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CHURCHMEN IN COUNCIL. By far the most important and interesting focal event during the week has been the meeting of the St. Asaph Diocesan Confer- ence at Newtown. This is the first occasion that the Conference has met at Newtown, and it is gratifying to know that the Leeds of Wales" has been recognised as an im- portant centre whereat to hold the annual meetings. The attendance of the clergy was hardly up to its usual standard of excellence, slid the falling off may be satisfactorily accounted for when it is remembered that Newtown is situnted at an extreme end of the diocese, and clergy from other extrem- ities were unable to make the journey. Notwithstanding, the Conference meetings were successful, and, to use the BISHOP OF ftr. ASAPH'S own words, the evening meeting was the best of the kind he had attended. The visiting clergymen were heartily wel- comed by Churchmen and Nonconformists Alike, and on Wednesday and Thursday the family circle of many of the latter was Opened, to the visitors. Taking all things into consideration, we do not think the Conference will regret having determined upon Newtown as the place of meeting for the year 1893. The object of the Confer. ence is to gather the clergy and lay delegates together m order to diricuss the spiritual welfare and the social work of the church in the Di-wese. By the interchange of ideas 11.9" suggestions are made, new plans un- folded, which by being put into operation will strengthen and advance the spiritual influence of the Church, while the effect upon the contfnunity is beneficial. A con- ference, whether in connection with the Church or Nonconformity is looked forward to with a considerable amount of pleasure by ministers. It brings together familiar faces, renews old acquaintanceships, and in every sense of the word is profitable both spiritually and socially. Pastors are ..trengttlened and encouraged to return to their labours with renewed hope and fresh purposes. Among the most noticeable features of -the Conference was the distinct forward ULOVOment which showed itself, almost without exception, in each speech and paper. This was especially distinct throughout the >-whoIe proceedings of the general meeting. Tho subject under consideration was the social work of the Church. The papers read and the speeches made were in good taste, and some of the Dissenters present •expressed their satisfaction at the spirit in t.wtwsh the discussion was carried on. Mr .1. MAKSHALE DUGDALE, of Llanfyllin, delivered an excellent address—eminent for --its pnwticability and also for the tinge of Democratic feeling which he at times BETRAYED in speech. The Hon. Mrs. BULK- un OWEN, who takes a great interest in in the Mothers' Union, contributed a deeply spiritual paper, and the impress- ive and kindly tone which pervaded Jier address throughout, her seasonable advice not only to the masses but to the ,etnates, rendered her the favourite of the 1 evening. The Kev Principal OWEN delivered manly and earnest speech, in which he AFFIRMED that the Church had not done her 0, TA yeal s gone by; if she had she would ,not be in the position she was to-day. COMPARED with the innumerable virtues and ,-absence of evils ascribed to the Church by Archdeacon THOMAS, there is a slight meoagruity manifest. The meetings on 3?EIDAy were more of a business character. 2K the morning a discussion took place on tile maintenance of National Schools, during WHICH several extravagant statements were ?3W«DET and. which we will deal with on a J future occasion. Reference was made to the .PARISH Councils' Bill, which the Standing Joint Committee described as distinctly a T MEASURE in the direction of Disestablishment JAND Disendowuient." The only prominent note of discord was afcrufclc by the President of the conference, the Kight Reverend Father in God the Bieoor OF ST. ASAPH. It is only necessary ia go back to the recent division in the %<rtm on the Home Rule Bill to see if his mind is tainted with party politics. His ^conduct from the day of his preferment rssxitii now leaves not the slightest doubt as .to his political predilections. Yet, forsooth, he has the unparalled effrontery to calmly tonlisel his clergy not to take sides in party politics! And this comes from one who at r She aarae talks about the Government harass- iitg managers of National schools by causing ribem to make their rooms healthy, in accordance with the requirements of Acts of ,-P a rliament, and refers to the promoters of WeUh Intermediate Education as a narrow aaul intolerant lot of persons. If the width FEUS LORDSHIP'S christian charity is some- times somewhat obscured, his Tory prej udices are exceedingly plain. While speaking apon the Disestablishment and Disendow- zneut Bill which will be brought in by the Government next year, he referred to the agitation, which he alleged, as being raised bv the opponents of the Church, and said that experience had taught them that their opponents were M not too scrupulous as to ilie use of weapons or the choice of means." Does his LORDSHIP think that we who live in Montgomeryshire have short memories ? Use of weapons Choice of means "Have Mr Humphreys-Owen's letters been replied to, and his charges rebutted ? Have the Suspensory Petition exposures lot taught a salutory leluiion ? It is a matter of lively hope that his LORDSHIP will take to ffceftrt the excellent advice of Mr MAKSHALL DUM>ALK, and remember hat personal example far outweighs the most brilliant .orations; and that hia beat service to the Church, of which he is a distinguished «M«nJber, will be to put into practice that sterling advice which he evidently thinks tfJt» kIfwymeo Hf the diocese of St. Asaph 011