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CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION POR THE SUPPRESSION OF DHUXKENXESS. The first annual maoting of tho uunabjrs of this asso- ciation, whose pmuip! ,5 ha?: on several occasions been explained in the oluinus of this journal, tooic place on Tuesday evening, in the theatre, that spacious structure haying been ki idly and gratuitously lent for the occa- si in by the owner and builder, Mr. II. P. Bolt. The whole of the proceedings were of the most gratifying and encouraging kind. Long before the hour for commencing the business, hundreds of men and women and the youth of both sexes had taken their seats, and ultimately there must have been from a thousand to twelve hundred per- sons presen1. These consisted chiefly of the lo Ncr orders of Irish Roman CithoHcs. Numbers of them were respectably attired, while all manifested the greatest order and decorum during the evening. Tue brass an 1 drum and fife bands connected with the association and the schools were in attendance; and their performances between the speeches were greeted with much applause. The chair was taken by the Mayor of Newport* Senry Sheppard, Eiq., among the gentlemen supporting him upon the platform, or rather the stage, being the Rev. R. Richardson, the Rev. D. Cavalli, the Rjv.J. Ackeroyd, the Rev. M. Gavelli, the Rev. A. Leary, the Rev. J. M IX- well, Mr. W. H. Brewer, Dr. B ust, Mr. R. F. Woollett, Mr. J. Murphy, Mr. A. Murphy, Mr. Hunt, Mr. Harleyj Mr. Sandy, Mr. H. Williams (Orindau), &c. Tiie meet- ing having been opened with music, The Mayor, who was hailed with repeated cheers, said he felt much pleasure in presiding over the meeting, in accordance with the request conveyed to him by the Rev. Father Richardson; but in order to the business bein' systematically conducted, his Worship declined to mike any further remarks at present, and called upon the President of the Association to read the report.- Tiie Rev. Father Richardson accordingly came for- ward, and said There is an old saying that when you go to Rome yoi must do as they do iu Rime. (Queers.) Some of our friends here to-night are come amongst the Romans (cheers) and it shall be our task to proye to them that our breasts are full of charity and friendship for all. (Renewed cheering.) And if they should hear aught that may seem to offend their own feelings or prin- ciples, then I trllst they will pass it over with as kind charity as we will do, should anything fall from them that may seem unorthodox to our Roman ears. (Loud cheering.) I will not longer delay, therefore, than to open this meeting as wo have opened every me :ting of the association since its commencement. Will yoj please, members of the association, to stand up. Remem- berwhatyonareabout. You are going to sound your war cry.-The assembly, rising, repeated after Father Richardson the following words:—"O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. We h ave an enemy, not drink, but drunkenness, and we will not rest till we conquer." Much applause en- sued, the enthusiasm of the meeting being still farther raised by the Rev. Father calling for three cheers for Ireland and a cheer for Daniel O'Connell. Father Hichardson then remarked that the stewards of the dis- tricts were liable to a fine of 2.s. 6 1. for every case of drunkenness they failed to report; and he called upon them seriatim for the number of cases reported. In the whole nine districts, b it half-a-dozen were named. The Rev. Father Richardson then read the report, being fre- quently interrupted with manifestations of assent and approval. REPORT. In presenting to the members of this association th.) urst annual report, it will scarcely be uecessiry to remind you of the doings of drunkenness in this town prior to its establishment. Most of you will remember the hoart- reading scenes of wife-beating, disturbances with the police, and the constant crowll of idle women witnessed every Monday morning round the court-house, waiting either for the reloase and fine of their husbands or to learu that they had b en deprived for a long time of their sup- port, by the men being sent to Usk. "Fully convinced of this evil, which seemed to baffle every ordinary effort, your clergy represente I to you the necessity of united exertions against this common enemy, and knowing well, that whatever might be the failings of the poor Irish, there was stid a deep fund of religious feeling -a profound reverence for their Sogotb, a strong devotion for the Immaculate Mother of God, together with an undying attachment to coautry-it was proposed to establish all association by which all these good qualities might be brought to bear down upon the evil. The endeavour was 1st. To make the association essentially Catholic, by placing