Local Matrimonial Suit. LADY STEPNEY'S PETITION. REMARKABLE DISCLOSURES. In the DVorce Division of the High Court of Justice on Thursday, the 28th May (be* e the President, Sdr F. Jeune) the case of CowsH-Stepney v. Coweil Stepney came on for hearing. This was a suit of Lady Mar- garet Leicester Cowell-S^pney for a, judicial separation from her husband, Sir Emile Algernon Arthur Kepp 1 Cowell-Stepney, on the ground of alleged desertion. The Hon. Arthur Lyttleton, K.C., Mr Priestley, K.C., and Mr Barnard appeared for the petitioner; and Mr Lawson Walton, K.C., and Mr E. T. Spence for the respon- dent. OPENING STATEMENT. Mr Lytlteton, in opening the ease, said that petitioner was the Hon. Lady Stepney, a daughter of the late Lord Tabley, and the respondent was Sir Arthur Cow ell-Stepney, formerly a member of Parliament, and ia large landed proprietor in Wales. It would be material to know that those1 landed estates were entailed. The petitioner sought a judicial separation on the ground of desertion ond she; took these proceedings with the most profound reluctance. It was Not an Ordinary Case of Desertion. By the pleadings the respondent not merely denied desertion, but lie set up a decree oi divorce obtained by him in Idaho, United States, a decree which the petitioner asserted was founded upon an alleged domicile which was not bona fide, end which had none of the circumstances which really attached to a legitimate domicile. The decree was obtained on the 3rd ot March of this year, and if the decree was unchallenged m the courts of this country, the entailed estates, of which Miss Elsie Stepney, daughter of the marriage, was tena,nt-in-taii, would be affected, and her rights might be impeached. Tne marriage took place on the 24tli of August, lfcWo. lucre were during the, first few months ot the marriage contain eccentricities on the part of Sir Arthur Cowell-Stepney, to which Lady Cowell-Stepney did not pay much atten tion. He absented himself without telling her, and it seemed that, her maid made a communication to her at Dinard, where they went shortly after the marriisgCj that he haa made certain vague insinuations against her. However, he showed the greatest, delight at the birth of the daughter, and expressed himself at that time in the highest terms of his wife. The child was born on the 17th of September, 187 I, and on the 6th October, Uf16, Sir Arthur lett uis home, and had never cohabited with his wife since. Certain alle- gations which had been made at the time against his wife were investigated, and were found to be absolutely baseless. They were the result really of mental delusion, for which he was treated by Sir William Gull and Dr Maudsley, and resulted in the respon- dent being sent abroad wtih a doctor in 1877- 78. During the time he travelled abroad, Lady Stepney ceased actual communication with him, but from time to time sent messages by friends. In 1882, a meeting Was arranged between them, which was of a friendly oharacter, and he showed then, as at all times, great affection for his daugiuer. There were other transitory visits while she was living at Wood End, Berks, one of their residences. On the occasion of tho:oo visits, Lady Cowell-Stepney showed the greatest kindness to him. In 1889 an event occurred worth attention. At an agricultural show at Windsor, Sir Arthur's Welsh tenants were invited by him to luncheon, and he had his daughter there, and introduced her by toasts. On that Lady Cowell-Stepney, on the 28th June, 1889, wrote a kindly letter to him in reference to the matter, and ex- pressed regret that the daughter should not first have been introduced to the public by her mother. She. said — "1 do not want to write upon these matters, yet if I were now quite silent 1 should be giving you every right, to think that I eneeriully agreed to our separation, and as long fas 1 live 1 shall not do that. Please ckon-t mistake my meaning. I do not expect yoc to answer tnis, or to take t,he least notice of it. I am only too delighted tnat you should have our child with you, delighted that you should come whenever you will. Pray, forgive me, it in writing now, I have vexeu or hurt you, but, I feel obliged to send you this letter. I Nothing more tili,t, counsel need mention occurred till 189U, when Sir Arthur fell Under the Strange Delusion that certain pictures of an impure kind were being made ot his daughter, and he wrote to Lady Stepney to the effect that "such por- traiiture would be damaging to the future welfare of our dear child.' Lady Stepney wrote back treating this as a transitory delu- sion, iand saying that she had never allowed, and never wt-uld allow, their daughter to come near anything that Sir