THANKSGIVING SERVICES FOR PBACE. In common with all the Churches of the country, the service of thanksgiving for the blesaing of peace was held in St Mary's and St David's Churches on Sunday. At St Mary's on Sunday morning this was rendered all the more striking by the presence of the Denbighshire Imperial Yeomanry and the Denbigh Volunteers, and among both forces were several men who had taken part in the war in South Africa, and also several of the Yeomanry officers and non-commissioned officers including their Colonel. Colonel Howard, C.B., was also present in the congregation. The Church was crowded to excess, a large number of additional seats being pro- vided in front of the chancel, in the aisles and near the entrances. The congregation was conveniently accommodated, thanks to the churchwardens, Messrs James Hughes and C Trevor Jones. The special hymns were provided in leaflet form for every person entering the Church, and also forms of the special thanksgiving service. The service throughout was most hearty and devout, and everybody seemed to join in in the most heartfelt manner, the soldiers being conspicuous for the reverent and hearty way in which they joined in the service. The chants, psalms and hymns were rendered with great earnestness and in excellent time ane tune, by the choir and congregation generally, Mr Alex Bellamy skilfully presiding at tho organ. The prayers were intoned by the Rector (the Rev D Davies) and the Rev Hamer Lewis, diocesan inspector of schools. The special psalms were ciii, cxxi and cxxii. The first lesson, T Kings viii 55-62, was read by Colonel Parry, D.S.O., commanding the Yeomanry, and the second lesson, Colossians iii 1-15, by Major Ormrod. After the first portion of the prayers, the first hymn (A & M 165), "O God our help in ages past" was sung. After "the general thanksgiving'' the Bishop offered the special lorm of thanksgiving as pre- pared by the Archbishop, giving thanks for the close of the was, thanks for success to our arms and the blessing of peace, prayer for forgiveness for all done amiss and that both peoples may be filled with the spirit of mutual generosity and good will and that unity and concord might follow the blessing of peace. Then followed the collect and immediately afterwards the hymn (A & M 379) Now thank we all our God." The hymn before the sermon was (A & M 290) "Through all the changing scenes of life the concluding hymn was When morning gilds the sky, My heart awaking cries, May Jesus Christ be praised." during which the collection was made for the widows and orphans of the soldiers who have fallen in the war and amounted to JE13 4s (including a donation of el given 01 a member of St David's congregation in the evening for the object). At the con- clusion of the service the whole congrega- tion, led by the organ and choir, sang with great enthusiasm God save our gracious King." The sermon, which was extremely appropriate, was preached by the Lord Bishop of St Asaph, who selected as his text the last verse of the second special lesson, Col. III 15: « Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thank- ful." His Lordship commence by pointing out that peace and thanksgiving were the thoughts put before them in the last verse of the second lesson appointed for the morning's service. He referred to the writer of the epistle and the time and circumstances under which he wrote it. St Paul was a prisoner in Rome, but amid all his anxieties he was still filled with care and sympathy for Christ's Church. That epistle was more vigorous and more rugged in its tone than the other epistles and that was. a reflection of the anxiety of the mind of the writer. St Paul had set his heart upon seeing Route, which was then the greatest empire ia the world so great that her roads still exist in many parts of Wales, and their forefathers had probably witnessed tho marching of the Roman legions armed with the armour des- cribed by the Apostle in one of his epistles. St Paul had had his desire he had gone to Rome, but there he was a prisoner chained to a soldier, who never left him night or day, and Epaphras had brought him news respecting the Colossians, which made him uneasy, and caused him to write to them as he did, and exhort them to "let the peace of God rule in your heart," that peace of which their Lord has said, My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." Let it rule in their heart; the word translated rule in the text, liter- ally meant "umpire"; let the peace of Christ be umpire in your heart. There is a war in the heart; the peace of Christ must step in and everything yield to the umpire. Dwelling on the nature of the peace, he reminded them that great peace have they that love Thy law." Peace exists not only among those who do and say exactly alike, but peace may exist between those who differ. Proceeding to discuss what that doctrine bad to say to war and the warrior, he, reminded his hearers that as citizens they were entitled to freedom ana protection; freedom as long as they obeyed the law, and protection against those who break it. The Gospel of Christ does not condemn those who uphold and put the law into force; sin and selfishness pro- duce war; they are all hurtful, but there are even greater evils than war. There was nothing in the Bible which condemned or reproached the calling of the soldiers. Again and again was the life of the Christian compared to that of the soldier, whose sovereign duty was obedience. He here described the training and self-sacrifice necessary on the part of the soldier, and all not for his own sake, but for the sake of his family, his kindred, his country; the citizen becoming a soldier, stepping into the soldier's ranks because he knew that if they wished for peace they must be ready for war. Contrasting the life of the soldier with that of the Christian soldier, which he exhorted his hearers to be, he pointed out that the Christian soldier must be animated by the love