South Glamorgan Division. MR. A. J. WILLIAMS, M.P., WILL ADDRESS HIS CONSTITUENTS] During the coming Week as follows :— TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th. At the Croesyparc Chapel, Peterstone. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14th. At the Board Schoolroom, Llancarfan. THURSDAY. OCT. 15th. At Zoar Cbap-jl.Bonvilstone, near St. Nicholas. The Chair at each Meeting will be taken at 7.30 p.m. ALL ARE IXVITED TO ATTEND. Park Hall, Cardiff. SATURDAY POPULAR 1 CONCERTS, SEAS OX 1891-2, Coi.immch'ifi OCTOBER 24th. 1891, icith MRS. ALICE SHAW (La Belle Sifileuse), and THE 3WA1SEA PRIZE WINNERS. Ticket Books for the Season now ready. Acrompanlxt: Jhr CLA RA NOYELLO DA TTRS. Conductor: Mr. J. 1 CO 11 DA rIBS. [481 BARRY & CADOXTON LOCAL BOARD THE above Bo.-rd are prepared to receive JL TENDERS for UNIFORMS for the INSPEC- TOR OF NUISANCES and the ASSISTANT INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES, the Uniform to consist of Tunics, Trousers, and Caps. Patterns of the rniform may be seen at the Inspector of Nui- sances' Office. Vere-street, Cadoxton. between the hours of ten and four, or ten and one. a.m. on Saturdays. Sealed Tenders, endorsed Tenders for Uniform." must be sent to me on or before Saturday, 24th instant. The Board do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any other tenders. Bv Order. J. ARTHUR HUG-HES, Clerk. Local Board Office, 8th Oct.. 1891. f473 BARSY & CAMSTOIT LOCAL BO ARB THE above Board are prepared to receive ± OFFERS for the LETTING of suitable LAND FOR ALLOTMENTS. Sealed applications to be endorsed. Allotments." are to be sent to me on or before Saturday. 24th October, 1891. By Order. J. ARTHUR HUGHES. Clerk. Local Board Offices, 8th October, 1891. [477 Barry and Cadoxton Local Board. TO CONTRACTORS AND OTHERS. THE Board hereby invite TENDERS from JL persons willing to Contract for the SUPPLY OF HORDES. HAULIERS and CARTS to do the necessary haulage work required for the Repairs of Roads in the District, for a period of SIX MONTHS (or Twelve Months if required), from the 1st day of November next. The District to be divided as follows, viz. :— Division No. 1. Cadoxton District. Division No. 2. Barry Dock District. Division No. 3. Barry District. Division No. 4. Merthyrdovan Disrrict. Further particulars and Forms of Tender may be obtained on application to the undersigned. Sealed Tenders, endorsed "Tender for Haulage." Division 1, 2. 3, or 4. as the case may be. to be delivered to Mr. J. A. Hughes. Clerk to the Board, on or before the 26th day of October, 1891. The Board do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any Tender. Bv Order, J. C. PARDOE, Surveyor to the Board. Cadoxton. 8th October. 1891. [475 Barry and Cadoxton Local Board. TO CONTRACTORS AND OTHERS. The Board hereby invite TENDERS from persons willing to Contract for the Work of SCAVENGING the District for a period of Three Months (or Six Months if required) from the 1st day of November next. Th; district to be divided as follows :— Division No. 1. Cadoxton District. Division No. 2. Barry Dock District. Division No. 3. Barry District. Specification may be seen and Forms of Tender obtained on application to the undersigned. Sealed Tenders endorsed "Tenders for Scaven- ging Division No. 1, 2, or 3. as the case may be. to be delivered to Mr. J. A. Hughes. Clerk to the Board, on or before the 22nd day of October, 1891. The Board do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any Tender. By order, J. C. PARDOE. Surveyor to the Board. Cadoxton..Qth October, 1891. [474 CADOXT05• ,TL'XTA BAEEY. Eligible Building Land Tenders ARE invited for the Leasing of a FIELD or CLOSE of LAND, containing nearly Eight Acres, situate as above, suitable for BUILDING PURPOSES, being Number 246 on the Parish Tithe Map. and known as Brooksfield. The term of years would be ninety-nine. The Tenders must be sent in on or before the 1st day of November. 