Arthur could object to. This was put an end to for a short time, but on the 3rd lebruary 1891, Miss Stepney visited her father at Norwood, where he was, and on the \.I,u February ot that year he visited Wocd End, where Lady Stepney was, and claimed the custody ot their daughter, his mind no doubt being still operated upon by his delusion. That was the only occasion on which Lady Stepney showed her anger in the matter, and she, was angry at his conduct. She took the young lady away from Norwood, and an agreement was made bet wee a them whereby r-e daughter was temporarily placed in the custody of an old friend. On the 21st. February, 1891, Sir Arthur and Lady Stepney signed an agree- ment undertaking to refer the custody ot the child to the Court of Chancery. Pro- ceedings were taekn by Sir Arthur in the Court, of Chancery to obtain the custody ot the ehidl. These were resisted by Lady Stepney, and afterwards abandoned abso- lutely, and by consent of the then plaintiff tan order was made in the Court of Chancery giving the custody of the daughter to Lady Stepney, with the usual power of access. That matter was finally disposed of, and the delusion seemed to pass; altogether tiom Sir Arthur's mind, for 10 year6 at any rate, and an oeca-sional visit, of an hour or so took place. From time to time Miss Stepney visi- ted her father .This state of things unhappily was put an end to in January, 1901, Sir Arthur writing a letter to his daughter on the 1st of that month, sayiing he had to tell J. _L1 _1 L' her something which nugm stariie KLLIU ap- prise her: — "The thing to be told you is that I hive forbidden a long farewell to England,^ intend to become a citizen of the United States. For many years there has been a po&sibliity of this." He gave her at the, same time a number of minute directions as to the management of the Llanelly estate. Left England for Good. On the 17th Sir Arthur wrote a letltr to his wife. "My dear Margarets—You will have gathered from my letters to our dear child tha,t I have lefe, England for good and all. Nothing short, of 13.1 great misfortune such as, limanly speaking, there seems no chance of will induce me to change this intention. I propose to make my permanent, home in the States." The letter went. on, "How would t.he thing act, or how would it, suit you to join me in the country?" and said that it Lady Stepney after their long-more than 20 years- Kerfcarution could make up her mind to join him, she, was to write to him at an address in North Dakota, "As regards our dear child and her best interests, I cannot think or wish that she should come here, even if you individually decided to do so." It would be proved that Sir Arthur had at this time formed the prospect of re-marrying, -and tha,t he was going to the United States with the definite idea of procuring a divorce there against his wife. Lady Stepney replied to tiiis letter in her usual gentle tone that ( she could not separa-to herself from her daughter, and expressed the hope that her husband would som-etimt-s come to the old country to visit them. On the 5th November of that. vear, Sir Arthur went to live at Idnho, and lived at, an hotel there till Jan., 1902. On the 2nd December, 1901, he wrote agaac. to his wife, Ho said: "1 hope yoc will not consider ma unduly persistent if I repeat my request of July. If vou can be happy with me you know in what quarter of ure globe to find me. If you cannot make up your mind to join me me I shall feel bound toi effect something like a full legal separation, as the present situaitton can no longer be endured." The answer, as before, was to be qcldressed to the care of Mr Hayter, of Coutt s Bank. That letter was replied to on the 13th Jan., 1902. Lady Stepney therein told her husband how difficult it was for her to answer his letter without touching upon things which had occurred in the past. Since he left her in 1870. a fortnight after the birth cf her child without, giving tiny reason cr explana- tion. she had only seen him since during occasional short visits in i yieriod of 25 years. She had always locked for his return. There had never been a moment up to the present when she would not willingly have joined him but during later years her hopes of hts coming back to her had been gradually dying •away. "And now quite suddenly you want me I to join you in America, although you give me no address and I have no idea in what part of the States you are living. Still I would go to you if I could, but for two real obstacles." The first, obstacle was her daughter, who, as her husband rightly sa £ d, could not accom- pany her; and the second was her (Lady Stepney's) ill-healtn. Fcr some years she had been far from