ANNUAL MEETING & BANQUET. CAPTAIN H. MURRELL CHOSEN AS PRESIDENT. The annual meeting of the Barry Chamber of Trade and Improvement Association was held at he Island-road Restaurant-, Barry, on Tutsday, under the Residency of Mr T. P. Thomas. Owing to the multiplicity of engagements in the district that evening, the attendance was sm;ill, but among those present were :-Messrs Sam Giiffiths (secre- tary), D. Sibbering Jones, C. Christian, T. J. Morgan, Theophilus Williams, T. Lewis (Barry Dock-road), T. Price, W. H. Gibby, J. E. Rees, J. Brooks, C. Pearoe and Dr Smith. FINANCES. The Secretary submitted a balance-sheet, which had been duly audited by Messrs T. J. Morgan at (I C. P, arce, and according to which it appeared that the Bubscrif.liens received during the p.-is-t y, ar amounted tu £13 5s, and after liuuidaring all liabilities there wa- a balance in hand of 1:3 17s d, and, in addition to this, there was a sum of 19 15s as outstanding subscriptions for the year, which, if collected, would increase the credit balance to £ 13 12s 2d.—Mr D. Sibbering Jones remarked upon the serious item in ie-peet of out- standing subscripts ns, and said the sooner the position of those members who had lnt paid their subscriptions was defined the better would they be able to accurately judge as to thtir strength. Eventually, tha: gentleman gave notice of motion to bring up the whole matter at the next meeting, so that its recurrence might be prevented in futuie. —It was stattd that the Association lost about £ 5 in connection with the concert they bad promoted -On the motion of Mr Clnistian, seconded by Mr T. Price, confectioner, the accounts were accepted. ELECTION OF PRESIDENT. The Chairman stated the next business was to procel d to the election of officers, and the recom- mendation of the Council was that Captain Hamilton Murrell should be elected president for the ensuing year, and he regarded it as an exceedingly pleasant duty to move a resolution to that effect. (Hear, hear.) He could not say too much in favour of the claims of Captain Murrell to occupy the position. As they were all aware, they were likely to have a somewhat busy year there were several matters to bring forw a: d, and what particularly occurred to him at the time was that the meetings of the Federated Chambers of Trade would be htid in Barry in June next, and Captain Murrell to k a very deep interest in the matter, and would do all he could towards the success of the meetings. Judging by the reception accorded the Barry delegates both at Pontypool and Pentre, it would be expected of U em to reciprocate the kindness, and he felt sure that Captain Murrell was the one that could fulri: the duty best. (Ap- plause.) Mr T. Pi ice briefly sec( nded the proposition, which was afterwards put and carried una voce. VICE-PKESTDENTS. On the motim of Mr T. J. Morgan, it was unanimously resolved that Messrs Y\ H. Gibby and E. L. Downing should be elected vice-presi- dents. SECRETARY. The Chairman paid a high tribute to the ex- cellent wot k performed by the stcietary (Mr Sam Griffiths) in the past and although the last-named at first declined to accept re-election, he was eventually prevailed upon to continue in the office, to which he was now unanimously choseD. TREASURER. Mr W. P. Phillips, of the London Provincial Batik, was unanimously re-elected bon. treasurer. THE COUNCIL. On the motion of Dr Smith, seconded by Mr W. H. Gibby, the following gentlemen were elected as the general Council of the Chamber :—Messrs L. C Pearce, T.J. Morg.n, Tneophilus Williams, J. D. Watson, C. Christian, T. Lewis' F. P. Jones-Lloyd, D. Sibbering Jones, J. 1. Thomas, J. E. Rees, T. Price, J. H. Brough, T. Thomas, A. Jackson, J. Hare, T. P. Thomas, Recs Jones, E. Allen, S. Hopkins, W. R. Hopkins, and H. J. Thomas. THANKS TO THE RETIRING PRESIDENT. Mr C. Christian proposed that the b^st thanks be cordially tendered to the retiring president (Mr T. P. Thomas), and their vice-presidents for their services in connection with their respective offices during the past year. No per.-on could have done more (the speaker declared) than the president, and his actions had been characteiised by great wisdom, prudence, and activity. Mr Sam Griffiths, as one who had had an oppor- tunity of judging as to .the amount of work per- formed by the pi esident, seconded th3 vote of thanks. Always courteous, the chairman had also displayed great firmness and decision, so that no one should be led astray, but withal there was always a pleasantness that could not fail to find him admirers. (Applause.) The vote of thanks having been carried with acclammation, Mr Thomas, in reply, dwelt upon the work of the Chamber and while he did not wish to take an optimistic view of the future, he believed that the district would undergo a period of depression when the works at present being cai ried out were completed, and it was their duty to counteract the influence of this state of things by pushing forward the undoubted claims of Barry as a seaside resoit. (Applause.) ANNUAL BANQUET. On Wednesday evening the