of Christ if he was to wage war successfully; the same self- sacrifice which led them to devote them- selves to their country must guide their lives; they must exercise obedience and determination all the more because they had to face the enemy alone; they must fi-ht the battle in the strength which God would supply; be true, pure, brave men, then they could face life's battle with the sure and certain hope of victory, and look i forward at the end to the peace of God which passeth understanding. The life of the true Christian was grounded in the faith that God knows all and the spirit of gratitude and thankfulness became the habit of the man. The preacher then re- ferred to the great blessing of peace, for which they were that day offering their thanksgiving and reminded them with what fervour the tidings of joy rang over the land, and how restful it felt now they were at peace once more. But what of these who had laid down their lives ? They could not forget that there was hardly a home in the land upon which the war had not cast its shadow, and all this invoked their deep sympathy. He touched upon the deeds of heroism, and bravery which had characterised our soldiers, together with their self restraint and generosity to the enemy, of which they were all justly proud, and proceeded to impress upon his hearers that it was righteousness that exalteth a nation, and that it was now the duty of the nation to realise the responsibility which their success in South Africa had brought, so that the British people would become the instruments of spreading the knowledge of Christ's kingdom amongst the people committed to their charge. He concluded by direct reference to and exhortation of the soldiers present, reminding them that in the army it was the greatest ambition of a soldier to secure that emblem of bravery named after the Queen whose memory was enshrined in the hearts of the English people —"the Victoria Cross." Many strove for it, but few were destined to win it, but though they could not all win that, they could every one of them—every one in the Church, man and woman-win and wear the white flower of a blameless life. At the close of service the Yeomanry, headed by the Volunteer band, marched to camp, and the Volunteers, under command of Lieutenant Clough, marched to the Square and were dismissed. At St David's Church, in the evening, there was a large congregation, when exactly the same order of service and hymns were taken, concluding with the National Anthem. The Rev Hamer Lewis officiated and preached an excellent sermon from a text selected from the Victorious War Song of Deborah (Judges v, 23). in which he incidentally alluded to the National event which they were that day celebrating md the blessings of peace. At the Nonconformist places of worship In town thanksgiving for peace was offered y the minister officiating in his prayers or reference made to it in the sermon. 0
rHE DENBIGHSHIRE HUSSARS IMPERIAL YEOMANRY. This week the Yeomanry entered upon their last few days of the training, when they have done some excellent work. On Friday last they paraded at 8.45 and proceeded as far as St Asaph. The B Squadron formed a rear guard for rear action. As they left St Asaph they threw ant three flanks, the rear guard going down the main read. The reserves were under the command of Major Buddicom, who paptured two prisoners. The A," D," knd C Squadrons were manoeuvring around the district. On the way back five men from each squadron were handed over to Regt.-Staff-Sergt.-Major ruton, who fought a rear guard actioa. He worked exceedingly well, and gained his object, taking about thirty prisoners, and kept up the fire right into camp. The troops in camp lined the wall along the Buthiu-road ii I returned the fire very briskly. The Whole drill was carried out most success- fully. In the evening the regiment were entertained to a Magic lantern Entertain. ment by Lieut Wrigley, which was held in the dining teat. The lantern had beea kindly lent by Mr. E. J. Roberts, school- master, who excellently manipulated it, with the assistance of Mr Randle Haddocks, and the larger portion of the pictures had been taken by Lieut Wrigley himself while out at the front. The entertainment given was an illustration of the 29th Company of the Denbighshire Imperial Yeomanry out at the front, and showed some excellent woik which they had done-a good many of the men being very easily recognisable. As the various pictures were shown they were fully illustrated by Lieut "Wrigley, and the entertainment was thoroughly appreciated, as was shown by the plaudits which were given. On Saturday morning the regiment did not turn out, but was taken through some excellent work 18 tke vtablei by their res- pective ofleeri. In the afternoon a number of men turned out for inspection to be picked for teprosentiag the regiment at the Coronation at Leaden, and the following were ebotion:-Corpl R Owen, Sergt T Griffiths, Staff Quarter-Master-Sergt J Lloyd, Saddler S P Jones, Sergt J L Evans, Sergt J Morris, Staff Sergt-Major R Dumphy, Sergt-Farrier Edwards, Lance- Sergt E M Davidson, Corpl Hind, Trooper H Redfern, Trooper A Beale, Quarter- Master-Sergt T Owen, Trooper N C Brocklebank, Trooper H Humphreys, Trooper W J Lloyd, Trooper J E Nichols, Sergt J 0 Jones, Trooper Curtis, Sergt J B Jones, Corpl H Corbett, Regt-Quarter- Master-Sergt J Scott, Regt.-Sergt.