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CORRESPONDENCE. ANTI-WELSH. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAB. SIR,—Will you kindly afford me an opportunity of contradicting, in the only effectual manner that offers itself, a gratuitous and malicious slander ? I hear both from North and South Wales that a report has been spread about to the effect that I am in spirit Anti-Welsh, and that I treat Welsh boys in this school with less favour and kindness than the English boys. I give this falsehood an absolute and unqualified denial, and (as I have recently said on a public occasion here) I defy any man to come to me and name a single case in ooint. I have many faults, but I really cannot count among them that of stupidity. Yet what else but simply stupid would be the conduct of a man who. in the place where he has made his home, should in anyway discourage the very people who must always be the chief supporters of the school over which he presides? Into the source of this silly attempt to cry down" the most ancient and most distinguished School in the Principality I do not care to enquire but I will, with your permission, make one or two further observations. A very large number of Welsh-born boys from North and South Wales, but especially from the larg-e towns of South Wales, are sent to school over the border. Why ? Doubtless because their parents believe the English Schools to be superior to those near at hand. Now, sir, if we here by first-class teaching and firm but genial 4scipline, by the maintenance of an elevated tone ilfhnguaga and character, and attention to the "manners" that "makyth man" (whose importance men of the world will be the last to under-rate), and generally by working the school on English lines, are able to offer as good an education and school- life as can be found anywhere in England, so ffl.r from acting in an anti-Welsh spirit, we are doing the very best thing in our power for the interests of the Principality. It is our boast that we are doing this and so long as that shall be so, I claim to hear no more nonsense about anti- elsh. Let my detractors remember one of the finest of Welsh mottoes, Ygtcir yn rrbj/n y byd."—I ais, &:c., M. A. BAYFIELD. Christ College. Brecon, Dec. 23rd, 1831. N^NTYMOEL ROWS ON A SUNDAY MORNING. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STÄR. gIR< As my letter of December 11 has been criticised by three letters in a recent issue of your paper, I think it is but fair that I should criticise theirs' in return. When writing my letter of December 111 had not the intention to commence a controversy through the press but &a thero are three letters, the best plan, I think, is to criticise and answer them separately. In my opinion Cupid" does not believe in quality and not quantity." Instead of discussing the subject as he should do he criticises the letters, and is of opinion that two persons writing of the same sub- ject would not write anything to the same point. Again, he desires to be informed of the functions of a missionary, and states that it is not to con- vert drunkards. Well. I was of the opinion that it was to convert all classes of mankind- drunkards I included. The latter part of his grand letter is "nothing, but both being anything he could write about to monopolise space, which goes further to prove that he believes in II quantity and not ¡ quality." The first opportunity offered" Starrite was grasped by him to shield the person whom he some time back had a grudge against, and becauee of his ;/lite answer he is of an opinion that he is a tin .rough gentleman—a nice way to judge ijersons. He states that '• Inhabitant and '• Chwareu Teg" think that the Star corre- spondent's remarks are not just, while I have stated in my letter of December 11 that they are. Then he fives advice which is, unfortunately, not carried out by the donor. "Xantymoeliau" states, -< I am fullv aware that your correspondent is highly capable to reply to the milk and water criticisms of 'An Inhabitant' and Chwareu Teg. Then I may ask what is your reason of rushing into print to criticise Inhabitant's' and < Chwareu Teg's letters ? Nantymoelian is of the Fame opinion as 11 Cupid regarding the writers of the letters, and what has to do in the least with the letters, for they discuss the same subject. Then he gives some advice, but for what reason I am ignorant, as that advice has been given to some one before, viz., to convert in the same street. Thanking you in anticipation,—I am, &«., CHWAREU TEG. t) PROSELYTISM AT PENMARK. