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ABERSYCHAN.

BLAENAFON

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BLAENAFON BIBLE CHRISTIAN CHAPEL.—The opening of a new harmonium took place on Sunday week. Three able sermons were preached—in the morniu"- and evening by Mr Brokenshire, of Cornwall, and in "the afternoon by Mr J. Taylor. Mr W. Gunning, organist at Upper Weslevan chapel, ably presided aVtbe instrument dur- I at ing the day.—On the Monday and Tuesday evenings following, two capital lectures were given—one by Mr Brokenshire, on The Manners and Customs of the Cornish People," and the other by Mr J. Taylor, on the Holy Scriptures. The profits were applied to the harmonium fund. THE SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY of the English tgre- gatioral church, Wainfield, was held on Sm. and Monday. The Pcy J. P. Jones, f Llanvic bts, oi t,, d. The children had their treat of cake and ten on hy THE ANNIVERSARY of the Primitive Method a held on Sunday—Rev 11. Wheeler niorr.ir.g, Pi Ym. Jones, Birmingham, afternoos nnd evening." THE PRESS.—This was the subject of a lecturE: ich was given by the Rev Win, Jones, of L:r-jingl. at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, on ^ioi.da\ _ng last. There was a numerous attf.nr*an,?e, and P. Steel. Esq., JLD., presided. The chainiiau opene: lie proceedings by a lengthy addrs ;n which he allu" ë0 the increase of places of worship in the place si1 is residence her. and of the good done by noncot i, and of their earnestness in the cause they bad a- i. The Rev W. Jones was then introduced and the c. e was proceeded with, the subject of which was b;. d with much ability. The lecturer introduced his course by remarking, that the smallest incident. led to the grandest results," in af;lllg which 1 al- luded to the original discover, of the pendulivn, vmcb. with its never ceasing vibration, ticks off the inov.e". ts of our existence. To the compass, which has tl. s*- much for the commerce or the world. And t" the telescope which in connection with astronomy hos re- vealed to us 'lie wonders of the Heavtns. The inven- tion of printing, equally simple in its origin .with the above, had now attained that popularity and usefulness which rendered it almost as dear to us as life itsdf. The press is one of the greatest luxuries we enjoy. It reproduces the past and preserves the prepc-nt. It DaiS now become a thing of might. It is the freedom and power of the press which has wrought so many benefi- cial changcs during the last century. It has"been ths means of doing away with old notions and prejudices, elevating our moral and social character and making us a free, intelligent people. One of the most wonderful developments of the modern press is the newspaner which daily gives us the news of the world we live in. It lays hold of everything. Watches over our political and religious interests. And has been mainly u- mcntal in making England a great country. librae gagged the press. She cannot endure it. It iutei feres too much with the system of tyranny and oppression. Blit we are a freedom loving people. Givc us a Ii iC Press and we have no fear for the future of England. The press had also given us -1 The Book of Books" (the Bible), which had carried the word of God to the utter- most parts of the earth. The lecturer went on to say that notwithstanding all be had said in favour of tha press it contained many imperfections. He would not say that it openly assailed religion, but it often gave it the cold shoulder. It would chronicle a fight, but took no notice of a religious meeting. Some people had said that the time would come when the press would, supersede the pulpit, but he (the lecturer) did not believ j that. He advocated a Free Press and a.n earnest pulpit, which two powers united would lift this great England higher vet amongst the Nations of the world. Votes of thanks were given to the lecturer and chairman, and suitably neknowledged by each. After whieb tfcfe sing- ing of the Doxology terminated the meeting.

NEWPORT.

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