-Major David Williams. Waiting men Trooper Fritz and Sergt W Jones. On Sunday the regiment, together with the D Company of the 1st V.B.R. W. Fusiliers, attended service at St Mary's Church, the particulars of which are given in another column Monday morning was devoted to manoeuvring around Moel Arthur and i Moel Fammau. Two forces were defending the path running by Moel Arthur, and the other two forces, moving from Moel Fammau, were the attacking party. The path was strongly held by the enemy, and the other forces were unable to take the path in any way. The attacking forces were B and D Squadrons, under the command of Major Buddicom, and A and C Squadrons defended the path, under Major Ormrod. The work was efficiently carried out. THE SPORTS. In the afternoon the annual sports in connection with the regiment were held at Myddleton Park—the camping ground- and proved very successful. It was a beautiful day, the sun shining the whole time. Amongst the many distinguished guests present were the Lord Lieutenant of the County (Col Cornwallis West) and Mrs West. All the elite of the surrounding district were present, besides a large num- ber of spectators from the town and district, in addition to the Yeomanry. The splendid band of the D Company, 1st V.B.R. Welsh Fusiliers was in attendance, under the leadership of Bandmaster C M Humphreys, and played appropriate music. The sports throughout were keenly con- tested and watehed with much interest. One of t'be most interesting races was the Victoria Cross irace. The men were mounted and had to run and jump a hurdle and proceed about 100 yards further, where there were some stuffed dummies, and there was also a party of men firing all the men came along. They had to dis- mount and pick up one of the duminies and return with it on his horse again. I Great excitement prevailed during this con- ( test. There was great enthusiasm mani- 1 fested when the tug-of-war competition came on. The starter was Lieut J Lloyd 1 Priestley, and the judges were Colonel j Parry, D.S.O., Major Buddicom, Captain Wynne Eyton, Oapt Cotton, Lieutenant Wrigley, Lieut Griiffth, Capt and Adjutant j Holford, &e., and they were assisted in many ways by the non-commissioned officers ] The races resulted as follows:— QUARTER MILE FOOT RACE. 1 Private R R Richards—C. 2 Private T Jones-C. SACK RACE. 100 YARDS. 1 Corporal Hind-D. 2 Lance-Corporal West—D. 3 Lance-Corporal Nicholl-D. LKMON CUTTING. 1 Quartermaster Sergt T Owen-C. 2 Sergt-Farrier J Edwards-A. TEXT PEGGING. 1 Sergt-Farrier J Edwards-A. 2 Sergt J 0 Jones—B. 3 Quartermaster Sergt T Owen-C. VICTORIA CROSS RACE. 1st Heat: 1 Sergt J 0 Jones-B. 2 Quartermaster Sergt T Owen—0. 3 Lance-Corporal Clutten-C. 2nd Heat: 1 Corporal Corbett-C. 2 Saddler S P Jones-A. 3 Corporal Hind—D. Final Heat: 1 Lance-Corporal Clutton-C. 2 Quartermaster Sergt T Owen-C. 3 Saddler S P Jones—A. TUG-OF-WAR. EIGHT MEN IN EACH TEAM. C Squadron beat B Squadron. A Squadron beat D Squadron. Final: A Squadron beat C Squadron. IUE SERGEANTS' CONCERT. In the evening a most enjoyable and successful smoking concert took place in the Sergeants' Mess. The concert was organised by the sergeants of the regiment, and a large number of visitors had been invited, in addition to the non-commissioned officers of the "D" Company 1st V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The officers of the Yeomanry were also present, together with Col T A Wynne Edwards and Major E J Swayne. Great praise is due to all the sergeants for the manner in which they had prepared and carried out the arrange- ments. There was an abundant supply of tobacco, pipes, drinks, &c., which had been nicely laid out for the use of the company. The committee consisted of Sergt-Major Turner, Liverpool, Sergt-Major R Lloyd, Denbigh, and Sergt Davidson, veterinary surgeon to the regiment, whom we heartily congratulate upon the successful carrying out of so convivial a gathering. The chair was ably occupied by Regimental Staff Sergt-Major Bruton, D.C.M. The accom- paniments were excellently manipulated by Trooper Page, Sergt Davidson, V.S.j and Mr E Mills, junior. The programme, which was greatly appreciated, was as follows:— Song, "In gOOcL company," Mr T K Willliams. Song, Ooperzootic," Bandmaster C M Humphreys. Duet, Call to arms," Sergt-Major Jones and Sergt Griffiths. Song, "Stable Jacket," Quartermaster Sergt Ted Owen. Violin solo, Trooper T H Smith. Recitation, "Mumble's Head," Mr Rogers Song, In the Navy,' Bandsman W Parry. Song, "Tomay Atkins," Mr J H Gibbs. Song, "True, true till death," Sergt Roberts. Song. I I'm on of the Jays," Mr Mellor. Song, "Drinking," Trooper T A Miller. Song, -6 To-night we'll merry, merry be," Quartermaster Sergt Ted Owen. Recitation, "The thin horse," Mr T W Griffith. Song, "For a hunting we will go," Col T A Wynne Edwards. Violin and mandoline duet, "Queen of the earth," Trooper TH Smith and Trooper Morse. Song, The silver Star," Major Swayne. Song, 'One is enough for me,' Mr Mellor. Comic song, Bandmaster C M Humphreys. Song, The Lads in Navy Blue," Trooper T A Miller. Song, Ye don't know where ye are," Sergt.-Instructor Pays. Song. Sargt R Williams. Song, Father O'Flynn," Trooper Greyham. j Song, I They were very good to me," Bandsman W Parry. Seng, Mr J H Gibbee Song, "The Football Match," Corporal Halford. Recitation, "A good girl, but fat," Mr T W Griffith. Song, Slutbering's late Dragoons," Trooper Greyham. Song, Staring me in the face," Mr Mellor. A most enjoyable evening terminated in the singing of "God ave the King," "Hen wiad fy Niladau," and" Auld Lang Syne." On Tuesday the regiment marched to Gwaynynog Park, where they had regi- mental drill under the command of Col Parry, D.S.O., and squad drills, which were taken by the squadron leaders. The regiment returned earlier than usual in order to prepare for the review the follow- ing day. Consequently in the afternoon the men were busily engaged in stable duties and in getting their equipment cleaned for the next day. On Wednesday the Earl of Scarborough inspected the regiment, which paraded at 8 o'clock, and marched through the town to Gwaynynog Park, where they were in- spected. They marched Dast in <;ine-le file and then his Lordship took the squadron drills, under the squadron officers respect- ively. Afterwards a small sham fight took place, and then they marched back to Myddleton Park. After dinner the Earl inspected the stables, tents, and the books in the orderly room. Yesterday (Thursday) the regiment paraded at 8 o'ciock for a sham fight with the