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CORRESPONDENCE. The Editor does not hold himself responsible for the opinions of his Correspondents. THE CADOXTON-BARRY HISTRIONIC SOCIETY. TO THE EDITOR. SIR,-We shall feel much obliged if you can find a spare corner for our balance-sheet, from which you will see that we have forwarded the sum of ,I £10 to the Western, Mail for the widows and orphans of the Pontypridd disaster, who will, we feel sure, be for ever grateful to the kindly- disposed public who patronised our show on their behalf.—Yours truly, WALLACE DAVIES, Hon. Sec. Cadoxton, June 6th, 1893. RECEIPTS. & s. d. By Sale of Tickets, Books, and Pro- grammes 20 9 11 EXPENDITURE. Printing and Posting Bills 2 18 0 Author's Fee, Uncle 3 3 0 Cleaning Theatre and Gas 1 5 0 Hire of Fiano and Furniture 1 5 9 Band and Scene Shifters 1 9 2 Sundries, &c 0 9 0 10 9 11 Balance sent to Western Mail 10 0 0 20 9 11 THE IMMORALITY DOOCF K.HOLTON, BARRY TO THE EDITOR. Sin.—I see by your valuable paper of last week that the temperance party are getting up in arms at last on the question of drink and vice, for which I am very glad. But what strikes me most in reading the very able letters that have appeared in the Press is this—that they are all ready with resolutions, suggestions, denunciations-all ready to tell others what to do. But, as for their part, it rests there. I don't see any that come forward with any scheme to work by, except to saddle the police with dirty work, under a cloak of moral purity. I, for one, say you will nevfer make a sober, moral people, by Act of Parliament. Instead of all this bluster, why don't our temperance party of all this bluster, why don't our temperance party endeavour to get some counter attraction for the masses—(the classes have theirs)—and try, by moral persuasion, to bring the people to lead a better life. Now, Sir, I should suggest that the tem- perance party—(by temperance party I mean all Christians who have their brothers and sisters' welfare at heart)—get up free temperance meet- ings in our Public-halls, free teas, and free enter- tainments, wherewith to engage the class of people they do so wish to re-claim—meetings where long, dry speeches are left out, and where the public may get good, sound, healthy enjoyment, and I guarantee that they would soon reap the reward of their labours. Why not form a working man's, and also a working Woman's Temperance Mission, one whose members would not be above visiting the slums, and in the name of our Divine Master invite all to come without respect of persons. First let the masses see that it is of pure love that you seek them and not to draw on their slender purses by collec- tions, then you may expect to win. If we look at this neighbourhood round who do we find that obey Christ's command to go and seek that which is lost ? Many, as far as theory goes, but I am afraid few as far as downright rough practice goes. It is all very well to sympathise, but it takes a lot of that to save a drowning man. I often hear sermons against vice and drunkenness being preached in our churches and chapels, but for what purpose I cannot understand, unless it is that the congregations must be very naughty people, or else they would not require to have all this brought up to them. Why don't our minis- ters of religion take a pattern by the Salvation Army, the Cardiff Evangelistic Society, and go in the slums, and there practically preach the Gospel, and show such love to the fallen that may touch the heart of some poor wandering one. Then they will find that they will not need the cry that the police are relax in doing their duty, a cry that we have heard too much of lately. For it is all very well to say that they are paid to suppress all this, but please ye, good and holy, who are to ready to find fault, I would ask you to have a little charity towards as fine a body of men as you can meet anywhere, and do not condemn them for what they cannot help, but yourselves obey your Master's command, whom ye profess to swerve, and go and seek that which is lost. Begging your pardon, sir, for trespassing so much on your valuable space, I remain, sir, one who would not be ashamed to be seen entering the slums in my Master's name.-I am.to., FAIRPLAY. Barry Dock, 14th June, .1893. WELSH SUSPENSORY BILL. TO THE EDITOR. SIR.—The advocates of the Suspensory Bill (Wales) keep on saying that the Bill is justified by what happened at the time of the Disestablish- ment of the Irish Church, though it has been shown over and over again that nothing happened, or could have happened, at the time of the Irish Disestablishment to afford any pretext for the present Suspensory Bill. 1. It is said that curates were appointed at the time of the Irish Disestablishment for the purpose of creating new life interests. Therefore, it is argued, the Suspensory Bill is necessary. Sir George Osborne Morgan, Mr. Wynn Evans, and countless others have repeated this ad nauseam. It is strange that these gentlemen should never have read the Suspensory Bill. lb is a Bill to prevent the creation of new interests in bishoprics, dignities, and benefices." It does not touch curacies, they are not mentioned in it. How then could a charge against the Irish Church, which concerns curacies only, justify the Suspensory Bill, even if the charge were true ? 2. The charge alleges that new curacies were created for the purpore of gaining compensation. Here, again, even if this were true, it would not touch the question of the Suspensory Bill, for no clergyman or anyoue else can create a new benefice, dignity, or bishopric. We all know that the co-operation of the State is necessary to do that. We remember the long process which it took to create some of the recently established bishoprics in England. But any vicar can ap- point a curate. Therefore, again, it is quite beside !the point to say that a Suspensory Bill affecting bishoprics, dignities, and benefices is necessary, because new curacies were made in Ireland. 3. It is very easy now for irresponsible persons .to make what statements they like about what happened 25 years ago in Ireland. But it must be re- membered that all the annuities which were granted in Ireland were granted by the Court which Mr. Gladstone established for the purpose. The Court had full power to grant or refuse. They inquired carefully into every case, they had all the facts before them and if they granted annuities, they did so because in their estimation the claims were reasonable, and came fairly within the spirit of the Act. The deliberate judgment of such a Court with the facts before them is worth more than the ignorant and prej udical declamation of party orators now. 4. The case is alleged of two or three curates who were appointed just before the Act became law. There were a few such cases. The Court had given permission beforehand that they should be appointed, owing to peculiar circumstances which in their opinion justified so doing. It is absurd to suppose that they could have been ap- pointed and got compensation without the cogni- zance and consent of the Court. 5. It is said that Mr. Gladstone estimated the cost of compensation at so much, and that the bill came to millions more. That is true, and most important. But the difference was not caused by the new claims on behalf of curates. Mr. Glad- stone's estimate was wrong all round. And that is of importance now; because at this moment Mr. Gladstone wants, to pass a Home Rule Bill for Ireland, and he has put forward a similar estimate of the money expenses. Those who know the I details better than he does say that his estimate is ridiculous. If his present estimate is as untrust- I worthy as his Disestablishment estimate, the I English and the Irish people will find that the cost of Home Rule is something very different from what Mr. Gladstone" prophecies it will be.-I am, Sir, COMMON SENSE.



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