Two successful soul-winners. —-Family, origin and credentials.
— Of Baptist stock. —Reformers of Monmouthshire. —
Pontypool. — Early environment. — Parents. —Granny
Walden. — Rev. David Roberts. — Seth‘s exploits as
boy. — British School — First occupation. — Runner,
wrestler and boxer. — Frank kept at school.
Treforest. —Brothers in Church Choir. —Advent of Salvation
Army. —Ted Rickett. —Dai Caravan. —Frank and Seth
are converted. —Remarkable experiences. —Seth at Blaenavon.
— Frank at Cinderford.
Frank arrives at Neath, Fair Week, 1882. —Account of first Sunday
morning service, by Dr. Davies. —Other reformers at Neath, Rev.
William Davies and Rev. John Wesley. —Seth joins Frank at Neath.
—The reason why. —Seth knocked sinners down and Frank, picked
them up. —Archdeacon Griffith a true, friend— First Mission
Hall. —Quaker supporters and others. —Worked without Secretary
or Committee. —Wonderful provision for them. —Seth’s
wedding. —His description of first home. — Converted clowns
and pugilists preach at Neath. —Summoned for Street obstruction.
—Gaol threatened. —Fine paid by unknown friend.
Seth keeps a Diary, 1887—1890. — Programme of meetings for
the week. — Open-air services. — Favourite spots in the
town. — Fierce opposition. — Cottage prayer meetings. —
Buying books. — Tract distribution. — Beech tree in Gnoll
Woods. —Bibles sold at Neath Fair. — Preaching to showmen.
— Sequah’s visit. — Coal waggon as pulpit. —
Crier’s bell. — Family altar. — Gospel Temperance.
— Evidence before Sunday Closing Commission.
Moral condition of Neath. — Prayer for blessing, — Seth
saves the Neath Y.M.C.A.— Some notable converts at the Mission.
— Ton Thomas (Twm y Glomen), Charlie the Gipsy, David Thomas (Dai
Mali), Maggie the Nuts. — Evan Rees, one of the four Founders
of the Sunday School. — Jim Currie’s escape. — The
last groat in the house and the reward.
The Mission Choir formed and trained by Frank. — Secretary and
Treasurer appointed in 1887. —Income in I888. — Coal supplied
in answer to prayer. — The brothers’ genius for making friends.
— Oscar Snelling and Captain Harvey. — Visits to Cornwall.
— Excursions to llfracombe and Porthcawl. — Panic owing
to a telegram. —CaIl to Bristol in I888. —Rev. Caleb Joshua’s
visits to the Mission. — Neath Mission taken over by the Presbyterian,
Forward Movement. — Frank ordained at Cilfynydd Association. —
Well-organised church. —Prominent workers. — Second Hall
built, 1903-4. — Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams. — Effect of
Great War upon Frank Joshua’s health. — Death in 1920. —
Memorial Cross and magnificent Organ. — Inscription.
Frank’s personality. — Selflessness. — Charm of manner.
— How he trained Bob Jones as conductor. — Studied in Gnoll
Woods. — Huddersfield “ a favourite tune. — Care for
the poor. — Willing helpers. — Testimony of Police Superintendent.
— Mrs. Penn Lewis bears witness. — His good humour. —
“Count your blessings,” an incident. — Adam, where art
thou? — “Good at heart,” his retort. — Are you
converted? — A ruse that failed. — A bribe offered but refused.
— The table Ioaned by a county policeman. — A threat to shoot
Frank — A soldier fed.
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Seth Joshua and Dr. John Pugh. —Seth goes to Cardiff with a borrowed
tent in I89I. —Why he left Neath. —First tent at East Moors.
—First convert. —Neville Street, Canton. —Carpenter‘s
loft. —Memorial Hall, Cowbridge Road. —Cardiff “shebeens.”—
Memorable experiences. —Old Dan Rees. —Ordained in 1893.
— Newport. —Cardiff. —Swansea. — The opinion
of Dr. Cynddylan Jones, “Best all round missioner I have ever
Two remarkable years, 1903-04. —Friends lost in 1903. —Connexional
Evangelist, 1904. —A day at Langstone Park, shooting. —
Reasonable recreation. —Visit to Shrewsbury, Coedway, Montgomery,
Newtown and Welshpool. —Glasgow. —Illness. —Rev. William
Ross, Cowcaddens. —Seth reads the mystics, Madame Guyon and Santa
Teresa. —Driven to bare faith. —Rev. W. Ross at Cardiff.
—Missions at Maesteg and Blaenycwm. —Visit to Rocking Stone,
Pontypridd. —Moorland Road Hall. —Wrexham Mission. —Trevethin:
—Sketch of sermon on 2 Cor. 5, 1. —Beaten oil. —Death
of Rev. W. Ross. —Prestatyn. —Vale of Clwyd. — Pontnewynydd.
—Hafod. —Sophia Gardens. —Interview with Revs. Thomas
Law and F. B. Meyer. —Cinderford. —Llandrindod. —Profitable
conversation. —New hall opened at Neath. —Gower. —Stripping
for mission work,
Mission at Neath, Sept. 1904. —Cardiganshire. —Seth’s
prayers for a revivalist. —New Quay. —Newcastle Emlyn. —Full
assurance of faith. —Blaenannerch, Evan Roberts’s prayer.
—Morriston. —Penffordd. —Cinematograph used. —.
Llandudno, Seth and Frank. — Rhyl