well. and if she crossed the Atlantic, she said, she would certainly arrive at her destination in such a state as would render her a, burden to everyone. She hoped her husband would consider these things, and subscribed herself "Always your affectionate wife, Margaret Stepney." Sir Arthur next, went to California till the 9tli of April, 1902, and then returnel to Boyes City. On the 20th June he presented A Petition for Divorce from his wife in the Court of Idaho, iand on the 23rd of that month he returned to Eng- land The crrrmnrl unOll which he SOUgllt divorce was the alleged desert.1011 of him by his wife for more than 20 years. Mr Lawson Walton The only allegation, it will be observed, is that of desertion. The President: That I understand. Mr Lyttleton, resuming, said in August, Sir Arthur had aii, interview with his daugh- ter in this country, and avowed his intention of obtaining a, divorce ni Amerea in order to marry there. At the end of September, he returned to Idaho, again went to California,, and remained there till January, 1903. On the 7th of February .of that, year, there being no appearance by Lady Stepney, who would not admit the jurisdiction of the American courts in the matter of an English marriage, the trial took place, and on the 4th March, a decree of divorce was made by the Ameri- can Court, granting a dissolution of marriage on the ground of desertion of her husband. But there had been desertion by Sir Arthur, said counsel, long anterior to this petition, and extending over 26 years. He (counsel) also urged that Sir Arthur had not. acquired any bona fide domicile in Idaho. The President reamrked that if domicile was altered merely for the purpose of obtain- ing a divorce, he should have grave doubts as to whether it really constituted at change ot domicile at all. Mr Lyttleton contended that this was purely a fictitious domicile in America, with no element of permanency about it It was not acquired, he said, with the idea of a change of residence, but merely for a tem- porary purpose, and to obtain a, divorce. The President, here pointed out that the onus of proving an American domicile would rest with the respondent. Mr Lawson Walton said he was not in a position to give evidence in proof of such domicile. LADY STEPNEY CALLED. Lady Cowell-Stepney was then examined by Mr Priestley. :She: said she was married on the 24th August. 1875, and there was one child of the marriage, Catherine Muriel Stepney. Her husband had a large estate in Wales. In the, absence of a male heir her daugnter would inherit that property. After the marriage she first went to live at Wood End, Ascot. On a visit to Dinard, the miaid told her of insinuations which her husband made, but she passed the matter over. Lady Stepney gave evilence generally in support of counsel's statement, and as to the- agree- ment, etc. In 1901 she received a lettei asking her to go out to Dakota, but she saici she was in ill-health at the time, and could not do so. With reference to the divorce suit, she was advised not to put in an appear ance. Cross-examined by Mr Lawson Walton, Lady Cow ell Stepney said that apart from the desertion she had no unkindness to com- plain of against her husband. She had no reason either to complain of the financial position in which he left her. He had kept both houses going-that, in Wales and that at Ascot. Out of his net revenue of P,5,000 a year he had allowed her £2,000 for the support of herself and daughter. HER LADYSHIP'S DAUGHTER. Miss Catherine, Muriel Stepney, daughter of the parties, who said she was known among her friends as "Elsie," said that in August, 1902, she received a letter from her father asking her to meet him, and she did so. He spoke to her about business matters, and told her he had cut off the entail of the estate. He said he wished to settle the estate irrevocably upon her, because under certain circumstances she might, succeed. He spoke of the possibility of there being some other claimant to the estate. She asked if that were possible in her mother's lifetime, and at last she asked if he was thinking of re-marrying in America, and he assented, then asked if he intended to get a divorce from her mother, and he said that he inten- ded getting a divorce. He said he had sent for her mother first to satisfy his conscience. She then said that it appeared that his letters were a sham, and he said that was the case. He also said that he had gone to America for the purpose of getting a, divorce. Cross-examined, witness said her father had been uniformly kind and considerate to her. Counsel intimated he could call other wit- nesses, but His Lordship said that it was not, necessary COUNSEL FOR RESPONDENT. Mr