RECHABITISM AT PONT. I KEWYNYDD. ] ADDRESS BY THE HIGH CHIEF RULER. An interesting meeting in connection with the "Lily of the Talley Tent, 1428, of the Order of Rechabites, was 1..JùM at Merchant's Hill Chapel (kindly entior the occasion), on Monday evening. Prior to the public meeting, a social tea meeting W'á.8 held, and was well at- tended. The Rev. ¡¡. Edwards, D.D., presided at the subsequent meeting, and was supported by the Rev. G. Watts, and Mr. Henry Sharpies, High Chief Ruler, Manchester. There was a gooa audience present, notwithstanding counter-attractions in the neighbourhood, and the proceedings proved interesting. After the singing of a hymn, the Rev. J. G. Watts offered prayer. The Chairman said they were very pleased to meet together once more to advocate the claims of temperance, and to speak of those things that tended to their own and their neighbours' wel- fare. He was very pleased to find that the High Chief Ruler of the Order was present. (Hear, hear.) They had heard of him before, and were glad tofind that he had been able tol come into their neighbourhood. They rejoiced to meet Mr. Sharpies, who had been placed by the Society to which he belonged in the highest post of honour. (Heat, hear.) They rejoiced that the cause of temperance was making pro- gress. Sometimes they were depressed, and thought that the world was going back, but when they took a wider survey of the situation they found that the cause of temperance was making very great progress, and that, considering the number of the population, there was more sobriety to-day than there had been in days gone by. Legislation, too, was going on in the riglit direction They had reaped a good deal in that direction during the years, that had gone by, ana some of them were looking forward to a rich harvest in the years that were immediately to follow. A good deal in that direction had yet to be done. He was very glad that the efforts of some who wanted to give compensation to the publicans had been thwarted, and he had no doubt that a good many who were engaged in it were disgusted with the trade, and would be glad to get rid of it if they could get what they con- sidered proper compensation. The voice of the country made itself heard, and those obnoxious clauses were withdrawn. (Hear, hear.) He was glad also that the magistrates had done very good work in closing during the late brewster sessions some 220 or 230 publichouses. Had the „ compensation clauses been carried it would have meitnt three quarters of a million ot money being handed over by the taxpayers to thepubii- cans. They were glad that that sum had been saved to the country, and they looked forward to the time when a still larger number of public houses would be closed, as there were by far too many, even if any at all were required. He was glad so many were working in the cause of tem- perance. In that respect the Rechabite Order had done exoellent work, and he wished them every success in the future. (Cheers.) Bro. He my Sharpies, H.C.R-, who was re- ceived with applause on rising to address the audience, said he was very glad on behalf of the noble Order he had the honour to represent to bring them the greetings of the High Officers, the Board of Directors, and those who under • took the management of the Society in their interest. They had heard continually of the success which had attended the labours of their Rechabite brothers in the Principality of Wales and in the neighbouring counties. On that question they knew neither creed nor nationality. The question was one of the widest importance, and wherever they were they felt they were on a couutoon platform—the platform of humanity; aNdwhether in the public lvall or in the House of God, as they were there that night, they un- furled the standard of Rechab under the shadow 6£ the Cross of Christ. The Order embodied principles which they desired to represent in their every-day life. From the circumstance consequent upon the assembling of the tribe of Xlechab in the ovter courts of God'-s House, and when the injunction wa-s laid upon them to abstain from strong drink, as recorded in the Book of Jeremiah, one incident came out into bold relief, and it was that there was no place, or circumstance, or person that could rob in-j toxicating drinks of thftir deadly power. The injunction lrid upon the sons of jfeechab was one that affected the whole-of the family relations— the father, mother, and child and they could not to-day dissociate the importance of that question from that which surrounded it in the early days to which h» had referred, m-co-un-ao-, tioa witii tne men, women, and children of the country; and they desired, by God's help, to make their Older an organisation which would he a great moral lever, and, if they liked, a great spiritual lever too, that should lift up humanity and help to develop the truest and best types of humanity. (Hear, hear.) The establishment of the modern society dated back some 55 years, and he cafhe from the very Bethlehem of the society, because he came from Manchester, where he believed God put it into the minds of some of their working brothers to form an organisation which should secure the working men and the young men of their towns and villages from the deadly influence of the liquor traffic. In the times when the gospel of temperance had been preached for the first time, by the 6arly pro- moters of the temperance movement from Preston, it pleased God to give great success to their labours, and they were rejoicing mheart, feeling that the new cause would take root all- over the country from-one end to the other., and that the truths they told were so self-evident, so far-reaching, and so necessary, that the people had only to have their attention called to them in order to accept them. As Mr. Joseph Livesey, the father of the temperance movement, to id him once when he went to visit him in, his old age, When we started out on this mission we felt that in a few years the drinking customs of society would all well-nigh, be abolished. But," he said, we were too sanguine. We had not estimated the deep-root- edness of the evil. We had not taken into account the various forms and various interests which were rniied 'up in this traffic, from the (xovernmfiut which draws its revenue from. it, down to the people who had invested their thousands and their millions of money in the trade, and the power of evil habit over the minds of men." However, the early promoters of the] temperance movement — some of them their Rechabite htilers-saw and traced out the rea- son why numbers who had embraced temperance principles declined and returned to their old companionships and associations. They saw that the working men of the country not only in their homes had been cursed by the diink, but; thafc in their better associations, and in connec-j cion with institutions founded in good intent for their succour m times of difficulty or sickness or accIdent-they saw that these societies were so wedded to the public-house interest as to render it imperatively necessary^to establish an organi- zation of total abstainers, the members of which would be altogether removed from their former unfavourable and dangerous Clrcumstances and associations. So they determined to establish a self-help and brother-help society, a great tem- perance brotherhood, in order to anticipate and provide against those contingencies which came to all .more or less—times of sickness, old age, accident, and death. That was the origin of the society, and to-day they had a great brotherhood represented by 106 districts, some 2,800 branches, adult brothers and a number of sisters, and 50,000 in their juvenile Order. (Cheers.) There were also some thousands of members, like their chairman, who gave the Order the prestige of their potion and the benefit of their advice. The Bisnops of London, Newcastle, Sodor and, Mac, numbers of other dignitaries in the Estab- lished Church, ministers in all chches,leading men in all professions, and influential men and women in all parts of the country had come to their help, and had given them the benefit of their position, name, and influence. They had a grand army of thorough-going total abstaining brothers and sisters numbering m all something like 160,000. (Cheers.) Whilst they had regard to their members' higher interests, they had also taken steps to place their society upon a sound financial basis. They had an accumulated capital of and he was glad to say that their members enjoyed a larger share of good health than obtained among their fellows who were not total abstainers. (Hear, hear.) In addition, their Orcier had been a great propagan- dist society, helping on the great temperance movement of the counts y. It had also been a great educational influence, proving that though jfcheir members were drawn from all ranks of society, and did their work under the ordinary conditions of life, there was one-third less sick- ness amongst them than amongst those who were not tovul abstainers. During the past two years their members drew from their capital account ±128,000 to meet the claims of sickness accident and death; and after paying that out of the capital account, they were able to pass onto teir reserve funds £74,000 as a balance of proiit upon their two years working. (Applause.) They would therefore see that their society was in a. very good position indeed. It had been established on the vtjry best financial basis. They made it their boast—-not a boast in an evil J nse—but they rejoiced to know that so sound 1trf> the finances of their Ordef that the tables Of nts and benefits had been found equal the one to other, excepting in a few cases where speda^rirc^^068 had obtamed.Duriiig the last two years, after making good all lapses from every was a question which Occupied the &q thoughts of all friendly society men who r@ r? h trlIé interest of their societies—they had made a Bet gam of 28,000 new members, taking the juvenile and adult sections together. (Cheers.) After expressing the hope that the members would adopt every legitimate means to increase their numbers, the speaker resumed his seat amid applause.. „ The Rev. J. G. Watts, who delivered a brief address, thought the members of theOraer could do a great deal more than they at present attempted for the dissemination of temperance principles, especially in connection with the members of the Band of Hope, who might be induced to join the juvenile tents. The speaker concluded by expressing the thanks of the officers and members of the "Lily of the Valley Tent to Dr. Edward-, and Mr. Sharpies for their attendance and addresses. A hymn having been sung, the proceedings terminated.
