The beauty that addresses itself to the eye is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul. We emile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fis that a blunder of his description is made by every person who is over-eager and impatient in the pursuit of —Channing. Friendship is a vase which, when it is flawed by heat or violence or accident, may as well be broken at once- It never can be trusted after. The more graceful and orna- mental it was the more clearly do we discern tne hopelessness of restoring it to its former state. Coarse stones, if they are fractured, may be cemented again j precious ones, eyrA
Radical Convention at Cardiff. MR LLOYD GEORGE AND THE SOCIALISTIC MOVEMENT. AN UNFOUNDED ATTAOK UPON LANDLORDS. A convention of Welsh Liberals w-i- held at the Park Hall, Cardiff, yesterday week, when representatives of the party from the whole of WeJes and Monmouthshire were Eresent. The chair was occupied by Mr D. loyd George, M.P., President of the .Board of Trade. About seven hundred delegates attended from all parts of Wales, ar l the following members of Parliament were pre- sent Sir Alfred Thomas, Sir David Bryn- mor Jones, Messrs D. A. Thomas, \V. Llewellyn Williams, W. Brace, J. Herbert Roberts, S. Robinson, W. Abraham, Ivor Guest, Colonel Ivor Herbert. Mr Lewis Haslem. THE LABOUR MOVEMENT. Mr Lloyd George, in opening the proceed- ings, said the action which they had taken in resisting sectarian instruction in the schools had been justified by the decision in tho W est Riding case. It was illegal to pay anything for such education; it could not be done without breaking the law (cheers). In addition to the Education Bill an urgent question was the disestablish- ment of the Church in Wales —(cheers) — and an early opportunity would be taken in the House of Commons of dealing ivith the question. The appointment of the WeMi Church Commission was necessary, te '.aid in order that the facts might be placed before the House of Commons officially to justify the demand of the Welsh people when the Government introduced their Dis- establishment Bill, as they would do (cheers). The Commission would itot delay the BilL A question which was causing some per- turbation was that of the Lauour move- ment. There was nothing in that move- ment which need cause any anxiety to Welsh Liberals. A "Times" correspondent had said that it was a force which was menacing Welsh Liberalism. He had no apprehension whatever on that score (cheers). If they substituted for the present Welsh members of Parliament candidates of the Independent Labour Party, so long as they were Welsh workingmen they would be just as ardent in their pursuit of national ideas as any other members of the Welsh party (cheers). First of all in their programme stood the establishment of complete civil and religious equality (cheers). Their next legislative ideal was the emancipation of the Welsh peasant, the freeing of the Welsh peasant, the labourer and miner from the oppression and the sterilising and humiliating system of land tenure (cheers). Who were more concerned in that part of the programme 01311 the workmen of Wales? (cheers). The present state of things in the land meant that the sustenance of the labouring man was often sacrificed to the support of the few; the fate of a whole rural community might "depend upon the caprice of one man. This vicious system of land ownership accounted for the exodns from the country into the towns, of unemployed, and the overcrowding of men and women in unsightly and un- healthy houses. Another item in the programme of the Welsh National Council was the calling in of the aid of the State to remove the temptations to inebriety by introducing a legal obstacle in the way of excessive drink- ing. Part of their programme was to give the best educational facilities to the poorest child in the land. Nothing was more essential to the emancipation of the work- ing classes than that their children should be thoroughly trained in the schools. They also sought for an extension of the powers of self-Government to Wales. Therefore the Labour movement contained no menace for Welsh nationalism. He regarded Mr Keir Hardie as being as good a Nationalist as any of them. By the exercise of ordinary common-sense there ought to be NO MISUNDERSTANDING WITH THE LABOUR PARTY, for they could not have a real Welsh move- ment with the workmen outside. How would the Labour agitation affect them in the capacity of British Liberals r He did not believe there was the slightest cause for alarm. Liberalism would never be ousted from its supremacy in the realm uf political progress until it deserved to be deposed for neglect or betrayal of its prin- ciples (cheers). If they practised their principles their trust would never be trans- ferred to a new party (applause). The workingman knew that a great party Jikp the Liberal Party could, with his help, <'o things for him which he could not hope to accomplish without its aid. It brought to his help the potent influence of the great middle class, which would be frightened into hostility by a purely class organisation to which they did not belong. No party could ever hope for success which did not win the confidence of at least a large proportion of this powerful middle class That class was an asset brought by Liberalism to the work of progress which would never be transferred to a progressive party constructed on purely labour lines. They were not going to make Socialists in a hurry out of the farmers, traders, and professional men, but they might easily scare them into reaction. If they were threatened with a class war then they would surely sulk and harden into downright Toryism. What gain would that be for Labour? Of course, if the Labour leaders could ever hope to detach workmen through- out the country from both political parties and recruit them into a Labour combination, he agreed that such a party might be all powerful, but those who knew anything about political history would tell them that about political history would tell them that that was an impossible feat (hear, hear). There were many who doubted and would continue to doubt the wisdom and practicability of the Socialist ideal. The Liberals did not ask the Labour men to be hewers of wood and drawers of water ior Liberalism. They did not seek the aid of Labour merely to win elections (cheers). They wanted its assistant to GIVE DIRECTION TO THE POLICY OF LIBERALISM, and nerve and boldness to its attack (cheers). "If," said Mr Lloyd George, "the