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THE MANCHESTER UNION AND THE BIR- MINGHAM LEAGUE. The tug of war between the Birmingham League and the Manchester Union promisfes to be fierce. The re- vised policy put forth by the League in its manifesto of January 19th, has evoked a counter agitation, evinced by a characteristic circular, on the part of the Union, bearing date the 15th instant, and signed by the three M.P. officials and its general secretary. The Bir- mingham League, the Nonconformists, the Secularists," and all and several of that ilk, are to be sturdily opposed. Their clamour" is not to be allowed to gain for them from the Government those concessions to which their numbers are not entitled." Friends of religious liberty in education, and supporters of our existing voluntary Elementary Schools, in connection with the Church of England and other religious bodies, are I to make known to Parliament, by petitions extensively f signed, their opinions and their determination to yield no more, nor consent to any further concessions being made. A copy is given of the resolution which Mr. I Dixon, M.P., proposed moving in the House at an early day, as well'as of the New Revolutionary Programme" of the League. It is solemnly assured that the revolu- tionary character of the documents will startle the friends of the Union, a statement which we are not disposed to contradict. A form of petition is added, j tame and common-place in tone, adverting to not a |' single vital and acknowledged principle in civil or f religious liberty, but stiff, formal, and expedient to the j highest degree. It is urgently requested that the subject be taken up without delay, and petitions be sent, "however few the signatures." The parochial machi- l nery throughout England and Wales is to be oiled and set in mation. Let the 15,000 parishes speak in some degree;" but "none under sixteen years are to sign." In the hope that it may excite emulation, we commend the promptitude and zeal of the Union to the friends-the real friends—of Religious Liberty in Education." A momentous contest is imminent, which will, we believe, continue for some time. It is a period for the friends of religious equality to keep their eyes » open, and exert all their available influence. Let peti- tions be met with petitions. In particular, the Princi- pality, with its legion of chapels, can do something by way of petitions, and in many places public meetings may be held to set the matter fairly before the people, Dot omitting another suggestion in the Union circular —" Invite local papers to report meetings." It is a noble crusade, and we hope Wales will prove true to itself, to the League, and to the principles involved in a demand for unsectarian and undenominational teaching in State-supported schools.





! SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 1872."

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