THREE PREACHERS AM) THREE SERMOXS. ■BY S. D. C'.] This week I have had the pleasure of listening' to three sermons. all of which were excellent in themselves and which to me were rendered st;ll more impressive by the commanding' personality of each of the preachers. On Sunday night I heard Owen Edwards at Frederick-stree; Chapel. Cardiff, and on Monday night I heard Dr. John Thomas and Dr. Herber Evans at the English Independent Chapel. Bridgend. I had never heard one of them preach before, but I could imagine from the appearance of each what the style of his preaching would be even "before they ascended the pulpit. Owen Edwards is still young—barely thirty years of age. The first thing that strikes the observer is the air of peace- ful calm that surrounds him. One looks in vain into his face for evidences of turbulent passion or of impulsive thought. One need but look at this broad-browed, dark-eyed, clean-shaven man to see that his has not been a life of incident or adven- ture. His dreamy look, as well as his slightly stooping shoulders, betoken a life spent in study. He knows the world—from a distance he can analyse human character—but more from intuitive divination than from rourrh contact with the wodd; his knowledge is that of the philosopher and the student, not of the man of the world. The sermon was like the man calm. hop:ful. full of graceful imagery and pure longings after a great ideal. Not a sermon that appealed to the masses no striving- after effect no attempt to popularise—and perhaps vulgarise—the truth. It was simply a closely-argued, dispassionate lecture on the benefits that every nation would enjoy by retaining among its people the sanctuary of God. H? showed how the three great nations of antiquity strove after three different ideals. The Roman worshipped the Law. the Athenian worshipped Art. the Israelite worshipped the living God. We have entered into the fruits of the labour 01 the three. The Roman gave us the idea of union, the Greek taught us to see the beautiful, the Israelite revealed to us God. The preacher then contrasted the living God with the gods of antiquity. Every man must worship a deity: if not God, then he will make a god of his own lust or passion or sin. Such were the gods of the- old heathen nations of the world. They embodied all that was vicious and degrading and sinful in their worshippers. Every poet. of average genius and average honesty, criticised the gods of his country and good men recognised that they were better than the gods they worshipped. From this state, the Israelites saved the world. They re- vealed a God who would not be propitiated by a share in their sins and vices a God whom they could love and reverence, but not criticise a G-od who was the essence of all that n¡1,S good. purity itself, sympathy itself. love itself. He revealed himself to an oppressed race therefore he was the God of sympathy. He revealed himself to them m the desert, and every great religion emanated from the desert, both that of Jehovah and Mahomet, the true and the false. It was in the desert that man first beheld his own littleness and the greatness of God. Even from a worldly point of view, it was best for a nation to keep the sanctuary of the Lord in their midst for evermore for no immoral or sinful nation could last. and religion kept a high ideal before the people. The religious instinct of a nation did. indeed, abide with it for evermore. It might assumd different forms, perhaps even unworthy forms but it still continued to be the same. Once upon a time he (the preacher) saw a well springing up. over which a heathen temple once stood. The temple was destroyed, and a Christian monastery took its place. The monastery also was now in ruins, but the water bubbled up as clear and musical as ever from the well. There was hardly a change in the tone of the preacher s voice from beginning to end even in his voice there was the same uniform unruffled calm, which is characteris- tic of the man. Professor Barbier once said that he only knew two leaders of men in Wales—Prin- cipal Roberts and Owen Edwards. If that is so. the two quietest men in Wales are its leaders. A different man is Dr. Herber Evans. His is not the quiet, self-contained, reflective face of the scholar and the student. His energy is un. bounded: his every movement and everv look show the man of action. Massive of 'frame. of voioe. with a constitution strong Enough to enable him to preach at eight great anniversaries in three weeks, besides doincr his ordinary Sunday work (as he has done this month) Dr. Herber Evans