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NORTH WALES LUNATIC ASYLUM. r' -> QUARTERLY MEETING OF VISITORS. NONCONFORMIST MINISTRATION TO BE PROVIDED IN THE ASYLUM. The quarterly meeting of the Committee of Visitors of the North Wales Counties Lunatic Asylum was held at the Castle Hotel, Conway. on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. P. P. Pennant presided, and the other visitors present were —Messrs. J. Watkin Lumley, W. G. Rigby (Ruthin), P. E. Story (Denbigh), A. Foulkes (Hendregyda, Abergele), W. Elwy Williams (Rhyl), W, Jones (Holywell), Dr. Roberts (Festiniog), Dr. Hughes (Bala), T. Williams Jones (Menai Bridge), Harry Clegg (Llangefni), John Hughes (Portdinorwic), Edward Jones (Conway), and Col. C. S. Mainwaring. together with Dr. Cox (medical superintendent), and Mr. W. Barker (elerk). FLINT AND MERIONETH VISITORS. The Chairman intimated that the counties of Flint and Merioneth had re-elected the gentle- men who had previously acted in that capacity as visitor? for the current year. THE SECRETARY OF STATE APPROVES THE TEMPORARY BUILDINGS. The Clerk read a letter from the Commission- ers in Lunacy respecting the temporary accom- modation proposed to be erected at Denbigh, pointing on the minor alterations on the plans, such as ventilation of dormitories, &c., which could be effected without additional cost. En- closed with the letter wts the authority of the Secretary of State for the erection of tempor- ary accommodation for one hundred patients, conditional upon the structure being removed at the end of four years from the date of its erection, provided the sanction of the Secre- tary of State be not obtained at the end of that time for its continuance as accommodation for patients. Mr. Edward Jones (Conway), asked if it would be wise to spend so much money on the tem- porary building, seeing that it would have to be removed in four years. The Chairman did not think that it was meant that the building should be done away with altogether. The condition, he thought, was to prevent the building to be used for the parpose of accommodating patients after the lapse of four years. It could be used after- wards for other purposes. Mr. W. Elwy Williams (Rhyl) did not under stand that the building must be removed alto gather. They could use the building for some purpose, or utilize the materials. The Chairman: The Materials could be either sold or utilized. Mr. W. Jones (Holywell) remarked that the building would not be erected on the land wanted for the new permanent building, and would not be in the way. Mr. W. Elwy Williams said they would perhaps be allowed to leave it standing after the expiration of four years. The Cleik thought if they could satisfy the Home Secretary that it would not be used in any way for the accommodation of patients, it would be allowed to stand. The Chairman observed that the erection was probably conditionally sanctioned 8e that it would not be made a loophole for the visitors to get out of the necessity of providing perma- nent accommadation. The matter then dropped. THE CONTRACTS FOR THE NEW BUILDINGS. CARNAEVONSHIRE OBJECTS. The next business was the question of autho- rising the signing of contracts with Mr. Samuel Warburton for additional buildings, and Mr. T. A. Wynne Edwards for temporary buildings. -The Chairman remarked that the mere passing of the resolutions at the last meeting accepting the tenders would not be sufficient, and it would be necessary for them to nomi- nate some members to sign the contract on behalf of the Committee. Mr. J. W. Lumley proposed that the Chair- man, Mr. T. Gold Edwards, and the Clerk be authorised to sign the contracts. Mr. P. E. Story seconded. Mr. W. Elwy Williams moved as an amend- ment that a member from each county in the Union be appointed to sign. That would bind all the counties. Col. Mainwaring observed that that would cause delay. Mr. A. Foulkes seconded the amendment. Mr. Rigby: The Chairman represents all the counties. Mr. John Hughes questioned if the Carnar- von County Council would instruct any of its members to sign. He had been instructed to propose that the contract be not signed. Mr. Elwy Williams was then appealed to to withdraw his amendment, but he declined to do so. If there was nothing in his amendment it could not do any harm. What Carnarvon- shire might do did not affect him. Let them lefuse to sign if they so wished. Col. Mainwaring supported the original motion, saying that the Chairman represented all the counties, and Mr. Gold Edwards repre- sented the subscribers. The question was put to the vote, and the amendment was rejected,, Mr. John Hughes then said he would, as a protest on the part of Carnarvonshire, move as a further amendment that the contract be not signed. The amount proposed to be spent was far beyond the sum that even the most zealous supporters of the works at Denbigh had antici- pated, and that in itself was a sufficient reason for protesting. At Rhyl, they had been told the work was to cost £ 49,000. Now, it had risen to £ 80,000, and even that sum did not cover everything. He thought that ample ground for objecting to the scheme. Mr. Edward Jones seconded the amendment, and remarked that he had always protested against the scheme, even when the figures were much lower than at present. The figures given now did not cover the whole of the ground. And feeling as they did in Carnarvonshire, that they did not know where they were going; they did not wish to continue in the Union. The Chairman disagreed with Mr. Hughes as to what the amount