the members under the protection of our Blessed Lady conceived without sin, and miking the success of the undertaking depend upon the graces detived from the sacraments and the intercession of the Mother of God. "2ndly. Toeuiist all classes, especially the good, against the enemy. "3nlly. Not to exact mora from the members than they should be able faithfully to comply with. 4thly. To prevent the relapse of the members, by in- ducing them to their goo I resolutions before the Altar four times in the year. 5thly. To hold each member to his promise about drink, even when broken, so that he way never lose the moral restraint of his good resolution. Gthly. To encourage the !119uben, by raising them each year to a higher dignity until after a few years they become veterans," and to distinguish them by a diffe- rent insignia each year, i.e the first year a large miracu- lous medal second year a larger medal of the association struck for this purpose third year, a bar like the mili- tary medals, with these words-' By the help of Mary Immaculate the fourth year a second bar with veteran' upon it. 7thly. To agitate and keep well before all the great evil of drunkenness. To rouse and smite the mass of our Catholics against the evil, and never to rest until there is a strong popular feeling against intoxication. And we have now to record with what success ijjiis work has been ero w tied, a n(I thus to give proof tua' your clergy had not at all overrate I the good qualities of the poor, and that our confidence in the iutercassion of our Blessed Lady has not been in vain. At the first enrolment of the mernbers on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 1857 420 knelt to receive the medal of the Blessed Virgin, and bore away with them this badge of warfare, .this pledge of certain victory. Only a few weeks later, the 1st of January, the mambers increased to 750; in April, to 1097 at Whitsuntide, 120); in August, to 1400 and in October last to 150Q these, together with about 700 elsewhere—Treforest, Swansea, &c.—make a to al of above 2000 who had received the royal bounty, and enlisted in the, ranks of what had now become a little army of devoted men and women, desperate with the resolution to contend to the last -their war cry bein^ I We have one enemy-not drink, but drunkenness—and we will not rest until we have overcome.' It is true that about 50 or 60 of our members have failed, but most of them have returned, showing the greatest contrition, while some few have hung back. Gradually, as was to be expected, the eifects of such a movement were evident. Whitsuntide, St. Patrick'# day, and even Stow fair day changed their aspects, and made the police look into the calendar to see if there were not some mistake as to the date upon which these days fell' and the police report, although it does not include the whole year of the association's existence, and embraces all classes, shows that neither they nor the magistrates were- mistaken in believing that there was a marked im- provement amongst the poor Irish. In the report of the head constable, which seems to have been compiled with great care, it appears that in 1857, the cases of d unken- ness brought before the Bench were 370 in 18o3, only 313-showing a diminution of 63. The number of assaults upon policemen in 1857 were 71; in 1858, 51 whilst the number of cises of assaults upon women in 11857, were 9.) in loi58, only 56; and there can be little doubt from the facts that have come before us siuee the establishment of the association, if the report had marked the number of Irish offenders, there would have been a diminution of more than half the crime. Let the hun- dreds of poor women who are here to-n'.ght bear testi- mony to the peace and happiness of their homes, which have come to them, we may say, through the hands of Mary ever blessed. To God alone be all the glory. We should do wrong were we to oma an men- tion of our first attempts at popular amusements. The monster pic-aic, so trying to patience and yet so crowned with success, that we must announce another for the approaching seeson, hoping that some one will lend as a few acres of green grass to race, dance, and jump upon. The Ciytha /die brought tho poor in happy contact with the rich, and neither lost aught on that occasion. How many hundreds returned filled with ad- miration for the kindness and condescension of the in- mates of Clytha house; and how truly delighted wan that excellent family with the propriety, good 0 sense, and honett cheerfulness of the members, on that day of rain, heavy, steady, pouring, persevering, drenching rain Nor must we forget tbo first attempt at a penny con- cert for the poor, when, almost by a miracle, so many escapelI unhurt from the most imminent peril. Goo,l. however, seems to have come even