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THE CHURCH AND REFORM.

"SWINE, PAUPERS, AND THE DEAD."

A CRUMBLING ESTABLISHMENT.

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A CRUMBLING ESTABLISHMENT. THE boast of the advocates of the Church of England is that it is essentially the church of th people. We have always accepted that statement with a considerable quantity of salt, and we think that the parishioners of Hornton, Oxfordshire, will dismiss it as being absolutely without founda- tion. The sanctuary there is a heap of ruins, and has become useful by affording facilities for accom- modating birds to roost. The sacred edifice is filthy, the pews are tenanted with spiders and adorned with a variety of cobwebs, and such is its condition that service is held in the schoolroom in the afternoon. The state of affairs has been t reported to the BISHOP OF OXFORD, who has re- marked, "The facts are sad, but are known." Surely it is the prelate's duty to see to the fabric of the churches in his diocese. If it is not, it gives further argument to disestablishers, who seek to relieve all bishops from their irksome and harassing duties in the House of Lords, so allow- ing them more time to look after the souls com- mitted to their cure. The church professes to provide for the religious wants of the nation, and in order to carry out that idea provision should be made everywhere. Hornton is part of the nation, and it may occasionally be supposed that some cleric draws tithe from the land as the church is not deconsecrated. It would be more in accord with the virtuous sentiments uttered by church dignitaries if a few pounds of her wealth were spent in renovating GOD'S houses, and less ex- pended on bishops' palaces.

THE CLERICAL CANVASS.

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A DANGER REMOVED.