was stated to be at Rhyl. The tender sent in by Mr. Warburton was lower than the estimate then submitted. The £ 80,0()0 comprised a number of other thine- beyond what was estimated for at the Rhyl meeting, such as water supply, drainage, fittings, architects' charges, draughting quanti- ties, and so on. Extras had been accepted which raised the figure. He, personally, had opposed some of the extras, but they were urged on fcy some of the Carnarvonshire mem bers. Mr. Lumley said he just expected the Car- narvonshire members would take the course they did, for he had been forewarned by a paragraph with which no doubt the Carnarvon. shire gentlemen were accquainted in a daily paper suggesting that these steps should be taken. He was very sorry for Mr. Hughes in the position he was in thai day, for he was one of the gentlemen who had urged the extras the Qhairman tried to advise them not to adopt, on t ttieC5mnrittee. And at the time, he,(Mr. 7 Lumle) was very Phased to think that Car- l narvonsl ,??, rc *[&*<> beautify the 3 A»ylam i (lang&c;). Mr. Hughes: Has Mr. Lumley any records to substantiate his assertion ? Mr. Lumley (continuing) said it was not their desire to make the Asylum a costly build- ing, and the figures were within those figures submitted at the Rhyl meeting. He was not surprised that Carnarvonshire should take the steps they had, but he wished to remind them that they had agreed with the committee at Rhyl. Mr. John Hughes: We did not agree. Cries of 'Vote.' Mr. Edward Jones: I should like to please Mr. Lumley, but I give way so that the vote may be taken. On a division, twelve voted in favour of signing the contracts by the gentlemen named in the resolution, and two (Messrs. J. Hughes a.nd Edward Jones) against. Mr. John Hughes And the same two dis- sented at Rhyl. THE EMPLOYMENT OF A SOLICITOR. The Chairman suggested that a solicitor be appointed to act with the subcommittee in the signing of the contract Mr. Story moved that Mr. J. Parry Jones, Denbigh, be appointed. Mr. W. Jones seconded. Mr. Lumley proposed, and Mr. T. William Jones seconded, the appointment of Mr. R. Humphreys Roberts, of Denbigh. Five voted for Mr. Humphreys Roberts and four for Mr. Parry Jones, and the Chairman declared Mr. Humphreys Roberts appointed. It was agreed, on the motion of Mr. Harry Clegg, that the House Committee be appointed as a building committee to carry out the pre. liminary details of the contract. THE PROPOSAL TO ADOPT BRYN SEIONT AS A TEMPORARY ASYLUM DEFERRED. A minute was reacl by the Clerk of a meeting of the Sub-committee appointed to visit and in- spect Bryn Seiont House, Carnarvon, to the effect that he had been instructed to draw up a report. That report was duly signed by the members of the Sub-committee, and attached to the agenda of this meeting. It was to the following eftect:- The Sub-committee visited Bryn Seiont on the 12th day of December j^and in their report, deemed it expedient to confine themselves to statements of facts, as near as they could be ascertained. The house, which is well situated, well built, and in a good state of repair, is esti- mated to accommodate forty patients, provided the attics are used. Certain structural altera- tions would be required, and a new bath and W.Cs. would have to be provided at an estima- ted cost of £ 60. Provisions for laundry work would have to be made; but the larders and kitchen appear sufficient; and there is a good kitchen garden available, and could be added I to. Water and gas are laid on from the Car- narvon town supplies. The grounds for exer- cise and walks appear sufficient. The drainage would have to be relayed, and a new sewer out- fall provided. In view of the report of Mr. Frere, the Visiting Lunacy Commissioner, to the effect that the primary difficulty to be sur- mounted would be that of the provision of a suitable outfall for drainage, the Committee paid particular attention to the question, and had before them a Huggested scheme prepared by Mr. Evans, the Carnarvonshire County Sur- veyor, in consultation with Dr. Frazer. the Medical Officer of Health. The scheme ap- peared feasible; but the consent of the Railway Company would be necessary for taking the drain across, and along the line part of the way. It wan understood by the Committee that the local Visitors had approached the Railway Company, and anticipated a favourable reply. In case the negotiations were carried further, the Committee considered, that inasmuch as the liquid sewage would find its way to the Seiont, and a straining tank would have to be erected, the local Sanitary and River Authorities should be consulted, with a view to securing that both those projects meet with their approval, as any objection on their part after the financial ar- rangements had been concluded would prove serious. The Clerk estimated the outlay on the house drainage at about f30, and that on the main sewer at about JE120. The County Sur- veyor considered the latter could be carried out for £ 100 at the outside. The rent of the house, with garden and grounds of three acres, to- gether with seven acres and a half of pasture land, is E200 per annum; and the rates would be, approximately, f,50 per annum. The ser- vices of a Medical man would have to be en. gaged at a probable cost of £40, exclusive of drugs and a Chaplain would also be required. According to the Medical Superintendent, the staff required would consist of one head atten- dan t, three day attendants, one night attendant, a cook, and a laundry maid in case the washing be done at the house. The Clerk was of opinion that the cost per head per week of maintaining patients at Bryn Seiont (inclusive of rent and rates) would be about 14s.' The report was signed by Messrs. P. P. Pen- nant, John Hughes, John R. Hughes, T. Wil- liams Jones, and Harry Clegg; but the last named did not express any opinion on the feasibility of Mr. Evans' drainage scheme, or cost thereof. Mr. Harry Clegg moved, and Dr. Hughes seconded, that the report be received. Mr. Lumley moved, that for the present the taking of Bryn Seiont be left in abeyance. When the temporary building in Denbigh had been completed, they would know exactly what further accommodation they would require; and it would be better to deferthis matter until then. Mr. Story seconded. Mr. W. Elwy Williams disapproved of shel- ving' the matter. It was clearly understood that the provision of temporary accommodation at Denbigh would not interfere with the taking of Bryn Seiont. And he did not consider it genuine business, nor straightforward, to put the matter off until those buildings were erec- ted. He moved that a copy of the report be sent to the Commissioners in Lunacy, and that the Committee should proceed with the negotia- tions as far as they could. Of course, if the Lunacy Commissioners stepped in. they could not help it,; but it was their duty to do all they could to cake Bryn Seiont over. Mr. Rigby seconded the amendment. The Chairman stated that they had a defi- ciency of two hundred in their accommodation; and notwithstanding the fact that patients were provided for at Glan-y-wern, Derby, and on trial at private places, they had still to over- crowd the main Asylum in a way that was most repugnant— or ought to be-to every member of the Committee. In July, they weie prepared to take Bryn Seiont if it was approved by the Commissioners in Lunacy. And as the tempo- rary building would only accommodate 100 patients, and as it was desii-abi e to have reserve accommodation at the main Asylum, the house would still be wanted. If they could get on with the alterations necessary to make it avail- able for the purpose, they were in honour bound to take it. Unless there were reasons to the contrary, they ought to carry out the resolution come to in the July meeting. For his part, he could see no reason for departing from that resolution. Mr. Clegg mentioned the question of getting the consent of the Railway Company to carry out the scheme of drainage. Mr. Elwy Williams observed, that his amend- ment covered that question. Mr. Lumley remarked that a reference was made in the report of the Sub-committee to the attics. How many patients did they intend to accommodate in the attics? The Clerk replied that fifteen could be pro- vided for. Mr. Lumley: Then, there is only accommoda- tion for 25 below! The Clerk: Yes. Mr. Story: Absurd! Dr. Roberts asked if it would not be cheaper to provide further accommodation in the tempo- rary building? (hear, hear).- Mr. T. Williams Jones: Who is to pay for the drainage of Bryn Seiont ? The Chairman: We must have the house put in the order we supposed it to be in, when we first entered into the negotiations. Mr. John Hughes suggested that the matter be deferred to the next quarterly meeting. He had reasons for thinking the Carnarvon Visitore would, by then, have definite information to submit. Mr. Lumley and Mr. Elwy Williams agreed to that course, and it was accordingly adopted. 11 THE RELIGIOUS SERVICES AT THE ASYLUM. NONCONFORMIST MINISTRATIONS TO BE PROVIDED. forcing a Church of England Priest on Nonconformist Patients. The Committee having referred the prepara- tion of a scheme for Nonconformist ministra- tions at the Asylum to the House Committee, the following recommendations were submitted by that Committee to this meeting — 1. That a chaplain he appointed at a salary of £o per annum. 2. That a. Nonconformist minister be ap- pointed at £ 80 per annum. 3. Thata Roman Catholic priest be appointed at X,10 per annum. 4. That divine services be performed as fol- lows, according to such regulations decided upon by the House Committee, together with, as may be decided by the Committee, visitation y visitation of the wards, attendance upon the sick or dy- ing, and burial of the dead two Sunday ser vices and two week-day services at the Asylum, and the same number at Glan-y-wern; these services to be attended and used alternately by the chaplain and Nonconformist minister. One Sunday service to be attended and held by the Roman Catholic priest at least once a fort- night. 5. That such alterations of the General Rules and Regulations as may be necessary to give affect to the above recommendations be car- ried out. 6. That such notice as may be decided upon by the Quarterly Meeting be given to the pre- sent chaplains to terminate their present en- gagements. 