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CHURCH CONFERENCE AT MACHYNLLETH. The arnti-il meetings of the Bangor Diocesan ConTerenc « were held at Machynlleth last week under the presidency of the Lord Bishop (Dr. Watkin Wiihams), who was accorded a warm and sincere welcome by the clergy- and laity alike. There was a large and representative number of delegates. Tae proceedings opened on Wednesday, when special' services were held- in the parish church. At the morning ceSebration of Holy Communion tsie celebrant was Canon Trevor, rector, who was-assisted by the Rev. R. H. Williams, Llanfaethlu, the Rev. Peter Jones, Llanddona, the Rev. James Will.a.ms, Dolgelley, and the Rev. D. T. Hughes, curate. The morning service at 11 o'clock was crowded. The preacher- was the e Bishop of the Diftcese. At noon thct Dowager Marchioness of Londonderry entertained a large party to luncheon at Plas Machynlleth. The ser- vice in the afternoon was in Welsh,, and the officiating minister was the Rev. Lleweiya Hughes, of Portmadoc. In the evening the church was again crowded, and the Rev. David Jones- of Aber- erch, preached. *• The business conference was held on Thursday, and all the gatherings were largely atteaded and evinced the keenest interest of the delegates. After the celebration of the Holy Conanunion at 8-30, the Conference set to work, and met at the Town Hall at 10-30 in the morning. # Among those present were the Lord Bishop of Bangor, who presided, Lord Henry Vane-Tempest, Col. E. Pryse-Jones, M.P., Mr. Humphrays-Owen, M.P., Sir Ellis Nanney, Archdeacon Pryoe, Lord Harlech, Mr. Lloyd Carter (Carnarvon),. Mr. O. Slaney Wynne, Mr. De Winton, etc. # Among those present at the luncheon were the Lord Bishop, Lord Harlech, Lord Henry Vane- Tempest, Lady Londonderry, Mrs. Williams of Bangor, Sir H. Ellis Naiiney, Sir Richard Martin, K.C.B., Col. E. Pryce-Joues, M.P., Mr. A. C. Humphreys-Owen, M.P., Mr. Lascelles, Mr. Hoult, Major Clifford Browne, Mr. Newton, Canon Trevor, Archdeacon Williams, Archdeacon Pryce, Canon Davies, Pwllheli; Major Bonsall, Mr. Sackville Phelps, Mr. Lloyd Griffith, Mr. Kinmaa, Mr. De Winton, Canon Roberts. Mr. Joseph Howell, Mr. D. E. R. Griffith, Dr. A. O. Davies, Mr. R. €. Anwvl, Mr. Kenyon, Mr. Gilbertson Pritchard,. Mr. E. Gillart, Mr. R. Gillart, Mr. Steel, Hon Hill Trevor, Rev. LI Hughes, Rev. James Williams, Rev Titus Lewis, Towyr: Dr. Kershaw, Aberdovey; Mr. Hugh C. Vincent, Rev. E. Jones, Llanidloes Rev. James Gillart, Mr. Trevor Hughes, Mrs. Trevor, Mr. Owen Slaney Wynne, Rev D. T. Hughes. # Mr. Humphreys-Owen, M.P., in proposing a vote of thanks to the Marchioness (D.) of Londonderry, and the good folks of the town and neighbourhood for their graceful and ungrudging hospitality in entertaining the Conference, paid a passing tribute to Canon Trevor, and said that, as to the hospitality of the inhabitants of Machynlleth, he happened to know that the place had distinguished itself in a peculiar manner in that respect. That institution, the County School, which was being well supported by all, was an excellent example of this. Canon Trevor, rector, having thanked Mr. Humphreys-Owen, M.P., and Sir Hugh Ellis Nanney for the kind way in which his name had been mentioned, referred to the great assistance and cheer he had received, and were it not for the hearty co-operation of all, and the willing help given to him cheerfully on all sides, he ventured to say that the Conference and the luncheon would not have been the great success it was. His Lordship, the Bishop, proposed the toast of Queen and Church," which, he remarked, had always been well received in Wales; and Lord Henry Vane-Tempest proposed The Lord Bishop of the Diocese." In supporting this toast Colonel Pryce Jones, M.P., made some pertinent remarks which we gladly record. Having dwelt on the recent awakening in the work of the Church, the Colonel said he was glad that they had men filling the highest offices in the Church who were typical Welshmen in language, sentiment, and sympathy. He viewed with the greatest satisfaction