THE REVIVAL. MEETING AT HEN-DY-CWRDD. In accordance with a resolution last Sunday week, a revival meeting was held at Hen-Dy-Cwrdd on Tuesday evening last. A good number attended, though the building was not full. The set fawr was occu- pied by Revs R. J. Jones, M.A., pastor; J. Grawys Jones, Ebenezer; T. Robinson, Abercynon, and D. Rees, Bridgend. A letter from Rev Cynog Williams, Mill Street Chapel, was read, which stated that he had been unable to attend. The meeting throughout was entirely free from any of the scenes and dramatic inci- dents such as have occurred in the-other places of worship at Trecynon. The service. however, was deeply devotional, and there was not a discordant note struck from beginning to end. Rev J. Grawys Jones addressed the meeting, and related some of his experiences at the Revival meetings attended by him. Then the Rev R. J. Jones asked those who were members of any Christian Church to stand. The bulk of the congregation stood up. Those who were not members, but who had felt a quickening of the spirit by the revival movement, were then asked to stand, and six persons rose to their feet. Someone on the gallery then broke out to sing "Throw out the life-line," and the congregation joined. A person came forward and recited very effectively Yr Aberth." Rev David Rees then spoke and impressed upon the gathering the importance of obey- ing the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The present revival wave had made him realise more than ever that men were brothers. Christ taught the brotherhood of man. Mr Rees went on to describe an incident which happened on Christmas day. He was cycling towards Nottage, when he overtook two tramps very ragged in appearance. He alighted and learned that these two men were on their way to Swansea. He did not inquire what was their past life-possibly they were perfect wasters-but he knew they were his brothers. So he gave each one a coin, shook them heartily by the hand, wished them a merry Christmas, and told them he would very much like to see them in a better condition. The revival, proceeded the speaker, had more and more revealed to him and to others the gospel of love as taught by Jesus Christ. If every soul, however degraded, was of infinite value to the great God, surely they were deserving of the attention and love of each other. When Mr Rees sat down, the Rev R. J. Jones, with a voice full of emotion, gave out a Welsh hymn, which was sung with fer- vency by the congregation. A man on the gallery prayed, and thanked God that in this great movement sectarian bitterness had almost vanished. A woman then recited a hymn and another woman prayed very fervently for the descent of the Spirit, The Rev T. Robinson, Abercynon, refer- ring to remarks by some critics that the Revival was a flash in the pan, said that its duration had now proven that that was not so. But granted that it was a flash, it must be admitted that it had set many people on the right road. The rev. gentle- man related how a man had lost his way home one dark night. He did not know which way to turn. Suddenly there came a lightning's flash, which lighted up the whole place just for a moment. This was enough. He perceived his path and pro- ceeded homeward. At 10 o'clock, the Rev. R. J. Jones brought a very helpful service to a close by giving out the hymn, Dan Dy fendith wrth ymadael." A PRAYER MEETING WITH THE GIPSIES. Well Wisher" sends the following:— Last Saturday night prayer meetings were held in Penywain. They were conducted by Trecynonites in two gipsy caravans, Miss Kate Rowlands leading in one and Miss Agnes M. James in the other. The Revival- ists received a hearty welcome. There was a striking incident in one van when Miss A. James asked one of the gipsies if he would pray, and he replied that he did not know the way. She promptly went on her knees, asking him to do the same, and taught him a short prayer. Miss James then sang in a sweet voice, Tell mother I'll be there," the others joining in the chorus. They all confessed Christ, and listened with great eagerness, After both meetings came to a close the gipsies sang What a friend we have in Jesus." The hymn had been taught them by the ladies present. On departing the last words heard were Come again soon." It is a great pity that more of this work is not done. We have people near our doors who are without Christ. Awake, Christians, and follow the example of the Trecynonites, thus winning the world to God. NEW YEAR'S EVE SCENES. It was amid the most exciting scenes that the New Year was ushered in at Cwm- aman. Hooters sounded, bells rang, and choirs sang, A large prayer meeting took place before one of the large public houses, and created a large amount of opposition, A counter meeting, consisting of the singing of comic songs, whistling, etc., was held. A few of the opposers have since been con- verted amidst great rejoicing. CWMAMAN SUBMERGED. The revival wave shows no sign of reach- ing its springtide in Cwmaman. The meet- ings at the various churches are largely attended and show significant results. Various secular organisations have had to abandon their meetings for the timer and the chief topic is the revival. The forth- coming visit of Mr Evan Roberts is eagerly anticipated. Prayer meetings were held all day Sunday in most of the churches, and the harvest of souls, far exceeded the most sanguine expectations. The meetings at Seion Welsh Baptist Chapel on Sunday afternocn and evening were memorable ones, amongst the equirers being persons who had been hearers at the church for over 30 years. Meetings are held every evening, and remarkable conversions are still going on. The effect of the Spiritual atmosphere is felt all through the neighbourhood. Texts are chalked on the brattice doors underground and on trams. Riders ex. change religious greetings through tele- phones.
