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NEWS AND OBSERVATIONS: ORIGINAL AND SELECTED. Mr JOSEPH MAXINS, the Grand Chief Templar, is a County Councillor, having been "unanimously elected for the Acocks Green division of Worcestershire. His candidature wu.3 approved of hy the local Conservative and. Liberal Associations. The Bishop of Ripon (Dr BOYD CARPENTER) is announced to preside over the public meeting in connection with the animal meeting of the Central Association for Stopping the Sale of intoxicating Liquors on Sunday, which is to "? held on the 19th, at Manchester. Much has been said of late years respecting the Church and the Stage, and always as if the latter had everything to learn from the former. But there is one thing at least which many of the clergy and ministers could learn irom the actor, and that is the art of speaking audibly and distinctly. Actors speak to their audiences in the way best calculated to convey ideas to them. Many of the clergy are lacking in this essential, in consequence of the training which they have received, and not for want of natural abilities or want of study. Indeed the dergv are known in these days as a most hard- working class. By the way, the word? of the Rev. Dr: CCLROSS, President of the Baptist College, Bristol, on preaching, are worthy of remem- brance. Speaking on the text Preach the Word: be instant in season and out of season," he remarks: In order to preach you must have a tremendous conviction that God has spoken. Grasping the truth for yourself, tell it out fearlessly—not like one who speaks f' om hearsay, or tells what he has read in a book, but like one who solemnly asseverates in a matter of life and death concerning which he has personal knowledge. It is woe to the man who adulterates the Gospel, who maims it, who conceals it, who is ashamed of it. who puts in its place some theory spun out "■f his own head, who craftily saps the faith which he professes to be building up. Tell it out, not as if you were speaking to babies, but in all its wondrous breadth. and gloryand magnificence. To carry it out practically two things are absolutely necessary. First, deep, patient, systematic study of Scripture. If you evade or shrink from this, you lack one of the essentials. You may have what is fashionably called success,' you may gather crowds to listen, you may create a sensation, you may win praise from men; but you are false to JESiJS CHRIST. Second, there nr.: t be a surrender, a fearless 'abandonment' of ourselves, void of self-consciousness, to the Holy Spirit. Apart from this, no reasoning, no eloquence, no persuasiveness, no zeal or human urgency, will avail. With this, who can set a limit to the marvels that the weakest may accomplish P" The question of the appointment of a suc- cessor to Bishop HUGHES is receiving consider- ation all over the country, in England as well as in Wales. The Spectator," whilst admit- ting that it is desirable that Welsh Bishops should have a practical knowledge of Welsh, virtually advocates the appointment to the see of St. ASAPH of a High Church Englishman. That is the conclusion to which it leads. This is not at all surprising, for most English- men know very little of Wales, as can clearly be seen by their references to the Principality and its people. The Spectator starts off with the asser- tion that "there are a number of people, sen- sible enough in other matters, who really seem to think that it does not much matter what a Welsh Bishop says, provided he says it in Welsh. Their eloquence (it goes on to say) may be that of a goose or a firebrand, but so long as it is expressed in their own tongue, it will be good enough for their Welsh sheep." This is a fair specimen of English ideas re- speeting the Welsh. There may be people to whom the above description may be applicable, but we have never met them. Our London contemporary of course protests against the preposterous notion of such people but why does it give it publicity at all? It then sug- gests the appointment of an Englishman, and says that if the newly-appointed Bishop be a young man, present ignorance of a language is not necessarily future ignorance. We will only say that such reasoning may do for Eng- lish people, hut it will not do for the Welsh. When the QUEEN tries the experiment of appointing a, Frenchman who is without any knowledge of English to an English see, and finds the plan to succeed better than the appointment of Englishmen we shall be inclined to listen to the proposal to fill the Welah sees with H/nglishmen. In the mean- time the idea is too absurd to be entertained for a moment. It thon proceeds to suggest that the Bishop v/iij4'ht not to be v_)f tae same party and same vay of thinking as the majority of the clergy- 1:: order that they may learn to see that there is more good in the other than they had thoughij-. Aj vv'yh suggest that people should marry those whom they differ from in view" and sympathies, in order that they may learn forebearance Can anything be more absurd and impracticable ? If such a thing is possible we should like to see it. It is understood that Mr GIBSON, editor and proprietor of our local contemporary, the Cambrian News," has commenced an action for libel against the "Goleuad," published at Dolgelley, in relation to a letter, signed "Jonah Jobson," recently published in that paper, and which was afterwards reproduced in our columns. As our readers are aware, we have apologized to Mr GIBSON for having reprinted that letter, because he complained that he had been identified with it, and that it was a libel upon him. Looking at the matter from his point of view, we at once, on hearing from him, expressed our readiness to publish an apology, and suggested that he should supply us with a particular form. The result was that Mr GIBSON kindly furnished us with i the copy of the apology which appeared in our issue of January 26th, and which we i inserted. We have no desire to wrong anyone, 1 and would rather apologise in ninety-nine doubtful cases