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DENBIGH. THE VOLUNTEERS.—There was an excellent muster of Ken and officers on Tuesday morning when the corps, headed by the band, marched to the station to leavo by an early train for the annual inspection at Wynnstay. A report of the proceedings will be found in another part of the Guardian. VALE-STREET CHAPEL.—The contractor has this week commenced the work at the new chapel in Vale-street, for the English Presbyterians, and the construction will be proceeded with rapidly. We learn that the Rev D. Jor.e«, the pastor, has declined the call to Aberdare, pre- ferring to stay at Denbigh, particularly as the church has given him a pressing invitation to do so. SUNDAY SERVICES.—On Sunday, at the English ser- vice* in St. Mary's and St. David's Churches, the preacher was the Rev. L1. Wynne Jones, formerly of St. Mark's, Connab's Quay, and now rector of Llan- ll^cbaiarn, near Newtown. He delivered two excel- lent discourses, much appreciated by the congregations. THE FORTHCOMING FLOWER SHOW.—We beg to call the attention of our readers to an advertisement in this week's Guardian, of the annual show of the Vale of Clwyd Horticultural Society, in the Casfle next Thuts- day. Mrs Fosbery is the lady patroness, and the Ven. Archdeacon Smart, the president. An excellent show is anticipated, and should fine weather favour the pro- ceedings, they are likely to be thoroughly successful. ^CURATES' AID SOCIETY.—We learn that to-morrow Sunday) sermons be preached m all the churches of the parish, in aid of the Home Mission work as car- ried on by the Additional Curate Aid Society, which gives a grant to Denbigh paneh. We believe special preachers will occupy the pulpits. The annual meeting will be held on Monday when the amount raised by the collectors by means of boxes and cards will be reported. HENLLAN CHURCH RESTORATION.—Daring the time Archdeacon Smart was rector of Henllan he sought to establish a fund for the ultimate purpose of restoring the parish church. Latterly it was agreed to carry out this project, and this week the Archdeacon has, we believe, paid over to the restoration fund the sum of £420, which he had obtained for the object named. Thus the past and present rectors will have the privilege of seeing the result of their joint efforts in a restored cburch, fitted to the glorv of God and tho preaching of His gospel. TIII-.FT OF A OL'-SS.—At 'he Borough Magistrates' Court Moiiwiy_ before the Mayor and ex-Mayor, Robert Jones, Densigb, was charged wun s'ealmg u half-pint glass, the property of Robert Edwards, land- lord of the Chirk Castle Arms Inn, Denbigh. Peter Edwards saw the prisoner leave the house about eleven o'clock on Saturday night and put the glass in bis pocket. P.C. Simpson having received information found, he defendant, who however denied the theft. The officer found the gla; s in his pocket.—Prisoner, who now admitted the offence, received seven days' hard labour at Ruthin gaol. Two DEPEKTERS CAUGHT.—On Saturday, at the Borough Police Court, before the ex-Mayor (Alderman Williams), Robert Hughes and Thomas Jones were brought up in custody of Sergeant Lewis, charged with deserting from the 23rd Regiment, stationed at Wrexham. The men, who were in regimentals, had been passing through the town when they were brought under the Bodice of Sergeant Lewis, who discovered that they were on the wing, and of course locked them up. Having communicated with the head quarters, an order was received for sending the men to Wrexham and the magis- trates ajade an order to tht tfiect. THE GREAT VVKLBH TMUERXM.—The following anecdote, with reference to the terrible journey of Mr Stanley, whom Denbigh claims as a son, will be rpo" with interest :—" It was Gordon Bennett s Stanley into the wilds of Africa to dlc Ver and u was he that raised _uiey from a mere reporter to make him the matchless traveller the world has ever seen. j{; jje w{jen Stanley was making irtst mighty effort in travel, he grew faint-hearted by the way. He wa3 about to retrace his steps. He remained awake nearly the whole of one eventful night, and at last in hia own mind he struck the balance in favour of returning. The presence of Gordon Bennett flashed before his troubled imagination. From that moment iron entered into his soul. He felt it was easier te face death than to face the master who had given him his armour and his sword aud made him the pioneer he was. It is but right to siy that Stanley makes no secret of this fact. This candour is as equally creditable to the traveller as it is to the man who gave him h:s inspiration."—Dover Chronicle. BOROUGH POLICE COURT. FUIDAY.—Before the Mayor, Alderman T. Gee; and Captain R. Lloyd Williams. A CURIOUSLY CONPLICATED CASB.—Edward Jones, Vale-street, Denbigh, a youth, in the employ of Mr T. Howard, appeared on remand under circumstances here- after sta'ed. Mr Roberts, solicitor, Ruthin, appeared for Mrs Pierce Williams, and Mr R H. Roberts, for the defendant. It appears that the defendant and some other workmen of Mr Howard's had been packing furni- ture at the residence of Mrs Pierce William*, and certain articles being missing defendant had been locked up but bailed out by his employer (Mr Howard).