ABEKYSlWYTil. Mayor's Auditor.—Tke Mayor announced -at the special meeting of the Town Council -on Tuesday that lie had appointed Captain Doughton as his auditor, and that that gentleman had consented to act. Steam Packet Co.—At a meeting of the directols of the Aberystwyth Steam Packet Company, held on Friday ¡ evening last. Mr. Fred Morgan was ap- pointed secretary in place of the late Mi. Isaac Griffiths. Gipsv Smith's Viis,-t.-To afford miners employed at Cwmystwyth and Rheidoi val- ley. an opportunity of hearing this renowned evangelist, a special late train will leave Aberystwyth at 10 p.m. on Saturday next for Devil's Bridge. Obituary.—The death took place on Fri- day last of Miss Leek, sister of Mrs. Evan Edwards, Trafford House, Rheidol-terrace. Deceased, who was 48 years of age, had lived for several years at Manchester. She had been ailing for about three months. The funeral took place on Tuesday at the ceme- tery, the Rev. D. Morgan officiating. The Streets.—When we are almost on the threshold of the season the streets are once more being cut up by the Gas Company. Surely, had the Gas people any foresight and the least regard lor the welfare of the town, they might have chosen a more suit- able time for his work. The one thing that the ratepayers should see to it is that the roads are put in absolutely good repair. Resident. Obituary.—The death took place on Thurs- QT7 in thQ fUt.h w:ir of her SiSG. of Ir.s. '-4U,J, "a.& -L4 .]. --l:¡ M. A. Francis, of the Freemasons' Tavern, where she had lived for 17 years. Deceased was a sister to the late Mrs. Rees, of the • Commercial Hotel. She is survived by a eon, Mr. J. D. Francis. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning at the Cemeteiy. the Rev. T. A. Penry officiated. A Bi-Monthly Meeting was held on Sun- day at Salem Chapel. Admirable ad- dresses were given in the course of the day. Mr. Charles Benson on The characteristics of Luke's gospel Mr. Isaac Thomas, Pen- yparke, on The Miracles in relation to our Lord's doctrine"; Mr. John Evans, Capel Seion, on "The Bible and Religion"; Mr. Ivor Evans, B.A., on "The Baptist as Christ's fo,k-runner Mr. David Watkins, Shildh, on The lessons of the Revival." At the evening service, the Rev. D. Treborth Jones, B.A.. delivered a funeral sermon. The Weather.—Quito a hurricane passed over Aberystwyth on Tuesday night, but only a small amount of damage was done. A hayshed in a field off the Penparke road, belongings to Mrs. Rowlands, butaher, was blown down. The shed at the end of the Pier, in which the peirrots give their entertain- ments in the summer, also succumbed to the wind, and was blown into the sea. The tide was one of the lowest of the year. Had it been a high one it is feared that considerable damage would have been done to property on the Terrace. Obituary.—The death tcok place on Sun- day evening at her home of M:ss Lizzie Gri- ffiths, third daughter oi Mrs. Griffiths, "Penygraig" Penglaise-road, and of the latfe Mr. John Griffiths, mariner. She had not been well for about twelve months, and the news of her passing away at the early age of 21 years, was received with deep regret by all her friends. She was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Church Choir, and a teacher at the Sunday School. The funeral is to take place at 3 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. Prudential Assurance Co.—In another col- umn we publish the annual report of the Pru- dential Assurance Co. The local superintend- ent is Mr. W. Williams, 9, Queen's-rd., who has just taken up the duties in succession to Councillor T. H. Edwards, removed to Car- narvon. Mr. Williams is the youngest su- perintendent under the Co. in Wales, and his appointment to this important post reflects the high opinion entertained of his tact and business ability by the directors. The Co. are now offering special terms to intending policy holders, particularly in the industrial branch, in which full benefits can be enjoyed in six months after taking out the policy. Lantern Lectures.—On Monday last, Mr. H. Browning Button delivered a lantern lecture to a large and appreciative audience at the Kings Heath Institute, Alcester- road, Birmingham, the subject being "A talk about Western Wules." The lecture was il- lustrated bv beautifully coloured pictures of Aberystwytli, Devil's Bridge, and the Rhei- dol Valley. Mr. Button, who is the ener- getic and popular Traffic Agent of the Cam- brian Railways in Birmingham, has deliver- ed numerous lectures in different parts of the Midlands during the winter months, and his efforts to bring this part of Wales into greater prominence in those populous cen- tres deserve much commendation. Shire Horse Society.—A meeting of the members of the South of the Rheiaol Shire Horse Society was held on Monday at the Lion Hotel, Mr. F. 1?. Roberts* Penwern, presiding over a large attendance. The chief business was the appointment of a man to follow the entire horse, "Redlynch Blue Blood" There were nine applicants and these were reduced to two, namely, John James Jones, Pengraig, Llanychaiarn, and Thomas Jones, Brynpyilau, Llanrhystyd. The voting was by ballot, and in the end John James Jones secured the post with 86 votes to 83.-The wages are Ll a week, with groom's fee.—A long discussion took place on the question of the right to transfer shares. It was eventually agreed that these share- holders who had no mares be allowed one nomination, each such nomination being transferable. The Band Question.—Sir,—I notice that the deputy clerk to the Durham County Council (Mr. Simey) has written to the Sun- derland Corporation protesting against the provision of music in the public Park out of the Corporation exchequer with the result that the committee have decided to alter the estimate and allow the sum taken as revenue from the pierrot stand rents, bowls, use of chairs, etc., to be applied for .the provision of music, but Mr. Simey contends that this also will be illegal, and adds that if needs be he is prepared to go to the High Court for a writ of certiorari. As this is exactly the position of our Corporation is in at pre- sent with regard to tho summer band, and Mr. Jack Edwards' letter would it not be wise to give the matter due consideration rather than treat it with the contempt shown by some of the high minded members, who ought to understand the position they are in with regard to this matter. There are no two ways about it, there never was a more glaring case of "smuggling" in the Council than there has been in connection with the band question this year.—Ratepayer. Ratepayers' Association.