able men who now think they arc best serving the cause of progress by trying to shatter Liberalism were to devote their energies and talents to guide and strengthen and embolden Liberalism, they would render surer and more enduring ser- vice to progress, and in doing that they would be helping to guide and direct, the cause of a much more powerful machine than they are ever likely to command" (cheers). He had one word to offer the Liberals. He would tell them what would make the I.L.P. a great force in the country, a force that would sweep cyay Liberalism among other things. If at the end of an average term of office it \1' found that the present Parliament had done nothing to cope seriously with the social conditions of the people, to remove the national degradation of the slums, and the widespread poverty and destitution existing in a land glittering with wealth, n they shrank from attacking boldly the main causes of this wretchedness, notably the drink and vicious land system, If they did not arrest the waste our national resources in armaments and save up so as to be able before many years were passed to provide an honest sustenance for de- serving old age, if they tamely allowed the House of Lords to extract all the virtue out of their Bills so that when the Liberal statute book was produced it was simply a bundle of sapless legislative fagzots (laughter and cheers)- lit only for the fire, then a real cry would arise in this lan.1 for a new party, and many of them in that room would join in that cry (cheers). But if the Liberal Party tackled the land laws and the brewers and the peers as they had the parsonsj and delivered the nation from the pernicious control of this con- federacy of monopolists, then the Independ- ent Labour would call in vain upon the workmen of Britain to desert a party that was gallantly fighting to rid the land of the oppressions and wrongs that had been torturing and crushing labour for genera- tioiio (cheers). THE LAND BILL. Mr Llewellyn Williams, M.P., moved the following resolution: "That this confer- ence, while urging the Government to adoot. the Land Bill now before Parliament as a Government measure, places on record its conviction that no great or substantial social or industrial progress is possible in til 6 country without a radical reform of our land system, both in urban and rural districts." He said that Mr Agar Robartes's Bili was not in any respect a revolutionary measure, but it was a step in the i-iglit direction. In Wales between the owner of the soil and the cultivator— between the cbone and the worker—a great gulf was fixed. There was no more fervently religious man in the world than the Welsh peasant. He trudged to his little Bethel to commune with God, but where did they find the landowners gathered together in chapel? What land- lord had added one jot to Welsh literature9 The Welsh peasant delighted in the music d and literary contests of the eisteddfod, but who ever heard of a landlord at an eistedd- fod unless he was in the chair P- (hear, hear). What, he asked, had landlords done to help forward Welsh progress during the 'ast forty years? Nothing, less than nothing; they had been a drag upon the good cause instead of helping it forward. Dealing with evictions, the speaker stated that after the election of 18G8 over 70 families were driven from their farms in Carmarthenshire alone. What happened after the Land Commission of twelve years ago? More than a dozen families in South Wales alone were victi- mised for giving evidence before that Com- mission. What would have happened -u Ireland if similar evictions had taken place? There would have been agrarian riots and disturbances all over the country, but in Wales, after what took place in 1868, the judge of assize was presented with a pair of white gloves at Carmarthen. Mr Richard Jones, J.P., who was a mem- ber of the Welsh Land Commission, seconded the motion, which was supported by Mr W. Brace, M.P., and Mr Ellis W. Davies, M.P., and carried unanimously. DISESTABLISHMENT. Sir Alfred Thomas, M.P., moved a resolu- tion asserting that the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales is impera tively required in tne inteiest of the spiritual progress of the nation, and welcoming the appointment of the Welsh Church Com mission as an earnest of the Government's intention to effect the reform desired. He expressed firm reliance upon the Prime Minister in regard to this question. If the House of Lords threw out the Bill when it went from the Commons there would be two things disestablished—the Church -nd the House of Lords (laughter and cheers). The Rev. W. A. Edwards, vicar of Lian- gan, seconded the resolution, which lul!ld supporters in Mr W. Jones, M.P., Colonel Ivor Herbert, M.P., and "Mabon" (Ivl r Abraham, M.P.), and was carried unani- nl 0 Ll S! EDUCATION. On the lpotion of Sir Brynmor Jones, M.P., seconded by Mr P. Wilson, a resolu- tion was adopted reaffirming the principles on which the Welsh opposition to th'e Educa- tion Act of 1902 was based that there should be no rate-aid to schools without public con- trol^and no tests for teachers, stating that the present Education Bill was accepted as a compromise, and calling upon the Govern- ment to resist any amendment which might be made by the House of Lords inconsistent with those principles or for omitting the clause establishing a council for Wales. LICENSING. A resolution was also adopted claiming the right for Wales to settle the licensing question in accordance with the convictions of the Welsh people, that recognition of that should be given in the licensing measure next year, and that facilities be granted for passing the Welsh Sundav Closing Bill. THE WEST RIDING JUDGMENT. On the motion of Mr Morgan Tutton, of Swansea, seconded by Mr Lewis udvam M.P., a resolution was passed directing at- tention to the West Riding judgment njid to Sir Robert Finloy's opinion that it estab- lished that the expenditure of money for sectarian teaching is illegal. An addition to the resolution was passed expressing ad- herence to the stand made by the Swansea local education authorities for the control of public expenditure on sectarian schools. A resolution was also passed asking die Government to give facilities for passing the Local Authorities Qualification of Women Bill, and another resolution called ix- the removal of the rating qualification in ho franchise. At the annual business meeting of the Welsh National Liberal* qoiincil, Mr Lloyd George was re-elected president.