seemed to have been destined by nature to be a great preacher in sermon-loving W ales. ^Sot that he is a mean scholar. Anyone who has heard him preacji knows how widely he has read and how judiciously he usc-s the ideas of modern writers. But you see that he is pre- eminently a preacher and a man of action, not a student. You felt that even when vou heard him read his text. Where is the Lord God of Elijah It were useless for me to try and give but a verv faint idea of the sermon, as it was delivered 'The main idea-the line of thought. I think sermon- makers would call it,-was that the Lord God of Elijah was still the same. •• There was a signifi- cance," he said. in every name that God assumed. He was the God of Abraham—for he was the God of the faithful. He was the God of Isaac-for he was the God of the commonplace, as well as of the great. men. He was the God of Jacob—for he was a God who sanctified and uplifted all who had communion with Him. He told Moses to say that he was I am -leaving a blank which meant that He was everything that the nation required. So he was the God of Elijah, because Elijah expected great things of Him. and he was not disappointed Wales was in danger of forgetting the God of Elijah in these days. They trusted too much in the power of culture, and education, and intellect these were great gifts, but if they wished to see manifestations of His power again, they must learn to expect them. He was convinced that it was through the power and faith in the efficacy of prayer that Mr. Spurgeon was still alive. Wales, it it was to be visited again by the old fire. would have to ask for it with prayer and faith." As I said, it is impossible in a short notice to convey any idea of the force, the humour, the pathos of the sermon. There were touches of oratory in it that can never be reproduced: there were little pathetic sentences, in it. which could be felt but not described, much less written. The man was greater than his sermon. Then came Dr. John Thomas. A different man, still, is he coming after the truly form of Herber Evans, he seemed to be quite a pigmy. Dr. Thomas is a good deal over seventy years of age. and one could hardly imagine from his appearance that he could preach three long sermons in a day. His eye. however, is still bright and keen as a hawk's. there is a vigour and an incisiveness in his words, which one generally expects only from a man in the prime of manhood. He looks an ascetic, and there is a stateliness- almost haughtiness — about his clear cut features that irresistibly reminds one of pictures of old ecclesiastics of the Middle Ages. When you see his face, as he sits immobile in a chair. you can understand how it is that some of the 6ft Mbe delight in calling him Doctor Pen-v-goeden •" but when he begins to speak, or when he tUrns to you with a smile, or with lurking humour tells a story, you then understand how it is that his per- sonality has fascinated those who best know him. Whatever may have been the case. there is but little now of the music and flexibility in his voice, which are the charm of Herber Evans. He read his text in a very low tone—so low that he could only be heard with difficulty, as he r-ad "To hearken is better than sacrifice, and to obey than the tat of rams." His treatment of the subject was old-tashioned in manner, but each thought was fresh, striking, original. His illustrations were all from the Bible, his authorities were the Scriptures. He did not unduly decry the use of ceretr onial. but he pointed out that the essential thing was an obedient heart. To obey God's com- mands was man's highest duty in this world, and obedience would be the great work of the saved in heaven. Even angels were" ministering- spirits." and heaven would consist, not of earthly praying or preaching, communing or singing, but of souls whose every thought and will moved in perfect unison with the will of God. Owen Edwards excels in grace and beauty of composition. Herber Evans in power and skill of delivery, John Thomas in severity and stateliness of style. Owen Edwards draws his illustrations from the history of the world. Herber Evans ex- plains the most abstruse points by every-day events, John Thomas finds his exegesis in the Bible. The sermon of Owen Edwards is somewhat marred by a monotonous delivery, the great strength of Herber Evans lies in his oratorical power, with John Thomas a good delivery aids, but does not take the place of. a good sermon. Owen Edwards charms by his beauty of style. Herber Evans by his tenderness of feeling, John Thomas by concentration of purpose.