BECHABITISM IN SOUTH MONMOUTH. A conference in cohnection with the South Monmouth District, No. 59, I.O.R., was held at the Town Hall, Newport, on Saturday afternoon last. Special interest was attached to the ins owing to the presence of the High Chief Ruler of the Order, Bro. Henry ShapJes, of Manchester, who, it need scarcely be said, re- ceived a most enthusiastic welcome. The chair was occupied by Bro. Ernest Booth, of Abercarn, District Chief Ruler, who was supported by the officers of the adult and juvenile district, and about one hundred tent representatives and visitors. After the High Chief Ruler had been formally introduced and welcomed with Recha- bite honours, Bro. J. G. Ellis, the secretary of Newport tent, in a most practieal paper initiated a discussion on "Extension—adult and juvenile,' among those taking part being Bros. Rosser (Pontypool), Bateman (Risca), Jones (Taly- wain), Pitts (Abercarn). E. Davies, W. Davies, and Dunn (Newport), Mercy (Machen), J. Phillips (Abercarn), J. Welch, D.S. (Newport), Sisters Dávies and Jones, &c., as also the High Chief Ruler,whose address evoked much enthu- siasm. Bro. Fred W. Brett, D.T., then dealt very ex- haustively with the question of District Con- solidation of Sick Funds," a subject just now arousing much interest throughout the JJechapite Order. Unfortunately time did not permit a discussion, and the matter had to be left over. Hearty votes of thanks were accorded to Bros. Ellis and Brett (the latter having attended in spite of severe indisposition) and to the High Chief Ruler. The confere-nce, which was a great success, was then closed by a few hearty, practi- call words from the District Chief Rulor, tea beins served in an adioinine room bv Bro. H. Davies, of tie Great Western Railway Coffee tavern.
DROWNING OP A WINDMILL GIRL An inquest has been held at the Foresters' Antra, Windhill, relative to the death of Eliza Keighley (17), Cowley-road, Windhill, whose body has been taken out of the canal at Windhill., A week ago there were two inquests at Windhill on similar drowning cases, and the evidence showed that these occurrences had been the tiubject of general discussion at the mill where two of the girls worked.—Bertha Holden, who worked in the gauie spinning-room as the deceased, stated that she went to look at the body of the girl Alice Worrall, who drowned herself. This she told the deceased, who in reply said, I'm going to drown myself in a day or two," and made the witness promise to iS° an<V.l°°k at her dead body. Witness thought the deceased was joking.—Another witness, named Maria. Tnrner, said the deceased told her that she intended to drown herself.- Both witnesses knew the deceased had a dispute about her wages. She told them that she had been paid as. instead of 8s.—W. H. raley, the cashier at Ogden's Mill," said he heard the complaint from the deceased that she had got 5s. short, and he looked into the matter. He had made up the wages, which along with a ticket were given to her. The deceased produced a. new ticket altogether, and they suspected that there was an attempt at fraud. The ticket could" not have been changed in the office, and Mr. C>^rden told the girl it looked suspicious against her. She refused to take the -is., and left the rtiill and, apparently, drowned herself immediately.— The Coixoner said the occurrence of so many suicides haj evidently preyed on the girl's mind, and, perhaps he fear of whfit the employers would do had something to do with her drowning her* self.—A verdict *o' "Suicide whilst temporarily insane" was returne
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PRESENTATION TO THE: ESY. L. EEES, BLAEKAVOH. A gathering of an interesting character was held in Lion-st. Congregational Chapel, Blaen- avon, onTuesday evening, for'the dual purpose of bidding farewell to the Rev. Levi Rees, on his removal to Newton Abbot, after a four years successful pastorate, and of testifying in a tangible manner to the widespread esteem in which he is held, not only by his late church, but by the inhabitants of the town at large. Councillor W. Edwards, Maindee, presided, and was supported by several ministers and other gentleman whose names appear subsequently in this report. There was a large audience present who manifested the deepest interest in the pro- ceedings. The presents included a handsome marble timepiece and bronze mantel ornaments, the gifts of the Blaenavon Radical Association, of which Mr. Rees has been president; a copy of a resolution (neatly printed and framed) from the Committee of the British Schools, of which body he has been the secretary an ad- dress in book form (the covers beautifully illu- minated by the Rev. G. M. Evans, Ebenezer), the gift of the Blaenavon Ministers' Prayer Union; a handsome illuminated address and travelling case from the Lion-street Church, together with a purse of gold for Mrs. Rees. The proceedings commenced with the singing of a hymn, after which a portion 01 Scripture was read, and prayer ollered by the Rev. O. Tidman. The Chairman said he came to that meeting little expecting to be called upon to occupy that position. The object of that meeting was to shew their appreciation of the services rendered by Mr. Rees in that place, to bid him adieu as a resident of Blaenavon, and to wish him God I speed in Lis new sphere of labour. (Hear, hear.) Others would be better able than himself to testify to the abilities of Mr. Rees as a preacher and pastor, although he was not altogether a stranger to bis preaching abilities. Mr. Rees ■♦had frequently exchanged ptupixs with the ..had frequently exchanged ptupixs with the former pastor of Ebenezer, to the great satis- i faction of the congregation at that place. Mr. Rees had not confined himsQif to ill church only, but had been to the front in every goou. movement for the [advancement of the people both educationally and socially. (Hear, iler.) Mr. Rees followed in the pastorate of that church a very popular preacher, a man of excel- lent chart actor, and an indefatigable visitor. He had. iieki ms own, and that spoke a great deal tor had. iieki ms own, and that spoke a great deal tor him. Re now expressed the hope that the suc- CVJSO which lie had achieved during Ms ministry there vyouid be only the earnest of t.ue success which would attend his ministry in his new spnei'8..(Applause.) Mr. Thomas James, who was next called upon, j said he was there that evening to represent the managers of the British School, and bis objec/i there was to read and to hand over to .Mi. Rees •a framed resolution which had been passed the committee. When they hearùfunle time afr0 that Mr. Rees was about to ieave the place, they felt they could not allow him to leave without expressing in some-form or other their appreciation of the services he had rendered as ■secretary >ef the British School Committee. He was glad to say that the idea was .taken up very warmly, and that the resolution was passed quite unanimously by all who were present. (i (Hear, hear.) The resolution itself would con- vey a better idea of the value of I\1r. Rees's Ii services than any words he could employ. He was extremely sorry to lose Air. Rees from the place. In coenection with the school he liati found Rees a reliable secretary and-a valued adviser, and he was expressing the sentiments of ail.the m&cagers when he sad. they regretted his departure from the town. He trusted that Gocl would ifoless Mr. Rees's ministry in the future, and. that thsough hit. instrwoacntaUty Imu:" souls might be brought to Jesus Christ. (Applause.) Mr. James concluded fcy reading n, of which the following is a cepy: > -Blaenaven, Oct..27th.-lS91. The committee of managere of the Biaenc von "British Schools beg tP gratefully acknowledge the valued services wliidk-the Rev. Levi Bees has ren- dered as secretary to the above institution. Being- about to remove to another sphere of labour. We dfcwrrf to record our high appreciation both-of his services and of the deep interest which-he has taken in the varied departments of work connected with the tehools, and we sistoerely trust that his .removal to another part of the country will be attended .with increased prosperity and abnndantl] .«uce§ss. Signed, on behalf of the .committee, T. JAaii s, Chc&. man. --The E. ThomasvtGoiigi»gatiocai) then c&liyereil an appropriate address w Weigh. The Rev, W. Morgan (Baptist/ said te could Dot allow that meeting to pass away without putting^n an appearance do assure Mr. Hoes of his good wishes for the fcture. They had li.ved 'together for upwards of four years without any- thing occurring which would in the least tend to create an unpleasant feeling .between tbein. Altbough Mr. Eees was-going down, ga ographi- cally considered, to South Hewon, he was i-P reality going up. Excelsiorwas his idea i., ,2 nil lie -was marching oii-g-radually and safely, s& tl-mt, if Mr. Thomas was a prophet, hewouid net stop until he reached the great metropolis. Mr. .Rees was a stauech Nonconformist, and was not asham&d of the principles of Nonconformity. They "would mies him as. a member of the Minis- ters' Union, in connection with which^hey had enjoyed many blessed seasons together and in his new sphere Mr. Hees would be folio wed by their prayers and best withes. (Applause.) The Hev. T. M&vonwj- Davies .