inspecting officer, the Earl of Scar- borough. The 5. B" Squadron formed the enemy and the A, C and D Squadrons threw out in line of out-post, reaching from Plas Draw across the vale to Bontuchel. A very good fight ensued. The defenders of the \ale held their ground well, one section of the B" Squadron managed to get through, but the other sections of the B Squadron were unable to move. The work throughout was carried out in a very efficient and successful manner. While the men were having'tea, Colonel Parry, D.S.O., the commanding officer, addressed them and said he was glad to see the way in which the regiment had come up, which was very satisfactory. He hoped that next year the regiment would turn out in full strength (hear, hear). He re- gretted that ten men were absent without leave. It wasta very serious thing, and steps would be taken to make those men understand that. If men joined the regi- ment they should attend the camp. He was glad to say that the conduct of the regiment, both in camp and in the town, had been very satisfactory (loud applause and cheers). There was one exception which had happened that day, when a man was brought up before him for misappro- priating a portion of a comrade's kit. This was a most serious military crime. Every man was responsible for his kit and for a member to take his comrades things was most disgraceful, and this man had been dismissed with ignominy. He dare say that they knew he could have given this man 14 days imprisonment, but for the reputa- tion of the regiment he did not want to do that (hear, hear). He did not want to have this man sent into civil gaol to disgrace the good name of the regiment (hear, hear, and loud applause). But it was in his power to do so and if it occurred again he should have to do it. The shooting of the regiment was by no means up to the mark. In the old time it used to have a very good name, when they were second in the king- dom to the Ayrshires," and another time second to the "Dorsets." Last year the regiment was last but one. Shooting of all things was most important, if a man could not shcot he was little good. The shooting of the recruits was much better than the old soldiers (loud applause and cheers). He hoped that those recruits who had done so well would do as well next year when they were efficient members as what they did when they were recruts. Tne shooting of one squadron was particularly bad. When they had a match with the Volunteers there was not one man who came up to the mark. The riding of the regiment was a very distinct improvement. The first two days he saw them he was almost in dispair, but they had improved marvellously. Those who did not feel efficient if they would try and ride a little before they came up it would help them very much. He was also very pleased at the great improvement in the stables. The horses looked a great deal better now after the 18 days of even wet weather, than when they first came out (hear, hear, and applause). He was glad to notice how clean the kits were kept. Another year he should like all the horses bo be picketed and have no stables at all. [f they looked at Major Buddicom's and Captain Owen J Williams' horses, with- out stabling, they would see, he was mre, that they had not fallen off Ln condition and looked as well as any )f them. It would save them a con- jiderable sum if they were picketed )ut. He did not think there would be the Least difficulty in hiring horses and picket- ing them out and they would have less solds amongst their horses. If they noticed when they were standing under a tree when it was cold and wet they would find that it was worse than being out in the open, and it was the same in the stables. Ho did not want to have any Government horses next year. With the allowance they were given they should have no difficulty in getting horses. The horses of the regiment-and he was speaking with the experience of 28 years-were better than he had ever seen them (hear, hear and applause). Some of the tents were not as tidy as they ought to be. For their own health and comfort sake the tents ought to be kept clean. He hoped before next year he-or Col Howard -would be able to give them a full dress for Church parade and to swagger about in the town and show them off (laughter and applause). The expense of the regiment was considerable. The kit as they knew would be returned to store. It they choose to give a receipt for their kit they would be allowed t. take it out, that was of course on the approval of their Squadron leaders (hear, hear and applause). He wanted to ask them all to get their equip- ment ready to give in, so that they should not be missing in anything, and they should help one another. The Inspecting Officer, he was glad to say, was very pleased with what he had seen (hear, hear). He said that the answers given by the m n shewed great intelligence, and that they took a great interest in the work and were well- grounded. With one or two exceptions he thought the answers were given particularly well. Having called their attention to certain points in the firing, he exhorted them to keep in mind instruction they had had. They had had a great deal less drilling than they used to do, but more work in out-post duty. He hoped that if they got a chance of attending lectures they would do so. That applied to the non- commissioned officers as well as the men. He hoped, in spite of the wet weather, that they had all' enjoyed themselves and that he should see them all next year (loud cheers). The Colonel, who during the proceedings had been accompanied by Capt and Adjt Holford, Capt Wynne Eyton, and Lieut Wrigley, then distributed the prizes amongst the prize-winners at the sports on Monday. Two special prizes of a silver- mounted walking stick and a pipe had been kindly given by the Mayor of Denbigh (A 0 Evans, Esq.) To-day, Friday, the regiment broke up, and the men were busy early this morning entraiiiing their korses3 &c.j for home.
