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Nodion a Newyddion. Yn awr pan y mae Salonica gymaint yn llygad y cyhoedd ac mor ainlwg ar len y wasg dyddorol yw sylwi fod y ddinas hon yn cael lie amlwg hefyd y* llyfr yr Actan dan yr enw Thesealonica. Agos i 1,900 o flynyddau yn ol bu y pregethwr mawr o Darsus yn gweini "sappliee" yn y synagog leol am dair Sabbath. Cafodd dderbyniad da gan bobl oreu j ddinas, ond darfn i bob! waelaf y lie, y rhai oedd yn nodedig am eu hymddygiadau anfoneddigaidd, godi yn erbyn Paul a'i gvdymaith Silas. Rhyw Iuddewon ffug-wladgar dan ys- l»rydiaeth cenfigen oedd wrth wraidd y •ythrwfl. Acbwynasant fod yr efengyl- wyr a'u noddwyr yn myned yn erbyn •rdeiniadau Caisar y cyfnoa hwnw. (Gyda Haw achwynir fod yn Salonica heddyw rai yn anufuddhau i ordeiniadau Caisar y dydd presenol). Ar yr achlysur hwn y derbyniodd yr apostolion yr enw U aflonyddwyr y byd." Mae yn Salonica heddyw, fel yn amser Paul a Silas, Iuddewon, Groegiaid, a H dynion drwg o grwydriaid." Ar hyn o bryd ceisia y dosbarth diweddaf yn llechwraidd greu cynhwrf yn y ddinas, a gwneyd gelynia^th rhwng y Groegiaid a'r Prydeinwyr. Yr adeg hono yr oedd llywodraethwyr y ddinas yn ddynion doeth a phwyllog, a chafodd -y cenhadon dieithr bob ehwareu teg ar eu llaw, Hyderwn y Vvdd i'w disgynyddion heddyw ddangos yabryd cyffelyb tuag at genhadon y C^rnghreirwyr. Penderfynodd y Parch. Philip Jones, Llandeilo, y pregethwr a'r darlithiwr adnabyddus, dderbyn galwad Eglwys Fethodistaidd Penuel, Pontypridd, i bwlpud gwaz y Parch. W. Lewis. Daw i'r Bont dcfechreu Ebrill. Ni raid ofni y bydd i'r rhyfel ladd yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, ond diau y bydd iddo ei dihatru o lawer o'i gogoniaat cyntefig. Ofnir mai gwyl ddof a fydd yn Aberystwyth eleni. Diau y gwnelai ychydig o chwynu lee i'r hen sefydliad dim ond gofalu peidio di- wreiddio y gwenith wrth dynu allan yr efrau. Un o ebyrth diweddaraf y rhyfel ydw Lieutenant Trevor Thomas, mab ieuangaf y Cadfridog Owen Thom" I eymro o Fon, sydd saor adnabyddus yn Nghymru fel an o'r rhai mwyaf egniol gyda'r gwaith o ymreetru.
Cymrodorion Aberdar. Nos Wener diweddaf llywyddwyd gan Mr. John Davies (Iwan Goch). Caed papyr ar Wladgarwch" gan Mr. Daniel Griffiths. Anogodd Mr. Griffiths fwy o ymdrech ar ran athrawon ysgolion dyddiol i gadw yr iaith yn fyw. Hefyd cymeradwyai lyfrau Cymraeg i blant bychain ar linellau Uenyddiaeth leuenc- tyd v Saeson. Ofnai efe fod Cymry vn euog o ladd y prophwydi Cymreig drwy fyned i Loegr i gael cantawdau i gystadlu yn hytrach na defnyddio rhai Cymraeg. Awgrymai efe gael cronfa i dalu cerddor Cymreig o fri am ddwyn allan gantawd ar gyfer corau yn Nghymru. Yn nesaf anerchwyd y cwrdd gan Mr. Jenkin Rees, Llwydcoed, ar "Fy mhlwyf genedigol," sef Llanilltyd Nedd. Rhoddodd ddesgrifiad o ddaear- yddiaeth y plwyf, yna hanes