annual banquet was held at the Ba. ry Hotel, when there was a large and influential company present, which included Aid. J. C. Meggitt, J.P., Messrs W. Thomas (chair- man of District Council), E S Williams, W Denby, Capt. R Davies, W Butchert, F P Jones-Lloyd, J Mayne, Rees Morgan, C S Bnok, G Swain, Dr Kelly, Dr Murray, Dr Smith, Messrs K Rees, F Brooks, F E Aitken, A Jackson, Captain F Whall, Rev C H Shave, Messrs E W Waite, D S Jones, L Rev C H Shave, Messrs E W Waite, D S Jones, L C Pearce, J T Thomas, R T Evans, Theophilus Williams, W Hopkiu, W H Gibby, W Lawrence, E Thomas, S Hopkins A Hartley, Rees Jones, C Christian, T J Morgan, D Farr, T Price, F C Milner, E Lloyd, J Cobbledick, H Fisher, F Fisher, G Barnett, W M Davies (South Wales Daily News), &e. Letters of apology for non-attendance were read by the Chairman from Mr Richard Evans, general manager cf the Barry Railway Company Mr Juhn Lowdon, J.P., Rev T Vaughan Evans, Dr Powell, and Mr J 0 Davies, and an intimation was sent of a disappointing character to the effect that Captain Hamilton Murrell, the president-elect, could not get ttway from London to be present in time. The dinner was greatly enjoyed, and re- flected every great credit upon Mr L. J. Kerpen, the manager of the hotel, and his capable staff. "THE CHURCH, THE ARMY, AND THE NAVY." Dr Smith submitted the toast of what he termed the spiritual and temporal forces, or what he called "The Church, the Army, and the Navy," and dwelt upon the amicable relations existing between ministers of all denominations, and also upon the close affinity between the two fOl-bes-religious and temporal.—The Rev C. H. Shave responded to the toist, in the course of which he expressed his satisfaction that the Chamber of Trade had ad- mitted religious bodies to be a force. (Hear, hear.) They were, and always hoped to be, a force against anything that was a sham, that was untrue, or fraudulent and if ever they discovered any of these elements, their fearlessness would prompt them to fight against it to the death. (Applause.) Personally, he trut, d they would always remain a fVrce agun.-t members of any trade that were not true and honest as daylight, because clear-headed men in Barry w ould at once recognise that the position of ministers was not to be so much in the sky, but by exerting their moral and religious influence upon their social and temporal forces. (Cheers.) Dr Kelly also responded in his characteristic manner on behalf of the Army and Navy. Mr D. Farr then rendered a song. "THE TOWN AND TRADE OF BARRY." Mr D. Sibbering Junes proposed "The Town and Trade f Barry," and Mr John Llewellyn and Mr W. ii Hopkins, cliemit, responded. The latter aid they were all concerned for the gi eat, r Barry, whicr was to come in the nt ar future, and with regard t i the supposed difference between Cadoxton and Barry, he observed that he did not see how developing Barry as a watering-place would injure Cadoxton in seeking to develop that place fur industrial purposes, and -vice-versa. In conclusion, he hoped that the ward system would procure the best service for the town. "THE VISITORS." Mr T. J. Morgan proposed the health of "The Visitors," and Mr T. W. David, Penarth, the treasurer of the South Glamorgan Liberal Associa- tion, responded, ann referred at length to the s,, iiggle that had taken place about 15 years ago at Cardiff against the Bute monopoly, and resulted in the pa sing of the Barry Bill, and how sym- pathetically he watched the earnest fight to its conclusion. Many years ago in the Vale of GLuIJorgao-where he is a native of-it used to be a common saying for younger boys, "0, go to Barry," in very much the same way as they would now exclaim, "0, you go to Tifllbllctoo"; but Barry to-day had become a place famous for its trade and commercial enterprise all the world over, and he felt pleased to have the opportunity to associate with some of tho.-e gentlemen who had assisted to make the town so prominent.—Mr J. W. Butchert, Caroiff-a gentleman connected very largely with coal exportation-also responded to the toast in a very apposite and neat speech. THE TOAST OF THE EVENING. Alderman J. C. Meggitt, who was well-received, submitted the toast of the evening, viz., that of The Barry Chamber of Trade and Improvement Association." Reference had been made, he said, to the fight th-it took place many years ago to secure Parliamentary sanction for the erec- tion of their huge decks and railways. Since that time they had been fighting, and would continue to fight, and it now became a question as to whether they had received as a town that interest and that attention to which they had a right from those interested in it. There were three things of vit -1 importance to the town which he commended to the Chamber of Trade as desirable in its interests, and which they, with their great influence, would be able to bring about They related to the means of communication be- tween Barry and other parts of the country. Let them take the telegraph service. He could not mention this branch without paying a very warm