Penderyn. PRIZE-WINNING.—At Sennybridge liisteddfod on Monday Mr. David Davies (Dewi Cynon) won on the best collection of local proverbs, and also on the best character sketch of any Breconshire cele- brity
Abernant. BETHESDA.—Special preaching ser- vices were held at Bethesda Cong. Chapel on Sunday and Monday. The preachers were Revs. F. Jones, B.A., Rhymney; J. D. Jones, Abercanaid; and H. P. Jen- kins, Aberaman.
Cwmaman. If in need of artificial teeth don't for get to consult Messrs. Shipwav and Williams, Mountain Ash, who visit Cwssaman every Tuesday from 2 to p m., opposite the Co-open <;ive Stores MOUNT PLEASANT HOTEL. — Gn Monday evening last the first annual supper was. 'held at the above place -n connection with the Seaside Club. A large number of friends partook of a sumptuous repast prepared by Mrs. Thomas, hostess. The balance slieet wa unanimously adopted. Votes of thanks were accorded to the host and hostess; also the Misses M. and J. Thomas, who carried out their work admirably. The remaider of the evening was most pleas- antly spent in songs and recitations. The officers of the club are: President, Mr. W. Isaac; treasurer, Mr. W. T. Wood- secretary, Mr. T. B. Pugh.
Cefnpennar. ST. ILLTYD'S CHURCH CHOIR.-We wish to state that Mr. Evan Rees, Graig Cottages, is not the author of the article which appeared recently' in the H Leader" dealing with the above sub- L ject.
Mountain Ash. WREATHS, Bouquets, Crosses, Harps, Poses, Button Holes, Cut Flowers, etc at F. Turner's. The Mountain Ash Flor- ist, 11. Allen-street. Advt. NOTICE.—Mr Fred Allen, 20, Jeffreys- street, is our representative for Moun- tain Ash and district, and he has no FORGIVE ME for being obstinate, but I will go at once and order a new suit at Tom Davies's, the Mountain Ash Tailor. Address: Up the Steps, Commercial- street. connection with any other paper. BAND CONTEST. The Mountain Ash Volunteer Band were placed third in the band contest held at Abergavenny last Saturday. The Aberdare band were placed first and Ferndal-c second. Cur- iously enough this was the exact order of the judging at the Aberdare Flower Show and with the same test pipce, "II Trovatore." THE CWMPENNAR FATALITY. The mortal remains of Mr. William Prosser, who met his death at Cwmpen- rar Colliery last week, were conveyed by road to Tirphil, near New Tredegar, last Thursday. The funeral took place laat Saturday afternoon at Mynydd Islwyn Church. The coffin was of panelled satin walnut with electro plated trim- mings, supplied by Mr. Frank Mills. Mrs Bevan and her two daughters attend- ed the funeral. ROSARY SUNDAY AT THE R.C. CHURCH.—At the Church of our Lady last Sunday, the feast of the Holy Rosary was kept. High Mass was sung at 11 o'clock. The Mass chosen was Weber, and the solos were taken by Mr. Dan Bailey and Miss S. Gleescn. The organ ist was Miss Maloney (Cardiff). The freadier at both servioesi was Rer. at her Irvine. The subjects were: The Holy Rosary in the morning, and H Death" in the evening. Te Deum was sung in the evening at solemn, benedic- tiem. BRYN SEION WELSH WESLEYAN CHAP EI..—The member- of the above church have decided to hold a secies of social teas and concerts. Last Monday evening the first of the series was held. Much praise is due to the two members of ihe church—Messrs. Edward Webber and David Williams, who had prepared— and what is more—given the tea. The following is a list of those who attended at the tables, etc: Mrs. Daniel Morgan. Mrs. David Lewis, Mrs. David Williams, Mrs. S. Jones Owens, Mrs. John Wil- liams, Misses Lizzie Webber, S. Jane Jones, Sarah Jones, Tegwedd Davies, Lydia Morgan, Esther Morgan, Sarah Morgan, May Jenkins. Annie J. Webber, Gladys Morgan; Messrs. David Lewis and Thomas Jenkins. After the table* were cleared a very interesting and en- joyable concert took place. The chair was takc-n by Mr. Henry Lloyd (Ab JHevin), Aberdare. The following took part in the programme: Soloists, Mr. Daniel James Evans, winner of the tenor solo at the Crystal Palace Temperance Festival, and Mr. J. Corris Jones, Pen- rhiweeiber (winner at Lampeter Eistedd- fod). Quartette by Messrs. Evan Jones, J. Corris Jones, Daniel James Evans, and John Williams. Quartette by Mrs. John Williams, Miss Sarah Morgan, Messrs. John Williams and Daniel J66. Evans. Recitations: Mrs. S. Jones Owens, Ab Hevin, and Robert Thomas, Penrhiwceiber. The services of Mr. Joseph Williams and his gramaphone were much appreciated. Mr. Edward Webber sang the solo of the Welsh National Anthem, the audience joining in the chords. HARVEST THANKSGIVING. Last Sunday the annual thanksgiving ser- vices for the harvest were held at 1 Duffryn Street Chapel. At the morning and evening services the pastor delivered two powerful sermons and special thanks- giving hymns were sung under the ccn- ductorship of Mr. W. Badham. Mr. Theo. Morgan presided at the organ. The meetings were continued on Mon- day. The pastor again occupied the rostrum and delivered addresses at each service, the main portion of the service being devoted to prayer. The attendance at all the meetings was most gratifying. INQUEST.