(Congpegation- aJist) said it w*as not his intentioc to dwell upoa Mr. Rees's good<gualities, which were well known to them all. iThat^grand audience and what was seen on the table also bore.testimony to them. He was pleased te be there,.and sorry toind that Mr. Eees was going away. They- said that Mr, Rees had had honour conferred upon him, but; he felt that great honour would be canferred; upon Newton Abbot by his going thervi. :t-lr. Rees would still he fighti&g the Lord's .-battles, and they wished for him every blowing and suc- cess in his new sphere- (Appiausa.) The fi,ev. A. J• Smith (Priruiti- e Metkpdist) said that though he had not had the advantages of a lengthened acquaintaoce with Mr. Rees, he was there to express his deep regret that he was leaving the town. He had reason to believe that he was an excellent preaeher, aDd one who had done good service in other directions. He hoped the Lord would make him abundantly successful in his new sphere. (Applause.) The Rev. G. M. Evans (Ebenezer) he was both glad and sorry to be present. He remem- hered when Mr. Rees spoke at his (Mr. Evans's) recownition meeting, he said that he and the. former pastor, Mr. Meredyth, had ix-.eii like David and Jonathan, and he was sure that during the past six or 7 months he 1d. been proportion- atelv as much in Mr. Rees s affection as MJI Meredyth had been. He had always found Mr. Rees a straightforward, conscientious, Christian inan—one who spoke of a person behind his back as he did to his face. *V hilst they were sorry;, the church at Lion-street ought to feel proud' that the Newton Abbot church thought their minister a fit man to be called to their pastorate. He wished Mr. Rees God-speed in his new sphere, where, he was sure, he would labour for the same cause, in the same manner, for the same Master. (Applause.) The Rev. O. Tidman said they lived in days of change. Many changes had taken place at Blaenavon since he came there nearly 13 years ago. Changes were constantly occurring, and probably there would be greater changes m the future than any which had taken place hitherto. Personally, he should be very glad if the duty of presenting Mr. Rees with the address on behalf of the Blaenavon Ministers' Prayer Union had been delegated to another brother. Somehow or Other, those farewell meetirass had a very great effect upon him. He remembered well when Mr. Rees came to the place, and a little talk they had about his predecessor. Mr. Rees found out that he had very great respect for his predecessor, and expressed the hope that he wouid win the ,same amount of respect. He was glad to say that that had proved to be the case. He could only endorse the sentiments expressed by all the brethren. He had always found, in Mr. Rees a true and sincere friend. They had taken counsel together on various matters, and he felt that their hearts had been knit together in love. In connection with 1 the Ministers' Prayer Union, he might say that for nearly twelve months the ministers of the town had been meeting together every Monday morning to seek the Divide blessing upon the ministry of the Word, the teaching in the Sabbath School, and upon every effort which was put forth for the salvation of souls. They had felt that God was in their midst, and looked forward to the meetings with pleasure. Even when absent from home they remembered with joy that their brethren were meeting together in prayer on their behalf and on behalf of the churches of the town. The Sentiments contained in the address embodied the sentiments of all the brethren towards Mr. Rees. There was a"great deal in the address, but not a word more than ought, to be said. They had endeavoured as far a« possible to put all their feelings and affections an4 desires and prayers for Mr. Rees and his beloved wife and family in the address. In his new home he hoped that Mr. Rees would be reminded, ift reviewing the g address, of the many happy seasons they had enjoyed together and though absent, they would ever remember him at the throne of grace. They trusted that God would go with him, that he would advocate the same principles as he had advocated in Blaenavon, and that he would long be spared to build up the church and win many spuls to the kingdom. (Applause.) 1, —Jar. Tidman concluded by reading the address as follows :— Dear Brother,—We, the undersigned members of the Blaenavon Ministers' Prayer Union, in view of your speedy departure from us, very gladly take the opportunity thus afforded us of expressing our very high appreciation of your ministerial charac- ter and usefulness in this town. .We have always found you willing to co-operate with your brethren in every good word and work; while your earnest evangelical ministry, and your loyalty to Christ and zeal for His glory, have endeared you to us all. We shall greatly miss you. but are assured that, through far from us. you will be still carrying on the great work to which you have consecrated your life. Allow us to express our earnest hope that in your next sphere your wife and beloved children may be continued in health, kc., and that ycu may long be spared to serve the Lord in the ministry of the Gos- pel. We heartily commend you to all the brethren among- whom your lot may be cast. We are yours fraternally, OWEX Tidm.an. Baptist Minister. "WILLIAM Mougan, Baptist Minister. EPHKAIM THOMAS, Congregational Minis- ter. JOHN B. GEDYE, Wesleyan. THOMAS 3IAVONWY DAVIES, Congrega- tional Minister. • JAMES SELDON, Bible Christian Minister. Akthub J. SMITH. Primitive Methodist Minister. Blaenavon, Nov. 23rd, 1891. Mr. Lewis Davies (hon. sec. of the Radical Association) said the articles on the table falsi- fied the old Welsh proverb, the interpretation of which was If you want to be praised you must die." Mr. Rees had found quite as effective a method, and a very much pleasanter one iu leaving for Newton Abbot than in doing the other thing. (Laughter.) Their losses in Blaen- avon were various. The church at Lion-street would lose an able and outspoken minister et' the txospei Liberalism in Blaenavon would lose a most powerful advocate and enthusiastic worker, while, speaking personally, he might say he should lose a true, firm, and ggithful friend. They who had worked shoulder to shoulder with him in political ,matters for tile past four years fully recognised his worth. They knew the high standard be had set himself, to do all he possibiy could for the elevation of his fellow men, whether socially, inoraily, or spiritually ana he thowght it would be.good thing if a few more of their ministers wouid follow his example. There was a world of woe around them, there ware .great wrongs to he righted, and great grievances to be redressed. There were blots on social system, which they desired to have removed, and to that end they sought the co-opnatioll of the ministers. On behalf of the members of the Blaenavon Radical Association he had been deen deputed to present Mr. Rees with that marble tBiiepieoe and the bronze orou- menGs. Whenever lie "would hear the mellow tOHR;¡.; of the clock they hoped he would be re- minded of the true acid warm-hearted rien of Blaenawn, nuni who had fought side by side wi-th him in battles that had been won; aurd lie trusted that the remembrance of those days would nerve lim to -greatfr effort asgr-eater vsefuiness in his new sphere of labour. (Cheers.) Mr. Wm. Brj'ant added a few observations on behalf of the .1hdicaJ Association, and to Mr. Rees's Kyorth and work, and expressed tke hope that the ministers o?f religion would sr;e their way cksar to •co-operate in'political matters with the member? of the Association. Mt, T. M. Jenkisvs next presented the address Rees on behalf of the church. He said that Air. RAWS was not leaving through any want of a^tecLior towards him on thepurt of the chu?ch. He coukt ciain: on behalf of ihe church < that their-Ttfinistecs always wcut away better-men than they^came. Mv. Hees was goini to a more important spiiere of labour, w une of the most famous churches in the country, to a church which was fornded in the Kit hi, a, geeat landmark in the history of Con^rega- tN>nalisiF. and Noinonforjiiity, when 2,000 ministers suJÏeJ>ed rather to be ousted from their < livings rhan to subscribe to what their con- sciences told them ws wrong. He was glad Mr. Rees vws goiiji; to nveh a famous church, and ne would be a worthy successor to those famous heroen whoTfoundei the church. "/Cheers.)—The speaker then read the axddretB • as follows :— The Liwv-streot Congregational Chorch, Blaenavon, to tà9 Rev,. Levi ilis, the reeigiutd Pastor, on his leawng for the pastorate^of the tister churchet Newton Atfbot, South Dwion. Rev. and }).ear Sir,—Whereas the time-has come i when the relationship whtah has-existed between you ana thurei? and people tor upwards of four iö now eoi.it -to a eiof-a, we.o».uiiot mfram at this juncture.from expressing our.