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THE MAYOR AND CORPORATION AT CHURCH. On Sunday last the Mayor and Corporation, in state, accompaned by a number of other officials and gentle- men, proceeded to Church, in accordance with the annual custom. The weather was fine, and large crowds of people assembled in the vicinity of the Guildhall and the Church to witness the civic procession, which had been marshalled by the Borough Surveyor (Mr. J. W. M. Smith. The procession left the Guildhfcll &t a j quarter to eleven in the following order Bind of the Royal Denbieli and Merioneth Militia (Bani- muster, J. Wells). Staff of the Royal Denbigh and Merioneth Militia, and Sergt.-Major Phoenix. 1st D.B.Y. (lsi- and 2nd Companies), under command of Captain Evan tlorris and Lieut. F. Vaughan Williams. Supt. Wilde, Inspector Lind-av, Sergt. Jones, and members of the Borough rohce Force. The Prince of Wales Fire Brigade, under command of Capt. Edward Evans, General Public Including Messrs. W. Snape, Y. Strachan, F. C. Richards, G. O. Scorcher, E. Humphreys, E. T. Fitch, D. D. Pierce, .T. S. Conran, Alfred Oven, G. Weaver, K. W. Evaus, Evan Rowland, K. Potter, G. Manley, J. Koscoe, J. W. Jones (saddler), S. R. Johnsou, S. Huberts, Hugn Jones, J. Jones 1 (Vownog), W. Pierce. W. Garratt Joiies. Llewelyn Davies, Huiih Davies, Howel Davies, T. H. Bancroft. F. Pjjfe, Henry Humphreys, T. B-imion Acton. Ashton Bradley, J. B. Murles. jun Dr. R. W. J. Evans, E. Mullins, T. H. Coleman, H. C. Murless (Ruabon), &c., &c. The Hig-h Constable: (Mr. T. Heywood). The Sidesmen. Churebwardena. Clergy: )' Rev. M. H. C. Shelton. Rev. Jonathan Howell. Mr. Edward H. Williams (borough coi!ejtor), Mr. D. Morris (cemetery supe iut'udent). Jk The Medical Officer The Magistrates* Clei-e (Mr. J. Ll. Williams). (Mr. J. Angton Hughei). The Borough Surveyor, Mr. J. W. M. Smith. Councillors Mr. C. Huxley Mr. Frederick Jones Mr. J. Williams Mr W. E Samuel Mr. J. Oswell Bury Mr. J. F. Edistory Mr. Walter Jones Mr. G Bradlew^ Mr. W. Sherratt Mr. Richard Jo^e* Aldermen: M. J. Beale. Mr. R. Llovd. Mr. J. C.'Owe*, Mr. I-aac Shone (ex-Mayo*).. f The Town Clerk. (Mr, Thomas Bury). t Sir R. A. Cunliffe, Bart. The Mace: I (Mr. D. Higjins). > HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR: (Alderman E. Smith). The Hon. G. T. Kenyon. The Very Rev. the Dean of AwR 4p Past Mayors W. Ovprton, Esq. ThouLLs Painter. Esfc T. Eyton-Jones, Esq., ILD. John Lewis, Esq. j. B. Z-1 urless, Esq. John Beirne, Esq. Magistrates: S. Yorke, Esq. Col. Meredith. I T. P. Jones-Parry, Esq. Dr. Williams. W. Low, Esq. John Bury, Estj, Hussars: tit appears from a telegram received by Sergeant-Major "Walsh from Capt. Creagh, Denbigh, 'hat the applicatioa for the Wrexham troop of the Denbighshire Hussars was not sent in time to admit of their attendance, although the re ;uest was forwarded the same day the invitation was given by the Mayor.] As the procession entered the church, Mr Simms, organist, played the National Anthem, the congrega- tion standing. The Mayor and Corporation, together with the past Mayors and Magistrates were accomo- dated with seats in the chancel, the Volunteers, Fire Brigade, and Police occupying seats on the south side of the Church. Prayers were read by the Rev. M. H. C. Shelton, and the lessons by the Rev. Jonathan Howell. The Very Rev. the Dean of Bangor preached from the 34th, 35th, and 36th verses of the xxv. chapter of Matthew. In the course of his remarks the Dean observed that the subject of the parable contained in the text was the universal divine judgement. In it our Lord portrayed in objective forms the realities of the unseen spiritual process that was eternally going on in the realms of soul. Judgment was the work of separation by which the good was portioned from the evil, the true from the false, the noi»le from the base, Every good and saintly man set up a throne of jud^- ment, wherever he might be, praising goodness and condemning sin, but especially where the apostolic ministers of the Church of Christ appointed to set up before the souls of men that standard of moral goodness and spiritual law, by which the aoul was either to be sent away into the darknes* of self-reproach, or encouraged to go forward hopefully to its great and eternal reward. All human beings would be finally tried by one great standard—the life of the blessed Divine Man. Jesus! The one perfect man—the Son to whom the Father had given authority to execute judg- ment because he was the Son of Man. The dean then proceeded to dwell at length upon the nature of the award made to those "on the right hand," Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;" and the law which decided the award, viz., love and sympathy with human suffer- ing-" I was sick, and ye visited me Love was the supreme attribute in the Being of God which constrained Him to put forth all the energies of His wisdom and power to give life and happiness to the creatures whom he had summoned into being and whom He sustained in His eternal unselfishness. Unselfishness was the life of God but man in his natural state did not bear the divine image or live a life of love. He was governed rather by the impulses of selfishness and was always seeking his own and while he tried to save his life he lost it; When tried by the standard of divine love, every man was conscious that there was "noue righteous, no not one—none that understandeth, none that seeketh after God." But in Jesus Christ the divine image was restored to human nature. Christ was the image of God, and in the human life of Christ the law of infinite love was fulfilled, because He wielded boundless power with perfect unselfishness. He h&d supreme authority over life, and yet He laid down His own life in self- devotion. The power of love and sympathy still found their origin in self-devotion—the student, the man of science, the literary man, the orator, the lawyer, the municipal chieftain, the statesman—each of these found an earthly blessedness and enjoyed sense of power by devoting the energies of his mind and soul to the services of human society. If they asked, why does he work? the vulgar superficial mind would answer at once, for the money, or for the fame, or for the position that he wins;" but the truth was that if he had all these things he would not be blessed and powerful unless he devoted his energies." So again with the employer of labour—the merchant, the ship- owner--all the men who reaped the wealth of the earth, who fed the thousands, who conquered the waves and the winds each felt a pleasure in life and was conscious of power, and the power which operated in all these forms of activity was a divine gift; but, there was a far deeper source of pleasure, a far higher form of power than all these, a higher kingdom to which man was to attain before he could wear the crown of Eternal Life. There lay before us the great realms of suffering, the dark regions of sorrow—human misery was a fact of human existence. Our Lord in the text spoke of various forms. of suffering-hunger, thirst, friendless- nees, nakedness, sickness, captivity. Such suffering -< would always exist, and we might increase human re- sources and lessen human need we might lower the rate of mortality and retard the flight of the ar-el of Death, if we improved the sanitary atuie of tile land, as we ought to do. if possible, until every man Jjvect to see a hundred summers; but for all that, the final sickness wou]d come at last. The suffering, the decay, the pant- ing breath, the dassy eye, the eyelid Cjosing in death, were hard realities that could not be avoided. Why were these stern experiences given to man ? they were intended to draw out into exercise the energies of his spiritual being. He was surrounded in his earthly life by difficulties; he was commanded to replenish the earth and subdue it, in order that in the struggle he might develope his intelligence, his patience, his wisdom, his power of combination, and all the divine energies of his mind and soul. The great realities of human suffering given for the same purpose they existed because they drew out the energies of the human spirit wnich could not be cul- tivated by any other means. Exactly us man progressed, in science, in government, in practical wisdom, in power over matter, so was he ordained to acquire the royal rank of the Spirit he was master of the forces of suffering and of death by contemplating and contending against the various forms of trial and EÚ cry. How often had a suffering presence in a home altered the whole tone of a family, and caused them to sympathise with others, and to tiling of a noble life wnere sorrow and pain might be no m re. The presence of suffering taught those who would learn two noble lessons—how co sympathise and how to look beyond this mortal life. These lessons, when learnt, gave them power and made them "heirs of the kingdom." Sorrow had 110 doubt met many of those he was addressing, face to face- met them in the person of some dear on" in the chamber of sickness, where they had seen 'the loved human form on its cross of suffering; the ion r day. the slow nights of watching, the darkened room, the Jong consultation, the whispered word of final ded.-den, the last farewell, the dissolution, and th: new grave the last look at the coffin, and the turning awav to face the lonely life. But in this visitation Christ met ihem- His Divine Presence was there, if they had eye. to see it. Thus were they taught to realise the great lessons of human suffering and to draw from it the richest gifts. The Dean concluded his eloquent discourse by an earnest appeal on behalf of the Infirmary, which was to the life of the town what the sick chamber was to the family. He would ask them to visit one of these temples of sympathy with him in thought, and to witness human nature upon its cross, enduring the long agony, the thirst, the loneliness, and the darkness. Men would rather shun these scenes, or—would rather go forth into the houses of joy and gladness—but "blessed is he that considereth the poor, the Lord shall strengthen him upon his bed of sickness The doom of those who wiU not look on sorrow, and sympathise with those who are on their cross, was revealed in one great central act of this world's drama—those who passed by, and those who looked on in hard mockery, in unfeelinc, un- sympathetic indifference, were not permitted to be present in the garden of the resurrection, nor on the mount of the ascension, when death yielded up its sceptre, and the crucified Saviour, escorted bv angel forces, rose to the throne of His Eternal Kinchin." In that town-in Wrexham—-every day the form of human nature was upon its cross of shame and anguish, and misery, but there was a divinity lying hidden under that despised form, although the selfish, hard, worldly sensual crowd—slaves to gain, staves to pleasure, slaves to fhion-reg-arded it not; they passed by railing, mock- ing, criticising, perhaps ridiculing the poor, the naked, the prisoner and the sick. But these hard-hearted mockers, these ambitious slaves of the world, koew that, notwithstanding their luxurious homes, their grand equipages, their splendid entertainments, their proud position, their fine clothes, tlieir polished social exterior—they knew, notwithstanding ail this, that the King of Suffering, whom they had despised in His brethren, would come upon them in His sore displeasure, and face them in His wrath—would refuse to them the sympathy they never gave, and with- hold from them the crown which they might have won. Those he was addressing might not be able frequently to visit the sick in person, but they could all "vLsit" in sympathy and feeling; let them not turn away the glance of their mind." Let them look upon scenes of suffering, and their hearts would be enlarged, they would have truer views of life, and they would thus pay one part of the tribute demanded of them by he King of .