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The Merthyr Murder.

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HIGH-STREET BAPTIST CHURCII.—Preacher next Sunday, Rev. W. Townshend, of Leeds. Services a.t 11 and G o'clock. A WONDERFUL SHOW.—Bostock and Womb- well's famous No. ] travelling zoo occupied Thome's Yard, above the Theatre Royal, during the holidays, and thousands of people patronised this wonderful exhibition. The three lion tameis astounded everyone by their daring in the den among the wild animals. The youngsters had a rare time riding upon the backs of the elephants, camels and drome- daries, while both old and young alike showed great interest in the line specimens of lions, tigers, hyenas, wolves, monkeys, bears, etc., also the smallest horse in the world, and the wild boars from Windsor, presented to Mr. Bostock by the King. BOXING.—At the New Wonderland, on Mon- day night, Ted James (Merthyr) met John Owens (Aberpman) in a ] c-round glove contest* Owens conceded height to his opponent and also lacked strength. The first and second rounds were interesting. James gained points with longer reach. The contest was fought in a vigorous style. Owens slipped to his knee in the fifth round, and was in the act of rising when he was struck by James. Owens claimed a foul, but was bidden to fight on by the referee. He refused, and James was declared the winner. In the minor contests Phil Davies beat Dai Rces, and J. Davies defeated Lewis Richards. EASTERTIDE.—The glorious weather of Good Friday and Saturday induced hundreds of people to seek pleasure away from the neigh- bourhood of the collieries and ironworks. All the local pits were in full swing on both days, so that the majority of workmen had their holidays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Good Friday Pontsarn was thronged by visitors, and those who came from a distance climbed up to the ruins of Morlais Castle. On Bank Holiday, despite the sudden change, thousands left the town, while there was a good influx of visitors. The various railway com- panies ran cheap day and week-end trips to all parts of the country, and these excursions were well patronised. Tuesday proved cold and wet, but the football matches were well patronised. On Wednesday warm April showers fell from time to time, but the men made the best of their leisure. On Thursday all the pits were in full swing again. CATHOLXC YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY.—On Easter Sunday, after the evening service, the Rev Fr. Crowe read a paper on the Oxford Move- ment." Mr. C. Bernasconi presided. Dis- tinguishing between the Catholic and Protestant beliefs, the rev. lecturer recalled briefly the circumstances attendant upon the Reformation and the various positions of the Established Church down to the beginning of the 19th century. From 1800 to 1835 the Oxford Movement, he said, was most active. A number of Church students at Oxford, not altogether satisfied with their position, began the study of the Fathers of the Church, more especially the Apostolic Fathers. The deeper they delved into these sourc of learning the more unsettled they became, and at length many of them had the courage to sacrifice promising careers in the Established Church and the society of their friends, and, in spite of the cruel reflections cast on them and their motives, joined the Catholic Church. The lecturer reminded his hearers- of the absolute necessity of recognising the difficulties of non- Catholics, and that it was better to patiently explain the Holy Faith than to engage in heated arguments on religious topics. Mr. D. Hennessy moved a vote of thanks to the lecturer, which was supported by Messrs. Clifford and O'Shea. Mr. C. Bernasconi also spoke. PRESBYTERIAN DISTRICT MUSICAL FESTIVAL. —On Good Friday the Presbyterian Festival was held at Market-square Church, kindly lent for the occasion, Hope Church being under alterations. Mr. T. Price conducted with his usual skill and vigour. In the afternoon the president was Mr. Rhys Davies, and the tunes sung were Pater Omnium." Dusseldorf," Si Glory," and Oriel College," and the anthem was Though the Fig Tree," by Mr. Price.— Councillor Lloyd gave a very interesting and instructive lesson on the advent of music, etc. Chant (by Higgins) Psahn xxvii. was excellently rendered, and also that of "Lief." The organist was Mrs. Lloyc1.-In the evening Mr R. R. Price (Aberdare) presided, and the tunes sung were Dies Irae," Paea," Lledrod," Agnus Dei," Wynnstay," Arweiniad." Gerontius," and chant by D. Jenkins, Psalm viii. The organist was Mr. D. C. Williams.—The Rev T. Williams (Penrhiwceiber) made a very interesting speech on ancient music. The Mayor (Alderman Wilson) also spoke.