SALE OF NORTH WALES COACHING HORSES. HIGH PRICES REALISED. Messrs Frank Lloyd and Sons conducted yes^ te.rday week a successful sale of coaching horses at Wrexham. The catalogue contained a J en- try of nearly 200 well-seasoned harness ho-scs that have been working in the Rhyl, Llandudno, and Cohvvn Bay coaches. There was a large attendance of buyers from all parts of' the United Kingdom, and a record clearance was effected. The horses were brought out in excellent con- dition, and high prices were realised. Tho top figure of the Sa-Ie was paid by Mr Wright, Sus- sex, for a bay gelding, six years old, the pro- perty of Messrs Heathcote Brothers, Rhyl. Two other horses froci tho same stable realised 66 guineas each. The 66 horses sent by these gentlemen made an average of 41 j g'uineas The top prices for Messrs Brooks Bros., Thvl, were 623 a.nd 518. thirteen from this stable averaging just over 40 guineas. Thirty horses from Messrs Peter Edge, Ltd., met a ready sale, and were cleared at prices from 32 to 48 guineas each. Mr Francis; Cclwyn Bay, eent 25 useful ani- mals, which realised from 28 guineas to 49 guineas each. Messrs Jarvis and Woodyatt, Llandudno, Mr John Leech, Llandudno, and the Pee Stables, Llandudno, all pent consignments of very useful animals, for which thero wa.s a keen demand. Tho sale was undoubtedly tho best that has ever been held of the North Wales Coaching Teams.
It would seem almost as if society wished to encourage men to remain bachelors. Everything is doilo to make them content with that state of life. The soft side of living is undoubtedly reserved for the un- married maii.-Aii American Woman, in the "Daily Telegraph."
Conservatism at Rhyl. ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB. The annual meeting of the Rhyl Constitutional Club was held yesterday week. Councillor J. H. Ellis was voted to iLo oki-iK. a large attendance. In opening the proceedings, the Chairman ex- pressed regret that Mr W. J. P. Storey, the President of the Club, wa.s unable to be pre- •ftnfc, owing to having contracted a severø cold. He was sure that all present would join with him in expressing the hope that Mr Storey would eooon be with them once again (hear, hear). They' realised to the full- est all that Mr tetorey had done for the club, and the cause in Rhyi (applause). They were grateful to him for many acts of kindness to the club and its members (applause). A letter was read from Mr Storey, in which ho expressed the hope. that the club would con- tinue to increase and progress, and to be cf service to the cause they ail had at heart. He desired to express his "thanks to the secretary (Mr Isaac Edwards) for the earnest attention he had'given to the club (applause). The Chairman said he desired to endorse all that Mr Storey had said as to the secretary and also the treasurer (Mr Brown Jones). He felt that in those officials they had an excellent combination, and to their energy and enthusi- asm the club owed a great deal of its success. ELECTION OF PRESIDENT AND OTHER OFFICERS. Mr Dean proposed that Mr W. J. P. Storey be reelected President for the year. A. O. Emlyn seconded_ Councillor Usher eupportcd, it was carried unanimously. On the proposition of the Rev. T. Jenkins, seconded by Councillor J. Asher, the Vicc- Presidents were rc-electcd, a.nd Mr J. Pierce Lewis was added to the list. 111' Pierce Lewis, in thanking' the members for the honour they had conferred upon him. tendered the members his heartfelt thanks. He had for years had the best interests of the cause at heart, and the older he grew the bigger Tory he became (applause). The Chairman expressed the pleasure he felt at seeing Mr J. Pierce Lewis taking office. He know that for years Mr Lewis had worked ener- getically for the cause. In proposing the re-election d Mr Brown Jones as hon. treasurer the Chairman said that that gentleman had given the club earnest at tent-on from the day it was formed (hear, hear). He was an excellent treasurer, and the club was very fortunate in having his services. Mr Brown Jones was unanimously re-elected, and in returning thanks said he had always had the best interest of the club at heart. In calling upon Mr Vinning' to present the annual balance-sheet, the C'hairman said they felt pleased to be able to congratulate Mr Vin-" ning on his almost complete recovery from a very long illness (applause). In the past, Mr Vinning had taken a great interest in the club, and he hoped in the future they would often IIÐe that gentleman among them (hear, hear). The balance-sheet showed that the club had a balance of £150 Is 7h-d over and above liabilities. In proposing' the adoption of the statement of accounts, Mr Vinning said he had never been connected with a. club that was in such a flour- ishing condition after a few years' working. He was hopeful that the club would go on and increase. Councillor Tiiby seconded, and said he was sure that the gocd advice given that evening was offered with ono object: everyone was jealous for the honour and welfare of the club. They had d-e with the finances of the club and the balance-sheet- on a business foctin.cr. When ho told the members that Councillor Winter bottom was chairman of the Finance Committee they would at once realise that the finances were in safe "hands. That gentleman was