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LLANGADOCK. FATAL ACCIDENT.—John Hughes, a farm servant in the employment of Mr Nathaniel Griffiths, of Glanrbyd Farm, Llangadock, war found ou Sunday morning in an uncon- scious state on the rai!way between Llan- gadock and Glanrhyd stations. He was, in all probability, knocked down by the late Swansea train on Saturday night. He had sustained very severe injuries about the head and face. Accompanied by Dr Hopkin, Llangadoclc, he was conveyed by ti-rtiu to Llandovery, and placed in the Workhouse hospital, where he was exam- ined by Dr Berryman and Dr Hopkins, and f< und te be in a very precarious condition. He died on Tuesday.
Ghristmastide at Carmarthen. Christmas was celebrated at Carmarthen rather more quietly than usual this year oil account of the fact that the festival fell on a Sunday. On Saturday evening, the Pilgrim s Rest Band paraded the street, and in the early hours of Sunday morning, St. Peters' bells chimed forth merry peals. On Sunday morning the Mayor proceeded in state to Divine worship at St. Peter's Church. He wore his robe and chain of offioe, and was accompanied by the following ex-mayors also in their robes of office: Mr H. BruneI White, Air E. Colby Evans, and Ikii- John Lewis. ILtSrs o. Sejr,, crcna The maces were homo y Burnhill. Sf, in uniform and bearing the official pole \he Carmarthenshire InBrmary, the parent's had their usual Christmas dinner on Sunday; and the "sualjJhmttn „ Sated with everyg jens by th. A » Snfon^m next the Holy communion Sunday. usual custom, there will be a Christmas Tree- for the patients on the fcTb/SSSl^ MM bLutifully decorated with evergreens and beau tit u i y Davies and friend -Mpat ^1i £ » led to p the whole assembly. A most rS'who^ rabffto b^e-t^Tea ^oge'h'erX T/'plS off veTPpV Several friendssent gifts of the inmate.. MB. BV»G, H,Lrbert Pryse, Ystradwrallt., a barrel of oranges, tea, sugar, etc.; Mrs Lawrenoel "Reporter" Office., mottoes; Miss Jennings sent tobacco. Tea. and toys were (hstubutect oy Si Picton terrace, toys and books; W. Scrivenei-, t'hree plum puddings for the old Mr Wheldoii, 10s to be divided Sei,gt,. Rees, South Africa, 1:2,' to be dividc,l Miss Barnett, Island oranges and apples. On Thursday, the 22nd inst., a magic lantern eiitertaiii- ment was given by the Rev M. H. Jones, At the Joint Counties Asylum, 400 of the B.A., and friends of Water street Chapel. patients attended the service at the ohapel on Cliristma-s morning, the celebrant being the Rev Jonathan Marsden (chaplain). Savage acted as oi-ganist. The chapel had been-nioely decorated, the chancel with palms and the n»v<: »,th t^too.'s °j(] "L gSaM '"TO patie "tThad dinner in the Ivans' On Monday afternoon, the new & team which has been organised y ft inSa well "contested match Christmas Tree, which will be decorated with various gifts for presentation to the inmates At St. Mhnta Church, at m he time- at ■ the&celfbration of the Holy Communion, Ae Rev D T. Alban being the oelebiant. Ihe mfilic was that of Merbercke's, and the choir music m a rendering „oi the anthem 1 ^Gwa? fl"gtanJl ganaf V; <■? £ *> >n™%T i.u Mtnn of Mr P. n. Daniel, A.R.C.O., the < oraantst and choirmaster. At 10 a.m. there organist cprvice and a celebration of < H LVomm iS'"here being about 160 | H°ly Communio The Rev D jenkins oommunic g o'clock evensong 1 (curate) officiated. of wor. Tiihipers The anthem "Y nefodd syn dat- ] i (Haydn's Creation) was well rendered by the choir. The preacher was the Rev J. in the absence of the Ven. Arch- deacon Evans through indisposition The interior of the edifice had been prettiW de- corated by the following: Altar, Mrs Davies, John street; altar rails, Misses Davies, Lammas street; pulpit, Mrs W. Baitlett Brondeg; font, Miss Roberts, Vicarage, and Miss Mary Davies, Barn's row; windows, ) Misses May and Gwladys Curniok. Gifts of I flowers, etc., were received from Mrs Lester; Mr and Mrs Howell, Royal George; Mrs Curnick; and Mr Dan Bartlett. At St. Peters' Church, the services com- menced at 7 a.m., there being a celebration of the Holy Communion, when the Rev Canon Camber Williams officiated, assisted by the Rev Hillary Lewis. At 8 o'clock, a choral celerbation took place to the music of Aguttar, with the inflection from Merbercke to Stainer's accompaniment. The Rev D. T. Alban was the celebrant, being assisted by the Ven. Archdeacon Evans (the Vicar), the Rev J. Jenkins, and the Rev Hillary Lewis. The eleven o'clock service was attended by the Mayor, in his official capacity, accom- panied by members of the Corporation and officials. There was a large congregation present. The ohoir sang Stanford's Te Deum and gave a beautiful rendering of the anthem "Hail Thon that art highly favoured." The service was intoned by the Rev D. T. Alban, and a powerful sermon was preaclied-by the Rev Canon Camber Williams. At the cele- bartion of the Holy communion, the Ven. Archdeacon Evans was the celebrant. The music was Eyre in E. flat. Mr H. F. Elling- ford, F.R.C.O., was the organist. The evening service at 6.30 was intoned by the Rev Hillary Lewis. The choir sang another anthem, and the sermon was preached by the Rev D. T. Alban. The decorations were carried out by the following: Altar cross and vases, Miss G. M. E. White, assisted by the Misses Lily and Nora White; altar rails, Mrs Woodman, assisted by Mrs Pearse and the Misses Crawford; choir stalls (front), the Misses .Puddicombe and the Misses Lily and Lucy hite; choir stalls (ends), Miss Davies, 12, King street and Mr F. Davies; font, Miss Ditcham, the Infirmary, assisted by the Misses White, The Grange. The services at Christ Church commenced with a celebration of the Holy Communion, at which the Rev T. R. Walters (Vicar) offi- ciated, assisted by the Rev D. Malgwyn Davies. At 11 o'clock there was the usual service, followed by a celebration of the Holy Communion, the Rev Owen Jones (curate), being the