1891. and mirst be accompanied by a plan for approval by the Lessors, showing how it is pro- posed the Laud shall be laid out, both as to roads and the number and class of houses to be erected and built. A form of the Lease to be granted can be inspected at the office of Messieurs GROVER and GROVER. Solicitors. Crockhcrbtown House. Cardiff, to whom the Tenders must be addressed. Neither the highest nor any Tender will be ne- cessarily accepted. [13 TO BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS. TENDERS are invited for the ERECTION of a JL PAIR of SEMI DETACHED VILLAS in Church-road. East Barry, for Mr. E. AXTEX. A.so ELEVEX IIOLSES in Welford street, Barry, for Messrs. Bnll and Axten. Also TWELVE HOCSES in Victoria-road, for Messrs. Bull and Axten. Drawings can be seen and particulars obtained on and after Monday, the 12th inst.. at the office of Mr. E. Axten, architect, No. 10. RomiJly-road. East Barry. '[840 TO BE LET. The Market Hall, COURT-ROAD. CADOXTON, SITL ATE in centre of rising district, with a population of 10,000, suitable for Concert or AsscVfiAi]v-room; Musical 0, other Entertainments. would be let as a Market, There are two Tetiring-room*, with usual offices wClI lit with -gas seating reom for 2.000 persons. Can be takeii for a termor an annual tenancy. Ay-ply. by sealed tender, not later than October 3rd. 1891. to the Secretary of the Market Company, fi j. Vere-street. Cadoxton.  Land on Brook's Farm, Cadoxton, TO LET For Garden and Agri- cultural Purposes. emits to send in their names to Messrs. ^EV\'ARI) and THOMAS. Queen's Chambers, (Mr iff. who will appoint a day to meet them at C.v.l-.XtOU. GREAT BARGAINS. FOLLICK, PAWNBROKER AND JEWELLER, CORNER OF Barry-road & lain-st., Cadoxton, Also 40 and 41, BRIDGE STREET, CARDIFF, HAS FOR SALE THE UXDERMEXTIOXED BARGAINS :— Splendid Patterns GOLD ALBERT, French make, Splendid Design, cost £9 10s to be sold at a great Sacrifice 75s. GOLD CURB ALBERT AND LOCKET, every Link Stamped, could not be bought New for three times the price only 70s. LONG SILVER GUARD, Double Link, Fancy Pattern, orgmally cost 30s. Price asked now only 12s. Gd. „ 1. i A Splendid Set of GOLD BROOCH AND EARRINGS, in case, Handsome Pattern, very Neat and Splendidly Finished, a Bargain, only 19s. A Large Assortment of Gold Wedding Rings, Keepers, Dress Rings, and Signet Rings for Sale. Silver Alberts (Ladies and Gents') in Variety. Watches of all Kinds. New and Second-hand Clothing always in Stock. NOTE OUR OLD-ESTABLISHED ADDRESSES:— FOLLICK, Corner of Barry-road and Main-street, CADOXTON. Also 40 and 41, Bridge street, Cardiff. MICHAELMAS, 1891. B. Evans & Company ARE NOW MAKING A SPECIAL SHOW OF CABINET FDRHITDRE Carpets, Curtains, Table-Covers, Draperies, Linoleums, Oilcloths, Furnishing Ironmongery, China and Glass, Bedsteads, Bedding, Blinds, Cretonnes, Household Linens, Blankets, Quilts, &c. A VISIT OF INSPECTION INVITED. CATALOGUE FREE ON APPLICATION. TEMPLE STREET, SWANSEA. 8 W. H. GIBBY, 85, High Street, BARRY, FURNISHING AND GENERAL IROIIOMEft, l'EXDERS. TIU. VELLIXG FIRE IROXS, CDAL VASES, GREAT LAMPS VARIETY. BEDSTEADS GREAT VARIETY. AXD BEDDIXG OF EVERY BEST LA:\IP OIL. DESCRIPTION. CARPENTERS' & JOINERS' TOOLS. SUPERIOR TABLE & POCKET CUTLERY. Sole Agent for the ALBO CARBOX LIGHT. The Brighest, Steadiest, and Most Economical of Gaslights BENJAMIN LEWIS, GROCER, BAKER AND PROVISION MERCHANT, PALMERSTOWN AND BARRY ROAD, CADOXTON-BARRY. Try our High-Class Provisions at Low Prices. SPECIALITIES IN TEAS GOOD FAMILY, Is. Gd.; SPLENDID BLEND, 2s. AND FINEST GOWN, 2s. Gd. Lewis's Bread is the bread of the day, Lewis's Bread defies competition, Lewis's Bread is the best, people say Lewis's Bread withstands opposition Lewis's Bread is the bread for the young, Lewis's Bread is both wholesome and pure, Lewis's Bread for the weak and che strong Lewis's Bread will just suit you, I'm sure. Lewis's Bread for the navvy is best, Lewis's Bread for workmen to carry, Lewis's Bread is the bread to digest; Lewis's Bread is known down in Baijry Lewis's Bread for the Welsh Bard, Lewis's Bread has a very wide fame. Lewis's Bread for all men who work hard. Lewis's Bread bears u B. Lewis's name. N.B.—Tea Meetings Supplied on Reasonable Terms. THE CADOXTON COACH AND WHEEL WORKS, ADJOINING BANK BUILDINGS, CADOXTON, BAllllY. MR. A. R. LEWIS BEGS to call the attention of the public generally that he is now prepared to EXECUTE ALL KINDS of CARRIAGES, TRAPS, &c„ In the most modern styles. ESTIMATES FREE. EXPERIENCED WORKMEN EMPLOYED. CARRIAGE PAINTING IN ALL ITS BRANCHES. GENERAL SMITHY AND REPAIRING WORK EXECUTED ON THE SHORTEST NOTICE. ———— A. R. L. begs to refer the public to his most recent accomplishments for several of the leading gentry and tradesmen of the district, including Dr. O'Donnell, Mr. J. J. Williams. B. E. Hoddinott, Williams, and J. A. Davies (Barry Hotel). -J -} MALT HOUSE FARM, DYNAS POWIS, CARDIFF. SALE OF FARMING STOCK. MESSRS. STEPHENSON and ALEXANDER !