7. That advertisements inviting applications for the appointment of chaplain, Nonconfor- mist minister, and Roman Catholic priest, as referred to above, be inserted in the Banner, Free Press, Cambrian News, and The Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald. After the recommendations had been read, The Chairman said he was not present at the House Committee when they were passed, and he did not know that he altogether agreed with them Mr Lumley: A moment, sir, on a point of order. They are the recommendations of the House Committee, whether the Chairman was present or not. The Chairman: Quite so. Continuing, he went on to explain that he agreed with the principle of the resolutions. There was an endeavour to carry out denominational services on equal footing. With that he entirely agreed (hear, hear). What he disagreed with was the detail. He did not think that regulations laid down for Glan-y-wern and the main Asylum would work well; and, therefore, thought they ought to be treated separately. He also thought the chaplain had been treated in rather a') off- handed manner. He had been an officer of the Asylum for something like 15 years. And if they were going to make those alterations in his duty, it would have been courteous to con- sult with him. He might give them some satis- factory information and help in the matter. It was not a] together desirable for the chaplain to see for the first time in the public news- papers that he was to have two or three months notice of the termination of his engagement. He hoped the recommendations would be re- ferred back to the House Committee to con- sider the question of separating Glan-y-wern from the scheme. Mr. Lumley proposed the adoption of the re- port of the House Committee, and trusted it would not be referred back at all. He was very pleased the Chairman agreed with the principle of equity involved in the recommen- dations. It was not out of a want of courtesy to the chaplain that they had not consulted with him. They had had no instructions to consult him. What had been referred to them was the preparation of a scheme for Noncon- formist ministration in the Asylum, and that they had done without consulting the feelings of any officer. The scheme they had prepared was, as the Chairman admitted, a fair one in principle, and he hoped the Committee would adopt it. Mr. F. W. Jones seconded. The Chairman moved that it be referred back to the House Committee to treat Glan y-wern separately. This was seconded. Mr. Lumley said he would leave Glan-y-wern out of the scheme, if they desired. Mr. Clegg considered this a very important matter. They had decided upon the principle of religious equality but he doubted the wis- dom of committing themselves hastily to de- tails. He was in favour of deferring the mat- ter. The amendment to defer the question was put, and six voted for it, and seven against. It was, therefore, declared that the scheme of the House Committee be approved, with the omis- sion of Glan-y wern. A Voice It has been rushed (' order' and chair'). Mr. I). Elwy Williams gave notice that he would, at the next meeting, bring Glau-y-wern up again. There was no reason why it should be specially treated. A great preponderance of the patients there were Nonconformists, and why should a priest of the Church of England be forced upon them. Mr. Story said he should like to ask the Clerk's opinion as to the legality of the resolu- tion. Mr. Barker said he thought it was ultra vires, and he had so advised the Committee all along. Mr. Elwy Williams Ultra vires or not, it is passed now. The Clerk: Yes; and if unlawful, the Com- mittee must bear the responsibility. He then said it would be necessary for this meeting to decide upon the term of the notice, as the House Committee had left that question for the Quarterly Meeting. Mr. Lumley proposed, and Mr. William Jones seconded, that six months' notice be given to the chaplain, and this was agreed to. NUMBER OF PATIENTS UNDER TREATMENT. The Clerk reported that there were 684 pa- tients under treatment, namely Private patients, 18 males and 15 females pauper pa- tients at Denbigh, 308 males, 247 females at Glan-y-wern, 71 females; on trial, 2 females; at Derby, 23 males. The pauper patients were apportioned as follows:—Denbighshire, 175 (11 over quota); Flint, 153 (46); Anglesey, 82 (13); Carnarvon, 165 (1); Merioneth, 75 (7); Out-counties, 1.
CARNARVON BOROUGH MAGIS- TRATES' COURT. Last Monday, before the Mayor, (Mr. E. Hughes), and Mr. J R. Pritchard, John Lovell and John Pritchard were charged with trespa- sing in pursuit of game on land belonging to Captain Wynn Griffith, Llanfair Hall, for whom Mr. H. Lloyd Carter appeared, Mr. J. T. Ro- berts defending. There wag a second charge against Pritchard of threatening a gamekeeper named William Tyndall, who laid the informa- tion for the prosecutiou. It was stated that the defendants were saen beating a hedge, and afterwards entering a field followed by a dog, but for the defence it was contended that the dog was merely chasing a hedgehog and, with regard to the alleged threat, that it was the gamekeeper who, in the first instance, threa- tened the defendants. The Bench thought there was considerable doubt in the case, and therefore dismissed the summons. Ellen Hughes, Tanrallt, was sent t. prison for seven days for receiving the sum of ls.:ljd., knowing it to have been stolen. Mary Ann Parks, married woman, fashion- ably dressed, was brought up en remand charged with stealing a quantity of crockery, a pound of butter, and a fowl in the course of Saturday. The accused pleaded guilty, and Mr. Mee, in addressing the Beach in mitigation of sentence, paid that the woman was of weak intellect. The Bench sentenced her to fourteen1 days' imprisonment.
FLINT. ¡ THE NEW PAPER MILLS. "I We are given to understand that the pros- pectus of the above company is now ready, I and is being privately circulated. THE MILWR SCHEME COMPANY. The above company has now been duly registered, and preparations are being made to make a start at an early date. RED PITS COLLIERY. The above company are making arrange- ment to retail the coal which they are ob- taining from the New: Seam in small quan- tities about town. This will no doubt affect the coal carriers, of,whom there are several in town, who get their supply from other collierias. THE LATE REV. JOSIAH JONES, FLINT. [WE are indebted for the following Sketch of the Career of the late Rev. Josiah Jones, to Mr. O. W. Jones, Flint.—EDITOR].
