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THE PULPIT AND THE STAGE.

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THE PULPIT AND THE STAGE. VIOLENT TIRADE BY A CARDIFF DISSENTING MINISTER. CONDEMNATION OF THE WELSH OPKIIAS. On Sunday nigbt the Rev. F. C. Spurr, minister of L ngcroes-street Cbapel, Roath, Cardiff, referred to the recent performance of Dr. Parrj's Welih operaa at the Theatro Bopl. He Paid "l am about to make a solemn protest against a thing thai took place in this town a fortnight ago. A fortnight ago In our tneatre ttere ere two operas performed. With the operas tliein- selvcfl I have nothing at all to do, nor with Dr. Parry, who composed and led them, But this is what I protest against-ttiat the actors and chorus in the operas were mostly drawn from Christian Church's in Cardiff according to their own confession in last Monday's Western Mail. There was a column and a half on the subject in that paper, In addition to a leadin; article, What the Western M*il said substantially was that what Nonconformity had been trying to do for centuries has been undone In one week. We have had this hideous spectecle-I can call it by no other term-of a company of professodly Christian people-meinbei a of Christian Churches iu Cardiff and elfewhere-ori the boards of our Theatre Royal. One of them, the daughter of a Congre- gational minister, one the daughter of a Church of England minister, two or three iho daughters 01 Cardiff chapel deacons, a number of theni mem, bers of chapel choirs and members of the churches themselves, piincipally in this town. I say that we have had the wretched spectacle of these people, who Urtteiitt to be Christians, going on the boards of a theatre to amuse the people whom they ought to try and convert. Has it c me to this—that, the Church of Christ has been mistaken V Has it come to this-that we are to unitg with evil when God has told us to be aepnrato ? In the name of (i^d I wash my hands of this wretched business, nnd if ever this thing is brought up at the judgment throne of God I will at least have it to say that I nr-de my protest. I, as a public man-a minister of the Gospel in Cardiff—do most solemnly make my prot-st against this thing. I feel thatwhatlome of us bave been saying and d^ing has been completely uudone by that week's work at the theatre. 1 give you one inciiiien. Two litilo giile, who are, I think, daughters of a Welsh deacon-or, at nny rate, daughters of a deacon of a Welsh Baptist chapel in Cardiff or Penuth-wcre overheard speaking thusHave you been to oee *Blodwen? No," was the reply. •• We have been. We never went to a theatre before. We do hope we shall hr, able to go again. The theatre i.4 just jolly." It is the thin end of the wedge. It iscreatinit a taste in those girls, minds for this sort of thing, and nobody knows where it will stop. I make no criticism of Dr. Parry or of his operas. But I do, in the name of God, make my most solemn and intense protest against this thing, and then I have rtnished with tile whole affair. It is as contrary to the spirit of the Bible and true religion as Satan himself -is contrary to God and to Heaven. That is all I have to say: my hands art clean in this matter, and on leaving Cardiff, as I shall do in about a month, I shall feel that I have done right in making this protest. They may call me Puritanical, I do cot care. 1 shall take it rather as a compliment. I hope 1 am a Purit&a at lea.t sufficiently trong to rMtnt an ionov?tion of this kind. I think it beat to <ay thje now, so that it shall not interfere with what I have to say further oo." The minister then proceeded with the delivery of his sermon.

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