celebrant. At the evening ser- vice the choir sang the anthem "Nazareth" (Handel), and the Vicar preached an elo- quent sermon. The church had been taste- fully decorated by the following: Chancel, Mrs T. R. Walters, the Parsonage; Mrs D. H. Thomas, Starling Park; Mrs T. Walters, Penllwyn Park; and Mrs W. J. Williams, Picton terrace; choir stalls, the Misses George, Lammas street; ulpit, Mrs James John and Mrs H. S. Holmes; lectern, Mrs Olive, Boar's Head Hotel; font, Miss Pooley, assisted by Miss Michael; pillar, Mr W. G riffiths, Mr Charles Wilford, and Mr H. Milburn; windows, Mrs B. A. Lewis, and Masters Ben and Bertieo Lewis. There were two services held at St. David's Church. The 10 o'clock service was followed by a celebration of the Holy Communion, at which the Rev T. R. Walters officiated. At the evening servioe, the Rev Owen Jones preached. Suitable hymns were sung. The church was prettily decorated by the follow- ing Chancel, "Mrs Soppitt, Mrs D. Davies, and Mrs Thomas; altar vases', Miss Williams and Miss Inez Cox, Bridge st; pulpit, Miss Davies, 91, Lammas street; lectern,. Miss Sarah Williams, Cemetery Lodge; font, the Misses Riella"(- Picton terrace, the flowers being supplied by Miss Lewis, Picton terrace; windows, Mrs Daniel Jones, St. David's st.; Mrs Williams, Cemetery Lodge; Mrs D. Jones, Lammas street; Miss Evans, Glan- nant road; and Mrs Morgans, St. David's street. P^B.MAJWPHBNS!P:IRE IN-FIRMilt-g.-Thp Set-
retary (Mr Howell Howells) begs respect- fully to acknowledge the receipt of the following: £ 1 Is, Zion Presbyterian Chapel. Carmarthen; periodicals, Mr R. James, Bridge street; Miss Spurrell, King street and Mrs Lloyd, The Avenue; oranges, Mi- Lewis, Priory street; and Mrs D. T. Rees, Th,e Avenue.
I Mr. Stead ancUEvan Roberts. THE MISSIONER'S VISIONS. A STARTLING STORY. REVIEW OF PAST REVIVALS. There is published from "The Review of Reviews" Office a pamphlet on "The Revival in the West," in which Mr W. T. Stead nar- rates waht he saw on his visit to Wales, and deals with the national significance of revi- vals generally. In his introduction he ob- serves: "I am a child of the revival of 1859- 60. I have witnessed the revival in South Wale-, and it is borne in upon me that I must testify as to what I have seen and know. He points out that the word revival is not to be found in the index to the latest edition of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." Neither does it figure in the comprehensive index to Baring-Gould's "Lives of the Saints." Yet the saints were great revivalists, and the his- tory of the progress of the world is largely made up of the record of successive revivals. He agrees with the Rev F. B. Meyer that the revival of religion ha,s been the invariable precursor of social and political reform. Cer- tain phenomena precede and follow revivals of religion. The symptoms premonitory of a revival are the phenomena of death, cor- ruption, and decay. It is ever the darkest hour before the dawn. Things seem to get too bad to last. The reign of evil becomes intolerable. Then the soul of the nation awakes. That the familiar phenomena of the reign of sin are with us and abound, no serious observer (he asserts) will dispute. As a nation we have once more stooped to those depths of bloody mire in which from time to time Britain has wallowed. Drunkenness, gambling, and gluttony, with others of the seven deadly sins, abound Worldliness is universal. High ideals are eclipsed. Plain living and high thinking are at a discount. To see as in a mirror the vacuous mind of a generation which eschews serious thought you have only to read the popular news- papers and periodicals of the day. Life has become for the comfortable classes uttle better than a musical comedy. You look in vain for the strenuous, high-spirited youth who scorn delight and ilve laborious days in order to achieve something of good for their fellow-men. To have a good time is the end- all and be-all of millions. Revivals of the Past. Mr Stead then briefly details the religious revivals of the past, and the conditions of life prevailing in their times. He sets forth the record of revivals in English history as follow :-12th Century, The Cistercian Re- vival, and the result (The Magna Oharta); 13th. The Friars (Parliamentary Govern- ment) 14th, Wycliffe (The Peasant Revolt); iuth, Tyndale (The Reformation); 17th, Puritanism (The Fall of Despotism and the Founding of New England); 17 £ th, Quaker- ism (The Revolution of 1688 and the Found- ing of the Pennsylvania); 18th, Methodist (The Era of Reform); 19th, American (The Era of Democracy); 20th, Welsh, Who can say? "To the observer of the phenomena of national growth and the evolution of society these periodical revivals of religion are as marked a phenomenon in the history of Eng- land, possibly of other lands, as the proces- sions of the seasons. To the out- ward and visible sign of the coming of spring in the history of a nation is a great revival of religious earnestness—a sudden and wide- spread outburst of evangelistic fervour. We mav dislike many of its manifestations, as we dislike the winds of March or the showers of April, but they occur in almost identical fashion century after century. The form chancges Until this nation goes to the penitent form it never really stills itself together for any serious work." Evan Roberts's Story of his Call. At Mardy Mr Stead had an interview with Mr Evan Roberts, wherein he gave the following startling story of his call to the mission:— "Oh, yes, that I will," said Mr Roberts, if you wish to hear of it. For a long, long time I was much troubled in my soul and my heart by thinking over the failure of Chris- tianity. Oh! it seemed such a failure—such a failure—and I prayed and prayed, but. nothing soomod to give me any relief. But one night, after I had been in great distress praying about this, I went to sleep, and at 1 o'clock in the morning suddenly