>hncerest regard andatfuutj.au for you, and ciur gratitude toihe Giver Of ail ,}traOi lor the .peact.; and-comfort we have enjoyeu dufhig yOiAi* stayamong'st.us. iour Bieij.iiig tfuaiitifiii manifested unto ns dur- ing Shis puma, cowld not fail to ww our esteemand adimrauon Vvhco you utoou uj> from Sabbath to Sabbaih tP declare the evexiaiting txospel, we felt that we wee* made)-to lie in greua pastures, and beside the waters." Your very able salmons— which ÜaVh been the means of conversion to many, ot oomion auti coiisolaUon to otheia. and of editma- uon to us.aU—Will ever treasured in our memorjr. in ciie ..course of yotu; minista'y, a number of young people weie led tv consecrate themselves,to Christ—yo-'ing people who we have-every reason to hOle, WLu oe erig.ufc and energetic .labourers in the Lord's vineyard. ,0 Aua have not only been diligent in feeding the adults oi ear congregation with the bread of life, -but you .have assiduously exerted yotrself in train- ing Lhe yaung in the way tliey should go, by pro- viding tnem with special services suitable to their capacities and ..conducive to their spiritual growth, and m estidishing a itcoirishing Baudot HOlle in connection with our church, which we trust will _pro,v;e or lastiiig'-bcfnefi.tjfco the rising generation. heiibrve ii- has always been your most earnest and prayerful endeavour to declare .to us all the counsel "o; trod, tou .have been fearless in de- (.nouiviih^'evil, ten.derThiearted in reproving- the err- ing and oringing them uack to the good old paths, j and 111 auiuinist<;rin<r the healing' balm to the wounucd hearts of bereaved. During- your pastorate place of worship has been rtaioyaM1 ata cost Of about which has bee.ii paid, so thai, the debt temaining is compa- .la tivel iiu.hu. And whue I'royKuipce le^ds you to another sphere ■of labojir, we pray that the Almighty arms may be underiuiith i'ou.. that the Chief rihepherd will de- iead and protect you, and crown your labours with abundant suetafes. VVe wiaJi vou G-od-speed. We also jn-av tilac jour beloved wife, our sister in the Lord, and your dear .little ones may abiae under the siiaaow of His wing, and that your valuable lives may be lung spared to work for the Divine Master1 and whcu the cuvy comes when you will have to render an account 01 your stewardship, may you and aii of us receive the blessed commendation— Well cone, thou good and. faithful servant, enter thou mto the joy oi chy Lord." (ii-ned) Y Be Ji. M I>" WjLLJAMS, TlTTjS M, JEXKlA'S, EVAN Phouekt, JNO. WlLi-lAAl MlLLAEB, Bknjam.'n" DAVIES, JOH: Bevan, -Chables CHEAPE, -Oeo;(.OB LASGFOED, KtCHABB IREI^AKD, THOJ4AS 0 .Nov. 24, 189li Deacobs. The concluding presentations, consisting of & travelling case for Mr. Rees and a pUrse of gold for Mrs. Rees, were made, by Mrs. Cousins, one of the ohiast members of the church, in a touch- ing little speech. The BevvL. Rees, who on rising was visibly aliectod, said that 8.\S he had been sitting there he had asked himself who he was and what he had done th«s they should have treated him. in the W;I\. —or had that .evening. He could never iur'\jt kind words that had been spoken about indwell, his wife, and little ones. He was atraia their generosity and deep feeling of fnendstiip had coloured his character too highly; and he co*i £ d only say that if he had not done ad hhey said he had done, he had tried to do it. (Applause.) He was snre they w"°uhi not expect him to speak very much t !>at night He had given his farewell sermon on the previous Aanday night, and would now speaii a word or t\1JIO of the presentations seriatim. First with regard to the resolution, which had been beautifully printed, and framed, and pre- sented to him by the committee of the British Schools. He might say that not long after he came to Blaenavon he received a notice to attend a managers' meeting, and he thought it was his duty to ob. y the mandate, and since then he had tried to attend as often as possible because he fully believed that education had much to do with the well-being of the rising gfeaeration.- When looking back upon the last 20 years, since education had become so general, they saw that it was an important factor in the life of the people and he ventured to prophesy that in another (J years so much improvement would hare been made that the life of the people would be much more happy and prosperous than it was at present. lie went to the committee meetings of the managers, and determined to do all he could to make the British schools prosperous and a success in Blaenavon. When his friend Mr. Meredyth was elected secretary they hap- pened to live very near to each other, and perhaps he went a little more often in order to accompany Mr. Meredyth to the meetings. When circumstances called Mr. Meredyth away, the managers', he did not know whether in their wr-dvilli or their weakness, elected him to the vacant post, and since he had been secretary he had tried to discharge his duties as well as he could, and he saw by that resolution that the managers had appreciated his services, and he thanked them very much for that kind expres- gipjj of their feelings. With regard to that beautiful address presented to him by the Min- isters' Prayer Union, he thanked the ministers of the town very heartily. It was a work of art, and the sentiments in the address touched him very deeply. He did not think there was much vinegar in his constitution, but he never thought there was so much sweetness in him as bad been referred to in that address. He did not think that people loved him so much, or that his brethren had such kindly feelings towards him. He should never forget the happy hours of com- munion they had had together before the throne of grace, and while he lived he assured his brethren in the ministry at Blaenavon that he should continue to pray foi their success in their various spheres of labour. With regard to the presentations from th Radical Association,he did not think he deserved them. Reference had been made to the part which ministers should take in political matters, and he was in full sympathy with the sentiments which had been expressed. He believed that every minister should do all that be could to make men's lives happy in this world. (Hear, hear.) They should think of the" Home over there." He was glad to think of it very often. He had dear ones gone there. He had a sainted mother there. He had sisters there. He had many friends there, and so he thought of that home very frequently. At the same time. he thought of the homes here below as well. (Applause.) He wanted to make the homes here healthier and happier, to elevate his fellow men in every respect. (Hear, I hear.) He was not a purtyman. He was not a Radical as such. He might be asked why then he permitted himself to sit in the presidential chair of the Radical Association of Blaenavon. It was simply becanse it Was the truest existing expression of his sentiments. If there was a better party, he would join it, but as long as the Radical party expressed his sentiments and political principles he would cliEg to it. He thanked the Radical Association most fervently for tneir beautiful presents. The clock would remind him of the rapid flight of time, and make him more diligent and energetic in his work. And HOW he came to the church, which was after all his Benjamin of all things. He came to them perhaps as an uncouth Welshman. He came to them from a Welsh pastorate and from a country church. He should never forget his first Sunday there. He had not preached English for nearly a twelvemonth, and he was in fear and trepidation, but when he came in through the door and saw the friends -looking so pleasant and smiling, it made him feel at home at once, and when he went into the pulpit and saw their beaming faces, he fell more at norae -still. He .preached that first Sunday morning from the text Occupy till I come. It did not. strike him at the time that there was anything suggestive in the text, but they had utiti.1, he had co-operated with him ever since. If he was a better preacher or a better man, it was owing to the JiiflueRce of the church at Lion-struck. They were a church that made a preacher. There were sous,e churches who killed a jvreaciier, and stilled tke angel of eloquence within hnn. He -w, a-s sure that every- one who had occupied that palpi; went away i)(t or lOfr per cent, improved. They had alway-s been kind to him, and had -never clsed him one moment's pain. They had never said one un- kind word, hut had said thousands of kind ones. They had never hurt his feelings in any way. He thanked them all again for their great kisid- neg3 towards him and for the beautiful presents they had given to Mrs. Rees and himself, and in conclusion he could onltvay "God bless them. alL" A voteof thanks to the Chairman concluded the inte^esting proceedings.