—T^hei members of the Aberystwyth Ratepayers' Association met for their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, Mr. L. Bearne presiding over a small attendance. The Chairman said there was a variety of matters for evening, namely, the isolation hospital, the railway service, extension otf the) borough, and markets and fairs.—Mr. Rufus Williams opened a discussion on the question of rail- way facilities, and said the great thing which Aberystwyth needed was a. proper railway service to and from the big centres in the summer time. He thought they should press upon the Railway Company the im- portance of making special arrangements for persons who desire to spend week-ends in the town. At present, business people, who came down for week-ends, from Bir- mingham for instance, could not get back until after two o'clock on Monday although leaving by the morning trains. The great delay at present seemed to be at small and unimportant stations between Welshpool and Aberystivyth.-NLIr. Tateham said he was quite aware they could get week-end tickets to the chief towns of England, but they could not get long-day tickets for a week or more. He thought the granting of long-day tickets would be a great boon to the inhabi- tants of Aberystwyth.—The Chairman said what they wanted on Mondays and Tuesdays in the summer time was a train starting for the Midland town between seven and eight in the morning, the present train at 9.10 ar- riving too late for business people.—Mr. J. O. Jones said Aberystwyth had a bad name for its railway service. He suggested co- operation with the other towns on the coast in trying to rouse the Cambrian Railway Company to provide a better service in this direction.—The following resolution was pro- posed :—"That this Association recognises the efforts made by the Cambrian Railways Company to expedite their railway service, but desires to urge upon the Company the desirability of running a train from Aber- ystwyth on Monday mornings to meet the train at Welshpool getting into the Mid- lands about 11 a.m. The Association also desire^ respectfully to call attention to the apparently unnecessary delays at stations on the Company s line, and tho frequent stoppages on the line between Welshpool and I Shrewsbury. Also that the Association de- sires to urge in the interests of the Company and the town, that cheap excursion tickets to places in the district of Aberystwyth may be issued on production of a tour^t ticket earlier in the year than has hitherto been the case.—This resolution was carried.—A I further resolution was proposed, and carried, "calling the attention of the M. and M. Railway Company to the need, of week end tickets to stations in South Wales up to I Newport, Mon., and respectfully urges that I' provision in that direction may be made. Also that cheap excursion tickets in the dis- trict of Aberystwyth may be issued on pro- duction of a tourist ticket from April." ¡ Breakwater Contract .rhe. contractors ¡ plant, machinery, timber, etc.. used in the construction of the new Harbour breakwater I were offered for sale on Wednesday afternoon by Mr. Charles D. Phillips, contractors' en- gineer, of Newport and Cardiff.^ Good prices were realised on the whole. Timber, how- over, went exceedingly cheap. The pile driver was sold for £ 20, but the bidding was not high enough for the 3 ton steam derrick crane. Trefechan.—The annual tea meeting and entertainment in connection with the Tre- fechan Sunday School was held last Wed- nesday, the tea tables were superintended over by the Sunday School teachers assited over by the Sunday School teachers assisted by the young people of Trefechan. The the Mayor (Mr. W. Thomas), occupied the chair. There was a varied programme, and a crowded house one of the best ever held at Trefechan. Mr. D. C. Roberts proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, and Mr. A. Joel seconded. 'C'T.' OJ A Public etactor.-w nue n would be erroneous to ascribe the resuscita- tion of the Cambrian and Powysiand Mills to a spirit of philanthrophy, we feel sure (says the Newtown Express) we voice the teeiing of the inhabitants of Newtown and Welsh- pool in speaking of Mr. A. J. W. James as a great public benefactor, whose extraordinary enterprise has rescued Newtown, in particu- lar, from a paralysing industrial misfortune. But for his enterprise in all probability these mills to-day would have'been dismant- led derelicts, saddening remindeis. of a busy bye-gone when Newtown ranked as "The i Leeds of Wales. The community at large must feel deeply grateful for his magnificent speculation which affects all local interests to an almost incalcuable degree. In associa- ting Mr. Parry-Jones with the management Mr. James has not only secured the assist- ance of a most capable captain of industry, but thereby solidified and strengthened the manufacturing trade of the town which will enjoy all the advantages of a co-operative connecting of the Kynuic, and Cambrian Mills. Besides effecting a drastic re-organi- sation, Mr. James has shown sound business instincts in consulting with the former superintendents of the various departments with the view to arresting leakages, remov- ing disabilities, and making all improvements essential to ithe successful- resumption of operations and the development of those new branches of manufacture which he proposes to introduce. PETTY SESSIONS. The weekly Petty Sessions were held on Wednesday before Mr. Isaac Hopkins and Mr. T. Griffiths. Maintenance.—David Hughes, 30, High- street, Llanbradach, builder, was summoned to show cause why he should not be com- mitted to prison for refusing to pay L3 2s. 6d., arrears due for the maintenance of his parents. Hugh Owen James, 11, Merchant- street, Pontlottyn, insurance agent, was summoned for a similar cause, the amount of arrears in his case being Ll. Both defend- ants were committed to prison for one month, the order in the latter case being suspended for fourteen days, inasmuch as defendant had promised to pay the arrears immediately. Theft of Chocolate.—Edward Warrington, 4, Poplar-row, and Richard Arfon Jones, 24, South-road, errand boys, were charged with stealing two packets of chocolate, value Is. 3d., the property of William Henry Morgan, 6, Pier-street, on the 10th inst. Sergt. Phillips said about 6 p.m. on the day in question, he was called to Mr. Mroagn's shop. Mr. Morgan asked him to search Warring- ton, and in one of his pockets he found a packet of chocolate. In consequence of a statement he made, he requested the boy to accompany him, and in Progress Hall, Mill- street, they found the other lad. When Jones was informed that Mr. Morgan had com- plained of missing two shilling packets of chocolate from the shop, Warrington said he had seen a half-packet with him the previous night, and that he had received a share of the other packet that morning. Jones said: "It was only the packet this morning I took. I did not take one last night. "-Warrington now admitted that he took one packet of chocolate, and said that Jonea took the other.