UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF NORTH WALES, BANGOR. THE celebration of the twenty-first anniversary of the establishment of the College, which is to take the place this year of the usual Closing Ceremony, will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, July ist. There will be a public meeting and the formal presentation of the Deed of Gift of the new site by the Corporation of Bangor, followed by a Garden Party.
CURATES' COMPLAINTS. The Western Mail has just published the following communication, which it has received from" Three Humble Curates :— "We are on the verge of, if not actually in, another transition period in the history of our Church, and the future is large with all sorts of possibilities. Some of these possibilities are even now silhouetted on the horizon, and the present would appear an opportune moment to consider certain grievances. Curates' grievances may be conveniently classed under two heads. These are I. Inadequate Stipends. The average stipend in the Diocese of Llan- daff is £ 120, and in the Diocese of St. David's about p £ iio. Needless to say, this is as in- adequate as it is absurd. We speak from experience, and, therefore, with authority. Our stipend in the parish where we work is £ 120. Each of us pays Z30 in rent, and with the remainder one of us has to maintain himself, wife, and five children. Not the least important part of our avocation is the irksome duty of 'keeping up appearances,' to delude our parishioners into the belief that we are 'nice men and gentlemen.' Without this useful delusion our mission in this particular parish would be fruitless. "Feel the pinch ? Of course we do And were it not that we and our wives combine in ourselves the useful offices of gardener, waiter, shoeblack, cook, parlourmaid, washerwoman- all in one, we should find ourselves annual visitors at the Bankruptcy Court. We are told for our consolation that the Church has founded for our particular benefit such wonderful institu- tions as the Poor Clergy Relief Corporation, the Sons of the Clergy Corporation, &c., which societies will readily help us if—if, that is, we are prepared to advertise ourselves paupers. We are not ashamed of our poverty, be it under- stood, but, on the other hand, we do not wish to wear it as a broad phylactery on our fore- heads. Besides, it is well known that if a curate once receives help from any of these useful' institutions his chances for preferment are thereby greatly minimised. It would appear that in the estimation of them that sit in high places the recipient of charity forfeits his claim to the epithet 'gentleman.' Vicars also have the knack of spotting men that knock at the door of a charitable institution, and woe betide the man discovered in that act—it will be more tolerable for the dandy and the waster than for him. He and his wife are thenceforth ostracised by the vicar, and especially by the vicar's wife and all the good' people of the parish. We are not exaggerating or drawing on our imagina- tion, but merely rehearsing hard facts—facts which, in several instances, have come within our own observation. To all them that intend to enter the holy office of the priesthood and who are not men of private means we would cry, Halt Consider well the step you are about to take. You are about to become "maid- of all-work" to the Church, and you must be prepared to put up with a maid-of-all-work's wage.' It was ordained by Him who founded the Church that they who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel, but the Church in her wisdom decrees that they should rather eke out a miserable existence. Here is an object lesson to the would-be curate. The figures are nearly all taken from the Civil Service Year Book and official calendar SALARIES. Excise-officers of divisions ^J55— £ 200 Customs -officers of the second class. £ 160 First class assistants at the British Museum ^250—^45o Second class ditto. ,I, 140-£ 240 Ecclesiastical Commission first-class clerks £ 400— £ 600 Second-class ditto.£ I 50-£ 350 Board of Trade-lower division clerks £ 80—^200 (Advancing by £ 15 per annum, with duty pay allowed to some) Assistant doctors in Glamorganshire, on the average £165 Schoolmasters £ 140—, £ 250 2. Unfair Preferment. "From our point of view, this is a far more serious grievance. Favouritism is the crux and the curse of the Church ministry. It is largely due, no doubt, to private patronage, but bishops, deans, and chapters, &c., are by no means free from the baneful influence of the hydra-headed monster. It was said of a certain bishop that, in the matter of preferment he always acted righteously according to his lights, but a cynic somewhat drily observed that his lordship's candles often required snuffing.' For some reason or another, the deserving curate often (oftener than not) gets overlooked. There are curates in the Diocese of Llandaff at present who have laboured here for fifteen and twenty years, but they are no nearer the Promised Land to-day (seemingly) than they were when they struggled between the Pihahiroth and Baal- zephon of the two ordinations. Take the case of A, e.g., who is a well-known curate in the diocese. He is a man of irreproachable character, and a hard worker. He is one out of a dozen of men who have proved successful among the Welsh congregations of the diocese. He has toiled for seventeen years, fourteen of which have been spent in the same parish. That man is consistently ignored. Preferments come and go, but they never pass his way. His only failing is that he labours in a mining district, where he is not seen by those who have favours to bestow. In other professions and callings length of service or merit, or both combined, counts for something, but in the Church these are negligible quantities. If seniority counted aught, we should have an idea where we stood, or if merit' were the watchword, we should strive to work out our own salvation but since neither term is among the predicables of preferment, we can only do what the monkey did when he failed to crack the nut-scratch our heads and cogitate. The above, sir, are our grievances, and' they are felt by many besides "THREE HUMBLE CURATES."
