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BALA. PETTY SESSIONS, Saturday: Before Owen Richards and E. Evans Lloyd Esqrs., Robert Jafret Roberts, was charged by Mr Brooker with interfering with M °* railwa? passengers at Bala station. 11 J Jones, relieving officer, said defendant caLed him names and used very abusive language to him at the station. David Jones, 'Bus driver, cor- roborated this. Defendant was fined 5s and costs. William Williams, alias" Wil Tramlurie wa.s sent to gaol for one month for leaving his family chargeable to the union.—Ellis Parry, of Festinio was ordered to pay Is per week towards supportine his mother.
TEFilliBLE COLLISION IN THE…
TEFilliBLE COLLISION IN THE ENGLISH CHASSEL. LOSb OF ONE HUNDRED LIVES. On .Tuesday tught, a 'Lustrouscollision occurreJ about seven miles Portiaud. between the Ava- ;;»ijchc. c-sj'ta.n A of London, bound for < 1 N w Z-a a i. ami the con.-st, of Windsor. Nova C '.(it-AUi Lockitart, aisu irom Loudou, bound i f°r ly rloofi lor or-.Sert?. Tne former was au. iron vessel of tons, and had on board about GO passengers, besides » civw of about 40. The Forest w^ a vessel of 1,500 tons, and her crew liumbc ed a boat 23 Both were fuli-tigged vessek. About y.bO on i U-sday ntjht, the weather Deic. y-N? wifid aud viry heavy, the Forest tvith Avalanche, striking her amidship. die lorce of toe collision being such that within H uiiuuie or two afterwards the passenger snip gave lurches, aud suddenly settled, carrying with iier the wn^le of her passengers and cew. with the exception of three, these savrri-- themselves by ser«aubiing on board the Forest. The latter ship w&s so severely damaged hv the effects of caliisietn tnat she almost immediatch- began to fill, but was kept afloat fur an hour and R half. As sLe began to get water-logged three | boats were lowered, and into these the whole of the men on bcaiei c>atiioert-d. 1 L.rse were ^xoo-^eii j for the whole of the night to the most tempestuous 'gather, ;]\1 snortly after daylight ou Wednesday uifirning, were espied by some fishermen on the beach, who a nttle time before had discovered four or five bodies washed on shore, and also a boat these forming part of the Forest's crew, who reft j ia that boat. _Notwithstanding- the fearful then runniug, the Portland fishermen, with their proverbial pluck, launched two of their Joi-retr wit:? seven men m each, and set off towards a b ,at some distance out with a distress' fld^ Aftsr battling with the waves for a considerable* tune, the brave fishermen succeeded in re^rm" the boar, ih whbh they discovered twelve I These they broitytit to sfajre, and bv live 11 11) train tney wer sent to the seaman's aV Weymouth, having first received everv e t-ii'Inn at the liar.de of the Ponlanders. v '• Tue c^o of the Avalanche eo.ncris^ princi- vaIued at from tcr' insured. Tne tota..oss ° Prt'P-: iy is estimated at nearly £ l:s(j QOJ.
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WREXHAM DISTRICT HIGHWAY BOARD. The usual monthly meeting of this board was held on Tuesday at the Wynnstay Arms Hote!, Captain Griffith-Boscawen, the chairman, presiding. There were also present—Mr Baugh, vice-chairman; Lieut.-Colonel White and Mr J. H. Ffoulkes, ex- officio members; and the following waywardens: Messrs W. Lester, Miliigan, J. Jones, Bersham; W. Matthews, Esclusham Below; J. Rogers, C. Wright, and Dr W. Jones, Ruabon; Thos. Thomas, Burton Rogers, Pickhiil; J. Thomas, Holt; C. W. Parsonage, S. Dickon, Bieston; and Davies, Llav. THE REPAIRING OF ROADS. Mr Baugh said the question of letting out the] manual labour in the repairs of the roads had been before this board several times for years past; and he had almost invariably been opposeel to the repairs being done by contract until last April, when he had an interview with Licut.-Colonel Tottenham, who stated that, they had let the Llan- goilen roads that year by contract; that for years it had been pressed upon the notice of their board without effect, until lately they had decided to accept a'tender for the repair of roads. He had considerable conversation with Lieut.-Colonel Tot- tenham on the subject, who said that during his residence in Ireland he would challenge anyone to show better roads than those in that couutry, and the manual labour of them was let to different con- tractors with a result which was perfectly satisfact- ory to the general public. He went over to Llangollen and saw Mr Riihards, the clerk to the highway board,, and obtained some additional information from him with a copy of the form of contract entered into and the specification attached. Having read extracts from the schedule, he sail everything was provided for as to what a person tendering for the work should do; ahd having conferred with | the clerk he was strongly of opinion it would be; advisable, before pressing a motion on the board, to appoint a small committee to look over the different specifications embodied in the scheme, and see how far they were applicable to this dis- trict. The Chairman: Do they enter into separate contracts with different townships, or have one con- tractor. Mr Baugh No, they have a contractor for nearly every parish in the union. When he was in Ireland three weeks ago, he went over some of these roads and saw one or two of the surveyors and lE&de enquiries. The highway work carried on was exceedingly simple, and instead of clipping the wings of the surveyor by taking it out of his hands, it strengthened his hands and lessened his duties because if the contractor did not carry out the work in a proper manner he had merely to employ others to make good the defects at the contractor's expense. The roads in Ireland were superior to anything he had seen in this neighbourhood, and the cost of maintenance would, he believed, be found to be less than the cost of the maintenance 3here. • Mr Ffculkes: They have plenty of materials. Mr Milligau: And the cartage for nothing. Mr Baugh proposed a committee of seven to consider this question without delay; because the next meeting was not till the 13th of November, and advertisements must appear then so that per- sons might send in tenders by January. He named as a. committee Messrs Miliigan, Lester, Matthews, Parsonage, Davies (Ruabon), Bicken, (wdS. T. ,Baugh.. Mr Lester seconded the motios., and at his sug- gestion the naraes of Lieut.