—There was a previous conviction for theft against Warrington.—The boys were cautioned by the Mayor, and ordered to re- ceive twelve strokes with the birch. C.M. MONTHLY MEETING. The North Cardiganshire Monthly Meet- ing-was held at Saron Llanbadarniawr, on Wednesday, March 8th. The Rev. W. G. Harris, presided. The Rev. D. Lewis, the secretary, read a letter from the Rev. D. Mardy Davies, Pontycymmer, stating that Mr. Evan Roberts, would pay a visit to the district as soon as possible. It was reported that Mr. T. J. Owen had been elected pastor of the churches at Devil's Bridge, and Aber- ffrwd, and that he should be ordained to the full work of the ministry in August next.— With regard to the request which came from the Garn District Meeting: "It was re- solved to hold the Scriptural Examination as ugual.It was reported from the Aberyst- wyth district meeting that all the churches had voted in favour of Mr. D. J. Evans, Capel Sion, and the Rev. Wm. Morgan, Garn, and Mr. John Morris, Penllwyn, were appointed to go to and examine him and to take the vote of the church. At the 2 o'clock meeting which was a general confer- ence ,the Rev. Dd. Morgan, Penllwyn open- ed a discussion, "On the best course of ac- tion, the church and Sunday school should take, with regard to the state of the church in our midst, through the present revival." -1 -ts The Rev. T. E. Roberts, M.A., followed, and laid stress "on the church adapting itself to the situation brought about by the revival. —The Rev. W. Jones said that it was not the season to lay down hard and fast rules, but to let everyone to take his or her part, as they were prompted. He also implored each and all not to stand in the way of the revival.-—The Rev. J. Bowen said, that now was the proper time to bring in the temper- ance question into the churches.—The Rev. G. Parry (C.), Soar, in the course of his re- marks gave a pressing invitation to all to join the Lodge of Good Templars newly form- ed at Llanbadarn, which was in a very flour- ishing condition. Sermons were delivered by the Revs. D. Treborth Jones, B.A., Salem Thos. Levi; R. J. Rees, M.A. and J. Bowen. INDEPENDENT ORDER OF RECHAB- ITES. DISTRICT MEETING. The seventeenth annual District Council of the Mid-Wales District No. 62, I.O.R., was held at the Victoria Restaurant, Aber- dovey, on Wednesday, March 8th. The Council was opened at 12 o'clock by Bro. Edward Jones, D.C.R., and there were pre- sent Bros. T. C. Jenkins, D.D.R., E. H. Davies, P.D.C.R., E. L. Rowlands, D.S.J.T. Richard Jones, D.A.S.J.T- Geo Davies, D.L.; Bro. Jones, acting D.G.R.; Goodwin and Daniel Thoma&, D. Trustees; J. Barclay Jen- kins, D. Secretary; and J. Paith Morgan and R. G. Bennett, D. Auditors, represent- ed:—Bros. David Davic-&( and Tom Jones, representing Ystwyth; D. Davies, Star of Hope; E. D. Rees, St. Stephens; Henry Davies, Seren Dyfi; George Davies, Rhay- adr Gwy Thomas Rees, St. Peter's; Ar- nold Jones, Rhayader Gwy Juvenile; M. Llewelyn Jones, Llwyn OlUl; D. J. Morgan, Garn Maelgwyn J. B. Jones, Speedwell; W. G. Brown, Queen Alexandra; Joseph J. Ed- wards, Idris; W. Jones Hughes, Angor Dyfi; H. Griffiths, Noddfa. The minutes of the previous annual District Council were read and confirmed. Arising out of them, the H.C.R.'s. visit was favourably commented upon by Bros. Rees Davies and Rowlands. Satisfaction was also expressed at the invest- ment of surplus money by the various Tents, which secures a larger increase than that obtainable at the banks and the Poet Office Savings Bank. The statement of accounts and auditor's report were considered. Bros. Morgan and Bennett referred to the way the books and accounts of the District were kept, and the D. "S. dwelt on the satisfactory condition of the District financially, the adult funeral fund showing at the end of 1904 a total of £ 987 in hand, as compared with JE881 at the end of 1903. The number of deaths during 1 the whole year was 4, and the funeral pay- ments £25. The Balance showed that the year's working had been very satisfgactory the interest received from investments alone being over and above the claims made on the rund. The Juvenile funeral fund show- ed a result quite as satisfactory, no death having taken place during the twelve months, the amount in hand at the end of 1904 bemg JE171. The management funds in the adult and juvenile branches also showed a balance in hand. The total amounts invested by the adult branch is £865, and by the juvenile £ 110 with a working account in the London Provincial Bank of £ 189. further remarks were made by Bro. E. Rowland and the D.C.R. In the report of the District Secretary, it was pointed out that two new Tents were opened during the year one adult and one juvenile, the former being at Corris. The new tent, which was instituted in July, was in a flourishing state. Its pre- sent strength was 56 members. Further developments in this direction were expect- ed during the current year. The Juvenile Tent was opened at Rhayader with 45 mem- bers making in the whole District 618 aduit and'149 juveniles. The question of mixed tents had the attention of the Council, the meeting being unanimously in favour of al- lowing Tents to initiate females as members on the condition that the funeral shares were limited. The further consideration of this question, together with that of the Juvenile table of contributions, was left to the Exe- cutive Committee of the District, which is to meet at Machynlleth as early as possible Bros. Goodwin, Davies and other delivered excellent addresses on the work of the Juv- eniles, and the power exercised for good m securing the voung as Bro. E. Jones, D.C.R., was unanimously elected district representative to the H.M.C. at Aberdeen, with Bro. E. L. Rowlands as alternative. Tents were urged to get then- officers insured in the guarantee society. The Ystwyth Tent was responsible for the following motion"That it is to the best interests of the Order that the H.M.C. meet, earlier than August, Bank Holiday week." The D.S.J.T. gave an interesting statement of the strength of the Juvenile Branch and the probable extension in the immediate future. The election of officers for the ensuing year resulted as follows:—P.D.C.R. Bro. Ed. Jones.; D.C.R., Bro T. C. Jenkins; D.D.R., Bro E. L. Rowlands; D.S.J.T., Bro Geo Dav- ies; D.A.S.J.T., Bro J. Paith Morgan; D.G, Bro. J. J. Edwards; D.L., Bro Wilson; D. T. Bro John Evans; District Secretary, Bro. J. Barclay Jenkins; district auditors, Bros. R. G. Bennett and Thomas Jones. The next annual district meeting will be held at Machynlleth.
