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SECULAR FUNERAL. I Unique Service" at Danygraig. Those connected with the Swansea branch of the National Secularist Society took particular interest in tho first funeral service conducted under their auspices, at Danygraig Cemetery, Swan- sea. on Thursday afternoon, and thought the public would like to know that such proceedings were permitted. The funeral was that of Mr. Francis Prior, of 51, Westbury-street, Swansea, member of the Secularist Society. There was a small group at the cemetery await- ing the arrival of the funeral, and the proceedings were 'conducted in silence, broken only by the reading of tho formal address, which constituted the service." There was na singing, and there were no further remarks. Among those present were Mr. Robert Prior (brother of the deceased), May Prior (sister-in-law), Mr. Dupre (secre- tary of the National Secular Society, Swansea branch), Mr. Ben Jenkins (chair- man), Mr. J. T. Lloyd (vice-president), Mr. Charles Webb (uncle of deceased), Mr. James Webb (uncle), Mr. Stanley Webb (cousin), Mr, W. J. Thompson, and Mr. Evan Price (Llanelly). Before the reading of the service from Services without Theology," the repre- sentative of the Secular Society (Mr. J. T. Lloyd), said their brother was a con- vinced Secularist, who had done what he could to propagate its views, and he liad lived and died holding those views. There were lengthy references in the printed address, which was then read, to love and duty to humanity, and to charity, but no mention of soul or resurrection. They held their brother in high esteem for his life and character, and now bid him fare well, as they committed his body to the keeping of Mother Earth, which received them all,, and they would think of him with loving remembrance, and themselves go hence in the spirit of love, charity and service to one another.

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