich, the men baa formulated respecting the manner of dealing with fractional parts of fa: things in the working price list. The masters agreed to the men's terms, and so averted what promised to be a disastrous strike. A somewhat similar igreeihenS has been arrived at between the Qr-ro-: _arid,-icen employed at t&e Wynnstay Oollit i L;: Ruabon, where the men had threatened to hand m notices to cease work. We learn with regret of the death at the age of M of Mr. Charles Stoddart Bruce, which took place at bis residence at Chiswick. The deceased gentleman and his family have been regular visitors to Llangollen for upwards of twenty years, and he was highly esteemed by all who knew him. Of an unusually observant nature, he knew Llangollen, its surroundings and its people as one of its inhabitants, and evinced much interest in all matters pertaining to the improvement of the town he loved so well. The news of his death has spread grief far and wide over Chiswick where he was universally respected and admired. The Rev. Thomas Davies, Wesleyan minister in the Llanfyllin circuit, died on Saturday evening, aged thirty-eight. A native of Tregeiriog, he completed his college course at Didsbury, in 1894, and was honoured by being invited to spend the first three years in the Wesleyan Methodist minis- try at Llanrhaidr, his home circuit. Since then he has travelled in Tregarth, Dinas Mawddwy, Port. madoc, and Conway circuits with marked success. In August last he went to Llanfyllin circuit. His widow is a daughter of the late Rev. John Hughes (Glanystwyth). The interment will take place at Oswestry, on Wednesday A letter was read at the Pwllheli Guardians meeting on Wednesday from Archdeacon Williams, of Merioneth, offering to take into his service a boy inmate he bad noticed when visiting the workhouse recently. The application was unanimously granted —The Chairman What persuasion is the boy l-The Master: An Independent.—The Chair- man I do not want to interfere unduly, but it should be explained that the law states explicitly that facilities should be put in the way of pauper children to adhere to the denomination of their parents.—Mr. J. F. Roberts (a Churchman) I pro'pase that he should be allowed to go subject to Archdeacon Williams not proselytising him.— (Laughter.) The funeral of Mr. Thomas Martin, traffic agent for the large industrial district served by the Croesnewydd and other branches of the Great Western Railway, and one of the most popular officials, took place on Friday at the Wrexham Cemetery.. The service was taken by the Rev. D. Stanley Davies, vicar of Rhoaddu. As the funeral procession was on the way to the cemetery one of the mourners, named David Hughes, suddenly reeled against another mourner who was walking with him, and died before he could be taken into a house. Hughes was formerly employed as a ganger on the Croesnewydd branch of the Great Western Railway. He was a deacon at the Hill-street Presbyterian Chapel. f The Church people of Llangollen are agitating in order to secure a Parish or Church Room the need of which we are assured by the editor of the Parish Magazine is increasingly felt. The National Schools (he adds) are no longer as freely at oui disposal as in years gone by, and Church work is greatly hampered for want of a convenient and suitable meeting place. On Monday evening, Nov. 11th, a meeting- of the Churchwardens and Sidesmen was held to consider the matter. A good number came together, and a resolution was unanimously passed, on the motion of Mr. 0. W. Richards, seconded by Mr. Bushby (junr.), that A Parish Room was an urgent necessity, and that steps should be taken to meet this want." It was further resolved that a Sub-committee, consisting of the Vioar, the Wardens-, Mr. C. W. Riohards, Mr. R. Horspool and Mr. A. J. Price, be appointed to meeting at an early date. consider various details and to report to the larger
