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HOLYHEAD. ACCIDEST TO CAILPENTElls.-On Monday last a num- ber of ship carpenters employed in the graving dock near this town were precipitated to the depth of IS to 20 feet by their stage giving way. Two of them, Thos. Brown and Richard Jones, both married men. Buttered most by the fall. The former is reported to have sut- fered very great injuries in the face, head, &c. Had not some of them the presence of mind to throw away sharp tools from their hands, the catastrophe night have been still greater. AUXILIARY DIBLE SOCIETY. l On Monday evening last, this town was visited DY tne t Bev. Thomas Phillips, the worthy agent of the above Society. The annual meeting this year was held at the Hyfrydle Chapel and attended by a large congregation, a great number of whom were young people, which in- dicates that this good cause is not likely to die at Holy- head. At the opening of the meeting, the Rev. W. Griffith, Independent minister, gave out one of the late Williams of Pantycelyn's heavenly hymns to sing, be- ginning thus—" Na fydded ardal cyn bo hir." Then he read the last eight verses of the nineteenth Psalm, and offered a fervent prayer for the success of the Society in all its operations. The Rev. Richard Jones, Holy- head, as the Chairman of the Local Bible Society in this town, was called to preside. Mr. Jones said that the object of this meeting was to keep up the life of this good Society; that it had been established by our worthy fathers upwards of sixty years ago and that he was confident it will not be al- lowed to wither away from want of support from us whom are their descendants. Having expressed his hope that the home speakers he was about to call would briefly address the meeting, so that the Society's Depu- tation might get time enough to lay the claims of this good cause before the congregation, he called the Rev. W. Griffith, as secretary to the island of Anglesey, to read the report of the Society for the past year. Mr. Griffith said that this is the greatest and the most pure of all societies, inasmuch as the Bible is the greatest and the purest of all bouks. The whole re- ceipts from Anglesey during the past year was above £ 750—viz., A mlwcli district, X40 9.1. 7d. A berfft-a tv, X20 2s. 2Jd. Beaumaris, JE47 14s. 6d. Bodedern, jC94 3d. Bryusiencyn, X60 13s. 9d. Bryndu, £ 19 13s. OJil. Gaerwen, fID 5s. lid. Holyhead, 989 8s. 2d. Llan- fectiell, C76 14s. 8d. Llangaffo, S21 13s. 5Jd. Llan- gefni, jE67 13s. 2d. Llanfairypwll, £14 lljd. Mall- traeth, £ 26 9s. 9d. Menai Bridge, £38 12s. lid. New- borough, R15 16s. 4A. Pentraeth, 261 12s. 9d. Rhos. yblll, ilO Is 8d. Trewalchmai, £25 14s. lid. Total, X759 Is. He added that he was happy to find that Holyhead is now, as is generally the case, near the top of the list with every religious and philanthropic society in the land. Rev. John Williams, Baptist minister, rose, and said that our country would present a sad aspect without this Society—no lsibles aud but tew readers, in Car- narvonshire there was an adage used of one that could read well-" ITe reads like a parson," meaning that readers in former times were as scarce as one in each parish. We have now thousands upon thousands of Bible readers, and happily so many 'Jiblea in our coun- try. The law of the Bible is the only law that the whole nations of the world recognise. Rev. Robert Jones said he could hardly think it pro- per for him to say anything-he being at home. But as he considered obedience to be a most valuable quality, he stood up and urged the audience to continue in their support to this excellent cause. Rev. Owen Hughes said that every man that has ex- perienced the force of the Bible truths, will readily own that in this book we find the most extraordinary in- stances of benevolence known-tliat of Christ in due time dying for the ungodly. Let us, therefore, learn from His example to help those with the knewledge of Christ who cannot help themselves with it. Rev. T. Phillips, deputation from the Mother Society on rising was greeted with applause. Speaking in English he said—During the past 12 months I have at- tended 198 similar meetings to this, and in all these, though the platform was similarly composed to the pre- sent one-of gentlemen of all shades of opinions and religious creedi-he had not witnessed any unpleasant- ness or discord. lie had read or some one wno nan fallen among thieves, but he had not fallen in a similar way this evening. He had fallun among wise men, who knew how to multiply speakers, and that without any waste of time to the meeting. Their speeches were short, but quite apropos. Referring to the chairman's remark respecting the disproportion in the contributions of Holyhead to those in the Island of Anglesey; he said it was not always safe to handle facts and figures and compare them. His habit was to praise the town people in the town, and the country people everywhere. People were so apt to paint black white, and