I was waked up out of my sleep and I found myself with unspeakable joy and awe in the very presence of the Almighty God. And for the space of four hours I was privileged to speak face to face with Him as a man speaks face to face with a friend. At 5 o'clock jt seemed to me as if I again returned to earth." "Were you not dreaming?" I asked. "No, I was wide awake. And it was not only that morning, but every morning for three or four months. Always I enjoyed four hours of that wonderful communion with 1 God. I cannot describe it. I felt it,, and it I seemed to change all my nature, and I saw things in a different light, and I knew that God was going to work in the land, and not this land only, but in all the world." "Excuse me," I said, "but, as an old inter- viewer, may I ask if, when the mystic ecstacy passed, you put, on paper all that you remem- bered of these times of communion?" "No, I wrote nothing at all," said Mr Roberts. "It went on all the time until I had to go to Newcastle Emlyn to Le college to prepare for the ministry. I dreaded to go for fear I should lose these four hours with God every morning. But I had to go, and it happened as I feared. For a whole month He came no more, and I was in darkness. And my heart became as a stone. Even the sight of the Cross brought no ears to my eyes So it continued until, to my great joy, He returned to me, and I had again the glorious communion. And He said I must go and speak to my people in my own village. But I did not go. I did not feel as if I could go to speak to my own people." "May I ask," I said "if He of whom you speak appeared to you as Jesus Christ?" "No," said Mr Roberts, "not so; it was the personal God, not as Jesus." "As God the Father Almighty?" I said. "Yes," said Mr Roberts "and the Holy Spirit." "Pardon me," I said, "but I interrupted you. Pray go on." "I did not go to my people, but I was troubled and ill at ease. And one Sunday, as I sat in the chapel, I could not fix my mind upon the service, for always before my eyes I saw, as in a vision, the schoolroom in my own village. And there, sitting in rows lie- fore me, I saw my old companions and all the young people, and I saw myself addressing them. I shook my head impatiently, and strove to drive away this vision, but it always came back. And I heard a voice in my in- ward ear as plain as anything, saying, 'Go anu speak to these people.' And for a long time I would not. But the pressure became greater and greater, and I could hear noth- ing of the sermon. Then at last I could re- sist no longer, and I said, 'Well, Lord, if it is Thy will, I will go.' Then instantly the vision vanished, and the whole chapel be- came filled with light so dazzling that I could faintly see the minister in the pulpit, and between him and me the glory as the light of the sun in heaven." "And then yon went homer "No; I went to my tutor, and told him all things, and asked him if he believed that it was of uod or of the devil? And he said the devil does not put good thoughts into the mind. I must go and obey the heavenly vision. So I went back to my own village, and I saw my own minister, and him also I told. And he said that I might try- and see what I could do, but that the ground was stony, and the task would be hard." "Did you find it so?" "I asked the young people to come toge- ther, for I wanted to talk to them. They T ILl, came, ana l stooa np to tallc to tnem, ana behold, it was even as I had seen it in the ohurch at Newcastle-Enilyn. The young y people sat as I had keen them sitting, all in rows together before me, and I was speaking to them even as it had been shown to me. At first they did not seem inclined to listen but I went on, and at last the power of the Spirit came down, and six came out for Jesus. But I was not satisfied. 'Oh, Lord,' I said, 'give me six more-I must have six more.' And we prayed together. At last the seventh came, and then the eighth and ninth together, and after a time the tenth, and then the eleventh, and last of all came the twelfth also. But no more. And they saw LIat the Lord had given me the second six, and they began to believe in the power of prayer. "Then after that you went on?" hirst 1 tried to speak to some other young people in another church, and asked them to come. But the news had gone out, and the old people said 'May we not come too?' And I could not refuse them. So they came, and they kept on coming now here, now there, all the time, and I have never had time to go back to college." Results. Mr Stead gives an admirable word picture of van Roberts, and for the elucidation of his methods makes a series of apt quotations from the special descriptive articles and re- ports of the "South Wales Daily News." Mr Staed holds that the truth about Evan Roberts is that "he is very psychic with clairvoyance well developed and a strong visualising power." Equality of the sexes in the ministry of the Unurch and preparation tor the revival by prayer circles are features of the move- ment which Mr Stead also discusses, and in conclusion he says: "And when it comes to be looked at scientifically, who can deny that a great religious revival often succeeds in achieving the result which we all desire more rapidly, more decisively, and in a greater number of cases than any other agency known to mankind ? We may dis- count it as much as we like. But the facts are these: It is not necessary to credit the revival with all the results which it reveals, any more than we may credit a day's sun- shine in spring with all the flowers it brings to birth But it brings them out. So does the revival. And it there had been no revi- val the latent sainthood of multitudes would never have been born, just as the flowers would never come out in May if there were no sun. "It is often argued that revivalism is ephemeral. But as our brief historical re- trospect shows the fruit of revivals are among the most permanent things in his- tory."
