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THE BISHOP OF CHESTER AND CONSECRATION FEES. -0 At a meeting of the Crewe Town Council on Wednesday, a discussion took place upon a pro- posal to apply to the Bishop of Chester for the consecration of a further portion of the cemetery. The ctergy of the town had repre- sented to the CoufSjil that there was a lack of consecrated space for burial, and asked the Council to memorialise the bishop to consecrate additional ground. The Council objected to this unless the clergy of the town would agree to allow Nonconformist ministers performing the burial service in the consecrated portion to take the fees. For some time one or two of the clergymen held out against the proposal.—Mr. C. H. Pedley said he had seen the Bishop of Chester, and his lordship said he was strongly in favour of the clergy giving up their rights to the fees in these cases. As to the question of fees for consecrating the additional ground, he suggested that the Council should pay them, but a majority of the Council declined to sanction any such payment out of the rates. The bishop had communicated with the clergy, with the result that they had signed an under- taking not to claim the fees for burials in consecrated ground by Nonconformist ministers, and the vicar of Christ Church (the Rev. J. G. Howson) had written stating that he would make himself responsible for the amount of fees on the consecration ef the new portion of the cemetery.—Alderman Briggs moved that the question should be referred to the General Purposes Committee for further consideration. He did not see that it was just to hand over their civil rights and privileges along with the deed of consecration. He thought they might get better terms from the Bishop.—The Mayor pointed out that neither the Bishop nor the clergy could bind their successors in a matter of that kind. They had obtained all they had asked for.—Alderman Briggs Can the Bishop appoint a chaplain, fix his salary, and charge it to the Corporation ?-The Town Clerk said there was no power in a cemetery like theirs to appoint a chaplain.—Mr. G. Wallis said the Council had obtained all that the Noncon- formists asked for, or desired, and he thought it was a very happy termination of the question. —It was agreed by 14 to 8 to accept the Bishop's undertaking, and the vicar of Crewe's offer.

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