than do an injury in one instance. TLe "Goleuad," however, having denied that the letter was intended to apply to Mr GIBSON, declines to publish such an apology as would satisfy him, and the result is that an action has been commenced, and is, we understand, to he defended. The case is peculiar, inas- much as Mr GIBSON will have to prove, by himself and witnesses, that the letter is a recognisable pen-and-ink sketch of him. Whether that can be done or not we do not know, but the onus of proof rests upon Mr GIBSON. If the identity is proved it will remain for a judge and jury to say whether the letter is a libel, and whether he has sustained such injury as would make it their duty to give him any damages. The Goleuad" asserts that the letter was solely intended as a lively satire upon a certain class of journalism. Archdeacon DENISON'S Ritualistic Remon- strance is being counteracted by a Declara- tion against Ritualism and Lawlessness," issued by a Union of Clerical and Lay Associations, which is very numerously signed. I It is gratifying to find that at Machynlleth the Church is still healthy, as is testified by the fact that the "Declaration" has been signed by the Rev. E. EDWARDS, Rhiwlas, ¡ and the Revs. R. L. PROTHEROE and W. G. Y AUGHAN, curates of the parish. On Tuesday Dr KING, Bishop of Lincoln, will appear before the Archbishop of CANTER- BURY to answer the accusation of indulging in illegal practices. It is said that this is the first time since the Reformation that a Bishop has had to appear before his ecclesiastical superior to justify his conduct. It is gene- rally understood that the ARCHBISHOP him- self adopts the eastward position," which is one of the charges preferred against Dr KING, and that his sympathies are High." The Llanwyddyn Waterworks are the sub- ject of an illustrated article in Cassell's Magazine for February. At the annual meeting of the subscribers to the infirmary, on Saturday, on the motion of Mr J. G. W. BONSALL, chairman, the Earl of LISBTTRNE was unanimously elected President, and a vote of thanks was passed to Mr WILLIAM THOMAS for the handsome manner in which he had treated the Infirmary in relation to the piece of land in front of the new buildings. It is gratifying to find Lord LISBURNE taking an active share in the labours and responsibilites of public life. His social position requires that he should do this, and his natural abilities fully qualify him to fill the place where he is expected to be. He is just a little bit shy of appearing in public, is backward in coming forward, and appears to shrink from seeming to be pushing himself to the front, but does not hesitate to accept invitations to attend public gatherings. He has the rare gift of always being at ease in company, whoever and whatever classes may be present, and this at once removes from others any reserve which might otherwise exist. For instance, at the recent Conservative conversazione and the Masonic ball he chatted and danced with people all round. He does not seem to fear that the gilt will wear off, or that he will lose caste, by being agreeable to his social inferiors nor does it, apparently, occur to them to take any undue advantage of his friendliness. These are excellent traits in a nobleman's character; but they are not the only commend- able ones possessed by Lord LISBTJRNE. Politically his LORDSHIP is a Conservative, but a Conservative of a sensible type; one who recognises the fact that there is something to be said in favour of the views of those who differ from him. If his LORDSHIP can drag his fellow landlords nearer to the people he will accomplish a great work. Of course that is a difficult task, but it may not be impossible to lead the rising generation of landlords into the middle of the road. It was the breadth of his views that prompted the Liberals of Strata Florida to return him unopposed to the County Council, and that caused the members of the Council to elect him an Alderman, when other Conservatives of vastly greater exper- ience were passed by or rejected. He is destined, in the ordinary course of events, to be the leader of the Conservatives in Cardiganshire, and the summer will find him at the head of the County Association and the Aberystwyth Club. The honours are not great, because, unfortunately, neither organisation is in a state of useful activity; of them it may be truly said that they are not dead, but sleeping. During the recent County Council elections neither of the two rendered any service to Conservative candidates, whilst the Liberal Clubs were working incessantly, day and night, in season and out of season- with the result, of course, that they suc- ceeded where they would have lost without effort and organisation. It is no secret that there are two sections in the the Conservative camp-the forwards and the backwards those who wish to keep pace with their adversaries, and smite them hip and thigh whenever opportunities occur, and those who, being placed in comfortable circumstances, are contented to let things remain as they are. From this it will be seen that his LORDSHIPS position will not be one of easy goingness; but fortunately he is not afraid of hard work. His LORDSHIP is fortunate in many ways- not the least—perhaps the chief—of which is the good luck of having for a wife a lady who is sure to win the affection and esteem of all with whom she comes into contact. He has also a large and well-managed estate, and a disposition to live in the county. He is devoted to sport, and, what is still more important, to agriculture, and does all he can to improve the position of his tenants. Com- bining these and other qualifications and advantages, we feel justified in predicting for his LORDSHIP an useful, and it is to be hoped a long, life. On Thursday a German band, discoursed its sweetest music in the streets of this town. II The visit of this band is one of the first signs that spring is approaching. Of memorials praying for improved foot- j paths there seems to be no end. Another was presented