The Best Speakers in Parliament- A few terms ago b William Anson, M.P., entertained some students at lunch at All Souls' College, Oxford. In the course of conversation the topic of politics and Parlia- ment cropped up. An enthusiastic Irish- man, in the confidence of national pride, and with the Redmonds in his mind's eye, asked Sir Williams which nationality produced the best speakers in the House. Cautious man that he is, Sir Williams hesitated to reply. But the Irish student put the question direct and said, "Don't yo'u think, sir, that the Irish are the orators of the House?" Thus challenged Sir Williams made bold to say "No, I hardly think so." The Minister of Education then justified his statement much as follows:—"You see the Irish are a -e-it people in and out of the House, and they have the advantage of their Celtic ori- gin over the Saxon. But I find their impetu osity exceeds their oratory. They are fluent, racy, and imaginative, but too impetuous." Then as a sort of afterthought Sir William added "Now the Welsh are in an enviable position, they are bilingual and also Celtic. They combine the Irishman's best speaking qualities with all their racial advantages of emotion. I think that, having to express themselves in a foreign tongue, as it were, the Welsh put a natural check on their im- petuosity and thus keep themselves in con- trol with fluency and ease. Several of the Welsh speakers are really among the best speakers in the House." All this while a Welsh student was enjoying the Irishman's discomfiture, an'. to add fuel to the blaze, ventured the further question as to who of the Welsh members ranked first as speakers. Sir Wimam replied less hesitatingly, "I shou say that Mr William Jones is perhaps one of the very best speakers in Parliament, and also Mr Lloyd George."
LLANDILO, THE HOLY LAND.—The Rev W. Davies, minister of the Tabernacle and Crescent- road Chapels, is about to take a trip to this historic land. APPOINTMENT.—Mr D. Marblacey Jones, eldest son of the Rev D. B. Jones, of the English Congregation Church has just been appointed organist to St. Mary's Congrega- tional Church, Croydon. There were twelve applicants for the post. COMPETITIVE CONCERT.—Very successful competitive concerts were held, the one on Thursday, the 22nd at the Tabernacle school- room, in aid of the Sunday Schools funds, and the other at the Drill Hall on Boxing Night, in connection with the Methodist Church. At both, tjie singing of the Ffair- fach Juvenile Choir conducted by Miss Kezia Davies was a marked feature. The choir ob- tained in each case the well deserved prize. The piece rendered was Mr D. W. Lewis's "Sleep, my darling, sleep." QUEER EFFECTS OF THE REVIVAL.—The effects of the revival meetings that had been held for some time prior to the holding of the bazaar at the Drill Hall were strangely observable on the occasion. The bazaar was in aid of the funds of St. Teilo's Church, and it is not often Nonconformists render the Church such signal, and unusual, and per- haps unique services as the Welsh Congre- gationalists of the New Chapel which is ad- jacent to the Drill Hall rendered the Church on this occasion. Mr T. H. Powell, the chapel organist, set up at the bazaar a tobac- conists's stall, and did such a roaring trade, that lie was able to hand over to the Church funds the sum of tll 16s. But this was not all. There is probably not a better paying speculation in the town than the Drill Hall, as a place of entertainment, etc., but for all that it is a comfortless and cheerless room, so taking pity on the poor Church folk, the authorities of the chapel, which is electrically lit, allowed a connection to be made with their wires so as to have the Hall electrically lit for the occasion. It is to be hoped the revival will not have died out before the Church folk have a chance of making repay- ment.
LLANFYNYDD. CHRISTMAS TrEATt-On Boxipg night the annual Christmas treat was given by Mrs Williams and the Vicar (Rev. J. S. Williams) in the above Parish Schoolroom. After tea a mixed programme of carols, solos, recita- tions, etc., was gone through by the Sunday School children and choir Mr. W. Thomas, of Ystradgynlais, favoured the company with a bass solo Mrs. Williams accompanied on the harmonium, and Mr. D. Moses, Waun- fawr, was conductor. The children also received the usual Christmas box of a sixpence, with oranges, buns, etc. Every one did their best ana the oldest member of the Church vyho has reached the advanced age of 89 remained till very nearly the close ox the meeting. Similar rejoicings took place in the Methodist and Baptist Chapels, who also held services in the morning previous to their afternoon meetings.
PENBOYR. SUICIDE OF A FARMER.—Mr. Williams, farmer, of Bwlchclawdd, Penbo.yr, committed suicide by hanging himself on Friday morning.