out of this. It had loni* been found inconvenient that there was no room or buildin^ in Newport capable of holding all the members, and this event did but give an impetus to the conviction that we ought to have a large room, or hall, if possible, erected between this and Pill, where the members might be brou 'bt together into one that the different bauds of music mi<Tht°have somewhere to practise, and not be driven from place to place, and not, as at present, go to practise iu a wine and spirit vaults. Indeed, had we had ,st. Mary's Hall to-nigbt, well roofed 10, and capable of containing from one to two thousand, we should have had a greater "number present, and not have been driven to this stage to read our first report, nor you to pit, boxes, and gallery to listen to it. Time will not allow more than a passing notice of the beau iful new medal of the Association, got up so well by Mr. Hardman, of Birmingham, and which, it is hoped, will glitter on many a breast at our next pic-nic, and prove in our monster procession through the town, that though our numbers are so strong, there are many who have stood firm during the past year, and not given way for a moment to the enemy. "And last, though not least, comes the Penny Banlc, demanding a few words. "Perhaps nothing presents so strong a temptation to the poor as the possession of spare money. It is when wages are good, and work plentiful, that drunkenness pre- vails to a greater extent but if once the members can be induced to lay up all they can spare of thair hard-earned savings, they will in a great measure remove the occasion of. sin, and be provided against a rainy day,' which too often sends them to the pawnshop and then, having no clothes, the parents we kept away from mass and gacra- ment, aad their children from the school, anl acquire in a few wee'ss' idleness habits of street vices, which even- tually prove their ruin. On nothing, therefore, after the blessing of God, does the welfare of this association so much depend for success as on the well-working of its penny bank. We have to report that in the fev months of its existence about gIG) I have been placed in it, beyond the reach of the publican. 'e ( It now remains for us to offer our best thanks to all who have so generously lent us their support. First, to the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, Dr. Brown, who is not only a member himself, but everywhere speaks in the kindest manner of the association. L Next, to Mrs. Washington Hibbert, the kind friend and patroness of the association from its very foundation. Next to Mr. and Mrs. Jones, of Ciytha, and their family, all of whom are members, and who treated us so liberally at Ciytha house. Nor must we forget Mr. "Woollett, the tuvn clerk and Mr Murphy, who in the most liberal manner accapte 1 the trusteeship of the pennybank. To tilese we must add Mr George Homfray's name, who has on several occasions shown us the greatest kindness; Mr.Vemon, the manager of tho West of Engl.ind Bank, who offered'to co-operate with us most kindly in working the penny bank Mr. Spriit, who lends us his large room for our bands to'prac- tise in the police, who always come to our assistance cheerfully at all our public meenugs llr. Bolt, who has lent us this place to meet ltl to-nigh', free of charge; in short, to all you gentlemen who are here to-night, to^thro .v the weight of your iufluence into the struggle—in which if we do but succeed, all will be able to exclaim most heartily, Eriu-go-bragh The Mayor then rose and s nd he should indeed be wanting in truth, did he not say he felt deeply the re- marks made by the RJV. Father Richardson, whom he felt bound to thank for the large amount of Christim charity exhibited in his address. He was compelled to admit that neither religious nor political differences ought to create ill feeling, or prevent our doing good to each other. Hence the pleasure he experienced in being ) present. (Cheers.) Wneti requested to preside, he was informed that the larger portion of the audience would be Irish; and that he considered was a guarantee for a large amount of sympathy in the positi >n he nonr occu- pied. (Hear, h ar.) Those who knew him were aware that that was not a mere idle remark. He remembered scenes in Ireland from which ho hal derived intense pi-asure. Daring a tour of five or six weeks in that country few, perhaps, f)r the time, saw more than him- self; and one thing had just been vividly recalled to his memory. Wuen they gave a cheer f)r that cl,-ce ised immortal man, Dmiel O'Connell—(cheers)—he could not help feeling somewhat affected thereby, havin" seen and heard him, not once, but many tilu 's and further h' (the Mayor) had seen his tomb in the cemetery whore he lay side by side with honest Turn Steele. (Applause.) Under