AGRICULTURAL NOTES. [BY A WELSH FARMER.] Sunshine only put in an appearance to remind us of the blessings not accorded to us this season. Very few wheat samples come to any market in a dry or fit condition, and the difference between the "new wheat and the old is such that the London average has fallen 4s. 2d. on the week. The indomitable spirit with which the British farmer grows vdieat year after year is worthy of a better fate than to see fields promising five to six qrs. to the acre reduced in outturn to a bare four qrs.. and these of but poor milling value, hardly usable except by the help of foreign mixtures. To sow in hope" and to reap in derision" has now been the lot of the British wheat grower for four consecutive seasons. The most provident agriculture, the most scientific husbandry, will not prevent the disasters of a cold July, a wet August, and an unsettled Septem- ber. The vast superiority of English farming over that of all foreign countries, including the United States, can only be realised by remember- ing the immense advantages of settled climate enjoyed by all other wheat growers. Wheat is hardy in its resistance to cold. but it is not hardy in resistance to rain, and England is almos: the only country north of the fiftieth paralled of latitude in which any attempt is made to grow it at all.—Marl: Lttu E-rpren*. According to advices from all parts of Manitoba and the North-westt. the wheat harvest which is just over is one of the most bountiful known for several years past. Manitoba will have a surplus of 20.000 bushels for export to Gre..t Britain. The damage done by the frost has proved to be immensely slight. New to this country, though familiar in the United States, is the expedient that has been hit upon by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to induce the "surplus" British agricultural popula- tion to emigrate to Canada and seek fortune on farm territories in Manitoba. For this purpose a number of elaborate "advertisement" cars, laden with Canadian produce, including grain, fruit, grasses, and minerals, are being sent on tour through our agricultural districts, and the agents in charge of these "emigration vans expatiate to rural audiences on the advantages to be derived from transporting themselves to the Dominion. Intending settlers are informed that they will have 200.000,000 acres of land to choose from, and 160 acres as a free gift"—in'short, a veritable Utopia is promised the British farmer, who is supposed to believe that life in the old country is not worth living. BATIC -5D WEST AND SOT-THERN* COUNTIES SOCIETY.—Satisfactory evidence of the thoroughly practical character of the instruction given at the above-named society's Cheese School at Frome has again been supplied by the fact that all the cheese made in the school from May 11th to June 11th. 33 cwt., has just been sold to Messrs. Hill Bros., of Evercreeeh. at one uniform price of 65s. per 1121b The committee, with a view to encouraging students who have already attended the school to further add to the experience they have gained there, hayp arranged that any student who has gone through a week's instruction in t.he spring or summer shall be permitted to attend for another week in the autumn at half the fee. Special prizes will be offered at the society's annual meeting at Swansea in June next. for both cheese and butter made by students who have attended the society's schools. The value of the weighbridge in the buying and selling of cattle is coming to be fully recognised by agriculturists and stockholders in the Edin- burgh district. In that market one day last week every one of the fat cattle exposed were passed over the public weighbridge erected by the market authorities, and were presumably sold on the basis of their live weight. Twelve months ago. or even less, the weighbridge was hardly ever used. MARGARINE.—The British delegates to ths In- ternational Agricultural Congress visited a large margarine factory at Oss. near Bois-le-Duc. which every week despatches 300 tons of margarine to England. SHEEP WORRYING.—Yet once asrain has it been decided that. under certain conditions a person is justified in shooting a dog for sheep-worrying. At Spalding County Court, James Lunn has sued John Bailey, a farmer, of Moulton, for damages for shooting his shepherd dog. The act itself was admitted, but the plea of justification was set up. The defendant had had a lamb worried, and the plaintiff's dog. with others, was seen near it. and on a second occasion, when the dog was seen chasing another lamb, the defendant shot it. His Honour held that defendant was justified in shoot- ing the dog, and the case was dismissed with costs. UNSPORTSMANLIKE SPORTSMEN.