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THE RELIGION OF PAGEANTRY. MR. JUSTICE GRANTHAM, at the Ruthin Assizes, made certain remarks as to the fact that the Mayor and Corporation did not meet him at Divine Service at St. Peter's Church on Sunday. With ques- tionable taste, be dilated on a supposed grievance, and gave a veiled lecture to the Ruthin Corporation. It appears that some one thought fit to ask the Judge to postpone the Assize Ser- vice from the Saturday when he arrived in town, to the following Sunday. Whether this officious but not official letter also stated that if the Judge complied with the wishes of the writer, the Mayor and Corporation would meet his Lordship, and attend service at St. Peter's Church, we cannot say. Judging by the remarks of Mr. Justice GRANTHAM, it is probable that it did. That the non-attendance of the Ruthin Corporation at the Judge's Sunday proces- sion caused him disappointment, we can well understand, and we can readily excuse his references to that part of the case. But when he gives other reasons for being dis- appointed. The arguement we must con- fess, becomes a little cloudy. Mr. Justice GRANTHAM stated that he was aware that many members of the Cor- poration did not belong to the same Church as he did, and yet he intimates that such members do neglect their own places of worship to attend at a pageantry. This he would call broadmindedness. We admit that we would be unable to appreciate such a compliment. It is highly desirable that Her Majesty's representatives should have every respect shown to them, and we do not desire by any means to except Mr. Just ce GRANTHAM from their number. In his official capacity, Churchmen and Noncon- formists should vie with each other in doing all that is possible to honour and respect him. But there is no legal nor moral obligation on any one to follow the Judge to church, nor is it binding even upon the Judges themselves to attend a place of worship; why, then, persons whose love of show and pageantry leads them to neg- lect their usual Sunday observances should be called broad-minded, we do not know. The reason, apparentlv, why Mr. Justice GRANTHAM expects Nonconformists and Churchmen alike to attend St. Peter's is because of its antiquity. These were his words: They must remember, that for many a century in their history, their an- cestors worshipped together in that one house of the one true God.' But if antiquity is to be our guide in spiritual matters, then the inhabitants of Ruthin bad better be Druids, and worship under the still older oaks of the neighbourhood. Mr. Justice GRANTHAM probably will not permit us to go so far back, because, possibly, he would say that the Druids were not worshipping the 'one true God.' But previous to the Church of England, there was another church in existence, in which the true God was wor- shipped, and yet, Mr. Justice GRANTHAM does not appear to be desirous that all people should join together, and be Roman Catholics.. Possibly, Mr. Justice GRANTHAX'S last argument is the funniest. He wanted to see the Mayor and Corporation of Ruthin at St. Peter's Church, because it would show, amongst other things, their love of religious liberty and freedom of religious thought! We, poor deluded mortals, who are not privileged to wear judicial wigs, thought that religious liberty was partly composed of allowing a man to attend any place or form of religion he liked best, without on the one hand being compelled by law to worship in a particular building, or on the other, tempted to forsake his principles in order to shine as a follower in the proces- sion of a judge, his devotional exercises being limited to following a judicial lead in the responses, and possibly in the offertory. The Mayor of Ruthin's reply to the com- ments of the Judge was dignified and cour- teous. It was necessary to convince His Lordship that he bad been misinformed and misled. But further than that, we do not think a reply was necessary. Mr. Justice GRANTHAM evidently has not made a peint I of reading Welsh history, and before his remarks can be taken to heart, he must first of all know what he is talking about. He may be a most capable judge, and an excel- lent lawyer, and in both of these capacities we do not wish to criticise his actions. But as a teacher of ethics to Welsh people, he is not a success. We believe that Welshmen generally know how to observe the Sabbath better than Mr. Justice GRANTBAM can teach them. Let him keep to his proper sphere, and we will respect him, not only as a judge, but also as a gentleman. When he presumes, however, to dictate to Welsh consciences, it is possible that he will not obtain that amount of regard to which he is otherwise entitled.


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