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NOTES OF THE DAY From our London Correspondent, PROFITEERING BILL. TN a few days' time the Profiteering Bill will be the law of the land-. It was brought crward by a. Government in a panic and it has been hurried through all its stages with indecent haste. Careful scrutiny of its provisions was in the circumstances impossible and the measure will become law with all its imperfections on its head. There i.s largo power in the Bill against pro- fiteers big and small. It remains to be seen whether that power can be exer- cized. It will be possible under this measure, for the retail trader to be har- ried and harassed to the limit of human .endurance; but the question that intelli- gent critics of the Bill are asking is. "Will it bring down prices ?" Nobody can give a confident answer to that query. The Bill is more a gesture than a remedy. It is an emergency measure, and is only to operate for six months. My belief is that it will be an inglorious failure. THE CHURCH IN WALES. I f I THIS week the Welsh Church Tempor- alities Bill has slipped through the House of Commons almost unnoticed. The 'Bill was necessary to re-adjust the financial clauses of the Disestablishment Act of 1914. When war broke out in August 1914, the operation of that Act was suspended for the duration of hos- tilities. In the intervening 5 years, owing chiefly to the appreciation in the value of tithe, the Church in Wales has liATief-ittetl ono-f)llslv from a finnyipiftl point of view. Under the fourth schedule of the original Act the life-interests of the Church, in so far as they depend upon tithe rent charge, are to be valued •on the basis of the septennial average in force at the date of Disestablishmen. In 1914 the septennial average was -077per zElOO of tithe-rent charge; next year, when Disestablishmcnt takes effect, the septennial average will be £ 136. With- out new legislation the Welsh Commis- sioners appointed to commute the life- interests and pay over the capital sum to the Church would be bankrupt. They could only meet their obligations by re- ceiving a substantial sum to cover the appreciation of To per cent. in the value of tithe. PRIME MINISTER'S SOLUTION. I fJIHIS was the problem confronting the Cabinet a few months ago when they had to consider how the Welsh Dis- establishment Act was to function. The Prime Minister, after consulting a famous actuary, found the solution. He would get the Treasury to make a free grant of £1,000,000 to the Welsh Com- missioners. That sum would enable them to meet their liabilities; and the Church, benefitting by the receipt of an additional income of £ 50,000 a year, would gratefully concur in the arrange- ment. Then came secret conferences at Downing street. The Welsh bishops left No 10 rejoicing at the windfall to the Church. Ensued a conference with the Welsh M.P.'s. A few of them were in- tractable. What would the Noncon- formist fathers say to a proposal to en- dow a religious body with £1,000,000 from public funds ?. But the great majority of the Welsh members were en- -thusiastic for the Lloyd George scheme. "'The Church," they said to themselves, "will certainly benefit; but as the JEI.000,000 will come from the British taxpayer why should wo mind ? Be- sides, after the life-interests are paid out, in less than 40 years the income of this capital sum of one million sterling will be available for higher education in Wales." AN EXTRA &50,000 A YEAR. f I S our artful Prime Minister had reconciled friend and foe to the compromise. When this week it came before the House embodied in the new Bill it sped through on oiled ways. The Church gets an extra £ 50,000 a year; Wales has the reversionary right to a capital sum of £ 1,000,000; and the British Treasury is poorer by that amount. It is the British taxpayer who had most right to complain of the 'deal,' but his representatives in the House of Commons were dumb dogs. Not one of them raised a bark of warning, although the condition of the national finances is more alarming than it has ever been in living memory. THE CHURCH'S OPPORTUNITY. FREED from the shackles of State control the Church in Wales will henceforth be able to pursue its lofty mission in perfect liberty. The financial sacrifice it has to make is small; its moral and spiritual gains will be im- measurable. Owing to the alienation of the great majority of the Welsh people from the Church in Wales, the Church "became in its own despite anti-national. That stumbling-block to its influence has at last been removed. For the first time for centuries the Church has now the opportunity of becoming not a church in Wales, but a really Welsh Church racy of the soil and expressing the genius of the Cymric people. Under the new order Wales is to become a separate ecclesiastical province, with the Bishop of St. Asaph as its first Primate. St. David's is the ancient metropolitan see, but it happens that Dr. Edwards, of St. Asaph, is the senior Welsh bishop and the honour of the primacy goes naturally to him. He is an able man and a good patriot. He has written an admirable book on the ancient British Church, which had a flourishing life when Eng- land was pagan.

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