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HIGH-STREET BAPTIST CHURCH.—Preacher next Sunday, Rev. Ishmael Jones, of Clayton- le-Moors, Accrington. Services at 11 and 6 o'clock. I.L.P.—Meetings at the Park, Sunday, May 16th, at 2.30 and 7 p.m. Speaker: Mr. Matt. Giles, Swansea. If wet, evening meeting only at I.L.P. Institute, 7 p.m. 1M 15 Y oua PEOPLE'S GUILD.—The weekly meet- ing of the above guild at Zion Baptist Vesti-y, Twynyrodyn. was held on Tuesday evening, Mr. Job Williams (president) in the chair. The subject for discussion was Should the Bible be taught in Day Schools V Mr. G. MeX aught supported the affirmative, and Mr. Rhys Thos. Richards the negative. Addresses v.ere also delivered bjf the chairman, Mr. William Griffiths (sen.), Mr. Morgan Jones. Mr. W. Griffiths (jun.), Mr. Thos. Jenkins, Mr. T. Morgan Jones, and Miss May Griffiths. On a vote being taken, the affirmative secured the majority. FREE LIBRARIES.—A meeting of the Free Libraries committee was held on Monday, Councillor Thomas Williams presiding: it was reported that several volumes of book-s had been presented to Abcreanaid library by Dr. Rice and Mr. J. P. Davies, including V* clsh Political and Educational ^Leaders;' "Stories of Waterloo," Life of Wellington," and "Manners for Men."—Councillor Dan Thomas: Pass the last one on to the Council.—The Merthyr Vale branch of the Social Democratic League asked the Council to place Justice/' an organ of social democracy, in the libraries. —It was explained that the Labour Leader" was already supplied, and on thp motion of Councillor Dan Thomas, sccoucled by Alderman T. J. Evans, it was agreed to allow the letter, which was signed Thine, &c., Frank Honey- bone," to lie upon the table. Another volume presented to the Abercanaul.Library was John Locked On the Human Under,;tanding.N9t one of the Committee was able to give the name of the author, so the volume was referred to a sub-committee to be inspected. BRECON-ROAD BREAD FUND.—The balance sheet in connection with the distribution of bread to the unemployed of Cyfarthfa district by Mr. T. J. Rice and Mr. Davies, of the Puddlers' Arms, has just been issued. From January 20th to March 16th, the total monies received amounted to JL15 18s. 9d., and 868 loaves were distributed. The income as follows:—Mr. H. Parfitt, 9, Park-terrace, £1 16s. 6d. Mr. W. Evans, general manager, Dowlais Works, £1 16s. 6d. Mr. A. W. Reason, Dowlais, 5s. Sir W. T. Lewis, The Mardy, Aberdare, Mr. Cornelius Williams, 6, The Avenue, 3d.; Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., E1 1Gs. 6d. Mrs. Scott, 36, Pcnylan-road, Cardiff, £1 16s. 6d. Mr. D. Lewis, Adelaide- villa, £1 Mr. Hill Jones, grocer, W elington- street, 6s. 6d. Rev. John Griffiths, Darran View, 2s. 6d.; Commercial Tra ellers Associa- tion, 2s. 6d. Mr. James Giilibnd, grocer, 5s Major/Morgan, Bolgoed, per Mr. J. T. Vaughan, f1 16s. 6d. Mr. J. Jenkins, builder, Canal- wharf, f1 16s. 6d.; total, £15 1Cs. 9d.—Loaves distributed:—Jan. 20th, 100; Jan. 29th, 112; Feb. 19th, 1 C8; Feb, 4th, 48; Feb. 12th 100; Feb. 26th, 100; March 5th, 100; March 12Lb, 100 March 26th, 100 total 868. Tue balance sheet was audited and found correc t by Mr. F. A. Phillips, auctioneer. PROPERTY" SALE.—On Friday Messrs J. M. Berry and Son oEeredfor sale by public auction, at the Globe Hotel, Merthyr, several splendid properties. The villa residence, "Fairfield." The Quar, together with a large garden, pro- ducing a clear annual rental of i40 per annum, and held for 99 years from 1st November, 1 ö4G, subject to a ground rent of f2 4s. 6d. (the garden land adjoining being held for 47 years from 1st November, 1898, subject to a ground rent of 1 5s.), was withdrawn at £460. A newly- erected detached villa residence, standing in its own grounds, and known as Bryneithin," near Ysgubornewydd Farm, let to Messrs. the Hill's Plymouth Company for a term of years expiring on the 30th April, 1914, at a yearly rental of £34, and held for 99 years from 1st May, 1906, subject to a ground rent of 15, was knocked down to Mr. J. W. Price, Mardy Hotel, for £495. The house contains three bedrooms, bath-room, drawing and dining-rooms, kitchen and scullery. It