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MARGAM POISONING CASE.

- AN EX-POLICEMAN IN TROUBLE…

----------A SAD FATALITY AT…

CARMARTHENSHIRE.

----CARDIGANSHIRE.

ACCIDENTALLY HANGED.

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THE TITHE AGITATION. .

A BISHOP OKTITHES.

EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYED.

A GENEROUS NEWSPAPER PROPRIETOR.

CHRIST CHURCH, PENARTH.

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CHRIST CHURCH, PENARTH. LETTER FROM THE REV R. J. PLATER. A correspondent writes :—The heading of the account of the meeting at this church in the Western Mail of yesterday is not fair to the Congregationalist body in Penarth. The beading reads" Congregationalist Difficulties in Penartb." This is not tbe case, as the church to all intents and purposes is a Free Church of England, the Church service being used, the minister wearing a surplice and gown. When the Rev R. J. Plater left St Augustine's, he being senior curate at the time of bis dispute with the Rev C. Parsons, the rector, it was reported that he was about to enter the Congregational body, and, in fact, one or two gentlemen were approached in the matter, but a service complying with their wishes could not be ar- rangea, and there the matter ended. The church was built by a committee, consisting mainly of Churchmen, and was opened by a clergyman, said, to be a ritualist. The title of the church was at this time Christ Church (Congregational). It appears that this term was used in order that a lease for the building could be obtained from the ground landlord, Lord Windsor, who would not grant a lease tor a church iu opposition to the Church paity. About this time the Rev R. J. Plater did preach in certain Congregational pulpits locally, but only two or three Congre- gational ministers tilled the pulpit at Christ Church in return. Subsequently Mr Plater was admitted a member of the Congrega- tional Union of Glamorgan and Carmarthen, ou the nomination of two of his friends. The officers of his church never applied to have the church admitted to the Union as such, as it was com- posed of Churchmen and Dissenters, and their minister had never been truly a Congregationalist in his Church form of service, Only for a few months after its opening was the word Congrega- tional used in connection with the church, as the term was dropped very soon, and the service made more and more Churchy." A bell was added to the tower of the building some months ago. From this time the place was known as Christ Church, Stanwell-road, and this is the title on the Dotice board at present. TO THE EDITOR. SlB,—I find it necessary to reply'to statement which are calculated to place me in a very un- favourable light before the public. It will perhaps elucidate matters if I briefly refer to the conditions under which the movement connected with my name originated. When by the pres- sure of circumstances I was compelled to seek a ministry outside the Established Church, Christ Church was erected for me by my friends. An agreement for lease of the site was signed by Messrs W. Gibbs, T. R. Thompson, and L. Wood, who thus became the lessees. In order to pay off the debt on the building, £240, it was found necessary to mortgage the property, and a short time since notice of foreclosure was given by the mortgagee. An opportunity of taking over the mortgage was afforded the committee, but no definite conclusion was arrived at, and under these circumstances, knowing also that the church committee had signified its intention not to guarantee stipend for 1890, Mr L. Wood, after seeing the other two lessees, wrote me as follows:— Gardenhurst, Penarth, 6th Dec. 4th, 1889. Rev R, J. Plater. My dear Sir,—On behalf of my co-lessee- Mr Gibbs and, Mr Thompson, and myself, I hereby agree to assign to your nominees toe agreement for lease of the site on which Christ Church has been erected on the following conditions, namely, that your nonunees are substantial persons that they make themselves liable for performance of the covenants of the agreement for lease and that the existing mortgage debt with in- terest thereon be pa.id off forthwith. I make this offer subject to your reply before the 1st of January next.— Yours truly, L. WOOD. This letter, together with another from the new Rector of Penarth, in which he suggested £400 as the price he was prepared to offer, I laid befoto the committee, which, whilst exprestliug no dis- approval, argued tbat the rector ought to pay more. As the secretary bad already bad more than one interview with a gentleman representinf; the rector, out of which nothing definite bad arisen, I began to fear that the end of December would arrive without a settlement being effected, and when on the 26th of December the rector wrote making a definite offer of £400 for the church, I at once nominated him and two of bis officials for the approval of the lessees. If it should seem that I arrived at a somewhat summary decision, it must be remembered that immediate action was necessary, that the fact of the liabilities of the church, the inability of the church committee any longer to guarantee my stipend, required to be faced at ouce moreover, that in a movement which was essentially a personal one I had a right to expect that the concurrence of the committee would be given to an arrangement which appeared not only reason- able. but most acceptable to me.—I am, &c., RICHARD JAMES PLATER. Beechtield, Penarth, Jan. 3rd, 1890.

PETER JACKSON AT CARDIFF --

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THE TIN PLA.TE TRADE. --.

-------THE LONGTON COLLIERY…

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NEWS IN BRIEF.

AN AVALANCHE IN THE TYROL.…

SWANSEA.

NEATH.

CARDIGAN.

ABERAMMAN.

LLANDOVERY.

BRECON.

CLYDACH (BRECON).

TALGARTH.

--LLANTRISSANT.

MERTHYR.

RHONDDA VALLEY.

TREDEGAR.

BARRY.

NEWPORT.

CARDIFF.

POLICE INTELLIGENCE. r

MR GLADSTONE ON WILLIAM PITT.

A MURDERERS LETTER.

THE JUBILEE PLUNGER. -7-

FIRE AT A TRAINING COLLEGE.

FATALITY ON THE ICE.

COMMAND OF THE IRISH-FORCES.

----------AN APOLLO IN KNICKERBOCKERS.

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