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HIGH-STREET BAPTIST CHURCH.—Preacher next Sunday, Mr. W. F. Knight, of Nottingham College. Services at 11 and 6 o'clock MUSICAL SUCCESS-—At the recent examination held in connection with the Tonic Sol-fa College, London, the following pupils of Mr. W. J. Edmunds, F.T.S.C., Penydarren, were success- ful .—Final stage, harmony, Mr. W. H. James, Brynsion-strset. Do vlais intermediate theory and 2nd grade r-to; station, Mr. John Owens, Gellideg; elcmentPo". 1 nd intermediate prac- tical, Mr. J. M. Thomas, Brecon-road, Merthyr. ON SUNDAY.—While people were proceeding to places of worship on Sunday morning, they were surprised to see two men in Pontmorlais who were in an advanced state of drunkenness. The imbibers, Patrick Carey and Thomas Day, were soon spotted and run in," and on Monday I their conduct cost them 20s. and costs each. JUDAS MACCAB^EUS."—It is very gratifying for the promoters to find that the tickets are being taken up to f"agcrlyr T-ha; reserve seats are nearly all sold, but should any friend desire one a postcard to either the conductor or the secretary will be all that is necessary to secure a ticket, while the other tickets can be procured from any member of the choir. Mr. Dan Davies is busy with his choir in perfecting the work, which will be, without flattery, the treat of the season." MRS. J. RUTTY, 15, Saxon-street, The Park, Merthyr T-ydfil, writing on the 22nd March, 1910, says I have been a constant user of Dr. Tibbies' Vi.Cocoa for a groat, many years, so long, in fact, that I cannot remember when I first began to use it. I think it is one of the most refreshing and delightful beverages that can be obtained. Our whole household uses it. I suffer very much from insomnia, and I find that a cup of Vi-Cocoa at night gives me a better night's rest than anything I know of." This proves no one will regret having given Vi-Cocoa a fair test, as it contains in concen- trated form al! the elements to repair nerve tissue and depleted blood, and its use will* certainly be followed by a general building up of the whole system. Ask your grocer for Dr. Tibbies' Vi-Cocoa and try it to-day. A packet costs sixpence only, and it is sold everywhere. WEDDING.—A pretty wedding was solemnised at Vaynor Church, on Monday morning, the contracting parties being Mr. Fred Powell, of Penarth, and Miss Jenetta Thomas, of The Dorothy. Park-place. The Rector of Vaynor, Rev. John Davies, officiated, assisted by the Rev. D. H. Picton. The bride, who wore a smart travelling costume, was given away by Mr. A. J. Evans, of The Dorothy, where she had resided for many years. After the ceremony and breakfast, the happy couple left for Penarth. They were the recipients of many useful and valuable presents. BIRTH AND DEATH RETURNS.—During tlje weeks ended 26th March, the births registered in the borough numbered 240 (119 msles and 121 females), or a rate of 31.9 per lOOOof the population. The deaths totalled 113, or a rate of 14.5 per 1000, as compared with 15.2, or 19 per 1000 in the corresponding period last year. Fifteen deaths occurred at the Union Infirmary, I two at the General Hospital, and one at the Fever Hospital. There were notified 40 cases of scarlet fever, 6 of diphtheria, 4 of erysipelas and 2 of puerperal fever. There were 32 patients admitted to Mardy Hospital, 22 dis- charged, and 42 remained. Dr. Duncan, Medical Officer of Health, states that the majority of eases of scarlet fever were from Merthyr Vale and Treharris Wards. NATIONAL LEAGUE OF YOUNG LIBERALS. A well attended meeting of the Merthyr Branch was held at thfe Liberal Club on Monday last. Mr. W. R. Edmunds, who presided, spoke of the encouraging progress made by this recently formed branch, the membership now being over 200, including a number of ladies. The business of the meeting was the election of officers for the year. The Chairman proposed the election of Mr. F. A. Jones as resident, Mr. J. A. Daniels seconded, and was carried unanimously. Mr. Ben Jones was elected secretary, and Miss M. M. Jones, treasurer. Vice-presidents a.nd committee were elected, the committee being composed of repres- entatives from each ward. The committee and stewards are requested to be at the Drill Hall on Saturday next at 6.30 p.m. prompt. MERTHYR ELECTRIC TRACTION COMPANY.— The report of the directors of the Merthyr Electric and Traction Lighting Company, to be presented at the 13th ordinary general meeting to be held at the Electrical Federation Offices, Kingsway, on Thursday, the 14th inst., states that the total capital expenditure to the 31st December, 1909, amounted to £108,837 15s. 3d. The <*TOSS receipts on the light railways for the year amounted to £ 11,083 16s. 6d., and the gross receipts on account of electrical supply to £ 6,911 17s. Qd., making, with £ 129 12s. 9d. sundry receipts, a. total of £18,105 7s. 9d. After., deducting all expenses chargeable to revenue including £2,056 10s. for debenture interest, and placing £1,.500 to the renewals account, there remained a surplus of £4,007 18s. 7d., making with the £490 15s. 3d. brought forward a. total of £4,498 13s. lOd. The payment of the dividend on. the Preference shares for the 12 months ended 15th October, 1909, amounted to £1,500, leaving available for distribution a balance of £2,998 139. 