—On the whole it was a very successful and highly-appreciated festival, and great credit is due to the conductors of the several Churches in the district. Tea was provided at Hope Hall, at which the ladies did their part. SACRED CONCERT AT THEATRE ROYAL.— Lovers of music who attended the Theatre Royal last Sunday evening would have been amply repaid if only by listening to the selec- tions by the orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Frantz, who has been for some time musical director at the theatre. The orchestra consisted of all the well-known local musicians, numbering 28, and was as fine a band as has been heard in Merthyr for a very long time. The selections chosen were :—" Big Dame," Suppe Carmen Selection," B'zet; Oberon," Weber; "Hearts and Flowers," Czibulka. Mr. Dan Price gave in his best style Glorious Devon," Is not His Word like a Fire?" (Mendelssohn), and 0 hear the wild winds blow." He was a great success, and many people must have attended if only to hear this old Merthyr boy once again. Mr. Tom Bryant was recalled several times for his superb playing of the harp, an instrument so little heard in these days. Miss Rachel Thomas, of Mountain Ash. sang several songs, including Nearer, my God. to Thee." In these money making days it is at least a pleasure to find, as wns announced on the programme, so many people willing to help in the cause of charity, and the whole of the musicians gave their services entirely ftec such a thing is more than commendable. Tt was a nnounced that the Mayor would attend, but unfortunately at the last moment he found. he journey impossible, and Councillor Lloyd attended instead. We under- stand the sum of £17 Is. 4d. has been handed to the distress fund. It does seem a pity that the concert was not better patronised, consider ing that it was run by the management with no idea of profit whatever. CALFARIA CHAPEL, HEOLGERRIG.—A most successful chairing eisteddfod was held,, under the auspices of the above chapel, at Salem Congregational Chapel (kindly lent), on Easter Monday. A great concourse of admirers of the Eisteddfod assembled, this being the first open competition eisteddfod of the kind held in the locality. The musical part of the pro- gramme was adjudicated by Mr. Abraham Watkins, Hirwain and the literature by Mr. H. Lloyd (Ap Hevin), Aberdare, in the unavoid- able absence of Mr. Ogwen Williams, Gwersyll. Aberdare. Owing to the indisposition of Mr, David Adams, Gellideg, Iür. D. Williams, Merthyr, acted as accompanist. The duties of secretary were performed by Mr. Allen Richards, those of treasurer by Mr. John Richards. The chair was occupied by Councillor F. Pedler. Au enjoyable tea was prepared by the committee at Calfaria Chapel, to meet the rqeuirements of visitors. The following items were gone through :—Solo, for those under 16 years of age, Nid wyf ond Cludydd arfau," Johnny Jones, Heolgerrig; soprano solo, Niges y Blodeuyn," Mrs. Sophia Williams, Twynyrodyn; tenor solo, 0 na byddai 'n haf o hyd," Mr. R. Watkin Owen, Merthyr; con- tralto solo, O rest in the Lord," Miss May Watts, Morristown; competition for children's choirs, not less than 30 in number, and under 10 years of age, three choirs entered—Saron (Aberaman), conducted by Mr. Gwilym Evans Clwydyfagwyr Choir, conducted by Mr. David Jones; and Heolgerrig Choir, conducted by Mr. John Richards. The test piece was I sing because I love to sing." The prize (£2) was awarded to the Aberaman Choir, and a silver medal was presented to the conductor. Both unsuccessful choirs received a gift of 10s. 6d. each, given by Mr. and Mrs. Bowns, Merthyr, for their efforts. Bass solo, Merch y Cadben," Mr. W. Beynon, Pontypridd; duet (any voiccs), choice song, Messrs. John Mrogan and William Jones, Heolgerrig; best choice solo, any voice, divided between Mr. W. Beynon, Pontypridd, and Mr. R. W. Owen, Merthyr Chief choral competition (prize £10 and a chair, given by Mr. Bowns, to the successful conductor). Two choirs entered—Penydarren, conducted by Mr. Watkins, and Heolgerrig, conducted by Mr. Abraham Williams. The test piece was 0 Father, Whose Almighty Power." The prize was awarded to the Heolgerrig choir, conducted by Mr. Williams. Recitation, for children under 16 years of age, competitors to choose their own piece, divided between Mary Woolley and Rachel Annie Rees; recitation, "Y r Ystorm," divided between Mr. William Davies, Merthyr, and Mr. Ezekiel Rees, Heolgerrig best Englvn i'r Callawr" (kettle), divided between Gwyddonfryn Price, Merthyr, and John Jones (Myfyr Dyfri), Cefn Coed; best epitaph of four verses, eight lines each, in memory of the late Tommy Llew- ellyn, of Heolgerrig, who met with a tragic death at Cwmdu Colliery, brother to the late Willie Llewellyn, who was lost on the mountain; prize awarded to Gwyddonfryn Price, Merthyr. The committee thanked Mr. and Mrs. Bowns for their generosity in giving the chair, and also their additional prize to the choirs, CHURCH PARADE.