tribute to the postmaster who had charge of the town, Mr Fardo, and he had an able lieutenant at Barry Dock. The postal arrangements, so far as he could see, were excellent, but he was not quite certain that they had received that attention in the telegraphic department to which they were entitled. He then lengthily referred to the delays in the transmission and receipt of telegrams, which was a serious matter between business men, and militated greatly against the interests of the town. O.,ly that week a telegram occupied 24 minutes between the time banded in at Liverpool Post Office and its receipt at Barry, and another occupie d 19 minutes From Newport 12 minutes were occu- pied, flom Shrewsbury 19 minutes, and only last week he bad a tehg am from a sub-post district in Car diff, which occupied 26 minutes in reaching the Post-Office at Barry Dock. Then, as to the t, le- phone service. In complaining about this, he felt upon more secure ground, and if, by collective action, the Chamber of Trade would waken up the National Telephone Company, they would confer a great boon upon the public. His experience was I hat if they wanted to speak to Cardiff, or any other town, the lines were twice out of three time- hlocke 1, and they should, therefore, brirg home to the officers the serious need there was of some radical change for Barry. Then the third branch of the service to which he referred was the railway service and he felt now treading upon t, nder ground. Had Barry, he asked, received the due recognition from their loci11 company to which it was entitled ? (Cries of No.") The growth of the tonn and 'he growth of tile traffic had been re- markable, and if the late Mr David D .vi- s could be there that day, and see the amount of business done, no one would be more astonished than him- self. What he desired to see was the same as the Great Eastern Railway had experimented, and proved successful, between London and Waltham- stow, and that was a service of trains every half- hour throughout the day and night. There were 38 trains running daily between Cardiff and Newport, and he was assured by a gentleman present that the volume of business between Cardiff Docks and Barry was infinitely greater than the volume of trade between Cardiff and Newport. Pellarth had 25 trains a day for a population of 15,000, and, besides, they had Andrews' busses and the prospect of the promotion of an electrical tramway, which they were denied any probability of being extended to Barry, owing to the action of a neighbouring authority in connection with the main highway at Dinas Powis. Barry, with its population of 27,000, had 20 trains each day, which was a great increase upon what was in existence four or five years ago, and he could not help thinking that if they had a better service, arid especially if they had lower fates, to which they were entitled, it would mean not only popu- larising Barry as a seaside resort, but also making the town better as a business centre. These were three huge monopolies; one a State monopoly, anoth- er a semi-State monopoly, and the other a monopoly granted by Parliament and as a rule, they had to squeeze everything they obtained from them. But he hoped the Chamber would do everything to secure the accomplishment of these three desirable features. (Loud appla.use. )-Mr T. P. Thomas, in response, made a cursory glance over the work of the Chamber of Trade during his tenure of office, which had just then expired, and referred to the part taken in connection with the issue of their Guide their successful action in securing a reduc- tion in season tickets, and also bringing before the District Council the necessity of providing seats along our main thoroughfares, as well as urging upon them the necessity of providing a fire engine for the town. (Loud applause.) Song, "Star of my soul," Mr F. Brooks. "THE GOVERNING BODIES." Mr Alfred Jackson proposed The Governing Bodies," and said that for some time he felt at a loss to know who were really the governing bodies in the town. At first he thought they were the police--(laughter)-anrl then he thought it was their wives-(renewed laughter)-and eventually he decided it must be their mothers-in-law. (Loud laughter ) Upon consultation with some of his friends, how- ever, he was told that they were the School Board and District Council, and he was advised to slate 'em." He was, however, going to do nothing of the kind, because he considered that they had d ne good work in connection with the town.—Mr Wm Thomas, J.P., Mr F. P. Jones-Lloyd (on behalf of the District Council), and Capt. Davies responded, the latter observing that while the School Board exercised all their powers in the interests of the education of the young, the Chamber of Trade were exercising a similar influence in the direction of educating the old. "THE OFFICERS." The toast of The Officers of the Chamber of Trade" was proposed by Mr L. C. PeaTce, and respc nded to by Mr 3 Christian and Mr Sam Griffiths, and an enjoyable evening was brought to a close by the singing of God Save the Queen."
NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL, BARRY. I
WESLEYAN METHODISM AT BARRY. OPENING THE NEW CHAPEL. SUCCESSFUL INAUGURATION SER- VICES. No greater proof of the rapid growth of Wesleyan Methodism at Barry can be afforded than the erection of the new and handsome edifice adjoining the old building, the opening services in connection with which took place on Monday last. The structure has been built at a cost of about £ 3,500 by Messrs. K. R. Evans Bros., Cardiff, from plane prepared by Mr Budgeon, of the firm of Messrs Jones, Richards and Budgeon, architect, Cardiff. The resident minister is the Rev. W. Sarginson; chapel stewards, Mr J. Lowden, J.P., and Mr J. J. Moon and society stewards, MrD. W. Roberts and Mr J. Panniers; while Mr Lowdon and Mr Moon also carry out the duties of treasurer and secretary respectively of the church. DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW BUILDINC. The new building will add greatly to the archi- tectural ornamentation of the surroundings, and may be viewed, owing to its elevated position, from any part of the town. The elevations are of Newbridge stone with Bath stone dressings, the style of architecture adopted being Early Perpen- dicular. The ornamentation, however, is almost limited to the treatment of the central part of the front elevation. This is uncommon, and the flow- ing tracery archway to the centr.il door is effective. The early Gothic style is obser ved in the windows, one of which erected near the entrance being 21 feet high, and splendidly carved. The width of the ci.apel at the transepts in greater than the length of the building from lobby to choir. It is anticipated that this alranllement will bring the minister in close touch with the congregation. Sittir g accommodation is provided for 624 upon the ground floor, and when the galleries are erect d (provision for them in the future having been made), the accommodation will be increased to; about 1,100. The choir seats are behind the rostrum, and will accommodate 46, with space for organ in addition. There are two vestries for the choir and minister, both rvomB having access to a I-rge pttrlcur. There are no gallery supports and columns from the same to help carry the roof, which is in one span, light Bath stone pilasters carrying the ends of roof trusses. A novel feature in this chapel is that Jarrahdale Jarrah wood has been introduced with pleasing effect as wood-block flooring in the aisles and elsewhere, the warm red contrasting well with the adjoining oak-blocks. THE AFTERNOON SERVICE. At the service in the afternoon there was a large congregation, the rostrum being occupied by a large number of ministers of the Wesleyan Con- nexion from various parts of the Principality, together with several ministers from the district belonging to other denominations. The introduc- tory portion of the service was very impressive, the choir being under the conductorship of Mr Broomfield. The preacher for the afternoon was the Rev W. L. Watkinson, president of the Con- ference, who based his masterly and edifying discourse on 1 Chrou., xxii, 14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the Lord an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver and of brass and iron without weight for it is in abundance timber also and stone have I prepared and thou mayeet add thereto." Following the service there was a public tea in the schoolroom, to which a large number sat down, the lady members of the church attending at the service. THE EVENING MEETING. In the evening the chapel was again crowded, Mr J. Cory, J.P., presiding. The meeting was commenced by prayer (offered by the Rev W. R. Maltby, Penarth) and the singing of a hymn. Mr J. Lowdon was the first speaker. In making a statement as to the financial position of the church with reference to the building fund, he said he had pleasure in telling them that he had; received that day in actual cash £1,605. (Ap- plause.) There were some promises which had not yet been collected, but he felt sure they would be able to collect them. The new building, however, cost much more than the amount mentioned, and they had a great deal of money to raise yet. The they had a great deal of money to raise yet. The members of their church had contributed well towards the fund, and, considering that the bulk of them were working men, they had done nobly. (Hear, hear.) In accordance with the rules of their Connexion, they were bound to raise three-, fourths of the total cost of the building before the Connexional fund would step in to their assistance. They had, however, set themselves to raise before the conclusion of the opening services the sum of £2,100, which he hoped, and confidently believed, they would reach. The Chairman then followed, and in the course of an earnest address said :—We come together this evening in the interest of Christ's Church—the highest, the most important of all interests. I am exceedingly gratified to be here with you on this joyful occasion, and to rejoice with you over the progress of your work for the Lord, necessitating the erection of a new structure for the carrying on of the cause of Christ in your midst. I have been pleased to note the history of the rise and progress of this branch of the Lord's vine- yard, and to know that the kindgdom of God has been advancing amongst you and to-day you are to be congratulated on the splendid building you have erected for the worship and service of God. This sanctuary, I doubt not, is a monument of loving toil and self-sacrifice on the part of thit church and congregation and may it ever prove a centre of spiritual influence, where Christ and His cross sir ill continually be lifted up and sinners attracted to the Saviour of mankiud. It is a cause for thankfulness and gratitude to know that the hand of the Lord has been with you in the past, and that a great number have believed and turned unto the Lord. It must, iude d, be a great joy to those who have been labouring here to know that the blessing of the great Head of the Church "has been resting on your efforts in the interests of His kingdom. And now that you have enlarged your borders, erec'ed a spacious and beautiful temple for the Lord, may the Divine presence ever abide in this sanctuary, and bless all the efforts put forth here for the salvation of immortal souls. I am pleased to learn of the good work carried on in connection with the various agencies of your church. A very important branch of the Church is the Sunday School. I pray you, look after this department. In your young people is the hope of the church. It is always an encouraging sign of the healthy condition of a church when the work amongst the young is carried on with enthusiasm and with blessed results. To you, Sunday School teachers and workers amongst the young people, I would say-Have a lofty conception of your work aim high and may you one and all rise up to the full magnitude of the privilege conferred upon you in being engaged as co-workers with God in work- ing out the redemption of the world, and being used by Him in the conversion of the children. Pray, and seek to be baptised with a consecrated enthusiasm for your work. Remember, you are engaged in the noblest work—that of building up characters for eternity. Do not be discouraged at apparent non-results. It is yours to sow; G d will give the increase. That mischievous b"y and that giddy girl in your class will not fOJ get the teaching of an earnest, all-consecrated teacher. How often it has been said by re-claimed prodigals I could never get rid from my mind my teacher and the class his teaching, his counsels, his prayers, they have followed me amid all my sinful career." Blessed blessed yea, thrice blessed is the teacher whose work and service has been so sealed by the Master. May I express the hope that your prayer meetings are well attended, giving evidence that this is a praying church. Not much real work can be done by a prayerless community. Remember the Apos- tolic injunction: Pray without ceasing." To be mighty in sen ice you must be mighty in prayer, and to he mighty in prayer you must be mighty in love. He prayeth best who luveth best. All great workers have been mighty in prayer prayer is a greater force in the amelioration and improvement of humanity than the world, or even the Church, can ever dream of. The lives of good men and women are the salt of the earth they stay the judgments of the Lord, and the daily prayers of believing, conseciated souls prevail with Heaven fr human woes far beyond what the finite mind can grasp or the imagination of man can conceive. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. May you all become mighty in prayer, then v. e may rest assured as to the continued success of this church. This is a rapidly growing town, and with the increasing population ti,ei e comes increasing respon- sibilities to meet the ever-widening spheres for service and the great problem ever presents itself How to reach the masse, !how to attract the utterly careless and indifferent to our churches? The Gospel is as efficacious to-day as on the day of Pentecost, and we, as Methodists, have the satis- faction and joy of knowing than no other gospel than the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ can, or will, be preached in a Wesleyan Methodist chapel. No spurious, man-invented doctrines, will be preached from this pulpit, but a living Christ, who died and rose again as the soul and centre of our common faith and life. His sacrificial and redemptive work, the vital relation of the cross to the remission of sins these a.re held by us all as facts of history and truths of revelation. May the Lord lead you one and all to be up and doing, always seeking for opportunities for service, and may this Church become a mighty power in advancing the kingdom of God in this your town and neighbourhood. And now, just a few words on a very important subject, the subject of giving—that is, on the privilege and blessedness of giving as taught in the Scriptures, which I call proportionate and systematic giving. The large sum already contributed towards this sanctuary is a proof that you have realised the blessedness of gi%,ing but before this chape! is free of debt you will have to experience and realise more and more this blessedness. In conclusion I would ask you, my brethren, to observe three rules 1. Give systematically and proportionately. 2. Give in faith. 3. Act from principle, and not by impulse. Let God's Word be your guide. If we give from impulse, our giving will be spasmodic and un- certain. Start afresh with the new year with a tixed and definite proportion, and carry it out, and let us say from our hearts- Were all the realm of Nature mine, That were an offering far too small Love so amazing, so Divine, Shall have my life, my soul, my all. The next speaker was the Rev W. L. Watkin- son, president of the Conference. He said that when they had made sacrifices for a thing, it was a great satisfaction to find it reached their most exalted expectations. He trusted they would live many years to enjoy their worship in the new edifice, and that their utmost expectations would be realised in the midst of this community. He be realised in the midst of this community. He was sure they would all