Free Church Mission. VISIT OF THE REV. JOHN McNEILL. The fires of the Revival, which had waned somewhat at Aberystwyth. have this week burst into greater flame than at any previous period chiefly as the result of the mission which was opened on Sunday at the Pier Pavilion by the Rev. John Mc. Neill. Ar- rangements had been made for a visit by the famous missioner, Gipsy Smith, but at the last moment his voice failed him at Manches- ter. Mr. Me. Neill consented to come as his substitute, and on his arrival by the 9.55 p.m. train on Saturday night was ac- corded a tremendous ovation at the Railway Station by the members of the Free Churches of the town and others interested in the mission. The first meeting was held on Sunday afternoon at the Pier Pavilion, which place was packed to its utmost capacity, hundreds having to be turned away for want of room. This has been the case at all the succeeding meetings, and so great has been the crush that the Missioner has requested that the outside gates be closed at the commence- ment of each service. John McNeill is a man with a message, which he delivers with no uncertain voice and no uncertain emphasis. He told his congre- gation on Sunday afternoon that he had simply obeyed God's call to come to Aberystwyth, and he hoped that God would give them his blessing and grace with a Scotch accent and not with the accent they expected. Physi- cally, the lecturer is well proportioned, with a head and face that betoken determination and strength. But what one least expected to find in a Scotchman was a strong sense of the humourous. Even the collection oould not damp it, despite the fondness of Cale- donia's sons for the "bawbee." "Nothing for nothing and not very much for sixpence at Aberystwyth," was his motto. He de- sired to infuse more vigour into the singing, and so he called upon all the ladies present to sing by themselves those words: We are marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful, Zion. We are marching upward to Zion The beautiful city of God. And then he made the men sing it by themselves, but, oh, how they brought down his contempt. He had never heard a lot of men being snuffed out so completely before. The sound was like that of the tipping of a load of coals. And, with contagious good humour, he made them sing it all over again. In his address, the missioner said those who desired the success of the mission must pray. They could cheat him, they could cheat the minister, they could cheat their own silly heart, but they could not cheat Christ. He, asked them" not to turn the mission into a mere concert, a thing they liked to go to just as some people liked to go to a theatre or circus, and just as some people liked to go to big preaching meetings. He took for his text 1 Chron. 12-22—"For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the ;hoist of, God." HpvWig spoken of the turn of the tide in David's history, when the men deserted Saul and came to his side, the Missioner said he thanked God they had seen the tide turn in Wales, where public houses were emptying and churches were filling. He hoped to see the time when swearing and j cursing had ceased, and the shout of praise was heard where there used to be the wild cry, and heavy blow, and the man's fist smacking into the face of the woman he swore to love and honour. The "Lancet," when God broke out among the Welshpeople, talked down to them, and said it was a debauch of emotionalism. He turned over that phrase, and said "Well, if this is a debauch, may we never be sober any more. May we drink it every day, and become seasoned topers." The trouble about the Revival was that it came so seldom that like new wine it upset them. He urged them to keep it on every day, and they would get hardened. Talking against) Revival, it was the only kind of religion worth having. Without Revival what was it ? It was as dull as ditch water. Ginger beer with the cork out for a week. (Laughter). All this small talk against Revival; who objected to the great revival called the Spring, who ob- jected to a revival of health, or to a revival of business. He read in the "Glasgow Her- ald" that on the Exchange pig iron was ex- cited. (Laughter). If pig iron got excited, small blame to him for waking up. He also read in same column that sugar was dull Who wanted dull sugar. It was rather sus- picious that with some people the only thing to be as dull as ditch water was religion. Everyone knew that in every other direction they wanted things lively and spicy. The most blessed revival was the revival of re- ligion. The Missioner was particularly hard on those church members who always wanted to be "molly coddled," as he termed it. They seemed to think that the whole aim and end of the minister was to soothe, and smooth, and flat-iron them. Most of them thought the church was a kind of hospital for incurables, and the more the pity was that it was too like it. A special choir has been trained for the mission, and this, under the conductorship of Mr. David Jenkins Mus. Bac., and Mr. J. Harries, adds greatly to the effectiveness of the singing. On Monday afternoon, Mr. Me. Neill con- ducted a special service at Baker-street Welsh Independent Chapel, the congregation including a large number of country people who had come in for the market. At the evening meeting at the Pavilion the Mis- sioner again delivered a powerful address, and there were a large number of converts at tihe close. Tuesday night'd meeting is also described as a memorabl one. partaking to a greater extent than any of the previous meetings of the characteristic Welsh revival. Miss Davies, one of the New Quay revival- ists, was present, and sang during the ser- vice. GIPSY SMITH'S VISIT. A great deal of uncertainty exists as to when Gipsy Smith will arrive in the town. His visit is being looked forward to with great expectation. From communications which have passed it seems probable that he will not arrive until Friday. Mr. Mc.Neill J"ú. is due at Southampton on Saturday, to open another mission. He is to be accorded a reception by the Mayor and Corporation of that town. A MESSAGE FROM GIPSY SMITH. Gipsy Smith wired on Tuesday from his home at Cambridge that he did not feel equal to the task of coming to Aberystwyth to close the mission. A strong appeal was made to him, however, not to disappoint the expectations of the people, and on Wed- nesday afternoon h, wired stating that he hoped to come to Aberystwyth and conduct the mission on Sunday and Monday next.
f" J! < J*' COLLIERY DISASTER IN SOUTH WALES. HEAVY DEATH ROLL. LOCAL VICTIMS. The South Wales coalfield was again the scene of a colliery explosion on Friday last, this time at the Cambrian Collieries, Clydach Vale, one of the largest mining concerns in the Principality. The colliery employs nearly 4,000 men, and is. situated in the remote and hilly district over two miles from Llwynpia, in the Rhondda Valley. About 6.15 p.m. on Friday night the inhabitants were alarmed at hearing a terrific report emanating from the colliery, and it transpired that at the No. 1 down shaft an .explosion had taken place. The news rapidly spread through out Mid-Rhon- dda and the adjacent district, and despite the fact that a boisterous rainstorm pre- vailed thousands of people wended their way up the steep and tortuous hills to the scene of the catastrophe. It is conjectured that the accident occurred in the 6ft. seam, affect- ing also No. 3 up-cast pit, and taking place at the above-mentioned time. Fortunately most of the day men had ascended the shaft, including the day officials. It isi supposed that a number of the day men working an extra half-turn were still in the mine, to- gether with the eight hours' shift men, and also the night overman and firemen, when the accident occurred. A relief gang was im- mediately formed, and descended the No. 2 pit and tried to establish communication with the entombed miners. The latest new from the burn- ing mine is that slowly but surely, the intrepid explorers are conquering the fire and restricting its area, and in their efforts they have been materially assisted by a huge fall in the main intake, which, it is believed, bars the further progress of the fire and checks the air from entering into the workings. The explorers on Monday discovered an- other body, bringing up the number brought to bank to ten. The body was charred be- yond recognition. Anotjher of the massing men, Tom Lloyd, has been found alive and well, he not having descended the pit on the fatal night. There are still 22 men missing, bringing the total death roll up to 32. There is absolutely no hope of any of these 22 men being recovered alive. There were a few local men amongst the victims. David Lewis, whose body was one of the first to be recovered and sent to the surface, was a native of Corris, where he was former- ly a quarryman. He leaves a widow and family of four. One of his sons is a school- master at Capelcurig, while another is in business at Penparciau, near Aberystwyth. He was a prominent member of the Lib anus Welsh C.M. Church at Clydach Vale, and had for years been keenly interested in the temperance and Band of Hope movements. William Lewis, of Court-street, Clydach Vale, who leaves a widow and three children, is a member of the Hermon Welsh Calvinis- tic Church, Tonypandy. He hails from Llan- arth, Cardiganshire.
