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I RUTHIN". SUKOEANT [(oss.- The ltuthin Volunteer Corps at tended a full dress parade on Wednesday evening last, under the command of Ensign Adams. They assembled specially for the purpose of witnessing their esteemed drill-instructor, Sergeant lioss, being presented with his <Uncharge froin the regular army, in which he had faith- fully Served for a period of twenty-one years, in the 11th regiment. Two years ago, he was transferred from Ire- land to Ruthin, and since then he lias endeared himself not only to the Volunteer Corps, but also to a large number of friends in the town. Although he has not distinguished himself as a warrior, fur the simple reason that he has not experienced any active service, he has won to himself a high moral character, which will heuce- forth serve to extol him as a soldier and a citizen in the opinion of his countrymen. As a proof of his fidelity in his regiment, he was rewarded with a silver medal bear- ing the inscription-" Good conduct;" and his dis- charge is couched in language full of glowing and eulo- gistic terms. The Voluuteers, after going through a few evolutions, adjourned to the new assembly-room of the Lion Hotel, where they spent a few hours in a friendly and convivial manner. A purse containing X 10, sub- scribed by the members of the Corps, was presented to Sergeant Ross as a mark of their appreciation of his valuable services as their Drill. Instructor. COUNTY HALL, Monday, July 4.—Before J. Maurice, Lsq., and Gabriel Itoberta, Es(1. Several persons was summoned by Air. Price Ro- berts, assistant-overseer, for non-payment of poor rates. All the cases were settled out of court, except one, in which David Williams, Llanrhydd-street, was defendant, who was allowed a week to pay. The license of the Cross Guns Tavern, Llanarmon, was transferred to Eleanor Davies. Richard Edwards, of Wrexham, was summoned by PJO. Vaughan for riding in his cart without reius in the parish of Llaufair-Dyffryn-Clwyd, on the 18th ult. Fined 5s. and costs. LECTURE ON MISSIONS.—An important and highly successful meeting was held in the National Schoolroom, under the p. esidency of the Rev. the Warden of Christ's Hospital, RuthiD, to hear from the Rev. H. Rowley, a returned missionary, some account of what was being done and what was still to be done in the interior of Africa. Several of the neighbouring clergy were pre- sent, notwithstanding it was an evening meeting. The meeting was in connection with the Central African Mission. After the school choir, with the nsøiatance of the se. nior pupil-teacher at the harmonium, had sung the hvmn- "From Greenland s icy mountains, fic and prayer to God had been offered up, I'he Chairman, in a few introductory remarks, ex- plained the object of the meeting, and then called upon The Rev. H. Rowley, who began his lecture with an account of the geography of Eastern Africa, illustrating his remarks by a map. He stated that the Portuguese had retained their hold over that country since the time little subsequent to the discoveries of Vascodi Gama; that it was under Portuguese governors, with a governor general at Mozambique, and that the object of these governors in most cases appeared to be to get as much money as possible from the district over which they were placed. The very excellent laws and regula- tions sent from Europe were not worth the paper they were written on. The natives of the interior were un- der the government of their own chiefs, issisted by a council; many of the people are slaves. But the slavery was not of the horrible kind, too common in some other parts of the world, the slaves under their chiefs being in a similar position to that of the trained servants" under the patriarch Abraham. Owing to the mutual good feeling between governors and governed, the chiefs could not be prevailed upon to sell those under them who were slaves, and hence the wretched slave dealeri from the coast incited internal wars, and supplied the chiefs with guns and powde. that they might have the opportunity of purchasing the prisoners on either side. These were the wicked men who [to serve their own lust of gain] were the great scourge and curse of all that part of Africa to which their influence extended. The coun- try before them was under a happy government, and behind them often a desert. When the rev. lecturer and his fellow-missionaries first reached the interior, a blave war was going on to the north of them for the purpose of obtaining women and children as slaves. This hereafter proved a cause of great trouble, adding greatly to the horrors of the dreadful famine of two years later. On their way they released 120 slaves- their drivers being glad to run away when they found the persons they met were English and the description thezf the sight of suffering, and disease, and weak- ness was most touching. Many of the unhappy cap- tives were still with open wounds, and the shoulders of all the men were sore from the weight of the heavy yoke they had to carry, and which, cutting into the flesh as it was doing, was never taken off night or day. The kindness and truthfulness of the English soon won for them complete confidence, and they were able to exercise a happy influence over the natives, irrespective of direct teaching. Many customs of doubtful expe- diency were given up, or partly so many times punish- ment was remitted or ameliorated on their entreaty, while. on one occasion they rescued from death a poor woman, the widow of a chief, intended to be killei that she might wait upon her recently deceased husband in the world of spirits. The frequent remark, what you say must be good; we know you English never tell lies," shewed why the argument ot the missionaries were so often successful. From the remarks of the lecturer it is evident the African tribes are well prepared for the teaching of the Gospel; and we may hope that by the labours of such as he, they may receive Christianity before the entrance and influence of a vicious civilisation makes their condition well-nigh incapable and hopeless of improvement. The lecture was of great length and interest, and listened to throughout with the utmost attention. When it was concluded, the Chairman called upon The Rev. ThomM Kirk, to whose labours tie ascnoea the great success of the evening, to address the meeting, who began by expressing his unwillingness to interrupt the impression of the lecture; though, being requested to speak on the occasion, he might supplement the words of the lecturer by stating something of the labours and dangerous journeys, and great aelf-sacrihce of that gentleman, concerning which he had forebore to say a word. He concluded by calling upon all present not to forget the needs of Africa when the meeting was over; but to help those called upon to labour where Satan's seat is," that their efforts autt smaller sacrifices being ac- cepted of God, they might wear a brighter crown in the world to come. Rev. James Jones, rector of Llanfwrog, proposed, and Dr. Jones, of Clwyd-street, seconded, a vote of thanks to the lecturer, which was carried by acclamation. After singing the evening hymn and prayer, the meeting was dismissed with the benediction. The more than usually excellent collection, and the remarks of many persons afterwards, testified to the great interest awakened by the lecture. It has been frequently said since, that such an excellent meeting bas not been seen in Ruthin for a long time. This will, it is hoped, be grateful to the incumbent, and enoourag- ing for the success of future similar meetings.

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