—Last Tuesday morning, at the Police Station, Mr. R. J. Rhys (Dis- trct Coroner) held an inquiry concern- ing the death of Albert Bird, the two months old baby of Samuel and Ann Bird. 32, Strandnstreet.—The mother de- posed that the child was in its usual health on Saturday night when she went to bed. The child had lain on her arm all night, but when she woke at about 7 o'clock on Sunday morning she found the child lying dead on its back. She had fed him from the breast once during the night. He had never ailed at all. —Eliza Bird, daughter of previous wit- ness, deposed that she slept with her mother on the night in question, but was not alarmed.—Dr. Arthur Jones, giving evidence, stated that the child was per- fectly healthy and well nourished. When called about 8.30 on Sunday morning the child had been dead about .5 or 6 hours. In his opinion death was due to the baby being kept a little too close to his mother's breast, thereby causing suffo- cation. It was quite possible the child had had a slight fit, but there were no signs of it.—The jury returned a verdict of Düath by suffocation in accordance with the medical testimony;"
Miskin. MOEIAH CHAPEL.—Mr. D. Davies, pastor of the above place of worship, ia preparing for ordination, which is to take place in a few weeks. The synod is to be held at Barry. ACCIDENT AT CWMPENNAR.-T"t Friday morning, about 10.30, Emrys Wil- iams, collier, living at Clarence-street, met with a serious accident at the abovt pit. In consequence of a fall, Williams was knocked over and his leg crushed. He was quickly despatched to the Cot. tage Hospital, where it was found he had fractured his thigh bone. He is pro gressing favourably.
Penrhiwceiber*. I' GREAT DISCOVERY, not in South Penrhiwceiber*. GREAT DISCOVERY, not in South Africa, India, or any other colony. A well fitting suit to measure at Tom Davies, the gentlemanly suit builder, Commercial-street, Mountain Ash. FUNERAL.-The funeral of the littlo ch;ld of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Newman, 59, Woodlield-terrace. took place last Tuesday afternoon at Caegarw Cemetery. Mr. Frank Mills was the undertaker. R.A.O.B.—The Belle Vue Lodge of the above order, last Thursday evening, at the Belle Vue Hotel, held a smoking con- cert. Bro. W. Magor presided. A capital pi ogramme was presented, and a splen- did evening was thoroughly enjoyed by a large company. The following were the artistes: Bro. Arthur Evans, comed- ian, Father keeps on doinr it' Mr. Rd. Hunt, "Laughing So*g Bro. W. Lewis, The Veteran Mr. Evan Led- wick, Mr. Dan Harris, The ha-ulier"; Mr. Geo. Jones, "The Death of Nelson." Mr. Vivian Thomas was a capable &0- et;mpaniet. PRIMITIVE METHdDIST CHURCH. --At the Hope Church a tea party was held last Monday evening. The tables were nicely laid and the following ladies helped Mesdames Evans (Sunny Bank), Wm. Marsh, Geo. Marsh, Loosimore, and Mrs. Williams, and the Misses Sarah Brown, Susan Harris, Bridgeman. Roberts, and Ruth Loosimore. In the evening a meeting wa,s held, presided oyer by Councillor J. P. Davies. Ad- dresses were delivered by the Rev. Jere- my Jones (Soar), uShould churches pro- vide amusement for young people?" and Mr. Noah Bowles on general church mat- ters. The Rev. B. Beckerleggie presented a financial statement of affairs ;n con- nection with the trust fund. The total cost of the new church was roughly es- timated at JE580, towards which about £140 has been subscribed, leaving a balance of X440, the total debt of the church. The rev. gentleman spoke of other promises of assistance, and at the meeting further assurance was given of valuable assistance in the furnishing. Councillor Evan Morris kindly volun- teered to preeent the church with a clock, and the Misses Irene and Maud Rich, the cushions and the draperies for the pulpit. Mr. and Mrs. Samson Thomas, members of the church, have promised to present a communion ser- vice, and Mrs. Davies (Quarry-road) a eemmunion cloth. Mrs. Lloyd and Mra. Loosimore have promised to furnish the church with mats. Votes of thanks were I passed to the chairman and speakers.
Mr Quelch at Abercynon. On Monday evening, at the Workmen's Hall, a public meeting was held in con- nection with the Abercynon Branch of the S.D.F. The Chairman, Mr. John the S.D.F. The Chairman, Mr. John Rhys Morgan (checkweigher) remarked that Socialism induced people to think, and was a new era in the history of humanity.—Comrade Lloyd, in his open- ing remarks mentioned that the Socialist movement was making rapid strides. Some people thought that Socialism was a terrible thing. Under the Socialist banner could be found the most intellec- tual men of our age in art, literature, drama, etc. The object of the great Socialist movement was to destroy the present capitalist and commercial system that we live under.—Comrade Quelch, at the outset of his speech said that the Socialist movement -Was a gradual move- ment. Socialism was a question for the people of to-day. The present system was rotten to the core, and he was certain that the evils which now prevail would be remedied with the reins of power in their hands. The higher sentiments of man were made subordinate to that of the lower propensities of greed.