the better and wider feeling between Churchmen and Non- conformists. The Bishop gave a kind word for St. David's College. At present said His Lordship they were having very able young men from Lampeter College, and recently a Lampeter man gained 100 marks more than a student trained at Oxford. He asked the clergy of the whole Welsh Church to join in strengthening the hands of the present Principal of the College so as to enable him to accomplish what he deemed necessary for the well- being of the College. The Bishop's encouraging reference to the good work St. David's College met with a warm applause. After luncheon the Bishop, clergy, and delegates, that is the Conference, then adjourned to the Plas grounds, lent by the kind permission of Lady Londonderry, where the group was photographed by Mr. Benjamin Pearce, of Machynlleth. It is expected that the picture will be a very good one as the photographer is an expert. Lady Londonderry occupied the middle of the picture, supported by the Lord Bishop of Bangor on her left, and by Canon Trevor, rector of the parish, on her right. Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Trevor were close by. The Venerable Archdeacon Pryce was supported on his right by a venerable old man over eighty years, who had represented Abergynolwyn, for very many years as a delegate at the Conference. It was a striking and touching scene, and the photograph will make a valuable souvenir of the Conference. The afternoon meeting was more fully attended even than the morning. Mr. Kinman, of Dolgelley, and the Rev Ll. Hughes, Portmadoc, read papers on Definite Religious Instruction." After the papers, which do not call for any special mention, came some interesting discussion on the same subject, and one speaker, the Rev. E. O. Jones, M.A., vicar of Llanidloes, made things generally very lively for a quarter of an hour or more which raised the audience to a pitch of the highest excitement. The torrent of words poured out in a veritable cataract—but thewords were so arranged and uttered with such scathing sarcasm of tone that the audience on one occasion attempted to put a period to it by crying 14 shame" and order and, although the bell had sounded the flow of eloquence continued and Mr. Jones added and rounded his own period with a fine peroration. The sentences of the reverend gentleman were not at all to the liking of many present, and Mr. Jones was evidently giving vent to some pent up feeling or a strong conviction. The Bishop who was presiding seemed much annoyed when Mr. Jones said that the memory of the late Bishop of Bangor (Dr. Lloyd) had been slightingly passed over by all except the Bishop himself. It was a memorable speech and made the Town Hall buzz with animation. Mr. Jones's reputation as a public speaker needs no one's re- commendation hence the close attention which he always commands. His superb eloquence and withering scornful sarcasms were surely worthy of a greater and nobler subject. # After Mr. Jones's effort most of the other speak- ers were in comparison tame with the exception of the Bishop who referred to Mr. Jones's speech as un- kind and unfair. The Rev. E. B. Thomas, of Trawsfynydd, spoke admirably and to the point in Welsh on the same subject. After this there was a short interval-a lull, it was a blissful calm after a storm, for all retired to cool their ardour in a delightful cup of tea at the -Vane Hall where all the delegates assembled and made good the words of the Holy Writ by dwelling together in peace. In the evening at 7.30 there was a public devotional meeting in the Town Hall, but long before the time of opening the Hall was full, gallery and all, with a devout and respectable audience, the leading laity of the town and neigh- bourhood being all present—Nonconformists and Churchpeople alike. It was a spectacle that gladdened one's heart, and was full of good omen of the future. This meeting was conducted by the Rev Canon Trevor, M.A., the rector. He was sup- ported on his right by the Rev. D. T. Hughes, curate of the parish, and the Rev