10d., which the directors recommended should be applied as follows To be placed to depreciation and reserve account, £1,000, to pay a dividend of 5 per cent. on the Ordinary shares, £1,000, to be earned forward to next account £498 13s. 10. The total sum to be put aside to the renewal and the depreciation and reserve accounts is £2,500 as compared, with £2,520 for the year 1908. The company has obtained the contract for the public lighting of the whole of Dowlais. REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF MIDWIVES.— Nurse R. A. Thompson, inspector of midwives under the Corporation, has just issued her report for March, and it contains the following —Two cases of puerperal fever were notified during the month. One from an institution, the other in the practice of a midwife at Merthyr, who was instructed to take a bath and have all her clothing and bag disinfected at. the Isolation Hospital; and was suspended for seven days. Twenty.six midwives were visited during the month, and with two exceptions were practising satisfactorily. During the jnonths 242 births have been notified; 12 registered and not notified. 152 homes of infants were visited during the month. Two cases of ophthalmia were discovered, one at Penyard and the other at Penydarren. In the one case the midwife had called in medical aid, and in the other the parents were advised to call in medical help at once. On re-visits the eyes were greatly improved. Three deaths of infants had occurred before medical assistance could be obtained; in two cases where inquests were necessary, the children were found to be premature. Fourteen re-visits have been paid, and with one exception great improvements have been noted. This one case was reported to Inspector Starr, N.S.P.C.C., who has now the case in hand. Pamphlets and instructions were given in all cases, on the hygiene of the homes and feeding. of infants. During the month the homes of eight consumptive patients had been re-visited, In two cases they were found very ill, and in very poor circumstances. The homes, in all cases, were poor but very clean. Cups have been given most of the patients who were not in a position to get them. Instructions were given all patients in respect of sleeping alone and the destroying of the sputum. CONGREGATIONAL UNION.—The annual and jubilee meetings, of the South Wales English Congregational Union were held on Tuesday and Wednesday, under the presidency of Principal T. Lewis, Brecon, at the Charles-street Congregational Chapel, Cardiff. There was a good attendance of delegates. On Tuesday a discussion took place upon the importance of having a representative of the South Wales Union on the Hymnal Committee of the Con- gregational Union of England and Wales. It was decided to nominate the Rev. Lloyd Williams, Tenby, as the representative of the Union on the committee. Mr. J. C. Meggitt, Barry, treasurer of the Union, presented his report-, which showed that the year was com- menced with an adverse balance of £14, and was closed with an adverse balance of £22. This was caused by the success which had attended English Congregationalism in South Wales. It had been necessray to form so many new churches that it had involved a financial strain which they were scarcely strong enough to bear, and without the aid they were receiving from the central fund they would be in a very sorry position indeed. On this capital account there was a balance in hand of £1,171 2s. lOd. on deposit, and invested upon mortgage £1,900. The President remarked that the populous valleys of South Wales were being Anglicised, and they had to face the situation whatever they might think of their ancient language. The Rev. J. E. Griffiths, Pembroke Dock, was unanimously elected president of the Union for the ensuing year, and Mr. Arthur Daniel (Troedyrhiw), Rev. T. Gwyn Thomas, and Rev. Evan Jenkins (Swansea) were elected vice-presidents. Rev. D. J. Thomas (Carmarthen) and Mr. J. C. Meggitt (Barry) were re-elected secretary and treasurer respectively, and Messrs. Samuel E. Evans and J. Percy Gabe were re-elected auditors. It was decided to hold the next annual meeting at the Tabernacle Chapel, Aberdare. On Tuesday afternoon Dr. W. T. Edwards, one of those who 50 years ago estab- lished the Union, presided at the jubilee meeting. In the evening the Rev. John Morgan Gibbon, Stamford Hill, London, preacncd to a crowded congregation oa CHRISTIAN. -J

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