The Revival. JUBILEE AT SILOA, ABERDARE. IMPRESSIVE MEETINGS, The last instalment of the debt which re- mained on Siloa Congregational Chapel, Aberdare, has just been paid, and to com- memorate this happy event, as well as to deepen the spiritual life in the church, special services were held last Sunday and Monday. In the morning the Rev R. Gwylfa Roberts preached. The first sen- tence he uttered impressed upon us two facts-that he is a poet, and that he is a North Walian. The strain of poetic diction, which like a silver vein runs through all his discourses, manifests his poetical pro- pensities, and his slow deliberate, guttural utterance indicates his Arvonian extraction. Gwylfa is but a young man, but he is a young man with a future, and a young man with a message. He took as his topic Abraham's prayer on behalf of Ishmael, recor- ded in Genesis xvii. He remarked that Ishmael could not participate in the heri- tage because the shadow of the chain of bondage was on his life. This was an illus- tration of the state of many children in our days. The relentless law of heredity made them slaves for life in chains which their parents had forged. Some were, as Kings- ley put it, drunkards from the breast, damned before they are born." Dwelling on the ever-green topic of the Revival, the preacher remarked that be was glad to see the fetters breaking nowadays, and souls being released from the bondage of sin. The Son of God was powerful enough to wrench every link in the devil's chain. In the course of the morning service the Rev D. Silyn Evans, the popular pastor of Siloa, made some very happy references to the jubilee. The brethren and sisters at Siloa had by dint of unequalled activity and assiduity wiped off a debt of -2600. More- over, the committee had done that work un- ostentatiously without any trumpet- bellowing or demonstration. Mr W. J. Evans, the organist, had in particular, thrown himself heart and soul into the work. The Rev Elias Davies, Llanelly, also alluded to the pecuniary jubilee of the church. That they had their church free from debt was, he observed, a matter for rejoicing. But they had had another and a greater jubilee through the downpour of the Spirit in their midst during the last 2 months. At the afternoon meeting the Rev Gwylfa Roberts in his prayer made a similar allu- sion to Siloa's dual jubilee, His blending of the two events in his inimitable poetical style was most charming. At this meeting the Rev Elias Davies preached. Mr Davies was brimful of the Revival spirit, and gave very striking illustrations of the working of the Spirit within the range of his experience. There was no need of a chair of elocution in our colleges now, he said. The revival had endowed the ministers with gifts of tongues. Ministerial feuds were for- gotten, and churches alienated throngh dis- putes were being reconciled. Mr Davies is a native of Aberdare, and one of the children of Siloa. He made a pathetic reference to the departed saints of Siloa, who were now participating in the great celestial revival. An appropriate inci- dent at the service was the singing of the well-known hymn Mae brodyr imi aeth yn mlaen to the soul-stirring hymn-tune of the late Dr Parry, in memory of departed Siloaites, esteemed in life and lamented in death. Dr Clifford once said after having witnessed a series of revival meetings in the Rhondda, that he had seen conversions without organs, without choirs and without other factors which are considered as essential elements in the paraphernalia of religion. Many churches have thought that instru- mental music is an impediment to the working of the spirit, and have disbanded their orchestras and silenced their organs. In Siloa however the organist is not among the unemployed, but his activity is more in request than ever. It is true that the con- ventional order is sometimes reversed. Instead of the organist directing the singers, the singers lead the organist. The con- gregation strikes up Diolch iddo," Ar ei ben bo'r goron," or some other revival hymn, and the organist at once "strities the lyre," and the effect is wonderful. Indeed the singing at Siloa was sublime, :1 and illustrated to us very forcibly the aid which good, cultured, orderly melody may contribute to the spreading of the revival, and even more so to the deepening of its effects. In none of the revival meetings that we have attended have we observed such well-regulated spontaneity. The occupants of the pews were inwardly con- strained to sing but they were inwardly restrained from carrying the outburst to an excess. The Omega of the outbreak of fervour at the afternoon meeting was as spontaneous and as simultaneous as its Alpha. The pastor's tact was no less con- spicuous than the congregation's self- restraint, and the whole proceedings were as void of discord as the singing was. A prayer meeting held in the vestry at the close of the morning meeting was also the