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EMPIRE DAY. Parade of Territorials, National Reservists, and Church Lads' Brigade at Mold. STIRRING AND PICTURESQUE SCENES. Memorable Celebration at Flint: Service in the Castle Grounds. Empire Day was worthily celebrated at Mold on Sunday morning, when a parade of ) Territorials, National Reservists, and the i Church Lads' Brigade took place, and was j witnessed by a great number of people. The A Company 5th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, A Company Flintshire Na- tional Reserve, and the local Church Lads Brigade assembled in the Hall Field about quarter past ten. Colonel Basil E. Philips (officer commanding 5th Battalion R.W.F.), 0 was in command, with Captain Fairclough as his chief of staff. Other officers present were Major T. M. Keene, Captain "\S • E. Triekett, Captain Hardern (commanding -National Reserve), Lieut. T. H. Parry, M.P. (commanding A Company 5th Batt.), Lieut. J. B. Marsu'ii, and Lieut. J. E. Parry. Headed by the Church Lads' Brigade's band, the units marched up Chester street, and formed three sides of a square in front of the Old Town Hall. A wreath was placed underneath the tablet in memory of those "Who fell in the South African War. Col.- Sergt. H. Jacques, F.N.R., handed the wreath to Major T. M. Keene, who then asked Col. Philips to place it underneath the tablet. The troops stood to attention, and the band sounded "The Last Post." The units then marched to the Parish Church, where they attended morn- ing service. There was a crowded congrega- tion. Appropriate hymns were sung. THE VICAR ON EMPIRE. The Vicar (the Rev. Evan Jones) preach- ed an interesting sermon from the text "And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations." (1 Chronicles xiv., 17). He said the object of Empire Day was to try and help them to grasp the meaning of Empire and the responsibilities of Em- pire, and to remind themselves of those elements which had been the source of its greatness in the past, and which were equally necessary to-day for its true progre6s and its permanent stability. He supposed that Empire Day was now celebrated in all the dominions of the British Crown, on May 24th—the birthday of the late Queen Victoria. Some years ago, when the idea Melbourne, Palmerston, Gladstone and Sal- isbury, and then there was that wonderful character, the late Queen, possessed of a mind of her own, and not a mere puppet in the hands of her ministers. She possessed j ugdment to distinguish between the real and the false. Those men had contributed to the greatness and progress of the Em- pire. INSPECTION OF THE UNITS. After the service the units returned via High street and Chester -street to the Hall z;1 Field. On each occasion—both going and returning—the streets were thickly bordered z, with spectators; indeed, the parade aroused a remarkable amount of interest. Mold is proud of its Territorial Company, which has just attained full strength. The erect and alert bearing of the men was greatly ad- mired. The National Reserve and Cl Lads' Brigade-both movements which ve been taken up with enthusiasm in II d also made a good impression. On the arrival at the Hall Field, Colonel Philips inspected the units, which were then dismissed. Altogether the parade was one of the most interesting and picturesque spec- tacles seen in Mold for a considerable time. MEMORABLE SERVICE AT FLINT. The Rector on "Welsh Guards." When Canada originated Empire Day, it was little anticipated how widespread the movement would become, how the celebra- tion would grow upon the peoples of the British Empire in the home country and to earth's remotest bounds wherever British- ers have set their foot and where the flag floats. 0 Flint, early in the history of the move- ment, took part loyally to the celebration, and the event been annually recognised. La-it Sunday, the 24th, was a memorable celebration. The weather was magnificent, sunny and clear. From the old Castle walls, the tower of Chester Cathedral stood out bold and clear; far up the river just across on the rising of Wirral, the large sanatorium of Liverpool could be seen-a

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--EMPIRE DAY.