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CURRENTE CALAMO. A j* (From the Oswestry Advertizer.) Acccording to the John Bull, great changes in the con- stitution of the yeomanry are in contemplation Every regiment with less than four troops is to be suvvressU and in no case is there to be a second heutenant-co W1 or +v £ JOr' Ihe are b« extended from seven days to thirty, and every regiment is to be converted into mounted nfles, like the present East Kent. Our con- temporary thinks it would be more honest to suppress the yeomanry at once as that will be the practical rSt of these changes. Now thirty days' continuous S may not be possible, but the John Bull, very likely has^iot obtained accurate information. It is probablJ'that the effident^odv tortinUe to emcient body. Some of our readers may dislike the prospect-but English ratepayers, as a rule! will hardl? object t° a proposal that the public money, if used at all shall be used to some good purpose. The conservative journals may cry out—but the country, if it wants to pay government. WiU haVC t0 Upset Mr G1*dstoL'* The Peterborough Advertiser has done us the honour of devoting a leading article to our defence of Welshmen from the charges of stupidity and vindictiveness andin- Seee8f £ J?^pinion that our Welsh countrymen are not free from these evils because we only explain away instances which it gave in a former numbe/of cuS decisions of jurymen and a case of threatened aSarian violence. Our method of explaining away was this We t°t0 the threatening letter business, and, whilst admitting that our juries were not immaculate, we pointed wiles wereaconcwSf •pr0Cefdin°s in the law courts of Wales were conducted in a, langu e t e jurors did not understand. Then we resorted to the tu quoque argument, and gave some instances of extraordinary conduct on the part of English j urymen who did understand^ lan JiSt spoken by the judge and counsel. All we claimed^ for Welshmen was an average understanding with Enrfish- Eurone^' "R it 7 WT tbe best educated people in \v i v,' I contemporary, not content with putting the Welsh down very low indeed in the scale of nations in the illustrations he had already given, adds one other and says:— It is impossible for us, writing in Peterborough, to underestimate the intellectual status oi a race which has given our city its Whalley!" This is a facer, but how the blow rebounds! If Wales has bv accident produced a Whalley, Peterborough has thrice chosen him, by large majorities, to be its representative" in the Imperial Parliament!" ?l £ TS t° be a radiea1 °f the radicals, and* this is why he inclined to Col, Tottenham, and washed his hands of Mr Holland in Merionethshire—" Mr Holland is reported to have stated that he will not vote for the disestabUshment of the church in Wales:" therefore Mr Whalley WTil none of him. What Mr Holland really said Tuf^wr n the Propriety of such a motion as- Mr Watkm Williams's. Mr Osborne Morgan, we believe, holds the same views on this question as Mr Holland, and so do all the advanced liberal M.P.'s in the Princi- pality except Mr Watkin Williams. These are, of course all unsound liberals, and their faith is not to be accepted by the great hberai party. Then Mr Holland has de- clared that he will support the policy of Mr Gladstones so have nine-tenths of the liberal party in the House of Commons; not so Mr Whalley, because "if that policy consists, 9A has been stated, in conciliating and satisfying in the priesthood of Ireland, the result must be that no Pro- testant or loyal man will be allowed to live in that. • • •" A fearful state of things, truly; why didn t Mr Whalley, as a magistrate," go boldly into Merionethshire, and tell this to the infatuated Protestants there who, by a majority of 647, returned so dangerous a, man as Mr Holland for their representative The only ?.rt us,isin .tIie thought that perhaps, after all, Mr Whalley may be mistaken, for we do remember a time when he was said to have held different views on the dis- establishment question, at any rate. Some half-dozen years ago it was stated in our columns that Mr Whalley (when he stepped into the shoes of that estimable old tory gentleman, the late Mr Spooner), was challenged by a clergyman, because he, the self-appointed groom to the- Protestant religion, had attended a meeting of the then much-condemned Anti-State Church Society, and the- member for Peterborough was said to have escaped from this difficulty by writing to the clergyman the following reply I have now come to the conclusion, which I first expressed, that the Church is really our hope alike against Infidelity and Popery, and most earnestly do I pray that I may never again find reason to waver in my- confidence and veneration for the church of my childhood:" Mr Whalley never denied writing this letter, as far as we know; so, by the light of Mr Whalley's first expressedr opinions, afterwards altered and again endorsed Mr Holland's views and the position of Merionethshire may not be so fearful as we were at first led to imagine. Are we living faster than we used to do ? I mean we in little towns like Oswestry. Time was when the even- ing lamps were lighted soon after four o'clock in the- darkest months, and we went to bed at eleven or twelve. Our habits and our gas bills tallied, and we knew where we ware. But now-judging by our gas bills-if we don't light the candle at both ends, by doing a few hours' work in the early morning, and Nature has not altered her hour of twilight, our time for retiring must have been altered from eleven and twelve (p.m.) to three or four (a.m.) If your readers doubt this, let them look at their gas bills for the quarter ending Dec. 31st, 1869, and they will find that in nearly every instance they have paid more than they did in the corresponding quarter of 1868. If their hours have not been altered, and they have not lived faster, per- haps some of your readers will account for this singular fact. The Daily Telegraph jokes about the slanders of the Standard, and perhaps the best way to treat the utter- ances of that most vituperative of all journals is to laugh at them-if we can. But is it not rather hard to expect- the dissenting ministers only to regard it as a jest, when their good name is traduced almost every day before the eyes of numbers of their clerical brethren in England ? We, who know how ludicrous it is to talk of the Welsh preachers' "howling damnation at the squires," can afford to laugh; but then there are people, we suppose,, who believe all this stuff, or it would never be written, and the ministers can hardly be asked to enjoy the fun- The Standard, however, is defeating itself by its violence- Here is the latest specimen- We should not have drawn attention to this well-merited ex- posure of the traducer, but that it throws a light on the tactic* which are in vogue amongst the Welsh radicals of the day, and on the degree of credibility that is to be attached to the stories of landlord tyranny that are being raked up right and left, to convince the Welsh electors that their only real friends are the dissenting ministers, who howl damnation at the squires frof!1 their pulpits, and the radical M P.'s who faintly echo their senti- ments—in Welsh—at public meetings. Mr Morgan Lloyd, we suppose, is the "radical M.P.'s'* to whom our contemporary refers; and since the truth oi a story is quite immaterial to our contemporary, it ig hardly worth while explaining, perhaps, that the Welsh members almost exclusively confine themselves to the English language in their speeches, and that Mr-Lloyd, so far from being several "M.P.'s" rolled into one, has not yet secured a seat in the House.

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