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SLINGS AND ARROWS. .......-----


SLINGS AND ARROWS. IBy A YEOMAN OF THE GUARD]. While the principle of religious equality in the Denbigh Asylum has at last been conceded, Glanywern, it seems, will be left out of this beneficial reform. That fact is greatly to be deplored, seeing that a large majority of the patients therein are Non- conformists. Why the services of a Prifst of the Church of England should be imposed upon such a community, I, with Mr. Elwy Williams, fail to understand; and I trust that when that gentleman brings the matter forward again, the anomaly will be removed. 1 do not blame Mr. Lumley for withdi aw- ing Glanywern from the operation of the -resolutions of the House Committee. Quite the reverse, because his motive in doing so was apparent to everybody. To hold fast to Glanywern would mean a prolongation of the discussion; and if a division had not been taken the moment it was, Mr. Lumley would have been left with a reduced fol- lowing, and in all probability the entire resolution would have been lost. It is better to have half a loaf than no bread at I all. The Carnarvonshire and Anglesey members were anxious to catch a particular train, and had in fact left the room before the division had been finally disposed of. But they were brought back again by Mr. Lumley, who on this occasion proved him self not only an indefatigable champion of religious equality, but a very effective whip' as well. » • • « Those who will read the parliamentary news in this issue, will fimfttbat Mr. Tudor Howell has at last opened his mouth in the House of Commons, when a subject pertain ing to Wales was being discussed. There have been various motions proposed in the House of Commons, but none of them were worthy of Mr. Tudor Howell's advocacy. Welsh education, Welsh museums, Welsh commons, Welsh mineral rights, and other Welsh subjects, and scarcely any of them were honoured by a speech from Mr. Tudor Howell. Possibly, they were matters that were beneath his notice. But be has at last found a snbkret — yea, .Welsh subject- wcrUiy even of his attention. He gvt up ¡ in his place in the House to champion the Welsh publicans! According to Mr. T. Howell himself, there are good, and there are bad publicans, and I quite agree with him. But, according to his own showing, he appeared as a special pleader on behalf of the bad ones. Mr. Herbert Roberts on Wednesday night, moved the second reading of the Welsh Sunday Closing Amendment Act. Mr. Herbert Roberts' Bill is only an attempt to carry out the recommendation of the Royal Commission, which was appoin- ted to inquire into the working of the Welsh Sunday Closing Act. This was a commis- sion appointed by a Tory Government, and presided over by a Tory-Lord Balfour, of Burleigh. Sir Wm. Harcourt seconded the motion, but reserved to himself the right to consider the details of the bill in committee. What does Mr. Tudor Howell do 1 Does he support the bill? No! Does he vote for the second reading, reserving to himself the privilege of moving amendments in com- mittee 7 No! He opposes the second read- ing, thus publicly announcing that he is the champion of the worst class of the licensed victuallers. He said, The Welsh Sunday Closing Act had done some good in some districts of Wales, but had done harm in others.' Therefore, according to this pro- found logician, the Act must notibe amended, so that it would do good all round, « • • » Let us see why, according to Mr. Tudor Howell, the Act is not doing good all round. The truth was, that its provisions were constantly evaded, especially in large towns like Cardiff and Swansea.' Most of my readers will remember the strictures that were passed by the Tories on the action of the Welsh farmers towards the tithe some five or six years ago. They were then told that' they must not break the law, but if they did not like it, they must get it altered.' What does Mr. Tudor Howell think now of this advice? Because the Cardiff and Swan- sea publicans and their customers evade the Welsh Sunday Closing Act, the Act must not be amended! In other words, Mr. I Tudor Howell will not amend the Act so as to make it impossible even for law-evading publicans to evade it. If Mr. Tudor Howell had any object in view besides securing the licensed victuallers' vote, why did he not vote for the second reading of the bill, and then introduce any amendments that he wanted into it, in its committee stage ? I do not think that respectable publicans will thank Mr. Howell for such an indiscreet exhibition of his principles. They, who do their best to obey all the licensing laws, will not be grateful to a man who raises his voice in order to give their less punctilious confreres an opportunity of benefitting by the laxity of its provisions.


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