Law son Walton said lie appeared 011 behalf of Sir Arthur Cowell-Stepney, who was in the United States, and lie was not in a. position to dispute the main facts relied on by Lady Stepney, as to the long separation, relied upon as desertion, and as to her rights. Under the circumstances he could J^t con- test her claim that she was entitWr to a decree of judicial separation. In order that, Sir Arthur Cowell-Stepney might not be sub- ject to any unjust reflection, he wished to point out that. Lady Stepney frankly admit- ted tint apart from the desertion she had nothing to complain of in regard to her hus- band. In Sir Arthur's absence he. was not prepared to admit the whole of the story as to their married relations, but lie was not pjepaied to contest it. It was clear that he I had lived apart, from Lady Stepney without her concurrence, and Sir Arthur was anxious, as a map of honour, that it, should be pub- licly efaited that he made no reflection what- ever of any kind upon Lady Stepney. With these observations, he left, the matter in his Lordship's hands. With regard to the Ameri- can divorce he was not, in a position to 1 prove the facts. JUDGMENT. The President said it was clearly proved that there hid been desertion by Sir Arthur Cowell-Stepney of this lady, and it was beyon ddoubt that there was no implication whatever uprf. Lady Htepney, Whatever the cause of the desertion Avas, there was nothing which reflected upon her. There had been desertion, and that justified her in asking for a judicial separation. As to the Ameri- can divorce, it was for the respondent to establish that he had an American domicile at the time of the divorce. He, did not think that had been esitaWished. No evidence, had been put before him by the respondent to prove that there was any such domicile in America as would render the divorce valid. Thefeore the petitioner had made out her case, and the respondent had not made, out the answer which he had set up. His Lordship granted Lady Cowel Stepney a decree of judicial separation. LETTER FROM MR W. E. GLADSTONE. Lady Stepney, it is fairly well known, was a great friend of the late Mrs Gladstone. Referring to the proceedings instituted in Chancery a., to the custody cf her daughter, her ladyship stated in the Divorce Court on Thursday that numerous friepds of the re- spondent made affidavits in support of the
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The House of Stepney. FOUR CENTURIES OF PUBLIC SERVICE. Mr Arthur Mee writes as follows in the Western JJail of Friday — The old and honourable house of Stepney is re-called (Isewhero in these columns to- day. It is here my purpose to say a word about the family and their long and interesting connection with Wales. Their history, more fully related by the late Robert Harrison, disproves in itself the ridiculous plea. advanced by certain obscure extr3mists that gentle birth and the possession of ample means unfit men for the performance of their duty to their fellows. The Stepneys first came to Wales from London about the middle of the sixteenth century, when Alban Stepney married a flaverfoidwest lady, and at once commenced to do useful service by representing certain Welsh constituencies in three successive Parliaments of Queen Elizabeth, and also serving as sheriff for the counties of Pembroke and Carmarthen. His son and grandson only enjoyed their inheritance for a brief period but the former was made a baronet in 1621. In the same year his brother had the good fortune to save King James the First from a watery grave. The same gentleman was subsequently cup- bearer to the First Charles. In the reign of this unfortunate Monarch Alban Stepney was third baronet, and also served his country to tha best of his ability. During the Civil War he loyally sided with his King, and had to suffer for it, like many another, both in person and estate. The fourth baronet married Juetinu, daughter of the famous Vandyck and Justina's mother was a direct descendant of the Ruthven who aided and abetted in the murder of Rizzio, to which we alluded a week or two ago. Justina bore to her lord a. son and three daughters, iwo cousins of the fourth baronet were Charles and George Stepney. The former died on the battlefield the latter wae known as a scholar, poet, and diplomat, and was interred in Westminster Abbey. Sir Thomas Stepney, fifth bare net, and grandton of Vandyck, married a Vaughan, and so became possessor of estates at Llanelly. Dear, worthy, and honest iSir Thomas," writes a friend of this baronet, who was sheriff of Pembrokeshire, and also represented Carmarthenshire in Parliament. The life of the sixth of the line was very short, and then we came to the