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THE POLITICAL WORLD. It is understood that the Welsh Disestablish- ment Bill will be in charge of the Home Secre- tary. Mr Gladstone has been put to the trouble of denying the absurd story that he was to contest Montgomeryshire at the next vacancy. He has directed his private secretary to inform a correspondent that there is no truth in the report. Mr Logan, M.P., speaking at Market Har- borough, gave the results of an analysis of the voting at the last general election, excluding Ire- land. In fifteen constituencies having less than 3,000 electors each Tories were returned in the proportion of twelve to three. In the great towns, however, 161 Liberals were returned and 127 Tories. Mr Campbell-Bannerman, M.P., speaking at Sterling, said war to the death had been pro- claimed against the Government's policy, and it was not usual in such cases for a general to give information to the enemy, but whatever movement the Government might make it would be one which they believed most likely to conduce to the fur- therance of Home Rule. At the first annual Congress of the National Free Labourers' Association, held in London, professional agitators came in for severe cen- sure, and a resolution was passed condemning U senseless and abortive strikes." Mr Tomlinson, M.P., was present, and expressed pleasure to see the Association "striving to obtain for workers the right to use their common sense." =- There was a liveiy scene in the Synod of the Diocese of Down and Connor and Dromore. Two clergymen opposed a resolution expressing thank- fulness for the rejection of the Home Rule Bill, one of them describing the action of the House of Lords as a fatal mistake, and the other (the Rev J. Hunt) calling their lordships ruffians. In the excitement which ensued the Rev Dr. Kane wanted to put Mr Hunt out, but he was dissuaded from doing so, and contented himself with appropriating that gentleman's seat to his own use. At the last meeting of the Council of the Cen- tral and Associated Chambers of Agriculture, in London, Mr J. W. Lowther, M.P., presided. The Committee appointed to consider the Parish Councils Bill presented its report, which was adopted. One of the principle recommendations it contained was to the effect that if the bill passed the Compound Householders Act should be amended so that all electors for district or parish councils should personally pay rates. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr Pell, that the re- formed administration of the poor law, including the changes contemplated in the Parish Councils Bill, should be dealt with by separate legislation after full inquiry by a Royal Commission. Major Jones, M.P., in a recent speech delivered at Bangor, went in strongly for the claims of Wales. "We, -.oD tend," he said, at the conclusiou of a speech noted for its brilliancy of language a well as for its intellectual insight, contend that our position is morally impregnable, technically sound, practically feasible, and that the Govern- ment cannot refuse our request without breach oi faith and consequent loss of confidence in faithful Radical Wales." He went on to emphasise R truth often ovet looked by some of our representa- tives. "We know that the Government is press^ d on every hand by the advocates of certain reforms, and that they must and will in the nature of things yield to the strongest pressure. We hold that ours is the strongest case, and we insist upon our bond." A London correspondent says: The Grand Council of the Primrose League is not satisfied with the results of its operations in Wales. It ( appointed a special organiser for Wales, it divided the Principality into districts in order that it 1 might be effectively wo.-ked, it enlisted a whole ( coips of landlords, it sent out a staff of Welsh- speaking orators. and it printed some of Lady ] Gwendolen Cecil's leaflets in the vernacular. 1 Yet, with all these efforts, the Welsh people have shown themselves unresponsive to the appeals to 1 defend the Welsh Church and to save religion." < Every week the Grand Council receives reports ] which declare that the League is making progress I the world over, but it is sorrowfully admitted that meetings in Wales are feeble affairs and almost unworthy of attention. It is possible that the plan of operations in Wales will be changed, but the difficulty is to decide whai line of policy shall be adopted. A conference of Liberal members and others interested in the welfare of the miners was held in London. Mr J. Hutton, chairman of the London County Council, presided, and said the lock-out i had taught them two lessons—that the miner; must have a living wage, and that a Boarl of Arbitration must be established. Among the t speakers was Mr Pickard, M.P., who referred to the dangerous calling of the miner and to the low rate of wages, and said the men were cnly fighting to keep body and soul together. In their struggle he had urged them to keep within the law, and he desired to avoid any utterance likely to cause dis- cord at the coming conference. On the motion of Mr B. Coleridge, M.P., a resolution was adopted expressing sympathy with the miners in their struggle to maintain the minimum standard of living consistent with a decent existence, and pledging the conference to support their cause in 11 PO Parliament. It is rumoured that a "new and significant departure in the operations of the friends of the Church Establishment in Wales is about to be made. For some time it has been urged that it is the duty of Scottish Churchmen to make the Welsh question their own and to consider it merely as an incident in a general policy of which they will be the next "victims." They have hitherto, however, hesitated to adopt this advice, not wishing to be too early precipitated into the I campaign; but it is now reported that the en- treaties of the leaders of the English Church, following upon Mr Gladstone's speech to Sir Charles Cameron's deputation, have convinced them of its wisdom. The real views of J Scotch Churchmen, however, can hardly be I regarded as definitely fixed until a decision on the suggestion to make Welsh Disestablishment a test question in Scotland at the nf-xt election has been arrived at. There are not a few who, according to the Birmingham Daily Post, still doubt the wisdom of allying the Scottish Chureh to what it is thought may be a less easily defended Estab- lishment." The principal speaker at a ruridecanal confer- ence at Abergele was the Bishop of St. Asaph, who referred to the question of Welsh Disestab- lishment, the Parish Councils Bill, and Welsh intermediate education. His opposition to the first-named, he said, arose from a desire to protect from injury the interests of the Christian Church. As to Parish Councils, while gladly welcoming the principle of the measure, he thought more light was needed upon the 6th and 13th clauses, which are supposed to effect the property of the Church. On the intermediate education question he pointed to Ruthin Grammer School as an object lesson in the dangers of Parliamentary draftsmanship," and suggested that the (amendments to the Act had been framed by someone with a very much longer head than the ordinary Welsh member pos- sessed." This talented person proved to be Mr Acland, who was charged with forging the bul ets which the Welsh members shot. Other speakers referred to the 1-ck of interest shown in the pro- j ceedings by the clergy, one of them stating that! some of the clergy seemed to have already given up the battle as lost. A resolution was unani- mously passed asking that the Parish Councils Bill should not interfere with the interests of the Church in her property, schools, parish rooms, and j charities.

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