embodiment of order. The supplicants were in the main young men, but there was no attempt to abuse the absolute liberty which was extended to all participants, There was nothing here which the critic might carp at or the cynic sneer at. On Sunday evening a very fervid meeting was held, which was prolonged until 9.30. The services were continued on Monday. In the afternoon the Rev. E. Davies preached and in the evening Gwylfa and the Rev. Penry Evans were the preachers. These meetings were of a very devotional character. REVIVAL ATMOSPHERE AT CWMAMAN. The Revival is still the chief topic in Cwmaman. The various churches con- tinue to hold prayer meetings throughout the week. Several of the churches have also out-door meetings, and their efforts have met with great success. An ex- pugilist has been giving some graphic descriptions of his past life to large con- gregations, whilst several well-known local characters have been converted under the influence of the Divine power Nearly all the local secular organisations remain temporarily abandoned, the members taking an active part in the revival meet- ings. Prayer meetings have been held at Cwmaman Colliery on several mornings. All the inhabitants appear to be breathing a revival atmosphere. THE REVIVAL AND THE CHURCH. In the course of his sermon on Sunday evening the vicar of Aberdare speaking of the Holy Spirit, said that they must never confuse the gifts of the Spirit with the spiri- tual life. There were a good many who said they had not the Spirit with them, because they saw no workings. We should never be tempted to deny the Holy Spirit within us. It was nonsense to say the Revival did not come into the Church. The methods of the Revival were absent, but God's reviving power was there, and had been there for all time. We must remember that God was not a God of con- fusion. We should exercise self-control, which was one of the abiding elements of the spiritual life. SLENDER LIST AT THE ABERDARE POLICE COURT. There were only 14 cases on the charge list for the Aberdare Police Court on Tues- day last, and of these only nine were heard. There were eight convictions, namely, four for drunkenness, one for wife desertion, and three boys for theft. THE VALUE OF PERSONAL EFFORT. On Sunday morning last the pastor of the Cwmaman English Baptist Church (Rev George Hinchcliffe), delivered the first of a series of preparatory sermons for the forth- coming mission of the great Baptist orator, Rev R. B. Jones. His subject was Per- sonal Effort," taking for his text John i. 41 -42. He remarked that one of the chief characteristics of the present Revival was personal effort. There had been a great lack of interest in God's service during the last few years, but he was glad that the spiritual life was increasing these days. It was not the result of preaching, but of in- dividuals' special efforts to bring souls that were outside the zone of the spiritual fire to where the power was felt. Personal effort was also the best preventative against backsliding. It increased the love of God in the hearts of men and women and set them frontsliding. It also cemented the bonds of sympathy between member and member. Personal effort also brought about the oneness of God's people. Every mem- ber should make a special effort to win a soul before partaking of the Lord's Supper. Individual effort by every Christian would mean the solution of all church, social and secular problems with which they were con- fronted. This church has been fortunate in securing, in addition to the Rev R. B. Jones, that popular preacher, Mr Williams, Beulah, Nantyglo, and also the respected Welsh Baptist minister of Cwmbach, Rev J. James.
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"LOOKING ALOFT." SIR.—Kindly allow me through your paper to utter a few words of encourage- ment to our newly-made converts, who will eventually need them, when the present religious wave ebbs and they are thrown on their own resources. There is nothing so good, in hours of trial, doubt, sorrow and pain, as to "look aloft." When we feel that our spiritual sigltt is blurred and dim— that we lose faith and confide nc,-hol)e and courage—then is the time to listen to the warning shout Look aloft." When we try to solve the riddle of the universe- the problem of existence-by the aid of intellect, unsupported by faith when we ask our intellects, Whence came I," Whither go I," What does life mean," &c. When we travel round and round the intellectual path of reasoning and find that it has no ending, let us look up into the heavens, and endeavour to grasp the idea of the countless suns and worlds, and then remember that the Infinite, which has us all in charge, takes note of the fall of the sparrow. What has become of your fears, doubts and worries ? Gone is your despair and unbelief, and in their place is found a reverent feeling of calm, peaceful faith. Look aloft, I say, look aloft. A. J. W.