has also double bay windows, with verandah, and there are fine gardens. No. 7, Temperance-street, and No. 12, Garden-street, let at rentals amounting to £24 14s. yearly, and held for 99 years from May, 1842, subject to a ground rent of 13s. 8d., was withdrawn at £130. The freehold ground rent of £8 2s. 7d., secured upon four dwelling houses and shops in Upper North-street, Penydarren, held under agreement for lease granted to Mr. John Thomas James for 999 years from 25th March, 1908, reached £160, and was withdrawn. The solicitors engaged were Messrs. Griffiths and Thomas, Messrs. Thomas and Davies, and Mr. W. R. Edmunds. QUABTERLY MEETINGS.—The quarterly meet- ings in connection with the Zion Baptist Sunday Schools, Twynyrodyn, were held on Sunday,, and were largely attended. In the afternoon the two schools formed in procession and marched to the Bryn Vestry, Mountain Hare, where the meeting was presided over by Mr. Lewis Williams (secretary of the Church). Mr. Watkin Williams recited a chapter, and Mr. John Rowlands offered prayer. Then followed a duet by Misses Mary Lizzie Evans and Mary Jones. Solos were contributed by Master William Joseph Williams and Miss Ccinwen Williams recitations by Misses May Griffiths, Gwennie Rowlands, Master W. G. Neale, Mr. Edward Evans and Mr. McNaught. The dialogue by Mr. Lewis Williams and Mrs. Gwen Griffiths was also highly appreciated. Several tunes were sung by the children's choir, con- ducted by Mr. Edward Evans. In the evening Councillor David Phillips (treasurer of the Church) presided at Zion Chapel. The pro- ceedings opened with the recitation of a chapter by Miss Gwladys Lewis, after which Mr. Thos. Williams offered prayer. Solos were beautifully rendered by Mr. David Rees Evans, Miss May Morris, Miss Bessie Sandbrook, Miss Bessie Williams; duet, Misses CeinwenWilliams and Maggie Jane Williams; quartette, Mr. John Williams, Mr. David William Jones, Miss M. A. Jones, and Miss Lydia Williams; recitations, Miss May Griffiths, Mr. Edward Evans. and Mr. McNaught. The children's choir (led by Mr. Edward Evans) again sang, and the various items were highly appreciated. Mr. David Williams (orgapist) presided at the organ. Sm MARCHAJST WILLIAMS ON ART.—The dinner arranged by the Cardiff C'ymmrodorion in honour of Mr. Goscombe John, the eminent sculptor, upon his acquisition of the title of R.A., was held at the City-hall on Friday night, when the Lord Mayor (Alderman Lewis Morgan) presided over a company of the distinguished guest's personal friends and admirers. Among those present was Sir T. Marchant Williams, stipendiary magistrate for Merthyr, who, in proposing the health of the visitors, said that they were often reminded that Cardiff and the great centres of population in South Wales were ruled and controlled by men whose favourite expression in life was that" business is business." Happily, there were in Cardiff, and in all the large towns of Wales, men who, while they were successful in the predominant businesses of their lives, found time to devote themselves to thtf culture of art and the study of literature and the higher things. of this world, and he was proud, as a Welsh Nationalist, to see traces of the fact that the spirit of art was spreading itself over the Principality-the land of the birth of the immortal Richard Wilson, of John Gibson, of Penry Williams, of Joseph Edwards, and of Goscombe John (hear, hear). The youngest of those present might yet live to see the time when the Celt of Wales would be known in London, and elsewhere, not only as the successful manager of dairies and draperies, of shipping and shopping, but as masters in the field of art. PLUCKY CONDUCT REWARDED.