to the Town Council on Tuesday from some of the inhabitants of the north side from some of the inhabitants of the north side of Lower Portland-street, who are anxious that the present pebble pavement should be replaced by flags. The time is now coming when it will be possible to test the efficiency of the tar pavement and concrete systems, and when that has been done no doubt all the streets and courts in the town will be attended to. It seems that Mr CLARK, the new tenant of Brynllwyd farm, is determined to prosecute all persons who trespass on Constitution Hill, and threatens to destroy all dogs found on the farm. The paths, of course, are open to the public, and no one has a right to interfere with those who use them. Mr CLARK will do well to consult his legal adviser as to the conse- quences before he destroys any dogs, for if he carries out his threat he may find himself in serious trouble. An attempt has been made to enter into an arrangement with Mr CLARK and Mr RICHARDES, the landlord, which would give the public a right to use the hill, which for agricultural purposes is practically valueless, but without success, and they must therefore be allowed to take their own course and accept the consequences. j Hunting-men in Northamptonshire have been complaining of late of the great scarcity of foxes in the Pytchley country. The other day there wasabigmeetatCottesbrookePark, the seat of Mr H. H. LANGHAM, the Master, Among those present were Lord SPENCER, Lord and Lady PARKER, Lord ERSKINE, Sir HUMPHREY and Lady DE TRAFFORD, Count LAVINE, and other notables. The sport was poor, owing to the complete absence of scent. Among the County Council elections one contest—that at St. Asaph—calls for special remark (says Y Celt.) The Rev GLANFFRWD THOMAS, vicar of St. Asaph, came forward as a Liberal candidate. Indeed, he may almost be described as a Radical. He not only came forward but was also elected by a great majority over his Tory opponent, If I remember rightly, the action of GLANFFRWD in taking part ( of course with the Liberals) at the last general election caused some commotion in the district. Subsequently, when he was officiating at the cathedral some of the gentlemen of the neighbourhood refused to participate inthe LORD'S Supper. What will they do now ? There is one consolation left to them-they may be sure that GLANFFRwd will never be chosen a Bishop. As yet no one has been nominated to fill the seat in the County Council which become vacant by the election of Mr C. M. WILLIAMS as Alderman. It is hardly likely that there will be a contest, for the Liberals have an overwhelming majority in the town, and it is unlikely that two prominent members of that party will enter the lists. The most pro- minent Liberal outside the County Council is Mr D. C. ROBERTS, but, as is well known, he put himself out of favour with the Clubs at the time of the recent selection, and matters have not yet been adjusted. If the parties concerned can agree it is likely that he will be returned unopposed. Otherwise Mr WILLLIAM THOMAS may become a candidate, as a Liberal, of course. For Strata Florida division Mr R. J. DAVIES, Cwrtmawr, the Rev J. JONES, vicar of Ystrad Meurig, and Mr DAVID JENKINS, Black Lion Hotel, are mentioned as probable candidates. For Llanfair division it is understood that Mr J. W. DAVIES, Liangybi Mill, will again be nominated. We believe that Mr DAVIES' Liberalism is not of a dangerous kind, and that be will receive the support of influential Church people. Some surprise has been expressed that no Conservative from the lower half of the county was selected as Alderman. We have reason for believing that the Liberals of the upper half were in favour of appointing Lord LISBURNE, Colonel EVANS, and Mr CHARLES LLOYD, Waunifor, who is not in the Council, but is considered to be an able financier. At the private meeting, however, the lower people would not listen to the proposal, and the result was that the three had to be selected from upper half. The appointment of Mr PETER JONES as chairman of the County Council seems to give general satisfaction. The other gentlemen mentioned for the post of honour and respon- sibility were Mr MORGAN EVANS, Oakford, chairman of the County Liberal Association, and Mr BRIGSTOCKE, both of whom, however, were parties to the election of Mr JONES. The only Conservative farmer elected on the Council Council for Cardiganshire is Mr E. MORGAN, Llanon. In Wales there are few farmers or tradespeople on the Conservative side on the Councils. Mr JENKIN JENKINS, Felinycoed, who was elected for the Nantcwnlle division as a Liberal, and was afterwards selected as an Alderman, was until recently a Conservative. He is a most prolific writer, in Welsh and English, and was for a long time a frequent contributor to our columns. Lampeter Railway Station has never stood high amongst the architectural piles of this country, and as time moves on the boards of which it is built are becoming more dilapidated. The Town Council of that enlightened borough, headed by Mr RODERICK EVANS, propose to appeal to the powers-that-be for improvements. May they get them I Mr LEWIS MORRIS has an article in the Contemporary Review in favour of a Welsh University. I Principal EDWARDS preached at the Regent- square Presbyterian Chapel, London, on Sun- day. The second annual report of the Agricul- j tural Adviser to the Lords of the Committee of Council for Agriculture has just been pub- lished. It only costs -lid, and all who feel an | interest in agriculture should read it. Archdeacon WATKINS is still mentioned as the probable Bishop of St. Asaph. He 13 an Englishman, and has in no way identified him. self with Wales or Welsh matters. Although, no doubt, an able man, his appointment would be an insult to the Welsh people, lay and cleric alike. He is, of course, a High Church- man. No Low Churchman has any chance of preferment with Lord SALISBURY and the present Archbishop of CANTERBURY.














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