PRAYER: MORAL OR INTELLECTUAL EXERCISE ? Sin,-It is natural that prayer should demand much attention to-day, when the greater part of Nonconformist Wales is on its knees, as it were, and there is more or less divergence of opinion as to the legiti- mate use of prayer, as well as its efficacy. The other day I heard a controversy on the moral and intellectual side of prayer. On one side it was held that there was no intellectual result whatever in the exercise of prayer, as its impromptu condition shuts out all by paths of reason, and relies absolutely on faith, and faith intuitively gropes in prayers, and to touch the fringe of the eternal garment, so that its effects would be moral in the case of a sincere prayer. On the other hand it was argued that he who prayed—though aspiring for divine blessing—thought in symbols and could conceive God only in terms of human limitations. That it dealt with certain ideas of the past and could not transcend its own intellectual bounds, and unless the mind could be changed by a communion with a higher being there could be no bless- ing. However, I should be very much interested in the opinions of your corres- pondents.—Yours, &c., GROWING OLD.
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Mountain Ash District Council. The fortnightly meeting of the Council was held on Tuesday, Captain F. N. Gray in the chair. The other members present were Major Morgan, Rev E. V. Tidman, Messrs Bruce Jones, John Jones, E. T. Williams, W. S. Davies, Thomas Jones, D. Rogers, John Powell, Hugh Price, William Davies, John Charles. Dr R. D. Morgan, with Mr H. P. Linton (clerk), Mr F. Stock (deputy), and Mr W. G. Thomas (surveyor). APPLICATIONS. Major Morgan, on behalf of Lord Aber- dare, wrote asking the Council if they would sell their temporary offices in Duffryn Road, and on what terms ? Mr E. T. Williams remarked that the Penrhiwceiber Fire Brigade required a place to store their hose, &c. Chairman: The Council may require it themselves, as a store-room. On the motion of Mr Powell it was de- cided to reply to the effect that the Coun- cil did not exactly know whether they would require the place themselves. The Lady Windsor Federation Lodge, Ynysybwl, asked the Council to request the Ocean Coal Company to erect a fencing near a dangerous siding. Mr H. Price moved that the matter be deferred for a month. He believed that the application should have been made direct to the Co. Mr Price's motion was agreed to. The post-mistress of Ynysboeth applied to the Council for their support to close the post-office on Thusday afternoons.— Granted. Rev John R. Jones, vicar of Penrhiw- ceiber, drew the attention of the Council to the present bad state of the road leading to the Vicarage. The chairman moved and Mr E. T. Williams seconded that the surveyor be instructed to see to the matter. Mr J. Powell said he had an application to make on behalf of the caretaker of the New Town Hall, with respect to the wages now paid him. The work had substantially increased owing to the fact that the new building was much larger than the old. The wages still paid was 25s. per week. In reply to Dr Morgan, it was stated that the caretaker was allowed rent and coal. Ultimately the application was referred to Major Morgan and Mr J. Powell, to report. It was decided to let rooms in the new Town Hall, to the overseers, at X100 per annum. THE WATER ACCOUNT DEFICIT. MR THOMAS JONES' PROPOSAL NOT SECONDED. Mr Thomas Jones, in accordance with notice, moved that the maximum charges sanctioned by the Act of 1900, be imposed by the Council with respect to the water undertaking. He was aware, he said, that he was treading on very delicate ground, but he was moving in the interest of the ratepayers. He was of opinion that every undertaking, every department, should bear its own expense. Considering the very heavy expenditure incurred in connection with the waterworks, it was absurd that water should be so cheap. The charges in 1900, for 2,500 houses rated at from £ 6 to zC8, were only 3d a week. and for 1,500 houses, rated from f:8 to CIO, 3id per week, or only td pet day. This was much 2 too small, considering that the good water supply they had ensured the comfort, health and well-being of the people. There was a very heavy deficit in the water undertaking every year, and in order to wipe this away, he moved his resolution. There was no seconder, and therefore no discussion. LADY PALMIST AND HER GAS BILL. DEPOSITS DEMANDED. The