INFAFT BlPTISMe IS IT PCJIIPTJTR1.L? i To the Editor of the Free Press. ) Deaf P(x,do-B.%o ists are called fipon to giye proofs that infant baptism is Script oral, they, Tike the man without the wedding -pannent are generally speechless. I was, there fort, not at all surprised to find no reply to my que* oione by the Rev. J. LI. Jones in the Press for last week. It is char they have no Scripsriral ground for their theory ."If they had,«hey wwild be only fr:o pleased to produce chapter and verse. "Seeing that Mr. J ones and his brethren have given up the matter, I shall be obliged if you wilhallow ine to riake a few remarks in reply to eaeh*of the questinns I asked him to answer: 1. What is his definition of the word baptise."i Hie detiuiiion is ot foriheomirg. I understand that his practice is tc spruskle. "VhenJle professed to fr aptissft childy.i-.e si riokles ac 'ew drops of water on.its • face. < Jow, isvprinklirg baptising.? The word baptise isthe English form of the Greå word laptizo. The prx per Greek work for sprinkliae" is not bagtizo, but rantizo. the latter beikg usail fre^cently in the New Testament, -hut rrerer for the »rdinaiKie of 1 baptism. EveryC-reek lexicon wwill. bell you that bwptizo means to immerse or tip dip. I challenge :M1:. Jones or anyone el^a^ to. produce a lexicon that will give #prinkfiag. as tlfce. proper English word for baytizo. Is sprinkling the baptism of the New; Testament 1 I bejr to subjoin the testimony of a few of the many Pa.-do- lieptists v,,Iio are excellent scholars and eminent .for their piety, and who have i given us their opinion of this matter in explaining the words of the Apostle Panl," Buried with him .• in baptism," ROlll. (j-J. The Apostle alludes, no! aot bt, to;she ancient maimer and way of baptising perions those hot countries, which was by immersion, or putting them uader water for a time. and then raising them up again out of the water, which rite had also a mystical signification respect- ing- the butial of onr old man. <'in. in ,ns. and our resJJrrectian to a new life. Rev. W. Bnrkit-t, M.A., episcopalian: He (Christ) submitted to be baptised, that is, to tit; buried under water, by John, and to be raised out of it again, as an emblem of his future death and resurreeiiom In like manner the baptism of believers is emblematic of their own death, burml and resurrection." Rev, J. Macknight, D.D., clergyman t_f the Church of Scoyland It seems the part of candour to eonfes;? that here is an allusion to t-ie matrier of baptising byummersim, .as most usual in these early times." Rev. P. S." >Dodd?idge, B.D.. Ltdejiendent.: "It is .altogether probable that the Apostle in this place had allusion to the custom of baptising by immersion. This indeed cannot be proved il-0 as .to be liable to no objection, but I ]iresvme that this is the idea which would strike the (sreat mass of unprejudiced 'readers/' Rev. A. Barnes. Independent,: "rrh jta?sage cannot be understood unlets it be borne in mind tiibt the primitive baptism was ImerSlon. Rev. W. J. Conybeare. M.A„ and J. S. Howson. I M.A., episcopalians: "JBuried with h.,in-alludinF to the ancient manner of baptising bv immersion.' Rev. J. Wesley, the fa-.inder of Methodism. The above are only alew specimens of scores of Pasdo- Baptist concessions that the Scriptural baptism is immersion that 1 have it my possession. Let us again select a few passages of Scripture to see how the word sprinkle will read as a substitute for the words btlpti-se. -'In those days came John the sprinkler preachinp in the wilderness of Judea." "John ivas sprinkling, in Enon near to Salim, because there was mvieh wtter there." "Therefore we are buried with him by -fprinkling into death. "Buried with him in sprinkling, wherein also ye are risen." Surely this translation appears quite ridiculous to any man, but substitute the word to immerse or to dip for the word to sprinkle in each case, and the passages become quite intelligible. 2. What passages of Scriptures do sanction infant baptism ? I need make so remark in reply to this question,ifor Mr. Jones's theorv of the snbject of baptism has been completely demolished by" One who believes in sprinkling but aot infants. Yea, he has rased it to the foundation, and ground it to powder. If Mr. Jones can afford to ignore the sparrow, he flies away with bated breath from the eagle when it appears upon the scene. 3. What Scriptural proof can be given that. .children of the Gospel dispensation bear the same relation to the New Testament Church as the Jewish children of old bore to the Old Testament Church ? This question has shared the same fate as question No. 2. Mr. Jones's case must really he a pitiful one, that he should be speechless. 4:. How do the practices of the Church prove that infant baptism is Scriptural ? Let Church history reply. I subjoin a few quotations from well- known authors. In this (the 1st century) baptism was administered in convenient places, not in the public assemblies, and by immersing the candidates wholly in water.'—Mosheim. The sacraments of the Primitive Church were two-those of baptism and the Lord's supper. The ceremony of immersion (the oldest form of baptism) was performed in the name of the three Persons of the Trinity."— Waddington. "He (Christ) it was that should baptise with the Holy Ghost and with fire, that is' to say, that as his (John's) followers were entirely immersed in the water, so the Messiah would immerse the souls of believers in the Holy Ghost imparted by Himself." Neander. Of the Council of Celichith. in England, in the year 816, it is written, It (the Council) establishes some penalties against those that did neglect to administer baptism, and finally it orders that this sacrament shall not be performed by sprinkling. but by dipping.—E. L. Du Pin. 5. What does infant baptism I We have no reply. Mr. Jones is dumb, and the Scriptures are silent. If anything can be found in the Scriptures about infant baptism, it may be Rev. 14 —1(>, where we read of the mark of the beast in the forehead ox his followers. I have heard the mark of the beast explained to be sprinkling, and to me the explanation appears quite plausible. If the sprinkling of infants be the mark of the beast, then it ^signifies that certain section^ of'Protestants have a Ro.meward tendency. If this be not the meaning of infant baptism, I do not see what it can mean. -c Tours. &c. Kovemher 18.1891. BOAKER&ES. [The cbove was omitted last WWk.-ED. F.P.]