ARE YOU WEARING §One of those steel trusses which cause you about as much pain as the rupture, and which in the warm weather, when you are perspiring freely, cut and chafe you almost beyond endurance ? If so, you will be glad to know that there is a simple method of cure which has enabled hundreds of ruptured people to rid them- selves entirely of rupture, so that no truss of any description was required. As an instance of what this method has done we are referred to Mr. George Clayton, 9, Slater's Buildings, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, who had suffered excruciating pain from a navel rupture for 5 years, when he tried the Rice method. He was 60 years old, but it cured him so he gave up wearing a truss. A method which effects such cures deserves wide publicity, as well as thorough investigation by every ruptured person. To learn all about this method and how it has cured the severest forms of rupture, write for the book, sent free to all ruptured persons, upon application to W. S. RICE, Rupture Specialist (Dept. 2423), 8 & 9, Stonecutter Street, London, E.C. Don't wait until to-morrow-YOII might forget the address, but write at once now. Extract from the "WEEKLY DISPATCH," April 9th, 1905. Rupture. Statements that have appeared in these columns to the effect that it was highly improbable that rupture could be cured e*c?P by operation have been questioned by a rupture specialis W. S. Rice, 8 and 9, Stonecutter Street, London, E.C., who ha brought ub indisputable proofs that he has cured ruptures of a, kinds and conditions (among them ruptures of over (orty standing, people up to 84 years of age, and ruptuies which to a appearances were irreducible), so that the truss was entirely dispensed with even in the hardest kinds of work. He has showf us the original letters from cured patients, the genuineness o which we have no reason to doubt, and has explained so thorough y his method of cure, and his reasons for believing he can cure severest forms of rupture if his instructions are carefully fbllowed, that we have now no hesitancy in believing that in many cases his treatment without operation is successful."
LONDON WELSH UNIONISTS. Annual Meeting. THE annual meeting of the London Welsh Conservative Association was held on Thurs- day evening. Lord Kenyon presided, and those present included Sir John Puleston, Sir J. Lawrence, M.P., Colonel Pryce-Jones, M.P., the Hon. L. A. Brodrick, and Mr. E. Micholls, Unionist candidate for the Monmouth Boroughs. Sir John Puleston, in moving the adoption of the annual report and balance sheet, expressed the wish that more should be done by the Central Conservative Union with regard to the education question in Wales. However, their Association had done a great deal of excellent work during the past year. The report was adopted. Sir Joseph Lawrence proposed the re-election of Lord Kenyon as president of the Association for the coming year, which was seconded by Colonel Pryce-Jones, and carried with ac- clamation. In acknowledging the vote, Lord Kenyon said that the present state of affairs in Wales was very mischievous. The other side were talking very big, but whether they would be able to put into force the various means by which they hoped to defeat the Government was another question. He doubted whether they could. Although he had done his best for compromise in the past, he thought the time for compromise was now gone. They must fight out the question, and see the Default Act put into operation. There might be places where there were no Church children attending the schools, and in those places they might make sacrifices for the sake of the others but they should do their best to maintain the schools where there were Church children. As to the next general election, he thought that steps ought to be taken to provide Unionist candidates for Anglesey, Flint, and West Denbigh. It was pleasant to find that there was a question upon which Welshmen might agree without politics inter- vening that was the Welsh Museum and Library. He had been struck by the enterprise of the people of Carnarvon, who had championed the proposal that the museum should go to North Wales. He had some doubt as to whether it could be lodged in the ancient castle without doing some injury to the castle, but they had been assured by the architects that there was no such danger. In the North they had got up a subscription list which was a good answer to the people of Cardiff. But if the museum went to Cardiff he was quite sure that it would be well housed there, and it would only remain to see that the museum would be of advantage to the whole people of Wales. He hoped that the governing body would see that it was a really I national institution. As to the library, he had given his adhesion to Aberystwyth. Sir John Williams had endowed Aberystwyth with the Peniarth collection, which would always be the Welsh National Library, whether in name or not, because it contained the oldest books in the British Isles. If Aberystwyth were selected, the library would be in a central position, and one suitable for students of every degree. Mr. E. Micholls was elected as one of the vice-presidents. The Chairman stated that the annual dinner would be held early in June, and he hoped that the Duke of Marlborough would be the guest of the evening.