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Congregationalism at Caerphilly. In reflecting upon the progress of any in- stitution, cause, or movement, one's mind runs instinctively to the personalities who have borne the brunt and heat of the day. It is a fact that one cannot contemplate the growth of Congregationalism at Caerphilly without having the venerable veteran (Rev D. Richards, of Caerphilly) prominent in our minds like a veritable Saul. The rev. gentleman is a na- tive of Pembrokeshire, and comes from a neigh- bourhood named "Brynberian," which is fra- grant with the sweet memories of "Lewis of Brynberian," and other departed fathers. It was at Brynberian that the Rev D. Richards ww received into membersliip, and he cherishes tl:13 foundest recollections for the old place. REV. D. IJ GUARDS, CAERPHILLY. I He received his educational training prepara- tory to entering college, under the Rev Caleb Gwion, at whose church at Brecon he began to preach. Entering Brecon College in 1851 d1 remained there four years, at the end of which time he received a call to the pastorate of the Congregational Church at Llanelly, Breccnshire. whare he laboured successfully for seven years. In 1362, Mr Richards received a pressing invitation to become the pastor of the church at Caerphilly, and for 36 years he bis worked with great success and acceptance at that place. His record is a most creditable one from every point of view. During his ministry the chapel at Caerphilly was rebuilt and enlarged (1855), a new and commodious chapel has been built at St. Cenydd Road (1894), and a beautiful chapel erected at Bed- was in 1591. In all these developments, Mr Richards has been the guiding hand, and al- though decentralisation of worshipping con- veniences meant a certain amount of personal less, he has had but one end in view, viz., the success of the great cause. Caerphilly and its charming neighbourhood is growing rapidly in favour as a residential suburb of the neigh- bouring towns of Cardiff and Pontypridd. The constantly growing English element had to be provided for, and the old veteran at once gauged the situation, and decided to. promote the formation of an English Congregational cause. Some months ago the church was formed, and steps were taken to build a schooL room to hold about 400 at a cost of jMOO. there was a large attendance on Wednesday afternoon at the ceremony of laying the foun- c1 Stones in- :?íi: of the inclement weather. Mr Richards presided, and amongst those present were Revs J. Williamson, M.A., Cardiff; J. Gwilyrn Jones. Penerth; W. G. Jenkins, B.A., Pontypridd; T. J. Davies, Llanbradach; J. T. Davies, Efail Isaf; Am- brose Hopkins, Caerphilly; John Griffiths, Newport; D. G. Rees, Whitchurch; Messrs E. C. Spickett. Pontypridd; T. Jones, Caer- philly; J. Walters, and M. Jones, Cardiff. In opening the meeting the chairman referred to the growing number of people using the Eng- lisL language. A hymn was sung and passages of the Scripture were read by the Rev J. Grif- fiths, of Newport. After prayer, offered by the Rev Ambrose Hopkins, the memorial stones were laid. A pathetic sight was the draping of one of the stones, which was to have been well and truly laid by the deeply lamented Mr H. Anthony, J.P. Miss Jennie Jenkins, of Werndomel, a niece of the de- ceased gentleman, laid the stone amidst the respectful silence of those assembled. A fa- vourite old Welsh hymn of the late gentleman was sung. The other stones were laid by the Rev D. Richards, Mr T. Jenkins, GwerndcK men, and Mr E. C. Spickett, Pontypridd. Ad- dresses were subsequently delivered by the Revs J. Williamson, M.A.. J. T. Davies, and J. Gwilym Jones, and others, and the ceremony closed with the Doxology. We congratulate the genial Richards, of Caerphilly, upon his latest record in the great cause of his Master, and if the latest development of Congregation, alism at Caerphilly were tested on the prin- ciples laid down in that widely read book. "What would Jesus do?" we venture to think that the old veteran, who is actively engaged in his old days in the development of the cause, is aict-ing in the highest degree in unison with "What Jesus would do."

Windfall for the Exchequer.


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Treherbert New Schools.

Hearts of Oak Delegatien.

Cwmpark Brass Band.


-------Grand Concerts at Cwmpark.


---------Uaqtwit Fardre Eisteddfod.