unable to be present that evening, but (luring the past year he had devoted a great deal of time and attention to the club. Criti- cising' the balance-sheet, he felt that JE34 was a large sum to spend on electric light, and the committee would see to it. Regarding the value of the club's property, the committee had writton off 12 per cent., and yet their assets wero JE5 more than last year (applause). The balance-sheet having been passed Messrs Ditchlield and Midwinter were f>e-eleoted audi- tors, on the proposition of Councillor Asher, who also spoke of the excellent way Mr Brown Jones had kept the books. Mr C. Egerto-n proposed the re-election of Mr Isaac Edwards as hon. secretary. Mr Dean seconded. The Chairman, in supporÚng said that they were greatly indebted to Mr Edwards for the time and attention he devoted to the club. It was a. great ieasuro to know that their affairs were in such capable hands. Mr Edwards was unanimously re-elected to the office. P^P^'tion of Mr A. 0. Emlyn. votes of thanks were passed to all the officer*. GETTING READY. The Chairman returned thanks. He said they All felt proud at the posit-.on of the club, and was sure that it could do useful work. They had before them a period of great activity, and he hoped that when the time came the members would lend a helping hand. They were ap- proaching the County Council election, and he felt that the county was ripe for a change. He u think it right-that the County Council Should spend so much money, and Rhyl felt that it did not receive its fair share of that expendi- ture so far as main roads were concerned. It was a well-known, fact that Rhyl had the short- est length of main roads of any place in the Bounty. Let the Conservatives of the county get into fighting trim, and they would do a great deal at the next election. But for the apathy displayed in the past the Conservatives of Flint- shire might have had a majority on the Countv Council. In Rhyl they bad but one cut of three members, but he felt they could easily alter that if they cared to work. He realised that the po- ll t ion of county councillor was not an enviable wie. It took up a great deal of the members' ime. VhcTi the time of the election came round ho hoped that they would all work ener- getically, and he would do all he could to help them (applause). He hoped that tho Conser- vatives oi the (district would make an united tiio-rt to capture the seats on the County Coun- cil. Rhyl, Rhuddlan. St. Asaph, and Dvserth could easily give a Conservative majority, and tfhen March came round he hoped they would ao so (applause). THE COMMITTEE. A ballot took P-lace for six vacancies on the •ommittee, and the following- were declared •lootedMessrs A. Goodwin, Newbold S fitte' Carr*e-V' C E- ToWy, and' Mx SUGGESTIONS. Various suggestions were then made as to the programmo for the winter, and Mr J. H. Ellis intimated that he would be pleased to enter- tain the members to a. coffee supper on tho vC- Pasion of tha first whist drive. VOTES OF THANKS. Councillor Tilby thanked Mr F. J. Gamlin for IW tie library me °f refere!I"C0 books Mr Brown Jones proposed, and Mr S. Jones Votj 9* ih' £ lnks to the steward (Mr Lewis) He saad tho excellent way in which the Iteward looked after the affairs of the club made it very easy for the treasurer The Chairman supported, and the motion was carried with applause. Councillor Asher proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding This was sec- onded by Councillor G. A. Taverner and ear" ried, Mr J. H. Ellis suitably responding.
ABERGELE FARMER'S ESTATE ADMINISTRATION ACTION, In the London Vacation Court, vesteidiv ▼eek, before Mr Justice Bargrave Deane, Mr Fawcett Locke said he had a motion in the Abergele administration action, ja re deoeased-Bateman v. Williams, asking for a S.j «>r administration 0f the estate of the'kte Wl ham Wdhams who was a farmer at ife-Sle" and the nlaintiff was the landlord of its lector died i„ of £ W n™Iy JT ?0a? .reat> amour.tin/ to i I .the, ^c<d son If tlS deceased, after his father's death, together wiffe some of the other chIldren, took possession of the farm, and put forward a claim for neeH ffenoe on the part of the landlord which rc- lulted in damage to crops by flood TVi;a „i„- »xtended as far back as 1895, and was .ei off Sainsb the sum owing for arrears of rent ere must, said counsel, be an order for a receiver to see to the arrangement and di^ri bution of the testator's estate. The Parties went before the registrar, who gave tLem a week to decide whether they would take an administration order or not. Everything was to be completed by September, but by that limo part cS the crops were being Bold. Counsel sugigested that he was entitled to the administration of the estate as far as the Creditors were concerned, and to an inquiry as to what were the debts. Mr Justice Deane said he thought plaintiff was entitled to an order for administration; but said that it did not seem to be a proper case for the appointment of a receiver arrll manager. Collnsel the legal personal representatives £ fthe deceased submitted that no case had made out for a receiver, and said that defendant had done all in his power to kliso ttho testator 9 eeta-te. After discussion. Mr Justicc the oroer for th. administrative of deceased s personal estate.