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Mountain Ash Police Court. On Wednesday before Sir T, Marchant Williams (Stipendiary), and Major Morgan. BREACH OF COLLIERY RULES. William Griffith Jones, collier, Ynysybwl, was summoned for a breach of colliery rules. Mr C. Kenshole, who appeared for the Ocean Coal Co., said that defendant was charged with not producing his lamp at the lamp room as required by the rule. When the fireman examined the lamp he found a cavity between the glass and the ring. J. John, fireman, bore out Mr Kenshole's statement. Mr W. P. Nicholas, who defended, pleaded for leniency, on the ground that defendant was not aware that he was doing wrong. A nominal fine of 5s.and costs was im- posed. DAMAGING HOLLY TREES. Thomas Thomas (14), John Davies (14), and Richard Jones (14) were summoned for damaging a holly tree, the property of Lord Aberdare. Major Morgan gave evidence of the damage inflicted, which he estimated at 3s. In ordering a fine of lis and costs each, including the damage, the Stipendiary said that any such offence would in future be severely dealt with, as it was most annoying for boys to trespass upon private property for the purpose of destroying valuable trees. SLEEPING OUT. David Arthur, of no fixed abode, for sleep- ing out on Duffryn Pit, was fined 10s and costs. DRUNKS. William Thomas in Penrhiwceiber, 10s and costs; William Edmunds in Tyntetown, 5s and costs; Alfred Eynon in Penrhiwceiber road, 10s and costs John Davies, Aber- cynon, 5s and costs; John Richards, Tynte- town, 5s and costs; John Thomas, Miskin, 10s and costs James West, drunk in charge of a horse and cart, 20s and costs. CHIMNEY ON EIRE. Edward Jarvis. Ynysboeth, was ordered to pay 2s 6d for allowing the chimney of his house to go on fire. REFUSING TO QUIT. George Teague, Penrhiwceiber, was sum- moned for being drunk and refusing to quit the Tynte Hotel, Tyntetown. Mr E. H. George, Mountain Ash, appeared for the prosecution, and in opening, said that defendant when he entered the hotel on December 24th, proceeded to drink out of other men's glasses. He then asked to be served with a pint of beer, which was refused to him. Thereupon he used abusive language towards the landlady, Mrs Coslett, and held a glass above her head, threatening to strike her.. The landlord then appeared on the scene and put him out. Mr and Mrs Coslett bore out their ad- vocate's statement, and a fine of 20s and costs was inflicted. "STOP THIEF Frederick Harrison, rather shabbily dressed and of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a gold ring, the property of Mrs Eschle, Victoria square, Aberdare. Leonard Eschle said that on Tuesday last prisoner came into the shop a/nd asked to see some wedding rings. Stipendiary: Was he dressed as at pre- sent ? Witness: Yes. Stipendiary: He does not look as if he were about to get married (laughter). Witness, proceeding, said that he pro- duced a trayful of rings. Prisoner caught hold of one, but afterwards remarked that it was too small. Witness replied that he had no larger ones. Prisoner then went towards the door and suddenly bolted towards Monk street. Witness gave chase, and shouted Stop thief." He caught him near Comp- ton House. P.S. D. O. Davies said he was sent for at about five o'clock on Tuesday. He took the prisoner into custody, and in reply to the charge he said, "I was out of work; I wanted to get some money in order to get a living." Prisoner pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two months' imprisonment. APPLICATIONS. An application by Mr W. J. Shipton for an extension on the occasion of a function by the local volunteers, was granted. Mr B. Thomas, clerk to Mr J. D. Morgan, applied for an ejectment order against John Lawrence, 15, Harris terrace, Penrhiw- ceiber.—Granted.