life of the seventh baronet, Sir Thomas, one of the most interesting figures in the history of the house. Llanelly had even then been long famous for its coal, and a couple of centuries before oldLeland had made quaint reference to the fact. Sir Thomas set himself with great assiduity to improve his estate and develop the neighbourhood as far as lay in his power. He paid special attention to his coal works and fisheries, and constructed a new kind of vessel, called by his correspondents busses," to convey the fish. Sir Thomas seemed to have introduced his coal to the JLondon market, and was altogether a man in advance of his time, Tradition has it that Sir Thomas was not only an active and enligtened, but a most amiable and approachable man. There is a beantiful tribute to him in John Wesley's Diary. Wesley, whose keeness of perception was equalled only by his notability of character, visited the tin-plate town of after years many a time, and these are two extracts from that wonderful work, his Journal," too little known nowadays "Thursday. 17th Angust, 1769. I preached in the evening at Llanelly. The behaviour of Sir Thomas Stepney's servants here, four or five of whom belonged to the Society,' has removed all prejudice from him, as woll as from most of the town. Indeed, they are a pattern to all of their rank, truly adorning the doctrine of God," Three years letter we have this sad but noteworthy remark; "I went on to Llanelly. But what a change was there! Sir Thomas btepney, the lather ot the poor, was dead Cut down in the strength of his years 11" The death of Sir Thomas must have been a blow-4;o LlaneHy in more ways than one. His successors seom for a long time to have taken little or no interest in the place, and the fino old family mansion sank for a while into worse than decay. The eighth I baronot sat for Monmouthshire for one and twen ty years. He was also entrusted with diplomatic missions abroad, which he carried oat with honour and success. Sir Thomas was succeeded by bis brother, an intimate friend of Charles James Fox, and who was besides a born courtier, serving the Duke o' York as groom of the chamber lor 35 years, without other fee or reward than the sincere 110gard of his Roy nl master, With him the title died out, but it was revived many years later in favour of his descendant, Colonel Stepney, a gallant old Peninsular hero, whoso memory is still green at Llanelly. He was the son of Captain Coweil, who had a tine military record, serving through the Irish Rebellion, and witnessing the horrors of that miserable time. When Colone (afterwards Sir John) Stepney was a boy he and his brother were walking with their nurse, when George III. stopped to inquire about their parents. One of the little rascals got possession of the King's whip and slashed the Royal legs with it. The horror-stricken nurse was rushing forward, when good-natured old George remarked, Eh, what! what let him alone, let him alone. Everybody likes to have a cut at the King." The little boy who cut at the King after- wards cut valiantly at his Majesty's enemies and he had a splendid career in the Peninsula. A record of his exciting oxper- iences was printed for private circulation. Sir John was a bluff old soldier, full of strange oaths, and charmingly devoid of all pomposity and nonsense. He resided at Llanelly for some time, and a friend of mine recollects as a little girl the old warrior pursuing her for making a raid on one of his mulberry trees. Many anecdotes are told of lim. At a local flower show the French flag was displayed among other bunting. The old hero saw it. What the blanketty blank is that rag doing there ? Take it down at once And the tricolour disappeared. Sir John, like so many of his ancestors, sat in Parliament, but chiefiy as a silent member, which, no doubt, was as well, for had he spoken, his addresses might have been adorned by expressions better adapted to the tented tield than to the floor of St Stephen's. He died in 1877, and was suc- ceeded by the present baronet. Sir Arthur COTCII Stepney, born in 1834, was for many yeais a clerk in the Foreign Office. As a younger son he had little hope of succeeding to the estate, but one after another his brothers predeceased him, in- cludif-g the dashing Captain Coweil, of the Guards, who fell at Inkerman. Sir Arthur sat for time in Parliament as member for the Carmarthen Boroughs. He first stood in 1574 as a Liberal, but was beaten by a Conservative, the late much-respected Charles Nevill. On Mr Nevill accepting the Chiltern Hundreds Sir Arthur Stepney was returned unopposed, but followed Mr Nevill to the Chiiterns in 1878. Eight years after Sir Arthur won the Home Rule election as a Gladstouiau-Liberal, and held the seat for six years, but he was much of his time abroad, and at length resigned in 1892. Sir Arthur Stepney is a great traveller, a kindly, genial man, of refined tastes, unostentatious, and generous to a fault. In 1875 he married Margaret, daughter of the secoud Lord de Tabley, by whom he has one daughter. Lady Stepney—an intimate friend of the Gladstones—and Miss Stepney are now familiar figures at Llanelly, where their interest in the tenantry, their sympathy with local matters, and their kindliness of disposition have won all hearts. Miss Stepney is said to have sat for the dainty little maid in Millais' well-known painting, Cherry Ripe."