Christmas Concert at Lammas treet Schoolroom. On Tuesday evening last a large and appreciative aucience "gain assernoied at Lammas street Chapel &' hoolroom, to witness the performance ùt MardocJ.'s operetta, entitled The Holiday t'onceri, which was gi-.e-,i (fey detirt-), by the juvenile choir (in character) and we do not think that a single person went away disappf,inttd ht the elope, the performance being, it anything, better than that gifon last April. The Rev. D. Erans. pastor, presided. The choral children wero very prettily dressed in white, and dtserve to be complimented for the sttady and attentive mnnr they maintained throughout the pci forrnance. They rendered the choruses in a highly efficuut atyif. Their sieging was of the brightest through- out their intonation being spler:ditl and witn cor- et t enijrciation, Witch ahow?d t-hi result of careful training which they had recei-ed at the hands of the conductor. We could not less than .d't ire the magnificent and costly dresses of the young persons who represented the i hief characterp, which must have given gr. at eatisfactii n to both parents and audience, and aviated in attaining the succeesful is-uc of the operetta, The renderings by the young people of their respective tales in song were of a very high st-trdard, and it would be invidious were we to enumerate at-y of the chaiRcfers for special praise, as all were equally worthy. The following were the roks taken Fairy Content (Miss Edith Thomat) and Fairy Goodwill (Miss Ray Evbiie.), two fairies who were very prettily dressed, and who helf ed the ohildren in thtir song Cheery Tommy (Master W. Ivor Thomas), dressed as a jester, who. with his smiling countenance, showed he was a cheery and happy little man Flower Girl (Mhø Gwladys Marian Isaac), who looked charming w-th her hat bedecked with loses, and carrying a beautiful flower babket Archer (Master D Henry Jones), dressed in true archer style, with tig bow and arrow, who went hunting in a bog and shot nothing raoro than a frog Fish Lassie (Aiis,3 Hannah Jane Jones), in real fish woman fashion, with creel and haddies for sale Sia Captain (Mpster Willie Isaac), a merry saiior boy in Naval attire. whose life is bold and free Old Woman (Miss Hannah J. Jones), looked grotesque in her quaint old-fashioned print dress, hat, cap, and spectacles, and sans? of her woes j "many long years ago Tom lieleletootli (Master Willie Williams) whose appearance as a simple, overgrown, stout lad created roars of laughter, and the audience gave Willie quite an ovation. Servant Maid. (Miss Maggie John), a pretty little girl drfssed in cap and apron, who greatly a > use* the audience witn her actions Fruit Girl (Miss Sarah J. Thomas), who was prettily dressed, with her basket of ripe fruit, which looked so tempting News-hoy (Master Btinley Jones), who so keenly and muisically offered the lievorter for sale with all the latest news. We must not omit the nacre of litt e Miss Winnie Isaac, who quite enraptured the audience with her artistic manipulation of the skipping-rope in time with the skipping chorus, and she thoroughly deserved the encore accorded her. At intervals during the performance Fairy Content (Miss Edith Thomas) favoured with a solo, The Murmur of the Shell Fairy Goodwill (Miss Ray Evans) with The Beating of ray own heart and the Flower Girl (Miss Gwladys Marian Isaac) with The Lakes of Killarnpy," all of whom showed their vocal abilities to perfection. Mention iiittft also be made of Micses Winnie Isaac and Ella Jeffreys, and Masters Willie and Harold Lloyd, for the accurate and pretty msnner in which they w, nt through their musical movements and Freddy Isaac and Maggie Jones on the See-saw, were very amusing the Crew (Masters Willie Davies, Samuel James, Thomas J. Jones. Vincent Thomas, Hairy Parry, Brinley Jones, Willie LloyJ. Harold L'oyd, Alfred John, Johnny Morgan, Rowland Jones, Lloyd Thomas, and Gwilym Thomas), in their song and march, also gave much pleasure to the audience. What gave much pleasure and amusement were the laugbicg and crying songs, th3 sweeping brush brigade, and the maypole dance, by partus ot little girls and hoys respectively. The i brunt of the work fell upon the able conductor, Mr. Tom Williams, printer, Magazine-row, to whom the greatest praise is due for the time devoted and the patience endured in training the children to such a high state of efficiency. For his labours, however, he has the satisfaction of knowing that his efforts have been most gratifying, and that the parents as well as the large audience present, thoroughly appreciated his work. Miss Annie Williams, Miss May Phillips, and Master Stanley Isaac, were the accompanists, and they deserve to be complimented for the willing and able manner in which they filled their difficult dutiep. The stage-manager was Mr. John Thomas, Richmond- terrace, and much valuable assistence was given by the Sunday School superintendents, Mr. W. Davies, St. Catherine-street, and Mr. D. H. Williams. L'ttle Water-street, and last but nnt least Mr. Lewis Da\ies, Lammas-street, the indefatigable secretary5 who carried out his duties in a most pleasing manner. The following kindly assisted at the doors and in othfr ways :—Mr. Kiohurd Jones, St. Catherine-street; Mr. Samuel Jones, St. David's- street Mr John Thomas, Glannant-roa j At Stanley Phillips, Hall-street, and Mr. Johnny Lewis, Cambrian-phice. The enjoyable proceedings terminated with the singing of Hen Wiad fy Nhadau," the solo being splendidly rendered by Miss Ray Evans.