-1. are instructed by Mr. John Gretrex, who is giving up farming, to SELL by AUCTION, with- out reserve, at the Malt House Farm, Dynas Powis, on TUESDAY, the 20th of October next, at 2.30 p.m., the whole of his very useful FARMING STOCK, Comprising 50 Head of SHEEP, including Breeding Ewes, Wethers, and Lambs. 7 MILCH COWS, in and with Calf, 2 two- year-old HEIFERS and 2 YEARLINGS. 3 very useful Cart and other HORSES, 2 Store Pigs, and The whole of the AGRICULTURAL IMPLE- MENTS, the DAIRY UTENSILS, and a portion of the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. Immediately after the sale of the above will also be Sold—3 MILCH COWS, one with Calf and two in Calf CALF, five months old 2 PIGS, small Mow of MEADOW HAY, &c., the property of the late Mrs. Ann Jones, Dynas Powis. Three Months' Credit on the whole, subject to the usual conditions. [478 Fon tigary Farm, Penmark, near Barry SALE OF VALUABLE FARMING STOCK, CROPS, IMPLEMENTS, &c. MESSRS. STEPHENSON and. ALEXANDER will SELL by AUCTION, without reserve, on THURSDAY, October 22nd, 1891, at this Farm, the property of Mr. Thomas Matthews, who is leaving, 170 PRIME COTSWLD SHEEP, 32 HEAD OF EXCELLENT CATTLE, 8 CART HORSES, AND 3 COLTS, SEVERAL PIGS, the AGRICULTURAL IMPLE- MENTS, and the whole of the WELL-HARVESTED CROPS, Comprising :—Mow of clover hay, 1889 two mows of clover hay, 1889 three large mows of excellent wheat five capital mows black Tartarian oats, and a large mow of wheat Straw. Luncheon by ticket at Twelve o'clock. Sale at One o'clock punctually. Four months' credit will be given, subject to the usual conditions. Catalogues, giving full particulars, may be obtained upon application to the Auctioneers. 5, High-street, Cardiff. [479 AUCTIONMAP7T,^IAII-STREET, CADOXTON. MR. A. A. WESTON has received instructions to SELL bv AUCTION, at the above Rooms, on FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and MONDAY, the 9th, 10th, and 11th inst., a Large Quantity of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and Unredeemed Pledges, consisting of Clothing and Jewellery. Sale to commence each evening at 7 p.m. [471 MI«. A. A. WESTON^ AUCTIONEER, VALUER, & ESTATE AGENT, AUCTION MART, MAIN-STREET, CADOXTON. N.B.—HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and TRADES- MEN'S STOCKS Sold at the above Rooms Weekly on Commission. Goods intended for Friday's Sale should be sent in not later than Wednesday each week. [472 PRESBYTERIAN CHAPEL, BARRY. "To be, Or not to k parried ? THAT IS THE QUESTION." A Lecture on the above subject will be delivered by the popular London Minister, the REV. THOMAS EVANS, (VICTORIA PARK,) ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 1891, CHAIRMAN H. RADCLIFFE, ESQ., PEXARTH. Doors open at 7.45, to commence at 8 sharp. Proceeds in aid of Building Fund. TICKETS ONE SHILLING. [467. THE ISAZAAR OR FANCY FAIR IX AID OF THE FUNDS FOR THE NEW CHURCH AT EAST BARRY. FINAL ARRANGEMENTS. THE FANCY FAIR WILL (D.V.) TAKE PLACE IN THE IARKET-HAIL, EAST BARRY, On Wednesday and Thursday, OCTOBER 28TH AND 29TH, 1891, AT 12 O'CLOCK EACH DAY. PATRONS The Lord Bishop of Llatulaff and Mrs. Lewis. Lord and Lady Windsor. Lord and Lady Aberdare. Lord Tredegar. Lady E. Romily. Canon Allen and Mrs. Allen. S. Romily, Esq., J.P., and Lady A. Romily. Mrs. Jenner. Miss Jenncr. Miss Talbot. Sir George Walker, Bart. Sir Morgan and Lady Morgan. Major-General Lee. J.P. R. Forrest, Esq., J.P., and Mrs. Forrest. J. Cory, Esq., and Mrs. Cory. J. Ware, Esq., J.P., and Mrs. Ware. T.Evans, Esq. (Glvneelyn). O. H. Jones, Esq., J.P. J. Robinson, Esq., and Mrs. Robinson. The LORD BISHOP of the DIOCESE has kindly consented to Open the Bazaar. All the above-named distinguished company are also beinsr invited for the Opening Day, viz., WEDNES- DAY. October 28, at 12 o'clock. The spacious Hall will be elaborately fitted and decorated for the occasion, and the Shops will be