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"THE CAUSE OF THE XEftLECTED." | -u APATHY OF THE CHURCHES AT BARRY. LETTERS FROM RESIDENTS. TO THE EDITOR/OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—We have heard from time to time of the progress which the religious causes of Barry are making, and the census which you published last April has been taken to prove what strides have been made by several of our local churches during the last twelve months. The great dispro- portion of worshippers to the population has been overlooked, and no account has been taken of the fact that we have an enormous floating population constantly in our midst. When cur sailors are ashore, what becomes of them There is no one who can tell us—no, not one. They are left alto- gether to their own devices to become the prey of land sharks who are more active in their own interests than Christian ministers are in the interests of their Master. Our police-courts and assizes teem with the tales of the doings of Jack ashore. They are fined by our magistrates for being drunk and disorderly; they are committed to the assizes and sentenced to imprisonment for violent assaults on their comrades or barmaids or strangers they are accused and convicted of every sort of crime in the Calendar and the respectable Christians of our land only fold their arms and shake their heads and say, It's only one of those sailors." There is not enough living missionary spirit in our churches. I am almost despairing of any aid from church or chapel. Members of such are so complacent with the certainty of their own salvation, or so anxious to make their own salva- tion secure, that they have no time to help poor outcasts to live morally and physically healthy lives. We, as a nation, care too much for the externals of worship, and too little for the thing that is living in it. We think too much of our creeds and our sacraments and our forms, and too little of the real teaching of Him who went about doing good, whose care was for the publican and sinner, and who, in doing so, neglected to provide a place whereon He could lay His head. The respectable black coated glossy-hatted man who on Sunday contri- butes grudgingly a tithe, or less, of what he has made during the week out of the necessities or the vices of the poor is but a caricature of the true disciple. Our ministers are either too wordly wise with their land speculations, their syndicates, and their what-not, or too narrowly fanatical with their tracts and their pamphlets and their theo- logical disquisitions, or too affected with their li dramatic Christianity of the organ and the aisle, of dawn-service and twilight revival, chanting hymns through traccried windows for background effect and artistically modulating the Dio" through variation on variation of mimicked prayer." That is not the sort of religion which our sailors want. They want a plain simple religion taught them by plain simple men. They do not want a u blackbird" flaunting his uniform and mumbling his platitudes they want a man who will live among them like one of themselves as the great Master would have done, who will speak to them sympathetically and helpfully. You had better,' said one great writer, get rid of the smoke, and the organ pipes, both; leave them, and the Gothic windows, and the painted glass, to the property man give up your carburetted hydrogen ghost in one healthy expiration, and look after Lazarus at the doorstep. For there is a true Church wherever one hand meets another help- fully, and that is the only holy or Mother Church which ever was. or ever shall be." And what we want in this district is a hand that would meet another helpfully. I would I could suggest a practical remedy as easily as I can perceive the evil. The evil is that we pour out our whole energy into the false business of money-making, caring nothing for the higher and better nature of man, and lulling our conscience to sleep with doses of soporific Sunday observances. We want more self-sacrifice, more energy, more sense of brotherhood, more sympathy. I trust some means will be suggested to enable such as myself, who are willing and eager to work,. to use our efforts to the best purpose.-I am, &c.. I Barry. ALBERICUS. ¡ TO TFlti EDITOR OF THIS SOi-Tfit WALES STAR. j SIR,—It is now years since I came to reside in Cadoxcon, and I had hoped by this time to have done much for our poor and needy and neglected. I am so tired of trying to do this single-handed that I write to make known to you what I think would be good for Cadoxton. Firstly—Will you try in some way or other to get people interested in the daily lives and general well-being of the sailors who come to stay in Cadoxton. Tracts are being given them but that is not all they need. I feel sure that if they were really welcomed in various ways. after their arrival on land. we should rarely see or hear of Sunday fights, &c. Secondly, respecting the police—who seem of late to be always in the wars. Why so They are just as good as other men but they are something like stepmothers- there is a strong prejudice against them. I am quite sure there are -some warm and kind hearts beating under many blue coats. I know that the police are not always right: but neither are the public. I believe that if the former were con- sidered as friends by the latter there would be better times for hot-h sides. There are many real Christians in the police force, and I do hope that there will 'ere long be a more Christ-like spirit evinced on both sides. Thirdly—Concerning Christian workers and work in Cadoxton. I fear there is too much talk and a great deal of cant among them. I also fear that the ministers' wives do not take such an active part as they might and ought. I firmly be- lieve that if there were a true unseetarian spirit of charity among so-called Christians in this place, things would be far better, brighter, and happier. There is too much reserve and coldness among the various denominations towards each other. I have been willing to work with any Christian, but—no I tried in vain it has been a failure. I do wish this could all be changed I think the Salvation Army is an example for good in some ways — as steady, plodding workers at least. I am exceedingly glad to see that the site for a cottage hospital has been at last selected. I trust that a great blessing may rest upon the work and workers. If there should be any collecting cards given out I would be pleased to accept one. Now, the next step is, or should be, to get a fire brigade for the district. Dinas Powis is putting us all to shame, but we have no man equal to General Lee. Trusting that this letter may not be altogether useless. I am, yours, &c., Cadoxton. ^CHRISTIAN WORKER.


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