vice versa, for their own ends. How difficult it is to compress the doings of such a society to the space of an hour and that of one ye tr's doings. You want to know what the society is, has done, and is doing. And again, you want to know what we mean to do-God help us You will be glad to learn that there are no symptoms of decay. It has completed its sixty-first year, and the society is now in the first week of its sixty-second year. During the last year, how great has been the labour I Friends increase in numbers, even in these days of great competition generally speaking; there is a willingness among Christ- ian people to unite in this great and good cause. We have formed 94 new societies during the past year. There is more interest displayed in public meetings than ever. The past year has witnessed great increase in the society's revenue. Had I been here twelve months ago, I would have displayed a down cast and mournful ap- pearance, and would have to tell you that there had heett a falling off in the funds of the society of £ 9,00j. This, as you may imagine, and as I believe, was to be attri- buted chiefly to the great distress in Lancashire. Now, however, I am happy, and cannot help feeling proud in telling you that this year the funds have exceeded those of any pevious year by £ 10,000. This is a very pleas- ing fact to tell all interested in the society. Then again, the circulation is truly marvellous, and increasingly so. We can hardly trust our memory with the number. The circulation of the Word of God last year amounted to 2,495,118 copies. These have been scattered far and wide all over the world. The United Kingdom in parti- cular has cause to be thankful. Immense numbers have been given gratuitously to schools, infirmaries, hospitals, railway stations, workhouses, &c. France has received 74,000 copies; Holland, 32,000; Belgium, 5,000; ex. tensive Germany, 4CO,000; poor little Denmark, 20,000; Sweden and Norway, 108,000; Protestant Russia, 17,000; down-trodden and priest-ridden Italy, 28,000. Then vast numbers have been sent all over the world besides. Let us join to thank God for the pastjand unite in prayer for success in the future. (Speaking in Welsh the rev. gentleman continued). Reverting to the 198 meetings he had attended during the past year he said- That he had met with people of all religious creeds, and he could not agree with some persons who thought these were like so many gunpowder barrels, and wanting in contact only, they would explode with fearful result. He had no cause to believe that theory. He had wit- nessed disorder in certain places, but with some people order was disorder. In the Mother Society's manage- ment, thirty six gentlemen met many times a year. These gentlemen represented all classes of Christian people, and it was a matter of surprise to witness how these gentlemen of high standing, sacrificing a vast deal of their time and money, managed to agree, and to disagree, in their deliberations. They disagree like gentlemen, and fell into one another's views like gentlemen and Christians. It was no little thing to consider the con- tents of 184 letters in one meeting of the committee. These embraced all kinds of questions, and many of them of most extricate and difficult solution. But although they had these difficulties to encounter, nothing was al- lowed to disturb the harmony of their deliberations. They came to speak not of what separates them, but of what unites them-the Bible. If they do not agree, why, of course, they agree to disagree as Christians do. Concord also shows itself in particular once a year in Exeter Hall, on the first Wednesday in the first week in May. It is a grand sight to see 5,000 persons in one building of all languages, colour, countries, creeds, and stations. There you may see a large platform—a deal larger than this, and a great deal better fitted -with 800 gentlemaucn it. These are members of Parliament, some of the highest members of the highest ranks in the aristocracy—archbishops, bishops, noted and eminent men in philanthropy, education, and ministers of religion from every class and section of Christians. It is a grand sight! and the Earl of Shaftesbury in the chair. The first thing that is done—they all unite in prayer. It is then we experience the true meaning of those words— Our Father," not your Father and not mine. There is something sublime and solemn in this prayer. Then for one hour we take a tour round about the whole world, visiting nations far and wide, of all colour and blood, and you may accompany us ill the car. There we start across the narrow English Channel to r rzince, w Belgium, to Holland, to Germany, Cologne, Frankfort, Berlin, Elberfeld, Bohu; then off we go across the Alps and alight on the deep and beautiful valleys of Switzer- land and Geneva; then we go to Sweden, Russia, and back again to central Europe, to down-trodden Italy, Naples, Tuscany, and to the beautiful plains of Lom- bardy, and over the narrow sea to Africa, over seas and plains, until we reach the Cape of Good Hope, Abyssinia, Nubia; then to Asia, to great India, rich China, Thibet and Japan, to ennumerate what we have done, or rather failed to do in Japan and China. Before we return we visit the South Sea Islands, and follow Dr. Tucker in Australia; then we visit North and South America, the American British Colonies, and return home to Britain. Then commence the addresses.