S.D.F. at Mountain Ash. ADDRESS BY MR. HARRY QUELCH. At the Woi,l,-men's Institute last Tues- day evening a meeting of the local branch of the Social Democratic Federation was addressed by Mr. Harry Quelch, who took for his subject, The International Socialist Congress and what it means to the workers." It will be remembered -e,rr that Mr. Quelch was the English delegate to the Congress who was expelled from Stuttgart by the Government of Wurtem- berg for designating the members of the Hague Conference a A gang of thieves. Mr. W. Lamburn occupied the chair, and rising, said that that evening Social- ism would be preached to them pure and unadulterated. When their comrade was escorted over the borders from Germany, his English comrades had met him, and given him a hearty welcome. They had the greatest need of men who would stand up for their convictions. It had been said that Socialism was allied to infideli- ty, but it had no relation to it, and all he asked was that the Socialist movement should be treated with fairness. He would first call on Mr. J. P. Lloyd, Lon- don, to address the meeting. Mr. Lloyd, rising, "aid that the Social- ist movement was of an educational char- acter The S.D.F. did not want to get into power, but they wanted the people to have the power. After 25 years of vigor- ous campaigning, Socialism was becom- ing popular, and there were a lot of people who would like to ride into power GD. the wave of popularity that they had created. Primarily, Socialism taught how the people could govern themselves, but speaking personally, he had never met a man who could represent his (tho speaker's) interests outside his own class. The capitalist class had used Par- liament for their class only, and not that of the workers. The capitalist would tell the workers they wished to assimi- late the interests of the collier with the mineowner, but it was impossible. There were two classes all the world over. the haves and the have-nots, and it was not fair that a small body of men should not only hold the land, but also the factor- ies, workshops, and tools, and be able to use those means to the detriment of the toilers. An injury done to the meanest subject should be considered an insult to the constitution. Mr. Quelch, rising to address the gathering, said that a great deal had been said lately about Socialism, and one of the events which had led to so much advertisement was the great Congress at Stuttgart. In dealing with that event their enemies had not dealt fairly, but had misconstrued facts in many in- stances. That congress was one of the most important gatherings ever held. The only international movement com- garable to it was that of the Roman atholic Church. 'Hie Social Democratic movement acknowledged no barriers for all races that came within the arena of capitalist competition wer9 welcomed. It had been falsely stated that the Congress had been rowdy; they had certainly had discussions and differences of opinion, surely that must be so where 890 dele- fates of different creeds, colour, and anguage met together, but those differ- ences were not in fundamental principles, and only applied to policy and tactics. When they met, it was to discuss social problems and how to achieve the princi- ples they held most speedily. The Con- gress had been misrepresented, just in the same way as Socialism was that day. They were looked upon as Ishmaels, but sometimes they got praise from the hnost unexpected quarters, and when the capi- talist press began to praise them they would have to consider seriously whether they were on the right road. Socialism was a fight against what was called the social order of things. It was a fight to the finish. They as Socialists did not pretend to be clever, and their movement had nothing abstruse about it. They were, first of all, animals whose exist- ence depended on certain material con- ditions. There must be change of econo- mic conditions. The chairman had spoken of Socialism being thought to mean infidelity. That was a false idea. A man's religion was a matter for hie own conscience, and the State had no right to dictate to any one what he should or should not believe. The Social- ist Party had been accused of advocating free love. As far as he understood love. it must be free. If it was thought that in their idea of sexual love there should be no moral obligations, that was wrong. What they did say was, that m the future there would be an ideal state whpn love should be surrounded by material considerations, and in that state all would be based on pure affection. How did modern society stand to-day before the public, when it was charged with being the most blasphemous and athe- istic society known? It had been stated by an Archbishop of the Church of Eng- land that it was impossible to conduct modern society according to the Sermon on the Mount. There was society con- victed out of the mouth of one of its own archbishops. Socialism was net Christ- ian or Anti-Christian, and he only asked them to believe in the fundamental prin- ciples that were materially necessary to human existence. Thy had neard the talk of the stately homes of England. They had been charged with trying to break up home life. If that one-roomed dwelling was the seat of home life they should speed the time when Socialism would break it up. It was the material conditions which determined humaJil society and the things essential were foed, clothing, and shelter, and those who controlled those commodities controlled their lives, and any community where these things were not owned by and con- tI olled by them became a state of slavery. The speaker went on to speak of co-operative societies, which be said in principle were all right, but had been absolutely ineffective as social institu- tions. The substitute was complete uni- versal co-operation, and not the petti- fogging system now in vogue. Social- was in favour of Trades Unions, but did not want to see that robbery of the or-king classes arranged. He desired to sw the abolition of class production and of the wage system. The work should be done for the benefit of the world's work- ers and emancipation would be as-ured. Several questions were asked and answered.
NO TEA LIKE ".QUAKER" TEA OF ALL GROCERS.
Services for Sunday Next. Tabernacle Cong. Church. JL Aberdare. Services at 11 and p. Sunday School at 2.30. Preacher, Rev, J. Richards, Bethel. HIGHLAND Place Unitarian Church Aberdare. Services at 11'and 6. Sunday School, 2.30.-Preacher, Rev. M. Evans, pastor. St. David's Presbyterian Church, Aberdare. Special Service on Monday, October 14, at 7.30 p.m. Prtacher Rev. W. M. MACPHAIL, M.A., London. All are Invited.
Hinwain. MINISTERIAL—Mr. John Edwards. Gnoll, Rhigos (and until recently a student of the Old College Grammar School, Carm.) has passed the entrance examination for Brecon Memorial Col- lege. Mr. Edwards also won the coveted Eiize of .£10 for proficiency in Scripture history. ANNIVERSARY MEETINGS in con- nection with the Welsh Baptist Church of Ramoth were held on Sunday and Monday. The Rev. R. E. Williams (Twrfab), Aberdare, and Gwili delivered memorable sermons to large congrega- tions. The services were presided over by the respected pastor, Rev. G. Hague, and Mr. Abraham Watkins officiated at the organ. EISTEDDFOD SUCCESS. We con- gratulate our local musician and cern- poser, Mr. Abraham Watkins, on his lat- est suecess, this time in the role of a poet. Mr. Watkins won a beautiful oak chair for an ode to U The Prodigal Son" at Sennybridge Eisteddfod on Monday. The adjudicator, Ald. E. Thomas (Coch- farf), Cardiff, remarked that the winner had the abilities of a cultured poet. SUPPER.—On Saturday evening the members of the Pontypridd Unity Im- perial Friendly Society held their first annual supper in celebration of the open- ing of their new lodge at the Cardiff Arms Hotel. A large number partook of the excellent spread provided by the gen- ial host, Mr. W. Davies. A good pro- gramme of music was gone through under the presidency of Mr. Thomas Morgan (Mellte), Penderyn. Mr. Johnny Djton, the popular harpist, gave several selections on the harp. THE HARVEST Thanksgiving Service* of St. Lleurwg's Church were held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday last. The ehurch had been most beautifully decorated by the ladies of the church. Several hymns and anthems were ren- dered by the choir. The preachers at the various services were the Revs. D. H. Griffiths, M.A., Aberavon; M. Powell, B.A., Aberaman; R. Jones, Vicar of St. Pagan's, and H. Thomas, B.A., Cwm- bach. The services throughout were fully choral, and were intoned by the Rev. J. Morgan. B.A., Vicar, and the Rev. D. J. Arthur, B.A., curate. Satis- factory collections were made in aid of the Foreign Missions. LITERACY AND DEBATING SOCIE- TY.-On Friday evening the annual meeting of the above society was held in Nebo Vestry, Mr J. Reea Jones presiding. There was a good attendance of mem- bers. The Secretary's report showed that the society was in a flourishing eon., dition, both in finance and in member- ship. It was decided to carry on the Society during the coming winter. An interesting programme of popular lec- tures, debates, and papers is being pre- pared. The first meeting will be held on Friday, November 1st. The following were elected officers: -President, Mr. D. Jones, schoolmaster; vice-president and general secretary, Mr B. A. Williams, schoolmaster, Penderyn; treasurer, Mr. Dan Jones; press secretary, Mr. J. Rees Jones; committee—Miss M. J. Lloyd. Messrs. F. O. Morgan and George Jones.
Cwmdape. A CCIDENT.On Tuesday morning, at Bwllfa Colliery (Six Feet Pit), William Jones, blofklayer, met with a serious ac- cident. Whilst following his employ- ment his right leg got under a tram, with the result that it was badly frac- tured. The unfortunate man, was promptly brought to the surface under the supervision of Mr. David Evans, the overman, and conveyed to his home at Griffith-street, Aberdare, in the ambu- lance carriage of the Bwllfa Co. Mr. Jones, who is an old and respected work- man at the colliery, and a faithful mem- ber of Siloa Chapel is the object of much sympathy, this being the second frteture of the same leg.
Llwydcoed. RORER-On Tuesday evening the Rev. T. Nicholson, of Paddington, London, preached an impressive sermon at the above church. There was a good attend- ance, and the sermon was highly appre- ciated. A satisfactory collection in aid of the chapel funds was realised. SELF HELP LEAGUE. A public meeting was held last Friday week at Horeb Vestry, under the allspices of the abo-ve society. Mr. Wm. Jones ably pre- sided over a fairly good attendance. Mr George Convey read a paper on H Soil and its improvement." This was the first paper of a series which he intends to read during the winter and spring on Gardening." Words of encourage- ment to the society wene spoken by Messrs. Daniel Jones, Pritchard Grif. fiths, P.C. Taylor, Albert Prowle, Thos. Davies, Thomas James, David Morgan, and Bees T. James.
