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Y.M.C.A. Conference at Colwyn Bay. The Associations in the North Wales group held a conference at the temporary premises in Penrhyn Road, Colwyn Bay, on Wednesday last. Representatives attended from Carnarvon, Llan- dudno, Liverpool, Portdinorwic, Colwyn Bay and New York, U.S.A. (the latter being Mr. J. Sum- ner, Emigration Secretary to the State Committee in America, who is on a visit to this country to assist with the organisation of his special department). The afternoon session was presided over by Mr. T. Gwilym-James, National Secretary for Wales. Mr T. D. Johnston, of Liverpool, delivered an excellent paper on Bible study circles." The conference discussed the matter freely, the discussion being enlivened by a spirited address by the Port Dinorwic representative. It was unanimously agreed to recommend the organising of Circles in each branch in this district. At this juncture tea was served through the generosity of Mr. J. Hamm ond and the Colwyn Bay Committee, the Ladies' Auxiliary undertaking all the necessary arrangements. After tea the conference was presided over by Mr. J. W. Adamson, and Mr. F. C. Lewis, B.A., Liverpool University, gave a telling address on the Y.M.C.A. work in the Far East. He commended this work to the sympathy and support of every Association, the object being to raise sufficient money in the Liverpool and North Wales district to send our own Secretary to Bombay. He dealt at length with the work in Bombay, Rangoon, Madras and several centres in China. Mr. T. Gwilym James next dealt with "The Forward Movement in North Wales." He out- lined a policy which he hoped the Council would carry out. This would mean the linking up of every town and village in the district by the means of establishing Y.M.C.A.'s in towns large enough to support them, or in the smaller places the affiliation of existing Clubs, Men's Meetings, Brotherhoods, Bible Classes and the appointment of Corresponding members. This would mean that any young man leaving a small place to reside in a town or city could obtain an intro- duction to the Y.M.C.A. in that place. Following on this address came one by Mr. Adam Scott, Emigration Secretary at Liverpool. He gave the conference some idea of the great amount of good work he was able to do. During eigh weeks he had visited something like 60 vessels outward bound, mostly for American and Canadian ports, and he had given 650 letters of introduction to emigrants, who when presenting these letters would be assisted in procuring suitable lodgings and employment. He nrged upon secretaries to send on to him the names of any young men of their various towns who were going out to fresh fields, so that he could link them on to good influences on the other side. He said it did not matter whether they were Y.M.C.A. men or not, he would always do his best for any man.

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