yr ardal yn wleidyddol ac hefyd yn gTefyddol. Yr oedd arwyddion Derwyddol amryw yn y plwyf. Rhoddodd Mr. Rees ddesgTifiad helaeth o eglwys ac o fynwent y plwyf gan ddifynu o feddergryff y gladdfa. Rhoddodd hefyd hanes yr addoldai Ymneillduol. Yna traethodd ar fasnach a thrafjiidiaeth y lie. Bu gweithiau haiarn yn y plwyf un ameer. Yn olaf adroddodd hanes cynydd addysg yn y gymydogaeth. "Y Diarhebion" ydoedd testyn papyr Mr. David Evans, Godreaman. Siarad- odd ar elfenau diarheb ac ar darddiad diarhebion. Yr oedd llawer o'r diarheb- ion Cymreig o darddiad Derwyddol, a rhai o honynt o ffynhonell glasurol. Di- fynodd y rhai canlynol fel diarhebion cyfaddas i'r adeg bresenol pan ystyrid cynhildeb yn rhinwedd cenedlaethol: — "Yn ngenau y sach mae cynilo," 1 "Afraid pob afrad," a "Chadw dy afraid erbyn dy raid." Cafwyd anerck barddol difyr a idawnus dros ben gan Mr. H. Lloyd (Ap Hefin) i'r tri siaradwr.—Mr. J. Griffiths a daflodd allan awgrymiadau ymarferol yn nglyn ar papyrau a ddar- llenwyd, yn enwedig y blaenaf.—Can- molwyd y tri phapyr yn fawr gan y i Parch. John Morgan.—Rhoed awgrym- iadau pellach yn nglyn a llvfrau i blant gan Mr. D. T. Davies, B.A.—Mr. D. Nevern Richards a draethodd yn ei ddull naturiol a gwreiddiol ei hun ar ragoroldeb y tri chyny-rch. Y Parch. R. J. Jones, M.A., a gynyg- iodd fod Ilongyfarchiadau Cymrodor- ion Aberdar i gael eu hanfon i Arglwydd Rhondda a Syr Owen M. Edwards. Eil- iwyd y cynygiad gan Mr. J. Griffiths.- Cynygiodd y Parch. JohA Morgan ac eiliodd y Parch. D. Baesett bleidlais o gydymdeimlad a phlant y diweddar Syr John Rhys yn eu galar.—Pasiwyd y ddan gynygiad.—Hefyd deyrnged cyd- vmdeimlad a Miss S. M. Morgan ar farwolaeth ei thad. Wele anerchiad Ap Hefin: — i Dihareb o'r dyfnderoedd-i Ddafydd Ifan sy berl oesoedd; Cadarn ei addysg ydoedd, A byr fel dihareb oedd. Siencyn Rhys ar wys rasol—ai o'n blaen I'w blwyf genedigol; A dyna'i waith yn dwyn ol Arddunedd gwlad farddonol. Medd Deiniol hoff: "Gwnewch bopeth Yn Gymraeg," Wrth reel dyri fwynbleth Yn Gymraeg: Mae'n credu mewn parablu, Mae'n dadleu droe addysgn, Mae'n arfer codi canu Yn Gymraeg; Ond, fe anghofiodd garu Yn Gymraeg.
North Glamorgan Congre- I gationalists. I The quarterly meeting of the North Glamorgan Congregationalists was held I at Bethesda, Abernant, on Wednesday and Thursday last. At 11 o'clock the usual conference took place. Mr. T. Thomas, Penywern, Dowlais, presided. In the afternoon an inspiring address was delivered by the Rev. J. Phillips, Bethania, Mountain Ash, on "The Church and the Requirements of the Age." At the preaching services the Rev. D. Adams, B.A., Dowlais, whose sub- ject was "The Holy Spirit and a Sinner's Salvation"; Rev. T. Watc I Jones, Abercynon, and Rev. W. R. Williams, Penywern, officiated. The Rev. B. Wern Williams, Hirwain, per- formed the secretarial work.