The Editor the AfedicalAnnual speaks in the highest term of CAHEURV'S CocoA as a beverage and a JOt/d or invalids, on account of its absolute purity, Jligh quality, and great solu- bility, and counsels me medical piwfession to remember, in recoulLnLeudjug Cocoa, that the name "Cadbury" on any packet is guarantee of purity
PONTYPOOL LOCAL BOARD. The monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Board-room. Club Chambers, on Wednes- day morning. There were present- Messrs. "W. Sandbrook (chairman), R. Greenwav. J.P., T. Williams. G. H. Daniel, E. B. Ford, J. Danid, W. Wood, J. Walden, W. H. Haskins, W. Wil- liams, D. M. Liewellin, E. Jones (clerk and col- lector). and D. H. W. Powell (surveyor). The minutes of the last ordinary" and subse- quent special meetings were read and confirmed. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The medical officer's report was as follows :— Denham House. Pontvpcol. lr „ Nov. 23.1^91. Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen.—Since my last report, a severe wave of Russian inhuenza has j passed over your district, evidencing itself by symp- s tons quite as severe as those it gave rise to on its i first Nisitation nearly two years ago. and up to now a great many persons in your district have suffered, irrespective of ag-e and sex. A few suspicious cases have been seen in the neighbourhood for some time past, but the present outbreak burst forth with great violence about the 3rd or 4th of the present month. No fatal case has come to my knowledge, and beyond intense suffering I do not think the disease need be feared if it is properly treated in time. Typhoid fever is abating no fresh oases having been notified to me since ^November 11. Scarlatina is gradually spreading, and since my last commtini- cation to your Board ten cases have been announced, ihe disease is of a mild type, and as far as it has appeared there have been no bad eymptens. In both typhoid and scarlatina your inspector is doing all that is usual as far as disinfection and isolation can be carried out. In order as far as possible to assist in maintaining as much sanitation in your distnet as circumstances will ]>ermit. I beg" to sug- gest that manure bins be placed in Rosemary-lane, west-place, a»d West-street, and that thev be emptied periodically. The death snd birth rate for October was 18'4 and 34'9 per lOtM per annum respectively, and there was? no death from zymotic disease. Y ours obeaientlv, S. B. 3LASOX. M.R C.P.. fcc., Medical Officer of Health. In repay to questions, the Surveyor said there j was an ash bin in West-street, but not a ijat-, urn ] bin. The manure came from Mr. -Fietchei "F ;j stables, and there was a big heap of it. Tb.ev ii certahiiy ought to have bins, as the 10. IV Is scratched the manure all over the place. Mr. Ford thought manure ought to be cle'ired away oftener. He knew one place where me.nure wwf- stacked for twelve months. Mr. J. Daniel asked the surveyor if ha sag- gesLed that the BO-il.rd should provide bins. The Surveyor No, certainly not. It is for the owners of the property. He was instructed to call upon the owners to provide bins. Mr. G. H Darael: Whilst we are on the ques- tion of xmisancps, I should like to- ask if some- thing can't e done to stop people throwing slops; j and waStJr into'ihe street? The Chairmun They are lliaVle to be sum- moned. Mr. Cr. H. Brunei I thiJtk the surveyor should have instructions to attend to it. The Chairman He hi s. insn-uctiens-already. The Surveyor It was only yesterday I was around the f owliill people against this sort<of thing. J £ r. G. fi. Daniek I saw it being done ii Commerckl-street ihe«ither day. Mr. W. Williams: I think George-street is about one> of the wontv streeets we ha-ve. Tho threw son e water wer me ote day "when I was j?<?ing by. (Laughter.) 1 The Surveyor was mstrccted to follow a he .matter uii, and proceed agai ist offenders. SUKVFVOE'S t.EPORT. Gentlemen,—I ben; to report that the men are en- gaged in metalling ihe roadie, and are making« ood progrew in the work. Dui-icir the recent heavyxains the water from the- Abersythan district caused con siderable. damage to. the Crnmlin road. I have call ed the Abersy chan. surveyt r's attention to theauatter. I shall be glad of your inst auctions respecting- the roads in Coedoae-plaee. 11 ind they are p ting in a bad condition and require repairing. I beg to report,that three cot tages in the 1 lbion- road are in a dilapidated eondi tion. The roftfs are broken in. and in my opinion 1 ihe houses are unfit for habitation. I have win tten. to ±h 3 agent respect- ing them, and he has told me he -will haw them repaired and put in good «rde r. I. found also ft at the roof oj; Mr. Smith's.^odging- house in Trosnaat is in a'very bad state. -When it rains (I am informed) thf; wa ter p-jui-sthrtu,-b- I wrote to the aifent respactin; the matter, and he called upon me;.and promiseti to have tie work attended to. Defective tro-sghrhg ar.d d,)wm pipes, &: and the general sanitation of the dis" xictave receii ing my attertion. ■of scarktina re- porte l to me durintr the moi ith, .'rich oiow appear to be taking an epidemic fo rm. Yours obediently, D. H. W. POWELL. COEDO#.E I 'LACE The Surveyor said the roads in CoeArae- lace p were very dangerous, havi t.g be en washed very much with the rain. As the Board were aware, it was private property. Mr T. Williams asked if ihi- surv^or had; written Mrs. Masters. The Surveyor replied that he had, hat had re- ceived no reply. He was instructed to corne a I g, kin. DILAPIDATED HOWSS. Mr. Ford said that he and Mr. Thomas Wil- liamsiiad inspected the houses referred to in the ..surveyor's report, and he c o aid confirm .what the surveyor hadsaid. They were situated behind the Bad Cow Inn, and he raust s:y it was a dis- grace t :> the town and.t disgrace to the owner that any cottage property should be in such a condition and habited by human beings. One- oouid stand on both sicks and see right through the roof. The sink outside was filled i§>, and must be a source of contagion and danger. The surveyor was instructed u serve noti.ee must be a source of contagion and danger. The surveyor was instructed tr serve notice on the ,;ent, and, faiihig compliance, to get a magistrates' order. MOItSTOV STREET. Mr. V. Williams askee if anything had heen ,done with respect to the lamp in Moreton-si reet, about w, hikli Mr. W. B. Williams h^d written at the previous meeting. The Surveyor replied hi the negative. The Chairman observed that the Company had promised to carry their main fiftv wards j i farther, and the Board would do the rest. A DEFECTIVE METER. The Surveyor said the water meter near the Eire Brigade Station had been removed. The hands were ibrokep. and the Gas and Water Co. waated him to,,iend ii to Botherham for ropairs. Mr. G. H. Daniel .said they were spending large sums of money in buying and i-epairu g meters, and yet they fennd ttem perfectly use- less when they wanted to use them. Mr. Ford observed that they were bound to have this meter, because it was used for filling the water carts. The Surveyor was instructed to get the meter repaired. LOCAL POLLIXO STA-T-YON. The Chairman read a letter from Str. P. Eckersley, Birkenhead, stating, that a chxiular had been sent to the members of the County Council for an expression of opinion as to the number and position of polling stations in the district. The circular said there should b- as few stations as possible on the ground of ex- pense, and so situated that no voter should have more than three miles to walk. His (Mr. Eckersley s) opinion was that Park Terrace School would be the most convenient and suitable, and be would like to have the Board's opinion before he replied to the circular. The Chairman thought the suggestion .was a good one. The members generally concurred, and the clerk was instructed to write Mr. Eckersley accordingly. THE