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LIVERPOOL. (FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) LIVERPOOL, Thursday. The Literary Society of Newsham Park Chapel. —The Rev. John Williams, C.M. minister of Princes Road chapel, delivered a lecture on "John Wickliffe and his Times," on Friday evening, under the auspices of the above society. Kensington Congregational Chapel. -Anni ver- sary services were held in this place of worship last Sunday, when the Rev. William Owen, of Webster Road C.M. chapel, preached morning and evening, and the Rev. W. Wynn Davies, Everton Brow, in the afternoon. Everton Liberal Cltib. Mr. A. Chilton Thomas, barrister-at-law, delivered an interes- ting and instructive lecture, on Wednesday evening, at the above club, his subject being 'The Planks on which we rest.' Despite the inclemency of the weather, there was a good attendance. Plenydd' in Liverpool.-On Monday evening, Plenydd' and the Rev. John Hughes ( Glanys- twyth) addressed a meeting at David Street chapel, presided over by the Rev. William Jones I (pastor); and on Tuesday evening, 'Plenydd' and the Rev. W. Wynn Davies addressed ano- ther meeting at Chatham Street chapel. Death of a Welsh Dock Board Employee.-There used to be a Welshman, of the name of Mr. Morris Humphreys, in the employ of the above Board who, after 30 years of faithful service, had retired on superannuation, which kept him in comfort for his remaining years. The vete- ran, however, has just died; and his remains were followed to the grave by his sons, and his niece, besides a number of very old friends. A New Chapel at St. Helens Junction. On Saturday evening and throughout Sunday, the 30th and 31st ult., the opening preaching ser- vices of the new C.M. chapel of St. Helens Junction were held, when the Rev. W. Morris Jones, of Crosshall Street chapel, Liverpool, preached to a good audience on Saturday eve- ning; and the Rev. J. Peron Jones, the minis. ter of the church, joined him on Sunday, when both preached to good congregations throughout the day. Collections were made towards the building fund. Christian Endeavour Convention.—The Rev. E. R. Barrett, B.A., the popular minister of Norwood Grove Congregational church, has in- formed me to-day that the Rev. Francis E. Clarke, D.D., intends to attend the Convention, which is to be held in Liverpool next Whitsun- tide. The Christian Endeavour is a noble move- ment. Already 4,214 British branches have been enrolled in this country, and I am given to understand that by next Whitsuntide, it is further estimated they will have increased to 5,000. A Widow Lady found Dead by a Postman.- While delivering his letters at Shotwick (Ches- shire side of the Mersey}, on Monday, Robert Griffith, a rural postman of the Nsston district, made a shocking discovery. He knocked re- peatedly at the house of Mrs, Burton, a widow lady who lived alone in a cottage and, finding that he could obtain no answer, looked through the window, when he saw the old lady lying dead upon the floor. She was over 85 years of age. Mount Zion Chapel, Princes Avenue. — The Sunday School anniversary of the Welsh Wes- leyans, on Princes Avenue, was held last Sun- day, at the above chapel. The special preacher for the occasion was the Rev. David Young, of York, who based his remarks in the morning on Galatians vi., 2nd and 5th verses and in the evening, he preached from Acts v., 15th verse, emphasizing in particular the following clause: —' That at the least the shadow of Peter pas- sing by might over-shadow some of them'—his subject being Unconscious influence.' At the miscellaneous meeting, in the afternoon, the most successful scholars were awarded prizes; and appropriate addresses by Mr. Young, and others, were also delivered, which were inter- spersed by the rendering of several musical items by the children, under the leadership of Mr. Cadwaladr Owen. The 23rd Psalm was recited before the evening sermon by one of the scholars (a little girl of the age of nine). The English Presbyterian Church of Wales.