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SLINGS AND ARROWS. ,-,,,----,"\.,-.-,


SLINGS AND ARROWS. LBy A YEOMAN OF THE GUARD}. Official Conservatism cannot be in a very flourishing state in Denbigh, because the two existing Associations, the Conservative Association, and the Constitutional Club, have, I understand, been amalgamated. Of course, there is nothing in the amalgama- tion itself, that proves weakness, but I scarcely think that it would have taken place, had it not been that the subscrip- tions were not enough to justify the exis- tence of both. I understand that the amal- gamation was carried on expeditiously, and, to a certain extent secretly, although 1 cannot very well see how it is possible to join a political association to a limited lia- bility company. What will be the result upon the value of the shares 0 a 0 a I am also in a position to state positively that the 1 Club'—whether to be called Con- stitutional or Conservative, I do not know —has decided to fight every election in future on political lines. That they have done this 'sub-rosa' for a longtime, I know very well, but in future they will not make a secret of it, or if they will, it will be use- less, because the resolution is now on their books. How will this resolution tally with the recent speeches of well-known members of the club, I cannot say. Many of them, time after time I regretted (or pretended to), that politics should have anything to do with municipal matters. They will have now to swallow their regret, and in its place manufacture a new kind of rejoicing. m 9 m ■» I am told tbitt the Denbigh Town Council is likely to dispose of the I hospital; so long an eye sore at Glas Meadows. Of course, the Council will lose money by it, but that cannot be helped. It was put up in a panic, and legislation in a panic is seldom good. At the same time, who is going to say that the 'white elephant' has not done some good It was erected when small-pox was raging in several parts of the country, and pressure was being put upon local autho- rities to put up isolation hospitals. I believe I am correct in stating that from that day to this, not a single case of small- pox has broken out in the borough. Surely 'prevention is better than cure.' I do not wish to joke over such a serious subject as this, but I believe that what I have related is an undoubted fact. • • m m Although the 'hospital' has not been tenanted by men or women, I believe that it has scarcely ever been empty of tenants of another kind. I allude to the rabbits. These wise little animals very soon found where to obtain a roof over their beads, and in this corrugated iron temple genera- tions of them have been born, and not a few have been killed. This colony will now, I suppose, if the proposed sale be executed, be scattered into all parts of the earth, and their once happy home broken up. • • • m The Guardians of the Ruthin Union are not content with looking after the bodies of paupers, but they also show great interest in their souls. The Guardians have two classes of paupers to deal with, the in-door paupers and the out-door paupers and they propose to deal with the two classes by two different methods. In the first case, the gospel is to be brought to the pauper, and in the second, the pauper is to be brought to the gospel. I fail to see, however, how the Guardians are going to accomplish the second, however sincere and well-meaning their efforts may be. A mere resolution like that passed at the last meeting of the Guardians will not do much good. The Guardians—and other people- may I notice' things'with regret,' and no I doubt they-and the other people—' are of opinion that it is desirable that the paupers should show a good example in the matter of attending religious services.' Surely, is not the boot on the other leg? This is the first time I have heard of paupers being expec- ted to set a good example. I should think this more a matter for Guardians and others who, with more independence, and greater comforts might-and perhaps do- set a good example to the paupers. The proposition seems to have emanated from the Rev. Mr. Reece, and possibly he is of opinion that it is useless to expect good examples from the great ones of Church and State, and that reform must begin at the other end. There seems to be very good grounds for calling attention to the in-door paupers of the Ruthin Union, and the arrangement for their religious services. Out of a total of 82 paupers in the house, 18 went out on Sundays to the various churches and chapels, but no provision was practically made for the spiritual comfort of the re- maining 64. From the 1st of July last to the 13th of February, religious services had been held in the Howie on 17 Sundays, no priest, parson, or preacher having attended on 15 Sundays. During the same period, only four weekly services had been held. It was Mr. T. H. Roberts who brought this question to the front, and it was high time that it should be ventilated. But who is to blame 1 According to Mr. Ro- berts (who is a Conservative) 'the Non- conformists had indeed attended very well, but not the Warden of Rutbin and bis curate It appears that during the seven months mentioned, the Warden and his curate attended only three times, and yet the largest number of the paupers belonged to the Church of England. To be precise, out of a total 82 in door paupers, 36 are of the Church of England persuasion. In other words, forty per cent. are Church of England, and the state paid parsons only ministered to the wants of this forty per cent. three times in seven months. It can- not be said that the Warden of Ruthin has no time for these duties. He is very regu- lar in his attendance on the Beneh, where, to say the least, it is possible to do without him. His first duty is to his flock. He is a preacher by profession, but only au amateur lawyer.