greatly sympathise with what the chairman said as to the vast importance of the Church of the present day giving its most r conscientious attention to the young. Their hope, of course, was in their young people, and the solu- tion of all those problems by which philosophers and statesmen were perplexed at the present time lay in the more careful aud impassioned culture of their young people. (Hear, hear.) It was a very remarkable thing that, in modern times, students turned from the large and mature to solve scientific problems in the minute and immature. Fur in- stance, in the olden days men used to attempt to explain the secrets of life by appealing to the adult, but to-day all grtat physiologists tried to solve the problem of life, not in the adult, but in the embryo. Years ago, when men wiehed to solve any great question of structure, they would turn to an elephant, but to-day, when they wished to explain the great secrets of structure and life, they turned to the microbe. The wonderful thing in all modern science was how the great masters had turned a way from the complex and the vast and conspicuous, to the simple, the immature, t! e obscure. Tiiu*, as they were trying to solve all the great problems of nature by turning to the sma 1 and obscure, they would have to solve all the great problems of society in a very similar manner not by the statesman dealing with the adults, but by the teacher dealing with the child. (Applause.) They could not solve the problems of the nation in the House of Lords nor in the House of Commons, but in the school and by the fireside. They often talked of a question being in a nutshell. He could tell them that all the great questions of society were in a nutshell, and that was a lad's skull; and if they wanted to see this world right it would not be by the philosopher, the statesman, and the magistrate, but in the more exact, conscientious and profound education of the little child. (Cheers.) Wllt-n the Master t' ok a child and set him in the midst of his disciples, he taught a profound and magnificent lesson that the Church of the wo: ld had not been able to learn in 2,000 years. But they were learning that lesson, and he trusted that this church would give its special and devout attention to the young, and that it would be an interesting, a cheerful, and a progressive church. (H. ar, hear.) WiMi regard to the Wesleyan Methodist denomination, they stood in perfect friendship with all the churches on either side. Thfy did not want to steal sheep from any other fold, but what they proposed to do was to build up the kingdom of God from the general population. As to the various churches about them, there was no church that could be more purely and truly friendly to its neighbours on both sides than they sought to be. A great deal had been said lately of the organisation of the Church, and that they could only have one Church, and that of an empha- tic and specific pattern. When they opened the New Testament it was a very remarkable thing that what it had to say about the con- stitution of the Church was peculiarly vague. One student who turned to the New Testament found that in his opinion the Church of Christ must be Congregational another, equally %ise.;nd devout discovered that it ought to be Presbyterian ind the third came to the conclusion that it ought to be Episcopalian and a fourth had a kind of feeling that it ought not to be any of the three exactly, but a composite, and that called Metho- dism. (Laughter.) He thought they ought to find considerable reason foe congratulation in the vague- ness of the New Testament teaching regarding the framework of the Church. What did the Darwin- ian teach them concerning nature. Their fore- fathers believed that a creature was made exactly as they saw it to-day. That its organism was fixed and final. The scientist, however, now taught them that the organism was plastic, aud that it was being changed so that the creature could adjust itself to the ever changing conditions of the world. Now, he maintained that Jesus Christ constituted the Church to run on parallel lines with their modern sciences. The Church was not made with one pattern, with one ministry, with one Liturgy, and one specific and persistent framework. Jesus Christ left the shape of the Church to the necessities of their !I:' e¡t spiritual purpose, and the Church might easily be one shape or another, that shape always being the near< st to the New Testament that most effectually fulfilled the Master's great redemptive work. (Applause.) It was beautiful to turn to the New Testament when they could not make out what the Church ought to be. It ought to be such a Church t* at b I ought men to Christ, and made them most like Him. When he looked into the New Testament it did not tell him that the Church ought to be Presbyterian, Congregational, Episcopal, or Metho- dist. but that it ought to be a holy Church, not having a spot or wrinkle of any kind. Whether it was the Church of Rome, the Anglican Church, Methodist, or the Salvationist the chief things required were purity of character and practical service for the uplifting of the fallen. (Hear, hear.) A great deal had been said lately about the ministry—about the validity of orders. (Laughter.) The very sentence implied that something was wrong. Their E glish Church had gone to the Pope-or, at least, a section of that Church- asking him to recognise the validity of Anglican Orders; and the Pope would not do it. He did not know how it was, but the Pope had never sent him an Order. They had never consulted him about the validity of their Orders, and did not think they should. What was the