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NEWTOWN. The United Parish Choirs of Newtown and Llan. llwchaiarn, will hold their festival about Easter. The Leture on Ayslum Life, announced for Thursday last, by the Rev E Jenkins, Manafon, was not delivered. The Hafren Habitation of the Primrose League announce a meeting for Friday next, when a delegate from the Grand Council will attend. Full particulars are given in an advertisement. It is proposed to give a performance of Handel's Messiah early next year, in aid of the Infirmary, High class professionals, and a full chorus with orchestra is contemplated. The promoters of this worthy object are the members of the Newtown Glee and Madrigal Union. A MUSICAL TREAT.-The visit of the Flood. Porters is being looked forward to with pleasure by the Musicians of Newtown. When here before, they gave such unmixed satisfaction, that their return was looked upon as inevitable. We have received a large number of press opinions, which all speak in the greatest praise of the elevating influence of their entertainment, and of the high standard of the music performed. TBTe COLLIERS.—At the close of the last week- night service at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, it was suggested that an effort should be made to raise funds for the support of the colliers who are out of work, and a proposal was made that an entertain- ment be arranged, to be held in about a fortnight's time. It was, however, thought that there was" nol time like the present, and a collection was made, and the amount subscribed forwarded to Lhe relief fund the following day. ENGLISH CONGREGATIONAL MUTUAL IMPROVE- MENT SOCIETY.-At the usual weekly meeting on October 31st in the Congregational School room a useful and interesting debate on Were the miners justified in refusing the 25 per cent. reduction," was held. Mr A. Evans opened in the affirmative, and Mr A. E. Goodwin replied. The subsequent speakers were Messrs R. Goodwin, M. E. Park, G. H. Harrison, and the Chairman, Mr T. Rees. The genera] opinion expressed by the several speakers was that on the principles on which the coal trade had pre- viously been conducted seemed to justify the masters' proposal, but that on the principle of humanity the men were justified in their position to demand a living wage. On a vote being taken a large majority decided in the men's favour. MILFORD ROAD LITERARY SOCIETY.—The weekly meeting in connection with the above society was held on Wednesday, when there was a larere number of members present. The meeting, which took the form of a Happy Evening," was presided over by Mr Richard Rees. The following was the pro- gramme :-Chairman's address; song, Miss Pollie Williams recitation, Mr M. E. Williams song. Mr R O. Williams; dialogue, Mrs Hugh Davies, Miss Tirion Williams, Miss Ethel Jones, and Mr E. Hughes; song. Miss Jennie Roberts; competition, impromptu debate, three couples competed, neither of whom were deemed worthy of the prize song and chorus, Mr W. Eramer and Party; song, Mr R. O. Williams; song, Mr R. Hamer; song, Mr M. E. Williams; recitation, Mr R. O. Williams; song, Mr E. Goodwin competition, impromptu speech, eight competed, neither of whom were qualified to win the prize quartett, the Hamer Brothers. A DISTINGUISHED MASON.—A London news- paper has the following paragraph corcerning our townsman Bro. Egbert Roberts, whose Saturday evening popular concerts at Myddelton Hall, Upper- street, Islington, are a musical feature of the season, has a distinguished Masonic career. Bro. Robert,, was initiated in the "West Smithfield Lodge, 1623, September 1878. and is now Org. of that Lodge; joined the Cosmopolitan 917, at Cannon-street Hotel, in 1886 of which he is a P.M., a Founder, and the Org. of the Philbrick" Lidge, held at Chingford, 2255, P.P G.O. Esex; invested by Loid Brook, at Easton" Lodge, P.Z. West Smithfield" Chapter, held at Anderton's W.M. at Present of th,- "West Smithfield" Mark, and P.P.G.SB. (Mark) Middlesex and Surrey, Org. Mount Calvary," "Rose Croix," 33, Golden Square, Org. "Mount Calvary Encampment" (or Early Grand Encamp- ment of England), Knights' Templar," Inns or- Court Hotel, "Sir Knight of the Order of Malta." 'The National Great Priory," Mark Masons' Hall. Truly a good record." SCHOOL CONCERT.—On Friday evening the scholars of the New Church-street Boys' School gave a very pleasing entertainment in their school, under the chairmanship of Mr. Edward Powell, The schoolroom was crowded to the remotest corner. The songs, solos, recitations, and sword drill were executed with commendable ability, and it must be most pleasing for the parents, who were present, to see their children trained in such a manner. A word of praise is due to Mr D. J. Saer, head master, for the excellent manner in which he has taught the scholars their various parts. The programme was as follows :-Part song, 'Season follows season'; recita- tion, The brook'; solo, H* wipes the tear,' Mattef F. Whittaker; part song,'Sleep'; recitation, 'The blind boy,' Masters B. Morris and E. Brown; solo, I O rest in the Lord,' Master D. C. Evans;.part song, 'Excelsior'; part song, Swabian trooper's song'; annerchiad, Owen, Glyndwr,' Mr R. O. Williams; solo, 'Bedouin song,' Mr D. J. Saer; pianoforte solo, Songs without words,' Mr A. E. Evans; part song, 'Indian warrior's grave'; song, The land of the harp,' Mr R. O. Williams; part eons, Stars of the summer night'; trio, Far away,' Masters H. Percival, G. Morris and S. Hugaes; recitation, 'Aesalom,' Mr A. E. Evans sword drill; recitation. 