— LAMPETER [Other local news on inside pajfM.] Call.—The Rev. D. Eiddig Jones, pastor of the Congregational chapel at Chwilog, has received an invitation to become pastor of the Congregational chapel at Clydach, near Swansea. Fair.—The annual fair known as "Ffair Garon fach" was held on Saturday, and al- though the weather was boisterous, there was a fair attendance of marketers. Store pigs were in good demand, the prices hav- ing slightly advanced since the last market. The International.—Sixty-nine persons availed themselves of the cheap trip to Swansea on Saturday to witness the inter- national mat-ch betwen Ireland and Wales. The news of a Welsh victory-Wales 2 goals, Ireland one try—was received with delight by all interested in the game in this district. Street Improvement,The announcement made by the Mayor at the last meeting of the Town Council that Mr. Harford was prepared to give permission to make a pas- sage from Bryn-road to Market-street has been received with general satisfaction by those residing in the neighbourhood im- mediately interested. <=> The Sanatorium.—A few weeks ago the Town Council passed a resolution that an ap- plication be made to the Cardigan, Carmar- then and Pembroke County Councils to main- tain jointly the proposed sanatorium at Alltymynyctd. Several other Councils un- animously supported the resolution, but at a meeting of the Sanatorium Committee held last Thursday at Carmarthen, the committee decided to maintain the Sanatorium by pub- lic subscription.
Prudential Assurance Com- pany. Thei Fwfty-sixtli Annual Meeting of the shareholders of the above Company took place at the offices at Holborn Bars, on Thursday, March 2nd, at 2 p.m. The Sec- retary having read the notice convening the meeting, the chairman of the Company (Mr. Edgar Home) said :— Ladies and Gentlemen,—The Fifty-sixth Annual Report of the Directors of the Pru- dential Assurance Company is now before you, and it becomes my duty, as chairman, to submit it for your approval, feeling sure that the result of what the Company has been able to accomplish in 1904, as set forth in that report, will not only be approved by you, but that you will award us your hearty congratulations for having more than main- tained the unrivalled position the Company had already arrived at. When addressing you last year, I prefaced my summary of the year's work with a short account of the Company and its progress since 1848, for the benefit of many new shareholders who were then present for the first time. I will not, therefore, go again into that subject, but merely content my- self with observing that the continuous pro- gress of the Company shows it to be a most marvellous institution, that has certainly commended itself to the bulk of the popula- tion of this country. Attention was drawn last year to the fact that the exceptional weather in 1903, by re- ducing the mortality, enabled us to add very largely to our Reserve Fund. T'here is an old saking "Make your hay while the sun shines." It may seem paradoxical when I tell you that it was not the sunshine that we took advantage of, it was the wet weather in that year which enabled us to make our hay and store up for future contingencies. The amount of the crop which we then gar- nered amounted to over half-a-million, and during the past year another zC300,000 has been added, bringing up the reserves to L2,300,000, which I am sure you will con- sider as very satisfactory. The Prudential often produces a paradox, and those who live to hear the Report for 1906, will probably be told that the Company had had 53 weeks of receipts, while other companies had only 52, but this is a trade secret, and you must not ask me to explain. You will see by our balanoe-sheet that there is an increase of more than four mil- lions in our assets, and I must remind you that we have had considerably more than that sum to invest during the year, as large 1 amounts are continually being paid off the Municipal loans and from Bonds that have i been drawn. It has therefore been found necessary to enlarge the area of our invest- ments, but we have been careful not to in- clude any but such as stand well in the mar- ket and are considered perfectly secure. The new annual premium income from poli- cies issued in the Ordinary branch during the year was £ 377,000, The actual amount re- ceived in premiums in the Ordinary branch was £ 3,969,016 and in the Industrial branch ] £ 5,979,338, making a total of £ 9,948,354 ( for both branches. If to this we add j £ 1,700,000 received from interest and rents we get a total income for 1904 of nearly 1 £ 11,650,000. J The pnnual premium income of the policies £ in foroe in both branches on the 31st Dec- & ember last was £ 10,150,000. This of course i exceeds the amount of premiums actually received owing to the increase in the volume of business during the year. You have often been reminded that with the view of prevent- ing policies from lapsing in the Industrial branch, we give a free policy to those as- sured of five years' standing; who have at- tained the age of 21 and who find it incon- venient to continue their payments. We have now over a million of such free policies in force and 22,000 of them became claims during the past year. We also grant the privilege in the Industrial branch to per- sons who have attained the age of 75 and had insured for 25 years of not required them to pay any more premiums. It is a very sat- isfactory feature of the Industrial branch that the average duration of the policies steadily increases, being now 10 years and the average age of the assurers is 31 years, the number in force now reaches over 15t millions (in addition to the three quarters of a million in the Ordinary branch), so there are still a few millions of persons in the United Kingdom who are uninsured in the Prudential, and it will be our future aim to get as many of them as we can (if not all) to join us. About ten years ago a movement was set on foot on foot for establishing Old Age Pensions, and a great deal of correspondence took place in the public papers, but nothing came of it. In the meantime, the Pruden- tial preferring deeds to words, drew up a set of tables which we thought might, in some small degree, meet the difficulty. We called them the 'Old Age Endowment" tables, and it may interest you to know that the result after ten years' working is that we have 1,377,000 of such policies in force. In 1903 we found that there was a demand for more facilities for assurances by persons who pre- ferred to receive the money during their lifetime; so some special endowment tables were issued to meet the demand, with the result that within a year 18,000 policies un- der one of those tables were taken out as- suring the sum of £ 2,250,000. It is by these methods of meeting the wants of the com- munity that our steady progress is main- tained, and we shall continue to follow that course in future years. The claims paid by the company for the past year in both branches amounted to £ 3,884,933, which works out at £ 12,400 a day. I leave you to imagine the amount of office work which is involved in that depart- ment alone, comprising as it does not merely signing innumerable cheques, but investi- gating the proofs of death, which have to be produced, and which I am sorry to say do not always turn out so conclusive as they are at first sight made to appear. You have been accustomed at these meet- ings to hear of the extent to which the Pru- dential is liable in case of disaster in various parts of the globe, and instances have been given to show not only the wide-spread in- fluence of the company, but also as a corro- boration of the assertion that more than one- third of the population of the United King- dom are insured with us. The instances I am about to give you fulfil both these condi- tions in a marvellous manner. The first -is the case of seven lives being lost by the capsizing of a fishing boat off the coast of Northumberland in December last, when the whole of the seven men had taken the pre- caution of assuring their lives with us, and a similar instance when four men were drown- ed by the upsetting of a boat off Amble in the same month, and all four were assured, and two others were assured who lost their lives by the disaster to the Al submarine. We also paid the assurance money to the families of the skipper of the smack "Crane" and one of the crew of the North Sea trawlers who were fired into on the Dogger Bank by the Russian ships of the Baltic fleet. This makes a total of fifteen lives, the whole of whom were insured with us. These instances are all near home, but I now come to far- away places where the policies, though is- sued in England, were perfectly valid, as are very many others now held in various parts of the world. We will go now to the Far East where we had two claims from the representatives of the chief officer and of the engineer of the Japanese transport "Hi-tachi-Maru" which was fired upon by the Russians; also a press correspondent who died of dysentery at the Russian headquarters at Liao-Yang, and also of a. member of the Thibet Mission who was killed by an accidental gunpowder explosion. I told you last year that