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THE BETHESDA CHOIR. A most enthusiastic reception was given to bhe above choir on the occasion of their re- sent visit to the Congregational church at Sutton, in Surrey. The pastor of the church is the Rev. J. Jones, a Welshman, and the chair was taken by T. H. Gilbert, Esq., late of Ruthin. Notwithstanding very inclement weather, the chapel, a spacious building, was exceedingly full, the aisles being occupied, whilst a number at the entrance failed to se- cure seats (and this in a district where labour disputes do not usually excite interest in fa vour of the workers). It was soon seen, however, that the meeting was heartily in sympathy with the cause for which the choir are working, md responded freely to the chairman in the admirable remarks he made after the choir had favoured the audience with some of their ayrnns and selections, rendered in their usual touching, yet highly refined and cultured man tier amongst the most appreciated of these may perhaps be mentioned The Martyrs of ilie Arena' (chorus), 'March of the Men of Harlech5 (chorus), 'Death of Nelson' (solo), Excelsior' (duet), Cambrias song of Freedom [chorus), and The Pilgrims Chorus. Mr. Gil- bert then made a short but stirring speech on behalf of the cause of labour and the right of combination which the Penrhyn Quarrymen iire so ably fighting for, and he pictured very vividly to the audience the district in which bhe quarry is situated, bringing home strongly bo his hearers the effect of the strike upon the wives and families of the strikers, and laying squal stress also upon the great dangers to which these men are subject when at work, shis. as he told the audience, is a fact often lost sight of; and it is an essential feature in this unfortunate dispute that their claim to ;e right of combination involves also their right to have some voice in the proper work- ing of the mine, especially in cases where dan- ger to life and limb is concerned. This recital of the men's position was sym. pathetically listened to • and when Mr. Jones, the pastor, further pleaded their cause in a few but earnest sentences, and asked for a, substantial recognition in the form of a good collection, he was readily responded to, the sum of about £ 21 being received, and the ex- I penses having been defrayed by friends, tl,e whole of the above collection was free of any deductions. After the collection, the choir sang further choruses and songs, terminating with the National Welsh Anthem, and God save the Queen.' Amongst the., audience was a, son of the late Mr. Edward Miall, M.P., and bhe choir give him a most hearty welcome when, after the meeting, a few friends bad the pleasure of meeting the singer in the vestry, md had the further enjoyment of hearing them sing another hymn. Whilst there are hopes that the dispute may be brought to a happy termination, all thanks are due to bhese noble and musically gifted men for the valuable help rendered to their fellow quarry- men.—E. C. A.

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