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ABERDARE POLICE COURT.

WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE DEMONSTRATION…

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REPRESENTATION OF BIRMINGHAM.

SIR S. NORTHCOTE ON THE ASHANTEE…

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IN SCHOOLS.

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RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IN SCHOOLS. ThS Few* say" the preparations for the School Board Elections which have already begun in the constituencies, are raising into prominence the question of religious teaching. It is unfortunate that in so young an institution as that of tbe School Board, so sharp a quarrel should have arisen; but it is the great blunder of the Act of 1870 to have let it in, and the still greater mistake of the Act of this year not to have cast it out. The' School Boards have power under the present law to teach religion in their schools at certain hours. They may employ for this purpose their own master or mistress, or they may accept the aid of voluntary teachers. It is clear that the very permission to em- ploy the school teachers in giving thejreligious in- struction induce*]the clergy to leave it to them and they do it perfunctorily and inefficiently. Sir John Coleridge will probably say that this system is not only not the best, but that it is not good. The scheme of those who are spoken of as the secular party is to leave the religion of the schools to be taught by the voluntary action of religious bodies and per- sona. It does not proscribe religion but makes provision for its most effectual introduction. Let the teacher who is paid by the State attend to his own work and let all denominations be at liberty to send their special teachers to tki schools at certain hours to teach the scholars religion, the parents say- ing whether they should receive the instruction, and choosing WVV^JI _tes jhing they should have. By this system JMigiun would be efficiently taught. No limitat." need be put on such teachers. They would be absolutely free to impart all the doctrines they held, and to use the most effectual means of il- lustrating and enforcing their creed. Such teaching would be infinitely superior to that now given and in refusing to adopt it, and clinging to the power they now possess of shifting their own duty on to the shoul. ders of the public teacher, the clergy are flinging away the substance to grasp the shadow.

TAUNTON ELECTION.

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THE HEALTH OF MR. BRIGHT.

AN AGREEABLE PROSPECT.

A BONAPARTIST MANIFESTO.

THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AT EXETER.

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MERTHYR POLICE COURT.