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SKETTY. RECHABITE TEA AND CONCERT. On Thursday in last week the local Rechabites held their annual tea. and concert in Wesley School, Sketty. The room was crowded, and the appearance of the tables, decorated with gaily- tinted chrysanthemums and choice plants, and laden with good things, in care of Mesdames Oakey, Watkins, Man-el, Sorenson, and Misses M. Ellis, A. S. Gleig and Smale. afforded a pleasing coup d'wil. Later in the evening a first class concert was given under the presidency of Councillor John Phillips, D.P.C.R., aud Mayor of Aberavon, who was supported by Bro. E. Williams, D.C.R.; G. Latimer, D S P. Watkins, D.S.J. J. B. Jones, C.R., and others. The chairman made a brief and happy speech' which he concluded with the Welsh sono-' Gwlad y Delyn," in fine style, and was suc- ceeded by the District Chief Ruler, who gave some valuable information respecting the Order Mr. I-aiah Davies (Babel) sang in splendid ba, voice" Marguerite and Pugh Evans's "Lead Kindly Light," and in response to a recall gave True till death." Miss Ida Jones rendered with taste and fervour When the Heart is Young," and Last Night. Mr McGivan's tenor solos, The Holy City, and The Light of the World," were excellent, and the duets, "The Two Sailors' and uood .Night," res. pectively engaged in by Messrs. McGivan and Davies and the Misses Minnie and Ida Jones, were agreeable features. Miss Blanche Wilhams held the audience fascinated with her two literary items. The musical accompaniments wfre shared by the Misses A. Davies, Kaufman, and M. Jones. The Rev. D. Connor, M.A., who was heartily received, said it was hard to inflict the prose of a speech after the poetry of song. The word Rechab was first found in a seldom-read chapter of the old book of Jeremiah, where they were told how Rechab set a shining example of total abstinence in those ancient times. When Jere- miah was feeling very forlorn in the city of Jerusalem the word of the Lord came unto aim saying, Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them and Jeremiah set before n- a,^at many dainties and wine, and said the wine," but their spokesman replied \hel «h ihe c°:> mand of their father that traJtPd «, dnn1k n° wine. Then Jeremiah con- trasted the conduct of these men with the de- forsaken °the U £ t ttle Jewish nation, who had ffods Mr Cnn ^God and followed strange fcrintion of thT • th<?n an interesting de- tLffeoUitoVffi Vr! ho|y,liies versely the lives lived W °Tpa ft cities, who were given to over'mdSnce Tn the wine-cup and intoxicating 111 speaker) did not believe totaPlh V taught in the Bible, though, t eternal principles were. It was tVio v \'f slavery. When they read the Epi.CV^t Paul, they would find he never attempt ti f overcome the slavery of his dav, and sent n -° mus, the slave of Philemon, back to his and told the slaves of Corinth that they were t' remain slaves still, and that they could onlv serve Christ in the state of slaves. But if the Bible taught that, deep down in it was the anti- type to slavery, for it was written that in Christ there was neither bond nor free. (Cheers.) The rev gentleman then emphasised the necessity of trainin"r the young in the principles of total abstinence, told an interesting anecdote of how a certain regiment got the stain removed from its and said that the slur on their national banner'which was implied in the awful sin of bannei, wnio fi)1 t};em with th<J en_ deavour that' they would win back their colours and win back the fame of being a sober, righteous and temperate nation. (Applause.) Bros. C. F. Oakey and Saunders respectively moved'and seconded a comprehensive vote of thanks, which was cordially endorsed and acknowledged by the Mayor of Aberavon.

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