OUR CORONATION SUPPLEMENT. OUR CORONATION SUPPLEMENT. DON'T MISS IT! OKDER EARLY NEXT WEEK. A Beautifully Printed, Superbly Illustrated Life of the King & Queen (Copyright fcstrictly Reserved) WILL BE PRESENTED WITH OUR Next Week's Issue, SATURDAY, JUNE 21st. A BEAUTIFUL SOUVENIR* With our issue for Saturday, June 21st, will be presented an interesting memento of the Coronation. It consists of a four-page Supplement, printed on art paper, containing a Life Sketch of KING EDWARD VII. and QUEEN ALEXANDRA," written by Mrs. TOOLEY, who was graciously permitted by the QUEEN to visit the Royal Palaces in order to obtain authoritative material for this article. The Supplement is further embellished by 18 Beautiful Illustrations, which have been chosen for the purpose by His MAJESTY himself. The Illustrations inclade an excellent Photograph of the KING AND QUEEN in artistic border also Portraits of- Victoria the Good. The Prince Consort. The Father and Mother of Queen Alexandra. The King as an infant. The King of Denmark and Queen Alexandra. The Queen at the age of 16. The King at the age of 8. The Betrothal Party at Lacken. Queen Alexandra and her Children in 1870. The King and Queen with Queen Victoria at Windsor, before departing on their honeymoon. The Prince and Princess of Wales and Prinee Edward of York on board the Ophir." The King and Queen with three of their children. Thanksgiving Service Passing up Ludgate Hill to St. Paul's. A Reproduction of the celebrated paint- ing of the Marriage of the King and Queen at St. George's Chapel. Also drawings of the State Carriige, and Westminster Abbey. A feature of unusual interest is a Facsimile of the Marriage Certificate of the King and Queen, with the signatures of QUEEX VICTORIA, the KING and QUEEX of Denmark, FREDERICK WILLIAM, afterwards EM- PEROR OF GERMANY, and the EMPRESS FREDERICK, PRINCE LOUIS of Hesse, and many of our Royal Princes and Princesses are attached' This has never before been Published. The whole Supplement, supported as it is by Royal approval, will make an ex- ceptionally interesting souvenir of this momentous occasion. NEXT WEEK.
LOCAL POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ON CORONATION DAY. On Coronation day the Post Office will be opened as on Sunday, 8.0 a.m. to 10.0 a.m. There will be only one delivery in the morning and one despatch, which will take place at the usual time; box closed 7.30 p.m. On the, 27th inst. the office will close at 12 p.m. for all money business, as on Bank Holiday. There will be one delivery and one despatch at nisrht, at the usual hour.
RENT AUDIT DINNER AT ERIVIATT HALL. On Friday the rent audit dinner was held at Eriviatt, and, as usual, conveyances from the Crown Hotel met the tenants at the station. The weather was beautifully fine to start with, but unfortunately broke up during the afternoon; but through the generosity of Mr Ffoulkes the proceedings passed off most enjoyably. After the business had been transacted an excellent dinner was served by Mrs Bradshaw, the King's Arms Hotel, Den- bigh, who thoroughly kept up her high reputation as a caterer. Mr Ffoulkes proposed the toast of The King," and said he hoped the King would live long and reign well, which he felt sure would be the case.—The toast was loyally 1.0 101 red. Mr Ffoulkes next proposed The Queen, Prince and Princess of Wales, and all the Royal Family," which was heartily drunk. The toast of ''The Church and ministers of all denominations" was next submitted, and Mr Ffoulkes said he was sorry that Mr Jones, of Bylchau, was not there to reply to it.-The toast was well received. Mr Ffoulkes, in proposing The Army and Navy," said he would not detain them with a long speech, as they wanted to get out into the fresh air. It gave him great pleasure on Sunday when he heard that peace had been proclaimed, and it gave him greater pleasure now to drink the health of the Army who had done so magnificently (applause). They could not help being struck by the fact that the Army had worthily upheld its traditions, and bad treated the conquered with the greatest humanity (applause). The German and French nations had abused the British Army, and had said that they were in- human, and so forth, but they all knew that was not the ease (applause). No doubt some of them had relatives in the Army, and those who had knew that the enemy had been treated with the greatest humanity and generosity (applause). He was sure they were all thankful that the war was over, and the Boers would no doubt prosper and progress under the British flag, and he thought the Boers had received most generous and reasonable terms. There was a large amount of money needed to restock the farms, and they all knew that new stock was very useful on their own farms (applause).—The toast was heartily drunk. Mr ThomasfHughes, Brynbod, appropri- ately proposed the health of their landlord, Mr Ffoulkes, coupled with that of his mother and sister.—The toast was received with musical honours. Mr Ffoulkes thanked them for their good will and for drinking his health so enthusi- astically (loud applause). The toasts of "The Press" and "Mrs Bradshaw," the caterer, were then drunk. After dinner some capital patriotic selec- tions were given on the graphophone, such as "Soldiers of the King" and "Tommy Atkins," and others of a humorous nature, which were greatly enjoyed. After this some outdoor sports were indulged in, such as football and archery. This ended a most enjoyable day, the proceedings of which had exhibited thorough goodwill between landlord and tenant.