-Colonel White and Mr Ffoulkes were added to the committee. He pointed out however, that no comparison could be made between Irish roads and their own, because the former were made by Government, and wculd stand for many years without any metal being put upon The motion vas then carried unanimously. TRVCTION V.NGINES UPON PUBLIC ROADS. The Chairman, alluding to a notice on the paper with reference to this subject, said that. he was in- formed that a traction engine had lately come into this district (" Two"). He muateay he regretted it much, because they cut up the roads and fright- ened the horses. but he believed they had power under two Acts of Parliament to travel on the roads runder certain restrictions. It would be well if the clerk obtained copies of .those ictsin order that :the board might see what were the exact regulations take care that the persons using those engines -conformed strictly to the regulations whatever thoy were. Mr Lester asked in what partef -the district they (were found. The Chairman said he heard they were travelling on the Mold road. Mr Ftoulkes: The Mold road and from Denbigh They come from Cdnybedd here with timber and take manure hast. The Surveyor:: No, broken stOE-CS, The Chairman said there were certain provisions in the Acts as te the width of the driving wheels. There had been a.question about that in the neigh- bourhood of Mold, and the case v:a.s before the magistrates.. The board should be well acquainted with the regulations laid down with regard to these steam engines, so that as little damage as possible mi^ht be done to the roads, and due precautions taken by the people in charge of them, as they were no doubt very dangerous to horses. The Clerk read a private letter received by a member of the' beard from Llanrwst, in which the writer said the use of locomo- tives had been made legal by Act of Parliament, and a special Act entitled the turnpike trusts to be paid certain tolls for such locomotmw, and for each earriage drawn by the same. The railway, company never asked the consent of the trustees to use thecr roads nor did they enter into any Hngage- ment as to repairs, but in every instance when they had broken the surface ef the road the company had repaired it at their own expense. A letter was also read from Mr Bull, clerk to the highway board at Oswestry, in which he stated that- traction engines on the roads in that district were the subject of great annoyance and expei; s; to the ratepayers. As an example of this he need only tell them that in one length of three miles travelled bv the engines it had already cost his £ S this 4tr £ 1000, and by the end of the year it would have cost them or at the rate of ,£,500 per mile per year, and the road would then still be in a bad condition. Originally the driving wheels had iron bars or shoes 4& inches in diameter placed diagonally across them with intervals of three inches between each bar or shoe. However, j on proposing to summon the owners, the width of these liars were increased to ten inches, with a space of three inches between each bnr, and the owners contended that they bad complied with the requirements in that respect, viz that tho wheels should l>° used with soles or bars of rot less than nine inches." He was of opinion tlu-t t heir con- tention was correct, and ilia* the bar mufaee need not be a continuous bearing surface of that width; otherwise the Act need only have required that the wheels should be tmGoth-soled, and of a width of not less than nine inche?, and he read it, j was the conduction of a decision in tho- case ot Stringer v. Sykes," heard on the IGih of January last, before the Exchequer Division of the Court, and reported in the March number of the Law Journal reports, page 139. So long, therefore, as the engines were constructed according N to the requirements of the Acts, and were used with the precautious and in rbe manner prescribed thereby, however anxious the Irghway boards might be to drive them off the roads he was unable to see how it was to be done. He hoped, if their use was to be continneel on the roads, that next session the legis- lature would tax them heavily in some\way for the benefits of the roads used by them. The Surveyor said he had not inspected the cross-bars of the engines in use in this district, but they looked about four or five inches wide. There was any quantity of metal in this neighbourhood that would stand 30 cwt. or two tons, but a weight of 50 cwt. or three tons would crush it to nothing. He tried their traction engines on a road where new material had been laid, and except in the case of very roughly broken stones they crushed it to dirt. The question was then adjourned to the next meeting to enable the clerk to obtain copies of the Acts and regulations in force with regard to traction engines. LEVEL CROSSING AT PLASMADOC. A committee charged with the duty cf inspecting the proposed level crossing at Plasmadoc reported that in their opinion it would not render the road much more inconvenient than it was at present. They thought the New British Iron Company ought to be called upon to improve the road adjoining the present level crossing, and also form and re-make the road adjoining the proposed crossing in a satis- factory and proper manner. On the motion of Mr Lester, the report was adopted, and leave given to the New B.itish Iron Company to make the crossing. AN APPLICATI ON TO ADOPT A MOUNTAIN ROAD. Mr Lester said he had been requested to present a resolution adopted at a vestry meeting held at Minera, recommending the board to adopt a road across the mountains between Pcntre Bias and Bwlchgwyn. The application was referred to the Surveyor to inspect the road, and report upon it at the next meeting. The meeting then terminated. j
THE ZANANA IlSSIOX: [ On Tuesday afternoon, s number of ladies and several clergymen and gentlemen assembled by invitation in the library of Holt House, Wrexham, the residence of Dr Williams. The object of the gathering was to hear an account of the Zanana Mission, which has for its object the evangelisa- tion of the wives and daughters of Hindoos and Mahomedans in the upper classes of Indian society, and to establish an auxiliary for the town and neighbourhood. The mission is essentially a laelies* mission, none ybufc ladies, generally the wives of missionaries, being permitted to enter the houses and converse with the families of wealthy and educated natives. The chair was taken by the Vicar, the Rev D. Howell; and there were also present Dr Williams, the Rev Mr Smith, Gwersyllt; Rev T. Kirk, Rev M. Shelton. Mr E. Evans, Bron- wylfa; Captain F. H. Marsh, staff Bengal Army Captain H. Cunlifle Marsh, 18th Bengal Cavalry; and the following ladies amongst others:—Mrs Owen, Mrs Busher, Miss Strickland, Mrs Conran, Rliosdelu Mrs and Miss Williams, Holt House; Miss McCarroll, Mrs Kirk, Miss Harvey Williams, Mrs Allington Hughes, Mrs Eyton Jones, Miss Greville, Mrs Howell, Miss Bateman, Mrs, Miss, and Miss E. Irven, Mrs and the Misses Evans, &c. Mrs Ridley. wife of the Rev William Ridley, Vicar of St. Paul's, Hudders- field, and lately a missionary at Peshawur, attended as a deputation to advocate the claims of the mission. The Vicar, in opening the meeting, said he was very much gratified to finel so considerable a number brought together on that occasion, and he hoped that one effect of the meeting would be to create a deep and abiding sense of their responsi- bility in connection with the subject of missions, He need hardly remind them that our Lord's last words to His Church was a. missionary command, ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature," and that command was imperatively binding upon each individual Christian, whatever his or her opportunities or abilities might be. He might venture to say that in proportion to the interest which they felt in this missionary work had they real evidence that their own souls were in harmony with the will of God. He knew ot no better criterion by which to judge of the spiritual condition of a parish, a congregation, or an individual soul than the extent of the interest, a holy, anxious, tender interest, in the work with which God