—There is no greater amount of cant attached to any profession than that of sport. In proof of this. two flagrant 2ases are brought beneath my notice this week in the neighbourhood of Cowbridge. In the one case —the landlord so stocks his tenants' farms with rabbits that a deal of their crops are eaten up by those pests. Those rabbits he converts into cash, and his tenants dare not exercise their right under the Ground Game Act but under the certainty of ejection. In the other, a party of five guns out partridge-shooting, with a couple of keepers and half-a-dozen dogs, perambulated a standing field of barley for over half-an-hour—resulting in very serious damage to the field. One miirht think that the rain and winds of this season had done enough in this way, but possibly those men were not aware of this. It is not from Cockneydom alone that the 'Arry class of sportsman hails. It is a pity that the farmer submits—as he far too fre- quently does—to such outrages. No other class of his fellow-citizens would.
REVIEWS OF PUBLICATIONS. CYMpr (6d.).—The second number of the new National Welsh monthly is to hand, and fully bears out the excellent promise of the first number, which we reviewed in these columns sometime ago. The opening article, dividing and tabulating Welsh political and literary historty, is almost in- valuable to a people whose knowledge of their own history is most limited and vague, and whose story has yet to be written. It agurs well for the use- fulness of the History of Wales which the editor has promised us some years since, and which we understand will be published by Fisher L nwin as one of the Stories of the Nations series at the end of this year. The last few sen- tences are full of hope to us. Our bards and 1>tcrateurs have discovered the boundless wealth of our old tales and traditions. Their muse and spirit become more Welsh constantly, but without shutting out the wholesome influences of the literature of other nations. The masses are asking, not only for the history of Wales and the works of the chief Welsh poets, but also for Homer and Shakespeare—the romance is developing: perhaps the drama is not far-it always comes at a time when the nation's life is one strong life. By to-day the people of Wales are the most literary in their taste of any people in the world. The sermons of her pulpit are brightened by a tinge of literary style, her theology is true poetry. The Eisteddfod is nothing but the com- bination of literary meetings that are held in almost every glen. "There is no people in the world with a future so full of hope." We believe that the last sentence is one that was once used of Wales by Professor Jowett. the venerable master of Balliol College, Oxford. The Rev. Owen Jones writes an appreciative article on the late Dr. Owen Thomas. Professor Henry Jones translates into Welsh a lecture on Education" which was delivered by Professor Butcher, of Edinburgh, and which is well worth reading. The editor has a lively and charac- teristic article on the Swansea Eisteddfod, accom- panied by portraits of the Revs. Enilyn Jones. D. Adams, Pedrog. and Dr. Parry. The unknown bards of Wales are represented this month by Tudur Llwyd. of whom Ifan T. Davies. Llan- uwchlyn. writes. We more than suspect that it is the voice of Jacob that we hear when Ifan T. Davies speaks, for the article bears unmistakable signs that it comes from Mr. Owen Edwards' hand. The rest of the magazine is made up of unpublished poems by well-known Welsh bards, a page from the diary of Peter Williams, Editorial Notes. Reviews. Tit-Bits, a Children's page, and an old story. The concluding article— an account of a visit to Chester—is the brightest and sprightliest in the whole magazine. We are glad to find that Cyviru, which had such a promis- ing start last month that in a very short time it reached a second edition, still maintains its high standard of excellence.