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Sale of Property and Gas Shares at Carmarthen. On Saturday, at St. Mary's Auction Mart, Car- marthen, Mr Vincent Howell Thomas (of the firm of Messrs J. Howell Thomas and Sen, auctioneers) sold 12 Carmarthen Gas Company's shares of £25 each, to Mr Owen, rate collector, Carmarthen, for £23 each, the total price being X396. On the same afternoon, et the same plaoe, Mr Vincent Howell Thomas disposed ICot the following local freehold property by auction 14, The Parade, rented at £25 by Mr "YV. S. Phillips, £ 125, Mr J. B. Arthur, merchant, Priory.atreet, who also paid X-510 for 16, The Parade, which is in the occupation of Mr Gower Griffith5 a 47ift. yard on the Quay, rented under a lease of 21 years to Mr Thomas Dalies, slate merchant, and four houses on the Quay, each rented at 2s. 3<1. a v»etk, were purchased bv Mr Thomas Davies, slate merchant, for £ 530 a yard and small garden in Little Bridge-street, rented at X4 48. were sold to the tenant, Mr 1hoffias Dluie and two shops and premises in lled-street, known as Market llall, and rented at £:)0 to Messrs D and LI. Joins, drover?, were sold to the tenants for £ 1.125. Mr J. F. Morris, Car- marthen. was the tolicitor. On the same occasion 13 lots of freeh'dd property in Johnstown, Carmar- then, owned by Mr S. Phillips, The PftTade, Carmarthen, were off;,r"d by auction. Park Royal Oak, accommodation land, being the first of the Upper File Fields, rpnted at £ 25, and 10 building plots on Monument Hill, were withdrawn, Nos. I and 2, Llanstephan-road, dwelling-houses, rented tor £8 10s and £11 per annum, went for zC340 to one of the tenants, Mr D. Jones whilst an adjoin- ing 'garden rented to Mr J. Burgess. Nelson Hotel, tor £2 lOf. was withdrawn. Mr Thomas Walters, Carmarthen, was the solicitor.
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Congregational Assocition of Carmarthen. MEETINGS AT WHITLAND. The annaul meeting of the Congregational Association of Carmarthenshire was held at tho Tabernacle, Whitland, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 19th and 20th May, 1903, under the presidency of the Rev D. ThcmUfe, Llanybii. It was a coincidence that the nietthigs were held on the 29th anniversary of the Qpening of the, Tabernacle Chapel. The CongrogaitrionalMs have no less than 97 with, a membership of 21,000 in the county. Amongst the large number present were: Rev D. Thomas, Llanybri (pros'dent); Rev W. C. Jenkins, Kidwiilly Rev T. Thomas, I. Llanwrda, Llaiigndock (secretaries of the two divisions of the County, which are united in their annual Association); Rev D. R. Davies, Rhydyceisiaid; Rev Stephen Thomas, Elim; Rev T. Dennis Jones, Llanllechyd; Rev J. Evans, Bryn, Llanelly Rev Peter Davies, Puntfceg; Rev J. Eva.n.s, B.A., St. Clears; Rev Cadfwlch Davies, St. Clears; Rev E. Jones, Cana; Ellis Davies, Siloh, Llan- elly Rev J. J. Jones, B.A., Llanelly; Rev D. Jones: Saran, Llanelly; Rev L. P. Evans, Penygraig; Rev T. Thomas, Salem; Rev D. J. Thomas, Carmarthen Rev D. J. Evans, Penygroes; Rev W. Thomas, Whitland (the re.spected pastor of Tabernalle); Rev D. E. Williams, Henllan; Rev J. H. Rees, Burry Port; Rev D. E. Walters, B.A., Llandovery; Rev L. Price, Laugharne; Rev J. Solon Rees, Aberammait Rev Geo. Phillips, Car- mt.rfrnen; Rev M. P. Moses, Llanelly; Rev S. G. Recs, Abeigorlech; Rev D. Ff. Davies, of Newfoundland; Rev J. Davies, Gwer- nogle Rev G. Jones, Llanedi; Rev D. Lewis Giboon; Rev W. Davies, Llandilo; Rev D. G. Williams, St. Clears; Rev L. James, Brynbank; Rev J. Tegryn Phillips, Hebron; Rev R. Gwelfa Roberts, Tabernacle, Llanelly Rev D. Jones (B.), and Rev J. Davies (C.M.) Whitliand; Rev D. Evans (B.), Blaenconin; Rev J. Jones (B.), Ffj-non and others whose names were not, obtainable. There were also present a large number of representatives of the various churches of the county, more especially of tne surrounding districts. The general conference was held at 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, which