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FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.

ABORTIVE ATTACK ON THE QUEEN.

HOUSE OF LORDS.—THURSDAY.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.—THURSDAY.

PROVINCIAL INSURANCE COMPANY.

CARDIFF.

SWANSEA.

HAVERFORDWEST.

CAERPHILLY.

EBBW VALE.

BRITON FERRY.

NEWPORT.

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NEWPORT. GREAT EDUCATIONAL MEETING.—A crowded meeting was held last evening in the Town Hall to take into con- sideration the Education Act, with the view of supporting ML-. Dixon in the motion which he will make on the subject on the 5th inst. in the House of Commons. The chair was occupied by Mr. T. B. Batchelor, and about 20 of the leading Nonconformist ministers and the advocates (f undenominational education were on the platform. The chairman, in opemino- the meeting, explained that it hld been convened for the purpose of protesting against the 25th and other clauses in the Act which were subversive of the fundamental principle of civil and religious liberty. The Liberal Government had passed the Act in opposi- tion to and independent of the protest of Dissenters and the Ministry appeared to think they could do so with im- punity, despite the conscientious scruples of Noncon- formists and the more advanced Liberals. Mr. Forster endeavoured to make out that the Act had not been in operation sufficiently long to ascertain whether it was defective and inoperative. But Nonconformists, and those who were opposed to sectarian education contended that a gross injustice should not be tolerated any longer than it could be helped (applause). He defended Dissenters from the charge that they were a party to the compromise, and he concluded by asking the enthusiastic speakers^ to use temperate language, and he hoped that the meeting would be orderly and well conducted, so that they might arrive at an intelligent and dispassionate decision.— The Rev. Mr. Oliver was called upon to move the first resolution, expressing approval of Mr. Dixon's proposed motion. He entered, at considerable length, into the question, explaining the objections that Dis- senters had to the State overstepping its functions, in attempting to impart religious instruction which appertained to the parents themselves, and to Christian Churches. He quoted lengthened statistics to show that so-called denominational education, as conducted at vast expense to the Government in our National Schools, had proved a complete failure. Not only were the children in a vast majority of cases completely ignorant of ele- mentary education, but their presumed religious instruc- tion was deplorably deficient. He condemned in elo- quent language the action of the Liberal Government in attempting by the Educational Act to coerce Dissenters. The resolution was adopted by acclamation. Several other able addresses were delivered, and the proceedings were of a most unanimous and enthusiastic character.

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