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B.W.T.A. The annual meeting of the Aberdare Branch of the Association was held on Monday at the English Wesleyan Vestry, Mrs. J. Griffiths presiding. Miss Wilcox read a portion of Scripture, and Mrs.' Bassett offered prayer. A juvenile party from Bryn be ion, Tre- cynon, led by Mr. Harris, sang "The Children's Home.The President said that the branch could congratulate itself on the volume of work done during the past year. Let all resolve to double their efforts for the present year.—Lord Rhondda of Llanwern, formerly Mr. D. A. Thomas, an old supporter of the branch, was congratulated on his ele- vation to the peerage.—Dr. Trevor Cory, whose wife was one of the mainstays of the branch, was congratulated on his promotion to captain, and sympathised with in his illness.—Mrs. Hoard was the object of condolence on the death of her husband, and Mrs. Evans, Carmarthen Dairy, on the death of her child.—Also a vote of sympathy with Mrs. Williams, Gwalia; Miss James, Bethania; Mr. D. Edwards, Cwmdare, and Miss E. A. Ed- wards, the organist, in their illnesses was passed.—Mrs. Wilcox, the Secretary, gave her annual report. The member- ship of the branch now stands at 350.- The treasurer, Mrs. Gilbert Hodges, -gave an elaborate account of thp re- ceipts and expenditure, there being a balance in hand of < £ 1 Os. Id. She paid a high tribute to the work performed on behalf of the branch by Mrs. Shepherd. This enlogium wa8 endorsed in a few words by Mrs. Walter Lloyd.— Mrs. Griffiths, Secretary of the Tre- cynon Mission, gave her report. The mission was well attended and the Sun- day School in connection with it was a great success.—The President compli- mented Mrs. Griffiths and Miss Edwards on their untiring efforts on behalf of the children of the Mission.—The treasurer of the Trecynon Mission, Mrs. Kevill, submitted her report. There was a balance in hand of < £ 1 16s. 8d.-The Secretary of the Evangelical Depart- ment, Mrs. Eddy, now read her report, and that of the treasurer, Mrs. Rey- nolds.—The White Ribbon report was given by Mrs. Winkley, the Secretary. A great number of ribbons had been disposed of.-On the proposition of Mrs. Richards, seconded by Mrs. Walter Lloyd, U the reports were adopted.— A vote of thanks to all the officers was proposed by Mrs. David Jones, She mentioned in particular the good ser- vices of the Secretary, Mrs. Wilcox.— The Trecynon Party now sang a tem- perance chorus. Miss Hughes, Tre- cynon, gave the financial report of a concert held in Trecynon.—The election of officers now took place. Mrs. Griffiths was re-elected President, and Mrs. Hodges re-elected Treasurer. Mrs. Wilcox, who was re-appointed Secre- tary, in returning thanks, stated that Mrs. Bassett, Mrs. David Jones, and Miss M. Lawrence had kindly under- taken to assist her. Also Mrs. Wil- liams, John Street, and Mrs. Thomas, Pembroke Street, had promised to re- lieve her of other duties.—Mrs. Winkley was re-elected White Ribbon Secretary, and Miss Edwards, Bell Street, Badge Se-vretary.-MTs. T. Phillips' name was added to the list of vice-presidents, and Mrs. Hughes, Trecynon, to the Com- mittee, with Mrs. Bassett and Miss Lawrence ei-officio.-Miss Bosher ac- companied at the opening, and Mr. Tom Davies played for the party. He was congratulated on having joined the colours, the President stating that he was joining his regiment on the follow- ing day.Coml'ades Song of Hope by the Party closed the meeting.—On the proposition of Mrs. Greening, seconded by Mrs. Williams, they were cordially thanked.—The tea was given by Mrs. J. Davies, Cardiff Street.—It was decided to send a congratulatory message to Mrs. Shepherd, who is attaining her 80th birthday in March.
Lecture at Aberdare. There was a large atteendance at Trinity Chapel on Thursday night on the occasion of the third lecture under the auspices of the English Free Churches Council. Professor Tom Jones, who made an admirable chair- man, said that the lecturer, the Rev. T. M. Jeffreys, needed no introduction, as he had been mainly instrumental in infusing vigour into the torpid council, while the excellent programme of edu- cational lectures was also instigated by him.—The lecture's subject was "The training of the young in Free Church principles." The lecturer stated that he was not enamoured of the title. He held that with the solving of the problem of the young child the problem of the adolescents would vanish. All agreed that early religious instruction was best. The Roman Catholic, Anglican and Greek Churches devoted great attention to the young with great and lasting results. He (Mr. Jeffreys) did not wish to make youn, Nonconformist prigs of our children. The relation of the child to the. Free Church would have better results than that. Their Free Church consciousness would inspire them with great and noble things, such as are of the Kingdom of Heaven. Mr. Jeffreys referred to the cessation of family worship as a retrograde step. In ad- vocating remedial measures the speaker alluded to the various educational helps, uniform Sunday School lessons, charts, etc. But it was vital to success I to grip the child when plastic in heart and mind. They as Nonconformists should emphasise the reality and grand- eur of the Church by spiritual at- mosphere and example. The church on the hearth was the true Nonconformist Church. Mr. Jeffreys desired to link on to the Church all such organisations as Bands of Hope, Guilds, Sunday Schools, and urged the use of catechisms, dramas; pageants, and literature, such as the biograhpy of good people to stimulate the youn- mind.—The Rev. George Windram also made an im- passioned appeal for early dedication as helpful to the future success of the churqhes.—Mr. Dan Edwards presided at the organ. Miea Maggie Jones, Cwmdare, sang "God is unchangeable."
