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THE ST. ASAPH DIOCESAN SOCIETIES. The annual meetings of these societies were held last week at St. Asaph. The society for the relief of the clel1!Y, widows and orphans, held its meetings on Wednesday, July 25, the Lord Bishop pre- siding. The grants of last year were all confirmed, but without a proposed increase of ten per cent. on account of the decrease in subscriptions. Mr. Sisson reported the receipt of £ 500, a legacy left by the late Mr. Hugh Griffith, and it was ordered to be invested as usual. The income of the fund had been £ 357 from mortgages, &c., and £2:8 18s. 3d. from collections. The grants amounted to £ 641, and the expenses, £ 1518s. 9d. The first business after the report was the election of the com- mittee for the Society, to which the name of Captain Mesham was added. THE CHURCH nULIHXG SOCIETY. The DEAN introduced the subject of church building, and said that in consequence of the state of the funds he could not recom- mend grants "to any more than towards the three new churches proposed to be built at Brymbo, The Lodge, and Ruabon. Some people thought that there had been so much done already in this direction that there was little need for further effort, hut he could assure them that it was quite the contrary, and it wa" still necessary to do all they could in the direction of church building. The report of the committee, read by the Rev. D. Lewis, recommended grants of ,£50 to Penycae, Ruabon, £50 to The Lodge, St. Martins, and £25 to Bwlchgwyn, Brymbo. Con- sidemble discussion followed as to the committee's report, and as to the principles upon which grants are made. The report of the committee was adopted, audit was added that the applica- tions now refused be strongly recommended to the committee for next year. Subsequently it was proposed by Canon How and carriecl-" That for the future, grants should be made out of the current income of the society only, and not out of the expected income of the coming year." THE DIOCESAN BOARD OF EDUCATION Met at three o'clock, under the presidency of the Bishop. The reports of the Committee and Diocesan Inspector were read. The latter stated that the number of church schools in the docese all open to inspection was 259, from which only seven scholars were withdrawn from religious instruction. Had visited 286 schools, found 119 excellent or good, and 117 fair. There were 1247 teachers engaged allll161 pupil teachers. In the schools there were 23,823, average attendance 15,996, at the examination 17,843 attended, n were withdrawn, and 14 excluded from the catechism. On June, 106 pupil teachers and monitors were examined, and 103 Sunday school scholars. The 21 withdrawn from religious instructions were 19 Roman Catholics and 2 Cal- vinistic Methodists, being 1 pupil in 1,134. Eight new schools have been opened to inspection during the year, and one old school examined the first time. The report of the Committee was adopted on the motion of Sir W. W. Wynn, seconded by Canon How. That of the Inspector was also adopted. THE CHURCH EXTENSION SOCIETY. The annual meeting of this Society was held on Thursday, July 26. After prayer, The BISHOP rose and said they had cause to be thankful for the labours of the Church Extension Society. He could not say as he did yesterday, that they had tided over their difficulties. Indeed, those difficulties seemed to increase. The two languages existed side by side, but the English language was surely and steadily making such advances, and the mixture of the Welsh and English language was so great, as well as the spread of edu- cation so complete, that it was rare to find a boy cr girl who could not speak English, and we must look forward to the spread of the English language all over the world. Still, the Welsh language clung to the Welshmen, and it seemed to be able to convey religious ideas to their minds and feelings, and there- fore they would still be under the necessity of carrying on bi- lingual services. It had been suggested to him that one curate might be employed for two or more curacies, itinerating between them; he thought that was a very good plan. Another great difficulty was the educatian of their young men for the Church in Wales. It was not a difficulty of funcl, but of men. Turn where they would there were no men to be found of the right sort. St. David's College was too expensive, and to escape that expense some had.travelled to Cumberland and to Birken- head, and the bishops all said that the want was not in means or institutions, but it ar0ll6 out of the abuse which crept into the institutions. When it cost a70 or £o per annum to receive education it was practically a bar to the sons of the middle classes, especially when they had to compete with the Prus- sians, (Swiss, &c., where a first-class education can be obtained for from £3 to £6 per annum. Wales at this time actually paid: £1,400 per annum to the English universities, and did not receive £ 1 in return. Sir WATKIN moved the adoption of the annual report, and alluding to the remarks of the Bishop, said that while Prussia and Switzerland gave education for £3 or £6, the £70 or £80 mentioned included board and lodging. As to the principle of itinerating curates, he feared that could not be done easily, be- cause he found that some clergymen who lived near each other differed as much in their opinions as Luther and the Pope. (Loud laughter.) He suggested that the grants from this Sûcietv should be confined to the places along the coast where the bilingual difficulty was most felt. Mr. SCOTT BANICES seconded the resolution, and in the course of his remarks started a long discussion upon the method of collecting the funds of the societies. The discussion was contiuuecl by the Denn, Archdeacon lor- gan, Canon Howell Evans. Canon Wynne Edwards, and many others. Ultimately it was resolved that the Rural Deans should be the centre of the collecting work: in their Rural Deaneries, amI that the 1st June should be the time for the payment of the sub- scriptions into the funds of the Society. Archdeacon FFOUKES introduced the subject of Welsh litera- ture, tracts, &c., and proposed that a cOTllmittee he formed of which the Rev. W. Morgan might be secretary, to procure or publish a supply of tracts and periodicals in Welsh for the diocese. The Rev. D. R. THOMAS seconded, and it was carried unani- mously. The meeting conclnded with thanks to the Bishop for pre- siding. A large number of the clergy and laity were entertained at the Palace and at the Deanery. A meeting of the Carey Fund Trustees was held at the Palace in the afternoen and on Friday the customary Chapter meeting closed the week's proceedings.