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ABERYSTWYTH. THE INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION ACT. On Tuesday evening a public meeting was held at the Town Hall to consider various matters con- nected with this Act. The Mayor presided. It was resolved to apply to the Cardiganshire Joint Education Committee for the establishment of an intermediate school at Aberystwith. Mr A. J. Hughes and the Mayor were appointed delegates to present the application to the Joint Education Committee at Aberayron on Thursday next. The meeting further pledged itself to do its utmost to obtain funds for the erection of school buildings in accordance with the requirements of the Act, and recommended that the district be sub- divided and collectors appointed. It was also determined to request the Town Council of Aber- ystwith to make a grant from the borough fund for the purpose of erecting an intermediate school in the town. Votes of thanks terminated the proceedings. ARCHIDIACONAL VISITATION. The Venerable William North, the Archdeacon of Cardigan, held his vernal visitation for the Aberystwyth District of the Archdeaconery of Cardigan, at Holy Trinity Church, Aberystwyth, on Friday last. The attendance of clergy and church- wardens was more numerous than on any previous occasion, demonstrating most conclusively the increased interest taken by both clergy and laity in the welfare of the Church under the present position, and with regard to the future prospects of ecclesiastical affairs in connection both with the internal and spiritual work of the Church and its external temporal political connection. There was also a large and influential congregation who highly appreciated the valuable and compre- hensive charge of the venerable gentleman. Churchwardens from 22 parishes and districts were presented and admitted, and the following is the list of clergymen who attended Revs Prebendary Williams, M.A., and W. Thomas, Holy Trinity William Evans, M.A., St. Michael's D. L. Davies, B.A., St. Mary all of Aberystwyth; J. Y. Evans, B.A., Llanbadarn- fawr; T. Morgan, Penrhyncoch; N. Evans, Llangorwen J. P. Poole Hughes, Borth; J. W. Morgan, Talybont; J. Rees, Capel-Bangor; W. Gabe, Goginan D. Owen, Eglwysnewydd D. Roderick, Llancynfelin; A. Williams, Elerch; D. Jenkins, Llangwyryfon; R. Lewis, Llan- ychaiarn J. M. Lewis, Llanddinol; T. Evans, Llanrhystyd D. Lewis, Llansantffraed; D. Alban, Lledrod D. Lewis, Rhostie; Wm. J. Williams, B.A., Llanavan; J. Jones, M.A., Ystradmeurig; T. Jones, Strata Florida; and J. Evans, Llanfihangel-Croyddin. There were but four absentees, amongst whom were the Rev J. Pugh, Llanbadarn, the rural dean, through illness, and great sympathy was mani- fested on his behalf. The Rev J. H. Protheroe, M.A., vicar of St. Michael's, who is in Norway, and the Rev J. M. Griffiths, vicar of Llan- fihangelgeneurglyn, who attended the visitation at Cardigan. The Litany, having been said by the Rev Prebendary Williams, the Archdeacon de- livered his address to the churchwardens and clergy. Commencing as to the marvellous activity of the Church in manifold departments throughout the British Empire, he referred them to the official year Book of the Church of Eng- 1 land, and recommended this wonderful com- pilation to their careful study, as a treasure of in- formation both practical and instructive. He then alluded at considerable length to the virulence of the opposition displayed in some parts of Wales, including this district, to the pro- gress and work of the Church, by designing, and unprincipled -non who, through misrepresentation, were instigating agitation and ill will against the Church and clergy. He strongly recommended the dissemination of cheap and brief histories of the Church, prepared by the Church Defence Institution, (which would instruct the people in the origin, progress, and present activity of the Church in this country, and he pressed the circulation of these and other pamphlets in the Welsh language by all the reverend and lay I brethren present.) He next referred to the question of voluntary elementary schools as raised by the appearance of the new elementary code, glancing at the summary of general grants, the individual grants for several subjects, the changed mode of examination, and the freedom of discretion opened to H.M. Inspectors. He instanced cases with regard to our religious education, in order to remind them of the hostile movemeuts which threatened to deprive us of the aid of various charities, specifying Betton's charity and Miss Hester Bowen's charity. He then proceeded to the question of the endowments of the Church, especially with regard to the tithe rent-charge and the grave condition of the clergy in this and other districts of Wales at the present moment, who had hope- lessly ceased from enforcing their just and legal claims owing to the violent outrages committed, the default of the official executors of the law and other causes. He urged united action, firmness and courage. He defined the clauses and prospective effects of the Bill now under dis- cussion in the legislature as to facilitating the recovery of tithes, and hoped it would pass through the crucial attempts to thwart it in the lower House and that England would realize the danger, which, on a more sweeping scale threatened the the Established Church, through piecemeal disintegration in Wales. The public service and ministration of the Church occupied a most important portion of the charge. The mode of reading and intoning the prayers in a reverential and natural manner (not studied and artificial intonation) with full emphasis being given on words, and expressions accentuated so as to affect the congregation at large. Much was also said on the responsive part taken by the congregation, especially as to the Lord's prayer, the two Creeds, and the general confession in the service of the Holy Communion. The musical rendering of a large portion of the service was commended when judiciously regulated, but he disparaged the tendency observed in restricting the compass of choral song to the practised choir as apart from the general congregation. Alluding to the hymnology of the Church and to "Y a committee having been recently appointed to revise this portion of the services. Examples were given of incongruous figures in hymns contained in our present Welsh hymnals, jarring upon the awe inspiring contemplation of the agonised Redeemer outstretched with racked limbs npon the cross in the dread torture of His passion. He instanced several others. For these and similar reasons he considered that an authorized revision of Welsh hymnology was 11 most desirable and deserving of approval. In concluding he specially and earnestly addressed the clergy, old and young, upon their responsibilities, urging the younger portion es- pecially to fix their aim for a life of godly service, to deprecate eagerness for promotion, and am- bition to get on," to be content to wait for God, and they would assuredly find that in ordaining their lot, he would do all things well for both His Church and for them. He afterwards made some very telling observations in Welsh, im- pressing upon the churchwardens the importance of their duties. A large number subsequently met at luncheon, under the presidency of the Arch- deacon, where several subjects touched upon in the charge were discussed in a most amicable and edifying manner.