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A SCOTCHMAN'S TASTE FOR MUSIC!

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A SCOTCHMAN'S TASTE FOR MUSIC! There used to be a story current among Winchester boys to the effect that in old Dr. Hungerford's days the boys on the foundation were not allowed potatoes as a portion of the college diet (says the Pall MM" Gazette). On representing the hardship of the case to ? the Doctor, he replied that if it had been good for the boys to have potatoes, they would have been provided for by the original founder of the school. When it i. was suggested to him that potatoes were not known in England until the discovery of America, he re- marked that this entirely altered the state of the case, and from that time forth potatoes were permitted- h The United Presbyterian Synod has just been holding a meeting on the subj ect of the use of organs in churches, at which one of the speakers used an argument which at once recalled the admirable reasoning of the Winchester sage on the great potato question. One Mr. Roberts protested vehemently against the introduction of the abominable instrument, on the ground that it was n°t used in the worship of the early Christians, and that if its use had been desirable the Holy Spirit would have inspired some Christian artificer with the requisite knowledge and skill for organ-building. 1, Would any one say," he exclaimed, that the wisdom of G was inceinpetent to teach the carpenters and those who t, preached the Gospel throughout the wide world to erect organs if He had wanted them ?' l'his reasonIng, as we learn from the newspaper report of the debate, was received with loud and repeated laughter. And a subsequent speaker reminded Mr. Roberts and those who agreed with him that they had already got a musical instrument in Presbyterian churches in the shape of a < tuning-fork to regulate the pitch of the voices fot singing. Another speaker further remarked that, inasmuch as the early Christians had no churches at all to pray in, it was obvious that they could not introduce organs into them. The debate altogether seems to have been peculiarly lively, and for a clerical assemblage, almost instructive and entertaining, and certainly so in comparison with the discussions of our English Convocation. Nevertheless a large majority rejected the memorial which prayed for the toleration t of organs. By 232 votes against 136, the synod proved to the world that it is not alone in the matter of jokes that a surgical operation is required for the enlighten* ment of Scotchmen.

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