WE regret to have to announce the death of the Rev Josiah Jones, Calvinistic Methodist Minister, and pastor of Caersalem and Bethesda (Pentre) churches, Flint, which took place rather suddenly on Sunday evening last, the 24th instant, at 7 o'clock, at his mother-in-law's residence-9 Church Street, Rhosllanerchrugog-whither he bad been staving for rest and change during the week, after having supplied the pulpit at Capel Mawr, the previous Sunday. He had been for some time in failing health and it was evident that unless a change for the better came very soon, the inevi- table would happen. But the end came sooner than anyone had anticipated and the news of his death came as a shock to all in Flint, on Monday morning. The Rev. Josiah Jones was a native of Rhos- llanerchrugog, and commenced to preach about 24 or 25 years ago, at his native home. He was educated at Holt and Bala College; and while there received a call to the pastorate of the Eng- lish Presbyterian Church, Chester Road, Flint, which he accepted in 1877 and commenced on his duties as a pastor in February, 1878. He was ordained to the full work of the ministry at Den- bigh Association, in 1879. He continued his con- C, nection with the above church, and in conjunction (for a while) with Caersalem (Welsh) church until 1886, when, owing to a very serious illness (infla- mation of the kidney), which affected his sight, causing total blindness of one eye, and under- mining his constitution, on the recommendation of an eminent Liverpool physician, he confined his ministerial labours and duties to one language, and resigned the pastorate of the English church, where his labours had been eminently successful, and accepted a call from Caersalem church, to which was also added the pastorate of Bethania church, Pentre and which he held (although he had received several calls from other churches) to the day of his death. As A PREACHER he was very acceptable. His style was tiery, and his language eloquent; he demanded a hearing and his sermons were well thought, and full of practical theology, with the right ring of the Gos- pe1, and tended to awaken the einder and edify the saint. He threw his whole soul into his sub- ject, and left the impression that his whole objeet was to win souls for- Christ. His services were always in great demand. As A PASTOR he was most faithful to his duties and the cause he knew not he searched out,' He was of a very sympathetic disposition; and the poor always found in him a friend who could sympathize with them in their troubles, and would always put him- self out of the way to relieve them, and help them bo fight their battles. He was always a welcomed visitor to the sick chamber, as his words were always fitted to the occasion, and his prayets as one who knew the way to God. The working class were a special object of his duties and he took a great interest in all ques- tions affecting labour, as he boasted very often he was one of them. As a leader in the church meeting and prayer meeting he could hardly be surpassed, as it was evident be lived among spiritual things, and al- ways had a word to encourage the depressed and strengthen the weak. He was most conscientious in his devotion to his duties, and laboured in sea- son and out of season with the young in holding Bible Classes, &c. He was greatly beloved by all, both by young and old, and highly respected, and his death has caused universal lament. As A CITIZEN he took interest in everything local, and, was al- ways ready to support every movement tending to elevate man and enhance the kingdom of Christ; and would speak out boldly and plainly against every movement which tended in the opposite direction. As A POLITICIAN he was an ardent Liberal, and stood up fearlessly for his principles; and by his undaunted be"
DOLGELLEY. THE SCHOOLS. The County, the Grammar, and Dr. Wil- liai)is' seliools have now reopened after the Christmas holidays. The number of pupils at the latter shows a marked increase. ACCIDENT. While returning from the public service at Salem chapel, on Tuesday evening, owing to the exceptional slippery state of the streets, Mrs. Edwards, of Piasyndre, met with an accident, i y falling. It was at first greatly feared that the result was of a ser- ious nature, but we are glad to understand she escaped the worst, though she sustained some injuries, with a, severe phock. PERSONAL. A movement is on foot to present Mr. William Evans (Artro), of the Post Office, with a suitable acknowledgement on his leaving here to take up duties at the Liver- pool office and as a mark of rsspect for his unvarying courtesy during the last seven- teen years. A preliminary meeting was held on Wednesday evening. Messrs. H. R. Jones, Harvey Jones, and R. James under- take the secretarian duties. C. M. LITERARY SOCIETY. The weekly meeting of this society was held on Thursday evening last, Mr. W. Griffith presiding. The following miscel- laneous programme was gone throudl:- Song, Llew Meirion. Recitation, Mr. Cara- dog Evans, Goleuad offices. Song, Mr. R. A- Jones, Address, Mr. D. R fMills, Maldwyn House. Song, Mr. H. O. Williams Song, Miss Maggie Pritchard. Address, Mr. D. R. Jones. Song, Mr. J. P. Jones. A very en- joyable evening was spent. C.M. MONTHLY MEETING. I The monthly meetin-g of the Calvinistics for West Merionethshire, was held here the early part of this week. Various commit- tees met, and transacted a large amount of business in connection with the affairs of the denomination. The public services were on' Tuesday and throughout Wednesday, when the appointed preachers were Revs. R. N. Morris, Festiniog; R. Rowlands, Corris D. Jones, Garegddu J. Wilson Ro- berts, Llanbedrog; W. Jones, Tremadog; John Roberts, Corris, and D. Lloyd Jones, Llandinam.