had connected His own glory. There was nothing at all peculiar about, this mission except the name, and except also the agency that is used; at the same time there could be nothing peculiar in the fact that women were the friends of women, anel that souls that had been brought to feel the preeiousness of tiie love of Christ should be moved to seek to bring others under the influence of the same love. Sirs Ridley had come a considerable distance with the express object of interesting them in the work of the mission, and as she was ob.iiged to leave again very shortly she would first address the meeting, and afterwards answer any questions that might be put to her for information. Mrs Ridley commenced her remarks by stating what the work of the society was and the reason of its name. It was called the Indian Female Normal School of Instruction, a very long name., but generally shortened under the name of the .Zanana Mission. It hfldfive different objects. First there was the Normal School, which was for the training of native teachers both Indian women and English women born in the country; then there were schools for the education of poor children and women; then there was the Zanana work, which was work among the higher classes of the -native population (the wore! .Zanana being taken from a native word meaning woman) the part of the house in which the women lived being called the Zanana. Then in addition to that work there were Bible women, all Indians; and lastly there was the medical mission. Ot the normal school she had not much to say, except that it was most neoessavy in training agents for other work; but proceeded to speak of a native Christian school in the city of Peshawur, of which she had the superintendence, and the difficulties which Maliommedan prejudices threw in her way. SG great is their hatred of Christian instruction that there was no other way of getting native children into the school except across the roofs of the houses, and even then they had to be covered with a long white garment And a net work over the eyes. Reference was then made to the strict seclusion of tiie Zauanas, Indian ladies never being seen in the streets and never going out except to pay visits, and then being covered from head to foot and carried in a palanquin. It was estimatbd that in the whole of .India there "were no less than a hundred Bullions of women, and this immense buik of the population was hardly touched by the agencies in connection with the various missionary societies When they considered how little was done for these native women, she thought hdies. especially Snglish ladies, ehould take a great interest in their case. American and German ladies were all helping; but she did feel it was the especial privilege of English women to engage in thi-e work, they being our fellow subjects, and therefore we had a great responsibility with regard to India. There was some difficulty in getting into-these Zananas. The prejudices against Christians being very strong, native gentlemen would not always allow English ladies admission to their houses. When she first tried about ten years ago, the speaker said she could not.get admission into a single house of tie upper classes; and the way in which she got in afterwards wac very interesting to her, as through the introduction of schoolmaster and being able to show a magic lardera, she at length got admission on th i occasion of a wedding party. There were three hundred Ladies present, who had never «een a magic lantern before and the result was that she obtained invitations to a great many houses.citerwards. Mrs Ridley, however, pointed out that this difficulty was not experienced by ladies who have any knowledge of medicine. Medical ladies were always welcomed, and hence the importance of the medical mission. So ignorant were the natives of the proper treatment necessary in cases of sickness any lady with common sense and some little knowledge of family medicines, was well qualified to boeasie a medical missionary, and by that means would be able to Christian influence to bear npon the families of the upper classes. Mrs Ridley also spoke of the great work which was being carried on by the instrumentality of native Bible women. fr8 Ridley having axtswered several questions, Addresses of a very interesting character were afterwards given by Captain F. H. and Captain H C. Marsh, of the Benga! Army, auid theproceeding-s concluded with prayer, Eyton Jones and Miss Greville kindly con- sented to act as secretaries of a Jo-jal auxiliarly to the missiod, and several ladies volunteered their services as collectors.
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OPENING OF ESC LUSH AM CHURCH
OPENING OF ESC LUSH AM CHURCH BY THE LORD BISHOP OF ST. ASAPH. The opening services of this recently-completed church, which has been built expressly to provide for the spiritual necessities of a suburban popula- tion too far removed from Wrexham to be regular attendants at the parish church, took place on Wednesday last. As many of our readers are aware, the new church is about a mile-and-a-half out of the town, and stands on a plot of land originally forming part of the Erddig estate, and which was generously presented to the building committee by Mr Simon Yorke. The memorial stone was laid by Mrs Yorke, on October 24th, 1876, and the work has been carried out in a very expeditious and satisfactory manner. The plan of the building is cruciform, having nave, chance], north and south tiansepts, organ chamber, and vestry. Accommo- dation is provided for 350 worshippers; but at pre- sent only the seats in the chancel are executed, the other portions of the building being provided with chairs. The walls are built of local stone, quarry- faced and pointed with dark mortar, with tooled tracey for windows, &c., the interior face being rough stuccoed. Blue and red Staffordshire tiles compose the paved floors in the nave, transepts, vestry, and organ chamber, the chancel being laid with Maw and encaustic tiles. The roof is open of Baltic fir, stained, and is covered with red and green slates. The pulpit is of Bath stone, of the same material with the alabaster shafts. The style is early geometrical. Future extension of the church will be effected by adding large north and south aisles, for which special provision has been made. The dimensions of the building are as fol- lows :—Nave, 64ft. 6in. by 27ft. 6in.; chancel, 28ft. by 21ft. 6in.; two transepts, 16ft. by 14ft; organ chamber, 17ft. by 10ft.; vestry, lift, by 10ft. There are three entrances, the principal at the west end, and one at the north and south ends for clergy and choir respectively. The amount of the original contract was exclusive of heating apparatus, and seats in the nave and transepts, and of this amount there was a balance of. about £300 remaining to be raised on the day of opening. The Rev. Canon Cunliffe, the late vicar of Wrexham, who was the chairman of the building committee, contributed the handsome donation of .£100 to the building fund, and the total amount subscribed by the Cunliffe family is, altogether, about .