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GENERAL NEWS. A DEAR BOOK.—At Teddington a copy of Matthew Arnold's prize poem at Rugby. Alaricat Rome"—recited by the author in 1840—has been sold for 50 times its weight in gold. A DEAD BA.BY.—A woman was found rushing about the Greenwich streets with the dead body of her baby in her arms. She had quarrelled .vith her husband as to its burial and taken it or: of we coffin. HOPE FOR THE FARMER.—The Britis} farmer may cheer up a bit. An American correspondent expresses the opinion that, as far as the L'nited States are concerned, the British farmer may rest assured he has seen the most they can do in the way of competition in the production of cereals. CARDINAL MANNING AND INTOXICANTS.—In all the churches of the Roman Catholic arch-diocese of Westminster yesterday th;re was read a letter from Cardinal Manning, imploring parents •• to bring up their children without the temptation or even the taste of any intoxicating drinks." A GOOD PL UT FOR BOYS.—Owing to the glut of plums in Kent. many growers will not pick hundreds of bushels, as the expenses come to more than the price obtainable at the London market. r Several farmers are actually called upon to pay a balance to the salesman. ANOTHER GOOD CLERICAL STORY.—It is the London correspondent of the Birmingham Gazette who tells the following story concerning one of the officiating clergy at the Dudley wedding :—the Rev. David Melville. Canon of Worcester. "David" Melville is a well-known name in the county. When the living of Witley was vacant in the time of the late Earl his reverence sent to the Earl the following laconic epistle, Lord, remember David." and he was not forgotten. A STORY OF A PANTHER.—A curious incident is reported from India. A dead man. a dead dog. and c live panther were all found together in a dry well. At night the panther had evidently chased the dog into the wetland fallen in himself. Hearing the dog howling, the man. knowing nothing of the panther, had probably gone to help the dog. and the panther killed both. In the morning the discovery was made. A noosed rope was let down and slipped over the panther, which was then hauled to the mouth of the well and shot by a policeman. WrXE BIBBING PARSONS. —The Darlington parochial registers contain some quaint entries, as the following extracts prove :-1639. Paid for Mr. Thomp-on. thtt preached the forenoon and after- noon. for a quart of sack. 14d. 1650. For six quarts of sack to the minister that preached when we had not a minister f!). 9s. 1663. For one quart of sack bestowed upon Mr. Gillet when he preached. Is. 4d. 16 91. For a pint of brandy when Mr. George Bell preached here. Is. Gd. When the Dean of Eurham preached here. spent in a treat with him. 3s. Cd. For a stranger that preached, a dozen of ale. 12s. It is clear, the AUianee Xews suggests, from the above extracts that deans, divines, and churchwardens in those days were not total abstainers. THE LAST OF THE -REBELS."—Bv the last Australian mail we learn that Dr. Kevin Izod 0 Poherty. the sole survivor of the Irish rebel leaders of 1848, who was transported to the anti- podes, is about to re-enter political life in Queens- land. For nearly twenty years he had sat in the Queensland Parliament. Then in 1885 he re- turned to the old land, and entered the House of Commons as member for North Meath. But he did not occupy that seat for many months. He sailed again for Australia. and resumed his practice as a medical man in Brisbane. A SINGULAR CAsK-On Saturday morninsr a singular case came before the Greenwich police. A woman was found in the streets with the body of a baby in her arms. and as she was in an ex- cited condition she was taken to the police-station. Inquiries were made. and it was ascertained that the child should have been buried on Saturday afternoon. The husband not having a suit of black to attend the funeral, a quarrel took place with the result that the wife lifted the body out of the coffin and commenced to perambulate the streets. The police induced the parties to settle their dispute, and the body was taken back to the house and replaced in the coffin. THE FOOLISH FASTTNG MAN.—After a most anxious and trying time. Jacques on Saturday succeeded in accomplishing his self-imposed task. During the fast he has been allowed to drink water, of which, mineral and plain, he has absorbed 1.784 ounces, or a trifle over 11 gallons. He has also consumed nearly four ounces of his power, or rather over half an ounce ppr week. His reception-room on Saturday was hardly-large) enough to accommodate his visitors. After carry- ing Mr. Kennedy, the mesmerist, who weighs 13st. 1 libs., on his back once up and down the room. he took his first meal since July 31st. He then proceeded to the central stage, where Mr. J. Ritchie, the President of the Aquarium Summer and Winter Garden Society, presented him with a medal. Jacques showed his acknowledgments, and through his lecturer, Mr. John Davies. re- turned thanks to the large company present. After leaving the Aquarium. Jacques, accompanied by his wife and two sons. returned to Crayford. where he was met by a procession and band. and escorted to his home by some thousands of people. Xo WONDER.