—Sergeant Lewis said that on the preview Tuesday he was sent for to Mr Howard's shop, where he saw the defendant and another youth named Oliphant. The latter deliberately charged defendant with having stolen a quantity of silver spoons and forks from the house of Mrs Pierce Williams, whilst they were packing the furniture. De- fendant positively denied the charge, but Oliphant persisted that the things had been stolen. He also charged the defendant with stealing from the same place a toilet cover. ''The defenaant admitted taking the toilet cover, thinking it was of no value, and that article was brought to him (Sergeant Lewis) by the defendant's mother. He consulted with the inspector about it, and eventually locked the lad up. Subsequently Oliphant said that defendant had stolen a fancy shell, and on going to the defendant's house found the shell, which, with the toilet cover, was now produced.—Mr Roberts, Ruthin, said that in the first instance Oliphant charged the defendant with having stolen some silver spoons and forks, but these had been found by Mr Howard amongst some of the goods packed up, these being safe; as the other articles were of so trifling a character he should not, actiug for Mrs Williams, prosecute. Mr Howard and the Bench had some con- versation, from which it seemed he had always had the greatest confidence in the boy, so much so that when OiiphaBt made the charge against defendant, he was thoroughly surprised and could not credit it, and so well did he think of him that he bailed the lad out after the police locked him up. He would not now prosecute; indeed ihe cover and shell were not his at the time, nor in his care.—The magistrates held a long consultation, afler which the Mayor, addressing the defendant, said STou have heard what Mr Roberts has said, that on behalf of Mrs Williams he will not prosecute you for taking the shell and toilet cover. We are very glad to find that the silver spoons and forks are foand, and that they reall- had not been removed by you. Mr Howard also has no wish to prosecute, and he has been kind enough to say on your behalf that you have been for four years in his employ, and that he has always found you a good lad; that we take to mean a honest lad also. That is very satisfactory to the bench, and we o hope that you will take care and withstand temptation for the future. You have, indeed, very narrowly escaped, and we hope it will be a very severe lesson to you, that you will withstand temptation, and seek to maintain a good character. There being no prosecutor, we, therefore. discharge you.—An order was made to return the shell and toilet cover to Mrs Pierce Williams. PRESENTATION TO THE VEN ARCHDEACON SMART. On Friday evening, a largely attended meeting, of an un- usually interesting description, was held in the Assembly Room, uader the presidency of Dr A. E. Tumour, J.P., when an address was presented to the rector of the parish by the teachers of the Sunday schools congratulating him on his recent promotion. The address was illu minated in a very chaste style and included in an ex. cellent English gilt frame of pretty pattern being sup plied by Mr W. A. Nott, Denbigh. Though the presen-1 was from the teachers only, a large number of the parish- ieafrs were present at the ceremony. The meeting having been opened by the singing of a hymn bv the choir and scholars and prayer by the Rav T. W. Vaughan, The Chairman said it waa Hot an occasion when he should trouble them with a long speech because the ad dress which they would hear read presently would ex* press in better language perhaps than he could command the reason that had brought them together, and the many virtues of his dear old friend the archdeacon. He could not, however, help expressing the great pleasure he experienced in taking the chair on that occcasion (ap- plause). He had on several occasions presided in that room but never with half the pleasure he did that night (applause). Although he coald not consider himself perhaps the oldest friend of the archdeacon there, jet he could say that that the archdeacon was his oldest friend there, and he had the pleasure of saying that that friend- ship had lasted for upwards of thirty-four years without any interruption and not a single shadow had passed be tween them during that long period (applause). He had therefore peculiar pleasure in being there that night to witness the expression of their feelings and to find that they heartily approved of the honour bestowed upon their mutual friend (npplaoae). He wont a good deal about the country and had heard a great number of opinions expressed nponthis appoint- ment, but he had only heard one dissenting voice and canaidly speaking that was the voice of Mr Smart himself (laughter and applause). When be received the offer of the appointment he tpoke to him (Dr Tumour) as an old friend about it and he assure? them that it required seme persuasion on his p'■ induce him to acc pt it. He was sure that the r pinions were those generally expressed, namely, th. 1 oir rector was the right man in the rtght place (aj v i > ). He was glad to find that the sentiments of tho;, i ^nnected with the schools and the parishioners generally agreed with his own and he congratulated not only the archdeacon on his promotion but also the parishioners, for it undoubtedly brought honour to Denbigh as well as to their friend (applause). In conclusion he expressed his hearty wishes that the archdeacon would continue for many years to labour amongst them (applause). A Welsh hymn having been sung, The