evidence that a man was called to preach ? The fact that he could preach with acceptance, power, and efficacy and after that the Metlodibt Church did not go to look for a long doctrine drawn from the mouldy archives of Noah's ark. It would require all the parchment in the universe to say that a man was called to preach who could not. They accepted everyone who was illuminated by God's spirit, and had proof to his ministry. They accepted everyone except the priest, and he trusted this country would be slow to accept the priest. (Hear, hear.) If ihey iooked in Italy and Spain, which the priesti had had under their rule for a thousand years if they looked in France, Mexico, or wherever they liked in this world, everything withered which the priest touched. Romanism destroyed the sense of personal responsibility, and so the main-spring of the nation became destroyed by the same power. He was delighted that they had in their Church a great army of local preachers because they served as a standing protest against many a foolish notion of sacerdotalism. In Metho- dism, they had the simple evangelical truth, and he hoped they would keep to that simplicity. What they had to take care of in their Church was the eccelitric theologian, and trusted they would continue to be preserved from such a person, and be content to stand by their own doctrine. (Ap- (plause.) Mis Twigdon now gave a solo, and a collection was also taken. It was announced that the Chair- rrau and another geiitlen-an had promised £100 aach towards the building fund. provided a simia. sun. was collected by the Church before the con- clusion of the opening services.—The Rev. W. Sarginson stated that several handsome subsci ip- tious had alrtady been received towards the fund, and the collections that day had amounted to jE69 4s 9d. He trus ed that every effort would be made to raise the amount necessary to claim the promises of the Chairman and the other friend.—A telegram was read from the Rev J. Courtenay James, the former minister of the church, wishing the opening services every success, and that the glory of the latter house would exoeed that of the former. Votes of thanks were heartily accorded the Chairman, Mr J. J. Moon, and the ladies who bad charge of the tea, and the gathering terminated with the pronouncing of the Benediction. The opening services will be continued on Sun- day next, when the Rev Marshall Hartley, secre- I tary of the Conference, will be the preacher and also on the two succeeding Sundays, when the preacher will be the Rev H. Graham Payne, Hali- fax (late resident minister), and Rev W. H. Parr, Cardiff, respectively.
DINAS POWIS. TREAT FOR THE TENANTRY.—Major-General H. Lee J.P., entertained his tenants at The Mount on Thursday evening in last week, when a large number accepted of the hospitality of the esteemed squire.
LIBERALISM AT BARRY. FORTHCOMING VISIT OF ALD. W. H- MORGAN. A DISTINGUISHED ARRAY OF SPEAKERS. Tuesday evening next has been fixed for the visit of Alderman W. H. Morgan to Barry in connection with his campaign as the Liberal candidate-elect for South Glamorgan. The gathering, wijicb will be held at the Romilly Hall, Barry, promises to be a large, rep- reseutative, and enthusiastic one, and amongst the speakers, in addition to the candidate, will be Mr Alfred Thomas, M.P., Mr W. Abraham, M.P. (" Mabon "), and Mr Morgan Thomas, secretary of the South Wales Liberal Federation, together with Alderman J. C. Meggitt, J.P., Mr E. B. Smith-Jones, Mr J. H. Jose, and Mr T. Evans, who will speak on behalf of the local Liberal Association. The chair will be taken at 7.45 by Mr W. Graham, president of the Association.
PORTHKERRY VIADUCT. VISIT OF COLONEL YORKE, R.E. RE-BUILDING TO BE COMMENCED. On Thursday in last week, Colonel Yorke visi- ted Porthkerry for the purpose of inspecting the viaduct of the Vale of Glamorgan Railway that has been rendered useless through one of the pillars sinking and causing serious defects in the arch. ways. The distinguished official of the Board of Trade remained at Barry during Wednesday night, and was early on Thursday morning conveyed to the viaduct in the Barry Company's saloon car- riage, accompanied by Mr Archibald Hood, the chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan Railway Com- pany, and seveial officials of the company. A thorough inspection of the masonry as it stands was made, and also the embankment on the Barry side of the viaduct that recently subsided, and a report will be made thereon to the Board of Trade. In view of the lengthy delay th2t must ensue before the defective masonry is properly restored some steps may be taken whereby the heavy traffic anticipated during the summer months may be continued without the present delay occasioned by the sel vice of brakes from Rhoose, and a light railway running round the back of Canon Allen's house and across Poi thker-ry Farm is even spoken of, but we are assured that nothing has yet been definitely decided upon. Sir James Szlumper, together with other emi- neD tiengineers, have also paid a vi, it tothe scene,and as the result of a consultation between these gentlemen, it has now been elefinitely decided to proceed without delay to re-erect the defective portions of the Porthkerry Viaduct, and after pulling down the sunken pillar deeper foundations w ill be secured. The greater portion of the viaduct from this spot to the abutments will, of necessity, be re-built. The work has been entrusted to Messrs Price and Wills, who are at present carry- ing out the No. 2 Dock, passenger pier, and Rhymney branch railway contracts in such an excellent manner for the Barry Railway Company.
