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NEW YEAR'S SERMON BY MR.'…

RAILWAY SERVANTS.

PUBLIC-HOUSES WITHOUT DRUNKENNESS.

LONG TRIAL IN MARYLAND.

LIFEBOAT WORK IN 1871. \

- A SCENE FROM A LONDON POLICE-COURT.

TWO ROYAL MOTHERS.

CHURCH REFORMS.

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CHURCH REFORMS. The Bishop of Carlisle Dr. Harvey Goodwin) has issued a Pastoral Letter to the clergy of his diocese, giving a history of the work of the second year of his episcopate, and describ- ing and commenting upon recent acts of ecclesiastical legis- lation. With regard to the future, Dr. Goodwin says :— I believe it almost certain that legislation will be attempted upon several subjects affecting the Church in the approaching Session of Parliament. It is pro- bable that, with approbation of the Convocations of Canterbury and York, an effort will be made to give legislative sanction to some or all of the re- commendations contained in the fourth and final report of the Ritual Commissioners. Some of those recommendations are of comparatively small import- ance, but others are of a very different character. The subject is under careful consideration by a Committee of Convocation in both Provinces, and I think we may safely trust that nothing will be done without the most complete ecclesiastical sanc- tion. Possibly an attempt may be made to give the Cathedrals the power of altering and amending their statutes. If this he done wisely, it will be very much for the benefit of the Church. As one who has been intimately connected with the Cathedral system I have long felt that the position of the capitular bodies is a very unfair one they are tied by old Statutes and modern Acts of Parliament, which they cannot change, and they have no power of adapting their regulations to the wants of the time or to the peculiar circumstances of their particular cathedral. The reeuit has been that the Cathedrals have been a source of weakness rather than strength to the Church. This is much to be lamented, and Ishall welcome any I well-considered change which will put them upon a belter footing. The question of clergy discipline- in other words, the reform of our Ecclesiastical Courts --is certain to be introduced early in the Session, and may, perhaps, be settled. Then there are the Paro- chial Councils Bill, the Private Chapel Bill, and the Burials Bill—perhaps others—so that the number of ecclesiastical questions likely to come forward is not small. May God grant that nothing be done which shall be contrary to the interests of true religion I feel strongly that with regard to the whole question of ecclesiastical legislation we have, under God, the matter in our own hands if the clergy and laity of the Church of England be only united in their views, reasonable in their demands, and steady in their co- operation with each other, it is quite impossible that any obnoxious measure can be made law. This is one reason why I am so anxious that our Diocesan organisation should be complete and hannonious if, as I suggested at the last meeting of our Conference, each diocese had its conference, and the Archbishop of each province had the means of submitting any im- portant Church question to the whole of his province through the several conferences, and so gathering up the views of Churchmen upon any proposed scheme affecting the Church, it seems to me that aggression would be rendered difficult, if not impossible. [t is unpleasant to have even to speak of aggression, and it would be much more satisfactory to be able to regard the Church as militant only with respect to those spiritual enemies—sin, worldhneris, unbelief, and the like-to which that is good must be in a condition of permanent hostility. But the active steps which are being taken for the express purpose of destroying the present position of the Church of Eng- land make it imperative upon those who regard that position as a source of blessing to the country, to do their best to maintain it—hence we are compelled to have 'Church Defence'societies, and our condition is something like that of those Jews who re-built the walls of Jerusalem, having a tool in one hand and a weapon in the other."

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DISCONTENT.

SUNDAY TRADING IN LONDON.

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