£850. The Rev. James hon. secretary, has throughout made the most praiseworthy exertions to bring the undertaking to a satisfactory completion; and he must be glad to find that his labours have thus far been crowned with success. There is, however, an endowment fund yet to be provided before a separate ecclesiastical district can be constituted; but in a neighbourhood containing so many wealthy families it is to be hoped it will not be long before this elifficulty is also surmounted. The general con- tractors were Messrs. Phennah and Davies, of Rhos- tyllen, who have carried out the work in an exceed- ingly satisfactory manner; and the sub-contractors for the masonry were Messrs. Hughes and Owen, of Penybryn, who have also given every satisfaction. The heating apparatus was supplied by Messrs. Jones and Sons, of Bankside, London. The archi- tect was Mr J. E. Lash, of High-street, Wrexham. The donors of articles for the furnishing of the church were—Mrs Simon Yorke, who presented the altar cloth and book markers; Mrs Meredith, of Pentrebychan, the communion plate; Mrs Isaac Jones, of Rhostyllen, alms dish; Mrs T. Roberts and her nephew, communion chairs; the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, service books; Mrs Overton, whose gift was the pulpit with its fittings; Mrs Pierce, of Brynvgrog, was the donor of the reading desk; Mr Lash, the architect, the lectern; and Miss Griffith, of Queen- street, the communion carpet and stools. The standards for lighting the church are adapted for gas whenever the mains are further extended in that direction. The bell was given by the com- mittee. The morning service commenced at eleven o'clock, the church being filled with a large congregation, including representatives of some of the principal families in Wrexham and its neighbourhood, in- cluding Mr, Mrs, and Miss Yorke, Mrs and Miss FitzHugh, Mrs and Miss Green, the Misses Hayes, of Gatewen, &c., &c. The prayers were read by the Rev it. Howell, Vicar of Wrexham and the lessons by the Rev Canon Cuniiffe, and the Rev James Dixon respectively. The choral portions of the service, which were exceedingly plain and simple, were well rendered by the choir of Wrexham Parish Church, under the direction of Mr Simms. The Lord Bishop of St. Asaph was the preacher, and delivered an im- pressive discourse from the'26th Psalm and 8rh Terse—" Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thine honour dwelleth." Such was the idea attached by the King of Israel to God's sanctuary. When we consider His infinite majesty, we cannot but exclaim, "The heavens, even the heaven of heavens, cannot contain Thee." He fills all space; heaven is His throne, and earth is His footstool, and yet He taught His servant to regard the little tent in which the ark was sheltered as the place where His honour dwelleth. In that and in the temple which succeeded it. He dwelt as He dwelt in no other place. Hence it was the royal psalmist enjoyed the prospect of entering heartily into the work for which he had so liberally provided. His strong argument was, the place is not for man but for the Lord. Let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them" was the command and all who entered His courts drew near to God. There was no church like it in any other land. A man might travel the length and breadth of Egypt, and visit their magnificent temples, or he might enter the lofty palaces of Babylon and Assyria; but there was no place where he might draw near unto God; no other place so hallowed by His presence. There He received their praises there He accepted their offerings; there He answered their prayers; there He distributed blessings and life for evermore. It was to that piece that the faithful of many generations retired when they said that it was good for them to nigh to God; but what was said of Zion was still more applicable to the Christian Church. Wherever true Christians dwell, wherever they assemble for Divine worship, there they are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. He doth not, it is true, take possession of our little sanctuaries as He did of the sanctuary built by Solomon with a burning cloud as the symbol of His presence yet we are assured that where two or three are gathered together in His name there is He in the midst of them.. He still loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings. of Jacob. Nay, more, He never dwelt between the cherubim as he now dwelleth in the humblest structure that is raised to His service. To the presence now enjoyed the faith of the ancient Church was invariably directed. They looked forward to the time when the Lord, the Messenger of the Covenant, should come into His temple. They cherished the hope that when God should ibuild up Zion He should then appear in His glory. Jehovah dwelleth in light that no man can approach. From the days of eternity, the angels desired to look into the Divine mystery; but they knew but little of the Divine perfections they worshipped. They bowed in humble adoration bei«*e the infinite majesty; but when God was manifested a fresh flood of light issued from the eternal throne revealing the things which iiad been hidden for ages and generations. It was not only because man was to be rescued from sin and death that their mighty hosts gathered round the humble dwelling in which the infant Saviour lay there was a fresh manifiistationof the Godhead on that occasion, an unfolding of the divine mysterr/; the wisdom, power, goodness, and mercy of God were displayed in a manner and in a degree which they had never witnessed before The perfections which must otherwise ha.ve been hidden within the folds of the eternal mystery, God's long-suffering and that mercy which is from everlasting to ever- lasting, was revealed, and a burst of thankful adoration rent- the air. Divine leve had indeed been exercised before, but it was lose to the deser- ving it was love to Him who from all eternity was the express image of His person; it was love to those who had kept their first estate* but love to the unworthy, love thst cannot be weakened by enmity, love that will not let go its hold, though the treasures of eternity must be exhausted before its object can be attained, such love never had beea manifested before it flashed into their minds like lightning in the darkest night. And in the love the manifold wisdom of God was also revealed. It was now shown that rebels might be pardoned, that apostates might be restored to the Divine favour. Could they wonder that angels strung afresh their golden harps, Rnd louder than they were wont that they "then chouted for joy? And yet it was not from angels thai the richest praises might be expected it was net for the salvation of angels that He who inhabiteth eternity was born a Bethlehem, and cradled in a manger. They could not throw into their song the note of thankful praise that proceeds from the heart that is broken and contrite, and yet is conscious thst it was for us men and for our salvation" tha.t He came down from heaven. We can praise Him not as he deserves, but as no other creatures can. Let him iuqufxe how they felt when they were invited to aid in building a house for the service of God. Now, a under the olden dispensation, God in very deed dwells with men for where two or three are met together in his name He is in the ciidst of them. Ti^iere He is known as a refuse; there He provides a .belter from the