Trecynon. A MEETING will be held at Ebenraor Hall on Friday evening (11th) to decide what form the presentation to- Dr. Ryce shall take. WEDDING.—At Ebenezer Congrega- tional Chapel, on October 9th, by the Rev. J. Grawys Jones, in the presence of the Registrar, Mr. John Davies, 8, Hir- Wain-road, was wedded to Miss Emily Williams, eldest daughter of Mr. Wm. Williams, milk vendor, Gamblyn-terrace, tVnvwaun. THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.—On Monday evening Mr. E. Black, of Hud- dersfield, delivered a lecture at the Pub- lic Hall, Trecynon, under the auspices d the Independent Labour Party. The subject was "The Liberal Governntent." The chair was occupied by Mr. William Henry Davies, Trecynon. The Chairman in his opening remarks said that the I L.P. held these meetings in order to ^xplain their aims and ideals. Mr. Black, in an able address, dealt with the Unfulfilled promises of the Liberal Party. ANNUAL TEA.—The annual, tea in connection with Hen-dy-Cwrdd Welsh Unitarian Chapel was held on Monday ffHernoon. The tea was well patronized. the tablets were presided over by the following ladies: Miss L. Williams, Cemetery-road; Miss Jones, Harriet- ^jreet; Misses Evane, Harriet-street; Miss Mary Watkins, Miss Martha Evans, pisses Jones, Broniestyn; Mrs. David •'ones, Tudor-terraee; Miss Catherine I Phillips, Mrs. Lewis, Miss Griffiths, Pantglas; Miss Rowlands, and the Misses Howells, Maesgwyn. The following also rendered valuable assistance: Mrs. John Davies, Mrs. Morgan Morgans, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. M. Davies, Mrs. Davies (Margaret-street), and Mr. Wm. Henry Davies. The proceeds are in aid of the chapel funds. The work of secretary was carried out by Mr. Gwilym Griffiths. SUCCESS.—We congratulate Mr Phillip Basil Jones; the son of the Rev. Richard Jones, Vicar, of St. Fagan's, on his success in obtaining a scholarship worth e30 per annum in the Glamorgan County Exhibi- tion. Mr Jones was a pupil at the Aber- dare County School. The scholarship is tenable for 3 years at one of the Welsh University Colleges. Mr Jones left for Aberystwyth a few days ago. At the En- trance Examinations held in conection with the University he succeeded in obtain- ing a £ 10 prize. T H AN K6 GIVING.—The Harvest Thanksgiving Services of the English Wesleyan Chapel were held on Sunday. The decorations had been neatly carried out by a number of the members. The pulpit was occupied by the Rev A. H Smith. The Rev. Gentleman's two sermons were of a very instructive character. In the evening a Sacred Cantata entitled Among the Corn was performed by the Juvenile Choir. The Conductor was Mr T. Prichard, Trecynon, and the accompan- ist was Miss C. Arnold. The collections which were satisfactory were in aid of the New School room fund. On Monday a Sale of the flowers and vegetables was held. The sale was in charge of Mr Isaac Edwards the Secy. of the Church.
Robeptstown. SALEM.—On Monday week, at Salem Cong. Chapel, a. tea was held, over 600 attending. On Thursday a well-attended concert was held. The following was the programme:—Address by the chairman, Rev. J. D. Rees. Soles by Messrs. W. T. Williams, Benjamin Evans, T. Williams, D. Howelle, and S. Barber. Recitations by Messrs. D. George and W. J. Phillips. Duet by Messrs D. Howell and S. Barber.
