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EXIT SIR JOHN.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

A CITIZENS' BATTLE j i IN…

FACTS TO PONDER.

SEEN AND HEARD.

SARN.

TERRORISING WELSHPOOL TORIES.

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TERRORISING WELSHPOOL TORIES. The chiefs of the Welshpool Tory Club are up in arms. They scent treason in the camp, and henceforth traitors are to be summarily drummed out. The fact that information of the club's secret doings should filter through the Express' to the public suggests a measure of disloyalty which must be visite4 by stern punish- ment. So peremptory expulsion has been I decided upon. And if the threat of ex- communication be not sufficient to in- duce a faithful observance of club law, a ducking" in the canal ranks among the remedies officially prescribed for the cor- rection of the mischievous tale-teller. Who knows but that the ducking" might eventually be transferred to that pellucid part of the Severn where the untreated waters of the town tumble into the sover- eign stream ? To the angry chiefs we would suggest a much simpler and more effective method of tying the tongue of the traitor. In the local museum they will find a scold's bridle." Let a prayerful peti- tion be addressed to the Museum Commit- tee for a 21 years' lease of this formidable iron instrument, and have it hung up in that secret chamber of Toryism, where the people of Welshpool have their representa- tives so kindly chosen and thrust upon them. This terrorising relic of olden times would surely effect the desired purpose. A SCANDAL." Some pitiful reading is contained in our report of the clerical proceedings at Welsh- pool on Wednesday, which had for their purpose the support of the St. Asaph Diocesan Clergy Sustentation Fund, and the fixing of a minimum stipend of £ 200, to- gether With the provision of a pension at the age of 65. In this diocese, as, no doubt, in most others, there are extremes of what might be called wealth and poverty, ranging on the one hand from KSO a week down to the ecclesiastical sweating case of £64 a year. It is true that in many par- sonages there is a hard struggle to main- tain appearances and meet numerous calls on slender stipends, for Churchpeople, as Lord Powis frankly admits, live on the en- dowments of their forefathers. Such a state of affairs is not wrongly described by Mr Lawrence Brodrick as a scandal to one of the richest churches in the world." Churchpeople require to take a leaf out of the Nonconformist book, in order to realise the meaning of Christian liberality. I believe," says Mr Treasure, that we are the only body of Christians that don't sup- port our own ministers. That is, perhaps, why our subscriptions appear greater, as Churchmen, to hospitals. Nonconformists have to support their own ministers we haven't." And because they haven't, many Churchmen dislike the idea of Disestab- lishment. The younger clergy, who witness this Christian niggardliness, and the un- numbered grievous anomalies of the pres- ent ecclesiastical system, are no opponents of Disestablishment, under which the plums are scattered by favour and preferment largely governed by influence. Little won- der there is a dearth of applications for holy orders. Talking of anomalies, why should hundreds of pounds of tithe collected in Welshpool district go to Christ Church, Oxford ? Why is it that the Rector of Castle Caereinion should draw £80 a year in tithe from Welshpool parish, which lies without his allotted spiritual sphere P

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