found stored with a profusion of all kinds of useful and choice goods. The Musical Arrangemenets, etc., are receiving special attention. Admission Opening Day, at 12 o'clock, Is. after 6 p.m., 6d. Second Day, 6d. Tickets may now be obtained of the Secretaries, or any of the workers. SECRETARIES MRS. R. S. ROBINSON, East Barry. MRS. J. POWELL, East Barry. [466 Q A D O X T O X TT 0 T E L, CADOXTON. UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. FDR Terms, apply to the Manager, Mr. H. P. -P WARBURTON, who solicits the assistance of Twelve Gentlemen to form an Elocution Class and Dramatic Club at the above premises. ~"wV H. GOULD, TRON AND BRASS FOUNDERS, BARKY FOUNDRY, (Between No. 4 and 5 Tips,) BARRY DOCK. Estimates for all kinds of Iron and Brass Castings Old Cast Iron and Metal Bought. SALT! SALT! RETAIL & WHOLESALE, OF C. J. THOMAS 4 CO., 92, HIGH-STREET, BARRY. 1 ALSOP, BROADMEAD, BRISTOL. .-d c:C> t;Q t:- 0 | S Ã t;Q QD 6 80 -J :c >*=C^ 0':> po.. [8 Barry Agent: Irs. C. 6-reen, Beer Dealer. PALE ALES. Sfil STOW IN 4i GALLON CASKS FROM 10D. PER GALLON 2 PORTER AND STOUT FROM Is. PER GALLON CARDIFF STORES: 9. WORKING-STREET. NEWPORT STORES: COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. CHEPSTOW STORES BEAuFORT-SQUARE Cadoxton Agents: South Wales Provision Stores. Important to Colliers and our Rhondda Valley Readers. THE Proprietors of the SOUTH WALES STAR have ma^e arrangements with the Committee of the Penygraig Eisteddfod to PUBLISH THE BEST ESSAY, ON THE QUESTION, Is Mabon's Day Beneficial or Not ? ORDER EARLY. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. THE SOUTH WALES STAR is now Published every Thursday Afternoon. Correspondents will oblige by sending all Communications by Wednesday at latest.
NOTICE. All communications for publication must be addressed, The Editor, THE SOUTH WALES STAR. Cadoxton, near Cardiff." and must reach the Editor not later than Thursday morning All communications must be written on one side of the paper only, and the full name and address of the writer must be enclosed, not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith. All business communications must be sent to the Manager, South Wales Star Offices, Vere-street, Cadoxton-Barry. The rate of Subscription to the SOUTH WALES STAB, posted to addresses within the United Kingdom, payable in advance, is as follows:- One Year. 6s. 6d. Half-year. 3s. 3d One Quarter Is. 8d.
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IN WALES. The subject of the week has undoubtedly been the past, present, and future of -the Church of England in Wales. To the English- man who knows nothing of the conditions of Welsh life or of the real position of the Church, it must be confusing to read the conflicting arguments of the supporters and the opponents of the establishment. Last week at Newcastle Mr. John Morley, in the ablest speech that has been delivered during the recess, based the demand for Welsh Disestablishment on the general Liberal principle of opposition to privilege. This week in his inaugural address as ex-President of the Church Congress at Rhyl, the Bishop of St. Asaph said that "among the many forces at work in our modern life, none seems more powerful or constant than that strong current setting in against all undeserved privileges, a current swelled by the sympathy of every true Churchman." He went on to deny that the Established Church possessed any of these undeserved privileges," and said that Churchmen only ask that the Church in Wales should be fairly weighed in the balance." At Newcastle we have Welsh representatives declaring that the Church in Wales is an "alien Church"; while at Rhyl the Archbishop of Canterbury insists that there is not a shadow of truth in the catch- word alien Church. Truer, historically, would it be to speak of the Church of Wales in England than of the Church of England in Wales." In the course of the same speech the Archbishop seemed to doubt that there was any progress made by the Nonconformist bodies in Wales. He did not say that," he said, in a spirit of self-satisfaction. Far be it from him to disparage the religious work of religious men, but that form of religious work had began to fade and wane" while the Calvinistic Methodist Assembly, in their official