Mountain Ash Jottings. BY u LUCIFER." Notwithstanding the enormously in- creasing prices of building material, I note that Ynysybwl is going to be en- larged by another 30 houses. The plans were passed at the last meeting of the Council, and we may presume that the foundations will he laid in the course of a few weeks. Mr. Brace Jones was anxious to know whether the dwellings were to be erected on Garden City lines. The answer, as Mr. Asquith would say, was in the negative. But it was quite reasonable for Mr. Jones to ask the question, be- cause the readers of the "Leader," and especially Ynysybwl people, will easily remember a tremendous fuss at the village on the Clydach not long ago con- cerning Garden Viyage plans. Unfortunately the scheme ended with the plans. The houses got no further than paper, and the visions of the local social reformers vanished into thin air. If I remember rightly Councillor David Rogers nearly lost his seat over the question. At any rate the 30 houses now proposed are of the ordinary plain, uniform type. *} Many an essay could be written on "My impressions on coming out at Pen- rhiwceiber T.V.R. Station for the first time," and I suggest this to the Eis- teddfodic Committees at Penrhiwceiber. Last week Councillor G. H. Hall called the attention of the Council to the need of shelling a fowls' cot which stands on the "horizon as the passenger ascends the sylvan pathway which leads to the town. The Council Clerk, on the other hand, cannot see the fowls' cot for the mud. What impresses him always on emerging from the T.V.R. Station is the abund- ance it on the roadway. And Mr. Pincombe is quite right. There is a large quantity of mud there, and it im- presses boots, trousers and skirts as well as the minds of the individuals who traverse that way. The subject of the banana skin danger is a hardy annual with Councillor Millar. He mentioned it at the last meeting of the Council. The peril cannot be exaggerated, and it was a happy suggestion to instruct teachers to warn children from throwing banana and orange skins on pavements. The Council have very wisely adopted a resolution calling upon the Pontypridd Union Assessment Committee to restore the valuations of the whole of the house properties in the parish to the figures at which they stood prior to the commence- ment of the war. The local overseers were blamed for altering the rateable value of properties some time ago, but it appears that they were acting under the pressure of the Pontypridd Assess- ment Committee. When there is so much hue and cry against the raising of rents it stands to reason that the assess- ments. during the war at any rate, ought not to be disturbed. The new Act of Parliament prohibit- ing increases of rent during war time has a clause bearing on the increase of rates. When the rateable value of a house is raised, the rate on the house is. of course, increased. The landlord has the. right of adding that increase to the rent of the house, and so the rent goes up. The Labour members, who have been advocating the raising of the assessments, ought to give this matter a second thought in the light of the above Act, and urge the Guardians to rescind their work in connection with assess- ments.
ew Minister for Hen Dy i Cwrdd. The congregation at Hen Dy Cwrdd (Unitarian), Trecynon, have extended a very warm invitation to the Rev. E. R. Dennis, Treorchy, to become their min- ister. Last Sunday Mr. Dennis offici- ated at this chapel, and at the close of the evening service intimated to the members that he had accepted the call. Mr. Dennis is an Aberdarian, and was brought up at Siloa. While at Carmar- then Presbyterian College his theologi- cal views underwent a change, and he became a Unitarian. Later he became pastor of Glanrhondda Unitarian Church, Pentre, where he has conduced a most successful ministry for several years. Mrs. Dennis is also an Aber- dare lady. The members of Hen Dy Cwrdd, who have. been greatly handi- capped in their work owing to the h- sence of a settled pastor, are overjoyed at Mr. Dennis' acceptance of the office, and they look forward to a period of extreme usefulness and activity.