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EDUCATION BILL MEETING. To the Editor of the Free Prms. Sir,— Allow me to point out that the Bishop omitted to finish his last speech. He might have said he would take care to retain the handle of the umbrella, but would also take care to give his Nonconformist friend a half- share at least of the upper part of the umbrella. Yours faithfully, HONOUBS EASY. 10th June, 1902.
IRISH NATIONALISTS AND THE WAR. To the Editor of the FREE PRESS. Sir,—Speaking at Kensington on the 31st alt., the eve of the declaration of peace, Mr John Redmond devoted himself largely to the attitude of his party in regard to the late war, and as, irrespective of his politics, he is ad- mitted to be one of the ablest Parliamentarians of to-day, his remarks are worthy of some attention. English people," said he, "seemed to think that the Irish had been in sympathy with the Boers, simply o-at of hatred and hostility to England. This was not so. The mass of English people, whom he always regarded all a fair and freedom-loving people, would recognise that Ireland's attitude on this question had been animated by high and noble motives, and that Ireland had given an jxample of unselfishness that deserved to be rewarded." British pecple, however, outside Ir'sh Nationalists, have not vet forgotten, nor will they speedily forget, the extraordinary and disgraceful Irish demonstration in the House of Commons on the announcement of Lord Methuen's reverse in the first week of March, nor did Mr Redmond better his argu- ment when he went on to prophesy that the day is close at hand when, directly owing to this war, England will lose the whole of South Africa, and the Datch inhabitants will be able to establish and maintain their power theie, a piece of vaticination which his audience greeted with frantic cheers. Speeches of this kind. delivered, at the critical moment when the question of Peace or War was trembling in the balance, might be mis- chievous, if the Boers had not now learnt the precise value of the utterances of gentlemen who, from a position of snug security and comfort, encouraged them in their resistance, and their most earnest prayer at the present moment probably is, Save us from our (so- called) friends." FartHnately, the speeches of Mr Redmond and his followers are now power- less for harm, so far as the Boers are concerned, but there is still the danger, as Mr Horace Plunkett reminded his hearers at Liverpool, that they may obscure the true facts of Irish life let us then all the more heartily re-echo his wish that, although certain speeches which have been made may have given deep offence, the silent eloquence of the Irish dead upon the veldt may remain to move the heart and the conscience of the English people.— Yours truly, X.
THE FREE CHURCH COUNCIL AND THE RECTORS INVITATION FOR CORONATION DAY. To the Editor of the FREE PRESS. Dear Sir,—From the mass of irrelevancies of which Churchm.,tn has been guilty in your last issue, it would seem that some of your readers have not yet seen the reason for what I wrote to your issue of May 31st. My reason for troubling you for space was that in your issue of May 17th the public were quite misled. You published the Rector's letter to the Mayor suggesting a united service, between the Church and Nonconformity, to be held at St Mary's Church, in which two Nonconformist ministers and a seleotion of Nonconformist singers should take. part. Then were added these words "After long; consideration and an intervie v between two of the N oncollformi t ministers aud the Rector, the Nonconformist leaders have decided that they will not join the Church in a religious service, but have arranged to hold a service of their own. We think it will be the prevailing opinio 1 that it is to be regretted that the Noncon- formist leaders could not see their way to accept the olive branch extended by thj Church, for this is surely just one of those rare opportunities for unity and Christian concora, which should be readily embraced." -====- Now, I believe I clearly j-howed in your usue of May 31st th" r the long considera- tion was net en our .side. The ivector's letter was considered by the Gouncil on the day received, and answered the suuie tve in^ From April 14th to the 25th we waited for a reply, and then wrote to ask for one. When the Rector consented to meet the Revs James Charles and Evan Jones the matter was dis- cussed in full. The Rector was asked t4 appoint common ground where we could all be on the same footing; to this he replied thalj there would have te be a service in the Church. Then he was asked if he would consent to take part in a service in Capel Mawr, and that if he would, two of the Nonconformist ministers would assist (acoording to the Rector's sug- gestion) at the service immediately following at St Mary's. The Rector said he could not take part at Capel Mawr, even if he wanted to and that is hew the matter fell through. Who then is responsible for not embracing the" rare opportunities for unity and Christian concord, which should be readily embraced ? It was the purpose of my letter to show that it is not the Free Church Council. We consented to re-open the question of a Coronation Day service, though we had decided on one a fort- night previous to receiving the Sector's letter through the Mayor. I am sure that Church- man will not go quite so far as to say that this was done from any desire to add one more to our alleged "continual attacks on the Church." • ^Len' s'r> which of the anonymous statements -tbe FreePrets are Nonconformists to accept? Shall we take as sincere the statement that It will be the prevailing opinion that it is to be regretted that the Nonconformist leaders could not see their way to accept the olive branch extended by the Church' (May 17th), or Most Churchpeople will feel very little, if any, sorrow that St Mary s Church is not to be honoured with the presence of the reverend gentlemen, whose gospel is flavoured with con- tinual attacks on the Church, and I must confess that I cannot see