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAB. J fully agree with" Another Constant Reader that proselytism ought to be oondemned all round, and that was the very reason why I did condemn it in my last letter. What is wrong all round ought by all means to be condemned all round. And what is wrong in a single in- dividual ought to be condemned exactly the same as what is wrong in a multitude. Another Con- stant Reader" says in his letter the ricar of Penmark probably thinks that the sacramental system of the Nonconformists is heretical, as his Nonconformist parishioners think the worship of the Spaniards to be idolatrous." I really don't know what may be the thoughts of the vicar re- specting the sacramental system of Nonconformist, unfortunately I am not a thought reader. Another thing I am not dealing with thoughts at present, but rather with actions. I know not whether the vicar of Penmark thinks us poor Non- conformists heretics, or something else worse than that. But this I know that his attempt in trying to persuade people to leave a Nonconformist Chapel and come to Church is wrong, and there- fore dishonourable. And inasmuch as it is wrong it ought to be condemned. We must condemn that which is wrong even in a vicar. I am quite justifiable. Mr. Editor, in condemning proselytism whenever and wherever it is practised. If mv Nonconformist brethren at a meeting held in Barry some time ago applauded what accord- ing to Another Constant Reader they ought to have condemned, if they were to be blamed for not condemning the endeavour to proselyise the children of Spain from the faith of their fathers, surely I am to be commended for condemning pro- selytism at Penmark. What is wrong is wrong every- where, whether it be in Spain or in Wales. Another Constant Reader" in his letter has made use of a good many things which had no bearings what- ever upon the subject at issue. I will point out one or two. There is a sentence to this effect la his letter. "I. sir. like to see crosses in the altar of my church." As far as I am concerned, Mr. Editor. I am perfectly willing for" Another Con- stant Reader to have as many crosses as he likes on the dltttr of his church, wherever his church is sitnated. But, at the same time I cannot see what has-such a liking-to do with the matter in hand- what have crosses on altars to do with proselytism ? I must honestly confess that I cannot clearly see the connecting link in the chain of reasoning perhaps it is the dulness of my perception that I cannot, but such is the case. Another expression used by "Another Constant Header" is-" I think that the Baptist view of infant baptism is unscriptural." What has that again to do with proselytism, I fail to see Per- haps "Another Constant Reader will allow me to give him a word of advice in the best feeling and with the best of intentions, and here it is. When you take a subject in hand, please treat on am! that alone.-I -TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIK —Allow me a short space of your valuable paperto corroborate and extend on the remarks of vour correspondent who signs himself "Constant Reader," that appeared in your columns of Dec. 11th. I was very pleased to see the subject taken up, so that your readers may see and judge for themselves of the conduct of one of the successors of the Apostles—a Statepaid clergyman—and his Primrose League dames. There is no one who would more gladly and heartily wish the success of the reverend gentleman than myself, if I could see that his aim is pure and noble—tending to the elorv of God and the benefit and elevation of humanity at large, but when we see a person endeavouring to make a name and increase his gains by the most ignoble means, one cannot be blind to the fact. In one sense we pity and endeavour to exercise the greatest mercy over those weak and feeble ones who can be drawn from their own congregation by the shake of hands and smile" of a country parson, on which soil the eminent parson likes to till and toil, which is a very significant omen of the stuff that the reverend gentleman is made of. Yet we cannot conceive of an act more impudent and impertinent than to see a parson receiving his hundreds every year stooping down to such a practice to fill the vacant seats of his church. If the reverend gentleman is open to take an advice, I would tell him to remain satisfied on ministering to the few that honour him with theft presence, build and edify them in the faith that was once given to the saints, until some new lawful sphere will open its doors If disappointed at last, let him rest content with his noble utterance and empty seats. I should like to know the vicar's views respecting the Gospel which he undertakes to preach. Does he believe that the ea,n be proclaimed anywhere "besides the EfEa^shed^Cnurch ? or haa he come to the conclusion that the only place where sijmers can be converted a.nd saints made perfect is the State-paid Church or has he resorted to the third alternative-fill the church, increase the numbers, having respect to the recompense of reward—a census, and leave the result for time and eternity to explain ? If the reverend gentleman is in earnest—0^1 e would have us believe—why does he not showTVin a more real and thorough manner, if the cause of Christ and the salvation of his fellow-beings are at heart with him Would it not be better for him. to spend much more of his valuable time in con- ceiving and bringing forth some measures to bear on the matter more directly, which would tend to