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.- - - - -.. LECTURE ON ALCOHOL…



BUTHIN. I?oss,Tiie f,iitliiii :it tended a full parade on Wednesday evening las*, under the couim uidot Ensign Admni. They assembled specially tor the purpose of witnessing their esteemed drill-instructor, Sei";e iiit Ho- being presented with his discharge from the regular army, iu which he had taith. fully served for a period of twenty-one years, in th,, 1] th regiment. Two years ago, he was transferred from Ire- land to Huthill, and since then he lias endeared himself not only to the Volunteer Corps, but also to a large nuinlier of friends in the town. Although he fias not distinguished himself as a warrior, for the simple reason that he has not experienced any active service, he has won to himself a high moral character, which will hence- forth serve to extol liiin as a soldier and a citizen in the opinion of his countrymen. As a proof of his fidelity in his regiment, lie was rewarded with a silver medal bear- ing the inscription "Good conduct;" and his Mis- charge is couched in language full of glowing and eulo- gistic terms. The Volunteers, after ^oing through a few- evolutions, adjourned to the new assembly-room of the Lion Ilotel, where they "lwnt a few hours in a friendly and convivial manner. A purse containing £ 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. Cous'rv HALL, Monday, July 4.-Before J. Maurice, Esq.. and GabritS Koberts, Esq. Several persons was summoned by lir. Price Ro- berts, assistant-overseer, for non-payment of poor rates. All the cases were settled out of court, except one, in which David William. Llanrhydd-street, was defendant, who was allowed a week to pay. The license of the Cross linns Tavern, Llanaruion, was transferred to Eleanor Davies. Richard Edwards, of Wrexham, was summoned by P.O. Vaughan for riding in his cart without reins in the parish of ijtantair-Dytfryn-Llwyd, on the 18th ult. Fined 5s. and costs. LKCTUKK os MISSIONS.—AN important and highly successful meeting was held in the National Schoolroom, under the p. e..i,!eucy of the Rev. the Warden of Christ's Hospital, Ruthin, to hear from the Rev. H. Rowley, a returned missiouary, some account of what was being done and what was still to be done in the interior of Africa. Several of the IIdghbnuriug 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 assistance of the ne- oior pupil-teacher at the harmonium, had stuig the liyinti- &c "From Greenland's icy mountai.ns, .&.c and prayer to God had been offered up, rhe Chairman, in a few introductory remarks, ex- plained the object of the meeting, and then called upon The Rev. I-l. Howley, 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 iittie subsequent to the discoveries of Vascodi Gama; that it was uurler Portuguese governors, with a governor general at Mozambique, and that the object of these governors in most cases appeared to be to get aR 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 were un- der the government of their own chiefs, assisted by a council; manv of the people are slaves. -But the slavery was not of the horrible kind, too common in some other part. of the world, the slaves under'their chiefs being in a similar position to that of the "trained servant-s" 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, jand hence the wretched slave dealers from the coast incited internal wars, and supplied the chiefs with guns and po«de. 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 first reached the Ulterior, a slave 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 drivors being glad to run away when they founol the persons they met were English and the description given of 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. rh" 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 he killel that she inilzht wait upon her recently deceased husband in the world of spirits. The frequent remark, wtiat you Bay must be good we know you English never tell lies," hewed why the argument of tho missionaries were so often successful. From the remark. of the leeturei 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 in.provement. The lecture was of great length and inttreBt, and listened to throughout with the utmost atteiitiou. Wheu it was concluded, the Chairman called upon The Rev. ThomM Kirk, to whose labours be ascribed the great success of the evaiing, to address the meeting, who began by expressing his unwillingness to interrupt the impression of the lecture though, being requested to "peak on the occasion, he might supplement the words of the lecturer by stating something of the labours and dangerous journeys, and great self-sacntice of that gentleman, concerning which he had forebore to sty ;I word He concluded by calling upon all present not to forget the needs of Africa wheu the meeting was over; but to help those called upon to labour "wherc Satan s seat is," that their efforts and smaller sacrifices being ae. 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 has not been seen in Ruthin for a long time This will, it is hoped, be grateful to the incumbent, and encourag- ing for the success of future similar meetings.

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