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A Comical Tragedy. I

No Confidence in Tribunal.…

A Voice in the Wilderness.


A Voice in the Wilderness. THE UNHEEDED WARNINGS OF DERFEL. THE REV, T. E, NICHOLAS' INTERESTING LECTURE AT TUMBLE. Following close upon the visit of Mr. R. C. Wallhead to the Tumble I.L.P., Carmarthen- shire, a brilliant lecture was delivered on Mon- day evening last by the Rev. T. E. Nicholas,. LlaLgybi. These was an excellent gathering, who responded heartily to the tremendous and convincing onslaught made by the speaker upon those who had professionally forsaken their work for the Prince of Peace and Brotherhood, and who were now worshipping within the tem- ple of the God of War, upon whose altars they were invoking his blessings by the abundant sacrificing of the youth of Europe. The speaker's subject was A Rebel of Wales"—-the heroic and versatile R. J. Derfel, who was persecuted and ostracised by the re- actionaries of Welsh official Nonconformity be- cause he had dared to question and oppose the traditional dogmas of Welsh theologians, and the superficiality of our religious organisations. Derfel. to the horror of the Welsh theologian and the zealous chapel-goer, was a, terrific icon- oclast, who spent the latter half of his life breaking up the false idols that had endeared themselves so much to us, but which had. at the same time, blurred our vision to the good, the beautiful, and the permanent in life. His great desire was to inspire the churches to re- move the great emphasis they placed upon creeds to that of man. In my intercourse with men," said Derfel, "I have found out that the creeds count for little in their every- day con.duct.. I respect those who are not Christian as well as those who are, because 1 believe there are heathens doubters, and athe- ists as good as the oest Christians! As the speaker intimated, to Dorfel there were only two objects in the world of importance, and they were God and man, the latter being at least as important as the former. Static creeds have been the leeches that have sapped the churches of vitality. But. said Derfel, Creeds will have to go, Und their place will be occu- pied by good conduct and usefulness. Let the churches take warning in time, an d open their aortals wide enough to admit all willing to as- sist, in the redemption of man." But did the churches take warning? Did they give ear to Derfel's call to make themselves bulwarks against all superstition and oppression? "They did not," said the speaker. The hope- less collapse of the churches in this terrible crisis, the rush of the erstwhile followers of the Prince of Peace to the recruiting platforms and military tribunals, the invocations of priest, pi esbyter, and preacher to God to bless this hellish carnage, show that the veice of Derfel like the voice of Christ, fell upon the ears of those who, were lost in the externals of religion. If the church had been in reality a church of man, and not a church of creeds, if Derfel had succeeded in teaching the churches the true mealing of Christianity, thj proper value and respect would have been attached to human life, and we would not now be witnessing the spectacle of Europe ipad with the lust of read- ing and destroying human beings. Still (con- tinued the speaker, if the churches have fallen in too stress of the present great tragedy, there are others who have kept the banner of Chris- tianity unfurled. The belief in the saorednesfc of human life and the illimitable possibilities of the human personalty has not passed away out of the world because the churches have transferred their allegiance from Christian ideals to the devil of destruction. Every man who opposes this war, who refuses to submit to those who have engineered this catastrophe, and who believes that force does not make for progress, acts and thinks as every true Chris- tian should. The Independent Labour Party and all those organisations that are determined not to submit to the devilish machinations of the militarists are the people who in truth ex- press the spirit of Christianity. Derfel, con- cluded the speaker, had no fantastic and mis- leading notions concerning the horrors of war. To him it meant the very antithesis of honour and glory so eloquently praised by the military Press and "patriotic" poet. This "Welsh rebel" could only pronounce that— Rhyfel, dinvstir inagnelau—drwy ddu Hid A drydd wlad i angau; Dychryn a. swn gwyn sy'n gwau Ar genedi ing or gynau. Ffyrnig orchwyl uffernol-ydyw Iladd Wedl Uwyddiant oesol; Yii y diwedd andwyol Tnv- rys nwyd try'r oes yn oL 0 law gwyr a ryfel garant-ni ddaw, Byth un ddawn na llwyddia-nt; Y byd hwn yn anwn wnant Yn er. plioenau pan ffvnant. Gweddwon a, phlant sy'n gwaeddi-am dad llwyd Golliv yd yn y gelli; A mil brwd o'ti. mel a'u bri, „ Drywanwyd i drueRi. Vvylofain ddaw o ldydd-lle gynau Liu ganent mar ddedwydti- Lie unwaith bu llawenydd. Ochain sobr ac achwyn sydd. Trofwyd yr holl bentrefydd—llan a lys Tn heintus fynwentydd; Awelon mewn cywilydd Uwch y sarn yn beichio sydd. Arafwch bleidwyr rhyfei—ystyriwch Pad oes troi ar fagnd LlwYl" ing deyrnasa 1,1,elr el— Oesau a rydd vn isel. A heddwoh o Iweh y loes—a godir Yn g-eidwad i einioes Rhag vnryd loerig anfoes A gwarth rhai oes.


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