Aberdare. B.W.T.A.—The annual meeting will be held on Monday next, October 14th, at Trinity Vestry. All members are spec- ially invited to be present. PERSONAL.—Miss Winifred Roberts, B.A., who was engaged as teacher at the Higher Grade School, has been ap- pointed to a position at the Ystradgyn- lais County School. Miss Roberts is the daughter of Mr. W. T. Roberts, head- master of the Town School. ABERDARE LECTURE SOCIETY. The first meeting of this society will be held at the, Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, when the Rev. John Gleeson, F.R.G.S., will deliver a. lecture on "America of To-day." The lecturer has an excellent reputation as an interesting speaker, and the subject is cne that will appeal to all. MUSICAL.—On Sunday last the two new stops, "tremulant" and vox humana," recently supplied by Messrs. Norman and Beard, were used for the first time in their complete form at the services, and at the short recital after evensong at St. Elvan's Church. Mr. W. H. Webb, I.S.M was at the organ. The effect wa? very pleasing, and thosa who were privileged to be present greatly ap- preciated the music. LOCAL PRIZE-WINNERS. We are pleased to note the following local win- ners at the Merthyr Eisteddfod on Mon- day Coatraltp.froloj Miss Marion Lewis, Aberdare. Children's pianoforte solo. Master Edgar Reynolds, Aberdare, shared the prize with Miss B. Sandbrook, Mer- thyr. Children's recitation, Miss May Morgan, Aberdare, shared the prize with Miss B. Sandbrook. Recitation. Pleser- fad y Niagara," Messrs. David Thomas, Aberdare, and James Rees, Hirwain, equal. SONS OF TEMPERANCE.—The annu- al meeting of the Sons of Temperance was held on Monday last. Over 200 mem- bers took tea. After tea a very interesting programme was gone through, Mrs. Walter Lloyd took the chair, and spoke of Temperance as destined to come more to the front in our Council Schools. In some places Temperance and hygiene are taken up. Mr. William James made a very handsome presentation to one of the oldest members. It was stated that the reserve fund of the society was strong. and some very excellent musio enlivened the proceedings. CHURCH DEFENCE.—On Wednesday evening, at the Constitutional Hall. Mr. Harry Phillips, of London, addressed a Church Defence meeting. Mr. A. P. Jones, High Constable, presided. The lecturer's subject was. The Church's message to the nation." He dwelt on what the Church had done for education, and deprecated the attempt made to do away with religious instruction in day schools. At the close questions were in. vited. Mr. Parrington, of the I.L.P., put some queries, which were answered. Mr. David Morgan proposed a vote of thanks to the speaker, and Mr. C. R. Vicary seconded. This, and a vote of thanks to the dhairman, were carried with enthusiasm. SOAR.—The first meeting in connec- tion with the Literary and Debating Society of the above church was held on 'Tuesday. The session was opened by the Rev. Peter Price, B.A., Dowlais, who gave a lecture on H Ienan Gwynedd." The proceedings were commenced by singing a hymn composed by the above well- known bard. The lecturer, who is well- known in the Principality, treated his subject in a most masterly way, and he was listened to attentively by a large and appreciative audience. The chair was taken by the pastor, Rev. J. Tudor, B.A., in the absence of the appointed chairman, Mr. D. P. Davies. The chair- man pioposed, a vote of thanks to the lecturer. Mr. Henry Lloyd (Ab Kevin), who is a native of the same place as Mr Price and H leuan Gwynedd, seconded the vote, which was carried with acclam- ation. We wish the young friends at Soar every success in connection with their work,
Cwmbach. ST. MARY MAGDALENE; CHURCH. --The harvest festival services at the above church were held on Sunday and Monday as follows:—8 a.m., Holy Com- munion (English); 9.15, Holy Commun- ion (Welsh); 11 a.iii. Mattins and Ser- mon (Welsh); 2.30 p.m., Children's Ser- vice 6 p.m., Evensong and Sermon (Eng- lish). Monday evening, evensong and sermon (English). The preacher through- out the day on Sunday was the Rev. J. Sinnett Jones (Vicar of Mountain Ash), and on Monday evening the Rev. D. H. Simon, Curate of Skewen. On Sunday the church was crowded. At the evening service the choir, under the conductor- ship of Mr. David T. Davies, very ably rendered the anthem, "Praise the Lord, Oh! Jerusalem" (E. V. Hail). The soprano solo was very well rendered by Miss May Lewis, Tirffoulider-roaek, Ind the tenor racit was taken by Mr. J. M. S James, while Miss M. Jones, Green- field-terrace. presided at the organ The church was beautifully decorated by the ladies of the congregation. The offer- tory throughout the festival were given to the S.P.G. The thanks of the congre- gation are due to all who sent gifts of flowers, vegetables, etc., for the decor- ations. BETHANIA.—The anniversary preach- ing services in connection with the above Welsh Baptist Church were held on Sun- day and Monday last, when large congre- gations attended throughout both days. The officiating ministers were the Revs. Evan Williaiiis, Rhos, and Professor Morris B. Owen, B.A., the successor of Professor Keri Evans at Carmarthen College. On Sunday afternoon Professor Owen occupied the pulpit, and preached from the words, And they shall know that I am the Lord their God. that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the Lord their God," Exodus 29, 45. The rev gentleman remarked at the cutset that the advocates of the Higher Criticism said that the Bible was incomplete, but if they studied it thor- oughly they would find that there wa,>3 unity existing thro-utgti-out it all. The circumstances of Jesuii' life so nobly be. fitted the traditions of the Old Testament that it formed undeniable proof of the unity of the whole book. To any Social- ist who came to him and spoke in a derogatory manner of Jesus Christ, he would say: "Thou art no Socialist at all," for no one had been upon this earth who had left such a benign influ- ence upon it as Christ had done. Pro- fpssor Owen's sermon was followed with earnestness by the congregation. The meetings on Monday afternon and even- ing were again well attended, and both preachers were at their best.