QUALITY OF THE WATER. The Chairman read a letter from the Gas and Water Co., enclosing a copy of an anclysis received by Supt. James, on a sample of "ssater taken from the Town Hall fountain in the presence of the surveyor and others. The ¡' analysis stated that the water was of good quality, and quite fit for drinking purposes. The Chairman I may say that our Surveyor took a sample at the same time, and sent it for analysis to Swansea, and his report is very similar. Mr. G. H. Daniel asked if they had the previous sample taken when the rain was on, or was it after the am ? The Surveyor: It was taken after the heavy ^The Chairman said there was an impression abroad that the Manager of the Company had said that the water was taken from a cistern. Mr. G. H. Daniel -said he had heard the same thing, and that made him ask the question. The Surveyor: Certainly not. It was taken from a pipe direct from the main. I have had it examined, and it is the same water they drink at the clnb. Mr. Greenway: Bnt they mix. i* there. (:tiI.nghter. ) The Chairman: Yes, they put something • strong to kill the grubs. (Laughter.) Mr. T. Williams thought it was ;.vary satis- factory that both reports were nearly alike. Mr. Ford At all events, the whole thing shews that the present arrangements for sup- plying water were distinctly unsatisfactory in wet weather. y Mr. Greenway; I think you will find them improved shortly. The Chairman said there was a letter before them on that very subject from the Gas and Water Company. He then proceeded to read the letter, which stated that the Company, hav- ing been advised that it was necessary for them to go to Parliament for a suitable site for the storage reservoir, they had asked the Abersychaa Board to convene a meeting of the committeeafc their room, and the would like the Pontypool committee to meet them. He (the chtirman). and Mp. Haskins went to the meeting at Aber- sychan! There was nothing done except to ask the chairman of the committee to lay before "iueai the whole scheme that they had in view. ?*Ir.*Daniel observed the* Board, having gone to a great expense the BLJ. should, carefully guard the ratepayers" tc"d not be put to any further exjWase in tit. matter. The Chairman quiie agreed th» t thej should ( keep this in view. He had had another k-tter«n the subject from the chairman of the Gas and Water Company, giving shortly what pro- posed to do. There v^re several'mxitters which required their serious consideration, and they would take them in. oomuiiccee at the cjix-.usion of the ordinary business. THE TIPPING QUESTION. A letter was. read from Messrs. Bythway & Son, protesting, am bebalf of Mr. W. H. Rosser, against the tipping oi rubbish on the PeIw property and iaad adjoining, as.it was caujanjr- I him and his tenants corsideraMe and I annoyance. "Farther than ,112:, they uifoiinftd. the Board that the accommodatsor. path iving between property and the public road was private property, he objecsed tc the P rd asil-ig the same with the sca- cuger's carts. The Surveyor said he understood that the road Pel on l to the Abersychan district, and he be- lieve J. it was reckoned in the bU miles. M x. G. H. Daniel ,;zj id it was a public -tway fro ji the <vld road lID to the old lane, coming froiua the Tranch Church. It was an accotumo- dfition road afterwr,ras for the use of ali the o ivcers of. property up that way. 15.r. J.. Daniel Q a whose land *re we tipping r The Chairman ^niortunattiy «.n m-ne, audi lave baen trying stop it. (tvapgotcr.) I sa j ciid .• osser lws written_abtw» it. 11 Maju Lilewelitfi. said that Jxi\. jiosstr na-.i mm 5tim be claimed it as a praate react, a u nad locked the gate 4-hei e. The Chairmar. explained that tita committee appofnted to wlJit Ul)ol I Mr. A. A." Vviiuai;. W" l'tgard to a ground ior tipping ei not yet done so, in consequence of tits (/. lie chair- man's) illnese. They would, htrwovei. SB opjoi-tunity c £ seeing Mr. Wiihaia.^ a. an early dais. s The Clerk was instructed to Kuorm .^srs. Jt-thway d SJll il.;it the nuuffl snotild have isai aediate attteauon. I* AN FOR Till NEW -• Cc)nsidei:'able discu'ision jarose vtp m sovcacto f between the j>oard,. Messrs. Preston 3M <)., aiidJ-lr. J. Hall (Messrs. Pteston s L o 0 s.I i tfrom wis .di it appeared that tne 1 thought they had agreep. upon !,L(, of i*2O,v)U0»st 3^ per cent., some had arisen, and Messrs. Prestoil,WILldn. w from atv bond in the matter.. -,oard felt thev could do nothirg tt.itsi* re ply liad received troui jlv. \.o tilB Board's last communication, and a sma i com- mattes- was appointed to close ior a if a f ivovrable reply wax received before next r aeetiiig. THE ClIKISTMAS MAKKtT. Mr. Ford said ne had been asked by Mr. v> ood (WIK havi previously left the meeting,) _Jo bring- forward the question as to wnen the C iiiiatma» mai'ket would be held, and whether it wowd oos "be-cLsir able for the Board to gi> e sonu >. -.prea- I sioE of opinion to Mi, Portnell. r 5?r Cr ih Daniet suggested the 2:C jcembex, ali i the Clerk instiucteti toe Aic. Portnell to iix the market for tnat tAj. Jt w: h. also decided to lioi-d the next BOird m«3tin s on Tuesday. the 2tind Docembei. TJEB V TEST MONMOUTH SGH(XkL.—~PKOPTISAH TO SI AJIT AT ONUII. ■Mr G. H. Damei said there was a fee.ing m the dif itriet that no time should be lülll: siartu* tli3 Tst Monmouth School.Lndoubteuiy n • wiiuld take a couple of years to-gut ii-.e eaudMg compi eted, and some friends haa suggested tne | a^vis; ibikty of the Board suggesting <o to* | Gove: mors that they should suuet pie £ .caooi tt .1 seme building in the district. Wit;,o a ^Jang f tor ti te completion of the propervscnoo. ? life ( Mr. Daniel) moaght ihej niigni r, +- Pom ymoii Mission Hati for tiie puipose. tw had l lot commvaiinate^. with the-irnstee nat- M ,the I all was not ill the ebty. ^iuie, Lrmd *■> hi m that aijy mi^iit get it:. ,j|e woa.« fire spropose that- t-ite iioard co*uiunicu-.e witii tlie Board of Governors suggesting the s -arting «f tl le school wi;ii<<jt waiting *Qr toe l/u..eang, and utilising souit baihiiiig'tor j)tnp(»9e. M r. Waiden se-cMided. ano. t-i^~>opo<ii.» x MVS ied unanimou s y. Kiy-ANCE. 'n- T' ae financial si^emttit -.gift •io-d ay, ±144 15s jt. amouct ^aid-hiio the c'uri ng the month !(.• ttes), "id ma u i .vatlSj ,S8 2:; lid; raeieiv of sajatN7 l" £ 161 Os Id. Advei"balance^ 5^2 ;),. teS" «uts tandiEg, iiOTJ.. T, ae Chairman -aid:hb -Lap0il ihe e- ou Id get iJ. tnt rates as as p'sihle. The adveifje balane-. was not so bewl as it appeared cn p aper, because i.ey had paid/StJU on ..ceount cf tl ie solicitor's bi.< for prcmiO$ng the market. AiJPLiCATiO\. A letter from the scavenger ^&king for au in- '•er-eas 3 in the price paid for k'av"igiiig was nfer red to the fctr«. et» commit tfcic. Tb, 5 Board then went into committee.
5EATH OF A NOTABLE PAUPER. "The t death has occurred in the workhouse at Dcrch ester of a Dorset labourer named Hammettj a ti. re of the hamlet at Talpuddle. near OorcheS" tel. wl lo attained great notoriety-some sixty yoajs *8° hy the active part he took in fomenting the tiatous ;disturbances enacted in Dorset us a protest against the introduction of farm machinery into the coo a try. The machmery wasr at that period being tirsed for the first time, and the rioters, eon- sisiiag of organise.! bands of labourers, destroyed every j estig-e on which they could lay their hands. The disi »rders were only quelled by the rmthoritifea sending out a strong armed force to cope with the riotei-s. «vho were ultimately dispersed. Some of the ringleaders were arrested. Hamaiett amoiw them, and he and two confederates were convicted •at Dorse J Assizes and sentenced to transportation ior life. Many petitions were seat from Dorset on the mien 's behalf, and they were liberated some by Lord John Russell. The deceased .w,is S(j ymrs of a,e,.aud had beeu an inmate of (the workhouse for a considerable period.