describe the festivites of the Philistines in Gaza and its neighbourhood. But it has other choruses which are as truly noble and effective as anything that Handel ever wrote. We might mention in this class cO, first created beam,Then round about the starry throne,' 'Fixed in His everlasting seat,' and Let their celestial concerts all unite.' Of a lighter character are Awake the trumpet's iofty sound, To man God's universal law,' To song and dance,' and others. The solos are even better known than the choruses. Total eclipse' is one of the most pathetic airs Handel ever wrote. It is said that Milton was blind when he com- posed the words (the liberetto being taken from Samson Agonistes), and that during the latter years of his life Handel also was afflicted with blindness. At this period of his life, he could never hear Total Jv-li ;»se sung, without bursting into tears. There are other portions of the work with which legends, authentic or otherwise are connec- ted. The boisterous chorus To man God's universal law' the most difficult in the whole work-is said to have been composed under the following (.,ircumstanceA: -The New Woman was net invented during Handel's life time, but that there were women's rights questions discussed by the weaker sex is obvious, else it is not likely that Milton would have composed, or Han- del set to music the following lines :— To man God's universal law Gave pow'r to keep his wife in awe Thus may his life be ne'er dismayed By female usurpation swayed.' The chorus is descriptive of the 'Revolt of man' against feiiiale usurpation,' and it is said that Handel got his ideas for the music through a visitito Billingsgate Fish Market, where 'Female usurpation and 'Man's revolt' could be witnessed at one and the same time, and although the actual words to be heard in Billingsgate are not re- produced, the wrangling, the scolding, and the disputing between the parties is exceed- ingly well portrayed. The reader must pardon this digression. We were about to mention some of the solos which are so well known. In addition to Total Eclipse there is that ever-welcome 'Honour and Arms/ together with Ye men of Gaza,' Return 0 God of Hosts, Let the Bright Seraphim,' the duet Go baffled coward,' and others. The performance on Tuesday night was by a band and chorus of fully one hundred per- formers, assisted by the following vocalists —Soprano. Miss Mary Langdon contralto, Miss Annie Parry tenor, Mr. A. F. Thorn- borough bass, Mr. Fred. Owens. Mr. Horace Haselden led the orchestra, Mr. Alec Bellamy presided at the harmonium, the whole being under the conductorship ot Mr. J. Ll. Williams. The orchestra had been well-selected, and included besides more than the usual com- plement of strings, a flute, two oboes, two clarionets, a bassoon, two horns and a trum- pet. In addition to the professionalists en- gaged, the following amateurs kindly gave their 'assistance:—Messrs. W. H. R. M. Johnson (Mold), E. L. Pugh (Rhyl), E. H. Williams (Mold), L. G. Hall (Rhyl), Sergt. Parcell (Rhyl), and Hugh Moore (Chester). We cannot in the space at our command, give anything like a detailed criticism of the performance; we can only allude to some of its most prominent features. The orchestra opened the performance with a competent rendering of the overture, the last movement (the minuet) being particu- larly pleasing and attractive. It also played the sintonia,' descriptive of the fall of the building upon the heads of the Philistines who had attended in their thousands, and the Dead March.' The latter was the well- known march from Saul,' but which is also incorporated in Samson.' In these, as well as in the accompaniments, they were in splendid tune, and responded well to the beat of the conductor.. Mr. Bellamy performed his trying duties efficiently, in spite of the fact that he was placed in an unsuitable position on the platform.- The quartette of soloists was a capable and suitable one. Miss Mary Langdon has a well-balanced soprano voice, of moderate power, which is excellently cultivated. Her principal solos were 'Ye men of Gaza.' With plaintive voice,' and Let the bright seraphim" She acquitted herself well in the three, but the best, undoubtedly, was the last. The trumpet obligato to this air was beautifully played by Mr. Richardson. Miss Annie Parry bad more to do, but she got through her work in capital fashion. The solo 'Return, 0 God of Hosts,' secured to Miss Parry a well deserved burst of ap- plause, and in the continuation of the same solo with the choir, she was equally sucess- ful. Her other most prominent contribu- tions were The holy one of Israel,' and Ye sons of Israel.' Mr. Thornborough was, un- fortunately, suffering from a cold, but he managed to sing his pal t well, in spite of cold and absence from rehearsal. 