storm there they learn I to cast their care upon Him who careth for them. Do we then regard the habitation of God's house ? If we do, should there not be some proportion between the house and the service that is there rendered P We know right well that He who mude heaven anel earth dwelleth not in temples made with hands thar, He can be worshipped as truly 1U the pithless uesert or the lowly cave; and the retired grove has resounded witn melodies as pure and songs as sweet as were ever heard in lofty and most gorgeous temples. Outward magnificence is not essential to acceptable worship; still it is pleasing to God that men should dedicate a place for His service. The habitation of His holiness should not be the least expensive structure that we build upon earth. It cannot be right that man should provide himself with a better dwelling than he prepares for the habitation of God's holiness. It shamed the of Israel that he should be better lodged than the emblem of the Divine Presence. See the word of self-reproach, "I dwell in a house of cedar; but the ark of God dwelleth in curtains." He devoted his life in providing the rich materials, and when the building was com- pleted it was the glory of the whole earth. When Solomon had made an end of praying at the con- secration of the temple, fire from heaven descended and the glory of the Lord filled the house. Oh let us then beware that we do not pay more honour to ourselves than we pay to the High aud Lofty One; that we do not think that the curtains are good enough for the ark while we reserve the cedar for our own habitation. There are many excellent objects awaiting the exercise of our benevolence; some for the relief cf want or for the cure of disease; others for the protection of the destitute or the succour of the aged. All these deserve cur support, and their number is the very glory of our land; but the house which David loved, and around which lingered his holiest recollections concerned the welfare of the immortal soul; its influence was to spread over all time its blessings were to stretch onward into eternity. The building in which they were now assembled would not indeed compare with many others in magnificence; still it was intended as a house for God. It would ease distant residents who may have found the mother church beyond their strength to reach oftener than once on the Sabbath. Of this little church it may be said hereafter that this and that man was born there; it may become the birth-place of many future in- habitants here many may be consecrated to God in baptism here they may in future life lay hold of covenant; here they may tender their sub- mission to the King of Zion; here they may renew their allegiance to His throne; here they may feed on the Bread that came down from heaven here they may drink the water of life freely. Could we over- estimate these blessings ? Had they ever caught a glimpse of the Divine glory in the house of God until they could say A day in His courts is better than a thousand; I would rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness." Thousands in glory no dcubt looked down upon the house of God with the most grateful recollections. It was in that house that lignt from heaven entered the dark chambers of their souls it wa.s there they felt the keen edge of the two- edged sword; it was there an arrow from heaven's quiver pierced through the joints of their harness when the spirit of life from God carried conviction to their consciences; it was there that the bitter cry may have been heard, Men and brethren, what must I do to be saved ?"; and it was there that they acquired a taste and meetness for the purer exercises of God's temple above. They knew close contact with the world and its chilling atmos- phere has often chilled the ardour of devotion, or its pleasant things made their souls cleave to the dust; but in the house of God they had been quickened according to his word; they had been crucified to the world and the world unto them, and their minds had been raised from things on earth and fixed upon things in heaven. The work to be carried on on earth was indeed the work of eternity. The offertory was then collected, and the bulk of the congregation then retired from the church but the local clergy and about 8C communicants remained behind and partook of the Holy Com- munion. Luncheon was provided in a large marquee in a field adjoining the church. The tables were laid out in a very tasteful manner, and a very excellent and substantial repast was provided, which reflected great credit. on the catering of Mr Stevens, pastry cook and oonfectioner, Hope-street. The chair was occupied by the Rev Canon Cunliffe, who was supported by the Bishop of St. Asaph, the Rev D. Howell, the Rev Canon Griffith, Machynlleth; and there were also present—Revs Smith, G. Williams, Gwersyllt; James Dixon. Griffith Jones, Wrexham; T. Jones, Pontbleudden; R. E. Jones, Gresford; S. Thomas, Ruabon J. Thomas, Minera; J. Rees, T. Williams. Holt; J. Rowland, Hope; W.Jones, Brymbo; R. O. Burton, T. Kirk, J. Davies, Nerquis; D. Williams, Penycae; and R. Jones, Lodge; Mr Overton, Dr Eyton and Mrs Jones, &c., &c. Whilst the luncheon was in progfess a smart shower of rain came on, which drove a few people from their seats but happily it was not of long continuance, and the sun shone out again for the rest of the afternoon. The Chairman, in giving the first toast, said: My Lord Bishop, laeiies and gentlemen, I have the honour to propose the health of her most gracious Majesty the Qaeen; and though she has lately been proclaimed Empress of a distant land we must not forget that she is our beloved queen. The toast having been honoured with every mark of loyalty, The Chairman rose again, and said I have great pleasure in proposing another toast to you, which I think will be very acceptable. It is the health of the Lord Bishop of the diocese—(applause)—for coming amongst us on this happy occasion, and for delivering so eloquent a sermon to us (hear, hear). My lord, 1 have the pleasure of drinking your good health. The Bishop, on rising to respond to the toast was warmly applauded. He said: I feel it does one good to come to Wrexham upon an occasiou like this (hear, hear). It is gratifying to one's mind to find the old and the young mingled together, and perpetual youth green to the last. He has lived long amongst yoo- and laboured faith- fully, and he has retired for a little rest before he goos, I trust, to another sphere where the exercises and the enjoyments will be far more sublime. You have also had a successor, and it is gratifying to my mind and a cause for deep thankfulness that he, too, enjoys to a large ertent the kind feeling which was sbown for so many years to his pre- decessor (applause). And it is also most grati- fying to me to find that the work is still going OD, and that you seem determined that the church of your fathers shall not die for' want of ex- 'tension. I am reminded of the saying of an old minister of the past, and not very loag ago, when someone saw clouds gathering and a stcrm prepar- ing, in soaJe respects darker than had ever been witnessed before. He was asked what bethought of its consequences to the Church of England, and his reply was, I don't think my Master