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MISS OLIVE TALBOT DEAD. A Princely Donor to the Church in Wales Taken Away. The Chmeh in Wales iias sustained one of the greatest losses it has had during the past century by the death OJ: Saturday evening of Miss Olive Talbot, third and youngest daughter of the late Mr. C. R. M. Ta.lbot, M.P., of Margaiu Park, and father of the House of Commons. Miss Olive Talbot would have been 52 years of age to-day (Monday). 1'or the past twenty years she has been an intense sufferer from spinal and other comphunts, which completely invalided her, and kept her to her London house, 3, Cavendish-square. In fact, it is over twenty years since she bad been to her birthplace—Margam Park—and it must have been very distressing to her upon the death of her late lamented father that she could not be prtsent at the funeral. Miss Olive Talbot y&s of am exceedingly amiable tempera- ment, and was generous to a fault. In her early days. at Margam she used to devote the whole of her spare time in going about the neighbourhood of [Margam alone with a basket of dainties on her arm, ministering to the wants of the sick and needy, and maaiy of her deeds of kindness will remain untold, as whatsoever she did lit was done in the most unobtrusive manner. Mi-s Olive also. whilst living at Ma-rgam, used to take the most lively interest in all matters relating to the welfare of the Church. The Sunday School had a special attraction for her, and also the choir. At all the concerts held at Margam she took a.lways an active part. But it was as a generous donor to the Church that Miss Talbot's name will be enrolled on the page? of the history of the Wt.-h Church. Ever since she came into possession of a hand- some income left her by her father (and which. by the way, now reverts to Miss Talbot, Margam Park), her munificence had no bounds. It can safely be said that no appeal for help, either towards the erection of new or the restoration of old churches, or the endowment of poor livings, hut. met with a heartv response from her. We may mention a few of the new churches erected at her sole expense, viz., Garth and Spelter, Maesteg Aberowvnfi St. Theodore's, Kenfig Hill: Llaiwrviiwyd. Llan- creinor; Llandyfodwg, and Nicholaston (Gower). She also assisted her sister. Miss Talbot. Margam Park. in the restora- tion of several churches in the Doio- cese of Llandaff. Manv vicars and curates in Wales were also the recipients of gifts of money from her hands. For many years past she was attended by the family physician. Dr. Ringer, of London, who ren- dered all that medical aid could do to alleviate her sufferings, but death took plaoe in the pre- sence of her sister, Mrs. Fletcher, of Saltoun Park, Scotland. The funeral obsequies will take place at Mafsram, but as yet the date has not been fixed. We 3re plad to be able to state that Miss Talbot's (Margam) health is much improved, and it is hoped that the death of her sister will not further impair it. Mani- festations of rpeTet are to be seen at Port Tal- bot at Miss Olive Talbot's demise. At the picturesque village of 0-rop.s, Port Talbot, all the blinds in the houses we drawn, and at the Armoury. Tort Tal- bot, the flair was run half mast. At Mnr- gam ALbpv Church on Sunday morning the viear of Marram (the Rev. Z. P. WiP'sungon) referred in feeling terms to Mis*- Talbot's death, and at the service appropriate hymns were sung.

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