Rev. T. W. Vadghan said:—I feel highly honoured in being called upon to discharge the pleasing duty, in my capacity as superintendent, in presenting for your acceptance, Mr Archdeacon, on behalf of tho teachers of our Sunday schools, our sincere tribute of respect, consisting of this address, which I will now read to you :— To ihe Venerable Archdeacon Smart, Canon of St. Asaph, and Hector of Denbigh. We, the teachers of the English and Welsh Sunday schools of Denbigh, beg to offer you and your family our heartfelt congratulations upon your appointment to the high and re- sponsible office of archdeacon of St. Asaph. We gladly avail ourselves of this opportunity to record our appreciatioa of the deep interest which you and each member of your family take in our Sunday schools. We recognise in your promotion the just reward of forty years'faithful and earnest exertion in'your sacred calling, and rejoice that it will not sever the ties which unite us, but on the contrary, add to your opportunities of usefulness amongst us. We pray that it may please God long to spare you, and to grant that as your day so your strength may be. Signed on behalf of the teachers, T. W. VAUGHAN, Superintendent of the English School. THOMAS MORRIS, Superintendent of the Welsh School. Continuing, Mr Vaughan said: Now, sir, the presenta- tion of an address of this kind always implies merit on the part of the receiver. This merit sometimes arises from well-tried and universally-commended character. A good man always commands the approbation and commendation of his acquaintances. At other times merit arises from long and useful service. It is only service in a good cause and a benevolent object, whether religious or philanthropic, that demands merited recog- nition (hear, hear). Or merit arises again from well- employed abilities. Talents are given to man, and only become virtuous on his part when they aro properly used and developed in some laudable cause (hear, hear). It would savour of affectation and flattery on my part to point out to those now present how these essentials of merit adorn the character and history of our worthy rector (applause). We see their fruits in the dignified position to which we have the present pleasure of con- gratulating the archdeacon at being exalted (applause) His promotion to this high office colliers honour and dignify, as our worthy chairman has already told us, upon the town and parish of Denbigh, and it is not, I believe, ÜÜ rcccr-* ? his had an archdeacon before (much applause). Now, we do not present our rector with this address simply because he is our arch- deacon, but we do so because of his personal merit", which deserved and secured for him this promotion (hear, hear). We tender our congratulations not to the dignified office, but to the good, active, able and sym- pathising Christian, who is so worthy of the office, and whose dignity and personal character and conduct will so ably and honourably maintain (applause). I will only add, that this tribute of respect comes from the hearts of your sincere friends and parishioners, the teachers of our Welsh and English Sunday schools. We 1 wish you and your family many years of happiness and usefulness (applause). When many of the present youthful contributors will, God willing, attain your per- J sonal age, our heartfelt prayers are that nistory :1 realise tha motto, Escalator, Exoelsior, ^uer t higher promotion, from earth to ^oren, from being archdeacon of St. Asaph to vo- dgnity amonf those who are kings a- a m[-Q Qoi (* faase)> have very grea*. sir in presentmg for your acePJanc,, ö' oehalf of the teachers of our Sunday se on inis tribute of respect; and in concluding I would say, Qucesitam merito sume superbiam," assume the honours which are justly due to your merits. The Chairman then handed over the address to the archdeacon amid much applause. Mr Thomas Morris having in Welsh expressed the pleasure the Welsh teach 3rs had in taking part in that presentation, an anthem Thine 0 Lord is the power and the glory was exceliently sung by the English choir, led by Mr Jones, who presided at the harmonium during the evening. The Archdeacon, who was evidently much moved, aaid that on occasions like that language was often used which persons set down as very high-flown, but he assured them that he was speaking tho words,of soberness and truth when he said that language failed him to set forth the feelings that filled bis mind and heart. Their kindness overwhelm"d him—the kindness of those who had given him that address and also of those who were present to witness the gift, because by their presence they shewed that they approved of what was dons and bore testimony to the fact that his conduct hitherto had not been dis- pleasing to them (applause). He had now lived amongst them for nearly 40 years, for he was as much known to them personally and socially when he lived at Henllan as he was now. He had during the whole of that time experienced nothing but kindness from them, and they had now crowned the whole by that expression of their approbation of his conduct. He could not but fed rejoiced—indeed he should not be human if he did not feel so—that they thought him worthy of that beautiful address (applause). He felt pleased at that mark of their approbation, for he thought any man would honour, next to the approbation of his own conscience and of his God, the