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Apropos of the itinerant lecturer rejoicing in the euphonious name of Bottomley." He is the latest importation over Offa's Dyke. It is true that he hails from Oldham, but, to the inhabi- tants of that Radical borough, he is nothing more than a harmless quack. His vapourings, unfortu- nately for the British Constitution," are re- yarded by his acquaintances as money-making fabrications. O'Donovan Rossa's exchequer is replenished after showing his paymasters that he is at work:" so with this simple-minded person. He must show work," else the Constitutional Association will not pay." Consequently he indulges to his heart's content in bluster and swagger. Poor, deluded soul: He is the last of his order. The Tory working man is well-nigh extinct! However, should any of our readers be wishful to form an estimate of his debating ability, they could not do better than purchase a verbatim report (in book form) of a discussion between him and Joseph Howes of Leeds. Really, the Tory party is in peculiarly low condition. To defend the tottering State Church they must employ a briefless barrister—Reed by name, and reedy in his arguments. Of course, we do not wish to ignore or under-cstimate the services rendered by the rumpageous Llanfairfechan curates After all their performances, the sum and substance of their doings may be stated in the trite saying of Much cry and little wool." The Church papers speak with amusing freedom of ecclesiastical dignitaries. It was not wonder- ful that the Ritualists, alias State-supported Roman Catholics, should be angry because the Bishop of Gloucester should say of them that they are digging the grave of the Establishment." But this severe priestly animadversion meets with the following retort. It appeared in the Ritualist f.'hurch Times of last week. It says, "The poor little prelate (Bishop Ellicott) is a sore trial, but as we cannot suppose that anybody really cares a straw for what he says, we suppose he can be borne with." When Bishops, who claim to be links in the chain of apostolic succession, are thus roughly handled by their dearly beloved brethren," surely we ought not to feel surprised when an eighty-pounder-curate spends a whole morning in praying upon his god to extermi- nate Nonconformists. Evidently, there is some- thing marvellously sublime in State religion altogether. The Rev. Robert H. Cotton, M.A., B.Se. (London), curate-in-charge of S. S. Simon and Judy, Manchester, seceded from the State Church last week. The Church prints, when Mr Cotton was in the Religious Civil Service, eulogised him to the skies. He was such a scholar," and so forth. However, Mr Cotton seceded, believing that every individual church should govern itself. Consequently, he is subjected to a special out- pouring of Ritualistic wrath. This is how his resignation is disposed of in the Church Times The Rev. R. H. Cotton, whom the Bishop had ordained from the ranks of Dissent, announces that he will return, like the sow that has been washed, to her wallowing iu the mire." Facts like these speak for themselves. How long will the people of Wales continue to support this rookery of Papistical exclusiveness ? John Knox said, Cut down the trees and the rooks will dis- appear." Down then with the trees,, and the priestly rooks will go likewise

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