is going to give up BLis house this year, nor for some time to come; bccause He has engaged fresh fervants to control it" (dear, hear). To my mind that is one gratifying sign of the times. I do believe we greatly want more of them,-but we have many men of the right stamp. It is also very gratifying to see that we are now doing what ought to have been done years and years ago. We are restoring the Church in our own country to the state of efficiency as to church provision that it erjoyed for many ages.; because it is an undoubted fact that there was ample provision in times gone by. The mother church," surrounded by its chapel- of ease, was to be seen in every parish, and you seem de- termined that there shall be no one in this exten- sive and very important parish who shall be able to say, No one careth for my coul." I look forward with hope to the future. I do not feel anything approaching to despair. You have heard much of Church destruction; you have heard much of a separation of the Church from the State; you have heard much of Church disendowment, and things of that nature. I don't think we shall live to see any of these things carried into effect (cheere). I will tell you why I think so- There are certain principles which I believe are eternal, and will always continue in their influence; and I believe it is the intention of the Great Had of the Church ) that there shall be full religious liberty in this country (hear, hear). It is of all others the country where religious liberty is enjoyed. Ife look across the Atlantic we see nothing approach- ing to it there; if \we turn to the vast continent of Europe we see nothing like it there. In this country alone ie religious liberty fully enjoyed, and nnder God I regard the union of the Church and the State as a very important means of con- tinuing religious liberty among us. I should be afraid even of the Church of which I am. a minister, but for that one circumstance. Why? Because by means of that the people of this country have an immense influence in the govern- ment of this Church establishment. The Queen is the head, as it were, of the people; and the power and influence and interests of the people are gathered up, so to spo k, in the head, and ycu know full well that in a constitutional government like our own, that with such government; the voice of the-people generally must be heard. I look for- ward to a time when great changes will certainly take place; but I look forward to no change that will in the slight st decree interfere with the fundamental principles of the faifh that has been long held by th Church of this country (applause). I believe that we stand alone we arenas it were, unique among the churches of the Reformation. I say nothing of those churches that have not been reformed; I say nothing of the Church of Rome I say nothing of the great Eastern Church but I do thank God that we have in this country a Church that seems to me, looking at its formularies, looking at the Articles of its frith, one that stands alone amongst all the churches of the earth. Luther did much, and God blessed him largely but what is the condition of the German churches in the present day .compared with the Church of England ? I think we can do nothing less than thank God that He has blessed us in the way He has. Whether we regard the fundamental truths of Christianity, or whether we regard the view that is taken by ourselves of the sacraments Christ has ordained in His Church, I believe it has pleased Him to grant the Church of England such clearness of view with regard to the doctrines of religion that we should be very sorry that even Calvin himself, or that Zwingle, or that Luther should take in hand and alter in the slightest degree the formularies of our own church (cheers). And it is to me a matter of great thankfulness to Almighty God that it is not a something that occurred yesterday. We look back to the great past, we go back more than a thousand years, and we place ourselves side by side with those bishops of the Church who stood face to face with Augustine the monk when he tried to persuade them to sub- mit their necks tø the yoke of Rome. It is sup- posed the only difference was about the tonsure or the garb that was to be worn. It was not so. There was the fundamental doctrine concerned, and that doctrine was maintained, and from age to age the truth has been handed down to us. A cloud passed over us for a short time, short as compared with the ages that are past. For some three hundred years, more or less, it is true that through the tyranny of Rome, Europe was at her feet, and we too for a time had to submit; but with the earliest dawn of the Reformation the light was spread in our own beloved country, and to this day here we are a protesting Church against the errors of Rome. But that is not all; we hold forth the word of life in all its purity and I believe the Church of Eng- land will yet be blessed of God and made instru- mental not only in holding forth the word of life here, but in diffusing the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus throughout the length and breadth of the habitable world (loud applause). The Rev D. Howell then asked the company to join with him in drinking "the healths of the Building Committee," coupled with the name of the chairman, Canon Cunliffe. They would all agree with him that the building reflected no small credit upon the young and promising architect who designed it, and upon the committee who selected that design, and saw it promptly carried into execution (applause). He had no desire to enter into details, but it would be an act of great injustice not to mention the invaluable services of their hon. secretary, Mr Dixon— (applause)—for to his energy, patience, and perse- verance in no small degree was due the success- ful issue of the undertaking (hear). He might mention some other members of the committee to whom they were deeply indebted, such for instance as Mr Yorke, who gave them the site—(applause) —and he might also mention the name of the lady who shared so worthily with him the honours of the house of Eiddig—(hear, hear)—and who had given* them the exceedingly beautiful cloth that covered the communion table. He could, did time permit, refer to others to whom they were deeply indebted, and whose names would be recorded in the report of these proceedings, those who had given the pulpit, the reading desk, the lectern, the chairs, and some other articles of church furniture but, without detaining them, let him say that to Canon Cunliffe, as chairman of the Building Com- mittee, were they to a great extent indebted for that which they were enjoying that day. Not only had he liberally contributed to the building fund, but he had rendered faithful and efficient services as the captain of the ship which that day he had successfully steered into the desired haven. In his presence he could not express what his feelings would dictate; but they would understand his meaning when he said that his conduct towards him in the fullest sense of the word had been that of a most- generous, indulgent, and he ventured to add affectionate father. He c"me there an entiiv stranger, but he received not a stranger's welcome but then and ever since he had received the