—A bishop of the Church of Eng- land vouches for some further examination gems. One of the writers, who was asked to give some account of Oliver Cromwell, volunteered the original information that the Protectorate was very unhappy, and dreaded assassination. On his deathbed he cried. 1 If I had served my God as I served my King. I should not thus be forsaken in my old age V Another, evidently with tem- perance proclivities, defined syntax as a dooty upon spirits." One sharp youth, who was asked by an inspector, a Could your father walk round the world ?, was equal to the occasion. '-No, sir." said he. Why not" Because he's dead." BALMACEDA.—The eventful career of Bal- maceda. the dictator of the Chilian Republic, has come to a gloomy and characteristic end. After making his escape in the g'ui.e of a drunken sailor on board of Admiral Brown's r. S. ship. he has saved the Republic from further trouble by blow- ing out his brains. In some respects a great man. in all respects a clever one. Balmaceda, in his death, showed that he. like many another greater man. could not endure defeat. Three vears ago he was the most popular man in Chili, this week he has descended into a suicide's grave. A GREAT ATHLETIC FEAT.—On Friday sporting circles on Tyneside were greatly excited over the attempt of Mr. J. B. Radcliffe. Saxon." of the Xnrr/it7r Jm/rna7. to row a quarter of a mile. swim a quarter of a mile. run a quarter of a mile, ride a bicycle a quarter of a mile, and ride a horse a quarter of a mile. The event took place at Scotswood, near Newcastle, in the presence of a large number of spectators. Splendid weather favoured the performance. The distance was rowed in Imin. 43sec. Then Mr. Radcliffe tumbled from the boat into the river and swam to a quarter-mile flag in 5min. 39sec. Taking 53sec. to put on his shoes. Mr. Radcliffe started running, which he accomplished in lmin. 53sec. He then rode a bicycle on a quarter-mile track, and returned on horseback in 2min. 40see.. thus accomplishing the performance in 12min. 48sec.. or 2min. 12sec. inside the proscribed time. The feat was greeted with cheers. Efficient judges were stationed at various points, and everything passed off without a hitch. The event sprang out of a wager, and as Saxon is a household word among sportsmen in the north of England, betting over the perform- ance was brisk. At the start 2 to 1 on the man was laid. SMART CRITICISM.—Next to Wagner himself and his music. Mdme. Wagner is the most talked of person in Parisian society. Consequently, the £ '*itj(it'(> has put her into a niche in its own little temple of ephemeral fame. and describes her as follows among the Inxtnntaii?;•.<< Daughter of Liszt, divorced wife of Billow, widow of Wagner, she needs must love music. Very tall, very thin. with white hair she resembles her father in vivacity, her first husband in energy, and her second husband in vanity. She talks French ex- tremely well. thanks to her mother, who was the Countess d'Agoult. She lives for nothing but Bayreuth—has become a theatrical manager rather because she has a taste for the position than because she was obliged to make money. She is better pleased if people talk to her of her talent for organising than if they praise her husband's genns. Special characteristic: she is a capital business man." THE LABOUR COMMISSION ENCOURAGES SWEAT- ING.—That the Government is one of the worst offenders in the matter of women's wages has became a commonplace amonor economic facts. But the instance given by Mr. Webb to the Fabian Society on Friday night is a peculiarly unjustifi- able case of utilising sex as an instrument of petty economics. As a rule. when the Govern- ment employs women and pays them low wages it can defend its action on the ground that the wages it pays are the market wages for women's work. This defence, however, will not cover the case of of the lady who is employed as shorthand writer and typist by the Royal C immission on Labour. According to Mr. Webb. th? pay attached "to this for temporary Commissions is .£ 2 2s. a week, and a lady was appointed by the Commissioners on the supposition that this scale of pay would be con- tinued. She did her work admirable in ever way, but as soon as the Treasury heard that she was actually a woman they wrote and said that the salary must be reduced to 35s. a week. For petty meanness this is hard to beat. A REFORMING PROTESTANT."