Denbighshire Police Committee. PROTECTING THE PEOPLE S FOOD. SHEEP SCAB ORDERS WITHDRAWN. Colonel Mesham presided over the quar- terly meeting of tho Denbighshire Police Committee, at Wrexham, on Friday. ILLNESS OF THE CLERK. The Chairman announced that the Clerk (Mr W. R. Evans) had been taken sudden- ly ill on the previous evening, and could not be present. A CHIEF-CONSTABLE'S REPORT. The Chief-Constable (Major Leadbetter) reported that crime and offences as com- pared with the corresponding quarter of last year showed a decrease of two in indictable offences, 44 in non-indictable offences, and an increase of £59 in the value of property stolen. Forty-two indictable offences were reported during the quarter, and 49 persons proceeded against, five of whom were dis- charged, 37 summarily convicted, and seven committed for trial. Five hundred and six persons were proceeded against for non-in- dictable offences, 408 of whom were fined, three bound over in recognisances, 13 other- wise punished, 56 discharged, and 76 com- mitted to prison. Two hundred and fifty- seven persons were proceeded against for drunkenness, 20 of whom were for being drunk on Sundays, as against 272 and 25 in the corresponding quarter of last year. One publican was proceeded against and con- victed, as against four in the corresponding quarter. Fourteen thousand eight hundred and seventy-six tramps were relieved du- ring the year ending September 29th, being a decrease of 14.54 as compared with last year. SHEEP DIPPING ORDER WITHDRAWN. The Chief-Constable also reported that 310,311 sheep had been dipped in the county under the supervision of 50 police officers. The dipping had been done in the most satisfactory manner and with the most beneficial effect. He wished to add, for the information of the public generally, that the Board of Agriculture would remove all restrictions as to the movement of sheep after the 15th inst. The result would be that there would be free movement of sheep throughout North Wales, with the exception of. Carnarvonshire, the Council of which county had decided to have the dipping done a month later than the other parts of North Wales. The report was adopted. DECOMPOSED CAN MEATS. The most interesting item of business transacted was that arising out of the re- port presented by the county analyst (Mr W. F. Lowe, Chester). Mr Lowe stated that the whole of the articles examined during the past quarter consisted of tinned meat, etc., of which sixteen samples had been received. These included beef, niutton, tongue, rabbit, turkey and tongue, sardines, lobster, sal- mon, and tomatoes. Two samples of mutton were not sterile—i.e., they had commenced to decompose, and a sample of lobster and another of tongue contained small quanti- ties of boric acid. The other samples were sound, sterile, and free from preservatives. He regarded as very suspicious the presence of boric acid in food preserved in a hermetic- ally sealed tin, as it was wholly unneces- sary, and the inference to be drawn was that the^meat was not sound when canned. In reference to a circular which had been received from the Local Government Beard on the subject of preservatives in milk, he said he always examined for them, and in a few instances there had been prosecutions and convictions for both boric acid and for- malin. But, as a rule, the milk of the county, as well as that of Flintshire and Carnarvonshire, was very free from this form of adulteration. The Chief-Constable (Major Leadbetter) remarked that preservatives had never been found in milk in Denbighshire. EXAMINATION OF COWS SUGGESTED. Mr Adam Johnson and Mr D. S. Davie3 (Colwyn Bay) said it was of the greatest importance that an examination should be made of the dairy cows in the county. In some cases as many as sixty per cent. had been found suffering from tuberculosis. An examination would reach the very root of the evil. He admitted the likely unpopu- larity of worrying farmers in that way, but the committee owed a duty to the public. Mr George Cromar (Rossott) said a large quantity of milk went from the Wrexham district to Liverpool, and the authorities in Liverpool had been exceptionally keen in dealing with tubercoulous milk, tracing it to the farm from whence it came. The circular from the Local Government Board was referred to the Public Health Act Committee for consideration. CLERKS' SALARIES. On the motion of Mr H. Croom John- son, a sub-committee was appointed for the purpose of ascertaining the work performed by the various clerks to the justices through- out the county with a view to the revisiorfof their salaries, if found advisable. ALLEGED SEMI-STARVATION AT COLWYN BAY: INCORRECT REPORT. Mr Gregson Ellis drew attention to a re- Sort which had appeared in some of the iorth Wales papers respecting an alleged case of semi-starvation of a woman in the cells at Colwyn Bay. The Chief-Constable said there was no truth whatever in the report. The woman was treated by the lock-up keeper in the most humane manner.
