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RECHABITE SOCIAL TEA AT WHITLAND. The "social tea in connection with the Hope of Whitland Tent waS h- Id on Saturday even- ing, the 11th it the Tabernacle vestry, which had been tfisfefuFy decorated for the occasion. Grace having been said by the Rev. YV. Thomas, upwards a hundred members and friends partook uf tea, which was served by the members' wive, After tea a meeting was held, Bro. D. Thomas, C.R., being in the chair. In his opening address the Chairman remarked that lie was the oldest member of the Whitland Tent, being the only one left out of the original nine who instituted the Tent in 1887. He gave some reminiscences of the early days of the Tent, and the good done for tem- perance by past officers of the society. He then called upon the Rev. W. Thomas, who said it gave him great pleasure to be present, since he had always been desirous of being identified with every temperance movement. He had been an abstainer for over fifty years, ;md an hon. member of the Tent since its inception. He hoped to be spared to see it attain its majority next March. This "coming of age," he thought, ought to be signalised by more strenuous efforts in the cause of temper- ance generally and Rechabitism in particular. Further, he brought to the notice of the meet- ing the forthcoming county temperance conven- tion at Haverfordwest. Upon his suggestion Bros. G. Williams. S. Williams, and T. E. Williams were elected to represent the Whit- land Tent at that meeting. Then followed a song by Miss Alice Rees, which was artistically rendered and enthusiastically applauded by the audience. Mr. P. W. Watkins next ad- dressed the meeting. He said he was a lifelong abstainer, and attributed much of his success to that fact. He thought it was the duty of working men to become members of a provi- dent society. He paid a tribute to the Rev. W. Thomas's long and continued activity in the cause of temperance. Bro. John Williams then entertained the audience with one of his dramatic recitations. This splendid elocution- ist excelled all his previous efforts, and held his hearers spellbound. Bro. Vincent Thomas then contributed 'a song, which he sang in his usual style, and was heartily applauded. The next item was the recital of topical verses of his own composition by Mr. Levi Morris. The allusions to the Cavan Coch water supply were particularly happy. We hope to be able to publish these verses shortly. The next speaker was Mr. W. Scourfield. )1e dealt chiefly with the economic aspect of the temperance ques- tion. In view of the enormous expenditure on drink, he said, it would doubtless surprise many to learn that a square yard of land could be purchased with the money paid for a pint of beer. It was, nevertheless, an un- deniable fact. Mr. John James, who spoke very feelingly, said it gave him much pleasure to be able to associate with temperance men. He dwelt largely upon his past life and the manner in which he overcame the craving for strong drink. His speech created a deep im- pression upon all present. Bro. John Phillips, a visitor from Dyffryn Tent, next spoke, and urged all present who were not Rechabites to bacome, if not benefit, at least honorary mem- bers. He also spoke strongly of hte pernicious effects of cigarette smoking. Rev. Morgan Jones, E.A., dwelt upon the duty of the Church towards the temperance movement. He urged upon his hearers the necessity of a more ag- gressive policy among temperance societies. He thought the only solution of the present crisis would be a series of open-air meetings, so as to reach those who would not attend meetings. He would therefore propose that an open-air meeting should be held. This was seconded and carried. The date of the first meeting was fixed for January 25th. Mrs. T. Dacies next de- lighted the audience with one of her charming songs, which was rendered in her usual fin- ished style. Hardly ever has this popular singer been heard to greater advantage. Mr. W. Thomas spoke deploring the inac- tivity of temperance advocates, and emphasised the necessity of doing more towards temperance and sobriety. Mr. D. J. Morgan said he would have liked to be present as a member, but had been prevented on medical grounds. He asked those present to co-operate with him in tho- formation of an I.O.G.T. Lodge in order to extend throughout the district the principles of temperance. A committee was thereupon appointed for that purpose. Bro. D. T. Evans B.Sc., also spoke of the pleasure it afforded him at being present, although he was not a member of the Whitland Tent. He hoped, however, to become associated with them in the cause of temperance at Whitland. Bro. T. Davies, in thanking all for their attendance and support, said that many people consider tem- perance a bar to success in business. He, how- ever, had not found it so. The Rev. Morgan Jones and Bro. T. Davies gave quite a spirited rendering of a duet, which brought down the house. The singing of the Doxology brought to a close one of the most enjoyable meetings ever held in Whitland. <


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