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I -THE -BRITISH ARMY.

ISWANSEA SCHEMES.I

"SWANSEA MENP" I.,

I" WHIJE ELEPHANT." I ,I

PLOUGHMAN'S 'DERBY.'

" LAND OF MY FATHERS.

.--i CENTURY AND A HALF OLD…

SENCHENYOD COLLIERY DISASTER

I SWANSEA MERCHANTS. ? CHANTS.I

—— 1. BLOW TO THE BILLj !

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—— 1. BLOW TO THE BILLj NONCONFORMISTS AND f DISESTABLISHMENT. I REMARKABLE PETITION TVI PREMIER. A petition against the diaendowmenfc clauses of the Wekh Church Bill has been signed by Nonconformists in the dio- cese of St. Asaph. The signatories were lim. it-ed to Nonconformiet-s ever the a,ge of isl, and include 29 ministers and lb8 deacons. Luring the whole course of the campaign againsb the Bill there has been no more striking revelation of hostility to the wii. In spite of attempts to kill the petition, the Nonconformist committee in charge of it* with Mr. John Williams, Llanrhraadr, jJen- bigh, at its head, has gone on undauntedly. The straightforwardness and honesty of uia movement is exemplitied by the open n in- ner in which those responsible are desirous of presenting it to the Government. Mr. John Williams, of the Cottage, Llan- rhaiadr, Denbigh, wrote to Mr. Asquitn as follows cii February 7th: On behalf of a committee of Nonconform- ists resident in the diooeFe of St. Asaoh I respectfully ask if yon will be pleased to re- ceive a deputation to present a protest against certain proposals in L- tne Disestablishment and Disendowment of the Church in Wales. That protest i as already been signed by a largo number of Noncon- formists." Nn reply was received to this letter, and a telegram was sent on February 12th ask- ing for an answer. To i!iis telegram the Prime Minister replied that, the "letter of February 7th wan under consideration. To avoid delay and to meet the conveni- ence of the Prime Minister the committee have in the meantime sent him the protest with the following letter: — This protest expresses the conscientious opposition of Nonconformists to the pro- posals to deprive the Church in Wales of her unclosed ancient churchyards, and to take away for secular purposes & yem oi her ancient endowments. This protest has been limited to Non- conformists resident in the diocese of St. Asaph and over twenty-one yea 1-3 of age. We invite your special attention to the fact that the protest has been signed by In that number are included :— Calvinistic Methodists f<j09 W esley ans. 3,3534 Congregationalists 2,771 Baptists 1.-&86 Other Nonconformist bodiee. 1,021 "Among the signatories are; 2.9 Ministers or preachers. 158 deacons. 56 holding various offices. 18 justices of the peace. WHAT THE FIGuRnrS MEAN. I "These figiires will finow you tnat tiio signatories are drawn from all grades and denominations of Nonconformity in the dio- cese of St. Asaph. The highest percentages of signatures came from the purely Welsh country parishes. In many of th^te parishes more than half the adult Nonconformist population signed the protest."

LLANELLY LAND DEAL

I" COMPELLEID TO SELL."

MR. JOHNNY JAMES.