'Total Eclipse' was given by him with much feeling, and produced an excellent effect. In the long and heavy solo, Why does the God of Israel sleep,' the effect of the cold was more pronounced, but with the exception of one or two places, he went through it success- fully, and was loudly applauded. In the duet, .r, baffled coward,' he was very suc- cessful, but he was best of all in his last solt), Thus when thersun.' Mr. Fred. Owen had to undertake t-he double part of Manoah the father of Samson, and Harapha, his gigantic foe, but he proved himself equal to the task. His voice is a little rough at times, but he has very good control over it. His first contribution was Thy glorious deeds' of which he gave a careful, and very effec- tive rendering. In Honour and Arms he simply revelled, singing F above, and D octave below with equal ease. He had an enthusiastic reception. He also was suc- cessful in the duet with Mr. Thornborough. Presuming Slave' was given with consider able declamatory power, and in direct con- trast to these, he sang 'How willing my paternal love,'with calm but earnest feel- ing. Of the chorus we do not think we err in stating that it was the best that the society ever had. Of course, it was far from per- fect, and it was not difficult to discover faults, buc the general verdict of the public was, that the choir was in every way excel- lent. The sopranos were bright and respon- sive, whilst the bass was particularly good. The contraltos were also very good, but the tenors were not quite strong enoughHto balance the other voices. The most suc- cessful renderings were those of O, first created beam,' 'Then shall they know,' C Then round about the starry throne,' 'Fixed in His everlasting seat,' 'With thunder armed I Great Dagon has subdued our foe,' and (in spite of a false start) 'Let their celestial concerts.' In the first chorus Awake the trumpet's lofty sound,' the members had not quite warmed to their work. 'To dust his glory' was a fair ren- dering, but more attention to light and shade would h»^9 been an improvement. Tn tbe latest' chorus already alluded to, To ma ?'univI'8al there was not quite thTrteadicsss thftt^^r'lesirable, and the sopranos went sligP'iy astray ouCc01" t-myiee. Hear, Jacob's Gûd:' was, possibly, the leas -.tisfactory rendering, the leads not bein, jiroyeriy taken up and the reading beini sometimes faulty. We have thus alludei to some of the weak points of the chorus, but we must say, that taking the perfor- mance all through the palm of excellence must be given to the choir. Some of the choruses, and especially Fixed in His ever- last-ing scat,' were magnificently sung. There was a very numerous audience, es- pecially in the two most expensive seats, although it is probable that the wintry weather kept a good many away. The general arrangements of the concert were in the hands of Mr. E. J. Swayne, the secretary, who, as usual, spared neither time nor trouble to secure the success of the un- dertaking. -1'1"" _.I> .1
PHOTOGRAPHS.-Now is the time to have 'our Photograph taken. Moderate Charges Clubs, Schools, Parties, &c., by appointment. i D. & A. HUGHES, Photographers, Mold. haviour assisted materially to carry the seat in the borough. No Liberal meeting in Flint was considered comp ete without an alldre8 from the I, Rev. Josiah Jom-a; and, however fl ,t the meeting might have been before h's storing words would rerv soon eiat,, li ia^H>. H* also .< s«rdei»t supporter of the British ana Foreign B: b1..1 Society and filled the office of president of the Flint Auxiliary for many years. By his death the town of Flint, and more espe ciaily the religions section, have lost one who was a rowr in Hp11" r».id*t-, and whose influence by his life ami character carried weight all round. The Flintshire Monthly Meeting has lost one of its able-t, ruinif;1"r". and h ha-i worked himself to gre<4. j.ro.«>uei.-re. aod as a ayt-a- r:te, and looked up to buth oy la/ii.eii ¡.'IIt minis- ters. He had, on two occasions, been elected chairman of the Monthly Meeting. He died at the comparatively early age of 48 years, leaving a ,¡.h\ thrf" (hildHn (two sons HI d ■■■'(■ ..hx-i) I" iii'-nrii in- 1" with whom tcuou (u. U W. JOKES. I" aduidon t" tlh" above skci-oa, ¡iH} «c marked that when s he deceased, decided to go in for the ministry ;sneh was the esteem in which he was held by the friends at Capel Mawr, Rhos, that thev presented him with 8n illuminated address and a substantial sum of money towards defraying his expenses at school, and afterwards at college. He was also the recipient of a similar testimonial from the members and congregation of Caersalem chnrch, when, some few years ago, he decided, at their earnest request, to decline an unanimous call which he bad received to the pas- torate of the Vale Road church, Rhyl. It was a strange co-incidence that he should preach his last sermon in the Capel Mawr, the chapel where he also preached his first sermon. One of his friends made the rather pithy remark that the three places which absorbed the interest of the deceased were Flint, Rhos, and Heaven, His interest in all movements affecting the working classes was intedso and he was most assiduous in assisting them to find employment. His efforts in trying to bring about a settlement of the dis- pute in the coal trade some two years ago will long be remembered in the town. His loss will be keenly felt by every class and all denomina- tions. THE FUNERAL.