'Charge of the light brigade'; part song, Pull for the northern shore.' TEMPERANCE LECTURE—The first of, & proposed series of monthly lectures in connection with the Church of England Temperance Society was held, on Monday evening, in the National Schools. The lec- turer was the Rjv Henry Moody, Welsh-hsmpton, and the lecture was preceded by a short service in the church. There was a large number present, and the address was based on Proposed Temperance Legis- I lation/' The speakexfor a little time confined himself to pointing oat the bestways in which those present could help the temperance cause, and then went on to bpeak of the trade of the publ can. In the coarse of bill speech he pointed out how dangerous a calling that of a publican was. A man goes to a public, house t\nd gets drunk, goes home and beats his wife and children, and causes all happiness to cease in his family; it was often the case, and they all knew it very well. Now, if there were services held in halls by some public bodies, and were attended by public men, ana after these services men go home and commit some dreadful deed, such as murdering their wives or violently assaulting their children, all through the influence of those services, there would immediately be an Act passed in Parliament putting a stop to those services. Some of the judges of the country stated that nearly 80 per cent, of the orime of this country was caused by exoes-sive drinking; a considerable proportion of pauperism was brougnt about by intemperance; their lunatio asylum*, prisons, and workhouses were also filled owing to in- temperance. If the money annually spent in drink (. £ 140,000,000) were given to the Government what a blessing that would be. There were already several bills before Parliament which bore on the temperance question. There Nv-s the Local Option, Local Veto, Bishop of Chester's Bills, &c. The last-named, the lecturer considered the beat. It gave the people the option of having public-houses or not. If they de- cided to have public-houses, they should decide by majority how they should be conducted. They should be conducted by a company, who should be respon- sible fer the licences. If they decided by a majority that they should not have any public-houses the matter would be at an end. It was a disgrace to Christian England that public-houses should be opened at all on Sunday. In Wales, he was pleased to say, they were closed, bat it was on the Saturday nights' and Sundays that ino?t of the drinking took place, and he advocated a bill that would close the public-houses altogether on Sunday, and much earlier on Saturday. The temperance question was not a party question it was for Churchaien, Noncon- formist->, and members of all denominations to join together and try and get a bill passed that would further their causa. Prior to the address and after. t. -3 LL- the C.E.T.o. choir sang temperance nymns, aan me meeting closed with prayer and a vole of thinks to the lecturer. WSSLBYAN FOREIGN MISSIONS.—On Sunday last missionary sermons were preached at the Wes- layan Methodist Church, in the moruin(C by tbe Rev, F Hunter, and in the evening by the Rev T. E. Williams, pastor of the Baptist Chureb.-On Monday evenicjr a meeting was held in ihe chapel, when th" chair was ably filled by Dr Donald B. Kiss, and there *ero on the platform, the Revs W. Letharby (deputition), T. E. Williams (Baptist), A. G. Rennison (Primitive Methodist), Jenkin Jones (Congregational), and F. Elutiter.-The Chairman, iu his introductory remaiks, said it was quite » esefsa y for a iittle new life aud missionary enterprise to be infused into the Wealeyan Church and indeed there was something thats r uckcold and there wasan UDitym- pathetic feeling towards every movement that w. a initiated in the Church. He was just afraid that if John Wesley could only come back to life, be would iiar Uy be able to r. cognise his own followers at Newtown. Hi welcomed h artuy the ministers of otti'jr churches, and said it showed that there waa t h,.t spirit of chat icy prevalent, which they were all triad to see (hear, h,-a.r, and applaute).—The Rev F. Hunter read the report, which showed that the Newtown Circuit's contribution was.936 5sd. being an increase of £ 3 5a 8d.—The Rev W. Letbarby gave » v-ry interesting and instructive address on the hopefulness of missionary entHrprize." Missions, he said, did not exist 100 years back. It was only by understanding the doctrine ot the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man that missionary enter. prise and spirit was roused. In 1792 the Baptist missionary spirit came- into existence, and three years later the London Missionary Society was formed; in 1799 the Church Missionary Society was started, and in 1804 the British and Foreign Bible Society was inaugurated. After that came the Wesleyan Foreign Missionary Society and those societies belonging to other denominations until now there were more than 70-societies, in addition to & large number of other societies and agencies, at work in different parts of tlae world (applause) One hundred years ago there were bat 170 missionaries, to-day there were 3,000 ordained missionaries, in I addition to a large number of native ministers and thousands of male and. female- agents. The income for foreign missions 100 years back was £ 25,000, to-day it reached the amount of J £ l,250,000; 100 years ago they had but 50,00*^ adherents, to-day tisey had 2,000,000; 100 years ago they had but 70 schools, I to-day they had 12.000; 10U yeans ago they only bad the Bible translated into 50 languages, to-day it, wae written in 300 languages and dialects; 100 years ago the mis >iou<tries were not kindly reeeived, but to-day there was scarcely a place wbare they would not be welcomed, while there.were many who were crying out Come over and help us. He contended that all these difficulties having been accomplished in the past, and the work having so prospered, that in the future not having those difficulties to igain couUnd with the, success of their libouss would be gre tly enlarged and marked. The- succese- they had achieved in the past was a pledge cf the success t I ey would attain in the future.-The Rav J«nkyn Jonac proposed, and Rev T. E. Williams seconded, Rev A. (j. Kenmaou supporting, a vote of thanks to the Deputation (Rev W. Letbarby), and to the Chairman