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1 Up and Down the Valley.






Church: Defenders at * Aberaman.


Church: Defenders at Aberaman. A huge gathering of Churchpeople from Penderyn to Abercynon met on Thursday evening last in a field near Aberamau, to protest in no uncer- tain measures against the Welsh Church Bill. The Vicar of Aberdare (Dr. Green) presided. The speak- ers were the Revs. T. Jesse Jones, M.A., Rector of Gelligaer; Canon Camber Williams, M.A., Vicar of Lampeter, and the Rev. Griffith Thomas, L.D., Vicar of Carmarthen. The Chairman read telegrams ex- pressing inability to be present from Sir Arthur Boscawen, M.P., and Mr. Ormsby Gore, M.P. Eloquent speeches were made in both languages, and the speakers were loudly cheered. Notwithstanding the inclement weather the pro- cessions were a mile long, and there must have been over 4,000 Church- people present, beside many Non- conformists. In the course of a vigorous speech Dr. Green said that in view of the fact that so many arguments were being used against the Bill they should know what answer to give. A body of lies had got the start of the truth. They as Churchpeople did not intend to cease their anta- gonism to the Bill, which was most unjust and unrighteous. The ene- mies of the- Church had scattered a tremendous amount of misrepresen- tation, and no one had excelled Mr. Lloyd George in that particular direction. They would continue to pursue their defence of their Church until they led the nation to see the facts as they were. The right of the Church to, her property was a moral and equitable right, and if there was any difference between the Church and Nonconformist bodies it was due to her position by nature. The Church enjoyed that right by primo- geniture. (Loud applause.) The following resolution was moved by the Rev. Griffith Thomas, and carried unanimously :— This meeting of men and women assembled at Aberaman on the 19th day of June, 1913, out of every parish within the Aberdare Valley, irrespective of creed or politics, protests against the in- difference of the Government to the 1,089 petitions against the Welsh Church Bill sent to the House of Commons last year from Wales, signed by 556,402 persons over fifteen years of age; and con- demns the revengeful spirit which seeks to force the Bill through Par- liament with the avowed intention of thereby punishing the Church in Wales to-day for matters which are alleged to have occurred about a hundred years ago." The rev. gentleman said he did not believe that the Welsh Disestablish- ment Bill would be registered on the Statute Book, for Mr. McKenna was the most unfortunate Minister the Government had ever had. He had not yet registered a single Bill on the Statute Book. (Applause.) The Hirwain Band and the Church Lads' Brigade Bugle Band, played selections en route. The demonstrators of the lower part Of the valley, from Mountain Ash to Abercynon, assembled at the Work- men's Institute, Mountain Ash, the Ahercynon scction travelling by train and the Penrhiwceiber one walking up. The procession, extending nearly half a mile, started promptly to time, head- ed hv the Mountain Ash Vol. Band (conductor, Mr. W. Greenwood), the rear-guard being brought up by the Abercyncn Band. The stewards of the procession were Police Sergeant C. H. Boulton (chief steward) and Messrs. W. Jenkins, D. W. Howell, M. P. Rees, E. R. Rees, Fred Rees, and Morgan Ed- munds. The mounted marshalls were Col. Morgan Morgan and Mr. Harry Long, great assistance being also ren- dered by ex-P.S. Bryer. On leaving Mountain Ash the weather, which had hitherto been unfavourable, became pro- pitious. The following hymns were sung, "0 God, our help in ages past." "The Church's one foundation," and "Glorious things of Thee are spoken" to Haydn's "Austria."

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