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Will one of our Welsh members call attention to what, we imagine, is a real grievance-the refusal to exempt from licence horses which are employed in gratuitously carting materials for erecting places of worship ? The fol- lowing letter, written in reply to a communication from the Rev. C. TEMPBRTON, of Oswestry, will show the decision of the authorities on the subject:- Inland Revenue, Somerset House, 10th February, 1870. Sir,- I am to acquaint you, in reply to your letter of the 5th instant, that there is no exemption under the Act in respect of farm horsfcs used for drawing materials gratuitously for the purpose of building a place of worship, and the Board will require pay- ment of licence duty for the horses so employed.—I am, &c., W. M. ROSSETTI, assistant secretary. Perhaps an appeal to the CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER might have the effect of altering this decision, which is open to the imputation of being inconsistent as well as harsh. In answer to a recent application with respect to farm horses used in carting coals for poor people and drawing materials for the repair of parish roads, it was stated that duty would not be charged where no remuneration was re- ceived and why a different rule should be applied in con- nection with places of worship it is very difficult to under- stand. Surely it is the duty of the State not to discourage the ejection of places of worship, and levying a duty upon contributions, whether in labour or anything else, is, to a certain extent, a discouragement. Besides, the former question returns, and we can find no reply-why a farmer should be allowed to draw charity coal free of duty, and not stones for church or chapel building. Mr METRICS, the conservative M.P. for Pembroke, made an extraordinary assertion at a recent dinner of the Pembroke Farmers' Club. His hearers, he said, could not understand what ground game meant in the English counties, where the farmers were greatly injured by it; and he did not know how a landlord could look a tenant in the face when he preserved ground game to such an extent as it was preserved in England." Then follows the extra- ordinary assertion to which we have alluded:— I can speak, from my own knowledge, of one county—Shrop- shire. There is only one gentleman in that county who shoots his gane add divides it between his friends, his tenants, and his relations. All the others sell thegame they preserve. ("Shame.") Now, that game is reared upon the land, and brought up upon the land for which the farmer pays his rent. (Hear, near.) The hares arre there as numerous as you see rabbits in this part of the caumtry, or as numerous as rate are in some of the counties of England. I ask you to consider whether it is right that the tenant farmer, after he pays his rent, should be subjected to the losses, dilapidations, and annoyances, consequent upon the un- due preservation of ground game. (Hear, hear, and cheers.) I do not think it just to the farmer, but it would perhaps be folly for me to dwell upon the subject at greater length at this meet- ing, because you do not in this neighbourhood suffer from ground game to the extent' I lave described. (Hear, hear.) I assure you that I thoroughly object to ground game being reared to such an extent as to become an injury and an annoyance to tenant farmers; and I am speaking more particularly of the tenant farmers throughout England. (Hear, hear.) I am radical, thoroughly radical, in my ideas respecting the preservation of ground game. (Cheers.) The preservation of rabbits to any extent is bad enough, and we have nothing to say in defence of ground game, which ought to be deprived at once of the protection of the law but how can Mr MBTRKK know that there is only one gentleman in Shropshire who shoots his game and divides it between his friends, his tenants, and his rela- tions ?' Perhaps the hon. gentleman is not reported with perfect accuracy, but he evidently brought a very sweep- ing accusation against the landlords of Shropshire, and some of them, perhaps, will demand an apology. .Y. How some M. P.'ø must envy the fortunate member for Carlow, where the expenses of the last election were returned at £6! Another seat which went, as the shop advertisements would say, at an absurdly low figure, was Kildare, where the charges only amounted to 29 7s.; and Downpatrick comes near this sum, with a return of 29 15s., while Kilkenny only cost 2M North and South Shropshire and Denbighshire, on the other hand, are amongst the "dearest" seats. Fancy a legitimate ex. penditure of 211,241 8s. 9d. to return two gentlemen to represent the 7,611 free and independent electors of North Shropshire! Or, worse still, 211,667 18s. Gd. to secure the representation of the 7,623 gentlemen who have the privilege of voting in Denbighshire Or, worse again, P,13,987 3s. 5d. to conduct the election for South Shropshire, with only 5,847 electors and 214,314 18s. 8d. for Carmarthenshire, with 8,026. The total cost of the last elections amounted to the immense sum of 21,382,000. We read that at a recent meeting of the rural deanery of Arustley, held at Llanidloes, the following resolution, proposed by the Rev. D. JONES, vicar of Llandinam, and seconded by the Rev. R. JONES, vicar of Trefeglwys, was unanimously carried- That this Ruridecanal Chapter is of opinion that compulsory education is absolutely necessary, not merely with regard to children of vagrants and out-door pauper class, but with regard to children of all parents who neglect their children's education that the continuance of grants from the Consolidated Fund ought to be maintained that the inculcation of religious truth be continued and also that with regard to vagrants and out- door pauper children, the State should make provisions that their education should be entirely free of all expense and inde- pendent of the ratepayers. This is the first instance we have met with in which a ruridecanal chapter has supported compulsory education, and it is extremely creditable to the clergy comprising it, that they should have arrived at this wise and independ- ent decision. The Welsh clergy are sometimes looked down upon in England; but we have not yet heard of an English chapter that has displayed equal enlightenment rith that of Llanidloes on the most important question 0 f he day.


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