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-----The Welsh National Memorial.


The Welsh National Memorial. AN APPEAL TO THE CHURCHES. The decision of the representative conference held at Shrewsbury in September last, to com- memorate the late King by a National effort to stamp out Tuberculosis, has commended itself at once to the loyal sentiments and religious convic- tions of the people of Wales. The Executive Committee appeal, therefore, with confidence to the Christian congregations throughout the Principality to support the movement. Tuberculosis exacts a heavy toll of human life in all civilized countries, and especially in parts of Wales. Between three and four thousand lives are annually lost in Wales. In addition there are from ten to twelve thousand disabled victims of this one disease declining into premature graves. This suffering and death means a vast amount of domestic sorrow and anxiety and irreparable national loss. Poverty and Consump- tion are closely associated. Just as poverty reduces a persons power of resisting infection, so prolonged illness brings dire poverty in its train, and the wife and children of the consump- tive worke.adly housed and ill-nourished, fall a ready prey to disease. Medical science has placed within our reach the power to reduce and in time to eliminate the ravages of this scouige of mankind, but the application of the knowledge we already possess requires money. For this money we now appeal. Of the X300,000 we have set out to raise, .2125,000 are still required for the carrying on of a prolonged educational campaign, the provision of dispen- saries and nurses, and the establishment of sanatoria. The effort to diminish unnecessary suffering is in harmony with the life of the Founder of the Christian religion, whose birth is commemorated at this season of the year. When Jesus sent the disciples back to John, it was to tell John of the works of healing done by Christ: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up." Christmas falls this year on Sunday. We believe it is appropriate that we should invite the members of all the Churches in or connected with Wales to dedicate at least one service on Christmas Day to the furtherance of this Holy Crusade against suffering, sorrow, and loss. We hope that all ministers will deliver addresses on the movement, and that congregations will unite in praying for the Divine blessing to rest upon our labours. We venture to suggest that an opportunity should be given for a collection on Christmas Day in aid of the campaign, and we hope all Churches will unite in making this Christmas offering. Such congregational collections will supplement the gitts made by the members as citizens through other channels, and will provide facilities to any who may perchance be over- looked by other collecting agencies. All sums received will be acknowledged by the honorary treasurers in the public press and in the report to be published when the fund is completed. On behalf of the Executive Committee, DAVID DAVIES, Chairman. LLANDINAM, December lOtb, 1910.

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