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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1894.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1894. NOTES & COMMENTS The Swansea School Board electionsl take place to-day. We are done! with talking and canvassing the hour ha?| -ome when the elector is expected to givtl expression to his opinions in the way pro-1 vided by the legislature. It is to be hoped! that the important issues raised by the contest have been seriously considered. We shall see when the bailot-box reveals its secrets to what extent sectarian preju- dice has been permitted to turn aside the ratepayers from their obvious duty. To L-ostore the old majority to power is to sanction the mismanagement which char,tc,tei-ised the late board, and to place the stamp of popular approval on acticns hurtful to the interests of the community. The undenominational candidates shouid be supported if only to give them a chance of improving on the bad record or the old I board. No man who earnestly desires! reform can afford to neglect this oppor-| tunity of punishing mismanagement and| worse, and a mistaken idea of loyalty tol iect should not induce Nonconformists tog withhold support from the candidates who! represent a change for the better. W^el trust that no supportor of the seven ChurchS tunity of punishing mismanagement and worse, and a mistaken idea of loyalty to iect should not induce Nonconformists tn withhold support from the candidates who! represent a change for the better. W^el trust that no supportor of the seven ChurchS ^-•andidates will fail to vote. The efforts | required is trivial as compared with thel | consequences which will attend success,| 5 and every vote will be wanted. | | Our controversy with Dr. John Evans increases in interest as it broadens ÍlJ 3cope. For these results the doctor v' i chiefly res ponsible. I am sorry I havel w startled you," he observed in his most! 1 recent letter, "by referring to Prussia a>| h given to excessive dogmas and creeds; I 1 iiope you have recovered from the shock." | I'Jut of what mortal use is the recovery! vhen one shock is swiftly followed b}| mother, even more violent, produced by i.| statement of this kind :—Is Prussia thcE uost Protestant country in Europe writes Dr. Evans) and ought it to be| xnnpared to Wales or Scotland ? I tin. Hesse-Cassel, Homburg, Frankfort, an(i| Hassan have 1300,000 Roman Catholics | I'he proportion is more than one to three.| tn Silesia the Roman Catholics are! opposed to be in the majority." | Just so. But Hesse-Cassel is not iii| Prussia, neither is Nassau, both being! principalities lying between Prussia propei md its Westohalian and Rhenish 1 Prussia, neither is Nassau, both being principalities lying between Prussia propei md its Westohalian and Rhenish 1 irovinces; Homburg is not in Prussia,! ibut in Bavaria in the extreme South WestH |of Germany; the Frankfort to which liisg Itigures relate is not in Prussia but iuP Nassau, and is distinguished from ti, Frankfort in the old Duchy of Branden-H burg by the enlarged title of Frankfort-ori-S Main, To complete the list Silesia is not in Prussia but forms part of the territorv |jl>tained as spoils of war by King Fred- |srick U. It id as if an allegation that|| jlreland is a Catholic country, were motel with statistics showing the of Protestantism in Wales, Scotland, York-B shire, Cardiff, and Edinburgh. Can be wondered at that we are again shocked.H and wcrse than before ? S Dr. Evans as an ex-member of the School Board and the sponsor of can- didates should really be more careful of his facts. Imagine what the effect might be if the school children took to reading elec- tion speeches, and came upon these specimens of the newer history. The earnest doctor has made the mistake ofp confounding Prussia, the stronghold of North Germany and the home of "crude Calvinistic Protestantism,'||i as one writer has termed it, with the Germéd] j Empire, which includes the Southern States and Principalities where Romany Catholicism predominates. The political Union of North and South, for what weal would call Imperial purposes, dates mereJy I from the end of the Franco-German War, and as recently as 1806 Nassau, Hese- l Cassel and Bavaria (which iacludes Hurn- J burg), assisted Austria in her (lisat,-ots •ampaign against Prussia. In the face ofgjh chose facts the whole force of the doctorsjjl [statistics and facts disappears, in truth.g8 the bottom of his argument falls out. There still remains the assertion origin-i illy made by Mr. Henry Richards, that "Prussia, where dogmatic religious teach- ing prevailed, was the most irreiigions country in the world while the people of the United States, where secular education^ was tbe rule, were the most religious."|i We have not the means readily at handy rcr ascertaining the vab:o of the quota-! tion; the context may possess some! qualifying clauses. As set out it is cer-i tainly a sweeping assertion, in absolute! conflict with the accepted idea of thel Pruss an people. Personally we should! :iko to know on what data the judgment! is passed. A people manifests its irre-g Jigion in < peculiar way when it receives the news of the French declaration of war with a fierce, tearful singing of the national song of the Fatherland :—f One whole nation shall it lip." E 0 God in heaven we look to Th:C I Give us the outrage, strength and will, » To keep it safe from woe and ill. | That *hatl it l;«| One whole great nitu..n shall it bi ?" | That *hatl it One whole great nitu..n shall it bi ?" | It's ivreligion takes a singular form wlien| the news of the battle of Sadowa iu-| spires a huge multitude recruited from alll j lasses to bare their heads and sing with| everence and unut-erablo pathos the nol;!t.| iiymn of Luther, A strong tower is Otll God—a trusty shield and weapon." \Viiy, £ if Prussia be irreligious, in what country^ I' r:> .[C ,nav re igion be fonnd r t The religious condition of the Uintcul The religious condition of the Uintcul would ta-ke itiore, space to describe and ex-p olain thah we can spare. Influences noil concerned with any system of educations have powerfully contributed to mould thes American character. The country has* oeneb tted by retteiVHig the pickeaE men of all nations and elementary | education is con^i'e^ed with mort.^ elasticity of method, than iu ErJgland. The Roman Catholic Church is esti-| mated to have five million auherentj ,n the States, and it is but one of S3voral| religious bodies maintaining a close super-! vision over the education of their young 1 Singularly enough both Dr. ILvans Mr. Hemy Richard seem to agree in CYàd- 6 ing the points raised by the experience Oj Franco, where secular education affordec| i)V the State is nntempered by the influoncel of rehgous bodies. How has tho p ai J worked in that country especially in tht| large towns. Is it not the fact that theft great rr.ajor.ty of tho -VI p :>r cent, of cliildrens stiU being educated by the It-litittii Ontholicl Ohurcli are to bo found in the agri.-uIturalS districts, precisely whore 7JA&, of a ill thoughtful people, look for the regenera-jj tion of France, after the downfall pro j duced chiefly by the criminal folly of Paris, and other populous cities where! secularism has won its chief triumphs.

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