—In our last issueÄt was stated that on the 27th February several members of the borough police force went to Bethesda-street to arrest William Christopher, a well-known figure in the police court, who is now undergoing six months' imprisonment for wrecking the windows of the Cambrian Inn. A great crowd gathered, and the police were hard pressed, when William Powell, a haulier, who happened to be passing sprang upon the assailants and assisted the officers to get them under control. In the melee one of Powell's hands was severely bitten by the prisoner. Blood poisoning set in, and he was unable to follow his work for three weeks. A few weeks ago Chief Constable Wilson, at the request of a deputation of officers,' headed a subscription list in order to show appreciation of Powell's conduct; nearly ery officer in the force contributed his mite, and about £3 10s. was subscribed. But the police were unable to find Powell. After our last issue, however, and the publishing of these facts, Powell's friends set about finding him, and he was traced to Carmarthen. He came to Merthyr op Monday. At the police-court, on Tuesday, Chief Constable Wilson explained the circum- stances to the Bench, and Sir Marchant W7illiams, in handing the purse of money to Powell, expressed bis gratification that be had been found to receive his unexpected reward. Referring to the assault upon the police, the ) Stipendiary said the officers were violently handled, and complimented the recipient upon his manly conduct. The Mayor (Alderman A. Wilson) also thanked Powell for the manner i k. he assisted the police, and said that ;;ui- for his aid the officers would undoubtedly have received serious injuries.—Powell returned thanks in a few words, and afterwards left the C9yirt, SPIRITUALISM.—Please note, Council of Wales have removed for Sunday and Monday services to Trevethick Hall, which has been recently renovated. Sunday, Mr. E. I Essary. Trance speaker and Merthvr Clair- voyant and. psyehometrist for Monday. MARKET-SQUARE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. —A musical service will be held on Sunday evening, May 16th. when the choir will render the cantata, entitled" Christ and His Soldiers." Book of word.?, 2d. each.—Service to commence at G p.m. WELSH INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION.—A grand exhibition and sale will be held at Hyde-park House, Albert Gate, by kind permission of Lady Navlor Leyland. on Thursday, May 20th, an Friday, May 21st, 1S09. H.R.H. The Princes4 of Wales has graciously signified her intention of Visiting the exhibition. The County Associa. tions will be represented by their respective presidents, including Her Grace the Duchess o! Beaufort, The Countess of DunDonald, the Countess of Plymouth, Her Grace the Duchess of Westminster, The Countess of" Cawdor, and others. The tea and a stall for goods made by Welsh workers in and around London will b* under the direction of the London Central Depots the music each day by the Cymric London Orchestra. Opening ceremony at 2.30 on Thursday. May 20th. by the Marchioness 04 Bute. Admission:—First day, 5s., after 2s. 6(., close at 7 second day, 2s. 6d., after 5, 1s.. close at 7.30; season tickets, 6s. Tickets j and ail information can be obtained from Mrs. Richard Helme (hon. secretary), 22, Princes Gate, S.W. the London Depot, 5a, Belgrave; Mansions, S.W. Social Bureau, 30, New Bond. street; and at the door on days of sale. HOLIDAY GUIDL-Now that Summer is ai>proachirg the railway companies are issuing their holiday guides. We have been favoured with a copy of the Great Western Railway Company s Guide to England and Wales, Southern Ireland and. Brittany." Its object' is to five such information ae will enable holiday-makers to secure a maximum of change, rest, pleasure or sport, at a minimum of expen- diture and fatigue. The guide contains number of maps, and general information, aa to features of interest, with particulars of apartments, boarding establishments, hotels, farmhouses, etc. It is published at threepence. —WTe have also received a copy of the Great Eastern Railway Company's new illustrated Tourist Guide to the Continent," published at the price of sixpence. Among its features arc particulrs of new tours, via Holland, in North Germany, including thcHartz Mountains, and Thuringian Mountains; in South Germany of the less known side valleys of the Rhine; in Belgium, via Antwerp of fresh tours in the Ardennes and old Flemish cities, and a series of Continental maps. A chapter on Tourists' Travel Talk," a vocabulary in English, French and German, has been added. v DEATH OF MR. WM. JONES, BETHESDA-STREET. —The death took place on Monday