-< nangmg neact downwards over some oaroea wire fencing by the side of the railway line at Yarmouth, Daniel Soames, an aged pensioner of the Metropolitan Police, was found dead on Sunday. He had apparently become entangled and died from exposure. Three brothers—Michael, Joseph, and William Spencer—have been remanded at Holywell, charged with being concerned in an attack upon two gamekeepers on Lord Mostyn's estate, both keepers having been seriously injured by blows from the butt end of a gun. Arthur Braun, charged with breaking out of prison at the Cape, has been committed for extradition. Notice of appeal was given. Opposite Greenock the steamers Stromboli and Kathleen collided and sank on Saturday night. The latter was nearly cut through, and went down in a couple of minutes. Two of her crew are missing. A serious railway accident occurred on Satur- day at Battipaglia, where an express from Naples dashed into another train from Salerno. The Pullman car and baggage waggon were shivered to atoms, and the two engines piled upon one another. In cautioning a beggar the Marlborough- street, London, stipendiary remarked that the police had cleared about 1,000 beggars from the streets of the West End during 1904. Mr. Edward Roberts, inspector of schools in North Wales, has offered a prize at Carnarvon National Eisteddfod for the best Latin primer written in Welsh, and intended for general use iu Welsh secondary schema. Printing! Printing!! Printing 111 All kinds of Jobbing now executed at the LEADER Office. Printed and Published at their Printing Works, Market Buildings, Market Street, Aberdare. in the County of Glamorgan, by the proprietors, W. PUGH and J. L. ROWLANDS.
THE REVIVAL, BEER AND TOBACCO. The quarterly meeting of the Aberdare Baptist Association was held on Wednesday at Calfaria, Aberdare. Mr John John, Mountain Ash, presided. Dwelling on the revival, the president said that the churches should awake to their duties in connection with temperance. He remarked that the tone of the churches had now undergone a change regarding total abstinence. Just then -1 Diolch Iddo" was struck by some- one, and other delegates joined in the singing, which lasted for some time. The Rev R. E. Williams (Twrfab) then engaged in a fervid prayer. The Rev D. G. Price got up and urged the necessity of every minister being a non-smoker as well as a total abstainer. The Rev W. Thomas, Cwmdare, raised a protest saying that absti- nence was not in itself a virtue. The Rev J. Griffiths advised them to discontinue the debate, and it ended abruptly. EVAN ROBERTS TO VISIT HIRWAIN A communication has been received by the Rev E. Wern Williams, Nebo, to the effect that Mr Evan Roberts will visit Hir- wain on the 17th and 18th inst., to conduct a mission. A QUIET CHRISTMAS AT HIRWAIN. Christmas at Hirwain was unusually quiet this time, owing no doubt to the effect the revival has had upon the Nonconformist Churches. The customary entertainments and competitive meetings were totally can- celled (although the programmes had been printed), and prayer meetings substituted. Christmas Day falling on a Sunday also accounted for the absence of some events. The processions on Saturday evenings and the meetings which were held daily through- out the week at Nebo Congregational Church were largely attended, and several touching scenes were witnessed. The fervour and enthusiasm have risen to a high pitch, and the list of converts has been considerably increased at this church, and also at the other churches, where wonderful meetings have also been held. AMONG THE CHURCHES. MOUNTAIN AsH.-The Duffryn Street English Calvinistic Methodist Church, 85 new members; enquirers 12. English Wesleyans, 35. Bethlehem Welsh Calvin- istic Church, 54. Bryn Seion, Welsh Wesleyan, 42. Ffrwd, Welsh Baptists, 34. Miss Rosina Davies, evangelist of Tre- herbert, preached three sermons to crowded congregations on Thursday and Friday last at Bethania Welsh Congregational Church. To those who have said that the revival fire" has died out at Mountain Ash, I would say Come and see." United prayer meetings of the Welsh Churches are held every Monday and Saturday nights. Prayer meeetings are held nightly on the square, and in other parts of the town. I am inclined to agree with 'the hymnist that said 'Dyw hi eto ond dechreu gwawrio, Fe gwyd yr haul yn uwch i'r lan." On Saturday night (New Year's Eve) watch night services were held at the various places of worship here. That held at Bethania (Congregational), lasted until two o'clock Sunday morning. It was an impressive scene to see the whole congre- gation on its knees as the new year was heralded in. Happy new year" was never more of a reality than at present; as indeed it has been a happy one in the highest sense of the word to many a home in Mountain Ash.