w4 had adopted as our motto the appropriate words "Fortis qui Prudens." and I trust you will consider that they have been strictly acted up to. Our strength lies in the perfect harmony that prevails throughout the staff. We are for- tunate in having a body of comparatively young men who have been brought up under our veteran manager with a thorough know- ledge of the old traditions of the company, and they are equally fortunate in serving under a board of directors having a lifelong experience to aid themwith their counsels, and to caution them that whatever their strength may be, they must, above all things, not forget to ?ct with prudence. Sir Henry Harben said:Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen. I have much pleasure in second- ing the report, and in doing so would like to say that at the beginning of this year I had been met by many bank managers and by many friends in the city, who said: "V/e suppose that the di- minution of profits of the great banking institu- tions are reflected by you, and that we shall not have so large a dividend this last year ss we have had on other occasions." The very trouble of the bankers has been our opportunity. The condi- tion of the stock markets exactly suited a com- pany like ours, which has to invest large sums each year. We have to look to the future. Our duty is to see in what way we can invest our money securely and not to be subject to these April like disturbances of bankers. Perhaps you will be surprised to know that to such an ex- tent have we taken advantage of this fact, that we have lent over five millions of money last year at an average rate of half per cent. moie than we obtained before. During the last four years we have invested twenty millions 'of money.that amount producing half per cent, more than the ordinary rate. Our increased income from these investments alone is equal to kloo.090 a vear. That which has been the bankers' loss has been our gain, and our profits from interest are ab- solutely £100.000 mere than in the case of five years ago. (Cheers). We do not undertake of course that this £ 100,000 shall always be main- tained. I can assure you that the time has now arrived when the difficulty the management has to deal with, is not so much with outside business as to decide how to invest the money profitably and well. This is a most important point. It in- volves more time and consideration and a more careful study of every detail than even the early history of the company demanded. As a result, we can invest our money in the wisest possible manner. Our character on the Stock Exchange, colloquially expressed, is_: ''It is no *"r' offering this loan to the Prudential; they wiil only take the best." Well, continued the speaker, we find that the best is good enough for us. (Cheers). We And that the public interest is naturally keen as to whether our funds are properly secured. You will like therefore to know this. Our balance- sheet is made up to December 31st. Since Janu- ary 1st. the stocks recorded in the balance-sheet have advanced in value P.400,000, That shows what advantage we take of the low markets, and we hone to do nre"lsèlv the samp thin! in the future We mean to take care of the mon!?Y. (Cheers). This system which we have pursued shows how necessary it is for us to have large reserves. Years ago we established a principle that we would never sell securities. We would take every pre- caution of investing and not selling. You may say "Why do you go on adding to your reserves?" One little Incident will tell you why. In the year 1892 we had 14,000 claims in excess of the num- her we expected. In 1903 we had 50,000 claims less than we expected. In 1904 we had 41,000 less. We must have the largest reserve against fluctuations. Therefore, we can but add to our reserve. De- pend upon it, as long as the Board rcinilns this Board, and as long as the present names are con- nected with it, we shall go on building up our re- serve so that by no earthly means shall we dim- Inish our profits. We were the first purchasers of the New River Stock. The price we gave was very large. It is well known that a loss of money took place on the New River Stock. I am not go- ing to say we did not make a loss. In all the water stocks of London we have made a very large profit, and the entire loss of New River Stock has been more than compensated for by the profit on investments in other water stock. The ordin- ary bonus to the policies for nine years has been 30s. per cent., and this means an increasing cash value which we distribute every year. A large amount of our business is done on the endowment plan, by which the amount is not only payable at death, but at a certain age. You will be glad to know that the "ordinary" business profits last year were greater than usual. I' cannot sufficiently congratulate the excellent conduct of our outdoor staff. They are almost like our second selves. They do examine the cases so thoroughly. (Cheers). In fact, they Icok upon our interests as if they were their own. The Chairman has mentioned that the average Juration of the Industrial policies has increased to 10 years. This in effect means we do all we 3an to prevent lapses .and take every reasonable precaution to make the business of a stable and lasting character. The report was unanimously adopted, and after the usual vote of thanks to the outdoor and inside staff, and a few remarks by other speakers, the meeting terminated.
Forthcoming Roval Visit to Llanybvther. THE ARRANGEMENTS. A public meeting, convened by Colonel H. Davies- Evans, Higlimead, the Lord Lieutenant )f Cardlganshrire, was held at the Town Hall, IIlanybyther, on Monday afternoon, to make ar- angements for the forthcoming visit of Princess Christian to the districe to lay the foundation ;tone of the Alltymynydd sanatorium. There was i large attendance of farmers and villagers, and hi proceedings were marked with much enthus- —————-——————— iasm. Among those present were Sir James Drummond, Edwinsford Mr. Chas Lloyd, Wauni- for; Dr. E. C. Thomas, Mr. Thos Davies, chemist; Messrs. D. Edwards, Black Lion; E. Evans, Empor- ium; John Evans, contractor; Watkin Davies, buiid-r; Mis. Oakley, Miss Edwards, Black Lion; Mrs. Thomas, Islwyu; Messrs. D. Evans, Cefnper- kin; D. and T. Lewis, lthydybont Factory; Evans, Capel Iago; Evans, Prospect House; J. and D, E\ PfiS, Dolau-ucha'; D. Davies, Temperance House; Councillor Thos. Jones, Llanllwni; J. Davies, Aberduar; T. Bowen, Llanwenog. T. Evans, Tany- graig Inn; Daniel Hughes, Highmead Arms Hotel; D. Thomas,Brynnewydd; Davies, Liygadenwyn; T. Jenkins, Dderwengam; Davies, Rhydybont Farm; Councillor J. 0. Hughes, and others. A de- putation met at Alltymynydd site in the morning to mark uui die i'octd and arrange other necessary Uiulltsib. Colonel Davies-Evans, who presided, explained the ouject oi the meeting, which was to convey to the gathering the programme of the luuciion. i'rincers Christum accompanied by Piincess Vic- toria, wouid leave Sir James Drummond's resid- ence about 11. a.m. on the 26th April, and would probably be met at Kliydycymerau by a guard of honour from the Carmarthenshire yeomanry. On the mountain near the Alltymynydd site, the children attending Talley, Liansawel, Rhydy- cymerau, Llanybythor, and Llanwenog schools would assemble and sing "The Bells of Aber- dcney." The royal party would "ait for a fev minuter to hear their singing. A bouquet of flowers would also be presented to each Princess. imalds would announce the arrival of the Royil party on the site. Instead of the usual founda- tion laying, it was intended to roll a huge bould- er to the site. A brass plate was to be fixed with a suitable inscription, and instead of a trowel, the Princess would be presented with a silver turnscrew, made in the shape of a lock, inscribed with the National emblem. An address would be presented by the Earl of Cawdor, the First Lord of the Admiralty, and prayers would be offered by the Lord Bishop of St. David's. All young lady collectors of Xb each would be presented to Her Royal Highness. After the function, the) Royal ptity will leave for Highmead, the seat of Colonel and Mrs. Davies-Evans, where they will partake of a luncheon, after which they will attend a high-class concert to be giveu in the Organ Hail of Highmead. The Royal party will then return to Edwinsford, the seat of Sir James and Lady Drummond. Sir James Drummond also addressed the gather- ing, making a strong appeal on behalf of the Sanatorium He also trusted that the Llanybytlier people would give a right royal welcome to the Princesses, who had :0 kindly promised to hon our this part of Wales. Mr. Chas. Lloyd, always certain of a hearty welcome at Llanybyther spoke in Welsh and ask- ed the meeting to work with a will to make the event a complete success and to show the Royal Prinncesses "hyd, lied, a dyfnder calon teyrngarol C As^lie event takes place on the occasion of the new fair at Llanvbyther, it was rroposed by C')J Oavies-Evans. and seconded by Sir James Drum- mond, to postpone the fair to the fellowing day April 27th. This proposal met with universal approval, and due notices of the postponement of the fair will be widely published.