— Mr. Parnell, addressing a meeting at Cabinteeli. county Dublin, on. Sunday, said the Nationalists would carry South Dublin at the next election. Referring to registration, he said one man one vote would mean a grievous diminution of Ireland's electoral strength and political importance. One of the dangers of the future was the diminished Irish National representation. He believed there existed in Ireland enough independence to. form a strong party of protest and of opposition to any such pro- posals. It was useless to trust to any English political party, and he would never be a party to surrendering the independence of the Irish people at Rome. HODGE TO THE FORE. — The agricultural labourers have won a great success in Lincolnshire. thanks to the energetic policy of the Dockers' L'nion. and the support which they have given to the country districts in propagandizing and organizing work. Round Binbrook, in that county, the labourers—amounting to some three or four hundred men—have obtained a large in- crease in 'their wages. Prices for binding corn have been increased from 4s. 6d. to 6s. per acre. This will mount up, says the Trade Unionist, to something like 3s. a day extra. We hope that this is an earnest of good things to come for the labourers, and that Mr. Mann and Mr. Xicholls will succeed where Mr. Joseph Arch failed. HOBBIES OF ROYALTIES.—The Prince of Wales, as everybody knows, is a diligent collector of pipes, but he i s i:oi by any means the only one among European royalties who indulges in the collecting fad." The Tzar of All the Russian. for instance. co3;.>cts stamps and the eggs of birds of prey; William of Germany has a fine collection of auto- graphs, the passion for which he shares with his brothers," the Kings of Roumania and Sweden. The Queen of Italy, again, gathers in what shoes and gloves she can that have been worn by Sove- reigns of the past and present. She is the proud possessor of the shoes of Marie Antoinette, of Mary Stuart, the Empress Josephine, Queen Anne, and the Empress Catherine of Russia. The latter were the present of her son. the Prince of Naples, who brought them last year from St. Petersburg. FAST SPEAKERS.—The House of Commons loses, its most rapid speaker in the person of Mr. J. P. B. Robertson, the newly-appointed Lord Justice- General of the High Court of Justice in Scotland. Mr. Robertson rivalled the Rev. H. W. Webb- Peploc and the Rev. Arthur Mursell in the extra- ordinary speed of his utterance. With regard to Mr. Mursell. a newspaper once stated that owing to the remarkable speed of the rev. gentleman's utterance we are unable to give even a summary of his remarks." But all three speakers are put into the shade by the Rev. Phillips Brooks, the recencly-chosen Bishop of Massachusetts, who ejaculates at the rate of 210 words a minute. It would be interesting to have a completer tabula- tion of our public men from the point of view of the shorthand reporter. 11 Mr. Pitman's admirable system" is equal to 150 words a minute in the hands of an only average performer, and a first- rate expert can come up to 200. But over 200 is apt to be, phonographically speaking, only vanity and vexation of spirit and such a figure as 210 demands, not a phonographer, but a phonograph. GENTLEMANLY FOOTBALL. — Discreditable scenes on the football field are becoming un- fortunately far too common. On Saturday one of the Canadian players was ordered off the field at Middlesbrough. Yesterday there was also unplea- santness during the match against Wales at Wrexham. and on the Welshmen claiming a goal, which caused the score to be level—one goal each -the visitors disputed the point and left the field. In the League game played yesterday, in which Preston North End beat Burnley, at Preston, by five goals to one, the play was rough, and the conduct of the spectators—mostly followers of the visitors—very reprehensible. A GREAT SINGER BREAKING UP.The Mhics- trrl gives a sad account of the state of Madame Trebelli's health. Her last appearance in public at Copenhagen was painful to witness. She had to be supported by two persons on the stage, and her voice was but the ghost of that splendid organ once the finest operatic contralto heard on the boards since Albani's retirement. We understand that Madame Trebelli has now definitely bidden adieu to a calling of which she was for so many years a distinguished ornament.—Da Hi/ Graphic. THE BRITISH ARMY.—The returns of the British Army for the year 1891. published to-day, show that the effective strength of the Regular Army at the end of the year was 210,760. The total enrolled in the auxiliary and reserve force was :-Army Reserve. 