DON'T NEGLECT THAT COLD. The ood weather has made many of our readers turn to Peps lor aid; for in this new throat and chest medicine have a remedy that is as unique as it is pleasant. A neglected oold may turn to influenza, pneu- monia, bronchitis, or consumption. More deaths are the indirect result of cold and chill than of anything else. Watch for the first signs of a cold—"running" at the nose, that "made up" sensation, those pains across the temple, that sneezing and pain- ful coughing, soreness of the throat, feverish- mess, hoarseness, and heaviness about the eves. All, or any of these symptoms should" bo signals for a dose of Peps, which by reason of their unique composition can be taken at any hour, in any quantity, at any agf, and bv cither eex without the disturbing effects produced by opium cough mixtures and bad tasting lozenges. Peps euro a. cold by destroying the germ that give rise to iit. These germs flourish most in towns and in places where people are bunched together, as in theatres, restaurants, and over-heated rooms. They find favourable lodg- ment in the mouths and threats of those who are run-down, debilitated by illness, over- fatigued and worried, or who arc easily affected by sudden changes in the temperature, and do not take the right precautions against chill. Simply place a little Pep on the tong'ue and let ift dissolvo in the stimulated secretions of the mouth. The healing a.nd antiseptic fumes of tho pine at once impregnate tihe linings of the mouth, and are breathed down the windpipe into the bronchial tubes and the lungs. The pine essences are carried over the diseased sur- faces with every breath, the noxious germs are utterly destroyed; and new health and disease- resisting power is imparled to the delicate tissues. Pop acts as an expectorant, loosen the phlegm, remove any existing obstruction to respiration, and dispel that dull. heavy throbbing which is so often present in the head. Peps will combat the very worst cold in young people, as well as old, and avert all serious complications. In "whatever way a. cold or chill haa affected you- i.n *tho head, chest, or back—Peps afford the treatment which is the safest, surest and the most thorough, becauso it aims at the root-cause of catarrh and kills the oold-gorms themselves. A box da'ntilv packed of all chemjsts. or direct from the Peps Pastille Co., Carlton Hill, Leeds, for Is ll^d. Always have a box handy in the home.
The Bishop of St. Asaph and the Nonconformists. "THE COMMON PLATFORM." VIGOROUS CRITICISM. -r The Bishop of St. Asaph addressed the annual meeting of the local branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society, at St. Asaph, on Monday night. His Lordship said that his friend Mr Peter Roberts had asked him in pressing terms to preside at the meeting, and the kindness of the invitation laid upon him the duty of say- ing something practical and opportune. What he might say might not meet with Mr Roberts' entire approval, but he wished to say that his remarks were designed for a wider area than their ancient city. In- deed, in St. Asaph (said the Bishop), where I have lived for the last 18 years, many of them troubled years, there has been nothing but what is kindly and friendly in the rela- tion of all denominations represented here, and both in the city and the district I have found in Mr Peter Roberts a broad-minded and valuable colleague. This meeting brings us all together once a year and affords an opportunity for stating principles upon which it is not only opportune but an im- perative duty to insist. A COMMON CHRISTIAN PLATFORM. The Bible is not like a priceless picture, merely to be gazed at upon a shelf. It is not merely the book but the truths in the book which we desire to disseminate and to translate into action. Let me apply an illustration and a test. One of the greatest and most glorious truths taught in the Bible is that of unity, likened unto the pre- cious ointment and to the dew of Hermon, and once more put before us by our Divine Master under the likeness of one fold and one shepherd. A great philosopher said that the human race traverse every imaginable wrong path before hitting upon the right one. This may apply to our efforts to realise the great truth of unity. A current phrase illustrates one of these attempts. Christians are invited to meet on a common platform. It is a tak- ing phrase, and it ought to mean that on a common platform we shall find our feet set in a large upper room, where there will be freedom and, above all, even-handed justice for all. The idea is glorious, but what is the reality here in Wales to-day. Let me put this in very plain and intellig- ible language. SOME EXAMPLES FROM WELSH LIFE. I am a minister of the Church in Wales I am invited to come here to-night as the chief pastor of the Church in ttils diocese. I interpret that as a mark of respect to the Church of which I am a bishop. But I am puzzled. I turn around and hear from the very bodies by whom I am invited to-night the Church described as an alien Church, as a Church which has forfeited her posi- tion, which has lost the sympathy, and therefore the respect, of the people. Do my ears deceive me, or has some strange mis- take been made? Yes, but it will be ob- jected that 1 am looking at this matter as a' clergyman, and these things do not apply to lay Churchmen. Recently a poor man who owned a small competence in land told me that the Nonconformists in his neigh- bourhood asked him for a site for a chapel. "We know," they said, "that you are a Churchman, but we have great respect for the Church as our old mother, and we ask you in a spirit of Christian unity to let us have this plot of land at a nominal rent." The good man, in the simplicity of his heart and following the example of nearly every Church landowner in AVales, did more than he was asked—he gave the sight outright. Shortly afterwards—the site was now secure —the very people who had asked the favour were prominent in denouncing