OLAKBESTON ROAD. DEATH FROM EXPOSURE.—Mr. Price, the Pembroke County coroner, held an inquest on Saturday at Clarbeston on William James (85), farmer, of Lanborough, Wiston, near Haverfordwest. James, who lived with his son, left his home on Friday to go to Clarbeston, to the blacksmith's shop. He left Clarbeston at 3.30 p.m. to go home. At five o'clock a man, named John, a farm labourer, met the old man walking away from his home. John pointed this out to him, and the deceased said that he had had a fall, and felt a bit daxed. John allowed the old man to go on alone, and at 7.30 a farmer, named Reid, found him lying in the road.— Dr. Williams gave it, as his opinion that death was the result of exposure, and a verdict was returned accordingly. DEATH OF THE REV. JAMES HARRIS.—It is ith regret thut we record the death of the Rev James Hariis, Calvinistic Methodist minister, of Clarbeston Road, which took place on Monday night at his son's house at Llanelly, where he had gone about a week ago prior to fulfilling an engagement to preach at Furnace, lllanelly, last Sundiy. This cngagement he was compelled to abandon late on Saturday evening, feeling very unwell. He kept his bed on Sunday, and about noon ou Monday a change for the worse set ifl, from which he never rallied. The deceased was 76 years of age, and had been a minister for about 50 years, and was woll known and highly respected in Pembrokeshire. The funeral, a public one will tike place to-day (Friday). The remains will tú conveyed from Llanelly by the train leaving Llanelly at 9 15, and the funeral will leave Clarbest III Road at 11.30, The interment will take place at Wiston.
GLA AMMAN. CHAIR EISTEDDFOD.The third annual chair eisteddfod was held at the Old School- room on Saturday last. Dr. T. D. Jones (Glangarnant) presided, and the adjudicators were Mus:lc, Mr D. W. Lewis, F.T.S.C. (Brynamman) poetry and recitations, Rev. W. Nantlais William-; (Ammanford), and Mr Edwin Ceidrym Rees (Clanamman) accom- panist, Mr Morgan Matthew Jones (Glan- amman). The chief awards are as follows ■ Solo, Tyr'd at 1e8u,' Miss Lizzie Jones (Garnant) solo for competitors under ltii, Byw i lesu," Miss Lizzie Jones open solo for Wales, Mr Gwilym Jones (Brynamman) open solo fc.r Females, Miss Agnes Thomas (Ammanford), who rendered in splendid style, He was despised essay on Apollos," Rees Rees (Glan Pedol) cywydd, "Owain Dafydd," Mr Richard Williams (Gwydderig) englynion, Rev. D. G. Jones, (Pontardawe) treatise, The Eisteddfod," Dafydd Ap Senator recitation, Rhagfarn Enwadol Mr John Thomas (Pontardulais) recitation, Yr Iesu a Wylodd," Mr Joseph Thomas (Cwmllynfell) pryddest, Y Ddol," for which a prize of one guinea, together with a handsome chair valued at two guineas (the gift of Mr T. I). Jones), were offered, There^ were 4 competitors and Mawl Milin whose name did not transpire, was. declared to be the best. In order not to disappoint the audience, Mr T. D- Jones was duly chaired according to the rites and ceremonies of the Bardic fraternity. The eisteddfod was very successful in all respects,
AMMANFORD. No MORE Elf.TEDDFODATI.-The Rev. Nantlais Williams, minister ot Bethany Church, Ammanf rdf has decided to have nothing more to do with eisteddfodau, in- [ tending to devote nimself entirely to revival work. Before the revival he had been appoint <1 arjedit-ator of --I. Fistcfhlfod ut Cwununmun IIo s; ids adjudication, but devlircd that i»o vouid i>ot undtr the einumstames attend.
Carmarthen District of Oddfellows, Manchester Unity. The annual meeting of the Carmarthen District of Oddfellows of the Manchester Unity of the Independent Order of Odd- fellows was held at the Loyal Wayne Lodge- room, Butcher's Arms, Carmarthen, on Tuesday. Grand Master A. J. Jones, Carmarthen House, Carmarthen (of the Loyal P.P.G.M. A. J. JONES. (Grand Master for 1904.) Wayne LodLe) presided, and was supported by Deputy-Grand Master Thomas Gibbon, Lower Mill, Llanboidy (ot the Goleu Cymru Lodge), in the vice-chair; P.P.G.M. Henry Gwynne Lewis, Magazine-row, Carmarthen, treasurer P.P.G.M. David Williams, Penllwyn Park, Carmarthen, corresponding secretary and the following delegates :-P.P.G.,If. T. Evans, Mansel-street, and P.G. J. D. Medcalf, Francis-terrace, of the Merlin Lodge, Carmarthen P.P.G.M. William George Pugh, Cambrian-place P.P.G.M. David Thomas, | Prospect-place; P.G. David Lewis. Little I Water-street N.G. Herbert A. Williams, Lammas-street; and P.S. William Davies, Croft Cottage, of the Wayne Lodg?, Carmar- then P.G. Isaac Thomas and P.G. John G. Howell, of the Goleu Cymru Lodge, Llanboidy P.P.G.M. Maurice Williams and PG. William C. Griffith, of the Loyal Abercorran L')dge, Laugharne P.P.G.M. John Rees and P.G. William Williams, of the Clayton Lodge, Llangendeirne and P.P.G.M. John Leach (Ex-Mayor of Ten by), of the Ship and Castle Lodge, Tenby. The amount of levies received was £ 20 16s. 2d. P.G. David Lewis, of the Wayne Lodge and P.G. William Williams, of the Clayton Lodge, received the purple lecture. The minutes of the half-yearly and special meetings of the District were read, confirmed, and signed by the Chairman. It was resolved that Deputy- Grand Master Thomas Gibbon be duly elected Grand Master for 1905, and that P.G. J. D. Medcalf, of the Merlin Lodge, Carmarthen, be elected Deputy-Grand Master for the same period. A long discussion took place upon the formation of a District Funeral Fund, and the correspondence with Mr Thomas Collins, the Corresponding Secretary of the Unity, with reference to the question. Two schemes were put forward, and it was finally resolved That the District Funeral Fund be constituted in accordance with Model Rules B. (which has been printed and submitted to each Lodge in the District), subject to the approval of the several Lodges comprised in the District, the decision of which must be sent to the Corresponding Secretary of the District on or before Saturday, January 28th, 1905." It was decided that the next meeting of the District be held at the Charity Trustees Room, Tenby, on Monday, June 26th. Purple lecture at 11.30, business to commence at 12 o'clock. A cordial vote of thanks was accorded the Grand Master for his conduct in the chair- during his term of office. At one o'clock the company sat down to a sumptuous dinner at the Butchers Arms, which was capitally served by Host and Hostess Evans.
