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Trecynon. HALL'S Clearance Sale of Furniture is now on. Come and see the Bargains. Hall & Sons, 9, Cardiff-street, Aberdare. NOTICE.—A committee meeting will be held on Friday evening, Feb. 3rd, at 8 p.m., at the Trecynon Public Hall to organise a -Prize Drawing in aid of John Prowle.— Wm. Rosser, secretary. [ADVT. PRESENTATION.—Police Sergeant Hopkins -and Mrs Hopkins, who have just removed ,to Trecynon, were the recipients of very handsome presents at Mumbles on Thurs- day evening last. The meeting was held ,at the Mermaid Hotel, and presided over by IMr Viner Leeder, the coroner for that dis- trict, some of the leading residents of Swan- sea and Mumbles being present. Mrs Hop- kins was presented with a beautiful ladies' gold watch and guard, the former bearing the following inscription Presented to Mrs M. F. Hopkins by her friends, on her leaving the Mumbles, for Aberdare, January, 1905." Sergeant Hopkins was given a very handsome illuminated address. Mr Viner Leeder, in handing it to Sergeant Hopkins, expressed his keen regret and that of the gentlemen present, at his departure. The following is a copy of the address :To Sergeant Thomas Hopkins, County of ,Glaiiiorganshire Constabulary: Dear Sir, We, the residents of the Mumbles and dis- trict, ask your acceptance of this illuminated address, as a slight token of our esteem and regard. We recognise your exceptional ability as a Police Officer, and we are grate- ful to find that during the period in which you were stationed at the Mumbles, there has been a marked improvement in the whole neighbourhood. We therefore have much pleasure in testifying to the very able services you have rendered, thereby con- tributing largely to the honour of the in- habitants. We deem this a fitting oppor. tunity to place on record our appreciation of the very faithful, just, and consistent manner in which you have performed yonr somewhat arduous duties. Whilst regretting your removal, we are unanimous in our sincere wishes for your unqualified success in your new sphere of duty. Trusting that you and yours will be endowed with health and happiness, w subscribe ourselves, &c. January, 1905."
Aberdare. VALUE FOR MONEY.-For up-t-date Hats and Caps, also Suits to measure (fit and style guaranteed), go to J. A. Evans, the noted Hat Shop, Constitutional Buildings Canon-street. HALL'S Clearance Sale of Furniture is now on. Come and see the Bargains. Hall & Sons, 9, Cardiff-street, Aberdare. YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETY.-The Taber- nacle Young People's Society is now an established institution. The meetings are to be held weekly, and will be in turn liter- ary, devotional and entertaining. The Rev J. M. Jones, B.A., has been elected presi- dent, Miss Ettie Griffiths and Mr W. J. Harries, secretaries, and Mr Arthur Morris, treasurer. The Society will open with a free and easy on the third Thursday in Feb- ruary. TABERNACLE.—On Sunday evening, Mr J. M. Jones, B.A the pastor, took his text from the Book of Lamentations 1. 12. The author of this book, he observed, had a message to his people, bearing on the de- struction of Jerusalem. The preacher re- marked that it was righteousness that exal- ted a nation, and injustice degraded it. He drew an analogy between the condition of ancient Jerusalem and that of modern Russia. The latter was tyrannised over, not only by social degradation, but by some- thing worse—tyrannical religion and priests. What but a revolution could be expected against a church that excommunicated Tolstoi from its ranks ? At the close of the service the choir of Tabernacle sang the anthem, "When my heart is overwhelmed." SOCIAL.-On Thursday at the Memorial Hall, the local branch of the Shop Assist- ants Union had their annual soiree. After a good spread, catered by Mr Hill, Aberaman,, dancing was proceeded with, which lasted until midnight. The M.C.'s were Messrs W. Thomas and A. Bayliss Music was provided by Mr Tal Jones' Band. At intervals songs were given by Messrs T. J. Daniels, Pontypridd (late of Aberdare), W. Mason and Tom Thomas. Mr W. Morris gave an amusing stump speech, and various gramophone selections were given by Mr Tom Gerrish. Miss Blodwen Morgan, A.L.C.M., Pontypridd, accompanied occa- sionally. There was a large attendance, and the soiree throughout was a marked success, thanks to the activity of the com- mittee, who are Miss Morris, Miss J anld118, Messrs W. U. Lewis, E. R. Rees, G, Thomas and W. Thomas, the indefatigable secretary.