these circumstances, he (the Mayor) did not envy the man who could suppress all em )Uon at such a moment, or him who could without being moved witness the last memento of that great man. (Cheering ) He would, however, not further trespass upon their time, but at once request any gentle- man who felt inclined to do so to speak upon the establishment and progress of the association. The Mayor was varm'y applauded on resuming his seat. Mr. R. F. Wo dlett spoke upon the subject specified, lie congratulated the members upon the course they h id adopted in banding themselves together for the suppres- sion of drunkenness, and upon the advantiges already achieved, which he augured would be still more widely diffused. He looked forward to the tirno when lectures and other elevating entertainments should be provided for the members and concluded by complimenting Father Richardson upon his untiring energy and success- ful exertions in the cause. Tho Mayor said the n-xt matter to be spoken upon was the poiiee reports, but that could not be gone into, Super- intendent Huxtable being absent. The magistrates, how- ever, were pleased to witness the diminution taking place in the cases of drunkenness brought before them. On the previous day, notwithstanding the Christmas festivi- ties, only one single case of drunkenness was brought be- fore the Bench, and further,, the defendant was not an Irishman. (Loud cheers.) Mr. James Murphy then said a very pleasing du'y de- volved upon him, namely, the presentation of a pair of beautiful gilt silver medals to Mrs. and Mrs. Jones, of Clytha and family. (Cheers.) Mr. Jones was prevented attending, but he had deputed his estimable chaplain, Father Ackeroyd, to receive the m dais, the address to accompany which was as follows "Themombers of the Catholic Association be? most respectfully to present Mr. and Mrs. Jones, of Ciytha, with the accompanying memento of gratitude. TheoEFar- ing, though small, the members hope will be accepted as token of their esteem, and a little memento of their late vinit to Ciytha House. (Signed on behalf of the. members) "R, RICHARDSON, President. "Newport, 8th December, 18.53." (Loud cheers.) In presenting those medals, he need scarcely refer to the circumstances that g-tve rise to it, namely, the fete at Ciytha. The events of that day would form a family story ill many cirbles f)r years t > come, aud the kindness, courtesy, and urbanity displayed to- wards the members of the association would never be for- gotten. (Cheering.) He trusted Father Ackeroyd tvould convey to Mr. and Mrs. Jones, and their .amiable and worthy daughters, as well as to the Flon. Mr^ Washing- ton Hibbert, the gratitude of the association, whose real feelings were slightly manifested in the gift he had been deputed to present. (Cheers.) Mr. Murphy then handed the medals, which were enclosed in a case, the cover bearing a suitable inscription, to Father Ackeroyd. Loud cheers accompanied the presentation. Father Ackeroyd, in expressing the acknowledgments of .the family of Ciytha, said, when he showed the medals to Mr. Joies on Christmas day, that gentleman spoke very few words, but those few evidently CHile from his heart; and he desired him (the Rev. Father) to return the most sincere thanks of himself and worthy lady. (Cheers.) Not only for the fete at Ciytha, but for other matters also was the presentation deserved. LIe (Father Ackeroyd) had visited many of tlem upon sick beds and been able to relieve them, but not from his own pocket, for he was as poor as any of them.: the money came from Mr. Jones's. (Cheers.) If he (the Rev. Father) had a case of want or destitution, or any- thing in the shape of serious sickness, he merely had to mention it to Mr. Jones,, and invariably a sovereign was placed at his disposal. (Cheers.) What they presented to Mr, Jones were silver medals, but many and many a solid piece of gold for the poor had he placed in his charge. (Renewed cheers.) Having mentioned an instance of Mr. Jones's liberality in paying a poor woman's passage to Ireland upon her leaving the hospital, and putting a sovereign in her pocket, Father Ackeroyd read the subjoined letter addressed to Father Richardson, and through him to the meeting :— Ciytha, Dec 28-th, 1858. Dear Rev. Sir,-Have the goodnff-,s to express to the members of the society to be assembled at your meeting this evening, a.ud to which I am proud to. be affiliated- express my warmest thanks, as weii as. those of Mrs. Jones, for the very handsome token of regard presented by you to us in the name of the society, a token that will be always held in the highest esteem, as expressing the good wishes of a body to which I am prorul to belong, and which I hope, and iudeod feel confident, will not ooly rescue many from habits of intemperance, but