this and other landowners as tyrants and oppressors, fat- tening upon an iniquitous system of land tenure. THE TEST OF RELIGIOUS EDUCA- TION. These incidents suggest to me food for thought, but they are not enough in them- selves to discredit the common platform. Profoundly anxious to be convinced of the sincerity of the coTnnion platform, I turn to another department of life. Here, at any rate, there ought .to be unity. We ought to be one in our anxiety for the welfare of the child. Our first carets Christians ought to be for Christ's little ones. What does the common platform mean here? Does it mean that every parent, whether he be rich or poor, is to have perfect freedom to insist upon his child being taught the fa-ith of Christ in the way in which he himself was taught and practises that faith? Dear me! The common platform means nothing of the sort. It means that the poor man must take the religion which the State has defined and which the County Council may give or withhold. Here we are to-night to hear a deputation. One of his predecessors once described here the magnitude of the work done by the Bible Society by telling you that the actual Bibles sent forth, if piled up in a heap, would exceed the height of Snowdon; but if I am a poor man and a Churchman what advantageth it me to hear of this mountain pile of Bibles when my own little children are not permitted t obe taught the Bible in schools built by Churchmen and taught as Churchmen teach it? Or look at it as a man of common sense, the gentleman we call "the man in the street." What is the use of sending shiploads of Bibles to the animists of the Khasaia hills when we are tampering with the free and unfettered use of the Bible in our own day schools? De- pend upon it that- these contradictions go deep. Once convince men that you are ready to sacrifice the interests of religion to the interests of party and you will have dealt religion itself a staggering blow. These arc not isolated illustrations. There is in Wales to-day a tone and temper widely spread to which we must not shut our eves. A NONCONFORMIST CIRCULAR. Last week I was sent a list of inquiries which is now being oirculated throughout the Principality. This particular list was largely drawn up by the members of one denomination. This denomination in its constitutional deed and in its Welsh reports is called the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion, but in its English reports I find it described as the Presbyterian Church of Wales. I clear my conscience by giving both titles. Now what are the heads of inquiry sent out. Evidence is invited to prove that the Church is a failure, that she does not sympathise with the people, that she has lost their confidence and affection, and that she is in alliance with territorial influence and political policy hostile to democratic re- form. Furthermore, evidence is invited of the great moral influence exercised by Non- conformity and, by implication, of the superior moral character of Nonconformists as compared with Churchmen. In the Catechism in which I was brought up I was taught to "love my neighbour as myself and to do unto all men as they should do unto me." By this rule, which I am not ashamed to profess, let me test these inquiries. Sup- pose that Churchmen retaliated with their list of inquiries and asked for evidence to show whether this particular denomination ejected from its communion people of terri- torial influence, whether, for example, they ever elected as deacons very young men whose qualifications seemed to be the pos-
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Church Discipline Bill. D. UIR/IIIVIOR JONES'S PROPOSALS. of the Church Discipline Bill brought in by Sir D. Brynmor Jones, M.P., Sir Geo. Kekewich, M.P., and others were issued on Saturday. The main object of the Bill, which creates no fresh offences, is to replace the Church Discipline Act, 1840, and the Public Worship Regulation Act, 18/4. The Bill proposes to abolish the bishops' veto. All prosecutions are to be instituted in the Provincial Courts. Any person may institute such a prosecution within six months of the alleged offence subject to the right of the court to disallow any prosecu- tion on the application of the defendant if the complaint is vague or frivolous. This disallowance may not be appealed against. Tlie prosecutor may be ordered to give security for costs. When a prosecution is instituted in the Provincial Court, the case may be deter- mined there in the first instance; or the judge may at his discretion send it to the Consistory Court for hearing; or he may send issues of fact to the Consistory Court for determination, while reserving to him- self the final decision. Appeals on points of law may be carried to the Provincial Court, and thence to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council; but on questions of fact, or on mere interlocutory points, the appel- lants before he can appeal must obtain the leave of the appellant tribunal. The courts are to be free to pronounce any recognised ecclesiastical sentence un- hampered by precedents, and are to con- sider tlie interests of any parish concerned. They may order a suspended clergyman to reside away from his parish, but no sentence of suspension is to be for a longer period than three months. The courts are also given power to dismiss a case if they con- sider tho offence, although proved, to have been too slight to be deserving of punish- ment. Where à clergyman is sentenced to depri- vation he can hold no preferment or licence without leave of the court which sentenced him, nor present to the living of which he is deprived, if he is patron thereof,, without' such leave. If leave is refused, the right of presentation is to be deemed to have lapsed. No order of the court is to be enforced by fine or imprisonment except in the case of a clergyman who has already been deprived; but wilful disobedience is to be dealt either by deprivation or by calling upon him to