Aberaman. GIFT OF BOOKS. At the committee meeting of the Aberaman Free Library held last Friday, a unanimous vote of thanks was passed to Mr W. Griffiths, schoolmaster, for his valuable gift of books, including 8 vols, "of Cassell's History of England, 7 vols, of Encyclopaedic Dictionary, 4 vo]s. of British "Battles on Land and Sea, 2 vols. of Story of the Sea, 12 vols. ot Biographies of Leading Statesmen, etc. There are now over 500 books at the disposal of the public. ABERAMAN COLLIERY FRIENDLY SOCIETY. —The half-yearly General Meeting of the above Society was held at bhe Griffin Inn on Saturday last, Mr Harry Midgley in the chair. The auditors, Messrs Jonah Rees, Tom Prestwood and Hananiah Evans re- ported having examined the Books and Vouchers, and also all Deeds and Insurance Policies relating to the Investments. The result of last half-year's work shewed a gain of X80, increasing the value of the Society's funds to nearly £ 1,300. The number of members has increased to 1,908, no less than 543 of whom claimed relief during the half-year. The retiring Auditor, Mr Han- aniah Evans, was re-elected, as well as the Treasurer, Mrs Mason, the esteemed land- lady of the Griffin. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to Mr Tuckfield, Metropolitan Bank, for valuable assistance rendered the Trustees re Investments, &c. The Society possess generous friends in the following Honorary Members: Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P., Councillors John Howell and John Bucknell, and Messrs A. S. Pleace, Taliesin James and J. H. Powell. An excellent concert followed. This Society disbursed in Sick Pay alone over dSl,088 during the y 0 year, and paid Funeral Claims on account of 39 deaths.
Mountain Ash. HALL'S Clearance Sale of Furniture is now on, Come and see the Bargains. Hall & Sons, 9, Cardiff-street, Aberdare. MEMORIAL SERVICE.—A memorial service to the late Mr E. B. Riley was held at Duffryn St. Chapel on Sunday evening, when the Rev J. Badham (Gower), an inti- mate friend of the deceased gentleman, officiated. Mr Badham based a thoughtful and powerful sermon upon the familiar words To die is gain." He showed that death to a man with such a devout charac- ter as the deceased gentleman was an eter- nal gain. He spoke of the ideal home life of Mr Riley, True religion began at home. The man who had no control over his own home had not learnt the alphabet of true religion. He also spoke of the high ethical tone of Mr Riley's life. He (the preacher), feared it could be said of some who appar- ently were very religious that they were ethically weak, but not so Mr Riley, whose life exhibited the highest conception of Christianity. The favourite hymns 11 There is sweet rest in heaven," Oh when my righteous Judge shall come," were beauti- fully rendered under the leadership of Mr Wm. Badham. There was an exceptionally large congregation.
VnysybwI. OBITUARY.—We have to announce the death of Mr David Edwards, of this place, aged 71 years. The deceased was at one time a deacon of Ynyslwyd Church, Aber- dare. He was greatly beloved by all who knew him. Two of his sons are prominent ministers in the Baptist denomination, viz., Rev. John Edwards, Caersalem Newydd, near Swansea, and the Rev. Joseph Edwards, B.A., of Ynysybwl. The mortal remains of the dear old brother were laid in the grave at Ynysybwl Cemetery last Thursday afternoon, in the presence of a large concourse of people, when the follow- ing ministers officiated: Revs. J. R. Jones, Pontypridd (who had charge of the funeral); T. T. Hughes. Mountain Ash; Mr Jones, Welsh (C.M.), Mr Richards, English (C.M.), Mr Lloyd, Congregational minister, Ynysy- bwl, and Rev. R. E. Williams (Twrfab), his former pastor. Mrs Edwards had pre- deceased her husband by some months, and they are now sleeping peacefully awaiting the morning of the resurrection. They both lived well, and died happy in the Lord. May God's richest blessing rest continually on all the mourners. Life's race well ran Life's worth well-done Life's crown well won Now comes rest."
Trecynon Collier Killed. Mr R. J. Rhys held an inquest on Friday, at the Trecynon Police-station, into the cir- cumstances attending the death of David Harries, of 6, Cynon-row, Trecynon, which took place on the 23rd instant, Mr H. E. Gray, Inspector of Mines, represented the Home Office Mr J. Bentham, the Duffryn Dare Colliery; and Mr William Thomas, solicitor, Aberdare, watched the proceedings for the relatives of the deceased. After evidence of identification by Mr John Harries, brother of deceased, Dr Rice, deposed to that Harries, had, in his opinion, died as the result of injuries which he sus- tained at the Duffryn Colliery on the 19th instant. John Price said that he worked with the deceased, and detailed the particulars of the accident, which constituted a fall of about four tons of roof. Examined by Mr Gray, the witness said that the deceased had been a collier for eight years, and there were plenty of props at hand, if necessary. The roof was per- fectly safe when sounded in the morning. A verdict of Accidental death was re- turned.