Aberaman. Bradbury's and Jones' Sewing Machines are the Two Best English-Make for Dressmakers, Tailors, and Boot Repair- ers. Dealers: J. Bugler and Son, Cardiff- road, Aberdare. Huge discount for cash. PRESENTATION TROWELS. In connection with the foundation stone- laying of the new Aberaman Institute, the presentation trowels were supplied by Messrs. Jones Bros, and Co., iron- mongers, Lewis-street, Aberaman. DEATH.—The death of Mr. Richard W. Evans, Kiln-street, occurred on Wed- nesday morning last. The deceased had been deteriorating in health for a long time past, and he leaves a number of young children to mourn their loss. His wife had predeceased him a few years ago. The funeral takes place on Monday next at the Aberdare Public Cemetery. WEDDING.—On Thursday morning the wedding of Mr. George Williams, 3, Beddoe-street) and Miss Minnie Evans, Belmont-terrace, Aberaman, took place at the Registrar's Office at Merthyr. Mr Williams is an assistant at the Cwm- bach Co-operative Society at Aberaman, and Miss Evans formerly resided with her uncle. Mr. T. W. Griffiths, solicitor, Belmont-terrace, and is the daughter of Mr. W. D. Evans, draper, of Neath. in They were accompanied to Merthyr by the bridegroom's father, Mr. David Wil- liams, and after the ceremony was over the happy couple travelled to the bride's parents home at Neath, where an enjoy- able day was spent. Upon their return to Aberaman, a reception was also held at the bridegroom's home at Beddoe- street, and a large number of friends were entertained. The happy couple are the receipients of a large number of pretty and useful presents. YNYSLWYD.—On Sunday last the pulpik of the above chapel was occupied by Mr David Rees, Windsor-terrace, Abernant. Mr Rees is a student at the Pontypridd preparatory school, and intends going forthe Baptist ministry. On Sunday morning he preached an able sermon from the words:— If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up hit cross and follow me. Matthew xvi. 24, and in the evening he preached an equally able sermon from the text:—"And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus, but when he saw the wind boisterous he was afraid and be- ginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord save me Matthew xiv., 3 He left a particu- larly good impression upon the congrega- tion upon this first visit to Ynyslwyd. Next Sunday the promising young bard Pelidros of Merthyr, will occupy the pulpit. SUPPER.—A farewell supper was given at the Castle Inn on Thursday evening last to mark the departure of Mr Henry Harries from the tenancy of the premises. There was a company of closeupon 100 present, and a splendid cold luncheon had been pre- pared. Messrs John Mason and Pulling acted as carvers, and the waitresses were Mrs Martin and Mrs Harris, and the Misses Harries and Miss Davies. After the supper an impromptu concert was arranged, at which Mr John Mason, Lewis-street, presid- ed. The accompanist for the evening was Mr Thomas John Phillips, who gave a de- lightful rendering of a pianoforte solo as an introductory item. This was followed by a mandoline solo by Mr T. J John, and Mr David Lewis sang "The love letter," which was encored, and in response he sang Stay in your own back-yard." Mr David William Griffiths gave a thrilling solo, entitled Which is the way to heaven sir ? and Mr T. J. John followed with an- other mandoline solo. Mr Watkin Phillips aang The sailor's grave," which was most pathetically rendered, and Mr R. Shears followed with The song that will live for ever." Mr T. J. Phillips then caused endless merriment with his rendering of topical verses of his own composition-in the welsh language, and upon being encored he gave some further verges in English. Mr T. J. John gave a splendid rendering of the long" In the shade of the old apple- tree upon the mandoline. The chairman delivered a speech of congratulation to Host and Hostess Harries, and expressed his regret at learning that they were leaving the house. The "Farewell chorus" was then feelingly sung by the company, and this brought the entertainment to a close. Mr David Lewis had also sung Alabama and Mr Watkin Phillips Marguerite" both of which were well received. Mr J. Jackson had contributed 10/, and Messrs W. T. Howell and H. Harris 5/, each towards the funds for the supper, and were cordial- ly thanked for their gifts. SARON.-The Mutual Improvement Society of the above church held its second meeting for the session on Mon- day evening last, when the Rev. H. P. Jenkins, president, read a paper on John Ruskin." The chair was occu- pied by Mr. D. J. Phillips, Pleasant View. In his initial remarks the rev. gentleman said that there was too great a. tendency in the men of the present day to seek honour in the titles of the land. All men who had made a great name for themselves in history, however, were different, and it was to the latter class that John Ruskin belonged. He was born of a Scottish family, and he had been taught to read and learn the Bible since he was five years of age. He had. applied himself to the study of books, etc.. and had plodded along until he came to be recognised as one of the foremost writers of his day. He bad developed peculiar notions upon the question of labour, and it was worth while for any man to study his works and contemplate his idaas upon such questions. People were only beginning to know him and to understand him. His contention that men should expect something more than money as wages for their labour was well worth consideration, for he opened up a new train of possibilities upon such a problem. The -great distinguishing fea- ture of his life was his earnestness. He had lived to speak from his heart, and from the promptings of his better and higher nature. His lesson to all men who followed him was to do the best they could with the gift that had been given them, and use it for the benefit of them- selves and of the race. The Chairman, Mr. D. J. Phillips, commented favour ably upon Mr. Jenkins's paper, and said that he had received a new inspiration by listening to it. Mr. John Davies re- called the incident in the life of Ruskin when he refused the wealth left him by his father, owing to it having been made through the drink traffic. He also re- ferred to "Sesame and Lilies" as his favourite book amongst the works of Ruskin. Mr. Abraham Jones, Ynys. lwyd, was the next speaker, and he de- scribed Ruskin as a genius who was in
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God seaman. SUCCESSES.—We are pleased to note the success of two local competitors at the Penygraig Eisteddfod, viz., Mr. Bert Phillips, Pleasant View, who won the open violin competition out of 12 com- petitors, while Master D. J. Davies, Clarence-terrace, won in the juvenile re- citation. We extend our heartiest con- gratulations to them, and wish them further success. CHRISTIANS' MEETING HOUSE.— The Sunday school in connection with the above church at Forge View held their usual pleasant Sunday afternoon service on Sun- day last,when recitations,solos etc. were de- livered by the following persons :—recita- tions, Brother Stoneman, -1 The women of Mumbles Head" and The Lady sold by auction. Brethren J. Morris and K. In- gram, and also Mrs and Miss Clare also recited, and a number of quartettes and trios were excellently rendered by Mr W. H. Jenkins and his parties. In the evening, Brother J. Nicholls, of Merthyr, occupied the pulpit, and related in a fervent man- ner the old, old story of Jesus and his love. At the close the brethren had the pleasure of witnessing the return of a prodical into the fold, and they were loud in their praises to God for his blessings from time to time and for the happy day they had spent. Bro. Adams, of Treharris, delivered an effective discourse upon the subject of God's great love to man. Next Sunday Bro. Bevan, of Merthyr, late of Cwmaman, will occupy the pulpit.
