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THE CHURCHES. «, FREE CHURCHMEN AND EDUCATION. rnl me organ 01 tne LIberatIOn boeiety is thoughtful enough to publish a list of places at which public meetings have been held to protest against the Education Bill. There are no details as to the size or circumstances of these meetings, though by far the larger proportion are those of the Free Church Councils and betray a mechanical organisation. But the list is of no particular account after all there must be some limit to the degree of importance which the nation will attach to the voice of a meeting held at Stow-on-the-Wold, New- quay, Bluntisham, Rushden, Rayleigh, or Thetford. Anyhow the list suggests the absolute failure of the endeavour to create a great agitation against the Bill. A HINT FROM OPPONENTS. T I it is always permissible to take a hmt fi-fini opponents, and we cannot help wishing that more Churchmen would follow the example sometimes set by rural supporters of the Liberation Society. The current number of the Liberator supplies an example of what we mean, when it quotes a correspondent writing from a district in Norfolk, who says that "meetings were held in forty-three chapels, representing altogether fifty-six separate places of worship, and extending over an area nearly twenty miles square. Sometimes the weather was very unpropitious, and the meetings suffered in consequence but on the whole they were well attended, and very much appreciated. All the ministers—saving one who was unable—took part in the effort, and a number of friends lent traps." Might not such united efforts, though not of course in consecrated buildim. s, be made in defence of as well as in the attack on tb Church? At the Ruridecanal Conference, held in CL:;st [ Chuich, SJuthport vestry, on Tuesday evening, the Rev. W. Hodgson, viear of St. John's. Waterloo, read a paper on "Betting and gambling," treating the subject in a very comprehensive manner.-A resolution was passed urging the free library com- mittee to obliterate all betting news from the papers in the library. The Congregational Union on Tuesdav instructed the general committee to prepare a scheme on the lines of Dr. Parker's proposals, which might serve to unite congregational churches more closely for common purposes. Dr. Hunter (London) said the proposals sacrificed their first principles of indepen- dence. In the afternoon a conference took place on the Ed^ ucation Bill, wnich was condemned. We have received from Messrs. Novello and Cc. music publishers, Bemers-street, London, a copv (price fjd.) of the music for the form and order of service issued by the King's command and recom- mended for use in churches of the Church of England throughout the Empire on the day of the Coronation. The publication contains the com- plete words of the service, and a special feature of music is that the whole of it will be sung at the Coronation in Westminster Abbey on June 2Gth. The Coronation hymns and tunes are printed at the end of the service. This form and order of service has been generally authorised by the bishops for use in their respective dioceses on Coronation Day or on any of the three days following the 2Gth of June.

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