having been introduced by the Rev M. P. Moses, the president, the Rev D. Thomas, Llanybri delivered a short pithy address, dwelling chiefly on the success that had attended the spiritual work done by the Rev W. Thomas, Whitland, at Soar and the Tabernacle, during the 48 years he had been pastor of the church, and hoped that all present would attend his Jubilee, meetings, which were fast, approaching, and hoped the rev. gentleman would be spared to them, not only until his jubilee, but, for many years afterwards. THE BIBLE IN DAY SCHOOLS. The Rev J. Evans, Bryn, llaiieII3,, moved that they JUS an association, pass a resolution in favour of bringing the Bible into use at the clay schools. The Rev J. H. Rees, Burry Port seconded. A discussion ensued, 11 which the Rev J. G. Jones, B.A., Llanelly; Rev M. P. Moses, Llanelly; Mr W. Seourfield, Whitland, and others took part. The Rev M. P. Moses moved an amend- ment, "That the Bible be not taught in the day schools, and that things be left, as they are at present." Mr W. Scourfield, W'v;land, in seconding the amendment, sadi that he did so as an old schoolmaster. They should not shirk their duty, and place it on day school matters. It was the duty of the Sunlay Schools, the Churches, and the families. On a division, the amendment was carried by at large majority. The Rev J. Evans gave notice that he would move the subject again next year. The Rev Dennis or.es, Llanllechyd, the secretary of the ngregatiollal Union Pro- vident Society, advocated the claims of the Society, which at present had about 200 members, with funds about t3,000, having since its foundation in 1885 paid about E2,000 to its members. He urged all the young ministers; to join. There, were no entry fees up to 30 years of age, and only £1 per annum above 30, On the motion of the Rev Wm. Thomas, Whitland, seconded by the Rev T. Thomas, Salem, Llandilo, the (association unanimously endorsed the claims of the Society, and urged all to join. LICENSE RENEWALS. The Rev D. E. Williams, Henllan, said that the present Government was kind to its friends, and regretted that they at the asso- ciation coull not speak loud enough for them to hear them. Still, he believed that a reso- lution would do good, in face of what was going on in these days, and that a copy of it should be sent to the Prime Minister, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. the local mem- bers, and (as suggested from the audience) also to the Lord Chancellor, who most of all needed it. The Rev D. R. Davies, Rhydyceisiaid, seconded, and the folllowing resolution was unanimously carried: "That this conference of the Congregationalists of Carmarthenshire repre-senting 97 churches, comprising 21.000 numbers, at their annual association. held at the Tabernacle, Whitland, May 19th. 1903, offers its most solemn protect against any legislation which will interfere with the hitherto unfettered discretion of licensing magistrates, or create a vested interest, in the liquor license, and hereby challenges Parliament o. appeal to the constituencies on such IPurposes." IMPORTANCE OF CHURCH ^EMBEH- SHIP TO THE HEARERS OF THE GOSPEL. The Rev S. Thomas, Elim, read a very able paper on the above subject, which was most interesting and instructive, and attentively listened to, being one of the most cardinal points the churches in genernl throughout the county ought to consider, in face of the pre- vailing indifference that seems to pervade the rising generation. The Rev W. Thomas, Whitland, moved that the Rev S. Tuomas should print his able and most timely paper for general dis- tribution, when they would be a' Ie to read it in their homes. This was unanimously ingreed to. The Prc.si(Wnt announced that- he had been requested by the Rev Mr Evans, Autioch. Crymmych Arms, near Whitland. who was present, to extend a. most pressing welcome to one and all, to attend I.,ic association for the three counties, namely Carmarthenshire. Pembrokeshire, and Cardiganshire, which will '1-- _1 "1 "I be held at, Antioch, on vveanesuay anci liiurs day, the 10th and 11th June, 1903. The following ministers took part in the services: Rev D'. Jonns, Salem, Llanelly; Rev D. E. Walters, Llandovery; Rev J. J. Jones, Rev J. Evans (Bryn), Rev Davies (Siloh), Lanelly Rev W. Davies, Llandilo; Rev D. m.), Blt.cneonin; Rev .J. H. Burry Port; Rev R. GwyJfa Rol;ciis. Llaih'lly; Rev —. Harries, Bethel, JJau- dovery; Rev T. Thomas, Llanwrda, LJun- gadock Dr B. Davies, Newcastle Einlyii; and at Henllan on Ttesdav evening, Rev M. P. Mo: es, Llanelly; Ind Rov P. Davies. Pant teg. All the meetings were well atten- jdedj excellent s:crmojis being preached.