a single valid reason why they should ever have been asked (Juno 7th). You will notice, sir, that "prevailing opinioa says one thing, and most Church- people say the unkind opposite. I am still of opinion myself that every Christian man and woman in Denbigh will regret that we still follow the Master at such a distance that we cannot see our way to worship Him together, without asserting antiquated legal points in. matters that should be death to the law. I cannot go after one-eighth of Cliurcli- man's anonymous irrelevancies, but there is one point I should like to nention. "The tone of injured dignity assumed by Mr Jenkins must have made some of your readers smile." I am not aware that any dignity of mine has been injured, nor that I assumed a tone suggesting that. But one thing ought to make your readers sad, and that is that "Churchman" has been able to write such a letter in reply to my effort to pub the public in possession of the full facts of a case only half stated in the Free Press of May 17th, when the half-stated facts were most misleading. To mislead a Christian com- munity on such an important matter is not a smiling matter. Christian unity and concord are too precious to be thrust back by flippanb talk about concessions to Nonconformist? miuisters, when one gentleman has failed to get his own plan carried through at the expense of ignoring the claims of 1,200 to 1,300 people, who could not find room in tha building proposed for holding the one service. "Churchman" says, "Nonconformist ministers may not consider the Rector's concessions sufficient; Churchmen, on the other hand, are very much surprised that so much has been offered." Nonconformist ministers as for no concessions, but accept the position to which Christ has appointed them—brethren in the Lord. That Churchmen are surprised at what the Rector has offered I am not disposed to believe at all. The Churchpeople whom I have had the pleasure of knowing in Denbigh are animated by a very different spirit. So much the worse for those who are not. The Church ..imes-,Fa High Church paper—commonds out action very heartily, and thinks that we have done the only thing we honestly eould have done. That is very satisfactory. No reader of the Free Press will misunder- stand me if I decline to answer any more writers over assumed names. Since I have signed my full name and address I am entitled, by press etiquette, to the names and addresses of those who write to differ from me. What a man can do under a mask is well illustrated in the number of unwarranted irrelevancies of Churchman," and I have no desire for that kind of writing.—Yours, in the best of fe -Jing, D. E. JENKINS. Ynle-street Presbyterian Church. *«* This correspondence must now cease, as no good purpose can be served by its con- tinuance.—Editor.
PEACE. We have waited with heart-sick longing for this day which has come at last, When the grim fight should be over, and the time of conflict past; Now dies out the cannon's thunder now the busy rifles cease; Let us raise a high thanksgiving to the God of Love and Peace. Long was the strife and weary many the men who died, Killed in the flower of their manhood, a nation's love and pride But they fell in their country's service weep not for them to-day, Now Peace has called aloud to War to cast her sword away. June let, 1902. POM-POM.
Social and Personal. Lord Kenyon has just succeeded Earl Kintore as Lord in Waiting on the King. Mr W Howaifd Evans, solicitor, has been appointed clerk to the Mold Local Governing body in succession to the late Mr G H Simon. The Prince and Princess of Wales have granted their patronage to the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, to be held at Bangor. The Duke and Duchess of Westminster are motor touring through Touraine, but will be in England again next week. Mr and Mrs Cornwalli8 West, had the henour of being invited to the Court, held by the King at d Queen on Friday night, at Buckingham Palace. The Rev Hugh Hughes, of Abergele, was elected president of the Welsh Wesleyan Assembly for 1902, en Wednesday, and the Rev Ishmael Evang, Carnarvon, was nominated for 1903. The Earl of Scarborough, during his visit of inspection of the Denbighshire Hussars Imperial Yeomanry on Wednesday and Thurs- day, was the guest of Col and Mrs Cornwallis West, of Ruthin Castle. The Rev E Powell, Liverpool, has been elected president for next year of the con- ference of the Welsh Baptist Churches for the counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Merionethshire. The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rector of Den- bigh (the Rev D Davies), and the Rev Hanmer Lewis, were the guests of Colonel Parry, D.S.O. and the Officers at the Yeomanry Camp, at lunch on Sunday, at the Officers' Mess directly after the Church service. Friday being the birthday of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart., the day was observed in the customary manner at Wynnstay, and a number of congratulatory messages were received. Sir Watkin has been staying ab Cefn, St Asaph. Col Howard was present at a meeting of old Etonians held at the Mansion House, under the presidency of the Lord Mayor, to discuss the proposed Eton memorial to Etonians who have taken part in the war in South Africa. An apology for absence was received from Col, W Cornwallis West. Lady Moatyn of Talacre had an afternoon party at the Queen's Gate Hall, Harrington- road, where the downstairs rooms were beauti- fully decorated with palms and foliage plants, and the Australian trio provided an excellent programme of music throughout the afternoon. There were a great many of the Roman Catholic world of London present. Mr Samuel Smith, M.P. for Flintshire, has now returned from the Riviera atter a pro- longed absence owing to serious illness. The honourable member was warmly ■welcomed afr Westminster by many Parliamentary frjends, but his recovery is still so far from complete that, after spending a few dava in London, he will seek improved health in Scotland, having paired for the remainder of the session.