— I was pleased to find that a large number of officers, and others, had gathered together from various churches to the ordinary business meet- ing of the Lancashire and Cheshire Presbytery, which was held on Tuesday, at Catherine Street Presbyterian church. Reports were received from Liverpool, Wrexham, and Chester dis- tricts, bearing upon the work of the churches; and one excellent feature was pointed out, namely, the general desire cf all the churches to form an efficient library in connection with their Sunday Schools. A most gratifying re- port of the work in thetCatherine Street Church was given by the pastor, Rev. John Thomas, B.A. It was shewn that during the past 18 I years, this church had collected towards various agencies the sum of £ 16,000, or nearly ;Cl,ooo a year. The Presbytery gave permission to boiid a new church at Rhostyllen, near Wrexbaai. The Rev. H.. Williams, Rbos, was elected secre- tary ef the Ministers' Fund. A letter of transfer, given to the Rev. D. Treborth Jones (from the Manchester Presbytery), was read and subse- quently Mr. Jones was accorded a cordial wel- come to the Presbytery as pastor of the City Road Church, Chester. An address on 'Foreign Mis- sionary work' was also delivered by the Rev. Principal John Roberts, Khassia Hills, India. On this occasion, the ordinance of the Lord's Supper was administered at the opening of the Presbytery, under the presidency of the Rev. John Thomas, B.A. 'Mars' lea.viny the Mersey.—This linge levia- than battleship left the Mersey at Wednesdov noon. It is one of the largest ever constructed for the British Navy by Laird Bros., Birkenhead. She is illuminated throughout with 900 electric lights, and equipped with six-search lights of 30,000 candle powpr. The quick-firing' gurs number 50 in all. The enterprising firm of Messrs. Laird Bros., iu the equipment and con- struction of this one vessel of war, have distribu- ted at Birkenhead no less than a. quarter of a million in wages aloLe during the past 32 months. The Welsh National Society.-B.v the special invitation of the committee of the Liverpool Gym- nasium, a large number of the members of the Welsh National Society witnessed, on Tuesday evening, a demonstration of physical drill, sports, games, &c., which was given by the members of the Gymnasium at their institution, in Myrtle Street. Dr. Hugh E. Jones, of Grove Street, pre sided over a large number of visitors. The pro- gramme included 'dumb-bell, bar-bell, and club exercises, together with team races, bicycle maze, and exercises on the rings, trapeze, horizontal bar, parallel bars, German horse, and high jump- ing, Mr. J. Hope Simpson (chairman of the Y.M.C.A.) proposed, end Councillor Jonathan Parry (of Chatham Street chapel) seconded a vote of thanks to Dr. Hugh Jones for presiding, which was carried with acclamation. 11 Mr. James Venmore at the Liberal Club.—Mr- James Venmore is a Welsh gentleman, residing at Parkside, 27, Anfield Road. He is an elder at the C.M. church at Antield, whose minister is the Rev. Owen Owens, and is a brother of Mr. William Venmore, Beech Hill, 71, Anfield Road (chairman of the Liverpool Monthly Meeting for 1896). These two brothers, Messrs. W. and J. Venmore, are well known in the North End of Liverpool as house and estate agents. On Wed- nesday evening, the 27th ultimo, Mr. Venmore appeared as a lecturer at the Everton Liberal Club, and gave an interesting and instructive lecture, under the auspices of the Everton Liberal Association, on 'The Payment of Members.' Mr. Venmore argued that the non-payment of mem- bers deprived Parliament of the services of some of the best men in the country, and limited the area of selection of candidates. On the contrary, they could, by the payment of members, secure local men who fully understood the needs of their own districts. Until the payment of members was adopted, the working class could not be re- presented in Parliament. Working-men were the only class who, in order to secure Parliamentary representation, were compelled to tax themselves for that privilege. He submitted that, as Mem- bers of Parliament were servants of the State, they should be paid out of the Imperial revenue and that the introduction of paid members would greatly improve the House, and materially im- prove the despatch of legislation. They wanted men to go to Parliament to do their best, and do it in earnest; not necessarily orators and philoso- phers, but men of business, expert in watching finance; and forming into Acts of Parliament principles that had already been resolved upon by constituencies, who would not submit to their measures being bandied from one House to ano- ther for weeks and months; and at the end, thrown out altogether. He firmly believed that payment of members must, sooner or later, be adopted, as it was the inevitable result of the ex- tension of the franchise, and the spread of educa- tion. A cordial vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Venmore for his excellent lecture.

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