DISPUTED FOOTPATH AT DINAS POWIS. CROWBAR BRIGADE ON THE WAR-PATH The claimant to a portion of the disputed footpath at Dinas Powis, at the Spring Cottage end of the path, had several men actively engaged in patching up all that was left of his uncliwable spiked barrier gate, which, it will be remembered, was demolished some time ago by the crowbar brigade." On Friday evening last it bad been securely fastened to the posts by a heavy chain and massive padlock. But all these and the strong new iron hinge to the gate were partially destroyed by the crowbar brigade, it is supposed, during Friday night. At any rate, on Saturday morning the gate was found once more removed, and some of those who used the path, it is stated, found no obstruction at this end. Great excitement pre- vailed in the neighbourhood respecting the matter, for it was understood that the gate was to have been carefully guarded. To-morrow (Friday) an enquiry will be held at the Cross Keys Inn, Dinas Powis, by the Clerk to the Llandaff and Dinas Powis District Council respecting the supposed right of way, and the following members will sit with the clerk :—Major-General Lee, Mr T. Cram, Mr Williams, Mr O. Hampstone, and Mr John Thomas. Michaelstone-le-Pit. Over fifty wit- nesses will be examined, one of these being 97 years of age. Only the parties directly con- cerned will be present, and no cross-examina- tion by solicitors will be permitted on either side.
SEAMEN AND THEIR WAGES. PUBLIC MEETINGS AT BARRY DOCK. Mr L. Jones, secretary of the Barry branch of the Sailors' and Firemen's Union, presided over a well-attended gathering held on Thurs- day evening in last week at the Assembly- room of the Victoria Hotel, Barry Dock. Spirited addresses were delivered by Mr Tom Carey, district secretary Mr J. Jennsens, a Dutch delegate; Mr John Ward, general seciatary of the Navvies' Union, and several others, all urging the men to stand firm and support the Union in the agitation for a better rate of wages at Barry and the other ports in the Bristol Channel. On Tuesday evening last another meeting was held at the same place. Mr Jones pre- sided, and in the course of the meeting addresses were delivered by Mr Leslie M. Johnson, editor of the Seamen's Chronicle, and Mr Carey, of Cardiff. A resolution was passed pledging those present to afford every support in their power to the present agitation now taking place in Cardiff for an increase in the wages at the ports of the Bristol Channel.
THE BARRY RAILWAY COM- PANY'S DIVIDEND. ANOTHER TEN PER CENT. At a meeting of directors of the Barry Rail- way Company, held on Friday last, it was decided to recommend the distribution of a dividend for the half year euded December 31st at the rate of 10 per cent. per annum, carrying forward a balance of £ 2,707.
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD INQUIRY. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE IMPROVE- MENTS AT BARRY. On Wedne3day morning last Mr Herbert H. Law conducted a public inquiry on behalf of the Local Government Board, at the Gas and Water Offices, Barry Dock, regarding several loans which the Barry District Council had applied for sanction to borrow. Amongst those present were Mr W. Thomas, J.P. (chair- man of the Council), Messrs J. A. Hughes (clerk), J. C. Pardoe (surveyor), F. M. Harris (engineer and manager gas and water depart- ment), Mr C. B. Brown (accountant), Mr E. W. Waite (water engineer), Mr A. Meade (representative of the Barry Railway Company), &c.-The first loan enquired into was that for £ 9,450 for works for additional water supply. Mr Waite presented plans of the proposed new high-level reservoir, stating that the present reservoir was capable of hold- ing 100,000 gallons, which amounted to only li days' supply. The new reservoir, which was estimated to cost X3,500, would hold" 280,000 galls. Y,2,750 was also required for addi- tional pumping mains; £ 2000 for additional pump at Biglis and alterations to engine house; 1:1,150 for additional supply main from the high level reservoir and S50 for testing and stamping apparatus.—A loan was also applied for amounting to £500, being a proposed con- tribution towards the erection of a footbridge over the railway in place of the footpath leading to Palmerstown. Mr J. A. Hughes pointed out that at present children coming from Palmerstown to school at Cadoxton were obliged to cross the line by means of a footpath, and the traffic at this spot was very congested, long coal trains frequently blocking the line for a considerable time.—The InspEctor received further evidence regarding the borrowing of £1,901 for works of private street improvement, and £1,300 for the construction of new streets, and C267 for enclosing and planting certain open spaces at Cadoxton.
BARRY RAILWAY TRAFFIC RETURNS. The total returns from passenger, goods, -1 1 and mineral traffic for the week ending Jan. 22nd, 1898, amounted to E9,101, as 0 com- pared with 18,858 in the corresponding week of last year.
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