—MOST IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY. The funeral took place at Rhosllanerchrugog, on Wednesday afternoon, when an immense con- course of people assembled to pay their last tri. bute of respect to the remains of the deceased, which testified in a much stronger manner than can be demonstrated by words of the high esteem in which be was held. The large school-room attached to Capel Mawr, which is capable of hold- ing a congregation of from five to six hundred, was literally tilled during the funeral service; and many more joined the cortegelon the way to the cemetery. The service at the school room waR commenced by the singing of a hymn, given out by the Rev. Robert Jones, pastor. The Rev. David Edwards then read a portion of the Scripture, and the HeT. Robert Owen, Mold, engaged in prayer. Mr. Edward Hooeon, j.p., then announced that letters of sympathy, and regretting inability to attend the funeral, had been received from Mr. J. Herbert Lewis, M.P.; Revs. H. Barrow Williams, Llandudno; J. T. Jones, Bala O. J. Owen; Ezra Jones, Prestatyn; Messrs. Lewis, Bala; J. Davies, Llangollen O. W. Jones. Flint; T. H. Blackwell, Flint; the Rev. D. Morien Davies, Bryn Eglwys Mrs. Frome, Liverpool; the Flint Liberal Association the Flint Women's Tempe- ranee Society; and the Flint Welsh C. E Society. Also the Flag of the Town Hall was hoisted half-mast. The Rev. Robert Jones then made a few re- marks, in which he said that the deceased was most highly esteemed as a pastor, preacher, and friend; and that in the manner of his death, the deceased had attained one of his most constant wishes in life, namely, that he should die in har- ness, as he had preached twice on the Sunday previous to his death at Capel Mawr, Rhos, with his usual energy and religious fervour; and the theme of his sermons seemed to indicate that be realised that his end was not far off. His text in the morning was, Canys edrych yr oedd de ar (Medigaeth y gwobrwy and in the evening, lEi ffyrdd hz sydd ffyrdd hyfrydicch, a'i holl lwybrau hi ydynt Jieddwch.' He was a most painstaking, faithful, and conscientious worker; and it was evident from his conversation with those around him in his last uiofrueuts that his thoughts were centred in heaven. Mr. John Roberts, Flint, bore testimony to the good work be had done among them itS pastor, first ot the English cause, and afterwards of the Welsh cause at Flint. He was universally respec- ted as a Godly man and a servant of Christ; and his devotion to his duties knew no limits. He was esteemed as a friend of the people and was always ready and willing to assist the poor and the sick. The Rev. John Owen, Mold, as ex-president of the Monthly Meeting, spoke highly of the esteem in which he was held among his brother ministers, and said that he would be greatly missed at the deliberations of their Monthly Meetings. He re. membered him at Bala College; and the itipres- sion which he made upon him (the speaker) was that he was a man in earnest, ft man who faced difficulties with a determination to surmount them. He was also a man of large sympathies; and this, no doubt, was one secrect of his success. He had overcome a lot of difficulties himself, and knew how to sympathise with others and he spared no efforts in trying to assist them. It might truly be said of him as was said of another His spirit made holes in his bo-ly such was his anxiety to discharge his duties faithfully. The Rev. Robert Hughes, secretary of the Monthly Meeting, said he agreed with all that had been said by the previous speakers, and re- marked that the impression the deceast-d left upon him was that the salvation of sinners was evi- dently the paramount aim of his ministry. The Rev. J. D. Williams, Flint (Congregationa- list), said that he and Mr. Jones had been bosom friends for the last eight years and he conld fear testimony to his unblemished character, his great devotion to his duties as a minister, Jand to the manliness of his nature. There was not a shadow of doubt but that he was a true Christian; and be felt thankful that he had been privileged to enjoy his friendship, and to rective his assistance for so many years. His loss was a los* t) tue town and neighbourhood, and especially to the poor. Dr. J. Humphrey Williams, Flint, spoke also in a fervid and feeling manner of the !os« which the town had sustained through his death. The de- ceased, he said, was a man of back bone and at- though weak in body, he was strong in spirit. He was a factor for good in the town and quite a gloom had been cast over it by his death. He was also a well-read man, being well versed in the writings of the father?, and also in the best theo- logical literature of modern times. The Rev. John Pritchard, Birmingham, said he had known the deceased from his boyhood; and he felt proud that he had had the privi- lege of starting him in his public career, as it was during the period that he had the honour of being pastor of the Capel Mawr that Mr. Jones commenced to preach.- The Rev. W. Foulkes, Llangollen, then en- gaged in prayer. The service was most impressive, and there were evident signs in the audience thai the de- ceased had a warm place in their hearts. The vast audience then proceeded in the di- rection of the house, where the Rev. Richard Williams offered up a prayer, and the Cortege then wended its way in the direction of the cemetery in the following order Minsters and preachers, deacons, the remains, relatives, women, and then the general public; and it was estimated that from 600 to 700 persons were present. The Revs. Griffith Owen (Rhosddu), and Richard Jones (Mancott), officiated at thegrave side. The arrangements were carried out in the most orderly and impressive manner by the pastor and the deacons of the Capel Mawr, Rhos, with the assistance of Mr.W. J. Rogers, brother-in law to the deceased. Food was supplied to those from a distance in the vestry room attached to the schoolroom. Widespread sympathy is being manifested with the family in their bereavement.