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THE FATE OF MAFEKING.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,

. SUNDAY TRADING AT SWANSEA.

-♦-MONMOUTHSHIRE SUNDAY ,CLOSING…

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-♦ MONMOUTHSHIRE SUNDAY CLOSING BILL. TO THE EDITOR OF "THE CAMBRIAN." SIR,—The Committee of the Central Asso- ciation wish to express their appreciation of the hearty response to their appeal on behalf of this Bill made early in February. It will be interesting to their friends to know that up to the end of April the Sunday Closing peti- tions to Parliament outnumbered those pre- sented on behalf of any other measure. There were 737 petitions, and of these 556 were in favour of the Monmouthshire Bill. As the Sunday Closing Bill for England includes the county of Monmouth, all the petitions may be counted as in support of Mr. Spicer's Bill. Only nine petitions have been presented against the Monmouthshire Bill, and none whatever against the Sunday Closing through- out England. We wish, however, to draw the attention of your readers to the great need there is for continued and increased exertions on behalf of the Bill, in view of the Committee stage and its passage through the House of Lords. The lamentable speech of the Marquis of Salisbury in that House on the 8th inst. shews that great opposition has still to be over- come, and that it would be unsafe for the friends of Sunday Closing to relax their efforts. The Prime Minister's speech would be more depressing but for the well-known fact that a large number of his supporters, both in Parliament and in the country, do not share his views. In spite of his opposi- tion. there is good ground for hope that the continued influence of all friends of moderate Temperance reform will secure the passing of the Bill this Session. The three Temperance Bill?—the Children s Bill. Mr. Spicer's Bill, and Mr. Roberts' Sunday Closing Amendment Bill for Wales— which have passed the Second Reading this Session, are closely allied. It is very largely on Sundays that children are sent to the public house for liquor, and for this reason the Central Association cannot but take a deep interest in the movement for its sup- pression. This Session these three Bills will probably stand or fall together, and the efforts on behalf of one will help the others. We trust your readers will see the impor- tance of concentrating their efforts on these most moderate, but really useful, measures. Everything depends on what is done during the next few weeks. We make a special appeal to ministers and other church workers to exert their best influence with Members of Parliament for active support. Sunday Closing Petition forms, tracts and leaflets for circulation, and full information on the Sun- day Closing question, may be obtained from I the Secretary of the Central Association (Mr. J. Woodford Causer) at these offices. He will be glad to arrange for speakers at meetings and to help in other ways. On behalf of the Executive Committee, we are, yours faithfully, ROBERT WHITWORTH. T. ALFRED STOWELL, M.A. WILLIAM YOUNG, B.A. Hon. Secretaries of the Central Sunday Closing Association. 14, Brown-street, Manchester, May 14, 1900.

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