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CLERICAL SCANDAL IN RADNORSHIRE.

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CLERICAL SCANDAL IN RAD- NORSHIRE. Serious Charges against the Curate of Presteign. Commission of Inquiry. A Court of Ecclesiastical Commission was held on Tuesday at the Radnorshire Arms Hotel, Presteign, by order of the Bishop of Hereford, to inquire into certain charges of drunkenness made against the Rev. John Davis, curate of Presteign who in consequence of such charges has been sus- pended by the bishop. The complaint was made by Mr Stephens, clerk of the peace at Radnor- shire. who is one of the churchwardens at Pres- teign, and also the accused clergyman's father-in law, the rev. gentleman having recently married Miss Stephens unknown to her parents. .The commissioners were Dr. Tristram (chancel- lor of the diocese), Rev. C. E. M. Green (rural dean), and Mr Wood, Mr J. Clowes, and Mr S. Robinson. Mr Garold, of Hereford, appeared to support the complainant, and Mr Corner of Here- ford, for the defendant. The commission, which was read by the deputy- registrar, accused the defendant of having been drunk on the 27th October, 1872, in front of the Radnorshire Arms Hotel, Presteign, and that he fell out of a vehicle; that on the 1st May, 1883, he was drunk in his lodgings and afterwards was guilty of profane swearing, and alternately shout- ing Brief life is here our portion, Mrs West, old girl, is gone," it being immediately after the death of the rector's wife; that in January, 1884, immediately preceding his holiday, he was drunk for several days con- secutively that on the 4th March, 1882, he was drunk in his lodgings at Presteign, and guilty of profane swearing and other bad language that on the 11th July, 1882, he was drunk in the public streets of Presteign; that between the months of March and July, 1884, he was on several occasions drunk in the streets of Presteign and that he purchased spirits at the shop of Mr Welsh, grocer, Presteign, and went to his lodgings to drink it, as much as three bottles at a time also that he was drunk at a popular entertainment in Presteign on December 5th, 1883. and had altogether brought great scandal upon the Church. Several witnesses were examined, and the in- quiry was adjourned until to-day (Wednesday), when the defendant's case will be heard, and it is understood that the defence will be that the pro- ceedings were taken for malicious motives.

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