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THE BURIAL OF QUEEN VICTORIA.…

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CARDIGAN DISTRICT LETTER.

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CARDIGAN DISTRICT LETTER. A, GREAT NONCONFORMIST GATHERING. In compliance with the published request of the Mayor (Mr D. Ivor Evans), Satur- day last was observed at Cardigan as a day of mourning, and the public generally icted loyally in the matter, ceasing both from business and pleasure. The State Church and the Free Church Memorial services naturally claimed wide- spread attention, both being timed to syn- chronise with the funeral of Her late was crowded to the doors, the congregation nciuding a strong contingent of the Royal Naval Reserve from the St. Dogmell's battery, and a small rnm ter of the men of I [Majesty. The Parish Church of Dogmell's the "F" Co. 1st V.B. Welsh Regiment. The former body, under Chief Officer Fisher, (ttended church by command; the latter body attended optionally. Col. W. Picton- Evans was in command. The band of the Volunteer Corps (under Colour-sergeant T. Lewis) played to and from church. The service in church was the one appointed for the occasion, the reader being the Rev J. R. Thomas, curate, and the pretcher, the curate-in-charge, the Rev Henry Jones. At the close of the service, the organist (Mr jLlewellyn Davies) played several funeral [marches most impressively, while the con- 'O'l'egatlOn remamed st:uuhng. n SJgregation remained standing. j The united meeting of the Free Churches |of Cardigan was held at Bethania Baptist jjvJhapel, the largest building available in the district, which was crowded to the doors, many persons failing to obtain even standing room. This fact should silence at once of Cardigan was held at Bethania Baptist jjvJhapel, the largest building available in the district, which was crowded to the doors, many persons failing to obtain even standing room. This fact should silence at once Sthose critics who questioned the necessity tor Nonconformists to hold a separate and sdistinct memorial service. Not even a small Sfraction of those present could have obtained ladniis.-iori to St. Mary's Church. The jj/erviee was uf the usual Evangelical type— ^earnest pmyers, simple and telling addresses, |and grand coi g■•egational singing. The Ipaslor, the Rev John Williams, conducted, |and everyone present was supplied with a jfleaflet giving the order of the service, and ipwith the words cf the hymns specially ^selected for the occasion. The following gwas the order of the service :— I Emyn 1, Ar lan Iorddonen ddofn" I(Moab). « Lesson, Psalm xc., Rev D. Garro Jones. | Hymn 2, Lead kindly light." 4 Prayer, Rev D. Garro Jones (in the ab- fUence of the Rev J. Moelwyn Hughes). | Emyn 3, "Cawn exgyn o'r dyrys anialwch" |(Crugybar). I Address, Rev George Hughes (Baptist 1 Ilymn 4, Hark a Voice divides the S^y |( Aberystwyth). | Anerchiad, Rev T. J. Morris (Cong.). I Emyn 5, Bydd myrdd o ryfeddodau" |( Babel). IMrs Edith iiees Evans. I" Sacred solo, "The Christian's Good-Night," Gweddi, Rev T. Limb, Tredrissy. Organ solo, Dead March in Saul," Miss Griffiths. The master idea of both addresses was the far-reaching influence of the Queen's life upon Christianity. Both speakers exulted in the world-wide tributes to Hex- Majesty's life and character, and claimed that her memory would be perpetuated through all ages by, above all else, the fact that she was |a Christian Queen. It is difficult to convey all idea in words of those moments of inspir- ation which move the mass to display their feelings,but there were two striking instances on this occasion. In his eloquent prayer, the Rev D. Garro Jones reached a climax with the sonorous words c. God save the BKing," and an anti-climax with the words |—"l ea, and save Thy People, too. It was imple, but the effect was almost one univer- ."al i-esponse' Another such moment was in the refrain to the solo sung by Mrs Evans, the whole congregation joining with electrical effect in the words Good Night, Good Night." Moments like these spring up ^spontaneously, and leave a lasting impress- lion. | Strangely enough there were Nonconform- | ists who considered that it was the patriotic | duty of the Free Churches to merge their | identity on this occasion of High State,in the ^memorial service of the Established Church. ■However well-meaning they may have been, ithey appear to have failed, to say the least, to have done justice to the loyalty of the Free Churches. The political relations, no lless than the contrasts, of Church and Dis- sent will not bear compromise, and the bulk f the Nonconformists in Cardigan acted in his instance in harmony with this view. jgOiie question: Could Dissenters consistently Ihave raised their voices in invocation to the Virgin Mary ? The Nonconformity of Cardi- igaijk did qnite right to preserve their individ- uality on this great occasion, for what guar- aantee is their that, when time has softened ithe sorrows of the Nation, Churchcraft may jfnot point to this historic event as a Church triumph, and as proof that Nonconformity is, las is alleged, a mere excrescence ? | TELEPATH.

ABERDOVEY.