THE REDFOTIOX OF POSTAL RATES. I ,The following letter has been received by a cor- refcponaent from the Secretary of the rJ.i:ieral Post OÆWé: a beg leave to inform yon Ib t u and after the 5th of January. 1.892. a reduced r. inform postal tariff. applicable to all foreign countries and coloaseB. will be adopted for newsP,i(ers. bookv ^^fl?aperS,' comme¥iaI P«Pe«. tterne. aSd ^mpl^ posted m tne bnited King-loin for places abroad. The distinction between newspapers and other printed papers sent abroad will disappear, :and the rate of postage chargeabfe on crresnon- -uence of all the classes named above will be a half- penny per two ounces, with the existing- proviso that no packet of samples will be c 'argeahje with ;a less postage than one penny, ana no%aoK6t of commercial gapers with less than tw pence-half. peanyr
SIX TJMES TO Tlilthi, HUSBANDS A Falparaiso ^.Indiana) correspondent te.e°Ts.T.hB a very singueir story lUr* aj. -rr I just been married to Geor^Thoinp-v'^pith her«xtn matrimonial experience, though had three b«band,: Vh™* meer 1^? v,6 wriman married Ke .r?e bwear- She *h°m efeTa8 J? divorced, aaid snnr. ^arri,eu ^aher fcherwooi. who died; Thntv tuektter married George ompeon. ihompson wnsarreete l and sentenced to a term of imprisonment soon atter the W* riage, whereupon his wife secure 1 a uivorce from inn. At the end of two years. n;.on his release Thompson sought out his wife, and she consented to remarry him. After this her hrst husband, owearinger, appeared again upon the scene, and -Mrs. Tnomp*on procured another divorce from fnompson and remarried Swearirg-er Thompsoa then went west and amassed a iortnue. and mean- time Mr. and Mrs. Swearinger ag-jvin c. uarrelled and were again divorced. Thompson heard ot tb* sought the woman for the third time, aa4 amxried her as stated. ■> my
CO-OPE-RATI-5 E MixiNft.—An lnteres^mtrexpesr- iment is being tried in the coalfield of the Loire. Some time ago a mining company, near St. Eti- eone, went into liquidation, and the property was subsequently offered for le. The local Miner*' Union decided to acquire the mine, and wrrk it on the co-operatiye principle. The initiative dis- played by the union met with warm supw >ri aad sympathy from the public, and the 10,U*Jf. de- mandelllrv the vendors of the mine has been ob- tained, .the .Municipal Council of St. Etiemae having voted a special credit for this purpose!. Subsequently a deputation from the Miners* Union was rccetvcd by the Prefect of Loire, who said he cordially approved tbo scht-me, and pro- mised to forward a report (1thc proceedirgs of the Municipa1 Council to the Minister of the In- terior, in order that the credit might be sanc- tioned as soon as possible. The experiment is one which will doubtless be wafched with inter- est in mining circles in this country.
NEWPORT AND THE WEST MONMOUTH SCHOOL. A special meeting of the Newport Town Council was held at the Town-hall on Tuesday. The Mayor (Alderman H. J. Davis) presided., The Town-clerk read the letter of the -were- tary to ihe Charity Commissioners (dated Nov. 10) to the Worshipful Company of iiaber- dashers, as estates governors of William Jones's Charity, with reference to the site of the West Monmouth School, as folloivs. I am directed to inform you that the Commiss- ioners have now considered the nuvierous r-opreseiat- ations made to them in maeting- and by d^put&tioa f-oai Monmouthshire with, regard to the site of this tchool. In addition to their •comuBicatieruj with tfc.e estates, governors the commissioners ha ha&_ the advantage of carefully framed memorials and re- 6olutions from like following amengst ..other public bodies, viz.. the corporation, harbour commission, the school board of Newport, the board_ofguardians of the Newport Union, the schod board oi. Mynydd- islwyn, the board of guardians of the Bedwillty Union, fche -Bedwellty School Board, add the local boards of Tredegar. Rhymney, and E-bbw vale, the board of guardians of the Pontypool Union, >uhe school boards of Llenfrechfa and TreveUiiu, aud the local boards ot Pontypool, Bj^navon, Aber- svehan, Panteg, and Lantarnasi. fscsoluaons..aave also b«3n received from the Joint Education 'Com- mittee for the County.of Monmouth under the Welsh Intermediate Education Act. asid the Governors of the West Monmouthsisire School. Most oftne public bodies of theabove-mentionediiave further enforced their written commutications by deputations jo the commissioners. The commissioners hate been much struck by the interest which the question has excited, and by the ability with which the various claims had been put ;fee!ore them. Amongst tbe various sites suggested to txuaki. the choice appeared to them really to lie between hree, vi?., Newport. Tredjgar* and. Pontypool, and ihey h^ve. after the most careful examicarion of the circumstances, decided in favour of Ponty- pool. As far as site, population, and accessibility are concerned, the commissioners are of opinion that the school in q uestion might be established at an y -of the- three places with a reasonable prospect of succces, and it appears probable that in any event they will each shortly become the site of an intermediate school But as between Tredegar and Ponty pgol. the fac lities oi access from Wtnt Mcmmouihshire as at whole-seemed decidedly in favour of the latter In the case of Newport the question was affected b the fact. that this borough will shortly be se- vered from the rest of the county for administrative purposes, including the operation of the Vv elsh n* ttrmediate Education Act, and it appeared to the commissioners impossible to overlook the cuxum- stance that, while the location of this school at ikewportwould under those circumstances, appropri- ate the whole banefis-of the fund financially speabng" (though not educationally,) to the exclusive berefit of'thiTcounty borough of Newport, its location in any other of the sites proposed would confer benefit upon all the rest, Newport only excepted, by setting free a subfctanti&l poi tion of the general county fund of Monmouthshire. I am to add that copies of this lettm" are being sent to the joint education committee for the cousaty of Monmouth, the govern- nors of the West Monmouthshire Suhool. and, in view of their becoming an independent authoriiy under the Welsh Act, to the corporation of New- porL TIM Town-clerk said he had had a letter from the secretary to the Haberdashers company, im which it was stated that although the company I had not as yet held a meeung witi-i rekrence t. the matter, there .was little doubt that it would acquiesce in the decision of the Chanty Coa-in-iis- Alderman Jacob said he was naturally disap- pointed at tloc decision Newport s success in being made a county through was the laBOn wily it did not succeed in getting the West Monmouth School. He felt that, educationally, the Charity Conitiii-ssioBers had made a great mistake. It was not by atty means their first, and he supposed it would not be their last. Still, as they had been told, the resources of civilisation =.L' not, exhausted, and the rescources of New- port were also not exhausted. A half-penny rate would raise 1500 a year, they would probably get another 16U0 ti^m the i reasu^; and there was the further sum of £ 1,000 or £ 1,100 which would come from the .Excise duty. They would therefore have 12,100 a year, and with that they could have a school of their own. He proposed that the Charity Comissioners be informed that the council had appointed three representatives under the Welsh Intermediate Education Act. Mr. T. Jones seconded, and wished to point out that it was hardly correct to say that the new school at Newport would have £ 2,100 a year, because the technical instruction scheme would want its fair sluvre of the whisky duty money. Alderman Jacob said his idea was that the two institutions could lie blended together and worked much more economically. Whisky and water blended, and so woulct those two institutions. The motion was agreed to. The counoil then rose. t':