give an undertaking in writing to obey. A refusal to give such undertaking, or a breach of it if given, is to be dealt with by deprivation. The judge of the Provincial Courts and the judges of the Consistory Courts are to be appointed by the Crown but it is pro- vided that they must make a declaration of Church membership similar to that now required by law in certain cases. The judge of the Provincial Courts is as now to hold certain offices, and the fudge of the Con- sistory Court is to be chancellor of the diocese. A Secretary of State may appoint a Direc- tor of Ecclesiastical Prosecutions, whose duties are to be analogous to those of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The ex- penses and salary of the Director of Eccles- iastical Prosecutions and the costs incurred by him in taking proceedings are to be paid by moneys provided by Parliament. Where a bishop believes that a clergyman nominated to any preferment has been guil- ty within tho preceding six months of an offence cognisable under the Bill he may re- fuse to admit him, subject to the. right of the presentee to demand a trial, the result of which ia binding upon the bishop. If the clergyma.n is not admitted to the prefer- ment the right of presentation thereto is to be deemed to have lapsed. Where a stipendiary curate's licence has been revoked on account of an alleged ecclesiastical offence cognisable under the Bill, he may demand a trial; and the court is empowered to cancel the revocation of his licence on his being acquitted of the charge, or if it be of opinion that the penalty was exoessive. The judge of a- Consistory Court of (upon appeal) the judge of the Parochial Courts ma. on the application of any person, de- creo a faculty, order, or monition, for the removal of any ornament or other object introduced into a church or churchyard con- trary to law, and shall direct how the said ornament or object is to be disposed of.
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session of a few millions arising from the 1 degraded ownership of land and other pro- perty. Then as to the moral standard. Sup- pose they framed their questions somewhat thus: "Make careful inquiries from the man in the market place whether ho prefers buy- ing a horse on trust from a Calvin or a Churchman." A CHURCHMAN S POINT OF VIEW. According to the teaching of my catechism I should describe such inquiries aa grossly offensive and altogether unworthy of a Christian. Now I ask those responsible for these inquiries whether they think that Churchmen have no feeling, and that these inquiries do not cut ua to the Quick. Can you imagine the Apostles sending out men to attend the soniccs of the Church of Christ not to join in prayer and praise, but to count heads" and to find something damag- ing to report of their fellow-Christians? Arc the men who do these things the spiritual descendants of Rowlands .of Liangeitlio and Charles of Bala? I have read the lives these men recently, and unless 1 am mis- taken they would condemn these proceed- ings in language more powerful and vigoous than I am able to command. This reminds me of another point. T have recently been studying with some care the history of the Welsh Bible, the first and ciiief translators of which came from this diocese. What Dogberry said of the law Welsh politicans seem now to iay of historv because history belies everyone of their state- ments with regard to what the Church has done for the. translation and the dissemina- tion of the Bible in Welsh. I have recently had the privilege of seeing the proof-sheets of a work on the Welsh Bible by Mr John Ballinger, librarian of the Cardiff Library. I know nothing of Mr Ballinger or of his views, but his work is absolutely impartial, and states the whole facte with the most laborious and painstaking accuracy, and without one single controversial note or epithet. Many of my countrymen desire to know the truth on this subject. They will find it in the pages of Mr Ballinger's book. The Church gave the Bible to Wales, and I have spoken to you to-night as a Church- man and a.lso as a Welshman. I am not going to be denied the right to claim my citizenship as a Welshman becauso I will not bow to the insincerities and hypocrisies of the moment. I earnestly desire that the best work of this great society should be promoted bv all sections of the community. Above all things, I desire to know that my countrymen prize the Bible not on their shelves, but in their lives. CHARITY IN CONTROVERSY. There must be in this world differences of opinion. You cannot have movement with- out friction, but the movement of our con- troversies must be smoothed and oiled by the charities of the Christian faith if t'he Bible is to be any real influence in our lives. I do not even deprecate controversy. It is better than stagnation, and otten very wholesome. You have heard of the laws of Howel the Good. One of these laws pro- vides that the King is to have a servant called" Troedia wg," or foot-holder, who-se duty it was when the king sat at table to lie under the table and nurse the king's foot and betimes to apply-to it a scraper, in order, I suppose, that his majesty might not fall asleep. I will allow you to apply the moral. Healthy incitements to duty are good for us all. III this spirit I have spoken to you to- night. It would have been easy for me to have come here and indulged in flattering pleasantries, but I prefer truth and reality, even when their expression may prove somewhat unpalatable. Dr. Johnson said:— "Let us clear our minds of cant," and one form of this evil is to imagine that talking about a thing is the same thing as doing it. We may buy the Bible and give the Bible. But there is more than this. We must love the Bihlo and live the Bible (applause). The others speakers at the meeting in- cluded the Rev. W. A. Ellis, vicar of Rhesycae; the Dean of St. Asaph, Arch- deacon Wynne Jones, the Rev. W. M. Jones, the Rev. Jonathan Jones, and the Rev. J. Llo"d Hughes.