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Newport Town Council Meeting.


Funeral of the late Rev- D.…


Funeral of the late Rev- D. Rhys Stephen. The mortal remains of Ihe late Rev David Rhys Stephen, were removed from S-vansea to Newport, in a special South Wafes railway carriage, on Friday morning last, and arrived in this town at twenty minutes past ten o'clock. A large number of persons were assembled at the station, awaiting the arrival of 'he traij but in roosequence oflhe train on the Western Valleys railway not arriving till a quarter to eleven o'clock, as many more were yet to come to join the mournful procession, it was not at once formed. It was one of the last expressed wishes of the deceased, that | he Should be buried in the Newport Cemetery, where one or t.0 of his children had previously been interred and, in deference to that wish, his request was strictly complied with. About eleven o'clock, the assemblage of persons who congre- gated about the King's Head and the railway station, was con- siderably tncrefsed several of the relations of the rev. deceased, as well as many of his personal friends, and members of his church, having arrived from Risca, Myoyddytlwyn, Blaina, and oihfr places on the line of the Western Vnlleys railway. The railway authorities had, we understand, in consequence of pre- vious notice, provided additional carnages for the occasion. The relatives of the deceased, and the ministers of the town and cnuo y, were accommodated with waiting rooms at the Klng's Head and the Carpenters' Arms HOlel"and Mr John Lloyd, of the former house, with his usml geuerosity, placed at the command of those who directed the funeral, a hearse and four horses, 10 convey the body to the tomb. Shoitly alter eleven o'clock the hearse was taken to the station. The bearerf, six persons chosen from the congregation at Ahercarn, of which the deceased wo. up 10 his demise, the pastor, then removed the holy from ihe carriage to the hearse, and the melancholy pro. CESSION was formed, in the following order Ministers of the Gospel, between forty and fifty in number. J. Hawkins, Esq, surgeon, and E. Dowling, E-q. THE BODY, 10 a hearse, drawn by four horses. Chief moutneis—Benjamin Stephen, bio^her, and Joseph Harris Stephen, sou oi D. R. S-, Mr Morgan, father-in law, and other relatives. Friends of the deceased, two aud two, followed by a large body 01 the inhabitants of the town and neighbouihood. Several of the shops iu the route of the pro>e*sioa were closed, and a deep gloort, appeared to be cast over the 10wo generally. There were hundreds who could not forget the eloquence of that tongue, now still in di ut h, whiah but a year ago, when the low n- hall was cramoie-i with its thousand visitors, at thu first New- port Eisteddfod, thrilled and chtfrmtd tlie multitude, aod who now recalled, with melancholy reminiscence, the ardent bursts of pairioti^m, and the heari-s'iriing defence ol his aspersed fjiher land, whtth constituted G-vyddy o^yson the presidiog genius of the E s'edJfod. Stout hearted men, as, befo:e now, they had nulled under the magical influence of his soul-swaying »iaiory, weit, arid sighed, and groaned at the s»d scene. Woinen, loving and devoted women, sobbed aloud at the last -.ervices '0 be rendered to one who madetheclaims of the female character the first object ol his solicitude, whether in connection with religion, the development of the mental faculties, or the social relations and general obligations of life. Childten and youlh, for whose entertainment and morallldvancemenl he had sedulously laboured, and many of whom he had h4d the honor 01 in his iVl >ster > great name,and leading to succeed hiin- seil to the work from which he had been called away,—mourned in anguish their departed friend. Amongst ihe hundreds of spectators who thronged the streets, nothing could exceed the respectful order Qiaintained for scarcely a voice was heard above the low murmuring of piiiietic regret, investing tne scene with a quiet sorrow, and subduing all hearts to the influence of a sympathising grid. On arriving at the Cemetery, S ow-bill, the body was taken from lite hearse, and home directly to ilbe grave. This agaio was done in accordance with the directions of ihe deceased, who specially ordered thai his body should be borne straightway from the iiouse 10 Ihe tomb. Addresses were delivered at the grave, in Welsh and Enolisli, by the Revds Join Davies, of Ahercarn, and James Evans, of Caerleoo, re-peciivily and the references made to the defatted, elicited repeated bursts of sorrow from the assembly. The Rev James Evans closed the proceedings with prayer. As is customary, funeral services will be preached generally 'hroughout the county, in commemolalion of the lamented event, on Sunday evening next, when simultaneous prayer will be offered up on behalf of the bereaved family. At the. Eae'i-h Bai),Isi Chapel, the sermon will be pietchtd by the R, v David Evans, 01 Swansea at the Charles-street Chapel, and the Baptist Temple, in this town, the ministeis of the ic spectre places will officiate. The duties ft undertaker were kindly performed, gratuitously, y Mr Philip John and Mr Warr; Mr John Palmer very kiodly also offered to assist. For these, us well as the kind- nesses of 1\1, Lloyd, Mr Lgulden, and otheis, grateful thanks are ju-tly due and warmly given. Thus were the last offices of public respect aod es'eem paid to a noble and worthy character; noble in that sense which marks the higlwrSt forms of nobiiily,—greatness of intellect, and magnani-i-ily of heart; and worthy in that light which re- flecis the lushest honours, and the finest renown, on su h as. like Divid Rhys Stephen, patiioiically ser.e their generation, zealously and manfully fulfilling the stringent iojuncnon, Whatsoever thy hand finde'h to do. do it with thy might." "He bore his great commission in his look, Willi eloquence innate his tongue was armed, Though imish the precept, yet the pe. pip charmed, For letting down the golden chain from high, He drew his audience upward to the sky." MEETING AT THE KING'S HEAD. A numerously-attended meeting of the Dissenters of the county, was held on Friday afternoon last, at the King's Head Hotel, on the subject of the steps to be taken, lor collecting a permanent fund in aid of the family of the late Rev. David llhys Stephen. Much zeal and affection was expressed on the occasion, and after Mr. W. Downing Evans had explained fully the measures which had been adopted by the Central Committee,in this town, the following resolutions were unanimously passed:- Ilesolved,—['hat this meeting pledges itself to act in con- cert with the Central Committee, just formed in this town, for the purpose of realising a fund for the efficient and permanent support of the widow and orphans of the late Ilev. D. Rhys Stephen." Resolved,—"That the Rev. James Evans, of Caerleon, be requested to apply to the Secretary of the Widows' Fund, on behalf of the widow or the late Rev. D. Rhys Stephen that the Rev. Thomas Thomas, of Pontypool, be requested to apply to the secretary of the fund arising from the sale of the Selection Hymn Book: and that the Rev. David Jones, of Cardiff, be requested to apply to the Committee of the Baptist .Magazine, in the same behalf." Resolved,—That this meeting wishes to present its best thanks to E. Dowling, Esq., for his kind offer of the pages of the MKHLIN newspaper, for the use of the committee of the Permanent Itelief Fund of the widow and family of the late Rev. D. II. Stephen, and also, for the deep interest which he has evinced in the movement itself."