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. WIT AND HUMOUR.

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Some five years ago there was in Wesleyan Methodism a heated and prolonged controversy over a proposal, which had the powerful support of Rev. Dr. Rigg, Mr. Price Hughes, and other in- fluential leaders,in the Wesleyan Church, to insti- tute, under the name of Separated Chairmen," a sort of Methodist Episcopacy. When the scheme came before the Birmingham Conference of 1894 it was decided by an overwhelming majority not to accept the proposal. Within the past fortnight the Whitby and Darlington District Synod, adopting a resolution asking the forthcoming Wesleyan Con- ference to appoint to that district an Assistant Chairman," ostensibly to relieve the Chairman in charge, giving him increased facilities to visit the various circuits in his extended diocese. In many quarters this request on the part of the Whitby and Darlington District is regarded as a convert attempt to revise the Episcopacy sceeme of five year ago, and already has called forth the strong opposition of Mr. R. W. Perks, M.P., and those who follow his lead. As representing those who object to the growth of sacerdotalism and ecclesiastical power, inside Methodism as much as outside, he expresses their readiness, if the battle of Methodist epis- copacy has to be fought over again, to do so. But the interests of the Twentieth Century Fund he hopes such will not be required. At the recent monthly meeting of the West Glamorgan Welsh Methodists, at Morriston, a deacon gave notice of motion with reference to candidates for the ministry, That no more be admitted for the coming three years." The motion has excited a great deal of attention.—The Rev. J. R. Davies, Swansea, on seceding from the Corph," sent the following letter to the secretary of the monthly meeting:—" It is known to you and to the monthly meeting that I was baptised on April 4th by the Rev. F. B. Meyer at Christ Church, London. It was an act which I felt incumbent upon me to take in obedience to my own conscience after many months of prayerful study of the Word of God, as my most intimate friends know. I regret it should have given rise to such an ebulli- tion of sectarianism as was manifested at Pen- llwyn Association, which has necessitated my with- drawal from the denomination. I have served the denomination and the monthly meeting at Aber- avon and Swansea to the best of ability; and can say in parting, Ni wnaethum ddrwg i neb,' with Christian regards,"

" IN HIS STEPS."

MACHYNLLETH.

TO GUARDIANS AND OTHERS.

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