suppress the different forms of vice and sin that are so prevalent in his parish ? Let him make a bold attempt at these that are prostrating many of his parishioners in vice, poverty and degradation abolish the evil, de- grading, and pernicious custom in the parish of getting drunk after the close of every funeral that occurs in the neighbourhood. In Welsh there is a sarcastical maxim, Claddwch y marw a dewch at y cwrw" (" Bury the dead and come to the beer"), and it seems to be literally practiced in the parish in which the lines of the reverend gentleman have fallen. We should think that his eminency would prove and show his spirit and loyalty to everything that is pure and elevating better if he were to rank himself by the side of all those that profess loyalty to the essential and fundamental truths of Christianity, that fthey may join together in one army and make a bold front to all the different forms of sin that en- danger the existence of the true church, and also prevent its influence and sway over the masses as it is purposed and destined, which is a far grander and nobler work (than strive for party and sec- tarian success) in fact, the highest id?al of life that the human being can reach—the glory of God, and the welfare, prosperity, and success of his fellow beings. Were the honourable parson to aim at this, undoubtedly lie would succeed, and would have the hearty co-operation of every re- ligious person, indifferent of sect; but if perchance he would prefer to continue in the future as in the past, we would fain remind him that it is labour in vain. There is one side of the subject much in favour of the respectable vicar, he is not obliged to make his stipend out of the hearts of tho; e feeble and shallow beings that he is trying to win over to the establishment (his forefathers and ancesters have provided) for him, else his cattle (if he has any) would be a reproduction of those lean kine of old. In conclusion, I think after all that the conduct of this State-paid parson is only the punishment that the Nonconformists of the vale deserve, for being so indifferent, lethargic, and drowsy in their career and operations. Is the-re not a voice cry- ing and calling them to action, to show colours and make a bold front, not bigoted, but firm in their principles, loyal to their convictions, in- fluencing in courage and determination, until the day shall dawn when all branches of the Christian Church shall be independent of the State, and de- pendent upon the strength, sufficiency, and sup- port of the author of every state and governor of all and every kingdom. May this piece of estab- lishment trickery inspire the sons of liberty and freedom into duty and courage, despite of esquire and parson.—I am, &e. MATIIETES. THE PEARL CASE. TO THE ED IT Oil OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—As several statements have appeared in the public press respecting this case, which might seriously injure our reputation, we shall feel obliged if you will kindly allow us, in justice to ourselves, to correct them. The facts of the case are these. The portion of Mrs. Hargreave's jewels purchased by us for j6550 were valued by herself at not more than £800, which, taking into consideration that they were second-hand articles, may, we venture to think, be considered a fair price for us to have given. The sum of £5,000 which has been erroneously applied to the jewels in question was the value which Major Hargreave (in evidence at the recent trial) placed upon the whole of his wife's jewels—plainly a very different thing. We should like to add that the report in some of the morning papers of to-day that we are pro- secuting Mrs. Osborne is not correct.—We are, &c.. SPINK AND SON. 1 and 2, Gracechurch-street, Cornhill, London, E.C., 28th December, 1891. COUNCILLOR MORGAN THOMAS, OF FERN- DALE, ON AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—Councillor Thomas in your last week's issue describee the condition of the labouring classes ir agricultural districts earning about 7s. per week, and living in houses or hovels unfit for I animals. I do not know of a single county in England or Wales where such a state of things exists. Labourers in the Vale of Glamorgan, as a rule, are living in very good cottages, with good gardens almost free of rent, and are earning 16s. per week with other privileges of some value. Farm-servants earn from 8s. to IUs. per week, and board and lodgings. It is to be hoped that the above utterances delivered at Aberdare on Tuesday evening, the 8th inst., are not a fair sample of the County Councillor's speeches. A repetition of such misleading statements would almost amount to an unpardonable offenoe as being so much at variance with truth, they are a libel upon em- ployers of labour in agricultural districts, and a direct insult to the ordinary intelligence of all practical men- Thanking you in anticpation for inserting this in justice to those concerned,—I am. &:< A VALE OF GLAMORGAN FARMER.

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