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The Revival. THE TWO REVIVALS CONTRASTED. Preaching at Siloa Congregational Church last Sunday evening, the Rev D. Silyn Evans, pastor, contrasted and compared the Revival of 1859 with the present one. In the former, he said, people's fears were greatly played upon, whereas the keynote of the present revival was the love of God. Then people were terrorised into submission, now they were lured by the enchanting strains of mercy and hope. In 1859 the thunders of Sinai were heard, but the present movement wafted the soft breeze from Calvary. No longer were hymns bearing on eternal flames and everlasting agonies sung. They had been replaced by such optimistic hymnology as was embodied in the verse, Dyma gariad fel y moroedd." Evan Roberts he described as a modern John the Baptist-stern of mien, plain of habit, and simple of message, crying in the. wilderness of materialism, and proclaiming the dawn of a better, brighter era in the advent of the Kingdom of God. NO NEW TRUTHS, BUT THE OLD ONES REVITALISED. Addressing his congregation from the pulpit of Trinity, Aberdare, last Sunday, the Rev J. L. Jenkins remarked that one outcome of this revival was to force Chris- tian people in a special manner to examine the foundations of their beliefs. Previously the teachings of Christianity were regarded as great truths-as theological mysteries. But suddeuly-almost miraculously—these truths had become tremendous realities. Even the secular press now referred to the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost without a note of interrogation. Church members were compelled to ask themselves, Do we believe, or merely profess ?" The revival had not given them any new truths, but it had re-vitalised the old ones. It meant no addition to their creed, but it vas life to their faith. Pre- viously many of them were but corpses of religion, without the warmth, the vigour or the energy of life. Religious platitudes and pious commonplaces had now become firm realities. However, he must warn them of a tendency to grow irreverent and to use the name of the Holy Spirit in a tone of levity. They should always speak of one of the persons in the Trinity with due reverence. TO KEEP THE CONVERTS FROM FALLING. The subject, the work and the aims of the Christian ministry was the topic of the Rev. R. E. Williams' (Twrfab) sermon at Ynyslwyd Baptist Church last Sunday morning. He took as his text Col. i, 28. In the evening he preached on the words, Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling" (Jude 24). Mr Williams dwelt on the care and caution which should .be exercised to prevent the converts falling from grace. He dilated on three facts. (1) That Christians were prone to fall. (2) That a Christian's fall was serious. (3) That God was able to keep him from falling. TRECYNON STILL AGLOW. The revival fire still burns fiercely at Trecynon. No sermon has been heard here on Sundays for several months. Some of the most prominent converts conduct mis- sions in various districts every Sunday. Last Sunday Tom Hugbes and Evan Lewis, the two converted atheists, visited Llwyn- ypia, and took the leading part at some of the services held there. The meetings at Trecynon are characterised with the same spontaneity and warmth, as at the com- mencement of this great religious upheaval. On Monday evening, Ebenezer, Mill street, and Bryn Seion held separate services. At Ebenezer Hall there was a crowded atten- dance, and several remarkable scenes were witnessed. The Rev. J. Grawys Jones was present. Two new converts were. made. The meeting lasted from 7.30 to 10.30. Prayer meetings are also held in private houses, some of them continuing until close upon midnight. PENAR AT ABERPENAR. The Rev Penar Griffiths visited Bethania Wel&h Congregational Church, Mountain Ash, on Thursday and Friday last. The rev. gentleman has been wonderfully stirred by the spirit of the revival, and his visit to Mountain Ash, on his return from North Wales, where he has conducted a series of very successful meetings, gave a great impetus to the revival movement. On Thursday afternoon, at 2, a meeting was held in Bethania vestry. In the evening, at 7, a procession was formed, which paraded the main street. A halt was made on the Square, where Mr Griffiths addressed the people with a few pointed remarks, and made a sympathetic allusion to the Salvation Army, which was much appreciated by the members of the corps assembled on the Square. On Friday afternoon, at 2, a meeting was again held in Bethania Vestry. In the evening at 7, a procession was again formed which paraded the main streets of the town the subsequent meeting at Bethania being addressed by Mr Griffiths. A remarkable meeting of young people was held in the chapel after the first meeting on Friday evening. Mr I Griffiths was very much impressed by it.