reply to the Bishop of St. Asaph's celebrated speech at Truro, say that during the twenty years from 18G9 to 1889 the number of our communicants increased 41,791, and according to the recently published statistics for 1890 our communicants number 136,051, an increase of 1,812 on the number for the preceding year." In 181;7 the total colleotioni amounted to £ 103,583, in 1890 they amounted to £ 202,707. This increase," the newly published reply goes on to state, "alike in communicants and in I funds appears the more remarkable when it is borne in mind that the population of rural Wales, where our connexion has relatively the strongest hold on the people, has been steadily de- l, y creasing during the period covered by our figures." The Archbishop further alluded to the spiritual and material progress of the Church in Wales, and continued as follows :—" There are those who know whence it had its roots how-not only in the promotion of good morals, of tem- perance, and of education, but in the diffusion of sounder knowledge of many subjects and of the history and facts of their own Church and country, in the extension of missions and the multiplying of Welsh services—the clergy or the Church had been striving to elevate, to purify, and to enlighten." This is the root of the Church's success, according to the Arch- bishop far different is its root according to Nonconformists. Mr. Lloyd George, in his im- passioned speech at Newcastle, asked, Why is it that there are so few clergy of the Welsh Church working with the temperance cause ? The reason is that they are afraid of alienating their best friends, the publicans. That which the sword did for the religion of Mahomet, the pewter pot does for the Church in Wales." The Methodists, in their "official reply," adduce other reasons. We can neither be blind nor silent with respect to the fact that once-deserted churches are now beginning to fill by a process of insidious proselytising. On many estates undue preference is given to Churchmen in the letting of farms, and in other districts work, custom, and promotion are the rewards of con- formity to the Established religion. We are further reminded of the number of churches built or restored in the Principality during late years. Very few, if any, of these edifices have been built or restored at the expense of the people the work has been done by the great landlords and wealthy gentry, most of whom are not Welshmen." In controverting Mr. Gladstone's statement that the Noncon- formists are not contented," the Bishop of St. Asaph, in his inaugural speech, said, There are two classes of Nonconformists in Wales chose for whom politics come first and Chris- tianity afterwards', who have set their hands to the perilous task of transforming spiritual into political energy," and those whose attitude to the Church is not one of hostility or bitter- ness and who are anxious that the Church should not be weakened or injured." This is the reply of the Methodists to the charge Politics pure and simple are never discussed or even mentioned at any of our religious meetings. It is true that, us a body, we do demand the Disestablishment and Disendowment of the Church of England in Wales, not from a feeling of hostility towards any section of the great Church Catholic, but from a conviction of the injustice involved in the maintenance of the church of the few and the wealthy at the expense of the whole popu- lation, and because we believe that the con- nection of the Church and State is a grevious wrong and an injury to the religion of Christ." The Bishop of St. Asaph dreads Disestablish- ment, as it will inevitably introduce the volun- tary system. It is the inherent weakness of the voluntary system," he says, that care for the poor is apt to be crowded out by other in- evitable and exigent claims. Never have I heard it said by friend or foe that the Church in Wales can be charged with neglect to the poor." On the other hand, the Methodists assert that there are thousands (members of their denomination) who have nothing to give, as they depend on the charity of their fellow Christians. We have not found the voluntary principle to fail us. We have made full proof of it during the last 150 years, and that in a land poor in its natural