Llandilo Notes. A photograph tbas is attracting considerable attention is that in the window cf Mr Harris, tho photographer, of the Llandilo cricket team of IS;): or just half a century ago. It has been reproduced from a photo of the old style of photographing on glass, and which had afterwards been coloured. The members of the team in their various get-ups look like a lot of Siberian convicts, but very probably they were a superior team to many of the so-called teams of the present day, who think more of their flannel than their fielding. -:0:- We have already got the reputation of being a god- less lot at Llardilo-or, rather, I should say a non- religious lot—and now we shall soon have the reputation of being a dirty lot, for our Urban Council do not believe that Cleanliness is next to Godliness," and, although our electric lamps are regular eye sores, consequent upon their dirty state, yet despite the fact that we shall soon have the town crowded with visitors, the Council have decided they shall not be cleaned until the visitors have come and gone-and gone after having formed a good opinion of the town. it is a real case of Buinbiedom.
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L L* A N D I L- 0. EARL CAWDOR AND FAMILY arc at present in residence at Golden Grove. WHIT-MONDAY.-—Although there was nothing goinp on in the town on Monday to attract visitors, yet it was fairly full of visitorr. THE VOLUNTEERS.—A contingent of the local Volunteers, uuder the command of Major Williams, left on Saturday for a week's camping at Porthcawl. FOR THE Citurc,it.Nlr D. J. Thomas of Llandto, at present a master in the Llandrindod Iutermed'ate School, intends at the end of this term becomir^ a curate in tha Church of England. DEATH OF MR. DAVIES, IVOR I-IOUSE.-It is a strange coincidence that during the apace of a few years two aien, both drapers, aid both occupants of the Compton House, bth compaiatively young men, should have died each leaving aft. r f.hlr. a. widow and three children to mourn their IOSb. Tae first was Mr Ben Lewis, and the last Mr Df V.es, who after a illness of a few months, succumbed (In Sunday night He was the son of the late Mr Meg n Davies, Cwm Ivor (member of the School Bear(i). Deceased was of a reserved and kindly disposition Much sympathy is felt with his widow and little onts CONGREGATIONAL CYMANFA.—The annual cymanfa ganu of the lecal Independent Churches was held on Monday last at Salem. The conductor was the Rev C. Meudwy Davies. Llanelly. The following churches were represented: Tabem icle, and Crescent- read. Llandilo; Silo, Penvbank; Salem, Capel Isaac, Penirheol, and Lianavrthney.—A children's meeting was held at half-past ten. The chairman was Mr W. Thomas, Corner House, Llandilo. The Rev A\iliiamis, of Llandebie, opened the meeting with prayer. The tunes rehearsed were "Mac Iosu dorbyn (plant," "Bydd caniu yu y m'foedd," "0 sanc- taidd," and "Yr Ymprvroh." In. the afternoon meeting, the chairman Mr J. Harris. Lan. The Rev J. Cadvan Davies offered up prayer. Hymns rehearsed "Cnerfyrddin," "Holstein," "Pcn.vrh.eol," "Bui-ford," "Dia- dem Ifi cl d an, and the anthem "Bydd melus gofio v cvlamod," and that of "Gcruch- afiaeth." Addresses were delivered by Messrs ,i H. Gr,thlis and W. Harries. Tonic Solfa. certificates were presented to members of BrynffynonJ Salem, and Tabernacle choirs, who hal been previously examined by Mr R. Thomas, Ffairfach. At the evening meeting, the Rev J. Thorn-.S, Salem, was- in the chair. The Rev Rees. Pt iiybank, offered prayer. Tile tunes; rehen 1 sed were "01 mbria." "Here- ford," "Prospect," "Trewern." "Rethesda and the two anthems of the afternoon. A solo was sweetly rendered by Miss Davies, Salem. The tinging was above the average. The ehoralisis were ■accc«ipariiied by the Llan dilo String Band.
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wife's among them being Mr Gladstone, who wrote her tl-ie, followinS sympathetic letter Dollis Hill, N.W.. Feb 24. 1891. My dear Lady St,epiiey(-No words can tell you how I am grieved at the deplo- rable intelligence you send me. May God in His mercy minister support to you and Alcy, and to him who does' you wrong the light he siadly needs. Of course, I shall be ever ready to do all that I find to be legitimately in my power, and I think my first duty is to be on the spot. I propose therefore, to be at No. 18, Park-lane (where we are to Jive next year) to- morrow at 12 to meet your solicitor, if you will kindly appoint him there at the time, and pray do you come or not as you think best. I will come to you if I find a note or message to that effect. My wife is not here; you know what her feelings and those. of our children will be. Ever yours affectionately, W. E. GLADSTONE.