Merthyr Board of Guardians The above was held on Saturday, There were present Mr J. Rogers (chairman), Revs J. O'Reilly and J. H. Davies (vice- chairmen), Mrs Evans, Mrs Richards, Mrs Williams, and Messrs J. Lloyd, D. Hughes, 11 E.Edwards, H. Jones, F. Arscott, W. Hiley, T. Weale, J. Jenkins, R. Rees, John Morgan, S. Hawkins, r. E. Morgan, D. Evans (Merthyr), D. Evans (Hirwain), R. Evans, John Price, T. Williams, W. Davies, T. J. Evans, Jos. Morgan, V. A. Wills, J. Edwards, J. Aurelius, A. Davies, D. Hopkins, Revs W. S. Davies, W. A. Jones, and W. C. Thomas, Mr F. T. James (clerk) and Mr E. J. Hughes (assistant clerk). OUT-RELIEF.—A cheque for X355 was dra fvn. A TICKLISH QUESTION. Mr David Evans, Merthyr, asked whether or not the attendance of the chairman, vice- chairmen, and himself at the conference at Cardiff was not equal to an attendance at the Board meeting, and was it right that they should be marked absent. The matter was not discussed. A STRAIGHT TIP TO THE PUBLIC VACCINATOR. The Local Government Board wrote stating that they had been informed by the Poor Law Inspector that the public vaccina- tor's duties at the Workhouse were performed by his deputy, an arrangement which the Board considered irregular. The work must be done by the vaccinator himself (Dr Draffin) and not by a deputy. If unable to do the work himself he should resign. Besides, they were informed that Dr Ward had vaccinated ten nurses at the In- firmary from arm to arm, which was a con- travention of the method prescribed by the Government. It was agreed that the Drs Draffin and Ward be asked to present reports. SEQUEL TO THE UNEMPLOYED CONFERENCE. GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE ACTION. The Chairman gave a brief report of the proceedings of the unemployed conference at Cardiff. It was largely attended, influen- tial and representative. He believed that the Merthyr representatives had done their work as well as any who attended (hear, hear). The recommendations of the Mer- thyr Board contributed the chief topic of the meetings and formed the basis of the mat- ters discussed. All present had been im- pressed that the Merthyr Guardians had given the question their serious considera- tion. There seemed to be a consensus of opinion that whatever should be done to solve the unemployed problem must be done by the State (hear, hear). He was rather sur- prised to find in a London daily that the Government were apparently going to carry out the recommendations of the conference. At the next Session they would introduce a Bill dealing with the question of the unem- ployed. The provisions of this Bill were the institution of central county committees which may impose limited rates, take land for farming colonies, initiate works of national characters, borrow money and con- tribute towards cost of local works. Also the formation of local committees. It would be arranged that persons for whom work would be found would not be disfranchised, and that respectable workmen temporarily unemployed would be able to obtain relief without going into the Workhouse, or to the Guardians. On the motion of Mr J. Lloyd the dele- gates were thanked for their excellent work. LOST IN CARDIFF. At the request of Mr Rees Rees the Clerk had written to Mr Evan Owen, secretary cf the Permanent Fund, asking why the sick pay of Owen Richards, who is chargeable to the Union, had been discontinued. Mr Owen now wrote stating that Richards had been instructed to undergo a medical exa- mination, but that he did not attend. Mr Rees said that the Master had in- formed him that the old man had gone to Cardiff to be examined, but had lost his way there, and had been taken to Cardiff Work- house. It was agreed that the Clerk should write explaining matters, and expressing the opin- ion of the Board that Richards was entitled to allowance from the Fund. ASSESSMENT. Mr Smith, Mackworth Arms, Aberdare, appealed against the assessment of his house at X70 gross and £ 59 10s Od ratable. Appellant said that his sale of beer was 2t. barrels per week. It had been once a free house but now it was tied to the Rhymney Brewery, at a rent of £ 20. Mr T. Gambling, Marquis of Bute Inn, Aberdare, appealed against the assessment of his house at X50 gross. This was ad- journed at the last Committee so that ap- pellant should produce his books.—Mr D. W, Price remarked that the house was a large one and in a good position. Mr D. Hughes said that the house had never been a good one. There were six other houses in close proximity to it. However, he thought that there would be no difficulty in getting X50 for it as a free house. Mr D. Watkins considered the .assessment of his cottage property in Glanant street, Aberdare, excessive, The three appeal3 were refused and the decision .of the Overseers confirmed. RE-VALUATION. The Clerk was instructed to write to the Overseers to accelerate the work of re- valuation in Aberdare and Merthyr.
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