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PLAIN SPEAKING BY THE VICAR OF HHOS. Writing to the Ruridecanal Magazine,' and referring to the Bishop of Chester's recent cor- respondence with a Roman cardinal, the Rev. T. Pritchard, vicar of Rhos, says :—Surely the Voluntary School question was thorny enough without its being intensitied by the extraor- dinary silly communication of the Cestrian Bishop to the Pope's Cardinal. This was not the first instance of a bishop of their Church writing a foolish letter, but certainly this capped all, and as Mr. Balfour put it, the least said about it the better for the prelate him- self. Still, the fact remained that a prominent bishop of the Established Church had, in studied phraseology, suggested co-operation with Rome in coercing the Government of this country in its educational proposals, and even to overthrow it. To attain a certain object, he passed by his own archbishop, and enthroned Popish arrogance on a throne of dictatorship, and invited a cardinal to play Becket and Guy Fawkes. Why, Dr. Jayne's raid seemed to him more rash than Dr. Jim's raid. In the name of Church and State, what moved his lordship to seek shelter from the coming storm under the mantle of Papish auto- crney-to do evil that good might come ? If this were a necessity to keep the Church Schools on their feet, then to his (the vicar's) mind they cost too much, and Protestant England confirmed it with unmistakable em- phasis. Indeed, some of them-poor ignorant mortals as they were—were already asking the question would it not be better to trust a religious nation in the matter of the schools, and co-operate in a really national system of education.

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