prove to our fellow-townsmen that when united together in the bond of union and religion, and in so good a cause all associates, however they may have exceeded in their former lives, the bouuds of moderation and temperance, they can, by the giace of God, the virtue of their holy religion, aud by constancy and perseverance, prove them- selves capable, not ouly of overcoming vile and intempe- rate habits, but become shining examples of sobriety, leading not only to their own reformation, but also that of many of their companions and fellow-citizens. Again, let me beg yon, dear Rev. Sir, not only ta express to our fellow-members our warmest thanks for their kind re- menabrr.nce, but also we beg you to receive personally the same, for the active exertions you have so constantly made in behalf of our society—exertions which have not only called it into existence, but been the main cause of the flourishing condition in which we find it Let me, then, request you, in my own name as well as that of every member of the society, to continue your kind offices, and not relax, through good or evil report, iu giving your counsel, and watching with anxious care the growth of a plant which has taken deep root, but will still require your assiduous and persevering exertions to maintain it in full vigour. Pray express also my best wishes for the success of the Savings' Bank, which, under your fostering care, will also prove, I am sure, an inestimable advantage to all those who will take part in it." (Cneers.) Father Ackeroyd then referred to the savings oank, the benefits of which he set forth, and sat down after wishing his audience a merry Christmas and happy new year. The Mayor said the gentleman who was expected to allude to popular amusements, concerts, &j., was not present; and be invited some gentleman to speak upon upon the fifth subject-" The medal and bars." The Rev, Father Richardson did so, explaining that the bar and larger medal showed at once the po^itio^ dignity, and character of the person. When entitled to such distinctions, he hoped all would get them as speedily as possible. 1 Mr. A. G. Pollock, the leader, on behalf of the band, then presented a silver association niedal to the Rev. Father Richardson. An address, printed on white satin, accompanied it. Having placed the niedal ujion his breast, Father Richardson presented himself amid a burst, of applause, and delivered an energetic sppeech. It would atiord him much pleasure to wear the medal; but with pain also he should regard it, as every time he placed it. upon his breast it would tell of a work only just begun. Oh, if they only knew what a monster they were con- tending against. Oh, that he could make to sink deeply into their hearts a conviction of the sinfulness of drunken- ness, and induce them to a thorough hatred of their enemy. That enemy waa beating wives, stripping chil- dren of their clothing, and sending them forth in beggary and in vice that enemy followed them from their birth to the grave, would never allow them to rest in innocent enjoyment, but continually sought to make them his slates, That foul fiend-that hideout) monster, drunken* I ness, entered families, disturbing their peace, and blast:? the characters of their members and not only so but also interfered with the ordinances of the church and e sicred rites enjoined by it. That enemy he called upon them to resist oy everv means in their power— tnmple under foot-to do their uMn .st to free tbemseires frinil his toils, and at tne sri-ni time to assist and i-due« oJiers to successfully ope with him. Tne consequence would be, tae national chineter in this country would raised and Irishmen would be no longer looked upoa as on.y fatted to perform the lowest offices. In erjrv qa.rter of the globe, Irishmen had risen to eminence; aud so they might in this kingdom, would they free theni- selves from the degrading vice to which he had referred fnree cheers having been given for Fattier Leary tae meeting was addressed by him. Mr. R, F. \Vo)Hett called for three cheers for "The Key and good Father Cavalli." (Heartily responded to.) Mr. Junes Murphy th.in spoke UL)):), .Hi); banks, citter which Mr. R. F. "WojiLtt proposal a vote o thanks to the Mayor for his kindness in pre d l og, his liberal views, and his able conduct in the chair. The Mayor, in acknowledging toe compliment, which was carried bp acclamation, remarked that he could not but look with interest upoa the progress of the associa- tion. All must feel that whether achieved by it or by teetotal societies, the suppressi m of drunk ;nuess was a circumstance to be regarded with gratification. riie National Anthem was hen pl ayed by the band and the meeting afterwards dispersed without '.he Lest confusion. o


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