THE NEW ARCHDRUID, THE MANNER AND DATE OF HIS ELhLxiUo, Some one has been hoaxing a section ot tiis press and a confiding public by announcing that the bards will next Friday nominate a successor to the late Archdruid, Hwfå Mon, and that the election will take place at next year's national eisteddfod This is absurd. Such a course would simply result in nine- months' bard-baiting. Welsh literature abounds- with specimens of bardic duels, where one bard attacks his rival with an Englyn," and get* knocked on the head in return with a Cywydd." Some of the specimens still preserved are a mix- ture of Bardic Billingsgate and literary hooliganism. The Archdruid is elected by the Gorsedd Com- mittee, who are chosen at the annual meeting of the Gorsedd Association. This committee meets on Friday for that express purpose. The selection, may or may not meet with outside approval, but the decision of the Bardic Cabinet" on Friday will be as final as the decision of a Town Council in selecting its Mayor. The bards outside the executive may approve or disapprove, but they cannot alter the selection. All they can do to show their dissatisfaction will be to elect another committee next year to act as a new Cabinet. But, even so, the Archdruid elected on Ffiday will be ex-officio Premier in the Cabinet elected by the Opposition as a protest against the appointment! ■+
FIGHTING COERCION. PROGRESS OF MERIONETHSHIRE CAMPAIGN. SUCCESSES OF THE REVOLTERS. The Merioneth Education Committee, at Bala, on Thursday, considered the reply of the Board of Education to the application made from the last meeting that St. Thomas's National SchooL Trawsfynydd, be proclaimed unnecessary. The Board replied that, so long as there is no other public elementary school available for the children of the locality, they cannot treat the school as unnecessary on the ground that the; average attendance is less than h0. The question, whether the existing school is necessary can only arise when another school exists which the children of the parish could attend. It is open to the local education authority or any body or person to propose the establishment in suitable premises of ? public elementary school. It was reported that 32 children attended the emergency school recently started in the locality, and eight the National School, and it was resolved that a suitable permanent building be provided with- out delay on the present site. The secretary reported that the transfer of the Llanfair National School to the County Council had been completed, The Campaign Committee also met at Bala. on Thuasday, Mr. Hadyn Jones presiding. Encouraging reports were submitted as to the, success of the emergency schools already established. The number of scholars was a8, follows:—Llawr-y-Bettws, 33; Llandeewyn, J6 r- Gellilydan, 42 Bryneber, 32 Carrog, 91. It was resolved to provide saitable buildings ttJ hold the above schools, new held in chapel iiehool.- roome, also to establish an emergency school at, Rhydymain, near Dolgelly. f Over £ 600 has beea collected in the county tor the campaign fund, yet a large number of localities are only starting their colleetions. It waa decided to purchase a site at Llanenrya ow, which to build ft aohool. I
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PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY. "WHAT are the best methods to pursue in order to most effectively preserve all that is really worthy of preservation amongst the abundant fruits of the great Revival which will make the year 1905 ever memorable in the history of Welsh religious life?'' A question of this kind is not readily answered but it is one that must be thottghfully considered and seriously faced by all right minded people. As we have written before a great movement ,Qf the kind cannot sweep over the country, exercising for a longer or a shorter period a controlling influence upon the hearts and lives of men, and then, passing away, leave things precisely as they were before its advent. Its influences find their way down to the roots of our social life, men are shaken out of the custom- ary jog-trot routine of human existence, there are disturbances and awakenings everywhere on the surface of the waters; and what it is necessary, it is imperative, to bear in mind is that when all this has been accomplished we have done little more than break ground, as it were, in the harvest field. The great upheavals, which disarrange and displace the spiritual strata, are but beginnings; they are or should.be but preliminaries to strenu- ous strivings and êarnest endeavours and unless, in a great number of oases, the Churches fully realise and act up to their duty in this respect, it is quite possible, even as in the parable, that the latter state of many may be worse than the first. What, we should like to enquire, has been attempted and what has been achieved, say in Llangollen, to preserve the Revival fruits? It is all very well to tell us, as we have been told over and over ;3gain, that the doors of the Churches are always open, and a warm welcome is always waiting for those desiring to avail themselves of opportunities which they are in a position to