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BISHOP GREY AND BROTHER IGNATIUS- EXTRAORDINARY PROCEEDINGS. An extraordinary service was held on Friday night at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Shore- ditch. It was within the octave of the Dedication Festival, and the preacher was' his Grace the Metro- politan of Capetown.' The Church of St Michael, j situated in a densely populated and poor part of London, is a noble structure, and spacious as it is there was not on Friday night an inch of space which was unoccupied. There were at least fifty lighted wax candles upon the altar, a. long row of lighted candles on the rood screen, and an abundance of gas jets. There were also flowers, tastefully arranged, the whole making a brilliant scene. Eight o'clock was the hour appointed for service, which was commenced with a processional hymn, the first note of which came from the vestry at the north-east corner of the church. A youth habited in a bright red cassock, I held on high a large golden cross. He was followed by a long train of surpliced choristers, men and boys, J bearing banners containing various emblems, three or four clergymen whose hoods showed them to be Bachelors of Arts of the University of Oxford, one D.C.L, who wore a crimson and scarlet hood, and one who had a simple black hood, who appeared to. act as chaplain to the bishop. The bishop, vested in cope and rochet, came last but one, followed by a deacon who bore a large white flag, on which there was a cross. The procession moved from east to west along the north aisle, and then west to east down the nave to the chancel, where all took their places. There was a full choral service, marvellously rendered, in which the Rev H. D. Nihill, M.A, the recently- elected incumbent of St. Michael's, and the Rev. Dr. R. F. Littledale took the leading parts. Before the bishop's sermon began an extraordinary incident occurred. Brother Ignatius, after service in the church of St. Bartholomew's, Moor lane, and a prayer-meeting in the school-room, told the congre- gation that he should like them, as Bishop Grey was preaching at St. Michael's, to show their admiration of the bishop for his bold defence of the truth against the errors of Dr. Colenso by going in a body to thank him for it, and to ask his blessing. Those who were in favour of doing so were to hold up their hands. All consenting, Mr Lyne sent word to the bishop of their intention, and tben they went in procession to the church, men walking two and two first, the women following to the number of over two hundred. They arrived at the church about the middle of the prayers and greatly frightened the churchwarden, who took them for a body of rioters come to attack the church. However, his fears were soon dispelled. At the conclusion of the prayers the Bishop of Cape- town entered the pulpit and informed the congregation of what had taken place, expressing his pleasure at the demonstration, and'willingness to give them his episcopal blessing. As these people had already attended service. and could not remain to hear his sermon, many of them having a long distance to go, he should give his blessing at once. The regular congregatiou who would receive his blessing after the sermon, he desired to stand up, while Brother Ignatius and his congregation retired from the church, and the bishop proceeded. Before giving out the text the bishop invoked the blessed Trinity, upon which the whole of the clergy and choristers, and most of the congregation ostentatiously made the sign of the cross on their faces and breasts. The bishop selected the sixth cuapter of St. Matthew's Gospel, verse 33. 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteous- ness, and all these things shall be added unto you.' He spoke in simple but touching and telling words of the progress which had been made in the work of propagating the gospel amongst the African race during the last twenty years, deploring, however, the fact, that although this was the nineteenth century of Christianity there were many parts of Africa which were as deeply sunk in heathenism as they were in the time of the Apostles. To the removal of this foul blot the minds of the bishops and clergy of the Church in South Africa ought to have been directed, but they had been distracted by other circumstances. In one district the cause of missions had languished and must soon die out—inasmuch as one of the chief pastors was now endeavouring to destroy the faith he once upheld-unless another chief pastor were at once sent out to protect the Church in that distant land. Bishop Grey explained that he was very anxious to establish a mission for the Malays amongst whom prejudice against Christianity was'fast fading away, and to place the diocesan college of Capetown on a firmer footing so that it might become a uni- versity for the province. Another object for which he wished to raise funds was the maintenance of the clergy, who had been deprived of their means of subsistence in consequence of their determination to maintain the faith they possessed in opposition to the heresies which were springing up all around them. During the sermon the young man with the red cassock stood at the foot of the pulpit steps, holding on high his golden cross. The bishop pronounced the benediction from the altar (this being the second time he had given it), and a recessional hymn closed a very beautiful, a very solemn, and, if it must be said, a very exciting service, which was not over till past ten o'clock.—Sunday Gazette. A PROLIFIC Cow.-A farmer of the name of Dewey, residing at Littleport, has a fine cow which this year (on the 1st of July) gave an addition to his stock of two fine calves, the same cow having, on the 31st of July in last year, had three calves at one birth, thus making five (three male and two female) in something less than twelve months, all fiue thriving animals. ACCIDENT TO A RAILWAY GUAHD.—A stocking ac- cident occurred on Saturday at the Wombwell Rail- way Station, on the South Yorkshire line. Alfred Hillerby, a guard, was pushing at the handle which re- gulates the points, when it suddenly gave way, either opening or closing the points, so as to turn an engine, and be fell headlong under the passing engine. His left eye was thrust into his head, his left arm was almost severed from his body, the left side of his temole was much bruised, whilst the jaw-bone on the same side waslaidbare. < THE NEW LAW ON < MASTER AND SERVANT—— The new act to amend the statute law as be- tween master and servant, which has just been printed, contains some important provisions. In 26 sections and several schedules the law is worked out as declared in the preamble, to alter in some respects the existing enactments relating to the determination of questions arising between employes and employed in all contracts of service.' Either party can appeal to a justice or magis- trate in England and Wales and Ireland, and before a sheriff in Scotland. Compensation may be awarded or fines imposed, to be reeovered by distress or imprisonment without hard labour not exceeding three months. For aggravated mis- conduct,' a party, if pecuniary compensation will not be sufficient, can be committed with or with- out hard labour for three months. There is an appeal to the quarter session, but otherwise the decisions are to be final. The act is to be in force one year and to the end of the next session. It is. great improvement in the law relatinglto master and servant,' and contains a clear defini- tion of the terms used, j

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