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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE CONTINUED I.LP.Open-odr meetings will commence, at the Park, on Sunday next, May 2nd, at 6.30.— Speaker, Mr. James Winstoii. If wet,, I.L.P. Institute. SPIRITUALISM. The Merthyr Spiritualist Society will meet next Sunday at Abermarlais Girls' School, when Mrs. Barnstaple, of Car- diff, will oooapy the platform and give clair- voyance. HARD TIMES.—At Merthyr County Court, on Wednesday, his Honour disposed of 318 judg- ment summonses. Many debtors pleaded that they were unable to pay owing to the stoppage of Cyfarthfa Works. PRESENTATION.—The beautiful gold watch and chain, presented to Mr. T. M. Jones, at Zion Chapel, was supplied by Mr. C. H. Flooks, watchmaker and jeweller, Pontmorlais, and was much admired by the recipient and his many friends. SHILOH.—Special services will be held at Ehiloh Chapel, Church-street, on Sunday next, when the Revs. J. H. Williams, Aberayron, and EL R. Owen, Dolgellau, will preach. Services at 11 and 6 o'clock, Welsh. Y.M.C.A.—A draughts competition for silver medals and championship of above starts in the rooms, in Church-street, on Monday evening next, at 8.30. Sixteen members have entered for competition, and some exciting games are being looked forwrad to. Gnrrs TO THE WORKHOUSE.—The Master acknowledges receipt of the following for the use of the inmates :—Magazines, etc., from Mr. J. F. Thomas, Netherwood, Cefn literature, Mrs. Judd, Thomas-street; eggs, Salvation Army friends; and papers from Mrs. A. Lewis, 100, Thomas-street. CTFABTHFA DISTRESS.—The weekly tea, at Panttywyll Vestry, for the little ones, took an unusisalform this week. Throuyh theenerosity of Mr. F. Maddocks, butcher, Brecon-road, they were regaled with a good meal of bread and home-made brawn. Mr. Maddocks gave 271bs. of brawn; Messrs. Price Bros., 18 large loaves of bread; and, anonymous, 1s. DiSESTABiisHiOiOT.—At the cla-.s of the ser viice at. Zion Welsh Baptist Church, Twynyr- odyn, on Sunday evening, the following resolu- tion was unanimous!j passed:—'That we, as a church and congregation worshipping at Zion Baptist Church, Merthyr, desire to express our sincere thanks to the Government for introduc- ing the Bill for the Disestablishment and Dis- endowment of the Church in Wales. Also, that wo eariietly desire the Government to do everything in their power to carry the measure through the House of Commons." MPV. JO:{SDALE'S VISIT.—Owing to the Increased demand for his services, Mr. R. Lonsdalo, medical electrician, of 25, New Oxford- street, London, W.C., has arranged to again visit Merthyr on Mcnday end Tuesday next, ¡ May 3rd and 4th. It is no wonder this gentle- man is kept busy, for such a remarkable number of testimonials in favour of a treatment is seldom seen. Mr. Lonsdale has been visiting Merthyr for the past 30 years. This alone is a tine testimonial in itself. A spooial feature of this visit is that all consultations are free. N ODD FA, PENYDABEEK.—The quarterly meet- inga of the Sunday School were held on Sunday. The afternoon meeting was presided over by Mr. W. J. Lawrence, and the evening meeting I by Mr. W. A. Lev/is. The following took part: —Recitations, Miss Mary L. Jones, Bessy Parry, Blodwen Williams, Grace Thomas, Sarah Parry and John Thomas; songs were sung by Messrs. Joseph Jones, Thomas Williams, Jonah H. Price, T. Hopkins, William A. Lewis, D. J. Lawrence, John Jenkins, and Miss Sarah Jones and Miss Violet Heard, and a quartette by Mr. J. H. Price and friends. Those who took part did their work creditably, and the meetings were well attended, especially in the evening. NATIONAL CHAMBER OF TRADE.—It will illterest the traders of the district to learn that the Federated Chambers of Glamorganshire. Monmouthshire and Brecknock were represented at Gloucester, at the annual conference of the National Chamber of Trade, which was held on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday last. Mr. W. R. Edmunds, president of the Federated Chambers of Trade, and Councillor Isaac Edwards, honorary secretary of the same body, took an active interest with delegates from all parts of Gerat Britain, in discussing the various questions set down for consideration. It Was pleasing to find that the Gloucester friends, headed by a Welshman, Alderman Jones, as their chairman, had made ample preparation for the gathering, and the various questions submitted were duly weighed and decided upon. We would strongly urge all traders to attend the meeting of the local Federation, which is to be held at Penarth on the 12th prox., when a detailed report will he submitted, and an opportunity given for going into these matters in detail. FUNERAL OF MRS. MATTHEWS.—The funeral took place on Friday, at Cefn cemetery, of Mrs. Matthews. wife of Mr. Edward 3M atthews- She was a member of the Ca-lvinistie Methodist Church and Sunday School at Panttywyll,'and during last year waspresidellt of tbeMerchedy De Lockre at Panttywyll. She took a prominent part in the various relidous movements, and the poor of the district will raiss her greatly. The funeral was of a public character, and was largely attended. Among the societies repre- sented were Mere bed y. De. The Rev. H. J. Hughes (C.M.) officiated at the house, and at the graveside a service was conducted in which part was taken by the Revs. R. T. Williams, Con- gregational T. J. Edwards. Calvinistic Metiio- (list; D. G. Evans, Calvinistic Methodist; It. i T. 14,03 ^ajyisusaeJM^thodisti Jaceo Jones, j: Congregational; and W. Davies, Calvinistic Methodist. BAND or HOPE TEA.—The annual tea in connection with the Ainon English Baptist Church Band of Hope was held on Tuesday, at the close of the winter's work. About 120 sat down at the tables, liberal provisions having been provided by the members of the Church. Messrs W. Harris and Son supplied the cake, in several varieties, free of charge. The following assisted at the tables:—Miss M. J. Davies, Miss E. Williams, Miss A. Rees, Miss A. Powell, Mrs. T. P. Lloyd and Mrs. Richards. The Band of Hope is very prosperous under the care of the pastor and his wife. Following the tea came an entertainment, presided over by the Rev. T. P. Lloyd. The programme con- sisted of songs, solos, duets, recitations, etc. the following taking part:—Percy Lee, Tommy Richards, D. R. Morgan, Lewis Williams, Enid Lloyd, Jennie Rees. Annie Jones, A. M. Pritchard M. A. Smith, Cissie Waselev, Beatrice Briant, Muriel Hier, Jennie Vanghan, Ainslie Lovell, Ethel Lloyd; Peggie. Davies, Evelyn Chanter, Myfanwy Davies, Maggie Oates, Lizzie J. Rees, Susie Rees, Lily Trickett, and Mr. Herbert Oates.


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