offer to all desirious of pariicpat- ing therein. Well and good but is this enough ? It may appesr to be a hard saying, and to savour somewhat of a scant faith in the efficacy of Church life and methods, but we are certainly of ,1._L .:¿. -J. opinion icaii n- M uut. jtiumau llIt) is so very complex, and so many sided; the average man has so many interests, so many calls upon his time and so" many duties to perform that spiritual influences, as administered in the past, have largely failed to touch. It is when the Church, realising the fact-the sad and depressing fact it may be, that the masses do not come to the Church-decide upon a line of procedure that takes the Churches to the masses, the most striking results are obtained. It is not a line of action that is calculated to achieve the greatest and the most signal work for the life that is eternal, to place holy affairs and hOly administra- tions, as it were, on a pedestal, above the storms and the stress and the strivings of human life, all though the one -maY not be fittingly utilised as stepping stones to the other. Without question, this attitude of aloofness on the part of spiritual preachers and teachera in the past,has led to a great many very potent agencies being captured by the powers of evil. There are some who tell us to-day that many forms of manly athleticism, amusement and diversion, perfectly innocent F in themselves, are, iitrie uetwsj. tuau ius«la- ments oi the evil one, traps to ensnare sdtils Ttird—euouTe 'Voti-efiiai damnation, and as such to be vigorously opposed by all Cbristian men. Is not this-a very short-sighted Hue of vision ? Is it not a wiser and a hotter policy to carefully enquire into the true character of the agencies that are potent' to attract men, to acer- tain if, after all, they are not at their foundations not only harmless but capable of being made agencies to assist men to lead the higher life? To stand aloof and denounce these things, to permit all kinds of evil practises to accumulate around them instead of bringing to bear upon them ennobling and up-lifting in- fluences ]8; in part at anyrate, to disregard the divine policy which the Greatest Teacher of aU developed in the course of his earthly mission- a policy of active resistance to evil creeping into and defiling the fairest things of earth. The procedure of a Carrie Nation may not be a thing to commend; but earnest men may accomplish much without going to the extent of the Champion Bar Whacker, whose excesses, on the whole, did mere harm than good. Let us realise the wisdom of pursuing a middle course of getting religion out of the pulpit and into the street, behind the counter and into the office, into the football field, aye, and into many of those other places that may well be beautified and uplifted and adorned, made less harmful if they may not r be made altogether good, by the ennobling inflow z, of influences from which they are at present es- tranged. We have been largely induced to write as we have done after reading a prospectus drawn out In connection with the formation of a Men's Social Club at Llangollen, which is being founded under influential auspices, and is to be run upon lines that promise to lead to abound- ing Success and to provide opportunities for highly successful work of the right kind. Its object, as set forth, is to be the improvement of the spiritual, mental, physical and social con- dition of its members." The aim of the pro- moters is certainly a comprehensive one—to bring helpful and uplifting influences to bear upoa every side of human life-and, by doing this, there is little question that opportunities will be dis- covered of achieving much real good, of no temporary or transitory character. That it will be entirely non-political and non-sectarian in character, is one of the strongest planks in the platform from which it appeals to the young men of Llangollen and Mr. Ralph Darlington and those who are working with him to make it a very active power for good in the town, have been induced to take the steps which they have taken because they recognize the urgent need at the present day for .practical Christianity to exert its influence in order to consolidate and preserve good results that, in many cases, might in the absence of a sheet anchor such as this Club may be made to serve, be irretrievably lost. It is an attempt to solve the problem we opened this article by stating and it has our hearty and sincere sympathy and can scarcely fail to secure the support of all right thinking men and women.