CoDgregationalists in Wales. THE MINISTERIAL DEATH-ROLL FOR THE YEAR. The death-roll of Welsh Congregational ministers during the current year has been a particularly heavy one, Among those who were called away were tho Hev D. C. Davies, Salem, Bow street, London, who had been in the ministry ten years the Rev Jonathan Davies, Forest City, Pennsyl- vania, U.S.A., a native of Carmarthenshire the Rev J. Carfan Davies, Mumbles, who was ordained in 1854, and 78 years of age the Rev. John Taihirion Davies, Efailisaf, who was born in 1815, and ordained in 1851 the Rev John Davies, Soar, Aber- dare, who was 78 years of age, and was I ordained in 1861 the Rev J. 'J refer Davies Cerrigcadarn, Breconshire, who was only 32 years of ago the Rev J. T. Evans, O)n- wil, who was. born in 1842, and ordained at Bethania, Dowlais, in 1868 the Rev T. George, Dinas, who was born in 1828, and ordained in 1866, at St. Mellon's the Rev William Griffiths, Beaufort, son of the famous Griffiths, Llanharran," who was ordained in 1865, and was 68 years of age the Rev David John, Manchester, who was 63 years of age, and was ordained in 1864 the Rev J. Silin Jones. Llandrindod Wells, who was born in 1845, and ordained at Llangennech in 1873 Dr E. Guraos Jones, Llatibradach, who wis ordained in 1867 at Treorky, and was born in 1840; the Rev W M Jone3, Merthyr, aged 66 Dr R. S. Jones, Noith Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., who was a native of Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, and ordained at Treoes, Glamorgan, in 1868; the Rev Samuel Jones, Carroll, Nebraska, U.S. k., born in 1829, and ordained in 1864 the Rev Timothy Jones, Spring Water, Wisconsin, born at l.lanbadain, Cardiganshire, in 1834; the Rev T. Dennis Jones, Llanllecuid, born at Dowlais i:1 1849, and ordained in 1376 the Rev F. Samuel, Swansea, born in 1832, and ordained in 1 62 the Rev W Wallace Thomas, Llansautffraid, near C.)nway, in his seventy-third year the Rev T, Powell Williams, Bwlchyffridd, Montgomeryshire, aged 46 years, and ordained in 1887 and the Rev Robert Thomas, Penrhiwceiber, ordained in 1882.
South Wales Winter Assizes. Mr. Justice A. T. Lawrence has fixed the following commission days for the winder assizes on the South Wales Circuit:—Haver- ford west. Saturday, January Uti. Lampeter, Wednesday, January 18th Carmarthen, Monday, January 23rd Brecon, Friday, Januaty 27th; Presteign, Wednesday, February 1st Chester, Tuesday, March 7th Cardiff, Wednesday, March 15th. At the conclusion of the business at Presteign the Judge will come back to London, afterwards returning to Chester and Cardiff accompanied by Mr. Justice Bucknill.
L L A N n Y S S XI L WOMAN FOUND DROWNED. -Hannah Thomas (41), of the Smithy, Ffoestrasol, was found drowned in a well near her house, on Thursday of last. week. She kept house for her brother, who, on returning home to tea l at the usual time, found tint his sister was missing. On searching, a hat belonging t > ft he deceased was found near the well, and Inter on the body was found as mentioned.
Marriage of Miss Brigstocke, of Haverfordwest. The wedding of Miss Muriel Elziabeth Biigstocko to Mr John Peel took placovery quietly at the Church of St Barnabas, Ciapham, London, on Saturday last. The bride is the only daughter of Dr Brigstocke, of Haverfordwest, and the bridegroom is son of Gneral Peel, and great-grandson of Sir Robert Peel, the statesman. The proceedings were very simple there were no br.desuiaids. Tha bride wore a walking diess and hat, and carried a bouquet of ldies. The Vicar of the parish officiated. Dr Brigstocke gave the bride away, and Mr B. Afriat was best man. Luncheon was afterwards taken at the Princes'Restaurant. The honeymoon will bj spent in London.
t Treacle v. Turnips. 1\ Can cattle be fattened on treacle as well as on turnips? The University of Leeds and the Yorkshire Council for Agricultural Education have just presented a report which seems to show that though there is much in treacle, and the cattle conceive a passion for it, the turnip ultimately weighs out best in beef. The bullocks fed on roots gained almost 13lb. per week, whereas the 2 increase in weight of those that received treacle was 124-lb. per week. The report on 4: the carcases was that those fed on roots killed best on the whole, while the balance left per head for labour and other expenses were also in favour of the turnip.