surveyor reported that the amount of irrecoverables in connection with the gas undertaking, during last year,' was £ 5 8s 3d. It was announced, amidst some laughter, that a lasdy palmist had absconded without paying her gas bill. At a later stage in the meeting, Mr D. Rogers referred to the practice now pre- valent of demanding a deposit before con- necting the gas with any house. People who owned houses at Ynysybwl were obliged to pay deposits or find some security in order to obtain gas in the house. Captain Gray I think it is the rule here to demand a deposit. Mr D. Rogers thought that the Council should run the ordinary risks of trade. Mr J. Charles Let the collector use 'his judgment as to whether a deposit is required or no. Mr J. Powell: Why place the onus on our officers ? Mr Rogers: Surely, persons who are ratepayers, and who own houses, need not pay a deposit. Mr J. Powell: It is an easy matter to sell a house. Mr W. Davies observed that several per- sons had complained to him of having to pay a deposit. Mr J. Charles There are some owners of property at Mountain Ash who have had to find a security. I myself have become security for one man, who is retiring from business to a private house. It is rather strange that it should be necessary for me to become security for a much wealthier man than myself. Chairman The collector should use his discretion in such a case. Mr Charles: There was not much dis- cretion used in this instance. The person I refer to is Mr Griffiths, the butcher, and he felt it very much. Major Morgan: Well, that is a most extraordinary case. After further discussion, it was decided that no deposit should be asked from per- sons who were ratepayers. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. Mr W. G. Thomas reported as follows:— Gas IVorks.-Since your last meeting the weighbridge has been thoroughly over- hauled and adjusted. The work of main- testing is still in process. Seventeen leakages have been discovered and repaired during the past fortnight. TVater IVoi-ks.-Tlie stand-pipe, as ordered by you, has been fixed in Dillwyn- street. Damages.—The screen wall of the urinal, opposite Mount Pleasant Hotel has been broken by a wagon owned by a Bristol firm. The lamp opposite Glancynon Hotel was yesterday broken by Mr W. H. Phillips' cart.
READERS AND WRITERS. I have come to the conclusion that there ought to be a public literary censor to prevent writers making fools of themselves. The con- viction has been driven home to me by a reading of Dr. A. H. Japp's recent book on Robert Louis Stevenson. Probably a literary censor would have restrained Dr. Japp from publishing this book at all. We have had far too many books about Stevenson already. Why add to the number, especially when there is nothing new to say, no fresh biographical data to present? Dr. Japp has practically nothing new to say. He met Stevenson first through a common interest in Thoreau, and had the distinction of placing "Treasure Island with its publisher. Beyond these two facts, which were already sufficiently known, he has few special qualifications for writing a study of R. L. S. Having, however, determined to write about Stevenson, Dr. Japp should have rigidly stuck to his text. But what do we find ? Here is a chapter of nine pages headed "Lord Rosebery's Case." Most people will remember Lord Rose- bery's speech at the Edinburgh meeting to pro- mote the erection of a monument to Stevenson. The Times report of the speech, reprinted in book form by another as it stood, made the subject of a law suit, when the right claimed by the newspaper was upheld by the final decision of the House of Lords. Well, Lord Rosebery's "case" is simply this: He refused to learn wisdom from Dr. Japp. The doctor, noting an omission in his speech, wrote him, explaining Stevenson's indebtedness to Thoreau. Lord Rosebery courteously replied. Dr. Japp wrote again. This time he received only the most formal acknowledgment, "not in the least encouraging me," he says, "to aid him further in the matter with regard to suggestions of any kind; so that I was helpless to press on his Lordship the need for some corrections on other points which I would most willingly have tendered to him had he shewn himself inclined or ready to receive them." Here, then, is the explanation of the redundant nine pages. Dr. Japp is publicly having his revenge. "I do confess," he frankly avows, "that I have no sympathy for Lord Rosebery, since he had