•souls. Let them realise the presence hi ist in the sick, and they would not that day give to the Infirmary-the temple of suffering-the iew selfish shillings that would condemn and curse them in the Day of Judgment, while they gave ungrudgingly hundreds of pounds, possibly to the dining-room, to the drawing- room, to the theatre, to the concert-hall, to the ball- room, and some of them perhaps to the taver; and other temples of transient pleasure in which Christ was not so often or s. clearly present—even if He re not sometimes excluded from them altogether—as He was in the sanctuaries of human sorrow. Let him tell them that it was a reproach to them in the town of Wrexham that their In Urinary, for which he pleaded, should be in debt and difficulty. God had blessed their town with prosperity — it had made more rapid progress, he believed, than any other town in north Wales during the last twenty years—their population, their wealth, their resources had multiplied. God had given to them a king- dom of prosperity, and apparently He seemed as vet to have withheld from their hearts the kingdom of sym- pathy and love. Let him, therefore, entreat them t* win that higher kingdom, and bow to the Majesty of Sorrow. Let them sacrifice upon the altar of sympathy, for the relief of genuine human suffering then they would be giving to the noblest, giving to the highest, giving to the grandest object. They would thus win blessedness from above they would win the crown that cannot fade from Him who would say to them, "Inas- much as ye did it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye did unto Me." God grant that they might all win the crown of sympathv—the crown of everlasting life Atter service, the procession was re-formed and re- turned, headed by the band to the Guildhall, where the volunteers, fire brigade, and police, who were drawn up in the quadrangle, were formally thanked by the Mayor for their attendance. Having re-entered the Council chamber, his WORSHIP addressing those assembled, thanked them for their kindness in honouring him with their presence and accompanying him to church that morning, thus follow- ing out a custom which he believed had been established since the incorporation of the town. H- could not help thinking it was a very excellent custom to be observed by those who had been elected to fiil the high position he had the honor of occupying that day. b emuse he thought their first act should be to returnthanks to the Almighty and implore His aid to assist them in faith- fully discharging the duties of their high position. (Applause). He felt much regret that Sir Watkin was not with them that day. The worthy harone generally paid them the compliment upon those occasions of putting in an appearance, but he was sure they would all feel with him much regret that the effects of Sir Watkin's recent accident was the cause of his absence. However, though not with them in person, he was sure he was present in spirit. (Hear, hear). To the Hon. G. T. Kenyon, Sir Robert Cunliffe, the Magistrates, and other gentlemen who had honored him with their presence, he was extremely grateful, for thsy were all pleased to see gentlemen residents in the neighbourhood coming amongst them and taking part in the affairs of their town as much ae possible. (Applause). He felt especially that they owed a debt of thanks to the Very Rev. the Dean of Ban_or—(hear, hear)-first for his readiness to preach the sermon on behalf of their infirmary, and secondly for the excellent character of his eloquent discourse which he was sure would assist them very materially if they only Mted upon the advice given them therein to do all they oould to alleviate the sufferings of those of their fellow beings who where not able tc help them- selves. He was happy to announce that the r s->onse to the appeal of the Rev. Dean that morning had "resulted in a collection amounting to £3712". 7d. which, the amount collected in the boxes in the street, together with some which he believed was to come in from otuer sources, would make the total amount about £42- (Hear, hear). This was a very handsome contributio* to the institution, which, he thougnt they would all agree with him, and was in every way worthy of their support. He hoped, through the influence of the Rev. Deans remarks they should not be content to rest satisfied with what they had done that dav, but that they shoula ail feel during the ensuing year that the lnsuitULion had still further claims upon them. (Applause). He again thanked them for their kindness- upon that occasion. The holders of collecting boxes in the streets were :— Colonel nes. Mr. J. B. Shirley, Mr. T. Goodier, Mr. C. K. Benson, Mr. E. Richards, and Mr. James Bury.


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