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Justice to Animals. HOW R.S.P.C.A. WORK IS DEVELOPING. THE CRUSADE AGAINST CRUELTY IN NORTH WALES. Mr. Rendell, in the splendid address which he delivered, last Wednesday, at the annual meeting of the Colwyn Bay auxiliary of the R.S.P.C.A., said be had been much struck with the Gorsedd Prayer, which said: Grant, 0 God, Thy Protection, And in Protection, Strength, And in Strength, Understanding; And in Understandint-, Knowledge; And in Knowledge, the Knowledge of Justice And in the Knowledge of Justice. the Love of it And in that Love, the Love of all Existences And in the Love of Existences, the Love of God; God, and all goodness. This comprehensive prayer was probably pre- pared years ago. Owing to its comprehensive- ness let them hope it would be handed down to posterity through generations to come. They should not plead for kindness—kindness was the wrong word—but justice. One of the oldest of the Greek Mythical Kings was said to have inscribed on the walls of his temple these three maxims Gods to be rvenetated parents to be honoured, and animals not to be hurt." Nearly 2,000 years ago, Plutarch declared Jus- tice and beneficence should be extended to creatures of every species. A good n an will take care of his horse and dogs, not only when they are young, but when they are old and past service." A popular writer once said There is something wanting in that man's religion whose dog and cat are not benefitted by it." The late Sir Arthur Helps said The progress of civilisation in the world must be gauged by the increase of humanity and the decrease of cruelty." Let them there- fore gauge this progress by a very brief history of the R.S P.C.A. The speaker ennumerated early cases of cruelty which could not be punished through not having the necessary Parliamentary powers. Forty years ago there was but one Act of Par- liament, and .now there were a score of Acts and a Society with 620 branches and 170 in- spectors. This was brought about by the pro- gress of civilisation, education, and the Society. Education was, however, incomplete without the formation of character. It was not enough to teach the three R's to make children smart and clever. It was of vital importance to form and develop character. Character was greater and higher than money, intellect, or love; because it determined the use and direction of all three of these. It was the character of the rich man which determined whether he should be a benefactor or a curse to society. rt was character which determined whether the learned man should use his know- ledge as a destructive or as a construc- tive force in society. It was character which determined whether love should be a passion working havoc in human life, or a grace beauti- fying and ennobling life. Character was the determining force behind money, intellect, love, and so it was; the greatest force in human life. Yet it was the one thing frequently neglected in the education of the rising generation. An M.P. recently .stated Most of our criminals are made in childhood." It has also been said Sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny." The formation, of character, then, could only be neglected at the expense of the individual, and to the detriment of our position as the most civilised nation in the world. Sir Frederick Bridge recently said:- There's so much bad in the best of us, And there's so much good in the worst of us, That it hardly behoves any of us, To talk about the rest of us, Our object must be to take out the bad in the best of us, And increase the good in the worst of us. Let them endeavour to make it well known that there were lesosn. in hedgerows, tongues in trees, books, in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." He saw the following lines a short time ago — So many shrines, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind; Whilst just the art of being kind. Is what this world so sadly needs. The Society's! platform was a very broad one, It included ,theologianls of all creeds and poli- ticians of all parties. This year 300,000 essays were written by London scholars upon the pro- per treatment of animals. He quoted the opin- ions of her late Majesty Queen Victoria and His Majesty the King upon the work of the Socreity, At first there was only one inspector for the whole of North Wales; but owing to the growth of progress and kind local support the parent Society was enabled to send a second inspector, and later a summer season inspector to Rhyl. Now, owing to the generous munificence of a lady near Rhyl, who had given a donation of £ 2,000, a third inspector was permanently sta- tioned at Rhyl. This was a growth to be proud of. He asked them to give additional sympathy and support their excellent Hon.Secretary, Miss Southall, and the local Committee. If they be- lieved in their cause, let them ta;ke hold of it with both hands and compel success. Their cause was just and noble, and was carried out in the most practical way possible, esntirelv1 as a crusade against cruelty to fellow creatures who were unable to plead for themselves (Applause.)

...--.... Mr. Owen M. Edwards.

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