— » FOR THE BBNEFIT of our lady readers we give them the best reoipe we know, of for their Christmas Plum Pudding. Take three-quarters of a pound of flour, two ounces of Borwick's baking-powder, two mnoes of bread-crumbs, one end a half pounds of suet, two pounds of raisins, one pound of currants, ten ounces of sugar, two ounces of almonds, one pound of mixed candied peel, salt and spice to taste. Mix the ngradients well together, and add six eggs, well beaten, and three quartero of a pint of milk; divide in two and boil eight hours, v
FOOTBALL. WELSH AMATEUR CUP The draw for the seeond round was made • Wrexham on Thursday, and resulted as follows «-"r Portmadoo v. Pwllheli; Bangor or LlandadnO Amateurs v. Llanrwst or Holyhead Prestaty* v" Colwyn Bay Johnstown Amateurs v. St. Martins r Rhos Rangers v. Druids Reserve Corwen v. Bala r Oswestry v. Llanfyllin Llanymyneoh v. or Whitchurch Towyn v. Aberystwyth Oak Alyt v. Rhosdda Villa Burntwood United v. WreshaDio- Ruthin Road, Llandrindod Wells, Gresford and, Buckley Engineers have byes. Ties to be playew off on or before December 9th. CHIRK CUP—(.FIRST ROUND). DRUIDS RESERVE V. LLANGOLLEN.-Great in' terest centered in this tie which was played av Wynn stay, on Saturday. From the commenceraecfr Llangollen had the measure of their opponents andr as the game progressed, made rings round them r scoring how and when they liked, aDd winning by three goals feo one, the score by no means indicating the relative merits of the teams, the visitors' being the only side in it, and virtually New Zealanding their opponents. Matthews, Evans and Clarke scored for Llangollen. The following were the teams Llangollen: Westley (goal), Hughes and Joneff- (backs), Evans, Ellis, and Griffiths (half-backs). Roberts, Matthews, Evans, Hughes, and Clarke (forwards). Druids' Reserve Enoch W. Edwards (goal), Levi- Cooper and J. Evison (backs), M. Evans, Chas, Jones, and W. H. Phillips (half-backs), Geo., Totapkinson, A. Matthews, J. Glutton, W. Butler, and A. Howells (forwards). Llangollen will meet Cafn Albion in the secondf round on Saturday week. FOOTBALL DANCE. The annual dance in connection with the LlaU" gollen Football Club was held in the Town Hall, ott Wednesday night. The interior had been well-, arranged for the occasion under the direction of » hard-working Committee and about forty couples attended. The M.Cs. were Mr. T. H. Bushby, Mr- J. H. Davies, Mr. J. D. Evans and Mr. W. Roberts. An efficient string band, from Wrexhamr was in attendance, and dancing was kept up with great spirit until three in the morning. WREXHAM PLAYER INJURED, His many friends will regret to hear that Horace. Blew, the well-known full back of the Wrexham Club, was injured while playing at Worcester 01F Saturday, and the injury is of such a nature that he will not be able to assist the Club for some time- Mr. W, Moss, the secretary of the Club, is also ilL. CHIRK v. RHYL, Chief local interest, on Saturday, centred in thgf- meeting between Chirk and Rhyl in the third qualifying round for the English Cup. The match. was played at Chirk, and the home side kicked off; and quickly forced a fruitless corner. Then for a few minutes Rhyl monopolised the play. The Chirk forward^, however, again took tap the attack, and after about twelve minutes' play, T. Earn? opening the score for them. Rhyl next put Om pressure, and for a short time the Rhyl forwards kept the ball in the home end, and forced one or two fruitless free kicks. The game up to the interval was hotly contested, but there was n(}' further scoring, and ends were changed with the score at one goal to none in favour of Chirk, On resuming, Rhyi were the first to sh wl1 °r>o^difficufr D. Jones,.the ho-f ^rb/rawLde0" response, several incursions were made into Rhyl half. Rhyl strove hard to reduce this, lead. and just before the finish a penalty kick was awarded them. Jones stopped the ball in itB. progress for the net but, unfortunately fell and. before he could recover himself, the ball was touched into the net by one of the Rhyi forwards* and of foliowedL Time 'was skerry afterwards s gualled. &t»d Chirk were left- winners-, the score reading :—Chirk 3 goals, Rhyl 1 goal, CEFN VICTORIA B. v. CAMBRIAN JUNIORS R. Played at Cefn on Saturday, when a good game; ended in a draw of two goals each.