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BRITON FPJkRY NOTES, i KE ARD i T HEARD T^derTHEJTOWN CLICK At; 5sAoboth Chape?. Briton Ferry, on Mom- jdns. Evajns (Rglwysbaeh) delivered a. fev^aire upon "Tlie Pior.eer New Woman, Which was a characteristic review of the life of Mrs. Catherine Booth, wife of General Booth. The lecturer dwelt on the noble traits of the borne life of Mrs. Booth, "chaxac- teristic of all great men and women," and gave a patlietic deseriptk*n of the last hoars of her heroine. Rev. H. -Hughes presided. BRITON FERRY PASTOR HONOURED, At Rehttboth Chapel, Briton Ferry, on Wednesday last. a most interesting presentci- tion was made to the Pastor. Rev. H. Hughes, ori the completion of hi<s 21 yeais' ministration of the Church. Mr. 'John Davies, the oldest deacon, occupied the chair, and he was supported' by the ather deacons, and the Revs. i). Griffith- (Aber- avon), — Parry (Aberdulais), T. Morgans (Skewen), D. *B. Hopkir^ (Neath). H. A. Hopkins (Taibach), W. Walters (Tahnai. Aberavoni, T. W. Geotge (Herbert-place, Neath), H. Harris (Orchard-place. Neath), W. A. Hopkins (Skewen), D. Griffiths (Birchgrove), W. Davies (late of Jerusalem), D. Davies (Salem), W. Powell (Jerusalem), and Llewelly Griffiths (Cwmavon). Rev. —. Hopkins (Taibach) opened the meeting with prayer. Lhe Chairman said that. Mr. Hughes had been minister of Rehoboth for 21 years. During such psriod the Church had collected on Zlll average upwards of JB80 per annum, opart fiom the other collections. He had been a member of the. Church for upwards of 50 years, and the last 21 years had been the happiest and the most prosperous peiiod in the history of the C hurch. And lie attribute:! i the whole to the qualifications of their es- teemed minister, which had made him so successful amongst them. A minister not only required brairs. but also a nietnod of leading his congregation in the right direc- tion. He then called upon the Secretary. Mr. James Griffiths, to read the testimonial which was couched in the usual language, and in presenting the same, said that it gave It m great pleasure to present, this token, which declared their unabating confidence in him. and the esteem and respect in whictt he was held by the menkbers of the Church, and trusted that it would ever remain an emblem of their good will and wishe-s on his behalf. The (airman affem-aids presented a beauti- ful photo of the minister an dtlie deacons of the Church, and in doing so remarked that Mr. Hughes was in the middle, and he was in the rnidist of good friends, and be had no hesitation in saying they were true friends— friends that had upheld his aims in the past, and were prepared to do so in the future. The gold watch a.nd chain was presented by the most aged member and deacon in the Church, Mr. Henry Morgan, who said that it gave him great pleasure to give this beauti- ful present to their respected pastor. He had the pleasure of signing the letter giving him the oall to become their pastor 21 years ago, and he had never regretted having done EO, and it was thus a two-fold pleasure to now do him this honour. When listening to the tick of the watch, he trusted that it would remind him of the many hearts that would be ticking in sympathy with him in all his trials. Mrs. Tbomais (Villiers-street) was then called upon to present Mrs. Hughes with a beautiful afternoon silver tea service and salver, and did so with a few most appro- priate remarks, full of feeling and devotion. Mrs. Hughes, in responding, said she was pleased with the presentation made to her I that evening, which she would highlr ap- preciate. and hoped that they would te an inducement for her to work even more in the cause ot the Master in the future than she had done in the past. Rev. H. Hughes, in his reply, said t.hat he felt it very difficult to speak tltat even- ing. Undoubtedly during his ministration amongst them h§ manv faults, TuU he had laboured to please his Redeemer and his God. Nothing had given him greater pleasure than to see hi" two old deacons, they who had al- ways been of mveh assi-tance to him. Their wise counsel and fatherly advice had led him through many a dark patlu H'f> had aw re- ceived much assistance from the other officers of the Church. He could not find words that evening to thank them for t.heir kindne-s. but he trusted tliat they would take it that they knew what his heart .speaketh. Mr. Llewellyn Griffiths (Cwmavon), said lie remembered Rehoboth Church wilen it was first established, and looking backward, it was a source of great comfort that they had been able to accomplish so much. They had commenced the century under must favour- able circumstances, and he trusted the Lord would bless them equally as much in the future as he had in the past. Their minister had not only been sucee>sful amongst them as concerned the C hurch he had been a very successful School Board member for 20 years and also a Guardian, and he trusted he would on this occasion be returned unopposed to the Guaiclians again. Rev. 1). Griffiths (Aberavon), was exceed- ingly- pleased the Church had done so nobly for their paster. He was present in entire respect to Mr. Hugheis, and he sincerely trusted that their minister would for ever retain their esteem and respect, as a con- gregation. Rev. Harris (Neath), said the presentation made that evening was a credit to the Church a.nd an honour to their pastor. He had been the recipient of-a presentation when departing from a place, but lie held but, faint hopes that lie would ever receive a present for remaining in the same place. Mr. Hughes was not leaving, vet was honoured, and it was thus thi? mille valuable. Mr. 1). B. Hopkins (Neath) said lie had been thinking what wa.s Mr. Hughes' chief qualification. He was a popular preacher, ar.cl a great reader, but hi* chief qualification was that he had a great Iweart, one that was ever ready to raise the fallen. His chief ob- ject in life was to elevate his fellow man, and to alleviate humanity when in distress. Mr. Davies (Salem) had known Mr. Hughes from hi, youth, and had always found him a man that undeistood human nature, and to tirs fact he attributed his great success at Briton Ferry. Mr. T. W. George had never heard a single vTinplaint iagainit Mr. Hughes, and that was clear evidence that he was faultless in the estimation ot those around him. The Rev. Griffiths (Birchgrove), W. Davies and Rev. Hopkin.- (Skewon), ait-o spoke of Mr. Hughes' many g< d qualities, and a most successful meeting was brought to a close after singing through prayer by R>rv. Hop- kins (Taibach).

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