re3ources." The most tellihg portion of the Bishop of St. Asaph's protest against Distablishedment was his asser- tion that it was only by maintaining the estab- lishment that Wales would ever be united. A national entity without unity," he said, is in- conceivable. The influences that tend to unity in Wales are not too strong. The Princi- pality does not lend itself either to a linguistic or a geographical unity. I believe the unity which Wales most needs is religious unity, and that the one religious unity, and that the one religious body in Wales which strives and has striven to teach and preserve this unity will in the future, for the whole country and for every every part and division in it, be the home and centre of unity. For this influence we must look to the Church. It is for her to call forth and harmonise all the best elements in the character and life of Wales, and to make them more fruitful in promoting the true pro- gress of the Welsh people." The Methodists, on the other hand, assert that they have to support a church whose services we neither appre- ciate nor require. As we look round us we can- not help recognising the fact that many of the evils from which our country has suffered, and is still suffering, are the direct effects of that spiritual stupor and deadness, the invariable consequences of the subjection of the eternal to the temporal, of Christ to Ccesar." Nothing to our mind shows so plainly the evils of the establishment as the fact that it causes men, who we are confident are thoroughly earnest in their devotion to re- ligion and to their country, to be thus at variance. The Bishop of St. Asaph asserts that only a portion of the Nonconformists are in favour of Disestablishment, that it is the political Dissenter who cries aloud for it. But Churchmen will have to see, and that soon, that Disestablishment is not a political cry merely, but a religious one, and that the immense majority of Welshmen lcok upon the connection of the Church with the State as "a grievous wrong and injury to the religion of Christ." Religious unity is a glorious ideal, and Nonconformists share equally with Bishop Edwards the hope that it will soon be accom- plished. But religious unity is impossible with- out religions equality, and equality is "incon- ceivable as long as the Church is established. It would be idle to deny that the Church has during late years made great progress, but it should be remembered that its progress has been more marked in those parts of Wales which are most open to English in- fluences. It is the English Churches that are being filled, not the Welsh, and it is Englishmen or Anglicised Welshmen that are seen in our Churches. No one will accuse the Western Mail of hostility to the Church, but Idriswyn in that journal is constantly com- plaining that there are no Welsh services in the Churches of the Rhondda Valley. In fact the Church of England is an "alien Church." Historically the Church of England to-day may be the same as the old British Church, but it is true as a matter of fact that it is no longer the Church of the Welsh people. Welshmen may not now speak as bitterly of the Church as the old Welsh- woman, in Daniel Owen's great novel, Rhys Lewis," who thanked Heaven that she was brought up with religion ("gyda chref- ydd"), and not in the Church of England. Welshmen, as they become more educated and cultured, become more susceptible to the his- torical argument and as the emotional fervour of their fathers' religious convictions is dying away, they are becoming more reconciled to a fixed form of worship and to the beautiful liturgy of the Church. But it is significant that, notwithstanding this tolerant spirit, the most promising of those young Welshmen, who have received the benefit of higher education, are as true as ever their fathers were to the principles of Nonconformity. To our mind, there is but one great obstacle to religious unity in Wales, and that is the Church Estab- lishment. It is sad to think that one of the keenest intellects and the most patriotic spirit in Wales—men like Bishop Edwards and Dean Owen—should be shut out from the full national life of Wales by the necessity that is placed upon them to defend an Establishment which is hateful to the majority of their