60,233 Militia, 113,102 Yeomanry. 10.697 Volunteers, 221,048. The Pall JIall Gazette institutes a very clever comparison between Mr. Parnell and the ex- dictator Balmeceda, and quotes the following extracts from Mr. Parnell s speeches and Bal- mcceda's last confession. The resemblance is certainly striking :— He would not go into I had no one in the battle with men who army that I could trust, would shoot him behind the Generals being false his back. to me. 0 He and his friends My heart throughout did not strive for leader- was with Chili. I sought ship they strove to to rescue the country preserve the indepen- from foreign domina- dence of themselves and tion.—President Balma- their country.—Mr. Par- coda, Time*. September nell at Listowel. Time-v, 21, 1891. September 14. 1891. LORD EGERTON AXD FREE EDUCATION.—Lord Egerton of Tatton, who it is stated has just offered the site for a Church school in Eaton Chapel, near Manchester, coupled with such exacting provisions that his fellow-Churchmen have actually refused it on the grounds that they are alien to the spirit of the times, intolerant to Nonconformists, and in- consistent with the conditions of sehool life under the Education Act, is one of the mainstays of voluntary education in Lancashire, where it has such a strong hold. He is one of the most stalwart upholders of denominational education, and one of the most vehement opponents of the Board School system. On his own state- ment recently made to the President of the Education Boaad, Lord Egerton and his family have spent from ten to fifteen thousand pounds in building Church schools in Salford alone. There are, he said on the same occasion, thirty schools more or less under his control, but he lets it be understood that if education, according to the rules of the Church of England, were not carried on within them they would be shut up. If the law destroyed denominational education and sub- stituted Board Schools, he would not allow these schools to be handed over to the School Board. They would be suppressed, and their places would have to be filled at the expense of the ratepayers. Lord Egerton's autocratic veto over Church schools in the Manchester Diocese has met with an unexpected check in the refusal of the Heaton Chapel School managers to agree to his exactions. STATUE OF JOHX W ESLEY.-The statue of John Wesley is now rerdy to be elevated to its granite pedestal in the yard of Wesley's Chapel in the City-road. It is the work of Mr. Adams. Aston, the sculptor who is responsible for the beautiful sculptory on the Wesley Memorial in Westminster Abbey. It will be remembered that at the opening of the meeting in March, by which Wesleyans commemorated the hundredth anni- versary of the death of the founder of that sect, a plaster cast of this statue was unveiled by Dr. Moulton, the president of the Conference. The work of moulding in the actual bronze has since been in progress. FOOTBALL IX ENGLAND.—Despite the croaking chorus to which last season ended (says the National Obs-rrer'), and a certain lying list of fatal acidents. football has re-arisen after the recess like a young giant refreshed with wine. We may tak■! it. then, that professionalism, how- ever gross and familiar it has waxed, has not suc- ceeded in throttling the parent tree. Nor, though the branch overtop the trunk, does it excel in girt and stability. Each year sees the distinc- tion between football and professionalism more and more strongly marked. The one. like riding to hounds, will ever be popular as a pastime the other, like horse-racing, is a merely commercial round of prizes, gate-money, and bets. Sooner or later amateurs and professionals must part com- pany, though the actual rebellion of League against Association may still be a matter of years. Nor need the schism cause much heartburning when it does come. The rougher element will go on paying its sixpences and shillings to watch the struggles of the champions on whom it has wagered it will be plagued with no worse trickery than you shall see on any racecourse the spectacle will be more exciting and more profit- able. Once free of professionalism, once purged of the commercial taint, football cannot fail to prosper as of old, nor to secure a meed of the uni- versal approval lavished on cricket. In Wales, however, it is the other way about, and cricketers would only be too glad to secure part of the "universal approval" lavished on football.
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