before him the suggestions and the materials for as substantial alterations and additions from my own hands, with as much more for other portions of his book, had he informed me of his appreciation, as would have saved him and his book from such a sadly ironical fate as has overtaken him and it." Now you see why I conclude that we ought to have a public literary censor. I make no claim, on grounds of special fitness, for the post. But certainly if Dr. Japp had been required to send his MS. to me for review, I should, without a moment's hesitation, have struck out the whole of "Lord Rosebery's Case." This matter, I would have said, is purely personal, and in any case you have shewn very bad taste in dealing with it. There was no literary censor to guide Dr. Japp, and the result is well, the reviewers, I observe, are leaving him in no doubt! Among the few fresh things that Dr. Japp has to tell are some reminiscences of Stevenson's maternal grandfather, the Rev. Dr. Balfour, of Colinton,well known to readers of the Stevenson essays. Dr. Balfour, it seems, was "marvellously feeble as a preacher, and often said things that were deliciously, unconsciously, unintentionally laughable, if not witty." The late Alexander Russel, the editor of the Scotsman, Dr. Japp records, once attended the service at Colinton, and was greatly tickled by Balfour, discoursing on the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife, remarking that Mrs. P.'s conduct was "highly improper." In connection with the Bishop of London's startlingly meagre book-bill, there has been much discussion on the question of what sum a man should really spend on books every year. Various notabilities, and some nobodies, have been asked to give their figures. They must be very methodical people who keep account of their disbursements for books. I buy a book whenever the temptation presents itself, and I haven't the faintest idea (and I hope my wife hasn't either) of how much I spend in this way. Mr. Quiller Couch says it is "indecent" to keep a note of your book expenditure, and I heartily agree with him. All the same, leaving the Bishop out of account, the figures which have been published are distinctly cheering. Thus, a clerk with an income of zEl60 a year spends Z16 on books and periodicals. A man with a wife and three children and a salary of Z150 spends £ 9. A Methodist minister, out of a slender income of iClOO, gives P,10 for "much-valued volumes." These are the men I should like to meet and have a chat with. I have to meet a good many people who, I am firmly persuaded, do not spend a sovereign on books from January to December. They get all the reading they want in the news- papers and magazines. I would suggest another subject for discus- sion How much per anunm should professional reviewers spend on books ? I know reviewers (I am often in that case myself) whose time is so much occupied in reading new books sent them by editors that they have no time left for other books. Consequently, they do not buy the other books. In the book-bill discussion a suburban medical man say: "I have not much time for reading, but I make it." Well, reading is a recreation for a medical man. He can "sit up" and enjoy it. But f one has been reading all day for purely professional purposes, what then ? Shall it not rather be chess or billiards or whist or-what you will: anything but reading? In "Who's Who there is a man who sets down his recreation as "sleep." I fancy he must be a reviewer. Mr. John A. Steuart tells me that his new novel, "The Rebel-Wooing, "will be published by Messrs. Hutchinson next month. It will be followed by and bye with a story dealing with the life and times of the great Marquis of Montrose. What a character! What times! "I am thoroughly interested," says the novelist, "and the fighting does not come amiss." This, I think, will be Mr. Steuart's first historical novel. Before these lines appear the Burns saturnalia of the 25th will be over for another year. The haggis and "nips" will have been disposed of, the usual hackneyed ovations will have been delivered, and the world will go on its way as before, taking Burns on trust, and knowing really as little about him and his works as it knows about the religion of Confucius. Most people, I opine, are thoroughly tired of these "Januar' blasts." Johnson, in a moment of irritation at Boswell, remarked: "Sir, you have but two themes—me and yourself; I am sick of both." The Burns speakers have