THE REVIVAL. Evan Roberts in Cardfgan- shire. -11- SERVICES AT BLAL, NANERCH. Mr. Evan Roberts on Friday returned to the town where he was pursuing his studies when the great crisis in his life came upon lum. His visit was quite unexpected, though a probable visit had been anticipated. Mr. Roberts treated his many friends here- with a very welcom and pleasant surprise his movements being so completely shrouded in mystery, that no one was at the station to receive him. Miss Roberts accompanied her brother, and there was soon after, a re-, union between fellow workers, Miss Davies, Goreeinon, Miss Jones, Nantymoel, Miss Maggie Davies, and Miss Anne Davies, Maes- teg, coming in from Rhydlewis, where they had also been resting. Among the first per- Bons he visited was Mrs. Davies, of Tyllwyd, his former landlady, and the good soul was delighted to hear him remark, as he rested his hand upon the arm chair lie had often occupied, "Rwyf yn caru y gadair hon" ("I love this chair.") The Rev Evan Phillips, at whose house the Revivalist is staying, told our representative that Mr. Roberts had benefitted to a degree, but did not yet feel quite right and fit to undertake very hard work. lie says little about his future move- ments beyond that he must go to Liverpool soon. He has been somewhat confined in- doors but has taken several long walks, and given expression to the fact that the air is magnificent here. Two of the young ladies took part in the morning service at Bethel on Sunday, and the afternoon was devoted to prayer. Mr. Roberts made his first public appearance at the evening service, and this meeting was a truly remarkable one. He took the meeting in hand, and gave a short address, at the commencement, exhorting the congregation to do something. The effect was surprising large numbers falling on their knees at one time and praying. But this was far from satisfactory, for soon after Mr. Roberts again rose, seemingly conscious of a diffi- culty. He told them thtey were trying to quench the "Spirit"—scores of them were doing it, and he asked all those who wished to give the glory to God to stand. Practi- cally the whole congregation rose, but now he said there were some disobeying the Spirit, and they must sit down. A few were seen to take their seats, but Mi-. Roberts said there were scores more, and as they would not sit down he commanded the whole congregation to sit. He was then overcome by a paroxysm of agony and feeling terrible to witness. Many lose and left the chapel hastily from very fear; and the scene inside was most moving. Perfect silence reigned the while, and when he again raised his head his face seemed to reflect his inward feelings. He again called upon the people to take' a part, and many responded, giving their "pro- fiad," or reciting a verse. There were several conversions during the evening. Again, he said Newcastle Emlyn was very dear to him. Some of them should have been with him in Cwmavon. There was a soul lost there he said, and they must take care that their own souls were not lost. The effect again was very marked, but there were several peri- ods of silence, only broken by the missioner rising. Shortly afterwards, when it was nearly half-past ten, the request was put that all who were members should stand up, and only one person remained seated. Miss Mag. Phillips went to speak to this one, and she soon announced another conversion. The singing was very good, but the render- ing of "Duw Mawr y Rhyfeddodau maitll." called from the missioner a rebuke. It was not being sung as it should be he complained, and the congregation responded with a. power- ful outburst of that magnificent hymn. Miss Annie Davies was among the singers, and her beautiful voice had a, marked effect. The meeting closed about half-past ten. Two gentlemen were present who had travelled from Scotland, one from Inverness and the other from Glasgow, the obieot of the lnttpr's visit being a conversation with Mr. Roberts. People came in on Monday from the whole district, some from Trelech, Llangranog, and Lampeter, evidently relying upon a meeting being conducted by Mr. Roberts. He however, did not leave the house, but a service was opened at Bethel, and proceeded with successfully for some time. A number left this building, and gathered round Mr. Phillip's house, singing hymns, etc. It was remarkable that the pouring rain had not the slightest dampering jeffect, upon/ their ardour, as though it was impossible for him to remain quiet, Mr. Roberts soon came to the window, and the meeting from now on was a wonderful sight. The evangelist him- self recognised that a considerable English element was present, and he therefore spoke for some minutes in that tongue. Having asked them to sing "Lead Kindly Light," he then led in the Lord's prayer, in Welsh and English. "We are one family," he said, "and we should all join together with, one heart to worship one God." When he asked for testimony, there was instant and powerful response. Tho service jelosod laíbout Iha past ten by the singing of the Doxology in English. Dozens at the time perhaps had ^\a j^est*ge garment upon them, Methodist C'liapel at Blaenanerch was crowded to its fullest extent at the services in the afternoon and evening. Several brakeloads of people accompanied Mr. Roberts and his singing assistants, and from other districts, Cardigan, Llangranog, etc, came further contingents, undaunted by very cmpropiti- ous weather. Long before two o'clock the doors had to be locked, and fron half past one most of the- Newcastle Emlyn visitors waited outside the doors until Mr. Roberts's arrival at three o'clock. The intervening time was being put to good service, chiefly by hymn singing, the choruses being taken up by those outside. When the doors were opened, the crush was so great that the aisles were literally packed, and there seemed not an inch of spare room. Duw mawr y rhyfeddodau maith having been sung, the missioner asked each one to do his best to make the heavenly host larger, as God had done his best for each one of them. The past was very strange, but the future was stranger still, and they must be ready for it. The field was ripe for the harvest, but where were the reapers? He was afraid there were many of them whd would be sitting on the left hand; their, names were on the church books, but not in the book of God. Why was it that people needed such pressing to accept this great giit. Thousands would run after a million- aiie, but they had to be pressed to run after this, though it was a fortune, ten thousand times greaver. Mr. Roberts sat down smiling happily, and Miss Maggie Davies sang Dim ond yu lesu very leelingiy. After a prayer by Miss Phillips, Newcastle Emlyn, and a minute or two oi general pleading, the evangelist ad- vanced a step, and said: "Some of you are smiling mockingly. God is not to be mocked at." An old lady prayed in a high pitched voice: "The devil is worrying me," she com- plained, to which the remark was returned, Well, as he is troubling you, be sure you have got something worth having." It been very hard," the old lady ended, }>«Jt it had been glorious too." It seemed difficv. to get anyone to rise, and the warning can T You must not disobey the spirit." 