THE MOST NUTRITIOUS. E P P S'S GRATEFUL-COMFORTING. COCOA — ^IREAKFAST-SUFPER.
ACCIDENT IM A SHAM-FIGHT.—^THILST the Yeomanry were engaged in a sham-fight yester- day (Thursday), a Tory serious accident occurred to two men of the "B" Squadron, namely, Trooper Lester Wolstencroft, the Anchor Inn, Denbigh, and Trooper T P Jones, Swan-lane, Denbigh. The b Squadron formed the enemy and whilst making the attack the two men were shot in the eye. Of course the rifles only contained blank cartridges, but being .0 near to each other they got the full effect of the charge and the first named was, we believe, seriously injured. Both men were at once su .gi aily attended to. A HANDSOME WEDDING GIFT.—Mr H Joyce, jeweller, Vale-street, has on view in the window of his establishment a very handsome silver tea tray which is to be presented to John Douglas Griffith, Esq., Garn, Henllan, by the Gain tenantry. The tray is a most beautiful specimen of the silver-smith's art. In the centre the Garn Coat of Arms has been artistically engraved, around which has been neatly engraved the following inscription: Presented to John Douglas Griffith, Esq., of Garn, Denbighshire, on the occasion of his marriage with Miss Winifred Ellen Nash, of Old Semerby Rectory, Lincolnshire, by the tenants on tne uarn estate, with their ousu wishes. June 19th, 1902." Mr Joyce is to be congratulated upon having supplied so hand- some a gift for the tenants. CORONATION FESTIVITIES.—The Denbigh Committee have accepted the tender of Mr Wheway, of Vale-litreet, to supply 1,250 mugs for the school children they bear a very pretty royal device and a, portrait of the King and Queen in artistic border. The flags and banners for the children's procession are to be supplied locally, by Mr T J Williams. The tea for the children of the National Schools and of the Catholic School will be supplied by Mrs J P Joneg; confectioner High-street; the tea for the girls and infants of Frongoch Board Schools by Mrs Evans, confectioner, Vale- street and for the Boys' Board School, Love- lane, by Messrs E P Jones and Sons, High- street. The catering for the meat tea for the aged people has been entrusted to Mrs Williams, refreshment rooms, Bridge-street, who so excellentlye catered tor a similar treat at the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. She is to supply precisely the same menu as gave so much, satisfaction to guests and committee on the occasion. The catering for the children at Herillan and the aged people has been passed over by the General Committee to the Henllan Sub-committee. MARRIAGE OF MR T E HUGHES AND MISS STRONG.—St. James' Church, Prion, was the scene of considerable interest on Wednesday, June 4th, it being the marriage of Mr T E Hughes, of Segroit Ucha, and Lavinia, daughter of Captain C T and Mrs Strong, of Toronto, Canada, and grand-daughter of the late Mr John Davies, of Prion Isa. The oeremony was performed by the rector, Rev Lewis Williams, and the bride was given away by her cousin, Mr Arthur Davies, Liverpool, and was attended by Miss Sallie Hughes, sister of the bridegroom. The best man being Mr Herbert Hughes, brother of the bridegroom. Among those pre- sent were Mr and Mrs Lloyd, Bachymbyd Mr Tom Lloyd, Dr Llcyd, Mr and MrsT J Williams, Mrs Hughes (mother of the bridegroom), Mr Arthur Hughes, Mr and Mrs Henry Davies, Geinas; Mr Jack Adams and Miss Jessie Adams, of Mold. After the ceremony, the wedding party drove to Bachymbyd where the bride had been entertained previous to her marriage. The bride was dressed in a cream silk organdie muslin (en train), and wore a veil and spray of real orange blossoms in her hair. Mr and Mrs Hughes left at 2 p.m., amidst showers of rice and confetti and firing of guns, on a driving tour through North Wales, with the hearty congratulations of kind friends and relatives.