waru; syjnpathy and the large hearted munificence or his predecessor, who had been to him a very father in God. He might also thank the builders of the church, and if he could., he would thank every individual subscriber; but above all they were indebted to the building committee with which he associated the name of Mr Cunliffe (applause). The Chairman, in acknowledging the toast, said he rejoiced at the event which had taken place that day, and that in a distant part of the parish a church had been erected worthy of the support and large enough for the population, though that popu- lation did not at present exceed much more than 1,300 persons; but it was too far from the parish church to expect the inhabitants of the district would be enabled to obtain any means of grace, There would be no excuse for them not attending Divine service now, and he hoped there would soon be a resident clergyman (applause). The Bishop then proposed the health of the Vicar of Wrexham, who briefly responded, and gave that of the Rev James Dixon, the honorary secretary. The Rev J. Dixon, in reply, said his heart was full that day and as glad as it was full. To the chairman they were deeply indebted for a donation of £100 to the building fund, and for inducing the members of his family to becoqje contributors, the Cunliffe family giving about £ 350 towards the cost of the work. They still wanted £ 300 to b<3 freed from debt, and then came the question of the en- dowment; for it was on condition that the church should be made a distinct and a separate church for all ecclesiastical purposes that the subscriptions had been given, and until a resident clergyman was appointed tc the district, the object ci the pro- moters will not be attained. The proceedings then came to an end. There was a Welsh service in. the afternoon, which was attended by e. large congregation. The prayers were read by the Rev Griffith .Tones, and the lessons by the Vicar. The sermon was preached by the Rev Canon GriSLtns, Rector of Machynlleth. who selected for his text Esekiel, 45th chapter and 11th verse. The Welsh singing was extremely good, the conductor hsing Mr Matthews. In the evening, the Rev J. W. Bardsley, of" Sr. Saviour's, Liverpool, preached. The church was crowded to overflowing, and the chancei step.?, and chairs in the chancel had to be called into requisi- tion, and even then many had to stard in the aisles, The Rev .311. Shelton read the lessons, and the Rev J, Dixon conducted the service, which was choral with the exception ef the Psalms. The choir and organist cf the Wrexham parish church occupied the channel seats, aad they surpiiced. hymns had been printed specially for the occasion Previous to the sermon, the congregation were reminded that after the collection at the morninir and evening services, they were short of some I £200. Then they ought to give freely, and with < good heart, considering that they were'now reapiiv: the harvest, considering the state of tnints kj India, and remembering the v. ar—as a offering. The R^. J. W. Bardsley selected as the basis of his discourse, the 37th Ezekiel, aad the 9th verse, Then said he unto me, T));.pphes,7 unto the wiud prophesy, 8Jn of man, and say "io the wind, thu* saith the Lord God come from the four winds,\) j breath, antl breathe upon these slain, that thev mav live." He showed that there was no book of the Bible as IT,tIt." read as this book, arJ as it was -• or- sidered so obscure, because it weir: deep, the Jews would not permit, their young men to read it they were -30 years of age. But the story of the dry bones v/as especially graphic—11 lived for ever ia the memory. Of a great plain covered with dry bones, which had lain there eight years, the pvophet asks can these dry bones live ? The preacher then went on to explain that all things were possible by God. and although naany thought this act was intended to teach the doctrine of resurrection, he did not think so. The doctrine of the resurrection was not of the latter times, it was of the earliest. The ancient Egyptians preserved theit dead bees.me they believed if the bodies were kept in a perfect state and preservation, that God wouki put breath into them and renew Draw- ing attention to the Jews, how they scattered all orer the face of the earth, how thev had geneaiities, of which the geneality of &ny of our ancestral nobility would be of ve¡;,terd;> V in com- parison, he (the preacher) did not believe" that the world would go on in perfect harmony till the Jews 'occupied their own laad. The text was looked at as teaching a spiritual lesson. Let them consider how a hundred, or so, years ago, religion was looked upon, but the dry b)u were coming to life and the Church was progressing, was ga ningrenewed life, as the dry bones of old did. Then their Church would be no cpn-itual use, of nn nvail, if Hoiv Spit it was not breathed upon it, and thev oivht u> play for breath to ascend upon that beaut iful hor- e. and it was that for which they did pray, so that tnoy might not go away unbenefitted, but when ihev came, they might receive the bread of life. Hs hopeel they would work—work in dvi'uaiiv and as a church. At the close, he urgt d all to give—give with a good heart, for God w. uld bless those' "enl1 had fche will, and he exhorted them to ;ra- for a blessing upon theif cause. | The co11E(t0S amounted, m the morning nj afternoon to J90, and thai of the evening to I ~26 &.• 03, making altogether £ 116 9s 6d, in ,-d- j dition to which cheques have been since rece'v^d jirom ^rR. A. Cunliffe, Bart., £ 10; Archdeae- from Mr W'ilcox, butcher.
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j fitgutct "Xc&s. SES?TOVS —MAXSHIf OF CA.RXA.R.OX QrABTiK I ord \„vh f <;PP"iutment ot a chairman to succeed t L° iugl1' as chairman of Carnarvon qaare^ chair \lTHP rCe £ D^L^day. Lord PenrLyn m the S:hP» l fv i1/' -)arine.v> proposed, and -Major f'S seconded, Mr Lloyd Edwards, Nanhoron. Mr B Like ley Hughes, MP, whilst reffrernivthat de°clm5?faSffiaUd| Hhe H°n' PouS!as Pennant, M. P., 'F^r c office, did not taiuk Mr Edwards qualified mn nfihP°H a position, and moved the appoi;:?- UrVnvri6 h t°n" i U ynn' this was seconded by _n0X\vC5ATIP~ OF A Maso-vIC LODGE AT TOWTN. n j If'1, the ngnt worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro Sir W. W. Wyun, Bar™. M P. atteiidea at ioivyn for the purpose of consecrating the Corbet Lodge, >*o. 15S3. The following are the first officers of the new lodge, as far as they have been appointed, erne or two remaining still to be filled up C. Ehioit, VV.M., J. lioulkes Jones, S W_ RuRen E Keltle, J.W., i>age, S.D., Ed.ar^'Pugh'e, jT w! K. Da vies treasurer. For the present the senior ^en ^'dl also act as secretary. Tue ceremonv took place in the Corbet Arms Hotel, Bro. W. H SpaaU i .G. secretary, performing the duties of consecrating othcer. Be ore the closing of the Provincial Grand Lodge, on the motion of Bro. Bulkeley Hughes, M.P., ,U /esolved that £ 5.0 should te voted from the funds of the ProvinciaJ Grand Lodge India t if of, th>e sufferers by lamme in iin ?? Provincial Grand Lodge having been ° A 1^dgf> was opened, and Bro- Elliott was iustalled by Bro. George Owen as first master of the Corbe Lodge. At the close of the business dinner was t>erveCl.