Past Students' Sociai. A most delightful social was held in the Boys' County School, Aberdare, last Friday evening. It had been arranged by the Committee of the Past Students' Association, and the wounded soldiers from the local Red Cross Hospital were invited. They came accompanied by some of the nurses, and evidently enjoyed themselves very much. The proceedings began with the singing of "God save the King by Miss Violet Harries, who with her sister, Miss Elsie Harries, sang some very pretty duetts. One of these was "You're here and I'm here," by special request, with "Ring of Roses from "The Dollar Princess as encore. "Somebody's Boy is out at the Front" was effectively rendered by Miss V. Harries. The duett, "Somebody else is crazy about me," was greatly appreciated. The singing of "Oh! Jack, by Miss E. Harries, fairly brought down the house. These songs were accom- panied by the last-mentioned yoniijo lady. Mrs. W. Mason contributed a song, "The Boys of the Old Brigade." Miss G-. Brittain, L.L.C.M., also sang beautifully, and so did Mr. W. Mason. Mr. Emrjs Lloyd recited a dialogue from the "Silver King." The pro- gramme included dancing and a few competitions open to soldiers only. In the potato race Lance-Corporal HoweHs (a former student of the school) was declared the winner. The "last in in the "musical chairs" was Lance- Corporal Hayes. For the hair-dressing competition ten soldiers entered and ten young ladies, the Nurses C. O'Reitly, L. Williams, M. Stephens, M. Watkins, V. ray, M. B. Davies, F. Walters, and M. O'Donnell kindly consented to be experimented upon. Mrs. L. Smith and Mrs. Cox were the adjudicators in this. and Private Archer, of the Australians, was jndg-ed to have done it t the best. In the hat-trimming com- petition some of the soldiers turned out wonderful confections. Mrs. Frank James and Miss Cresswell, Nurses Commandant, awarded first prize to Pioneer J. Oliver, of the R.E. The second prize went to Private Smith. The prizes took the form of boxes of cigarettes, given by Messrs. T. M. Harries, Cledwyn Joaes, H. Oxenham, Rees Thomas. B. Reynolds, and Mr. W. C. Cox, M.A., and were presented by Mrs. Cox. Mr. and Mrs Cox had taken great interest in the arranging of the social, the hon. secretaries for which were Mr. H. Oxenham and Miss Elsie her. Miss G. Jones is President of the Association. Messrs. B. Reynolds, C. Jones, W. Mason, and W. Mackin- tosh acted as M.C.'s.
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Cynog's Austrian Guns. Trained on the Forts of the Drink Traffic. Temperance Campaign at Cwmbach. Under the auspices of Bethania Welsh Baptist Band of Hope, Cwmbach, a local Temperance Campaign is beisg con- ducted in the village throughout this week. The speakers announced in- clude Revs. T. Thomas, Ynyslwyd; T. Powell, Cwmdare; J. Myddfai Jones, Cwmbach, and W. Cynog Williams, lleolyfelin. It was intended to hold the opening meeting on Monday even- ing in the public square, but the wet weather made it incumbent to go in- doors, and the meeting was held in Bethania Chapel. Behind the pulpit was a huge banner bearing the words: Ardal sobr; eglwys lan; plant i Grist/' Rev. Joseph James, pastor of Bethania, presided, and the audience included the Band of Hope children, who sang several Temperance hymns. In opening the proceedings the chairman said there was need of impressing the importance of this question on the minds of the people. They had left the Tem- perance problem to the Government, but the Government had failed, and only the church could take the matter up. He was glad that Rev. Cynog Williams had consented to open the series of meetings, and to train a few Austrian guns on the forts of the enemy. He had very great pleasure in calling upon Mr. Willi--ms to address the meeting. Rev. Cynog Williams said he was present as a recruting officer to seek re- craits under the banner of Temperance for God and country. Their enemy was not on the Continent but in our own midst. If the Liberal Government had been bold enough 12 months ago to lay the Drink Traffic low, the conquering of Germany would be an easy matter. They must all realise that the Drink was a powerful enemy to contend with. Lloyd George took it in hand early in the war, but immediately the Trade saw that he was in earnest and that he had the Cabinet behind him they woke up and defied the Government. The Drink Trade was the strongest organ- isation in Great Britain, and even the present Coalition Government dare not touch it. The Trade was wealthy, too, with ita X300,000,000 capital, and there were small shareholders as well as large, because the larger the number the deeper the roots. So far as organis- ation was concerned, Germany was not "in it" compared with the Trade, which had its interests looked after on the Bench of Magistrates; on every Public Board, in the House of Commons and House of Lords. The customs of the people had grown in