Abencynon. YEARLY MEETING.—On Sunday the annual preaching services were held at Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel. The special preachers were the Rev. J. Nicho- las, Tonvpandy, and Rov. Moses Roberts, Llangollen. Two converts joined the church. The collections were in aid of the building fund. HARVEST THANKSGIVING SER- VICES were held at St. Gwynno's Mis sion Room on Monday evening. The room was prettily decorated. The preacher, Rev. H. Evans, L.D., Curate of Treharrs, delivered a stirring sermon. On Tuesday the Rev. Thomas Evans, B.A., Curate of Merthyr Vale, preached an eloquent sermon. The services were I well attended.
advance of his times. He also thought that Ruskin was the chief initiator of the present social movement. Mr. David Davies, Hill-street, also briefly spoke, and said that Ruskin could aptly be de- scribed as the Solomon of the nineteenth century. A vote of thanks to the readeT of the paper was proposed by Mr. Wm. J. Phillips, and seconded by Mr. James Davies, which was carried with acclam- ation.. ENGLISH BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. --On Monday last the district meeting of the English Baptist Association was wel- comed to hold its quarterly conference at Beulah English Baptist Church, Aber- aman. By the kind permission of the Welsh friends at Gwawr, they held the conference there. The president was Mr r, Phillips, High-street, Merthyr, and the vice-president the Rev. H. Howells, Penrliiwceiber. Amongst other dele- gates present were: Revs. W. E. Harries, Beulah; A. B. Kinsey, B.A., Carmel, Aberdare; E. V. Tidman, Mountain Ash; G. Neighbour, Miskin; Colporteur Allton, Ynysboeth; Rev. Dr. Jones, Troedyrhiw; Revs. J. Lloyd Williams, Park, and Lloyd, Ainon, Merthyr. A hearty welcome was extended to the R.ev". A. B. Kinsey, B.A., Aberdare, and Lloyd, Ainon, Merthyr, as new ministers into the district. The following resolu- tions were adopted at the meeting: That a musical festival be held under the aus- pices of the district meeting, one in the Aberdare valley and the other in the Merthyr valley. The conveners of a committee to carry out the arrangements to be Mr. Matthias, Aberdare, and Rev. Mr. Lloyd, Merthyr, respectively. It was also decided to, adopt the notice of motion previously brought forward to have a session at the, conference dealing with Sabbath school work. This session will take place regularly in future be- tween the hours of 6 and 7 in the even- ing. After the conference tea was pro- .vided for the delegates at Gwawr Vestry, when the following ladies presided at the tables: Mrs. John, Miss Sarah A. Davies, Mrs. Rev. W. E. Harries, Mrs. Harris (Hill-street), Mrs. Watts, Miss Ashford, Miss M. A. Burt, Mrs. J. Evans, and Mrs Wm. Jones, Davis-street. The bread and butter cutters were Mrs. Charlotte Davies and Mrs. Maurice Williams, whilst the Rev. W. E. Harries and Mr. David Ashford superintended matters generally. At the close a vote of thanks was proposed to those who had made such excellent arrangements for the tea by the president, which was seconded by the vice-president. Madam M. E. Watts then responded on behalf of the ladies, and the Rev. W. E. Harries said further that the excellence of that day's tea only served as a "sprat to catch a mackerel," for the ladies were deter- mined to entice the company present to their annual tea a week's hence. A vote of thanks was accorded to the people of Gwawr for lending the building. In the evening the Rev. E. V. Tidman preached the conference sermon at Beulah Chapel. He took as his text, Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my father, and He will presently give me twelve legions of angels," Matthew ii., 6, 53. The rev. gentleman's words were directed chiefly towards inspiring Christians with a richer and higher endeavour for Christ.