EHOSLLANERCHRUGOG. NATIONAL SCHOOL.—The managers, subscribers, and parents of this school WJL be glad to learn that it fally maintains its high reputation. The following report of the last Diocesan Examination has just besn received by the correspondent of the school. This is altogether 018 of the best schools in the whole diocese. The foilowin" are the names of children entitled to certificates of meritInfants: Stephen Pemberton, Daniel Price Alexander Davies, James Wiiiiams, Richard Edward Prince, Owen Thomas, Fred ilotchkin*. Groan IV.: Elizabeth Ann Thomas, Clara Kidgwav, Arthur Davies, Edward Tunnah, Llewellyn Roberts, "Betiamm Yates, and Juhn Williams. Group III.: James Grounds, Edward Jones, John Jones, and Richard Rogers. Group II.: Sarah Davies, Allen Tnomas, and Abel Williams Group 1.: Margaret Jane Griffiths, John Thomas, John Wilkams, iwiward Jones and lvichard Jor.es. The fol- lowing are recommended to the managers as deserving of prizes, inasmuch as they obtained first class certificates last year, and m the present examination did remarkably well—viz.: Thomas D. Owen, Daniel Evans, Samuel James Pntchard, and Joseph William Jones.
BRYMBO. ST. MARY'S CHUKCH.—The cbuich people of St. Mary s, on Wednesday evening, had the unexpected pleasure of listening to a sermon from Dr Maclear principal of King's College, London, who is at prt- sent visiting at Bryninally. The sermon was a great treat to those present. ACCIDENT AT WESTMINSTER COLLIEKT On Thursday morning Robert Rogers, a middle-aged man residing at Long-row, brymbo, was killed at rhe Westuiinster Colnenes, Moss, where he was an ei^iDe-eiiiver. It seems he was oiling some part of his machinery, W Den he got entangled with the ny-wneel, aad lost his lite.
) LLANGOLLEN". LOCAL BOARD, SErIo 6TH.-Present; Mr S. G. FeL. (chairman), Cat. Best, Major Tottenham. Messrs Thomas Hughes, Samuel Hughes, Ed. Roberts, E. H" Roberts, and Wilham Jones. On tue minutes of tae previous meeting being read, the Chairman saidalettar of his to Mr Richards was not recorded. There was also a letter from Captain Best explaining the cause of his absence, and declaring if present to adhere to the resolution arrived at in the private meeting. The clerk said he had thought it unnecessary to enter them on the minutes, there being no order to that effect. Itwaf aggreed to have their letters recorded. The chairman said there was also a motion made at the close of the meeting, which was also not entered. Major Tottenham said he was not aware of any motion that was made, He stayed to the end of the meetine, and did. not leave until the chairman distinctly stated that the business was over. lie protested against the informality of the proceedings. As to the private meetings alluded to, he should hiee to know what took place there, as it (seemed to him that the whole matter had beeltar- ranged beforehand. The Chairman admitted that there had been au ommission on his part in pot bringing ■ that motion on earlier. Nevertheless, it had come on in proper order, as the cheques were all signed after- wards. He was aware that lie had said he knew of no more business to be done then, but at the time this .motion had escaped his memory. Major Tottenham strongly objected to the proceedings alter he left the room, which were most irregular. Captain Best thought the better plan would be to have every- tiling clone in a regular manner. The chair- 1 man read the bye-law relating to the appointment i of clerk and various other officers of the board, and said that it was absolutely within the power of this board to appoint or remiss an ofiicer at discretion, within one month or sfx weeks, or any other reasonable' time. T'ie clerk said the resolution was at present a tt iiUty. I simply expressed that there was a differenc 01 opinion between the present members of the board and those who had appointed him to the office. After ?otae discussion the chairman moved. That Mr Richards cease to be clerk of this board on the 31st J annan. I87S." Captain Best seconded- Major i otteuham proposed as an amendment- that eight months notice be given instead of five months. The reason for that was t hat the election of members for -the new board would ir.eii have been over, and they would be aide £ know tue opinion ol the ratepayers upon this question before it was decided. The amend- ment on Deing lJlll. up was not seconded, all the member" witn exception of Major Tottenham voting for the original motion.
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stick, and. afterwards, when she was drunk, she asked for the wood bilek. It was given her, and when she would have it, she fell with the wood on the top of her. ilai-ia Me*vdith said that on Tuesday evening the defendant used very abusive language to prosecu- trix without any provocation, and struck her, a net she rolled over. The defendant's son, a lad off fifteen, who had a bruise on his idt eye, said that Mrs Griffiths gave him a stick (produced), and at the time of the alleged assault the prosecutrix was drunk, and the wood fell on her. P.C. Juhn Dickon said that the old woman was sober, but the defendant and Meredith were the worse for drink. Defendant stated that the wood fell on the complainant.. Defendant had been up four times before, and she was fined 12s G 1, or seven days' imprisonment. The money was paid. DRUNKENNESS. George Richards, a young man, was charged with being drunt: and disorderly in the public streets, on Saturday, the 8Lh inst. P.C. Richards said the defendant was drunk in the street, and making a row. Witness asked de- fendant for his name, and got the reply, co Jones," but being suspicious, he took him to the station, where the defendant- gave his real name. Defendant said he was a tailor by trade, employed in Wrexham, and had not been up before. The Bench fined him 7s and 2s 6d costs, or seven days. TUESDAY.—Before the Mayor. VAGRANCY. Bridget Ivory, a tramp, was charged by P.C. Windsor with vagrancy. P.C. Windsor deposed to finding the prisoner in a drunken and incapable condition in the Feathers garden, about a quarter past eleven. She was sitting down on the potatoes crying, and said she had got through the hedge to escape,from some young men who had chased her. Prisoner said she came from St. Helens, and was on her way to Gswestry, where she heard her husband, a tailor, had found employment. She was dismissed on promising to leave the town forthwith.