—The Hishop of Win- chester—a fine hale old gentleman of 75 years of age, looking well enough to see another quarter of a century. He has been connected with the society 50 years, and I find two or three in this county who can boast of the same. The Bishop said—" The longer I live the more attachment I feel to the Bible Society." Then Mr. Arthur, Secretary to the Wesleyan Bible Society, of vast experience in Italy and Indian history after years of residence in each. After him we have the Bishop of Ripon, and the stalwart, noble-looking Canon Stowell, of Manchester, who makes himself heard by all. Then comes Dr. Edwards, the Presbyterian, and the Baptist Spurgeou of world-wide notoriety, and the learned Dr. George Smith, and the noble quaker—Joshua Fostsr- who, though in his 83rd year, rises to bear testimony to the effects of the Bible." Churchmen, nay, everybody are proud to get their shoulders under this ark, and like good soldiers, fight their battles well. In returning last May, for the 28th time from the Annual Meeting, I could not help exclaiming Behold, how good and how ptOMMt it ia for brethren to dwell together in imity. Another characteristic of this society is success. U n¡,U is the forerunner of suems; discord is the first principle of Satan's action. 84 new branch societies were formed. Last year more public meetings were held. £ 10,000 more received last year than ever. 164 translations, increased to 167. All are indications of success. At first sight three new translations may appear insignificant to some. This is not so. Though a little good, it is a great good, in usefulness and in its result. Is it a little thing to strike the rock to obtain water in a wilderness. What follows -8 rock pouring crystal water for the first time. A new translation of the Bible is like the sun pouring forth its rays into a chaos. How many'years did it take to get a translation of the Bible to Welsh ? and was it not after ten vain attempts an English version was ob- tained. It took 16 years to translate the Bible to Chinese. (Here Mr. Phillips described a late visit of his to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, late missionaries at Cassia Hills, India, and their present work of translating the Bible to the dialect of those regions. He contended that it was no mean or easy task. That no man in Great Britain or Europe could do it, and very possibly not more than two or three in Cherapongee, as the dialect was until lately without any literature of any kind until Mr. Lewis had laboured for 20 years to accomplish this.) It. was a surprising fact that 11 Bibles had been sent out on an everage every minute from Jiarlst repository last year. France with its tyranny had been the receptacle of a great number of copies of the Scripture, but there were great obstacles against the free and easy distribu- tion of the sacred volume, for each had to be stamped by the Government, and no colpolteur was allowed to sell any copies in any department or parish until his certifi- cate had been endorsed by the priests, and these threw every obstacle they could in the way. He had last year stood upon a spot in Britanny where 6 Bibles had been burnt by order of the priest, and the colpolteur had in one instance witnessed the burning of one Bible by the hand of a priest, the colpolteur at the same time declar- ing that he would in the judgement day bear witness to the deed. Mexico had opened its doors to the circula- tion of the Bible, and the society was now in want of a representative on the western slopes of the Andes, for Chilli and Patagonia. The two Canadas were also glad recipients of the Word of God, as were the West Indies. These, as the rev. gentleman remarked, were but few illustrations and proofs of the success—and urged the audience to pray for still more success. He closed his able, lucid, and very interesting address by urging the town to greater liberality. Mr. E. P. Griffith, treasurer of the Auxiliary Bible Society at Holyhead, explained that the larger contribu- tions of the Bodedern district were apparent only and not real, as the Holyhead district embraced but two parishes, while the Bodedern and other districts includ- ed a great nunber of parishes. This explanation seemed to the meeting satisfactory. Having sung a hymn, the meeting closed by the Chairman repeating the benediction. This meeting was better attended than auy other of the kind for many years—the large chapel being well- nigh tilled-with a highly respectable audience.

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