approbation of his fellow men. He felt it a peculiar honour, therefore, that they should have gathered together to do^benour to one so unworthy as himself. He had previously received a testimonial at the hands of his fellow-men—namely, at Henllan-but that waa a very different thing to this. That was for the past; this would act as an encouragement for the future (hear, hear). Ho bad been two years amongst them and they had had an opportunity of seeing what he endeaveured to do amongst them (bear, hear). He felt that the words expressed in the anthem just sung were appropriate to his case. He had nothing and was nothing of himself. He feltJl poor vile sinner who was looking only to the precious blood of Christ their Saviour for redemption and salvation. God had given him certain gifts and he was willing and anxious to spend his talents in His service and the promotion of His glory. All he had he had received from his Heavenly Master and felt bound to consecrate His gifts to His service. With regard to the Sunday Schools and the gift of the teachers, he assured them that they could not have made him a present more agree:oble to his feelings (applause). He should value it not for its intrinsic worth but because it was a proof of their kindness and affection (applause). Having allude! to the generosity the teachers had displayed in the sub- scriptions, he said he felt that he was not entitled to their thanks for anything he had done for the Sunday School, but they were entitled to his for their labours in the schools. He had been a Sunday school teacher from his very youth and was a strong advocate of them, for he thought they were a means greatly blessed of God to the training of the youag in the knowledge of the truth, and thus make thewtrue Christians and good members of society (applause). He thought also that Sunday schools were of much more value now, because notwith- standing the multiplicity of schools and the spread of education, the Sunday schools were almost the only place where a large number of children had an opportunity of learning that which tended to their highest interest. For these reasons he gladly supported the schools, and was glad of an opportunity of tendering his thanks to the teachers for their self denying labours to promote the spiritual welfare of the children of the parish. His great wish was that the staff might be increased, and was sorry that so many kept aloof from this blessed work. He thanked Dr Tumour for his kind remarks, for he knew no one from whose bands he could receive that address with* greater pleasure and delight (applause) øntyed each others close friend- ship, and little did he think when they first met that he should live to have the honour of being elected arch- deacon, and that his excellent friend would act as the president of a meeting, and as the mouthpiece of the meeting to present to him so handsome a gift. They were however thus spared, and he thanked hi in for the token of his kindness, and could assnre them all that his great desire was to be an instrument in the hands of God for the furthering of their best interest. He desired to do them good temporally and spiritually; ho desired to preach to them the living truth and grace of the saviour by which they could all be saved in the day of Jesus Christ, and set forth that doctrine by his devotion to his master's service and hislife towards all that he came in con- tact with (applause). In tho discharge of the duties of his office it was of course probable that he should be taken away from them, but the distance between Denbigh and St Asaph was so "hort that he should be able to be often in the former while staying at the latter, and he had-moreover decided to leave them his better half (laughter and much applause). Alluding to the offer of tho position by the bishop he remarked that he was quite satisfied with the bishop having done him the honour to offer him the appointment and thought not to accept it, but after an interview with his friend Dr Tumour and some other friends, whose opinion he valued and whose jad&ment he could rely upon, he accepted the office (applause). It brought no doubt, great responsibilities, but ho undertook it in deep humility and prayer, and felt that the divine aid, which had in the past been vouchsafed to him in times of need, would be continued to him. He besought their earnest prayers for himself and his brother clergy in the parish that he may be faithful, so that many of his parish- ioners may in the day of Christ be his crown of rejoicing (applause.) After a few further remarks the archdeacon again returned thanks and resumed his seat amid much applause. Mr R. Humphreys Roberts proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, and alluded to his great kindness on all occa.-ions and his liberality towards the Sunday schools. Mr C. Cottom, on behalf of the English teachers seconded the motion, and coincided with Mr Roberts as to the readiness of Dr Tumour on all occasions to assist in any good work in the parish. The Archdeacon supported the motion which was ( heartily carried. The Chairman briefly responded and the meeting closed with singing and prayer. The thanks of the teachers are due to Mr E. Block who kindly undertook, and, with assistance from the teachers, carried the project to a successful issue.
















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