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LETT Ml* TO TIIE EUlTuII. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTERS AND THEIR ENGAGEMENTS. Sir,-Will you kindly allow me a short j space in your valuable columns to call at- tention to the strange practice indulged in by some of the broad cloth gentlemen be- longing to the above denomination. It is a practice which has become very cmmon, es- pecially in small places where the pay is not up to the standard. I know many instances deacons receiving telegrams on Saturday afternoon from ministers stating that they were "sorry they could not come," but no reason was given. However, it soon be- came evident that the rev. gentleman had j been offered engagements by other 1 churches whose finances would allow of a higher fee being paid, and, of course, there they went. What was the result ? The pulpits of the weaker churches were empty, and the friends had to make as best they could. Why do not our Monthly Meetings and Presbyteries make an effort to put a stop to this system of trafficking in Sunday engagements. We seldom hear of minis- ters of other denominations acting in such an unprincipled manner. Perhaps others may have a word to say upon this subject. —Yours, &c., ON-LOOKER. September 27th, 1897. CHORAL SINGING IN CARNARVON. Sir,—I am pleased to understand that there has been establisnea at Carnarvon choral society which bids fair to make a name for itself in the world of music, and which, no doubt, will again place the old town in the front rank as regards choral singing, for which the Welsh people are famous. Choral singing in Carnarvon has been on I the wane for a considerable number of years and this must be attributed, to a great ex- I tent, to the continual formation of mush- room choirs, led by psedo-musicians. Should it so happen that these individuals fail to attain their object the innate consciousness that their alleged genius has been slighted makes them determined to do what they possibly can to frustrate others of unques- tionable ability in their efforts to encour- age the cultivation of high-class music in the town. Thus the seed of envy and malice is sown, and the fruit it bears -as been too apparent in Carnarvon during the past few years. Atpresent, however, a welcome change has come over the scene. Old and new singers have banded together, and have formed a choir—a choir of robust constitution, based upon sure foundations. The conductor is Mr John Williams, organ- ist of Christ Church, a most able gentle- man, who, apart from the fact that he uas previously led ms forces to victory, deserves to be supported on the ground that he is a native of Carnarvon, and has the welfare of the town at heart. Now, that a choir has been formed, it is to be hoped that the members will do their utmost to make it an unqualified success. Competition should not be themain object of its existence, but rather the performing of oratorios, can- tatas, &c. It is a notorious fact that Car- narvon has been much behind other places in Wales in this direction. Why should there not be an annual performance of an oratorio at the Pavilion? Needless to say that it would be much more appreciated by the people than the eternal competitive which are held in this district, notably about Christmas time.—Yours, &c., c, AN OUT-SIDER. September 27th, 1897.