James Williams, M.A., the able and courteous secretary of the con- ference. The subject for the evening was "prayer" and the speakers were Rev. Llewelyn Williams, Brithdir, Dolgelley; Rev Canon Roberts, Llandaff Rev Peter Jones, Llanddona, Anglesey. Well- known Welsh hymns were sung in the intervals, and the fine audience sang lustily and sincerely. Mr. Howell organist of the Parish Church presided at the organ, while Mr. D. J. Davies superintendent of the Sunday School conducted. Canon Trevor delivered an excellent address before and after the meeting, and expressed his great joy at seeing such a number present, and the rapt attention with which they listened to the excellent address given. He especially thanked all Nonconformists and Churchpeople who had helped him so much, and so cheerful to entertain their visitors and to help him to make the conference such a success. Machynlleth had proved itself worthy in every way of the high honour conferred upon it, by having the first Diocesan Conference of the new Bishop of Bangor held there. 3Yr., W. S, DeWinton, of Gloucester, spoke in Ivoiiish arwl Mr. Lloyd Griffith of Hrfy'nead in Wefcfa on '"The Priesthood of the Laity: its privileges ami responsibilities." In the discussion which, followed the Rev. J. Rowlands, vicar of Aberdovey Mr, Lloyd Carter, Carnarvon J. Edwards; Dylife-; Archdeacon Pryce, and Sir Ellis Nanney took-part. The discussion was carried on in excellent spirit. The speakers expressed them- selves frankly, audi freely. The Rev. J. Rowi&nds, urged tber need erf better co-operation aneU Atr. Lloyd Castors the meed of more liberality. The laT members of the ChurcU., ift that diocesw would,, said Mr. Carter, if nusste known, briag: a blusfe to their cheeks. >I< In Mr..Ki firaesn'satfefeess on religious instruction with referent to the- changed condition of tjV educational system of the country, one almost' caught a vaip. ilngerng,. lyric cry of regret f) > tempora, 0 mares The other speakers, however, took a lI.ore masiiy and hopeful view of the subject. The Rev. Ll. R. Hughes, of Portmadoc, said that, personally, he supported the Intermediate Schools in Wales, but he admitted they were lacking in some good qualities. But it was the duty of the Church to try to-elfect a change in the religious tone of the schools,.and that would be done by supporting them, and not by leaving them to others who were not friendly to the Church to support them. Lord H^nrsy Vane Tempest instituted a favourable comparison between the results' of educational training in our own and other countries with salutary eSeet; The barometric pressure rose; views became even optimistic and things became even roseate and clear until the Rev. E. O. Jones, of Llanidloes came like a stormy petrel and broke the lialoyon spells of the discussion. Mr. Jones said that the new system of education in Wales was a Government system and the sooner they accepted it without any more grumbling the better would it be for the Church in Wales. This philosophic dictuffi1 ta-the credit of the Conference be it stated, met with general and enthusiastic approval. The question of the Constitution of the Con- ference was brongM, forward by Mr. Lloyd Carter. He pointed out. with-it seemed, general approval—that the delegates should be apportioned according to the number of Communicants, and not of the population. The Rev. J. Lewis. Conway; Rev. Watkin Davies, Llanfaehreth; Rev. T. J. Jones, Llanfair-is-faer; Sir Ellis Nanney, Col. Lloyd Evans, and Mr. E. A. Young were appointed representatives to the Central Council of Diocesan Conferences, and it was resolved That it be suggested to the Diocesan Conferences to discuss whether the two Houses of Convocation and the House of Laymen, should meet together from time to time to consult on matters affecting the Church." It was stated that if this were brought about it would have a very important bearing on the future of the Church and would enable her to speak with a united voice.

ST. DAVIDS COLLEGE, LAMPETER.

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