—The Merthyr Detachment of the Territorials will parade at 10 a.m. sharp and march to Dowlais Church, on Sunday morning, headed bv their band. The dress is review order, scarlet, with helmets. We hope there will be a good muster of all ranks. WILLIAMS' MEMORIAL CHURCH, PENYDARRENJ —The Venerable Dr. John Brown will preach on Sunday next, at 11 and 6.30, and Mr. Davies, of Ivor, at 2.30. On Monday Dr. Brown will lecture on John Bunyan." Chair to be taken at 8 o'clock by Mr. H. H. Southey. TEMPERANCE.—A temperance meeting, are ranged by the National Order of Good Templars* is to be held in the English Wesleyan Church next Wednesday night. Mr. W. L. Daniel presides, and the speakers-will be the Rev< J. A. Rees, late of Fochriw, and My. S. Stanton, of the Grand Lodge of Wales. SUCCESS.—Mr. W. J. Canton, of Merthyr, was successful at the final examination of tha Law Society, held in London in March. Mr< Canton served his articles with Mr. J. Wi Lewis, of 1, Graham-street, and Market-square Chambers, and he is the eldest son of Police- Inspector W. J. Canton, of Bargoed, and formerly of Merthyr and Dowlais. PERSONAL.—Mr. Cynog Price, caretaker ot the Town Hall, who is a well-known bard, composed the verses of the chairing of the bard song, which was sung by Madame Kate .Morgan Llewelyn, at Abergavenny Eisteddfod, on Easter Monday. THE BLACK MARIA."—The police van, foi the conveyance of prisoners to and from the railway station and the cells, which has been built by Messrs. J. G. Jones and Co., has been delivered this week.—At a meeting of thd Watch Committee, on Monday, the Mayort in referring to the Black Maria," said it gave every satisfaction, and was really a beautiful vehicle." CYFARTHFA DISTRESS.—At Panttywyll Vestry on Tuesday afternoon, the weekly tea waS supplied to the l'ttle sufferers in this district, when upwards of 160 did justice to the good things provided, Mr. B. Jones, Brecon-road, catering. The usual band of helpers rallied round Mrs. Jones again this week. It is evident that the need in this district is as acute as ever/ PANTTYWYLL CHURCH.—lie annual tea, in connection with this Church, was held on Easter Monday. There were two entertain. ments (afternoon and evening) with tea between; Those presiding at the tables were :—Mrs. M Davies, Miss Carter, Misses M. H. and S. S Jones, Nana Jones and Mrs. Katie Jones, Mrs; D. C. and Mrs. Morgan Davies.—The children's meeting, presided over by the Band of Hope president, also proved a success.—The evening meeting was organised by Mr. Tom Phillips and Mr. Davies. The chief items were:—Solos, by Mr Tom Phillips, Miss S. S. Jones, Misa Bron. Davies; violin solos, Mr. Fred Phillips, pianoforte duet, Misses M. H. and S. S. Jones; and gramaphone items, Mr. Phillips. Mr; Peter Peters, of Aberaman, presided. HOREB JUVENILE CHORAL UNION.—OnThurs. day evennig week this choir, under the conduc. torship of Mr. Wm. J. Edmunds, gave ao excellent concert at the Penydarren School* to a very crowded audience. As a large numbei failed to get admission the concert was repeated on Good Friday evening. The Rev. T. Be Matthews presided. The programme consisted of choruses, solos, action songs, and instru. mental music—selections by the Penydarren Orchestral Band, under the leadership of Mr< Ben Evans. The choir did their part in a very praiseworthy manner, and the voices showed very careful and efficient training by the con. ductor. The action songs were rendered with excellent precision and in a very spirited manner. Some of these, viz., The Sweeping Brush Brigade," Merry Little Milkmaids," The Valiant Soldiers," Gay little girls from Japan," and The Suffragettes," were very enjoyable, especially the last, which was so well executed by the boys and girls as to create roars of laughter. Mr. Evan Lewis represented the leading Suffragette, and added much to the humorous phase of the performance. He also gave a good rendering of the solo, The Heart's Return." Mr. J. Daley gave a trombone sola in good style, and Messrs. Daley and Lewil gave an instrumental duet with splendid effec Another very interesting item was gymnastio drill by Prof. John Jones, who surprised tha audience with his skill. The accompanist was Mrs. Wm. J. Edmunds the stage manager was Mr. John B. Lewis the secretary, Mr. Wm. Jones and Mr. Caradoc Gwynne and Mr. John Lewis gave valuable assistance in the various rehearsals. The girls' costumes, which were very picturesque, were prepared by the members of the Horeb Sewing Class, who also prepared the front curtain. The Rev. D. Evans, tha Vicar, and the Noddfa Church lent a larga number of chairs for the concert. The proceeds were in aid of the children's Sunday Schooi outing in the summer.