evening, ol Mr. W m. Jones, grocer, • Bethesda.street, from pneumonia following upon an attack of influenza, in his 63rd year. Deceased was a native oi Builth, but came to Merthyr at an early age. He was a very staunch but broad-minded Nonconformist, and joined the Church at Hope Chapel at its formation, over tifty years ago, and was a deacon for about fifteen years. The late Mr. Jones was one of the oldest grocers in business in the district, and a past-president oi the Merthyr and Dowlais Grocers' Association. He was also a director of the Starr- Bowketl Building Society. Mr. Jones took a lively interest in public affairs, but, although invited on many occasions to become a candidate foi public honours, he never accepted the same. Mr. Jones's only surviving brother is Mr. Tho J et:, New Buildings, Penydarren, who is considerably older, and also one of the founderl of Hope Church. Mr. Jones leaves a large family, viz. :—Mrs. Jones, four sons and five daughters, to whom we tender our sympathy. The funeral took place on Thursday, being largely attended, especially by the grocers ot the town and the members of Hope Church, where he will be greatly missed. The Rev. J. M. Jones (pastor of Hope) officiated. WELSH WESLEYANISM.—The South Wales Annual (May) Synod was held in Aubrey Memorial Chapel, Cefn Coed, last week. This was the first visit of the Synod to Cefn. It is surprising that this is so, especially when tha high place that Cefn holds in the history of Methodism in the Principality is considered. It was here that the Rev. Thomas Aubrey, one of the greatest preachers and statement of the Wesley an Church, was born. On May 13th, 1808. he first saw the light of day in a simple cottage two doors above Mr. Edwards', the stationer. High-street. After travelling North and South Wales, and preaching with great acceptance and power, he ended this life on November 16th, 1867. The last words of this strenuous worker were: "Joyful, joyful, joyf— He entered into the j oy of his Lord before he could finish tha word. It was in Cefn also that the Revs. John Thomas, now of Roma, Australia, and John Price, who travelled as a missionary in the West Indies for some years, now in the Knighton circuit, Radnorshire, were born and nurtured. On Sunday, May 2nd, the pulpits of the circuit were occupied by the younger ministers of the district. Tabor (C.) and Carmel (B.) were kindly lent for the day. Monday, May 3rd, brought the ministerial representatives together. The lirst committeo was held at 3 o'clock in the Church Hail (kindly lent for all committees and sittings), under the chairmanship of the Rev.. Rice Owen, Abercynon, and the Rev. Thomaa, Manuel, as financial secretary. At 7 the same evening, most of the ministers gathered, at the above ball. The Synod proper began on I Tuesday morning. Here inquiries were made respecting ministerial life, w.ork and creed.! Then followed reports of church membership, after which there was a conversation, on the present state of the Work of God in the district. The Synod rejoiced in a slight increase in membership. Wesley Guilds, class leaders and probationers' examinations were reported on. Two candidates for the ministry came forward to be orally examined in Theology, and were passed unanimously to stand before the Welsb Assembly at Llanidloes, and later to face the July Committee. On Wednesday, known as the mixed session, laymen joined ministers in their deliberations, and at this session all financial matters came under consideration. After some helpful talk on the present state of the Church, with spceial reference to the children, reports from the following committees j were considered:—Home missions and chapel,j foreign missions, and many others that affected| the district. On Thursday afternoon the; stationing committee gathered to consider the changes to be sent forward to the Assembly and Conference. Services were held on Monday i evening at Aubrey Memorial, Salem, Heolgerrig Tuesday evening in Aubrey and Clwydyfagwr; Wednesday in Aubrey and Moriah (M.C.). All Thursday's services were held in Ebenezer (C.). Thanks were tendered to all the denominations for their hearty support and sympathy. c;o