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SLINGS AND ARROWS. IBy A YEOMAN OF THE GUARD], "U- The country has been stirred to its depths by the Penrbyn strike and the incidents connected with it, but in my opinion a strike has been inaugurated in this town, which in importance and the magnitude of the issues involved, is likely to put the Bethesda strike to the shade' I allude to the 'strike of Church singers.' It appears that Cythraul y Canu' is very much in evidence these days, and has pitched his residence in more than one congregation, but nowhere has he accentuated his august presence more than in the Established Church of the town. Undoubtedly, the choir has a grie- vance. For some time the members have been dissatisfied with their position, and recently a meeting was held to discuss the situation, and a resolution passed, calling upon the Rector to carry out certain re- forms. After aauch hesitation (so says my informant) the Rector promised to carry out the resolution passed by the meeting. Upon reconsideration, however, the Rector withdrew his promise, and did not carry out the wishes of the meeting. He notified the choir of this. Last Sunday, not one of the men I turned up,' and for once, there was real, if not very satisfactory, congregational singing. B • • • This was a state of things that could not be passed over in silence, and the Rector called upon the members of the choir who had not presented themselves, to apologise for so doing. A meeting was convened to give the men an opportunity of doing this. But, evidently, they were not sodisposed, and the meeting terminated without asingle apology. » • • m Into the merits of the dispute I am not in a position to enter. But it is evident to the most casual observer that the Rector's way of carrying on the business of his church is not a very convenient one. To consult his choir, and then act contrary to its wishes is surely a novel proceeding. If he has the right to rule all things pertaining to his church just as he wishes, let him do so without pretending to consult anybody. If, on the other hand he thinks it wise to consult the officers and members of his con- i gregation, he should do his best to carry out the expressed wishes of the same, or at any rate give due weight to their representa- tions. p§A good story was related to me the other day of an old Denbighite, who has long since joined the majority. He was a good workman, and would keep to his employ- ment well for three or four weeks. Then he would have a spree' lasting several days. On one occasion he was at a public house, indulging in one of his periodicals,' when who marched in much to his surprise and chagrin, but his better half. Possibly, the term better kalf in its preseut applica- I tion, is not quite correct. Our old friend's wife was minus one leg, that useful and sometimes ornamental appendage having been replaced by a more solid, and less or- namental wooden leg. In comes this half a woman and half a tree'soundly rating her husband for his drunken condition, and or- dering him home. Very unwillingly, he went. Very early next morning, our old friend was again at the public house in question, asking the landlady for a glass of beer. She, however, demurred to his re- quest, and said that she was afraid that his wife would again be after him. No fear,' said the old fellow, I locked her in, and here is the key,' producing at the same time from under his coat his wife's wooden leg e < < Ruthin people are, no doubt, very gene- rous, but their philanthropic movements sometimes assume queer shapes. A feeling existed in Ruthin that it was desirable to contribute to the Indian Famine Fund. Two gentlemen-Ald. T. P. Roberts and Councillor Roiivr elected each other secre- taries, and sent out circulars dated Feb ruary 20th,, convening a meeting on the 19th! This was placing the Ruthinites in a predicament from which it was rather dif- ficult for them to extricate themselves, how- ever much their hearts bled for their dusky fellow-subjects in India. A meeting was, however, held, not on the 19th but on the 22nd. The Mayor was to preside, but he was unable to be present. I should have thought that the Deputy-Mayor- whoever he may be should have been asked to preside in the absence of the Mayor, but the promoters thought differently. Mr. E. O. V. Lloyd was elected to the chair, and however much this gentleman should be honoured-and he possesses excellent quali- ties—he is not in any way connected with the town, and this was a town's meeting. Surely, and alderman or a councillor should have been asked to preside — failing the deputy-mayor. The gentry of the neigh- bourhood were conspicuous by their absence, although evidently places had been reserved for them on the platform. < < I am always willing to give credit, to the police when they are deserving of it, and that is, I am glad to say, very often. That being so, I cannot be accused of unfairness when I chronicle events of a contrary nature. Recently a nJan) against whom there was a warrant, returned home to bury his father, which the police had been unable to serve. An astute officer heard of the I prodigal's' return, watched him as he walked in the mournful procession, and determined to ap- prehend him on his return. The man was, however, smarter than the police, and went from the churchyard by a path made spe- cially for himself on that occasion. The disappointed officer is still waiting.'






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