Llandyssul Intermediate School. The Rev J R. Jones, yicar of Llandyssul, distributed the prizes and certificates at Llandyssul Intermediate School for Boys and Girls on Wednesday week.—Alderman John Lewis, chairman of the governors, presided. The head master reported that there were 105 names on the 'register, and the average attendance throughout the year had been excellent. The prize list was as follows Form V—English, Willie Davies French, Annie Hughes. Form tV-Foi-in prize, John Thomas English, Polly Lewis French, Nesta Beesley Latin (girls), May Jones, (boys), Lloyd Jones. Form III-Form, Latin and French, John Hughes English (girls), Maud Evans, (boys) W, W. Hughes. Form II—Form, French and 'Latin, Mary A. Hughts form (boys), David Powell; English Cethin Jones. Mathematics—division 1, S. E. Bowen division 2, D. J. Jones and David Jones division 3, Tom I. Evans. Welsh, Cerdyn Evans (Form IV), D. J. Jones (Form III), David Powell (Form II). Science- division 1, John Thomas division 2, D. J. Jones division 3, David Powell. Needle- work, Maggie Daniel.
What War Costs. Some terrible figures as to the losses among the Russian troops during the fighting in Manchuria begin to be published in Russia. It is stated that no fewer than 110,000 disabled men have already reached Russia from the front. Of these, 54,000 were wounded and 56,000 sick. Besides these, many thousands of both sick and wounded lemain in Siberia. At Irkutch alone there are 3,000.
11 M "———————— Buckley's Brewery, Limited. The annual meeting of Buckley's Brew- ery, Ltd., Llanelly, was held last week, Mr James, Buckley presiding. The net profit as shown by the accounts, after writing off XG-,756 17s Id for repairs of properties and plant and £5,.599 Os lOd for depreciation. amounts to £ 15,265 8s lid. Atter provid- ing for debenture interest, £ 5,850 there remains a balance of £ 9,415 8s jld. The dividend for the year on the preference shares has already Leon paid, amounting to X3,150, leaving a balance or' £ 6,536 i 6s 4d, including R271 6s a brought from last account, which the directors propose to appropriate as follows:—Dividend on the preference shares at the rate of 5 per cent, per annum, £ -3,907 dividend on the ordin- ary shares for the year 5 per cent., £ 2,500 carry forwaid to next year's account, A:129 t t3s 4d. The report ot the directors and the accounts were adoptod. Tho retiring directors, Messrs W. J. Buckley and J. Lewis, were reappointed, as also were the auditors.
The Mayor of Poplar's Carriage. Mr. Crooks, M.P., tells in a Lowlon Ai-ff?ts interview an amusing experience in connection with a State service at St. Paul's. I was to be present as mayor, and had to enter by the north side. I had gone up from Poplar by train, and was walking towards the cathedral when a cabman from Poplar accosted me. I say, Mr. Crooks, you might let me give you a ride up to the cathedral, so that I shall get a chance to see the show.' 'All right,' said I, and got into his cab, and was driven up with as much dignity as cabby's cab and quadruped could command. Cabby rode away and took up his position in waiting. The service over, all the gl'ea folk crowded and there was a great demand for carriages. « "A stout policeman with stentorian voice called the carriages. 'The Duke of Westminster's carriage," The Duke of 's carriage,' Lord s carriage,' and so on as each well-equipped equipage rolled up. Then as the policeman saw me he yelled, 'The Mayor of Poplar's carriage.' And up drove my cabby with his growler. "'Take that thing away,' shouted the policeman, Make room for the Mayor of Poplar's carriage.' utGar on, who yer talking to ? This is the Mayor of Poplar's carridge,' said cabby, mischievously laughing at the policeman. 'All right, officer/1 said, as I descended the steps, 'that's my cab.' The officer was profuse in his apologies, but. cabby said he wouldn't have missed the fun for fifty quid."
W HITLAND. A FULL UEPORT of the Intermediate School meeting, the distribution of prizes, te;i, and entertainment in the evening, will appear in our next issue. SALE OF WORK.—At the Public-hall, Whitland, a sale of work and entertainment, at which Mr. W. Scourfield, of the council school, Whit land, presided, was given by Wesleyan friends towards raising funds for their new English chapel in the town. Both functions were well patronised, and proved uccessful.
BIRTHS. DAVIES.-December 33rd, at 100, Pembroke-road, Canton, Cardiff, the wife of Mr S. Trevor Davies, linotype operator, Western Mail, of a daughter. JONES.-Decez-ober 25th, at 42, Little Water-street, Carmarthen, the wife of Mr. Llewellyn Jones, plateJayer, G. W R., of twins (boys). MARRIAGE. SQUIRE—THOMAS. —December 25ih, lit Vnngunnor Church, Carmarthen, by the Rev. D. D. Evaias, vicar, Mr. Henry Baitlett Squire, gardener at Myrtle I-lill, near Carmarthen, to Frances, second daughter, of Mr. Morris Thomas, Gosport House, Carmarthen Junctiot. DEATHS. DAVIRS. -December 21st., at Furnace Gardens, EUistou-terrace, Carmaith-11. Eiiza, the wife of Mr. V. i-lie Davies, sged ol r Owns3 — December 24th, at 109, P.ion-itreet, Carmarthen, Mr. David Owen, mason, son of Mr. Vviliiari Owens, aged 27 jcars. •