such a way as to be a bulwark in defence of the Drink. Be it a wedding or a funeral, a farewell party or a welcome home, they must have drink. If the weather was warm they must have beer; if cold they must have liquor. The amount spent in 1914 on drink was 164^ million pounds, and 1915 was higher still, notwithstand- ing the crisis we were passing through. A nation which spent all this money on intoxicants w&s bound to be rotten to the core, and he feared that such an enemy was going to place the head of the nation in the dust. German Huns and Public Huns." They heard a great deal of the cruel- ties and barbarities of the Germans. There was some excuse for the German soldiery, because they committed their atrocities in hot blood, but the publicans did it in cold blood. The hotel keepers lived fat at the expense of hungry women and children; publicans slept in feather beds while their victims lay on brown paper and rags. He detested the Public Huns and classed them with the German Huns. The Taverns were diametrically opposed to the interests of the church. When the church was successful, the public-house was losing ground, and vice versa. The church won men for Christ, while the Tavern populated hell and the regions of the lost. The Trade's forts were in our midst, and possibly there were eight or nine in Cwmbach; and if they were not different from Aberdare they were up to every device to lure people. They had screeching gramophones, pianos, rings, dominoes and "tip it," and, of course, barmaids. The lowest public- house was the most popular. The Enemy's Entrenchments. Friendly Societies were in the habit of meeting in public-houses, and he be- lieved some of these societies were es- tablished for the sake of the Inn and not for the sake of charity. An effort ought to be made to get them out. In one instance it was passed to quit, but at the next meeting every "religious" man and every scoundrel in the valley who was a member of the society in question, was hunted up, in order to upset the previous resolution ancratay at the Inn. The Friendly Society was one of the entrenchments of the Inn. The Grocer's Licence was another evil. It was a shame that these licences should be granted. They were the downfall of many women. Who did not know of instances where bottles of whisky were sold over the counter and tins of sardines entered on the shop book? This was another trench that ought to be taken by storm. It was time for a grand offensive and a bayonet attack. Who would undertake the task? Parliament? No, it had not the moral force behind it. He believed it was from the church salvation would come. Too long had the church re- mained neutral. It was like Greece. It would not fight, but gave hospitality to the Allies. The church was neutral but permitted Bands of Hope and Tem- perance Societies. Every ciiurch ought to be a Temperance Society in itself. Pulpit and Set Fawr. Why was the church neutral, and why were people interested in the Trade tolerated in the sanctuary? Ought they not to have a clean pulpit and a clean set fawr? When he and the Rev. Joseph James came to Aberdare the Baptist pulpit was not clean. 'There were drunkards in it, but to-day, thank God, it was clean. Speaking generally, however, there were some drunkards still in the pulpits, and it was a scandal to those churches who per- mitted them to remain there for one single Sabbath. Again they must have a clean diaconate and officials. Recent- ly he attended an anniversary preach- ing service, and he saw two notorious drunkards taking the collection plates round. Those were the chief men in the church. The people must insist on a clean set fawr. Had they any publicans belonging to churches in Cwmbach? There were a few in Aberdare, more shame to those churches who allowed such a thing. No publican could live a religious life, for he damned souls every week, and how could such a man par- take of communion on the SaHbath? There were some who argued that if a publican could not be a member, there was no earthly objection to a publican's wife. He said no, for the wives of publicans were among the most devilish creatures in the community. There was no room for the publican or his wife in the church of God. Let them choose—Communion or the Bar, and the same choice should be given to every deacon and church member. The spirituality of the church should be raised, and the "refuse" would soon dis- appear as the night disappeared with the dawn. Baptists and Total Prohibition. He rejoiced that at the last quarterly meeting of the local Baptists a resolu- tion had been adopted making total pro- hibition a condition of church member- ship. They would see the result of this new move. Every denomination should come up to the scratch and array itself against the enemy. The Baptists would assume the role of the Navy, and let the Methodists and Congregationalists be Kitchener's Army and the Territor- ials.