countrymen. We cannot believe, with Dean Owen, that the religious life of Wales for » considerable time would be crippled if the pro- posals now mooted were carried." We rather believe that the Establishment "is a grievous wrong and injury to the religion of Christ,' and that the Church will be purified and strengthened by the severance of the ties which hamper its progress.. The Church will be far more efficient when Churchmen will have sufficient courage and self-reliance to support their own religion, aud sufficient faith in the goodness of their cause to believe that it wiH succeed without the aid of the secular arm. DEATH. The dread monarch has been busy this week among our statesmen. First we hear that Mr. W. H. Smith, the most genial and best loved, if not the ablest leader the House of Commons has ever had, has passed away peaceably at his re- sidence at Walmer Castle. His devotion to his duty to his Queen and country," which provoked much good-natured fun in the past, undoubtedly hastened his death. He wished to give up the leadership of the House many months ago, but the exigencies of his party, who could find no ready substitute, prevented him from resigning his post for which he was not physically fitted. England is poorer to-day by the loss of a good man, a moderate politician, and an able man of business. It will be hard for the Conservatives to find a SUC. cessor to him the choice seems to rest between Mr. Balfour and Mr. G-cschen. If the news of Mr. Smith's death was a surprise,. the death of Mr. Parnell came as a painful shock to politicians of every creed. However much we deplore his later endeavours to destroy what he had had the honour to accomplish, no one will deny his undoubted ability and far- seeing shrewdness. Half a Yankee, half an Englishman, a Protestant, a landowner, and a gentleman, Mr. Parnell yet succeeded in be- coming the leader of the Irish nation, the trusted ally of the most devoted Catholics in the world, a reformer of the land laws, and the guide of a sturdy democracy, The announcement of the death of Sir John Pope Hennessy reminds us of the occasion of Mr. Parnell's fall. It was the Carlow election of last year that first heralded the downfall of Mr. Parnell's power in Ireland. HoW far Mr. Parnell's selfish ambition would have wrecked the cause which he had done so much to further, it is now impossible to say ? but, judging from recent events in Ire- land, it does not seem that his in" fluence would be very great. His death has, however, definitely removed the last block in the way of Home Rule. Let us at present en- deavour to forget his deviations from the code of political and social morality, and only remember the courage and the devotion with which he h!J,!J fought the Irish cause, and his successful efforts to unite a distracted nation.
LOCAL NOTES. In another column will be found a letter from Mr. J. A. Hughes, the Liberal registration agent for the Barry district, giving a detailed statement of the result of the recent revision of the list of voters. It will be seen from the letter that in oor district the Liberal gain is 113. This is most satisfactory. Anyone who knows the Barry dis- trict must be struck with the fact that the popula- tion is essentially Liberal. At the next general election Barry will be an important factor in the Southern Division of Glamorganshire, and there is no doubt as to which side the Barry votes will go- The recent Revision Court was the first ever held in this district, and we are very glad to notice that it was an evening sitting, so as to enable working- men to attend the Court if they wished to do so. The Local Board rate for the next half-year will be Is. in the £ From the figures produced at the Board meeting held last Tuesday it will be seen that a lOd. rate would meet all the expenses excepting the Free Library and a contribution to technical instruction. It is satisfactory to find that in spite of the large amount of public works now being carried out, and the necessary increase in the working expenses of the Board, thattheratØ is not increased excepting for the special subject of the Freoo^ibraries and the Art and Soienee Classes. lrxr The Local Board last Tuesday had the question I of allotments again before them. It seems that