1\. Annie Davies rendered a beautiful solo, air r immediatly afterwards Mr. Roberts said th; £ fear reigned supreme. There were mi looking on and judging the praying. woman said that such was her fear, and them there was an outburst of prayer. The mocking was the subject of another! warning. There was a young man on the gallery full of mockery, and he must put it out 01 his heart. They would have to stop the meeting if he would not ask for forgive- ness. A few seconds of suspense ensued, the missioner giving way to great grief, and nearly the whole of the congregation broker into prayer, many sobbing bitterly. Thia subsided, but in a few minutes there was an- other and more evident overflowing of feeling for a little time. Mr. Roberts remarked that there would be terrible times for that! youth, and again the prayer was almost un- animous "plyg ni Arglwydd." A minutai afterwards a boy's voice was heard "I am the mocker," but after a very short silence Mr. Roberts made the somewhat startling re- mark that the boy who confessed was not "the" mocker. It was another one, and an older one. Two youths of about eighteen sitting op posite each other on the gallery rose to- gether, and brokenly confessed their sin. but it was not one of those two again, Mr. Roberts said. He asked them all to pray, again, and many complying withdrew at- tention from his own visible agony. The movings of the face, the clenched teeth, and hand raised to steady the head, struck into the hearts of the congregation, and brought forth tears. There came no other confession however, and after a piercing, roving gaze over the gallery he hoped God would take care of the young man. He then asked the Rev. M. P. Morgan to test the meeting, explaining that the Spirit forbad him to do so himself. Most held up their hands, and a hymn was just being started when the evangelist holding up his hand, said there was a conversion at hand, and immediately a person confirmed the re- mark "Diolch Iddo" was commenced, and was interrupted, another conversion being fore- told. The remark was again correct, and nine other conversions were made in the same manner, "Diolch Iddo" was sung in a hearty, manner, and Mr. Roberts afterwards again spoke. He thanked God for having led him to Blaenanerch, and hoped to* come there again in a short time. The hymn "Ymgrymed pawb i lawr" was sung at Mr. Roberts' desire, and closing prayers were said by several persons. STRANGE INCIDENTS AT EVENING SERVICE. Thei congregation evidently came to tyhe evening meeting to listen, and not to take part, but even in that case they were fully rewarded in what transpired, Going in at about quarter to six o'clock for the half-past six meeting the press, representatives had great difficulty in getting places. Report- ing had to encounter many difficulties. The service consisted chiefly of singing until seven, o'clock, when the evengelist arrived and took the service in hand. His opening words were on the question of neighbourly love. He said that the fact of people not being very friendly with one another was an obstacle to his mission. It was useless for them to come and worship God if their hearts were full of emmity. The enmity was not only an obstacle to them- selves, it was also a.n obstacle to- all men. Was not God's arm strong enough to bend these people lie asked, and there were many answering cries of "Yes, yes." What is this? (holding up the Bible).— "That is God's book," several replied. Well, continued Mr. Roberts solemnly al- most in tears, there is some one denying the divine inspiration of the Bible, and there is a storm in my soul because of his denial. That person must confess his sin. As if not realizing the remark, the congregation sat in silence, a few in the front seat praying softly. The -evellgdist was evidently suffer- ing under deep reeling, his features working in a painful manner, and once he threw back his hands to support his head. "It is Gods command, he said after a little silence," that this man should declare himself honestly that he dovs not believe in it. Oh, the man is standing, I have had that revelation." The congregation were at a high tension, when the missioner consider- ably added to it by declaring that he could give the name and age of the sceptic. irayer was being offered all the time, and a minute later Mi. Roberts sprang forward saying, with some excitement in his tone, "Yes, I know the name now, but I had rather that the man should confess himself." Some pitiful moaning denoted that a terrible strug- gle was going m Mr. Roberts' soul, and after further prayer, he raised a set face and said ralteringly: "It is Thomas Walters, aged 23 years, that is the man." He was. evidently in a terrible frame of mind, but after a. sil- ence broken by the singing of "Diolch IcIdo" he added that it was not necessary for that man to confess, because he had now changed his views as to the Bible. "Duw Mawr y rhyfeddodau" was sung with emphasis, and Mr. Roberts then said that. some people werte doubting whether there was such a man or not. No one had a ught, he said, to cast any reflection upon a Divine revelation. Another silence, and then There are people here who have done injury to their fellow men, and they do not live far from here. God does not call them to confess publicly, but they must make restitution to the in- jured persons as soon as possible. (After a pause), some must confess to-night, or they will not sleep. Some people were thinking he said, that the service should not be inter- rupted for these revelations, but they had no right to say so, He asked all those who confessed Christ to hold up their right hand, and but very few did not do this. The Welsh translation of "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by" was sung and when Mr. Roberts said there was free salvation to every one "at ten past nine at iiiaenanerch," as he put it, two more con- verts held up their hands. He read the oth commandment, and then thanked God for the strange wonders he had shown that day. His parting message was jie^ are ^r'en^s.i who do these things," and his prayer was that the Lord would quickly send workmen to prepare for the harvesting. I he Rev. M. P. Morgan gave a prayer, and the meeting closed with the fervent singing of a hymn. Mr. Roberts said that he could not yet visit Llandyssul; but he is expected to take part at services in Nw Quay to-day (Thurs- day). His visit has attracted large numbers ot visitors to Newcastle Emlyn.
MACHYNLLETH Appointment.—Mr. Robert Edwards, of the senior officers at the Carnarvon 1 Office ,has been appointed postmaster,, Machynlleth.. ^—i^vV
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