but one theme, and we have been bored to death by it. What annoys many of us is the eternal prating about Burns's "failings," especially about his drinking habits. Burns's drinking habits were simply those of his time, and nothing would ever have been heard of them if he had not been a genius. His was an age devoted to hard drinking. Three-bottle men b were as common as Calvinistic elders. Statesmen like Pitt and Dundas thought no more of tucking away a couple of bottles of port than you and I would think of a "shandy- gaff in the dog-days; and topers who could get outside six bottles were by no means rare. It was in company of that kind that Burns met with his temptations. He did not always resist them, but he certainly did not give way to them without an effort at resistance. No doubt he wrote Bacchanalian songs in glorification of drink, but these, we may fairly assume, were only concessions to the sottish tastes of his companions. By the way, speaking of Burns, another copy of the first Kilmarnock edition of the Poems (1786) has turned up in Australia. Considering that only 600 copies of the book were printed, it is astonishing that so many still exist. This Australian specimen was bought by its present possessor from a tramp forty years ago. He bought it "on easy terms, and he says he would not sell it for £ 1,000. He must be a millionaire. I should like to see the book that I would not sell for £ 1,000 when I could have its contents, in better print and on better paper, too, for a shilling! It may be added that a copy of the first Edinburgh edition of Burns (1787) was sold in Dundee last week for £ 1310a. J. C. H.
Aberdare Police Court. On Tuesday, before Sir T. Marchant Williams (Stipendiary) Messrs D. P. Davies, D. W. Jones, G. George, and Dr Jones. z;1 TRANSFER. Mr C. Kenshole applied for the transfer of the license of the Royal Arms, Aberdare, from W. Blake to David Brinnon. Granted. HIS HARD HANDS SAVED HIM. John Farrell was charged with sleeping in the Gadlys Brickwork with a pipe and matches in his possession. The Stipendiary: When did you work last ? A constable testified that Farrell's hands were quite hard, and exhibited them to the Bench. Stipendiary You will'be discharged this time. A MONTH IN PRISON WOULD DO HIM GOOD." Joseph Hughes was charged with de- serting his wife, Margaret A. Hughes, Aber- nent. Mrs Hughes said her husband left her on April 17th as usual," when he found her in trouble. He returned on December 26th after her confinement. She had been working on the pit-head since she had been abandoned. By Mr T. W. Griffiths for the defence It was not true that her mother had threatened him with a hatchet. It was not true that he had been in prison for debt. She believed that a month in prison would do him good. He had consigned her and her baby to sulphurous quarters. She was unwilling to live with him; in fact, she was afraid of him. She had worked hard to pay his debts. It was true that P.C. Panniers came to her to fetch defendant's clothes, and they were given to him at once. Defendant, placed in the witness box, said that he had been in the Queen's Hotel one night and felt a bit drowsy. That night they had a quarrel at home. He went upstairs, but there was a chair in front of the door. Then at the bottom of the stairs his mother-in-law threatened him with a hatchet. He was prepared to live with his wife again. The Stipendiary remarked that defen- dant had deserted his wife without justifi- cation. It was a bad case. He would make an order of 10s per week. THREE YOUNG THIEVES. John Jones, Ernest Todd, and Joseph Morgan, three young boys, were charged with stealing a pair of baby's boots, the property of Briggs and Co., Aberdare. Mrs Bennett.. 19, Margaret street, Tre- cynon, deposed that on January 18th Joseph Morgan brought the boots to her house, saying that he bad found them at the back of John Isaac's shop. She gave the boy 6d for the boots. Afterwards she went to the boy's mother and wanted to return the boots, but she refused. P.C. Edmunds gave evidence of the arrest of the boys. The boys pleaded guilty. Mr D. P. Davies, after administering a stern rebuke to the delinquents, and a warning to the parents, fined the boy Jones 20s and costs, the other two to get six strokes each with the birch. v Q> DRUNKS. J. Sullivan and Richard James 10s and costs each, David Lewis, Aberaman, and Urias Williams, Cwmaman, 5s and costs each.
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